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:''For the UI addon/mod that creates a bar at the top of the screen, see [[Titan Panel]]. For the cancelled MMO by [[Blizz]]ard, see [[Titan (codename) MMO]].''
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{{Quotation|[[The Titans and the Shaping of the Universe]] ({{loot|common|Mythology of the Titans}})|The Titans, colossal, metallic-skinned gods from the far reaches of the cosmos, explored the newborn universe and set to work on the worlds they encountered. They shaped the worlds by raising mighty mountains and dredging out vast seas. They breathed skies and raging atmospheres into being. It was all part of their unfathomable, far-sighted plan to create order out of chaos. They even empowered primitive races to tend to their works and maintain the integrity of their respective worlds.}}
 
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| image = Titans.JPG
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|name = Titans, the Travelers
| name = Titans, the Travelers
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|image = Titans.JPG
| capital = Unknown planet in the [[Great Dark]]
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|faction = The [[Pantheon]]
| faction = The [[Pantheon]]
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|character = [[Fighter]], [[Barbarian]], [[Gladiator]], [[Healer]], [[Druid of the wild]], [[Shaman]], [[Expert]], [[Wizard]], [[Warrior]], [[Mage]], [[Sorcerer]], [[Warlock]] (RPG)
| character = [[Fighter]], [[Barbarian]], [[Gladiator]], [[Healer]], [[Druid of the wild]], [[Shaman]], [[Expert]], [[Wizard]], [[Warrior]], [[Mage]], [[Sorcerer]], [[Warlock]] (RPG)
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|capital = Unknown planet in the [[Great Dark]]
| mount = Self-powered flight
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|leader = [[Aman'Thul|Aman'Thul the Highfather]] and the [[Pantheon]]
| homeworld = Unknown
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|mount = Self-powered flight
| language = [[Titan (language)|Titan]]
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|homeworld = Unknown
| slang = None<ref>Titans do not need to speak. A titan can communicate telepathically with any creature it can see, and with any creature on any plane with whom it is familiar (has previously met). ([[Shadows & Light]], pg 110) They also have technology to translate many tongues.</ref>
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|language = [[Titan (language)|Titan]]
| leader = [[Aman'Thul|Aman'Thul the Highfather]] and the [[Pantheon]]
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|slang = None<ref>"Titans do not need to speak. A titan can communicate telepathically with any creature it can see, and with any creature on any plane with whom it is familiar (has previously met).", ''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 110. They also have technology to translate many tongues.</ref>
| height = 20 - 50 ft{{fact}}
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|height = Planet Sized{{fact}}
| alignment = Usually [[lawful neutral]]<ref>Shadows & Light, pg 108</ref>
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|alignment = Usually [[lawful neutral]]<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 108.</ref>
 
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The '''titans''' are a race of extremely powerful, majestic creatures, akin to [[eternal|god]]s.{{cite|APG|75}} These metallic [[giant]]s traveled across the cosmos bringing order to worlds.{{cite|W3Man}}
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The '''titans''', also known as the '''makers'''<ref>[[Ironaya#Quotes]]</ref><ref>[[Algalon the Observer#Quotes]]</ref><ref>Many subzones</ref>, the '''travelers''' (to the trolls)<ref>[[The Third Troll Legend]]</ref>, or the '''Great Ones''' (to the Oracles)<ref>{{quest|Power of the Great Ones}}</ref>, are a race of extremely powerful, majestic creatures, akin to [[Eternal|gods]].<ref>''[[Alliance Player's Guide]]'', pg. 75.</ref> These [[giant]]s traveled across the cosmos bringing order to worlds.<ref>Warcraft III manual, pg. 133.</ref> Many believe them to simply be a progenitor race.<ref>''[[Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game]]'', pg. 32, 127.</ref> Unlike most creatures, titans are made of primordial matter<ref name="wowChronicleV1pg13">''[[World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1]]'', pg. 13</ref> from the evolution of a [[world-soul]] into magical sentience.<ref name="wowChronicleV1pg19">''[[World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1]]'', pg. 19</ref>
   
