012. Warcraft: The Movie Trailer...What does it tell us?

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Warcraft:The Movie

Geez..What a teaser!
Finally we can say, "Finally!". A much anticipated Warcraft movie, don't y'all agree? Ever since young, we were enraptured by this game that has caught our imaginations. Such a vast world, courtesy of blizzard.




We were caught in the craze early on, and we wished for more didn't we!
Personally, for this writer, I started off with an instant liking for the orcs in Warcraft II. That was my first foray into this wonderful world. Some of you, would've caught on earlier, in the game that was the original: Warcraft 1. Such was the fervor when you had a lot of mages to control, a lot of resources to plunder, a lot of research to do and finally, a lot of wonderful characters to play around with. Ahhh...the nostalgia!

The story: The lore states that In the first war, the orcs came from nowhere to wipe out the kingdom of Azeroth as they did with other worlds. The Orcs orginated from Draenor under the guidance of Gul Dan who was influenced by the burning legion. The orcs formed the horde which wiped out Azeroth until all human survivors were pushed back to the north.

In the 2nd war, Six years later, The scattered armies of Azeroth band together under the banner of the alliance to make a stand against the horde, rallied by Lothar.

It didn't take Lothar(or at least, his presence to be felt again though)...

Somewhere in 2000s, Blizzard released an expansion into the Warcraft world. Warcraft III was born, and we were introduced to tasty cinematic trailers and two new races(not to forget, upgraded graphics!)

Warcraft III stretched our imaginations further. Do you remember this 1v1 map? Booty Bay?
The evil Undead campaigns which bought us a plethora of new race features

Not to mention our love for the night elves
The Story:The third war introduced all the races banding up to fight against the true evil that is the undead who were the original presence that haunted and manipulated the orcs to initially wreak havoc upon the world of Azeroth. The orcs, after being freed from their demonic roots, now help the humans against the Burning Legion(Undead), whilst the century old Night Elves are once again summoned at arms to once again combat the burning legion. They join the fight with the orcs and humans. The war culminates at the battle of mount Hyjal where our bandied forces make a last stand against the demonic Burning Legion.

The Warcraft III expansion later on shows the fall of knight, Arthas who murdered his king and was influenced by his dark sword: Frostmourne. Each time, he falls deeper and deeper into insanity by the whispers of the dark blade until he loses all shred of his humanity, consumed by hate and anger...Now, he soughts to end the world of Azeroth.

Then in 2004, in quick succession, Blizzard created a phenomenon. The World Of Warcraft MMORPG was introduced to the world. It saw millions of fans get their "groove on" with a character that they could play with in the land of Warcraft lore. Travelling by foot from one end to the other, will take you a few hours IRL! imagine the vastness!

In the WOW mmorpg and it's expansions, players control a customizable character as they explore the land of Azeroth and do quests. Along the way, they discover more of the lore surrounding the vast world of Warcraft. Fans around the world caught on to the craze and you could see tournaments being held, cosplayers roleplaying as their beloved WOW characters...and there were shouts and a trememdous demand for a Warcraft movie.

And boy, did Blizzard Entertainment responded.


This upcoming 2016, Blizzard is at it again, introducing to us(with the collaboration of Universal & Legendary Pictures), a live-action story to the World of Warcraft as we know and love. In case you haven't catched the trailer, the watchable youtube link is below:



The Story of Medivh

A long time ago, the Order of Tirisfal was formed, originally to protect the world from the corruption of magic. Namely, the Burning Legion. The order contained a band of powerful mages in their ranks to carry out the protecting. They were called the Guardians of the Order of Tirisfal. They were also awarded the honorific name of :Magna, which in dwarvish tongues, mean "protectors". Each guardian were given considerable power and longevity.

Aegwynn was Medivh's mother, a great magna who defeated the Lord of the legion, Sargeras, who came to Azeroth in an avatar. Although, she managed to trap the physical form of the avatar of Sargeras, the dark lord Sargeras had predicted this and let it be, as his spiritual presence, after being killed, absorbed itself into Aegwynn's body. That was his plan all along.

Following this historic event, Aegwynn , was tasked to choose a next successor to be a guardian: instructions from the Order of Tirisfal. Hearing this, Aegwynn, disobeyed as she grew arrogant after her big victory...without her knowing, the dark lord Sargeras was starting to manipulate her.

