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Protagonists: Pantheon. Angatonists: Old Gods, elemental lords.
Protagonists: Pantheon. Angatonists: Sargeras, Burning Legion.
Protagonists: Odyn. Angatonists: Helya.
Protagonists: Tyr, Archaedas. Angatonists: Loken, Yogg-Saron.
Protagonists: Malfurion, Cenarius. Angatonists: Azshara, Sargeras
Protagonists: Dath'Remar Sunstrider. Angatonists: Zul'Amani trolls.
Protagonists: Humans & high elves. Angatonists: Zul'Amani trolls.
Protagonists: Aegwynn. Angatonists: Sargeras.
Protagonists: Bronzebeards & Wildhammers. Angatonists: Dark Irons.
Protagonists: Durotan. Angatonists: Gul'dan.
Protagonists: Durotan. Angatonists: Gul'dan.
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Chapter 1: Mythos
Azerothian mythology, and the birth of the Burning Legion.
This chapter has been updated for Legion and Pandaria.
- The first known titan to have awakened is Aman’Thul. He started touring the Great Dark in search of others of his kind, giving rise to the Pantheon.
- Led by passion and benevolence, they would since shape a million worlds while looking for other nascest titans.
- The Pantheon maintained order in the Great Dark by constantly repelling the demonic races of the Twisting Nether.
- Sargeras and his apprentice, Aggramar, constituted the Pantheon’s main effort in containing the demonic threats.
- No matter how many demons Sargeras killed, they would seem to respawn in the Nether, so he decided to banish them all into a confind prison he named Mardum. Demons can be permanently extinguished only if killed in the Nether itself, but the titans hadn’t known.
- The Pantheon’s research about the evil they encountered revealed a far more sinister threat, the void lords, who wanted to consume all existence. However, these villains have no physical presence and can only influence the the tangible universe indirectly.
- No one knew the full extent of the void lords’ threat until Sargeras found a World Soul infested by wicked, parasitic creatures (the Old Gods) which had sunken their tentacles very deep into the planet’s crust and started corrupting it from the inside out. After interrogating demons who had dwelt on the planet, Sargeras came to learn that these abominations were the manifestation of the void lords’ will.
- If left unchecked, the the dark titan that rises from such a corrupted World Soul wouldn't only act as the void lords’ foothold in the tangible universe, but would also have the power to devour existence itself at its fingertips.
- In his fury, Sargeras struck the corrupted World Soul with his enormous sword, utterly obliterating it. However, when he met with the Pantheon, he was met by disagreement and disgrace; they all insisted that the World Soul could've been saved. When he failed to convince them about the Void’s impending danger, he was disappointed, and walked away.
- That was the last time the Pantheon and Sargeras would meet as friends.
- Before the Pantheon arrived on Azeroth, it was battlefield of the planets' elementals who had fallen into chaos after Azeroth's World Soul exhausted its spirit element (the 5th element, which cultivates order and tranquility).
- Ragnaros the Firelord, Therazane the Stonemother, Al’Akir the Windlord and Neptulon the Tidehunter had fought with the armies of their elemental children for the conquest of Azeroth for millenia.
- The elemental lords kept fighting until the void lords’ manifestation plagued the planet’s surface, giving birth to the Old Gods and their Black Empire, which consisted of the sentient races they spawned: the n’raqi (the faceless ones) and the aqir (insectoids).
- For the first time ever, the elemental lords finally united to stand against the common enemy, but gradually found themselves outnumbered, and were eventually defeated and enslaved by the Old Gods.
- When the Pantheon first found Azeroth, they found in it a World Soul more radiant than any they had ever seen.
- To restore order to Azeroth without potentially damaging the planet by their colossal forms, the titans created armies of metal and rock soldiers, known as the titan-forged.
- A few select titan-forged were imbued with titanic powers by the Pantheon members themselves, who would act as leaders for their titan-forged brethren. Those leaders became known as the keepers.
|Keeper(s)||Imbued by Titan|
|Highkeeper Ra & Keeper Odyn||Aman'Thul, the Highfather of the Pantheon|
|Keeper Freya||Eonar, the Titan patron of all life|
|Keepers Loken & Mimiron||Norgannon, the Titan lore keeper and mastermagician|
|Archaedas||Khaz’goroth, the Titan shaper and forger of the world|
|Keepers Thorim & Hodir||Golganneth|
- Using the massive powers granted by the titans, the keepers and their armies successfully defeated the thundering armies of the enslaved elemental lords, who could not be killed permanently as they were a fundamental part of Azeroth, so they were instead banished into the Elemental Plane.
|Element||Elemental Lord||Banishment (within the Elemental Plane)|
|Water||Neptulon||The Abyssal Maw|
- The titan-forged now focused all their efforts on the Old Gods, but still couldn’t defeat Y’Shaarj. And so, titan Aman’Thul reached with his own hand from the sky to pull the Old God from the planet’s crust. However, he left a huge wound by doing so, and thus it was decided to imprison the Old Gods, lest risk Azeroth’s destruction.
- At the heart of ancient Kalimdor, the raging chasm of arcane radiation left after Y’Shaarj’s removal was mended by the keepers until it settled into a tranquil lake known as the Well of Eternity, which would act as a fountain of life for the continent.
- Keepers Archaedas and Mimiron crafted two extraordinary machines, the World Forges, that would strengthen Azeroth's World Soul.
- Ulduar was constructed in the Stormpeaks to house the newly installed Forge of Wills alongside Yogg-Saron's prison.
- Keeper Odyn was appointed as the the Prime Designate -due to his heroic acts in the war- to watch over it.
- An expedition was led by Ra to install the Forge of Origination in the South of Azeroth, accompanied by several titan-forged races: the anubisath giants, the leonine tol'vir and the indomitable mogu.
- Ra's expedition discovered some remnant fragments from Y'Shaarj's shattered body, amongst which was its black heart.
- Intending to study the heart to learn more about the evil that lurks in the Void, the keepers entrusted the mogu with watching over the Vault of Y'Shaarj, where it was kept.
- The Forge of Origination was installed and activated in the fortress of Uldum, which acted as the Southmost point for titan operations.
- The two Forges had a last-resort protection mechanism that could purge all life should it fall to corruption, allowing it to start anew.
- Ra took the rest of his followers Northwest and built the fortress of Ahn'Qiraj atop C'Thun's underground prison.
- When his work was done, keeper Ra left his followers, and would from then on monitor them distantly while roaming Azeroth's Southern reaches.
- Once both World Forges were working, the keepers used them to create a new generaiton of titan-forged races and started shaping Azeroth's landscapes with them.
- Keeper Freya crafted linked Azeroth to the Emerald Dream, a parallel, mirror-image plain of Azeroth that would influence and guide the evolution of its organic life.
- Keeper Freya focused her life-growing efforts on regions most affected by the Well of Eternity's life-giving energies, which included Un'Goro Crater, Sholazar Basin and Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
- The most significant of the animals Freya grew were the Wild Gods, who frequented Mount Hyjal with her.
- Freya bound the spirits of the Wild Gods to the Emerald Dream itself, binding their health and vitality to those of Azeroth itself.
- The proto-dragons emerged from the mutation of some of the elementals who had escaped banishment.
- Aman'Thul commissioned constellar Algalon the Observer to act as Azeroth's celestial guardian, giving him the ability to activate the World Forges to purge life should it fall to corruption.
- The Discs of Norgannon were crafted by Loken and Mimiron, an artifact that would transcribe and keep a record of Azeroth's history as it took place.
- The world would since settle into a period of flourishment and peace. Before long, the proud founding keepers largely lose their interest in this outside world, with all of their time and attention being focused on managing their machines and watching over their vaults in Uldum and Ulduar.
With the world secured and ordered, the titan Pantheon leave it in the hands of the keepers, then depart forever.
- After leaving the Pantheon and meditating alone for so long, Sargeras became firmly convinced that creation itself was fundamentally flawed, and that the only way to save it was by purging it with fire.
- To help him accomplish his goal, Sargeras shattered Maradum, setting all the demons free on the condition of joining his Burning Crusade. The fel energy flux released from the explosion engulfed his body with chaotic fires, which would define his form ever after.
- When Sargeras and the Pantheon met again, he offered them the choice of joining the Burning Crusade, or being extinguished alongside the void lords’ creations.
- Aman’Thul tried to bring Sargeras back to reason by informing him about Azeroth (the World Soul) and all the potential it had in defeating the void lords. Sargeras listened carefully, but then did not hesitate to unleash his fury upon his brethren.
- The battle between Sargeras and the Pantheon raged near Nihilam until Sargeras successfully obliterated all of the titans’ bodies, although their souls managed to survive and secretly escape by Norgannon’s sorcery.
- With heaps savage demons at his disposal, Sargeras needed followers with intellect and a strategic vision to act as his army generals, which he found in the eredar race who dwelt on the planet Argus.
- Of the eredar’s three leaders, Sargeras succeeded in getting Archimonde and Kil’jaeden to join his cause. However, the eredar who escaped his corruption and devious plan were led by Velen, by the help of the naaru, and sailed on a ship known as the Gendar. They became known as the draenei, or “exiled ones”.
