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The true purpose of fel

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I am sure we have all wondered why the Burning Legion is green, or why they utilize Fel. What exactly is Fel, and how come they are seemingly the only ones to use it? If it is so good, why is it that we rarely see it elsewhere?

Light, Shadow, Arcane, Life, Death seem to be all somewhat common and arguably natural. But Fel seems like a twist on Arcane and is presented to us as the devil's power: greater than Arcane, but more volatile.

We get bits and pieces portraying Fel as such. Anything it touches, it "corrupts", in the Warcraft movie we saw Lifestealing, Soulcrushing magic. Destruction, in a sense. No doubt Arcane could do similar things, but even Fel can give life–albeit by exchange of lifeforces.

Consider how Sargeras himself was very much red, and what sustained his army was the life essence of a titan. Perhaps the reason they utilized Fel to begin with despite its destructiveness, was because their army was undying to begin with. By anchoring their armies to Argus, Fel would not destroy or rot away his Legion.

However, I think the real purpose of Fel might be more sinister and I guess tin foil hatty than that. On two specific occasions, we have been shown a very distinct feature of Fel: The destruction of souls. Having experienced the Shadowlands for a bit ourselves and seen how buerocratic it is along with what happens with the souls of the dead, Fel gives the ability to entirely nullify the Shadowlands by destroying souls entirely. This is why we wont see Varian or alternative Gul'dan.

For in the end, is Fel really such a worthy power that warrants an entire infinte army consisting of it? Surely diversity would be better? In hindsight, the power to erase souls entirely seems to in a way, outweight the mere empowerment of Fel. I say this because, through the past few expansions, we have been shown how Titans can betray eachother. How Eternal Ones betray each other. And perhaps how they can even be related to each other. In the grand scheme of things, it isn't unrealistic for them to be aware of each other. And if this was the case, going on a mission to destroy all life poses a problem if you are aware that killing would only send their souls elsewhere, empowering someone.

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So to stop beating around the bush, is it possible that Sargeras had his armies wield Fel for the specific purpose of starving the Shadowlands?

After being shown that Sylvanas destroyed Teldrassil for the purpose of feeding the Maw, I found myself thinking; hadn't Sargeras been doing that for millennia across possibly thousands of worlds? Would that not be exactly what the Jailor wanted? Going beyond that, we learn that the Lich King, despite being created through the Burning Legion, was a project started by the Jailor himself. And that the Dreadlords had essentially guided Sargeras into this quest of destruction, Dreadlords whom probably originated from the Shadowlands to begin with.

It begs the question. At the end of Legion, was Sargeras a puppet of the Jailor? Not even ten years ago, we fought The Lich King–the product of the burning legion! but also the Jailor?

And this is where it poses the biggest question of it all. If Fel has the power to eradicate souls and to prevent them from going to the Shadowlands, this would not benefit Zovaal. On the other hand, it seems that the Burning Legion has been working on projects, like the Lich King, started by Zovaal.

Honestly, I don't know. But this contradicting information, to me, seems to suggest something more. Perhaps the reality is simple: Fel does not have to be used in a manner that destroys souls. Concluding with Sargeras simply being Zovaal's lackey.

If that is the case, why does it seem like Sargeras or Argus do not seem to use Fel themselves?

I suppose as my final thoughts on this, is that I think its possible that its all related to Sargeras' descent into his pathway of destruction. In our lore, the Titans seemed to utilize Demonkin way before Sargeras fed them with Fel. For they were Arcane hungry and could be chained by such magic. Whatever reason Sargeras may have had for turning against his fellow Titans, I think he was aware of Zovaal. He may have begun his crusade with regular Arcane hungry demons, but I think he turned to Fel when he realized his destruction was causing the empowerment of the Death Pantheon. To use such magic, he would need a way to keep his army alive when utilizing Fel–to anchor them to the mortal realm. That is why he found Argus. Ultimately, this doesn't answer why the Legion still created the Lich King. Honestly? The Dreadlords are supposed to be agents. Perhaps this was the one thing they snuck into the plan.

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In the end, the reason I made this post was because I found it odd how Fel is seemingly only used by these guys. I am aware of Demon Hunters, Warlocks, mind you. But, cosmologically? it just didn't add up for their reasons of using fel considering the costs. But having this in mind gives Sargeras' decision to use Fel a deeper meaning that could explain a bit more about his relation to the Death Pantheon.

Anyway, perhaps this is too out there. What do you think? How does Fel fit into Warcraft and why did Sargeras want to use it despite being a master of Arcane and flame?

TLDR: The Legion used Fel to specifically starve the Shadowlands of souls during their crusade of destruction.


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