Huntress

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A Huntress in Warcraft III.
For the Warcraft III unit, see Huntress (Warcraft III). For the Darnassus guards, see Huntress (guard).

Huntresses are the elite cadre of the night elf 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.[1]

The night elf huntress is a mounted warrior. Like all night elf women, huntresses are able to [Shadowmeld] at night. Huntresses also have a close bond with the owls of the forest. These owls relay information and spy for the Sentinel army.

Huntresses are the elite of Sentinels with millennia of expertise and experience. They serve as officers,[2] adjutants to Priestess of the Moon and as scouts. Leading sentinel squads to battle, protecting the priestesses or doing reconnaissance with help of their owl companions. When heading to battle huntresses most often prefer to be at back of their loyal nightsabers and carry a glaive or a lance and a shield to combat,[3] making a ferocious foe for anyone who tempts the wrath of night elves.

Notably, they participated in the Third War led by Tyrande Whisperwind and in the Ashenvale wars under the command of Denea and Su'ura Swiftarrow.

Except the night elves, they are also found in the ranks of the nightborne.

Misunderstandings

A common misunderstanding regarding huntresses is that they are the feminine versions of a night elf hunter, a male night elf hunter is called simply a hunter, and a female night elf hunter is called a huntress. This not always the case. Huntresses are elite mounted warriors of the Sentinel army, and have very little to do with the night elf hunter. Although a large majority of hunters who are night elves are female, regardless of gender, both male and female hunters are referred to as simply, hunters. No masculine or feminine name variations are required or given.

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Night elf women are trained in stealth and combat. Many fight to protect their homes, their lands and their people. At the forefront of this army ride the huntresses. This elite cadre calls upon the moon goddess Elune for strength. Huntresses ride their fearsome nightsaber panthers into battle and wield moon glaives with deadly accuracy. In times of peace the huntresses protect night elf lands from trespassers. In times of war, however, they extend their activities to anyone foolish enough to attack their people or their allies. These woman are tall and lean, lithe like the cats they ride and so dusk-skinned their purple flesh blends into their panthers' fur, making them seem almost single beasts intent upon slaughter. They wear light armor designed for mobility as much as strength, and each wields a moon glaive that flashes in the night. The huntress is a warrior, first and foremost. She takes the fight to her foes, charging close to the enemy before flinging her moon glaive. The panther's speed and agility allow her to attack quickly, and she often dispatches her first foe with a single toss, spreading terror and panic among those nearby.[4]

Trivia

  • In the original Warcraft III beta, huntresses didn't exist. They were instead a unit called the Sentinel. Its model was recycled for the Huntress unit. Its original Battle.net description was the following: "Sentinels are the leaders of the Sentinel army. These powerful warriors draw their strength from the moon goddess, Elune, and show little compassion or mercy to those who would disrupt the natural harmony of the Night Elves' proud culture. Sentinels are fond of using owls as scouts and are able to maintain a primitive telepathic rapport with their owls. Through this link, the Sentinels are able to see far across any environment as if they were looking through their owl's eyes. Sentinels are strong and swift, but unlike most Night Elf warriors, they wear sturdy suits of light armor. Like all Night Elf women, Sentinels are able to Shadowmeld at night."[5]
  • The name "Huntress" was originally reserved for what would later be called the Dryad unit.[6]

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