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Know Your Lore: Of Elune, naaru, and night elves

Know Your Lore Of Elune, naaru, and night elves SUN
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.

Before we begin, I feel I should point out that the screenshot above is one that I created for the purposes of an article I wrote detailing the possible wind-chime origins of everyone's favorite kaldorei deity. It was not real then, and it is no more real now, over two years later. That article pointed out the possible correlations between the goddess Elune, the holy Light, An'she, and what might have been naaru intervention instead of divine, as the night elves would have everyone believe.

And while it connected a lot of dots, it was not true. It was simple theory and speculation. However, recent Ask a Cdev answers have once again brought the question of Elune's origins into play, and player reaction has been less than enthusiastic about the supposed confirmation. Most complain that making Elune a mere naaru is basically homogenizing night elf culture and history, something that plenty of players are apparently really passionate about.

To which I say two words: don't panic.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore

Ask Creative Development Round III answers revealed

I have kind of a vested interest in the lore of World of Warcraft, so it was with great surprise and not a little excitement that I heard via the twitter grapevine that Ask Creative Development Round III had finally answered all those questions.

There's a lot of answers here to questions I've seen posed quite often. A few highlights are as follows:
  • Wrathion thinks he's the last black dragon, but Sabellian is still in Outland leading the black dragons there, and there could even be black drgaons in Azeroth Wrathion doesn't know about yet.
  • Ever wonder who Garithos was, exactly? Now you can find out.
  • It's not an Old God under Tirisfal Glades. What is it? No one knows, but it's bad, and it's not an Old God. You should probably leave it alone anyway.
  • The New Council of Tirisfal done broke up, like most supergroups, and no one knows where Med'an went.
  • The secrets of Gilnean harvest magic, priest mental magic, and blood elf green eyes are all revealed.
So head on over to the forums and take a gander at Ask Creative Development III's answers.


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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Lore, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria

What I hope is answered in Ask Creative Development round II

As a huge fan of the lore in Warcraft as well as a huge fan of community interaction from the creative development team, there are few times I get more excited than Ask Creative Development time. Being able to pitch questions at the guys and gals in charge of the storylines we anxiously await to be unfolded lets us die-hards express our biggest hopes and concerns for the future story of World of Warcraft. Last time the creative development team took questions, we got some pretty good answers on topics such as what happened to Frostmourne after it shattered, the tol'vir actually being the Obsidian Destroyer unit and Moam, and the final word on where the blood elves get their new power.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Lore

Ask Creative Development Round II

Blizzard's creative development team is gearing up for another round of lore questions and answers from the players and fans. Last time, we had some pretty interesting answers to pressing questions. I hope this go-around we get even more awesome answers, especially to some of my own pressing questions, such as how the creative team is going to deal with Sylvanas, as well as what Deathwing's reaction to the now canonically dead Sinestra will be.

Here is the thread where you can leave a question, and here is the official post.

Ask Creative Development - Round II
The members of our creative development department, headed up by Chris Metzen, are the creators, keepers, and librarians of our game lore and story. These caretakers work closely with the authors who write our licensed books and comics (or sometimes write 'em themselves), and collaborate with the game developers to ensure cohesive and correct use of characters and lore (Red Shirt Guys notwithstanding). Now they're ready to once again answer your Warcraft lore questions!

Head over to the Ask CDev forum post to throw your question on the pile.

Please be aware that we'll be using the forum voting system to help decide on which questions to answer. Before asking your own question, look through the thread and add a vote to any others that you like. Feel free to just vote, but if you do have a question, please limit yourself to one per post.


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