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Chronicle Vol.3 Announced, Features WC3 Events

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It seems we'll have to wait quite a bit more for the third edition of Blizzard's big Warcraft lore book series, as Vol.3 is scheduled to be released on March 27th, 2018. You can already pre-order the book over at Amazon, and IGN have managed to extract some extra info about the book itself: apparently it will feature the events "that shaped the modern history of Azeroth and delves into the backstories of Arthas Menethil, Illidan Stormrage, Jaina Proudmoore, and other iconic World of Warcraft characters". Although it's unclear where the quote is actually from, presumably it's from the book itself, while the Amazon page only had this to say:

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Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Books are proud to present the third installment of their bestselling World of Warcraft Chronicle series!

Like its predecessors, Volume III features beautiful full-color artwork by Peter Lee, Emily Chen, Stanton Feng, and other fan-favorite artists, as well as intricately detailed maps and spot art by Joseph Lacroix. Bolster your knowledge of Warcraft lore with this striking third volume!

IGN went on to say that the book will be written by Chris Metzen, Matt Burns, and Robert Brooks.

And finally, here's the cover of the book itself, featuring Tyrande Whisperwind, who may seem like a bit of an odd choice for the cover, but maybe we'll find out more about Elune through her in the book, and Elune is shaping up to possibly be one of the major players in WoW's future storylines.

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So, events that shaped the modern history or Azeroth, sounds very much like we're delving into the events of Warcraft 3 and The Frozen throne considering the cast of characters mentioned, which can only be a good thing! Hopefully we won't see any new canon or retconning to the pretty great storyline of Reign of Chaos and its expansion

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I personally don't think Tyrande Whisperwind is an odd choice.

 

The discovery of the Night Elves in WC3 was a truly important one, and who better to depict than the leader of the race in that regard?

 

The Sundering was caused by her predecessor and a lot of the lore about the Burning Legion became apparent in WC3.

 

 

Medivh would arguably be better for the cover, because he knew what was going on, was corrupted himself and brought change to Azeroth that made it able to survive for this long. If it wasn't for Medivh, pretty much any other lore wouldn't have existed.

 

I'm a bit rusty, so unless it was retconned, Medivh opened the dark portal in the first place to make sure Azeroth faced a great threat - to make sure the Human race would make an army to stand up to the first orc invasion and centralize its empire, to work together to beat the first great orc threat. So that they were ready for the much harder hardships to come later.

 

I assume that still holds true after all these years?

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2 hours ago, Yridaa said:

I'm a bit rusty, so unless it was retconned, Medivh opened the dark portal in the first place to make sure Azeroth faced a great threat - to make sure the Human race would make an army to stand up to the first orc invasion and centralize its empire, to work together to beat the first great orc threat. So that they were ready for the much harder hardships to come later.

 

I assume that still holds true after all these years?

Medivh opened the Dark Portal with Gul'dan on the other side because he was under the influence of the Dark Titan, Sargeras. Sargeras through links had control over the orcs due to the demon blood and wanted to use them as his army to conquer the existing forces of Azeroth so that the Legion could invade and the main defenses, in particular the Humans of Lordaeron, would not be able to oppose them.

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1 minute ago, leapingshadow said:

Medivh opened the Dark Portal with Gul'dan on the other side because he was under the influence of the Dark Titan, Sargeras. Sargeras through links had control over the orcs due to the demon blood and wanted to use them as his army to conquer the existing forces of Azeroth so that the Legion could invade and the main defenses, in particular the Humans of Lordaeron, would not be able to oppose them.

I do think that in the book (can't remember the name) where you gain insight into Medivh's mind, he does discuss the idea that there isn't a force able to resist anything on Azeroth and that, by bringing the Horde, the Alliance is created and sets into motion events that allow us to survive.

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3 minutes ago, Blainie said:

I do think that in the book (can't remember the name) where you gain insight into Medivh's mind, he does discuss the idea that there isn't a force able to resist anything on Azeroth and that, by bringing the Horde, the Alliance is created and sets into motion events that allow us to survive.

