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Of Blood and Honor
Author(s) Chris Metzen
Artist(s) Chris Metzen
Pages 128
Publisher(s) Pocket Books
Publication date January 1, 2001
Format(s) Paperback, Digital
Retail price US: $3.99
ISBN 10 0743418972
ISBN 13 978-0743418973
Of Blood and Honor

Cover artwork.

Of Blood and Honor is a novella by Chris Metzen taking place in the Warcraft universe.


From the back of the book

The noble Paladin, Tirion Fordring, had always believed the savage Orcs to be vile and corrupt. He had spent his life fighting ceaselessly to protect humanity from their foul treachery. But an unexpected act of honor and compassion sets in motion a chain of events that will challenge Tirion's most fundamental beliefs, and force him to decide once and for all who are the men -- and who are the monsters.

Title explained[]

The title of the book, "Of Blood and Honor", is directly linked to the enormous sense of honor that the main character, Tirion Fordring, experiences. It comes from the archaic human words: "Esarus thar no'Darador", which translates to "By Blood and Honor We Serve". These words are often found on the cover of religious tomes in the world of Azeroth.


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  • According to Chris Metzen, Of Blood and Honor was meant to be "a cool primer - one orc, one human - to illustrate the core tensions of the setting". It was inspired by the 1985 science fiction film Enemy Mine.[2]
  • Kyle McCarley performed an audiobook rendition of the book Of Blood and Honor for Project Audioblizz, released on August 2, 2010.


  1. ^ Chris Metzen on Twitter (2013-03-14). Archived from the original on 2013-11-14.​ ““@CEMOTucu: @ChrisMetzen In Of Blood and Honor, there's a holy warrior depicted in the church. Is it Tyr?” As humans imagine him...
  2. ^ Chris Metzen on Twitter (2020-10-07). Archived from the original on 2020-10-07.​ “My ebook Of Blood and Honor (while written at an 8tth grade level :P) was meant to be a cool primer - one orc, one human - to illustrate the core tensions of the setting... Ease folks into things. Based on the old sci-Fi film Enemy Mine. It’d make a cool film/show. Just sayin. :)

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