- For more background information on this organization, see The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Sisterhood of Elune.
High Priestess Haidene statue in Darnassus
|Main leader||High Priestess Tyrande|
Temple of the Moon †|
Temple of Elune
|Theater of operations||Kalimdor; Broken Isles|
|Language(s)||Darnassian, Common, Sisterhood liturgical language|
|Affiliation||Darnassus, Alliance, Conclave|
|Formerly||Kaldorei Resistance, Kaldorei Empire|
“By the moons' glow, listen. Beside the river, listen. Holding those you love, listen. To the cries of the dying, to the whisper of the wind over the silent dead...”
- — Astarii Starseeker and other two other priestesses' last elegy and prayer to Elune before their deaths
The Sisterhood of Elune (aka Sisters of Elune or simply the Sisters) could be the oldest night elf religious and magical order, predating the quel'dorei by some 2,000 years. As the name implies, they are an order of priestesses dedicated to the worship and servitude of the moon goddess, Elune. The Sisterhood is led by the High Priestess of Elune, Tyrande Whisperwind, while the priestesses of Elune are the elite of the organization.
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War of the Ancients
The headquarters of the Sisterhood was originally the Temple of Elune in the city of Suramar, but the Sisters staffed temples and chapterhouses on the whole length and breath of Ancient Kalimdor. The temple was lost when Suramar was overrun by the nathrezim, but the Sisterhood, under the leadership of high priestess Dejahna, escaped and flocked to the banner of Lord Ravencrest in the Kaldorei Resistance. A few weeks after the abandoning of Suramar, Tyrande Whisperwind was made high priestess following the death of her predecessor at the hands of Hakkar the Houndmaster. The Sisterhood continued to fight in the War of the Ancients after Tyrande's capture by Xavius — under the leadership of first Marinda, and then Maiev Shadowsong.
The Long Vigil and current times
Some of the priestesses, along with other units, rallied under Fandral Staghelm in Silithus in the War of the Shifting Sands. Though they suffered heavy casualties in pushing the qiraji and silithid back, the night elves were successful in temporarily ending this threat to Kalimdor.
After the defeat of Archimonde at Mount Hyjal and the night elves freedom from the Long Vigil, Tyrande led a much more formal and religious Sisterhood of Elune from the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus.
During the War Against the Nightmare, Shandris Feathermoon commanded the Sentinels and the Sisters of Elune to help the inhabitants of the ruined Darnassus. Tyrande would later send some of the Sisters into Alliance-held lands in order to help their people recover from the terrible ordeals of the Nightmare. The priestesses of Elune were also the ones responsible for preserving Malfurion's slumbering body and keeping him alive even as unbeknownst to them, Fandral Staghelm sought to slowly poison him to death.
A branch of the Sisterhood of Elune, implied to be an ancient offshoot of the Suramar priesthood in Val'sharah, was apparently given the Tears of Elune after Elisande and her Highborne used the Pillars of Creation to seal the Legion's portal, and shortly before the Great Sundering and the isolation of Suramar. Lyanis Moonfall stated that her "order" has protected the sacred artifact at the Temple of Elune for thousands of years. Tyrande Whisperwind reunited with these priestesses ten millennia later and together, they successfully defended the Temple and slew the corrupted Ysera, whereupon Elune directly intervened to purify the fallen Aspect as well as her Tears.
Battle for Azeroth and aftermath
The Sisterhood of Elune attempted to aid Malfurion Stormrage and their kin in Darkshore during the War of the Thorns, with some priestesses rallied to the region to bolster the other kaldorei forces. Most of the Sisterhood of Elune, including Astarii Starseeker, apparently perished in the Burning of Teldrassil after refusing to abandon the remaining night elves in Darnassus. However, those who survived fought in Darkshore against the Horde forces immediately after Teldrassil's destruction, many having apparently lost their families, and enchanted Lunar Wards to assist their defenders, only to be slain by the Horde. Moon Priestess Maestra was targeted by the Horde in Ashenvale at Maestra's Post, controlling the pass between Ashenvale and Darkshore. Several Devout Priestesses were slain in Nazmir during the Faction Assaults when the Horde blighted their ancients.
Despite their heavy losses and the destruction of Darnassus and their Temple of the Moon, some members of the Sisterhood, including Moon Priestess Lasara and several Nightwreathed Priestesses would join the Battle for Darkshore in revenge for the Burning of Teldrassil, being infused with Elune and Tyrande Whisperwind's power, and ultimately survived the Fourth War, witnessing Tyrande's victory speech at Bashal'Aran after the Alliance successfully reclaimed Darkshore.
Role in the night elven society
The Sisters are a major and active night elven political faction, and fulfill the role of magistrates, officials, and others for the night elven government. The highest-ranking of the Sisters are privy to the government's most important secrets, such as the original condition of Malfurion Stormrage and the power struggle that erupted between Tyrande Whisperwind and Fandral Staghelm.
The Sisterhood of Elune is the highest echelon of the priesthood that serves the goddess of the moon, Elune. The Sisterhood has remained exclusively female up until recent times. This is largely because of a common belief that the deepest mysteries of Elune can only be comprehended by women. Although the vast majority of Elune's priesthood is still comprised of night elven women, the order has come to accept Kaldorei males into its ranks as well.
