|World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2|
|Author(s)||Blizzard Entertainment (Chris Metzen, Matt Burns, Robert Brooks)|
|Artist(s)||Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix, Alex Horley|
|Publisher(s)||Dark Horse Books|
|Publication date||March 14, 2017|
World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 is the second installment of the World of Warcraft: Chronicle series. It covers the history of Draenor and the events of the First and Second Wars, and ends with Draenor's destruction.
Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Books are thrilled to present the next installment of the wildly popular World of Warcraft Chronicle series. Volume 2 will reveal more sought-after details about the game universe's history and mythology. Showcasing lush, all-new artwork from fan favorites such as Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix, and Alex Horley, this tome is sure to please all fans--casual and collector alike.
World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 is divided into the following sections:
- Part I: The Doom of Draenor, covering the history of Draenor prior to the First War.
- Chapter I: Primordial Draenor, describing the origins and history of Grond, the Sporemounds, the Breakers, Primals and Apexis.
- Chapter II: Children of Stone, describing the history of the ogres, orcs, post-Apexis arakkoa and the arrival of the draenei, up until Orgrim and Durotan's youth.
- Chapter III: Rise of the Horde, describing the Burning Legion's discovery of Draenor, the creation of the Old Horde and the conquest of Draenor.
- Part II: Horde and Alliance, covering the history of the First and Second Wars and the Alliance Expedition's Invasion of Draenor.
- Chapter IV: The First War, describing Medivh's background, the Gurubashi War and the First War up until the Stormwind refugees' voyage to Lordaeron and the forming of the Council of Seven Nations.
- Chapter V: The Second War, describing the prelude, events and aftermath of the Second War, ending with the construction of Nethergarde Keep.
- Chapter VI: Beyond the Dark Portal, describing the Alliance Expedition and the Horde of Draenor, ending with Draenor's transformation into Outland and the construction of the memorials in the Valley of Heroes.
Volume 2 covers the major events from ancient Draenor through the end of the Second War and Draenor's destruction. The book is not written by an in-game character. It doesn't have a timeline, but dates are throughout the book. It contains several maps that explain territorial boundaries through various ages.
The following are some of the subjects covered in Volume 2:
- The origin of draenei, orcs, and ogres.
- A bit about Argus.
- Orc Warlords such as Blackhand and Kilrogg Deadeye.
- Some minor orcish clans.
- Frostwolf clan getting into Alterac.
- Teron Gorefiend and the first death knights.
- Alonsus Faol and Church of the Holy Light.
- Aedelas Blackmoore
- Aiden Perenolde
- Alleria Windrunner
- Alonsus Faol
- Anasterian Sunstrider
- Anduin Lothar
- Barathen Wrynn
- Daelin Proudmoore
- Dal'rend Blackhand
- Danath Trollbane
- Fenris Wolfbrother
- Garona Halforcen
- Garrosh Hellscream
- Genn Greymane
- Gorgog the Gronnslayer
- Grommash Hellscream
- Illidan Stormrage
- Kargath Bladefist
- Kilrogg Deadeye
- Kurdran Wildhammer
- Llane Wrynn I
- Maim Blackhand
- Nekros Skullcrusher
- Nielas Aran
- Orgrim Doomhammer
- Saidan Dathrohan
- Taria Wrynn
- Terenas Menethil II
- Teron Gorefiend
- Thoras Trollbane
- Tirion Fordring
- Uther Lightbringer
- Varian Wrynn
- Varok Saurfang
The following are mentioned in the book's index but never appear in the actual text.
- Jaina Proudmoore (the index of the book features an easter egg entry - "dreadlord, see Jaina Proudmoore" - as a nod to a common fan meme)
- According to Matt Burns, Chronicle Volume 2 has a very high-up view of the first great wars compared to the original games so their unmentioned battles and events still could have happened.
- The island of Balor was intentionally left out of the maps because Blizzard didn't want to nail down its definitive location yet.
Retcons and inconsistencies
- Aegwynn and Arcanagos originally went to Karazhan to confront Medivh separately on two different occasions. Chronicle Volume 2 combined the two events and also established a friendship between Aegwynn and Arcanagos.
- Originally, it was stated that Thrall was born in Year 0. Chronicle Vol. 2 changed it to Year 1.
- Originally, Durotan and Draka met Orgrim Doomhammer in Hillsbrad Foothills in Lordaeron in year 0. Chronicle Volume 2 changed this to have occurred in year 1 on the edge of Loch Modan.
- Originally, Llane was said to be assassinated in Year 4. Lothar then concedes that the war is lost and begins gathering people, ships, and supplies from the entire kingdom. Llane's assassination, refugees' escape and the official end of the First War is now in Year 3.
