The demigod of the Groves, Cenarius, is son of Elune and Malorne the Waywatcher—white stag. Cenarius has a upper torso like a Night Elf, while his lower torso is that of a stag. His body is 10 feet tall supported by four strong legs ending in hooves. His eye-orbs are golden, his moss-green hair falls down to his shoulders. His hair and beard grows leaves and twigs. On his head, Cenarius has two glorious and enormous Antlers that add more length to his ten-feet body frame.
The forest lord shepherded the forests and groves of Azeroth, protecting all living beings and nature. Cenarius is mostly worshipped by Night Elves and Taurens, but worshipped as well by other woodland beings.
Cenarius is very powerful using druidic magic—he may command the roots to grow to entangle his enemies or summon forest spirits to materialize as treants. Cenarius avoids any physical attack and slows downs any enemy that tries to engage him with entangling roots. Cenarius can heal an army with a rain of tranquility, or individuals. He can telepathically communicate with anyone in any language and plane shifts between both the Emerald Dream and the physical world at will. Cenarius can also travel through many layers of the Emerald Dream. There are layers below the Emerald Dream that are represented as the world before the Titans created life in Azeroth and before the Well of Eternity was built upon Azeroth. There are other layers above that transports you to periods of time where the mountains were still been shaped by the Earthen and Sea Giants. War of the Ancients: The Sundering book reveals the different layers of the Emerald Dream. Malfurion was able to penetrate Deathwing’s wards blocking his lair by delving below the layer of the Emerald Dream, in a primal world younger than the Emerald Dream—refered to as a world before the Titans defeated the Old gods.
Although legends of Night Elves say that Cenarius is son of Elune and Malorne, Krasus revealed to Malfurion of a deeper relationship between Cenarius and Ysera the Dragon Aspect of the Emerald Dream. Although Malfurion thought at first both were lovers, it is later revealed to him that Ysera is mother of Cenarius, which either contradicts the former belief that Elune mothered Cenarius, or confirms that Elune is truely one of the shapes taken by Ysera to manisfest herself to the Night Elves—reference: War of the Ancients book three: The Sundering.
Cenarius became interested in the Amani Trolls that found and explored the magics of the Well of Eternity, 16 milennia ago. The waters of the Well evolved the Amani Trolls into the primitive Night Elves. As their intellect and mastery over magic grew, he decided to make himself known to the Night Elves to protect them and teach them. Although few followed his teachings, Malfurion became his best student in druidic ways.
To most of the population, Cenarius was but a legend, except for a few who witnessed his presence among the mortals. Malfurion taught Malfurion to walk the Emerald Dream after finding he was ready. When the the highborne of Azshara allowed the Burning Legion to enter Azeroth, Cenarius rallied the Ancients Agamaggan, Ursol & Ursoc, Malorne, Aviana and other deities and Eternals to engage the Burning Legion’s Doomguards, Felguards and Eredars.
Many Ancients died, but Cenarius remained to help rebuild the land and the Night Elf civilization for ten thousand years. Cenarius was finally slain during the second coming of the Burning Legion, when Mannaroth defiled with his blood a fountain to let Grom Hellscream drink from it. Mannaroth wanted to take revenge against Cenarius for his involvement during the first invasion’s defeat. Grom Hellscream transformed into a ccorrupted orc and convinced the Warsong Clan to drink from the defiled fountain.
With almost god-like strength, Grom Hellscream and the demon-tainted Orcs defeated Cenarius in Ashenvale, when Cenarius defended the forests from the Orcs Wood Camps who were cutting off trees for their campaign as ordered by Thrall.
Thrall was away with Cain Bloodhoof seeking the Oracle, which proved to be Medivh. Grom Hellscream listened to the Troll Witch doctors, who felt a powerful magic source, and fell before the temptation of Mannaroth’s defiled fountain thinking that it may help him defeat the demigod Cenarius. Although Cenarius died, the Night Elves think that Cenarius might be reborn with a different shape. The leader of Circle of the Druids, Dendrite Starblaze—in the Moonglades, is often seen talking while rising his face to the sky, as if talking with Cenarius’s spirit.
