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The campaign takes place shortly after the events outlined in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne.

History of the World.
( Years are calculated from the creation of the Dark Portal)
-14,000 Night elves establish the first great civilization by the Well of Eternity in Kalimdor. Investigating the Well releases magic upon the world.
-10,000 The Burning Legion invades Azeroth to drain the world of its innate magic. The demons are vanquished and vow to return.
-4,000 After centuries of wandering in exile, the high elves establish the kingdom of Quel’Thalas in northern Lordaeron.
-2,800 Humans establish the Empire of Arathor in Lordaeron. High elves teach humans the ways of magic.
-40 The Burning Legion corrupts orcs on the world of Draenor. The once noble, shamanistic orc clans unite and become the rampaging horde.
1 The Dark Portal is opened and the Horde begins its invasion of Azeroth.
4 The Horde conquers the kingdom of Stormwind. The seven human nations of Lordaeron unite against the Horde, with assistance from high elves and dwarves. The Alliance of Lordaeron is founded under the command of Lord Anduin Lothar.
6 The Horde invades Lordaeron and destroys much of Quel’Thalas. Alliance forces push back, but Lord Lothar is killed. Spurred by Lothar’s death, the Alliance armies crush the Horde and destroy the Dark portal.
7 The shaman Ner’Zhul reopens the Dark Portal between Draenor and Azeroth, sending orcs to steal artifacts to open multiple portals on Draenor. Alliance forces venture through the Dark Portal to stop Ner’Zhul.The shaman opens his new portals, but their energies spiral out of control. The Alliance forces destroy the Dark Portal so that Azeroth is not consumed by the raging energies. The blasted world of Draenor tears itself apart.
23 The orc Thrall, raised as a slave by humans, sets out on a quest to find his lost heritage. He reunites a number of renegade orc clans and leads them in revolt against the humans.
24 Thrall becomes the new Warchief of the Horde and reintroduces his people to their abandoned shamanic culture.
25 The Horde captures Alliance ships and makes a dangerous journey past the Maelstrom to the unexplored lands of Kalimdor. A mysterious plague of undeath sweeps across the northern realm of Northrend on Lordaeron; the Knights of the Silver Hand investigate.
Prince Arthas, a Knight of the Silver Hand, becomes corrupted in overzealous pursuit of the undead Scourge. He is transformed into a Death Knight and leads the Scourge in a rampage across Lordaeron. The destruction heralds the return of the Burning Legion; Alliance forces flee to Kalimdor in hopes of finding the means to defeat the demons.
Horde and alliance forces unite against the Burning Legion. They empower the World Tree to destroy the demon Archimonde and defeat the Burning Legion.
The surviving mortal forces establish new colonies on Kalimdor.
26 Present time. One year after the Battle of Mount Hyjal, mortal races explore and settle the wild continent of Kalimdor. Increasing encounters with demons and undead suggest that the long years of battle are not over….

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