Saturday, November 4, 2017

WoW lore for Jaina and Sylvanas in preparation for Battle for Azeroth

(Here's a quick post I've put together for reference)

Best resource for all the WoW lore in chronological order: http://blizzardwatch.com/warcraft-lore-books-guide/
I've put this list together from the BlizzardWatch post.
If there's new lore added outside of the main game, their list will be the best reference to check out - they make sure to keep it updated.

Both Jaina and Sylvanas lore starts during the Third War (aka Warcraft III).

JAINA lore

  • Warcraft III - the game. If you just want the story, check out this YT video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIz4lgxlLHw). If you want full understanding, I recommend watching the entire thing. For Jaina-specific bits, check out the Human Campaign (from 10:24 to 35:25) the Orc Campaign (from 1:32:32 to 2:12:32) and the Founding of Orgrimmar (starts at 3:59:27). That last bit of story will be critical backstory for Battle for Azeroth.
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden (novel). A few in-depth chapters of Jaina's relationship with him.
  • Cycle of Hatred by Keith R.A. DeCandido (novel). A lot of Jaina story.
  • World of Warcraft: The Comic (comic). Jaina appears in a few story moments and "fixes" the Varians. It's TLDR'ed in later novels - can be skipped.
  • The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden (novel). She has bits throughout the novel.
  • Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden (novel). Crucial story to understand her change from peacemaker to wanting the Horde dead.
  • Dawn of the Aspects, parts 1-5 by Richard A. Knaak (novel). Appears in little moments because of "boyfriend issues".
  • War Crimes by Christie Golden (novel). A direct continuation of her story from Tides of War.


SYLVANAS lore

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