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Happy Hallow’s End denizens of Azeroth!

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Hallow's End is a holiday originating in the human Kingdom of Lordaeron. It's believed to be a time when the barrier between living and dead wears thin, allowing those who have passed on to be sensed by the still-living. Traditionally, before the first hints of winter, a wicker man would be constructed outside of the palace. This effigy would be set aflame at sunset, and any person who so desired could offer a branch to the fires. The burning branch symbolized the burning away of anything that did not want to be carried forward and reflected on during the idleness of winter. The ritual has been around as long as any Lordaeron citizens can recall.

After the devastation of Lordaeron, the Forsaken keep the tradition alive, burning the wicker man outside of Undercity. Alliance members will find their effigy outside of Stormwind. Not only can you burn away your burdens, you can get a buff from watching the ceremony! The wicker man is just one cornerstone of Hallow's End, the other being the appearance of the Headless Horseman.

The Headless Horseman is what became of Sir Thomas Thomson of the Silver Hand. When Sir Thomson bore witness to Baron Rivendare's betrayal, learned of Arthas Menethil's betrayal, and Mograine's fall, he turned to the Scarlet Crusade. Sir Thomson sent his family to Kalimdor while he remained behind to fight the Scourge. His family never left Lordaeron. Mad with fantasticism, he slew them in a raid before realizing who it was. This was the last straw, and Sir Thomson descended into delusions. He believed everyone but him was infected, turning on his Scarlet brothers. After slaying many Crusaders, Sir Thomson was decapitated. The dreadlord Balnazzar then warped the fallen paladin into the fiendish Headless Horseman we know today.

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Karazhan 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 Karazhan!

Prales inside the Guardian's Library at the center of Karazhan
Prales inside the Guardian's Library at the center of Karazhan

Karazhan was originally built by Aegwynn, a Guardian of Tirisfal, in a bout of paranoia caused by the dark presence of Sargeras' spirit looming over her. The tower would go on to host several beings of immense power and lure just as many adventurers to their death. It stands today as a peculiar landmark, situated in a volatile area of Azeroth. Entry to the tower is still sought by many who wish to use its hidden power for both malicious and benevolent acts.

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Hearthglen 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 Hearthglen!

Prales near the Tirion statue in Hearthglen
Prales near the Tirion statue in Hearthglen

Hearthglen was constructed sometime before the Third War and served as the "capital city" of the region for many years. Originally ruled by Tirion Fordring and affiliated with the Kingdom of Lordaeron, the city has changed hands many times over the years. Today, it is under the control of the Argent Crusade and functions as their base of operations in the Western Plaguelands area.

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Thandol Span 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 Thandol Span!

Prales surveying the damaged Thandol Span bridge
Prales surveying the damaged Thandol Span bridge

Thandol Span consists of two massive bridges spanning Thandol Valley between Arathi Highlands and the Wetlands on the Eastern Kingdoms continent. They serve as the only land connection between the northern and southern portions of the continent.

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Temple of Karabor/Black Temple 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 Temple of Karabor (now commonly known as the Black Temple)!

Prales outside the gates of Karabor on alternate-universe Draenor
Prales outside the gates of Karabor on alternate-universe Draenor

The Temple of Karabor began as a draenic refuge and home of the Prophet Velen in Shadowmoon Valley on Draenor. It was eventually taken by Gul'dan to be used as the base of operations for the Shadow Council. Gul'dan renamed it to the Black Temple, which is what it's mostly known by today. Since then, it has changed hands many times over the years. The Black Temple is located in Outland as part of the Burning Crusade expansion, while a pristine version of the Temple of Karabor can be found in the alternate-universe Draenor as part of the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

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