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The Earthen Ring is the most influential shamanistic organization on Azeroth. The Earthen Ring is a shamanistic group dedicated to studying and preserving the elements. They have forgotten more about crazy old gods, ancient legends and lore than most scholars will ever know.[2] It is led by a group known as the Elder Council, and members of the Earthen Ring believe that the Forsaken can be cured of the plague of undeath.[3] Although Horde-based, some of the Earthen Ring are diplomatic towards the Alliance and a select few are closely associated with it.

Description

This gathering of the most powerful shaman of Azeroth seeks to maintain the balance between the world's elemental forces. Their main focus during the cataclysm has been to repair and stabilize the damage caused by Deathwing's arrival.

The organization known as the Earthen Ring is a collection of mighty shaman and other followers of the elements. Unlike its sinister adversary, the Twilight's Hammer cult, the Ring sees balance and harmony in the elements - not simply chaos and destruction.

The destructive properties of the elements are in full display following the events of the Cataclysm, and so the Earthen Ring has traveled to places as distant as the waters of Vashj'ir and the domain of Deepholm in the hopes of preventing or repairing the worst damages of Deathwing and his followers. The Ring's present goal - preventing the total destruction of Azeroth - seems impossibly broad, but it attracts followers from nearly every walk of life.

Those who would assist the Earthen Ring will find themselves rewarded with items that reflect the wisdom and primal power of the elements.[4]

History

Contrary to what many have come to believe, the Earthen Ring was not established to counter the actions of the Twilight's Hammer; that particular conflict arose later. The group was originally founded by tauren some time before the year -230 to lead their people with wisdom and maintain the harmony between the elemental spirits.[5] The spirits of the elements are by nature chaotic and prone to destructive outbursts, but equally are capable of forming symbiotic relationships with all other things. These intricate interrelationships constitute the very fabric of Azeroth, and are what makes life on it possible. The shaman who founded the Earthen Ring acted on a growing premonition that they had to begin to directly prevent the elements from entering states of great imbalance, or all life would soon face a mortal threat. After several meetings and pacts, these elder shaman founded what is now known as the Earthen Ring.[citation needed] While members of the organization have never been overly visible in the past, the Shattering caused by the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing severely weakened the barriers between the elemental planes, and destructive elemental activity is rapidly increasing across the face of Azeroth. Today, the Earthen Ring has never been more vital to the world's survival, and its necessity stands as a testament to the foresight of its founders. Shaman connected to the Earthen Ring work tirelessly to keep the elementals pacified, attempting to ensure their feuds cannot destabilize the world beyond a critical threshold.

Background

The Farseer

Long ago, the first Farseer of the Earthen Ring was given a vision of the elements. In the vision she foresaw the arrival of a new Farseer, one who would lead them through a time of terrible crisis and unite the elements. Nobundo believes that the adventurer is the Farseer of this prophecy, called to lead before they were ever born. Neptulon himself remembered the prophecy and, sensing the potential for great power within the Farseer, waited to see if it held true. [6]

Shaman

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World of Warcraft

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At some point, the Earthen Ring awarded Krog with armor crafted by Mosarn.[7] What for, is unknown.

The Burning Crusade

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As the Horde reached Outland, their homeworld (formerly "Draenor"), they were able to bolster their ranks within the Earthen Ring in Nagrand in the shadow of Oshu'gun, the Spirit Mountain where orcs traveled for generations in search of shamanistic wisdom in connection with the Ancestors and the Elements. As draenei are also now embracing shamanism, there are even broken and Draenei shamans within the Earthen Ring. They originally started out as a group of Horde sages, but when some of them moved to Outland they incorporated broken into their ranks. Their main goal is to heal Outland.

