Orcs and Humans, players were only exposed to the Blackrock clan. However, in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal, many clans comprised the Horde (in response to the forging of an Alliance among Humans, Elves, Dwarves and Gnomes) and were clearly defined in the manual and in the game, as names for the orc teams and different colors. In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne, most of the clans were destroyed, and the rest were assimilated into the New Horde.
Black Tooth Grin Clan (black) - The Black Tooth Grin clan was originally part of the Blackrock clan but after Doomhammer was deposed as Warchief, his sons Rend and Maim sought to establish their own power base within the Horde. Rend and Maim, leaders of the clan, assassinated the parents of the New Horde's Warchief Thrall. The clan is so named because every recruit must knock out one of their own teeth to show their loyalty to the clan. Leaders: Rend Blackhand, Maim Blackhand
Blackrock Clan (red) - The Blackrock Clan remained one of the strongest within the Horde and was responsible for numerous victories throughout the second war. Blackhand was defeated in Warcraft I by Orgrim Doomhammer due to his incompetence in leadership. Past Leaders: Blackhand the Destroyer, Orgrim Doomhammer, Jubei`Thos
Bleeding Hollow Clan (orange) - The Bleeding Hollow Clan was one of the most legendary of the clans in the second war and were able to evade capture by Alliance forces. With Ner'zhul's help they were able to make it back to the relative safety of Draenor. The clan is so named because its leader, Killrogg Deadeye, has lost one of his eyes. Leader: Killrogg Deadeye.
Bonechewer Clan (green) - The Bonechewer Clan were known for ornamenting themselves with bones and other organs in battle as well as for their cannabilistic nature. Leader: Tagar Spinebreaker.
Burning Blade (orange) - The Burning Blade was one of the most savage and untrustworthy of the orc clans and never had a leader, instead the clan ruled themselves. The Burning Blade continued to heed the call of the Burning Legion, even after their destruction. In Warcraft III, a few survivors of the clan serve the horde as skilled blademasters. Leader: None.
Dragonmaw Clan (white) - The Dragonmaw Clan was very loyal to Blackhand when he was warchief and pledged loyalty to Rend and Maim after his death. The Dragonmaw Clan was also responsible for enslaving Alexstrasza and raising her young to fight the humans. Leader: Zuluhed the Whacked.
Frostwolf Clan (Red) - The Frostwolf clan was exiled long ago from Draenor because of its former leader Durotan's repeated outvoiced opinions on the ban on shamanism and the threat of the demonic influence among orcs. Drek'thar succeeded Durotan after his assassination by Rend and Maim (which was blamed upon Doomhammer). Along with Drek'thar, the Frostwolf clan lived along the Alterac Mountains practicing shamanism, and having Frost Wolves as their companions. The Far Seer heroes in Warcraft III were based on the Frostwolf Clan's members. Past Leaders: Durotan, Drek`thar, Thrall.
Laughing Skull Clan (yellow) - The Laughing Skull clan is a very decptive and treacherous clan that is distrusted by most of the other clans. Leader: Mogor the Ogre.
Stormreaver Clan (blue) - The Stormreaver Clan was organized by Gul'dan who sought protection from Orgrim Doomhammer after learning that the Doomhammer had no fondness for him. It served as his elite bodyguard in Azeroth and when he attempted to open the Tomb of Sargeras, and this clan comprised mainly of Orcish warlocks, Death Knights and spellcasters. Leader: Gul'dan.
Thunderlord Clan (violet) - Not much is known of the Thunderlord clan except that Durotan is said to have risen in the ranks before being exiled. Leader: Fenris the Hunter.
Twilight's Hammer Clan (violet) - The Twilight's Hammer Clan was obsessed with the notion that they are the harbingers of apocalyptic doom and are not as loyal as other clans to the Horde. This clan comprised of Ogres and Ogre-Magi. Leader: Cho'gall.
Shadow Moon Clan (black) - The Shadow Moon clan ruled over the scattered clans of Draenor and was the clan which made the decisions for the Horde. Clan members were spellcasters, such as necromancers. The leader, Ner'zhul, had the objective of turning Orcs into blood-thirsty creatures to satisfy the Burning Legion which was bent on destroying worlds. Leader: Ner'zhul.
Shattered Hand Clan (white) - The Shattered Hand Clan was named for the practice of self- mutilaion that every grunt in the clan performs. They usually chop off one of their own hands and replace it with a weapon. This clan was depicted as savage and murderous Grunts in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. Leader: Korgath Bladefist.
Warsong Clan (Purple) - One of the strongest and most violent clans, the Warsong Clan was among the most distinguished clans on Draenor and was able to evade Alliance expedition forces at every turn. Depicted as Grunts in Warcraft II (the Second War), they have mastered the use of swords and blades and became Blademasters in Warcraft III. The clan is so named based on the terrifying high-pitched battle cries of its leader Grom Hellscream during the Second War. The Warsong was one of the few clans never captured by the Alliance, and helped free the rest of the orcs with Thrall and Doomhammer. Leader: Grom Hellscream.
