|Title||The White Stag,
|Race||Stag (Ancient Guardian)|
|Affiliation(s)||Guardians of Hyjal|
|Location||Sanctuary of Malorne, Mount Hyjal; Malorne's Refuge, Val'sharah|
|Relative(s)||Elune (lover), Cenarius (son), Remulos, Ordanus, Zaetar (grandsons), Celebras (great grandson), Cavindra (great granddaughter), numerous descendants|
Malorne, or, as he is referred to by the tauren, Apa'ro, is a powerful and wise Ancient Guardian in the form of an enormous white stag. He was one of the first living beings on Azeroth, and long ago, he roamed the land as protector of nature. His power lay in nature itself and he is responsible for the creation and nurturing of nature in the world. He is the father of Cenarius, who inherited his dominion over nature. Though the great stag was killed by the demon lord Archimonde during the War of the Ancients, he was resurrected following the Cataclysm to aid the Guardians of Hyjal in battling the forces of the Fire Lord, Ragnaros.
The earliest record of Malorne is in the tauren myth The White Stag and the Moon. It describes how Malorne, being hunted by the tauren, bargained with Elune in exchange for help. Malorne accepted Elune's help and loved her as part of the deal.
Another version of the tale says that Malorne fell in love with the goddess of the moon during the world's first nightfall. Her light guided him through the woods and showed him he was not alone. It banished fear and brought hope. Many creatures have loved the moon and pursued her to madness. She grants light as she will, on her own timetable, and moonlight cannot be captured or possessed. Even so, night after night, the White Stag chased her across the skies. He grew so swift and strong that at last he succeeded in reaching her. She was so moved by his devotion and beauty that she made him her consort. To this day he loves the wilds best when they are lit by her radiance.
Because Ysera the Dreamer agreed to act as Cenarius' foster mother, she has often been mistaken for the demigod's true mother. As a result, there are also rumors that she and Malorne had a romantic relationship. However, such rumors are baseless, though Ysera had a deep affection and respect for the demigod. He was one of nature's mightiest champions and a frequent visitor to the Emerald Dream.
War of the Ancients
During the War of the Ancients, Cenarius appealed to Malorne and the other demigods of Azeroth to join the battle against the Burning Legion. After much debate, Cenarius persuaded them to unite under the command of Captain Jarod Shadowsong, who was leading a large army of night elves and other creatures against the Legion. Cenarius had gone into a frenzy seeing Ursol, Ursoc, Aviana, and Agamaggan die. Cenarius crushed hundreds of felguards and felhunters. The demons finally got hold of Cenarius, but before the demons could slay him, Malorne came into the fray blinding all demons with his majestic white flashing body. Malorne's hooves crushed many demons, while his antlers killed many others. Malorne defended his son Cenarius, and with a look toward the elves as if telepathically commanding them to come for his son, Jarod Shadowsong and others dragged Cenarius to safety.
Malorne's fury might have begun to turn the tide against the Burning Legion, had Archimonde not appeared. Black lightning struck the land around Malorne, baking it, then green fire from the ground engulfed Malorne, burning at his coat, while the land and rock formed giant hands that pinned his four legs to the ground. Archimonde swelled in size matching Malorne's height. Malorne freed himself from his magical trap, and charged Archimonde with his antlers, causing tremors and lightning as demons and Azeroth' races nearby shook and fell to the ground flat on their backs with astonishment. Malorne and Archimonde battled for some time, until, finally, Archimonde managed to seize Malorne and with great force snapped his neck. Cenarius's brave rescuer and father, limp and lifeless, was tossed aside by Archimonde. Malfurion knowing Cenarius was unconscious and that Archimonde had just slain Malorne, cast a spell that engulfed most of Archimonde's body with vines. The Archdemon, analytical as always, decided to retreat by vanishing in a green flare of flames that consumed the vines.
