Moon

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The White Lady and Blue Child over Uldum.‎

The term moon is a geographical category. Moons exist in the Great Dark Beyond, which is the term for what we would call "outer space."

Azeroth

Azeroth has two moons.[1][2][3][4] Various cultures may have different names for them, but usually they play on a mother-and-child theme, as the white moon is much larger than the blue one. Once every four hundred and thirty years,[5] the two moons come into perfect alignment. This event is called the Embrace.

The White Lady

The larger, bright and silver moon is known as the White Lady or the Mother.[5] The night elves know and worship it as Elune while the tauren refer to it as Mu'sha (the left eye of the Earthmother) in Sorrow of the Earthmother.

The Blue Child

The smaller, blue-green moon is known as the Blue Child or the Child.[5] With the addition of weather effects to the game in Patch 1.10.0, the Blue Child vanished from the game, likely due to graphical errors.[6] This was subsequently given an in-universe explanation as the Earthmother having "sent the Blue Child away to learn about the universe" because of the coming of the Burning Legion.[7] Though still missing from the game, it did return in the lore as seen in Twilight of the Aspects[8] and the  [Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest] quest chain. It returned to the skies in-game with the release of Patch 5.0.4, prior to World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.[6]

Draenor and Outland

Draenor as seen in Warlords of Draenor's alternate timeline has two moons.[9] Outland, the main timeline's shattered version of Draenor has the same two moons,[10] with the other celestial bodies visible in the sky likely being far away worlds.[11]

The Pale Lady

The Pale Lady as seen near the border of Zangarmarsh.
Draenor's two moons as seen from Shadowmoon Valley, in the alternate timeline.

The Pale Lady is one of the moons orbiting around the shattered orcish homeworld of Outland,[12][13] and the unshattered world of Draenor in Warlords of Draenor's alternate timeline.

The orcs used to refer to the Pale Lady in a respectful way, as to a feminine entity of some importance, thus recalling their shamanistic heritage (significant since the storyteller is supposed to be the Warchief Thrall).

Smaller moon

Draenor also has a second, smaller moon. This moon appears closer to the planet than the Pale Lady, but is far darker.

Other celestial bodies

There is a reference to a certain "bloodmoon" in the first Warcraft manual, when Garona tells about the creation of the Dark Portal:

"As the Warlocks began their incantations to access the power of the rift, a howl began - low at first, then rising in pitch like a darkwolf baying during the bloodmoon")[14]

It likely refers to the red color a fullmoon can take, but it is unclear whether the moon she refers to is the Pale Lady of Draenor, or the White Lady of Azeroth, or another one of the celestial bodies that appeared over Outland after it entered the Twisting Nether - perhaps just the "rosy sphere" mentioned in Beyond the Dark Portal.[13]

Other spheres now exist as well, including a rosy one, and a smaller, light blue one.[13] These may, however, be other planets, seen through "windows".[15]

Other moons

The destroyed planet that was named Fanlin'Deskor by Velen had four unnamed moons.[16]

Nathreza, homeworld of the dreadlords, had dozens of miniature moons.[17]

Video

Short video of the original two moons of Azeroth as seen in an earlier version of World of Warcraft.

Trivia

  • In the Warhammer universe, there are also two moons: Mannsleib, which is like Earth's moon, and Morrslieb, a green (however not blue-green), smaller and magical moon.
  • Multiple moons are a common element of many fantasy and science fiction settings.
  • The Pale Lady made her first appearance in Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden:
"When the Pale Lady cleared the dark line of trees, in Her waning phase but still bright enough to cast a powerful light that was reflected on the blankets of white snow [...]"[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ The Last Guardian, Prologue. "The larger of the two moons had risen first this evening, and now hung pregnant and silver-white against a clear, star-dappled sky."
  2. ^ N [60] Of Love and Family
  3. ^ Lord of the Clans
  4. ^ How to Win Friends
  5. ^ a b c Golden, Christie. "Fourteen", Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, 302, 310-6 (ebook). ISBN 978-1439-19663-2. 
  6. ^ a b Robert, Allison 2012-09-02. The Blue Child returns to Azeroth. Retrieved on 2016-11-29.
  7. ^ File:Bluemoon.jpg This information was presented as coming from a Blizzard Game Master and it should be noted that it has not been made clear if Blizzard representatives hold the authority to create or even clarify lore, so this information may or may not be canon. It is also possible that the screenshot is not authentic and legit at all, so this information should probably be taken with a grain of salt until confirmation.
  8. ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, page 43
  9. ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-05-16).
  10. ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-07-24)
  11. ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-07-24)
  12. ^ Golden, Christie. Rise of the Horde, 22. ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1. 
  13. ^ a b c d Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 418. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  14. ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, The Destiny of the Orcish Hordes
  15. ^ Unbroken (story), pages 26-27
  16. ^ Prophet's Lesson, pages 4 & 5
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan chapters 18-19
  18. ^ Golden, Christie. Rise of the Horde, 6.