The “Chromie” Project
** This is a preview and in progress. It is not complete, so bear with me. **
Note: The following is an attempt to maintain a fairly accurate timeline based on the official World of Warcraft fiction* and Story Sections* and what I can parse from the official site. Individual mileage may vary as some as the world and lore evolves. Sadly, this can always fall into the “lolore” category at any time.
I’ve also added the “King’s Calendar” to the most recent years. I think I got my calculations right. :)
Comments are most welcome in this. If you do see a mistake – please comment and also give me an official source to make the changes as accurate as I can to help other role-players.
World of Warcraft: | Span of Years
==== Chapter 1: Mythos ====
A very, very, very, very, long time ago. Really.
The foundations of the universe is formed. The world of Azeroth is created, tested and threatened. The nature-bound Kaldorei, or Night Elves, expand, grow and colonize the world and learn more of the world and it’s secrets, but with restraint. Queen Azshara and her Highborne seek out deeper secrets of the world and discover magic. Though dangerous, they indulge in it’s power.
- The Titans and the Shaping of the Universe
- Sargeras and the Betrayal
- The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth
- Charge of the Dragonflights
- The Waking World and the Well of Eternity
10,000-ish years before Warcraft I – The War of the Ancients
Queen Azshara and the Highborne fall into Sargeras’s sway and brings the corruption of The Burning Legion. Conflict shatters the world as the Well of Eternity impodes, forming The Maelstrom. The Night Elves gain victory at a huge cost. Illidan is imprisoned after trying to “help”.
- The War of the Ancients
- The Sundering of the World
- Mount Hyjal and Illidan’s Gift
- War of the Ancients Trilogy: The Well of Eternity (Richard A. Knaak)
- War of the Ancients Trilogy: The Demon Soul (Richard A. Knaak)
- War of the Ancients Trilogy: The Sundering (Richard A. Knaak)
9,000-ish years before Warcraft I – The World Tree and the Emerald Dream
Nordrassil, The World Tree is created and linked to the Emerald Dream by Ysera of the Green Dragonflight.
7,300-ish years before Warcraft I – Exile of the High Elves and Aftermath
The Highborne are exiled for their magic use and Tyrande Whisperwind forms The Sentinels to defend their lands.
==== Chapter 2: The New World ====
6,800-ish years before Warcraft I – The Founding of Quel’Thalas
Dath’Remar Sunstrider, the Highborner leader, journeys to the eastern continent and eventually settles his people in Quel’Thalas.
2,800-ish years before Warcraft I – Arathor and the Troll Wars
The human tribes are gathered in Arathor to battle the Amani Trolls and are approaches by nearby Quel’Thalas, who teach them magic.
2,700-ish years before Warcraft I – The Guardians of Tirisfal
The High Elves rebuild after the war. The human empires expand to the south and Dalaran is founded. The Burning Legion comes back into play. The secretive Guardians of Tirisfal are formed to defend the lands and corruption of the Legion.
2,500-ish years before Warcraft I – Ironforge: The Awakening of the Dwarves
The Earthen awaken, now calling themselves Dwarves, venture from their underground dwellings to the surface.
1,200-ish years before Warcraft I – The Seven Kingdoms
The human Strom gathers the city-states together under the Guardian’s watch. Humans encounter Dwarves for the first time and form common bonds.
823-ish years before Warcraft I – Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt
The female Guardian Aegwynn grows in magical power, battles Sargeras and wins. But at an unforeseen cost.
230-ish years before Warcraft I – War of the Three Hammers
The clans of Bronzebeard, Wildhammer and The Dark Irons ignite a civil war over control of Ironforge. The clans divide, leaving Bronzebeard to Ironforge. The Dark Irons take revenge.
45-ish years before Warcraft I – The Last Guardian
Aegwynn gives birth to Medivh in secret against the Guardian’s wishes, but an old enemy knows too well and waits.
==== Chapter 3: The Doom of Draenor ====
Sargeras’s chief chief lieutenant, demon lord Kil’jaeden the Deceiver, discovers Draenor and the Orcs. The Demoic wheels begin the turn, so you know that will not turn out well.
1 year-ish before Warcraft I – Rise of the Horde
On Draenor, the warlock Gul’dan and his Shadow Council deceive the Orcish clans to demonic corruption. The Horde begin their razing of Draenor, focusing on the Draenei. They become Sargeras’s new weapon to use against Azeroth.
- (Novel) Rise of the Horde (Christie Golden)
==== Chapter 4: Alliance And Horde (The First War) ====
Year 0 | (592 by the King’s Calendar**) : Warcraft I – Orcs & Humans
Sargeras, through the actions of Medivh and Gul’dan, open The Dark Portal. This allows the corrupted Horde of Draenor to descend upon Azeroth. The First War begins as Stormwind falls.