You may read the Tauren legends about Cenarius’s birth here.
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Elune is the most powerful Eternal of Azeroth and the only true goddess in the world of Azeroth—Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light ranks her as lvl 85 healer. She avoids any and all types of combat. She appears before Night Elves disguised as a ghostly Night Elf female with a skin that glows with intensity. Her eyes are pure moonlight silver, and her clothing along her arms, chest, legs and head are adorned with silvery jewelry.
Elune has the ability of calming races engaged in battle by singing a song of peace at night, until sunrise. She can heal or grant a follower the gift of healing. She can also resurrect a dead creature. Elune has never made herself known to any living creature in the physical plane in a physical form. She appears as a ghostly-image in dreams or in her most adept’s mind.
Elune protected all living beings and let them grow and thrive. She would cast her calming influence over many races to avoid conflicts among races. Malorne, Cenarius and Elune helped the primitive Night Elves to evolve without falling corrupted to the arcane magic of the Well of Eternity for many centuries. Despite their attempts to help the Night Elves, Azshara and the highborne were corrupted by the magic of the well.
After the War of the Ancients, the Well of Eternity was destroyed by Malfurion. The catastrophic earthquakes sundered the middle jungles of Suramar and Zin-Azshari underwater, leaving an eternal scar of chaotic energies—a storm zone known as the Maelstrom. The sundering caused Volcanoes to arise and release lava and ash into the athmosphere. This period in history, known as the Sundering, at the end of the War of the Ancients, caused the world of Azeroth to enter a a darkened era. The ashes from volcanoes caused the athmosphere to block the Sun for 8 milennia.
During those milennias, Elune helped to heal the land and to nurture the world back to life. Most of the Ancient Eternals perished during the invasion of the Burning Legion, including Malorne, Ursol and Ursoc, Agamaggan, and others.
With help of her son Cenarius, she could heal the land, and 3,000 years ago, the sun was once more seen upon Azeroth when the ashes in the atmosphere extinguished. The trolls, humans and the recently awakened Earthen had barely survived the coldness and darkness of those 8 milennia with no sun.
Barely entering a new era of peace and land harmony, a new threat loomed in the horizon when High Elves taught Humans to wield magic. The reckless use of magic in the hands of some humans called the attention of the demons once more, resulting few milennias later into the second coming of the Burning Legion.
According to War of the Ancients: The Sundering, Krasus revealed to Malfurion that Ysera mothered Cenarius. We recommend you to read War of the Ancients: The Sundering.
UPDATE 9-21-05: Richard A. Knaak answered to Blizzplanet:
Blizzplanet: “War of the Ancients Trilogy reveals that Ysera is mother of Cenarius and lover of Malorne. Are Ysera and Elune one and the same?”
Knaak: “Elune and Ysera are not the same. Here is the explanation, per Blizzard, who did not wish any further elaboration in the novel at the time:
According to the Sundering, it is said that Ysera is Cenarius’s mother. However, Dungard the Earthen says that he thought Elune ‘birthed’ Cenarius.
Elune birthed Cenarius, but gave him up to Malorne because Cenarius was more a creature of the mortal world and could not be with her. Malorne, who had relations with both Elune and Ysera, knew that he could not properly care for his son, but Ysera’s love was so great for Malorne that she took Cenarius as her own. Hence being his mother (or adoptive mother).”
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Azshara was a young Night Elf female, that with her mastery over magic, became Queen of the Night Elf civilization. Her elite guards and servants became the only ones to tap directly upon the Well of Eternity.
Those serving Azshara were separated from the civil Night elves with the name of Highborne or Quel’dorei. Their experimentation of the Well of Eternity made them master it over the years. With the arcane magics of the well, the elves were able to control the molecular structure of trees by blending and merging them into forms their minds shaped them to take, creating masterpiece buildings, housings, and other structures to shelter their civilization.
