Welcome to the first weekly edition of "Ask the Lions"

The first official entry into the "Ask the Lions" segment is finally here. Our expert panel has built up a roster eager to answer your questions, and this first edition goes out to them. Get a taste of who they are, how they think and what you can expect from them in the future! It must be said, not all credit can go to the hard work of our employees and the Lions in the making of this article. In the aftermath of our April Fools article, reader Emily Gill'iosa wrote to us, telling us about how excited she was to learn about the murlocs joining the Alliance. We unfortunately had to let her down by stating the truth, but as a consolation prize, we let her ask the first question in our new column. This one's for you, Emily! Thank you for reading the Lion's Roar!

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Favourite books!

Emily Gill'iosa asks:


"Helo Lion's Roar! It's a bumer that the murloc won't join us. I was exited to have a mrglgling friend! Thank you for leting me ask the first question, that's realy cool! I love reading the Lion's Roar! So my question is, what is everyone's favorite book? Like, of all the people who work at the Roar!"


Answers


Reverend Aevyr Azurebloom
What a nice question! I’ve had to give some thought to this. I’m a voracious reader and tend to get lost in whatever I read. My journey to become a priest sees me read all sorts of different material - from history, to language, to math and beyond. I’ll give this in two answers! If we’re talking non-fiction, my favourite probably has to be this book I have on different plant life found across Eastern Kingdoms. It’s written like a tourist guide as it tells you about the plants properties, but also where to find them and fun little things about the areas. This one is called ‘Fantastic Plants and Where To Find Them’! For fiction, by the Light I could talk for hours! I just love getting lost in a good story! Having a library all to myself, or sitting by a fire on a cold day, or by a tree in the woods just relaxing with nothing but me and the book... sorry, got distracted! My favourite genre is fantasy. And my favourite book is called ‘Sun and Moon’, it’s part of a series about this Quel’dorei Ranger who befriends a Kaldorei Druid and they come together to stop an evil plot. Full of fantastic action scenes, amazing story and adorable romance. I recommend!
Doctor Barovan Shayde
I am one of the few individuals that may not be an occasional bookworm as I personally value more active means of spending free time than huddling up with a book. The literature that I do devour from time to time is mainly non fiction: There is one book I am working on current named *"Matters of the Mind"* which follows an Alliance foot soldier of the Fourth War that struggles with serious amnesia after getting in an artillery accident and gaining trauma from such. The book follows his day to day and bigger struggles to build up his life again after having a total reset of his memories, which is safe to say not very easy if you were already married and had two kids. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to those that can withstand the subject, it is definitely not a breakfast topic but it does give an insight that no matter what may be thrown your way, there are always ways to cope with them. Of course I may be totally biased as I am currently researching ailments of the psyché, but I get a point for at least reading a book.. Right?
Lt. Cdr. Sir Cailen Cadogan jr.
A tricky question indeed. I have had an interest in history since I was a boy. It was the subject I excelled in by far. When you are that age and growing up in Lordaeron, heroic tales of the great King Thoradin captured the attention of any lad with dreams of their future honour and glory. As I grew older and studied more astutely, I acquired a fondness for the works of the late Alteraci historian and cleric, Jaros Talhart. His works, Rise of the Clan Strom, Union of New Nations, and the Forging of an Empire, tell an excellent academic account of King Thoradin’s rise to power. The text includes all the major points of his legend, Thoradin's conquering of rival clans, and the forging of an alliance between both Kings, Ignaeus and Lordain, to the sacrifice of King Lordain, and the destruction of the Amani. But there is far more detail, discussion, comparative arguments between other historians, and first-hand accounts of battle-tactics used. Talhart’s telling of the legend is supported by evidence from archaeological digs, preserved records taken by contemporaries, and interviews with elves old enough to recall King Thoradin's reign. Talhart was a masterful author, and his works are an accurate telling of both King Thoradin’s diplomatic and martial prowess. Studying these texts will give the reader a thorough education on the man who secured humanity’s future, and laid the foundations for our civilisation.
Krincozz
Great question. I have recently started to work on mechanical limbs and i found this book called “The art of mechanization” which goes into detail on how to effectively make a mechanical limb. I sadly couldn’t find who made it so I am guessing it was the first gnomes that became mechagnomes. It is made for people who already know a lot of engineering making it hard to read for those who have little experience in engineering. I highly recommend it for those fascinated by Mecagon city and Mechagnomes or those who need a new limb.
Hatir
"The way of T'lara". An old elven biography, part fairy tale. The best way to describe a T'lara is a warrior armed only with words, which can be a great compliment to a diplomat or pacifist, or an insult to a cocky fighter. The tale itself was the former, following an un-named warrior who could best all her opponents in battle, but would never strive to escalate conflicts. She would talk like a master, calming the most fierce of foe, and ending any hostility without bloodshed. She was said to even convince a dragon to give our their hoard to a needing settlement. I believe the fairy tale bit is rather obvious.
Deedi