- The keepers did not show up again until keeper Tyr helped five especially brilliant proto-dragons against Galakrond, a cannibalist proto-dragon who had grown too big and dominated the frozen North of Kalimdor.
- When the five proto-dragons proved their worthiness by defeating Galakrond, the keepers imbued them with portions of the powers they had previously received from the titans themselves.
- Keeper Tyr lost his iron hand to Galakrond during the conflict, which was later replaced by a silver hand.
- The dragons' new powers transformed their shapes and elevated their intelligence. They would ever since become known as the Dragon Aspects, and each would have a breed of their color which would assist in the undertaking of their duty, known as a dragonflight.
- From that day on, the Dragon Aspects and their flights would act as Azeroth's defense vanguard in absence of the keepers, who turned back into their isolated affairs.
|Dragonflight||Dragon Aspect||Honorable title||Power/Domain||Power of titan|
|Bronze||Nozdormu||Timeless One||Guarding time||Aman'Thul, the Highfather of the Pantheon|
|Guarding all life||Eonar, the Titan patron of all life|
|The Dreamer||Guarding the|
|Eonar, the Titan patron of all life|
|Blue||Malygos||Spellweaver||Guarding magic||Norgannon, the Titan lore keeper and mastermagician|
|Black||Neltharion (Deathwing)||Earth Warder||Guarding earth|
& its deep places
|Khaz’goroth, the Titan shaper and forger of the world|
- Odyn, Prime Designate of the keepers, objected to the charge of the Dragonflights.
- When his wish was defied by the keepers, he resolved to create his own army to carry the mantle of Azeroth's guardians.
- Odyn called upon vrykul sorceress Helya, who used all of her power to transport a wing from Ulduar up to the skies to become the Halls of Valor.
- In a moment of zeal, he forced Helya to become the first Val'kyr, giving her the ability to guide the souls of dead vrykul warriors back to his Halls of Valor, but also cursing her to be stuck in this form for eternity, which she resented.
- Odyn would ever since look upon the vrykul from his palace and choose those who died glorious deaths to live again as Valarjar warriors in the Halls of Valor.
- Feelings of despair started enveloping the keepers when so long passed without hearing anything back from the titans (who, unbeknownst to them, are dead).
- Yogg Saron felt those feelings from his prison in Ulduar, and started manipulating Loken (who was the most troubled) with his psychic powers.
- Loken seeked comfort by establishing a secret affair with his brother Thorim's mate, a vrykul named Sif.
- As Loken's obsession grew, Sif decided to severe her ties with him to protect the keepers' union, which drove him to kill her in a moment of blind rage.
- Surprisingly, Sif's spirit appeared in front of Loken and forgave him, and urged him to erase the evidence.
- Loken moved Sif's body to the frigid wastes of the Storm Peaks and told his brother Thorim that she was murdered by Arngrim's ice giants, and watched as his furious brother killed Arngrim and led his storm giants into a war of vengence.
- As Sif dictated, Thorim was harshly condemned by his brother for giving in to his anger. Having reached the peak of his mental breakdown, Thorim left Ulduar and ventured far away, leaving it all to Loken.
- Despite the growing dubiousness of Sif's advice, Loken continued to carry it out, creating a new army of his own from the Forge of Wills, which he used to end the conflict between the ice and storm giants.
- Loken noticed that the curse of flesh was spreading across the ranks of his new titan-forged, to which he seeked immediate council with Sif, but she didn't show.
- At that moment he realized that her spirit was merely an illusion created by Yogg Saron, who had instilled the curse of flesh into the Forge of Wills while her and Thorim were busy in battle.
- From that moment onward, it became Loken's sole purpose to prevent the news of his mistakes from reaching the Pantheon by any means, even if he had to embrace the power of Yogg Saron itself.
- To cover up his atrocious exploits before the Pantheon's return, Loken started exliminating the keepers one by one.
- He freed Helya from the Val'kyr curse in exchange for using her sorcery to seal Odyn and the Valarjar inside the Halls of Valor forever.
- She then founded her own realm on a piece of land directly beneath the Halls of Valor, known as Helheim. The darkness of her heart would shroud that realm and transform the vrykul spirits who find their way there into malevolent Kvaldir.
- Next, Mimiron was killed while investigating the Forge of Wills (as the possible host for the curse of flesh) in what appeared to be a work accident. He was resurrected by his faithful mechagnomes, but his being was severely damaged by the incident. He would spend the rest of his days working on his clockwerk machines inside Ulduar.
- Having embraced Yogg-Saron's powers, Loken defeated Freya at the Temple of Life while his fire giants Ignis and Volkhan overran Hodir's Temple of Winter. The two defeated keepers were comppelled by Yog-Saron to take over a garden and a chamber within the halls of Ulduar.
- Tyr and Archaedas, the last titans standing, knew that they couldn't lead a direct assault against Loken, so they went into hiding within the Storm Peaks.
- With his conquest over the Storm Peaks complete, Loken declared himself new Prime Designate. He disabled the Forge of Wills (which was tained by the curse of flesh) and banished many of the titan-forged. He then sat inside the empty halls of Ulduar after sealing it, contemplating his fate.
- The real threat, however, was Yogg-Saron, who was working to free itself from the prison of Ulduar.
- Meanwhile in the South, Ra had been meditating in isolation. The moment the Pantheon's souls arrived on Azeroth and infused themselves with the keepers' ages ago, Ra was the only to realize that it was the last remnant of his creators' being.
- Loken got suspicious about Ra's absence in spite of the fuss that took place in the Storm Peaks. He learnt of Ra's missing status only after sending some of his titan-forged there. By doing that, he unknowingly spread the curse of flesh to those of the South: the tol'vir, mogu and anubisaths.
- Ra stored the last remnants of his creator Aman'Thul in a mountain vault that became known as the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, then moved to the catacombs to meditate over his knowledge while his titan-forged continued their watching duty.
- Since Loken's betrayal, the exiled titan-forged spread over Northern Kalimdor while descending further and further into mortality and its lowly affairs. Among them, there were the earthern who dug underground, and the vrykul who maintained a clan-based, nomadic lifestyle over the surface.
- Despite the peace that they held at the start, this land was ripe for conquest with the keepers' absence, which was pioneered by Loken's fire giants Ignis and Volkhan. The two enslaved the Winterskorn vrykul clan and used it to secure the Storm Peaks for their own.
- The Winterskorn began showing symptoms of the curse of flesh during the war, to which Volkhan and Ignis resorted by raising an army of molten golems to assist them, and also helping them enslave proto-dragons.
- The earthern were severely affected by this vicious annihilation. Their survivors seeked refuge in the company of Tyr, Archaedas and their mate Ironaya (who were still in the Storm Peaks).
- The only force that could stop the Winterskorn's menace was the Dragon Aspects, who were called upon by Tyr. They ended the war and cast a spell that induced sleep on the Winterskorn's warriors, where the curse of flesh would consume their bodies until they wake up centuries later.
- At Tyr's command, the victorious company seeked to gather intelligence about Loken. Tyr turned up before Ulduar's gates, and while Loken came out to slam him with whatever arguments he had, others sneaked into the city and stole the Discs of Norgannon, an artifact that has a complete record of history since the Pantheon's departure.
- With the record in their hands, the three fleed and ventured with their company of vrykul, earthern and mechagnomes far far into the South, where Loken's wrath wouldn't reach them.
- When Loken found out that his Discs of Norgannon were stolen by Tyr, he was struck by panic. If Tyr reveals his wrongdoings to the Pantheon, he would pay a very grim price.
- Loken set the two C'Thraxxi behemothes Zakazj and Kith'ix free and sent them after Tyr and his company, to which they delighfully obeyed. They met Tyr and the others at a glade in the East of Kalimdor.
- Tyr commanded the others to move on and he stood to fight the two C'Thraxxi alone. After 6 days of frenetic combat, Tyr made the ultimate sacrifice, expensing his own life to unleash a huge torrent of arcane energy that would defeat both of his foes.
- The explosion was so big and radiant that it could be seen from miles away. When the Archaedas and Ironaya saw it, they came back to the site to find only the bodies of Tyr and Zakazj. Kirth'ix, who had barely survived the encounter, ventured to the far West, where he would remain missing for thousands of years.
- The site was named Tirisfal ("Tyr's Fall" in vrykul) in his honor, and Tyr's silver hand was elected as a memorial atop his grave.
- The vrykul were the most moved by Tyr's sacrifice, and decided to make a home out of Tirisfal, guarding Tyr's grave until the end of their days.
- Archaedas and Ironaya continued with the earthern and mechagnomes until they settled at the Eastern-most titan-forged vault on Kalimdor: Uldaman, where they would dedicate their time to expand the underground city and store the Discs of Norgannon in it.
- With Tyr's death, Loken was assured that Archaedas and Ironaya alone wouldn't attempt a full-out assault against him. However, he still had to deal with the risk posed by the Discs of Norgannon. To deal with it, he decided to fabricate a historical record of his own: the Tribunal of Ages.
