The Warcraft Lore series is a collection of articles delving deep into the history of many important Warcraft figures and events. Since World of Warcraft’s story is ongoing in the famous MMORPG and in some new novel publications, I will try to constantly update these articles. My main sources are Warcraft books and comics, Warcraft 1 / 2 /3, World of Warcraft, WoWWiki, WoWpedia, YouTube and some theory-crafting sites. The following article will inform you about the Troll Wars and the Founding of Quel’Thalas and Strom.
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The High Elves
When the War of the Ancients ended, the Night Elves survivors banned the use of arcane magic, because of the dependency it created and the harm that had done to the forests. This strong and addicting magic was the source of corruption for many Night Elf sorcerers in the past, leading to some big “anti-ecological” incidents. However, many mages disagreed with this decision and in an act of protest they released a huge magical storm into the forests. This group of spellcasters was led by Dath’Remar Sunstrider, great grandfather of Anasterian Sunstrider (Kael’thas’ Sunstrider father).
Sin’dorei, a Blood Elf
The Arch-Druid Malfurion Stormrage did not want to execute so many talented mages so he exiled them instead. Keep in mind that Malfurion also spared the life of his brother Illidan Stormrage, reducing his sentence from execution to a 10.000 years imprisonment. Dath’Remar led this group of sorcerers across the sea to the Eastern Kingdoms. Over the years, these elves would get ridiculously addicted to arcane magic and their skin color would change from the dark violet one of the Night Elves. These elves were named Quel’Dorei, commonly known as the High Elves. The Quel’Dorei were the descendants of the Blood Elves that we know today.
After traveling for months, the High Elves reached the northwest part of the Easter Kingdoms, known as Tirisfal Glades today. However, local Trolls and Humans were settled in these lands, so the elves decided to move to the very North of the continent. There, they founded the new kingdom of Quel’Thalas. Silvermoon, the capital city of the Blood Elves in World of Warcraft, was part of Quel’Thalas before Arthas ultimately destroyed it.
The elvish kingdom of Quel’Thalas
These new lands however, were sacred for the forest Trolls of the Amani Empire so the bloodthirsty locals immediately laid siege in Quel’Thalas. The High Elves were forced to use their arcane magic to defend, raising a huge barrier to protect their kingdom in the process. Luckily for them, Trolls had never seen such strong magic and were a really superstitious race. Therefore, they abandoned the siege, frightened that they caused some kind of Divine Apocalypse with their actions. For 4.000 years the Trolls did not dare to even get close to the elvish kingdom.
The Amani Empire
The Amani Empire was one of the strongest tribes of the forest Trolls. During the battle with the Aqir, the Amani joined the Empire of Zul in an attempt to overthrow the Old God’s forces. When they succeeded and the Aqir were defeated, the Amani Empire was established in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms. Their capital city was named Zul’Aman, a raid back in The Burning Crusade that was later revamped into a 5 man dungeon during the Cataclysm Expansion. The Amani Trolls were also known for their connection with animals. Their warriors were using bears as battle mounts and their priests were able to shape-swift into different animal forms.
The Amani Empire
Founding of Strom
Human tribes of Eastern Kingdom also had problems with the bloodthirsty Trolls. Chieftain Thoradin of the ancient Arathi lineage along with his friend Ignaeus Trollbane decided to unite the human communities in order to fight against their common enemy. A small note here, the last true descendant of the Arathi bloodline was Sir Anduin Lothar, the Lion of Azeroth, whom died in a duel with Orgrim Doomhammer during the Second War.
The ghost of King Thoradin in World of Warcraft
Back to the past, the united Human tribes founded the first Human kingdom, the kingdom of Arathor (The region is called Hillsbrad Foothills and Arathi Highlands today). A town in Arathi Highlands called Strom, that we know as Stromgarde from World of Warcraft, became the capital of this new kingdom. Even with this primitive Alliance, Humans were not able to defeat the Troll Empire. They managed, however, to defend from them more efficiently and reduced their casualties.
The Troll Wars
Many centuries after the founding of Quel’Thalas, the Trolls got over their superstitious beliefs and they began the siege of the elvish kingdom once more. This time, the High Elves could not defend against an army that big. In the brink of defeat, Kaelthas’ father, King Anasterian Sunstrider, send an emissary to Storm to try and negotiate the primitive humans into aiding them. Thoradin saw the danger that the Troll Empire posed and agreed to an alliance with Anasterian. The High Elves also agreed to teach some Arathor’s soldiers the concept of magic. For the first time in (Warcraft) history, Humans began to harvest the power of the arcane.