Searing Blade Clan - The Searing Blade Clan is unique in that it formed after the founding of Durotar. The Searing Blade is merely another branch of the Shadow Council attempting to usurp Thrall's new Horde. The Searing Blade has taken up residence in Ragefire Chasm, a network of caverns beneath the Horde's capital city, Orgrimmar
"The Scarlet Crusade is a religious organization dedicated to the eradication of the undead. They are a major adversary of the Forsaken, and several quests in Tirisfal Glades involve attacks on Scarlet Crusade troops, leaders, and strongholds (including the Scarlet Monastery). The Scarlet Crusade maintains several bastions throughout the former lands of Lordaeron, namely the Scarlet Monastery, Hearthglen, Tyr's Hand and a large temple within Stratholme, wherein it is headquartered. The leader of the Scarlet Crusade, the Grand Crusader, is commonly known to be the paladin Saiden Dathrohan, but is in actuality the Dreadlord Balnazzar. The motives of the demon leading a quest to exterminate all undead (created by a plague ordered by the lord of all demons himself) are unknown.
The Scarlet Crusade is one of Azeroth's most controversial organizations due to the appeal of its mission to many individuals within the Alliance. While the Alliance is generally in agreement that the Scourge and the Forsaken need to be eradicated from Lordaeron so they can return home, few would agree with the methods commonly used by the Scarlet Crusade. The Crusade’s members are mostly soldiers — many are former Knights of the Silver Hand — who saw such devastation wrought by the Scourge that they resort to extreme measures to destroy the undead. This includes killing any mortal they assume to be carrying the plague, killing any mortal they believe may soon be undead, killing mortals who stand between the Crusade and undead, or killing mortals who may sympathize with undead. “Sympathizing with the undead” is how Crusaders interpret any argument that their methods are severe. As such, they are the natural enemies of the Scourge and the Forsaken, but they are also the enemy of anyone who cannot prove that he is alive — usually within ten or so seconds. As such, members of both the Horde and Alliance will often meet on the way in or out of the Monastery and roleplayers of each faction will finally find themselves with something to agree upon. The Crusade has already destroyed several undead encampments on Lordaeron. At this rate, it is likely that the Crusade will continue its battle until either it is destroyed or the undead annihilated. It should be noted, however, that due to the fact that quests within World of Warcraft involve the deaths of most of the leaders of the Scarlet Crusade, it can be considered canonical that the Crusade is essentially crippled following these events.
Scarlet Crusade mobs are usually humanoids, and they often have warrior or priest abilities. Some Crusaders also possess the powers of the paladin class. "
Post by Jadey/Ala/Oria on Feb 15, 2006 12:48:45 GMT -5
Did you know Stonetalon was originally part of Ashenvale until the Great Sundering? The movement caused the mountain range to sprout, and the ambient energy from the explosion changed the soil and trees.
In a less WoW-centric view, Stonetalon is one of the largest mountain ranges in Azeroth. It's characterized by forceful winds and deep crags, as well as a great population of both Wyverns and Hippogryphs. If you want a logical view of why it's there, I'd imagine that it, like the Talondeep Path, was made after the Sundering occured. With a great mountain range between one of the former barrow dens and Ashenvale, they'd make an easy path to get to and fro.
Since in the Talondeep Path there's branching, older pathways. And the Talon Den was made to hold various artifacts. More collaborating evidence being that the Blood Elf in Sun Rock Retreat is interested in the place.
A bit better than you might've expected, actually. There's a couple interesting Blizzard-made D&D modules that use Stonetalon as a wild place to escape into.
Post by Jadey/Ala/Oria on Feb 15, 2006 12:47:00 GMT -5
World of WarCraft
26 (618): The non-aggression pact in Kalimdor between the Horde and Theramore Isle is tenuous at best, and tempers still run hot over the recent conflict. Both humans and orcs begin to expand across Kalimdor, settling in whatever habitable locations they can find.
Lordaeron remains loosely controlled by the undead, although a civil war rages between the Lich King's Scourge and Sylvanas' Forsaken. Demons roam freely across the continent, terrorizing what few human forces remain. Pockets of human knights and dwarven warriors slowly gather in an attempt to regroup and intiate a counterattack. A crazed group of humans known as the Scarlet Crusade are attempting to retake control of Lordaeron, but often slaughter innocents in the process, making them enemies to all factions but other Crusaders.
Although Azeroth has been battered by bloodshed and warfare for years, there is still no indication that the turmoil will soon come to an end. Each of the mortal races begins to position itself for what could soon the most crucial period of time in the world's history.
27 (619): Present time.
The Old Gods, still seeking to escape their ancient prison, begin to infiltrate Ysera's Emerald Dream and corrupt its inhabitants. Emeriss, Lethon, Taerar and Ysondre, Ysera's primary lieutenants are afflicted by this corruptio and enter into the mortal world to wreak havoc at the Dream's entrances.
In the ancient troll city of Zul'Gurub, the Blood God Hakkar has manifested. Channeling the powers of the trolls' greatest champions to increase his own, Hakkar has set his plan of world conquest into action.
Silithus also grows restless as rumors of the Qiraji's return begin to circulate. The time of the great alliance and the final assault on Ahn'Qiraj seems to be near...
Post by Jadey/Ala/Oria on Feb 15, 2006 12:46:40 GMT -5
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos
21 (613): Kel'Thuzad's Cult of the Damned infects Lordaeron's northern farmlands with the Lich King's undead plague. Uther Lightbringer and his Knights of the Silver Hand try to stem the tide of the disease, but fail.
The spirit of Medivh forsees the eventual downfall of Lordaeron and begins to manipulate events in order to arrange the formation of a last-ditch alliance between the mortal races on Kalimdor.
Prince Arthas Menethil fears that the spread of the plague will tear the Alliance apart and eventually lead to the downfall of the entire human race. After assassinating Kel'Thuzad in Lordaeron, the prince tracks the source of the disease to Northrend. There, Arthas attempts to slay the Dread Lord Mal'Ganis, whom he believes is the leader of the Scourge. The paladin succeeds in this endeavor, but in the process he takes up the runeblade Frostmourne and loses his soul to the Lich King's elaborate trap.
