Kalidar was the name Blizzard had originally used (on their website) for the island off northwest Kalimdor where Teldrassil was grown. The night elves moved their capital to this island. The Circle of the Ancients and the wise druids pooled their power to create a great tree akin to the World Tree, but on a smaller scale. The tree eventually outgrew the island[1][2] and the night elves built their city of Darnassus atop it. The island now takes the name of the tree as well, and a twilit forest covers it.[3]

Taken directly from the official site:

  "Off Kalimdor's northern coast lies the island of Kalidar, the new home of the reclusive Night Elves and a stunning testament to the power of their magic and their connection with nature. After the cataclysmic events that followed the invasion of the Burning Legion, the Circle of Ancients and powerful druids combined their powers to grow an immense new world tree on Kalidar. They called the tree Teldrassil, meaning "crown of the earth" in their native tongue. The night elves made their new home in the boughs of Teldrassil, creating a forest of mighty trees and flowing rivers, bathed in the endless night that fell over the lands of the elves from the dawn of time. However, the calm of the enchanted forest has slowly fallen into the shadow of a sinister presence. Crazed furbolgs and fouler beasts have appeared in Kalidar, and it occupies all the attention of the vigilant Sentinels and the wise druids to ensure the safety of their new home.

A sprawling city of moonstone and wood, the night elf capital of Darnassus stands as a shining beacon atop Kalidar. Within its mighty walls are housed countless druids, hunters, and warriors, led by the priestess of Elune, Tyrande Whisperwind. A stunning marvel to the ability of night elven craftsmen, the ethereal Temple of the Moon rises above the tree line, balanced by the druids' meticulously cultivated meditative grove. Trade from the main continent bustles through the city's trade quarter, where night elves, dwarves and humans alike haggle for wares and services. Delicate bridges and pathways crisscross the serene waterways of the city, the pristine waters reflecting the glowing light from the moons above.[2]


Possible retconEdit

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It is possible that the backstory of the island originally being called "Kalidar" was later dropped. The Warcraft RPG neither denies the name Kalidar, nor states that it was named Kalidar before it was named Teldrassil. However, the RPG confirmed that the island did later take on the name Teldrassil, named after the great tree that grew on it.

Furthermore, the European townhall was updated to have all references to "Kalidar" replaced with the word "Teldrassil",[4] and the US townhall has been taken down.


  1. ^ Old News (English). Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2009-06-25.
  2. ^ a b Teldrassil (English). Townhall US. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2009-06-25. Retrieved on 2006-11-23.
  3. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, p.19
  4. ^ Teldrassil (English). Townhall EU. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2009-06-25.
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