- For the non-canonical term, see Traveler (Shadows & Light).
Hardcover: October 25, 2016
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World of Warcraft: Traveler is a World of Warcraft novel following the adventures of young Aramar Thorne, son of famous explorer Captain Greydon Thorne. This epic action-adventure series features a young cast of Warcraft characters discovering the mysteries and majesty of the world around them. It is a story told from a different perspective when compared to other expanded universe offerings, being a more down-to-earth experience and dealing less with big bads.
Written by celebrated comic book author and animator Greg Weisman, the first book includes full-page illustrations and sketches created by Blizzard artist Samwise Didier, along with a full-color cover illustration by Blizzard artist Stephane Belin. Traveler is also available in digital form, and as an audiobook released by Scholastic Audio in November 2016, narrated by Ramón de Ocampo. The second part, Traveler: The Spiral Path, was released in February 2018.
The third Traveler book is currently set to be released on fall 2019.
It's been years since twelve-year-old Aramar Thorne, a clever boy who is never without his precious sketch book, has seen his father. So when Captain Greydon Thorne comes ashore and asks his son to join him at sea, it feels as if someone has redrawn Aram's entire world. At sea, Aram struggles to get along with the Wavestrider's crew - especially Second Mate Makasa, a tough teenaged girl who has been reluctantly placed in charge of him. Just as Aram starts to get his head above water, a band of vicious pirates attack the Wavestrider, turning his world upside down once again. As Aram and Makasa try to find his way home, they encounter creatures both terrible and wondrous, and Aram will seek to understand Azeroth's denizens as he draws them in his sketchbook, forming unlikely friendships along the way. But the journey is hindered by Greydon's compass, which never points north. If the compass isn't leading Aram and Makasa home--to safety--to what destiny is it leading them?
- It takes place during a late summer nearing autumn.
- The press release description was changed from the following original: Before he knows it, Aram is aboard the Wavestrider with Lakeshire fading to a distant dot on the horizon. But the thrill of adventure quickly fades, as Greydon relentlessly schools Aram on how to handle his cutlass and how to relate with the strange and diverse creatures of Azeroth.
- Despite the change, the book still confirms that Aram comes from Lakeshire.
- This is the first time that female ogres and gnolls directly appeared in Warcraft (although the existence of female ogres was previously alluded).
- The book established that "Flllurlokkr" is the Nerglish word for fisherman. Flllurlokkr was later added in Legion, becoming the first in-game reference of the book.
- None of the named ogres from Dire Maul appear, except King Gordok.
- The large amphitheater (along with the nearby dome of thorns and pen for prisoners) Aram and the others fought in for the amusement of the ogres could be The Maul, Gordok's Seat or some other previously unseen area of Dire Maul. It is said that it was carved into the hillside.
The story takes place in summer of Year 30, during the events of Mists of Pandaria. Indeed, Pandaria is mentioned and present on maps, and pandaren items are mentioned as well. Gazlowe also appears, meaning it couldn't be during Warlords of Draenor (Year 31) as he was on alternate Draenor then. Death Speaker Blackthorn also appears alive, while he was killed in Warlords of Draenor. Ironpatch who was alive at the start of Cataclysm (Year 28) was stated to have been killed by Makasa when she was 15. In the present, Makasa is stated to be 17, which means two years after Cataclysm, and thus Year 30. And finally, several months before Greydon Thorne returned to Lakeshire, his crew visited Gadgetzan (Year 29) where Marin was already a baron of Gadgetzan. He was first seen as its baron in Cataclysm (Year 28).
- From announcement trailer
Aram and Zathra