Guided by a mysterious vision from Medivh, Jaina Proudmoore loads several ships and sets sail through the Maelstrom to the far-off continent of Kalimdor.
Simultaneously, the Horde steals several human warships and also begins traveling west to Kalimdor.
Thrall's ships land on a mysterious island chain in the Maelstrom and encounter the Darkspear tribe of jungle trolls. Thrall helps the trolls escape from their sinking island, and the Darkspear trolls respond by joining the Horde.
The Lich King transforms Arthas into the first of a new generation of Death Knights. He returns to Lordaeron, assassinates his father King Terenas, and takes charge of the undead forces.
The Third War begins.
The undead army completely annihilates the high elf kingdom of Quel'Thalas and its capital city of Silvermoon, as Arthas uses the Sunwell's energies to resurrect Kel'Thuzad as a lich. Arthas also murders and resurrects Sylvanas Windrunner, Ranger-General of the high elves and sister to Vereesa, as a banshee.
On a hill overlooking Dalaran, Kel'Thuzad summons Archimonde the Defiler into the world of Azeroth using Medivh's spellbook. As the leader of Sargeras' armies, Archimonde proceeds to lay waste to Dalaran with his demonic powers.
The Burning Legion commences its invasion of Azeroth by storming through Lordaeron and Quel'Thalas, slaughtering most of the remaining inhabitants in those lands.
In Kalimdor, the Horde separates as Thrall follows Medivh while Grom Hellscream and his Warsong clan, sent to prepare a new orc settlement, inadvertently make enemies of the night elves by defiling the edges of Ashenvale Forest.
Manipulated by Mannoroth the Destructor and Tichondrius the Darkener, Grom Hellscream's Warsong clan slays the demigod Cenarius, one of the principle defenders of Ashenvale and the World Tree.
Prodded by Medivh, Jaina and her band of human survivors form a pact with Thrall to free Grom Hellscream from Mannoroth's blood curse and defeat the Legion.
Grom Hellscream falls in battle to Mannoroth. However, he manages to slay the demon before he dies, freeing himself and the Horde from the Burning Legion's curse.
The Burning Legion launches its invasion of Ashenvale, hoping to defeat the night elves and consume the magic of Nordrassil and the Well of Eternity.
The night elves awaken Malfurion and the rest of the slumbering druids.
Tyrande, hoping that Illidan's power will prove useful in defeating the Legion, releases the demon hunter from his prison.
Illidan is manipulated by Arthas and the Lich King to steal the Skull of Gul'dan, which transforms him into a night elf/demon hybrid. Infused with the artifact's energies, Illidan slays Tichondrius and deals a major setback to Archimonde's war plan.
Sensing Illidan's demonic taint, Malfurion banishes his wayward brother from Kalimdor and Illidan angrily departs into the forest.
Malfurion and Tyrande summon the full magical fury of the World Tree as Thrall and Jaina's forces desperately hold off Archimonde's assault. As Archimonde finally breaks through and attempts to drain the World Tree of its magic, he is consumed and destroyed by Nordrassil itself, which the night elves have imbued with the spirits of their ancestors.
The Third War ends.
Medivh, his task of uniting the mortal races complete, leaves Azeroth to take his place "amongst the legends of the past".
Now mortal and only possessing only a fraction of their former powers, the night elves begin the process of rebuilding their civilization.
Thrall leads the orcs south to the deserts of central Kalimdor. They found a new homeland, Durotar, and begin constructing their capital city of Orgrimmar.
Jaina also travels south, sailing her people to the large, coastal island of Theramore in Dustwallow Marsh. There, the faltering alliance of humans, high elves, dwarves and gnomes disband their fleet and construct a new city in which to live.
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
21 (613): Most of the remaining high elves of the Alliance, reeling from the loss of their homeland during the Legion's invasion, embark on a dark path of vengeance to bring justice to the remaining undead and demons. To symbolize their new ideals, they begin referring to themselves as "blood elves". The leader of this "new" race is Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider. However, the blood elves' desire for revenge and magical energy corrupts them into shadows of their former selves.
Kil'jaeden the Deceiver appears to Illidan and orders him to destroy the Frozen Throne, as the demonlord is aware that the Lich King has betrayed him. To this end, Illidan summons a faction of the ancient naga race from the sea and sails to the Broken Isles of the Maelstrom. The naga are the descendants of Queen Azshara's highborne, and they are quite willing to pledge their loyalty to Illidan in exchange for a chance to prove their prowess and invade the surface world. The Broken Isles contain legendary Tomb of Sargeras, and inside Illidan claims the powerful demonic artifact known as the Eye of Sargeras. Illidan plans to use the Eye to destroy the Icecrown Glacier from afar and bypass the bulk of the Scourge armies completely.
22 (614): Traveling to the ruined city of Dalaran, Illidan attempts to put his plan into action. However, his plans are interrupted when Malfurion and Tyrande, along with the Warden Maiev Shadowsong, destroy the Eye before the spell can be completed. Realizing that he can no longer destroy Ner'zhul from afar, Illidan decides to flee Azeroth. He opens a dimensional portal to Outland and departs, but Maiev, consumed with rage and obsessed with apprehending the demon hunter, follows the Betrayer into the portal. Malfurion and Tyrande return to Kalimdor.
