- For other uses, see War of the Ancients (disambiguation).
As described in the War of the Ancients Trilogy (Knaak, Richard), two versions of history of the War of the Ancients are given. One is the account of a history created from the influence of three characters traveling back in time 10,000 years into the past at the time of The Great Sundering. They witnessed firsthand the events of period, eventually becoming responsible for changing key aspects of the timeline. The novels also contains references to what occurred in their first timeline, before they influenced history. For ease of terminology pre-altered timeline is referred to as timeline (prime), and the second timeline is referred to as timeline (new).
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A number of sources and aspects of World of Warcraft's current timeline corroborate this. The RPG Player Guide series for Horde and Alliance make references to material from these books (for example Hakkar the Houndmaster and his death, and the Earthen involvement during the war, and the time anomaly). At the same time, other sources describe certain events similar to other accounts (perhaps suggesting that all accounts exist as knowledge to historians of Azeroth, see flavor lore). The current official history seems to be a blending of various accounts of the War of the Ancients given in various sources.
Please see War of the Ancients (WC3 account) or War of the Ancients (WoW account) for other versions of the history, as described in Reign of Chaos manual, and the official World of Warcraft homepage.
This article is a summary of the two versions of history given in the trilogy, altered, and the unaltered, with special emphasis placed upon how they may differ from other versions.
- 1 Timeline (original)
- 2 Timeline (new)
- 2.1 Thrown back in time
- 2.2 Night Elf allies
- 2.3 Broxigar and Illidan
- 2.4 Corruption of the Highborne
- 2.5 Invasion of the Legion
- 2.6 Neltharion's betrayal
- 2.7 Krasus finds himself
- 2.8 Defense against the Legion
- 2.9 Illidan and the War
- 2.10 The Daemon Soul
- 2.11 The Destruction of the Well of Eternity
- 2.12 The Aftermath
- 3 On the differences between the accounts
- 4 Temporal mechanics
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
- In this timeline Hakkar survived the War of the Ancients, and was killed during the Third War.
Hakkar does not appear in any accounts of Third War history in other sources, including Warcraft III, and is said to have been killed during the War of the Ancients in other sources. This suggests that this part of Knaak's second timeline is based on the original accounts of War of the Ancients, while future events were based on other sources.
- Earthen did not join with the night elves to help fight during the war.
Other accounts mention most "dwarves" locking their underground gates and hiding underground during the war and letting the night elves fight the demons alone. There are only a few references to any "Earthen" fighting demons during the war in other sources. Most dwarves fought an underground war in the shadows to prevent the return of the demons to the world of the living. Knaak may have based this part of the timeline (prime) after some of these earlier accounts.
- The tauren did not ally with the Night Elves in the War of the Ancients.
No other account of the war directly mentions the tauren (although some tauren legends mention the Sundering). No other source states specifically that they did not fight during the war. However, according to Lorewalker Cho, some tauren were in Pandaria, behind the Serpent's Spine wall, when the sundering began and Pandaria was separated from Kalimdor. These tauren would eventually become the Yaungol. Since no other account touches this subject, it could have gone either way; it is simply unknown. This idea appears to have been an invention by Knaak and doesn't seem to be based on any previous account, nor does it conflict with any previous content.
World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 establishes that the tauren originated from the yaungol, not the other way round.
- Though the furbolg were around at the time of the War of the Ancients 10,000 years ago, they did not ally with the night elves in the war against the Burning Legion.
- It was said that Illidan Stormrage killed Azzinoth and took his warglaives. In the new timeline, however, Illidan Stormrage was never shown attaining the Warglaives Of Azzinoth before being imprisoned for 10,000 years. In fact, no mention of the blades and of Azzinoth himself is ever made. This raises the question of whether the Warglaives Illidan he had in his cell are the ones used by Azzinoth, and if he had possibly killed Azzinoth after being released.
Thrown back in time
Shortly after the end of the Third War, the human mage Rhonin was looking forward to settling down with his wife, the high elf Vereesa Windrunner, until he was called away once again by his friend and mentor, the dragon-mage Krasus.
