The night elves have been a part of the Warcraft universe since warcraft 3, and are the source of all kinds of elves. They are one of the most popular factions in world of warcraft, and they have a rich history and tons of lore for fans to peruse and explore. But the faction has also struggled in recent years, as the civilization has struggled to maintain a home on the troubled world of Azeroth.
With the dragon flight expansion currently in alpha, fans are hoping for a better result for the Night Elves. But recently text extracted from data from the dragon flight alpha has sent ripples through the fandom as it suggests there could be more tragedy ahead. Meaning that Malfurion Stormrage can be put on a metaphysical bus to the Shadowlands, splitting it apart, again! — From his love, Tyrande Whisperwind. The two haven’t had much peace or real character development together, and may not, if the story currently on the test realms ever comes to pass.
The story, of course, is subject to change; because it’s in alpha, nothing is set in stone. And a group of passionate fans have taken to social media to share their love for the Night Elves in hopes that they can help light a brighter path for their beloved characters.
Ammatice, a Russian artist, started #MightofNightElves on Twitter in an attempt to rally support for the faction. And fans have been using the hashtag to share fan art and awesome cosplay. “I started playing in 2008 when my brother put the flaming crusade expansion,” Ammatice told Polygon via Twitter messages. “I still remember that moment when I saw Teldrassil with the music in the background.”
Ammatice was drawn to the beautiful elves and their magical forest creatures, and was inspired to create fan art of the faction. “It’s amazing how the night elves consist of different ideas,” she said. “Architecture and lifestyle combining both ancient Greek and Asian styles, Goddess and Nature worship, an Amazon-like army of Sentinels, special detachments of Guardians, aristocrats obsessed with magic and power . So many surprising ideas, sometimes opposite, that combine perfectly with each other.”
Drekky, a Russian artist and Night Elf fan, also shared his thanks with Polygon. “Meeting the Night Elves in warcraft 3 made me fall in love with them instantly!” they said via Twitter messages. “They incorporated everything I love about the fantasy races, with their whimsical forests, a mix of arcane and druidic magic, and an interesting matriarchal society, something I never expected to see back then. I spent hours and hours playing Night Elves in those days, playing my own RP scenarios of the glorious Kaldorei and their animal friends.”
For these fans, seeing the story of the Night Elves progress through world of warcraft has had ups and downs. The Burning of Teldrassil was a disastrous low point; the story event included the genocide of the night elves and the burning of their home on the World Tree, and was largely depicted through the eyes of the perpetrators. There has been no real justice for Teldrassil, and the recent data mine suggests that the Night Elves may suffer further loss in the future. While all alpha content is subject to change, some players are pessimistic.
“Shadowlands landed on the renewal note, and it’s where I hoped the story would go: a time of peace and restoration for the night elves,” says Lemongrace, artist and player in the World of Warcraft community. “Instead, they almost caused us more losses. Legion was when night elf content peaked for me, and while some decisions made at the time were discussed extensively in night elf communities, I still think it was a joy to play as a nelf. [Night Elf] player. To say that he has gone downhill from there is to put it nicely.”
“I want Blizzard to appreciate this whimsical race of savage magical matriarchal elves, full of different cultures and love of nature, something that brought so many gays, women, and POCs together!” Drekky writes. “I want Blizzard to love and cherish them, sharing some of that love in-game for once since warcraft iii.”
Lemongrass and others who share artwork through #MightofNightElves agree. As she says, “A lot of the night elf players I’ve met throughout my journey in WoW have been some of the most passionate people with a deep connection to their characters and the story, and that the race they created has inspired a lot of creativity. enchanted works and people for years – I love this about the night elves and the nelf community. I just want you to share this passion with us and listen to feedback on the direction of the story.”