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This article is about the nightborne withered. For the creatures in the RPG, see withered creature.
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The withered (or Withered) are nightfallen who could not find sources of arcane to feed their starvation and fell into a mindless, feral withered state. Withered are considered beyond redemption and there is no cure yet to their state. They are not only consumed by a burning thirst for the Nightwell, but are tormented by their former memories, truly a fate worse than death.[1] One of the final symptoms just before turning is that the nightfallen will lose their eyesight.[2] It is surprising that the withered don't try to eat their own clothing when it contains innate power.[3]

Though they are physically similar the wretched blood elves, they are fundamentally different. The transformation into wretched is due to over-indulgence and reckless abuse of arcane magic, whereas withered are a result of withdrawal from the energies of the Nightwell.[4]

During the Nightfallen rebellion, withered that joined Thalyssra were made fel-resistant.




Notes and trivia

  • Withered don't have the characteristic upward pointing ears as nightborne but have ears that are the same shape as the ears on night elves.
  • The withered 3D skeleton is the same as the vargul.
  • Their early placeholder model was that of the Pale orc.