|Playable races in World of Warcraft|
| Human · Night Elf · Dwarf · Gnome · Draenei · Worgen|
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| Pandaren|| Orc · Undead · Tauren · Troll · Blood elf · Goblin|
Highmountain Tauren · Nightborne · Mag'har Orc · Zandalari Troll
- "Esarus thar no'Darador' - By Blood and Honor We Serve."
- —Archaic human saying.
After centuries of peace, the increasingly independent city-states of Arathor split into kingoms: Gilneas to the west, Alterac, Dalaran, and Lordaeron to the northwest, Kul Tiras to the southwest, and Stormwind to the far south. Strom itself was renamed Stromgarde and remained a powerful kingdom.
But disaster struck when the orcish Horde appeared on Azeroth and reduced Stormwind to ruins. The city's survivors, including the young prince, Varian Wrynn, fled to Lordaeron, where the leaders of the seven kingdoms resolved to unify once again in the Alliance of Lordaeron. Together, they succeeded in defeating the Horde. But peace for ther Alliance would only prove to be temporary.
As upkeep costs rose, Gilneas and Stromgarde withdrew their kingdoms from the Alliance. Then came a plague that killed thousands of humans and converted them into undead servants of the Lich King. Lordaeron's prince, Arthas Menethil, was manipulated by the Lich King, leading Arthas to kill his own father and journey to Northrend, where he merged with his master and became the next Lich King. For the next five years, Arthas remained in Northrend, plotting and building up his armies.
But before Arthas could unleash his gathered power, humans and other races banded together, securing a costly victory. Members of the Horde and the Alliance launched separate campaigns in Northrend, and their efforts resulted in the Lich King's defeat.
The kingdom of Stormwind has become the strongest bastion of humanity and the most powerful force in the now multi-racial Alliance. Now, the people of Stormwind hold fast to the principles of honor and justice as they defend their settlements and their allies.