Warcraft short stories

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Shadowlands Launch Cinematic: “Beyond the Veil”
Shadowlands Afterlives: Revendreth
Shadowlands Afterlives: Ardenweald
Shadowlands Afterlives: Maldraxxus
Shadowlands Afterlives: Bastion
Visions of N'Zoth - Intro Cinematic
Battle for Azeroth — Embers of War
Battle for Azeroth Cinematic Trailer
Azeroth Armory: Doomhammer
Azeroth Armory: Warglaives of Azzinoth
Azeroth Armory: Ashbringer
Azeroth Armory: Cosplay Edition
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 1
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 2
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 3
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 4
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 5
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 6
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 7
Azeroth Choppers - Episode 8
The Burdens of Shaohao Prelude: The Vision
The Burdens of Shaohao Part 1: Doubt
The Burdens of Shaohao Part 2: Despair
The Burdens of Shaohao Part 3: Fear
The Burdens of Shaohao Part 4: Anger
The Burdens of Shaohao Part 5: The Sundering
A Thousand Years of War: Part 1
A Thousand Years of War: Part 2
A Thousand Years of War: Part 3
The Tomb of Sargeras: Part 1
The Tomb of Sargeras: Part 2
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Awaiting the Muse

In late August of , I was playing on a role-playing server in World of Warcraft.  No longer raiding for personal reasons and for lack of wanting to go through the application process again, I had transferred there with a friend.

The idea of focusing on the stories behind my characters fascinated me.  Additionally, I was becoming more and more interested in the lore of Azeroth.

Up to that point, I had been mainly playing a Restoration Shaman, Effraeti, as my main and my raider.  My second favorite toon was my Death Knight.  I was feeling burnt out on my Shaman, and looking for something that I could simply play and possibly RP with.  This turned out to be a new Death Knight, recreated in my Shaman&#;s image.  I named her Effraeti, and imaged my Shaman resurrected as an undead.

After playing my Death Knight through a number of levels on the role-playing server, one night I found myself unable to sleep.  My mind was near-bursting with words.  Effraeti&#;s story had to get out of my head, and would not be silenced.

&#;Regrets&#; was created from that inspiration, and resulted in a series of stories.

Many other characters and their stories were bore of that same period of time, and you can find that collection here.

~ Effy

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Not to be confused with Animated shorts.

This article is a list of short stories organized by source. There are 50 canon short stories in total (3 of Savage World category, 9 from Destination: Pandaria, 12 Leader Short Stories, 12 from Folk & Fairy Tales of Azeroth, and 14 others).

Non-canon stories are also included in the list.

Official site short stories

Short stories found on the official site:

Shadowlands
Battle for Azeroth
Legion

Savage World

Destination: Pandaria

Leader Short Stories

Feast of Winter Veil

Other

Folk & Fairy Tales of Azeroth

Short stories in the Folk & Fairy Tales of Azeroth anthology:

World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide & World of Warcraft Master Guide, Second Edition

Short stories found in World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide & World of Warcraft Master Guide, Second Edition.

Notes
  • In later editions the titles of the stories are not printed. Instead they are given the heading "Lore".
  • Micky Neilson has hinted these stories are non-canon.[1]

Hearthstone short stories

RPG short stories

Warcraft The Roleplaying Game

Short stories found in Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft The Roleplaying Game.

  • Gennet, a humanwarrior has just survived an attack by demons, and escapes to find an unlikely band of adventurers by a "temple to a forgotten god", and decides to join them ().
  • Within Shargha's Stronghold in Kalimdor, an orcchieftain, Shargha, has a discussion with his underchief, Boraga, about their opinion of the world's state of affairs ().

Alliance & Horde Compendium

Short stories found in Alliance & Horde Compendium.

  • A blood elf named Var'thal thinks over his recent battle with a felhound and the energy he has consumed from its now lifeless body. He contemplates how it would feel to feed on the powerful energies of powerful individuals like Jaina Proudmoore or the Lich King himself. He then plans to tell Prince Kael'thas about his encounter ().

Magic & Mayhem

Short stories found in Magic & Mayhem.

  • Gimbolt Surehammer and his blood elf companion, Maer-thiss, travel to the hut of the witch doctorZul'ajik. They visited the troll in order to hire him to perform a ritual to contact spirits which would lead to the Demonwell. Because of Zul'ajik's hatred for goblins, their third companion, Ziggler, chose stay outside of the camp and to tinker on his clockwork dwarf. Ziggler interrupts the ritual when he pilots the clockwork dwarf and tramples the troll's tent and Maer-thiss. Gimbolt decides to flee with Ziggler, while Maer-thiss and Zul'ajik decide to kill them both ().
  • Verius, a pit lord disguised as a human, enters a chapel belonging to the Knights of the Silver Hand in order to infiltrate the Order of the Silver Hand. Father Rammal sees through his disguise, as does an elven cleaning girl who later enters the room. The elven girl breaks Verius disguise and he attacks Rammal. Rammal, who had also been in disguise shows his true appearance that of a blood elf, and both elves fall upon Verius to feed on his energy ().
  • Zaj'tal, a naga, attacks a night elf sentry mistaking her for a male. Zaj'tal defeats her in a battle of spells. He stands over her battered body, pleased even more that instead of torturing a man, he will be able to torture a woman ().
  • Bohein, a tauren, and his goblin companion, Isak, attempt to break into an ancient vault on top of a mesa while besieged by an undead swarm. Bohein tells Isak to open the vault while he attacks the undead. Using a special potion, Isak is able to stand on the side of the mesa and run down into the undead in an attempt to hold them back. Isak is successful at opening the door and finds a book inside. After Bohein returned to the top of the mesa, he took the book from Isak and used a spell inside to stop the undead ().

