The book was initially published in 2003 under the d20 System License, it is basically a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons revised 3rd edition, but lacked detailed character generation or advancement rules (so you had to own the D&D core rulebooks of the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual.) and instead concentratied on describing the setting. The book contained several short stories approximately 2-3 pages in length.
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The book contains 7 untitled short stories.
- Oakwidow watches as Horde and Alliance members clash with unholy bloodlust in a tainted vale in Kalimdor, where a great demon was felled long ago.
- Oakwidow gives "advice" to the orc blademaster Redjaw, and some of his comrades, to head to a dwarven mining town to look for work. They are soon attacked by undead dwarven, elven, and human corpses that have taken over the town and its mines.
- Oakwidow lies to a group of adventurers in order to get them to attack a night elf mine guarded by ancients, which she claims are completely harmless.
- Gennet, a human warrior, has just survived an attack by demons and escapes to find an unlikely band of adventurers by a "temple of a forgotten god" and decides to join them.
- Hellak Darkhorn, a tauren warrior in the service of the Alliance, has a run-in with H'jalla Danfour, a human warrior in the service of the Horde.
- Alayin Glitterhelm, a high elven mage, murders a far seer in Kalimdor in order to get the Book of Khadgar which far seer was guarding. Unfortunately, he soon learns that something else was guarding the book.
- Within Shargha's stronghold in Kalimdor, the orc chieftain, Shargha, has a discussion with his underchief, Boraga, about the world's state of affairs.
A: No. The RPG books were created to provide an engaging table-top role-playing experience, which sometimes required diverging from the established video game canon. Blizzard helped generate a great deal of the content within the RPG books, so there will be times when ideas from the RPG will make their way into the game and official lore, but you are much better off considering the RPG books non-canonical unless otherwise stated.