So I’ve been doing a huge Shadowlands lore deepdive and there is one detail in the Afterlives Maldraxxus short that is confusing me.
At around 1 minute into the short, there are a couple shots of Draka sneaking by what appear to be Fel Guards in order to steal a map, but closer inspection of this scene raises multiple questions.
- There are trees in the background, this along with the mountain ranges shown make it pretty clear that we are not looking at Maldraxxus here, as the rest of the short is pretty consistent with what we see in-game.
- The fact that these even appear to be Fel Guards makes me wonder if this is even taking place in the Shadowlands, or if Draka did some kind of mission outside of them (if that’s even possible).
- The map stolen doesn’t seem in depict any area that we’ve ever seen before, especially not anywhere in the Shadowlands, with it having a distinct rigid left edge, mountains, and multiple bodies of water.
This all makes some level of sense, given that at this time Draka would not be fighting against the other houses of Maldraxxus yet, but that raises the question of what is being shown here.
We know that Maldraxxus defended the Shadowlands from outside threats, such as the Void, and from our experience on Azeroth, defending does usually involve some level of counter-invasion, with us attacking the Scourge in Northrend and the Legion on Argus in order to defend Azeroth, so this isn’t entirely out of the question for the Maldraxxi.
That said, the thing that gets me confused is where this is supposed to be. These are seemingly Fel Guards, but there is a distinct lack of Fel anywhere in sight. This makes the idea that this is a notable Legion planet questionable, but that said, if it isn’t a Legion planet, why would it be a target for a counterattack against the Legion? After all, it was important enough for Margrave Akarek of the House of Eyes to personally oversee Draka’s mission here.
Literally the only answer I can think of is that this is possible some kind of realm attributed to Cosmic Chaos (Chaos as a force, unassociated with Sargeras’ Legion). My only real reasoning for this is my theory that Life and Chaos are somewhat linked, due to Aman’thul’s comments in one of the new Emerald Dream books.
This would explain the presence of both life and demons while also being a place significant enough for Draka to be sent to steal intel from.
All of this from maybe 10 seconds of collective footage.