Sisterhood of Elune
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- For more background information on this organization, see The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Sisterhood of Elune.
|High Priestess Haidene statue in Darnassus|
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The Sisterhood of Elune (aka Sisters of Elune or simply the Sisters) could be the oldest night elf religious and magical order, predating the quel'dorei by some 2,000 years. As the name implies, they are an order of priestesses dedicated to the worship and servitude of the moon goddess, . The Sisterhood is led by the High Priestess of Elune while the priestesses of Elune are the elite of the organization.
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War of the Ancients
The headquarters of the Sisterhood was originally the Temple of Elune in the city of Suramar, but the Sisters staffed temples and chapterhouses on the whole length and breath of Ancient Kalimdor. The temple was lost when Suramar was overrun by the nathrezim, but the Sisterhood, under the leadership of high priestess , escaped and flocked to the banner of Lord Ravencrest in the Kaldorei Resistance. A few weeks after the abandoning of Suramar, was made high priestess following the death of her predecessor at the hands of . The Sisterhood continued to fight in the War of the Ancients after Tyrande's capture by — under the leadership of first , and then .
The Long Vigil and current times
Following the conclusion of the war and the creation of Nordrassil, the Sisterhood continued in a less formal role (many of the Sisters became Sentinels), particularly during the Long Vigil. After the defeat of at Mount Hyjal and the night elves freedom from the Long Vigil, Tyrande leads a much more formal and religious Sisterhood of Elune from the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus.
Role in the night elven society
The Sisters are a major and active night elven political faction, and fulfil the role of magistrates, officials, and others for the night elven government. The highest-ranking of the Sisters are privy to the government's most important secrets, such as the original condition of and the power struggle that erupted between and .
The Sisterhood of Elune is the highest echelon of the priesthood that serves the goddess of the moon, . The Sisterhood has remained exclusively female up until recent times. This is largely because of a common belief that the deepest mysteries of Elune can only be comprehended by women. Although the vast majority of Elune's priesthood is still comprised of night elven women, the order has come to accept Kaldorei males into its ranks as well.
The Sisterhood has maintained its role since the days of the ancient Kaldorei Empire, over 10,000 years prior; although this role was significantly less political before the Great Sundering. Owing to their military capabilities, the Sisterhood also played an active role in the War of the Ancients, where they joined with the Kaldorei Resistance to curb the invasion of the Burning Legion. They ultimately played a decisive role in numerous battles with the demons, acting as both, elite shock troops, and adept healers.
All priests who served Elune were night elf women. However, after the devastation of the Third War, they thought that the organization had drifted too far away from night elf society and decided to open up their group more to the world. As a result, although a majority of Elune's priests are still women, the order now welcomes men into its ranks. Since the night elves emerged from their societal isolation, the priests of Elune have also extended membership to a few priests, male and female, of other races.
Elune expected dedication from her priests, but she did not demand that they give her every waking moment — the Mother Moon was a kind, loving mistress. One of these dedications was called the Ritual of the High Moon.
The center of her worship is now the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus. Tyrande Whisperwind is her high priestess, but many priests, are found throughout the world, ready to heal the war-weary Azeroth with her light.
|Priestess||Alive||Ruins of Auberdine, Darkshore|
|Priestess||Alive||Temple of the Moon, Darnassus|
|Priestess, priest trainer||Alive||Temple of the Moon, Darnassus|
|Moon Priestess||Alive||Dolanaar, Teldrassil|
|Sister, novice priestess||Alive||Temple Gardens, Darnassus|
|Priestess of the Moon||Alive||Howling Oak, Darnassus|
|High Priestess of Elune (penultimate)||Deceased|
|Priestess of the Moon||Alive||Teldrassil and Darkshore|
|High Priestess of Elune (first)||Deceased|
|Priestess||Alive||Odesyus' Landing, Azuremyst Isle|
|High Priestess of Elune||Unknown||Unknown|
|Moon Priestess||Alive||Temple Gardens, Darnassus|
|Priest trainer||Alive||Dolanaar, Teldrassil|
|Moon Priestess||Alive||Maestra's Post, Ashenvale|
|Former member, High Priestess of Elune (interim)||Alive||Unknown|
|High Priestess of Elune (interim)||Deceased|
|Moon Priestess||Alive||Dalaran, Northrend|
|Priestess of the Moon||Alive||Lor'danel, Darkshore|
|Former member||Alive||Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas|
|High Priestess of Elune (current)||Alive||Temple of the Moon, Darnassus|
|History||Ancient times||Burning Legion Invasion||Recent history|
|Ruler||Haidene||Unknown||Kalo'thera||Unknown||Dejahna||Tyrande Whisperwind||Marinda||Maiev Shadowsong||Tyrande Whisperwind|
Notes & trivia
- The Sisterhood have a special language to commune with the lunar deity.
- As the name implies, it is a female-only organization.
- Sisters of Elune US is named after the organization.
- ^ Stormrage, chapter 2
- ^ a b The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Sisterhood of Elune
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Elune
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 - "The city of Suramar became the center of night elf worship and home to the Sisterhood of Elune."
- ^ Wolfheart
- ^ Stormrage, chapter 23
- ^ The Demon Soul
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. The Well of Eternity, 110. ISBN 978-0-7434-8902-7.
- ^ The Sundering pg. 215
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 94