Safe Haven is a cinematic that sees Varok Saurfang traveling to Nagrand to seek out Thrall and ask him to fight for the Horde's honor. Set before the events of Patch 8.2: Rise of Azshara, Safe Haven was released on May 15, 2019.
- Varok Saurfang is walking through the fields of Nagrand. He touches the field's grain and it crumbles in his hand. While gazing at Outland's landscape, he continues towards an orcish settlement while Oshu'gun stands imposing on the distance. As he walks towards the residence of an old friend, Thrall appears grinding a blade, then he notices Saurfang approaching. The two walk towards each other and meet in front of a building.
- Varok Saurfang: So... This is home now?
- Thrall: Home... and family.
- Varok Saurfang: And where are they?
- Thrall: Not far.
- Varok Saurfang: This world... It looks good... but it's... wrong. Broken. Falling apart. Just like the Horde. Do you know? Do you know what she's done while you've been hiding?
- Thrall takes notice of Varok Saurfang's slightly burned pendant with a Horde insignia before responding.
- Thrall: I left that life behind. I'm no one's savior. I will not lead the Horde.
- Varok Saurfang: I didn't ask. But I hoped you would at least fight for it.
- Thrall simply turns around and walks away, but something invisible moves in the nearby bushes. It suddenly rushes up behind Saurfang, but he manages to deflect the attack, causing it—an assassin—to bound over him and land between the two orcs, disengaging from Stealth. Thrall uses a shovel to hurl dust into the air, revealing another assassin. The two pairs begin to fight. Saurfang smacks one of the assassins with a nearby post, slamming her against a stone wall and presumably killing her. Thrall fends off his own assassin, though when she leaps backwards and enters Stealth once more, Saurfang grabs her and snaps her neck, killing her as well. The old orc then pulls back the assassin's mask, revealing her to be Forsaken. Thrall angrily confronts Saurfang.
- Thrall: You were followed!
- Varok Saurfang: I followed them. You and I... We don't get to hide.
- A remorseful expression passes over Thrall's features before he turns and walks towards his anvil, pushing it aside and revealing a hidden compartment underneath, from which he pulls out an axe. He turns to face Saurfang and slings the weapon over his shoulder, resolved to fight for the Horde alongside him.
- Directed by Marc Messenger
- Written by Christie Golden
- Music by Neal Acree
- Edited by Joanna Griebel
- Modeling Supervisor: Shannon Thomas
- Lead Character Modeler: Chung Kan
- Environment Modeling Lead: Aaron Hamman
- The cinematic canonizes that rogues actually become invisible when in mode, complete with the sound effect used when rogue players enter Stealth in World of Warcraft.
Thrall and his weapon.
- ^ Watch the New Rise of Azshara Cinematic: "Safe Haven". Blizzard Entertainment (2019-05-15). Retrieved on 2019-05-15.
- ^ Safe Haven on the World of Warcraft YouTube channel
- ^ The YouTube video's official captions mistakenly transcribes this as "you were hiding".
- ^ a b Terran Gregory on Twitter (2019-05-15). Retrieved on 2019-05-15. “Dir: Marc Messenger / Writer: @ChristieGolden / Tons of love and effort from an incredible team. Hope you enjoy!”
- ^ a b c Neal Acree on Twitter (2019-05-15). Retrieved on 2019-05-15. “I’m so lucky to get to write the music for this series that began last year with Old Soldier. Beautiful, understated and compelling to the last frame. A composer’s dream. Directed by Marc Messenger and written by @ChristieGolden.”
- ^ a b Joanna Griebel on Twitter (2019-05-15). Retrieved on 2019-05-15. “I'm excited to share another cinematic I had the honor of editing. Please enjoy “Safe Haven" directed by the brilliant Marc Messenger.”
- ^ a b c Shannon Thomas 2019-06-02. "Safe Haven" Cinematic. ArtStation. Retrieved on 2019-06-02.
- ^ Chung Kan 2019-05-16. World of Warcraft: Safe Haven Cinematic. ArtStation. Retrieved on 2019-05-17.