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Deadmines 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 Deadmines!

Prales inside The Deadmines
Prales inside The Deadmines

The Deadmines are located under the Westfall zone and entered through the town of Moonbrook. Once the human kingdom's largest gold producing mine, it was abandoned during the First War, long before World of Warcraft's time. It's unclear exactly why the mines were abandoned, but it's likely the cost in manpower to defend them against the ogres and elementals that came to live there was too much while a larger war was being waged elsewhere. Unfortunately for the humans, they would never fully gain control of the mines again.

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Gurubashi Arena 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 Gurubashi Arena!

Prales just outside the Gurubashi Arena
Prales just outside the Gurubashi Arena

Constructed by the Gurubashi trolls over ten-thousand years before World of Warcraft's time, the Arena stands as a relic of the great troll empires. Perhaps less glamorous than in its glory days, it is now used for entertainment by pirates who entice adventurers to fight over treasure in the Arena.

Map of Azeroth at the height of the troll empires (Warcraft Chronicle)
Map of Azeroth at the height of the troll empires (Warcraft Chronicle)

Assuming the arena was built at the height of the Gurubashi Empire, it would have sat deep within their lands near the capital of Zul'Gurub, in what came to be known as Stranglethorn Vale thousands of years later. It's unclear exactly what the Arena was used for, but given the stadium-like construction it was likely used for gladiator battles. Whether these were fought willingly by troll gladiators, unwillingly by prisoners, or a little of both, isn't known for sure.

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Character Corner: Medivh

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Welcome to Character Corner, where we dive into the life and exploits of various lore figures in the Warcraft universe. In keeping with our 7.1: Return to Karazhan theme, this week features the powerful and enigmatic mage, Medivh.

Medivh at the Dark Portal
Medivh at the Dark Portal

Overview

The story of Medivh begins before his birth, even. Guardian Aegwynn, Medivh's mother, went rogue from the Council of Tirisfal, believing they had drifted too far from their mission to defend Azeroth from the Burning Legion. The Council refused to let Aegwynn run wild with the power of the Guardian and sent the magus Nielas Aran to bring her to heel. Instead of turning over the renegade Aegwynn, Nielas began to see the Council's political machinations for himself. Together, the two mages devised a plan for Aegwynn's successor to be free of the Council's influence. Aegwynn passed her Tirisfalen powers down to her and Aran's child. He was named Medivh, which means "Keeper of Secrets" in high elven.

Unbeknownst to Aegwynn, an earlier encounter with the Dark Titan Sargeras had left her soul tainted with his essence. This taint also found its way into her child where it lay dormant for years. Nielas Aran took up a position in Stormwind as the court's conjurer so he could train Medivh far from the Council's influence. Aegwynn went into hiding shortly after Medivh's birth.

Medivh grew up with his close friends Anduin Lothar and Llane Wrynn. The trio grew close and caused much mischief in their youth. Their misadventures offered a reprieve from Aran's hard training and stern upbringing. On the eve of his fourteenth birthday, the full power of the Guardian manifested within Medivh, killing his father and forcing him into a coma that lasted years.

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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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