A near-legendary World of Warcraft fan site, ScrollsOfLore is the place for Azerothian adventurers to discuss their epic deeds. While the main page is rarely edited the forums are full of the fandom's greatest scholars who gather there to discuss the finer points of lore, furthering their understanding of the setting.
At least, that's one interpretation.
Others say that the Scrolls of Lore forums are a hive of scum and villainy that are only a few steps above /b/. Amidst flamewars and trolling, members argue viciously about politics in both Azeroth and the real world. No holds are barred, and no feelings are spared.
So which is it?
Depends on what you're looking for. You can still find a lot of well-reasoned World of Warcraft discussion. At the same time, don't go in unprepared. If you make a controversial statement, be prepared to defend it. Don't expect people to be nice.
Though some SoLers are pretty nice. Others act nice, but actually aren't. Have fun finding out which ones are which!
This website provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Brown: Cantus, the forum's current (unofficial?) head of Administration, is Iranian American.
- Ascended Fanboy: Several.
- Omacron, who interned at Blizzard.
- Insane Guy of Doom writes for BlizzPlanet.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: A poster named Thornby, an urban legend on the site.
- Bedlam House: The Halls of Lordaeron. It didn't end well.
- Berserk Button: Simply saying the word "forsaken" is enough to get some people furious around there. Other users have more specific buttons, such as Tyrande being wounded by orc archers in Wolfheart or Gilnean harvest witches not being "real" druids.
- Canada, Eh? Home to some of the forum's most and least respectable users.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: There are a few.
- Eagleland: A frequent subject of discussion, with posters arguing whether it's Type 1 or Type 2.
- Eldritch Abomination: At least three. The one you need watch out for is known variously as ijffdrie, Jeffrey, Ramses the Great and Pink Hat.
- Fan Fic: Several, the sort of endeavors you'd expect from a community built around fictional lore.
- Fantastic Racism: They mean it, too.
- Flame War: If it weren't for World of Warcraft, this would be the site's raison d'être (though plenty of the fights revolve around World of Warcraft). Threads like "American Politics", "International Politics", and "Feminism Reborn" provide posters with an endless verbal battle. If you come in, be sure to have an exit strategy. Because threads are only loosely moderated, they inevitably go off topic. Popular fault lines include:
- Horde vs. Alliance
- Republicans vs. Democrats (or more broadly, Conservatives vs. Liberals)
- Religious vs. Non-Religious
- Bonus round: Religion A vs. Religion B
- Foe Yay Shipping: Members who heavily disagree with each other, notably on the Forsaken/Lordaeron topic, are sometimes shipped together and told by other users to just get a room and get it over with already.
- Grumpy Old Man: Bolvar has staked his claim on this position.
- Insane Troll Logic: The argument stemming from an addition of Forsaken-style lampposts leading to the belief that Blizzard was whitewashing the old Lordaeron style.
- Internet Tough Guy: Plenty of these.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Recent developments in the story and lore of the forum's purported subject make it fashionable to be a cynical, depressive jerkass.
- La Résistance: There exists a small, conditionally interested faction which chafes under the heavy-handed tyranny of the Mods and Admins, and seeks to overturn their corrupt rule and instate the will of the People as sole governor of the forums.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Noodle Incident: Numerous instances.
- Lamp posts, on how the Lordaeron crest on the lamp posts of Brill relate to the Forsaken's claim to the area
- Soldrethar, a divisive user
- Rolandius, a troll of the more universally-insane persuasion
- Nostalgia Ain't Like It Used to Be: Most users agree the quality of Blizzard Entertainment's work has gone downhill in recent years.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Happens sometimes. They come back.
- They always come back.
- Small Name, Big Ego: A large number of personalities on the site.
- The Smart Guy: ARM3481, who may or may not be a robot.
- He's a robot.
- Soap Box Sadie: Some of these pop up. They can be militant about RL issues, or problems unique to the world of Azeroth. Or both.
- Sudden Name Change: Happens periodically. Examples include:
- Ferlion to Ruinshin
- Call of Duty 1 to Codimus the Staunch
- Mustrum to Archimedes to Anansi. At least, that's what the masses say. Those in the know realize that the spider god is eternal and above such petty name-changes.
- Destron to HlaaluStyle
- Whiny Ally to Trickster (although he keeps pretending his previous persona never existed)
- KLRMNKY to Ma Caque Attaque
- Troll: Some posters are more troll-y than others. But in the end, everyone trolls at least a little bit.