== History and culture ==
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== History ==
A generally aloof creator race, the titans are now a subject of significant interest on [[Azeroth]], at least for the [[dwarves]] especially the [[Explorer's Guild]]. Their part in Azeroth’s history lies far, far back in time, although [[Sargeras]] has, of course, taken a more active role in recent conflicts through the [[Burning Legion]]. There are two known races of titans ([[aesir]] and [[vanir]]). The [[Pantheon]] are the leaders of the titans and some of the universe’s most powerful entities. Their figure is humanoid but gigantic, with gleaming metallic skin and a perfection of form that makes the heart ache.{{Cite|S&L|107}}
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After the creation of the universe, many worlds came into existence. Within some of these worlds, the spirits of the Titans were forged. These world-souls slumbered for ages and the nascent titans suffused their energies with the celestial bodies they inhabited. When they awoke, the Titans became living worlds and their bodies adapted the environment on the world and it's cosmic surrounding as their own. After their initial awakening, the Titans started a quest to find more of their kind across the universe.<ref name=WoWC1>[[World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1]]; Chapter I: Mythos</ref>
   
Very little is known about the titans save for scraps the dwarves have unearthed and some vague [[night elf]] folklore. Few scholars actually believe the mighty [[demigods]] even existed. Legend holds that the great ones shaped the land when the world was young, then left the world to its own devices. The ruins and buried cities that remain on Azeroth [[Uldum]] beneath the [[Tanaris]] Desert, [[Ulduar]] beneath the [[Storm Peaks]] of [[Northrend]], and [[Uldaman]] beneath the dwarven home of [[Khaz Modan]] are known to a few to actually be "titanic" ruins. Most mortals believe that they are only ancient ruins. There are two presumed types of titan, the stronger, smarter, more agile Aesir, and the tougher but less powerful Vanir. One scholar has postulated that there are other subspecies of titans. No titans have ever been spotted, and it is believed that they live among the stars where they continue to this day shaping new worlds.{{Cite|S&L|107}}
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The first titan to awaken was [[Aman'Thul]] and he soon started his quest to find more slumbering world-souls and nurtured them until they also transformed into titans. The awakened Titans joined Aman'Thul in his quest, preserving life and order in every world they encountered, despite the fact that most of them proved devoid of a soul. After ordering the worlds, the Titans placed [[Constellar]]s to watch over them while they continued their quest to find more world-souls.
   
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After eons of searching, only seven Titans existed and they formed the [[Pantheon]]. They were Aman'Thul, [[Sargeras]], [[Aggramar]], [[Eonar]], [[Khaz'goroth]], [[Norgannon]] and [[Golganneth]].<ref name=WoWC1/>
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== Culture ==
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The titans are now a subject of significant interest on [[Azeroth (world)|Azeroth]], at least for the [[dwarves]] — especially the [[Explorers' Guild]]. Their part in Azeroth’s history lies far, far back in time, although [[Sargeras]] has, of course, taken a more active role in recent conflicts through the [[Burning Legion]]. There are two known races of titans ([[aesir]] and [[vanir]]). The [[Pantheon]] are the leaders of the titans and some of the universe’s most powerful entities. Their figure is humanoid but gigantic, with gleaming metallic skin and a perfection of form that makes the heart ache.<ref name="S&L107">''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 107.</ref>
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Very little is known about the titans save for scraps the dwarves have unearthed and some vague [[night elf]] folklore. Few human scholars actually believed the mighty [[demigods]] even existed. Legend holds that the great ones shaped the land when the world was young, then left the world to its own devices. The ruins and buried cities that remain on Azeroth — [[Uldum]] beneath the [[Tanaris]] Desert, [[Ulduar]] beneath the [[Storm Peaks]] of [[Northrend]], and [[Uldaman]] beneath the dwarven home of [[Khaz Modan]] — are known to a few to actually be "titanic" ruins. Most mortals believed that they were only ancient ruins. There are two presumed types of titan, the stronger, smarter, more agile aesir, and the tougher but less powerful vanir. One scholar has postulated that there are other subspecies of titans. No titans have ever been spotted, and it is believed that they live among the stars where they continue to this day shaping new worlds.<ref name="S&L107"/> ''In this passage, the majority of "scholars" and the "most mortals" refers primarily, if not entirely, to humans.''
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[[File:Order vs chaos by hipnosworld.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|The Ordering of Azeroth, fan art by hipnosworld]]
 
Each titan cultivates specific interests that relate to particular elements or energy types — essentially, to some small aspect of creation over which the titan holds a measure of dominance. Some titans refer to the piece of creation upon which they focus as their "sphere of power".
 