- Although the account he fabricated of Azeroth's history was flawed in numverous ways, he settled to use it. And as a final measure, he altered the titan communication devices in Ulduar so that his death would be the only means to contact constellar Algalon.
- With the world settling into a tenuous peace, the vrykul dominated Kalimdor's Northern half, but continued to experience the increasing effects of the curse of flesh. At some point, women of the Dragonflayer clan started giving birth to small and weak children, as seen in quest: The Echo of Ymiron.
- King Ymiron of the clan handled the associated panic by killing the malformed children, while also urging the vrykul to forget about the creators who abandoned them; the keepers.
- Those who wanted to protect their children traveled South into the fabled land of Tirisfal, where they degenerated generation by generation into the human race.
- Many of the titan-forged suffered a similar fate elsewhere: The mechagnomes, earthern, tol'vir, mogu and giants all descended into beings of flesh and blood, marking the success of Yogg-Saron's plan.
- Meanwhile in the heart of ancient Kalimdor, near the Well of Eternity, a new savage race started gaining strength and numbers, called the trolls. Although they were only of average intelligence, they were extremely ferocious and could regenerate lost limbs. These savages would dominate Kalimdor for ages to come.
Chapter 2: Ancient Kalimdor
Azeroth’s young mortal races, and their first -yet most decisive- stand against the Legion.
This chapter’s Legion and Pandaria update is pending.
- This might be Azeroth’s earliest imperial conflict involving a mortal race.
- The empire of Zul (AKA Zandalari/Zandalar empire) was a coalition of troll tribes that rose to stand against the expanding aqir empire.
- The aqir’s defeat left them dismembered, with the fleeing survivors forming the empires of Ahn’Qiraj in the Southwest (now in Silithus), Azjul’Nerub in the North (now in Dragonblight) and Manti'vess.
- It was also around this time that the humans descended from the vrykul (Dragonflayer clan), as seen in Quest: The Echo of Ymiron.
- A tribe of dark trolls settled along the shores of the Well of Eternity at the heart of ancient Kalimdor.
- Over generations, the arcane energies emanating from the Well transformed them into a new race of highly intelligent beings.
- The new race called themselves “Kaldorei” (“Children of the Stars”) or night elves.
- The Well granted them immortality, and they befriended demigod Cenarius, Lord of the Forest.
- They were led by a loved queen, Azshara.
-10,000 (War of the Ancients)
- The night elves’ queen, Azshara, grew biased towards her favorite servants whom she called the Quel’dorei or “Highborne”.
- The Highborne embraced vanity and elitism, and they came to be envied and disliked by their brethren.
- At her command, the Highborne went on to study the strange energies emanating from the Well, which they eventually managed to harness and use.
- Despite warnings from Cenarius and other night elves, and although they agreed that magic was inherently dangerous if handled irresponsibly, Azshara and her Highborne began to practice their spellcraft with reckless abandon.
- The magical currents emanating from the reckless practice spiraled through the Great Dark Beyond until they reached Sargeras.
- Aware of the Well's existence, Sargeras was consumed by an insatiable hunger, and he began a mission to invade Azeroth by alluring Azshara and her Highborne through their lust for magic.
- As they succumbed to Sargeras' proposal, and even began worshipping him, Azshara and the Highborne began channeling a demonic portal at the bottom of the Well through which the Legion's forces, and Sargeras himself, could walk into Azeroth.
- As the portal was open, the demons started making their passage while the night elves were asleep, led by Archimonde and Mannoroth. As soon as they got a foothold, they started scouring the land and laying waste to everything in their path.
- It fell to Malfurion Stormrage to find help for his beleaguered people, despite his own brother, Illidan, being an addicted user of magic himself. The two are joined by Tyrande Whisiperwind as they set out to find Cenarius and muster a resistance force.
- Though Malfurion and Illidan shared a love for the idealistic priestess, Tyrande's heart belonged to Malfurion alone. Illidan resented that, but knew that his heartache was nothing compared to the pain of his magical addiction. Illidan struggled to keep control of his nearly overwhelming hunger to tap the Well's energies once again. He was able to restraint himself only with Tyrande's patient support.
- Cenarius, who dwelt within the sacred Moonglades of the distant Mount Hyjal, agreed to help the night elves by calling on the spirits of the enchanted forest, assembling an army of tree men, and also by finding the ancient dragons and enlisting their aid.
- The dragons, led by the great red leviathan, Alexstrasza, agreed to send their mighty flights to engage the demons and their infernal masters.
- As the titanic battle raged around Azshara's capital city, the queen waited in anticipation for Sargeras' arrival. As his impossibly huge shadow drew ever closer to the Well's raging surface, Azshara gathered the most powerful of her Highborne followers to link their magics together in a spell that would allow Sargeras passage.
- Neltharion, the Dragon Aspect of the Earth, went mad during a critical engagement against the Legion. He began to split apart as flame and rage erupted from his dark hide. Renaming himself Deathwing, the burning dragon turned on his brethren and drove the five dragonflights from the field of battle.
- Deathwing's sudden betrayal was so destructive that the five dragonflights never truly recovered. Wounded and shocked, Alexstrasza and the other noble dragons were forced to abandon their mortal allies. Malfurion and his companions, now hopelessly outnumbered, barely survived the ensuing onslaught.
- Malfurion, convinced that the Well of Eternity was the demons' umbilical link to the physical world, insisted that it should be destroyed. His companions, knowing that the Well was the source of their immortality and powers, were horrified by the rash notion. Yet Tyrande saw the wisdom of Malfurion's theory, so she convinced Cenarius and their comrades to storm Azshara's temple and find a way to shut the Well down for good.
- Knowing that the Well's destruction would prevent him from ever wielding magic again, Illidan selfishly abandoned the group and set out to warn the Highborne of Malfurion's plan.
- The insanity his addiction brought & the his resentment towards his brother's affair with Tyrande made Illidan feel no remorse at betraying Malfurion.
- Heartbroken by his brother's departure, Malfurion led his companions into the heart of Azshara's temple, where they met the Highborne amidst their dark incantation, with the presence of Azshara who was prepared for them.
- Illidan found his way into the shore of the great Well despite the fight. Producing a set of specially crafted vials, Illidan knelt and filled each with the Well's shimmering waters. Convinced that the demons would crush the night elves' civilization, he planned to steal the sacred waters and keep their energies for himself.
- The ensuing battle between Malfurion and Azshara threw the Highborne's carefully crafted spellwork into chaos. The unstable vortex within the Well's depths exploded and ignited a catastrophic chain of events that would sunder the world forever.
- The massive explosion rocked the temple to its foundations and sent massive quakes ripping through the tortured earth. The surging Well of Eternity buckled in upon itself and collapsed. The resultant catastrophic explosion shattered the earth and blotted out the skies.
- As the aftershocks from the Well's implosion rattled the bones of the world, the seas rushed in to fill the gaping wound left in the earth, creating the Great Sea in the middle of the earth and leaving Kalimdor dismembered into several smaller continents.
- The Maelstrom would forever rage at the center of the Great Sea, where the Well of Eternity once stood.
- Queen Azshara and her Highborne followers were dragged down beneath the raging sea by the Well's implosion. Cursed by the wicked powers they had released, they took on new shapes and became the hateful serpentine naga.
- Beneath the Maelstrom, the naga built for themselves a new city, Nazjatar, and it would take over ten thousand years before they would reveal their existence to the surface world
- Somehow, by the grace of Elune, Malfurion, Tyrande, and Cenarius had survived the Great Sundering.
- Among the survivors were many Highborne, and though Malfurion mistrusted their motivations, he was satisfied that they coudln't cause real harm without the Well's energies.
- The survivors sailed on crudely made rafts until they reached the only landmass in sight, which is modern-day Kalimdor, and there they found that the holy Mount Hyjal had survived the explosion.
- Malfurion and the night elves climbed the mountain with the intent of establishing a new home, just to find, as they reached the summit, that a tranquil lake had been fouled by magic.
- Illidan, as it turns out, had survived the Sundering as well and reached Hyjal summit long before Malfurion and the night elves. In his mad bid to maintain the flows of magic in the world, Illidan had poured his vials (which contained the waters from the Well of Eternity) into the mountain lake, transforming it into a new Well of Eternity.
- Illidan believed that the new Well was a gift to future generations, and was shocked when Malfurion hunted him down. Malfurion explained to his brother that magic was innately chaotic and that its use would inevitably lead to widespread corruption and strife.
- With Illidan refusing to change his ways, and knowing well where his ruthless schemes would eventually lead, Malfurion decided to deal with his powercrazed brother once and for all. With Cenarius' help, Malfurion sealed Illidan within an underground prison, where he would remain chained and powerless until the end of time.
- Malfurion empowered the young warden, Maiev Shadowsong, to be Illidan's personal jailor.
- Concerned that destroying the new Well might result in another Sundering, it was left to be. However, Malfurion declared that they would never practice the arts of magic again.
