Anthem The Shapers Explained! | Myelin Games


The Anthem is the source of pure creation. The Shapers used it to create the world. It has existed since the beginning of time
and permeates all aspects of existence. Welcome back Freelancers. This video is sponsored by EA. If you would like more information to how
sponsorships support this channel and allow me to continue to provide free content on
youtube, I recommend watching my sponsorship response video. A link will be below. In today’s lore video I want to cover the
mysterious Shapers, the supposed Gods of the Anthem world who used the Anthem of creation
to create everything. Cathleen Rootsaert did a very interesting
interview with Gamesradar which provided more details about the Shapers, so I will cover
that information in this video, and I have also constructed a really interesting theory
about the Shapers, a theory that suggests Humans are in-fact the Shapers. To create this video, I have read every entry
in the Cortex, completed all of the campaign and all of the Agent missions and contracts,
and also spoke to everyone in Fort Tarsis. As usual, the artwork at the beginning of
this video was created by Gammatrap. All patreon donations go towards paying Gamma
for his artwork. I do not take any money from the patreon. For artwork rewards, see the patreon link
in the description below. This is myelin games and I hope you enjoy
this latest Anthem lore episode. [INTRO]
I want to start with the basic definition of the Shapers that is given to us from the
Cortex. The Shaper Cortex entry reads
“Humanity’s name for the supreme beings that created the world itself. It is a long-held belief that the Shapers
used the Anthem of Creation to build all aspects of our existence, but had to depart suddenly,
leaving their tools behind and our world unfinished.” And the Anthem of Creation Cortex entry reads,
“The source of pure creation the Shapers used to create the world. The Anthem has existed since the beginning
of time and permeates all aspects of existence.” At the most superficial level of understanding,
Shapers were gods, and at one point they held control over the Anthem of Creation, and they
used the Anthem of Creation to create the world and everything in it. Something happened, they disappeared, and
the Anthem of Creation continues to interact with their instruments and relics left behind. The Shaper instruments and relics are thought
to be the tools that the Shapers used to harness the power of the Anthem. Consequently, Shaper instruments and relics
still have a connection to the Anthem of Creation, and when these tools are overloaded, the Anthem
creates new creatures from nothing. Have a listen to the Cataclysm Cortex entry. It reads,
“A violent, unpredictable disturbance created when the Anthem of Creation overwhelms a Shaper
instrument. They often appear as an intense storm. While one Cataclysm may create bizarre new
wildlife, another may shake the ground or force rivers to flow backwards.” So, the very surface level definition of the
Shapers would have us believe that they were true Gods who used the Anthem of Creation
to create the world. However, the more you start digging and trying
to understand the Shapers, their depiction as Gods begins to fall apart. The first thing to consider, is that the Cortex
likely contains many myths and folk tales. The entries themselves are not necessarily
accurate, and so, if noone has seen a Shaper, how do we know this information is accurat4? How do we know that the Shapers were gods? Here are a couple of examples of the Cortex
mixing Myth and truth. The Cortex entry, Tarsis and the Mountain
describes how General Helena Tarsis defeats a monster upon a mountain, and upon defeating
the monster she created a sword from its voice. The entry reads,
“A day came when Tarsis declared her people would suffer Fulminous no longer. She brought the most trusted of her flying
Legion to the lair of the mighty creature. For three days, they battled amid fearsome
lightning, until Tarsis brought Fulminous to heel. She pried his thunderous voice from his throat
and forged it into a sword… the Voice of Heaven to sing a song of triumph”
Another Cortex entry describes the same event, it is also called, The Tale of Tarsis and
the Mountain, it reads, “Nearly everyone has heard the story of
General Tarsis battling the dread monster Fulminous at the top of a mountain. For centuries, scholars have debated where
this battle took place – if it did at all… Was Fulminous a monster or a metaphor? A living beast made of lightening, or a fictional
stand-in for a ranging storm? We can only speculate”
The entry also speculates that the story really depicts General Tarsis silencing a Shaper
relic, and the story is in-fact the fist evidence of humans silencing Shaper relics. Another good example of the Cortex containing
folk lore and exaggerated truths, is the story of Arden Vassa. Arden Vassa is credited as the person who
created the first Javelins, however some scholars believe that this may be incorrect. The Arden Vassa cortex entry reads,
“The feats of design and engineering attributed to Arden Vassa are too improbable to be believed. Are we to accept that one man invented the
javelin while hiding in a cave somewhere in the Bastion wilderness? It seems unlikely that the same person could
have designed the walls of Antium, and the gardens of the Academy, and yet both are attributed
to Vassa. It is far more likely Arden Vassa was a group
of Arcanists and Engineers whose work has been misattributed.” The point I am trying to make, is that the
Cortex is filled with inaccuracies that has been passed down through generations, and
therefore we should also criticize our knowledge of the Shapers. Once you start to question if the Shapers
were actually Gods or not, you begin to notice a number of things in the Cortex entries. If you look under the Shaper folder in the