Lands of Conflict

Short stories found in Lands of Conflict.

  • Duncan Pike contemplates his reasons for still being alive after a battle with a large reptilian beast in the Swamp of Sorrows. Thinking he was going to die, he had defended himself as best as he could. To his surprise, an orc had joined the fight, giving him a chance for an opening. Together they had defeated the beast. While they were supposedly enemies, they learned to judge each other by their actions, not by who they were. They shared laughter at their ordeal, and helped each other to a goblincamp that could tend to their wounds ().
  • Garrick heads into woods of the Plaguelands looking for his childhood friend Adric, who has been raised from the dead by the Scourge. He finds his friend, who warns him that he should not have come to find him. Garrick tells Adric he wanted to find him in order to bring him back to his master, a mage of Dalaran, who is working on a cure for the Undead Plague. Adric does not want to be cured, so he shoots his friend in the back. As his friend lies dying, Adric tells him that they will have all the time in the world to talk after Garrick has died and risen again in undeath ().
  • Sir Antonio Kremen is captured, gagged, and thrown into a wagon. He has been kidnapped by thugs who want to ransom him for money. As the thugs drive the wagon down the road, they catch sight of a shepherd girl, and attempt to accost her. Sir Antonion Kremen does not want his mistake of being captured to also fall upon the girl, so he tries to warn her by thumping on his crate as best as he could with his head. Soon, however, he hears groans of pain, and the girl comes to the back of the wagon to help him out. She is a member of the Stormwind Assassins, and has been sent to rescue him and help him back to Stormwind ().
  • Jack, a poor farmer's son, has a secret — he is a member of the Cult of the Damned. He is in a hurry to catch a boat going north. Not long before, three tired soldiers had come to his humble farmhouse looking for food after a long period of fighting the undead Scourge. He had listened to stories intently, and fed them poisoned soup, which had killed them within the hour. He had hidden their bodies and then sold the farm. Later, he had passed the information he had picked up from the soldiers to his contacts in the Cult of the Damned, who had urged that he head to Northrend in great haste ().
  • Rogthur and his companion, Jaeson, trail some Forsaken into lands held by forest trolls in order to discover who the undead were going to meet. A band of trolls finds the Forsaken scouts and quickly slay them. Rogthur and his companion are now stuck in troll territory, and the nearby trolls had discovered them. The two companions decided they were not going to go down without a fight, and they fight to defend themselves ().

Shadows & Light

Short stories found in Shadows & Light.

  • Akinos Steelclaw travels to Stormwind as a diplomat from the Horde in order to improve diplomatic relations. While in the Valley of Heroes, he gets into a debate with members of the Stormwind City Guard about which heroes from both the Horde and Alliance should and shouldn't be included in the Valley of Heroes. After the debate, Akinos wonders if the Stormwind Council could be toyed with as easily as he had with the guards, and if so then his position as diplomat would be an enjoyable post ().
  • A short story which covers Aviana's experiences during the War of the Ancients, during the battle in Suramar, as she watched her fellow Ancients die or be held back by the Burning Legion's forces. She stops to talk to Cenarius and tell him information of what was happening on the battlefield, while he prepared his attack on the Eternal Temple. Cenarius then sends her back to Elune to pass on his sorrow that the battle will end with so much death ().
  • Leyan, a young guard of Nethergarde Keep, stands watch at the top of the Tower of Nethergarde, when Khadgar appeared near him. They then discussed planar travel, and the worlds separated by the Twisting Nether. Khadgar opened a small portal looking into another place within the Nether. Khadgar then discussed how he may have had to cross the Twisting Nether someday, and would have to take others with him. They then left the tower ().
  • Drann along with his companions, Captain Dumont, Stonehoof, Feulia, Makil, Renmar, and Talario, fight their way to an altar and cite a ritual that they hope will open treasure to them, but instead they end up releasing an angry fire elemental. They are then transported to the Firelands of the Elemental Plane, where they hope they can find a way back home ().

World of Warcraft The Roleplaying Game

Short stories found in World of Warcraft The Roleplaying Game.

Alliance Player's Guide

Short stories found in Alliance Player's Guide.

