Hello world! With a new expansion bringing a whopping 3 new grandmasters on the horizon, I began to notice a few interesting things with the Grandmasters. For a start, Zir and Nosh-Rak both resemble generals. Zir rides a lion, just like MK3 Argeon, and Noah-Rak has floaty bits behind his head, like both the Vetruvian generals. In fact, all the grandmasters have animations and sprites rivalling the complexity of generals. Secondly, not only do grandmasters look like generals, they also influence generals. All grandmasters revealed so far have effects that influence the behaviour of generals in one way or another.
This has lead me to conclude that the grandmasters are rejected generals both in the lore and in the game.
I suspect that their sprites were originally going to be used as generals before they were scrapped and then reused as grandmasters.
The grandmasters’ abilities each reflect their reaction to not being made a Bloodborn General (heavy speculation)
When Zir learnt that he was not chosen by the tree, he felt joy. After all, his Daughter, Zir’an received the honour, so he had no reason not to rejoice. As such, he loyally supported his Bloodborn general until the day they died, leaving him with the title. Zir finally became a Bloodborn general, but he felt nothing but sorrow at the loss of his commander.
Zir’s ability allows him to become a general
When Zendo learned that he was not chosen by the tree, he was indifferent. What does it matter if he did not receive the power directly? There were much more subtle ways to harness this power than seizing if for himself. So, he manipulated a Bloodborn into doing his bidding, granting him he power of a Bloodborn indirectly.
Zendo’s ability manipulates a general.
When Embla learned that she was not chosen by the tree, she felt fear. Such great power bestowed upon such a small, spontaneous individual will surely break the carefully established balance of power. These Bloodborn will pose a great threat to the world through their mere existence. As such, she ordered for the imprisionment of the Bloodborn.
Embla’s ability isolates a General
When Nosh-Rak learned that he was not choosen by the tree, he felt fury. Why would the tree choose weaklings such as Sajj and Zirix over himself? Furious, Nosh-Rak resolved to hunt down and destroy every single Bloodborn created by the tree to bring justice to it.
Nosh-Rak’s ability destroys a general