Cortex, you will notice that a number of different races are listed under the Shapers, specifically
the Anzu and the Urgoth. The Anzu Cortex entry describes them as this,
“The word Anzu is a group term for any creature formed at the dawn of creation, not of the
natural world. When the Shapers departed, the Anzu were left
to fend for themselves. Some survived, some did not.” The Sunken gardens cortex entry then confirms
that the Urgoth, are actually considered Anzu. It says,
“Though urgoth were indeed Anzu, not all Anzu were urgoth.” If you don’t know, the Urgoth were the race
that enslaved humanity, and it is thought that the reason the Urgoth enslaved humanity,
is because humans could harness ember technology, ember being the by-product of the Anthem of
Creation, and hence we could harness very powerful technology, such as the Javelins. Helena Tarsis defeated the Urgoth in her final
stand. If you have not finished the Campaign, I am
about to deliver a spoiler, so click away now…. But Urgoth are confirmed as real in the post
credits cutscene, we see an actual Urgoth. By the way, a Cortex entries describe Urgoth
as tall as a Colossus Javelin, once again, this is just folk lore, as we see a fairly
human-sized Urgoth in the post credits cutscene. So… why I am telling you all of this.. well,
under the heading of Shapers, the Cortex literally lists ancient species who tried to control
the Anthem of Creation, they were not Gods, just another species trying to control the
Anthem. The Anthem was always there, they didn’t
create it, and the Urgoth, specifically, lacked the technology to harness it. The interesting thing is, the Anzu Cortex
entry even questions if we are the Anzu, i.e. have we been around since the Dawn of time,
the entry reads, “As for my students, Klata believes that
the Anzu, creatures as old as time, are not gone, but merely living among us… that perhaps
a titan or even humans are Anzu. This is ridiculous. When has a titan eve built anything? And if humans were Anzu, don’t you think
we would have some sort of knowledge of that?” The point I want to make, is that every faction
right now in the Anthem universe is trying to harness the Anthem of creation, the Scar,
the Bandits, the Dominion, Freelancers, everyone. What if, the Shapers were not Gods, but just
another species like us, who were trying to harness the Anthem of Creation. The interview with Cathleen Rootsaert on Gamesradar
supports this idea, that the Shapers are not really Gods, and didn’t really master the
Anthem of creation, have a listen to what she said. It interview reads,
The unfinished world of Anthem was the Shapers trying to work with the Anthem of Creation,
and the Anthem will not be contained. It will not be shackled by the Shapers; the
Shapers couldn’t bend it to their will. Now, whatever the creation of that situation
was remains lost to time.” This paints a very different picture about
the Shapers, the Shapers definitely do not sound like gods with this description. So, my prediction so far, is that the Shapers
are not gods, and they were just like any other species who were trying to harness the
Anthem of Creation, and they potentially wiped themselves out. We know that the Anthem can influence time,
Dax’s Aunty was lost in time and space and emerged years later without aging. In the Shapers attempt to harness the Anthem,
there may have been some timey wimey impact. So now, I want to move onto some really big
speculation, speculation that requires you to accept what I have already said, that the
Shapers were not gods, but just another species trying to harness the Anthem of Creation. What if, humans are in-fact the Shapers, what
if we almost wiped ourselves out, and the knowledge of how to harness the Anthem was
only given to a select few. What if our history has been lost and replaced
by myth and folk lore like so much of the Cortex? What if this is round two for humans trying
to harness the Anthem of Creation. This would explain how we created the Javelins
with ember technology. Remember Arden Vassa and Idris, who were enslaved
by the Urgoth? How did they learn ember technology, how did
they use ember technology to create the Javelins? How did they have this information and the
Urgoth didn’t? Did someone else teach them? Have a listen to Ember Cortex entry,
A naturally occurring, dangerous by-product of the Anthem, used as a foundation for human
technology. While active ember can be found throughout
Bastion, it is most bountiful around the Engineer city of Heliost. Legend has it that the urgoth enslaved humanity
because the urgoth could not manipulate ember, whereas humans could. Whilst this is very speculative, I think it
very interesting, once you consider that the Shapers may not have been gods, you consider
all of misinformation in the cortex, you consider, that right now, technically humans have the
best control over anthem-based technology, humans have ciphers, who organically connect
with the Anthem, we had Shaper technology built underneath our cities, remember Shadowmark,
Shadowmark was built a top a powerful Shaper relic, the Cenotaph. Furthermore, Shadowmark is also described
as being built upon Anzu ruins, which once again reinforces, that humans may in-fact
by Anzu, beings from the dawn of time. The Anzu are listed under Shapers within the
Cortex and are described as creatures from the Dawn of Time, Helena Tarsis named her
rebellion the Legion of Dawn? Another coincidence? Right now we cannot be certain about the history
of the Shapers, and we can only hope that this mystery will be unraveled in Anthem’s
future. And with that, that ends this latest Anthem
Lore episode. If you would like to support the channel,
and cannot think of any comments, you can live the word Anzu, the term used for creatures
from the Dawn of Creation. As usual, it has been a pleasure, this is
myelin games. Peace.

