Timeline

Year -147,000~ Arrival of the Titans?

The titans? arrive on the world of Azeroth and create the titanforged? to shape and protect it.

Year -65,000~ Font of Magic?

The titans? create the Well of Eternity?.

Year -25,000~ Birth of the Draenei?
Sargeras? corrupts most of the eredar on Argus? and convinces them to join his Burning Legion. However, with the help of a naaru?, Velen escapes through the Twisting Nether with the eredar that had decided to reject Sargeras's offer. They ultimately call themselves the draenei?, which means "exiled ones". Remnii is born and immediately put into a stasis during the escape of the draenei.
Year -9,500~ War of the Ancients?
  • Sargeras senses the Highborne's use of the Well of Eternity and decides to invade Azeroth. Corrupting Queen Azshara and her followers, a portal is opened through which the Burning Legion enters the world and lays waste to the night-elven civilization.
  • Several night elves led by Malfurion Stormrage are able to destroy the Well of Eternity, preventing Sargeras from entering the world, and stopping the Legion's invasion.
Year -8,700~ War of the Satyr?
The satyr, under Lord Xavius, and the remnant of the Burning Legion strike back against the Night Elves, but are ultimately defeated.
Year -6,200~ Founding of Quel'thalas?
The high elven kingdom of Quel'Thalas is founded, and a new Well of Eternity is created by using a vial of water from the original. The new Well is named the Sunwell.
Year -2,400~ Rise of the Apexis?
On Draenor, the arakkoa travel from Gorgrond to Arak. They create the Apexis civilization in their goddess Rukhmar's memory and begin to explore the world.
Year -2,200 First Troll Wars?
The high elves of Quel'Thalas become involved in a brutal war against the Amani trolls native to the region. The human groups of the Eastern Kingdoms band together and form the nation of Arathor, which the high elves ultimately ally with after the risk of defeat in the conflict against the trolls becomes evident. In exchange for their aid, the high elves teach select humans magic, and the trolls are ultimately defeated. During the war,Rowan Greywolf is slain and placed into a suit of armor, and was later lost during the fighting.
Year -2,100~ Empire of Arathor?
The kingdom of Arathor expands, founding settlements in Alterac, Lordaeron, Gilneas, Kul Tiras, and Dalaran.
Year -2,088 Guardians of Tirisfal?
The reckless use of magic by humans begins to draw the attention of the Burning Legion once more. Demons begin to manifest in Azeroth. In response, Dalaran creates the Council of Tirisfal to secretly fight and contain the demons without spreading panic. Seventy years later, they discover a way to create the position of the Guardian of Tirisfal, a champion empowered with the strength to repel the legion. This guardian takes the mantle for a hundred years before passing it to another. Alodi becomes the first Guardian.
Year -1,900~ Awakening of the Dwarves?
The dwarves awaken underground and found Khaz Modan and Ironforge.
Year -1,400~ Death of the Evergrowth?
On Draenor, Gnarlgar rallies the Primals against the Apexis and creates a new Sporemound known as Taala. The Apexis annihilate the Primal army with the Breath of Rukhmar, permanently destroying the Evergrowth and preventing it from ever returning again, leading to a golden age of mortal civilization on Draenor.
Year -900~ Gurubashi Civil War?]
The Atal'ai Hakkari, followers of the loa of blood, Hakkar, rebel and try to rest control of Stranglethorn from the Gurubashi. With help from the Zandalari, they are defeated and forced into hiding.
Year -752

Kilnar Goldensword is born.

Year -611~

The Seven Kingdoms?] and Apexis Civil War?]

  • The human empire of Arathor formally splits off into the kingdoms of Lordaeron, Alterac?, Gilneas?, Dalaran, and Stromgarde? north of Khaz Modan, and the kingdom that would later be known as Stormwind? is formed to the south, and the kingdom of Kul Tiras? is formed off the coast of Khaz Modan.
  • The Apexis civilization is destroyed in a civil war. The Breath of Rukhmar explodes, shattering Arak's single spire into numerous smaller ones.
Year -400~

Gorian Empire?
The ogres are taught arcane magic by the arakkoa and rebel against their ogron masters under the leadership of Gog Gronnslayer. The city of Goria is established, beginning the reign of the Gorian Empire.