  • Rogno battles a furbolg and then an ancient (10, 22).
  • Jinxo is captured by orcs and plans an escape before she is sold into slavery in Gadgetzan (42).
  • Mareek, a goblinsapper, opens a cave for Emor and Vontair releasing something dangerous (57).
  • Aliastra, a savagekin and her pack battle the Ton'maogres (60).
  • Jaryn a windwarrior, rides his gryphon, Blackfeather, into a battle against a band of goblins (74).
  • Iolan with his brother Marteleth over choice to leave his family and learn magic (76).
  • Dessenth and Wehr prepare to battle a camp of orcs (95).
  • Tardor prevents a troll from calling reinforcements, saving Montegro and the rest of his caravan ().
  • Zur and Valisha escape from a prison cell ().
  • Ukk and Gorgh ambush a human supply caravan and are distracted by target dummies ().
  • An archdruid speaks of a dream he once had and gives reasons why the night elves should join the Alliance ().
  • Petran is forced into a fight with dwarves in Theramore and attempts to escape ().
  • Ishy is plans to get the &#;[Amberseal Keeper], a magic staff, from the Tainted Scar. He is doublecrossed by his companion, the warlockAchalon, and a dreadlord, Darthias. His friend, the sentinelElain, shows up to help him. Ishy defeats Achalon, and both escape with the Amberseal Keeper in their possession. They discuss giving it to Sal or keeping it, and both head off to Booty Bay (, , , , ).
  • Grondor Glitterscreen gives directions on how to get around Ironforge to Camon Tieron and his companions ().
  • Fraweth Whiteshield battles the pit lordTimmanrug for the second time ().
  • Selene is interrupted while she trains her humanacolyte. Gareth had brought in a captured orc who asks for unification between their people ().
  • Sentinel Anara Darkshrike patrols her night elf lands for intruders ().

Horde Player's Guide

Short stories found in Horde Player's Guide.

  • Doth'jin, a forest troll, ambushes an elf caravan (10).
  • Sir Bestor of the Scarlet Crusade is killed by a lightslayerassassin (40).
  • Mertada and a sun paladin battle defiled water elementals in the Plaguelands (49, 53).
  • Markis, Arham and the narrator battle a primal (57).
  • The orc shamanHakin and his dire wolf companion, Da'kar, encounter a Forsakenambassador, a shadow ascendent, in Tirisfal Glades (65).
  • Datein, a techslayer and Rorgham prepare to attack a group of goblins and their steam armor (78).
  • Gorn encounters the corrupted orcSesk while traveling through the Barrens (84).
  • Former friends in life, Kastine and the ForsakenEleska encounter each other (88).
  • One week from Thunder Bluff, walock is ambushed by a pack of quilboar. He uses his hammer of life, Serasa (made from the bones and spirit of a gazelle), to defend himself. Starving, his hammer leads him a new gazelle pack ().
  • Kargor watches as Tigore proves his warrior skills through technology ().
  • Gungh is saved by the trollWoothi after he becomes lost in a jungle and is poisoned by a snake ().
  • Rufus Montaine and his father Morgan are spectators at one of Blackmoore's gladiator tournaments. Rufus gains permission and duelsThrall showing him respect. Years later, Thrall honors him after his death (, , ).
  • Vornal looks over the newly built Sen'jin Village, and contemplates the future of the Darkspear tribe. He thinks about the death of Sen'jin, the new leader Vol'jin, and of his son Vok'fon who spoke out against the Horde, and was made an outcast ().
  • Osak and the White Kodo ()
  • Kalasan tries to brings a warning to Sylvanas Windrunner of a traitor in the Forsaken's midst but is intercepted by the dreadlordVarimathras ().
  • Helda and Karg are waylayed by a group of Grimtotem ().
  • Andarin Lightblade infiltrates the Undercity with the help from a Forsaken, Trevor, in order to free prisoners (, , , , ).
  • Orc Tale ()
  • A tauren tells two legends to some young tauren calves. First, he tells of the night elf legend of three children of Cenarius, the "the dryad, the keeper of the grove, and the centaur". Then, he tells them a legend of the Earth Mother and the Kodo (, ).

Dark Factions

Short stories found in Dark Factions.

  • The nagaZaj'tal (previously seen in Lands of Conflict) battles the pandarenwardancerShinjo Greatpaw (15).
  • Kenry the Robber writes in his diary about how he, his second-in-command Marka, and his band were ambushed by a group of tauren and a troll (75).
  • Zul'armon is captured by an Atal'aipriest to be sacrificed to Hakkar. When a green dragon attacks the camp, Zul'armon is able to escape. Together they are both able to defeat the trolls, allowing Zul'armon to return home (85, 88, 95).
  • Garnett, a humanwarrior fights a goblin during a gladiator tournament in Gadgetzan ().
  • Colmir, Thrum, and Glink attempt to clear out insects from a ancient tomb ().
  • Janelle and Shandra fight a supply of clockwerk goblins. They discover a goblintinker working a miniature factory producing the contraptions ().
  • Shomei, Milanna, and the rest of his companions fight Kritok and his goblin slaves ()
  • Darren and Maddox of the Explorers' League explore Uldaman and encounter a Dark Iron dwarf ().
  • Robeez, a goblinmerchant, tries to sell his wares to a human girl ().
  • Tajarri trains a young humandruid in the Moonglade ().
  • Tarku and Orgar of the Dark Horde argue over who is the better warrior ().
  • Artemal and Patrik of the Defias guard a post in Westfall with the help of some gnolls. Although Revale and Salmister had warned them of danger, they are ambushed in a surprise attack by a disguised Stormwind
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WoW Insider's chronological guide to Warcraft novels, manga, comics, and short stories

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WoW Insider's chronological guide to Warcraft novels, manga, comics, and short stories
Lore can be tricky; timelines are even trickier. One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at WoW Insider pertains to Warcraftin print. With dozens of novels, manga, comics, and other print material out there, how exactly do you know what order to read it in? Where exactly do you start, if you want to begin at the beginning?

