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PostSubject: Kaldorei - from WoWwiki   Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:00 pm

Kaldorei From WoWWiki

The Kaldorei were a race of nocturnal, feral nomadic humanoids that once lived in the jungles of the former continent of Kalimdor, at the time the sole continent of Azeroth. They were considered the greatest tribe in the land.WRPG 20 They journeyed around the continent eager to uncover secrets hidden in dark places. At some point, they were drawn to the shimmering power of the Well of Eternity. They named the continent Kalimdor and settled near the vortex of cosmic energy. They adopted the name Kaldorei meaning "children of the stars" in their native tongue.

After several ages spent in peace and learning, the Kaldorei grew in power and wisdom so that they soon outstripped the other humanoid races of Azeroth. Their kingdom had now become an empire. The Kaldorei would later be known as the night elves.

After the War of the Ancients, they sought to rebuild a new Kaldorei empire.


The Kaldorei venerated the moon goddess, Elune, even before they settled around the Well of Eternity. They believed she dwelled within it during the day and would arise from it at night.


Kaldorei is a Darnassian word meaning "children of the stars". It can also be interpreted as "people of the stars". It can refer to the tribe which existed before the night elves, to the night elves themseleves, and sometimes to the Highborne.

The Kaldorei race includeds both the night elves as a whole and the Highborne (quel'dorei) upper class.WRPG 20

The naga are cursed Highborne who were smashed to the bottom of the sea at the end of the War of the Ancients.S&L 19


  • Some sources state that the race was called the Kaldorei before finding the Well of Eternity. Other sources state they adopted the name after finding the Well of Eternity.
  • It is not known why or when the Kaldorei starting being known as the night elves, but sources show the term by the time of the War of the Ancients.WRPG 21
  • Following with the entries above, the Kaldorei could be seen as either: 1) The exact same race as the night elves 2) Viewed as a race that became the new race of night elves over time and exposure to the Well of Eternity (which did change them physically).


Perhaps the early Kaldorei race's tribe were the mysterious dark elves.
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PostSubject: Re: Kaldorei - from WoWwiki   Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:14 pm

Dark elves - from WoWWiki

This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft novels or short stories.

Dark elves were elves, but not like high elves. They were beautiful in their own way, too, but it was a cold, haughty beauty, one that in the end repelled. The beauty of the dark elves was said to be almost as chill as Deathwing's voice, if not colder. They were lesser beings with minute lifespans and quick to rashness, plunging into what was believed too great a risk. In their folly, they brought demons.DotD 160-161

Retconned to night elves?

Early concept maps show "dark elf lands" in northeastern Kalimdor near Mount Hyjal. A race is said to have spoken a fourth elven dialect Elven on Mount Hyjal. Perhaps this is the dark elves.

Most evidence points to the mysterious dark elves as being an early developmental form of the night elves. It is hinted that the dark elves, possibly along with others (the book says, "others came, lesser forms, minute life spans"), had something to do with releasing the Burning Legion on Azeroth. According to interviews and references made in The Art of Warcraft and on the The Making of World of Warcraft DVD, night elves were based off the dark elves of other fantasy settings (especially the drow from D&D), but their personality and culture were made to be the direct opposite of the culture and personality of dark elves.

A story nearly identical to the one told about the dark elves in Day of the Dragon is later related to Khadgar in The Last Guardian by Medivh, where he gives these ancient magic-users a more familiar name: Kaldorei. It seems most likely, therefore, that the "dark elves" are in fact the night elves under an earlier name.


  • In Tolkien, the dark elves (Moriquendi) are elves that did not join the Great Journey over the sea and behold the light of the two trees of Valinor. They are more similar to night elves in that they are not evil.
  • Dark elves are known as a class of elves living underground in Old Norse mythology. They are subterranean creatures like some dwarves.
  • Dark elves, or drow, are a generally evil, dark-skinned subrace of elves in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game. They were forced underground after a great war between elves.
  • In Dungeons and Dragons fantasy settings, dark elves speak the language Undercommon.
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