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With the release date of the next Chronicle volume slowly approaching, we've sat down to look at some of the possible plots that will get filled in based on the knowledge we already have from previous novels and games.

When the release was first announced, it was revealed that the book would cover 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". With two volumes already released, we are starting to get an understanding of the aim of these books: to produce facts that create new canon lore and establish truths among the numerous possible details that have surfaced around old lore. With so many examples and pieces of work to draw from, we can (hopefully!) predict what we're going to finally see in Chronicle: Volume 3.

It is worth noting that this post will contain lore spoilers, should you care about that. If so, I would recommend stopping reading now. 

If you wish to catch up on the lore of the books prior to reading through the post, you can use our recommended reading order.

Chronicle: Volume 1

The first book released was focused on establishing a huge amount of new lore, especially given the time-frame that was looked at. Prior to the release of Chronicle: Volume 1 (C:V1), the lore surrounding the titans was filled with pieces put together through mentions of their names, as opposed to proper written confirmation of what happened when Azeroth was formed. 

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Magical layout of the universe according to Chronicle: Volume 1.

The purpose of the book was to confirm and fill in the gaps of the lore that previously was created within the game as to how our world came to be. To some extent, you can say that the focus of the book is "higher forces", with it being focused on the idea of powers that are beyond a mortal's reach. If we look at the subjects covered, there are:

  • The Universe - how it functions, was built, and is constructed according to a magical diagram detailing different forms of magical power, as well descriptions of every non-mortal being.
  • Titans - how they came to be, how they would monitor and mold worlds, how their hierarchy was structured.
  • Void Lords and Old Gods - the existence of the former, the creation of the latter and how they came to bring about a threat to the universe.
  • Elemental Lords - their rise and fall, the world under their control and the different wars they waged on one another, as well as against the Old Gods.
  • Dragons - how they came to survive against the threat of Galakrond, how they managed to become the aspects of their Dragonflights and how they became the protectors of Azeroth's races.
  • The Burning Legion - their existence, the formation of their army under Sargeras and his corruption, as well as their ability to expand and control races (the Eredar, namely).
  • The Keepers - their roles and the hardships they faced before becoming the non-Keepers of Yogg-Saron at the hands of Loken.
  • The Primal Races - the establishment of the Mantid, Mogu, Trolls, Pandaren, Hozen and others, as well as the gods they worshipped, such as the Loa, the Old Gods and the August Celestials. 
  • The Well of Eternity - establishing it in the story as an ancient well of infinite power, the abuse of it at the hands of the Night Elves and the war that surrounded its use under the watch of Queen Azshara and the Legion.
  • The War of the Ancients - introducing, by name and power, the Wild Gods and their power, as well as the power of the Dragon Aspects.
  • The Mortal Races - introducing the existence of the mortal races, such as Humans, but ensuring there is a focus on a specific type of human, namely Aegwynn and Medivh, both of whom had close relations in their story to Sargeras. Another example would be the War of the Three Hammers, where Ragnaros makes an appearance after being summoned by Thaurissan.

For C:V1, I think it is safe to say that the theme of the book rests firmly on the idea of the "supernatural", those forces beyond our imagining that would shake the world if one of them were to sneeze. The cover of the book features Medivh, as opposed to any of the other figures the book mentions, because I feel that it is where the book is aiming to be. 

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The image of Medivh used on the cover of Chronicle: Volume 1.

The book goes from the beginning of time, through tens of thousands of years of history, constantly reminding us just how important and powerful Sargeras is to the downfall of everything. At every attempt, he seems to fail to appear and destroy our world, no matter who attempts to summon him. Medivh was his key to changing the strategy of taking Azeroth and was a perfect opportunity to battle on a front that nobody could have ever expected. 

In my eyes, Medivh was the perfect choice to go on the cover because he was the key to changing Azeroth forever with Sargeras' influence. 

