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    Traveler Book Series Lore

    One of the best WoW novels, not for plot or anything, but simply for the great worldbuilding. It seems like the second book in the series completely slipped under my radar and I'll probably have to order it on Amazon and give it a read, but for now, has anyone read it and willing to share any new lore? As a roleplayer I definitely like learning about the more minute lore.

    Summary of the lore from the first book, credit to Cannibal for posting about it on the official forums and for the copypasta.
    Locations
    Gadgetzan is described as a bustling city, with the motto "All roads lead to Gadgetzan." Maybe a tiny bit of confirmation that Mean Streets of Gadgetzan may be canonical? The next book in the series should touch on this heavily.

    Feralas is described as a trackless wilderness of uncharted rain forest with every inch controlled by ogres. It has hummingbird-sized mosquitoes, takes about 14 days to hike from one end to the other, and has a tall mountain peak to the southeast (near the border of Thousand Needles) called Skypeak in which some wyverns (notably an incredibly large one, Old One-Eye) roost.

    Desolace has a few new locations as well. Flayer's Point is a trade center there, presumably along the shore south of Shadowprey, with a small port. It contains tauren, quilboar, centaur and gnolls alike. It's an aggressive place as it's nicknamed "Slayer's Point". Fights erupt frequently, about every five minutes. It used to be an old skinning camp, and it doesn't reside on any known map. Near here as well is a place called "The Last Forest", which is home to the Grimtail clan of gnolls.

    Thousand Needles, interestingly enough, is described as having small camps and even entire towns on most of the spires. Keep in mind that this takes place after the Cataclysm, so the zone has been busy, apparently.

    Eastvale Logging Camp is actually a series of logging camps, with large living areas in between. A small thing to note, but I feel it's important as it's treated as essentially another town and not just a camp.

    Dire Maul is still under strict Gordunni control. The location is filled to the brim with ogres, who kidnap murlocs and other outsiders to do battle in their arena to please King Gordok.
    Races
    Gnolls reach adulthood at the age of 4. Males and females stand at an average of 5 feet. You can't trade with a gnoll or their clan until you earn their respect, usually through fighting. It's gnoll tradition that when a friend dies, you eat them. They are known to leap to great heights and run on all fours when sprinting. Their favorite food is hardboiled chicken eggs pickled in brine. Their meat is sometimes smoked and consumed.

    Centaur are described as all having bony protrusions and growths around their head. They're known to cover themselves with body paint of henna and thick dried mud. A sign of respect to a centaur is hitting your chest with your fist, like the orc's /salute.

    Dwarven males stand at an average of 5 ft. tall and weigh an average of 13 stone (182 pounds).

    Forsaken can sometimes have no blood or ichor in them at all, and they cannot die by being decapitated or torn to pieces. One character, the Whisper-Man, was shredded to bits and was still cackling from his dismembered head. He then began reattaching himself with his other body parts. Makasa suggested burning his body to truly kill him.

    Humans are known to live in Stranglethorn. This seems to be where they get their black skintones, as well as African-styled names. They have their own deep-rooted traditions and customs, and suffered the assault of the Horde during the First War just like Stormwind. Most seem to live in or around Booty Bay these days. It's Stranglethorn tradition to remove the wounding items (such as arrows) from a deceased friend, "For how could a soul rest if he must carry the cause of his death with him forever?" Also, for all humans, ogres tend to prefer eating you alive since you're fresher, but if they had to cook you, they'd keep the blood inside your carcass for more flavor.

    Murlocs stand at just a few feet tall, but the females are slightly larger than the males. They have claws on their fingers and toes that let them scale cliffs with ease. They don't measure time like the other sentient races do, making pinpointing historical events through their oral history very difficult. They also taste like chicken.

    Night elven druids can develop antlers just like Malfurion, seemingly with little druidic power needed; although time practicing seems to play a role. Also, night elven meat tastes horrible.