Nozdormu the Timeless One, Aspect of the bronze dragonflight, had barely managed to contact Krasus and draw his attention to a strange anomaly in the mountains of Kalimdor. Krasus convinced Rhonin to travel with him to Kalimdor to investigate.
Once there, Krasus, Rhonin, and Brox discovered a "hole" in time. They were pulled in and ended up 10,000 years in the past, just before the first invasion of the Burning Legion...
Brox was soon captured by the night elf Moon Guard, but later escaped. Meanwhile, Rhonin and Krasus fell into the hands of the demigod Cenarius, who wondered who they were and was determined to find the truth about them.
Krasus found he was much weaker than normal, his magical abilities almost totally gone. Rhonin on the other hand had become far more powerful. They believed this was somehow tied to the existence of the Well of Eternity, the fount of magic the night elves wielded as the center of their culture.
Night Elf allies
Meanwhile, the young night elf Malfurion Stormrage was become more adept at the druidic magics his Shan'do Cenarius was teaching him. But in the process, Malfurion became increasingly detached from the extravagant and arrogant ways of his fellow night elves.
His twin brother Illidan, on the other hand, wanted nothing more than to become a powerful caster of arcane magic and earn the respect of his peers and the powerful Moonguard.
Both Malfurion and Illidan were close friends with Tyrande Whisperwind, an apprentice to the Sisters of Elune. It was Tyrande who discovered the captured orc Brox, who was unlike any creature she had ever seen. She treated him kindly and healed his wounds, gaining the orc's respect.
Meanwhile, Malfurion encountered a troubling vision in the Emerald Dream. In the vision, he saw the Highborne, the powerful mages of night elf aristocracy, calling upon something evil in the tower of the palace. He could feel how the spell disturbed nature and the Well, and could not believe that their beloved queen would not know of this strange and dangerous spellcasting.
Broxigar and Illidan
Still unaware of exactly where he was, Brox chose to cooperate with the Moonguard for the moment. Illidan was convinced to aid in the release of the orc warrior, Broxigar, by Tyrande. Most night elves, including Illidan, judged him by his appearance and believed he was a dangerous brute. Tyrande, on the other hand, pitied Brox and plotted his escape. However, the only other night elf to believe his story was Malfurion Stormrage, who felt the orc's tale was somehow tied in with the spellcraft he observed while in the Emerald Dream. Certain that Broxigar was a piece of the troubling puzzle, the young druid helped the warrior escape with intention to bring him before Cenarius. A patrol with several members of the Moonguard gave chase.
As if that wasn't bad enough, while the two were on their way to the Moonglade of Cenarius, two felhounds attacked them. Familiar with the threat, Brox quickly incapacitated one using only a piece of wood.
After Brox had been freed and led to safety by Malfurion, Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest made it his priority to recapture the orc. Ravencrest commanded Illidan to accompany his search party, being aware of Illidan's skill with magic and knowing that Illidan would follow orders better than the sorcerers of the Moon Guard. Illidan obeyed Ravencrest, intending to ride with him and gain favor with the lord while not making any sincere effort to track down his brother and Brox.
Something unexpected occurred while Illidan was with the search party, however. The riders found the remains of a Moon Guard patrol. While investigating the scene, they were ambushed by the things that had slaughtered the Moon Guard sorcerers: felhounds, creatures that devoured magic and were immune to conventional magical attacks. Illidan instinctively jumped out of the way of an attacking felbeast, inadvertently slamming into Ravencrest and knocking him out of harm's way as well. Illidan subsequently figured out a way around the felbeast's immunity to magic and killed it. After seeing Illidan do this and believing Illidan had intentionally saved his life moments earlier, an impressed Ravencrest took the young night elf on as his personal spellcaster. The ambitious Illidan was happy to accept such a prestigious position. Of course, if Brox had not been taken prisoner and escaped, none of this would have happened.
Corruption of the Highborne
The one responsible for the dark spellwork in the palace was Lord Xavius, high councilor to Queen Azshara. Xavius was convinced that more power could be drawn from the Well of Eternity with a properly focused spell. What he unlocked, however, was far greater than anything he had dreamed.