The Sisterhood has maintained its role since the days of the ancient Kaldorei Empire, over 10,000 years prior; although this role was significantly less political before the Great Sundering. Owing to their military capabilities, the Sisterhood also played an active role in the War of the Ancients, where they joined with the Kaldorei Resistance to curb the invasion of the Burning Legion. They ultimately played a decisive role in numerous battles with the demons, acting as both, elite shock troops, and adept healers.
As part of night elf culture, priestesses are part of the rituals for their dead. A priestess ritualistically cleanses the body of the deceased individual in pools of moonlit water, combining arcane and nature magic to mend the dead body for a final viewing. Then, they sing arias that highlight the life and sacrifices of the fallen as a burial shroud is draped around the deceased.
All priests who served Elune were night elf women. However, after the devastation of the Third War, they thought that the organization had drifted too far away from night elf society and decided to open up their group more to the world. As a result, although a majority of Elune's priests are still women, the order now welcomes men into its ranks.
Elune expected dedication from her priests, but she did not demand that they give her every waking moment — the Mother Moon was a kind, loving mistress. One of these dedications was called the Ritual of the High Moon.
The center of her worship was the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus. Tyrande Whisperwind is her high priestess, but many priests, are found throughout the world, ready to heal the war-weary Azeroth with her light.
|Alinya||Priestess||Alive||Ruins of Auberdine, Darkshore|
|A'moora||Priestess||Unknown||Temple of the Moon, Darnassus|
|Alathea||Priestess, priest trainer||Unknown||Temple of the Moon, Darnassus|
|Astarii Starseeker||Priestess, priest trainer||Deceased||Temple of the Moon, Darnassus|
|Amara||Moon Priestess||Unknown||Dolanaar, Teldrassil|
|Aquinne||Sister, novice priestess||Unknown||Temple Gardens, Darnassus|
|Belysra Starbreeze||Priestess of the Moon||Unknown||Howling Oak, Darnassus|
|Dejahna||High Priestess of Elune (penultimate)||Deceased|
|Dentaria Silverglade||Priestess of the Moon||Alive||Teldrassil and Darkshore|
|High Priestess Siralen||High Priestess of Vashj'ir||Unknown|
|Haidene||High Priestess of Elune (first)||Deceased|
|Kyleen Il'dinare||Priestess||Alive||Odesyus' Landing, Azuremyst Isle|
|Kalo'thera||High Priestess of Elune||Unknown||Unknown|
|Lasara||Moon Priestess||Alive||Temple Gardens, Darnassus|
|Laurna Morninglight||Priest trainer||Unknown||Dolanaar, Teldrassil|
|Maestra||Moon Priestess||Alive||Maestra's Post, Ashenvale|
|Maiev Shadowsong||Former member and senior priestess, High Priestess of Elune (interim),
founder of the Watchers
|Marinda||High Priestess of Elune (interim)||Deceased|
|Nici||Moon Priestess||Alive||Dalaran, Northrend|
|Serendia Oakwhisper||Priestess of the Moon||Alive||Lor'danel, Darkshore|
|Shandris Feathermoon||Former member||Alive||Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas|
|Tyrande Whisperwind||High Priestess of Elune (current)||Alive||Temple of the Moon, Darnassus|
- High Priestess Haidene †
- High Priestess Kalo'thera
- High Priestess Dejahna †
- High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind
- Interim High Priestess Marinda †
- Interim High Priestess Maiev Shadowsong
|History||Ancient times||Burning Legion Invasion||Recent history|
|Ruler||Haidene||Unknown||Kalo'thera||Unknown||Dejahna||Tyrande Whisperwind||Marinda||Maiev Shadowsong||Tyrande Whisperwind|
Notes and trivia
- In her role as cleric prior and during the War of the Ancients, Tyrande often obtained information that even Lord Ravencrest's strategists never picked up.
- The Warcraft Encyclopedia says that since the night elves emerged from their societal isolation, the priests of Elune have also extended membership to a few priests, male and female, of other races. No priests of the moon from other races have been seen.
- The Sisterhood have a special language to commune with the lunar deity.
- The server Sisters of Elune US is named after the organization.
- Judging by the appearances of Priest Ellandras, Priest Iridil, and Priest Sal'shanan, they may be one of the first known male members of the organization.
- The Disciples of Elune in Sargeron were likely priestesses of the Sisterhood.
- ^ The Sundering, pg. 215
- ^ The Characters of Warcraft/Tyrande Whisperwind
- ^ Stormrage, chapter 2
- ^ a b c d The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Sisterhood of Elune
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Elune
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 - "The city of Suramar became the center of night elf worship and home to the Sisterhood of Elune."
- ^ Wolfheart
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
- ^ Gwennyth Bly'Leggonde#Quotes
- ^ Stormrage
- ^ Before the Storm, chapter 13
- ^ Elegy, pg. 8
- ^ Ashenvale Pass#Horde
- ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Kalimdor, pg. 76
- ^ The Demon Soul, chapter ??
- ^ World of Warcraft: Grimoire of the Shadowlands and Beyond, pg. 13
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. The Well of Eternity, 110. ISBN 978-0-7434-8902-7.
- ^ The Demon Soul, chapter 4
- ^ The Demon Soul, chapter 9
- ^ The Demon Soul, chapter 9
- ^ The Sundering, pg. 215