Warcraft universe

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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.

See also lore, Category:Sources, WoWWiki:Citation, and WoWWiki:Book citation index.


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.

Warcraft II expanded the world beyond the continent of Azeroth to include Khaz Modan and Lordaeron. The dwarves, high elves, trolls, goblins, and Burning Legion were introduced, as well as a host of new characters.

Warcraft III expanded the world yet again by introducing the continents of Kalimdor, Northrend, and Outland, a detailed backstory chronicling the creation of the world of Azeroth, and several new races including the night elves, the tauren, and the Scourge.

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.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

Warcraft II

Warcraft Adventures

Warcraft III

World of Warcraft

       Blizzard lore posts
Timeline (from official site, 2004)

Upcoming games

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Novels and short stories

Manga and comics


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


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

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