The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how, but do you know the why? Each week Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.
Last week, we started our series about the elemental forces of the World of Warcraft setting with a look at the basic underpinnings of the elementals and their interaction with mortals. This week, we're going to look at the element of fire, which has often seemed the most inimical to mortal lives, and which is led on Azeroth by the dread Ragnaros the Firelord. Like the other elementals (water, earth and air), the elementals of fire were bound to the will of the Old Gods before recorded history.
Ragnaros was one of the most aggressive of the elemental lords who served the Old Gods in their war against the Titans, and after the elementals were defeated and the Old Gods locked away beneath the surface of the world, the Titans created a prison for the soldiers of the elemental lords and those lords as well, banishing them to what would be called the Elemental Plane. Confined in this durance vile and with no outside force compelling their allegiance and no external enemy to fight, the elementals turned on one another as they are often wont to do, and a battle known as the Elemental Sundering began.