If you're looking to read everything in order, we've got you covered. This guide presents all novels, manga, comics, and short stories that are considered canon in Warcraftlore, in chronological order. For reference purposes, I've included the game releases and expansions in the list, so you know which novels cover which games.

The Warcraft: Legends manga series does not appearin this list. There are five volumes in the series, which is an anthology that includes several short stories from all over the Warcrafttimeline. Rather than try to pinpoint every short story in each volume, I would simply suggest that you read the Legendsseries at your leisure, as none of the stories contained in the series are of earth-shattering importance to the current events in Azeroth today.

Some stories appear twicein the timeline. This is because some stories take place partially in flashbacks to earlier events. The timelines of these stories have been noted in their descriptions.

Pre-game timeline novels, stories, and comics
  • Dawn of the Aspects, parts by Richard A. Knaak. Kalecgos, former Aspect of the Blue Dragonflight, has yet to fully come to terms with his loss of power, and the purpose of the dragonflights now that Deathwing has fallen. But the discovery of a mysterious artifact and the visions contained within may shed some light on his problem if the visions don't kill him in the process. Visions in this five-part story take place prior to the War of the Ancients trilogy, but present-day events take place during Mists of Pandaria.
  • Death From Above, by Robert Brooks. Long before the pandaren rebellion, mantid and mogu clashed along the Serpent's Spine. Mantid swarms are predictable, after all but the actions of Paragons are anything but. Featuring the story of Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver, the epilogue for this piece takes place during Mists of Pandaria.
  • The War of the Ancients Trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. There are three books in this trilogy: The Well of Eternity, The Demon Soul, and The Sundering. These novels cover information pertaining to the Sundering of Azeroth and the Well of Eternity -- sort of. The majority of the novels take place during the War of the Ancients, however it's the War of the Ancients as viewed by travelers sent back in time by Nozdormu.
  • World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen Issues by Micky Neilson and James Waugh. This comic miniseries takes place at two points on the Warcraft timeline. Flashback sequences detailing the origins of the worgen curse take place just after the War of the Ancients.
  • The War of the Shifting Sands by Micky Neilson. This short story takes place at two points in the timeline. The flashback sequence tells the story of the original War of the Shifting Sands, 1, years before the orcs first arrived on Azeroth.
  • Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden. On Draenor, the native orcs of the world are going through some staggering changes. This book involves the story of Ner'zhul, Gul'dan, and the draenei, ending just before the events of the First War.
  • Unbroken by Micky Neilson. This short story tells the tale of Nobundo, former paladin of the Light, and his transformation into a shaman. It takes place just after the corruption of the orcs in Rise of the Horde and follows Nobundo's journey through the shattering of Draenor after Beyond the Dark Portal.
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (The First War)
  • The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb. This book takes place during the beginning of the First War and tells the story of Medivh's origins, his apprentice Khadgar, and the mysterious half-orc Garona.
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal (The Second War)
  • Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenberg. This novel tells the story of the events of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, largely from the Alliance perspective.
  • Beyond the Dark Portal by Aaron Rosenberg and Christie Golden. This novel tells the story of Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, largely from the Horde perspective.
  • Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak. This book takes places just after the Second War and largely concerns Alexstraza, who has been captured by the Dragonmaw clan of orcs through the use of the Demon Soul.
  • Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden. This novel focuses on the story of Thrall, his origins, and his eventual escape and rise to glory as the Warchief of the Horde. Players who have done the Caverns of Time: Durnholde Keep instance will recognize a lot of the characters and events in the novel.
  • Genn Greymane: Lord of His Pack by James Waugh. This short story takes place at two points in the timeline. Flashback sequences detail Genn Greymane's struggles as leader of Gilneas and the withdrawal from the original Alliance of Lordaeron.
  • Of Blood and Honor by Chris Metzen. This novel takes place sometime between Warcraft II and Warcraft III and recounts the tale of a paladin named Tirion Fordring and Eitrigg, an orc warrior. Fans of Tirion will want to check this one out.
  • Road to Damnation by Evelyn Fredericksen. This short story takes place just before Warcraft III and tells the story of the mage Kel'Thuzad, his fallout with the Kirin Tor, and his alliance with the Lich King.
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne (The Third War)
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden. While the events of this novel end just before Wrath of the Lich King, the majority of the novel itself takes place just before and during the events of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. I've put it here chronologically because so much of it involves Warcraft III; however, readers may want to keep in mind that the prologue and epilogue to the book take place just after The Burning Crusade.
  • Ashbringer, Issues by Micky Neilson. This four-part comic series takes place as the plague of undeath sweeps across Lordaeon during the Third War. It tells the story of the legendary blade Ashbringer and the sorrowful tale of the Mograine family.
  • World of Warcraft: Death Knight by Dan Jolley. This manga begins during the events of Warcraft III. It tells the tale of Thassarian, a Lordaeron soldier who eventually becomes the first death knight to rejoin the Alliance. This book covers the span of time between Warcraft III and Wrath of the Lich King.
  • Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. This manga trilogy concerns the events directly after the destruction of the Sunwell in Warcraft III. It tells the tale of blue dragon Kalecgos and Anveena Teague, a mysterious young woman who is much more than she seems. After the manga's end, Anveena and Kalecgos both make an appearance in the Sunwell raid at the end of The Burning Crusade expansion.
  • Vol'jin: The Judgment by Brian Kindregan. This short story takes place at the same time that Thrall arrives on the tiny island of the Darkspear and meets with Sen'jin, swearing to lead the Darkspear to their destiny as depicted in Reign of Chaos. It tells the story of Vol'jin's coming of age ritual deep in the forests of First Home.
  • The War of the Ancients Trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. There are three books in this trilogy: The Well of Eternity, The Demon Soul, and The Sundering. The majority of the novels take place during the War of the Ancients, however it's the War of the Ancients as viewed by travelers sent back in time by Nozdormu. The opening and closing of the trilogy takes place just after the Third War.