Dear Emily, Thank you for your interest and your submitted questions. While I never had much dealings with murlocs before, I heard quite a few stories that they are not the friendliest of neighbours. Smell, noise, food littering and a general tendency to violent behavior makes them not the best suited to befriend. Lacking personal experience, I will refrain from drawing a definite conclusion on it but I would stay cautious at first. Pertaining to your question about favorite books, I scoured my library a bit and gave it some thought. Please excuse me from listing more than one, dear Emily. • My favorite non fiction book is "The history of pandaren brewing techniques through the ages" by Master Hyase Stormbelly. It contains quite a few interesting techniques suited to make excellent rum, but also quite a few hints on how to make other tasty drinks, like lemonade with an flavourful spin. • Pertaining to fiction books I quite like "Collected fables and myths from around Azeroth" by Professor Liallan Clankerbolt. I like to read about other beliefs and world conceptions, as it can show you how diverse the world is. It can offer a different perspective on your own beliefs and traditions as well. A highly recommended read. • The book I am mostly looking forward to be released is "The Great book of Gnomish poetry" by Bertel Wobblespring. The title says it all, a nice cultural collection of Gnomish poets and their work. I can't wait to actually get it in my library. I hope I could adequately answer your question, dear Emily.
Professor Rathmir Fallowweald
Favourite book? This was not what I expected when I signed up for this. My personal taste in literature is irrelevant - if I even found much enjoyment in the frivolous act of reading for entertainment. Reading for the sake of learning, however, is a different matter, but ascribe favouritism to intellectual works, is like asking what tool in your toolbox is your favourite. I will instead list books that have been influential to my growth as a man of thought, science and reason. "Applied Physics" by professor Digitus Allochrome. "Revolution: Science of the Heavens" by astromancer Antoine Embersnow. "VOID: The cosmos beckons!" by high astromancer Solarian. "Aggramar Shrugged" by Randal Aynes. And be certain to read my book, where I give an inside look into how prince Kael'thas and his armies conquered the Tempest Keep: "A Netherstorm on the Horizon".
Lola Twinspirit
Hello, Emily, and thank you for your letter! Books are wonderful, and I am happy to hear that you enjoy them. They are microcosms of reality, and can teach us as much about ourselves as they can about any other matter! My personal weakness for literature has historically been romantic novels, about happy couples that, against all hardships, find that love prevails and they live happily ever after. I cannot say that I can call them any more than a guilty pleasure, so instead I will recommend the "Crypt Raider" series by Dirk Afterton. It is about dashing archaeologist Everest Macklemoore's many exciting adventures across the world, uncovering treasures and ancient secrets abound! Hemet Nesingwary's works may also be of interest to you: "The Green Hills of Stranglethorn" is an impressive read. I will also take this opportunity to recommend some more heavy literature; "Post Mortem: What Happens After Life" is a wonderful philosophical conversation about the meaning of life, undeath and, indeed, death. It may no longer reflect a totally accurate image of the mechanics of the afterlife, but it is so much more than just an explanation of reality. It is very close to my heart and soul, quite literally, sometimes!
Lady Cherry Blossom
Dear Emily, It's good you want to make friends with everyone, keep that spirit up, but remember, friends are not to be taken for granted, but rather appreciated, cultivated and cherished. Always listen and care about your friends honestly. About my favourite book I can't help but have a thing for romantic novels, but only those that portray a good relationship, a real one. For that my favourite book is "The Golden Thread" by Hinara Frostsleep, a wonderful pandaren writer that portrays love and relationships in a very positive way, where both parts understand they have to listen and help each other, but that love isn't about changing for the other or making sacrifices, but rather finding the person that matches your likes, that shares your goals and therefore grow together.
Lady Lylith Dustcloud
Bal'a dash Miss! That is.. normally a hard question to answer but.. at this current point in time.. fairly simple. I had a lot of good books to read in my life.. many of which with medical background.. or just basic literature.. at times even once full of poems and lyrics. Tho, about half-a-year ago.. a good friend of mine, was able to translate an old Eredar book about their usage of the Light in society.. even with.. much of their understanding, of the light, still goes far beyond my knowledge and maybe even a few translation errors made their way inside.. it still fascinated me.. how a civilization not just embraced the light in this way.. but more so build upon it.. used it in ways no other could even dream off.. and by the end of it.. created something entirely different from it.. Some of their.. knowledge.. of what they created would be considered blasphemy to the light.. breaking the natural rules of life.. and I agree.. and yet.. the fascination of it won't let go off me.. I do not aim to.. at some point achieve what they did.. But.. just thinking about what, at least in theory.. and for them even in practice is possible, is something I hope to build upon on other fields as-well.. maybe.. if we start to think outside the known box.. we'll make breakthroughs in topics we'd yet believe to have reached the very top.. and to always strive for more..
Gaedryel Ravenbreath
Hello, Emily. I understand how you feel, I find murlocs quite cute, but remember they can also be dangerous! Now, about your question, my favourite book is 'Wonderful Companions and Where to Find Them' written by the Kaldorei huntress Mydrieth Moonseeker. It's a guide about all the beasts, birds and animals you can find in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, how to tame them and how difficult it might be. Very useful for a hunter, but don't try to tame any animal if you aren't well prepared for it, it's very dangerous.
Halite Rocksalt
Dear Emily, My favourite book is 'The Grimoire of the Outlands', with the tagline: 'A guide to the magical creatures of the ruined world of Draenor'. It describes the many unusual life forms native to the Outlands as discovered by the Alliance Expedition during their travels across the ruined world. In later years, some of the findings described in the book have been proven erroneous largely due to temporal anomalies that brought our armies and the heroes of Azeroth to an alternate timeline of Draenor. The science is also not particularly good. Many creatures have been mistakenly identified as demons, and some have been given attributes they do not typically have. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining read for anyone who is interested in animals, magical creatures and interdimensional beings. It is also an exciting adventure journal, it details the first adventures across the Outlands made by the Alliance. It is my favourite book because it has inspired me to do much of the work that has gone into my own book.