Year -220

Rise of the Orc Clans?
The orcs emerge from the subterranean caverns of Gorgrond and begin to spread across Draenor, forming various clans. The first shamans from the Shadowmoon Clan are taught the ways of the elements.

Year -27

Kael'thas Sunstrider is born.

Year -7

Adherents of Ruhkmar?]
Pridelord Karash of the Bloodmane saberon declares war upon the high arakkoa but is defeated by the Talon King Terokk. Terokk establishes the city of Skyreach but is later betrayed by the Anhari priesthood, who wish to retain sole control over arakkoan society. Terokk and his daughter Lithic are thrown into the Sethekk Hollow to become Outcasts. Lithic dies in the fall, but Terokk and his followers are guided by Anzu to create the talonpriests and establish the city of Skettis. Terokk eventually becomes insane and is sealed in a realm of shadow by his followers.

Year 0

The Alliance of Azeroth?]
Through political maneuvering and suggestions, the Council of Tirisfal forms a loose coalition between the seven kingdoms of man, Quel'thalas, and Khaz Modan. The Kings' Calendar is started on this date.

Year 154

Sylvos Windrunner is born.

Year 189

Fall of the Throne of Elements?]
Imperator Molok of the Gorian Empire sends an ogre army to claim the Throne of the Elements and the power of the elements by force. The dissonance between the ogres' reckless arcane magic and the lingering power of Grond's remains creates an explosion that blows apart the orcish temple, leaving behind only a few standing stones and throwing the elements into disarray across Draenor.

Year 190

The First Horde?]
At the Kosh'harg festival, the orcish clans band together to combat the ogres at the urging of Nelgarm, elder shaman of the Shadowmoon Clan.

Year 192

Fall of Goria?]
The orcs lay siege to the ogre capital Goria. Molok and his sorcerers create the red pox, which begins to spread among the orcs, but Nelgarm and his fellow shaman convince the elements to completely destroy Goria.

Year 264

Alleria Windrunner is born.

Year 269

Spinyl? is born on the Sayaad homeworld in the Twisting Nether.

Year 362

War of the Three Hammers?
After the death of High King Modimus Anvilmar, the Bronzebeards, the Wildhammers and the Dark Irons start a war over control of Ironforge. The Bronzebeards eventually win; the Wildhammers relocate to Grim Batol, while the Dark Irons retreat to their new kingdom under the newly-created Blackrock Mountain.

Year 392

A New Home
The draenei arrive on Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs, after crash-landing on the Genedar. The Council of Exarchs is formed to help lead their new society. Remnii is awakened from stasis.

Year 396

Muradin Bronzebeard? is born.

Year 397

Founding of Shattrath?
The draenei establish Shattrath City on the ruins of Goria, and Auchindoun close by.

Year 397

Karabor and the Dark Star?]
The Temple of Karabor is founded. The Shadowmoon orcs begin to worship the darkened naaru K'ara as a deity, calling it the "Dark Star", but quickly outlaw the practice after discovering that wielding the Dark Star's power causes insanity. Simultaneously, K'ure begins attracting the souls of deceased orcs to the Genedar, causing the orcs to transform the Genedar into a pilgrimage site called Oshu'gun.

Year 490

Kezan Rebellion?]
The goblins of Kezan, granted heightened intelligence by the kaja'mite ore, break free of their slavery under the Zandalari and establish various cartels.

Year 492

The Defense of Shattrath?]
Imperator Hok'lon leads the Gorian Empire in an attempt to retake the ruins of Goria from the draenei. The attack is easily repelled by the draenei and Hok'lon is killed. The ogres flee after Velen appears on Shattrath's ramparts, wreathed in light, and tells them that they will be allowed to leave unharmed.