Chronicle: Volume 2

Just as the first book saw to establish the lore around Azeroth and the universe, Chronicle: Volume 2 (C: V2) had to establish the lore surrounding a new planet, Draenor, and how it became Outland. The subjects that were included are as follows:

  • Formation of Draenor - the shaping of the world under Aggramar, the fall of the giants that ruled the world and the establishment of the races that would live there, along with the gods they worshiped.
  • Fall of the Ogrons - the establishment of the Ogron empire and how it eventually fell to the might of the ogres and their revolution, which in turn allowed the orcs to come out of hiding and construct their civilizations across the world.
  • Orcs Before Fel - the life and structure of living of the orcs prior to the introduction of the power of the Legion, their learning of Shamanism and the power of the elements.
  • Arrival of the Draenei - the arrival of Velen's group on Draenor, their battles with the orcs and ogres, and the establishment of peace between orcs and Draenei by Velen.
  • Orcs After Fel - the introduction of the Burning Legion and fel power to the Orcs, Ner'zhul's rise and fall, Gul'dan's journey to power and the construction of the first Horde.
  • The Effects of Fel - the power gained and the sacrifices made by the Orcs, their genocide against the Draenei, the loss of connection to the elements by Shamans and the creation of Warlocks.
  • The First War - the creation of the Dark Portal, the introduction of Garona, Khadgar and Medivh, the first invasion, the siege of Stormwind and the fall of Medivh, along with the effect it had on Gul'dan.
  • The New Horde - the fall of Stormwind at the hands of the new Horde under the new Warchief's command, the murder of King Llane, the stealing of the Demon Soul and the re-introduction of Deathwing.
  • The Second War - the promise of power by Gul'dan, the creation of Death Knights, the creation of the Alliance, the kidnapping of Alexstrasza and her brood, the betrayal by Gul'dan and the battle of Lordaeron.
  • Gul'dan - the quest for power in the Tomb of Sargeras, his death at the hands of the demons and the creation of the artifact, the Skull of Gul'dan.
  • End of the Second War - the death of Lothar, the fall of the Horde, the orc internment camps.
  • The Rise of the Horde  - Ner'zhul takes command, gains control of the Skull of Gul'dan, the Book of Medivh, the Scepter of Sargeras and the Eye of Dalaran, the journey to Draenor and the battle for Hellfire Citadel.
  • The Breaking of Draenor - Ner'zhul destroying Draenor by opening portals, the "death" of Turalyon and Alleria, the battle between Deathwing and Gruul, the destruction of the Horde.

As we can see, even after his death, there is a huge emphasis placed on the role of Gul'dan. Even after perishing at the hands of demons, his influence lingered on in the power of his skull, which went on to be used as an artifact. He played an absolutely fundamental role in establishing the trust in power that led the orcs to taking the fel magic from Mannoroth, as well as turning them against the Draenei. He, with the aid of Sargeras and Medivh, was instrumental in constructing the Dark Portal and leading the Horde against the human army. 

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The image of Gul'dan used on the cover of Chronicle: Volume 2.

It is no surprise that he sits on the cover of the second book, given that he is essentially the reason why every piece of information in that succession of events happened.

Chronicle: Volume 3 - Why Tyrande?

You should now have a fairly clear view of why Medivh and Gul'dan were on the covers of the respective Chronicle books that came before Volume 3, but the question that should now be raised is - why is Tyrande on the cover of Volume 3?

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The image of Tyrande used on the cover of Chronicle: Volume 3.

The two volumes prior to this one both featured characters that were fundamentally essential to the events that the book covered, with Medivh finally being a method for Sargeras to not fail his invasion and Gul'dan being the other half of that plan, ensuring that it all went as planned on Draenor. From the information we have, we can try to speculate what the contents of the book might be in order to justify such a cover.

As a starting point, let's look at where the first two volumes have left us in terms of the timeline. With the second war having finished and the Horde now scattered to small clans trying to survive, we are anywhere between 8 and 18 years after the Dark Portal was first opened. 

At this point, the Alliance are hunting any orcs they can find and putting them into the internment camps that have now been running for a few years. The orcs are treated badly, kept in filthy conditions and are slowly wasting away. 

The Elves are, at this time, unaccounted for in Kalimdor and are presumably going about their lives as normal. They are, up until this point, a very closeted race, sticking close to their own lands and rarely traveling away from them, as far as we can tell. There is very little history about them at this period until the siege of the World Tree by Archimonde.

