Sentinels

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The Sentinels (full name the Sentinel Army)[1][2] are the primary military arm of the night elf race. Founded in the years following the War of the Ancients and the destruction of the old Kaldorei Empire, the Sentinels serve as Darnassus's army in its engagements throughout Kalimdor and beyond. The organization is composed of devout and well-trained warrior women, with strong ties to the Sisterhood of Elune.

In the wake of its war with the Burning Legion, High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind led the night elf race, and particularly the Sisterhood, in rebuilding their ruined society. Her order was uniquely poised to fill a power vacuum as a result of their numbers and influence, and Tyrande soon took advantage of this. From the ranks of the Sisterhood of Elune, she forged the Sentinels, whose duty it was to protect their newly-emergent society. Quickly cementing itself in this role, the Sentinels established themselves as the fledgling night elf nation's primary agents and guardians.[3]

In the millennia to come, the Sentinels would take part in many conflicts on behalf of Darnassus, most immediately the brutal War of the Satyr. Today, the Sentinel Army is led in battle by the distinguished General Shandris Feathermoon, its largest base of operations (outside of Darnassus) at Feathermoon Stronghold in Feralas.

Background

Membership

The Sentinels were established shortly after the War of the Ancients, and until recently all of its soldiers were night elf women. However, the Third War resulted in so many casualties that the traditional gender roles of night elf society have been set aside in favor of more practical concerns. As a result, although the Sentinels are still primarily women, there are now also men among their ranks. The Sentinels are courageous and selfless soldiers whose only goal for the last ten millennia has been to defend the night elf people. New recruits undergo extensive training, and as time permits, the more experienced warriors undergo frequent combat drills. The Third War resulted in many losses for the Sentinels, but the army still boasts a number of battle-hardened veterans.[4] Like Tyrande and Shandris themselves, there are still plenty of Sentinels in active service that experienced the War of the Ancients.[5]

History and organization

Sentinel forces muster at Feathermoon Stronghold

By the time of the Great Sundering, military service for the night elves had become more a matter of bloodline than ability.[6] Almost all high-ranking officers were nobles, and the night elves had lived in peace for so long that very few of those officers, however privileged and well educated, possessed even a basic knowledge of tactics. Joining the army, once a selfless choice to defend the night elf people, had been reduced to a status symbol.

The War of the Ancients made the army's deterioration all too clear. After the night elves and their allies had achieved victory, High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind decreed sweeping changes throughout night elf society. The Sisterhood of Elune was one of the few major organizations to survive the war largely intact, and membership in its ranks had never been a matter of bloodline. Furthermore, members of the order had trained extensively in combat, tactics, and healing. Yet in spite of all their knowledge and experience, the priestesses had become somewhat distant from the rest of night elf society.

Tyrande believed that this distance was partly to blame for the cataclysmic war, and she resolved that her order would take up the duty of directing the Sentinels. Never again would the Sisters of Elune fail to guide the night elf people. To this day Shandris Feathermoon still reports to Tyrande, who is both the High Priestess of Elune and, until Malfurion Stormrage returned, sole ruler of the night elf government.[4] The Windstrikers developed the gauntlets the Sentinels wear.

Sentinels guarding the portal to Darnassus

These warrior women practice both the art of combat, as well as that of healing and life-giving in the name of Elune. The Sentinels are considered the elite fighters among the night elves. They favor moonglaives.[7][8] They are led by the priestesses of the moon under the high priestess, Tyrande Whisperwind, and her lieutenant, Shandris Feathermoon. The Sentinels are comprised of elite night elf archers, a cavalry division known as the huntresses who ride the feral nightsaber panthers, and the mighty hippogryph riders, who assault enemies from the air. Sentinels are found in many night elf villages in World of Warcraft, as well as among other races. The Sentinels revere the moonwells as shrines to Elune.[9]

They fought in the Third War and in the mission on Broken Isles and Lordaeron.[10]

The sub-faction called Shadowleaves existed during the Third War but its current status is unknown. It is possible that it was wiped out or decimated to a point of dissolution during the conflict between the night elves and orcs.

World of Warcraft

The night elves, who have begun a massive push to retake the forests of Ashenvale, focused their attention on ridding their land of the Warsong Outriders once and for all. And so, the Silverwing Sentinels have answered the call and sworn that they will not rest until every last orc is defeated and cast out of Warsong Gulch. The Sentinels were also worried with the recent furbolg attacks on Ashenvale.[11]

In Azshara, Loh'atu promised the Sentinels to help them with spirits of the Highborne in Shadowsong Shrine.[12]

A group of Sentinels were sent to Quel'Thalas.

Cataclysm

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Worgen recruits joining the Sentinels

With the destruction of the original Feathermoon Stronghold the Sentinels in Feralas were force to rebuild on mainland of Kalimdor. Other changes included the addition of the Moonclaw worgen to the ranks of the Sentinels serving directly under Shandris Feathermoon.

Wolfheart

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Mists of Pandaria

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Warlords of Draenor

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Several Sentinel guards accompanied the Alliance into Shadowmoon Valley, guarding Starfall Outpost.