Shortly thereafter (a few moments, in fact), Alexstrasza, Ysera, and Soridormi, along with their dragonflights, joined the War of the Ancients. Ysera came to a screeching halt at the sight of Malorne and opened wide her brilliant jade eyes (one of only a few times she did so in recorded history) with a deafening shriek. As she tore through the carnage to her friend, thousands of demons were thrown in all directions with her paws and wings. Her rampage continued, making her way through to her goal, until she came still, her chin on Malorne's head; sobs could be heard as She of the Dreaming mourned the White Stag's end.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
At the end of the quest , introduced in patch 4.2, Malfurion Stormrage successfully resurrects Malorne. After being resurrected, Malorne joins the Guardians of Hyjal and defeats Lord Rhyolith and the other enemies attacking the Sanctuary of Malorne in Mount Hyjal. He then runs off towards the Regrowth and is nowhere to be seen till after the quest , after which he appears at the Sanctuary once again.
Malorne's statue appears after phased content in an area called The Regrowth.
This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
Malorne appears at Malorne's Refuge in Val'sharah along with many Druids of the Antler. As sightings of Malorne have historically been rare and fleeting, his appearance is seen as a sign of a hero's deeds earning his favor.
Malorne was one of nature's mightiest champions and a frequent visitor to the Emerald Dream. Indeed, Malorne possessed a strong link to the Dream that was similar to that of a green dragon. He, too, had dreamsight, and so simultaneously perceived both the Dream and the current state of Azeroth. Malorne also possessed healing powers, along with a calming aura that sometimes stopped battles before they began. Furthermore, he was one of the first living beings in the world. By the time of his death, he had become one of Azeroth's most beloved and powerful demigods, and he was renowned for his wisdom.
In the RPG
Malorne the Waywatcher showed up to help the night elves when a great crisis affected the world or the night elf civilization. Although he has great magical power, he is never shapeshifted into any other form. The stag prevented two civil wars among the night elves simply by making himself present before the astonished eyes of the night elves. Malorne was an excellent diplomat, opening dialogue between and pacifying conflicting parties.
- "Malorne" was also the name of a random Keeper of the Grove hero in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
- One of the servers of World of Warcraft is named after the White Stag.
- Malorne appears as a legendary card for the Druid class in the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. His flavor text reads: "When Malorne isn't mauling hordes of demons, he enjoys attending parties, though he prefers to go stag."
There is some confusion as to the accuracy of the tauren tale, The White Stag and the Moon. It seems unlikely that a being of Malorne's power would fear the tauren, much less be hunted by them. The question is not about the parentage of Cenarius, but rather, about the circumstances that led to this liaison. Some think it unlikely that the tauren could have posed a threat to him, and thus question the hunt that chased Malorne into the sky. There are likely explanations for the story:
- The tale is literally true (see below).
- A) The tauren chased him in such numbers that they posed a threat.
- B) The tauren had heroes among them that might have posed a threat to Malorne.
- C) He may not have wished to battle the tauren, due to them being a peaceful race and children of the Earth Mother, and Elune gave him an opportunity to avoid conflict.
- D) Malorne was less powerful than at the time of his death, his liaison with Elune somehow unlocked latent powers.
- E) The hunt for Malorne was not a serious life-death adventure at all but it was more of a game between Malorne and the tauren. Malorne did not actually run from the Tauren because he feared them but because he found it fun or exciting to be hunted and played along with mortals. Upon the point when he could not run anymore he simply could not accept defeat in the hunting game at hands of the mortals.
- The tale is a myth based upon true events; though Malorne was forced to ask Elune's aid to escape a threat, it was not the tauren he was running from, and as the tauren retold the tale over the millennia, they replaced the unknown enemy with themselves.
- The entire story is fictional, and was created to explain the liaison between Malorne and Elune that led to the birth of Cenarius.
Given the tauren's attitude towards demigods and other natural powers, however, it seems unlikely that they would even be hunting Malorne in the first place.
Malorne in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.
Malorne battles Archimonde.
- Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Added.