Oh lore, how I love thee, and how I hate to see thee relentlessly murdered and twisted out of context. At the same time, I enjoy seeing the possibilities and doors left open, just a crack mind you, for speculation and analysis. The larger question on anyone’s mind would be, of course – why, Shade, are you so interested in the comings and goings of a fictional world? Why does it matter?
The answer is that it doesn’t matter, really – it’s a matter of being enthralled with a story, one that despite its best efforts can never remain simple, or as black and white as everyone would have it be. The story of Warcraft trails all the way back to 1994 with the first release of the video game Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. A real-time strategy game, it caught the attention of many, not just for the gameplay itself, but for the story involved with it. You see, every great fantasy story has a good side and a bad side; but the very best of the genre incorporate so many shades of grey that you simply can’t define what is good and what is bad anymore. Which is why I’m writing this I suppose; the story elements of Warcraft, particularly the World of Warcraft game currently played by millions upon millions of people, are now so muddled that it’s difficult for people to see who, ultimately, are the good guys, and who are the bad, and the internet is full of people arguing for one side, or the other. So just who IS Good, and who is Evil?
The answer to that, of course, is that things really just aren’t that simple, and never will be.
I’ve spent years tracking down bits and pieces of Warcraft lore, and while there are dozens of marvelous resource guides out there, it’s very difficult to find one that simply goes through and lists everything in layman’s terms that anyone can understand. Since I enjoy a good story as much as the next individual, and I enjoy writing, I’ve decided to throw together this blog and hopefully clear up a few things, start a few discussions, and shed some light on Warcraft, Good Guys, Bad Guys, and whether or not they really exist.