Second, you can always come to us for help. Between the four people who've written Know Your Lore
since its inception, we have quite a few essays for you to read through. We've collected many of them on a lore guide that we keep updated
. In addition to that, Anne has compiled a chronological guide to Warcraft lore media
here that's well worth your time. We also run The Queue
, where our staff will be happy to answer lore questions or forward them, and in addition to all that, we discuss a lot of lore-related questions on the WoW Insider Show
, and we'd be happy to answer yours as well. We're more than happy
to discuss game lore with you any time.
There's also the expanded universe
section of the official World of Warcraft
site to consider. Not only is it home to the leader short stories Blizzard has been producing, but it contains a history of the Warcraft setting
and links to the Warcraft
as well for ease of purchase. It even preserves short stories
previously posted on the site. It's a solidly organized central location for you to branch out.
While you're at it, you should also consider playing the previous Warcraft
games. At the very least, you can still purchase Warcraft III
at the Blizzard site. It still holds up very well for a game that's more than a decade old, and its story cutscenes explain the world just before and during the Third War. Blizzard does a lot toward making its game settings approachable, and you can definitely make good use of the resources on that site.
Once you've gone through that, don't forget other resources. Blizzard's tie-in media was mentioned above both in Anne's chronological guide and the Blizzard site itself, but please remember that those books and comics and manga exist. Also, don't forget sites like Blizzplanet
and Scrolls of Lore
, which love to discuss in extreme detail all the nuts and bolts of World of Warcraft
and its story. Also, there are wikis online like WoWwiki
that go into detail, and you can spend a lot of time browsing their pages. (I know I have.)
Hopefully, this will get you started on discovering the story behind why Deathwing hates Stormwind so much, who that Arthas guy was and why everyone was so upset with him, or why Alexstrasza dresses like that. If you figure out that last part, let me know.
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