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If you'd like to read more about the characters and circumstances that shaped Azeroth and led to the events of World of Warcraft: Stormrage, the sources listed below provide additional pieces of the story.

• You can find more information about Malfurion Stormrage's past, including his valiant struggle against the Burning Legion and its agents, in Warcraft: The Well of Eternity, Warcraft:

The Demon Soul, and Warcraft: The Sundering, books one, two, and three of the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. These three novels also explore Malfurion's relationship with Tyrande Whisperwind.

• Broll Bearmantle plays a key role in the monthly World of Warcraft comic book by Walter and Louise Simonson, Ludo Lullabi, Jon Buran, Mike Bowden, Sandra Hope, and Tony Washington. The comic also reveals influential moments from Broll's past, such as the tragic death of his daughter, Anessa, in issue #4 and the battle against his own rage inside the Emerald Dream in issue #5.

• Tyrande Whisperwind's history with Malfurion Stormrage and her rise to the rank of high priestess of Elune are chronicled in the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. More than 10,000 years after the War of the Ancients, Tyrande encounters Broll Bearmantle and Varian Wrynn in issue #6 of the monthly World of Warcraft comic by Walter Simonson, Ludo Lullabi, and Sandra Hope.

• The creation of Broxigar's enchanted ax is portrayed in Warcraft: The Well of Eternity, book one of the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. Broxigar goes on to slay many demons with the powerful weapon, and he even uses it to face the malevolent Dark Titan, Sargeras, in Warcraft: The Sundering, book three of the War of the Ancients trilogy.

• The mysterious Idol of Remulos's history and the reasons why the idol was gifted to Broll Bearmantle are revealed in issue #4 of the monthly World of Warcraft comic by Walter Simonson, Ludo Lullabi, and Sandra Hope.

• Archdruid Fandral Staghelm witnesses the horrific death of his son Valstann during a battle with the qiraji and the silithid in "Warcraft: The War of the Shifting Sands" by Micky Neilson (o n worldofwarcraft.com). The archdruid also makes an appearance when Broll Bearmantle gives him the Idol of Remulos in issue #6 of the monthly World of Warcraft comic by Walter Simonson, Ludo Lullabi, and Sandra Hope.

• Sargeras's corruption of Lord Xavius, counselor to Queen Azshara, is portrayed in Warcraft: The Well of Eternity and Warcraft: The Demon Soul, books one and two of the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. These novels also recount Xavius's bitter history with Malfurion, including the brutal final showdown between the satyr and the druid.

• Further details about Ysera the Dreamer are revealed in the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak. Ysera also plays a role in stopping the vile schemes of the black Dragon Aspect, Neltharion, in Warcraft: Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak.

• Other tales of Alexstrasza the Life-Binder and her struggle to safeguard Azeroth are told in the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak, Warcraft: Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak, and World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenberg.

• Prior to the events of World of Warcraft: Stormrage, the wise archdruid Hamuul Runetotem aided Broll Bearmantle and Varian Wrynn in issue #3 and issues #23-25 of the monthly World of Warcraft comic by Walter and Louise Simonson, Ludo Lullabi, Sandra Hope, Mike Bowden, and Tony Washington. Hamuul will also be featured in the upcoming Christie Golden novel World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm.

• Before she was taken under Tyrande Whisperwind's wing, Shandris Feathermoon was orphaned during the War of the Ancients. Shandris's first encounter with Tyrande and subsequent role in fighting the Burning Legion are depicted in Warcraft: The Demon Soul and Warcraft: The Sundering, books two and three of the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak.

• Although King Varian Wrynn leads the people of Stormwind in World of Warcraft: Stormrage, his path to becoming king was long and difficult. His early years are detailed in World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden, World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenberg, and World of Warcraft: ¡Beyond the Dark Portal by Aaron Rosenberg and Christie Golden. Varian's more recent struggles are depicted in the monthly World of Warcraft comic book by Walter and Louise Simonson, Ludo Lullabi, Jon Buran, Sandra Hope, Mike Bowden, and Tony Washington. Varian will also appear in the upcoming novel World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden.

• Tales of the foul nightmares tormenting three of Azeroth's most important figures—Warchief Thrall, Lady Jaina Proudmoore, and King Magni Bronzebeard—are told in Warcraft: Legends Volume 5 "Nightmares" by Richard A. Knaak and Rob Ten Pas.

• In this volume, the once-beloved queen of the night elves, Azshara, haunts Tyrande Whisperwind in the Emerald Nightmare. The details of Azshara's corrupt past are recounted in Warcraft: The Well of Eternity, Warcraft: The Demon Soul, and Warcraft: The Sundering, books one, two, and three of the War of the Ancients trilogy by Richard A. Knaak.

• Sylvanas Windrunner's torturous transformation into a banshee—an event that plagues her dreams in World of Warcraft: Stormrage—is portrayed in World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden.

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