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Valley of Kings lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

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Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at the Valley of Kings!

Prales standing near the Madoran and Khardros statues
Prales standing near the Madoran and Khardros statues

The Valley of Kings is situated in Loch Modan on the Eastern Kingdoms continent, along the path to Searing Gorge. Hundreds of years ago, during the War of the Three Hammers, the Valley was the location which the Dark Iron dwarf clan marched through in an attempt to take control of Ironforge from Madoran Bronzebeard and the Bronzebeard clan. The specifics aren’t known, but the Dark Iron dwarves never took Ironforge and were forced to retreat back through the Valley. They had also launched a parallel attack against Khardros Wildhammer and the Wildhammer clan in Grim Batol, and while it was marginally more successful than their attack on Ironforge, it was ultimately thwarted as well.

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Vashj’ir lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

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Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at the Shaper's Terrace!

Prales standing outside the Ruins of Vashj'ir
Prales standing outside the Ruins of Vashj'ir

Vashj'ir was once home to a great Highborne elf city and its leader, Lady Vashj. The zone and the city sank to the bottom of the Great Sea following the Well of Eternity's implosion, which caused the Great Sundering that tore Azeroth's ancient landmass apart. The city and most of its inhabitants were believed to be lost forever, but unbeknownst to those on the surface, many of the high elves, including Lady Vashj, were turned into naga. This transformation came after their queen, Azshara, entered into a pact with the Old God N'zoth, pledging her people's service to him in exchange for their survival underwater.

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Wintergrasp Fortress lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

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Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Wintergrasp Fortress!

Prales standing inside Wintergrasp Fortress
Prales standing inside Wintergrasp Fortress

Wintergrasp Fortress is located in Wintergrasp on the Northrend continent. It was built along with the surrounding structures by the Titans tens of thousands of years ago to help the Watchers they left behind defend the Vault of Archavon beneath it. Beyond that, very little is known about the early years of the Fortress and Vault, or what they were intended to hold.

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Shaper’s Terrace lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

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Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at the Shaper's Terrace!

Prales standing outdie the Shaper's Terrace
Prales standing outdie the Shaper's Terrace

The Shaper's Terrace refers to two separate titan buildings located in Un'goro Crater, on the Kalimdor continent. The two Terraces were constructed over 25,000 years ago by the Titan Freya as outposts to observe her and the other Titan's experiments in the Crater.

The main Shaper's Terrace, located in northern Un'goro Crater, is where Freya worked for years, creating and experimenting with life on Azeroth. Un'goro Crater was one of three locations chosen for her experiments because of the power from the Well of Eternity that coalesced there. Un'goro Crater would go on to birth some of the Wild Gods and countless species now found across Azeroth. Close to the Terrace is a Waygate that links directly to Sholazar Basin on the Northrend continent, another one of the three locations chosen to birth life on Azeroth.

The second Shaper's Terrace is located in eastern Un'goro Crater, and bears a resemblance to the main Terrace. While it's exact use is unknown, it was likely just another outpost used by Freya and the Titans while they worked on the Kalimdor continent tens of thousands of years ago.

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Darkshire lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

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Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Darkshire!

Prales hiding in a field outside Darkshire
Prales hiding in a field outside Darkshire

Darkshire is a small Alliance town located in what is now Duskwood. Long before World of Warcraft's time, the town was known as Grand Hamlet and the surrounding area was part of Elwynn Forest, and the darkness hadn't yet descended upon the area.

Grand Hamlet first saw activity when it was destroyed during the First War as the invading Orcs made their way towards Stormwind. The town was later rebuilt, likely during the Second War as the Alliance began retaking their land from the Orcs of the Old Horde.

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