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The cinematic intro in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness recounts the end of the First War and the beginning of the Second War.



Six years have passed since the First War between man and orc.

The once mighty army of Azeroth lay among the blackened and charred remains of Stormwind Keep. Those that escaped fled across the Great Sea, bringing tales of the suffering they had faced at the hands of the Orcish Hordes.

Eager to engage in battle once again, the Orcs constructed ships of war to bear them across the Great Sea.

The Orcish warriors yearned for the sounds of battle to fill the air and looked to the far horizon for new blood to spill. Using the weapons forged by their new allies, the Humans made haste to prepare for the onslaught. While Dwarven cannon were being loaded, others armed themselves with Elven steel and mail.

Now, united in arms with new allies against a common foe, Mankind stands at the shores of destiny and awaits the coming of the Tides of Darkness.


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Notes and trivia[]

  • On the Warcraft II: The Dark Saga console version of Warcraft II the cinematic was sped up slightly and the text "Six years have passed since the First War between man and orc" was removed.
  • Juggernaughts are depicted as being propelled by oars, and an unknown larger ship is seen in the fleet.
    • When the scene of the orc fleet sailing toward the shores of Lordaeron was reused in the Tides of Darkness novel, the author pointed out juggernaughts again as having no sails but row upon row of oars.[1]
  • The cinematic was recreated in the ending credits of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.


  1. ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 8