- For information on how to defeat Theradras in Maraudon, see . For her appearance during the Elemental Unrest, see .
|Title||Princess, Crown Princess|
|Race||Earth elemental (Elemental)|
|Affiliation(s)||Old Gods' forces|
|Occupation||Ruler of Maraudon, mother of the centaur|
|Status||Killable (WoW); Deceased (lore)|
|Relative(s)||(mother), (lover), centaur (children)|
Though most of the elementals were sequestered in the Elemental Plane by the titan-forged, Theradras, daughter of , evaded capture and hid below the earth, eventually falling into a long slumber. Many millennia later, 1,100 years before the First War, tauren shaman accidentally awakened Theradras, having mistaken her faint whisperings for their voice of their benevolent deity, the . The years of slumber had weakened Theradras' form, and she reached out to the verdant lands around her, draining their life energies to restore her power. In that moment, the fertile grassland of Mashan'she was transformed into a barren desert which would later be renamed "Desolace" by the horrified tauren.
The monumental loss of life sent ripples throughout Azeroth and even the Emerald Dream. , first son of , emerged from the Dream to investigate. However, once he discovered Theradras' lair, instead of imprisoning the elemental, he fell in love with her. Theradras also found Zaetar beautiful, and, claiming that she had meant no harm with her actions, managed to convince the half-stag being that together they could restore the land's beauty. From their forbidden union, the centaur race were born. The centaur, seeing the disgust in their father's eyes, brutally killed Zaetar, but Theradras harshly chastised them for their actions. Realizing that they had broken their beloved mother's heart, the centaur begged for forgiveness and promised to honor Zaetar's memory. Theradras entombed Zaetar's spirit in her lair, which the centaur would later name Maraudon and treat as holy ground.
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Travelers who come to Desolace have little trouble spotting Zaetar's tomb, for the blessing of nature that permeates his being transformed his resting place into a verdant paradise of flora and tranquil pools. The subterranean tunnels are populated by the vicious, long-dead ghosts of the centaur khans, as well as Theradras' own raging, elemental minions.
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Theradras returned as one of four lieutenants during the Elemental Unrest aiding and his Twilight's Hammer clan. According to the dialogue with the ogre, it appears that Terramok served as Theradras' prison. She no longer viewed it as such because of 's remains that are buried there, and she refused to leave. She was then defeated once more by the armies of and .
After her ultimate destruction, a new elemental leader emerged. He wanted to recreate the centaur and led them to reclaim the world from those who had defiled it.
- Main article: Crown Princess Theradras#Quotes
- In the original lore, fearful of Cenarius' wrath, the grief-stricken Theradras sequestered her dead lover's body in her secret sanctuary, the Crystal Caverns of Terramok.
- The reason why she did not respawn in Deepholm like other earth elementals after their death could be because she was never linked to the Elemental Plane in the first place, since she evaded capture.