For much of Azeroth's prehistory, the Old Gods ruled Azeroth along with their Elemental Lieutenants. Then the Titans came and great battles ensued – resulting in the death of one Old God, the banishment of the Elemental Lieutenants to the elemental plane and the imprisonment of the rest of the Old Gods beneath Azeroth. The Titans chose several Great Dragon Aspects to guard the planet from the demonic threats found in the ethereal dimension of chaotic magics that connect the myriad worlds of the universe known as the Twisting Nether.  Satisfied the land of Azeroth and its inhabitants were safe from the demons of the nether, the Titans then left.

Soon the Trolls flourished from Zandalar and built great empires, most notably the Gurubashi and Amani. When the insectoid Azj'Aqir empire appeared in the west, the empires battled for supremacy. The trolls were fighting on the losing side for a majority of the war. Suddenly the tides changed and the Aqir split into the Qiraji and the Nerubians.

The night elves also appeared around that time, quickly outwitting the trolls and crafting giant magical empire using the well at the center of the world called Well of Eternity. The Highborne of the night elves used their newfound magical recklessly, sending energy out of the Well of eternity into the Great Dark Beyond (outer space), catching the attention of Sergeras and his demonic horde known as the Burning Legion.

The Burning Legion invaded Azeroth through the Well Of Eternity via a portal created by the arcane corrupt Highborne night elves, resulting in the War of the Ancients. During this conflict the Black Dragon Aspect turned on his brethren, causing the dragonflights to flee. In order to end the war, the night elves destroyed the Well Of Eternity, creating a tumultuous storm of tidal fury and chaotic energy called the Maelstrom in its place. The destruction of the well also resulted in the Great Sundering that split the ancient supercontinent of "Kalimdor" apart – creating several continents, Northrend, the Eastern Kingdoms (continents of Azeroth, Khaz Modan, and Lordaeron) and "Kalimdor".

Arcane magic was soon restored by the creation of a new Well Of Eternity at the summit of Mount Hyjal. Now guarded by the druidic, arcane magic hating night elves, the waters of the well served as nourishment for the World Tree, the colossal tree created from the magic of the Red Dragon Aspect. The Bronze Dragon Aspect linked the night elves to the tree, ensuring as long as the tree stood the night elves would never age or be prey to sickness. Finally, the Green Dragon Aspect linked the World Tree to her ethereal dimension called the Emerald Dream, a spirit world responsible for regulating the ebb and flow of nature and its evolution.

Many of the highborne night elf survivors became restless, falling victim to the withdrawal of their coveted magics. After a magical storm ravaged the night elves due to the arcane dabblings of the Highborne, those that embraced the arcane were exiled from Kalimdor. These night-elves found refuge in Lordaeron, becoming High Elves and abandoning moon worship in favour of the sun.

War between high elf and troll waged across Lordaeron, as the high elves used their magics to defend against the moss covered brutes. Separated from the Well of Eternity, the elves further struggled against the newfound concepts of disease and age. The human Arathi tribe aided the elves in their struggle in the defence of the high elven city of Quel'Thalas, mercilessly defeating the troll army with the aid of newfound magics taught to the humans by the elves.

During this time the dwarven nations fought each other on Lordaeron, as eventually did the humans of the world. The use of random magic by the human race allowed demons from the burning legion to escape into Azeroth, and subsequently hunted down by the high elves.

Kil'jaeden, a Burning Legion demonlord, forced the once peaceful orcs of Draenor to slaughter humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves in the Burning Legion's second invasion of Azeroth. Instilled with a magic-spawned bloodlust, the orcs entered Azeroth via the Dark Portal and the aid of a human magician. This Horde of Orcs and Ogres eventually drove the humans to the land of Lordaeron, marking the end of the First War.

The Second War of Azeroth started with the formation of the Alliance of Lordaeron, the exiled humans forming an alliance with the demihumans of Lordaeron. Years pass as the Horde and Alliance build their forces, tension erupting into the Second War with battles ranging from large-scale naval skirmishes to massive aerial dogfights. Somehow the Horde had unearthed a powerful artifact known as the Demon Soul and used it to enslave the ancient Dragonqueen, Alexstrasza. Threatening to destroy her precious eggs, the Horde forced Alexstrasza to send her grown children to war. The noble red dragons were forced to fight for the Horde, and fight they did.

