Children’s Week Special!

We look back at a week of celebrations in honor of our children, in particular the many orphans left behind by the many tragedies that have struck the world. We in the Lion’s Roar wanted to give these orphans a voice, and so made good use of our new column and expert panel! We visited the orphanage in Stormwind to take their questions, so that we could put them in print. Thank you, children, and we hope this special edition of Ask the Lions will inspire our dear readers to do some good for the children in need.

Dragons in the Keep!

Tommy asks:


Is there true that was a dragon queen in Stormwind before king Anduin was king?


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Deedi
Dear Tommy, Thank you for your question. Not so long ago King Anduin's father was king of Stormwind and High King of the Alliance, the park area of the city got renovated and harbors his memorial, a wonderful piece of architecture commemorating a truly great King and person in general. I consulted some hefty history tomes in the public library and I indeed found some traces of dragons meddling into the internal affairs of the city in the past. Be that truth or myth from insane loonies, I can not tell since it was before I arrived in the city. Some people tend to blabber on about secret societies of lizard people controlling the world, maybe this one is an even stranger offshoot of that. I would not pay attention to such talk as it seems very far fetched, so stay assured there is no such society. But you may be relieved to read that I could not find traces of scaly meddling in the politics of the city from recent years.
Lt. Cdr. Sir Cailen Cadogan jr.
Dear reader, It is public knowledge, and the archives are freely accessible to those who wish it from the Royal Library, that a courtier from Lordaeron named Lady Katrana Prestor held a high station and enormous influence at court during the first regency of King Anduin Wrynn. After King Varian’s disappearance while en-route to the port city of Theramore, Lady Prestor installed the young prince as de facto monarch, pressing on the people's fear that that the missing king was dead. She, alongside Lord Bolvar Fordragon ruled as regents and would do so until King Anduin came of age. Manipulative, power-hungry, and dictatorial, Prestor sought to claim as much power as she could during her tenure as co-regent. I am told by many courtiers that served in that time she had personal rivalries and sycophants among many of them. Before long, her grip on power was absolute. It was only with the return of Marshal Sir Reginald Windsor that the mask of Lady Prestor finally dropped. Sir Reginald knew her secret and forced her to reveal herself as the black dragon Onyxia. She murdered Sir Reginald in Stormwind’s Keep before making her escape. The dragon was later slain by a force of men and women led by King Varian shortly before his return to the throne. So, in essence, yes. Stormwind did have a dragon queen for a while, as regent of King Anduin. Using foul illusion and manipulation, she had climbed to the very top of our society and likely would have destroyed Stormwind and the Alliance from within if her deception prevailed. The tale is a solemn reminder that we must be vigilant against enemies, even in places we consider most secure.

Family Service

Jenny asks:


My mom was a soldier and I want to become a soldier when I grow up too! How do I become soldier of the Alliance?


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Captain Anestre Thodim
Dear Jenny, Thank you for your lovely question. Your mom was so brave to do her part as an Alliance soilder and you should be very proud. Now on to how you can become one yourself. Depending on your age you can apply to be a guard when you are the age of Eighteen, that is where most people start out, you learn the basics and how to become part of the Alliance military while living at home. You may also want to find a good teacher to teach you the ways of the sword. I will warn you young Jenny, it is a hard life but one filled with adventure. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you wearing the fine colours of Stormwind.
Lt. Cdr. Sir Cailen Cadogan jr.
Dear Jenny, I am pleased to hear you wish to follow in your mother's footsteps. I am sure she would be proud. It is the duty of any proud human of Stormwind to stand and serve their crown and kingdom in any way they can. Our soldiers go a step further, offering all up in defense of our people and way of life. You are fortunate we live in a time of relative peace, it has allowed you time to choose whether it is a path you truly wish to follow. Life as a soldier is often arduous, grueling, and sometimes filled with loss. It is not for everyone. But if you can handle the strain, I can personally attest that the time I spent serving in Fifth Royal Heavy Cavalry was some of the best of my life. Signing up these days is relatively easy, if you are of age, fit, and sound of mind you may present yourself at the Stormwind Command Centre for official recruitment, or any other barracks around the kingdom. If you have a specific unit in mind, approach either in person or by letter the commanding officer in charge. If you're looking for more adventure, you could consider a mercenary company. The experience and the short-term rewards can be extremely valuable. Just make sure you find a good company, and read the contract thrice.

Lost Homeworlds

Rakaand asks:


I never seen Argus or Draenor before but papa said theyr beutiful! But I cant find them on the map, where are they?