- Instead, under Cenarius' watchful eye, they began to study the ancient arts of druidism that would enable them to heal the ravaged earth and regrow their beloved forests at the base of Mount Hyjal.
- As centuries passed, the burgeoning night elf society grew stronger and expanded into the dense forests of Ashenvale.
- Tyrande Whisperwind established the Sisterhood of Elune as the leaders of the night elf government and military.
- Sentinels were created as the night elf army.
- Malfurion Stormrage started training druids on a wide scale.
- Under the druids' benevolent leadership, the night elves enjoyed unprecedented peace and tranquility under the stars.
- However, many of the original Highborne survivors grew restless due to their withdrawal from magic and were tempted to tap the energies of the Well of Eternity once again.
- Dath'Remar, the brash, outspoken leader of the Highborne, began to mock the druids publicly, calling them cowards for refusing to wield the magic that he said was theirs by right.
- Malfurion and the druids dismissed Dath'Remar's arguments and warned the Highborne that any use of magic would be punishable by death.
- In an insolent and illfated attempt to convince the druids to rescind their law, Dath'Remar and his followers unleashed a terrible magical storm upon Ashenvale, killing many night elves.
- Unable to tolerate these actions, the druids exiled the reckless Highborne. Dath'Remar and his followers, glad to be rid of their conservative cousins at last, boarded a number of specially crafted ships and set sail upon the seas.
- With the Highborne's departure, the night elves turned their attention back to the safekeeping of their enchanted homeland.
Chapter 3: The New World
After the Sundering: Power shifts and newfound alliances.
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- Dath'Remar (AKA Sunstrider, or "he who walks all day") led the high elves from Kalimdor across the Great Sea until they landed on the beaches of the kingdom men would later call Lordaeron (Northern continent of the Eastern Kingdoms).
- Since they were cut off from the lifegiving energies of the Well of Eternity, the high elves were no longer immortal. They shrank in size and lost their skin's violet hue during their perilous journey through the rugged, mountainous lands of Lordaeron.
- The high elves soon clashed with the local forest trolls of Zul'Aman. These barbaric, mossskinned trolls could regenerate lost limbs and heal grievous physical injuries, and viciously rejected intruders.
- The high elves finally settled in the far North, where they would build Quel'Thalas, just to learn that they founded their city upon a sacred, ancient troll city.
- The trolls began to attack the elven settlements en masse. Unwilling to give up their new land, the elves utilized whatever magics they had gleaned from the Well of Eternity to triumph over troll bands that outnumbered them ten to one.
- The victorious high elves constructed a series of Runestones around Quel'Thalas that would block the cosmic radiations emanating from their magics, lest they attract a second Legion invasion.
- In time, Quel'Thalas became a shining monument to the high elves' efforts and magical prowess. Quel'Thalas had become the shining jewel that the elves had longed to create.
- The Convocation of Silvermoon was founded as the ruling power over Quel'Thalas, though the Sunstrider Dynasty maintained a modicum of political power.
- The high elves would maintain their vibrant, magic-infused life for nearly four thousand years to come.
- After nearly 4,000 years of submission to the foreign elven settlements in their sacred lands, the Zul'Amani troll empire rose united again to finally drive the invaders away.
- The early human tribes in the region were sparsely scattered. One tribe, the Arathi, saw that the trolls were becoming too great a threat to ignore.
- Over the course of six years, the Arathi united other tribes by offering peace to those they conquered.
- The risen nation was named Arathor and constructed itself a mighty fortress in the Southern regions of Lordaeron, known as Strom (modern-day Stromgarde).
- Although Thoradin, king of Arathor, ignored the elves' war at the start, he was convinced to help when they reached for Strom with their ambassadors.
- The elves trained 100 humans in the ways of magic, who were clumsy at the start, but possessed a startling natural affinity for it.
- Arathor's armies marched North to join the elves against the Zul'Amani trolls.
- The united elf and human armies clashed against the overwhelming troll warbands at the foot of the Alterac Mountains.
- The battle was resolved when the human and elf sorcerers called down the fury of the heavens and set the troll armies ablaze. The elemental fires prevented the trolls from regenerating their wounds and burned their tortured forms from the inside out.
- As the troll armies broke and attempted to flee, Thoradin's armies ran them down and slaughtered every last one of their soldiers.
- The trolls would never fully recover from their defeat, and history would never see the trolls rise as one nation again.
- The elves made a pledge of loyalty and friendship to the nation of Arathor and to the bloodline of its king, Thoradin.
- Humans and elves would nurture peaceful relations for ages to come.
- The first 100 human magi were chosen by the high elves for their responsibility and noble spirits. However, as they passed their knowledge on, it fell in the hands of a younger, less responsible generation.
- As those magicians spread out and their powers alienated them from society, they founded the second Arathorian city-state of Dalaran, which became a sanctuary where magicians could use their new powers with greater freedom.
- The intense magical activity surrounding Dalaran began to weaken the fabric of reality itself, occasionally attracting agents of the Legion to the city.
- As tension and confusion culminated, the Magocrats seeked the high elves in fear that Strom would take action against them.
- Upon meticulously studying the situation, the elves concluded that although there were only a few demons loose in the world, the Legion itself would remain a dire threat so long as humans continued to wield the forces of magic.
- The Council of Silvermoon (ruling over Quel'Thalas) entered into a secret pact with the Magocrat lords of Dalaran, which started by teaching them about the War of the Ancients. They informed the humans that so long as they used magic, they would need to protect their citizenry from the malicious agents of the Legion.
- The elves and the Magocrats agreed (with the latter’s proposal) to empower a single mortal with their collective powers to fight a secret war against the Legion.
- It was stressed that the majority of mankind could never know about the Guardians or the threat of the Legion, lest they riot in fear and paranoia.
- The secret Council of Tirisfal was established in the Tirisfal Glades to watch over the selection of Guardians.
- Though there could be only one Garduan at a time, the powers they were imbued with of both elves and humans were so vast they could singlehandedly stop the Legion.
- Whenever a Guardian’s term ended (out of old age or other reasons), they would channel their powers (under controlled conditions) to a new Guardian chosen by the Council.
- Thus, the Guardians of Tirisfal were born, and they would defend Quel’Thalas and Arathor from the Legion’s invisible threat for generations to come.
- Strom continued to act as the central hub of Arathor, but as with Dalaran, many new city-states arose across the continent of Lordaeron.
- Gilneas, Alterac and Kul Tiras were the first city-states to arise, and although they each had their own customs and commercial workings, they all held to the unifying authority of Strom.
- Under the vigilant watch of the Order of Tirisfal, Dalaran became the chief center of learning for magicians throughout the land.
- The Magocrats who ruled Dalaran founded the Kirin Tor, a specialized sect that was charged with cataloguing and researching every spell, artifact and magic item known to mankind at the time.
- In time, the lords of Strom decided to leave their ancient city behind, seeking to find purity and enlightment in the untamed North. Far to the North of Dalaran, the lords of Strom built a new city-state which they named Lordaeron. The entire continent would take its name from this city-state.
- Lordaeron became a mecca for religious travelers and all those who sought inner peace and security.
- The last descendants of the Arathi, having been left within the crumbling walls of ancient Strom, decided to travel South past the rocky mountains of Khaz Modan. They eventually settled in the northern region of the continent they would name Azeroth.
Note: This part comes from the outdated History of Warcraft. I have yet to learn and clarify how the humans inherited the name that was originally selected by the titan world-shapers.
- In a fertile valley they founded the kingdom of Stormwind, which quickly became a self-sufficient power in its own right.
- The few warriors still left in Strom decided to remain and guard the ancient walls of their city. Storm was no longer the center of the empire, but it developed into a new nation known as Stromgarde.
- Though each of the city-states became prosperous in its own right, the empire of Arathor had effectively disintegrated. As each nation developed its own customs and beliefs, they became increasingly segregated from one another. King Thoradin's vision of a unified humanity had faded at last.
- As the politics and rivalries of the seven human nations waxed and waned, the line of Guardians kept its constant vigil against chaos.
- There were many Guardians over the years, but only one ever held the magical powers of Tirisfal at any given time.
- Aegwynn, a fiery human girl, won the approbation of the Order and was given the mantle of Guardianship.
- For long years, she vigorously worked to hunt down and eradicate demons wherever she found them, but she often questioned the authority of the maledominated Council of Tirisfal. She believed that the ancient elves and the elderly men who presided over the council were too rigid in their thinking and not farsighted enough to put a decisive end to the conflict against chaos.
- Impatient with lengthy discussion and debate, she yearned to prove herself worthy to her peers and superiors, and as a result frequently chose valor over wisdom in crucial situations.
- As her mastery over the cosmic power of Tirisfal grew, Aegwynn became aware of a number of powerful demons that stalked the icy Northern continent of Northrend.
- Traveling to the distant North, Aegwynn found that the demons were hunting one of the last surviving dragonflights and draining the ancient creatures of their innate magic.
- The mighty dragons, who had fled from the everadvancing march of mortal societies, found themselves too evenly matched against the dark magics of the Legion.
