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Long before the fallen titan, Sargeras, unleashed his demonic Legion on Azeroth, he turned his baleful gaze upon the world of Argus and its highly intelligent inhabitants, the eredar. Believing that this magically gifted race would be a crucial component in his dark quest to undo all of creation, Sargeras contacted the eredar’s three leaders – Kil’jaeden, Archimonde, and Velen – and offered them knowledge and power in exchange for their loyalty

Only Velen abstained, for he had seen a vision. In it, his people were transformed into hideous demons, and they joined the ranks of Sargeras’ Burning Legion: an army of unspeakable evil that would grow vast and decimate life on countless worlds. With the aid of the naaru, benevolent energy beings who had resolved to combat the fallen titan’s nihilistic crusade, Velen gathered other like-minded eredar and narrowly escaped Argus. Forever after, these renegades would call themselves the draenei, or “exiled ones.”

Kil’jaeden, who had loved Velen like a brother, was infuriated by the draenei’s flight from Argus and their ungrateful refusal of Sargeras’ offer. In retaliation, Kil’jaeden led the Legion’s armies on a relentless pursuit of the draenei throughout the cosmos. Eventually, Velen and his beleaguered people eluded their hunters and found sanctuary on a remote world that they would name Draenor, or “Exiles’ Refuge.” Having been instructed by the naaru in the ways of the Light, the draenei developed an extraordinary society on their new home and came to know the shamanistic orc clans native to Draenor.

Yet the draenei’s peaceful existence did not last. Upon discovering the renegades’ home, Kil’jaeden corrupted the noble orcs into a single, bloodthirsty force of destruction: the Horde. Blinded by rage, the orcs wreaked havoc upon the draenei, slaughtering over eighty percent of the race and forcing Velen and other survivors into hiding. Many draenei also mutated into lesser forms known as the Krokul, or “Broken,” after being exposed to the fel energies wielded by orc warlocks. Decades after the Horde’s genocidal campaign, the shaman Ner’zhul opened magical portals throughout Draenor, and the resulting magical stress tore the dying world apart.

In the wake of the calamity, what remained of Draenor – known henceforth as Outland – devolved into a battleground among the Burning Legion and other factions vying for control of the ruined landscape. To escape the mounting chaos, Velen and a number of his followers commandeered the Exodar, a satellite structure of the stunning naaru dimensional fortress named Tempest Keep. Using this craft to search for new allies, the draenei left Outland and later crash-landed upon the world of Azeroth.

Inspired by heroic tales of the Alliance and its victories against the Legion, the draenei sought out and pledged their loyalty to this courageous faction. Not long afterward, Velen and his noble refugees played a key role in urging the Alliance to invade Outland and disrupt the Legion’s nefarious activities. Armed with their unshakable faith in the Light, the draenei ventured to their embattled former home as steadfast members of the Alliance and defeated their ancient demonic rivals.

The return to Outland offered many draenei a chance to reconnect with their brethren who had been left behind. While some of Velen’s race chose to rebuild their society in the shattered land, the majority of draenei remained on Azeroth, vowing to uphold their commitment to the Alliance. Recently, Velen was granted a dire vision concerning a war between the forces of light and darkness that would take place on Azeroth. Thus, the draenei and their sage leader are now bravely preparing to stand against the shadow that they believe is fast approaching.

----------------from the Blizzard offical history of Draenei

updated in full version and cut off the border~~~
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shit, I think I found homage to this in in the current expansion! 
ArianeVass Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work. :) 
Plavkovie Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
THIS IS SOOOOOOO EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spaz attack Squee! OMG OMG OMG OMG Epic clap yay 
Asotcha Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
This reminds me of everything I loved about the begenning intro to 'The Wind Waker' of Zelda fame. "This is but one of the legends of which the people speak." This fantastic piece shouts at me. Beautifully executed and envisioned. Well done!
deionscribe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
I keep thinking that the draenei are the kind of people to immortalize historical events in mosaic/stained glass art. But that said, this summarizes very well the draenei's history.
So nice to see this pic again in a long time.
junichan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I love these, ever since I first saw them on WoW's fanart page.
Belanal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Amazing! :D and so true to the lore! I commend you, sir.
OuroborosI Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! Gul'dan!
strawbJAMM Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad I found this again! I came upon this images about a year ago somewhere and loved it so much I threw it into my Windows Wallpapers at work. And then I lost my job and the computer it was on.

But today "Being a Geek" posted a link on Facebook to one of your Lord of the Rings "stained glass" images and I recognized the style immediately, so I came poking around and found this one again. I love it and the others in this style. Excellent work.
acherondea Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Wow, really gorgeous! I love it!
animecrazy2513 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
Jalapeno2442 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
simply amazing!!!
ppaxson Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
You created some hawtttttttt art. Nice job friend :D :blowkiss:
KehrinMUH Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Amazing !
Lillyfrost Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Mekkatorque rulz <3

Really beautiful piece
DarQuing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I saw this on the WoW website, saved it to my computer and set it as my wallpaper :)

Are you going to do one for the worgen? *big, sad kitten eyes* >@.@<
Saphira001 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! <3
thewarlock66 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
nice with what you did with sargares
ahnenerbe1993 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Lilarinn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
this is amazing!
mikachu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! Very well done!! :heart:
TheWolfScream Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very good work... o.O
Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
All of your WoW stained glass works are absolutely brilliant.
Lloyd-O Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Your Warcraft murals are so amazing. Will you ever do a history of the orcs one? That would be awesome.
sandfan7 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I swear everytime i see your work I lose my breath
Sugarsop Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome I love the way u convey the narrative
JainaOkamii Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
It's amazing, awesome, beautiful...I love it, I absolutely love it
dither1987 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Holy crap, this is awesome!
Aenimass Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I love the composition of this. The image of Kil’jaeden and Archimonde in Sargeras's hand bowing to him is incredible.
qfzpjm159 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow~! This is a good works, I like it.
And, I'm from China, too. :D
P.S.: Finally in DA found you...
Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
These are amazing
Thriftstoredragon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your stained glass like murals. They are epic!
Jake13DK Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
These are really good!
Awesome work.
nortnee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
maedai Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
I went on a faving spree with these - just have to say all four images are AMAZING. I would love to have actual windows like these!
skullsean Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   Artist
i've looked over all these and they're really accurate nice job and their all really beautiful to.
clowregulus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
As a proud draenei paladin, this image makes me so proud :)
Hallowrook Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Amazing work!
Kaneladit Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I saw this featured on the WoW page. I sooo wanted them in my collection and now I do. :'D
Redxiii18 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Sylkvass Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Love all of your art, these ones are awesome, would be awesome if someone made these ones in mosaic glass like they got in churches as stuff!
GeruSadora Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
BigSneak Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely brilliant! :D
Janychen Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
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BugCommander Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Beautiful! Just Beautiful!
Andreas1638 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
I just got a question: The event beneath sargeras arm, the one with the pitlord, is it supposed to happen on Argus or somewhere else? :)
ThomasDWell Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
That is just amazing!
schmatz716 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Do you think you will ever offer this in a larger print? I ordered the 4 x 8 because I wanted to get the full image printed, but I would love to buy a larger one to match the others I have bought.
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