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The term nymph is interchangeable with dryad. Nymphs are a wilder variation.
4,500 years prior to the First War, shockingly vicious and bloody battles erupted between the normally peaceful forest nymphs and taunka of Northrend. When word reached the night elf druids of the Cenarion Circle, the elves conducted an expedition to find the cause of the brutal conflict. To their immense horror, they discovered that the roots of the World Tree Andrassil had reached so far into the ground that they had come into contact with the prison of the Old God Yogg-Saron. The malevolent being's energies had spread through the tree, slowly driving all lifeforms in the area to madness. As a result, the Cenarion Circle were forced to fell Andrassil, killing it in order to stop its suffering. Forever after, it would be known as "Vordrassil", or "Broken Crown".
- The forest nymphs use a warmer skin of the frost nymph model and could simply be the "newer model" for the dryads of old.
- When frost nymphs encounter warmer climates, they defrost and go insane. It is unknown if they turn into forest nymphs, or if forest nymphs and corrupted frost nymphs just share the same model.