Know Your Lore

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....

Know Your Lore: The Fall of Argus, part two Last week we talked about the distant past, when the former Mage Thal’kiel of Argus attempted to destroy the Duumvirate that ruled his people, the Eredar, and rule as a tyrant. As a Warlock, Thal’kiel became known as the first of the Man’ari, a word that meant ‘unnatural ones’ in the Eredar language. But thanks...



Know Your Lore: King’s Row and Overwatch Uprising When we initially heard the story behind the Overwatch organization, it was pretty straightforward. A group is formed to counter a crisis, the group is successful, and the group’s popularity wanes over time until it’s finally disbanded. But the story is hardly as cut and dry as it originally seemed, and we’ve seen more bits...

Know Your Lore: The Fall of Argus, Part 1 The homeworld of the Eredar. The birthplace of Velen and the Draenei. The seat of the Burning Legion. A world on the border between the Twisting Nether and the Great Dark Beyond. Argus is, was, and will be one of the most pivotal worlds in existence. The heart of the Burning Legion’s portal network, the...

Know Your Lore: Dawn of the Arakkoa When the last of the Sporemounds was defeated, spores teeming with the Spirit of Life seeped into the rest of Draenor. This eventually resulted in new species of Breakers, and new species of Primals. But it also meant that Draenor’s animal life received a boost as well. Initially the Sporemounds and Evergrowth pretty much overtook...

Know Your Lore: Children of the Breakers Last week we discussed the evolution of Draenor – the unique circumstances that led to a world in a constant state of conflict.  The Evergrowth, a vast, sentient network of behemoth plants called Sporemounds, threatened to overwhelm the world. Due to the timely intervention of the Titan Aggramar and his creation, Grond, the Evergrowth was...

Know Your Lore: Continuity and evolution There will be some mild spoilers for World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol. 2 in this post. But not many, because it’s not a post about anything specifically in that book. We recently discovered that Queen Taria, a character invented for the Warcraft film, is canonically the mother of Varian Wrynn and thus, grandmother of sitting...

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...