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The '''History of Warcraft''', also known as the '''[[Warcraft universe]]''', is a comprehensive account of lore created by Blizzard as background information to the ''[[World of Warcraft]]'' universe, and is made up of the entirety of Blizzard's published record so far.<ref name="lore">World of Warcraft - Expanded Universe ([http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/ US], [http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/ EU]) at the [[Official site]]</ref> The full text is available on the official World of Warcraft site. Additionally, most (perhaps all?) of this material can be read within the game itself as [[:Category:World of Warcraft in-game books|in-game books]].
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The '''History of Warcraft''' (also known as the "history of the [[Warcraft universe]]") is a comprehensive account of lore created by [[Blizz]]ard as background information to the ''[[World of Warcraft]]'' universe, and was made up of the entirety of Blizzard's published record so far.<ref name="lore">''both US/EU areas now defunct'' World of Warcraft - Expanded Universe ([http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/ US], [http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/ EU]) at the [[Official site]]s</ref> The full text was available on the official World of Warcraft site, but was removed for some unknown reason. In the absence of lore on the [[official site]]s, most (perhaps all?) of this material can be read within the ''World of Warcraft'' itself as [[:Category:World of Warcraft in-game books|in-game books]].
   
 
Want to know more about the lore of ''World of Warcraft''? Although the game doesn't require any prior knowledge of Warcraft lore to enjoy, you may appreciate the broader understanding of the setting and characters in the game that you will gain from learning about the lore. Here are some resources that are available:
 
Want to know more about the lore of ''World of Warcraft''? Although the game doesn't require any prior knowledge of Warcraft lore to enjoy, you may appreciate the broader understanding of the setting and characters in the game that you will gain from learning about the lore. Here are some resources that are available:
   
 
== History of Warcraft ==
 
== History of Warcraft ==
Note: Certain parts of the History section are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories. They plan on updating this section someday to bring it up to date.<ref name="lore"/>
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Note: Certain chapters below are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories. There may have been a plan on updating this section by [[Blizz]]ard someday to bring it up to date, but it appears to have been abandoned.<ref name="lore"/>
   
 
=== Timeline ===
 
=== Timeline ===
 
*[[Timeline (from official site, 2010)]]
 
*[[Timeline (from official site, 2010)]]
 
   
 
=== Chapter I: Mythos ===
 
=== Chapter I: Mythos ===
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*[[Rise of the Horde (History of Warcraft)|Rise of the Horde]]
 
*[[Rise of the Horde (History of Warcraft)|Rise of the Horde]]
   
===Chapter IV: Alliance And Horde ===
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=== Chapter IV: Alliance And Horde ===
 
*[[The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind]]
 
*[[The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind]]
 
*[[The Alliance of Lordaeron]]
 
*[[The Alliance of Lordaeron]]
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*[[The Betrayer Ascendant]]
 
*[[The Betrayer Ascendant]]
 
*[[Rise of the Blood Elves ]]
 
*[[Rise of the Blood Elves ]]
*[[Civil War in the Plaguelands]]
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*[[Civil War in the Plaguelands]]
 
*[[The Lich King Triumphant]]
 
*[[The Lich King Triumphant]]
 
*[[Old Hatreds - The Colonization of Kalimdor]]
 
*[[Old Hatreds - The Colonization of Kalimdor]]
   
 
== Official Web Site ==
 
== Official Web Site ==
Samples of online official ''World of Warcraft'' lore for one's reading enjoyment.
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Past samples of online official ''World of Warcraft'' lore.
   
 
=== Encyclopedia ===
 
=== Encyclopedia ===
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** Around the release of {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm, the US version was taken offline. The EU version was still accessible for several months, but is now offline also.
 
** Around the release of {{cata-inline}} Cataclysm, the US version was taken offline. The EU version was still accessible for several months, but is now offline also.
 
