sha are manifestation of the 7 heads of y'shaarj, i'm assuming the mantid worship this guy as their god
he's most likely the forgotten casters we saw in cataclysm
Take Lord of the Rings for example. When the movies came out and the try hard groupies came around, some people would claim that Elves and Dwarves were invented by JRR Tolkein while they actually originate from Old English and Norse fables.
It amazes me that people are still surprised that the Old God arch in WoW was inspired by Lovecraft. Welcome to ... what? 15 years ago?
Storytelling as a whole is just polishing and repolishing the same tale and reselling it for higher value. While this sounds meh, it's not at all necessarily a bad thing. You can take it one step further, I think I said this before:
The fantasy genre is just rehashed folklore.
Folklore is just superstition in story form to explain the once-upon-a-time inexplicable.
And the inexplicable is the result of tribal shamans of early human civilizations eating hallucinogenic berries, then telling their tribe about their mad trip.
Respect the berries.
"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my comrade." - Albert Camus
Y'Shaarj is dead. Stop speculation about him. He's sha. (His remains is Sha, that's why we must/can't kill old gods)
well they are giant bug people. and in WoW lore that more often than not means their origins have something to do with the old gods. the pandarean do not know where they came from and even state that they were there before the Mogu. to me this means a couple things:
1. the Mogu are a product of the titans. see MSV, lore etc.
2. the mantid are the cousins of the nerubians and Anqiraji.
where is darkside when you need him?
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id love it to mean Elune, really want some more lore on her
but about the old god being killed, originally it was said that killing an old god would destroy the planet due to them being too deeply rooted or something along the lines of that. has that changed? if not then that god cannot be fully dead, just lying dormant.
also, why doesnt darkside post here anymore? i loved his old god posts!
on the old gods and the nature of Azeroth its never been to my knowledge explained how or why that is. its just they simply are. might be that since even the titans cant seem to kill them that they deemed it impossible to kill them without destroying Azeroth. or in fact it's something about Azeroth itself that keeps them from truly dying.
as for darkside /shrugs