The forces of the Alliance held the Horde however, and were even able to drive them back as the Horde clans began to splinter under the pressure. Eventually the Alliance forces were able to reach and destroy the Dark Portal, trapping the Horde's forces on Azeroth. The Horde remnants were rounded up into internment camps, the Alliance believing the Second War over…for the moment.

On the Orc homeworld of Draenor, an Orc Warlock aligned with the Burning Legion opened multiple portals to other worlds, allowing the massed, demon-infused Orc and Ogre armies of the Horde to invade Azeroth once again. Unfortunately the mystic portals wreaked havoc with the world of Draenor – massive volcanic eruptions broke Draenor's continents apart. The burning seas rose up and boiled the shattered landscape as the tortured world was finally consumed in a giant, apocalyptic explosion.

The Alliance forces rounded up as many of the Horde that they could find, although a few clans resisted and managed to evade capture. These few clans were, after a mighty battle, either destroyed in battle or rounded up and placed in internment camps like the remaining survivors of the Horde.

Within these camps, the Orc forces seemed to fall under some melancholic lethargy, loosing the bloodlust that they had embraced as a race. It was during this time that Thrall, the great Orc leader, developed his skills and escaped the camps, searching out Orc clans across the breadth of Azeroth. Finally, after becoming a powerful shaman and even more powerful leader, he returned with forces enough to rally the Orcs from their stupor and destroy the internment camps forever…

During this time of revolution for the Horde forces, a dark menace had come to Azeroth in the form of the Scourge – an undead legion created from a plague that was controlled by the Lich King. Subservient to the demons of the Burning Legion, the Lich King ruled from the conquered Northrend, enticing any dark soul who would answer his call.

Gaining a foothold in Lordaeron through the newly found Cult of the Damned, the Scourge began to cut a swath through the continent, aided by their new ally Arthas, the prince of Lordaeron. The once powerful Alliance had splintered and now the undead forces had sucked Lordaeron and Quel'thalas into war. Arthas, wielding the runeblade Frostmourne, ravaged a number of cities including the elven city of Silvermoon and corrupted the Sunwell, and thus the High Elves. This began the Third War. After devouring Lordaeron and summoning the Burning Legion, the Scourge went to Kalimdor and helped the demons move through Ashenvale and Felwood. Under the leadership of Thrall, the orcs allied the tauren and trolls and united with the survivors of Lordaeron and the Night Elves to destroy the Burning Legion.

Many battles raged during and after the Third War, Horde and Alliance forces joined to fight the Scourge and the Burning Legion until Lordaeron was almost torn asunder. The World Tree energies had been used to sever the Burning Legion's anchor to Azeroth, destroying or banishing the bulk of their forces. Lordaeron and Quel'thalas had become the Plaguelands, haven for those undead that had broken free of the Lich King's control – known now as the Forsaken. Few pockets of human resistance in the form of the Alliance remained in Lordaeron.

The course of the third war had Death Knight Arthas retreating from the battlefield back to Northrend, to defend the Lich King and his frozen throne. However, he shattered the throne and became the living embodiment of evil – the icy wastes of Northrend becoming the new Lich King's empire.

Kalimdor, Azeroth's other major continent, became refuge for Horde and Alliance race alike. Though not spared the ravages of war, Kalimdor had not been affected in the same degree by the Scourge. Orcs, Trolls and Tauren tribes colonised Central Kalimdor, with the Orcs establishing the new nation of Durator. The Alliance forces, consisting of the Ironforge Dwarves, Gnomes, Elves and Humans, settled in Southern Kalimdor, building the port city of Theramore. As during the Third War, the uneasy alliance between Horde and Alliance forces was sustained by both sides, despite the renewed hostilities by Alliance armies returning from war-ravaged Lordaeron.



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