The following EU thread is a continuation from the previous Megathread created in May of Last Year.
*Disclaimer: This is the Official High Elves Allied race mega thread, We want to respectfully keep the discussion to stay in this mega thread. As it stands we would like to keep it respectful and for the discussion to focus on the developments and the story of Quel’dorei (High elves) since the last mega-thread. We do not condone trolling from either side both for and against.
Created by Val(EU)
Lore of Alliance allied High elves
Who they are:
The High Elves of the Alliance are a subrace of Thalassian Elves formed by many groups of High Elves aligned with the Alliance over Azeroth and Outland. Despite people associating them with the Blood Elves from Quel’thalas, those High Elves remain as a distinct group as they didn’t follow the same path as Kael’thas and the rest of their kin, preferring to remain in the Alliance and keep referring to themselves as High Elves.
In World of Warcraft they are present in many places and events as part of the Alliance, their main faction is The Silver Covenant, which is still in active as their mages maintain the portal to Dalaran in Stormwind. Representing the Alliance in the Argent Tournament, taking part of the Purge of Dalaran and leading the offensive in the Isle of Thunder are among their most important feats to the faction. In Legion they were one of the main forces in the Hunter Campaign and in the liberation of Suramar. As for BfA, they are mostly represented as mages, mainly in the 7th Legion as the Silver Covenant is so far absent.
The Dalaran High Elves are the largest population group of them, composed mainly by commoners and mages. The Silver Covenant is a military group of High Elves that have a district of Dalaran as their operational center, the Silver Covenant also serves as mediator to reunite the High Elves when a military effort is required.
The Allerian Stronghold is an Alliance settlement in Terokkar Forest built after the Second War by High Elves from Quel’thalas that volunteered to fight with the Alliance all the way to Draenor. They were led by Alleria Windrunner herself.
The Kalimdor High Elves are a group of elves that followed Jaina into the continent after the downfall of Lordaeron due to the Scourge. After the Battle of Mount Hyjal, they assisted Jaina in building Theramore and fought under it’s banners as long as the city stood.
There are also High Elves from lodges around the Eastern Kingdoms, namely the Quel’Lithien, Quel’danil and Farstrider lodges. They are composed by more nature inclined High Elves and skilled Rangers. - Written by Mowachassa (US)
Quel’Danil Lodge: The Quel’Danil (Thalassian for Highvale) High Elves are a group of Quel’dorei whom abandoned the practice of arcane magic following the Third War. In Vanilla World of Warcraft they were an Alliance friendly outpost targeted by the Horde players on behalf of the Revantusk. In Cataclysm, Quel’Danil remained strong and was bolstered by the addition of Draenei who came to the Hinterlands to study the Light.
Allerian Stronghold: The Allerian Stronghold is a home for the High Elves who followed Alleria Windrunner and joined the Alliance Expedition to the Orc homeworld of Draenor following the events of the Second War. They are led by Captain Auric Sunchaser, who has appeared at Quel’Danas as a representative for High Elven pilgrims visiting the Sunwell.
Dalaran: The fabled city of magic and learning, Dalaran, is home to a number of High Elves, and previously acted as the Headquarters for the Silver Covenant. Historically Dalaran has been the center for a gathering of magi, and there are still High Elves in the ranks of the Kirin Tor.
Stormwind: The capital city of the Alliance has a number of High Elves within it’s walls, with new NPCs having been added recently (7.3.5). - Written by Alurna@Moongaurd
Most Likely - Warrior; Hunter; Rogue; Mage; Priest; Paladin and Monk.
Unlikely - Druid and Shaman.
Shamans and Druids have the potential to be available classes for High Elves as a result of the Quel’Danil High Elves, who have given up the practice of Arcane Magic, and are long time friends and allies of the Wildhammer Dwarves, whom practice Shamanism, and may or may not practice Druidism. The abandonment of arcane magic by this faction of High Elves could leave room for them to seek other powers for survival. - Alurna@Moongaurd
Controversial - Warlock
Shouldn’t Happen - Demon Hunter and Death Knight.