Year 493

First Blood?]
The orc clans debate over how to respond to the draenei and decide to stay far away from them. The Bladewind clan defies this decision and begin raiding draenei caravans, but the attacks gradually cease when the draenei send Vindicators to guard the caravans.

Year 506

Aethas Sunreaver is born.

Year 517

The Gnoll War?]
King Barathen Wrynn of Stormwind defeats Garfang and his gnoll armies in the Gnoll War.

Year 534

Brann Bronzebeard is born.

Year 547

Medivh? is conceived by Aegwynn and Nielas Aran?. Aegwynn hides the power of the Guardian of Tirisfal inside him, to be activated when he reaches maturity.

Year 548

Uther the Lightbringer is born.

Year 551

Ansirem Runeweaver is born.

Year 552

Anduin Lothar is born.

Year 554

Nirenn Windrunner is born.

Year 558

Blackhand? is born.

Year 561

Power of a Guardian?]On the eve of his fourteenth birthday, Medivh's dormant powers awake and lash out, killing Nielas Aran. Medivh lies dormant for many years after this, tended by clerics at Northshire Abbey.

Year 566

Grommash Hellscream is born.

Year 569

Orgrim Doomhammer? and Durotan are born.

Year 571

The Guardian Awakens?]
Medivh awakens from his coma, ten years later. When he awakens, he becomes incredibly repentant and works to make up for the circumstances of his father's death, which included learning about why this happened in the first place. Shortly after, Gurubashi trolls begin launching raids on human settlements in retaliation for the humans pushing farther and farther south into Gurubashi territory. King Barathen dispatches soldiers to intercept raiding parties but forbids them from striking into Gurubashi lands.

Year 573

The Death of Jok'non?]
After a gruesome attack on three Westfall towns by the Gurubashi, Medivh and his two friends Anduin Lothar and Prince Llane Wrynn sneak into Stranglethorn to assassinate the Gurubashi leader, Jok'non. They succeed, but only after Medivh unleashes his full might as a Guardian.

Year 574

The Gurubashi War?

  • The Gurubashi rally under Jok'non's son, Zan'non, and march to war against Stormwind, launching an attack on Stormwind City itself. Barathen dies during the battle and Llane is forced to convince Medivh to unleash his full Guardian powers to repel the attack. Llane, Medivh and Anduin are hailed as heroes by the kingdom.
  • Medivh is approached by the caretaker, Moroes, who leads him to Kharazan and tells him of his lineage. He accepts his position as Guardian and formally approaches the Council of Six in Dalaran. Over the years, he was known for throwing lavish parties with powerful nobles and magi.
  • Lirath Windrunner is born.
Year 577

Rhonin is born.

Year 579

First Contact?]
Two young orcs, Orgrim Doomhammer and Durotan, are saved from an ogre by a group of draenei. The draenei invite them to the nearby settlement of Telmor, where Velen requests an audience with them before the two orcs are escorted back to the borders of Gorgrond.

Year 580

A Grim Discovery?]
Talgath discovers the draenei civilization on Draenor. Kil'jaeden commands him to observe the inhabitants of the world for the time being.

Year 581

Battle of Bladespire?]'
The Frostwolf and Whiteclaw clans defeat the Bladespire ogres, taking Bladespire Hold and liberating the mok'nathal.

Year 582

Seizing the Throne?]

  • Gul'dan inundates the Throne of the Elements with fel magic, throwing the elements into disarray across the world. The worst outbreak of the red pox in orcish history happens. Many orcs contract the plague at the Kosh'harg festival. Under the leadership of the Frostwolf chieftain Garad, the plague bearers establish a village in Nagrand to quarantine the afflicted. The village is named Garadar in Garad's honor after he succumbs to the pox.
  • Varian Wrynn is born.
Year 584

Rise of the Horde?]

