KNOW YOUR LORE, THE BEST OF TINFOIL HATS

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You’re playing the game, you’re fighting the bosses, you know the how — but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.
A funny thing happened this week. For the past two weeks, I’ve been working on Tinfoil Hat Editions of KYL — fun, speculative posts that attempt to predict just what the heck is going on with the Warcraft universe. I was, in fact, working up to a super big reveal of an a-ha moment I’d had a couple of weeks ago regarding the nature of the mists surrounding Pandaria and what exactly happened to Emperor Shaohao.
Except that I was preempted, for want of a better word. The PTR hit for patch 5.3, and in all of the datamining of the sound files, that pet theory I’d been working with was addressed directly. On the one hand, it was nice to see that I’d been dead on and correct with what I was assuming. On the other, it meant I had half of an article written that I couldn’t really publish. … oops?
So Adam Holisky suggested in his infinite wisdom that this week, I look back on some old TFH editions of Know Your Lore — a best-of recap of some of the wilder things I’ve pointed out. It seems as good a time as any!
How to fold a Tinfoil Hat
The above post isn’t really a Tinfoil Hat Edition, but it explains a little behind what exactly it is I do when I’m coming up with these ideas. TFH editions aren’t really lore posts, they’re more like a giant what-if, speculation of upcoming events, predictions for future storylines — basically, crackpot theories that aren’t really true, but would be super cool if they were! I’d written quite a few of these prior to coming out with this article, and it occurred to me after writing it that perhaps I should have explained a bit more clearly what a TFH edition was before I’d written these earlier posts. It certainly would have saved some confusion and panicking!
But I would suggest if you’re wondering more about how these posts are written by both Rossi and myself, you give it a read. There is no magic to the posts we write, there are no secret informants in Blizzard HQ. In fact, more often than not it’s just a couple of really enthusiastic lore nerds riffing off of each other in the dead of night and coming up with some really bizarre stuff as a result.
10. The curious whispers of Tirisfal Glades
There’s a really weird in-game event that occurs out in Tirisfal Glades. It has absolutely no lore explanation for it whatsoever. But while I was researching this weird little event, I realized that there are far too many places in Tirisfal that reference whispers. Throw in Sylvanas, the Forsaken, and the Old Gods and you’ve got a theory that is pretty weird and fascinating to think about — the idea of an Old God under Tirisfal isn’t exactly a new one, mind you.
It’s been stated by CDevs that there is no Old God actually living under Tirisfal, which you’d think would completely invalidate this theory. However, given what we learned about CDevs in number 3 on this list, I still wouldn’t say it’s out of the realm of future possibility. I do hope we see more about this at some point in the future, though. 

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