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Professor Rathmir Fallowweald
You would not find Argus nor Draenor on any conventional map, as they are worlds that exist beyond Azeroth; they are called planets, a large, spherical formation of mass held together by its own powerful force of gravity and/or magic. These exist in the Great Dark Beyond, much like how Azeroth does, and you cannot visit them without powerful magics or technology. I must disappoint you and reveal the truth: neither of these worlds are anything more than ruins any longer. Thanks to the intervention of the Burning Legion, Argus was rendered a mere husk held together with tainted magics and technology, while Draenor was shattered into pieces that now float in the Great Dark Beyond - they are now known as the Outlands. You may recall a large, green planet in the skies some years ago: that was what remained of Argus, and we were able to see it through a sort of portal created by Legion technology. It was a green, broken world, and not a place you would want to visit - nor can you, any longer, without the interdimensional technology used to travel there previously. The Outlands are more stable and you may visit them at your leisure, the mages in the mage tower routinely offer teleportation to Shattrath, the capital of the Outlands. However, the world is dying, and is not recommended to settle in, but visitation is at least relatively safe. Assuming you stay away from the regions so highly corrupted by magic, particularly the eastern regions of Netherstorm, Hellfire Peninsula and Shadowmoon Valley.

Hearthstone Favourites?

Xander asks:


Do the Lions play hearthstone and if so what are their favourite cards


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Lola Twinspirit
Hello, Xander! I used to play Hearthstone casually before I went blind, but I was never very good at it! And it has been many years since last I laid my eyes on a card, so there are probably hundreds of cards that I have never seen before. Some of my old favourites are from the earlier sets, the “Grim Patron” card was particularly exciting to play with in those days, and I also must admit I am partial to some of the undead-looking cards, as that is what I study on the side. I also heard there was an expansion about troll Loa, perhaps some of those would take my fancy?

Elf Taxonomy

Elias asks:


Whats the difference between the elves? Void and blood and high and night elves?


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Hatir
There is alot of history to tell for that, but I will try to be brief. Originally there were only one kind, the high elves. Or Quel'dorei in our tongue. Quel being a word for noble, and dorei being a word for child, without going too much into language it translates into "Children of noble birth", or simply high elves. After some massive disagreements there was a shift in the Quel'dorei culture, and it split into two, The Kaldorei, children of the stars, and the Sin'dorei, children of the blood. And recently after some more events the Ren´dorei made their appearance, children of the void. There are also still Quel'dorei around, who went their own path from their brothers and sisters, and remained (mostly) as they once were. What really differs the various elves is how they decided to proceed in life, and the culture that came with it. This is ofcourse a very simplified version of history, and I highly recommend reading more about it when possible, when your mind has grown to handle some of the more harsh realities ofcourse. History is not for the feeble minded.
Lady Lylith Dustcloud
Bal'a dash Elias! It's.. a lot more basic at first glance then one might think... but the deeper you delve into it... the more confusing it can be... In general, it's for the most part a political difference... some followed the teachings of Elune.. others that of Queen Azshara or the promises of revenge by Kael'thas Sunstrider... whilst few followed Alleria Windrunner, listening to the whispers of the void.. I am sadly not the best when it comes to history... tho, as far as I know... it all began with the Kaldorei, also called Night Elves in the common tongue... and at some point they split up... some followed Malfurion and Tyrande, whilst others followed Queen Azshara and her teachings of the Arcane... over decades slowly turning into the Shen'dralar the Highborne, native to a small place called Dire Maul, which by now is Ogre territory... a race near extinct by that point... seeing as their anatomy drastically changed over the last centuries... their understanding of the Arcane would grow whilst their physical capabilities shrink in comparison... and along these changes, so did their name... from the Highborne... to the High Elves, the Quel'dorei! This is in theory where the anatomical difference stops... and where they now branch off in three different... states you could say... The Quel'dorei are those that did not follow Kael'thas... and lived mostly secluded over the last decades... The Sin'dorei directly followed Kael'thas... turning much of their gaze away from the arcane and instead towards the Fel... turning their eyes green... And the Ren'dorei are those that followed Alleria Windrunner and the teachings connected to the void... I sadly know very little about them, tho would like to learn more... if there is any Ren'dorei out there who'd wish to assist me... please get into contact with me! Much love and kissies
Professor Rathmir Fallowweald
The only facet of elfhood you need to comprehend is that we are, before all else, ELVES. It does not matter if we’re physically different to others, or that some of us have consorted with magics that are considered taboo, forbidden or even despicable. These labels do little good to us and only encourages more division among us. Which, I might add, is particularly historically appropriate for both elves and non-elves alike. My people have suffered much because of this, and it is an ongoing struggle. Selama ashal’anore!
Halite Rocksalt
Hello, Elias. Taxonomically speaking, the only two differences between all forms of elves (that are stated as elves specifically, such as what you have listed) is their culture and magical mutations. Mutations are not to be considered negative in this context; mutation is a biological function that allows life forms to adapt to changing circumstances in their lives. This is why some elves appear different to one another, because they live in different environments and are exposed to different types of magic. Over thousands of years, some elves grew up to look different than their ancestors. Other Lions are better qualified than I am to describe what makes them different, but I would like to also note that elves are also closely related to many other forms of life, such as the satyr, the naga and the fal’dorei. These are not considered to be elves any longer, even if they or their ancestors once were.