Created by Talendrion@WyrmrestAccord
Created by Kellie Lautier
Created by Nindraine@MoonGaurd
Created by Ecarp
Created by Stëphanie@Ysera
Skin Colour: High Elven skin tones could range between pale and tanned skin, these skin tones could have a blue undertone to their skin.
Eye Colours: Glowing Blue Eyes, Non-Glowing eyes with different colour Irises such as Green, Blue, Purple and Grey.
Hair Styles: High Elves could be given a range of different hair styles. High Elves from places such as Highvale could have ranger-esque styles such as a braid for example. Those from Dalaran could have Human influenced hair styles, a mixture of both Thalassian and Human.
Hair Colours: Hair colours for High Elves could range from Blondes, Browns and potentially Blues (as there are few High Elves with blue hair - of which are not available to Blood Elves).
Tattoos/Warpaint: High Elves could be given tattoos similar to Alleria’s to help distinguish them from Blood Elves. Arcane Runes could also be added as reference to Mages.
Jewelry (Females): High Elven females could be given feathers as well as simple silver necklaces or earrings.
Facial Hair (Males): Male High Elves could be given a range of facial hair, long and short as well as thicker styles.
Created by Mullinsthegreat
Mount: Updated Quel’Dorei Steed
Created by Ecarp
Suggestions for a recruitment scenario
> Going to all places with High Elves to assist and unite them into a single banner, maybe find a island on the coast of the Eastern Kingdoms to form a new kingdom of their own. Gathering spellcasters and important artifacts that are part of their history to execute a ritual that dissociate them from the Sunwell, starting a new chapter in their story. Calling them to elect a leader such as Vereesa Windrunner, potentially renaming them to Silver Elves as they want to made a new identity for themselves within the Alliance. Develop relations with the Void Elves, as they are also Thalassians and are led by Vereesa’s sister, Alleria. - Written by Mowachassa
> Unification: Player Characters join a named major NPC (Alleria/Vereesa/Tyrande) on a mission to visit the major settlements of High Elves and see them joined together under a single banner.
> Silver Covenant: The Silver Covenant seeks to replenish it’s ranks and begins recruiting promising Quel’dorei around the world, joined by the Player-Character, aiding the gathered characters with their local threats.
> Highvale: The Quel’Danil Lodge comes under attack by the Horde. The Player-Character goes to their defense, and the Lodge thereafter pledges it’s strength to the Alliance in all of it’s battles.
> Alliance Expedition: The elves of the Allerian Stronghold organize and come home at last, rejoining their kin and reminding them that the Alliance is a cause worth fighting for. Their leader would then pledge the service of the Expedition’s High Elves to the Alliance on Azeroth. - Written by Alurna@Moongaurd
Overview of what has been done to High Elves in BFA
Frostfencer Seraphi, Who is part of the Island team, Auric’s Angels; Which can only be referencing Auric Sunchaser. (https://www.wowhead.com/npc=130620/frostfencer-seraphi)
Two new High Elf NPC’s in BFA Islands expendtions.(https://www.wowhead.com/npc=136540/apprentice-karyn#modelviewer:10+0 https://www.wowhead.com/npc=136534/valero#modelviewer:10+0 )
Yvera Dawnwing, A portal master in Bourlas and Stromgarde keep. Where she is a quest giver. (https://www.wowhead.com/npc=143380/yvera-dawnwing)
High Elf 7th Legion shield mages, on the Stromgarde keep, warfront airship (https://www.wowhead.com/npc=140024/7th-legion-shield-mage#outfit)
Patches High Elves have played a role.
> 2.0 = Allerian Stronghold High Elves added with Quests.
> 3.0 - 3.2 - 3.3 = Silver Covenant and Alliance 7th Legion added with Quests.
