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|Warcraft III Time Line|
|A Brief History
10,000: The Night Elves awaken in the world and found a great society in the heart of Kalimdor. They tinker with primitive magic and inadvertently set it loose throughout the world of Azeroth.
The demonic Burning Legion, lured by the resultant energies, launches a massive invasion in order to drain the world of its innate magic. The Night Elves, unable to defeat the raging Demons, and are forced to ally themselves with the ancient Dragons in order to banish the Legion from the world. The ensuing conflict is so apocalyptic, that the greater land- mass of Kalimdor is broken apart and smashed beneath the sea.
The Night Elves vow to never use magic again, for fear that the Legion would return.
6,000: Unwilling to give up its precious magics, a small band of Night Elves is exiled from Kalimdor. Travelling to the newly formed eastern lands, they found the kingdom of Quel'Thalas and begin to refer to themselves as High Elves. The High Elves are continually besieged by the native Troll warbands.
2,900: The Human Empire of Arathor is founded in Lordaeron.
2,700: The High Elves, on the verge of losing their continuing war against the Trolls, seek the aid of the Humans of Arathor. In exchange for their help against the Trolls, the High Elves agree to teach men in the ways of magic. The combined army of Elves and Humans succeeds in wiping out the majority of Trolls in Lordaeron.
2,600: Due to the Humans' reckless use of magic, agents of the Burning Legion find their way back into the world. The Order of Tirisfal is founded. The powerful Guardians of Tirisfal are charged with fighting a secret war against the agents of the Legion, unbeknownst to the general populace.
1,200: Due to internal struggles and the pressures of over-expansion, the Human Empire of Arathor fragments into seven autonomous nations.
45: The Guardian, Aegwynn, defeats Sargeras, the Lord of the Burning Legion in single combat. Sargeras' malevolent spirit bonds with the soul of Aegwynn's unborn child.
40: Though banished from Azeroth, the Burning Legion corrupts the Orcish clans on the world of Draenor. The once noble, shamanistic Orc clans unite and become a rampaging Horde under the rule of the malevolent Shadow Council.
37: Aegwynn gives birth to her son, Medivh, who is destined to become the Last Guardian.
1: Medivh, driven mad by the spirit of Sargeras, opens the Dark Portal and the Orcish Horde begins its invasion of Azeroth.
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
5: Medivh is killed by his best friend, Lord Lothar, and his own apprentice, Khadgar.
After five grueling years of attrition, the Horde finally conquers the nations of Azeroth and Khaz Modan and claims Blackrock Spire as its base of operations.
Lord Lothar leads an exodus of refugees to the northern nation of Lordaeron. Once there, he convinces the leaders of the seven human nations to unite in arms against the Horde. The separate nations of the Arathorian empire are reunited as the Alliance of Lordaeron.
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
6: Orgrim Doomhammer, the Warchief of the Horde, launches his mighty fleets to invade the shores of Lordaeron. The unstoppable Horde pushes its way into the heartland of Lordaeron and succeeds in destroying the High Elves' ancient kingdom of Quel'Thalas.
The Alliance forces push back, but Lord Lothar is killed during the siege of Blackrock Spire. Spurred by the death of their beloved leader, the Alliance armies crush Blackrock Spire and push the Horde back to the threshold of the Dark Portal.
The Dark Portal is destroyed and the Horde is defeated.
7: The renegade Orcs are rounded up and placed into internment camps by the Alliance.
Thrall's Tale: Lord of the Clans
22: Thrall, a young Orc raised as a Human slave and gladiator, escapes from bondage and sets off on a quest to discover his stolen heritage. Thrall succeeds in reuniting a number of renegade Orc clans and leads them in revolt against the Alliance Regional Wardens.
23: With the threat of a new Horde looming over them, the Alliance nations begin to bicker and quarrel. Tensions run high amongst the Human leaders. Thrall becomes the new Warchief of the Horde and helps to reintroduce his people to their abandoned shamanistic culture. The reinvigorated Horde finally begins to lose the last traces of the Legion's demonic corruption. Civil strife rages through the nations of the Alliance as threat of a new, unseen foe draws near - The Burning Legion has returned...