  • Cycle of Hatred by Keith R.A. DeCandido. This novel takes place one year before the beginning of World of Warcraft and involves Thrall and Jaina Proudmoore and their attempts to keep the tentative peace between the orcs and humans of Kalimdor alive after the end of the Third War.
World of Warcraft
  • The War of the Shifting Sands by Micky Neilson. This short story takes place at two points in the timeline. The reopening of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj during World of Warcraft is highlighted with a flashback to the original War of the Shifting Sands.
  • World of Warcraft: Shadow Wing Vol. 1, The Dragons of Outland, and Vol. 2, Nexus Point, by Richard A. Knaak. A manga that takes place just prior to the events of The Burning Crusade, the Shadow Wing series tells the story of Tyrygosa and Jorad Mace, last seen in The Sunwell Trilogy. Tyrygosa and Jorad have made their way through the newly opened Dark Portal and witness the first meeting between human and draenei on Outland. But it's the mysterious Netherwing that capture Tyrygosa's attention. The story ends with Malygos at last regaining his sanity -- something that has disastrous effects that are highlighted in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
  • Night of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak. This novel is a sequel to Day of the Dragon and a sequel of sorts to the Shadow Wing series. It involves the Netherwing dragons that were introduced in The Burning Crusade -- including one introduced in Shadow Wing. This story also introduces the Twilight Dragonflight that threatens Azeroth in Cataclysm.
  • World of Warcraft: The Comic series, Vol.1 and Vol. 2 (Issues ), by Walter and Louise Simonson. This section of the Warcraft comic series takes place during The Burning Crusade. It tells the tale of Varian Wrynn, flashing back to his disappearance just prior to World of Warcraft's launch and culminating with the eventual defeat of Onyxia.
  • World of Warcraft: The Comic series, Vol. 3 and Vol. 4 (Issues ), by Walter and Louise Simonson. This section of the Warcraft comics series begins just prior to Wrath of the Lich King's launch and ends at some point during Wrath of the Lich King. It begins just after the first series leaves off, with Varian Wrynn scheduling a peace summit with Warchief Thrall, and it involves the story behind Garona, Cho'gall, and the Twilight Cult that make a full return in Cataclysm.
  • World of Warcraft: Mage by Richard A. Knaak. This manga tells the story of Aodhan, an apprentice mage studying in Dalaran. It takes place just before Wrath of the Lich King -- at some point right after Dalaran moved to Northrend -- and concerns the Nexus War between the Kirin Tor of Dalaran and Malygos, Aspect of the Blue Dragonflight.
  • Garrosh Hellscream: Heart of War by Sarah Pine. This short story takes place during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, after the scene shown in the trailer for Ulduar. It flashes back to Garrosh's arrival on Azeroth after he left Nagrand in The Burning Crusade.
  • Lor'themar Theron: In the Shadow of the Sun by Sarah Pine. The Sunwell has been restored, but the blood elves are still reeling from the betrayal of their former Prince and the devastation wrought by the events of The Burning Crusade. With their people weakened and trying to hold on to what they've regained, and Sylvanas demanding support in Northrend, can Lor'themar Theron look beyond appeasing everyone and step into the role of leader?
  • Li Li's Travel Journal This 11 part novella takes place at two points in the time line. The introduction takes place at some unknown point prior to Pearl of Pandaria, while later entries detail Li Li's journey in Mists of Pandaria. It tells the tale of Li Li Stormstout, the niece of infamous explorer Chen Stormstout, and her travels through the Wandering Isle and beyond.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
  • Pearl of Pandaria by Micky Neilson. This graphic novel takes place somewhere during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and tells the tale of Chen Stormstout's niece, Li Li, as she leaves her home on the Wandering Isle and sets out in search of her beloved uncle.
  • Glory, by Evelyn Fredericksen. This brief short is no longer available on the official site, but it has been archived on Wowpedia. It tells the tale of an orc caught in the events of the Wrathgate cinematic during Wrath of the Lich King.
  • World of Warcraft Special Issue 1: Beginnings and Ends by Mike Costa. This comic takes place some time after Algalon's defeat in Ulduar. It tells the continuing story of the inhabitants of Azeroth through the eyes of Algalon the Observer. This comic currently appears to be out of print, however you can find it in Vol. 4 of the graphic novel collections of comics. If you can't get your hands on it, don't worry -- it's not a big story, more of an introduction to characters we will see in the eventual Alliance and Horde graphic novels yet to be released.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner: Edge of Night by Dave Kosak. Sylvanas Windrunner visits the Frozen Throne to confirm the Lich King's death with her own eyes. While there, she comes to some startling conclusions, and makes a deal that will change her world forever.
  • Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak. This novel covers the conclusion of the corruption of the Emerald Dream first introduced in World of Warcraft. It covers the Nightmare War and the return of Malfurion Stormrage.
  • The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden. This book takes place just prior to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Azeroth is in turmoil; the elements themselves are striking back against the mortals of the world. In between the chaos, political struggles in both the Alliance and the Horde erupt into devastation, and new leaders arise.
  • World of Warcraft: Shaman by Paul Benjamin. This manga takes place just before the release of Cataclysm. The Earthen Ring has been working hard to try and pacify the unsettled elements of the world, to no avail. A mysterious stranger arrives, offering to lead the Earthen Ring into a new era of shamanism. Is he a hero? Or a heretic?
  • The Council of Three Hammers: Fire and Iron by Matt Burns. This short story takes place after the events in The Shattering but before the launch of the Cataclysm expansion.
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  • World of Warcraft: Dark Riders, by Mike Costas and Neil Googe. Alliance mage Karlain is sent on a journey to retrieve a powerful artifact being sought out by the mysterious Dark Riders of Deadwind Pass. Yet the journey results in a wild chase through the haunted forests of Duskwood, and the location of a mysterious artifact -- the Scythe of Elune. This story takes place at some point prior to the Scythe's arrival in Gilneas in Curse of the Worgen.
  • Gelbin Mekkatorque: Cut Short by Cameron Dayton. While the events in this short story don't really make it clear whether it takes place just before or just after the Cataclysm expansion, the story itself is set after the attempted reclamation of Gnomregan that took place just prior to the Shattering. Gelbin Mekkatorque revisits his old quarters, deep within Gnomeregan -- and he's in for a surprise when he gets there.
  • Tyrande & Malfurion: Seeds of Faith This short story takes place immediatly after the Cataclysm. As the night elves find themselves quickly overwhelmed with death and loss, Tyrande Whisperwind makes a trip to Feathermoon Stronghold to save her daughter of the heart, Shandris Feathermoon.