100 thoughts on “Anthem The Shapers Explained! | Myelin Games

  1. I know it's anthem video and all but I got some mind-blowing lore just from opening Zavala's packages and I highly suggest that everyone reads them for they contain some weird weird.

  2. I see it like how we as a species are made rockets that doesn’t mean everything knows how to make a rocket.
    Just like how the shapers know how to harness the anthem doesn’t mean every shaper know how it works.

  3. Great video mate, how you finding anthem for law content creation? Is there enough….."ambiguity" in the law that you can create content?

  4. Thank you so much Myelin for this!!!! Keep them coming!!!! I don't know about anyone else, but I'm really enjoying Anthem! Plus digging into the lore!

  5. Myelin games: uploads anthem content
    me, not interested in anthem: i'll just not watch it.
    youtube recomendations when im subbed to someone who uploaded an anthem video:

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  6. This how lore should be written…. leaving room for in interpretation and Speculation. Anzu

  7. Love to see the Anthem Lore Myelin! I was reading the lore while playing anthem and was curious what you were gonna cover next; Anzu!

  8. From the way I read the cortex it seemed to me that the Urgoth just didn't have the ability to even use ember tech at all. They didn't have the ability to connect to the anthem through the gates which are how humans use things like the javelins. Maybe a lack of ability or being overwhelmed by it if they tried. Cyphers came after javelins so their appearance may have something to do with humanity's continued and increasing use of ember tech. Maybe adaptation to the hostile world or due to more people connecting to the anthem through the gates. Can't wait for Bioware to delve further into it.

  9. Finally got Challenge of Valor just to get Challenge of Might 😐 However, there was more lore on Midderon.

  10. Thank you for putting time into the anthem community and putting great videos together looking forward to your next Anthem and Destiny videos.

