Who are the Dead Goliaths in Desolace?
I have visited Desolace many times, completed the zone's quests more than once, but this is the first time I am really noticing the gigantic fossils of two snake-man, who are also known as the Dead Goliaths.
Hello fellow adventurers,
It always amazes me to come across the remains of ancient creatures in Azeroth. The dragon fossil in Nagrand and the gigantic creature fossil in Dragonblight are some of my remarkable discoveries that I had written about previously. Now, my eyes are gazing upon the skeletons of these giant, snake-like creatures, resting on the peaceful sands of Desolace, who are referred to as "Dead Goliaths".
One difference that grabbed my attention between these remains and many other remains I found across Azeroth is that unlike other fossils and skeletons, the location, the positioning, the armor and weapons of these two creatures are almost trying to tell a story of their own. As if they are giving hints about who these creatures are, where they came from, what their purpose for being there was and how they died. With the help of a little imagination, I will try to explore the possibilities about the origin of these creatures.
In my research about these creatures, I couldn't find any additional information other than learning how they are referred to in a quest offered by Hornizz Brimbuzzle, a Goblin entrepreneur from Ratchet, camped at the southwest of the Kodo Graveyard which is located at the very center of Desolace. Since no quest leads to him and he is not on one of the main roads, it may be hard to stumble into him if you are not the explorer type. That's why I will give you his exact coordinates (47.8-61.8) and a map below.
The name of the quest you get from Hornizz Brimbuzzle is Ghost-o-plasm Round Up and it asks from you to collect ghost energies from Magram ghosts (Magrams are one of the centaur clans of Desolace), which appear and come towards you only after you use the Crate of Ghost Magnets between the skeletons of the two Dead Goliaths located in the Valley of Bones. By the way, only a Goblin could think of collecting Magram ghost energies and selling them to Magrams.
In his quest description, Hornizz tells you of "... the two big skeletons in the valley, the Dead Goliaths, ...", which is the only written information I could find about these giant creatures. What is unsure is whether those creatures are known as "Dead Goliaths" by other locals too or it is just a name given to them by Hornizz. Whichever it is, I think Dead Goliaths is a very fitting name. If you have already done this quest, you can check its text on the link I gave above for a refresher.
You probably have already done this quest before, so let's now allow the gentle desert wind slowly take you to the location of the remains of the Dead Goliaths, as shown on the map below (approximate coordinates: 64-91).
The Valley of Bones, which is also mentioned in the quest above, is at the southeast corner of Desolace, on the north side of the mountainous border with Feralas, a lush forest which creates a contrast with the desert lands of Desolace.
As you approach the location marked on the above map, you will notice that the valley is behind a high hill, which looks quite unnatural compared to other hills and mountains in the area. This one hill looks as if it was raised by an external force, for a specific purpose. Because, it has a rather rectangular geometric shape and a perfectly planar top.
Past the hill, as you continue southeast, you will eventually see the two skeletons of Dead Goliaths, partly covered by earth, partly visible.
I would like to start with what is visible and what information the visible provides us about these creatures. As you can also see from the image below, or if you are currently in game and making inspections near these skeletons, you will notice that their skulls look like snake skulls.
The flat skull, the shape of eye cavities, two long curvy fangs on the front of the mouth, the placement of the nostrils, they all tell that those are snake skulls. Following the skull, they have short arms, covered with protective armor paddings. Both Goliaths are holding a trident on one of their hands. Arms and hands are not organs of snakes as we know, hence the term I used snake-man for them earlier, since some of their parts resemble a snake and some other parts resemble a human. They have a rather large rib cage which makes other organs look under-developed. And finally a tail attached to the body at the bottom.
As to their size, they are massive. Approximately 150 meters long from head to tail. Not the largest creature fossil on Azeroth but still considerably bigger than most other fossils I have found so far.
So, who were these creatures? Why were they there?
If we think of the current inhabitants of Desolace (other than Alliance and Horde) for the sake of classifying these creatures as one of them or even an ancestor to them, we can count Naga, Centaur, Satyr, Elementals, animals such as Kodo, Basilisk, Scorpashi, and a group of Burning Legion invaders. Though Nagas are the closest looking ones to these creatures, I don't think these creatures are of Naga origin as I haven't seen any Naga with a snake skull and snake fangs, even though trident is their most common weapon.
It is also possible that the relatives or descendants of these creatures no longer live in Desolace, or this is a totally extinct race.
Now, let's take a look at one of the bosses in Gundrak dungeon which is located in Zul'Drak, Northrend.
Slad'Ran, as you can see, also has a snake head with snake fangs and arms like a humanoid. Although these serpent creatures have similarities with Nagas in terms of body shape, they surely are a different species. My thinking is that the Dead Goliaths belong to the same family of creatures with Slad'Ran, a family which is not so common on Azeroth.
Looking at their thorny head armor, the armor on their arms and the tridents they are still holding, the Goliaths were surely warriors. In which war or for which civilization they might have fought, these are unknown to us. Perhaps, the Goliaths were summoned by a bigger entity and ordered to guard something at that location and that hill was raised for increased protection -only dedicated guards would not let their weapons drop from their hands when they die-. One thing that enhances my thought that they were guarding something is that, looking at their skeletons, it seems to be a natural death they had. As if they just passed away while guarding or waiting for the thing they were tasked with for thousands of years.
If you take a close look at their skeletons, you will notice that they are hit by spears, a common weapon among centaurs. This opens two possibilities: either they were killed by centaurs or their skeletons were used as targets for practicing spear throwing.
Whoever they were, whatever reason they were there, it was one of the nice moments in my Azeroth exploration to see the Dead Goliaths.
Who do you think these Dead Goliaths are? Were they one of the natural inhabitants of ancient Azeroth? Were they summoned by a greater being such as Titans or Old Gods? Did they come to Azeroth from another planet? What do you think?
Before closing my post, I want to send a special thanks to Setup of Thunderhorn (EU) for being so kind and helping me with taking the aerial screenshots. May your rocket's fuel never deplete :)
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