Teldrassil (Classic)

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For the lore of the zone and its status after the Cataclysm, see Teldrassil.
AllianceTeldrassil
Level: 1-12
Teldrassil.jpg
A view of Teldrassil.
Capital(s) Alliance Darnassus (15,000)
Population 23,962
Races

Night elfNight elf Night elf (20,400)
Furbolg Furbolg (1,440)
Dryad Dryad (1,200)
HumanHuman Human (720)
Harpy Harpy (180)
Satyr Satyr (22)

Other (240)
Government Elected council
Ruler(s)

Alliance IconSmall Tyrande.gif High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind

Alliance IconSmall Fandral.gif Archdruid Fandral Staghelm
Major settlements

Alliance Dolanaar (5,000)

Alliance Aldrassil (2,000)
Minor settlements Alliance Rut'theran Village (300)
Languages Darnassian, Common, Ursine
Faiths Ancients, druidism, Elune
Resources Gold, hunting, leather, timber
Affiliation Alliance
Location The Veiled Sea / Northern Kalimdor

Off Kalimdor's northern coast lies the island, and great tree of the same name, Teldrassil, the new home of the reclusive night elves and a stunning testament to the power of their magic and their connection with nature.

In recent times, the night elves have moved their capital to an island off northwest Kalimdor. It was here that the Circle of the Ancients and the wise druids pooled their power to create another World Tree, but on a smaller scale. They called this tree Teldrassil (“crown of the earth”) and built their city of Darnassus atop it. The island takes the name of the "tree" as well, and a twilit forest now covers it.

Teldrassil is truly massive, a huge trunk rising out of the sea and holding the entire night elf homeland, and the capital of Darnassus, in its boughs. The enterprise was not blessed by the Aspects, however, and the tree's growth has been flawed. Regardless, the behemoth of a tree dwarfs Nordrassil, even large enough that a decently large amount of land has emerged atop its gargantuan limbs. Trees, flora, and fauna are now verdantly spreading across the magical tree.

Teldrassil sees very little PvP action due to the fact that Horde players have to cross through Darnassus. The only way for Horde players to get to Teldrassil itself is via ship from Auberdine on mainland Kalimdor. Most other starting areas are directly accessible by the opposing faction without such hazards.

History

After the cataclysmic events that followed the invasion of the Burning Legion, Malfurion went missing. Archdruid Fandral Staghelm took over the leadership of the night elven druids, convincing the Circle of the Ancients in Darkshore that it was time for the night elven people to rebuild the World Tree and regain their cherished immortality. However, his plan failed due to the fact that Nozdormu, the source of the night elves immortality, did not bless the tree.

The Circle of the Ancients and powerful druids combined their powers to grow an immense tree in the Veiled Sea. They called the tree Teldrassil, meaning "crown of the earth" in Darnassian. The night elves made their new home in the boughs of Teldrassil, creating a forest of mighty trees and flowing rivers, bathed in the endless night that fell over the lands of the elves from the dawn of time.

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

Geography

The majority of Teldrassil's upper reaches is open forest and it resembles a mid-sized forested island. Darnassus takes up a large chunk on the western side of this island, while smaller cities dot the remaining forest. All forms of terrain exist here, including streams, full-sized lakes, and a few hills that might be considered mountains.

The entire zone of Teldrassil is in fact one huge tree, grown on an island off the coast of Kalimdor. As such, there is no ore to speak of here and the night elves are not known to be blacksmiths or miners. However, because the tree is so full of life, herbs are numerous here.

Teldrassil contains no dungeons, raid dungeons, micro dungeons, or battlegrounds. It is the starting area for the night elves and contains a very sheltered 1-5 leveling area, Shadowglen. The night elf capital city of Darnassus can also be found in this zone, though the travel hub is actually located at Rut'theran Village (accessible by portal from Darnassus).

Although Teldrassil is only the size of a mid-sized island in width, you must also take into account the sheer size in height that rivals any other island. It has been described as an "island continent". Another reference in the book and other sources simply call it an island.

Maps and subregions

Teldrassil map
Teldrassil from Warcraft.
Teldrassil from the comic.
Teldrassil from the comic.
AldrassilBan'ethil Barrow DenBan'ethil HollowThe Cleft
DolanaarFel RockGnarlpine HoldLake Al'Ameth
The Oracle GladePools of ArlithrienRut'theran VillageShadowglen
Shadowthread CaveStarbreeze VillageThe Veiled SeaWellspring Lake
Wellspring River



Travel hubs

Though the flight path to Teldrassil is technically in Rut'theran Village, the village is connected to Darnassus by a portal and is indeed the only way to get into the rest of the zone. Players can also reach Rut'theran Village by boat from Auberdine, which is the only way for Horde players to get onto the island.

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Darkshore Alliance 9-25 Southeast By swimming, free flightpath or boat from Rut'theran Village to Auberdine.

Notable characters

Main article: Teldrassil NPCs

Teldrassil is home to several night elves of status. From the top of the tree Aldrassil, Tenaron Stormgrip sends promising young elves out into the world. In Dolanaar, Tallonkai Swiftroot leads the effort to fight back the corrupted furbolgs and satyr of the Great Tree, while in his small tent near Lake Al'Ameth, Denalan seeks to understand the nature of the strange affliction that is seeping into Teldrassil.

Quests

Main article: Teldrassil quests
See also: Teldrassil questing guide

One of the most important quests for new night elf adventurers in Teldrassil is the Crown of the Earth quest chain. In this chain, night elves are sent to gather water from moonwells scattered all over the island. Each time they return with the moonwell water, they learn a little more of the night elf history. Other important quests include the Timberling quest chain, in which adventurers must help investigate a corruption of the timberlings of Teldrassil, and the Furbolg chain, which deals with the corruption of the local furbolg population.

Resources

Wild creatures

A Teldrassil glade.
Gnarlpine Hold

Notes and trivia

  • While Teldrassil looks like a baobab with a thick trunk in World of Warcraft, it looks more like a regular tree in art. The only reason it looks like this in-game is because the engine is based completely off height-mapping, which heavily limits terrain possibilities.
  • Blizzard originally said the name of the island where Teldrassil was grown was named Kalidar on a preview website.

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