Legion

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Sentinel divisions

A Sentinel seen in the cinematic for World of Warcraft

Sentinels share almost the exact customs as high elf rangers, to the point where you can only tell the difference by race. Many Sentinels fulfill their duties as huntresses, riding astride great nightsaber panthers, or as windwarriors astride hippogryphs.[13] Sentinels are also the night elf version of elven ranger class.[14]

  • Archers compose the first rank of the Sentinel army. These women are expert marksmen and use the concealing forests of Kalimdor to their advantage. Their lightning-quick ambushes are legendary, for few warriors can match the proud archers' speed and cunning. These are the basic sentinel type, and the closest to elven rangers.
  • Huntresses are the elite cadre of the Sentinel army. Drawing their strength from the moon goddess, Elune, these warrior women ride the feral nightsaber panthers into battle. Huntresses are strong and swift, and merciless to those who would defile the sanctity of Ashenvale Forest. Huntresses also have a close bond with the owls of the forest. These owls relay information and spy for the Sentinel army. These are the mounted warrior version of sentinels.
  • Hippogryph riders. During the war, a number of Sentinel archers rode these magnificent creatures into battle. These are the flying mount version of the sentinels.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
AllianceIconSmall Shandris.gif Shandris Feathermoon General (last) Alive Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas
AllianceIconSmall Tyrande.gif Tyrande Whisperwind High priestess of Elune Alive Temple of the Moon, Darnassus
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Raene Wolfrunner Ruler of Ashenvale Alive Astranaar, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Moon Priestess Amara Moon Priestess Alive Teldrassil
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Velinde Starsong Priestess, Sentinel Deceased Last seen in Duskwood
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Su'ura Swiftarrow Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Silverwing Grove, Ashenvale
NeutralIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Latara Feathersong Huntress Deceased Tel'anor, Suramar
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Aethalas Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Warrior's Terrace, Darnassus
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Lylandris Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Military Ward, Ironforge
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Elfarran Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive War Room, Stormwind
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Male.gif Lylandor Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Lower City, Shattrath City
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Farsong Sentinel Alive Silverwing Grove, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Elanaria Warrior Alive Warrior's Terrace, Darnassus
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Thyn'tel Bladeweaver Sentinel Alive Warrior's Terrace, Darnassus
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Arynia Cloudsbreak Sentinel Alive Oracle Glade, Teldrassil
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Tysha Moonblade Sentinel Alive Darkshore
AllianceIconSmall Worgen Female.gif Adella Sentinel Alive Feralas
AllianceIconSmall Worgen Female.gif Silvia Sentinel Alive Feralas
AllianceIconSmall Worgen Female.gif Tambre Sentinel Alive Feralas
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Shindrell Swiftfire Sentinel Alive Astranaar, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Illiyana Moonblaze Silverwing Supply Officer Alive Silverwing Grove, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Amarassan Sentinel Alive Stonetalon Peak, Stonetalon Mountains
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Dalia Sunblade Sentinel Alive Darnassus
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Keldara Sunblade Sentinel Unknown Last seen at Haldarr Encampment, Azshara
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Selarin Sentinel Alive Auberdine Refugee Camp, Darkshore
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Glynda Nal'Shea Sentinel Alive Lor'danel, Darkshore
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Aynasha Sentinel Alive Darkshore
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Elissa Starbreeze Sentinel Deceased Ruins of Auberdine, Darkshore
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Luciel Starwhisper Sentinel Alive Forest Song, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Melyria Frostshadow Sentinel Alive Forest Song, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Thenysil Sentinel Alive Astranaar, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Velene Starstrike Sentinel Alive Ruins of Stardust, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Onaeya Sentinel Alive Maestra's Post, Ashenvale
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Stillbough Sentinel Alive Temple of the Moon, Darnassus
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Moonwhisper Sentinel Alive Blade Tooth Canyon, Blade's Edge Mountains
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Shaya Sentinel Alive Dolanaar, Teldrassil
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Amberline Bowyer Alive WotLK Star's Rest, Dragonblight
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Sweetspring Stable Master Alive WotLK Star's Rest, Dragonblight
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Brightgrass Sentinel Alive The Bravery, Darkshore or Stormwind Harbor
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Winterdew Sentinel Alive The Bravery, Darkshore or Stormwind Harbor
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Sentinel Silversky Sentinel Alive Military Ward, Ironforge

Types

Warcraft III Beta Sentinel

In the RPG

General Shandris Feathermoon

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The Sentinels, also known as Sentinel Army, are an elite guard belonging to the night elves.[14] Given the threat of invasion that constantly looms, few roles are as critical to the defense of the land as the sentinel. Sentinels perform guard duty.[15] Sentinel is an ancient title, its skills are rooted in ancient tradition from even before the time of Queen Azshara.[16]

Sentinels are proficient with all simple and martial weapons and with light and medium armor, due to her extensive study of her foes and training in the proper techniques for combating them. In addition, sentinels are proficient in the use of arrows as a melee weapon. As a class, it shares elements from archer, hunter, and scout classes.[14] Their hatred of orcs has also fueled their participation in the Alliance. After the death of Cenarius during the Third War, many sentinels, druids and warrior night elves began a great hunt. Some night elves happily hunt orcs as a repayment for Cenarius’ murder.[17] Druids of the wild now strive to heal and restore the land, while sentinels keep their eternal watch for enemies both seen and unseen.[18]

Trivia

  • While not seen in the game but in World Editor, the faction the player controls in the night elven campaign is called the Sentinels[19] even when controlling Illidan.[20]
  • Besides the Shadowleaves, the Moonhunters, Starseekers and Nightblades also belonged to the Sentinels.

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