Across the Twisting Nether, the corrupted Titan Sargeras stared back and Xavius and took control of him. Through Xavius, Sargeras gained influence over all of the highborne, including the queen herself. From that moment on, the highborne were focused on a single goal - bringing Sargeras into the world of Azeroth, where he and the armies of the Burning Legion would cleanse the world of the unfit.
Xavius and the High-Borne summoned Hakkar the Houndmaster, who came under the order of Sargeras. The Houndmaster summoned forth many felbeasts to hunt down the unfit. All of his scouts but one, however, were reported missing, indicating that powerful resistance forces were in play against the Legion.
Invasion of the Legion
Meanwhile, Lord Xavius was still trying to further strengthen the portal so as to prepare for the arrival of Sargeras. However, there was never enough energy from the Well of Eternity for the Highborne sorcerer's to harness. The only way to do this would be to prevent all other Night Elves from harnessing the power of the Well. Lord Xavius and Hakkar were unable to do this and thus Lord Xavius reached out for the help of Sargeras.
Sargeras then sent through the portal his Lieutenant, Mannoroth the Destructor. Where Hakkar failed, Mannoroth succeeded, and an effective shield spell was cast preventing all other Night Elves from harnessing the power of the Well of Eternity. As a result, all night elves outside the portal felt drained and weakened, particullary the Moon Guard. Thus emboldened, Lord Xavius managed to massively strengthen the portal, and where before very few Felguards would come through the portal every day, now dozens reached the world of Azeroth in mere hours, and thus the world was ready for the "cleansing" Sargeras promised.
Along with the Felguards came Eredar Warlocks, Infernals and Doomguards. Meanwhile, all the people of Zin-Azshari gathered around the Palace of Azshara seeking aid since their powers had waned along with the shielding of the Well of Eternity. When the gates finally opened and the populace expected some words of comfort from their Beloved queen, they were instead treated to the gathered army of the Burning Legion. The Legion quickly set about killing all the Night Elves outside the palace and completely decimating the city of Zin-Azshari.
Neltharion always believed that as the Earth Warder, it was his granted right by the creators to rule Azeroth as he saw fit. Slowly but surely the foul seed planted in his mind by the Old Gods ate at him like a parasite, making his mind ever more treacherous. He began to think that he could trust no one, not even his fellow Dragon Aspects. "Malygos will take what is yours, Alexstrasza seeks dominion over you. They are no better than the Demons, they must be dealt with like the Demons." is all he comprehended, betrayal was all he predicted. So he decided to be the first to act, he forged the Dragon Soul's matrix with his own blood and power. Forging a weapon that would not only relinquish the threat of the Burning Legion but enslave all of Azeroth to his will alone. So began the betrayal of Neltharion.
Krasus finds himself
Krasus noticed that his, and his companions' captivity, were being watched by one of his own kind. He managed to convince the dragon to take him to the queen of the red dragon flight, Alexstrasza, the aspect of life, and his long time companion.
Alexstrasza, in her wisdom, quickly understood the situation, even though Krasus was hesitant to tell much of the future knowledge he had. Krasus met his younger self, Korialstrasz, and they both found they fare better in each other's presence. Apparently Krasus and Korialstrasz could not share a single time, as they are one and the same. This weakened them unless they were together. Alexstrasza brought Krasus to the Chamber of the Aspects, where a meeting between the dragons were to be held. There, Krasus met the other three great Aspect, including Neltharion (Deathwing). Neltharion proposed to create a mighty artifact, in which the dragons imbued their power to and used it as a weapon to drive back the Burning Legion. Unknown to the other dragons except Krasus, who traveled from the future and knew of Deathwing's betrayal, Neltharion actually tried to use that artifact (The Demon Soul) to control the other dragon to achieve his ambition of godhood.