Each titan cultivates specific interests that relate to particular elements or energy types — essentially, to some small aspect of creation over which the titan holds a measure of dominance. Some titans refer to the piece of creation upon which they focus as their "sphere of power".
   
Titans generally believe they are invincible. They wade into the thickest of battles using their most powerful abilities, or even just swinging with massive, alloyed fists. Titans with well-defined spheres of power have wildly varying combat tactics, focusing primarily upon the strengths of their spheres.{{Cite|S&L|109}}
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Titans generally believe they are invincible. They wade into the thickest of battles using their most powerful abilities, or even just swinging with massive, alloyed fists. Titans with well-defined spheres of power have wildly varying combat tactics, focusing primarily upon the strengths of their spheres.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 109.</ref> Despite this there is evidence that in the war with the old gods a titan was killed.{{fact}}
   
 
== Types ==
 
== Types ==
 
*[[Aesir]] (platinum)
 
*[[Aesir]] (platinum)
 
*[[Vanir]] (bronze)
 
*[[Vanir]] (bronze)
Aesir and Vanir are two presumed types of titans{{cite|S&L|107}}. However it is believed that their may be other subspecies.{{cite|S&L|107}} In the game files "titans" have skins for gold, stone, and ivory, in addition to bronze and platinum. These may represent additional titan subspecies.
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Aesir and vanir are two presumed types of titans.<ref name="S&L107"/> However, it is believed that there may be other subspecies.<ref name="S&L107"/> In the game files "titans" have skins for gold, silver, stone, and ivory, in addition to bronze and platinum. These may represent additional titan subspecies.
   
 
== Known titans ==
 
== Known titans ==
Most of the known titans come from the elite, ruling sect known as the [[Pantheon]]. Little is known of the names or details of the titans, beyond these few:
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{{Source needed-section|RPG refs need to be replaced if possible.}}Most of the known titans come from the elite, ruling sect known as the [[Pantheon]]. Little is known of the names or details of the titans, beyond these few:
   
===Pantheon===
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=== Pantheon ===
* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}} [[Aman'Thul]]
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* {{RaceIcon|Aesir|Male}} [[Aman'Thul]]
* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Female|Small}} [[Eonar]]
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* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Female}} [[Eonar]]
* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}} [[Norgannon]]
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* {{RaceIcon|Aesir|Male}} [[Norgannon]]
* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}} [[Khaz'goroth]]
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* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male}} [[Khaz'goroth]]
* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}} [[Aggramar]]
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* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male}} [[Aggramar]]
* {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}} [[Golganneth]]
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* {{RaceIcon|Aesir|Male}} [[Golganneth]]
* {{RaceIcon|DarkTitan|Male|Small}} [[Sargeras]] ([[Vanir]] titan<ref>Shadows & Light, 123</ref>/[[dark titan]]<ref>Magic and Mayhem, 16</ref>)
 
** {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}} [[Avatar of Sargeras]]{{cite|S&L|123}}
 
   
===Others===
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==== Former ====
Note: The characters below use the "titan" in-game models.
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* {{RaceIcon|DarkTitan|Male}} [[Sargeras]] ([[Vanir]] titan<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 123.</ref>/[[dark titan]]<ref>''[[Magic and Mayhem]]'', pg. 16.</ref>)
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}}[[Aman]] (male "titan" model,)
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** {{RaceIcon|Titan|Male}} [[Avatar of Sargeras]]<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 123.</ref>
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}}[[Jotun]] (male "titan" model)
 
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Male|Small}}[[Loken]] (male "titan" model, believed to be the Titan of Temple of Wisdom)
 
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female|Small}}[[Ironaya]] (female "titan" model)
 
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female|Small}}[[Maiden of Virtue]] (female "titan" model)
 
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female|Small}}[[Myzrael]] (female "titan" model)
 
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female|Small}}[[Maiden of Grief]] (female "titan" model)
 
*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female|Small}}[[Freya]] ("daughter of titans"<ref>Freya's Pact</ref>, formerly in Temple of Life, current location unknown)
 
**[[Avatar of Freya]] (presumed; unique model, based off of female [[vrykul]])
 
===Unknown models ===
 
{{speculation}}
 
Note:These are implied to be titans.
 
