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The Warcraft universe (aka Warcraft franchise or History of Warcraft) is the game world, history, and lore created by Blizzard Entertainment, beginning with the seminal title Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. This page contains information about the official sources of Warcraft lore.


The computer games were the origin of the Warcraft universe, and continue to be its primary focus. Much has changed in the lore since Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, with each new release greatly expanding the world and revising some of the past lore.

  • Warcraft I introduced the basic conflict between the orcs and humans, as well as the characters of Medivh, Llane, Garona, and Lothar.
  • World of Warcraft has continued this trend by allowing the players to experience nigh all of the colossal world as no more than one of the many little players, as well as introducing a host of new creatures and characters, such as Garrosh Hellscream, son of Grom.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is an online card game that draws on Warcraft lore for its background, but does not introduce much new lore.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans


Warcraft II


Warcraft Adventures

Warcraft III


World of Warcraft

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       Blizzard lore posts
Timeline (from official site, 2004)
Wiki Troll Compendium (preserved archive of content from the original Blizzard site)

Novels and short stories

WoW-novel-logo-16x62 This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.

Manga and comics

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Manga (Manhwa)

Ongoing comic

Ongoing manga

Upcoming comic

Upcoming manga



  • Warcraft III Cinematics Disc
  • The Making of World of Warcraft

Pen-and-Paper RPG Sourcebooks

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World of Warcraft

PDF-only material

Strategy guides


World of Warcraft

Other books




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  1. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Demo
  2. World of Warcraft RPG Character Sheet at White Wolf's download site
  3. World of Warcraft RPG Conversion Document at White Wolf's download site
  4. World of Warcraft the Roleplaying Game Preview at White Wolf's download site

External links

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Blizzard Entertainment
Board games
Warcraft RPGs


*A portion or version of this article was copied from a WoWWiki icon stampWoWWiki archived page ( March-16-2016 ) . See list of authors.

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