    Ogre males stand at an average of 8 ft. tall, while the females stand at an average of 7 ft. And, yes, there are females. Lots. Aram notes that there are just as many as there are males around Dire Maul, and King Gordok's "servant" is a young female herself. The smallest of ogre children stand at around 5 ft. tall. They can grow beards. Ogres also practice mak'gora, though only an ogre may challenge another ogre, however the challenger can pick another person of another race as their champion.

    Quilboar have a complex language of squeeling, grumbling and grunting, and are noted to fart and belch with little care. They decorate their tusks with intricate war paint and patterns. A sign of respect is emitting a loud snort. Some consume boar jerky.

    Tauren consume both gnoll jerky and quilboar meat. A gesture of respect among tauren is touching one's own chest and then forehead, which is also used to solidify deals (equivalent to a handshake).

    Sand troll females stand at an average of 6 ft tall.
    Creatures
    Kodos being used as pack animals and mounts are actually just juveniles. The adults are simply too large, being an average of 3 centaurs wide (about 12 ft. wide).

    Kraken juveniles have tentacles around 20 ft. long.

    Scorpids tend to be about 3 ft. long. Their venom causes suffocation, followed by violent seizures and then death. They have their own complex language of clicking and chittering, which can be learned by sentient races and communicated with.

    Wyvern can understand Taur-ahe, but cannot understand Common. They are usually about as large as a horse, but some can get up to three times that size. Wyvern cubs of the larger breed are about as large as bears. Their tails have two venom sacs under the stinger which are very sensitive and soft.
    Culture
    Trolls prefer to have their humans drained of blood, their stringy meat stripped of bone and then turned to jerky.

    The Grimtail clan of gnolls live in the shoreline-forests of Desolace, notably, The Last Forest. They're a friendly, trade-loving tribe of gnolls led by Matriarch Cackle, a large female gnoll.

    The Gordunni ogres call all their kings (whenever one is killed and another takes their place) King Gordok. Gordok seems to be a name the new King takes on and not an actual title. Only an ogre is allowed to be Gordok, seemingly retconning the dungeon's lore.

    Pirates operate under standard five-year contracts when signing on with a new crew.

    The Shattered Hand clan of the New Horde includes ogres among its rank, of which also remove a hand and replace it with a blade or mace.

    Stromic humans have an old custom, where if one saves another's life, they owe them a life-debt.
    Other
    Druids need a short while to shapeshift, and very rarely can it be done in a few seconds. A character in the book, Thalyss, transforms into a bear form while running towards an ogre, and the Whisper-Man remarks at how surprised he is and how talented the druid must be.

    Fadeleaf, the herb, had a pea-colored vine that grows near it. Touching it will make you very sick.

    Twenty gold can buy a person nineteen pallets filled with jerky and twenty codfish.

    Hearthstone is a very popular tavern board game.

    There are many different dialects of Taur-ahe.

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    Thank you for this.
    Quote Originally Posted by WoWKnight65 View Post
    That's same excuse from you and so many others on this website and your right some of threads do bully high elf fans to a point where they might end up losing their minds to a point of a mass shooting.
    Holy shit lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friendlyimmolation View Post
    Thank you for this.
    Highly recommend the first book, really breathes life into the old world and a lot of the mob races.
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    thanks @Atethecat!
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    Thats really interesting, thanks for posting Atethecat.

    Im actually interested in knowing more about this little details.
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    We also get the first image of an adult female ogre. @Syegfryed
    https://i.imgur.com/nGHMWTJ.jpg

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    I really like how the world scale is described in this series, it actually goes into a lot more detail than a lot of the ''main'' novels. (cough Golden cough)
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    I just want to know how long it takes to go from Brill to Undercity, and I want to know how big QT actually is.
    Quote Originally Posted by WoWKnight65 View Post
    That's same excuse from you and so many others on this website and your right some of threads do bully high elf fans to a point where they might end up losing their minds to a point of a mass shooting.
    Holy shit lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atethecat View Post
    We also get the first image of an adult female ogre. @Syegfryed
    https://i.imgur.com/nGHMWTJ.jpg
    LOL

    anyway, told ya they would have a horn, if they reduce a bit the belly they could be playable fine

    Feralas is described as a trackless wilderness of uncharted rain forest with every inch controlled by ogres
    me like that

    Dire Maul is still under strict Gordunni control. The location is filled to the brim with ogres,
    The Shattered Hand clan of the New Horde includes ogres among its rank,
    damn, so much ogre information, yet not playable, FeelsBadMan
    Last edited by Syegfryed; 2018-03-02 at 05:17 AM.

