Know Your Lore: 5 must-do Alliance zones to complete before Mists

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You’re playing the game, you’re fighting the bosses, you know the how — but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

Last week, we took a look at five different Horde zones that offered unique moments, excellent gameplay, and a heck of a lot of story. But Cataclysm isn’t a one-sided story. The Alliance has its own issues to deal with in the new expansion, and it received plenty of zone revamps to play through as well. Although the Horde side of the coin offers a lot of lighthearted fun along with the dark, the Alliance side of things seems to contain more dark than light.

This isn’t to say the Alliance zones aren’t worth playing through. Alliance lore is heavy on all sides in the varying zones — whether it’s the continue saga of the Defias, a look back at the history of the kaldorei, a standoff at the site where the first war between orcs and humans began, or the simple desperation of a battered faction trying its hardest to hold on when both the world and the creatures on it seem to be doing their best to tear it apart.

For the Alliance, sheer tenacity in the face of devastation is the name of the game. These five zones highlight that tenacity and offer some unique moments in Alliance lore that should be experienced.

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