Aegwynn then didn't want the order to choose a successor to her, so she seduced Nielas Aran, another mage(but not a magna) so that she could bear a child, who would be her successor. Little did she know that the essence of Sargeras transferred itself unto the newborn child with the intent to corrupt it. The Child was Medivh.

Medivh issuing a warning to the Lordaeron Council on the invasion of the Burning Legion leading
to the third war. Medivh in this timeline has apparently been purged of his corruption.
Medivh rose to power(but never received the honorific of magna, instead he was referred to as Magus). In his corrupted stupor, he banded with an orcish war chief shaman called Gul Dan, and they both, under the influence of the Dark Lord, opened the dark portal allowing demon-influenced orcs into Azeroth.

Later on in the lore, he was killed by his close friends, one of them believed to be Anduin Lothar , and he passed on to the nether, but his soul persisted in the form of the prophet. Later on, before the third war, he sought an audience with humans, the newly purged orcs and night elves to undo his wrongdoings by uniting to fight the burning legion. This led to the third war.
 
 
The Story of Gul'dan

 Gul'dan was an Orc shaman who was the first to become a warlock and lord of the shadow council. He was under the tutelage of NerZhul who took Gul'dan in because of his impressive skills in controlling the elements. Gul'dan was also known to be a betrayer of the orcs when he led his clan to drink the blood of Mannoroth(an agent of the Burning Legion) who would grant the orcs with power, but at the price of consuming their souls and spiralling them to do the bidding of the Burning Legion.








In doing so, Gul'dan had cursed the orcs.

Later on, in the lore, Gul'dan was brought to seek the tomb of Sargeras, in maelstrom whereby Magna Aegwynn had buried the physical form of the avatar of Sargeras. He went there believing that he could quench his thirst for more power, only to find out that he had been tricked by the Dark Lord and was trapped in the dungeon where the tomb laid. Wave after wave of burning legion hordes attacked him, and before his final dying moments, knowing that there was no escape, wrote his story on the wall panels in the dungeon with his own blood.





Gul'dan writing on the wall panels with his own blood

After his death, his skull became an artefact there as his memories still survived within it, holding immense powers.


Let's Examine the trailer
 

Now, that we get the lore out of the way, let's look at the screenshots of the trailer to see if we can come up with something. By now, most of you would've probably somehow know how the story will be, but do take note that continuity in the Warcraft lore and what we see in the trailer have some stark differences, which couldn't really fit any existing WOW timeline. But oh heck...


We see stormwind at the start of the trailer, with the arrival of...
Our main human protagonist, Anduin Lothar.(notice the alliance banner at the back)
This picture seems to show what seems to be Khadgar with an important piece of news to tell
the council

Lothar deduces that some dark being is behind this attack
As in the end of the first war, the scattered armies of Azeroth are pushed into stormwind to band together under the banner of the alliance.

We see our orcish protagonists; Durotan and Orgrim Doomhammer leading their uncorrupted
orc brethren out of badlands.

Most probably a dark portal energy imploded whilst being opened, leading the orcs
to seek new sanctuary.



Not to mention, the corrupted fel orcs plundering the helpless frost wolf clan, led
by Durotan.

With nowhere to go, our Orc heroes travel as far as westfall, which is already pillaged

On the other hand, our orc heroes, led by Durotan, whom isn't consumed by demonic influence finds that his people are in tatters. He needs to do something...besides, baby thrall is in danger.



So Durotan bands up with Lothar to stop the dark portal from letting in more chaos. Both are fighting to protect their people.



In the end, our heroes must find a way to stop BlackHand, Gul'dan and Medivh.

Circled in red, the Dark portal!


Blackhand angry at why Durotan refused to side with his people.

Here we see Durotan punching Gul'dan in the face.

Lothar attempting to go through deadwindpass to go Karazhan to assassinate Medivh to prevent further damage.

We see nerzhul here

Conclusion

I think it's fair to assume we all know where the movie is headed towards. Although, how our characters go about doing so, is a different issue. I hope this did not and will not spoil your movie experience. Just keep in mind that this article was constructed on a hunch based of of the Warcraft lore. Nevertheless, nostalgia will hit Warcraft fans when they see how closely accurate the locations are.

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