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The Sentinels[2] (full name the Sentinel Army)[3][4] 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.[5]

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.

They use nightsabers as both ground transport and a heavy weapon.[6]

Background

Membership

The Sentinels were established approximately 600 after the War of the Ancients,[7] 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.[8] Like Tyrande and Shandris themselves, there are still plenty of Sentinels in active service that experienced the War of the Ancients.[9]

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.[10] 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.[8] 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.[11][12] 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.[13]

975 years BDP, the Sentinels, along with other units, rallied under Fandral Staghelm in Silithus in the War of the Shifting Sands.

They later fought in the Third War, working with Cenarius against the orcs of the Warsong clan, and directly under Tyrande fighting against the Burning Legion across Ashenvale and ultimately on Mount Hyjal. They also accompanied Tyrande and Malfruion on a mission on Broken Isles and Lordaeron, assisting the Watchers led by Maiev Shadowsong.[14]

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 calm of the enchanted forest of the night elven new home, Teldrassil, has slowly fallen into the shadow of a sinister presence. Crazed furbolgs and fouler beasts have appeared in Teldrassil, and it occupies all the attention of the vigilant Sentinels and the wise druids to ensure the safety of their new home.[15]

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.[16]

In Azshara, Loh'atu promised the Sentinels to help them with spirits of the Highborne in Shadowsong Shrine.[17]

Several units were also present in Alterac Valley assisting the Stormpike Guard.

A group of Sentinels were sent to Quel'Thalas. Some units can be seen in Outland's Blade's Edge Mountains, especially in Sylvanaar.

Sentinel units were also sent to participate in the war against the Lich King as a part of 7th Legion and the Valiance Expedition in Dragonblight.

Stormrage

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During the War Against the Nightmare, Shandris commanded the Sentinels and the Sisters of Elune to help the inhabitants of the ruined Darnassus.[18] After the Nightmare Lord was defeated and Tyrande with Malfurion reunited, they attended the wedding of the night elven leaders, ensuring that no one would cause trouble as well as acting as honor guard during the ceremony.[19]

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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Shortly before the Cataclysm, a dozen of Sentinels guarding a crop caravan was attacked and killed by the Twilight's Hammer cult in Ashenvale. However, the blame fell on the Horde and the new Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream, and two Sentinel soldiers arrived to Stormwind City to report the attack to King Varian Wrynn. This resulted in a meeting with Hamuul Runetotem, Elerethe Renferal and her druids, as well as Cairne Bloodhoof challenging Garrosh to a mak'gora duel.[20]

Seeds of Faith

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The Sentinels at the Feathermoon Stronghold were once again attacked by the naga in the chaos of the Cataclysm.

Cataclysm

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Worgen recruits joining the Sentinels.

A contingent of Sentinels arrived to Keel Harbor in Gilneas in the Eastern Kingdoms to help the Gilneans to fend off the Horde and eventually to evacuate them out of their ruined homeland.

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.[21]

Sentinels in Feralas and Thousand Needles came into conflict with the Grimtotem clan.

Loss for the Sentinels came from the Horde in an attack on Astranaar.[22] They were also attacked at Maestra's Post.

As the night elves expanded into the Wetlands and established Greenwarden's Grove, the Sentinels came into conflict with the Dragonmaw clan.[23]

The night elves of Talrendis Point in Azshara came into war with the Horde.[24]

Wolfheart

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The Sentinels participated in the Ashenvale war.

Following Maiev's betrayal, Tyrande appointed Shandris to assist Jarod Shadowsong in choosing from among the Sentinels some possible candidates for his new security force.[25]

Mists of Pandaria

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The Sentinels traveled to Pandaria, arriving to Krasarang Wilds and eventually traveling to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

They also participated in the Landfall campaign, countering the plans of Garrosh Hellscream and capturing the  [Divine Bell].

Tyrande also led a force of the Sentinels into Orgrimmar during the Siege of Orgrimmar, personally ordering their siege weapons to destroy the reinforced gate to the orc capital.

Warlords of Draenor

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Several Sentinel guards accompanied the Alliance into Shadowmoon Valley, guarding Starfall Outpost. They also had a small presence in Nagrand and in Stormshield on Ashran.

If chosen, they can also guard the Lunarfall garrison.

Legion

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At the start of the Burning Legion's third invasion, Sentinel units gathered in Stormwind City and accompanied the Alliance forces into the first battle on the Broken Shore. They were also present in several areas of the Legion's assaults across Azeroth.

Later, Shandris and several members of the Sentinels joined the Unseen Path based in Trueshot Lodge in Highmountain and assisted the hunters in their campaigns, such as fighting the Legion in the Violet Hold.

Several Sentinels also accompanied Valorn Stillbough and Belysra Starbreeze to Twilight Grove in Duskwood.

Later, a force of Sentinels accompanied Tyrande Whisperwind to Suramar to aid The Nightfallen in liberation of Suramar City from the Legion and Elisande.