For the start of the book, we now have one of two starting points. We can either start where we are in history, 8-18 years after the Dark Portal opened and move on from there, or we can look back at something that needs to be known before moving forward in the story. Given that the cover is Tyrande, it's entirely possible there will be a journey looking back at Elune, the Goddess of the Moon. Given that Tyrande is the High Priestess, it would make sense that we finally start to understand who or what Elune is. 

Speculation surrounding Elune has been going on for many years, with people saying she is an old god, a titan, she is Azeroth itself, she is the moon - the list goes on, as you can imagine. I doubt I can make any headway into identifying Elune, but I think we can almost certainly expect to see some light shed on her, especially since the book will release after the new expansion is, presumably, announced at Blizzcon. This opens up the potential for her to finally play a visual role in the new expansion, rather than just appearing in displays of magic or intervention on Tyrande's behalf.

The Characters

In the announcement post, we saw the quote that details a number of characters that we might see, including:

  • Arthas Menethil
  • Illidan Stormrage
  • Jaina Proudmoore
  • "other iconic World of Warcraft characters"

All of these definitely play a huge role in a certain part of Warcraft's history, so we can start to piece together what we will see by looking at what we already know and, more importantly, where the gaps are.

Arthas Menethil

Arthas is a very peculiar name to find among these as having his backstory delved into since, with 2 games focusing on his story and a full book detailing his childhood and journey to power, his story is already fairly fleshed out.

The only real area that would particularly need extra information added beyond simple repetition of already available lore would be the relationship between Arthas and the Crypt Lord, Anub'arak. Around the time of meeting him, things become rather rushed since they focus instead on the chase to find Illidan and stop him in Northrend.

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Arthas meets Anub'arak for the first time in Warcraft 3.

We see very little development about the underground tunnels and city of Azjol-Nerub and, with a taste of it granted in Wrath of the Lich King, it's something that players have eagerly wanted to know more about. It would definitely be interesting to find out more about the history of the underground race, how they came to be of service to Arthas beyond the few paragraphs we receive and what their motives are. 

There is a slight gap of information between the events of Warcraft 3 and Wrath of the Lich King, but it is said that Arthas is simply dreaming, essentially wrestling with his instincts before turning fully to the power of the Lich King. While this wasn't really fleshed out, I can't see it being much of a story point to focus on, since the only thing happening would be memories of Arthas jumping around and his eventual consumption of Ner'zhul's spirit.

After his death at our hands, there is a period of uncertainty that does somewhat give an opportunity for elaboration - after we return the locket to Jaina, things start to go somewhat downhill for her. She starts to go down her "new" story arc (will go into this later) and it's possible that it had some effect on her in the run up to the events of Theramore. Her memories of him, brought back by Kalec, do end up stopping her from trying to kill everyone in Orgrimmar in the Tides of War book.

Realistically, I think we will learn very little that we do not already know about Arthas. I think he had his story told, in its entirety, through the novels and games. It will most likely be a small amount of retconning details to ensure continuity, with it mainly being put in to follow the story of the Third War properly.

Illidan Stormrage

This is another character that, with his being the focus novels and games, his story has already essentially been told and is still being told in Legion. We don't know much about Illidan's very young childhood, since the War of the Ancients books mainly pick up around the time that Illidan is already somewhat grown up with Malfurion and Tyrande. He has already started to master magic after completely failing to follow his brother's natural ability in the teachings of Cenarius. 

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Illidan, Malfurion and Tyrande stand before Cenarius in an in-game cinematic.

There is fierce competition between the brothers over Tyrande, at least in the eyes of Illidan, since he so desperately wants to be with her while she wishes to be with Malfurion. This is spoken about often, but never in any kind of particular depth. Constant references to it elude to the fact that Illidan will never be the favourite in Tyrande's eyes and, in the present day, this is very unlikely to change, especially with everything that happened under the Burning Legion's threat.

