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9.2 Epilogue - Sylvanas's Judgment Questline and Important NPC Reactions (Story Spoilers)
29.03.2022 um 14:04
The epilogue of the Shadowlands campaign is now live, with Sylvanas's judgment being delivered. We went through the short questline on this post.
Story Spoilers Ahead.
The epilogue questline starts in Zereth Mortis, with Bolvar giving out the quest
The Jailer's Defeat
. This quest is a simple introduction to the epilogue, and the
Jailer Finale cutscene from the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid
plays out there. After the cutscene is played, Bolvar sends you to Oribos to deliver the Crown of Wills to the Arbiter, as well as finishing up the last task in the Shadowlands: the judgment of Sylvanas Windrunner.
We then meet Uther together with Sylvanas in Oribos in
A Long Walk
. We escort Sylvanas together with Uther to the Arbiter's Chamber, a literal walk of shame for Sylvanas, as she walks through covenant members and azerothian souls, all giving her a piece of their mind.
Uther: Come. Let us be on our way.
Sylvari Artisan: You defiled our sacred groves!
Apprentice Ritualist: Torment is all you deserve!
Venthyr Aristocrat: Your sins are beyond measure!
Kyrian Aspirant: How many souls have you doomed?!
Orc Soul: We trusted you! You betrayed us all!
Night Elf Soul: My home! My family! All burned to ashes!
Uther: Is it justice they seek? Or vengeance?
Sylvanas: Anger and pain make it difficult to tell the difference.
After we arrive at the Arbiter's Chamber, we can start
The Fate of Sylvanas
. Several NPCs can be found there: Alleria and Vereesa Windrunner, Genn Greymane, Baine Bloodhoof, Jaina Proudmoore, Anduin Wrynn, Thrall, Taelia and Bolvar Fordragon, Shandris Feathermoon, Tyrande Whisperwind, Maiev Shadowsong, Calia Menethil, Lor'themar Theron and First Arcanist Thalyssra.
As we talk to Arbiter Pelagos, the Judgment of Sylvanas starts, playing the first cutscene.
After Pelagos assigns Sylvanas's judgment to Tyrande, we go with her to the Ring of Transference in Oribos, where Tyrande delivers her judgment in
Peace and Renewal
. As we arrive there, Sylvanas has a short dialogue with her sister Vereesa, before facing Tyrande.
Vereesa: ...and now, after so long... there is much we need to say to one another...
Sylvanas: I know, sisters. But judgment comes.
Tyrande then delivers her judgment, playing the second cinematic out and completing the 9.2 Epilogue questline.
Tyrande: The Banshee's penance will save countless lost souls. A fate that would not come to pass had I slain her in Ardenweald.
Tyrande: Perhaps this is why Mother Moon stayed my hand.
Tyrande: The Horde inflicted a grievous wound upon my people, <player>. You may never earn my trust... but you have my thanks for setting things right.
Post-Questline NPC Dialogues
During the Tyrande judgment quest, several NPCs have some dialogue when you talk to them, including different Sylvanas dialogues for whether you chose to become a loyalist or rebel against her in Battle for Azeroth. We transcribed all of them below.
Ah, <player>. Before I face the coming judgment, I would share words with you.
I was recently reminded that we cannot change the past. If you choose to hate me for the things I've done, I could not blame you for it.
But know this. We shared common cause once, and you have proven your dedication to the Horde time and again. I hope that you will continue to defend it, no matter what may come.
<player>. It is fitting that we share a few final words here, as I stand upon the precipice of judgment.
You have shown me loyalty time and time again, even when others spurned you for it. Even when my own actions did not merit such dedication.
I'm not certain what fate awaits me. But if one day I have need of trusted allies, I know that I can call upon you.
Ah, <player>. You have little reason to listen to my words, but I offer them nonetheless.
Nothing I can say or do can change what I have done. My judgement is at hand, and I accept whatever comes.
In life, I fought to protect my home. It is good that Azeroth has you and your allies to defend her.
The Banshee tore a gaping wound in the soul of my people. She set our home aflame and sent countless kaldorei to the Maw.
Whatever judgment the Arbiter hands down can never balance the scales. Nothing he can do or say will ever be enough.
In life, Sylvanas Windrunner served as Ranger-General of Silvermoon. If you had told her then of the atrocities she would commit in undeath, she wouldn't have believed you.
We all sometimes harbor darkness in our hearts. I nearly succumbed to mine. What I did to Arthas could have become the first step on a path to damnation.
Yet from understanding flows compassion, and compassion can save us from any darkness. It is an ideal to which we must all aspire... though we must never forget that it does not come easily.
Hatred is a cycle, <player>. One that is all too easy to perpetuate. And forgiveness does not come easily to those who have been wronged.