Arthas begins seeing visions of Ner'zhul's Frozen Throne in Northrend, as the Lich King orders him to return to the icy continent immediately.
23 (615): Kael and his blood elves march to Grand Marshal Garithos' base near Dalaran, where they are to receive new orders. After completing a series of menial tasks assigned by Garithos, the blood elves stumble upon a group of naga led by Lady Vashj. Vashj offers to assist the blood elves, since their races share a common heritage and a common foe in the undead. However, Garithos does not approve of the naga/blood elf partnership, and imprisons the elves as traitors to the Alliance.
While awaiting their executions, Kael and his elves are freed from Dalaran's prisons by Vashj, and both races escape the dungeons to the streets of Dalaran, where they retreat into Outland through the very portal that brought Archimonde into Azeroth.
Upon arriving in Outland, the naga/blood elf forces rescue Illidan from Maiev Shadowsong's army and consult with their leader. Illidan has decided to destroy the Pit Lord Magtheridon and conquer Outland, in order to hide from Kil'jaeden's wrath by sealing the blasted world off from the Nether. While Illidan's armies (with the aid of the remaining draenei) accomplish this task, they are unable to hide from Kil'jaeden, who orders Illidan and his forces to Northrend to destroy the Frozen Throne, or risk suffering the demonlord's wrath.
24 (616): As the Lich King's powers weaken, Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras, a group of Archimonde's Dread Lords, seize control over the majority of Scourge forces in Lordaeron and attempt to depose King Arthas. While the insurgents succeed in toppling the capital, Arthas escapes and heads to Northrend to defend the Lich King from Illidan's forces.
Sylvanas Windrunner, cruelly struck down and resurrected as a banshee by Arthas during the Third War, is now an undead dark ranger. With the weakening of Ner'zhul, Sylvanas reclaims her free will and sets out to leave her own mark on the world. By turning the Varimathras to her side, she is able to topple Balnazzar and Detheroc, securing independence for her followers, whom she has freed from the Lich King's control. Now calling themselves the "Forsaken", Sylvanas' group lies in wait in the Tirisfal Glades of Lordaeron, plotting against the Scourge and the remaining humans...
After reaching Northrend, Arthas is assisted by a crypt lord named Anub'arak as he attempts to reach the Frozen Throne before Illidan. Despite facing many dangers in the dark, ruined tunnels of Azjol-Nerub, the death knight successfully reaches the Icecrown Glacier in time. Defeating Illidan's forces and opening the prison, Arthas confronts Illidan one-on-one. After a vicious battle, the power of Frostmourne wins out, and Arthas enters the glacier as Illidan lies defeated in the snow. Upon freeing the Lich King from his prison, Arthas' body is possessed by the undead king, and the two evil beings are now joined.
Sitting atop the Frozen Throne, the new Lich King plans his next move.
Strange human forces begin to conduct raids against Durotar's outlying villages. Thrall empowers a half-ogre, half-orc beastmaster named Rexxar to investigate the situation.
25 (617): Rexxar sneaks into the human settlement on Theramore Isle and confronts Jaina about the recent attacks on the orc territories.
Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, Jaina's father, arrives on Theramore with the remainder of the Kul Tiras navy and reveals himself as the force behind the recent attacks on Durotar.
Admiral Proudmoore's troops land on Kalimdor and engage Thrall's Horde in a series of battles. The Kul Tiras marines lose badly and are forced to make a last stand on Theramore Isle. Jaina pleads with Thrall for mercy on the citizens of Theramore who are still loyal to her.
The Horde assaults Theramore Isle, slaughtering the Kul Tiras forces and killing Admiral Proudmoore. Thrall honors Jaina's request and orders the Horde to withdraw, leaving Theramore damaged and in flames but still standing.
The Circle of Ancients and powerful druids combine their powers to grow an immense new World Tree on the island of Teldrassil, just off the northern coast of Kalimdor. They also call the tree Teldrassil, meaning "Crown of the Earth" in their native tongue. The night elves make their new home in the boughs of Teldrassil, creating a forest of mighty trees and flowing rivers, bathed in the endless night that has fallen over the lands of the elves from the dawn of time. The night elves flock to Teldrassil as a sanctuary while the remaining demonic tinge of the Legion is cleansed from Ashenvale Forest on Kalimdor itself.
Post by Jadey/Ala/Oria on Feb 15, 2006 12:46:02 GMT -5
WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness
7 (599): The Second War begins.
The Horde pushes north, rolling through the continent of Khaz Modan and up into Lordaeron. The conflict is widespread and bloody, with large portions of Quel'Thalas destroyed by the Horde.
Nekros Skullcrusher uses the Demon Soul to capture Alexstrasza and enslave her young for the Horde's use.
King Perenolde and the other nobles of Alterac abandon the Alliance and defect to the Horde, believing that the orcs cannot be stopped. Alliance forces quickly crush the insurrection and leave Alterac in ruins. The nobles of Alterac are exiled from the Alliance nations, later forming a powerful crime empire known as the Syndicate.
The Alliance makes a desperate stand and stalls the Horde's advance. The combined forces of humans, high elves, dwarves and gnomes manage to rally and push the Horde all the way back to Blackrock Spire in the Burning Steppes.
Gul'dan, consumed by his thirst for personal power, secretly forges an agreement with a group of demons loyal to Sargeras. They agree to help Gul'dan locate their master's tomb.
Gul'dan deserts the battle with the Alliance, leaving Doomhammer's forces severely depleted. The warlock finds the Tomb of Sargeras and raises it from deep beneath the ocean. When Gul'dan enters the tomb, however, he accidentally releases a swarm of demons that kill him and his followers.
