Warlords of Draenor Teaser

WoD Teaser StoryOne of the first things that came to my mind upon hearing the announcement of the new Warlords of Draenor expansion was the idea of my Monk, Ireenia, going to Draenor and running into a younger version of her “parents” Laz and Effy.

I figured it was only fitting to end the weekend on that very note.  I realize it is a little early to make such assumptions on the course of things, but I just could not help myself.  There was no way this story was leaving my head until it was on paper/screen.

~ Effy

Azure Gloaming

WoD Teaser Story 2

It was a confusing time.  Everything had happened so fast.  One moment, Garrosh Hellscream was on trial for crimes against all of Azeroth.  The next, he was fleeing into an alternate past with the intentions of finding and leading the “true” Horde.

Now, the members of Undying Resolution were also on the other side of the Dark Portal.  Here they sat, looking upon a world that was but was not the Outlands they had previously known and honestly expecting they would never be able to return home.  Following Garrosh had gotten them here, but it would not get them back.

The Temple of Karabor, known better to those from Azeroth as the Black Temple in another time and place, glittered like gemstones in the eternal moonlight of the Shadowmoon Valley.  It was a marvel of Draenei architecture, a small piece of their home on Argus, and it had become their home and their connection to the people of this world.

These Draenei.

Ireenia had hardly found the time to stop and step back and take it all in, and she suddenly realized she was awed by all of it.

As a young blue dragon, she had been born on and had only ever seen Azeroth.  Draenor was completely alien – the creatures, the landscape, and especially the sky.  The sky, especially this nighttime sky that formed a canopy over her head standing outside of Karabor, was breathtaking.  It made the entire cosmos appear as if it were barely out of her reach, inches from her fingertips.  Space and eternity so close yet so far.

Were she really a Draenei, and not just wearing the appearance of one, this strange planet would have once been her home.  It was the place where the Burning Legion had caught up to the outcasts of the Eredar race, those who had denied Sargeras’.  It was where the demons had corrupted and manipulated the Orcs into thinking the Draenei their enemy.

The Orcs who had nearly exterminated the Draenei.

Ireenia flinched as she thought of such things.  How easily those killed by the Orcs could have included her own adoptive parents – Lazheward and Effraeti.  Instead, they been part of the remaining Draenei to flee Draenor, crash landing on Azeroth in the sabotaged Exodar.

Then, eventually they went on to save her as an egg, and raised her as their own daughter.

As she thought of such things, and realized how homesick she was, Ireenia heard a pair of voices.  With pain tightening her chest, the woman thought them to be Laz and Effy.  With a grimace, she tried to dismiss the thought as a trick of her memories, but the voices rose again, and Ireenia still could have sworn they were the very voices she had grown so accustomed to from her earliest memories outside of the egg.

With a peek from the corner of her eye, Ireenia tried to catch a glimpse without being conspicuous.

Her eyes widening, the woman spun on her hooves, and took in the sight of her parents.  Both stood there, talking amongst themselves, very real and very much the two people she loved more than any others.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This story is based on worlds and characters in World of Warcraft.
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Awaiting the Muse by Jamie Roman AKA Effraeti is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Catch-up Lore: Warlords of Draenor





After a good deal more reading and watching of videos, I wanted to make a quick update post.

First of all, some questions answered…  Garrosh is going to escape his punishment and flee (possibly with the help of Kairoz from the Timeless Isle) into an alternate dimension/time line of Draenor.  His goal?  To cultivate the “real” Horde, the original Horde, and keep them from drinking the blood of Mannoroth, which Garrosh sees as the source of all the Orcs’ failures.

The Black Temple (Fallen Karabor)

The Black Temple (Fallen Karabor)



But more questions arise…  The Alliance city on Draenor will be Karabor (better known to us Azerothians now as the Black Temple).  Why not Shattrath?  Has Shattrath already fallen?

EDIT: Shattrath is occupied by the Iron Horde.  I hope to find out more regarding this, since this is already outside the “normal” known history of our timeline.

Fallen Shattrath

Fallen Shattrath



There are so many places I cannot wait to see on Draenor.  I cannot wait to personally compare them to the places I am more familiar with in Outland.  (I see a picture series in my future, similar to the few in this post.)

Fallen Auchindoun

Fallen Auchindoun



I happen to have a lot of interest in lore, but I know there may be many who may be less versed.  There may be those new to WoW or just unfamiliar with the storylines of the Orcs, Draenei, and Draenor.

Interested in how we went from point A to point B?  I came across an interesting couple of videos good to catch-up or even just to recap.

The story behind the Warlords of Draenor, by TheDDGuides

History of Draenor, by BellularGaming

Orc Warlords Lore, by BellularGaming

Warlords of Draenor Lore and Story (per Blizzcon), by BellularGaming

This last one is not “lore” but more speculation.  It was released by BellularGaming about a week ago, and I found it quite interesting.  Some of it ended up fairly spot on.

Warlords of Draenor Story Speculation – Time Travel, by BellularGaming

Trust I will be doing more research as I can.  For me, as a loyal Draenei, I see this is a kind of ancestry research.  It is like learning more about where Laz and Effy came from.

