At the beginning of the world now known as Azeroth, there was created by the god-like Titans a magical well, dubbed the Well of Eternity by the Night Elves. It had become the source of their power, wisdom, and immortality. This immense source of mystical energy shone like a beacon throughout the Twisting Nether, eventually coming to the attention of Sargeras, the Dark Titan, destroyer of worlds, and he sought to claim its power as his own.
Thus began the corruption of the Night Elves. Posing as a venerable god, Sargeras managed to contact the most powerful of all the elves, Azshara. Sargeras convinced Azshara, and her most loyal assistant, Counselor Xavius, to open a gateway to Azeroth that this almighty "god" might come forth and bless their whole race (meanwhile eradicating all races deemed "unworthy"). In their insolence, those born to nobility, the Highborne, sought to use and control this source of unimaginable power and unspeakable evil; and for their pride, they were consumed by the magic they so eagerly wished to wield.
As the portal into the mortal world grew larger, Sargeras sent ever more numerous "emissaries" to aid with the portal and bring the word of their god from the beyond. These demons were members of Sargeras's immortal army, known as the Burning Legion, and they had put to the flame countless worlds throughout the void. As the portal grew close to its completion to allow the Dark Titan entry to Azeroth, a small band of Night Elves, led by a Highborne-turned-Druid named Malfurion Stormrage, realized the threat posed to their entire world by this nameless evil and the crazed Azshara it had taken hold of. Realizing his seemingly imminent victory could be threatened by these few elves, Sargeras commanded that his Legion make war upon Azeroth and destroy the unworthy, which included the entirety of the Night Elf race.
As war raged across the young world, many protectors of the world emerged to aid the young Malfurion Stormrage in closing this portal to the Twisting Nether and the malovelence which now stood poised to destroy them all. The demi-god Cenarius, the ancients, and the powerful dragonflights clashed head on with the advancing legion. Having learned much about the power and beauty of Nature from his Shan'do Cenarius, Malfurion was able to disrupt the nearly completed portal spell and close his world off from the invincible Sargeras.
With so much power in flux, the Well of Eternity imploded in a magical cataclysm, sending untold numbers of Night Elves and demons to their doom. Many Night Elves were dragged to the bottom of the sea, only to be twisted and transformed into the sea serpents now known as vile Naga. The result of the catastrophe tore the continent apart into three sections, and left a permanent storm known as the Maelstrom where the well once stood. What remained of the surviving Highborne tried to assimilate into the Night Elves' new druidic society, but over time they could not ignore the burning addiction to magic their whole race suffered from. Dath'Remar would lead a group across the sea to found the High Elf nation of Quel'Thalas. They would pay bitterly under the yoke of the Scourge and their pain and thirst for power has now pushed many in to league with Illidan. (See Blood Elves.)
The Night Elves are now trying to rebuild what was lost after the battle with Archimonde at Mount Hyjal. By destroying Nordrassil - their link to the Well of Eternity - to stop the return of the Burning Legion, the Night Elves were forced to make the ultimate sacrifice: that of their immortality. They have founded the city of Darnassus on the ill-planned and unblessed new World Tree of Teldrassil and are trying to reclaim the forest’s inhabitants from the madness spread by demonic corruption of the Third War, and are being lead by Tyrande Whisperwind and Arch-Druid Fandral Staghelm. Though they are now more aware that there are allies sometimes outside the boundaries of their woods, one should not walk lightly in their lands. After all the sacrifice they have endured to keep their lands free of destruction or bondage, they are not fond of strangers. Many have found arrows in their chest before they even knew danger lurked about them.
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