Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: The genesis of Azeroth

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.

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. — The Call of Cthulhu

The single statement that stuck out to me the most at the Lore and Story Q&A panel this year was one sentence uttered by Dave Kosak: “There’s something about Azeroth that is unique within the cosmology, and there’s a reason that it’s kind of the focus of this.” It doesn’t really seem all that important, does it? Not in the face of a Pandaria expansion, not when we haven’t even got a major villain to address. But this started an avalanche of speculation in my mind, and I traveled down a road that’s been traveled before — one that was easily dismissed, before that statement, and before everything quietly snapped into place.

There’s a reason we’re going to Pandaria, there’s a reason why the Sha have exploded onto the scene with our arrival — and there’s a reason the Alliance and Horde are at war, and it has nothing to do with Theramore or its fate. There’s a reason the Pandaren are vitally important, and it isn’t silly at all. But let’s back away from that for a little while. We’ll get to that a little later. Right now, let’s talk H.P. Lovecraft.

Today’s Know Your Lore is a Tinfoil Hat edition, meaning the following is a look into what has gone before with pure speculation on how it happened. These speculations are merely theories and shouldn’t be taken as fact or official lore.

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