I hope you enjoy the information I found as much as I did.  🙂

~ Effy

New WoW Expansion Announced: Warlords of Draenor

WoW Accouncement - Warlords of DraenorI am not at Blizzcon, nor am I watching every moment of it on the Virtual Ticket – I am still too neck-deep in schoolwork – but the announcement of the new expansion is a BIG FREAKING DEAL.  So Amowrath was kind enough to fill me in when the new expansion was introduced at Blizzcon today.  At my first opportunity, I looked up the trailer on YouTube (thank you, again, Amo!) and watched what everyone at Blizzcon, or those with Virtual Tickets, watched about two hours ago…

My first reaction… Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!!

Once that started to calm (ever so slightly – I am still chanting “Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!” in my head), and I watched the video a few more times, I looked back over the “subtle” announcements of features toward the end of the video…

The very first and most confusing feature being…

WoW Accouncement - New World DraenorBut wait, what?  Draenor is not new.  We went there in Burning Crusade, and it is all blown up and broken.  Nothing what any of the videos scenes looked like.

I held my questions, and reviewed the other features…

  • Build and upgrade your garrison
  • New character models
  • Level cap raised to 100
  • New dungeons and raids, monsters, world PvP zone, items and rewards, hundreds of quests
  • Boost to 90 and play immediately

WoW Accouncement - Immediate 90WoW Accouncement - New Character ModelsSome interesting updates, especially the insta-90 and the new character models.  No more worry of “catching up” or people new to the game being too daunted by 100 levels to wade through to catch their friends.  It is a feature with both pros and cons, though.  For one, what will happen to all of the already near-empty older zones?  I imagine there will still be people who will level the “old fashioned way” but what an entirely new dynamic that will bring.  The updates to the character models (for all of the original races) is a much needed and much asked for update, and I cannot wait to see all of them.  In fact, I was just recently thinking on and discussing this very topic!

After looking over the video several times, I got back to one of my favorite parts about this whole thing already (Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!)…

WoW Accouncement - Velen


In fact, the first few seconds of the video had me literally clapping…

WoW Accouncement - Velen QuoteFINALLY!!  Finally, Velen is going to become a serious part of the story in WoW!!  Finally, all of his many prophecies will begin to take shape!!

“How?” is a question I am anxious to discover the answer to!

But but but, before I derail myself completely, back to the original “Huh?”

WoW Accouncement - New World DraenorAll of the shots do NOT look like the Draenor I am familiar with – Outlands.  Outlands is the remnants of a blown up Draenor, the same almost-fate of Azeroth during the Cataclysm.  Outlands is an alien and fascinating world, but it is literally in pieces.  So how is Draenor a “new world” and what are all these zone shots that look nothing like Outlands?

The description on World of Warcraft’s YouTube video of the trailer leads to even more questions…

Across Draenor’s savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth’s heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power. Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde’s formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself.

Wait…  Grommash?  Isn’t he dead?  We just defeated his son, Garrosh.  Blackhand?  Dead too, betrayed by Doomhammer way back in the original orc and human wars.  And Ner’zhul.  What?  We know he is gone.  He became the original Lich King and his essence was destroyed by Arthas when he fully took on the mantle of the Lich King.

How can we interact with people who died before we ever visited Draenor back in BC?

So I followed the link in the comments to the Warlords of Draenor page, and found more questions…

Carve a Path Through History

It is the era of an Old Horde, forged with steel rather than fel blood. A union of great orc clans, the Iron Horde, tramples the planet Draenor beneath terrifying war machines. Azeroth falls next. Worlds uncounted will follow.

You must mount a desperate charge on Draenor – savage home of orcs and adopted bastion of stoic draenei – at this pivotal moment. Your allies are legends from across time; your fortress a foothold in an alien land. Lead the armies of one world against another…before the future itself is unmade.

SAY WHAT??  An entire expansion in THE PAST??  Whoa…

Is it possible we might stop the destruction of Draenor?  We might avert the fall of Shattrath?  We might keep the Broken Ones from ever existing?  We might save the Draenei from near-extinction?

<head explodes>

The possibilities are almost too much for me to contemplate currently.  I mean, first of all, to see the long-lost home of my favorite race (other than Argus – which I still want to see someday, Blizzard!) when it was still the beautiful planet they first came to.  To see Shattrath and Auchindoun and Karabor before they were destroyed.  To see what each piece of Draenor looked like BEFORE it was “Outlands.”

But then, there is the other half.  I have been interested in the Bronze and Infinite dragonflights (the idea of fictional time travel in general) long enough to know the consequences of changing the past.  Why are we going back to Draenor?  Is the Infinite dragonflight somehow still working to disrupt the pathways of time?  If we go back, are we just supposed to watch Draenor work through its intended history?  Do we have to see Shattrath fall?  Do we have to watch the genocide of the Draenei?  Do we have to witness the creation of the Broken Ones?  Do we have to stand aside as the Orcs destroy Draenor all over again?

If so, what is the point?  (Other than utterly tearing apart my heart!)

For now, I am full of questions, but I am also full of a great deal of excitement.  There is nothing more fascinating to me than the history and lore of the Draenei.

I very much look forward to the coming weeks, and the coming expansion.

Blizzard, you had me at “Velen.”

~ Effy

P.S. – Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!

WoW Accouncement - DraeneiEDIT: So after coming home, watching the trailer, and writing this post, I finally took the time to look around some more.  It appears the “how” of going to Draenor in the past is Garrosh escaping during his trial (at the conclusion of the Siege of Orgrimmar and his defeat) and finding someway to travel back in time.  He does this to try and stop the biggest event that he sees as leading to his failure, the orcs drinking the blood of Mannoroth and becoming corrupted.