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 and the twin brother of Mu'sha (Moon). According to myth, An'she long ago sustained a wound from the shadows, 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. In the wake of the Cataclysm, the order known as the Sunwalkers emerged, channeling the light of An'she as paladins.
- 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.
- The blood elves and high elves symbolically revere the sun 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. Most of Quel'Thalas' denizens do not speak of it as a star or as an astronomical phenomenon.
- 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. 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.
- 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 day. 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.
This section concerns content related to Warlords of Draenor.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan
- ^ Sorrow of the Earthmother
- ^ "Eyes of the Earth Mother"
- ^ Bleeding Sun
- ^ : "Forever after, they would embrace the sun and be known only as the high elves."
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Thalassian
- ^ Lorewalker Stonestep encounter
- ^ Ask CDev Answers - Round 4
- ^ "The Embrace"
- ^ Grubb, Jeff. The Last Guardian, 144. ISBN 978-0-6710-4151-9.
- ^ Grubb, Jeff. "Epilogue", The Last Guardian, 405 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-6710-4151-9. “...and Khadgar's own battle beneath the dull red sun.”