> 4.1 = Rise of the Zandalari - The Silver Covenant takes part.
> 5.1 - 5.2 = Operation: Shieldwall, Kirin Tor Offensive and Purge of Dalaran etc.
> Warlords of Draenor = Not featured.
> 7.0 = Silver Covenant helps the Hunter Lodge.
> 7.1 = Suramar Campaign.
> 7.2 = Silver Covenant helps on the Broken Shore.
> 7.3 = Veressa, Alleria and other High Elf moments.
> 7.3.5 = Three Sisters Comic
> 8.0 = Arathi Highlands Warfront 7th Legion Shield mages,Frostfencer Serphai and Quest giver Yvera Dawnwing added.
Archmage(US) has created a list of screenshots about High Elves in game:
The following list has been created by Bladinas@ScarletCrusade:
> LIST IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
> First things first, unnamed NPC’s marked with a (?) are randomly generated and have a chance of being a High Elf. So the number recorded is the number I saw, and could be higher or lower depending on RNG. Named NPC’s are not repeated if they appear in multiple locations.
> These are also LIVING High Elves, so ghosts or deceased ones aren’t counted.
> (apologies for misspellings- a good portion of this is from my hand-written notes)
> Dalaran Northrend
> Warcaster Faronoraithe, Warmage Yurias, Warmage Ilsuaria, Goldlily Gleamingfell, Metopious Loreseeker, Darthalia Ebonscorch,Fialla Sweetberry, Fabioso the Fabulous, Aimee, Teller Althiellis, Imindril Spearsong, Sabrina Sorrowgaze, Olisarra the Kind, Andellion, Mona Everspring, Ildine Sorrowspear, Enchanter Nalthanis, Kitz Proudbreeze, Paldesse, Karandonna, Dariness the Learned, Arille Azuregaze, Warmage Lukems, Vereesa Windrunner, Archmage John NIcholas, Arcanist Braedin, Arcanist Tybalin, Isirami Fairwind, Caliel Brightwillow, Valaden Silverblade, Elizabeth Ross, Mirla Silverblaze, Archmage Lan’dalock, Aemara, Kat Sunflower, Naseev, Rulen Lightreap, Ranger Selone, Pathstalker Ralsir, Matron Alesso, Arcanist Miluria, Arcanist Uovril, Arcanist Firael, Arcanist Ivrenne, Arcanist Adurin, Silver Covenant Guardian Mage x13, and Silver Covenant Agent x1 = 55 High elves in Dalaran
> Windrunner’s Overlook
> Gelendror Whitewing, Scout Captain Daelin, Scout Yrbria, Landual Silverhart, Aniduria, Miura Brightweaver, Silver Covenant Scout 13x, Silver Covenant Horseman 6x = 25 High elves
> Icecrown- The Skybreaker
> Skybreaker Shield-Mage x6
> Icecrown- Argent Tournament
> Arcanist Taelis, Averith Swiftstrike, Scout Shalyndria, Narasi Snowdawn, Caris Sunlance, Savinia Loresong, Hiren Loresong, Aspirant Forudir, Valiat Laradia, Champion Isimode, Arcanist Asarina Fael Morningsong, Liere Morningsong, Celian Daybreak, Hlidan Lightwing, Priestess Alorah, Silver Covenant Guardian x11, Argent Peacekeeper x7(?) = 34
> Quel’Delar’s Rest
> Caladis Brightspear, Silver Covenant Sentinel x2 = 3
> Hrothgar’s Landing
> Captain Elleane Wavecrest, Silver Blade Sailor x6, Wavecrest Mariner x7 = 14
> Dragonblight- Wintergarde Keep
> Vas the Unstable, 7th Legion Battle Mage x8 =9
> The Hinterlands- Quel’danil Lodge
> Jalinde Summerdrake, Gilveradin Sunchaser (technically in Shindigger’s Camp- but its close by,) Highvale Sentry x 14 = 16