Must have missed that book and in particular that line of thought, I've always thought its because he was being controlled and manipulated by Sargeras, if he was in the right mind why would Khadgar and Anduin kill him?

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53 minutes ago, leapingshadow said:

Must have missed that book and in particular that line of thought, I've always thought its because he was being controlled and manipulated by Sargeras, if he was in the right mind why would Khadgar and Anduin kill him?

I think it was a sort of "make the best of a bad situation" on his part, in that he knew the Alliance would be able to stop the invasion if they just came together. There was definitely a very strong element of Sargeras' corruption of Medivh in it, but after Medivh dies and he speaks to Khadgar, he is aware of everything that happened and speaks normally as Medivh. I think there is still that part of Medivh there that tried to make right what was slowly going wrong, if that makes sense?

There are times when he was actually very normal towards Khadgar, showing normal intrigue and friendliness towards him.

If the Horde never came, the Alliance wouldn't have existed. Think of all the things that have happened on Azeroth since then that never would have been able to have been stopped.

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Actually I think what you guys are talking about is the result of retconning and new canon etc. As I remember it it was in fact to strengthen or test Azeroth to make them able to withstand an eventual Burning Legion invasion in the beginning, as Yridaa said, then they changed it to the Sargeras stuff later on. I can't be sure ofc and don't feel like researching atm, but that's what I seem to remember.

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Bah I hate the retconning with pivotal moments like these. There was nothing wrong with the initial canon about him preparing Azeroth for greater dangers coming later. It is a well thought out plan and on top of that very mysterious (How does he know?). Now it's just "He's evil and conspiring with the enemy"?

 

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14 hours ago, Starym said:

Actually I think what you guys are talking about is the result of retconning and new canon etc. As I remember it it was in fact to strengthen or test Azeroth to make them able to withstand an eventual Burning Legion invasion in the beginning, as Yridaa said, then they changed it to the Sargeras stuff later on. I can't be sure ofc and don't feel like researching atm, but that's what I seem to remember.

Yeah - the books also are always a grey area. You never know what will/won't be changed, even if it is something written by Metzen. It sucks that there isn't an official post on the lore section of B.net telling us what was/wasn't removed/changed.

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On 2017-07-17 at 9:56 PM, Yridaa said:

I'm a bit rusty, so unless it was retconned, Medivh opened the dark portal in the first place to make sure Azeroth faced a great threat - to make sure the Human race would make an army to stand up to the first orc invasion and centralize its empire, to work together to beat the first great orc threat. So that they were ready for the much harder hardships to come later.

 

I assume that still holds true after all these years?

I have not read the second chronicle, so if there are any changes/clarifications there it is new knowledge to me.

But, I was under the impression that during the events of WC1, Medivh, partly controlled by Sargeras, opened up the Dark Portal to allow the MU Gul'dan to get access to Sargeras' Tomb.

Later, during WC3, Medivh, under the guise of the Prophet, guided Jaina and Thrall to Kalimdor, where they allied with the Night Elves and defeated Archimonde at Mount Hyjal. 

Or am I getting something wrong here?

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18 hours ago, Drachar said:

I have not read the second chronicle, so if there are any changes/clarifications there it is new knowledge to me.

But, I was under the impression that during the events of WC1, Medivh, partly controlled by Sargeras, opened up the Dark Portal to allow the MU Gul'dan to get access to Sargeras' Tomb.

Later, during WC3, Medivh, under the guise of the Prophet, guided Jaina and Thrall to Kalimdor, where they allied with the Night Elves and defeated Archimonde at Mount Hyjal. 

Or am I getting something wrong here?

You're right, but you're missing the bit in the middle of Medivh's death. When Medivh was killed, his spirit split from the body and was then eventually resurrected by Aegwynn. He then had a clear mind without the corruption of Sargeras and took on the guise of the Prophet.

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