Regardless of the amount of story surrounding Illidan, there are definitely parts that are going to be given new light, especially concerning his time after going to Outland. There will likely be far more in-depth assessments of how he brought his army together, the advance on Icecrown and the betrayal by Akama. It's also likely that we will see more of the story surrounding the Skull of Gul'dan fleshed out, given that we only know of it through some discussions during quests in Cataclysm.

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Illidan holds the Skull of Gul'dan in the Black Temple.

For Illidan, I think we are almost certainly going to have new lore put into his story, given how much of a prominent character he was for this expansion. There are huge gaps in his story because of how many times he went "missing" or was imprisoned. It's also extremely likely, in my opinion, that we will see his story continued in C:V3 after Legion has come to the end of its lore cycle. There will likely be some form of redemption or sacrifice arc that will lead to a final fleshing out of his story before he is shelved for next expansion. Unfortunately, a Demon Hunter doesn't have much storytelling capacity when facing non-demons and, if the expansion does follow a void theme, it's unlikely he will be centre stage.

Jaina Proudmoore

Jaina will be, in my opinion, the centre-piece of new lore, regardless of whether she has the most impactful role. She is a character that has been rewritten in so many different styles, so many times, and she desperately needs some strong, canon lore to solidify what is happening with her.

She studied under one of the most powerful Archmages in Dalaran, she watched the man she loved murder him and countless thousands of innocent people, all the while becoming one of the most evil beings on Azeroth at the time. This was all documented in the Arthas novel, as well as in Warcraft 3, so there's no dispute as to what happened there. 

She moved on with her life, making an ally of Thrall on Kalimdor and founding the refugee city of Theramore, all once again documented in Warcraft 3 and following the style of Jaina that we all knew. She maintained that concern for the innocent, regardless of who they were or where they came from.

This continued through World of Warcraft and, in Wrath of the Lich King, she tried to reason with The Lich King, hoping to bring Arthas out once again. She failed, but when you bring her Jaina's LocketJaina's Locket from the Shadowmourne questline, her feelings are still clear. 

Jaina was fairly quiet in Cataclysm, doing barely anything for the expansion, but this changed hugely in Mists of Pandaria, along with her personality. It was as if a completely different person began writing her story. Tensions were incredibly high between the Alliance and Horde and inevitably, with their location on Kalimdor being so close to Orgrimmar, they were always going to be a target for the new Horde under Garrosh.

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Theramore as it appeared in-game before the Mana Bomb attack.

The Horde launched the attack on Theramore and, despite the forces easily repelling them, Jaina didn't realise Garrosh was going to drop a Mana Bomb on the city. He wanted to kill all the Alliance members present with the bomb, but she ended up surviving alongside a few others. She went to Varian, to the Kirin Tor, but nobody could or would help.

She ended up trying to kill everyone in Orgrimmar, she tried to banish all Horde from Dalaran, she opposed the Horde helping to fight the Thunder King and she wanted to disband the Horde forever after Garrosh was defeated. She opposed Khadgar's vote to try and reintroduce the Horde to Dalaran to help them fight and, after they were permitted, she left the Kirin Tor. She is since completely unaccounted for in Legion.

Jaina, for me, is the perfect person to receive new lore now. She is extremely emotional, has a pure, unwavering hatred for the Horde, she is incredibly easily to manipulate at this time and she is a very powerful Mage. In my eyes, if the next expansion does involve Old Gods, I truly think Jaina will end up going one step too far to achieve revenge against the Horde and turn to the Void, becoming an enemy of the Alliance and Horde both.

She has been missing since the start of Legion, which means she must be doing something other than waiting around. She doesn't have Theramore to be looking after anymore, so where could she be? Could she even have ventured north to Northrend, possibly being baited by a power that rests there?

Regardless of what it is, I am certain we will find out more about Jaina and what she has planned for the Horde.

Where will the book end?

Realistically, I think we are going to see the book ending at the events of Legion. They have shown that they aren't afraid to re-tell stories from different perspectives (likely what we will see in Chronicle: Volume 4) in V1 and V2, so I don't see a reason for them to not focus on these characters and move straight to the present day. It will give us an extremely solid base to work with for the next expansion lore-wise and, with the characters that are going to be looked at, it's a perfect line-up to reach the present day.