  • Baine Bloodhoof: As Our Fathers Before Us by Steven Nix. This short story takes place after the Shattering and the goblins' induction into the Horde. Tainted water supplies in Durotar force the tauren to export water from Mulgore to Orgrimmar. Meanwhile, tension still exists between the new leader of the tauren and the new leader of the Horde. Self-doubt riddles Baine Bloodhoof as he wonders: Is he competent enough to lead his people in his father's footsteps?
  • Gallywix: Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince by Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie. This short story takes place in a nebulous portion of the Warcraft timeline. It details Gallywix's rise to power on the island of Kezan; however, we've got no reference as to when that actually occurred. The end of the story has Gallywix currently living it up in Azshara as depicted in Cataclysm.
  • World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen Issues by Micky Neilson and James Waugh. This miniseries takes place at two points on the Warcraft timeline. The flashback sequences take place just after the War of the Ancients; however, the main story involves King Genn Greymane and the beleaguered people of Gilneas as they struggle to come to terms with the worgen curse. The comic's timeline ends somewhere in the middle of the worgen starting zone.
  • Genn Greymane: Lord of His Pack by James Waugh. This short story takes place at two points in the timeline. The non-flashback points of the story take place after the end of the events in the worgen starting zone in Cataclysm.
  • Wolfheart by Richard A. Knaak. The Worgen of Gilneas seek to join the Alliance, but one imposing figure stands in their way: King Varian Wrynn. In the meantime, the Night Elves struggle to try and reintroduce the Highborne of Eldre'Thalas back into Night Elf society. All the while, Ashenvale is threatened by a fierce new foe -- the united forces of Garrosh Hellscream, who seek to claim Ashenvale for the Horde.
  • Velen: Prophet's Lesson by Marc Hutcheson. Anduin has left to study the Light with the Prophet Velen. But the Prophet has shut out everyone but the young prince, including his own people, and the refugees that have taken up camp outside the Exodar. Can Anduin wake Velen from his visions before things become too dire to control?
  • Varian Wrynn: Blood of Our Fathers by E. Daniel Arey. This short story takes place after the Shattering, and the events presented in Wolfheart. Stormwind is in pieces due to Deathwing's attack -- and just in time for Remembrance Day. King Varian Wrynn struggles to rebuild his kingdom, inspire his people, and reconcile with his son.
  • Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects by Christie Golden. Former Warchief Thrall is still trying to mend the world after Deathwing's explosive return to Azeroth. But self-doubt plagues the shaman, and a seemingly random errand from Ysera, Aspect of the Green Dragonflight, leads the former Warchief on a journey of self-discovery and healing -- both for himself and for the tormented dragonflights.
  • Charge of the Aspects by Matt Burns. This short story takes place after the events in Twilight of the Aspects and just prior to the launch of the Dragon Soul raid in game. The dragon Aspects have reunited and a new blue Aspect has been named thanks to Thrall, but the Aspects work is far from done. Can they put an end to the Hour of Twilight and find a way to defeat Deathwing before it's too late for Azeroth?
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  • Quest for Pandaria by Sarah Pine. Chen Stormstout has returned to the Wandering Isle, thanks to the efforts of his niece Li Li. But Li Li's wanderlust won't be quelled until she seeks out and finds the one place her uncle has never been -- the lost continent of Pandaria.
  • Li Li's Travel Journal This 11 part novella takes place at two points in the time line. The introduction takes place at some unknown point prior to Pearl of Pandaria, while later entries detail Li Li's journey in Mists of Pandaria. It tells the tale of Li Li Stormstout, the niece of infamous explorer Chen Stormstout, and her travels through the Wandering Isle and beyond.
  • Trial of the Red Blossoms by Cameron Dayton. Young thief Ten makes the accidental mistake of crossing the Shado-Pan -- with results that will change his life forever.
  • Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden. Jaina Proudmoore has long been a supporter of peace and diplomacy between the Alliance and Horde. But as tensions between the factions rage, Garrosh Hellscream and the armies of the Horde storm her beloved Theramore and force her to choose what path she will ultimately follow.
  • Strength of Steel by Raphael Ahad. Dragonmaw orc Koak finds himself in the midst of a shipwreck on Pandaria, and the recipient of an unlikely new companion: a cloud serpent hatchling. Can he learn what it means to be a serpent rider -- and a member of the Horde? This story starts at the beginning of Mists of Pandaria and continues throughout the expansion's timeline.
  • Dawn of the Aspects, parts by Richard A. Knaak. Kalecgos, former Aspect of the Blue Dragonflight, has yet to fully come to terms with his loss of power, and the purpose of the dragonflights now that Deathwing has fallen. But the discovery of a mysterious artifact and the visions contained within may shed some light on his problem if the visions don't kill him in the process. Visions in this five-part story take place prior to the War of the Ancients trilogy, but present-day events take place during Mists of Pandaria.
  • Death From Above, by Robert Brooks. Long before the pandaren rebellion, mantid and mogu clashed along the Serpent's Spine. Mantid swarms are predictable, after all but the actions of Paragons are anything but. Featuring the story of Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver, the epilogue for this piece takes place during Mists of Pandaria.
  • Bleeding Sun by Matt Burns. Sunwalker Dezco has discovered the mysterious Vale of Eternal Blossoms, but at what cost? Struggling to come to terms with his place in the Vale, Dezco encounters the Golden Lotus, and faces the most difficult decision of his life.
  • The Blank Scroll by Gavin Jugens-Fyhrie. Charged with discovering powerful artifacts for the Horde, the goblin Ziya discovers a curious and dangerous relic, as well as a curious and potentially dangerous Lorewalker. Lorewalker Shuchun may look as innocent as the relic she attempts to protect, but both pandaren and scroll are full of shocking surprises.
  • Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde by Michael Stackpole. Struck down by the Horde he has sworn his allegiance to, Darkspear leader Vol'jin is taken to Shado-Pan Monastery to recuperate by his long time friend, Chen Stormstout. Yet both the Monastery and Pandaria are threatened by the encroaching forces of the Zandalari, and the rise of the Thunder King. Can Vol'jin recover in time to prevent disaster -- and will his allegiance still remain with the Horde?
  • Over Water by Ryan Quinn. Alliance soldier Tarlo Mondan has plenty of stories about military life, and he's lived through the Pandaren campaign from beginning to end. Swept overboard on his journey home, Tarlo finds himself the unlikely fourth member of a very different kind of fishing crew, with their own whopper of a story to tell.
  • The Untamed Valley by Robert Brooks. In the wake of Hellscream's defeat, not all are happy with the outcome. Those that still hold loyalty to the former Warchief are wreaking havoc on Pandaria, and it's up to Vindicator Maraad, Sentinel Commander Lyalia, and a group of Tiller allies to put a stop to their plans.