   
*[[Hodir]] (presumed; unique model, formerly in Temple of Winter, current location unknown)
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==== Pantheon destroyed ====
*[[Mimir]] (presumed, formerly in Temple of Invention, current location unknown)
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{{Novel-section}}A tale of [[Lei Shen]] suggests the last members of the Pantheon have been dead for millenia, killed by Sargeras around the time of the forming of the Burning Legion.<ref name="blizzplanetWoWChroniclesVol1Preview">{{ref web|work=[[Blizzplanet]]|url=http://warcraft.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/warcraft-chronicle-preview-story-lei-shen|title=World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol. 1 Preview: The Story of Lei Shen|author=[http://warcraft.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/author/red-shirt-guy Ian Bates]|date=4-Mar-2016}}</ref>
*[[Tyr]] (presumed; formerly in Temple of Order, current location unknown. It is worth noting that Tyr's temple alone shows no sign of damage or conflict, as such Tyr may have willingly defected or fallen under the sway of the Old God)
 
*[[Thorim]] (presumed; in Temple of Storms, brother of Loken, curse of flesh?)
 
   
===Unknown===
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==== Aggramar revived and essence of Eonar found ====
*"The Grand Architect" who, according to [[Gearmaster Mechazod]], created the first gnomes, the [[mechagnomes]]. This could be a reference to [[Khaz'Goroth]] who is believed to be the titan behind dwarves, humans, and gnomes.{{cite|APG}} Khaz'Goroth was the architect and shaper of the lands of Azeroth. It might also refer to Mimir, a possible titan whose library contains mechagnomes.
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*Greatfather Winter ([[The Feast of Winter Veil]]). (May be Hodir who has been referred as "father figure", and who was connected to ice and snow.)
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*[[Midnight Peddler]] - Presumed to be akin to titans or Burning Legion.
 
