World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Friday 26 May 2006
We cornered lead producer Shane Dabiri and lead game designer Tom Chilton to get the final word on the upcoming expansion to one of the most popular online RPGs in the world. We begin with the story of the Draenei -the freshly announced race.

It all begins a very long time ago, when the Eredar race (horned, blue demon-looking creatures) fractured into three different camps lead by three leaders: Kil'jaeden the Deciever, Archimonde the Defiler and Vellen. While Kil'jaeden and Archimonde joined the corrupted Sargeras, forming the Burning Legion, Vellen split off from his brethren and with his people (now called the Draenei) roamed the cosmos in their dimensional city-ship (the Exedar) in search of a peaceful haven.

On their travels, they formed a bond with the mysterious Naaru (beings of pure energy infused with powers of the Holy Light of Creation) and this bond blessed the Draenei with powers to sustain and aid them in their search.