Elemental Unrest

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Cataclysm

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The Earthen Ring is responsible for preserving the world after the disaster caused by Deathwing's exit from Deepholm. His breakout from the Elemental Plane has shattered the World Pillar that bore the weight of all magnetic and elemental forces there, and all of Deepholm would collapse into Azeroth if left unchecked. Several members of the organization are also involved in the unfolding events in Vashj'ir. Their task is to protect the Abyssal Maw and aid the servants of Neptulon in their war against the Naga. The organization's ranks were added to with the inclusion of Wildhammer dwarves and goblins.

Its members are also present in the Twilight Highlands.

During the Old Gods' assault on Wyrmrest Temple, several members of the Earthen Ring that had interacted with players in previous zones may have died protecting Thrall as he transported the Dragon Soul to the Aspects in a scene that parallelled the Argent Crusade captains' encounter with Sister Svalna.

Tides of War

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After the death of Deathwing, Muln stepped down from his position as the leader of the Ring and Thrall became the main leader. Its members continued to heal the world from Maelstrom. Some time after the discovery of Pandaria the task was finished.

Class Campaign

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During the battle at the Broken Shore, the shaman of the Earthen Ring accompanied Thrall and the Horde to battle.

Introduction

After the battle at the Broken Shore, the four winds were sent by the Earthen Ring to seek the powerful shaman adventurer out. Once they were find in Dalaran, the Whispering Winds guided them to Thrall. Thrall explained that the defeat at the Broken Shore was decisive. The Burning Legion had now a foothold on Azeroth, the best of their armies were retreating in tatters, and what was left of the Horde and the Alliance were at one another's throats. The elders of the Earthen Ring thus called an emergency council near the heart of the world, the Maelstrom. Thrall told the shaman that heroes like them were the world's last great hope, that their triumphs throughout Azeroth and alternate Draenor were the stuff of legend, and that they were needed now more than ever. He asked them to join him at the Maelstrom. The shaman accepted and met with Stormcaller Mylra, who took them on her gryphon.[8]

The Heart of Azeroth

On the way to the Maelstrom, Mylra explained that all around the world, their forces fell back, that it was a real massacre, and that unless they find a way to turn this around, Azeroth would fall. Approchaing the Maelstrom, she pointed towards a rocky formation and said that what was left of the greatest shaman of Azeroth gathered below. They arrived in the middle of a conversation, where Thrall was claiming that shaman must strike back, but he didn't know how. Nobundo responded that they needed weapons capable of overcoming the Legion.

The shaman adventurer then spoke to Nobundo, who explained them that there was no more faction there, the few present were all that remained of the Earthen Ring. They had to struggle together, or perish alone. Survivors continued to make their way here from the four corners of Azeroth. The shaman was thus tasked with seeing that their wounds were tended to. They needed hope if they were to rejoin the fight against the Legion.[8]

But before that, Thrall was worried that the Legion would come for them. Nobundo pointed out that there were ancient safeguards there, and that they must use them, to which Rehgar replied that the Maelstrom Pillar had sat useless for ten thousand years. Erunak answered that it just needed "a little boost", turning to the shaman adventurer and asking them for a hand. The shaman channeled lightning into the Pillar, triggering it. Erunak commented that it was now working, and that the world would fight for itself if it was given the tools needed to do so.[8]

The shaman then went to accomplish their duties. They revived Screech, Iain Firebeard's gryffon which was fading fast. Thanking him, Myra shared that the Highlands were completely overrun, and that the Wildhammers were scattered.[8]

The shaman then approached a group of shaman, with Bath'rah the Windwatcher trying to light a campfire. Tribemother Torra asked him what kind of shaman could not light a fire, to which the troll replied that their hands were shaking and that the wood was wet. The shaman adventurer thus cast a flame shock on the pyre, allowing them to warm themselves. Torra thanked them, and explained that the Legion destroyed the tauren in the open fields, and that not even Thunder Bluff was safe from the infernals.[8]