The book will likely cover:

  • History of Elune;
  • Tyrande's childhood;
  • Jaina and Arthas;
  • The Third War;
  • The Battle of Mount Hyjal;
  • Arthas becoming the Lich King;
  • Illidan vs. Arthas;
  • Illidan in Outland;
  • Arthas' death;
  • Theramore and Mana Bomb;
  • Jaina vendetta against Horde;
  • Jaina after Kirin Tor;
  • Illidan against Legion;
  • Illidan on Argus.

I think it will skip the majority of what happened in Cataclysm and instead develop it in Chronicle: Volume 4 from the perspective of Thrall, then using the new information we have on Jaina and their relationship. This would also allow them to go back to the story of the internment camps, Thrall bringing the Horde back after Doomhammer falls in battle and them freeing the orcs from Mannoroth's control. You could see his campaign in Northrend, him passing the mantle of Warchief to Garrosh, Garrosh's corruption over Mists of Pandaria. I definitely think C: V4 will be hugely Orc centred and so they will be barely mentioned in Volume 3.

What do you think we're going to see in the next book?

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The forces under the "Holy" section are a mystery.

1. We haven't seen the Light counterpart for the Void Lords. Maybe Elune?
2. The Naaru can change from Holy to Shadow, but we haven't seen the Old Gods do the same.

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13 hours ago, Archimage said:

The forces under the "Holy" section are a mystery.

1. We haven't seen the Light counterpart for the Void Lords. Maybe Elune?
2. The Naaru can change from Holy to Shadow, but we haven't seen the Old Gods do the same.

Interestingly, we don't actually have the Void Lords counterpart anywhere. I think Elune might rest above the Titans on the Arcane spectrum, rather than be Light-based.

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18 hours ago, Xaethron said:

A shame i have to buy these books. i can barely get the monthly subscription for the game lol

You can get some of the lore from the game, but the more in-depth things do seem to be covered outside of the game. I'm looking at doing a few pieces on the differences in lore that the game doesn't cover. Would something like that sound good?

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16 minutes ago, Blainie said:

You can get some of the lore from the game, but the more in-depth things do seem to be covered outside of the game. I'm looking at doing a few pieces on the differences in lore that the game doesn't cover. Would something like that sound good?

yeah that sounds great

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what exactly are the wild gods? Have we seen.......anything about them at all in game? I've wasted invested a lot of time studying the lore and i feel this is the first i've heard of them. When I think of beast esque beings they all end up being druids of known origin. So are there examples of wild gods out there or may this be a thing to be fleshed out in the future?

tldr, wild gods wut?

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3 hours ago, Tri said:

what exactly are the wild gods? Have we seen.......anything about them at all in game? I've wasted invested a lot of time studying the lore and i feel this is the first i've heard of them. When I think of beast esque beings they all end up being druids of known origin. So are there examples of wild gods out there or may this be a thing to be fleshed out in the future?

tldr, wild gods wut?

Wild Gods are primal manifestations of life and nature. Being creatures of two realms, the Wild Gods inhabit the physical world of Azeroth, but their spirits are bound to the ethereal Emerald Dream. Many of them appear in the form of gargantuan animals, such as wolves, bears, tigers, or birds.
As the titan-forged began shaping Azeroth, Keeper Freya wandered the world, creating enclaves of life and nature in the places where the waters of the Well of Eternity had coalesced, such as Un'Goro Crater, Sholazar Basin and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The greatest creatures to emerge from Freya's enclaves were the colossal Wild Gods. Seeing these creatures as her own children, Freya and the Wild Gods often wandered side by side through the primal forests and grasslands of early Azeroth. The area that they spent the most time at was the massive forested peak known as Mount Hyjal, and it was upon the slopes of Hyjal that Freya bound the spirits of her beloved Wild Gods to the Emerald Dream. Forever after, Hyjal would remain a sacred refuge to the Wild Gods.

