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Deathwing’s Fall 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 Deathwing's Fall!

Prales standing over the blood at Deathwing's Fall
Prales standing over the blood at Deathwing's Fall

Deathwing's Fall is located in south-east Deepholm and appears as a large pool of lava in a shallow crater. The lava is actually the blood of Deathwing and was deposited at the location when he landed in Deepholm following his defeat during after the Second War.

Deathwing had sought to destroy the Alliance by puppeting and coercing its senior members using powerful magic and a human-form known as Daval Prestor. He started by working his way into the inner circle of King Terenas Menethil. Following the Second War, he set his sights on seeding divide among the Alliance over what should be done with Alterac Valley. First, he suggested it should simply be annexed by the Lordaeron or Stromgarde kingdoms, an idea what was quickly dismissed. Several years later, with Alterac Valley still in limbo, King Terenas suggested that Daval Prestor be put in charge of the Valley. Unbeknownst to others at the meeting, Terenas was being telepathically coerced by Deathwing. Terenas was even prepared to marry his daughter, Princess Calia, to Daval as a marriage alliance between the new King of Alterac Valley and the King of Lordaeron.

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Light’s Hope Chapel 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 Light's Hope Chapel!

Prales at the gates to Light's Hope Chapel
Prales at the gates to Light's Hope Chapel

Originally built by the Kingdom of Lordaeron, Light's Hope Chapel has stood near the eastern edge of the Eastern Kingdoms continent for thousands of years, in the area now known as Eastern Plaguelands. It is renowned as sacred land by heroes of the Light and has served as their base of operations for many years.

The Chapel was first notably used by Maxwell Tyrosus as a safe haven for the bodies of fallen paladins. The bodies were moved to the sacred lands from all over Lordaeron when the first death knight, Arthas Menethil, invaded the kingdom at the order of the Lich King. Maxwell and the Order of the Silver Hand feared Arthas would raise the bodies of the dead paladins to be part of his Scourge army if they remained scattered around. While the bodies that were moved to Light's Hope Chapel were safe, not all of the dead were so lucky, and many were raised to serve in the Scourge army.

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Nordrassil 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 Nordrassil!

Prales underneath Nordrassil
Prales underneath Nordrassil

Nordrassil is the original World Tree and was grown from an acorn of the Mother Tree, G'hanir, following its death during the War of the Ancients, long before World of Warcraft's time. Nordrassil was planted in the waters of the Well of Eternity by Alexstrasza in order to "plug" the Well and avoid it being detected by the Burning Legion. She used her power to grow it instantly and bless it with strength and vitality. Her sister, Ysera, bound the tree to the Emerald Dream, allowing night elf druids free-passage in and out of the realm, where as before it would require deep meditation. Nozdormu also blessed the tree, which granted the night elves immortality as long as the blessing remained.

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Shattrath City 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 Shattrath City!

Prales outside the Terrace of Light
Prales outside the Terrace of Light

Shattrath City was once the capital of the draenei on Draenor and home to a powerful priesthood called the Aldor. The city was invaded and destroyed by the orcs after they became corrupted by drinking demon blood. The orcs would go on to invade Azeroth through the Dark Portal, starting the First War. Following the orc's defeat in the Second War, their then-chieftain Ner'zhul attempted to open several portals to other worlds. The power released from the ritual tore Draenor apart, turning it into Outland as we know it today. The ruins of Shattrath City survived, but now the world itself was as broken as the city.

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Echo Isles 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 Echo Isles!

Prales at the center of the Echo Isles
Prales at the center of the Echo Isles

The Echo Isles are a small group of tropical islands on the eastern coast of the Kalimdor continent. In ancient times, they were inhabited by sea giants and skeletons. The Isles would change hands several times over thousands of years, eventually becoming the home of the Darkspear trolls in recent times.

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