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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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The Frozen Throne 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 Frozen Throne! Prales chilling with the Lich King
Prales chilling with the Lich King (get it?)
The Frozen Throne was originally a diamond-hard block of ice that was cast down to Azeroth from the Twisting Nether. It was the physical embodiment of the Lich King’s spirit until Arthas Menethil shattered it with the runeblade Frostmourne. The remnants of the block of ice resembled the form of a throne, giving way to its name: The Frozen Throne.

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Character Corner: Varian Wrynn

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Welcome to Character Corner, where we dive into the life and exploits of various lore figures in the Warcraft universe. This week features the fierce and proud Varian Wrynn, King of Stormwind!

Overview

Varian Wrynn is the son of the late King Llane Wrynn. His journey to adulthood and kingship is marked by the constant loss of loved ones to treachery and betrayal. Varian is wary of outsiders and distrustful of most. As a child, he watched his father get stabbed in the back by Garona, the half-orc assassin they had come to know and trust. While Stormwind burned around him, Varian was forced to flee with Anduin Lothar, the mage Khadgar, and the band of Stormwind refugees.

The survivors found refuge in Lordaeron under the shelter of King Terenas Menethil. Varian grew grew close to Prince Arthas, a couple of years his junior. The two were best friends and King Terenas thought of Varian like a son. Prompted by Terenas, the Alliance of Lordaeron was formed with the other surrounding human kingdoms. After a brutal war, Stormwind was reclaimed and Varian ascended its throne at age 18. With the threat of orcs still present, Varian himself rode throughout his kingdom to fight the orc remnants. In his absence, the House of Nobles looked after Stormwind City.

Unbeknownst to Varian, the House of Nobles had been infiltrated and bewitched by Lady Katrana Prestor, better known as the black dragon Onyxia. Under Onyxia’s influence, the House of Nobles refused to pay the Stonemasons guild the full compensation for their work rebuilding Stormwind. This caused the Stonemasons to riot in the streets, during which Varian’s wife, Tiffin, was struck by a stray rock and killed. Tiffin’s death sent the king into a deep depression. The Stonemasons, led by Edwin Van Cleef, left Stormwind and formed the Defias Brotherhood. Since that day, the Defias proved to be a constant thorn in the King’s side.

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