- The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind
- (PC Game) Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
- (Novel) The Last Guardian (Jeff Grubb)
Year 6 | (598 KC): Warcraft II – Tides of Darkness (The Second War)
The Horde bring the Amani Trolls and Ogres under their banner. The Alliance forces are relocated to Lordaeron, strengthened by the High Elves and Dwarven forces and defend. Inner conflicts within the Horde weaken the forces.
- The Alliance of Lordaeron
- (PC Game) Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
Years 8-10 | (600 -602 KC): Warcraft IIx – Beyond the Dark Portal
As the Horde redouble their efforts, the Alliance take the fight into Draenor. The first Lich King, Ner’zhul is created by Kil’jaeden. The Dragonmaw are dealt with at The Battle of Grim Batol, sealing the Horde’s fate and ending their bloodlust.
- The Invasion of Draenor
- The Birth of the Lich King
- Icecrown and the Frozen Throne
- The Battle of Grim Batol
- (PC Game) Warcraft 2X: Beyond the Dark Portal
- (Novel) Day of the Dragon (Richard A. Knaak)
Year 18 | (610 KC): Lord of the Clans
The aftermath of the Second War brings new directions for the Horde in the form of a young orc slave named Thrall. Thrall and the Orcs liberate his people and forms the New Horde, settling in Orgrimmar.
Year 19 | (611 KC):
The undead Scourge under Ner’zhul gains power in Northrend recruits Kel’Thuzad of the Kirin Tor to bring more into the fold from within. The Alliance nations enter disarray and the High Elves break away, leaving Inforge their only ally. Meanwhile, the death cults of the Cult of the Damned grow in number – giving the Scourge momentum and to their works.
- War of the Spider
- Kel’Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge/a>
- The Alliance Splinters
- (Novel) Of Blood and Honor (Chris Metzen)
==== Chapter 5: Return of the Burning Legion ====
Year 20 | (612 KC): Warcraft III – Reign of Chaos (The Third War)
The Scourge’s Cult of the Damned release the First Plague upon Lordaeron, creating undead minions from the plagued. The Order of the Silver Hand are called in to help defend, including young Prince Arthas, killing Kel’Thuzad.
Sadly, Arthas falls under the control of The Lich King and leads the Scourge to Lordaeron, killing his father King Terenas. Lordaeron falls. Arthas revives Kel’Thuzad and attacks Quel’Thalas, crushing the grand city. Sylvanas Windrunner, the Ranger-General of Silvermoon falls in it’s defense. She is transformed into a Banshee, under Arthas’s control.
- The Scourge of Lordaeron
- Sunwell – The Fall of Quel’Thalas
- Archimonde’s Return and the Flight to Kalimdor
- The Battle of Mount Hyjal
- (PC Game) Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos
Years 21 -24 | (613-616 KC) – Warcraft III – The Frozen Throne
- The Betrayer Ascendant
- Rise of the Blood Elves
- Civil War in the Plaguelands
- The Lich King Triumphant
- Old Hatreds – The Colonization of Kalimdor
- (PC Game) Warcraft 3x: The Frozen Throne
- The Sunwell Trilogy: Dragon Hunt (Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim)
- The Sunwell Trilogy: Shadows of Ice (Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim)
- The Sunwell Trilogy: Ghostlands (Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim)
- (Novel) Cycle of Hatred (Keith R. A. DeCandido)
==== Chapter 6: The Recent Past ====
Year 25 | (617 KC) – World of Warcraft
An uneasy truce holds the Alliance and Horde from all-out war.
- (PC Game) World of Warcraft
Year 26 | (618 KC) – World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
The Draenei arrive to Azeroth and the Blood Elves take sides, The Dark Portal opens to Draenor once again.
- (PC Game) World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Years 27-31 | (619-623 KC) – World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
The Lich King, Arthas makes his move upon both Northrend and beyond. Something stirs within the elements and a mysterious movement appears on Azeroth. Something is not quite right.
- (PC Game) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
- (Novel) The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
==== Chapter 6: Five? Years After ====
Year 32 | (624 KC) – World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Five? years after the events surrounding the Lich King in Northrend. The Worgen of Gilneas and the Goblins of Kezan take refuge within the Alliance and Horde after their homelands are decimated. Deathwing wrecks havoc upon Azeroth.
- (PC Game) World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Christie Golden)
- (Novel) Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (Christie Golden)
**King’s Calendar: Calendar system used in Warcraft I & II