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For the faction, see Darnassus (faction).
Alliance 32 Darnassus
Darnassus TCG
TypeCapital
Population15,000
RacesIconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf
IconSmall Highborne MaleIconSmall Highborne Female Highborne Icon Cataclysm 18x18
IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei
IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human
IconSmall Cenarian Female Dryad
IconSmall Ancient Ancient
IconSmall Treant Treant
IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female Worgen Icon Cataclysm 18x18
GovernmentTheocracy
RulersHigh Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind
Malfurion Stormrage
LanguagesDarnassian, Common
FaithsElune, Ancients, Druidism
ResourcesGold, Hunting, Timber
AffiliationAlliance
LocationTeldrassil
Sources: Lands of Mystery, 21-2

Darnassus (aka Darnassus City)[1] is the capital city of the night elves of the Alliance. The high priestess, Tyrande Whisperwind and the Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage reside in the Temple of the Moon surrounded by sisters of Elune and Draenei ambassadors.

Background Edit

Craftsmen's Terrace

Craftsmen's Terrace

Darnassus is the greatest city of the night elves, housing the leaders of both the druids and the faithful of Elune. It is carefully guarded by Sentinels, ancient protectors, and ancients of war. The city is formidable in spite of the peaceful natures of the night elves. In addition to the night elves, many guests and diplomats from elsewhere reside here, such as groups from the Explorers' Guild and the Knights of the Silver Hand, as well as a few representatives of the Horde negotiating peace treaties. There is only one High elf allowed within its borders. The population here is almost entirely elven, and most of the night elves are tolerant of others. However, there is political strife between the druids and priests.[2]

The atmosphere inside the city is a quiet and somewhat a melancholic one. It does not have the feeling of confinement that one would feel in Stormwind or Ironforge, where the buildings are grouped close together. Darnassus is open to the sky, and the graceful bridges spanning the lake around which it is built set the buildings wide apart. The prime reason why the city's population is so low is that it is isolated: Teldrassil is a small island away from the main mass of Azeroth, and the only way to gain access from another continent is to fly or sail to Rut'theran Village, a small settlement at the base of Teldrassil, and from there step into the glowing portal to the city proper. This is a good thing, though. It is the elves' capital, and should therefore be serene and quiet, holding the mystic and melancholic elements of the night elves.

History Edit

WorldMap-Darnassus

Darnassus map

In the aftermath of the Third War, the night elves had to adjust to their mortal existence. Such an adjustment was far from easy, and there were many night elves who could not adjust to the prospects of aging, disease and frailty. Seeking to regain their immortality, a number of wayward druids conspired to plant a special tree that would reestablish a link between their spirits and the eternal world.

With Malfurion Stormrage missing, Fandral Staghelm — the leader of those who wished to plant the new World Tree - became the new Arch-Druid. In no time at all, he and his fellow druids had forged ahead and planted the great tree, Teldrassil, off the stormy coasts of northern Kalimdor. Under their care, the tree sprouted up above the clouds. Among the twilight boughs of the colossal tree, the wondrous city of Darnassus took root. However, the tree was not consecrated with nature's blessing and soon fell prey to the corruption of the Burning Legion. Now the wildlife and even the limbs of Teldrassil are tainted by a growing darkness.

In World of Warcraft Edit

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Defenses Edit

The defenses are spread out due to the water that surrounds a town. A death knight with Path of Frost can easily get a whole raid in the water and to the temple, passing all guards. However, Darnassus does boast the traditional sentinel guards in most locations, and some elite hunters prowl the city on impressive catlike mounts. However, the city is almost completely abandoned by high-level players, who typically congregated in places like Dalaran during Wrath-Logo-Small Wrath of the Lich King and now mostly Stormwind City since Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm.

Normally players don't heed the warnings of an advance. Unless you're on an RP server, most really don't care about what happens to Darnassus. Though some people do like this city and manage to defend it, the Horde can easily raid it with enough players even during peak hours.

There is a second route into Darnassus for sufficiently devious Horde players. By using an elixir of Water Walking, a Horde player with a fast land mount can cross from Darkshore to the outskirts of the great island tree where Darnassus is located. By running up the tree, then jumping off onto one of the lower roots, the toon will die and be brought to the graveyard inside the tree. By accepting local resurrection and waiting out the resurrection sickness, the Horde toon can gain access to the island and all its territories without encountering any guards at all.

Terraces Edit

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Warrior's Terrace

Darnassus is arranged in a few terraces on the north, east and southern sides of a central lake area.

Notable characters Edit

Temple of the Moon

The temple was rebuilt in Darnassus after the Battle of Mount Hyjal.

Haidene

Haidene, first high priestess of Elune.

Main article: Darnassus NPCs

From the Temple of the Moon, the high priestess Tyrande Whisperwind rules alongside her husband Malfurion Stormrage with the support of her fellow priestesses of the Moon.

Points of interest Edit

The Temple Gardens

The Darnassus Bank

Travel connections Edit

Flight Paths Edit

Official alliance mini-icon Rut'theran Village, Teldrassil
Official alliance mini-icon Dolanaar, Teldrassil

Portals (in the Temple of the Moon) Edit

Neutral 15 Stair of Destiny, Blasted Lands
Official alliance mini-icon Exodar, Azuremyst Isle

Teleporter Edit

The boat pier is at Rut'theran Village.

Official alliance mini-icon Rut'theran Village, Teldrassil

Faction Edit

The Darnassus faction has a repeatable cloth donation quest for reputation; see Raedon Duskstriker.

Known Faction related bonuses:

  • The standard vendor discounts of 5%, 10%, 15%, or 20% (depending on standing).
  • At Exalted you can purchase a saber mount (not limited to night elves!).

There are a few Repeatable Reputation Quests (RRQs) which raise Darnassus faction and increase reputation:

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Edit

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WorldMap-Darnassus-Cataclysm

Darnassus in Cataclysm

Worgen District (Cataclysm)

Outside the Worgen District

Darnassus will gain a small worgen district, known as the Howling Oak.[3]

Notes Edit

  • Darnassus is second to the Exodar in being the least visited city of the Alliance. This is likely due to the lack of ease to travel to Darnassus. You will rarely find players hanging out at Darnassus as you would find players hanging out at Ironforge or Stormwind. Since the Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm release, there is slightly more traffic due to proximity to Mount Hyjal, but with portals directly from Stormwind City to Nordrassil Inn it makes little difference.
  • When Horde players attack Darnassus, Alliance players rarely will go to try and defend Tyrande Whisperwind because of the hassle it is to travel to Darnassus.
  • Prior to the Icon Cataclysm 18x18Cataclysm, there were no trainers associated with IconSmall Mining [Mining], IconSmall Engineering [Engineering], or IconSmall Blacksmithing [Blacksmithing].

Video Edit

Darnassus HD - World of Warcraft Cataclysm03:27

Darnassus HD - World of Warcraft Cataclysm

Patches and hotfixes Edit

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): One mailbox added.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): One mailbox added.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005):
    • Darnassus has been converted over to the new graveyard system. The system will place your character's spirit at the closest allowed graveyard in the zone.
    • An Alliance-only graveyard has been added at the eastern end of Darnassus. Alliance characters dying in Darnassus will use this new graveyard. Horde characters dying on Teldrassil will still only be able to use the graveyard at Dolanaar.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Patrolling scouts that can see through stealth and invisibility have been added to Darnassus.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Added a mailbox to the Darnassus Bank.
                The mailbox next to the inn was actually moved, rather than a new mailbox added.

References Edit

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