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Ashenvale, also known as Ashenvale Forest[1], is a wilderness region south of Darkshore and Felwood, west of Azshara, and north of the Stonetalon Mountains and the Barrens. Ashenvale is also the term used for the larger forested region which includes most of western Hyjal including Azshara.[2] It is the ancestral homeland of the night elves, who remain in control of several holdings through the zone, including Astranaar, Maestra's Post, Silverwind Refuge, Silverwing Grove, and the Shrine of Aessina. The Horde has more recently established a settlement in the eastern part of the woods — Splintertree Post — as well as a smaller camp on the western beach — Zoram'gar Outpost along with several Warsong camps situated from Kargathia Keep all through the southeast to the Mor'shan Rampart in the far south. The zone is heavily populated with furbolgs, satyr, and wild creatures such as spiders, wolves, and bears. The region is quite large, and running from the Zoram Strand to the Warsong Lumber Camp is quite an undertaking.

Since the zone is contested, there is often a lot of skirmishing going on throughout the woods, and attacks on the faction-based settlements are not uncommon. The zone is also a major travel hub for both Horde and Alliance, even at higher levels.

History

Bathran's Haunt

Bathran's Haunt

Ashenvale is an ancient forest, and has been in the caring hands of the Night Elves for thousands of years. It was not until more recent years that things changed, with the coming of the Horde's lumber harvesting camps, as well as other much more insidious groups. The demons of the Burning Legion have holding in Fire Scar Shrine, Felfire Hill, Demon Fall Canyon and Demon Fall Ridge. The vile satyr inhabit ancient elven ruins at Xavian, Night Run, and Satyrnaar. The vicious worgen have taken over an ancient shrine near Felwood, cursed green dragonkin have slipped out from the Emerald Dream portal at Bough Shadow, and corruption taints the once-clear waters of Iris Lake and the Ruins of Stardust. The Horde have seized control of several holdings in the eastern parts of the forest, and beyond their base at Splintertree Post, they have harvested the trees for lumber at the Warsong Lumber Camp and the Warsong Labor Camp. The Night Elves clash with the Horde over control of Eastern Ashenvale, with the Warsong Outriders vowing to continue their lumber harvesting operations, and the Silverwing Sentinels vowing to drive the Outriders from their lands once and for all.

Ashenvale is a vast primordial wilderness long given over to beasts and nature’s savage ways. The night elves who settled on Kalimdor after the Sundering hunted in the Ashenvale’s wilds but never settled within its borders. When the Burning Legion invaded in the Third War, the night elves ceased even hunting in order to battle the demons. The lack of hunting has allowed many creatures once more to live and thrive within the vast woodland, creating danger for all who venture into the forest. Ashenvale forest runs in a great arc south of Mount Hyjal, with Stonetalon Mountains to the southwest and the Barrens directly south. The ruined lands of Azshara lie across a river to the east. Ashenvale is an old forest, with long untouched by any mortal race. The weather is fairly mild, though rain is almost constant. The woods are so old and thickly grown that only trickles of precipitation get through the thick canopy. The forest has become ever wilder since left to its own devices after the start of the Third War. Any roads through are overgrown, some even impassable. In contrast, the game trails see increased traffic as beasts living in the shelter of the massive trees grow in number and boldness. Those traveling through Ashenvale will wisely keep their guard up at all times. In recent years, the demons and satyr have corrupted parts of Ashenvale, and other parts of it are cut down by the Horde to fuel their expansion efforts. The Forsaken, too, have begun experimenting on sleeping druids and the Dor'Danil Barrow Den, unbeknowst to the Horde but noticed by the Alliance.