Deathwing, the ancient and powerful black dragon, assumes the form of Lord Prestor - a young human diplomat - and infiltrates the high council of the Alliance. Using subtle magic, the dragon ensnares the minds of the human leaders and convinces them to name him king of Alterac.
At the Battle of Blackrock Spire, Doomhammer is taken prisoner by the Alliance, but not before the Warchief slays Lord Lothar. Spurned by the death of their beloved leader, the Alliance forces continue to push the Horde back to the Dark Portal in the Black Morass. At the final battle of the Second War, the Alliance troops crush the remaining Horde resistance.
The Dark Portal is destroyed and the Horde is defeated.
The Second War ends.
WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
8 (600): The renegade orcs are rounded up and placed into internment camps by the Alliance.
The Black Morass, drained by the powerful warlock magic surrounding the Dark Portal, becomes the Blasted Lands.
The ancient orc shaman Ner'zhul rallies the few clans still left on Draenor and reopens the Dark Portal. He orders his clans to steal a number of artifacts from Azeroth that will allow him to open multiple portals in Draenor.
The Alliance sends its armies, led by the wizard Khadgar, through the Dark Portal in order to stop Ner'zhul's schemes. The two armies clash throughout the hellish world of Draenor for months.
Empowered by the stolen artifacts, Ner'zhul opens a number of portals in Draenor. Yet, before he can lead his clans through them, their energies spiral out of control and begin to destroy the very fabric of that world. The Alliance heroes, knowing that they would be trapped forever, are forced to destroy the Dark Portal so that Azeroth is not consumed by the raging energies.
The blasted world of Draenor tears itself apart, leaving a broken remnant known as Outland.
Ner'zhul and the members of his Shadowmoon clan are captured by Kil'jaeden's forces as they enter the Twisting Nether.
Ner'zhul is transformed into the Lich King and encased inside a block of diamond-hard ice.
Day of the Dragon
9 (601): Nekros Skullcrusher, warlock of the Dragonmaw clan, continues to use the red dragonflight of Alexstrasza to stage hit and run attacks on human forces in Lordaeron from his base in the Wetlands' Grim Batol fortress. Nekros retains control over Alexstrasza with the Demon Soul.
The Kirin Tor attempt a last-ditch effort to eradicate the orcish threat through a covert mission including the mage Rhonin, the elven ranger Vereesa, and the dwarf Falstad to destroy the Demon Soul and release the dragonflight. The mission succeeds, not only in destroying the last major orcish clan in Azeroth, but also in foiling the plans of Deathwing, who hoped to use the Demon Soul to defeat the other dragon aspects and claim Azeroth as his own.
With the Demon Soul destroyed, the dragon aspects regain full use of their powers and drive Deathwing into exile.
The Alliance grows uneasy as the orcish internment camps are reopened. Only a few, scattered orc clans evade the Alliance's wrath and eke out a living in the harsh wilderness.
Blackmoore begins instructing Thrall in how to fight. The young orc is a good student and quickly becomes an accomplished warrior. At the same time, he secretly learns to read and speak the language of men.
11 (603): Kil'jaeden casts the Lich King's icy prison into Azeroth. It comes to rest on the continent of Northrend, buried deep within the Icecrown Glacier. Ner'zhul's warlocks and spellcasters, now remade into skeletal liches, are also dispatched to aid their master. A demonic contingent of nathrezim Dread Lords is deployed to monitor the Lich King and ensure he fulfills his mission of spreading an undead plague across Lordaeron.
The War of the Spider begins as Ner'zhul's undead minions attempt to secure their base in Northrend from the ancient, shadowy empire of Azjol-Nerub. The arachnid-like Nerubians are eventually defeated by the Lich King's endless supply of undead warriors and aid from the Dread Lords; Ner'zhul is able to claim the frozen continent as his base of operations.
Thrall's Tale: Lord of the Clans
15 (607): Thrall begins to fight in the slave pits of Durnholde Keep as a gladiator and swiftly gains a reputation as a peerless warrior.
17 (609): Thrall escapes from Blackmoore's control and begins to search for his lost heritage. He learns of the existence of the Warsong Clan - the only clan remaining not defeated by the Alliance - and of its ferocious leader, Grom Hellscream.
18 (610): Ner'zhul corrupts the Kirin Tor Archmage Kel'Thuzad and directs him to begin spreading the undead plague across Lordaeron. Kel'Thuzad creates the Cult of the Damned to aid him in his mission.
19 (611): Thrall defeats a disguised Orgrim Doomhammer in combat and earns his respect. Doomhammer appoints Thrall as his second in command.
Thrall, Hellscream and Doomhammer combine forces to raid the internment camps and free their fellow orcs from captivity. Thrall convinces them to re-form the Horde.
20 (612): Orgrim Doomhammer is slain in battle and Thrall becomes the next Warchief of the Horde. He turns his people from the practice of demon magic and reintroduces them to the abandoned shamanistic culture of their ancestors.
The reinvigorated Horde finally begins to lose the last traces of the Legion's demonic corruption.
With the threat of a new Horde looming over them, the Alliance nations begin to bicker and quarrel. Tensions run high amongst the human leaders.
Civil strife rages through the nations of the Alliance as threat of a new, unseen foe draws near - the Burning Legion has returned...
Post by Jadey/Ala/Oria on Feb 15, 2006 12:45:22 GMT -5
1 (593): Orc scouts enter the rift and begin exploring the lands on the other side.