  • Gul'dan ventures to the Shadowmoon clan and convinces them to let him join them, claiming that his home village was destroyed by ogres. Gul'dan wins the friendship of the Shadowmoon chieftain, the shaman Ner'zhul.
  • The Bladewind clan into launching raids on draenei caravans once again, killing and kidnapping dozens of draenei. Vindicator Maraad and the draenei retaliate and storm the Bladewind village, but when Maraad sees the corpse of his sister Leran he goes into a rampage across the village. Gul'dan then returns to the Shadowmoon and tells of how the draenei launched an unprovoked massacre against the Bladewinds. Meanwhile, the spirit of Ner'zhul's deceased mate Rulkan, and tells him that the draenei are planning to destroy the orcs. Ner'zhul calls for a clan meeting at Oshu'gun, where the orc chieftains agree to band together to defeat the draenei, marking the creation of the Horde.
Year 585

Ner'zhul's Folly?]

  • The orcs begin launching sporadic attacks against draenei hunting parties. The draenei, assuming that the orcs have simply been agitated by the elemental turmoil, begin organizing and constructing new defenses.
  • Ner'zhul's apprehension about the war with the draenei grows. In spite of visions, Ner'zhul secretly embarks on a journey to Oshu'gun to seek the guidance of the ancestors, but Gul'dan learns of this and gather allies to control the Shadowmoon, since Ner'zhul can no longer be relied upon. Gul'dan recruits Teron'gor and several other shaman and begin teaching them fel magic.
  • At Oshu'gun, the ancestors visit Ner'zhul. What they tell him seends him into despair and is captured by Gul'dan's followers, who treat him as little more than a slave.
Year 586

Shadow Council?]

  • Gul'dan convinces Blackhand to take up the position of warchief after training some of the Blackrock clan's shaman how to wield fel magic.
  • Gul'dan forms the Shadow Council to watch over the orcs and includes Blackhand in the organization.
  • Zagrel, Chieftain of the Whiteclaw clan disappears shortly after speaking out against the Horde.
  • Calia Menethil is born.
Year 587

The First Warchief?]

  • At a clan meeting at Oshu'gun, Gul'dan persuades many shaman into becoming warlocks and convinces the clan chieftains to unanimously vote for Blackhand as their warchief.
  • Blackhand orders the construction of the Citadel, later known as Hellfire Citadel, and organizes the various clans into specific roles within the Horde. He also forms a new clan known as the Black Tooth Grin and names Eitrigg, Orgrim Doomhammer and Varok Saurfang as his lieutenants in the Blackrock clan.
  • Thazdorlin "Zap" Rusthammer and Finnall Goldensword are born.
Year 588

The Black Temple?]

  • The draenei's morale begins to founder as the orcs launch coordinated assaults on minor settlements and outposts across the dying world. Velen and the exarchs, knowing that their only chance of survival is to hold off the onslaught and hope that the Burning Legion does not launch a full-scale invasion, order their forces to withdraw to Shattrath and Karabor. The elemental spirits pool their power into the mighty Firelord, Cyrukh, to stop the desecration of the land.
  • The orcs gather for an assault on Karabor. Cyrukh appears in a nearby volcano to confront them, but Gul'dan and his warlocks gather on the volcano's slopes to shatter the being's physical form and infuse its power into the orcs, shattering the last connection between the orcs and the elements. The volcano becomes known as the Hand of Gul'dan.
  • The draenei hold the orcish assault at bay for a time but are defeated when the Horde uses the power of the Dark Star to kill or drive insane many of the defenders and permanently darken Karabor, turning it into the Black Temple. Velen and the survivors manage to flee via the harbor.
  • Arthas Menethil is born.
Year 589

The Blood Curse?]

