Know Your Lore

Know Your Lore: The evolution of Draenor World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 2 caught us up on events leading to and including the First and Second wars on Azeroth. But in addition to that, we got our first real look at the evolution of life on Draenor – how everything on the planet came to be. Unlike Azeroth, Draenor’s history was a...

Know Your Lore: The Fist of the First Dawn There are many kinds of monks — religious men and women who inhabit monasteries and devote themselves, for example — but World of Warcraft Monks are a different story: chi-wielding unarmed combat specialists who can heal wounds, strike like lightning, and dazzle an enemy with seeming intoxication. They owe their existence to the Pandaren of...




Know Your Lore: The Arcan’dor, the Fal’dorei, and the Withered History is a funny thing on Azeroth. There are certain broad tendencies that repeat themselves time and again — the Old Gods attempt to rise, the Legion attempts to invade, empires clash and fall. But one thing that can’t be said is that it repeats, exactly. Azeroth has seen quite a lot of history, tens...

Know Your Lore: Overwatch’s Orisa, Efi Oladele, and the return of Doomfist In the Overwatch universe, Numbani is something akin to paradise for omnics. Unlike other areas of the world where omnics are viewed with mistrust and open derision, Numbani is a city of harmony. Humans and omnics built the city together, live side by side, and even celebrate this equality with an event called Unity Day....

Know Your Lore: The Sin’dorei and the Alliance For the roots of the divide between the few remaining High Elves and the Blood Elves, we must go back to two figures — Kael’thas Sunstrider and Garithos, self-proclaimed Grand Marshal of the few remaining Alliance forces in the region after Prince Arthas Menethil’s betrayal of his father and his kingdom to the Scourge. If...

Know Your Lore: The “Gift” of Flesh For an expansion about the rising threat of demonic hordes, Legion has spent a lot of time focusing on other dangers. Dangers like the corruption of the Emerald Dream, and strange whispers from agents of the Old Gods. Between ominous discussions with talking Artifact weapons and the horrors of the Emerald Nightmare, it’s become clear...




Know Your Lore: From High to Blood Elves Quel’Thalas today is still recovering from the wounds inflicted by the Third War. Half of Eversong is known today as the Ghostlands, as the Scourge’s taint remains to wreak havoc. Along the vast trench of dead and defiled earth known as the Dead Scar, bisecting Silvermoon City itself and heading out across the bottom of...

Know Your Lore, TFH Edition: Of Light and Void Legion may propose to be focused on the threat of the Burning Legion, but there are darker portents to be found, if one listens carefully. We’ve already discussed the whispers of Il’gynoth in the Emerald Nightmare raid – but there are others as well. Shadow Priests have one of the most fascinating Artifact weapons this...



Know Your Lore: The Troll Wars and the sunset of Quel’Thalas Last week we discussed Quel’Thalas from its foundation to the beginning of the Troll Wars. The enmity between Trolls and Elves is long standing and innate, dating back to the distant past before the Sundering when the Kaldorei Empire, led by arcane spellcasters, defeated both the Gurubashi and Amani Trolls and seized control of huge...

Know Your Lore: The Sombra ARG and story in Overwatch Was Sombra a bust? While I was initially going to talk about more Old Gods and WoW this week, a recent post by Jeff Kaplan on the Overwatch forums caught my attention. I’m not sure why feedback surrounding an ARG would cause the team to suddenly stop releasing any new hero development information. But it’s...

Know Your Lore: The Founding of Quel’Thalas and the enmity of Trolls We’ve talked about the origins of the High Elves in their Highborne ancestors, and the Shen’dralar of Eldre’Thalas and their history. And now, we cover the long history of the High Elves in their new home of Quel’Thalas, their rise to unquestioned dominance of their chosen kingdom, and the eventual fall and destruction of that...

Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: Whispers of the Old Gods Both the Sundering and the Shattering were large-scale natural disasters for the shell that surrounds Azeroth’s world-soul. Yet even though that shell was weakened and the Old Gods managed to extend their influence beyond their prisons, that world-soul apparently remains intact and uncorrupted. However, the residents of Azeroth didn’t manage to escape the touch of...

Know Your Lore: The Highborne of Eldre’Thalas Last week we left off our look at the origins of the High Elves with a discussion of their Highborne forebears and the exile from Kalimdor following the Sundering. At the end of the War of the Ancients there were several groups of Highborne left scattered throughout the remains of the Kaldorei Empire. One group...

Know Your Lore: Azeroth shattered The Sundering ripped the world of Azeroth apart, splitting the united continent of Kalimdor into pieces. It also tore apart the Well of Eternity, leaving only the Maelstrom in its stead. What effect this had on Azeroth’s world-soul hasn’t really been explored. But given that the Well of Eternity itself was a bleeding wound, one...

Know Your Lore: Highborne, High Elves and their history They are a vanishing people. Once they ruled much of the northern Eastern Kingdoms from their seat of power, the ancient and glorious city of Silvermoon, in the heart of Quel’Thalas. But then came Arthas and his armies of undead, the Scourge he wielded to flay the forest bare and leave a miles long scar...

Know Your Lore: The Old Gods and the Sundering The Pantheon made the only decision they could rightfully make when they chose to imprison the Old Gods. The death of Y’shaarj proved that trying to remove the others would only further endanger and possibly kill Azeroth’s world-soul — and that was the last thing the Titans wanted. But in imprisoning the Old Gods, the...