World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2

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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
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March 14, 2017



Retail price

US: 35.99
UK: £27.17

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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 is the second installment of the World of Warcraft: Chronicle series. It covers the history of Draenor and the events of the First and Second Wars, ending with Draenor's transformation into Outland.


Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Books are thrilled to present the next installment of the wildly popular World of Warcraft Chronicle series. Volume 2 will reveal more sought-after details about the game universe's history and mythology. Showcasing lush, all-new artwork from fan favorites such as Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix, and Alex Horley, this tome is sure to please all fans--casual and collector alike.[1]


World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 is divided into the following sections:

Subjects covered

Volume 2 covers the major events from ancient Draenor through the end of the Second War and Draenor's destruction. The book is not written by an in-game character.[2] It doesn't have a timeline, but dates are throughout the book. It contains several maps that explain territorial boundaries through various ages.

The following are some of the subjects covered in Volume 2:



The following are mentioned in the book's index but never appear in the actual text.


  • According to Matt Burns, Chronicle Volume 2 has a very high-up view of the first great wars compared to the original games so their unmentioned battles and events still could have happened.[3][4]
  • The island of Balor was intentionally left out of the maps because Blizzard didn't want to nail down its definitive location yet.[5]
  • The index of the book features an easter egg entry - "dreadlord, see Jaina Proudmoore".

Retcons & inconsistencies

  • Aegwynn and Arcanagos originally went to Karazhan to interpellate Medivh separately on two different occasions. Chronicle Volume 2 combined the two events and also established a friendship between Aegwynn and Arcanagos.
  • It was originally stated by several sources that the events of the webcomic Blackhand — wherein Blackhand is engulfed by the elements upon attempting to retrieve the Doomhammer from a pool of lava, leaving him disfigured and with a hand of molten stone — were canonical for the main universe as well. However, Chronicle Volume 2 artwork depicts him as similar to his design in the Warcraft movie, with full hair and a tattooed black hand instead of a stone one. Matt Burns explained that Blizzard had ultimately decided to move away from Blackhand's Warlords of Draenor design and backstory; the main universe Blackhand still helped Orgrim retrieve the Doomhammer, but he was not consumed by fire.[6][7]
  • It was originally stated that Gul'dan was originally a member of the Shadowmoon clan and became a servant of Kil'jaeden during the course of Rise of the Horde, after Ner'zhul discovered the truth behind Rulkan's spirit. The Harbingers video series instead depicted the alternate Gul'dan as hailing from an unnamed clan which he destroyed after being empowered by the Legion, with no mention of Ner'zhul or the Shadowmoon. Chronicle Volume 2 reconciled (and confirmed that the video is canon for the main universe as it was previously not stated) the two by establishing that Gul'dan first became a servant of the Legion, destroyed his former clan and then proceeded to join the Shadowmoon clan and become the apprentice of Ner'zhul, allowing Kil'jaeden to begin manipulating the elder shaman.


Charts and maps

Alternate art



  1. ^ Amazon
  2. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
  3. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
  4. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
  5. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter: "We left it out because we didn't want to nail down the location. Some things we leave out of the book because we want to leave them open. Also since we never mention Balor in the text leaving it out wouldn't have caused any confusion with the story."
  6. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2017-03-11). Retrieved on 2017-03-16. “Yeah that was something we ultimately decided to go away from in Chronicle. Not to say he didn't help Orgrim get the--
  7. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2017-03-11). Retrieved on 2017-03-16. “--hammer back, but just the stuff related to him being "consumed" in fire.

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