Kael’Thas father, King Anasterian
Ignaeus Trollbane along with Thoradin led the humans, who now also had access to magic, into war by engaging the Trolls in a great battle near the Alterac Mountains. The Trolls were forced to abandon the siege of Quel’Thalas a second time, in order to defend from this unexpected charge. Anasterian grabbed the opportunity to reorganize his army and attack the Trolls from the rear. Trolls were caught fighting a war on two fronts and they were overwhelmed in just a few days. Even as they fled, the trolls were pursued and butchered by the merciless allied forces. The Trolls’ power was broken and their population decimated. The Empire would never recover.
What remained of the Trolls of the Eastern Kingdoms was forced into the wilderness. All the big Troll Empires (Gurubashi, Amani etc) were but a shadow of their former glory. Over the years, the Humans developed a great interest in the magic that the High Elves had taught them. This led to the foundation of the first mage city at Arathi Highlands, later known as Dalaran. When Archimonde destroyed Dalaran, during Warcraft 3, the town was moved to the icy lands of Northrend. Unfortunately, after Thoradin’s death, the primitive Human Alliance split up into lesser kingdoms, thus removing any hope for a truly united humanity.
Human mages cast a Flamestrike in the Troll army
- Zul’jin was the Warlord of the Amani forest trolls and chieftain of the Amani tribe since before the Second War. Zul’jin was a fierce enemy of the high elves, with whom he shared many years of conflict. Zul’jin and the Amani tribe were allied with the orcish Horde for the duration of the Second War, but Zul’jin himself was captured near its end by Halduron Brightwing, in whose custody he lost an eye and an arm, which he never regenerated. Upon gaining his freedom, he went into hiding to rebuild his army and plan an attack on the remnants of the high elves, now known as blood elves, only to find them allied with the reformed Horde. He was killed by Azerothian adventurers who raided Zul’Aman during the invasion of Outland.
- Anasterian was the father of the well known Warcraft 3 hero, Kael’Thas Sunstrider. He died in the hands of Arthas, when the Scourge attacked Quel’Thalas.
- Felo’melorn, Flamestrike in Common, is an ancient Highborne runeblade borne into battle by the Sunstrider dynasty. It was once wielded by Dath’Remar Sunstrider, even before the War of the Ancients.This powerful and storied runeblade, passed down through the Sunstriders for generations, is a mighty weapon said to harness the very essence of flame. Felo’melorn became an artifact weapon during the Legion Expansion in World of Warcraft.
- When the High Elves went to war with the Amani trolls, the elves could not understand how the trolls’ weapon enchantments were more powerful than their own. The elves then stole ancient knowledge from troll spellcasters, including the famous Zanza, and used stolen idols to craft their own versions of the troll enchantments.
- Ignaeus got the surname Trollbane, after the Troll Wars, marking the beginning of the powerful Trollbane house.
- Strom was later named Stromgarde. A citizen of Strom can be found as a ghost in Darkmoon Faire. (HERE IT EXISTS A VERY CREEPY AND INTERESTING SPECULATION ABOUT THE LEADER OF THE DARKMOON FAIRE, SILLAS)
- Even though the Elves taught the arts of magic to the Humans, the strongest mages in Warcraft history are Humans. Examples are Medivh, Ronin, Khadgar, Antonidas, Jaina and many more.
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If you want, you can also check my other Warcraft Lore articles. If you are new to Warcraft lore, you can find a Glossary below.
Alterac Mountains – A snowy region in Eastern Kingdoms
Archimonde – The right hand of the fallen titan Sargeras. Archimonde was one of the greatest and darkest of the eredar.
Aqir – The Aqir were an ancient insectoid race and where created from the Old Gods during the primordial era of Azeroth.
Azeroth – The main planet in the Warcraft Universe. Probably something else as well.
Cenarius – Lord of the Forest and patron of many druids, is one of the most powerful and influential demigods of Azeroth.
Eastern Kingdoms – The eastern part of Azeroth.
Gurubashi Empire – A great Troll Empire was destroyed from civil war.
Malfurion – Was the first night elf druid, and initiated the mainstream use of druidism among the night elven people ten millennia ago under tutelage of the demigod Cenarius within Val’sharah.
Northrend – The “northest” place on Azeroth.
Orgrim Doomhammer – Great Orc hero.
Second War – One of the Great Four Wars. It was a war between the Alliance and the old Horde.
War of the Ancients – A great war in Warcraft’s history between the denizens of Azeroth and the Burning Legion.
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