The Legion's return

Unfortunately, the Legion had followed the shaman to the Maestrom, and infernals started raining down from the skies, led by the fel lord Geth'xun. Thrall charged towards the fel lord while he asked the shaman adventurer to take care of the infernals. After destroying them, the shaman used Torra's spear, guided by the winds, to bring Geth'xun's felbat, Falthus, down. The shaman of the Earthen Ring then gathered around the Maelstrom Pillar and focused their energy into it, powering up a powerful discharge. Geth'xun brought Thrall to his knees, ready to deal the final blow, when the shaman adventurer jumped on top of the Pillar and received the combined focused energy of all the shaman, which they unleashed upon the demon. Geth'xun was thrown into the Maelstrom, saving Thrall from a fatal blow, but so was the Doomhammer.[8]

Thrall thanked the shaman, and shared that he was weirdly outmatched. He confessed that his relationship with the elements had changed since the events on alternate Draenor. He told the shaman that he had some soul-searching to do, and that they must carry the Earthen Ring forward without him. He told them that they were the leader they needed.[8]

He also explained that Nobundo was right : conventional tactics would not work against the Legion, the Broken Shore taught them that. They had to scour the world for weapons to use against the demons. He said that the Doomhammer, missing, needed to be recovered, and that Rehgar and Erunak had other suggestions as well.[9]

The reforged Ring

The shaman adventurer returned to the Heart of Azeroth, now equipped with a powerful weapon. Stormcaller Mylra told them to speak with Nobundo, and take their place around the circle. The Earthen Ring would rise again, she said, with them as its leader. Within these stones stood the legendary Heart of Azeroth, which she suggested they could use as a base of operations. She believed that the power of their artifact could unseal the hidden chambers. The shaman thus spoke to Nobundo, who held the following speach:[10]

Farseer Nobundo says: We stand at the precipice of oblivion, but we do not stand alone. Come forward, shaman.
The elements have chose you as their champion, the artifact you wield is proof. It is your destiny to lead the Earthen Ring against the Burning Legion. We need you. Do you accept this burden?
Farseer Nobundo says: Take your place among the circle, Farsser. The Earthen Ring is forged anew, and with it, we rekindle hope for this world.
Farseer Nobundo says: You are the chosen defender of Azeroth. May your wisdom guide this circle to victory, adn may the power of the weapon you wield crush those who would bring chaos to this land.
Farseer Nobundo says: Step this way, Farseer. The tauren tell of hidden chambers below that may serve as a base of operations.

The new Farseer of the Earthen Ring thus approached the Ancient Rockslide which blocked the way towards the hidden chambers, raised their weapon, and made it crumble, spawning two Immortal Stone Protectors to guard the entrance.

One with the world

Nobundo asked them if they could feel the earth and wind and waves clash together here in the Heart of Azeroth, as if one could speak directly with the world. He told them the artifact they wielded housed great power, but even greater potential. He told them to carry it below and seek out the ancient elemental altar overlooking the fury of the Maelstrom. From there, they could commune with [/wow.gamepedia.com/Azeroth Azeroth] and imbue their artifact with even greater abilities. After doing so, the Farseer shared with Nobundo what they had learned. The latter sensed that the Farseer's work here had only begun. As they would get more familiar with their artifact, they would be able to continue augmenting its power. He explained that the others were watching them carefully, that he had become a symbol of hope in the Ring's struggle against the [/wow.gamepedia.com/Burning%20Legion Legion].[11]

Nobundo asked them to seek out [/wow.gamepedia.com/Advisor%20Sevel Advisor Sevel] just to the south, and locate the scouting map from which they could direct their champions. The Ring would also indicate on the scouting map various hot-spots around the Broken Isles that required the Farseer's attention. After they chose their first point of attack, Nobundo opened up an astral portal to Dalaran to help their people move quickly between their base of operations and the Broken Isles.[12]

In the RPG

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The Earthen Ring is the shaman organization of Azeroth. Its main goal is to maintain the balance between the world and the elementals that dwell upon it. Talking to and dealing with the spirits of the elements, members of the Earthen Ring try to keep the spirits pacified as well as prevent them from raising havoc on Azeroth. Relatively little of the Earthen Ring's time is spent on hunting down rogue elementals and cultists. However, elemental activity is on the rise on Azeroth, so the Earthen Ring is getting busier. Some believe that the role of the organization in the preservation of the world has become essential.[13]

History in the RPG

Contrary to what some believe, the Earthen Ring was not created in order to fight the Twilight's Hammer; that particular conflict arose later. The group was actually formed to keep in check the elemental spirits. These spirits are by nature chaotic and destructive, but also capable of reasoning and clever actions.

