Stormwind

Know Your Lore: The promise of Prince Arthas Menethil Lianne Menethil, Queen of Lordaeron, and her husband King Terenas had two children — Princess Calia Menethil and Prince Arthas Menethil. Arthas was heir to the throne, and his childhood was as close to idyllic as possible. He was born four years before the First War between Humans and Orcs ravaged the Kingdom of Stormwind...

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: 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...

Here’s the virtual Stormwind theme park you always wanted We’re still waiting on an official Warcraft theme park (though there’s a knock-off park in China), but in the meanwhile we can enjoy this Planet Coaster version courtesy of Steeldragon. It’s as faithful a recreation as could be made in Planet Coaster, and we’re in awe of the care that went into mimicking Stormwind City’s buildings....

Son of the Wolf
New Legion comic Anduin: Son of the Wolf The last free Legion comic Anduin: Son of the Wolf has just been released. Written by Robert Brooks and illustrated by Nesskain, the fourth comic in the Legion series involves — who else — Anduin Wrynn, as he reads through correspondence from his father. There are some heavy spoilers right out the gate with this...

Know Your Lore: The Alliance at the beginning of World of Warcraft This Know Your Lore is a little bit different. I thought it might be interesting to look at where the Horde and Alliance were at the start of World of Warcraft — where things began, how events have shaken out, and how the two factions were sizing one another up in the post-Third War world....




Bonds of Brotherhood
Bonds of Brotherhood expands the Warcraft movie universe After reading and reviewing Christie Golden’s movie prequel novel Warcraft: Durotan last month, I was really looking forward to the other half of the Warcraft movie’s prequel offerings. Where Durotan delved into the story of Durotan and his clan on Draenor, Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood takes a look at the early adventures of Prince Llane Wrynn,...

Legion: First look at the new and improved Stormwind park (spoilers) Not long after Blizzard announced that an update to the long-destroyed Stormwind park was in the works, a new alpha build has been released showcasing those changes. The new park is now in the alpha in all its glory and I have to say, it looks very nice. It feels akin to the original addition of...



Know Your Lore: The making of Varian Wrynn Kings are born like anyone else. They don’t come into the world ready to wear a crown or bear the weight of it. This was certainly true for Varian Wrynn, who came into the world utterly unprepared for the life he would live. The first few years of his childhood were idyllic — born in...

Breakfast Topic: What should Azeroth really look like? We’re all familiar with what Azeroth looks like within World of Warcraft, but what makes sense in the game world doesn’t necessarily make sense in the fictional world. Let’s consider Stormwind. The city as we know it is fairly compact and easy to navigate (disregarding how I never seem to be able to find my...

New Warcraft movie trailer debuted this evening A new Warcraft movie trailer debuted tonight during the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos AFC Championship Game. The 30 second TV spot featured shots of Stormwind, Dalaran, and a whole mess of quick-cut action scenes. While this trailer contains no massive revelations, it’s still cool to see — given we’ve been following the movie’s...

Breakfast Topic: I love in game weather Way back in March of 2006, World of Warcraft got patch 1.10.0, a minor patch that introduced the quest chains for Dungeon Set 2 (or Tier 0.5), an overhaul of Priest talents, and one other very important thing: weather. Up until that point, weather simply didn’t exist on Azeroth, it was clear skies all around....

The purported bad CGI in the Warcraft teaser (to the trailer, of the movie) The internet, or at least our corner of it, is ablaze since the Warcraft movie teaser (to the trailer, of the movie) was released yesterday. Some folks are quite disappointed in the CGI effects of the film, and are pointing to the above shot of Stormwind, also reproduced below in greater detail.

Game of Thrones intro meets Warcraft in fan video You may have heard of a small sleeper television series, Game of Thrones, regularly presented on cable network HBO, which won approximately all the Emmys this weekend. The very first video released by new machinima creator Marc Ottensmann takes the opening sequence of that show and reproduces it in the World of Warcraft universe. He...

Know Your Lore: The Vrykul, the Curse of Flesh, and the origins of Humanity Humans in the Warcraft setting have a very distinct origin — they were created by a curse. To know the origins of the Humans of Azeroth, we first must learn the the origin of the mysterious Vrykul, and through them, the world of Azeroth itself. The Vrykul were created to help shape the Titans’ creation,...

Know Your Lore: Warcraft and the First War It was the spark that ignited a fire that continues to burn to this day — something that actually ended up working in the Burning Legion’s favor, whether they realized it or not at the time. One world invading another, two races clashing together in a battle for new land, resources, and the sheer glory...