Shaladrassil is a World Tree situated in northern Val'sharah. It was once responsible for protecting the land, but it was corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare during the Burning Legion's third invasion.
War of the Ancients
After the War of the Ancients, many surviving satyrs were rounded up. Thaon Moonclaw argued to execute them all but was overruled, and they were placed in an eternal sleep deep beneath the roots of Shaladrassil instead.
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The ancient Oakheart and the green dragon Nythendra served as its protectors, until they were corrupted when the Emerald Nightmare took over the tree. After it fell to the Nightmare, druids from the Dreamgrove went to investigate its roots.
- It is not clear whether Nordrassil or Shaladrassil is older. While Nordrassil has been referred to as the first World Tree, Oakheart is stated to be an offshoot of Shaladrassil that has purportedly survived the Great Sundering, which in turn suggests that Shaladrassil predated the Sundering. This would make Shaladrassil older than Nordrassil, as Nordrassil was only planted after the Sundering.
With the term "shal'dorei" possibly meaning "Children of Shadow" since Shalla'tor means "Shadow Render", or "Children of the Night" since shal'dorei are also called "Nightborne", it is possible that Shaladrassil means "Crown of Shadow" or "Crown of the Night".
Shaladrassil as it was seen at BlizzCon 2015.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Added.