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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.[26] Sentinels are also the night elf version of elven ranger class.[27]

  • 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 ride hippogryphs into battle. These are the flying mount version of the sentinels.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
Alliance  Shandris Feathermoon General (last) Alive Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas
Alliance  Tyrande Whisperwind High priestess of Elune Alive Temple of the Moon, Darnassus
Alliance  Raene Wolfrunner Ruler of Ashenvale Alive Astranaar, Ashenvale
Alliance  Moon Priestess Amara Moon Priestess Alive Teldrassil
Alliance  Velinde Starsong Priestess, Sentinel Deceased Last seen in Duskwood
Alliance  Su'ura Swiftarrow Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Silverwing Grove, Ashenvale
Neutral  Latara Feathersong Huntress Deceased Tel'anor, Suramar
Alliance  Aethalas Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Warrior's Terrace, Darnassus
Alliance  Lylandris Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Military Ward, Ironforge
Alliance  Elfarran Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive War Room, Stormwind
Alliance  Lylandor Warsong Gulch Battlemaster Alive Lower City, Shattrath City
Alliance  Sentinel Farsong Sentinel Alive Silverwing Grove, Ashenvale
Alliance  Elanaria Warrior Alive Warrior's Terrace, Darnassus
Alliance  Thyn'tel Bladeweaver Sentinel Alive Warrior's Terrace, Darnassus
Alliance  Arynia Cloudsbreak Sentinel Alive Oracle Glade, Teldrassil
Alliance  Tysha Moonblade Sentinel Alive Darkshore
Alliance  Adella Sentinel Alive Feralas
Alliance  Silvia Sentinel Alive Feralas
Alliance  Tambre Sentinel Alive Feralas
Alliance  Shindrell Swiftfire Sentinel Alive Astranaar, Ashenvale
Alliance  Illiyana Moonblaze Silverwing Supply Officer Alive Silverwing Grove, Ashenvale
Alliance  Sentinel Amarassan Sentinel Alive Stonetalon Peak, Stonetalon Mountains
Alliance  Dalia Sunblade Sentinel Alive Darnassus
Alliance  Keldara Sunblade Sentinel Unknown Last seen at Haldarr Encampment, Azshara
Alliance  Sentinel Selarin Sentinel Alive Auberdine Refugee Camp, Darkshore
Alliance  Glynda Nal'Shea Sentinel Alive Lor'danel, Darkshore
Alliance  Sentinel Aynasha Sentinel Alive Darkshore
Alliance  Elissa Starbreeze Sentinel Deceased Ruins of Auberdine, Darkshore
Alliance  Luciel Starwhisper Sentinel Alive Forest Song, Ashenvale
Alliance  Melyria Frostshadow Sentinel Alive Forest Song, Ashenvale
Alliance  Sentinel Thenysil Sentinel Alive Astranaar, Ashenvale
Alliance  Velene Starstrike Sentinel Alive Ruins of Stardust, Ashenvale
Alliance  Sentinel Onaeya Sentinel Alive Maestra's Post, Ashenvale
Alliance  Sentinel Stillbough Sentinel Alive Temple of the Moon, Darnassus
Alliance  Sentinel Moonwhisper Sentinel Alive Blade Tooth Canyon, Blade's Edge Mountains
Alliance  Sentinel Shaya Sentinel Alive Dolanaar, Teldrassil
Alliance  Sentinel Amberline Bowyer Alive Wrath of the Lich King Star's Rest, Dragonblight
Alliance  Sentinel Sweetspring Stable Master Alive Wrath of the Lich King Star's Rest, Dragonblight
Alliance  Sentinel Brightgrass Sentinel Alive The Bravery, Darkshore or Stormwind Harbor
Alliance  Sentinel Winterdew Sentinel Alive The Bravery, Darkshore or Stormwind Harbor
Alliance  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.[27] 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.[28] Sentinel is an ancient title, its skills are rooted in ancient tradition from even before the time of Queen Azshara.[29]

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.[27] 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.[30] Druids of the wild now strive to heal and restore the land, while sentinels keep their eternal watch for enemies both seen and unseen.[31]

Notes & trivia

  • There was a garrison of the Sentinels in Auberdine. They and the druids remained as separate as possible from the towns-folk because they were considered misfits and outcasts.[32]
  •  [Marble Arrowhead] mentions that it may have belonged to a Highborne sentinel.
  • The Sentinel was also a scrapped night elf unit in the Warcraft III beta. Its model was recycled for the Huntress base 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."[33]
  • The Warrior's Terrace is a gathering spot for the Sentinels.[34]
  • While not seen in the game but in World Editor, the faction the player controls in the night elven campaign is called the Sentinels[35] even when controlling Illidan.[36]
  • Besides the Shadowleaves, the Moonhunters, Starseekers and Nightblades also belonged to the Sentinels.
  • Most members of the Sentinels are females, even the worgen who joined them, but several all-male Sentinel units such as the Ashenvale Ambushers, Ashenvale Assailants and Ashenvale Skirmishers also appear. Stormshield Sentinels may also appear as males. Another male Sentinel was Xanon.

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