The Cenarion Circle is an organization of druids, both tauren and night elf, named after Cenarius. Its members are dedicated to protecting nature and restoring the damage done to it by malevolent forces.
The Circle has many posts, but their main home is the town of Nighthaven in the Moonglade. Druids learn to teleport to Nighthaven using at level 14. Anyone else will have to wait to travel through Felwood and the Furbolg at Timbermaw Hold finding their way through the Timbermaw tunnels to Moonglade, (except Death Knights, who have all their faction's flight paths, in Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms, upon completing their start zone). Other alternatives include receiving a summon from a Warlock and 2 other players or waiting for the Lunar Festival which allows a teleport as part of the event quests.
Since the Shattering of Azeroth, they have set up a new base of operations at the Cenarion Wildlands in Desolace, where players can pick up quests to aid in their efforts to revitalize the once scarred lands.
The Circle's once held high presence in Silithus, where they combat the Silithid, the Qiraji, and Twilight's Hammer. While much of this has changed with the Shattering, Valor's Rest and Cenarion Hold still serve as bases in the hostile land, and offer a few opportunities to adventurers seeking to aid the druids.
During the Lunar Festival
During the Lunar Festival, there are Cenarion Circle representatives called Lunar Festival Emissaries in capital cities, who will give players a quest to receive a special Lunar Festival invitation. Using this invitation in the moonlight (a special column of light) at the festival area will teleport them to Moonglade. The destination area has moonlight areas for captial city return as well. The Lunar Festival, which coincides with Chinese New Year, and complete a simple quest from any pre- Burning Crusade capital to receive the . This is part of a special occasion that should not be missed!
Named in honor of the demigod Cenarius, the Cenarion Circle ensures the protection of nature and its creatures. Furthermore, the members of this faction act as keepers of ancient lore and pay particular attention to the traditional ways of the druids. In their role of protectors of nature, the men and women of the Cenarion Circle also strive to maintain the fragile balance within the world.
The faction was founded by Cenarius and Malfurion. Malfurion trained the first druids to join the group, but soon appealed to Remulos, one of the sons of Cenarius, for help. Remulos played a major role in forming the group and he taught young druids all the secrets they would need to master. With the passing years, the organization grew to include tauren, who shared similar views, as well as members of other races, until it reached its present form. The Cenarion Circle now includes many more members than it did originally, though its total numbers are still few. Its agents are active throughout Azeroth but are especially present on Kalimdor. Men and women from both the Alliance and the Horde are now welcomed in the Cenarion Circle, but the majority of its members are still night elf men.
Most of this faction's members are either night elves or tauren. The Cenarion Circle, however, accepts men and women of any race; druids are members by definition, but other characters must prove themselves to the Cenarion Circle before to become accepted. Fervently dedicated to protecting the wilderness, the operatives of the Cenarion Circle consider their duties above the petty wars and futile disputes of the Alliance, the Horde, and any other faction, race, family or group. They are, after all, trying to save the world from those who would unwittingly destroy it; they allow no distractions.
The Cenarion Circle is not without conflict. Staghelm, taking the mantle of archdruid after Malfurion Stormrage entered the Emerald Dream, objected to the introduction of the tauren into the order. He also embarked upon the creation of a new World Tree, Teldrassil, despite the objections of Remulos.
|Archdruid||Alive||Cenarion Enclave, Darnassus, Teldrassil|
|Alive||Stormrage Barrow Dens, Moonglade|
|Archdruid||Alive||D.E.H.T.A. Encampment, Borean Tundra|
|Archdruid||Alive||Argent Vanguard, Icecrown|
|Cenarion Hold, Leader||Alive||Cenarion Hold, Silithus|
|Archdruid||Alive||Dreamer's Rock, Wailing Caverns|
|Keeper of the Grove, Leader||Alive||Shrine of Remulos, Moonglade|
|Forest Lord||Alive||Spirit Lived in Emerald Dream|
Gates of Sothann, Mount Hyjal
|Archdruid||Alive||Dun Baldar North Bunker, Alterac Valley|
|Archdruid||Alive||Elder Rise, Thunder Bluff, Mulgore|
|Nighthaven, Leader||Alive||Nighthaven, Moonglade|
|Archdruid||Dead||Cenarion Enclave, Darnassus, Teldrassil|
Stormrage Barrow Dens, Moonglade
|Archdruid, Leader||Alive||Trapped in Emerald Dream|
Temple of the Moon, Darnassus, Teldrassil
|Cenarion Expedition, Leader||Alive||Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh|
War of the Shifting Sands
The Circle's main concern is currently combating the threat of the Silithid and Qiraji. From the official World of Warcraft Cenarion Circle Reputation page:
War is brewing in the distant lands of Silithus. All over the world, men and women are gearing up for one final push into the heart of the Qiraji empire to end the threat which has been lying in wait, barely contained behind the barrier erected by the Night Elven druids and the mighty dragon Anachronos during the climactic battle at the end of the War of the Shifting Sands. Ever since that fateful day, the members of the Cenarion Circle have kept a close watch on the wastes from their base at Cenarion Hold at the center of northern Silithus. There, the Night Elven and Tauren disciples of the magnificent demigod Cenarius have been waiting for the time when a hero would step forward to unleash the might of all the mortal races against the sinister Qiraji and their innumerable legions of Silithid minions. But the druids have not been idle during their long watch; they have crafted formidable weapons, armors and enchanted ornaments to assist all those who will brave the terrors of Ahn'Qiraj. Adventurers who have proven their worth in battle against the Qiraji forces beyond the Scarab Wall will be granted access to the ancient order's arsenal.
At last, the long watch has ended - the hero has risen, to mend that which was broken, to unite those who were divided. But the true test is yet to come. When the gates of Ahn'Qiraj open, will the mortal races stand united once again and face the onrushing terror, or will they fade silently into the darkness that has risen once again in the distant lands of Silithus?
Reputation and quests
- Main article: Cenarion Circle reputation guide
Members of the Cenarion Circle offer a large numbers of quests in the game. Moonglade includes three questlines for druids at level 10, 14 and 16, as well as higher level quests for all characters in Dire Maul and Silithus. Cenarion Hold and Valor's Rest serve as the quest hub for Silithus and both wings of Ahn'Qiraj. Additionally, representatives of the Circle in Desolace offer quests for Maraudon.
Expedition into Outland
Upon the reopening of the Dark Portal to Draenor/Outland, the Cenarion Circle dispatched an expeditionary force - joint night elf/tauren, much like the Circle itself - to explore the uncharted new world. Over time the Cenarion explorers grew more autonomous and became their own faction within Outland, separate and yet connected to the Cenarion Circle. This faction is known as the Cenarion Expedition, which awards its own reputation apart from that granted by the Circle.
When the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj open on your server, new NPCs give quests for class specific weapons and armor. These include both Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj Quest Loot and rewards from the Field Duty quest lines.
Nighthaven offers many unique vendors, including a special Dress Master NPC.
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- Cenarion Circle Reputation Guide
- The Wind stone article contains an extensive guide on summoning and defeating elementals.
- Druid (lore)
- Cenarion Expedition
- One of the realms in World of Warcraft is named after the Cenarion Circle, Server:Cenarion Circle.