> The Ghostlands- Hatchet Hills
> Silver Covenant Ranger x 23
> (technically there are 24, but #24 is “glitched” inside one, so I don’t think he counts)
> Dustwallow Marsh- North Point Tower (Yes it’s still there after Theramore’s destruction)
> Captain Darill, Theramore Sentry x5(?) Theramore Infiltrator x9(?) = 14
> (MIA Ysuria)
> Isle of Thunder(INCOMPLETE)
> Magister Lyanis, Magistrix Sanal, Vylene Amaranth, Magister Yalis, Silver Covenant Spellblade x 30(!), Kirin Tor Guardian x4(?) Kirin Tor Defender x2(?) Silver Covenant Ranger x 15(!) Silver Covenant Scout x ??? Kirin Tor Captive x3(?) Kirin Tor Scholar x1(?) = 59
> (This area was difficult to count due to all the densely packed NPC’s wandering around, many were hard to keep track of. The (!) for the Spellblades and Rangers were due to me losing track of them and maybe counting one more than once or NOT counting one. There are a TON of them no doubt but I do feel obligated to do a recount and maybe averaging the numbers.)
> Terrokar Forest- Allerian Stronghold/Post
> Taela Everstride, Ros’eleth, Captain Auric Sunchaser, Aeman Brightsong, Theine Brightsong, Innkeeper Biribi, Theloria Shadecloak, High Elf Ranger x6 =13
> Stormwind City
> Elsharin, Caledra Dawnbreeze, High Elf Sorceress x2, Silver Covenant Guardian Mage x2 =6
> (First Mate Wavesinger MIA)
> Deadwind Pass
> Archmage Leryda, Kirin Tor Mage x???
> Broken Shore
> Magus Solgaze
> Dalaran Legion
> Elizabeth Ross, Rachele, Catriona Macrae, Archivist Elysiana, Raethan, Dalaran Citzen x3(?) =8
> Hall of the Guardian
> Archmage Ominara, Ari, Chronicler Elrianne =3
> Trueshot Lodge
> Courier Larspur, Scout Brightspear
> Yvera Dawnwing, Frostfencer Seraphi
> Battle For Stromgarde
> 7th Legion Shield Mage x2
> Island Expeditions
> Apprentice Karyn
> Finally, a quick roundup- 28
> Area 52- Ravandwyr
> Shattrath- High Elf Refugee x2(?)
> Suramar- Silver Covenant Guardian Mage x2
> Towlong Steppes- Silver Covenant Guardian Mage x2
> Vale of Eternal Blossoms- Kriss Goldenlight
> Borean Tundra- Magister Dath’omere
> Grizzly Hills- Magistrix Haelenai
> Farstrider Lodge- Vyrin Swiftwind
> Ulduar- Kirin Tor Mage x4(?)
> Ratchet- Captain Thalo’thas Brightsun
> Thousand Needles- High Elf Boat Partygoer x???
> Darkmoon Isle- Darkmoon Carnie x1(?)
> Shadowmoon Valley (Draenor)-Azara Goldenwing
> The Ruby Sanctum- Captain Iskandar
> Mount Hyjal- Earthcaller Franzahl
> Tanaris- Trenton Lighthammer
> Stonetalon Mountains- Huntress Davinia
> Eastern Plaguelands- Death Hunter Hawkspear, Kirkian Dawnshield, Adon
> Highmountain- Zenobia
> Kun-Lai Summit- Master Cheng
> Gorgrond- Researcher Sarix
The following are comments from Members of the High Community with relation to High Elves:
High elves to me mean loyalty to friends and family above all. What I want specifically for them to be is to embody the ranger culture that was prevalent in the ranger core of quel’thalas. The classic wood elf feels but to also incorporate elements from the high elves of Stormwind and dalaran giving them magi and a link to the kirin tor as well as paladins.
