The planet of Azeroth has two moons. Various cultures may have different names for them, but usually they play on a mother-and-child theme, as the white moon is much larger than the blue one. Once every four hundred and thirty years, the two moons come into perfect alignment in an event called the Embrace.
Both moons are invoked in the Lost Sailors' Memorial in Drustvar, which includes a prayer to the White Lady for protection at sea and to the Blue Child for comfort to the writer's family should they die.
The White Lady
The larger, bright and silver moon is known as the White Lady or the Mother. The night elves know and worship it as Elune while the tauren refer to it as Mu'sha, the left eye of the Earth Mother. One Azerothian legend titled "The Embrace" claims that the White Lady has existed since the dawn of time and is responsible for watching over Azeroth's slumbering world-soul and her inhabitants during the night, while the Sun holds the same duty during the day. According to the story, the Lady sleeps during the day, and she walks into the sky each night and back to her rest each morning on bridges created by the magic of twilight.
During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, when Ysera dies in Val'sharah, the White Lady eclipses the sun briefly to seemingly take Ysera's soul. Later, during the Fourth War, Tyrande Whisperwind invokes the power of the Night Warrior, resulting in the White Lady permanently turning from a full moon to shadowed (as in a new moon) within Darkshore but similar to the solar eclipse in Val'sharah.
The Blue Child
The smaller, blue-green moon is known as the Blue Child or the Child. The tauren refer to it as Lo'sho and believe that they were born from one of the Earth Mother's tears to be raised by Mu'sha and An'she, while "The Embrace" claims that it is the daughter of the White Lady and that she was born out of the Lady's love for Azeroth and her people. According to the latter story, the Child is curious and adventurous, much like Azeroth's inhabitants, and sometimes leaves Azeroth to explore other worlds in the universe. However, she always returns to her mother's side, causing what mortals call the Embrace.
With the addition of weather effects to the game in patch 1.10.0, the Blue Child vanished from the game, likely due to graphical errors. Though it was missing from the game, it still existed in the lore as seen in Twilight of the Aspects and the quest chain. It returned to the skies in-game with the release of patch 5.0.4, prior to World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
According to "The Embrace", the White Lady turns a dark crimson color when she is angry. The two loa Bwonsamdi and Hakkar the Soulflayer have repeatedly been associated with a red moon. The White Lady is not visible at Bwonsamdi's Necropolis in Nazmir, where it is instead replaced by a permanent red moon. Likewise for much of the game's history, Hakkar has been associated with a red moon as well in art. Notably, during the Battle of Dazar'alor, Bwonsamdi summons the red moon before resurrecting countless Zandalari warriors and various beasts to defend the city. There is also Bloodmoon Isle in Northrend, where Arugal both summons worgen and turns some into death knights.
The White Lady and Blue Child in Death Knight.
An Unfinished Painting of the twin moons.
Azeroth Globe from Halls of Lightning.
The two moons behind Greymane in Lord of His Pack.
A red moon behind Hakkar the Soulflayer.
Draenor and Outland
Draenor as seen in Warlords of Draenor's alternate timeline has two moons. Outland, the main timeline's shattered version of Draenor has the same two moons, with the other celestial bodies visible in the sky likely being far away worlds.
The Pale Lady
The Pale Lady is one of the moons orbiting around the shattered orcish homeworld of Outland, and the unshattered Draenor in the alternate timeline. The Shadowmoon clan have always derived their magic from the earth and moon.
The orcs used to refer to the Pale Lady in a respectful way, as to a feminine entity of some importance, thus recalling their shamanistic heritage (significant since the storyteller is supposed to be the Warchief Thrall).
Draenor also has a second, smaller moon. It appears closer to the planet than the Pale Lady, but is far darker.
Other celestial bodies
There is a reference to a certain "bloodmoon" in the first Warcraft manual, when Garona tells about the creation of the Dark Portal: "As the Warlocks began their incantations to access the power of the rift, a howl began - low at first, then rising in pitch like a darkwolf baying during the bloodmoon")
It likely refers to the red color a fullmoon can take, but it is unclear whether the moon she refers to is the Pale Lady of Draenor, or the White Lady of Azeroth, or another one of the celestial bodies that appeared over Outland after it entered the Twisting Nether - perhaps just the "rosy sphere" mentioned in Beyond the Dark Portal. Other spheres now exist as well, including a rosy one, and a smaller, light blue one. These may, however, be other planets, seen through "windows". There is also the Blood Moon, tied to blood magic used by the Bleeding Hollow clan in both its main and alternate versions, which can be summoned to alternate Draenor. The Pale Lady is not visible when near the summoning platform in Zeth'Gol.
Likely the rosy sphere and the small bright blue sphere that appeared after Outland entered the Twisting Nether.
A Draenic Lunar Rock.
- World of Warcraft - The Two Moons - Short video of the original two moons of Azeroth as seen in an earlier version of World of Warcraft.
- ^ The Last Guardian, Prologue. "The larger of the two moons had risen first this evening, and now hung pregnant and silver-white against a clear, star-dappled sky."
- ^ Lord of the Clans
- ^ How to Win Friends
- ^ a b c Golden, Christie. "Fourteen", Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, 302, 310-6 (ebook). ISBN 978-1439-19663-2.
- ^ Before the Storm, chapter 14
- ^ a b c "The Embrace"
- ^ "Eyes of the Earth Mother"
- ^ a b Robert, Allison 2012-09-02. The Blue Child returns to Azeroth. Retrieved on 2016-11-29.
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, pg. 43
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- ^ Golden, Christie. Rise of the Horde, 22. ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1.
- ^ a b c d Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 418. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0.
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, The Destiny of the Orcish Hordes
- ^ Unbroken (short story), pages 26-27
- ^ Prophet's Lesson, pages 4 & 5
- ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan, chapters 18 - 19
- ^ Golden, Christie. Rise of the Horde, 6. - "When the Pale Lady cleared the dark line of trees, in Her waning phase but still bright enough to cast a powerful light that was reflected on the blankets of white snow [...]"