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Free World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Short Stories Released by Blizzard Ahead of Expansion’s Launch

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Blizzard has released two free World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth short stories ahead of the expansion’s launch next week.

The lore of World of Warcraft is quite extensive and for those interested in some brushing up before the game’s seventh expansion lands, Blizzard has released two tales – the ‘Elegy’ Alliance short story by Christie Golden and the ‘A Good War’ Horde story by Robert Brooks.

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Both tales are downloadable in PDF format, and we’ve included the links down below:

Alliance – ‘Elegy’ by Christie Golden

Horde – ‘A Good War’ by Robert Brooks

Blizzard recently released the ‘Old Soldier’ Battle for Azeroth cinematic featuring legendary Orc warrior Saurfang and the young troll shaman ‘Zappyboi’. The trailer was released warmly by World of Warcraft fans, and Blizzard commented on the trailer’s release timing yesterday.

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In Battle for Azeroth, the fall of the Burning Legion has set off a series of disastrous incidents that reignites the furious rivalry between the noble Alliance and the mighty Horde. As a new age of warfare begins, Azeroth's heroes must set out on a harrowing journey in search of new allies, race to claim the world’s mightiest resources to turn the tides of war, and fight on several fronts to determine which side will lead Azeroth into its uncertain future.

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"Conflict is at the heart of the Warcraft saga, and in Battle for Azeroth, tensions that have been simmering for a long time escalate into all-out war,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “World of Warcraftplayers are incredibly passionate about the characters and factions they identify with in the game, and this expansion will make them prouder than ever to declare their allegiance to the Horde or to the Alliance."

