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| image = Icon of Blood.jpg
| name = Blood elves, the Sin'dorei
| capital = [[Silvermoon]]
| faction = [[Horde]] (Lor'themar's faction on Azeroth), [[Illidan Stormrage]] (Kael's faction in Outland)
| character = [[Hunter]], [[Mage]], [[Priest]], [[Rogue]], [[Warlock]], [[Paladin]] (exclusive)
| mount = [[Hawkstrider]]
| homeworld = [[Azeroth]]
| language = [[Thalassian]] (previously rumored to be [[Sindassi]])
| leader = [[Kael|Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider]], [[Lor'Themar Theron|Regent-Lord Lor'Themar Theron]]
| height = 6.5 ft}}
The '''blood elves''', or sin'dorei, are a race comprised of former [[high elf|high elves]] that embraced demonic magic following the destruction of [[Quel'Thalas]] by the [[Scourge]] during the [[Third War]]. The blood elves of [[Azeroth]] will join the [[Horde]] in the [[Burning Crusade]] expansion, seeking to reunite with Prince [[Kael'thas Sunstrider]] in [[Outland]]. Their capital will be [[Silvermoon]] in the [[Eversong Woods]], the heart of their reclaimed and restored homeland.
== Introduction and history ==
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[[Image:Kaelthas.jpg|thumb|left|Prince Kael'Thas Sunstrider, Lord of Quel'Thalas]]
Ten thousand years ago, during the reign of the [[night elf]] [[Queen Azshara]], there was an elite magic-using sect known as the [[Highborne]], who dabbled in magics that many other [[elf|elves]] considered heretical by drawing upon the power of the [[Well of Eternity]]. Several centuries after the [[Sundering]], which destroyed the Well of Eternity, the Highborne left [[Kalimdor]] and settled on the [[Eastern Kingdoms|Eastern Continent]], founding the kingdom of [[Quel'Thalas]]. They became known as the [[high elves]]. During this time, they created the [[Sunwell]], and switched to a diurnal waking cycle, instead of the nocturnal cycle they had kept when they were night elves. Their purple skin eventually faded to a pale peach color, like that of the [[human]]s and [[dwarves]].
The high elves assisted the [[Alliance of Lordaeron]] in the [[Second War]] against the [[Old Horde|Horde]] and in the war against the [[Burning Legion]]. During the [[Third War]], however, [[Prince Arthas]] led his army of the [[undead]] against them, ravaging Quel'Thalas and corrupting the Sunwell. Most of what was left of Quel'thalas was burned down by the high elves, in an effort to give the scourge a psychological victory and leaving the few high elves left who were making their last stand on [[Sunstrider Isle]]. Despite their efforts, almost 90% of the high elven population were eradicated during this conflict. In remembrance of their fallen brethren, most of them renamed themselves the blood elves, or '''Sin'Dorei''', and swore to avenge their fallen race.
Cut off from their source of power once again, the elves went into magic withdrawal. Desperate for aid following the [[Third War]], the blood elves accepted help from the [[naga]]. This was seen as treachery by the Alliance and they were sentenced to death. Prince [[Kael'thas Sunstrider]] led his followers to freedom, to the extra dimensional wastes of [[Outland]], the remnants of [[Draenor]], to pledge allegiance to [[Illidan]] who promised to grant them a new source of magic by siphoning the chaotic energies of demons. Together with their allies the naga, Illidan led the blood elves to conquer Outland, gaining in the process the friendship of the nearly extinct [[draenei]]. The blood elves then followed Illidan to the [[Icecrown]] Glacier in an attempt to destroy the [[Lich King]], however, their plans were foiled by Arthas who wounded Illidan forcing the allied blood elves and naga to retreat, allowing Arthas to ascend the glacier and merge with the Lich King.
[[Image:FemaleBloodElfPally.jpg|thumb|A Female Blood Knight.]]
But not all blood elves currently reside in [[Outland]] with Illidan, some have remained in [[Azeroth]]. Flushed with their new found power born from their ability to tap into demonic energies from the [[Twisting Nether]], the blood elves have managed to retake their beloved land of [[Quel'Thalas]]. [[Silvermoon]] has been rebuilt and the resident blood elves there plot to return to Outland, where they can reunite with Kael'thas and achieve the golden destiny he promised them.
