Azeroth; the World in Which World of Warcraft is Played Out

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

Azeroth is the world in which World of Warcraft is played out. Its beginnings are lost in time, but its present was founded some 10,000 years back with the wars of the ancients. And although peace reigned throughout the land for the next 10,000 years old hatreds still simmered and old magic still threaded its way through the world.

Life on Azeroth for the native Humans, Dwarves and Gnomes was just about to become more interesting. With the opening of the Dark Portal nearly 26 years ago, Orcs were led into this world in a bid to oust the humans and take over Azeroth. What followed was war, or to put it more succinctly, Warcraft. Alliances were formed amongst the human, dwarven, elven and gnomen factions to stand strong against the might of the Horde.

With courage, strength and diversity of mind and spirit the Horde were driven back into their own world of Draenor. However, it did not end there as the Orcs once more opened the Dark Portal and entered the lands of Azeroth. War, savage as ever, raged on until it was decided that to end all of this steps must be taken. The Alliance then took the offensive and raided the Orcs homeworld going through the Dark Portal themselves.

The Dark Portal along with Draenor is destroyed and what remaining Orcs there are flee to Azeroth where they hope to make a new life. Unfortunately the strife that plagues Azeroth is not yet done with, and other-world demons come to destroy Azeroth as they have many worlds before it.

To defeat this new and dangerous foe, the beleaguered forces of the Alliance and Horde come together to fight alongside one another against this new threat to the Azerothian homeworld. With the burning legion defeated it would seem that the peoples of Azeroth, both old and new would be able to live in harmony and be able to rebuild their war ravaged cities and towns, but that was not to be.

This time internal conflict threatens to tear apart the very seams of Azeroth as warring breaks out in both factions and battle rages once more. That was 5 years in the past. Now with the present upon us, Azeroth faces what could prove to be its ultimate war as evil once more glares down upon the world, its insidious tendrils sweeping over the land slowly but surely.

The Dark Portal has reopened once more.

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