A small outpost is gradually constructed in Azeroth around the rift's exit point, providing a military foothold for the Horde in the new world.
Known as the Black Morass, the surrounding marshlands are completely uninhabited and provide perfect cover for the Horde's arrival.
WarCraft: Orcs and Humans
2 (594): Aegwynn, sensing Sargeras' influence on her son, confronts Medivh. However, she is easily defeated by the Magus, who banishes her from his tower of Karazhan.
Gul'dan manages to open a permanent rift between the two worlds. The Dark Portal opens fully for the first time, allowing the orcish Horde to begin its assault on Azeroth.
Prince Llane becomes King of Stormwind.
The First War begins.
Expecting an easy victory against a weak opponent, the orc leaders Cho'gall and Kilrogg Deadeye order an immediate assault on Stormwind Keep. This is a catastrophic mistake as the Horde forces are routed by the defending humans. Few orcs survive the initial battle.
Gul'dan invokes shadow magic to enshroud the Black Morass in a blinding mist. The mist obscures the retreat of the last remaining orcs and prevents the human forces from pursuing them.
The Horde is humiliated by its unexpected defeat, and the clans swiftly polarize into factions behind either Cho'gall or Kilrogg. Chaos ensues, with factions blaming each other for the Horde's defeat.
3 (595): Gul'dan manipulates a ruthless dictator onto the throne of the Warchief. Known as Blackhand the Destroyer, the new Warchief rallies the clans back together again and prepares them for a new assault on Azeroth.
Medivh sends Gul'dan another vision, teasing him with images of the Tomb of Sargeras and the power it contains.
The Horde surges into Azeroth again, decimating towns and villages and plundering everything in its path.
Durotan, chief of the Frostwolf clan, secretly meets with General Orgrim Doomhammer to discuss their mutual concerns regarding Gul'dan and his treacherous rule of the Horde. After the meeting, Gul'dan's assassins slay both Durotan and his mate, leaving an infant Thrall alone in the wilderness. Doomhammer remains unaware of Durotan's fate for quite some time.
A human hunting party, led by Aedelas Blackmoore, finds Thrall and returns with him to the fortress of Durnholde in the Hillsbrad Foothills. Blackmoore begins raising Thrall as a slave and gladiator.
4 (596): Medivh is killed by his best friend, Lord Lothar, and his own apprentice, Khadgar. The heroes slay Medivh's body and again banish Sargeras into the Twisting Nether. Fortunately, Medivh's true spirit escapes intact.
Gul'dan, inside Medivh's mind during the mage's death, is shocked into a catatonic state.
5 (597): Without guidance from the comatose Gul'dan, Blackhand is overthrown and slain by Orgrim Doomhammer. Doomhammer becomes the new Warchief of the Horde.
Stormwind Keep falls before the full might of the Horde and is sacked. During the battle, King Llane is slain by one of Gul'dan's assassins, the half-orc Garona.
Spies loyal to Orgrim Doomhammer capture and torture Garona. In agony, she reveals the existence of the Shadow Council and directs them to the location of Gul'dan's warlocks, near the ruins of Stormwind Keep.
Doomhammer dispatches his elite wolfriders to the ruins. They slay most of Gul'dan's warlocks and disperse the remaining members of the Shadow Council. Gul'dan begs for his life and offers complete submission. Doomhammer reluctantly agrees and grants Gul'dan mercy.
After five grueling years of attrition, the Horde finally conquers the nations of Stormwind and Khaz Modan and claims Blackrock Spire as its base of operations.
The First War ends.
Gul'dan uses his powers to raise an unholy legion of Stormwind's fallen soldiers, calling them "Death Knights".
Lord Lothar leads an exodus of refugees from Stormwind and Khaz Modan to the northern nation of Lordaeron.
Medivh's spirit returns to Karazhan from the future and drains the tower of its magical energies. Medivh plans to use these energies to fight the Burning Legion in his time. His mission accomplished, Medivh returns to the year 21 (614) and begins creating his mortal alliance against the demons.
6 (598): King Terenas of Lordaeron offers the refugees sanctuary and convenes an emergency council to discuss the invasion. Together, Lothar and Terenas convince the others to form an alliance between the seven human nations and the kingdoms of dwarves, high elves and gnomes.
The Horde brings ogre allies through the portal from Draenor and replenishes its depleted ranks.
Afraid for the survival of his people, the troll warlord Zul'jin coordinates an alliance between the forest trolls and the Horde.
Sir Uther Lightbringer founds an order of holy defenders known as the Knights of the Silver Hand. Their purpose is to serve as a last line of defense against the Horde.
-147,000 (-146,406): The titans bring order to Azeroth by defeating and imprisoning the five evil Old Gods who inhabit the primordial world. The titans proceed to form Azeroth's physical features.
The Old God C'Thun is defeated by the Titans, who believe him to be dead. However, C'Thun instead goes into hiding and begins making plans to conquer Azeroth when the Titans depart.
The Titans create the species of life that will inhabit Azeroth. First among them are the dragons, followed later by the trolls, humans, dwarves and others.
C'Thun creates the Qiraji to act as his army. The Qiraji are enhanced versions of the native insects of the Silithus region.
-65,000 (-64,406): Azeroth consists of a single, giant continent known as Kalimdor. At its center is the magical Well of Eternity, created by the Titans as a source of restoring energy.
-64,000 (-63,406): Before the Titans depart, they empower the dragons to watch over Azeroth and protect it from anything that might threaten the tranquility of the world.