Unfortunately, the blood elves' practice of embracing demonic energies resulted in them being shunned by their former comrades in the [[Alliance]]. Thus, the remaining blood elves on Azeroth look desperately to the Horde to help them reach Outland. While their relations with the rest of the Horde are shaky at best, the [[tauren]] and especially the [[orcs]] feel at least a little sympathy for them. Addiction to fel magics and a desperate search for a cure is something the orcs are very familiar with, and many older orcs who've experienced fel addiction first-hand feel great kinship with the blood elves. The [[trolls]] who have been the ancient enemy of all quel'dorei since antiquity accept them warily. The [[Forsaken]] have been working closely with the blood elves to purge the greater [[Plaguelands]] of [[Scourge]] presence since their induction, but the blood elves still regard them with distrust. [[Lor'themar Theron]] was [[Sylvanas Windrunner]]'s second in command during the Second Battle of Quel'Thalas, and many Forsaken were high elves culled from the same battle. By propagating this information and the [[Earthen Ring]]'s view of the Forsaken's affliction, they have gained enough sympathy from the blood elves to gain entry into greater Quel'thalas and set up outposts. However, most see these obsequious proposals as smoke and mirrors hiding a fiendish plan. Aid from the Forsaken has included offers of reinforcements in and around the reclaimed blood elf territories, and the opening a huge two-way portal outside both the [[Undercity]] and [[Silvermoon]] so that travel between the two cities is quick, safe and easy. Other than construction of the portal, Theron has viewed most of the offers shrewdly, and has declined on most.
== Blood elves in ''The Burning Crusade'' ==
[[Image:hawkstrider.jpg|thumb|Two epic [[hawkstrider]]s]]
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The blood elves start in the [[Eversong Woods]], the northern section of [[Quel'Thalas]]. Farther south is the [[Ghostlands]], a level 10-20 zone. []
Their capital city is [[Silvermoon]].
The blood elf mount is called the [[hawkstrider]], although at first they were named 'cockatrices' as announced by Gamespot [;action;1&page=1&q=&q=]. Blood elf paladins (blood knights) will have a charger-like horse that is black with bronze and red armor.[,images/screenshots/,149,172,].
The blood elf languages are [[Thalassian]] and [[Orcish]], and they will be able to pick the [[hunter]], [[priest]], [[warlock]], [[rogue]], [[mage]] and [[paladin]] classes, according to an update on the official homepage. This is the final outcome, and it will not be changing as explained by this blue post [] on the official forums.
=== Leadership in Quel'Thalas ===
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[[Lor'themar Theron]], Regent of Quel'Thalas: Leader of the blood elves on Azeroth in the Prince's absence.
Grand Magister [[Rommath]]: Leader of all blood elf Magi on Azeroth, and a fiercely loyal servant of Kael'thas.
[[Halduron Brightwing]]: Ranger-General of Silvermoon, the blood elves' military commander on Azeroth, leader of the Farstriders (organization of blood elven rangers).
=== Magical addiction ===
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Since the destruction of the [[Sunwell]] at the hands of [[Arthas]] and the [[Scourge]], the blood elves have been forced to deal with the sudden relapse of their addiction to arcane energy. A constant curse since the original [[Well of Eternity]] was destroyed, the addiction has become more powerful than ever. Blood elves spend their waking days struggling with their weakness, seeking either to sate it by siphoning magical energy from their surroundings or to resist the urge to feed.
While the blood elves do not abstain from draining arcane power directly, they are careful to keep their addictions under control, keeping the power their new abilities offer while maintaining self-discipline. Those who lose control over their addiction are known as "the Wretched," and invariably fall into insanity and corruption.
As Arcanist Helion (a starting zone quest NPC) says, "Control your thirst for magic...It is a thirst unending." []
=== Physical appearance ===
<div style="margin-left:3%;">[[Image:BEfemchange.jpg|thumb|Closed Beta Blood Elf Female Model Change]]
<div style="margin-left:3%;">[[Image:BEMaleChange.jpg|thumb|Friends and Family Blood Elf Male Model Change]]
In the time between the Third War and World of Warcraft, blood elves began to take up wearing red and black in memorial of their lost empire and brethren. They also adopted hair styles against the norms of their previous [[high elf]] society and painted runes on their bodies to ward off demons or to simply look threatening. They feed on mana from various fel sources. This may give blood elves glowing green eyes. This readily available source of energy also tends to give blood elves a ruddy look compared to their quel'dorei brethren. Nevertheless when approaching Alliance towns blood elves would often disguise themselves as high elves to avoid harm. {{Cite|A&HC|68}}
Note that although blood elves show some physical differences compared to high elves blood elves and high elves are exactly the same physical race in terms of biology.[] However, in the [[Warcraft RPG]] they are considered seperate races more by culture differences, than because of any physical differences.{{Cite|APG|12,123-131}} In the first use of the term "race" it may be equivocation of the definition of the term "species".
=== Racial abilities ===
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From [ Blood elf and draenei racial abilities ''(Bluetracker copy)''], posted by [[Drysc]]:
''Since our showing at E3, we have seen many threads and articles discussing the blood elf and draenei racial abilities, and were happy to see so many players excited about these two new races! In some cases these conversations have included misinterpreted or otherwise incorrect statements of the abilities of these two new races. Below we have listed the abilities that were shown at E3 for both the blood elf and draenei.''
