The reclusive Night Elves were the first race to awaken in the World of Warcraft. These shadowy, immortal beings were the first to study magic and let it loose throughout the world nearly ten thousand years before Warcraft I.
Courtesy of http://classic.battle.net/war3/nightelf/
I don't understand why they keep retconning this. Ignoring my annoyance with their decision to confirm night elves used to be trolls - a decision which I feel hurts both
races and was far more interesting as something ambiguous - do they have any idea how ridiculous this makes their timeline look?
They need to stop going backwards. There is a 10,000 year gap where nothing happened in Azeroth, and then suddenly the world is about to end every year from a new threat each time. Just think about that for one second... 10,000 years. That is no small amount of time. If they have
to go back in time, they should be filling in that
blank, not continually going backwards and retconning the night elves being the first civilization.
It's not even like this is some little bit of lore that can easily be overlooked or forgotten about, like with the eredar being the race that corrupted Sargeras. It has been continually stressed that night elves were the first, and then they suddenly start adding civilizations and races that pre-date the NE.
It wouldn't be so bad if this information wasn't delivered to us by the part of narrators. Discovering that civilizations pre-date the night elves is interesting, if it's conveyed to us by Azerothian historians who don't know any better. Instead, Blizzard has told us 'out of character' so to speak that they were the first, which makes things frustrating when they change it.
As an example of what I mean, in Mass Effect we're told by characters within the game world that the protheans were the first race, which makes it a good plot twist when we discover that there were actually many other civilizations pre-dating the protheans. That works way better than Blizzard changing their minds constantly over lore established by narrators telling us about the setting.