Known Wild Gods:

  • Aessina <The Mother Wisp>
  • Agamaggan <The Razorboar>
  • Akali
  • Akil'zon
  • Ashamane
  • Aviana <Mistress of Birds>
  • Bethekk
  • Cenarius <Lord of the Forest>
  • Chi-Ji <The Red Crane>
  • Ela'lothen <The Moonspirit>
  • Goldrinn (Lo'Gosh) <The Great Wolf>
  • Gonk <The Great Hunter>
  • Halazzi
  • Hakkar <The Soulflayer>
  • Har'koa
  • Hethiss
  • Hir'eek
  • Jan'alai
  • L'ghorek
  • Malorne (Apa'ro) <The White Stag>
  • Mam'toth
  • Nalorakk
  • Nespirah
  • Niuzao <The Black Ox>
  • Ohn'ahra <Eagle Spirit>
  • Omen
  • Quetz'lun
  • Rhunok
  • Shadra <God of Spiders>
  • Shirvallah
  • Sseratus
  • Tortolla <The Wise>
  • Ursoc <The Mighty>
  • Ursol <The Wise>
  • Xuen <The White Tiger>
  • Yu'lon <The Jade Serpent>
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1 hour ago, Demenzel said:

Wild Gods are primal manifestations of life and nature. Being creatures of two realms, the Wild Gods inhabit the physical world of Azeroth, but their spirits are bound to the ethereal Emerald Dream. Many of them appear in the form of gargantuan animals, such as wolves, bears, tigers, or birds.
As the titan-forged began shaping Azeroth, Keeper Freya wandered the world, creating enclaves of life and nature in the places where the waters of the Well of Eternity had coalesced, such as Un'Goro Crater, Sholazar Basin and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The greatest creatures to emerge from Freya's enclaves were the colossal Wild Gods. Seeing these creatures as her own children, Freya and the Wild Gods often wandered side by side through the primal forests and grasslands of early Azeroth. The area that they spent the most time at was the massive forested peak known as Mount Hyjal, and it was upon the slopes of Hyjal that Freya bound the spirits of her beloved Wild Gods to the Emerald Dream. Forever after, Hyjal would remain a sacred refuge to the Wild Gods.

Known Wild Gods:

  • Aessina <The Mother Wisp>
  • Agamaggan <The Razorboar>
  • Akali
  • Akil'zon
  • Ashamane
  • Aviana <Mistress of Birds>
  • Bethekk
  • Cenarius <Lord of the Forest>
  • Chi-Ji <The Red Crane>
  • Ela'lothen <The Moonspirit>
  • Goldrinn (Lo'Gosh) <The Great Wolf>
  • Gonk <The Great Hunter>
  • Halazzi
  • Hakkar <The Soulflayer>
  • Har'koa
  • Hethiss
  • Hir'eek
  • Jan'alai
  • L'ghorek
  • Malorne (Apa'ro) <The White Stag>
  • Mam'toth
  • Nalorakk
  • Nespirah
  • Niuzao <The Black Ox>
  • Ohn'ahra <Eagle Spirit>
  • Omen
  • Quetz'lun
  • Rhunok
  • Shadra <God of Spiders>
  • Shirvallah
  • Sseratus
  • Tortolla <The Wise>
  • Ursoc <The Mighty>
  • Ursol <The Wise>
  • Xuen <The White Tiger>
  • Yu'lon <The Jade Serpent>

ah great ty, yeah a lot of the ones listed i thought wouldn't count because of druidness but then I saw your part about her favs being shoved into the emerald dream. Fun that the pandaland 4 count as wildgods as well. Was aware of many of these, just didn't realize they fit the classification. cheers mate :D

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21 hours ago, Demenzel said:

Wild Gods are primal manifestations of life and nature. Being creatures of two realms, the Wild Gods inhabit the physical world of Azeroth, but their spirits are bound to the ethereal Emerald Dream.

This part is actually somewhat ambiguous - Wild Gods aren't necessarily all bound to the Emerald Dream - the August Celestials are Wild Gods, but have no evidence of whether they can actually visit/belong to the dream. Just something that I thought was worth mentioning/might be interesting. 

