The Warning is the opening cinematic for the Scourge of Lordaeron campaign.
The short movie features a meeting of the Alliance council with King Terenas, they discussed about Lordaeron's problems like the orc uprising in southern Lordaeron and the mysterious plague, then The Last Guardian, Medivh, appears before the Alliance council. Medivh tries to warn King Terenas about the coming of the Legion and the Scourge, but the king didn't pay any heed to his warnings and told him that they were the ones that should choose what's best to protect themselves. Medivh then said that he will find another who will heed his warning and that, now, their fate is their own.
Unknown Ambassador: We've received reports that the orcs are regrouping.
Unknown Ambassador: Certainly the recent attacks against the internment camps are evidence enough.
Unknown Ambassador: Agreed. The Horde is on the move.
Unknown Ambassador: This is absurd! My nation will not stand by and watch as the Horde masses on our very doorstep!
Kirin Tor Ambassador: The orcs are not our primary concern here! How many times must I repeat myself? King Terenas, you must heed my warning! This plague that has gripped the northlands could have dire ramifications.
Unknown Ambassador: Plague? You wizards are just being paranoid!
Unknown Ambassador: Let's keep all this in perspective. Even if this "plague" does pose a threat to us, what are you proposing that we do?
Kirin Tor Ambassador: It is simple. As I have said, the Kirin Tor are already prepared to place the villages under strict quarantine.
Terenas: I will not institute quarantine without proof of your claims, Ambassador. The people of Lordaeron have suffered enough without becoming prisoners in their own lands.
Medivh: Yet, prisoners they are, good king.
Terenas: What is the meaning of this? Who are you?
world is poised upon the brink of war. Medivh: Humanity is in peril! The tides of darkness have come again, and the whole
Kirin Tor Ambassador: Enough of this! Guards, remove this madman!
Kalimdor! Medivh: Hear me! The only hope for your people is to travel west to the forgotten lands of
Kirin Tor Ambassador: Travel west?! Are you mad?
Terenas: Hold, Ambassador! I don't know who you are or what you believe, but this is not the time for rambling prophets. Our lands are beset by conflict, but it shall be we who decide how best to protect our people, not you! Now begone!
Medivh: I failed humanity once before, and I will not do so again. If you cannot take up this cup, then I shall find another who will.
Medivh: The warning has been given. Their fate is now their own.
- According to Chris Metzen, the glacier Medivh flies over in the beginning of the cinematic may be Icecrown, while the desert is intended to be the Barrens.
- Nick Carpenter chose to use a lot of blue in the cinematic to make the throne room feel more cold and hostile toward Medivh. The colors also helped disguise imperfections in the skin on Terenas' model.
- All of the ants shown crawling were individually rendered. This resulted in one of many arguments Rob Pardo had with the cinematics department over how much attention to detail was being used.
- Warcraft III level designer David Fried acknowledged Medivh's warning to Terenas was extremely vague and that he should've mentioned the Burning Legion and orcs as well.
- ^ a b Blizzard Archive 2013-01-18. Warcraft 3 - Writer's Commentary - Medivh's Warning. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-04-24.
- ^ Blizzard Archive 2013-01-18. Warcraft 3 - Director's Commentary - Medivh's Warning. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-04-24.
- ^ a b David Fried 2017-02-02. Warcraft III - Design Insights Highlights 01 : Human Campaign. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-04-24.