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This timeline is based on the one in the WoWPedia's unofficial timeline because Blizzard has provided at contradicting standards when establishing dates in various official timelines, and this one becomes the most accurate version. In a larger scale, the differences are insignificant, but when referring to the last decades the dates differ by up to five years (this timeline uses the earliest version - so others might say that some events happened up to five years later than listed below). No sources say that night elves (or other races) count the events in "Warcraft: Orcs & Humans" (the first Warcraft game) as a "year 0" - it's merely for reference.

#147,000 to 65,000 years before the opening of the Dark Portal: The mighty Titans arrive on Azeroth and creates two races to reshape the world. The earthen maintain the land; the sea giants patrol the waters. The Titans place the Well of Eternity, the source of all magic on Azeroth, in the centre of the world's single continent, Kalimdor.

#14,000 years before the opening of the Dark Portal: The powerful Well of Eternity leaks magic into the community of kaldorei living nearby, evolving them enough to create the first great civilization. As the kaldorei investigate the Well, they release more magic into the world.

#13,500 years before the opening of the Dark Portal: The kaldorei begin to harness the power of the Well and practice arcane magic. They build an advanced civilization, creating powerful artefacts and even reshaping the land. Some kaldorei sense that magic abuse is a significant problem and cease practising. They remain the kaldorei, while those who revel in the arcane arts dub themselves the Highborne.

#10,250 years before the opening of the Dark Portal: The kaldorei's warnings were true: Corruption comes to the Highborne in the form of the Burning Legion - a society of magic-consuming demons from another dimension. The demons cannot enter Azeroth physically without assistance; so Sargeras, the lord of the Burning Legion, begins to manipulate the wizards. He promises more power if the Highborne will open a portal. They do so, deep in the Well of Eternity, giving Sargeras free entry to Azeroth.
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#10,000 years before the opening of the Dark Portal: The Burning Legion invades Azeroth, determined to drain the Well and destroy the night elf civilization.

   (Novel) War of the Ancients Trilogy:
   War of the Ancients Trilogy: The Well of Eternity (Richard A. Knaak)
   War of the Ancients Trilogy: The Demon Soul (Richard A. Knaak)
   War of the Ancients Trilogy: The Sundering (Richard A. Knaak)

Malfurion and Illidan Stormrage, and the priestess Tyrande Whisperwind, lead the battle against the demons, destroying the Well of Eternity in the process. With the portal gone the Burning Legion is banished from Azeroth; but the magical shockwave splits Kalidor into several continents, creating a dangerous maelstrom in the centre of the sea.
Illidan Stormrage, loathe to lose the arcane magic of the Well, creates a new Well of Eternity using water from the first well. His enraged brother locks him away in an underground prison.
Three dragons - Alextrasza, Ysera and Nozdormu - plant Nordrassil, the World Tree, over the new Well, hiding it.

#9,000: The World Tree and the Emerald Dream
#7,300: Exile of the High Elves
#6,800: The Founding of Quel'Thalas
#2,800: Arathor and the Troll Wars
#2,700: The Guardians of Tirisfal
#2,500: Ironforge - the Awakening of the Dwarves
#1,200: The Seven Kingdoms
#1,026: War of the Shifting Sands
#823: Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt
#230: War of the Three Hammers
#45: The Last Guardian
#46 - 19: (Novel) Rise of the Horde (Christie Golden)

#0 The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind

#1 - 4 (PC Game) Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
   (Novel) The Last Guardian (Jeff Grubb)

#6 (PC Game) Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
#7 (PC Game) Warcraft 2X: Beyond the Dark Portal
#10 (Novel) Day of the Dragon (Richard A. Knaak)
#18 (Novel) Lord of the Clans (Christie Golden)
#20 (Novel) Of Blood and Honor (Chris Metzen)
#25 (PC Game) Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos
#26 (PC Game) Warcraft 3X: The Frozen Throne
#29 (Manga) The Sunwell Trilogy:
   The Sunwell Trilogy: Dragon Hunt (Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim)
   The Sunwell Trilogy: Shadows of Ice (Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim)
   The Sunwell Trilogy: Ghostlands (Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim)

   (Novel) Cycle of Hatred (Keith R. A. DeCandido)

#30 (PC Game) World of Warcraft Begins
#31 (PC Game) World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
#32 (PC Game) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
#33 or 35 (PC Game) World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Malfurion sounding the Horn of Cenarius


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