In addition to bears and great cats prowling the dense woodlands, hulking beak-faced wildkin forage throughout Ashenvale. Vicious harpies are known to make massive nests in the tops of the tallest trees. They hunt at dawn and dusk when the light filtering through the canopy throws the forest into a confusion of shifting shadows. Ancients - sentient trees who act as wardens of the forest - roam the Ashenvale as well. Ashenvale is under the protection of ancients and the night elf sentinels. Neither had established a community as such within the forest, though, preferring to leave the vast woodlands in its natural state. Ashenvale boasted no cities; the old forest’s inhabitants are primarily beasts, and there are few humanoid settlements. It is devoid of any notable ruins. Travelers through Ashenvale should treat these forces with respect, especially if they hope to reach their destination. The ancients and night elf sentinels guard Ashenvale zealously with constant patrols. Any who threaten the forest - cutting down live trees, poaching beasts of the forest, and the like - are met with the ancients’ powerful attacks and the sentinels’ deadly arrows. The only unified night elf presence dwelling in Ashenvale is a reclusive group of rangers. The Farstriders use the terrain and other inhabitants to train in their specialized skills. They hold a difference of opinion regarding strangers in Ashenvale. Some believe that their duty is to welcome and protect travelers, as long as they show no threat to the forest. Others see any strangers as unwelcome interlopers who must be “escorted” to the southern border. Still, whatever their opinion on Ashenvale, the Farstriders bow to the wishes of the ancients and the sentinels. There is little reason to try to take the forest, since it has no cities to invade and no treasures to plunder (that anyone knows of), but the rangers and the ancients remain vigilant nonetheless.[3]

Getting there

Alliance 15Alliance:From Auberdine in Darkshore, run south along the main road into Ashenvale. Continue along the road south and then east into the main Alliance stronghold of the zone, Astranaar.
Horde 15Horde:From the Crossroads in the Barrens, travel north to the Mor'shan Rampart and continue along the road into Ashenvale. When the road forks, head east to the Horde stronghold Splintertree Post.

Geography

Astranaar

Astranaar

Ashenvale is a forest full of ancient trees, teeming with life. Though pockets of the forest have become tainted, overall the area is a place of deep magic and spiritual connection with nature. Several lakes are sheltered beneath the forest's boughs. A stretch of beach lines the west edge of the forest, known as the Zoram Strand, where hostile naga dwell. The forest is bordered by mountains to the south, and more forest to the north. The eastern border is the Southfury River.

Ashenvale contains Blackfathom Deeps, an instanced dungeon located in the northwestern corner of the zone (Ashenvale, The Zoram Strand: 14.0, 15.0). In addition, the micro dungeon Bough Shadow, the site of one of the Great Trees, can be found in this zone. The Alliance entrace to the battleground Warsong Gulch is located in the southern part of the forest. Travel hubs include Astranaar and Forest Song for Alliance, and Splintertree Post and Zoram'gar Outpost for the Horde.

Maps and subregions

WorldMap-Ashenvale

Map of Ashenvale

AstranaarBathran's HauntBloodtooth CampBough ShadowDemon Fall Canyon
Demon Fall RidgeThe Dor'Danil Barrow DenFalfarren RiverFallen Sky Lake
Felfire HillFire Scar ShrineForest SongGreenpaw VillageThe Howling Vale
Iris LakeKargathia KeepLake FalathimMaestra's PostMoonwell
Mystral LakeNight RunNightsong WoodsRaynewood RetreatThe Ruins of Ordil'Aran
The Ruins of StardustSatyrnaarThe Shady NookThe Shrine of Aessina
Silverwind RefugeSilverwing GroveSilverwing OutpostSouthfury River
Splintertree PostThe Talondeep PathThistlefur HoldThistlefur Village
Warsong Labor CampWarsong Lumber CampXavianZoram'gar Outpost
The Zoram StrandWarsong Gulch

Warcraft RPG

Farstrider CampGoldcrease MineWindshear PassVale of BeastsWildhammer peaks


Warcraft III

Ashenvale Goblin TownChaos WellDragon Falls

Topographic map of Ashenvale

Dungeons

Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Blackfathom Deeps 20-35 5-man 2-3 Hours

Elite areas

Bough Shadow

Bough Shadow

Battlegrounds

Travel hubs

Both Horde and Alliance have two travel hubs in Ashenvale.