   
== Trivia ==
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=== Possible ===
[[Image:Titans.jpg|thumb|Titan models]]
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* [[Azeroth_(world)|Azeroth]]
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* {{l-inline}} [[Argus]] (corrupted)<ref name="mmochampionPatch73SeatandAntorus">{{ref web|work=[[MMO Champion]]|url=http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/2245180-Patch-7-3-Seat-of-the-Triumvirate-and-Antorus-the-Burning-Throne?p=46300726#post46300726|title=Patch 7.3 - Seat of the Triumvirate and Antorus, the Burning Throne|author=[http://www.mmo-champion.com/members/523085-chaud chaud]|date=29-Jun-2017 08:50 AM}}</ref>
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== Suspected representations of titans ==
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{{speculation-section}}Players have speculated they may have seen titans, but they have only seen possible representations of titans.<ref>[[Ask_Creative_Development/Round_2#Titans|Ask CDev, round 2 "have we seen a true titan" answer]]</ref> See also {{quest|Fate of the Titans}}.
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Chris Metzen stated in [[BlizzCast]] 12 that "Will we see actual titans one day."<ref>http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/blizzcast/archive/episode12.html</ref> However, in [[Ask_Creative_Development/Round_2#Titans|Ask CDev, round 2]] (2011) the question of whether players have seen titans in World of Warcraft was asked directly and the answer was "No, only their creations."
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== In Patch 7.3 ==
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In the raid, [[Antorus, the Burning Throne]], the first explicit representations of titans will likely be seen for [[Aggramar]] and [[Eonar]] in the manifestations of their remaining essences.<ref name="mmochampionPatch73SeatandAntorus">{{ref web|work=[[MMO Champion]]|url=http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/2245180-Patch-7-3-Seat-of-the-Triumvirate-and-Antorus-the-Burning-Throne?p=46300726#post46300726|title=Patch 7.3 - Seat of the Triumvirate and Antorus, the Burning Throne|author=[http://www.mmo-champion.com/members/523085-chaud chaud]|date=29-Jun-2017 08:50 AM}}</ref> Also a proto-[[titan]] or [[world-soul]] of [[Argus]] will be the last encounter.<ref name="mmochampionPatch73SeatandAntorus" />
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=== NPCs who use the titan model or titan-like models ===
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{{Wow-section}}Most of these creatures have been determined to be [[titanic watcher]]s.
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*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Male}} [[Aman]] (male "titan" model, appears in [[Menethil Harbor]]'s inn)
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*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female}} [[Auriaya]] (female "titan" model, currently in [[Ulduar (instance)|Ulduar]])
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*{{RaceIconExt|Freya}} [[Freya]] ("daughter of titans"<ref>{{quest|Freya's Pact}}</ref>, unique titan-like model, formerly in [[Temple of Life]], currently in [[Ulduar (instance)|Ulduar]])
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**{{RaceIconExt|Freya}} [[Avatar of Freya]] (embodiment of one aspect of Freya, currently in [[Sholazar Basin]])
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*{{RaceIconExt|Hodir}} [[Hodir]] (unique titan-like model, formerly in [[Temple of Winter]], currently in [[Ulduar (instance)|Ulduar]])
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*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female}} [[Ironaya]] (female "titan" model, currently in [[Uldaman]])
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*{{RaceIcon|StoneTitan|Male}} [[Jotun]] (male "titan" model, walks along the [[Path of the Titans (subzone)|Path of the Titans]])
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*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Male}} [[Loken]] (male "titan" model, formerly in the [[Temple of Wisdom]], currently in the [[Halls of Lightning]])
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*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female}} [[Maiden of Grief]] (female "titan" model, currently in the [[Halls of Stone]])
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*{{RaceIcon|Aesir|Female}} [[Maiden of Virtue]] (female "titan" model, currently in [[Karazhan]])
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*{{RaceIcon|Titan|Female}} [[Myzrael]] (female "titan" model, trapped deep beneath the [[Arathi Highlands]])
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* [[Odyn]] (titanic watcher within the [[Halls of Valor]])
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*{{RaceIconExt|Thorim}} [[Thorim]] (unique titan-like model, Brother of Loken, formerly in the [[Temple of Storms]], currently in [[Ulduar (instance)|Ulduar]])
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*{{RaceIcon|StoneTitan|Male}} [[Yotnar]] (titanic watcher who oversees the trials at the [[Aggramar's Vault]] in [[Stormheim]])
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*[[Greatfather Winter]] (suspected)<ref>[[The Feast of Winter Veil]]</ref>
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*[[Tyr]] (suspected; formerly in [[Temple of Order]], current location unknown. It is worth noting that Tyr's temple alone shows no sign of damage or conflict, as such Tyr may have willingly defected or fallen under the sway of the Old God)
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*"The Grand Architect" - According to [[Gearmaster Mechazod]], a [[Titanic watcher|titan keeper]] in Ulduar who created the first gnomes, the [[mechagnomes]]. Likely [[Mimiron]]. However, [[Khaz'Goroth]] is believed to be the titan behind dwarves, humans, and gnomes.<ref>''[[Alliance Player's Guide]]''</ref>
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== Myth ==
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* The original Titans are the elder gods from {{wplink|Greek mythology}} who inhabited the world during the First Era, and later ruled it during the Second Era. Their leader was Kronos. Notable titans include Rhea, Atlas, and Prometheus. Unlike their Warcraft counterparts, most of them were inherently malevolent. They were defeated by Zeus and the Olympians at the start of the Third Era.
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**In ''Greek mythology'', the gods chained the evil titans beneath the surface of the world. In the [[Warcraft universe]], the Titans chained the old gods beneath the surface of the world.
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* The Æsir come from {{wplink|Norse mythology|Viking (Norse) mythology}}. They are the rulers of Asgard and the more altruistic force in the universe, the greatest of them being Odin and Thor. The Vanir come from Vanaheim and are allied with the Æsir. They mostly live apart from each other, but a few Vanir have been taken into Asgard and are considered as "one of the Æsir." Both have a common enemy in the Jotnar (giants). In an interesting contrast from Blizzard's direction, which places the dwarves close to the Titans, the Vanir of Norse myth had stronger ties to the elves.
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== Media ==
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=== Video ===
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<gallery captionalign="center" position="center">
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<!-- INACCESSIBLE File:WoW Pro Lore Episode 1 The Titans Machinima-1367874962|Tankingmage's video narration with machinima -->
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File:The Lore of Titans & Old Gods - Part 1 -
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File:Warcraft History & Lore Episode 1 - The Creation|Nobdy Enoon's video series on Warcraft History & Lore
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== Notes ==
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[[File:Titans.jpg|thumb|Titan models]]
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* According to some statues scattered around [[Uldaman]], the original five races of the world were [[troll]]s, [[earthen]], [[tauren]], [[mountain giant]]s, and [[sea giant]]s. The giants and the earthen were direct creations of the titans, to aid them in shaping Azeroth. It appears [[mechagnome]]s (which later became [[gnomes]]) were also created by the titans to help shape the world, but as mechagnomes resemble machines more than living organisms it is possible that the titans didn't consider them their own race. This may be the case with [[iron vrykul]] (which apparently later became normal [[vrykul]]s and [[humans]]) as well, although iron vrukyl are much more similar to earthen. The [[trolls]] and [[tauren]], it would seem, were the first races to evolve, or else the first creations of the titans not charged with assisting or defending Azeroth. However, the [[dragon]]s might well predate all of them- certain passages from ''[[War of the Ancients]]'' refers to them as (in the Old Gods' minds) the "Titan's hounds". This, along with the discovery of [[Galakrond]] and the [[proto-dragon]]s, seems to prove that the dragons were created by the titans to help safeguard Azeroth. [[Furbolgs]] also have legends of seeing the coming of the titans to the world from their homeland in Northrend, implying they predate the titans as well.<ref>''[[Lands of Mystery]]'', pg. 85.</ref> [[Murlocs]] have also been implied to predate titans.{{fact}}
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* According to some sources, such as the [[Warcraft Encyclopedia]], it is said that the titans are not actually [[gods]], though they are more powerful than a number of gods encountered in Azeroth.<ref>http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/417.xml</ref> Other sources such as the [[Sunwell Trilogy]] claim that they are ''"gods from the far reaches of the cosmos"''.<ref>''[[Dragon Hunt]]''</ref> ''[[Alliance Player's Guide]]'' says that they are akin to gods.{{fact}} ''[[Shadows & Light]]'' states that they are [[demigods]].<ref name="S&L107"/>
 