  11. With all the drama I'm just glad your doing what you want with your channel, hell yeah let ea front the Bill's, as long as your honest (I really believe you are) my support is.not going anywhere. Cheers.

  12. Well, if we are treating codex as folklore we also should treat anthem codex the same way.
    Equally possible would be for shapers to create anthem, stuff went wrong and their society collapsed.
    For all we know humans, urgoth and other Enzu could well be part of said society and we have classic post-apo settings for fallout.

    Actually for all we know Anthem may be a simple wireless power source for terraforming techniques used by some kind of type 2 or even 3 civilization and something went very wrong during colonization effort.

  13. How much do I love your work? I was two minutes into this video before I realized it wasn't a Destiny Lore video and I watched it anyway even though I may not get around to Anthem for a while.

  14. Loving this if you have finished the conversation with Dax aunt she says she seen the future and we fight a old tale legend and is victorious

  15. No offense to you just wish before EA do sponsor videos. They should first fund bioware to fix the game first than do sponsor work

  16. 12:12 Its Freemark that was built on the Cenotaph, not Shadowmark

    Also I'm using almost the exact same loadout as you for my Colossus lol

  17. Maybe the anthem is a ark which refuges species from dying planets?or even a library of genes, and terror form planets or moons ( as we can see our unnamed planet does orbit around a planet seen at night)
    its probably a construct of pre-history human civilization which eventually failed to contain a cosmic scale disaster.
    the shaper is probably transcended humans who tried to take up the mantle and safe guard all sentient life.
    this unnamed moon/ planets has many species for instance ergoths, scars and many more possibly which unable to tap into the anthem
    which gives me an conclusion that maybe the anthem technology is gene specific machine, those who holds the human gene are able to activate it as they do not want it to fall into the wrong hands and they rather have it fall into humans despite how shitty they are, ( dominions who wish to weoponise it as a power to bring peace by fear)
    post history humans the anthem world characters/ freelancers and ect ect despite having the javalin suits they seem rather primative and never stated they have a major city beside forts anywhere and no where its shown they have the technology to move into space to avoid these cataclysms.
    it feels humans only existed in the world for a minimum of 1000 years
    brings me to think that their initial goal was to safe guard the survival of the human race even if they regressed and losing all the knowledge they have accomplished over the million of years they have been alive on earth. maybe they hope one day the humans of anthem will one day reclaim the knowledge thats been lost temporary through the collapse and rebuild their society around the technology of the past which they are already doing.

  18. I don’t play anthem making it a bit hard to feel connected or interested into the deeper lore. I do love your Chanel so I’ll hit the vid to show some support man. Keep it up 🙂

  19. This was slightly more interesting, but it still hardly felt like there was any "mystique". Like all the options as to what happened are given to us immediately.

    I don't know, 1 to 2 more anthem vids then I'll decide whether or not to keep following it.

  20. Glad you're making anthem videos now the game is awesome it will grow.Stick with it brother you are the best

  21. What if the javelins,the shaper relics and the stories are from the future.And we are in the process of becoming a shaper(in the past

  22. The Urgoth you showed from the post credit cut scene is much larger than a human. In fact based on the bit of its body and size of its head compared toe the ranger javelin in the room it is at least as large as the ranger if not bigger. Not to mention this may be a "small" one that is a scout possibly even.

    The Ember cortex entry doesn't necessarily mean we had a technology that the Urgoth did not. It may mean that ember reacts to our using of it differently than Urgoths which it does nothing for. Think how the Halo Rings reacted to humans but wouldn't react to covenant.

    You said Shadowmark multiple times….did you mean Freemark? Which was the city the Cenotaph was built on…which became the heart of rage?

  23. I wasn't sure what to make of it untill you brought it the fact we can handle ember and connect to the anthem.

  24. Anthem is actually a Mass Effect game. This is all hundreds or thousands of years after the reaper attacks in a far off system.

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