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20 hours ago, Tri said:

ah great ty, yeah a lot of the ones listed i thought wouldn't count because of druidness but then I saw your part about her favs being shoved into the emerald dream. Fun that the pandaland 4 count as wildgods as well. Was aware of many of these, just didn't realize they fit the classification. cheers mate :D

See above! Also, about them being fleshed out in game, a lot of them actually made the races we see today. There's a lot of speculation and guessing around it (Brann does a lot of this), but some are confirmed. All harpies are children of Aviana, for example. Cenarius made most of the nature-races, like dryads, centaurs etc.

Brann had anthropology notes in one of the WoW magazines, I can't remember which - he says things like a bull wild god made the Tauren, but then Chronicles says they came from the Yaungol. Maybe the bull is Nizuao on Pandaria who made Yaungol, which then became Tauren. 

Anyway, the Wild Gods are a pretty huge part of how the world formed. You actually fight Agmaggan's children in RFK (the dungeon). He even gives you a quest AFAIR.

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      Id be fine with just hide gloves and bracers since those are the two pieces that annoy me the most whenever i am trying to make an elegant transmog. Also we can basically already “Hide” our pants on most classes anyway thanks to loincloths and other skimpy leggings.
      Okay! Done.
      Except for the pants.
      I spoke to the development team just now, and they are determined to make this a set of changes that give players ways to hide every slot.
      Except pants.
      We’ll let you know as soon as we have details on how that’s going to come about in a future update to the game.
      The "Hide Chest" option is probably the most exciting one, because you will be able to show off tattoos and fel marks on your character. This applies to Demon Hunters, Lightforged Draenei, Mag'har Orcs, Nightborne, and Zandalari Trolls.
    • By Stan
      Loot trading, introduced back in Wrath, will be preserved in WoW Classic. Back in the day, you would open a ticket and it could take days for the item to reach the intended recipient, so Blizzard decided to keep it.
      The two-hour loot trading system in Classic will only apply to soulbound raid gear. Dungeon gear, however, will not be tradable by any means.
      TL;DR: Loot trading will be available in Classic content with a raid lock.
      Blizzard (Source)
      At BlizzCon 2018, we talked about how we plan to keep loot trading in World of Warcraft Classic. We added loot trading in Wrath of the Lich King to solve a common problem: a player could accidentally loot an item meant for another player or give it to the wrong person using Master Loot. They would then have to contact Blizzard to get the item moved to the intended recipient, which might take days. We wanted to keep loot trading in WoW Classic because the end result is the same – the correct person gets the item – and it’ll save everyone time.
      But we heard your concerns about the potential for abuse of the loot trading system in parties of five. It’s possible that abusive play could take the form of a group of four players colluding to deny loot to a stranger who joined their party as a pick-up. Raid groups, being much larger, come with more understanding on the part of solo players that loot distribution can depend on the whims of the many players and raid leaders who know each other.
      Taking that into consideration, we’ve decided that the two-hour loot trading system in WoW Classic will only apply to soulbound gear that drops in raids. Soulbound loot that drops in five-person content will not be tradeable at any time. What we hope to do is to strike a balance between saving players time and minimizing the potential for abuse of the system. We think this approach better addresses the concerns we’ve heard from players on the subject.
      Awesome solution! However, I must ask.
      Will UBRS/LBRS be counted as a 5 man dungeon in this situation (as in no loot trading)? I would hope so since normally guilds would run their own 40 and 20 man raids.
      The answer to the UBRS question is: loot trading will be available in content that has a raid lock. UBRS will not have a raid lock.
      A big part of loot trading (in a 2-hour window) as a solution to a concern is that raid locks require you to wait a week (or 3 days) before you can try again for the loot that was accidentally given to the wrong person.
    • By Stan
      Players recently abused a bug related to the Draught of Ten Lands potion. Separating the potion into multiple stacks resulted in more Draught of Ten Lands applications than intended. Everyone who exploited the bug have had their account suspended.
      Draught of Ten Lands was added in Patch 8.1. The elixir can be purchased for 5 Warfront Service Medals from Warfront vendors. Splitting the elixir into individual stacks caused players to receive multiple 10% Draught of Ten Lands applications and abnormal Experience gains.