* Titans brought the concept of [[Runic Magic]] into the world.{{fact}}
 
* Titans brought the concept of [[Runic Magic]] into the world.{{fact}}
 
* They are called "Travelers" in the [[Troll Legends]].
 
* They are called "Travelers" in the [[Troll Legends]].
* According to some statues scattered around [[Uldaman]], the original five races of the world were [[troll]]s, [[earthen]], [[tauren]], [[mountain giant]]s, and [[sea giant]]s. The giants and the earthen were direct creations of the titans, to aid them in shaping Azeroth. The trolls and tauren, it would seem, were the first races to evolve, possibly with influence from the [[Well of Eternity]] as there is no other information as to where they may have come from. The dragons predate the trolls and the tauren, but it is not clear whether they predate the titans' arrival. However, certain passages from War of the Ancients refers to them as (in the Old Gods' minds) the "Titan's hounds". This implies that the dragons were created by the titans to help safeguard Azeroth. Furbolgs also have legends of seeing the coming of the titans to the world from their homeland in Northrend, implying they predate the titans as well.{{Cite|LoM|85}} Murlocs have also been implied to predate titans.
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* When shaping Azeroth, the titans tried out and discarded various ideas. The different "layers" or "versions" of Azeroth this progress created can be observed within the [[Emerald Dream]], according to Cenarius and Malfurion Stormrage.<ref>''[[The Well of Eternity]]'', pg. ?</ref>
* According to some sources, such as the Warcraft Encyclopedia, it is said that the titans are not actually gods, though they are more powerful than a number of gods encountered in Azeroth.<ref>http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/417.xml</ref> Other sources such as [[The Sunwell Trilogy]] claim that they are ''"gods from the far reaches of the cosmos"''<ref>[[Dragon Hunt]]</ref>. ''Alliance Player's Guide'' says that they are akin to gods. ''Shadows & Light'' states that they are [[demigods]].{{Cite|S&L|107}}
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* It is implied that the Burning Legion fears the Titans.<ref>''[[The Well of Eternity]]'', pg. 267.</ref>
* Some accounts of the titans give them titles such as "Patron of All Life".
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* Some accounts of the titans give them titles such as "Patron of All Life".<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]''</ref>
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== Trivia ==
 
* Two in-game models are called "titans" in the files.
 