Krasus tried to warn the other dragons, regardless to the damage of timeline due to his rash action. But as he accidentally met Neltharion's eyes, the Earth Warder's power easily penetrated the unaware Krasus's thoughts and was horrified to find out that Krasus was about to spill out his terrible secret. He secretly bewitched Krasus with one of his most cunning spells. When Krasus tried to tell the other dragons about Deathwing's play, he was bewitched and could only utter nonsense words before fainting. Hence Deathwing's betrayal by using the Dragon Soul (Demon Soul) was undiscovered until the day the Earth Warder decided to act.
After Krasus fainted, his queen and Korialstrasz brought him back to the red's lair. During his unconsciousness, Krasus was again contacted by the Timeless One, who told him that the world was coming to an end and all would be eradicated unless one night elf could be found. Before Krasus could ask for the name of the night elf, the Timeless One was again gone. Krasus woke and told his brief encounter with the missing Aspect to his queen, who believed in his story and ordered Korialstrasz to take Krasus to find the night elf.
Unwillingly, Krasus parted with his queen along with his younger self, Korialstrasz, who knew nothing about Krasus's identity. They flew back to Zin-Azshari under Krasus's guidance, and were horrified by the genocide of the night elves by the demons pouring out from the gates of the palace. Korialstrasz and Krasus killed a few demons and slowed down their hunt of the escaping night elves, but they were of no match to the endless ranks of demons. They retreated, and Krasus figured out a plan.
By wandering aimlessly in the forest, Krasus was soon arrested by the patrolling guards led by Jarod Shadowsong. Krasus was very willing to be arrested and had shown no resistance whatsoever. Korialstrasz, who remained unseen in the sky, followed his older self to the settlement of the night elves. There, Krasus met the priestess Tyrande Whisperwind, and was quite surprised to see the orc Broxigar beside her.
Malfurion, meanwhile, had managed to sneak into the palace by walking through the Emerald Dream to destroy the portal and the shield array over the Well of Eternity. However, he was trapped in a crystal prison belonging to Lord Xavius. Under the joint efforts of Krasus, Brox, Korialstrasz and Tyrande, Malfurion managed to escape. He then used the elements to destroy the lord counselor, and shut down the portal and shield array. He also managed to shut down the Highborne's portal and destroyed the palace tower which housed the portal.
Soon after, the Highborne started their work to rebuild the portal and resummon Sargeras. When the new portal was complete, Sargeras sent Archimonde the Defiler to assist with the invasion. Archimonde used his magic to strengthen the magical barriers around the palace so that it was impossible to launch an assault on the demons' stronghold.
Defense against the Legion
Lord Kur'Talos Ravencrest along with his soldiers commanded the ebony fortress known as Black Rook Hold. Many decisions were held out here, most concerning actions against the onslaught of the Legion. The Night Elves under Lord Ravencrest managed to get the best of Mannoroth and the Legion earlier in the war. However, when Archimonde assumed the role of commander of the Legion's forces for the duration of the war, things started to look grim for the Night Elves. When Ravencrest replenished his forces at Black Rook Hold and prepared to capture the Night Elven Capital, Zin-Azshari and rescue their "captive" Queen Azshara, they were met by a more cunning force. Archimonde out smarted the resistance by keeping the sinister eredar warlocks hidden in the clouds and several other ranks of demons hiding over the hills to ambush the night elves on their flanks. This strategy worked effectively as the large resistance began crumbling under the Legion's merciless onslaught. So horrible were the losses that Ravencrest was forced to sound the retreat and run for their very lives. The Legion gave no pause as they pursued the resistance beyond Suramar all the way to distant Mt. Hyjal. Krasus(Korialstrasz)realizing that if they went any further that the whole cause would be lost, tried desperately to launch a counter assault. With the aid of Rhonin, Malfurion, Illidan and the Moon Guard Sorcerers, the Legion stalled and was temporarily pushed back.