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Christie Golden is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels and more than a dozen short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, several movie novelizations, the Warcraft novels Rise of the Horde, Lord of the Clans, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, and War Crimes, Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, as well as Star Wars: Dark Disciple and the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels Omen, Allies, and Ascension. In , she was awarded the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers’ Faust Award and named a Grandmaster in recognition of over a quarter century of writing.

KAMI GARCIA is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of novels and comic books. As an award winning young adult novelist, she has published thirteen novels and graphic novels, in fifty-one countries and thirty-eight languages, and her books have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Her best known works include Beautiful Creatures, which was adapted and released as a feature film by Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers, the Bram Stoker-nominated novels Unbreakable and Unmarked, The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos, Teen Titans: Raven and Teen Titans: Beast Boy, the first two titles in her bestselling graphic novel series, and the DC Black Label comic book series Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity. Kami is also a cofounder of Creators 4 Comics and YALLFest, one of the largest KidLit book festivals in the country . Find Kami online at kamigarcia.com and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @kamigarcia.

Molly Knox Ostertag is an award winning graphic novelist, known for the middle-grade trilogy The Witch Boy. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife and several spoiled pets, and writes for animation when she's not drawing comics or hobbit art.

E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and the public library in Yonkers, New York. His books include the Andre Norton Award–winning Fair Coin, The Silence of Six, RWBY: After the Fall, and RWBY: Fairy Tales of Remnant. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies such as A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and Mother of Invention, and he co-writes several series for Serial Box, including Orphan Black: The Next Chapter and Alternis. E.C. lives with his wife, son, and three doofy pets in Pennsylvania.

Alyssa Wong writes fiction, comics, and games. Her stories have won the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her fiction has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson Awards. Her comics credits include Marvel, Star Wars, and Adventure Time. She has also written for Overwatch.

Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since , but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth’s books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series: Sabriel, Lirael; Abhorsen; Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series and Frogkisser! His short fiction includes more than 60 published stories, some of them collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. His most recent book is Angel Mage, with The Left-Handed Booksellers of London to be released in late He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. More than six million copies of Garth’s books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller and others, and his work has been translated into 42 languages. He has won multiple Aurealis Awards, the Ditmar Award, the Mythopoeic Award, CBCA Honour Book, and has been shortlisted for the Locus Awards, the Shirley Jackson Award and others.

Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of forty books of fantasy and science fiction, including Space Opera, the Fairyland series, Deathless, and The Orphan's Tales. She lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her partner, one medium-sized dog, one very enormous cat, and a baby son slightly less enormous than the cat (for now).

Allison Irons is an editor at Blizzard Entertainment by day and a writer by night. With several smash-hits under their editorial belt, they are translating their skill in refining prose to creating it. Allison earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in English from California State University, Fullerton. They live in Southern California with their partner Kris and a little gray cat, where they spend most of their free time painting wargaming miniatures and playing games where you can be nice to the NPCs.

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World of Warcraft takes place in a vast universe, and not all of the stories that take place there happen in the game itself. Instead, lore is often released through novels, short stories, comics, or spinoff games like Hearthstone. On May 29, Blizzard released the short story “A Moment In Verse,” by author Madeleine Roux. It’s an utterly indulgent piece where two characters read poetry and smooch, and it’s one of the best parts of the Battle for Azeroth story so far.

“A Moment in Verse” stars two elven side characters in the World of Warcraft universe: First Arcanist Thalyssra and Regent-Lord Lor’themar Theron. We met Thalyssra back in in the Legion expansion; she leads the Nightborne, an elven faction who became an Allied Race for the Horde with Battle for Azeroth. Lor’themar has been around in-game for 13 years as the leader of the Blood Elves in Silvermoon City. Both of them are fan favorites, even though Lor’themar has mostly hung out in the background and played a supporting role.

Unlike most of the side stories that are released alongside World of Warcraft, there’s no action or daring chases. Instead, Lor’themar has a big crush on Thalyrssa, and when she invites him over, his friends force him to get out of the house and go see the cute girl he likes. He heads over to Suramar, and the two of them have a poetry reading. That’s basically all that happens, and it’s awesome.

Battle for Azeroth has been jam-packed with storylines: There are evil genocidal Warchiefs, Lovecraftian Old Gods, big battles between lifelong enemies, and heroic sacrifices for peace. These stories have had a few problems; “A Moment In Verse” is beautifully simple in comparison. It’s just really nice to read about two wholesome characters reading poetry and talking about their problems. It’s small-scale in the best way; it still has those fantasy dressings and decadent descriptions you might expect from a story about elves, but it’s just about two people and their personal problems.

And of course, it’s fun to see a relationship where a tall lady smooches a short king.

Fans are also glad to see these two characters get the spotlight, especially since Blizzard has been teasing the possibility of a ship between the two of them throughout Legion and Battle for Azeroth.

There’s a little bit of Shadowlands foreshadowing as well. The two characters discuss Kael’thas Sunstrider, a Warcraft 3 character who died during World of Warcraft’s Burning Crusade expansion. Kael’thas is set to come back in the Shadowlands expansion, so this story also serves as a nice refresher as to what he did to get sent to the vampire hell zone of Revendreth. Mostly, though, I’m just glad to have a nice and sweet story. In a big world, sometimes it’s the little things that matter.


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