Once the greatest warrior in the entire Pantheon of Titans, Sargeras is now completely insane and devoted to the pursuit of absolute destruction. Initially, the Titans elected him to be their primary defense against the demon races, and he valiantly fought against the dark beings for several millennia. However, after witnessing the boundless depths of the demons' evil and hate, Sargeras began to despair of his task and gradually slipped into a brooding depression. He was unable to comprehend the nature of such pure evil, and came to blame the Titans for what he considered to be their flawed pursuit of a false order. Sargeras concluded that chaos and depravity were the only true forces in the universe and angrily exiled himself from the ranks of the Titans forever.

Sargeras roamed the Twisting Nether for thousands of years, freeing the many demon races that he had previously hunted down and imprisoned. He bound the newly released demons to his will and used them to construct an army of massive proportions — one that eventually became known as the Burning Legion. Sargeras chose two champions from the ranks of his followers — Kil'jaeden the Deceiver and Archimonde the Defiler.

Convinced that the Titans' ordering of the universe was unnatural and ultimately responsible for the corrupted nature of the demons, Sargeras decided to undo the work of the Titans throughout the universe. The only way that he could correct their mistakes was to destroy all of the worlds that the Titans had shaped and brought order to so long ago. His forces swept from world to world, destroying everything in their path. They eventually became aware of the young world of Azeroth due to the night elves' reckless use of arcane magic, and Sargeras began to hunger for the limitless energies of the Well of Eternity.

Sargeras's first invasion of Azeroth failed, and his armies were defeated by the demi-god Cenarius and the dragon Aspects left by the titans. The second time that Sargeras entered Azeroth was in the form of an avatar. Aegwyn, the Guardian of Tirisfal at the time, detected Sargeras's presence, hunted his avatar down and defeated it in combat. However, as it died, Sargeras's spirit reached inside Aegwyn's body and hid, lying dormant for many years. Unaware of the tainted presence inside her body, Aegwyn buried Sargeras's physical body in a tomb and cast it deep into the ocean. Eventually Sargeras's spirit awoke and possessed the mind of Aegwyn's unborn son, Medivh. When Medivh grew old enough to inherit the mantle of Guardian of Tirisfal from Aegwyn, Sargeras's spirit manipulated him to use his powers to contact Gul'dan and open a portal between Draenor and Azeroth. Sargeras desired vengeance against the human kingdoms, and expected the orcs to travel through the portal and destroy the humans. Although the orcs did enter the portal and eventually caused a great amount of damage to the human kingdoms, Sargeras ultimately failed in his plans because a band of Medivh's friends recognized signs of possession in the sorcerer and rushed to kill him. As Medivh died, the portion of Sargeras's spirit that had possessed him was released and swiftly dispersed.

Many believe that Sargeras's spirit yet endures, somewhere — hungering for revenge against the only world ever to withstand the Burning Legion's might____

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