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    So Darkspears were not allowed to eat meat of sentient beings but tauren can?! Heresy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwento View Post
    So Darkspears were not allowed to eat meat of sentient beings but tauren can?! Heresy!
    They just dropped their human eating habits.
    Quote Originally Posted by WoWKnight65 View Post
    That's same excuse from you and so many others on this website and your right some of threads do bully high elf fans to a point where they might end up losing their minds to a point of a mass shooting.
    Holy shit lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friendlyimmolation View Post
    They just dropped their human eating habits.
    So it’s alright to eat a dwarf? Or a centaur?
    “Cannibalizm” in wow is confusing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwento View Post
    So it’s alright to eat a dwarf? Or a centaur?
    “Cannibalizm” in wow is confusing...
    The correct answer is as long as you don't get caught.
    Quote Originally Posted by WoWKnight65 View Post
    That's same excuse from you and so many others on this website and your right some of threads do bully high elf fans to a point where they might end up losing their minds to a point of a mass shooting.
    Holy shit lol

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    There seems to be a lot of cannibalism going on in those books.
    The worldbuilding, on the other hand, seems phenomenal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Friendlyimmolation View Post
    The correct answer is as long as you don't get caught.
    Note to self: “Start a new rp shady tavern that serves baked gnomes”

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    Night elven druids can develop antlers just like Malfurion, seemingly with little druidic power needed; although time practicing seems to play a role. Also, night elven meat tastes horrible.
    Silly thats because you don't know how to prepare. Join us next week on Sylvanas cooking power-hour for great recipe for steamed elves. Mmm steamed elves !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friendlyimmolation View Post
    The correct answer is as long as you don't get caught.
    Technically with races so diverse, only eating your own race would be cannibalism. Well in case of forsaken eating humans would also count i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrashi View Post
    Technically with races so diverse, only eating your own race would be cannibalism. Well in case of forsaken eating humans would also count i guess.
    The Warcraft universe seems to handle cannibalism as the consumption of other sentient, humanoid beings - not necessarily confined solely to consuming one's own specific race or species. I guess that makes sense for a world with multiple intelligent and humanoid species, whereas in the real world the only way for a human to be a cannibal is to eat other humans.

    Of course that opens up a lot of questions about people consuming the essences of intelligent but non-humanoid beings such as elementals or spirits - not sure if that technically qualifies as cannibalism or not in the Warcraft universe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aucald View Post
    Of course that opens up a lot of questions about people consuming the essences of intelligent but non-humanoid beings such as elementals or spirits - not sure if that technically qualifies as cannibalism or not in the Warcraft universe.
    Makes you wonder - when uncle gao had his euphoric state while devouring corpse of that poor brew elemental - was that cannibalism ? Cannibrewism ?

    Also, is boiling makruras alive war crime now ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrashi View Post
    Also, is boiling makruras alive war crime now ?
    if done by the horde yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrashi View Post
    Makes you wonder - when uncle gao had his euphoric state while devouring corpse of that poor brew elemental - was that cannibalism ? Cannibrewism ?

    Also, is boiling makruras alive war crime now ?
    Don't know about Gao given the givens, and I don't think the Makrura generally qualify as intelligent (or humanoid) enough to imply cannibalism for eating them. The lines are a little more blurred in the Warcraft universe than ours given the preponderance of varieties of intelligent life - it may be a cultural thing with a given race as to where they draw the particular line (e.g. the Trolls are on the low end of the bar whereas other humanoids like Humans or Elves might be at the higher end).
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