- As Aegwynn eradicated the demons, a great storm erupted throughout the North, and an avatar of Sargeras himself, the lord of the Legion, appeared in front of her. He informed the young Guardian that the time of Tirisfal was about to come to an end and that the world would soon bow before the onslaught of the Legion.
- By unleashing her powers against Sargeras' avatar, Aegwynn killed Sargeras' physical shell.
- Fearing that his spirit would linger on, the naive Aegwynn locked the ruined husk of his body within one of the ancient halls of Kalimdor that had been blasted to the bottom of the sea when the Well of Eternity collapsed (Tomb of Sargeras).
- Aegwynn would never know that she had done exactly as Sargeras had planned. She had inadvertently sealed the fate of the mortal world.
- Unbeknownst to the young Guardian, Sargeras had also transferred a portion of his spirit into her body, which would remain hidden until the end of her reign.
- Upon the death of king Modimus Anvilmar, the three dominant factions of Ironforge fell into civil war: The Bronzebeards, the Wildhammers and the Dark Irons.
- Being the largest of the three, the Bronzebeards managed to seize the city, driving the two other factions out.
- The Wildhammers traveled and established their new city of Grim Batol, where they would settle for a while to come.
- However, the Dark Irons who moved to Redridge Mountains couldn't bear the bitterness of defeat for long before they started two simultaneous invasions against Ironforge and Grim Batol.
- After laying siege to both cities, the Dark Irons failed to capture either one, and ended up being crushed in Redridge Mountains after being chased by both opposing armies.
- In his fury, Dark Iron king Thaurissan tried to summon a supernatural minion that would ensure his victory. Thaurissan called upon the ancient powers sleeping beneath the world. To his shock, the creature that Thaurissan summoned was Ragnaros the Firelord, now freed from his chains.
- Ragnaros' apocalyptic rebirth shattered the Redridge Mountains and created the raging volcano known as Blackrock Spire at the center of the explosion.
- Although Thaurissan was killed by the forces he had unleashed, the surviving Dark Irons were enslaved by Ragnaros and his elementals. They would since remain within the Spire to this day.
- Having returned to their home in Grim Batol, the Wildhammers found that the foul magics of Godmud (wife of Thaurissan, the Dark Iron king) had left an evil stain, making the city uninhabitable. They ventured North, settling in the Hinterlands.
- The Wildhammers crafted the city of Aerie Peak, where they grew closer to nature and bonded with the mighty gryphons of the area.
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Chapter 4: Doom of Draenor
The events leading to the construction of the Dark Portal.
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- Guardian Aegwynn grew powerful over the years and used the Tirisfal energies to greatly extend her life.
- Foolishly believing that she had defeated Sargeras for good, she continued to safeguard the world from the demon king's minions for nearly nine hundred years.
- The Council of Tirisfal finally decreed that her stewardship had come to an end, and ordered her to return to Dalaran so that they could choose a new successor.
- Yet she, ever distrustful of the Council, decided to choose a successor on her own, and planned to give birth to a son whom she would divest her power to.
- Traveling to the Southern nation of Azeroth, Aegwynn found the perfect man to father her son: a skilled human magician known as Nielas Aran, who was the court conjuror and advisor for Azeroth's king.
- Aegwynn seduced the magician and conceived a son by him. Nielas' natural affinity for magic would run deep within the unborn child and define the tragic steps the child would later take.
- The power of Tirisfal was also implanted in the child, yet it wasn't to awaken until he reached physical maturity.
- Time passed, and Aegwynn gave birth to her son in a secluded grove. Naming the boy Medivh, which means "keeper of secrets" in the high elven tongue, Aegwynn believed that the boy would mature to become the next Guardian.
- Unbeknowst to her, Medivh was already possessed by the malignant spirit of Sargeras ever since the defenseless child was in her womb.
- Certain that her baby was healthy and sound, Aegwynn delivered young Medivh to the court of Azeroth and left him there to be raised by his mortal father and his people.
- She then wandered into the wilderness and prepared to pass into whatever afterlife awaited her.
- By the time Medivh had reached his teenage years, he had become very popular in Azeroth for his magical prowess and often went off on adventures with his two friends: Llane, the prince of Azeroth, and Anduin Lothar, one of the last descendents of the Arathi bloodline.
- The three boys constantly caused mischief around the kingdom, but they were well liked by the general citizenry, and they would eventually grow up to get involved in Azeroth's most pivotal events.
-8, now in Draenor
- Kil'jaeden the Deceiver discovered Draenor, home to the shamanistic, clanbased orcs and the peaceful draenei.
- In the orcs he found a great potential for exploiting them into carrying out the Legion's bidding.
- Kil'jaeden communicated with Gul'dan, promising him untold power in exchange for his allegiance.
- Having sworn total obedience to the Legion, Gul'dan was taught in the ways of demonic magic until he became the most powerful mortal warlock in history.
- Gul'dan befriended Ner'zhul, chieftain of the Shadowmoon clan and secretly founded the Shadow Council to help him tighten the Legion's grip over Draenor.
- Gul'dan introduced demonology to his brethren, which became openly taught and practiced, slowly taking the place of the orcs' shamanistic traditions.
- Before long, the once spiritual orcs become savage people driven by violence and bloodlust.
- The subsequent abundance of fel magic had a very severe impact on the region's wildlife. One example of such decay is Tanaan Jungle's transformation into Hellfire Peninsula (in less than a decade).
- The orcs grew ever more aggressive under Gul'dan & the Shadow Councils influence, constructing massive arenas where they'd hone their skills in combat and death trials.
- Using his leadership position and the evil stain of fel magic, Gul'dan manipulated the Bladewind clan into launching raids on draenei caravans, killing and kidnapping dozens of draenei.
- Vindicator Maraad and the draenei retaliated and stormed the Bladewind village, but when Maraad saw the corpse of his sister Leran, he went into a rampage across the village.
- Gul'dan was personally there to make sure that no Bladewind orc survivors would make it out of the village. He then returned to the Shadowmoon to tell them of how the draenei launched an unprovoked massacre against the Bladewinds.
- Meanwhile, Kil'jaeden has been appearing to Ner'zhul in his dreams, disguised as the spirit of his deceased mate Rulkan, and telling him that the draenei are planning to destroy the orcs.
- Ner'zhul called for a clan meeting at Oshu'gun (spiritual landmark in Nagrand) where the orc chieftains agreed to band together to defeat the draenei, marking the creation of the old Horde.
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- The orcs started launching sporadic attacks against draenei hunting parties.
- As Ner'zhul's apprehension about the war with the draenei grew, he secretly embarked on a journey to Oshu'gun to seek the guidance of the ancestors, but Kil'jaeden was aware of his plans and told Gul'dan to gather allies to control the Shadowmoon, since Ner'zhul could no longer be relied upon.
- At Oshu'gun, the real Rulkan and the other ancestors told Ner'zhul that he was being manipulated by Kil'jaeden. In his moment of despair, Ner'zhul was captured by Gul'dan's followers, who treated him as little more than a slave.
- Kil'jaeden urged Gul'dan to unite the Horde under one strong and reliable leader, and so he convinced the clan chieftains to vote for Blackhand as their warchief.
- When in command, Blackhand ordered the construction of the Citadel, later known as Hellfire Citadel, and organized the various clans into specific roles within the Horde. He also named Eitrigg, Orgrim Doomhammer (Durotan's childhood friend) and Varok Saurfang as his lieutenants in the Blackrock clan.
- Led by Gromm Hellscream, the orcs gathered at a mountain near the Citadel to drink the blood of Mannoroth at Gul'dan's urging.
- Durotan forbid the Frostwolves from drinking after having received an anonymous message from Ner'zhul, while Orgrim refused out of suspicion for the growing corruption of the orcs and Draenor.
- Those who did drink the blood were driven into a ferocious bloodlust, and marched against Shattrath as Gul'dan infused the mountain with fel energy, transforming it into the Throne of Kil'jaeden.
- Over the course of a few months, the Horde eradicated nearly every draenei living on Draenor.
Chapter 5: Alliance and Horde
The beginning of the Warcraft franchise, from until .
0 (The First War)
- Medivh, possessed by Sargeras, helped the warlocks open the Dark Portal from Azeroth's side. Located in the Black Morass, on the edge the Kingdom of Stormwind's territory, it went by unnoticed. Orc bands started scouting the zone.
- Soon after, rumors of the green skinned invaders started reaching the kingdom of Stormwind, but they never managed to collect any reliable intelligence about their true intents and numbers.
- When the Orcish Horde began their advancement, the Alliance was overwhelmed, and the frenzied orcs quickly annihilated everything from Westfall to Redridge Mountains, laying waste to towns in their way and reaching the very gates of Stormwind.
- The Shadow Council moved their operations to Blackrock Mountain, which became an Orcish stronghold.
- Garona was allowed entrance to Stormwind by the word of archmage Khadgar, Medivh's apprentice, who warned King Llane about Medivh's fall to the Legion.
- Khadgar and Garona went to confront Medivh and a battle ensued. Gul'dan connected with Medivh through Garona's presence and started frantically mulling through his memories for the Tomb of Sargeras' location.