The tauren have had shaman for quite a while now, but the Earthen Ring group itself is of more recent origin. People outside the group only noticed its existence about 150 years ago. The founding shaman believed that someone had to prevent the elemental forces from wreaking havoc; otherwise, the world would be in danger Thus, after several meetings and pacts, they founded what is now known as the Earthen Ring. With the passing years, the group, which was at first made exclusively of tauren, began to include a growing number of orcs. Each race now makes up about half the group.

While members of the Earthen Ring have not been overly active in the past, the events of the Third War weakened the dimensional barriers all around Azeroth and elemental activity is now on the rise. Indeed, the Earthen Ring has never been more necessary. Agents of the group work hard to pacify the elementals, thus ensuring they do not cause trouble in the world.[13]

Forsaken and the Horde

When the Forsaken first asked to join the Horde, Thrall would have refused if it were not for the Earthen Ring's urgings. According to Thrall, a council of sages, known as the Earthen Ring, asked him to allow the Forsaken into the Horde. They claimed that the Forsaken battle demons that Thrall’s own race is still fighting to this day. To turn his back on the Forsaken was to forget the horrors the orc race fought for generations.[14]

Reputation rewards

Provisioner Arok
<Earthen Ring Quartermaster>
Item Cost Type
Friendly  [Tabard of the Earthen Ring] 1g Tabard
Honored  [Helm of Temperance] 35g 10s 20c Cloth Head (caster)
 [Mantle of Moss] 52g 28s 61c Mail Shoulder (physical)
 [Pendant of Elemental Balance] 21g 37s 37c Neck (spirit)
 [Stone-Wrapped Greaves] 81g 59s 45c Plate Legs (tank)
Revered  [Cloak of Ancient Wisdom] 36g 56s 6c Cloak (caster)
 [Leggings of Clutching Roots] 61g 16s 42c Leather Legs (spirit)
 [Peacemaker's Breastplate] 85g 95s 18c Plate Chest (caster)
 [Softwind Cape] 37g 10s 87c Cloak (agility)
Exalted  [Earthmender's Boots] 79g 88s 90c Mail Feet (spirit)
 [Flamebloom Gloves] 35g 47s 62c Cloth Hands (caster)
 [Signet of the Elder Council] 21g 37s 37c Ring (agility)
 [World Keeper's Gauntlets] 62g 65s 57c Plate Hands (spirit)

 

shortcut iconSee also: Cataclysm reputation rewards

Gaining Reputation

Reputation can be gained by completing non-repeatable quests and by championing. There are no repeatable quests available for earning reputation with the Earthen Ring. The non-repeatable quests are located in Vashj'ir, Deepholm, and Twilight Highlands, and in some of the dungeon instances in those zones (see Earthen Ring quests). The Thrall quests added in 4.2 also give some reputation points.