Illidan and the War
While in the original version of history Illidan betrayed his people to warn Azshara of a coming attack, in the altered version of history Malfurion never intentionally set out to destroy the Well of Eternity. After the war against the Legion commenced and the night elves fought alongside Brox, Rhonin and Krasus, Rhonin was also impressed by Illidan's skill with magic. The human mage from the future took it upon himself to teach Illidan all he knew. Unfortunately, Rhonin was unable to keep Illidan's recklessness in check. While Illidan led the sorcerers of the Moon Guard efficiently and killed countless demons with their aid, he was often unaware of the effect his spells had on his comrades. Illidan would often cast complex and powerful spells that involved the cooperation of every member of the Moon Guard, who would lend him their energies. Illidan used these energies effectively and wreaked havoc among the Legion's forces, but more often than not he drew on his fellow sorcerers too heavily, pushing them close to the breaking point.
Illidan's behaviour may have been caused by the fact that he drew heavily on the addictive power of the Well of Eternity to fight the demons, a power which many (including Tyrande and Rhonin) had come to view as tainted.
In the middle of the war, Illidan discovered to his dismay and vexation that despite all of his efforts to impress Tyrande with his rise in power and in station, she was attracted more to Malfurion than she was to him. While he was brooding and wallowing in self-pity one day, thoughts began entering his mind, a voice that said Tyrande would be his if not for Malfurion...that if Malfurion was to fall in battle, Tyrande could still be his...that if Illidan allowed some tragedy to befall his brother, all his ambitions could be realized. Initially Illidan considered the idea but chastised himself angrily moments later for even thinking such things. Disgusted with himself, he stormed away, not seeing the figure of Xavius hiding in the trees nearby. Xavius was the one who had magically planted the thoughts in Illidan's head, in the hopes of causing dissension between the Stormrage brothers.
Finally, in one battle, Illidan recklessly cast a spell that wiped out some of the night elf forces along with the demons they had been fighting. He did not appear to notice and Rhonin began to make his way to Illidan with the intention of reprimanding him, but the dragons arrived before he could do this. Later Ravencrest told Rhonin to take over command of the Moonguard, realizing that Illidan's methods were uncontrolled. Rhonin was happy to oblige, especially after seeing more night elves perish as a result of Illidan's spells. Illidan mistakenly believed that Rhonin had taken his place out of ambition and that Ravencrest had cast him aside permanently. He doubted that he would be allowed to lead the Moon Guard again and felt cheated and bitter. Ravencrest fell in battle later that day, eliminating any chance of the misunderstanding between the two being cleared up.
The Daemon Soul
After the battle ended, Illidan went to Zin-Azshari to pledge his loyalty to the Burning Legion. After winning an audience with Sargeras, Illidan told him that the artifact known as the Demon Soul contained power enough to easily expand the interdimensional portal and allow him entrance to Azeroth. Sargeras was aware of how the dragon Neltharion had used the Demon Soul to effortlessly decimate the Legion's forces (before the insane Aspect used it to also decimate the night elf forces and attack the other dragonflights), and agreed with Illidan. He ordered Illidan to go with Captain Varo'then to retrieve the artifact, but not before giving Illidan a "gift". Sargeras froze him in place and burned away Illidan's eyes. Illidan, in immense pain, had to magically induce a coma to recover from the ordeal, but when he awoke he found that the new vision Sargeras had granted him was vastly superior to what his old eyes allowed him to see. With his eyes gone and the flesh around the sockets charred, the bone being exposed in places, Illidan was given a blindfold to wear for the sake of appearances.
Unbeknownst to the demons, Illidan intended to betray them. He had pretended to join them only to learn more of the magic the Eredar practiced and to acquire the Demon Soul, which he planned to use to personally close the portal, eradicate the demons already on Azeroth and become the greatest hero Kalimdor had ever known.
Illidan, Varo'then and a contingent of demons succeeded in acquiring the Demon Soul, ambushing Malfurion and Brox after they had stolen it from Neltharion. After bringing the artifact to Zin-Azshari, however, Illidan's plan hit a snag. He had hoped to convince everyone that he should be the one to wield the Demon Soul and bring Sargeras into Azeroth. Sargeras still did not fully trust him, however, and decided that he would wield the Demon Soul himself from the other side of the portal.