The Palace of Azshara was built on the Well of Eternity. As their civilization expanded, destroying other Troll tribes in the Middle Jungles, and to the west, and as the Aqiri was crushed and sealed in Southern Silithus, and Nerubians pushed to the northern lands(Northrend), the obssession of Azshara and her highborne grew stronger. They wanted to purify the world of Azeroth of all lesser races, and even their own race. Their goal was to leave only the Highborne alive to initiate a new golden age. To this goal, they amplified a spellcasting on the Well of Eternity, seeking more power.
By accident, Sargeras felt the intensity of the magic of the Well of Eternity upon a small world. Sargeras made contact with Lord Xavius, counselor of Azshara. Sargeras convinced them to allow him to be their god in exchange of power, promising he would purify their land.
Mannaroth and Hakkar the Houndmaster entered Azeroth, heralding the arrival of the Burning Legion. Azshara was a selfish, arrogant and her vanity rivaled her thirst for power. She allowed the Burning Legion to kill all night elves not member of her Highborne.
Malfurion sensed a wrongness in his dreams which became a constant nightmare. Telling Cenarius of his nightmares, Cenarius was convinced that Malfurion was experiencing precognition abilities, and deemed him ready to learn the ways of the Emerald Dream. Once in the Emerald Dream, Malfurion was able to seek the source of the wrongness down to Zin-Azshari—within the palace of Azshara. That is how Malfurion knew the truth about Azshara and the Highborne’s plans and for weeks, Cenarius and Malfurion built an army of Night Elves and Ancients to battle the demons.
Malfurion destroyed the Well of Eternity in an attempt to halt forever the portal that would allow Sargeras to enter Azeroth. The implosion of the unstable portal within the Well of Eternity caused a cataclysmic earthquake that sunk the middle jungles and the surrounding lands. The sea rushed in from around the huge Ancient Kalimdor continent to fill the void.
The sundering of the land divided the huge Continent created ages past by the Titans and their servants: Earthen(Dwarves) and Sea Giantsj—separating different lands of the continent into smaller land masses known later as Western Kalimdor, Northrend, Lordaeron, Azeroth, Undermine and other islands. Where once there was only one massive continent, now there existed 4 minor continents.
After the implosion of the Well of Eternity, massive earthquakes ravaged the middle jungles, risen volcanoes spouted lava and ashes. The earthquakes sundered the land underwater, while volcanoes blackened the athmosphere, blocking sunlight upon Azeroth. For 8 milennia, the world was in darkness. The Well of Eternity became into the Maelstrom, a chaotic storm of arcane magic.
The Highborne and the Queen Azshara had undergone a transformation as the corruption of the Well of Eternity transfigured them to become adapted to their underwater surroundings.
Azshara, the most precious of female elves, became a monster. Azshara is 20 feet tall, her skin has thick scales from her torso up. Her legs transmuted into five octopus-like tentacules. Her hair became living serpents(Like Medusa) and from her torso, four arms serve as tools to grab and throw javelins, however,. some of her javelins cast an electric charge upon her opponents and can shoot a dark ink spray upon enemies to blind them, while she makes her escape or to engage her enemies from a more treacherous angle.
Her loyal Highborne elves became the Naga. Their body became reptile-like, growing scales. Their legs turned to long tails that allow them to swim with efficiency underwater.
Azshara reigns her underwater kingdom from her former Zin-Azshari, now known as Nazjatar. According to the Art of World of Warcraft book, found in the World of Warcraft Collection, the palace of Azshara is a structure atop a base in shape of a snail-like octopus.
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The following Warcraft Timeline was written by Chris Metzen. The Timeline Presented here is an overview of the major events in Azeroth’s distant and recent history as depicted in the World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game Corebook. Note that the last ten years before World of Warcraft were retconned. World of Warcraft starts now at year 30, instead of 25.
The original survey crew sent by the Explorer’s League was indeed correct in their findings. The ground here holds artifacts of unlimited value to our people. No doubt we will find many answers in our quest for knowledge beneath the sand and rock of Bael Modan.
