Young Maelstrom Creationism (also known as Intelligently Conjured Maelstrom) is an alternate theory as to how the Maelstrom was formed and what it represents. This theory seeks to challenge the mainstream historical account of the Maelstrom being formed ten thousand years prior to World of Warcraft's timeline as a result of the Well of Eternity collapsing into itself during the Great Sundering. Proponents of it (often describing themselves as Young Maelstrom Creationism Advocates) argue that the Maelstrom is too complex to have been formed by a blind chance due to an explosion and that it was created by Deathwing as a gateway between Deepholm and the surface of Azeroth. They claim that the Maelstrom is no more than 6 months old in the timeline of the events of patch 4.3.
An often cited piece of evidence is a quote attributed to Aggra:
- "We're at the center of the Maelstrom, the rift between Deepholm and our world. Watch, as it threatens to tear our world apart. Let us hope Thrall and the others can contain it while you're inside."
It is argued that it makes no sense for Aggra, a very knowledgeable shaman, to describe the Maelstrom as a rift between Deepholm and Azeroth unless you consider a young Maelstrom. It is also argued that if the Maelstrom were indeed ten thousand years old, it would have consumed Azeroth long ago, especially with nobody around to contain it.
The Elemental Planes
In support of their views, the Young Maelstrom Creationists have also challenged other mainstream aspects of Warcraft lore, for example they claim that the Elemental Plane is in fact part of Azeroth as follows:
- Deepholm literally being at the center of or just beneath the crust of Azeroth
- Firelands literally being located being under Mount Hyjal which they also claim is volcanic
- Abyssal Maw literally being under Vashj'ir
- Skywall being the sky itself with southern Uldum as the chosen seat of power of Al'Akir due to Uldum's (now defunct) cloaking abilities
In support of its claims about Deepholm, they cite for example the presence of gyreworms in both Deepholm and Kezan as evidence of Kezan's close proximity to Deepholm. However a common counter is that if it were the center of Azeroth it would be just as close to Kezan as to any other region. It could still be the case however that Deepholm is located just slightly below the crust of the world near Kezan. Highlord Demitrian describes the Elemental Plane as in the core of Azeroth, but he seems to combine the Old Gods and the Elemental Lords in his dialogue. Also, at the end of Night of the Dragon, Deathwing is at a location deep under Grim Batol. Where he was at this point was later revealed to be the Stonecore, which (if this is not a last-minute retcon, as he is also much more active at this point than implied elsewhere) implies that Deepholm is literally below Azeroth's surface. A common counter to this is that Deepholm is not flooding, and Azeroth's surface can not be seen through the hole in its roof.
YMC deny that the Great Sundering ever happened as described in mainstream lore, claiming that the Well of Eternity still exists and is under Nordrassil, that the Burning Legion directly destroyed the landmass and that Illidan Stormrage was imprisoned for exposing the truth. This is, by its nature, a conspiracy theory that has never been directly alluded to. They also argue that Vashj'ir is fine-tuned for sea life and could not have been the result of a catastrophic event, even with the ruins.