The Shadowlands intro experience comprises the first three storylines of the Shadowlands campaign. Sylvanas Windrunner has shattered the Helm of Domination and torn a hole in the veil between the mortal plane and the realm of death above the Frozen Throne upon Icecrown Citadel. Several faction leaders have been kidnapped for Sylvanas' unknown purpose.
It's up to the champion and the Ebon Blade to venture through the veil and save reality!
Prior to the launch of Shadowlands itself, the pre-launch event played out in a limited-time two-week quest chain (and associated daily quests) alongside other pre-patch content during the Death Rising event.
Week one dailies:
Completing Strange Scourgestones unlocks:
Week two dailies, two of:
Having already lost contact with Anduin Wrynn, Baine Bloodhoof, Thrall, and Jaina Proudmoore after Sylvanas Windrunner and the Mawsworn kyrian have kidnapped them, Bolvar Fordragon, the current Lich King, calls upon other representatives of the Alliance and Horde to come up with a plan to recover them from the Maw.
Threads of Fate
Alts of players who have already completed the level-up campaign, earned the achievement, and completed the first chapter of their covenant campaign will be offered a choice by Fatescribe Roh-Tahl, once they make it out of the Maw and land in Oribos. Players can choose to play through the level-up campaign again, or twist the threads of fate: immediately choose a covenant, start working on renown, and level through world quests/side quests/bonus objectives, and dungeons.
If alts choose to go down this road they will be locked in and cannot play through the level-up campaign. However, alts on the level-up campaign can choose to speak to the fatescribe at any time.
After escaping alone from the Jailer's forces bearing down on them at the Maw, the player appears at Oribos, the Eternal City, with some unpleasantly surprised guards noticing the player's arrival. Take a few moments to learn the lay of the land and of the greater situation involving the anima drought before moving on to Bastion.