- Khadgar slayed Medivh, putting Gul'dan into a coma. The fel infusing Medivh's body caused an explosion that scorched the land around Karazhan into Deadwind Pass and turned Brightwood into Duskwood.
- Orgrim Doomhammer, resentful and ever distrustful of Gul'dan's agendas, exploited the Shadow Council's weakness after his fall into a coma and challenged Blackhand (Gul'dan's puppet warchief) to a mak'gora. The duel ended with Orgrim crushing Blackhand's skull with his family heirloom, the Doomhammer, becoming the new warchief of the Orcish Horde.
- Garona and Khadgar returned to Stormwind to inform Llane of the Guardian's death. However, Gul'dan had implanted thoughts of killing allies into Garona's mind. These messages flared bright in her head once more, and she assassinated Llane.
- After failing the first time, the orcs besieged Stormwind again, and eventually breached the gates and set the city aflame. Anduin Lothar, who was in command, gathered what refugees he could and fled from the harbor to Lordaeron in the North, taking with him Khadgar and young Varian Wrynn, son of king Llane who had just been killed.
- Having forbidden his clan from drinking Mannoroth's blood, Durotan and the Frostwolf clan were declared outlaws by Gul'dan.
- However, to avoid the consequences of killing a popular war hero, Gul'dan resorted to banishing them through the Dark Portal when it had first opened.
- While the First War and the fall of Stormwind were taking place, Durotan was leading his people across Azeroth, with little to no contact with any of Azeroth's races thanks to the guidance of the elements.
- They traveled until they settled in Alterac, where Durotan's son, Thrall, was born.
- Shocked by his child's green skin, Durotan sent messages through the elements to meet with his friend Orgrim Doomhammer near Loch Modan. The two met to discuss this revelation and then went their separate ways.
- Orgrim sent his most trusted friends to guard Durotan and his wife on the way back, but they turned out to be loyal to Gul'dan and murdered both of them.
- Their infant son, Thrall, was left for dead, but was soon found by Aedelas Blackmoore, who would raise him as a slave from then on.
5-7 (The Second War)
- Stormwind's refugees arrived in Lordaeron, where sir Anduin Lothar convinced the six human nations (Lordaeron, Gilneas, Alterac, Stormgarde, Kul Tiras and Dalaran) to form the Alliance of Lordaeron and make Azeroth's final stand against the Orcish Horde.
- Sir Anduin Lothar was appointed as Supreme Commander of the Alliance forces.
- Aided by his lieutenants, Uther the Lightbringer, Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, and Turalyon, Lothar was able to convince Lordaeron's demihuman races of the impending threat as well. The Alliance succeeded in gaining the support of the stoic dwarves of Ironforge and a small number of high elves of Quel'Thalas.
- The elves, led at that time by Anasterian Sunstrider, were largely uninterested in the coming conflict. However, they were dutybound to aid Lothar because he was the last descendent of the Arathi bloodline, which had aided the elves in ages past.
- The Order of the Silver Hand was founded by sir Uther Lightbringer and archbishop Alonus Faol, who started training the first paladins.
- The Horde won the battle of Alterac and managed to advance as far as Quel'Thalas, where Gul'dan (now back from his coma) stole one of the elven runestones, which he later utilized to create two-headed ogres.
- The Amani forest trolls joined the Orcish Horde briefly when their leader Zul'jin was freed. However, Orgrim later abandoned the trolls' cause of pushing Quel'Thalas, deciding to spend the Horde's resources somewhere else. Zul'jin would never forget this.
- The Orcish Horde eventually came to lay siege to Lordaeron, the capital city of the Alliance.
- As the Horde began its siege of the capital city of Lordaeron, having learnt the location of the Tomb of Sargeras, Gul'dan suddenly rallied his followers and abandoned Orgrim Doomhammer and his army, causing them to break the siege.
- Gul'dan set out to the see and successfully rose the Tomb of Sargeras from the sea floor. Defying 's plan of turning the Tomb into a portal for the Legion, Gul'dan attempted to take all its power for himself. However, they entered the tomb only to be torn apart by monstrous demons.
- Doomhammer, furious at Gul'dan's betrayal, sent his forces to kill Gul'dan and bring the renegades back into the fold, which they did.
- With the huge cost of Horde's inner conflict, the orcs found themselves quickly falling back and cornered within Blackrock Spire by Lothar's armies.
- In the battle of Blackrock Spire, Orgrim Doomhammer managed to kill Anduin Lothar, hero of the Alliance. However, the battle continued when Turalyon took leadership and led the Alliance to victory.
- The Alliance's victory at Blackrock Spire marked the defeat of the Orcish Horde.
- Orgrim Doomhammer was captured along with other orc survivors, who were placed in internment camps.
- The orcs who were not captured fled into the wilderness, individually or in groups.
- With the Horde's defeat, the human race claimed back the territory of Stormwind.
- Archmage Khadgar destroyed the Dark Portal.
- Nethergarde Keep was established to keep watch over the rift that existed still in the Black Morass.
- Ner'zhul, now back to his position, reformed what little Horde was left on the Draenor.
- Having exhausted Draenor's lifeblood and turned much of it into barren deserts with the fel, Ner'zhul was persistent on opening portals to new worlds for the orcs to conquer. But to do so, he required three artifacts that were located on Azeroth.
- Ner'zhul re-opened the Dark Portal with the Skull of Gul'dan and sent forth some of his most elite followers, taking the human defenders by surprise and swiftly retrieving the three artifacts.
- Convinced that the orcs were plotting for a new invasion of Azeroth, king Terenas Menethil of Lordaeron assembled his most trusted lieutenants and ordered them to lead an expedition through the Dark Portal.
- The expedition, known as the Sons of Lothar, was led by general Turalyon, and included Alleria Windrunner, Archmage Khadgar, Kurdran Wildhammer and Danath Trollbane.
- The Sons of Lothar managed to push the orcs as far as Hellfire Citadel. However, their efforts were not enough to stop the ritual from commencing.
- As Ner'zhul began the ritual, he started opening portals upon portals, until the point the influx of power started tearing up the very fabric of Draenor.
- As the planet started to crumble, many orcs fled through the Portal back to Azeroth, including Gromm Hellscream and Kilrogg Deadeye.
- Khadgar and the Sons of Lothar made a most noble sacrifice by destroying the Dark Portal from their side to prevent the sundering from reaching Azeroth.
- Ner'zhul and his Shadowmoon clan escaped through the biggest of the opened portals, and no one would hear of them for years to come.
- A piece of Draenor was plunged into space after the catastrophe, which became known as Outland.
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Chapter 6: Return of the Burning Legion
Contemporary history, starting from the events that laid the foundation to and concluding with .
20 (The Third War)
Human Campaign: The Scourge of Lordaeron
- Roughly 13 years after the orcs' defeat in the Second War, Thrall broke free from his human detention in internment camps and started a movement with Grom Hellscream to free and rally other orcs in Lordaeron.
- Some time later, when Thrall was with a small force in the Arathi Highlands, he saw an enigmatic prophet (Medivh) in a vision, as seen in cinematic: Thrall's Vision. This prophet appeared later to instruct him to rally the Horde and that destiny awaited them in Kalimdor.
- Thrall obeyed and, gathering the Horde, prepared to make their way across the Great Sea.
- Grom Hellscream turned out to have been captured by humans, and Thrall quickly stepped in to save him, then stole the human ships of the harbor to sail across the Great Sea.
- Halfway along their journey to Kalimdor, Thrall's ships were beset by a fierce storm near the Maelstrom and forced to take shelter on a small island.
- There the orcs met the troll leader, Sen'jin, who told them of a human outpost that attacked his tribe night and day on the island.
- Fearing for the Horde and the Darkspear Trolls' safety, Thrall and his warriors assaulted the human base. But before they were done, murlocs assaulted both busy parties, seeking out sacrifices for their rituals.
- Thrall was then imprisoned within the murlocs' fiery dungeon. He learned from a troll head hunter, with whom he shared a cell, that the murlocs planned to sacrifice them both to a sea witch.
- Fortunately, though the murlocs were strangely advanced, they were unaware of Thrall's shamanistic abilities, and the warchief was able to escape and free his warriors.
- However, by the time Thrall was out, Sen'jin was already undergoing the sacrifice ritual.
- Thrall and his warriors were able to kill the three murloc guardians (not Guardians of Tirisfal goddammit) maintaining the magic barrier which prevented their escape and the murloc sorcerer, but it was too late for the troll leader.
- The dying Sen'jin revealed a vision: That Thrall would lead the Darkspear tribe to greatness. Thrall then offered the remaining trolls a place in the Horde for the kindness they had shown the orcs.
- The Horde, with the Darkspears now assembled into it, escaped the sea witch's wrath and fended the murlocs off just enough to repair their ships, and then made their way to the shores of Kalimdor.
- A mysterious prophet (Medivh) appeared during a council in the throne room of king Terenas Menethil II to urge him to escape an impending doom by leading his people to Kalimdor. King Terenas defies his advice.
