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Central Broken Isles
Contested territory (PvP realms only)
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Suramar is a max-level zone located in the central Broken Isles. Once a great night elven settlement — though not as glorious as the capital of Zin-Azshari — it was famously the hometown of several important night elves: Illidan Stormrage, his brother Malfurion, their friend Tyrande Whisperwind, and the siblings Jarod and Maiev Shadowsong. Today it is the home of the Nightborne. Suramar is built on ley lines, and arcane coils in the tunnel system running beneath Suramar and the surrounding areas tap into those ley lines' power. Since the creation of the Nightwell, the ley lines have become redundant and the arcane coils abandoned.
Twelve-thousand years ago, the ancient Highborne used the Pillars of Creation to seal a wound in the earth and built the Temple of Elune in Suramar over it. The high priestess of Elune lived in the temple. The Boughs of Azshara, Izal-Shurah and Arauk-Nashal were located here.
Just before the War of the Ancients, Broxigar was held captive in Suramar until he was freed by Malfurion Stormrage. During the war, the city was attacked and ravaged by the Burning Legion. Suramar was subsequently used by the nathrezim in an experiment to create an army of the undead, an experiment which laid the groundwork for the Scourge ten thousand years later. The Burning Legion attempted to open a second portal besides the one at the Well of Eternity in the Temple of Elune in order to attack the night elves on two fronts. Once again the Pillars of Creation were used by the night elves, this time to close the portal and put several seals on the temple.
Most of Suramar was blasted to the bottom of the Great Sea during the Sundering. However, some of it remained above shore in the Broken Isles due to the efforts of the resident Highborne, who crafted a magical shield that kept a section of their city together. This shield would stay up for 10,000 years, as the Highborne believed the world outside of Suramar had been destroyed. Under their shield they would evolve into the Nightborne, addicted to and reliant on their source of power, the Nightwell. From the undersea ruins of Suramar, a Highborne Astrolabe was recovered.
The Temple of Elune in Suramar was used by the Guardian Aegwynn to hold the physical remains, Jeweled Scepter, and Eye of Sargeras of Sargeras, which led to the building's more familiar designation, the Tomb of Sargeras.
During the Second War, the portion Suramar containing the Tomb of Sargeras, now known as the Broken Shore, was raised up from the seafloor by Gul'dan. A battle was fought there between Maiev Shadowsong's Watchers and Illidan's Naga. Several years later, the alternate Gul'dan was sent by the Burning Legion to act as their ambassador to the Nightborne and their Grand Magistrix, who have also pledged their allegiance to the same demons that their ancestors under Azshara did. Not all Nightborne agree with Elisande's decision, though they keep their disagreement a secret. With loyalists and demons marching together in the streets of Suramar, fear and distrust grips other elves' hearts and family turns against family.
In the RPG
Suramar was the ancient kaldorei city that Tyrande Whisperwind and the brothers Stormrage once called home. The ruins are now a sad reminder of ancient kaldorei folly. In the center of the ruins, the stumps of two great aspen trees stand side by side. In ancient times, a great garden stood at Suramar’s center, and at the center of this garden stood the fabled Boughs of Azshara. Now, these petrified stumps are all that remain. In the time of Queen Azshara, the religious community of Suramar was a complicated structure intimately intertwined with the arcane community and involving nearly everyone in the city. The great arcane academies of Suramar once trained entire generations of mages. A portion of Suramar, the temple district, was located near the Well of Eternity and apparently shared it with the city of Zin-Azshari. It was the location of the Eternal Palace where Queen Azshara lived. This portion of the city was battled over during the final stages of the war.
The ruins of Suramar in The Frozen Throne used the "sunken ruins" tileset. It is never explained why the kaldorei city of Suramar has the statuary and motifs of a seaside civilization when the city was several thousand miles inland.
Moreover, the distance between Suramar and Zin-Azshari (in the War of the Ancients novels) was implied at being between a third to a half the distance from the Well of Eternity to Mount Hyjal, while the maps in the Frozen Throne show the Broken Isles to be close to the Maelstrom, and on the opposite side. According to the RPG at least a portion of Suramar was located close to the Well of Eternity at the time of the War of the Ancients. Azshara's palace, the Eternal Palace was implied to be located between the two cities of Zin-Azshari and Suramar. Perhaps part of the problem could be explained by the tectonic upheaval caused by the Well's implosion. It is implied in Lands of Mystery that the Broken Isles are being pulled towards the Maelstrom.
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