Setting and Lore
Do I need to be familiar with the Warhammer Fantasy Battles or Fantasy Roleplay games in order to play the MMO?
While our game is set firmly in the Warhammer world, you do not need to be familiar with the existing games in order to enjoy the MMO. We will provide you with all of the background information you will need to comprehend the setting and storyline, and become familiar with the various races and characters in the game. If you are interested in learning more about Warhammer, the following links may be helpful:
Where can I read about Warhammer Lore that is pertinent to the game?
Before you get into the game, our official Warhammer Online site has some sections where you can read up on lore including: Armies of WAR, Zone Overviews, and Background Stories. Once in-game, the innovative Tome of Knowledge will unlock many of the secrets that the Age of Reckoning has to offer.
Does the Age of Reckoning take place before, after, or instead of the Storm of Chaos?
The Age of Reckoning is set in the "modern" Warhammer world. This is the world in which Karl Franz is the Emperor in Altdorf, Finubar sits upon the Phoenix Throne, and the High King of the Dwarfs is Thorgrim Grudgebearer.
While Sigmar is the most "famous" god worshipped in the empire, there's a whole pantheon of deities whose religions survive and are still extremely popular in the old world (empire included). Morr, the god of death, Mannan, god of the seas, Shallya, goddess of healing, Ulric, god of winter, Myrmidia, goddess of war, Verena, Goddess of justice and learning, and others. Will we see those religions portrayed at least in NPC dialogues, temples and quests?
Absolutely! You'll hear mention of these other Gods in NPC dialogue, and you'll even meet some of their servants, like the Sisters of Shallya.
What happened to Strigos?
When we started crafting our backstory, GW suggested that we use the 4th edition army books as our primary references. These books are packed full of lore, and so we were happy to oblige. In the fourth edition undead book, Strigos is not mentioned. Rather, the capital city and Empire of the Mourkain people (called Morgheim by modern Imperial scholars) are referred to simply as "Mourkain". When it came to our attention that the Vampire Counts army book has some different information, we contacted GW to ask for their advice. They suggested that we stick with Mourkain, and so we did.
What is the relationship of the plague to the invasion of the Empire by the Tzeentch warhost?
Ah, the inscrutable Tzeentch. You really only ever know one thing about the way Tzeentch works, and that is that you cannot possibly fathom how Tzeentch works. Would it be beyond him to use misdirection or cloak his schemes by using the device of a rival Chaos god? Certainly not! Is it strange that the plague causes a transformation in its victims, but causes no decay? It might seem strange if you think the plague is Nurgle's doing. As with any good mystery, the devil is in the details, and we won't spoil the surprise by giving those away. These are questions you'll just have to answer for yourself as your Tome unfolds.
Why are you having the Dark Elves control the greenskins?
They aren't. All that Malekith did was set events in motion. The greenskins hardly need to be told to attack the Dwarfs or to start a Waaagh!--these are all things they'd happily do anyway. Malekith simply pointed them in the first direction and empowered Grumlok and Gazbag to be particularly effective Warbosses. As the Age of Reckoning dawns, the Orcs and Goblins are very much acting of their volition.