The geology of the region dictates we use extreme measures however. Many of the sand deposits have solidified under the harsh conditions and varying climate.
The solution is quite simple however. Using wood pulp as an absorbent, we can combine traces of nitroglycerin with sodium nitrate to develp a strong blasting charge capable of breaking through even the most dense masses.
The work will be noisy and disruptive, but our search is of far greater importance than the comfort of the local inhabitants. In fact we’ve already had to drive a band of bull-men out of the area who were proving to be a nuisance.
The fact that we are dealing with various rogue elements out here leads me to believe we will need support from the King’s army. Not only will the excavation require military support, it would seem to my novice eye that the location of Bael Modan might be of strategic value to the Alliance considering the volatility of world politics in their current state.
Alas, I have digressed. There is much work to be done beneath the rock, I have spent too much time writting and not enough digging.
Journal drops from Prospector Khazgorm in Bael Modan, The Barrens
As the politics and rivalries of the seven human nations waxed and waned, the line of Guardians kept its constant vigil against chaos. There were many Guardians over the years, but only one ever held the magical powers of Tirisfal at any given time. One of the last Guardians of the age distinguished herself as a mighty warrior against the shadow.
Aegwynn, a fiery human girl, won the approbation of the Order and was given the mantle of Guardianship. Aegwynn vigorously worked to hunt down and eradicate demons wherever she found them, but she often questioned the authority of the male-dominated Council of Tirisfal.
She believed that the ancient elves and the elderly men who presided over the council were too rigid in their thinking and not farsighted enough to put a decisive end to the conflict against chaos. Impatient with lengthy discussion and debate, she yearned to prove herself worthy to her peers and superiors, and as a result frequently chose valor over wisdom in crucial situations.
As her mastery over the cosmic power of Tirisfal grew, Aegwynn became aware of a number of powerful demons that stalked the icy northern continent of Northrend. Traveling to the distant north, Aegwynn tracked the demons into the mountains. There, she found that the demons were hunting one of the last surviving dragonflights and draining the ancient creatures of their innate magic.
The mighty dragons, who had fled from the ever-advancing march of mortal societies, found themselves too evenly matched against the dark magics of the Legion. Aegwynn confronted the demons, and with help from the noble dragons, eradicated them. Yet, as the last demon was banished from the mortal world, a great storm erupted throughout the north.
An enormous dark visage appeared in the sky above Northrend. Sargeras, the demon king and lord of the Burning Legion, appeared before Aegwynn and bristled with hellish energy. He informed the young Guardian that the time of Tirisfal was about to come to an end and that the world would soon bow before the onslaught of the Legion.
The proud Aegwynn, believing herself to be a match for the menacing god, unleashed her powers against Sargeras’ avatar. With disconcerting ease, Aegwynn battered the demonlord with her powers and succeeded in killing his physical shell. Fearing that Sargeras’ spirit would linger on. Aegwynn locked the ruined husk of his body within one of the ancient halls of Kalimdor that had been blasted to the bottom of the sea when the Well of Eternity collapsed.
Aegwynn would never know that she had done exactly as Sargeras had planned. She had inadvertently sealed the fate of the mortal world, for Sargeras, at the time of his corporeal death, had transferred his spirit into Aegwynn’s weakened body. Unbeknownst to the young Guardian, Sargeras would remain cloaked within the darkest recesses of her soul for many long years.
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The devastating Second War against the orcish horde left the Alliance of Lordaeron in a state of shock and disarray. The bloodthirsty orcs, led by the mighty warchief, Orgrim Doomhammer, not only smashed their way through the dwarf-held lands of Khaz Modan, but had razed many of Lordaeron’s central provinces as well. The unrelenting orcs even succeeded in ravaging the elves’ remote kingdom of Quel’Thalas before their rampage was finally stopped.
The Alliance armies led by Sir Anduin Lothar, Uther the Lightbringer, and Admiral Daelin Proudmoore pushed the orcs south into the shattered land of Azeroth – the first kingdom to fall before the orcs’ ruthless onslaught.
