N'Zoth the Corruptor Finale Cutscene in Ny'alotha Raid (Spoilers)
Ny'alotha has been cleared and we now know how the Ny'alotha Raid ends! Instead of a cinematic this time, we have an in-game cutscene featuring our character (Spoilers Ahead).
In this cutscene, we use the Engine of Nalak'sha to power the Forge of Origination, unleashing it upon N'Zoth through our Heart of Azeroth. This follows Wrathion using the
Blade of the Black Empire
to stab N'Zoth's carapace. With N'Zoth defeated, we then see a short cinematic of the Old God exploding.
Following a N'Zoth quest turn-in, there's another short player cutscene where you are praised for being a Champion of Azeroth.
This cutscene focuses on our character's heroic actions to defeat N'Zoth with the Heart of Azeroth, but there are still many unanswered questions related to plot points developed through the expansion. For example, Azerite sparked the faction conflict, but here we are praised for using the Heart of Azeroth with no mention of the tragedies it has caused. Azshara and Xal'atath impacted N'Zoth's story greatly, not to mention all of the symbolic whispers of prophecy surrounding the Old Gods, but those characters and imagery aren't really referenced in the ending. And many characters willingly chose to listen to the whispers of the Old Gods, but the implications of split loyalties and past indiscretions isn't covered as Magni and MOTHER celebrate all players.
Battle for Azeroth started off as an expansion promoted as a faction conflict with a twist in store. The final boss was not revealed until the Patch 8.3 PTR, leading the faction conflict to dominate most of the expansion's narrative. With so many Battle for Azeroth cinematics devoted to the faction conflict, it would have been nice to see more of the Old Gods storyline receive the same high-definition treatment. While Battle for Azeroth tackled two complicated storylines, unfortunately the Old Gods storyline may not be remembered as much as the faction conflict due to the lack of patches, zones, and additional media like cinematics created for that narrative.
In addition, past end boss cinematic set up a bridge between patches or expansions, such as Illidan opening a pathway to Argus at the end of Patch 7.2, or Gul'dan escaping to Azeroth at the end of Warlords. With the Ny'alotha ending, it's still unclear how we'll pivot from the Old Gods storyline to Shadowlands and Blizzard revealed in an interview that there is no Patch 8.3.5.
Vision of Destiny
The Prophet Skitra
Halls of Devotion
Dark Inquisitor, Vexiona, The Hivemind, Ra-den
Gift of Flesh
Shad'har the Insatiable
Shad'har, Drest'agath, Il'gynoth
The Waking Dream
Carapace of N'Zoth
Carapace of N'zoth, N'zoth, the Corruptor
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