The Old Gods, despite their imprisonment, are able to influence and corrupt the mind of Neltharion the Earth Warder, patron of the black dragonflight. Neltharion descends into madness, and begins plotting against the other dragon Aspects.
-15,500 (-14,906): A race of feral, nomadic humanoid trolls is drawn to the Well of Eternity. Known as the Kaldorei, they are transformed by its power and become strong, wise and virtually immortal. Unbeknownst to them, their transformation and subsequent development release magic into the world.
-15,012 (-14,418): Malfurion and Illidan Stormrage are born.
-13,816 (-13,222): Tyrande Whisperwind is born.
-13,500 (-12,906): The Kaldorei begin to actively study and practice arcane magic. They bend magic to their will and use it to create beautiful cities, craft artifacts and reshape the land. Some Kaldorei resist the lure to use the Well of Eternity's power and warn others of the dangers of abusing it. Their warnings go unheeded.
A group of upper-class Kaldorei begin to call themselves the Highborne and revel in the use of arcane magic.
-11,500 (-10,906): The highborne slowly descend into decadence, obsessed with using the Well of Eternity's magical energies.
-10,250 (-9,656): The highborne unwittingly attract the attention of the Burning Legion. Unable to physically enter Azeroth's dimension without assistance, Sargeras and his lieutenants begin to manipulate the Kaldorei nobles and Queen Azshara.
-10,000 (-9,406): The highborne open a portal deep within the Well of Eternity. This portal stretches between dimensions and forges a path from the Twisting Nether to Azeroth, granting Sargeras and his army entrance to the mortal world.
The Burning Legion pours into Azeroth, led by two of Sargeras' most powerful lieutenants: Archimonde the Defiler and Mannoroth the Destructor. The demons savagely assault the unprepared Kaldorei civilization, attempting to drain Azeroth of its innate magic.
-9,999 (-9,405): Malfurion, Illidan and Tyrande approach the reclusive demigod Cenarius and request assistance.
Cenarius hears their pleas and calls the ancient dragonflights to defend Azeroth.
Under the pretense of assisting in the war against the Legion, Neltharion convinces the other dragon flights to channel a portion of their powers into a magical device of his own creation: the Demon Soul. The resulting artifact is immensely powerful, and Neltharion has ulterior motives for its potency. The Old Gods also hope to use Neltharion and the Demon Soul to escape their prison.
As Queen Azshara and her perverted highborne work to bring Sargeras himself into Azeroth, Malfurion's forces storm the queen's palace and destroy the Well of Eternity.
The Old Gods, through Neltharion, attempt to use the power of the Demon Soul to free themselves from their Titan prison. The destruction of the Well ends this attempt, however.
The Well's implosion releases a massive shockwave. With Sargeras' link to Azeroth destroyed, the Burning Legion is expelled from the world and hurled back into the Twisting Nether.
The seas rush in to fill the void left by the Well's destruction and permanently split Kalimdor into several smaller continents. A furious, unending storm of elemental energy rages above the spot where the Well of Eternity once stood. It becomes known as the Maelstrom.
-9,998 (-9,404): Illidan secretly creates a new Well of Eternity using water that he had stolen from original Well during Malfurion's battle with the highborne. Malfurion is enraged when he finds out and locks his brother away in an underground prison beneath Mount Hyjal.
Three of the most powerful dragons - Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, Ysera the Dreamer and Nozdormu the Timeless - endow enchantments upon the Kaldorei in order to keep the race strong should the Legion return. Alexstrasza places a magical acorn into the new Well of Eternity, from which the mighty World Tree Nordrassil ("Crown of the Heavens") grows. Nordrassil will shield and protect the new Well of Eternity from the Legion's attention. Ysera connects the World Tree to her Emerald Dream and forms a pact with the Kaldorei druids. In exchange for spending their years hibernating and wandering the Dream, the druids will be given power over nature. Nozdormu places an enchantment on Nordrassil that makes the Kaldorei immortal so long as the tree stands.
-9,900 (-9,396): The surviving Kaldorei, now known as night elves, abandon all use of arcane magic. They seclude themselves around Mount Hyjal and the World Tree and begin practicing a safer form of divine nature magic.
-7,300 (-6,706): Unwilling to give up its precious magics, a small band of highborne night elves is exiled from Kalimdor. The remaining Kaldorei weave a powerful enchantment and seal the borders of Ashenvale Forest in a protective mist.
-6,800 (-6,206): Traveling to the eastern lands, the exiled highborne found the kingdom of Quel'Thalas and begin to refer to themselves as high elves. The high elves are continually besieged by the native troll war bands.
-3,900 (-3,306): The high elves create a new source of arcane magical energy from one of Illidan's vials of water from the original Well of Eternity. They call it the Sunwell.
-2,800 (-2,206): The human tribes band together in the face of frequent raids by the forest trolls and form Arathor, the first human nation. The high elves are also hard-pressed by the Zul'Aman forest trolls and enter into an alliance with Arathor, teaching humans the ways of arcane magic in exchange for military aid.
-2,700 (-2,106): Due to the humans' reckless use of arcane magic, agents of the Burning Legion find their way back into the world. The Order of Tirisfal is founded by human and high elf mages. The powerful Guardians of Tirisfal are charged with fighting a secret war against the agents of the Legion, unbeknownst to the general populace.
-2,500 (-1,996): The race of dwarves awakens and emerges from the expansive Titan-created city of Uldaman, located deep beneath the earth. They call their new civilization Khaz Modan.