The Alliance forces under Sir Lothar managed to push Doomhammer’s clans out of Lordaeron and back into the orc-controlled lands of Azeroth. Lothar’s forces surrounded the orcs’ volcanic citadel of Blackrock Spire and laid siege to their defenses.
In a last-ditch effort, Doomhammer and his lieutenants staged a daring charge from the Spire and clashed with Lothar’s paladins in the center of the Burning Steppes. Doomhammer and Lothar squared off in a titanic battle that left both mighty combatants battered and drained. Though Doomhammer narrowly succeeded in vanquishing Lothar, the great hero’s death did not have the effect the warchief had hoped for.
Turalyon, Lothar’s most trusted lieutenant, took up Lothar’s bloodstained shield and rallied his grief-stricken brethren for a vicious counterattack. Under the ragged standards of both Lordaeron and Azeroth, Turalyon’s troops slaughtered the bulk of Doomhammer’s remaining forces in a glorious, but terrible rout.
There was nothing left for the ragged, scattered orc survivors but to flee to the last standing bastion of orcish power – the dark portal.
Turalyon and his warriors chased the remaining orcs through the festering Swamp of Sorrows and into the corrupted Blasted Lands where the dark portal stood. There, at the foot of the colossal portal, the broken horde and the rugged Alliance clashed in what would be the last, bloodiest battle of the Second War.
Outnumbered and driven mad by the curse of their bloodlust, the orcs inevitably fell before the wrath of the Alliance. Doomhammer was taken prisoner and escorted to Lordaeron while his broken clans were rounded up and hauled north – back to Lordaeron.
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As the high elves fought for their lives against the trolls’ fierce onslaught, the scattered, nomadic humans of Lordaeron fought to consolidate their own tribal lands. The tribes of early humanity raided each other’s settlements with little heed for racial unification or honor.
Yet one tribe, known as the Arathi, saw that the trolls were becoming too great a threat to ignore. The Arathi wished to bring all of the tribes under its rule so that they could provide a unified front against the troll warbands.
Over the course of six years, the cunning Arathi outmaneuvered and outfought the rival tribes. After every victory, the Arathi offered peace and equality to the conquered people; thus, they won the loyalty of those they had beaten. Eventually the Arathi tribe came to include many disparate tribes, and the ranks of its army grew vast.
Confident that they could hold their own against the troll warbands or even the reclusive elves if need be, the Arathi warlords decided to construct a mighty fortress city in the southern regions of Lordaeron. The city-state, named Strom, became the capital of the Arathi nation, Arathor. As Arathor prospered, humans from all over the vast continent traveled south to the protection and safety of Strom.
United under one banner, the human tribes developed a strong, optimistic culture. Thoradin, the king of Arathor, knew that the mysterious elves in the northlands were under constant siege by the trolls, but refused to risk the safety of his people in defense of reclusive strangers. Many months passed as rumors of the elves’ supposed defeat trickled down from the north. It was only when weary ambassadors from Quel’Thalas reached Strom that Thoradin realized how great the troll threat truly was.
The elves informed Thoradin that the troll armies were vast and that once the trolls had destroyed Quel’Thalas, they would move on to attack the southlands. The desperate elves, in dire need of military aid, hastily agreed to teach certain select humans to wield magic in exchange for their help against the warbands.
Thoradin, distrustful of any magic, agreed to aid the elves out of necessity. Almost immediately, elven sorcerers arrived in Arathor and began to instruct a group of humans in the ways of magic.
The elves found that although humans were innately clumsy in their handling of magic, they possessed a startling natural affinity for it. One hundred men were taught the very basics of the elves’ magical secrets: no more than was absolutely necessary to combat the trolls. Convinced that their human students were ready to aid in the struggle, the elves left Strom and traveled north alongside the mighty armies of King Thoradin.
The united elf and human armies clashed against the overwhelming troll warbands at the foot of the Alterac Mountains. The battle lasted for many days, but the unflagging armies of Arathor never tired or gave an inch of ground before the troll onslaught. The elven lords deemed that the time had come to release the powers of their magic upon the enemy.