The Destruction of the Well of Eternity
Without access to the Demon Soul, Illidan came up with another plan. He would wait until Sargeras began working to open the portal, at which time he would sneak away and cast a spell to reverse the effect of the portal, creating a maelstrom that would suck the demons back into the Twisting Nether from whence they came. To aid in the casting of this spell, Illidan took some of the Well's water.
On his way to cast the spell, Illidan encountered Tyrande, who had been taken prisoner by the Legion and was in the process of escaping. Eager to impress her with his cleverness and heroism, he took her with him to the location where he planned to work his magic. Tyrande was horrified by what had happened to Illidan's eyes and by how much he reveled in painfully killing a felbeast in their path. She also had doubts concerning whether his idea would work and was shocked when she learned that he intended to use a vial of the Well's water to cast his spell, which legend said was dangerous in the extreme. Illidan grew angry at her and forced her to stay quiet and watch him as he cast the spell that he thought would save the world.
Too late, Tyrande sensed dark presences aiding Illidan's spellwork. These were, in fact, the Old Gods who hoped to enter Azeroth themselves after Sargeras and claim it for themselves. The spell Illidan was casting would actually bring them closer to their goal, a fact which Illidan was unaware of. Before Tyrande could tell him what was happening, Illidan's spell had already been cast.
Illidan's spell had no obvious effect on the portal, and soon he and Tyrande were found by demons and surrounded. While fighting for their lives they were found by Malfurion, who was now wielding the Demon Soul. Illidan and Malfurion fought the demons together and sought to use Neltharion's creation to pull the demons back through the portal. Before they did so, the Old Gods tried to mentally control the Stormrage brothers as they had Deathwing, tempting them with visions of power if they would only allow the Old Gods into the world. Though it took a great deal of willpower, Malfurion was able to resist their efforts. He then saw that Illidan had fallen prey to the manipulation of the Old Gods. But when Malfurion cried out his brother's name, Illidan appeared to come to his senses. He ceased casting the spell and assured his brother that he was in control of himself once more.
The Stormrage brothers succeeded in ridding Azeroth of the demons. Finally, Malfurion was able to close the portal itself, but with unforeseen consequences. The destruction of the portal appeared to kill Sargeras, who was halfway through the portal at the time it closed. It also resulted in The Great Sundering, and the night elves, dragons, Earthen, furbolgs, and tauren found that they were all in danger of drowning. Their only hope of survival was to run to higher ground: Mount Hyjal. Many perished, but many others reached Hyjal safely.
Unknown to the survivors, Illidan had taken seven vials of water from the Well before its destruction and planned to use them to create a new well, much as he had in the original timeline. He was certain that the Legion would somehow find its way back to Azeroth someday, and believed that the night elves would be lost without the magic of a Well to aid them in that inevitable war.
At this time, Illidan had been accepted back into the ranks of the Kaldorei, but with reservations. Many night elves still distrusted him, and were unnerved by his eyes. Malfurion, meanwhile, was being hailed as a hero. Illidan was even more jealous of his brother than before, this time jealous of the adulation being heaped upon Malfurion.
A party of night elves led by Jarod Shadowsong caught him pouring the vials into a lake. They assumed the worst, and Jarod tried to take Illidan into custody. He told Illidan "If not for your brother, I'd--"
Those were the words that caused Illidan to snap. To his thinking, the night elves were turning on him, were ungrateful for what he was doing, and the only reason they did not kill him on the spot was because of their worship of his brother. In his paranoid state, Illidan also believed that they wanted to keep him from his magic. Illidan flew into a rage and used his magic to brutally kill several of his would-be captors before he was subdued...by Malfurion. When Maiev Shadowsong walked onto the scene and saw her injured brother, she immediately tried to kill Illidan, but was stopped by the other night elves.
At Illidan's trial for the murders he had committed and the creation of another Well, he insisted that the Legion would return and that he had been saving the Kaldorei race. He proclaimed "You'll all be praying to me as if I were a god when the demons return!" Jarod Shadowsong began to decree that Illidan be put to death, but before the sentence could be handed down, Malfurion arrived to speak in Illidan's defense (Illidan, for his part, resented having to rely on his brother and was not appreciative). Malfurion told those in attendance that Illidan might be right, that the Legion might one day return. While he acknowledged that Illidan was dangerous, he asked that he be imprisoned rather than executed. Even, Malfurion told them, if it meant he stayed imprisoned for ten thousand years. In this timeline, as in the original, the decision was made to lock Illidan away underground indefinitely.