I want those that chose to remain with the alliance for any number of reasons. - Fliktarg - US
To me, the High Elves are an adherence to tradition, principles, and family all while hoping for a better future. A renewed future. The High Elves have fought for peace and responsibility (especially in magical use as they are fully aware of the consequences) in the world since their exile from Kalimdor. The Sin’dorei, and now the Ren’dorei have all abandoned their traditional views and way of life when it comes to magical responsibility and traditional values. Values which were long intact due to lessons learned in the first coming of the Burning Legion. Those two have worked with and embraced the very forces that the Quel’dorei have long fought to keep at bay. It is as though they have completely forgotten their own heritage to become that which seeks power at any cost, regardless of the consequences. The Quel’dorei have held onto and openly embraced their traditional ways without succumbing to such a low and basal instinct as one would expect from the other races of Azeroth who are not nearly so long-lived and have not learned the same lessons as a whole people. They are unique, filled with an unwavering integrity in the face of even the darkest days and the ravages of the scourge. Instead of succumbing to the darkness of fel and void like many of their kin they have embraced their unique, continuing cultural identity with renewed fervor; never betraying their principles. Never becoming the ‘joiner’ in the 'if you can’t beat them, join them," mentality. They truly are High Elves in name, action, and in continued principles; which makes them an undeniable and unique bright star in the Warcraft universe.” - Arisena Sunsworn
To me, High elves represent the Alliance more than most of the races currently in it. They are a strong, independent people who parted from their kin during the most difficult times. And unlike the Blood elves, they never lost their way. They’ve stayed true to themselves and to the Alliance. That loyalty is something that most playable races today lack. They have always believed in the Alliance, and for that reason alone, they should finally be their own playable race._
And on a more serious note…
Their inclusion as a playable race would be a really nice gesture to Alliance players amongst the current hostility. Sometimes, it feels like Blizzard is putting Horde players’ opinions first with every new feature. For once, I’d like to see them put the Alliance first, and give us something of actual value. Give us something that makes us proud to be playing our faction.” - Stephanië US
High Elves, why should they be added? Well in my opinion not because of what they are, but because of what they represent. High Elves were always deeply connected with azerothian humanity and served as something like (analogically) its older cousins. They tutored humankind since its very origin in Arathor and continued to teach other (now Alliance) races and nations about the world. It’s because of them that Alliance exists in its current form and i feel like it’s really shame that they can’t be officially part of what they helped to build.“ - Spinel EU
High Elves are the Elves who choose loyalty over nationality. People who chose their friends over their brethren. They are the elves who overcame the mana addiction without fel magic. I want them because they have a lot to bring to the lore of Warcraft and represent a missed opportunity at deepening the story behind the Alliance/Horde conflict
Also, Elves just belong with humans dwarves and gnomes - Enariel (CrazedRaven) - US
A list of YouTube Videos gathered by Callistus@WymrestAccord
> https://youtu.be/AUik9-2ygS8?t=2780 2 - Q&A April 26, 2018 Ion Gaffe.
> https://youtu.be/RQzlcmD-1ZM?t=1917 1 - Looking into Discussions of Allied Races for excitement.
> https://youtu.be/z8YhSMsXIW8?t=1413 1 - Ion German Interview
> https://youtu.be/8nGnT6WZbeI?t=1456 2 - Void Elf Customization
> https://youtu.be/8nGnT6WZbeI?t=886 1 Kul’Tirans no Mage
> https://youtu.be/BhpGvgXyi-U?t=2404 1 - Gold Eyes for Blood Elves
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyDQF0SisAA&feature=youtu.be&t=4m13s 1 It’s High elves
> https://youtu.be/8nGnT6WZbeI?t=1133 - Alex Afrasiabi - Best way to give feedback
> Video Links to pertinent segments of Q&A moments.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2Sr-sadSk4 1 - Taliesin going over High Elves. Sounds like us. Good primer for the uninitiated.
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