I have no doubts that Sylavanus, and whatever can be found in the Shadowlands can be defeated. However, Azeroth is going to have problems closer to home. Without the Lich King, the Scourge has no master and will run rampant across the world. And they outnumber the living 1000 to one.
There's no way Azeroth can defeat an lawless Scourge, only .01% of the scourge was lost in the war against the Lich King. The only way to defeat them, is to restore order. But how can that be done with the Lich King being presumably destroyed? Unless a way can be found to repair and reactivate the crown, a new ruler of the Scourge must be created? But who, or what should it be?
And if that doesn't work, I wonder if the heroes will take risks by letting Sargaras out just to restore the helm? Or trying to resurrect Kil'Jaeden in order to restore the helm? Another player suggested that the Knights of the Ebon Blade take command of the Scourge. Another player suggested that Azeroth's warlocks try to figure out how exactly Kil'Jaeden created the Lich King, and duplicate what what he did in order to create a new Lich King. But who would be willing to be the sacrifice needed? A few more optimistic fans have even theorized that a new plot device introduced in Shadowlands will reverse Sylvanus's undead status, and she'll become the heroine she was before Arthas. And in an act of both sacrifice and redemption, she offers her own soul to create the new Lich King... or should I say Lich Queen?
Sargeras or Kil’Jaeden would have to agree to remake the Helm in order to save Azeroth. They would have to be offered something they prize in return. For Sargeras, freedom might do it. Of course, Sargeras could turn around and unleash the Scourge on the world again once he’s finished. He isn’t to be trusted.
The Knights of the Ebon Blade would be a good choice. Highlord Mograine would be a worthy successor should Bolvar not be able to simply put the Helm back on. I’m not sure if Bolvar survived his battle with Sylvanas.
I would rather Sylvanas stay a villain myself. If they try to redeem her and make her some kind of Lich Queen it’s a story with payoff for nobody but her. We don’t get revenge for Saurfang and Teldrassil and she gets to rule over death for all time.
It won't bring them back though. Well, maybe Teldressil can be restored because the Night Elves need a city all their own, but Saurfang can't be brought back... I think. Hence why revenge solves nothing. Plus, Sylvannus is just as much the victim as the villain, as the Scourge destroyed everything she loved in life.
What about Warlocks trying to dupicate the process that created the Lich King in the first place?
And with the Ebon Blade, that would still be a challenge. Because they are no where near as powerful as the Lich King and can only control one minion at time. The control they would need to control millions if not billions of undead is beyond that. But perhaps the solution can be found in the Shadowfell?
You would need a warlock powerful enough to recreate the process. I don’t know if power such that Kil’Jaeden commanded is necessary to do such a thing, but that’s the only context we’ve seen the Helm of Domination created and empowered in. I would imagine several very powerful warlocks schooled intensely in the most complicated Fel magic would be needed.
The Knights of the Ebon Blade May have to do it collectively. I assume Ner’Zhul’s spirit was destroyed with the Helm, so there may be a whole new way to shackle the Scourge’s will to someone. And that power may need to be divided amongst several hosts.
I think they’re trying to turn Sylvanas into Arthas. An obsession over a single goal rots the seeker inside-out over time and turns them into something they never intended to be in the first place. This person is then confronted by the people they’ve hurt along the way who believe that killing the seeker will set everything right. As we saw with Arthas, that wasn’t the case.
That's why I think she might die as herself, as Arthas. As for Warlocks or Death Knights, the question is, which option has the better chance of succeeding? Or maybe a new plot coupon could be find in the Shadowland?
Neither group has a great track record as far as trustworthiness and I could see both developing ambitions toward world domination when placed in control of the Scourge. In the end, I would go with the Knights over the warlocks. It would be quite out of character (but also an interesting twist) for them to become Arthas at this point.
Repairing and restoring the Helm would be the easiest writing job while coming up with something new would be more difficult but also probably more fulfilling story-wise. They wanted people to see Sylvanas destroying the Helm. I think the message is that the entire paradigm with regards to death itself is about to change.
Perhaps. I suppose it all depends on what works better for the plot. Only time will answer.
Mabye they will bring Arthas back from the dead to control the scourge?
If they went as far as that, it would have to be kept a total secret. So many people from both the Alliance and Horde have lost friends and family to Arthas. And how are they going to prevent him from going evil again? He almost won in Wraith of the Lich King, and without Tyrion, who could stand against him?
What do you think?