The story was originally a piece of fan fiction that won the grand prize in Blizzard's 2008 Global Creative Writing Contest. It was rereleased as official lore on January 18, 2012, with a few minor changes from the original.
In the story, Aurora Skycaller and Renthar Hawkspear tell Lor'themar that Nathanos Marris died at the hands of the Scourge but never became Scourge himself, instead being called to Sylvanas' service before Arthas had a chance to sway his will. However, Nathanos himself told Horde players that he was raised as a member of the Scourge before later being freed by Sylvanas, a version of events supported by Dark Mirror.
The following texts were not published as short stories but rather published on the official Blizzard websites as blog posts split into several parts. However, they are included here for completeness' sake.