Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Moonglade!
Moonglade has been a sanctuary for Druids for thousands of years. It serves as the home for the Cenarion Circle faction and a place where Night Elves and Tauren (and Trolls and Worgen) can coexist peacefully brought together by their pursuit of Druidism. Violence in Moonglade is not tolerated, and anyone found to be unruly will be subdued by the Moonglade Wardens.
During the War of the Ancients, taking place 10,000 years before World of Warcraft, the Burning Legion ran rampant on Azeroth, but Moonglade remained untouched. Many druids hid within the Barrow Dens and entered a deep meditation, allowing them to send their minds into the Emerald Dream. The Emerald Dream is a spirit realm in which exists a version of the world that is untouched and unaltered. It’s a snapshot of Azeroth if no intelligent beings had ever altered it. Any druids who did not meditate went to work building Nighthaven, the capital city of Moonglade.
During the Third War, a few years before World of Warcraft, the Burning Legion once again invaded Azeroth, and Moonglade once again remained untouched. The invasion was so fierce that Tyrande Whisperwind went to Moonglade in order to awaken Malfurion Stormrage and the other druids from their slumber.
Since then, Moonglade has existed rather peacefully. The wars and conflicts that plague Azeroth have been far away, so it once again has a sanctuary-like feel. It plays host to the Lunar Festival every year. The Festival celebrates the victory over the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients. In Lake Elune'ara, the demigod Omen awakens around the time of the festival. He was driven mad by the Burning Legion, and because he still possesses Elune’s blessing he is immortal. Heroes are called from around Azeroth to once again defeat him and bring peace back to Moonglade.
The location of Moonglade also exists in the Emerald Dream. Instead of the Moonglade we’re used to seeing, the Rift of Aln exists instead. It is believed by druids that the Rift is the means by which the Dream itself came into existence. During the Legion expansion, heroes find themselves venturing into the Rift of Aln in order to save Malorne, who is reliving his memory of a fatal fight against Archimonde. After ensuring Malorne survives, the heroes go deeper into the rift where they confront Xavius (this takes place inside the Emerald Nightmare raid). It is here they finally defeat him, stopping the spread of the Nightmare and once again cleansing the Emerald Dream.
The Moonglade we know in the mortal realm will continue to exist as a peaceful sanctuary for druids and non-druids alike. Seldom have any invading forces set foot in the location. However, the location in the Emerald Dream is much more tumultuous and prone to tampering from forces that would seek to destroy it. The contrast of peace and chaos making for an interesting location.
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Join me every Friday as I work to expand my lore knowledge while completing the Field Photographer achievement. Read lore summaries for each location and follow up with resources where you can go more indepth! I encourage you to share your own selfies and any additional lore resources you know of in the comments below, or tweet @PrestonDvorak. Bonus points if the selfie is somewhere you shouldn’t be (such as an Alliance player in Orgrimmar)!
Screenshot credit: Achievements Ahoy (http://achievementsahoy.blogspot.com/2012/01/lunar-festival-guide-2012.html)