'''''Please keep in mind that these abilities may change before the release of The Burning Crusade expansion.'''''
{{Blood elf traits}}
Blood elf priests also receive the racial ability [[Consume Magic]]. Consume Magic dispels one beneficial Magic effect from the caster and gives them 120 to 154 mana. (453 to 488 mana at level 70) - [[instant]] cast, two minutes cooldown.
==== Reasons for racial abilities ====
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The elves have long delved into the magical and arcane as evident by their cultural centerpiece, the Sunwell. Thus, they have developed a natural '''Arcane Affinity''' as a result of the well's magical presence, making the blood elves naturally skilled with arcane arts such as Enchanting. The elves' constant exposure to the Sunwell also gave them a natural defense against many kinds of magical manipulation, granting them a natural '''Magical Resistance'''. After the destruction of the Sunwell during the Third War, the remaining blood elves developed the skill of '''Mana Tapping''' to feed their magical addiction, allowing them to tap into the arcane energies of other beings. '''Arcane Torrent''' comes as a natural manipulation of these consumed energies and allows the elves to absorb and unleash the energies gathered.
=== Culture ===
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[[Image:StartArea Bloodelf.jpg|thumb|left|Blood elven building]]
Blood elves wear crimson-colored robes to suggest their fiery affiliation and the blood of the fallen elves in [[Quel'thalas]]. Many concentrate on studying arcane and fire magic, as opposed to the traditional frost and water spells of their lost high elf society.
Blood elf architecture is breathtaking. It involves pendulous creations of wondrous curves and columns, its designs natural, floral, flowing, animal. Their fountains seem to defy physical boundaries, creating or warping water in impossible ways.
Blood elves have flags that feature a [[phoenix]]. In the [[Third War]], Blood Mages had the ability to call phoenixes from the [[Elemental Plane]] of fire. These creatures appear to be deeply connected with the blood elves, possibly because they share a destructive nature, or perhaps due to their purely magical composition. This could allow the blood elves to have increased control over them. Since the phoenix dies and becomes reborn, it could be a symbol for the blood elves -- the blood elves metaphorically 'died' as high elves and were reborn as blood elves.
[[Image:EversongForest.jpg|thumb|The picturesque blood elf starting area, [[Sunstrider Isle]]]]
Tensions from the aftermath of the [[Second War]] have become burning hatreds. The high elves officially withdrew from the Alliance after the Second War under the belief that not enough troops were sent to protect Quel'thalas, and thus led to a needlessly engorged amount of slaughter and destruction. A few high elves remained under their own volition to continue serving the Alliance, but the loyalty of even these voluntary troops waned after the second sacking of Quel'Thalas by Arthas, to which the Alliance took no steps in intervening. Finally with Lord [[Garithos]]' dismissive and racist treatment of high elven troops, even more fell under the sway of Kael'thas' new vision for his people, and the high elves who remained loyal even after all of the Alliance's poor policies in dealing with the elven race still faced discrimination from the very people they served in [[Theramore]] and [[Stormwind]].
As a result, blood elves are fierce jingoists, believing that the only people they can truly trust are their own. They are perceived as reckless and haughty, exhibiting none of the serenity or calm judgment of their ancestral peoples, and jumping at opportunity and quick solutions with little regard for the consequences. They believe power is not something to be earned -- it is to be taken. Power is something to be manipulated for yourself and the greater good of all blood elves. This reasoning also plays into how the blood elves successfully drained pure Light energy from the [[naaru]] to become [[Blood Knights]], and paying no interest to the Paladin credos of benevolence or asceticism.
=== Classes ===
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[[Image:BloodElfPaladin_Lady.jpg|thumb| A Female Blood Knight]]
Blood elf characters can play as the following classes: []
*[[Paladin]] ([[Blood Knight]])
*News: The classes listed above are the final choices, they will not be changing as explained by [ this blue post] on the official forums. Blood elves will open the Paladin class to Horde players.
== Controversy ==
*See [[Blood elf controversy]]
== See also ==
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*[ Blood Elf wiki]
* [[History of the Blood Elves|History of the blood elves]]
*[ Official page] for further information about blood elves, which is the new [[Horde]] race in [[The Burning Crusade]]
*[ Official history of the blood elves]
*[[Rise of the Blood Elves]], from the [[History of Warcraft]]
*[[Blood Elf (Warcraft III)|Blood elf units in Warcraft III]]
*[[Blood_Elves_Names|Known in-game blood elves]]
* [ Blood elf character selection screen video]
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