-1,200 (-606): The human nation of Arathor grows too large and splinters into seven independent kingdoms: Lordaeron, Stormwind, Kul Tiras, Stromgarde, Alterac, Gilneas and Dalaran.
-1,000 (-406): The War of the Shifting Sands takes place. C'Thun's Qiraji and silithid attempt to drive the night elves from Silithus, and succeed in doing so when the Qiraji general Rajaxx brutally murders the son of the night elf commander, Fandral Staghelm.
However, the Qiraji forces are unable to expand beyond Silithus, even after the defeat of the night elf army. Whether this is due to interference by the Titans or a deliberate plan by C'Thun, the Un'Goro crater remains free of the Qiraji.
The four uncorrupted dragonflights counterattack and, with the aid of the night elves, manage to seal the Qiraji within their capital city of Ahn'Qiraj through the use of powerful magic. The resulting Scarab Wall ends the War of the Shifting Sands in a stalemate, until such time as the mortal races are able to open the wall and defeat C'Thun's forces once and for all.
-823 (-229): The current Guardian of Tirisfal, Aegwynn, learns of a growing demonic presence on the frozen continent of Northrend. With the aid of the dragons, Aegwynn tracks the demons down and defeats them.
Sargeras himself appears and challenges Aegwynn. Although she easily slays his physical form, Sargeras' spirit secretly enters Aegwynn's body and hibernates inside her.
Aegwynn seals Sargeras' carcass in a hidden tomb and buries it deep beneath the Great Sea.
-500 (94): Sargeras' second in command, Kil'jaeden the Deceiver, discovers another world ripe for conquest. The world is Draenor, homeland of the shamanistic orcs and the peaceful draenei.
-230 (364): The three dwarf factions of Azeroth fight the legendary War of the Three Hammers. While the war initially begins to determine control of Ironforge, it quickly becomes a vicious battle for survival as the Bronzebeard and Wildhammer clans ally to defeat the treacherous Dark Iron clan. However, the final act of the Dark Iron leaders results in the summoning of Ragnaros, an ancient fire elemental who quickly subjugates the remaining Dark Iron dwarves and carves out a base of power in the newly-formed Blackrock Depths. So catastrophic is Ragnaros' arrival that a large portion of the Redridge Mountains is destroyed, becoming the Burning Steppes and Searing Gorge.
-200 (394): Muradin Bronzebeard is born.
-100 (494): Kil'jaeden contacts Ner'zhul, one of the most powerful orc shamans. Through quiet manipulations, Kil'jaeden starts to spread violence and savagery throughout the orc race.
-78 (516): The tauren Cairne Bloodhoof is born.
-50 (544): Anduin Lothar of Stormwind is born.
The future Archmage Antonidas is born.
-46 (548): Ner'zhul realizes the threat that Kil'jaeden poses and cuts off contact. Kil'jaeden quickly replaces him with Ner'zhul's most powerful apprentice: Gul'dan.
-45 (549): Gul'dan gathers the most powerful shaman in the orc clans and teaches them how to communicate with spirits in the Twisting Nether. A pact is formed between Gul'dan's followers and the dark forces of Kil'jaeden. Together, they create the Shadow Council.
The Shadow Council begins to quietly infiltrate the highest political ranks within each of the orc clans.
Aegwynn decides to bear a child and pass the mantle of Guardian of Tirisfal to him. The spirit of Sargeras quietly infects her unborn son as he grows in her womb.
-44 (550): Medivh is born.
-43 (551): Uther Lightbringer is born.
-41 (553): Gul'dan teaches the dark arts of demon magic to other orcs, turning shaman into warlocks and training them in necromancy.
-40 (554): The Shadow Council manipulates the clans into forming a single, unified Horde. Gul'dan coerces its leaders into outlawing shamanism and installing his warlocks as key advisors.
Kil'jaeden dispatches Mannoroth to Draenor in order to bind the orcs to his will. Chieftains from each of the twelve orc clans are tempted by his promise of power and drink from Mannoroth's blood, ensnaring themselves in the curse of bloodlust and initiating a slow corruption of their entire race.
-37 (557): Kel'Thuzad is born.
-32 (562): Aegwynn's son Medivh turns twelve and abruptly falls into a mysterious coma. Sargeras' presence perverts Medivh's mind and soul and bends them to his will.
-28 (566): Khadgar is born.
-26 (568): Grom Hellscream is born.
-23 (571): The orcs give in to rage and attack their longtime neighbors - the peaceful race known as the draenei. Virtually unchallenged, the Horde easily defeats the vastly overmatched draenei.
-20 (574): The orcs track down the last organized forces of the draenei and finally conquer all of Draenor. The widespread practice of necromancy finally drains Draenor completely, leaving the land dead.
The remaining draenei begin a guerilla war against the orcs and their demonic masters. Though outnumbered, the draenei manage to survive until the coming of Illidan's forces in the year 21 (614) turns the fight in their favor.
-19 (575): With no enemies left to fight, the orc clans fall into anarchy and begin waging war against each other.
Prince Llane of Stormwind is born.
-10 (584): Gul'dan begins to explore the Twisting Nether with a projection of his mind. He desperately searches for new worlds for the Horde to conquer.
Medivh awakens from his coma-like state and finds himself a grown man.
-5 (589): Sargeras, working through Medivh, sends Gul'dan a series of visions, showing him images of a rich and fertile land ripe for conquest. The land in his visions is Azeroth.
Medivh creates a small rift between Draenor and Azeroth. The rift is initially too small for even a single orc to pass through, but it grows slowly.