<blockquote>Since the release of the first Warcraft game, the lore of the Warcraft universe has been evolving and expanding at an incredible rate. Today, Warcraft lore is spread across four games and three expansions as well as a number of novels, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, and even a manga series. Now you can find all there is to know about Warcraft in one official source of all things Warcraft: The Warcraft Encyclopedia. In time we hope it will grow to be the ultimate resource for all your Warcraft story and lore needs.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Since the release of the first Warcraft game, the lore of the Warcraft universe has been evolving and expanding at an incredible rate. Today, Warcraft lore is spread across four games and three expansions as well as a number of novels, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, and even a manga series. Now you can find all there is to know about Warcraft in one official source of all things Warcraft: The Warcraft Encyclopedia. In time we hope it will grow to be the ultimate resource for all your Warcraft story and lore needs.</blockquote>
:''Lack of update activity (as of early 2008) seems to indicate that [[Blizz]]ard has either put this project on hold or temporarily removed resources committed to expanding it.''
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:''Lack of update activity (as of early 2008) seems to indicated that [[Blizz]]ard put this project on hold or temporarily removed resources committed to expanding it. With the transition to [[Battle.net]] the encyclopedia was effectively removed.''
   
 
=== World of Warcraft ===
 
=== World of Warcraft ===
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*The Undead Plague<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/undeadplague.html|title=The Undead Plague (official site US)|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=7-Nov-2010|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20101107214534/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/undeadplague.html|archivedate=7-Nov-2010}}</ref> <ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/story/undeadplague.html|title=The Undead Plague (official site EU)|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=23-Sep-2010|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20100624024240/http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/story/undeadplague.html|archivedate=23-Sep-2010}}</ref>
 
*The Undead Plague<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/undeadplague.html|title=The Undead Plague (official site US)|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=7-Nov-2010|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20101107214534/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/undeadplague.html|archivedate=7-Nov-2010}}</ref> <ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/story/undeadplague.html|title=The Undead Plague (official site EU)|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=23-Sep-2010|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20100624024240/http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/story/undeadplague.html|archivedate=23-Sep-2010}}</ref>
   
===The Burning Crusade===
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=== The Burning Crusade ===
 
{{bc-section}}
 
{{bc-section}}
 
*[[Unbroken (story)|Unbroken]]<ref>{{ref web|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/short-story/unbroken/1|title=Unbroken (official site US)|author=[[Micky Neilson]]|date=1-Jan-2011}}</ref> <ref>{{ref web|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/short-story/unbroken/1|title=Unbroken (official site EU)|author=[[Micky Neilson]]|date=1-Jan-2011}}</ref>
 
*[[Unbroken (story)|Unbroken]]<ref>{{ref web|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/short-story/unbroken/1|title=Unbroken (official site US)|author=[[Micky Neilson]]|date=1-Jan-2011}}</ref> <ref>{{ref web|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/short-story/unbroken/1|title=Unbroken (official site EU)|author=[[Micky Neilson]]|date=1-Jan-2011}}</ref>
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{{wotlk-section}}
 
{{wotlk-section}}
 
*[[Rise of the Lich King (official site, 2010)|Rise of the Lich King]]<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath/features/story/story.xml|title=Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site US)|author=''Bad link'' [[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=7-Aug-2010}}</ref> <ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.wow-europe.com/wrath/features/story/story.xml|title=Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site EU)|author=''Bad link'' [[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=21-Jun-2010}}</ref>
 
*[[Rise of the Lich King (official site, 2010)|Rise of the Lich King]]<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath/features/story/story.xml|title=Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site US)|author=''Bad link'' [[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=7-Aug-2010}}</ref> <ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.wow-europe.com/wrath/features/story/story.xml|title=Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site EU)|author=''Bad link'' [[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=21-Jun-2010}}</ref>
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=== Cataclysm ===
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=== Mists of Pandaria ===
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== Previous Warcraft games ==
 
== Previous Warcraft games ==
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*World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Monster Guide]] book
 
*World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Monster Guide]] book
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*World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game - Dark Factions (Last Book to Print)
 
*World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Horde Player's Guide]] book
 
*World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Horde Player's Guide]] book
 
*World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Alliance Player's Guide]] book
 
*World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Alliance Player's Guide]] book
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*[[World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game]] corebook
 
*[[World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game]] corebook
 
*Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Shadows & Light|Shadows &amp; Light]] book
 
*Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Shadows & Light|Shadows &amp; Light]] book
*Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Lands of Conflict]] book
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*Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Lands of Conflict]] book
*Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Magic & Mayhem|Magic &amp;Mayhem]] book
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*Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Magic & Mayhem|Magic &amp;Mayhem]] book
 
*Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Alliance & Horde Compendium|Alliance &amp; Horde Compendium]] book
 
*Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Alliance & Horde Compendium|Alliance &amp; Horde Compendium]] book
 
*Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Manual of Monsters]] book
 
*Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game &mdash; [[Manual of Monsters]] book
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* [[Creation myth]]
 
* [[Creation myth]]
 
* [[Lore]]
 
* [[Lore]]
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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Latest revision as of 19:43, February 21, 2014

The History of Warcraft (also known as the "history of the Warcraft universe") is a comprehensive account of lore created by Blizzard as background information to the World of Warcraft universe, and was made up of the entirety of Blizzard's published record so far.[1] The full text was available on the official World of Warcraft site, but was removed for some unknown reason. In the absence of lore on the official sites, most (perhaps all?) of this material can be read within the World of Warcraft itself as in-game books.

Want to know more about the lore of World of Warcraft? Although the game doesn't require any prior knowledge of Warcraft lore to enjoy, you may appreciate the broader understanding of the setting and characters in the game that you will gain from learning about the lore. Here are some resources that are available:

History of Warcraft Edit

Note: Certain chapters below are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories. There may have been a plan on updating this section by Blizzard someday to bring it up to date, but it appears to have been abandoned.[1]

Timeline Edit

Chapter I: Mythos Edit

Chapter II: The New World Edit

Chapter III: The Doom of Draenor Edit

Chapter IV: Alliance And Horde Edit

Chapter V: Return of the Burning Legion Edit

Official Web Site Edit

Past samples of online official World of Warcraft lore.

Encyclopedia Edit

  • Warcraft Encyclopedia
    • Around the release of Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, the US version was taken offline. The EU version was still accessible for several months, but is now offline also.

Since the release of the first Warcraft game, the lore of the Warcraft universe has been evolving and expanding at an incredible rate. Today, Warcraft lore is spread across four games and three expansions as well as a number of novels, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, and even a manga series. Now you can find all there is to know about Warcraft in one official source of all things Warcraft: The Warcraft Encyclopedia. In time we hope it will grow to be the ultimate resource for all your Warcraft story and lore needs.

Lack of update activity (as of early 2008) seems to indicated that Blizzard put this project on hold or temporarily removed resources committed to expanding it. With the transition to Battle.net the encyclopedia was effectively removed.

World of Warcraft Edit

WoW Icon 16x16 This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

The Burning Crusade Edit

Bc icon This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

Wrath of the Lich King Edit

Wrath-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Cataclysm Edit

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
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Mists of Pandaria Edit

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Previous Warcraft games Edit

The single-player Warcraft III campaigns and the accompanying game manuals provide a wealth of information about events in the world of Azeroth.

Novels Edit

WoW-novel-logo-16x62 This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.

EBooks Edit

Manga Edit

WoW-manga-logo-16x68 This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft manga (or manhwa).

RPG Edit

The RPG Icon 16x36 This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG, and thus is not necessarily canon.

Warcraft Role-Playing Games provide a wealth of information about Warcraft lore.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b both US/EU areas now defunct World of Warcraft - Expanded Universe (US, EU) at the Official sites
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-11-07. Troll Compendium (official site US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-07.
  3. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2009-12-14. Troll Compendium (official site EU). Archived from the original on 2009-12-14.
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-11-07. The Undead Plague (official site US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-07.
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-09-23. The Undead Plague (official site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-09-23.
  6. ^ Micky Neilson 2011-01-01. Unbroken (official site US).
  7. ^ Micky Neilson 2011-01-01. Unbroken (official site EU).
  8. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. The Story So Far (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-07.
  9. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. The Story So Far (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-09-26.
  10. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Shamans and Paladins (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  11. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. Shamans and Paladins (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-06-24.
  12. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Blood Elves (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  13. ^ Bad link Blizzard Entertainment. Blood Elves (Warcraft Encyclopedia US).
  14. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. Blood Elves (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-06-24.
  15. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Blood Elves (Warcraft Encyclopedia EU). Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  16. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. History of the Blood Elves (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-06-24.
  17. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Draenei (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  18. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-12. Draenei (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-08-12.
  19. ^ Bad link Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site US).
  20. ^ Bad link Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-21. Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site EU).

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