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World of Warcraft: A Beginner's Guide


What can I see that came from previous Warcraft games?
Cairne Bloodhoof is the leader of the Tauren people. He assisted Thrall in "Warcraft III" and established the city of Thunder Bluff after the game's conclusion.
Cairne Bloodhoof is the leader of the Tauren people. He assisted Thrall in "Warcraft III" and established the city of Thunder Bluff after the game's conclusion.
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"Warcraft III" introduced much of the history, or and lore, that became the foundation of "World of Warcraft." Here are some examples.

Grom Hellscream drank the blood of the demon Mannoroth, gaining power for the orcs but essentially making them Mannoroth's slaves. Grom eventually killed Mannoroth, freeing his people from the demon's curse and dying in the process. Mannoroth's weapon still hovers over Ashenvale, near a monument to the fallen orc.
Grom Hellscream drank the blood of the demon Mannoroth, gaining power for the orcs but essentially making them Mannoroth's slaves. Grom eventually killed Mannoroth, freeing his people from the demon's curse and dying in the process. Mannoroth's weapon still hovers over Ashenvale, near a monument to the fallen orc.
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This bell tolled as Arthas slew his father, King Terenas Menethil. It now rests on the floor in the ruins of Lordaeron, which has become the gateway to the Undercity,
This bell tolled as Arthas slew his father, King Terenas Menethil. It now rests on the floor in the ruins of Lordaeron, which has become the gateway to the Undercity,
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Sylvannas Windrunner, leader of the Undead, was once a high elf. Out of spite, Arthas resurrected her as a banshee.
Sylvannas Windrunner, leader of the Undead, was once a high elf. Out of spite, Arthas resurrected her as a banshee.
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©2006 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. The Burning Crusade is a trademark, and World of Warcraft and Blizzard Entertainment are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
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Next, we'll look at a few places that are new to the game rather than products of lore.