Known members

Name Location
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Muln Earthfury Various Locations
IconSmall ThrallShaman.gif Horde Thrall Various Locations
IconSmall Nobundo.gif Alliance Farseer Nobundo Various Locations
IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Neutral Aggra Various Locations
IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Neutral Gavan Grayfeather The Maelstrom
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Gorboto The Deathforge, Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Sophurus Wildhammer Stronghold, Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Splinthoof Shadowmoon Village, Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Torlok Altar of Damnation, Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Orc Female.gif Neutral Earthmender Wilda Coilskar Cistern, Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Ioki Telaar, Nagrand
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Lo'ap Throne of the Elements, Nagrand
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Morgh Throne of the Elements, Nagrand
IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Neutral Elementalist Sharvak Throne of the Elements, Nagrand
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Untrag Throne of the Elements, Nagrand
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Yal'hah Garadar, Nagrand
IconSmall Orc Female.gif Kettara Bloodthirst Unknown
IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Krelna Mulgore
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Lenka Mulgore
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Oreg Earthfury Mulgore
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Zur'ak Firefist Mulgore
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Erunak Stonespeaker Various Locations
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Duarn Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Alliance Farseer Eannu The Great Forge, Ironforge
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Horde Je'neu Sancrea Zoram'gar Outpost, Ashenvale
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Rimblat Earthshatter Light's Hope Chapel, Eastern Plaguelands
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Horde Gotura Fourwinds Grommash Hold, Orgrimmar
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Horde Durak Flamespeaker Unknown
IconSmall Troll Female.gif Neutral Earthmender Norsala Various Locations
IconSmall Wildhammer Female.gif Neutral Stormcaller Mylra Various Locations
IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Alliance Nambria Stormwind Harbor, Stormwind
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Provisioner Arok Silver Tide Hollow, Shimmering Expanse
IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Neutral Wavespeaker Valoren Abyssal Maw, Shimmering Expanse
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Neutral Wavespeaker Tulra Vashj'ir, Shimmering Expanse, Abyssal Depths
IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Neutral Rendel Firetongue Kelp'thar Forest, Shimmering Expanse
IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Neutral Initiate Goldmine Various Locations
IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Neutral Earthcaller Yevaa Various Locations
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Neutral Yuldris Smolderfury Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Neutral Stormcaller Jalara Various Locations
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Neutral Windspeaker Lorvarius Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Neutral Hargoth Dimblaze Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Orc Female.gif Neutral Earthmender Narvra Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Seer Kormo Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Maruut Stonebinder Various Locations
IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Govrum Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Caretaker Nuunwa Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Neutral Mariahn the Soulcleanser Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Neutral Earthcaller Torunscar Various Locations
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Neutral Tawn Winterbluff Various Locations
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Tharm Wildfire Various Locations
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Neutral Seer Galekk Temple of Earth, Deepholm
IconSmall Taunka Male.gif Neutral Toshe Chaosrender Various Locations
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Neutral Farseer Gadra Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Neutral Derth Firesinger Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Neutral Moanah Stormhoof Kelp'thar Forest, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Earthwatcher Komo Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Neutral Earthwatcher Faldor Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Orc Female.gif Neutral Felora Firewreath Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Caretaker Movra Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Neutral Tender Aru Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Neutral The Great Sambino Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Goblin Female.gif Neutral Felice Shimmering Expanse, Vashj'ir
IconSmall Wildhammer Female.gif Neutral Earthwarden Yrsa Stonecore, Deepholm
IconSmall Rehgar.gif Neutral Rehgar Earthfury Various Locations
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Farseer Tooranu Grim Batol, Twilight Highlands

Sub-forces

Trivia

References

  1. ^ N [85] Portal Overload
  2. ^ H [27D] Je'neu of the Earthen Ring
  3. ^ H [38D] Compendium of the Fallen
  4. ^ The Earthen Ring - Game - World of Warcraft
  5. ^ Shaman, prologue
  6. ^ Quest:The Ritual of Tides
  7. ^ H [37] The Black Shield
  8. ^ a b c d e f g N Shaman [100] A Ring Unbroken - Thrall's gossip text after quest requirements are met
  9. ^ N Shaman [100] The Elements Call...
  10. ^ N Shaman [100] A Ring Reforged
  11. ^ N Shaman [100] The Maelstrom Beckons
  12. ^ N Shaman [100] Azeroth Needs You
  13. ^ a b Dark Factions, pg 148-149
  14. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg 151
  15. ^ Earthwatcher Komo "The Earthwatchers won't allow faction squabbling to jeopardize the Earthen Ring's work here."

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