The Sundering ripped the world of Azeroth apart, splitting the united continent of Kalimdor into pieces. It also tore apart the Well of Eternity, leaving only the Maelstrom in its stead. What effect this had on Azeroth’s world-soul hasn’t really been explored. But given that the Well of Eternity itself was a bleeding wound, one has to wonder if that wound had time to heal before the Sundering obliterated it.
But Azeroth lived on, its denizens continuing to survive, evolve, and thrive. Some were unexpected, like the Highborne exiled to the Eastern Kingdoms. And some were continued effects from the Curse of Flesh introduced by Yogg Saron.
Ancient prisons, compromised
Speaking of Yogg Saron, his devious efforts to free himself continued – and he wasn’t the only Old God striving to escape imprisonment. All of the Old Gods wanted to break free, the only question was how to best accomplish that task. But if you look at what happened during the War of the Ancients, it could simply be civil war spurred on by the Burning Legion. Or it could be part of a much larger plan…one that had yet to see fruition.