Alliance 15 Flight paths from Astranaar

Alliance 15 Flight paths from Forest Song

Horde 15 Flight paths from Splintertree Post

Zoram'gar Outpost

Zoram'gar Outpost

Horde 15 Flight paths from Zoram'gar Outpost

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Durotar Horde 15 1-12 Southeast By foot south along Windfury River, then east
Darkshore Alliance 15 9-25 Northwest By foot, or flightpath from Astranaar to Auberdine
The Barrens Horde 15 10-28 South By foot, or flightpath from Zoram'gar Outpost or Splintertree Post to the Crossroads
Stonetalon Mountains Horde 15 Alliance 15 15-27 Southwest By foot through The Talondeep Path, or flightpath from Astranaar to Stonetalon Peak
Azshara Horde 15 Alliance 15 45-55 East By foot, or flightpath from Splintertree Post to Valormok
Felwood Horde 15 Alliance 15 48-55 North By foot, or flightpath from Auberdine to Talonbranch Glade
Hyjal Horde 15 Alliance 15 Unknown Northeast Access blocked.

Notable characters

Satyrnaar

Satyrnaar

Main article: Ashenvale NPCs

Ashenvale is home to several characters of note. At Maestra's Post, Delgren the Purifier seeks aid in the battle against the Shadow Council. In Astranaar, Raene Wolfrunner attempts to cleanse the taint that has affected the local furbolgs. And at the Zoram'gar Outpost, Je'neu Sancrea sends bold adventurers into the dark Blackfathom Deeps in search of mystical items. At Forest Song, the draenei Vindicator Vedaar oversees the construction of a Draenei outpost.

Quests

Main article: Ashenvale quests
See also: Ashenvale questing guide

Many quests in Ashenvale for both Alliance and Horde require combat with the demons and satyrs of the zone. Other notable Horde quests include The Ashenvale Hunt, in which players are asked to hunt down rare animals in the forest. Alliance quests include a chain to investigate the worgen of northern Ashenvale.

Resources

Raynewood Retreat

Raynewood Retreat

Wild creatures

Warsong Lumber Camp

Warsong Lumber Camp

Notes

  • Ashenvale Forest is the ancestral homeland of the night elves. (Reference: Warcraft III)
  • Ashenvale holds two of the game's higher level-gaps at the border with Felwood and Azshara, where the level skips from 25 to 45, a 20 level jump! Beware!

Cataclysm

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WorldMap-Ashenvale

Map of Ashenvale in Cataclysm

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Ashenvale Cata

The Horde has cut down much of the ancient forest.

In the future expansion, Cataclysm, Ashenvale is going to undergo a large number of changes. The Horde has apparently gained the upper hand in their conflict with the Night Elves, having cut down larger portions of the forest, and forcing the local Alliance forces into retreat. They have also reinforced their defenses at Zoram'gar Outpost, making it look more like the Horde bases in Northrend. Astranaar is said to be under constant siege from aerial assaults from the Horde at the Zoram'gar Outpost. It will be a 20-25 zone.[4]

Areas Affected[5]:

  • Astranaar – under attack by Horde; still controlled by Alliance with quests; Alliance camps across the lake – in the hills above is a Horde camp, with inn and flight master
  • 'Shael'dryn's Well' – this entire area, almost up to the moonwell, is now a river of molten fire
  • Splintertree Post – under attack by Alliance; all Horde outside near road have been killed
  • Zoram'gar Outpost – expanded and fortified; many derelict Horde and Alliance boats in the water nearby
  • The Zoram Strand – Alliance flight path/small encampment added near instance; new models for Naga
  • Other – first structure inside Ashenvale (from Darkshore) is now an Alliance quest hub

PvP

Alongside Hillsbrad Foothills and Stranglethorn Vale, Ashenvale was one of the places for PvP combat. An Alliance attack on the Crossroads in the Barrens or a Horde attack on Astraanar would result in a back and forth match as players battled across the landscape. Ashenvale was also a prime location for high level players to gank low level players as for many (Orcs, Tauren, Trolls and Night Elves) this was their first contested zone.

Like Hillsbrad and Stranglethorn, Ashenvale has quieted down significantly with the advent of Battlegrounds and increased level caps, but Astranaar/Crossroad raids are not entirely atypical.

References

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