i cant seem to find a source but i think at one point it was said the qiraji were the first to use those kinds of spells? perhaps night elves picked it up from them and it went off from there
I’m not sure if this is true because shadow magic is technically drawn from the void (and is drawn even on Draenor), though it’s possible the Old Gods themselves are also a product of this, as they predate basically every other major force on the planet.
I do love the idea of them being an influence in its use, however— intentional or not.
this mostly makes me happy because it would give some foundation to the idea of the Titans as analogous to the Light
my wrathion muse is uncomfortable/borderline phobic of the Light because it reminds him of the Eye of the Watchers (which hurt him dreadfully, a process he canonically describes as “a travesty”)
both the Light (source: comics) and the titans (source: see above) are canonically described as capable of cleansing old god taint by some means, too, so like…
It stands to reason that they’re at least related. One may not be derived from the other, but they’re at least in the same school.
I kind of doubt the Shadow comes from the Old Gods, otherwise Shadow Priests would probably all go the way of the Twilight Cult. Seems more likely what shithowdy said. The Old Gods + The Shadow have the same source, rather than the Old Gods being the source of the Shadow.
Which would lend to the Light and the Titans having the same source.
Either that or the Old Gods could be derived from the Shadow and the Titans from the Light, but that seems… less likely? IDK.
Not to mention there’s a quest in Silithus where Frankal and Rutgar describe what happened to Natalia: http://www.wowhead.com/quest=8304
They describe her actions as surprising, like they’ve never seen a priest act like that before, and also exactly like the symptoms of shadowpriesting - and they suggest her proximity to AQ is the reason (so, C’thun).
"Listen [missy/sonny], I’ll have you know that whatever attacked us was no priestess of nothin’! Her eyes were aglow with something evil and she was genuinely frothing at the mouth! She came in, did some kind of crazy scream that sent us all runnin’ in separate directions then started flayin’ our minds one by one. I’d be hearin’ shadowy words in my head, watchin’ the other’s periodically black out here and there. It was madness! We would have been done for if not for the damned monkey.”
So it’s my theory that shadowpriests weren’t a thing until old gods started touching them in the brainmeats