  • The orcs gather at a mountain near the Citadel and drink the blood of Mannoroth at Gul'dan's urging. Durotan forbids the Frostwolves from drinking after having received an anonymous message, while Orgrim refuses out of suspicion for the growing corruption of the orcs and Draenor. Those who do drink the blood are driven into a ferocious bloodlust and march against Shattrath as Gul'dan infuses the mountain with fel energy, transforming it into the Throne of Kil'jaeden.
  • The victims of the red pox quarantined in Garadar remain isolated from the fel corruption, leading them to become known as the Mag'har, "Uncorrupted".
  • Velen leads many Shattrath civilians to a refuge in Telredor. The orcs launch an assault on Shattrath, unleashing the red mist against the draenei. Before long, the city falls to the Horde.
  • Many of the survivors retreat to Auchindoun. Teron'gor and other Shadow Council agents are dispatched to the mausoleum, but when they are repelled by the draenei and Auchindoun's spirits they attempt to summon a powerful demon to aid them. Instead, they accidentally summon Murmur, whose arrival blasts Auchindoun apart and levels the surrounding forests. The warlocks bind Murmur within Auchindoun to prevent it from wreaking havoc on the Horde.
  • Jaina Proudmoore is born in Kul Tiras.
Year 590

The Conquest of Draenor?]

  • More draenei survivors arrive at Telredor. The ones afflicted by the red mist mutate into Broken, and the populace of Telredor exile them into the wilds out of fear that the condition might spread. Some Broken continue to degrade into Lost Ones.
  • Blackhand turns his attention on Draenor's other inhabitants. Kilrogg Deadeye and the Bleeding Hollow clan launch a campaign against Farahlon, while Grommash Hellscream and Cho'gall topple Highmaul. Elsewhere, the Frostwolf, Whiteclaw and Thunderlord clans are charged with hunting down the ogres, ogron, gronn and magnaron, though only the Thunderlords obey.
  • Kargath Bladefist leads a force to conquer the arakkoa capital, Skyreach. The orcs ally with the Outcast arakkoa, who agree to infiltrate Skyreach and sabotage the high arakkoa's superweapon. Kargath and his forces then slaughter high and cursed arakkoa alike, casting some of the former into Sethekk Hollow. Many of the cursed high arakkoa rally under Grizzik, who leads his people to take refuge in Auchindoun, while others submit to the Horde.
  • The orcs begin to flounder on Draenor as the world slowly dies and as they run out of foes. The threat of starvation causes the orcs to hunt many of Draenor's native creatures to extinction and begin fighting among themselves.
Year 590

The Dark Portal?]
Gul'dan orders the construction of the Dark Portal in the Tanaan Jungle?.

Year 592

The Dark Portal Closes?]

  • Something goes wrong during the construction and activation of the Dark Portal. Rumors of an impending invasion and conquest falter, and Gul'dan loses influence because of it. Maintenance of the Dark Portal ceases and the site is largely abandoned.
  • Desperate for foes to fight in light of the failure of the Dark Portal, Blackhand, heeding suggestions from Varok and the others, sets his sights on the mainland, where new land awaited conquest, largely under the control of the rest of the Ogre Empires.
Year 593

Go'el is born.

Year 597

Azgadaan is born on Argus.

Year 602

Renault Mograine is born.

Year 603

Sally Mograine is born.

Year 605

Testament Greymane is born in Gilneas.

Year 606

Fluxxie Kneeblaster? is born.

Year 607
Year 608

Even Gods can Bleed

Year 611

Assassin of Kings

  • Velameestra and Gilveradin Windrunner are born in Windrunner Village.
  • King Anasterian Sunstrider of Quel'thalas, King Terenas Menethil? of Lordaeron, and RĂ­ Thoras Trollbane of Stromgarde are systematically assassinated by Zul'jin, beginning the Second Troll Wars.
  • Lord Daval Prestor of Alterac discovers and reveals that King Aiden Perenolde? was the mastermind behind the criminal organization, the Syndicate, and was implicated in the assassination of the Alliance kings. After some dispute, King Arthas and the Alliance decide to grant Prestor the throne of Alterac, and the hand of his sister Calia to seal their alliance.
  • Due to the fallout from the war, and the support of Prestor for the throne of Alterac over a more rightful heir, Gilneas secedes from the Alliance and constructs the Gilnean Wall to prevent outsiders from entering.
  • King Genn Greymane sends his wife Queen Mia, his daughter Testament, his court alchemist Krennan Aranas, his wife's handmaiden, Refia Karver and her daughter, Lorelei outside of Gilneas to protect them from the growing threat within.
Year 612 Second Troll Wars?
Year 613

Uther Menethil and Arator Windrunner are born.