On the differences between the accounts
The primary differences between the different accounts (aside from the presence of Krasus, Rhonin and Brox) are the role of Jarod Shadowsong and the experiences of Tyrande Whisperwind towards the conclusion of the war. The Warcraft III manual clearly describes the final battle against Azshara and hints at her death, but "The Sundering" establishes that Azshara was not present at the end of the war and that she survived as a Naga. The absence of Hakkar the Houndmaster from Warcraft III suggests that no visible differences occurred in the histories, though the question of Jarod Shadowsong's fate remains unknown.
As an addendum, the guide actually says, "it was clear that Azshara and her elite high-borne followers had been smashed to the bottom of the sea." This seems to leave plenty of room for the idea that she became a Naga. This is, of course, stated directly on www.worldofwarcraft.com in the history section.
It should be noted that Metzen and his writing team support the information put forward in the novels as actual events, and the events in other Warcraft novels are proven to be the true lore. Since there is no difference in the timelines of Azeroth following the conclusion of the War, the point of which version is correct is not vital to a general understanding of the history. It is only in terms of a few specifics that it becomes problematic.
The Warcraft Encyclopedia  all but confirms that this history is genuine.
That Blizzard has accepted this story as official lore, and because of the time travelling nature of the story, it is quite possible that there exist several causality loops in the story such as:
- Rhonin and Krasus and the changing of Neltharion's name to Deathwing.
- Rhonin and Krasus know him as Deathwing and begin to refer to him as such while in the past. It can therefore be theorized that it was Rhonin and Krasus who actually caused the name change that they learn about thousands of years later.
- Rhonin and Krasus and the changing of the Dragon Soul's name to the Demon Soul.
- This event follows the same path as the changing of Neltharion's name.
- Brox and the corruption of the Orcs.
- Having traveled back to a time well before the Burning Legion first encountered Orcs on Draenor, it becomes reality that Brox is the "first" orc encountered by the Legion. It can also be theorized that Brox's encounters with the legion in the past actually led to Kil'jaeden's corrupting them on Draenor years later through Mannoroth's descriptions. This, in turn, would lead to the orcs coming to Azeroth and, subsequently, to Brox's traveling back in time. Rise of the Horde seemingly contradicts this, as the Legion found Draenor and the orcs while hunting for the draenei, and no connection was ever mentioned.
- Tyrande, Cenarius, Malfurion and orcs
- When the three first encountered orcs in Warcraft 3, they assumed they were demons and attacked them outright, due to the demonic corruption and due to never having encountered orcs before. However, as they had all befriended Brox during the War, it brings into question as to why they mistook the orcs for demons, having encountered an orc before. Tyrande was shown during the novel Stormrage to have a strong emotional response upon the mere mention of Brox's name, 10,000 years after his heroic sacrifice, meaning she had not forgotten him. Yet, she still did not recognize the orcs for who they were. It is possible that, as a member of the Blackrock Clan, that Brox had grey skin, and as other orcs have green skin, combined with the glowing red eyes, they may have chosen to overlook the similarities as they seemed very different.
Such events are called causality loops, theoretical anomalies in time in which an individual goes to a different time period and brings about a change because of knowledge or actions in their own time period that eventually lead to that person gaining that specific knowledge or doing a specific action. If all this seems too complicated, think of it this way: Say "Jane" goes back in time and meets her ancestor "John" and they somehow end up birthing a child. Generations later, this event would directly lead to Jane herself being born and then going back in time to repeat the process. You can see here that these events would happen in an infinite time loop.
A particular sentence of Rhonin shows that loop infinite theory : "Did Brox pull back History on its way, or was he part of History since the begining ?"
Of course, this is all theoretical in the real world and, even in the Warcraft universe, is still technobabble that may or may not be true.