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Azeroth's sun

Azeroth's sun.

Suns are celestial bodies in the Great Dark Beyond and the Twisting Nether. They are orbited by planets.

Solar energy is radiant energy emitted by the suns and used to pratice solar magic, which is associated to the nature magic used by druids, rather than the holy magic used by priests and paladins.[1]


Azeroth has a yellow sun similar to Earth. It plays an important role in many Azerothian cultures:

  • The tauren refer to the sun as An'she and consider him to be the right eye of the Earth Mother[2] and the twin brother of Mu'sha (Moon). According to myth, An'she long ago sustained a wound from the shadows,[3] and the tauren believe that he still bleeds every morning, sacrificing part of his light to let the tauren know that dawn is coming. But he doesn't do this alone; the yeena'e ("those who herald the dawn" in Taur-ahe) help him.[4] In the wake of the Cataclysm, the orders known as the Sunwalkers and the Seers emerged, channeling the light of An'she as paladins and priests.
  • The Sun Priests are an order of tol'vir which can be found in all tol'vir tribes and wield solar magic. The Amathet in particular make heavy use of it, and their priests have twisted the tol'vir's beliefs and weaponized them to justify the Amathet's crusade.[5]
  • The blood elves and high elves symbolically revere the sun[6] as opposed to the night elves who worship Elune, the goddess of the moon. Blood elves and high elves use the battle cry Anar'alah belore! ("By the light of the sun!") and often greet each other with the phrase Anu belore dela'na ("The sun guides us") in Thalassian.[7] Most of Quel'Thalas' denizens do not speak of it as a star or as an astronomical phenomenon.
  • Rezan, the devilsaur loa of Zandalar, was associated with the sun and the morning star.[8]
  • A pandaren legend tells of how long ago, there were five suns that burned brightly in the sky. When the winds blew, their heat caused great wildfires and crop failure, until the day that the hero Zao Sunseeker shot an arrow into the sky and brought down four of the five suns.[9] This story originates from legends of a horrific drought that once ravaged Pandaria and its denizens, the facts of which eventually gave way to a more fanciful tale that proved more interesting for the Lorewalkers to tell.[10]
  • In one Azerothian legend, the Sun is depicted as being responsible for watching over Azeroth's slumbering world-soul and her inhabitants during the day, while the White Lady holds the same duty during the night. Unlike the stars—who find companionship in each other—and the White Lady—whose desire for someone to love led to the birth of the Blue Child—the Sun is depicted in the story as someone who "loves himself well enough" and does not need a family.[11]
  • Kobolds of the Whiskersnoot clan call the sun the "Wickless Candle" and believe it to be an enormous yellow flame that needs neither wick nor wax, hanging from a gigantic blue ceiling. If a kobold dies while under the sun, their spirit will rest and travel beneath its warm light. Those who have never left the underground caves believe it to be a myth.[12]


Draenor's sun

The alternate universe Draenor orbiting its sun.

Before Draenor was torn apart into Outland, it had a red sky and a red sun.[13][14] The culture of the high arakkoa was centered around the worship of their sun goddess, Rukhmar. Their devices were powered by the sun.[15]

The metal known as solium has the power of Draenor's sun locked within it.[16] Legend says the sunfire kaliri flies into the sun itself when it is ready to die.[17]


The planet Argus began when the world-soul of the same name found warmth near a sun and a world formed around it as it grew.[18]

Nathreza, a world floating in the Twisting Nether, possessed a tiny sun which "orbited it every few minutes".[19] This description may be in error, since normally it is the planet that orbits around the sun and not the other way around.

Tarratus has a sun whose radiance is said to be "breathtaking to behold".[20]

See also[]


  1. ^ Don Adams on Twitter: "No, they use solar magic. More comparable to the solar magic used by druids."
  2. ^ Sorrow of the Earthmother
  3. ^ "Eyes of the Earth Mother"
  4. ^ Bleeding Sun
  5. ^ N [50 Daily] Blind Leading the Blind
  6. ^ Achievement boss pathaleonthecalculator [Exile of the High Elves]: "Forever after, they would embrace the sun and be known only as the high elves."
  7. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Thalassian
  8. ^ Inv helm cloth zandalardungeon c 01 [Tales of de Loa: Rezan]
  9. ^ Lorewalker Stonestep encounter
  10. ^ Ask CDev Answers - Round 4
  11. ^ "The Embrace"
  12. ^ "The Courageous Kobold and the Wickless Candle"
  13. ^ The Last Guardian, pg. 144
  14. ^ The Last Guardian, pg. 405: "...and Khadgar's own battle beneath the dull red sun."
  15. ^ Combat Is It a Bird? A Zeppelin?
  16. ^ N [100D] Spires of the Betrayer
  17. ^ Inv feather 06 [Sunfire Kaliri]
  18. ^ A Thousand Years of War, Part Two
  19. ^ Illidan, chapter 14, pg. 197
  20. ^ Inv datacrystal06 [Tarratus Keystone]