Year 615

Elissa Cross is born.

Year 617 Cold Iron War?
  • Nirenn Windrunner, Gilveradin and Velameestra's mother, dies from the hex she took during the Second Troll War.
  • Interaction: Hanging On and Interaction: Letting Go takes place.
  • Dark Iron weaponry begins to show up in the hands of bandits and gnolls. Dark Iron dwarves also begin to attack caravans and settlements. When questioned, King Thaurissian pleads ignorance and offense. This, compounded with the sudden disappearance of King Magni's only child, Moira Bronzebeard?, caused tensions rise between the dwarf clans, eventually leading to a truce between King Magni and High Thane Kurdran Wildhammer to oppose the Dark Iron.
  • Uther the Lightbringer is killed in a surprise bandit raid while providing succor to victims of the rise in bandit attacks.
  • Somewhere in the wilderness of the Eastern Kingdoms, Tess Greymane succumbs to the Worgen Curse in the night, slaying her best friend, Lorelei Karver. Krennan discovers the scene and helps calm the rampaging girl, promising to help her find a cure for herself and her kingdom.
Year 618 Battle of Tempest Keep?
  • On Draenor, the Naaru arrive in Tempest Keep to try and save the remaining Draenei. The Orcish Horde and Burning Legion meet them on the island of Fahralon and a terrible battle ensues. The Exodar, one of the ships that was a part of Tempest Keep, escapes with the majority of the Draenei. Of the three Naaru, O'ros? escapes on the Exodar with Velen, A'dal is defeated in battle, and M'uru escapes. Remnii is left behind with her close friends, Yrel and Samaara.
  • As the hold of the Burning Legion increases, the Burning Blade decides to devote itself wholly to the cause, undergoing to transformation to become Fel Orcs. Samuro, and his pupil, the half-breed Lantresor, refuse. A battle ensues, resulting in the death of the clan chieftain, Dharl?, at the hands of Samuro. His daughter, Azuka Bladefury, who had already become a Fel orc, entered the fray, defeating the blademasters singlehandedly. Before she could strike them down, they vanished into the winds. Azuka becomes chieftain of the Burning Blade.
  • Erraa is publicly executed for her part in allowing the Exodar to escape.
  • The twins, Giramar and Galadin Windrunner are born. Lianne Menethil II is born. As Lianne was born, a brilliant violet star streaked through the sky.
Year 621

Gilveradin Windrunner begins training to become a Farstrider while Velameestra Windrunner begins her studies at the Kirin Tor.

Year 622

Arthak's Brand and Medivh's Adventure

  • Arthak tattoos himself with deeds of his mother, father, and grandfather. To protect him from retribution, Varok Saurfang sends him to the Frostwolf Clan.
  • On Azeroth, Medivh leaves in the night, telling his steward Moroes? only one thing: "Oh, Maelstrom drown my firstborn child and call me a murloc, I completely forgot! I'll be right back, my dear Moroes. I forgot to check on something." He has not been seen since.
Year 627

The Prodigal Windrunners and The Doomed Wolves

  • Velameestra Windrunner is recognized as a full mage of the Kirin Tor.
  • Gilveradin Windrunner is recognized as a Farstrider.
  • On Draenor, Durotan and Draka are assassinated, and Arthak is framed. Go'el vouches for his innocence, which prompts Orgrim Doomhammer? to demand Blackhand discover who was responsible. He refuses, and the two fight in a Mak'Gorah. Blackhand wins. Arthak is cleared of all charges, and Go'el becomes chieftain of the Frostwolves after drinking from the Blood of Mannoroth.

Year 632 - Start of the Campaign

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