Born from the stars
even amongst the races we term “ Elves ” today, there ’ s a bunch of assortment .
Modern Night Elves
modern Night Elves ( the Kaldorei, or ‘ Children of the Stars ’ ) are the descendants of those who took the treaty with the Dragon Aspects, becoming near immortal in central for holding an endless vigil over Nordrassil — the World Tree, and the Well of Eternity below its roots. tied now that the treaty has been ended with the near-destruction of Nordrassil and the death of Archimonde ( however permanent that turns out to be ), these Elves continue to embrace Druidic and Priestly magic while eschewing the arcane. A subset, the Shen ’ dralar Highborne, have recently returned from a ten thousand class exile to teach arcane charming to those few Night Elves willing to learn it .
high Elves ( Quel ’ dorei, which means ‘ Children of Noble Birth ’ in Darnassian and simply ‘ High Elves ’ in Thalassian ) are the few remaining descendants of the ancient Highborne. They once ruled Queen Azshara ’ south empire that were not corrupted into Satyrs or Naga, or isolated and lost like the Shen ’ dralar Highborne or Nightborne. The high Elves were exiled from Kalimdor over 10, o00 years ago, after using their arcane power to create severe storms in an attack to convince the Kaldorei of that clock time that their magic trick was necessary. Traveling to the Eastern Kingdoms, they attempted to settle in what is now the Tirisfal Glades before arriving in advanced Quel ’ Thalas. While some even remain, they are the merest end of a leftover, basically exiled for a second time and forced to seek shelter in a few detached locations .
blood Elves ( Sin ’ dorei, or ‘ Children of the Blood ’ in Thalassian ) are the bulk of the survivors of the High Elves. They were constantly changed by the rampage of Arthas ’ Scourge united states army, and his assail on Quel ’ Thalas as part of his master ’ second design to use the Sunwell to reanimate Kel ’ Thuzad as a mighty Lich. Nine out of every 10 gamey Elves were slain in the process, and the survivors were renamed Blood Elves to honor their sacrifice, vitamin a well as personify their drive to continue their people whatever the price. Today Blood Elves are a function of the Horde, using their familial give with the arcane to earn their place .
recently we ’ ve discovered that the ancient Highborne were not all destroyed, converted, or exiled. The city of Suramar endured flush after the destruction of the Well of Eternity, and in this long-lost city — dwelling not only to the Stormrage brothers and Tyrande Whisperwind, but besides the Shadowsong kin — a cell of former Highborne endured for ten thousand years, becoming the magically gifted and indolently crooked Nightborne. We know that they are ruled by a Grand Magistrix, but as of so far that ’ sulfur all we know — we don ’ metric ton know how they survived the Sundering, or if the history of Guardian Aegwynn raising the old temple of Elune in Suramar to become the Temple of Sargeras happened in a fortune of the city lost during the destruction of the Well of Eternity .
But not tied the Nightborne are the last people connected to the ancient Kaldorei empire .
Monsters of the past
In accession to the respective races of Elves, respective creatures no long tied remotely Elven can claim lineage from the Kaldorei of old.
The Satyr are descended from Xavius, the Nightmare Lord and first of his kind on Azeroth. Changed by Sargeras, Xavius was given the power to transform any of his people who wished it into monstrosities like himself, and many among the Highborne accepted, seeking greater exponent. First seen on Azeroth during the first invasion of the Burning Legion, these monstrosities have continued to plague their former people always since, managing to even infiltrate Ashenvale, Felwood, and even Darnassus itself. The most conspicuous moment in Satyr history was the War of the Satyr, where these vile creations of the Legion united their people in a war against their former kin and were absolutely defeated, a get the better of so total that to this day the Satyr lack anything resembling a central drawing card. They endure in freestanding clans on the fringes of Night Elf district. amazingly, it ’ s possible for a Satyr to be redeemed and returned to the shape of a Night Elf, although the one fourth dimension this happened was via the intercession of Elune .
The Naga are the aquatic serpentine race ruled by Queen Azshara, early sovereign of the Kaldorei and the one who closely destroyed the integral world by bringing the Legion through. Following the destruction of the palace at Zin-Ashari when Malfurion destroyed the Well of Eternity, Azshara and her closest Highborne servants were given an offer by the Old Gods — an offer that transformed them everlastingly into the monsters that now haunt Azeroth ’ mho oceans. The Naga were recalled to the open of Azeroth by Illidan Stormrage during his quest for Suramar and the Eye of Sargeras, which was left by Aegwynn in the Tomb she raised for the Avatar of Sargeras ’ remains. Since then, they ’ ve proved a malevolent threat to both Azeroth and Outland. Their tabby has been a power to be feared, enslaving Neptulon and helping divide the forces defending Hyjal at a critical moment. We ’ ve even to see Azshara ’ s broad power — possibly she has a greater character to play in Legion .
The Worgen of Gilneas are early Humans, but the curse that transforms them into barbarian creatures of feral bloodlust is born from Night Elves — specifically, a faction of Druids called the Druids of the Claw, who developed the Worgen curse by tapping the exponent of Goldrinn, the Wolf Ancient, during the War of the Satyr. Ralaar Fangfire and Belysra Starbreeze created the Scythe of Elune and used it to hone the forbidden Pack Form, despite Malfurion Stormrage ’ s decree forbidding it, due to their anger over the death of Arvell — Ralaar ’ south best acquaintance and Belysra ’ mho mate — during the war. Believing that Arvell would have lived had he taken the Pack Form, they sought a means to perfect it, and in so doing created the curse of the Worgen, a hybrid form that could spread the fury of Goldrinn via infectious bites. All modern Worgen are those who have been cursed in turn, in part due to the machinations of Alpha Prime, the former Ralaar Fangfire .
As we can see, the Elves of Azeroth have had a great determine on their world, changing it many times. With Legion, the bequest of the time when all Elves were Kaldorei comes round at last, and after ten-spot thousand years we ’ ll see if there is any promise of passive coexistence for them. I would not depend on it happening .
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