- Originally, Garad was said to have been killed in a battle against ogres and gronn. The Chronicle says that Garad was consumed by the red pox.
- There seems to be an inconsistency given the Chronicle's timeline, Garona would be recognized as a skilled fighter and linguist at the age of 3 while staying with the Bladewind clan.
- It was originally stated by several sources that the events of the webcomic Blackhand — wherein Blackhand is engulfed by the elements upon attempting to retrieve the Doomhammer from a pool of lava, leaving him disfigured and with a hand of molten stone — were canonical for the main universe as well. However, Chronicle Volume 2 artwork depicts him as similar to his design in the Warcraft movie, with full hair and a tattooed black hand instead of a stone one. Matt Burns explained that Blizzard had ultimately decided to move away from Blackhand's Warlords of Draenor design and backstory; the main universe Blackhand still helped Orgrim retrieve the Doomhammer, but he was not consumed by fire.
- During The Burning Crusade, the name "Furies" was exclusively used as a title for the four most powerful elementals on Draenor (Aborius, Gordawg, Incineratus and Kalandrios). Warlords of Draenor changed "furies" to be the name used for all Draenic elementals. Chronicle Volume 2 returned to the original definition of Aborius, Gordawg, Incineratus and Kalandrios being the only Furies.
- It was originally stated that Gul'dan was originally a member of the Shadowmoon clan and became a servant of Kil'jaeden during the course of Rise of the Horde, after Ner'zhul discovered the truth behind Rulkan's spirit. The Harbingers video series instead depicted the alternate Gul'dan as hailing from an unnamed clan which he destroyed after being empowered by the Legion, with no mention of Ner'zhul or the Shadowmoon. Chronicle Volume 2 reconciled the two and confirmed the Harbingers episode to be main universe canon by establishing that Gul'dan first became a servant of the Legion, destroyed his former clan and then proceeded to join the Shadowmoon clan and become the apprentice of Ner'zhul, allowing Kil'jaeden to begin manipulating the elder shaman.
- Rise of the Horde describes the orcs drinking Mannoroth's blood and sacking Shattrath several months before the Dark Portal was opened. Chronicle states this happened 3 years before the Dark Portal.
- Artwork of Alleria does not show her wielding Thas'dorah, even though the book came out after Legion and used the in-game appearance for another artifact, the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras, in art of Ner'zhul.
- The involvement and chronology of events with Blackrock Mountain were changed. In Tides of Darkness, Orgrim invaded Blackrock Spire when Zuluhed sensed a power there, and the Dragonmaw chieftain led them there after Gul'dan provided the Horde with death knights. The Horde also killed Dark Iron dwarves that they encountered in there. In Chronicle, Orgrim led the Horde into the Spire because Garona revealed it to be the hideout of the Shadow Council. While Orgrim killed majority of the warlocks, he found Cho'gall who introduced him to the Dark Iron dwarves who allowed the Horde to take the spire as base.
Cover artwork depicting Gul'dan.
The Apexis civilization.
Orc clans rally for war.
The Genedar crash-lands on Draenor.
The siege of Shattrath City.
Chieftain Blackhand makes war on the ogres.
Grommash Hellscream drinks demonic blood.
A naval battle from the Second War.
Gul'dan raises the Tomb of Sargeras.
The Sons of Lothar invade Draenor.
Charts and maps
Map of Draenor during the war between the Horde and the draenei.
- ^ Amazon
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter: "We left it out because we didn't want to nail down the location. Some things we leave out of the book because we want to leave them open. Also since we never mention Balor in the text leaving it out wouldn't have caused any confusion with the story."
- ^ Loreology on Twitter
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ Lord of the Clans
- ^ Loreology on Twitter
- ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter
- ^ Anne Stickney on Twitter
- ^ Rise of the Horde
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2017-03-11). Retrieved on 2017-03-16. “Yeah that was something we ultimately decided to go away from in Chronicle. Not to say he didn't help Orgrim get the--”
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2017-03-11). Retrieved on 2017-03-16. “--hammer back, but just the stuff related to him being "consumed" in fire.”
- ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter (2014-07-09). Retrieved on 2017-05-03. “@GotobeTroll @Loreology @SpringTheElf @Miatog @Arakkoa #12: All elementals on Draenor are called Furies, and seek to balance the world.”
- ^ Fire Fury, Ice Fury, Glacier Fury, Cyclonic Fury, etc.
- ^ Blast Furnace quotes
- ^ Golden, Christie. "Twenty-two", Rise of the Horde, 470 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1. “While the portal was being completed over the last several days, other tasks had been finished as well. The war machines that had so devastated Shattrath several months earlier now were again pressed into service, repaired, oiled, and tested.”
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 88 - 93