Years ago, I implored others to set aside their grievances and bring that cycle to an end. Only now, after so much has happened, do I grasp the enormity of what I was asking.
Hatred and guilt have haunted me, as they have so many others. I still believe the cycle can be broken, though it takes relentless effort... and a great deal of time.
The shadow of the things I've seen... what the Jailer forced me to do... hangs over me.
For the part you played in setting me free, I'll always be grateful.
But I cannot pretend that I can simply go back to being the person I was. I need... time.
I must ask more of you. The Alliance will need your dedication, now more than ever.
No doubt the Horde will rely upon your courage in the days ahead. Defend Azeroth, <player>. No matter what comes.
I will never forgive the Banshee for what she did to Teldrassil. Or Gilneas.
Or my son.
<Greymane clenches his fist.>
But for now, our focus must turn to Anduin. He will need our help to recover from what he's endured.
I refuse to believe that your fallen Warchief feels even the slightest remorse for her crimes.
When will she answer for what she did to my people? To my son?
<Greymane clenches his fist.>
You have much to answer for as well.
We sin'dorei are no strangers to suffering and tragedy. I have seen my people massacred, my kingdom razed, and all I revere defiled.
When Silvermoon at last rejoined the world, it was Sylvanas who extended her hand and welcomed us into the Horde.
Those days are long behind us now. The devastation and loss inflicted upon Azeroth by the Banshee Queen is nigh incalculable.
The knowledge that I stood by while so much of it happened still haunts me. Perhaps, in the end, judgment will come for me as well.
Sylvanas had me imprisoned and tortured for defying her, though the pain she inflicted upon me pales in comparison to that of her other victims.
For a time, I hated her for what she did to me and to the Horde. But hatred is a poison. Once it seeps into your veins, it will spell your doom.
It is right that Sylvanas faces justice for all she has done. The guilty must stand before those they have wronged... and answer for their crimes.
When Sylvanas sent her Mawsworn to capture me, all I wanted was to escape. To leave the Shadowlands behind and return to my home. My family.
And yet, this journey has taught me so much. About my mother, about myself, and about the legacy we all leave behind.
This was not the path I would have chosen. But perhaps it was the path I needed to walk.
As I sat for years upon the Frozen Throne, I felt a malevolent shadow upon my mind. I did not realize it was the Jailer attempting to twist me into yet another of his pawns.
It took all of my resolve to resist his influence. And still, I have no way of knowing how many of my actions furthered Icecrown Citadel's true purpose.
That is what is most insidious about him. Even after the Jailer's defeat, the doubt he sowed within each of us lives on.
As I fought demons for centuries across the Twisting Nether, I clung to the hope that I would one day hold my son again, and stand beside my sisters once more.
I could never have imagined the fate that befell Sylvanas, or the monstrous choices she would make thereafter.
Vereesa desperately hopes that the return of her soul fragment means that our sister has been returned to us. I am less certain.
But I have learned to be patient. I will be watching...
After witnessing Sylvanas's deeds during the war, I feared the last vestige of the sister I knew was gone forever.
But when I heard what transpired here in the Shadowlands, I had to come and see for myself.
I'd understand if you thought me a fool for still having hope, but... I have lost so many that I loved.
If there is even a chance that a spark of the Sylvanas I knew has returned, then I refuse to give up on her.
The kaldorei--those who burned as well as those who survived -- have long awaited this moment. To know that the Banshee will be made to answer for all she has done.
Many called for her head. Some still do. and I doubt that anything less will satisfy them.
But Sylvanas spoke true when she said death would be a mercy. And if she can spare souls from the torments of the Maw, then perhaps her penance will prove more valuable than her execution.
Do you believe this to be justice, warlock? That Sylvanas be allowed to endure after slaughtering countless innocents?
There was a time when rage clouded my vision and I turned my glaive against my own people.
And after my beloved comrade, Sira, was struck down and raised into undeath, she unleashed her hatred against us.
By rights, both our lives were forfeit. Yet I was given a chance to mend that which I had sought to tear asunder. Not for my sake, but for those whom I had wronged. I pray Sira may receive that chance as well.
As for Sylvanas, I do not know if this is justice. But I believe that it is right.
This article is part of our Shadowlands epilogue coverage, highlighting the judgment of Sylvanas Windrunner and NPC reactions. Below is a list of our 9.2 Epilogue articles:
Sylvanas' Judgement Cinematics
Sylvanas Judgment Questline and Important NPC Reactions
What's Next for Anduin? Greymane and Anduin Dialogue
Bolvar and Darion Reflect on the Scourge
Alleria and Vereesa Reflect on their Sister's Legacy
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