The hundred human magi and a multitude of elven sorcerers called down the fury of the heavens and set the troll armies ablaze. The elemental fires prevented the trolls from regenerating their wounds and burned their tortured forms from the inside out.
As the troll armies broke and attempted to flee, Thoradin’s armies ran them down and slaughtered every last one of their soldiers. The trolls would never fully recover from their defeat, and history would never see the trolls rise as one nation again. Assured that Quel’Thalas was saved from destruction, the elves made a pledge of loyalty and friendship to the nation of Arathor and to the bloodline of its king, Thoradin. Humans and elves would nurture peaceful relations for ages to come.
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Once Kel’Thuzad was whole again, Arthas led the Scourge south to Dalaran. There the lich would obtain the powerful spellbook of Medivh, and use it to summon Archimonde back into the world. From that point on, Archimonde himself would begin the Legion’s final invasion. Not even the wizards of the Kirin Tor could stop Arthas’ forces from stealing Medivh’s book, and soon Kel’Thuzad had all he needed to perform his spell.
After ten thousand years, the mighty demon Archimonde and his host emerged once again upon the world of Azeroth. Yet Dalaran was not their final destination. Under orders from Kil’jaeden himself, Archimonde and his demons followed the undead Scourge to Kalimdor, bent on destroying Nordrassil, the World Tree.
In the midst of this chaos, a lone, mysterious prophet appeared to lend the mortal races guidance. This prophet proved to be none other than Medivh, the last Guardian, miraculously returned from the Beyond to redeem himself for past sins. Medivh told the Horde and the Alliance of the dangers they faced and urged them to band together.
Jaded by generations of hate, the orcs and humans would have none of it. Medivh was forced to deal with each race separately, using prophecy and trickery to guide them across the sea to the legendary land of Kalimdor. The orcs and humans soon encountered the long-hidden civilization of the Kaldorei.
The orcs, led by Thrall, suffered a series of setbacks on their journey across Kalimdor’s Barrens. Though they befriended Cairne Bloodhoof and his mighty tauren warriors, many orcs began to succumb to the demonic bloodlust that had plagued them for years. Thrall’s greatest lieutenant, Grom Hellscream, even betrayed the Horde by giving himself over to his baser instincts.
As Hellscream and his loyal Warsong warriors stalked through the forests of Ashenvale, they clashed with the ancient night elf Sentinels. Certain that the orcs had returned to their warlike ways, the demigod Cenarius came forth to drive Hellscream and his orcs back. Yet Hellscream and his orcs, overcome with supernatural hate and rage, managed to kill Cenarius and corrupt the ancient forestlands.
Ultimately, Hellscream redeemed his honor by helping Thrall defeat Mannoroth, the demon lord who first cursed the orcs with his bloodline of hate and rage. With Mannoroth’s death, the orcs’ blood-curse was finally brought to an end.
While Medivh worked to convince the orcs and humans of the need for an alliance, the night elves fought the Legion in their own secretive ways. Tyrande Whisperwind, the immortal High Priestess of the night elf Sentinels, battled desperately to keep the demons and undead from overrunning the forests of Ashenvale. Tyrande realized that she needed help, so she set out to awaken the night elf druids from their thousand-year slumber.
Calling upon her ancient love, Malfurion Stormrage, Tyrande succeeded in galvanizing her defenses and driving the Legion back. With Malfurion’s help, nature herself rose up to vanquish the Legion and its Scourge allies.
While searching for more of the hibernating druids, Malfurion found the ancient barrow prison in which he had chained his brother, Illidan. Convinced that Illidan would aid them against the Legion, Tyrande set him free. Though Illidan did aid them for a time, he eventually fled to pursue his own interests.
The night elves braced themselves and fought the Burning Legion with grim determination. The Legion had never ceased in its desire for the Well of Eternity, long the source of strength for the World Tree and itself the heart of the night elf kingdom. If their planned assault on the Tree was successful, the demons would literally tear the world apart.
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