- With recent orc breakouts from internment camps, Blackrock orcs started raiding the towns of Lordaeron, which sees prince Arthas Menethil and his mentor, Uther Lightbringer, working hand in hand to stop them at Strahnbrad.
- Only weeks later, Arthas was joined by his lover, Jaina Proudmoore, to investigate a much more sinister threat: The Plague of Undeath.
- After engaging undead forces at the town of Brill, they encountered skeletons, a necromancer, an abomination made out of stitched corpses, and a granary that contained grain infected with the Plague.
- The grain crates bore the seal of Andorhal, the primary distributer of grain throughout Lordaeron.
- They soon learnt that the necromancer was Kel'Thuzad of the Cult of the Damned, who was orchestrating the Scourge operations in the area for the sake of Lich King Ner'zhul.
- The two chased him to Andorhal, where they learnt that the town's grain crops had been infected and were already shipped to other towns.
- Before being killed, Kel'Thuzad revealed to Arthas that Lich King Ner'zhul and the Scourge were actually being led by Mal'Ganis, a natherezim demon, who was stationed at Stratholme.
- Jaina and Arthas set to Stratholme but stopped at Hearthglen on the way, just to discover that the Plague of Undeath was not only killing people, but was also turning them into undead. Arthas made his hold while Jaina went to call Uther.
- While traveling to Stratholme, the mysterious prophet (Medivh) appeared before Arthas and gave him the same advice he gave Terenas, but Arthas refused to abandon his land.
- When they arrived at Stratholme, they found that the grain had already been distributed. Since the people of Stratholme would soon become undead, Arthas ordered Uther and his men to purge the city, as seen un dungeon: Culling of Stratholme.
- Horrified, Uther rebuked him by saying he would not follow such an order even if Arthas were already king, which led to Arthas accusing him of treason and relieving him and his p aladins from command/service.
- Jaina couldn't bear the sight of Arthas' actions and departed with Uther.
- While purging the city, Arthas met Mal'Ganis, who escaped and lured him into Northrend, a bait that Arthas would rashly take. Stratholme remains burning to this day.
- Arthas sailed with his men to Northrend. As they ventured onland from Daggercap Bay, Arthas accidentally ran into old friend Muradin Bronzebeard and members of explorers' league, who were in search of an artifact known as Frostmourne.
- While they were searching, an emissary from Lordaeron arrived with orders from Uther and Terenas, instructing Arthas and his men to return home as seen in quest: The Truth Shall Set Us Free.
- When Arthas returned to his base, the men had abandoned their posts and were making their way through the forest towards their ships.
- Arthas had no intention of leaving before Mal'Ganis was destroyed.
- With the help of some indigenous mercenaries, he managed to reach and burn his ships before his men got to them.
- When his men arrived, Arthas betrayed the mercenaries by accusing them of destroying the ships.
- Stranded in Northrend, Arthas' men had no choice but to fight for victory.
- When Arthas and Muradin found Frostmourne, Muraden could immediately tell that the blade was cursed, but Arthas was adamant. When the weapon broke free, Muradin was struck by a shard of ice and lost consciousness.
- Arthas discarded his holy warhammer, Light's Vengeance, then picked Frostmourne up and returned to his base, leaving Muradin for dead.
- With Frostmourne in hand, Arthas confroonted Mal'Ganis after defeating his army, who told him that the voice he was now hearing was that of the Lich King.
- Arthas replied that voice was instructing him to destroy Mal'Ganis, much to the dreadlord's surprise.
- After slaying the dreadlord, Arthas fled into the frozen north, leaving his troops to fend for themselves. Arthas soon lost the last remnants of his sanity.
- Arthas became the first of Lich King Ner'zhul's death knights and slaughtered many of his own men and turned the rest undead.
Undead Campaign: Path of the Damned
- Months after his campaign in Northrend, Arthas returned to Lordearon and killed his father (as seen in cinematic: Arthas' Betrayal) and unleashed the Scourge upon Lordaeron (capital city).
- With the city secured, Arthas raised his horse, Invincible, to serve him in undeath, and went to Vandermar village at the Lich King's bidding to meet Tichondrius.
- Tichondrius explained to Arthas how he felt no remose for his attrocities because Frostmourne stole his soul, and how everything tied up to the Nazthrezim's greater scheme.
- Arthas assembled members of Cult of the Damned who were hiding in Vandermar, and ventured to Andorhal where he was to recover Kel'Thuzad's corpse.
- He confronted the paladin guarding the crypt, Gavinrad the Dire, who had given Arthas his holy warhammer at his induction ceremony into the Silver Hand.
- After killing Gavinrad, he recovered the remains of the necromancer. This brought Kel'Thuzad's ghost into being, and he secretly instructed Arthas not to trust the dreadlords, and advice that Arthas would quietly contemplate.
- Kel'Thuzad's remains were badly decomposed and needed to be taken to the mystical Sunwell in Quel'Thalas to be revived.
- Tichondrius sent Arthas to recover a mystical urn, which could be used to transport Kel'Thuzad's remains. However, the urn was in the keeping of the Knights of the Silver Hand.
- Arthas killed two paladins, Ballador the Bright and Sage Truthbearer, then faced Uther the Lightbringer, who explained that the urn held the ashes of his father, King Terenas.
- The two engaged in a duel with Uther initially having the upper hand, knocking Arthas down and sending Frostmourne flying from his hands. As Arthas awaited the killing blow, the sword seemed to find its own way into his hands and he was granted more power by the Lich King. The battle had begun to turn in Arthas's favor and Uther, covered in blood from his wounds, fell to his knees telling Arthas he hoped there was a special place in hell waiting for him.
- Arthas replied he intended to live forever before delivering the killing blow. He seized the urn abandoned his father's remains for the sake of Kel'Thuzad's, then began the long journey to Quel'Thalas.
- In Quel'Thalas, Arthas met heavy resistance from the elves, rallied by Ranger-General Sylvanas Windrunner.
- She ultimately died at his hand and was resurrected as a banshee, after he had completely twisted her soul to become a servant of the Lich King.
- Although Sylvannas tried to warn Silvermoon before the Scourge's arrival, Arthas faced minimal resistance as he cut his way through the rest of Eversong Woods and city of Silvermoon, leaving a permanent trail known as the Dead Scar and ultimately killing king Anasterian Sunstrider.
- Arthas then used the Sunwell to bring Kel'Thuzad back as an undead lich.
- As the pair traveled to Alterac, Kel'Thuzad explained to Arthas the full extent of the "second invasion" (of the Burning Legion) and the Lich King's plan. Basically, the Legion needed new allies to open the portals required to transport their gargantuan leaders and their troops en masse from the Nether.
- Arthas and Kel'Thuzad went to the Alterac Mountains to destroy encampments of Blackrock clan orcs who had taken control of a demon gate, which the lich would use to speak to the demon lord Archimonde.
- The Scourge destroyed the orcs, and after Kel'Thuzad received orders from Archimonde, they set out for the powerful seat of the world's mages, the city of Dalaran.
- When the Scourge arrived at Dalaran's doors, Jaina and Antonidas realized that the prophet (Medivh) had been right. Antonidas encouraged Jaina to take as many survivors of Lordaeron she could find and sail west for Kalimdor. Jaina decided to follow his words, and made preparations.
- In Dalaran, Archimonde instructed Arthas and Kel'Thuzad to acquire the spellbook of Medivh, which would allow Kel'Thuzad to summon Archimonde into Azeroth.
- Despite the Kirin Tor's valiant efforts to repel the invasion, the Scourge fought through their magical defenses and fortifications, killed the Archmage Antonidas and claimed the Book of Medivh.
- Arthas and his troops repelled the mages' vast counterattack as Kel'Thuzad began the lengthy summoning of the demon lord.
- Once Archimonde arrived, he proclaimed that the Lich King was of no further use to the Legion, and Tichondrius was placed in command of the Scourge.
- Arthas was left to wonder what would become of him and Kel'Thuzad, but the lich replied that all was going as the Lich King foresaw.
- The pair disappeared as Archimonde took his revenge on the city, destroying Dalaran with a single powerful ritual.
Orc Campaign: The Invasion of Kalimdor
- The orcs' arrival on Kalimdor was rough and chaotic, with many ships barely making it. Thrall slowly roamed the coast to collect the survivors, but Grom could not be found.
- This new land held many strange new creatures, but the most brutal were the centaurs, particularly in their treatment of the tauren.
- When Thrall battled a group of centaurs who were attacking tauren, he was unexpectedly greeted by Cairne Bloodhoof, chieftain of the Bloodhoof tribe.
- Impressed by their fierce but noble behaviour, Cairne offered to help him find the destiny of his people.
- Thrall told Cairne of the centaur army he had seen advancing to the north, and they quickly departed, as Cairne reported that his village was in danger. Thrall's forces followed Cairne back to their village, where they defended it from the centaurs.
- Since the centaurs had driven off all the game in the region, the Bloodhoof tribe would need to abandon their home and travel to Mulgore if they hoped to avoid starving.
