L'histoire de Warcraft (partie 3) - Trolls, Elfs et Démons

Ceci est une traduction d'un ensemble de post trouvé sur imgur et écrits par [zigzagler](https://imgur.com/user/zigzagler) [https://imgur.com/gallery/sRptv](https://imgur.com/gallery/sRptv).
Bien que l'histoire est maintenant racontée plus en détails dans les livres Warcrafts Chronicles, cette série de post vous permet de connaître les grandes lignes historiques sans devoir les lires.
Cet ensemble de post ayant été écrit en 2015, certains éléments ont maintenant été dévoilé, je noterais les correctifs dont j'ai eu connaissance d'une astérisque.
Traduit le 06/01/2018

(source: Sean O'Daniels http://www.odbrush.com/)

This is a long one, so hold onto your butts. The trolls had built several great empires. The Drakkari in the frozen north, the Amani in the dark forests, the Gurubashi in the deep jungles, and the Farraki in the howling deserts. All of Kalimdor was theirs, uncontested. The various beast-men of the land kept to their own and away from the juggernaut that was the combined might of all troll empires. For two thousand years the trolls reigned supreme, backed by the primal and inscrutable spirit-gods known as the Loa. What the trolls did not foresee, however, was a threat from within the heart of their lands.

The Kaldorei

The Kaldorei

(source: http://nightblue-art.deviantart.com/art/Tyrande-Whisperwind-333953197 ) At the very center of Kalimdor, there was a great, swirling lake of mystic water where the magic of the world converged. This was known as the Well of Eternity, and upon its shores the Night Elves came to be. This fledgling race gazed into the magical waters of the Well, and saw upon it the reflection of the moon. Nocturnal as they were, they came to worship the moon as their goddess, naming her Elune. They believed they were her children, as the stars were alongside the actual moon in the sky. It was such that they named themselves "Kaldorei", meaning "Children of the Stars".

Cenarius

Cenarius

(source: Alex Horley http://alexhorley.deviantart.com/ ) The beliefs of the kaldorei were further justified when, from the vast woods that covered Kalimdor, the demi-god Cenarius strode to meet them. With the upper body of a night elf and the lower body of a stag, it was said that he was the son of their goddess Elune and the great stag spirit known as Malorne, the two having met when the stag roamed near the Well of Eternity. The nomadic, bull-like tauren tell of a similar tale independent of the night elves, further confirming the belief. It was the great dragon Ysera, Aspect of Nature, that recognized Cenarius' power and taught him how to tap into the Emerald Dream and the gifts of the natural world. Cenarius would prove to be one of Ysera's mightest allies and champions in the days ahead. Cenarius (somehow) begat many children. His sons were the stoic Keepers of the Grove, and his daughters were the fair Dryads. Cenarius was the one to bring druidism to mortals, teaching a night elf named Malfurion Stormrage first and foremost. Tauren claim that the demi-god visited them and shared the secrets of the Emerald Dream prior to teaching Malfurion, though their lack of a written history makes this claim implausible.

Queen Azshara and the Well of Eternity

Queen Azshara and the Well of Eternity

(source: Milivoj Ćeran http://www.mceran-art.com/ ) As is usually the case when incredible power is involved, a schism formed amongst the kaldorei. A separate group began to study the powers of the Well more intently, using its primordial magic to hone their art as mages. This group, elevating themselves above other kaldorei, called themselves the "Quel'dorei" or "Highborne". The brother of Malfurion, Illidan Stormrage, counted himself amongst them, though he was not born into their order. Their leader, Azshara, rose to become a queen. Her power was matched only by her vanity, though it was far from undeserved. She used her power over the Well of Eternity to beguile others into her service, her servants believing her to be a vision of Elune herself, if not the Goddess made flesh.

Trolls Rebuked

Trolls Rebuked

(source: http://nightblue-art.deviantart.com/art/Tyrande-304095524 ) The growing power of the night elves was not unnoticed by the Zandalari trolls. Commanding the favor of their Loa, they had the Amani and Guruabashi empires strike at the kaldorei, only to be denied. Between the arcane power of the Well of Eternity and the gifts of the Emerald Dream, the night elves thwarted the troll incursion and broke their offensive soundly. The trolls retreated to lick their wounds, thus beginning their decline.

Azshara and Sargeras

Azshara and Sargeras

(source: http://breathing2004.deviantart.com/art/the-queen-Azshara-100149724 ) With the trolls pushed back and the night elves undefeated, Queen Azshara's thirst for power continued to grow. She began to seek other sources, eventually discovering a voice amidst the Twisting Nether, the realm of magic where demons dwell. Azshara knew nothing of demons, and even if she had, her ego would prevent her from regarding them as a threat. Azshara began to speak to the Fallen Titan, Sargeras, across the gulf of space. He struck a bargain with the power-hungry queen, appealing to her vanity and ego. By her command, the Highborne began to transform the Well of Eternity into a massive gateway, from which they would usher in the Burning Legion and Sargeras himself.