Growing Up

Ping asks:


What does it feel like on the last day you are a kid? and when do you stop being a kid and become adult?


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Deedi
Dear Ping, There is no real date when you magically turn into an adult. For some life's responsibilities come earlier than for others. But the good news is, being an adult is not all about being responsible and doing serious things, you can still have fun, you can still preserve the wonder and joy you have as a kid in pursuing your passions and dreams. Adulthood will come slowly but steadily, but it doesn't have to be boring or tedious, you can still enjoy life, spend time with friends and do other things you are not even allowed yet, so there is that. I hope you will have a wonderful childhood and an equally great adulthood in some time.
Lt. Cdr. Sir Cailen Cadogan jr.
For me, it was the first day people relied upon me for leadership and their survival. That day came when I was far too young, but such is life. I was too numb with fright myself to acknowledge the loss, it was something I mourned when I was much older.
Lady Lylith Dustcloud
Bal'a dash Ping.. Truth be told.. there are.. different ways of transitioning into adulthood.. In some cultures it's through Rituals.. in others a specific age.. oftentimes we can't choose when to grow up.. Tho always make sure that it happens in a way that you agree with.. as some, were forced to do such, in numerous different ways.. As to how it feels, I can't say for sure.. anticipation?.. anxiety? Everyone has to make their own experiences, their own way.. tho however yours will be and take place.. I hope that you will enjoy it to the fullest.. your last days as a child.. and your first days as an adult! It is more than just an age or feeling.. it is more than anyone but yourself can describe.. for me.. It's a certain freedom that I hold dear.. yet I still feel like I can enjoy the small things in life.. Tho the purity of childhood is something.. I do miss.. Much love and kissies

Dreams and Nightmares

Teeya asks:


What are dreams and nightmares and why are nightmares bad?


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Lady Lylith Dustcloud
Bal'a dash Teeya.. That is an excellent question... one to which no one really has a definitive answer.. For me personally... these are cognitive processes formed in the cerebral cortex and guided by your deepest emotions.. A bit like the Void.. Be it with Dreams or Nightmares... most often, you could see worlds and places unfold before your eyes that you know from memory or have never seen before... being shown clouded fragments of the past or possible visions of the future... and no matter which of those it is... they can be equally lies as they are truths... often twisted in their intent to give you hope... or take it from you... show you mercy or damnation... There are people who gave in to their dreams and those that succumbed to their nightmares... be vary of them and always take em with a pinch of salt.. Much love and kissies
Lola Twinspirit
Hello, Teeya! There are so many answers to your question that it is difficult to know where to even begin. So let me try to outline the most important ones! First of all, dreaming is part of a healthy sleep cycle. Most of your dreams are perfectly ordinary stories your mind plays through while you are sleeping. We don’t know exactly why this happens, but I think it has something to do with our memories and our emotions. Don’t you often notice that you’re having nightmares on the same day that you have had a bad experience? Nightmares aren’t inherently bad for you, it is a sign that your mind is healthy enough to warn you that something is bothering you - or it might simply be completely unintentional. Some dreams are more special. They can be magically induced into you, something which I have done many times before. This magic can be used in many different ways, you can curse someone with nightmares to make them feel unwell, or even cause harm to them, or you can even steal their dreams… but we don’t do any of that, of course. I have used dreams to explore the minds of others, and myself, through visualisation. You can actually visit someone’s dream, with the right form of magic, and anything can happen in there! Then you have the kind of dream you might have heard many others talk about before: the Emerald Dream, and the Emerald Nightmare. These aren’t strictly speaking dreams: The Emerald Dream is a plane of existence that you can access through sleep, but it is a physical plane of existence. It is believed that it may be the true form of Azeroth, as it was originally born, and it is the realm where you may find many different forms of spirits of life, including the Ancients such as Cenarius. The Emerald Nightmare was a corruption of the Emerald Dream, created by the Old Gods - but it was largely dealt with by the Heroes of Azeroth some time ago. And finally: some dreams are what we call prophetic dreams. These are visions of the future, or the past, or perhaps something entirely different that you have been granted sight of by some greater power. They’re not so unlike the dreams that you can induce magically, but they are granted to you by a very powerful being, or force. I, myself, have had many such visions, and they have told me many truths and lies about the world itself. It is unlikely you will experience these yourself, unless you really want to try to experience them, but try to wait with that until you are adult, at the very least. These dreams can be very scary, even if they don’t mean to be, and it is important that you are prepared for what may be revealed...