* Two in-game models are called "titans" in the files.
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* '''Argus (Panoptes)'''  is a many-eyed giant in Greek mythology.
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* The original Titans are giants or proto-gods from {{wplink|Greek mythology}} who inhabited the world during the First Era, and later ruled it during the Second Era. Their leader was Kronos. Notable titans include Rhea, Atlas, and Prometheus. Unlike their Warcraft counterparts, most of them were inherently malevolent. They were defeated by Zeus and the Olympians at the start of the Third Era.
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For the UI addon/mod that creates a bar at the top of the screen, see Titan Panel. For the cancelled MMO by Blizzard, see Titan (codename) MMO.
The Titans, colossal, metallic-skinned gods from the far reaches of the cosmos, explored the newborn universe and set to work on the worlds they encountered. They shaped the worlds by raising mighty mountains and dredging out vast seas. They breathed skies and raging atmospheres into being. It was all part of their unfathomable, far-sighted plan to create order out of chaos. They even empowered primitive races to tend to their works and maintain the integrity of their respective worlds.


The titans, also known as the makers[3][4][5], the travelers (to the trolls)[6], or the Great Ones (to the Oracles)[7], are a race of extremely powerful, majestic creatures, akin to gods.[8] These giants traveled across the cosmos bringing order to worlds.[9] Many believe them to simply be a progenitor race.[10] Unlike most creatures, titans are made of primordial matter[11] from the evolution of a world-soul into magical sentience.[12]

History Edit

After the creation of the universe, many worlds came into existence. Within some of these worlds, the spirits of the Titans were forged. These world-souls slumbered for ages and the nascent titans suffused their energies with the celestial bodies they inhabited. When they awoke, the Titans became living worlds and their bodies adapted the environment on the world and it's cosmic surrounding as their own. After their initial awakening, the Titans started a quest to find more of their kind across the universe.[13]

The first titan to awaken was Aman'Thul and he soon started his quest to find more slumbering world-souls and nurtured them until they also transformed into titans. The awakened Titans joined Aman'Thul in his quest, preserving life and order in every world they encountered, despite the fact that most of them proved devoid of a soul. After ordering the worlds, the Titans placed Constellars to watch over them while they continued their quest to find more world-souls.

After eons of searching, only seven Titans existed and they formed the Pantheon. They were Aman'Thul, Sargeras, Aggramar, Eonar, Khaz'goroth, Norgannon and Golganneth.[13]

Culture Edit

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The titans are now a subject of significant interest on Azeroth, at least for the dwarves — especially the Explorers' Guild. Their part in Azeroth’s history lies far, far back in time, although Sargeras has, of course, taken a more active role in recent conflicts through the Burning Legion. There are two known races of titans (aesir and vanir). The Pantheon are the leaders of the titans and some of the universe’s most powerful entities. Their figure is humanoid but gigantic, with gleaming metallic skin and a perfection of form that makes the heart ache.[14]

Very little is known about the titans save for scraps the dwarves have unearthed and some vague night elf folklore. Few human scholars actually believed the mighty demigods even existed. Legend holds that the great ones shaped the land when the world was young, then left the world to its own devices. The ruins and buried cities that remain on Azeroth — Uldum beneath the Tanaris Desert, Ulduar beneath the Storm Peaks of Northrend, and Uldaman beneath the dwarven home of Khaz Modan — are known to a few to actually be "titanic" ruins. Most mortals believed that they were only ancient ruins. There are two presumed types of titan, the stronger, smarter, more agile aesir, and the tougher but less powerful vanir. One scholar has postulated that there are other subspecies of titans. No titans have ever been spotted, and it is believed that they live among the stars where they continue to this day shaping new worlds.[14] In this passage, the majority of "scholars" and the "most mortals" refers primarily, if not entirely, to humans.

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The Ordering of Azeroth, fan art by hipnosworld

Each titan cultivates specific interests that relate to particular elements or energy types — essentially, to some small aspect of creation over which the titan holds a measure of dominance. Some titans refer to the piece of creation upon which they focus as their "sphere of power".

Titans generally believe they are invincible. They wade into the thickest of battles using their most powerful abilities, or even just swinging with massive, alloyed fists. Titans with well-defined spheres of power have wildly varying combat tactics, focusing primarily upon the strengths of their spheres.[15] Despite this there is evidence that in the war with the old gods a titan was killed.[citation needed]

Types Edit

Aesir and vanir are two presumed types of titans.[14] However, it is believed that there may be other subspecies.[14] In the game files "titans" have skins for gold, silver, stone, and ivory, in addition to bronze and platinum. These may represent additional titan subspecies.

