Tauren

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...

The Queue: I am not a Dreadlord

Hello, my friends. It is I, Matthew Rossi, the usual Human who writes this Queue column every Tuesday and Friday. I am not a Dreadlord.





Know Your Lore: Why Warcraft needs factions Some of us (okay, me) spend a lot of time decrying the effect of the Horde vs. Alliance factionalism in World of Warcraft. And as a player, there are quite a few negatives. If you were assembling a pros and cons list, cons would include that it divides friends and keeps them from playing together,...

Know Your Lore: The Horde at the beginning of World of Warcraft When last I wrote a KYL for you all, I talked about the state of affairs on Azeroth at the start of World of Warcraft. Four years had passed since the mortal races banded together to stop the Burning Legion atop Mount Hyjal. We saw how the Alliance formed, how each race — Humans, Night...

Know Your Lore: The wrath of Sylvanas Windrunner We looked at her life, her death, and her rise to become the Banshee Queen. But Sylvanas’ story didn’t end with the destruction of her Dreadlord enemies and the ascension to the throne of the Undercity. After bending the Nathrezim Varimathras to her will, she took steps to secure her power, both for her own sake...

Know Your Lore: Ancient Kalimdor and the rest of Azeroth We all know that World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 will be out next month, and a preview of said book gave us a lot of interesting new details about Azeroth.  So today, let’s talk about Chronicle.




Role Play: Choosing a faction — Horde Last week, we discussed the basics of the Alliance faction — which races are available to play, and the kind of plot points you can expect to see with each race. The Alliance are often touted as the “good guys” of the Warcraft universe, the golden heroes who are always pitted against the forces of...

Know Your Lore: Cenarius the Forestlord The demigod Cenarius is the son of Malorne and Elune. It is through the teachings of Cenarius that Malfurion Stormrage became a Druid,  the first on Azeroth. But who is Cenarius? The Tauren call him Forestlord, and claim him as their teacher as well, saying that they were the first Druids under his tutelage. From...



Know Your Lore: Baine Bloodhoof Baine Bloodhoof certainly wasn’t a high-profile leader in Warlords of Draenor, nor was he more than a minor character in the events presented in Mists. But in the novels and behind the scenes, Baine has far more influence than you’d expect, both from a Tauren leader, and from a leader so new to his position....

Breakfast Topic: My shifting moods Aside from maining a Warrior I’ve changed roles, guilds, races, and even factions over the years. I went Alliance, rolled Horde alts, raided Alliance, switch to raid Horde, and then went Alliance again. I’ve play Human, Tauren, Draenei, Night Elf, Tauren again, Orc, back to Tauren, Pandaren and Draenei again.

The Queue: At least we’ll both be numb

Yes, occasionally I like a nice pop song. I started writing this Queue on my birthday, but it’ll go live the day after, so you don’t have to get me a present. Of course, if you chose to do me a solid anyway, I wouldn’t say no.

Let’s talk about those Blizzard games, shall we? As always, we’ll likely end up talking about Legion so there will be spoilers. I’ll try to keep that to a minimum, but it is a site covering Blizzard games and we have to talk about it somewhat.


Know Your Lore: The origins of the Tauren and the sorrow of the Earthmother When talking of the origin of the Tauren, we can look to their own myths, and then consider what they might mean. As written in Mists of Dawn, the Tauren creation myth, their origin is as follows: While the right eye shone down upon the golden dawn, the Earthmother’s gentle hands spread out across the...

Know Your Lore: Trolls, Tauren, Aqir, and Azeroth’s native races It comes up time and again, when talking about the races of Azeroth, there are those races that were created as seed races by the Titans — the Earthen, the Vrykul, the Giants, perhaps the Tol’vir and Mogu as well — and then there are those races that appear to have either predated the arrival...

Know Your Lore: The life and death of Cairne Bloodhoof in WoW When we last left our look at the Old Bull’s life we were at the end of the Horde battle in Dustwallow Marsh against Daelin Proudmoore. This was the end of the beginning of the new Horde established by Thrall, a collection of misfits who found unity in the shared values and purpose each held....

Know Your Lore: The origins of Cairne Bloodhoof He’s been dead since Cataclysm, but his life saw his people move from a nomadic existence in perpetual war against the marauding centaur to a part of the Horde, settled in Thunder Bluff and at last capable of securing their own future. His journey was the journey of his people, and who they are now...

Know Your Lore: The Kaldorei’s origins and beginnings Many races have at one time or another created vast empires on Azeroth. The ancient Aqir, ancestors to the Qiraji and Nerubians (as well as the more distant Mantid), waged war against the Troll empires of the Gurubashi and Amani. The Mogu carved an empire out of the southern reaches of ancient Kalimdor, with support...