      Fun fact, the ban wave comes just in time for the Welcome Back Weekend which lasts through March 24. We're still waiting on Blizzard for an official statement regarding the ban wave. The suspensions are somewhat inconsistent according to Reddit, ranging from 7 days up to 1 month.
      (Source)
    • By Starym
      Here come more hotfixes, today focused on the Brawler's Guild issues, Wintergrasp Honor gains have been buffed, Paladins get a reduction in haste gains for Light of the protector and there's more quest and achievement fixes as well.
      March 21 (source)
      Achievements
      The Dinner Impossible is now again possible to achieve in Arathi Basin. Allied Races
      Brawler’s Guild
      · Players who purchase a Rumble Card should now be automatically added to the queue for the upcoming rumble.
      · Fixed an issue that prevented players from receiving credit for "Solving the Mystery " after killing a mystery boss.
      · Fixed an issue that prevented Mindbreaker Gzzaj from dealing damage to Alliance players when casting Mind Break.
      · Fixed a bug that prevented players from being awarded victory if a player defeated Ro-Shambo playing the Rock, Paper, Scissors game.
      Classes
      · Paladin
      Fixed an issue that allowed Light of the Protector ’s global cooldown to be reduced more than intended by haste.  
      Player versus Player
      · Honor gained within Battle for Wintergrasp has been increased, putting it in line with other Epic Battlegrounds.
      · The Ivory Feather can be used once again in battlegrounds to gain Mark of Prey .
       
      Quests
      · Players will no longer be trapped in the combat phase for "The Darnassus Mission ".
      · Fixed a bug that caused spider NPCs to evade and prevent players from completing "The Council Has Spoken ".
      Previous hotfixes.
    • By Stan
      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas today answered your Battle for Azeroth questions and here are the highlights! The WoW dev team is internally discussing a level squish and no Allied Races are planned for Patch 8.2.
      Q&A Highlights
      They're not ready to talk about Rise of Azshara just yet, but the big info dump is coming very soon. They are working on ways to lessen the RNG of the Weekly Mythic Cache. In the past, they've experimented with different ilvl gaps and found that 15 item level gaps between difficulties work best for rewards to feal meaningful. The WoW development team has no incentive to make something that makes people spend more time in the short term, but isn't fun and it's burning them out, that's a terrible design. All they want to do is to make a game that is as engaging and fun as possible. Secondary stats are more important than primary stats in some instances and that's a problem they're trying to address. They're going to add a Caverns of Time portal in the next content update to Portal Rooms. There's a UI improvement in the works that will help players with path finding when the quest takes place on a different continent. The "Hide Chest" function is coming in the next content update. The team is also working to loosen transmog restrictions and make them more consistent across the board. They want to increase character customization, but not at the level of sliders. Adding eye color options is a possibility, but the way how the engine derives data from the game and how characters are built does not allow for simple height adjustments. Allied Races serve as a tool of deepening their storytelling and they're excited to add new ones where it make sense. Rise of Azshara is not going to have a new set of Allied Races. Repeatable Allied Race unlock questlines are a cool suggestion, they're going to discuss it with the dev team. 120 is a very large number when it comes to levels. It would be too overwhelming and not fun to reward players for each earned level. They're internally discussing a level squish, to make levels feel meaningful again. WoW Classic will have a dedicated RP realm. RPPVP is not planned right now. From a technical perspective, they shifted the infrastructure for how groups are built from Guilds to Communities (something that is consistent and tied in to the Battle.net platform more broadly). They've lost some things in the transition. They've readded the ability to have guild ranks that couldn't speak in chat. Two Sides to Every Tale was added to recognize two very distinct narratives in Battle for Azeroth, it's not a beginning trend of playing both factions. It's very similar to Double Agent. Legion was an awkward place for the game's economy. After BfA launched, they increased Gold gain from various sources to help players support repairs. Guilds can earn Gold by selling BoE items and they also want motivate Gold collectors by adding sinks. There are no plans to remove the Demon Hunter realm restriction in Battle for Azeroth. Reputations are tied to outdoor content. They don't plan to make dungeons award reputation. Hati was a beloved companion specific to Hunters so they brought him back. Thal'kiel may also return in the future, but they have nothing specific to announce at this time. Click here to watch the VOD.