Known titans Edit

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Most of the known titans come from the elite, ruling sect known as the Pantheon. Little is known of the names or details of the titans, beyond these few:

Pantheon Edit

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Pantheon destroyed Edit

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A tale of Lei Shen suggests the last members of the Pantheon have been dead for millenia, killed by Sargeras around the time of the forming of the Burning Legion.[19]

Aggramar revived and essence of Eonar found Edit

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Possible Edit

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Suspected representations of titans Edit

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Players have speculated they may have seen titans, but they have only seen possible representations of titans.[21] See also Fate of the Titans.

Chris Metzen stated in BlizzCast 12 that "Will we see actual titans one day."[22] However, in Ask CDev, round 2 (2011) the question of whether players have seen titans in World of Warcraft was asked directly and the answer was "No, only their creations."

In Patch 7.3 Edit

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In the raid, Antorus, the Burning Throne, the first explicit representations of titans will likely be seen for Aggramar and Eonar in the manifestations of their remaining essences.[20] Also a proto-titan or world-soul of Argus will be the last encounter.[20]

NPCs who use the titan model or titan-like models Edit

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Most of these creatures have been determined to be titanic watchers.

Unseen indviduals Edit

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Myth Edit

  • The original Titans are the elder gods from Greek mythology who inhabited the world during the First Era, and later ruled it during the Second Era. Their leader was Kronos. Notable titans include Rhea, Atlas, and Prometheus. Unlike their Warcraft counterparts, most of them were inherently malevolent. They were defeated by Zeus and the Olympians at the start of the Third Era.
    • In Greek mythology, the gods chained the evil titans beneath the surface of the world. In the Warcraft universe, the Titans chained the old gods beneath the surface of the world.
  • The Æsir come from Viking (Norse) mythology. They are the rulers of Asgard and the more altruistic force in the universe, the greatest of them being Odin and Thor. The Vanir come from Vanaheim and are allied with the Æsir. They mostly live apart from each other, but a few Vanir have been taken into Asgard and are considered as "one of the Æsir." Both have a common enemy in the Jotnar (giants). In an interesting contrast from Blizzard's direction, which places the dwarves close to the Titans, the Vanir of Norse myth had stronger ties to the elves.

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Notes Edit

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  • According to some statues scattered around Uldaman, the original five races of the world were trolls, earthen, tauren, mountain giants, and sea giants. The giants and the earthen were direct creations of the titans, to aid them in shaping Azeroth. It appears mechagnomes (which later became gnomes) were also created by the titans to help shape the world, but as mechagnomes resemble machines more than living organisms it is possible that the titans didn't consider them their own race. This may be the case with iron vrykul (which apparently later became normal vrykuls and humans) as well, although iron vrukyl are much more similar to earthen. The trolls and tauren, it would seem, were the first races to evolve, or else the first creations of the titans not charged with assisting or defending Azeroth. However, the dragons might well predate all of them- certain passages from War of the Ancients refers to them as (in the Old Gods' minds) the "Titan's hounds". This, along with the discovery of Galakrond and the proto-dragons, seems to prove that the dragons were created by the titans to help safeguard Azeroth. Furbolgs also have legends of seeing the coming of the titans to the world from their homeland in Northrend, implying they predate the titans as well.[26] Murlocs have also been implied to predate titans.[citation needed]
  • According to some sources, such as the Warcraft Encyclopedia, it is said that the titans are not actually gods, though they are more powerful than a number of gods encountered in Azeroth.[27] Other sources such as the Sunwell Trilogy claim that they are "gods from the far reaches of the cosmos".[28] Alliance Player's Guide says that they are akin to gods.[citation needed] Shadows & Light states that they are demigods.[14]
  • Titans brought the concept of Runic Magic into the world.[citation needed]
  • They are called "Travelers" in the Troll Legends.
  • When shaping Azeroth, the titans tried out and discarded various ideas. The different "layers" or "versions" of Azeroth this progress created can be observed within the Emerald Dream, according to Cenarius and Malfurion Stormrage.[29]
  • It is implied that the Burning Legion fears the Titans.[30]
  • Some accounts of the titans give them titles such as "Patron of All Life".[31]

Trivia Edit

  • Two in-game models are called "titans" in the files.
  • Argus (Panoptes)  is a many-eyed giant in Greek mythology.
  • The titans made had been inspired and even based on the titans from Greek mythology, born from the union of the comsic sky and the earth.

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See also Edit

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