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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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Onyxia’s Lair 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 Onyxia’s Lair!

Prales getting ready to fight Onyxia
Prales getting ready to fight Onyxia

Onyxia’s Lair is the former home of the black dragon Onyxia, the most manipulative and cunning of the black dragons. While she can still be found in her Lair for gameplay purposes, she was killed by Horde and Alliance heroes during Classic World of Warcraft in the Onyxia’s Lair raid.

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Deeprun Tram 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 Deeprun Tram!

Prales searching for Nessy in the Tram
Prales searching for Nessy in the Tram

Spanning between the two Alliance cities of Ironforge and Stormwind, the Deeprun Tram provides transport under mountainous terrain and water that would otherwise take days to traverse (or minutes of in-game time).

Following the conflict between the Alliance and Old Horde during the Second War, the kingdom of Stormwind was badly in need of supplies and labor. King Magni Bronzebeard and his dwarves were eager to lend their help. However, it wasn’t long before Magni became frustrated with how long it took to move men and supplies through the mountains. He needed a better solution, so he enlisted the help of High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque of Gnomeregan.

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The Legion: Overview of Past Incursions

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The Legion has returned! Demons and hellfire rain from the sky once again, determined to leave nothing but ashes in their wake. In preparation for a new adventure against an old foe, we’re going to take a look at every Legion invasion from the past to the present!

The Legion’s First Coming

The War of the Ancients

10000 years ago, the night elven empire stretched across the huge landmass known as Kalimdor, the Land of Eternal Starlight. At its center was the Well of Eternity, a boundless font of magical energies. The empire was ruled by a powerful and beloved queen, Azshara. Driven by the need for more and more power, the Highborne elf, Xavius, collaborated with Azshara to plumb the mysteries of the Well. Harnessing its energies, they made contact with Sargeras. Sargeras instructed them on how to prepare a gateway for his arrival, promising great power and reward.

Azshara and her Highborne opened a portal in the palace of Zin-Azshari, the night elf capital. In the beginning, only a few demons trickled out. That trickle turned into a steady stream, with Mannoroth at the head of the army, until Archimonde arrived and took command. When enough forces had amassed, the assault on Kalimdor began, starting in Zin-Azshari. Hundreds of night elves had gathered at the gates of the palace, only to be massacred in the streets by the Legion. Word spread to other night elf settlements about the invaders and the Highborne’s complicity. As Azshara was so highly regarded among her people, most assumed that she was held captive, refusing to believe she would have any part in the carnage.

The palace of Zin-Azshari
The palace of Zin-Azshari

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