- Cairne agreed to tell the location of the Oracle, who would help the orcs with their quest for destiny, if they would help protect Cairne's caravan to Mulgore. Thrall agreed to these terms, and helped the tauren on their lengthy journey, protecting them and their lumbering kodo beasts from marauding centaurs.
- Cairne told Thrall of the mystical Oracle of Stonetalon Peak, who could help them find their destiny in these strange lands. Thrall, glad at having made a new friend in the foreign land, thanked Cairne gratefully, and they parted as allies.
- When Thrall arrived at the base of Stonetalon Peak, he was shocked to find Grom Hellscream and the Warsong clan battling humans under the command of Jaina Proudmoore.
- Her forces had cordoned off much of the pass going up the mountain, and Thrall suspected that hiring some goblins to ferry them up the mountain in zeppelins would allow them to bypass any defenses.
- As Thrall tried to make his way stealthily up to the goblins, the impatient Hellscream unexpectedly attacked the humans, who retaliated by attacking him and Thrall's forces, creating a messy situation.
- When Thrall confronted Grom, the latter argued that "a true warrior" would have fought the humans without question instead of trying to sneak past them and avoid a battle.
- Thrall, worried that Grom's impetuous bloodlust would lead to nothing but trouble, ordered his friend and his clan to remain behind in Ashenvale as Thrall journeyed up the mountain. Grom reluctantly agreed.
- When Grom's orcs began gathering lumber in Ashenvale for the new Horde's settlement, the night elves were angered and attacked without explanation.
- Although the Warsongs managed to hold up, especially with the aid of goblin shredders, by doing so they caught the attention of the demigod Cenarius.
- Determined to avenge the deaths of the night elves who had fallen against the Warsong clan and protect the forest from what he saw as further desecration, Cenarius attempted to slaughter the orcs.
- Cenarius appeared to know something of the history of the orcs and was convinced they were "demon-spawned wretches" who deserved only death.
- In an exchange with the demigod during one skirmish Grom vehemently told him that the orcs no longer served any demons, but Cenarius didn't believe him and continued his attempts to kill them all.
- The orcs quickly discovered that Cenarius was invulnerable to conventional attacks. Death at Cenarius' hands seemed inevitable, until they discovered a nearby fountain of blood.
- This fountain was the work of Mannoroth, who had seen Cenarius as a formidable obstacle in the Legion's way. The demon pour his blood into the fountain on a suggestion from Tichondrius, hoping that the orcs would once again drink it and become sufficiently re-energized with demonic power to kill Cenarius.
- The fact that the fountain of blood was full of demonic energy was no secret, yet Grom insisted on making his people drink it for the sake of overcoming the new danger.
- Driven again by the demonic energies, Grom attacked the demigod Cenarius' forces. Even the demigod himself was killed by the demon-enhanced orcs.
- Although victorious, Grom and the Warsong clan soon lost all of their ability to reason, and found themselves puppets in the hands of Mannoroth once he appeared to command them.
- Thrall made his way up the mountain, and was surprised to find his path crossing that of Cairne once again.
- Thrall would not be able to access the summit without any air support. So, Cairne suggested that they ally with the wyverns of Stonetalon Mountains, which they did after freeing them from a group of vile harpies.
- At Stonetalon Peak, Thrall and Cairne found the Oracle's chamber, but they also found Jaina Proudmoore, and were about to battle when the Oracle appeared, revealing himself to be the prophet that Thrall and Jaina had met in Lordaeron, Medivh.
- He told Thrall of Grom's corruption, and that the orcs and humans must join forces or be destroyed. Reluctantly, Thrall agreed, desperate to save Grom.
- They returned to the Barrens to find that Grom had corrupted the Warsongs with Mannoroth's blood again, and he moved against them as the demonic invasion of Kalimdor began.
- An epic battle took place between the Warchief and Hellscream's forces as the fire of falling infernals lit up the night sky.
- Thrall, with the help of Cairne and Jaina, fought his way through the ranks of blood-maddened chaos orcs, determined to reach Hellscream at all costs.
- With the help of the three factions united, Grom was captured and the curse he bore was purged with magic.
- Grom, realizing what he had done, was instantly apologetic, and he and Thrall immediately set out to face Mannoroth in a canyon carved by the falling infernals.
- In a 2 on 1 battle, Mannoroth subdues Thrall, but dies at the hands of Grom then explodes in his face, mortally wounding him as seen in cinematic: The Death of Hellscream.
- Grom's heroic sacrifice releases the orcs from Mannoroth's bloodlust forever
Night Elf Campaign: Eternity's End
- The Shadowleaf Sentinels, led by Shandris Feathermoon, returned to Mount Hyjal to report with sorrow that Cenarius had been murdered by green-skinned invaders who had arrived from across the sea.
- Tyrande gathered her Sentinels once again and ventured down to secure Ashenvale.
- After raiding a join Alliance-Horde outpost, hordes of undead invaders suddenly swarmed into the settlement, and the orcs and humans were quickly overcome.
- Tyrande quickly withdrew her forces, knowing that her small detachment could not handle such staggering numbers.
- However, they were quickly followed and cornered by Archimonde himself, and Tyrande escaped by melding into the shadows.
- Tyrande knew that the time had come to awaken the druids once again. Leaving Shandris to defend the forests of Ashenvale, she made haste for the Barrow Dens in the Moonglade, where she awakened Malfurion, her lover.
- Malfurion believed that Archimonde's primary motivation was to assault Nordrassil, the World Tree, steal its energies, and become a god.
- Together, they awakened the Druids of the Talon in Winterspring, then proceeded back to the base of Mount Hyjal, where they entered the Barrow Deeps to find the Druids of the Claw.
- However, they soon came to an elven door, and Malfurion recognized it as the door to Illidan's prison. Tyrande thought that they should free him, saying he would be the perfect power against the enemy.
- Despite Malfurion's forbiddance and anger, she proceeded to repel the prison's defenses and set Illidan free, defying both Malfurion and warden Maiev Shadowsong.
- Illidan, still in love with Tyrande, professed he would battle the demons, but not for the glory of the night elves.
- Malfurion opposed Tyrande's decision, thinking the release of Illidan a catastrophic mistake. Frustrated that his brother remained unchanged and eager to prove to him that the demons had no hold over him, Illidan left Malfurion behind, leading a force of night elves into Felwood to hunt down the Legion.
- While in Felwood, Illidan encountered Arthas, champion of the Lich King, and they engaged in combat. The fighters were equally matched, and the combatants reached an impasse.
- Illidan stopped the duel and demanded to know why Arthas had tracked him. Arthas responded openly, telling Illidan about the Skull of Gul'dan, the demonic artifact that had corrupted Felwood. He explained that if the artifact were destroyed, the corruption of the forests would halt.
- To ensure that Illidan would take the bait, Arthas spared no detail of the Skull's power, adding that his master knew of Illidan's thirst for power. Although Illidan did not trust Arthas, he nevertheless sought the Skull and its power out.
- It took Illidan enormous efforts to obtain the skull. Then, driven by necessity and influenced by the belief that with the increased power, he could at last redeem himself in the eyes of Tyrande, he shattered the demonic seal and used the Skull's powers for his own.
- Illidan's action transformed him into a half-demon and granted him enormous powers, which allowed him to ultimately crush Tichondrius.
- When Tyrande and Malfurion were alerted that Illidan was being attacked by Tichondrius, they rushed back to help, just to see what he had done.
- Both of them were shocked, and Malfurion was so angry and appalled that he banished his brother forever.
- Feeling his sacrifice and effort were unappreciated, Illidan muttered "So be it... brother", and left the night elf lands.
- Soon, Malfurion brought Tyrande to a hillock in Ashenvale, where they met the leaders of the outlanders. Tyrande sent them away, insisting that they had no place being there.
- Suddenly, a powerful mage appeared in the commotion and revealed himself to be Medivh, the Last Guardian of Tirisfal. He told them that Archimonde was a leader of the eredar with powers beyond any of them, and that they would only be victorious if they joined forces.
- With the death of Cenarius still fresh in her mind, Tyrande felt wary but soon realized that she had little choice. So, together they planned their defense of Hyjal. Tyrande also tasked the elf Pained with assisting Jaina.
- Tyrande, Malfurion, and Shandris helped to defend Jaina Proudmoore's base until it was finally overrun, then they moved to reinforce Thrall's forces.
- Finally, Archimonde came upon the night elven settlement at the gates and destroyed it all. Everything was going according to plan.
- Archimonde, feeling over-confident by his victories, proceeded to attack the World Tree and disregarded the Ancestral Guardians who had begun to gather around the World Tree's roots.
- At Malfurion's command, the Ancestral Guardians amassed and began their assault on Archimonde. As a result Archimonde was destroyed and the World Tree damaged. However, the group had won a victory against impossible odds.
- The Scourge/Legion's defeat at this battle marked the end of the Third War.
- In the wake of the titanic battle the allies went their separate ways. Jaina's people settled on the island of Theramore.
- Thrall founded the territory of Durotar, and Tyrande and Malfurion took their people back to Ashenvale to begin healing the damage done by the Burning Legion.
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