Know Your Lore

Know Your Lore: The legacy of Tyr Alongside his "brother" Odyn, Tyr struck down Ragnaros and led the charge in battle after battle against the spawn of the Old Gods. Tyr helped chain those colossal monstrosities deep within the world and served as Azeroth was shaped to shepherd her world-soul to maturity.

Know Your Lore: Demons and the Fel Where Light and Void clash, chaos is born: the chaos of the Twisting Nether, birthplace of the Fel. This magic was literally birthed by annihilation when Light and Shadow came into terrible contact with one another. Fel magic is of entropy, of destruction, of the utter destruction of that which makes life possible. Void magic...




Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat edition: The true “curse” of flesh We’ve seen evidence of the Curse of Flesh everywhere. Humanity is a result of it. But it’s not irreversible – which makes one wonder…if the Tribunal of Ages is a lie, is it possible there’s no “curse” of flesh at all?

Know Your Lore: The Life and Death of Natalie Seline She died in her sleep. That incongruous fact should not be taken to mean she died peacefully or of natural causes. No, Natalie Seline’s death came at the hands of those who she had led in life: people of faith, Priests who once served the Holy Light and sought to defeat the Orcish Horde. Yet...

Know Your Lore: The Arcan’dor Hidden away in the depths of Shal’Aran is the salvation of the Shal’dorei. The arcan’dor isn’t just a tree – it’s the cure for the addiction to the Nightwell the Shal’dorei have been bound to for centuries. But what exactly is the arcan’dor? What is its purpose, and why is it able to do what...

Know Your Lore: The Rise of the Lich King I talked a bit last week about why the Scourge is potentially a greater threat now than it has been at any time since the end of the War in Northrend. The fact is, Bolvar Fordragon may be the most effective being to hold the position of Lich King since the Frozen Throne crashed into...




Catch up on lore with our guide to Warcraft in print Since the release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans back in 1994, Blizzard has been building a massive universe around the world of Azeroth. That’s 22 years of story to catch up on — and 22 years worth of novels, short stories, comics, and other reading material. Where exactly do you begin, if you want to...

Know Your Lore: What comes next? One of the questions I hear a lot is: After we deal with the Legion, what threat could possibly be next? It’s a question I’ve asked myself a few times. There are some obvious answers, of course, but one of the trends I’m seeing in Legion is that we’re being our usual short sighted selves...



Know Your Lore: From Barathen to Llane Wrynn The Wrynn family has ruled Stormwind for years. (Indeed, they may have ruled it continuously since it was founded, but we don’t know for certain.) During that time, Stormwind found itself isolated and alone against hostile forces, and the other kingdoms of Humanity offered little if any help to their southern kin. So Stormwind and...

Know Your Lore: Draenor’s universal influence Draenor was never really meant to be a “unique” world. Had it been left to its own devices, the planet would’ve eventually died out. The Sporemounds were well on their way to devouring the planet whole when Aggramar first arrived. With nothing left to devour, Draenor’s plant life would have eventually turned on itself, until...

Know Your Lore: The Wrynn Dynasty and the Foundation of Stormwind The history of the Kingdom of Stormwind is that of migration. The fall of the original Kingdom of Arathor into the nations that succeeded it — Lordaeron, Kul Tiras, Dalaran, Gilneas, Alterac and Stromgarde — led to the displacement of the original Arathi bloodline, the descendants of King Thoradin himself. Rather than accept the rulership...

Know Your Lore: Fall of the Gorian Empire The original Horde wasn’t the first time the Orc clans of Draenor united – it was simply the one that stuck. With the defeat of the ogron and the rise of the Gorian Empire, there was little reason for the Orcs to remain in hiding. They emerged from their established underground settlements into a world...

Know Your Lore: What Azeroth Knows By What Azeroth Knows, I don’t mean the planet itself. We’ve recently seen that Azeroth is a nascent Titan, and it seems to know quite a bit, going as far as to speak through former king Magni Bronzebeard in his diamond form. But that’s an example of something the average Azerothian wouldn’t know. Right now, Magni...

Know Your Lore: Glory of the Gorian Empire The Apexis empire collapsed in one violent, earth-shattering moment with the detonation of the Breath of Rukhmar. The great spire that once pierced the skies of Arak had been splintered into pieces by the force of the explosion. In the centuries that followed, survivors of the horrific civil war traveled across the land, taking the...

Know Your Lore: The Flight From Argus There were once a people called the Eredar, a people with unparalleled mastery of the arcane. Gifted, intelligent, physically powerful, they created a near utopia on the planet Argus. Over twenty five thousand years ago, they ceased to exist. In their place were two divided factions. Most of the Eredar became Man’ari, the “Unnatural Ones”...

Know Your Lore: Rise of the Apexis Rukhmar created the Arakkoa both in memory of and as a tribute to Anzu’s sacrifice – but she never really discovered what happened to him after Sethe’s defeat. She led her children from Gorgrond back to Arak, where they were destined to thrive. But immediately after their arrival, Rukhmar perished, her body devoured by flame....