The War of the Ancients

The War of the Ancients

(source: artist unknown, in-game art) Demons began to pour forth from the Well of Eternity, spreading like locusts into night elven lands. However, thanks to the teachings of Cenarius and the kaldorei's ties to revered spirits known as "Ancients", they stood a fighting chance against the end of the world. (Also the assistance of a few pesky time-travelers, but I won't get into that.) Some of the Highborne, led by Azshara's high councilor, Xavius, committed a profane ritual that gave them the blood of demons. It twisted their bodies and blackened their souls, making them grow horns, claws, tails, and furred, goat-like lower bodies. They were the first of the satyrs. Kaldorei clashed with Highborne and demon alike, though one who counted himself as Highborne stayed his hand. Illidan Stormrage instead chose to align himself with the druids and the priestesses of the moon, for the latter was led by his love, the High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind. Though Malfurion shared in these affections, he begrudgingly accepted his sibling's aid. The end of the world was no time to be picky. The five dragonflights rushed to aid against this threat, though that was when Neltharion chose to reveal his betrayal of the other four. The Black Dragonflight, while having no allegiance to demons, chose that time to strike against the other dragons, vying for the power of a powerful artifact.

The Ancients

The Ancients

(source: http://breathing2004.deviantart.com/art/Archimonde-318336922 ) The Ancients were incredibly powerful beings whose power stems from the Emerald Dream. Trolls considered them to be the Loa of the night elves, as they bear resemblance in their roles to the trolls' own spirit-gods. Goldrinn the Wolf was the incarnation of ferocity itself. Even against endless tides of demons, his rage could not be quelled. It was said that he fought for several days without rest, and that he slew over 10,000 demons before he fell in battle. Malorne the White Stag was an incredible sight on the battlefield, knocking aside massive demons and goring them with his antlers effortlessly. However, he was killed by the eredar lord Archimonde when he seized the Ancient's antlers and used them to snap his neck. Tortolla, a might tortoise Ancient, was the definition of "the immovable object". He crashed against countless waves of enemies without faltering. He was thought to be dead, buried under a mountain of slain demons. In the aftermath, he was approached and emerged from his shell. He asked if the battle was over. Agamaggan, progenitor of the quilboar race, was a massive boar covered in wicked spines. Though he was reluctant to join this war, he charged headlong into battle, heedless of his own safety in order to crush the invasion. He fought against the Pit Lord Mannoroth, and was eventually overcome. Quilboars claim that wherever his blood fell, massive, spiked briars sprouted up from the ground. Avianna, once a mere raven, was chosen by Elune as her messenger and became a bird-like elven woman with wings and talons. Rather than take part in open battle, she often relayed messages across Kalimdor and gathered information for Cenarius. She was grievously wounded after being knocked from the sky, and fled the mortal realm. When this occurred, Avianna's realm, a colossal tree called G'Hanir, died. Her favored followers became the first of the harpies. Lastly, the twin bear Ancients, Ursoc and Ursol. Despite their immense size and strength, they were gentle and kind. This kindness became ferocity when the Legion threatened to destroy all they held dear. They were eventually overwhelmed and slain, but left behind their legacy in the form of the bear-like furbolg people.

The Great Sundering

The Great Sundering

(source unknown) When the demons were driven back to the Well of Eternity, Sargeras was preparing to enter the world. With no time and no options left, the night elves had no choice but to disrupt the Highborne's rituals and destroy the Well itself. In a cataclysmic event felt across the world, the Well of Eternity collapsed in upon itself, releasing incredible energies through the earth, splitting Kalimdor apart. Demons still bound to the Well's power were pulled back through it, leaving behind only the part-elven satyrs who fled. Azshara and her Highborne were not so lucky, and were pulled to the bottom of the ocean. Kalimdor broke apart into four continents, spreading out from what used to be a font of pure magic. In its place, there was an endlessly swirling vortex of water, and would come to be known as the Maelstrom.

The Highborne, the World Tree, and the Long VigilThe Highborne, the World Tree, and the Long Vigil

The Highborne, the World Tree, and the Long Vigil

(source: yaorenwo http://blog.sina.com.cn/yaorenwo ) With so many dead, the night elves had a clear enemy to blame- the Highborne. Those that were not pulled beneath the ocean with Azshara were instead judged by the remaining kaldorei. Malfurion and Tyrande decided together that further bloodshed would not undo the damage that had been done to the world, and instead exiled the Highborne from their lands. These Highborne, led by Dath'Remar Sunstrider, took their leave and sailed across the sea. Illidan Stormrage, despite having aided the druids, was not blameless. He used some of the waters of the Well of Eternity to try to create a second well, high atop mount Hyjal, as well as defecting to Sargeras at one point in the war. Despite being Malfurion's own brother, he was sentenced to be locked beneath the earth, where he would remain for ten thousand years. The remaining dragonflights came together and granted the night elves a great gift, but at a price. Alexstrasza the Lifebinder created the World Tree from an acorn taken from G'Hanir before its destruction, planting it in the lake Illidan poured the waters of the Well of Eternity into. Alexstrasza blessed it with health so it would not fall prey to corruption and Nozdormu blessed it so they would remain ageless as to stand guard against the threat of the Burning Legion. The kaldorei named it Nordrassil, meaning "crown of the heavens". Ysera's blessing allowed the druids to enter the Emerald Dream, which was required of them in return for Nordrassil. The druids would slumber, thus beginning the Long Vigil. Traditionally, druids were men and priests were women, so the defense of Kalimdor fell to Tyrande Whisperwind. She formed the Sentinels, a force of female warriors and warrior-priestesses to guard their ancestral home until the time came to awaken the druids.

Bonus dryad. (source: Chris Rahn http://www.rahnart.com/ ) Hope you enjoyed reading. Took me a while to put together. I'll try to keep the next one more concise.

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