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The original Well of Eternity, in its corrupted state during the War of the Ancients.

There are two different Wells of Eternity. The first Well of Eternity (usually just called the "Well of Eternity" or the "Well") was a lake of scintillating Arcane energies formed from the very lifeblood of Azeroth's world-soul. The Well was located on the ancient continent of Kalimdor near the Night Elven city of Zin-Azshari. The present area where the first Well of Eternity was located became the Maelstrom after the The Sundering following the War of the Ancients.

The second Well of Eternity, almost destroyed in Legion.

The second Well of Eternity was created by Illidan Stormrage by pouring three vials of water from the original Well into a lake atop Mount Hyjal. It was quickly covered by Nordrassil, the original World Tree. It was almost completely destroyed in the Burning Legion's third invasion.


The first Well of Eternity was an incandescent and shimmering lake of energy. As the Highborne's obsession with the Well grew, they recklessly drew magic from its depths, throwing it into constant turmoil. Dark storms broke out over its surface, and its waters darkened until they became utterly black. The physical dimensions of the Well were only a trick of the mind. The true Well existed in a thousand dimensions, a thousand places, simultaneously.

The second Well of Eternity glows with an intense blue radiance and remains pure due to the deep roots of Nordrassil.



The original Well of Eternity was formed from a great wound in Azeroth's surface, created when Aman'Thul, the Highfather of the Titan Pantheon, ripped the Old God Y'Shaarj from the world's crust and tore it apart. The volatile arcane lifeblood of Azeroth's World Soul rushed to the surface and roiled over the world. It was through this event that the Pantheon realized that the Old Gods had embedded themselves too deep in Azeroth's surface to remove without severely harming the world-soul, and so they instead resolved to imprison the vile entities below the surface of the world.

After the Old Gods and their elemental minions had been defeated and sealed in their prisons, the titans' most powerful servants — the keepers — set to work to seal the still-bleeding wound. After having labored day and night to construct magic wards around the wound, the tumultuous arcane energies eventually calmed and settled into balance, and the keepers named it the "Well of Eternity". The enormous lake became the true heart of the world's magic and natural power. Drawing its energies from the infinite Great Dark Beyond, the Well acted as a mystical fount, sending its potent energies out across the world to nourish life in all its wondrous forms. The Well accelerated the cycles of growth and rebirth, and before long, it caused sentient beings to evolve from the land's primitive life forms.

Ancient History

Keeper Freya soon set to work to populate the world with life. She created great enclaves of life at the locations where the Well's energies had coalesced — the areas that would later become known as Un'Goro Crater, Sholazar Basin and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. She nurtured and molded various life forms and seeded them around the world, the greatest of which were the colossal animal spirits known as the Wild Gods.

Some legends say that from this magical ether the Silithid were born.

Among the first and most prolific creatures to emerge from the primordial wilderness were the Trolls. In time, a tribe of dark trolls came to settle near the translucent waters of the Well. Over time, the Well's cosmic power affected the tribe, making them wise and immortal. Their skin turned various shades of violet, and they gained a shorter, yet more upright stature. Inspired by titanic words found on titan-forged relics around the Well's periphery, the tribe adopted the name "kaldorei", meaning "children of the stars". They believed that their moon goddess, Elune, slept within the Well's shimmering depths during the daylight hours.

The War of the Ancients

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Zin'Azshari and the Well of Eternity.

The Kaldorei, or "night elves", soon built a wondrous society around the Well. They built their capital, Elun'dris, on the Well's shores and honed their ties with the surrounding woodlands. Soon, however, a small group of elves, later known as the Highborne, became obsessed with unlocking the Well's secrets and began rigorously studying the lake's arcane energies. It is said the Heart of Zin-Azshari was key in the elves' dominance of the Well of Eternity. Later, Sargeras convinced Queen Azshara and her Highborne to create a portal in the Well, leading to the first invasion of the Burning Legion. Following the War of the Ancients, the Well of Eternity was destroyed, and most of Kalimdor with it, leaving only the Maelstrom.

However, Illidan Stormrage had filled seven magical vials with water from the Well of Eternity, and he poured three of the magical vials of water into the lake at the top of Mount Hyjal, creating a new Well. For this insane act, his brother Malfurion Stormrage and the demigod Cenarius imprisoned him deep beneath Mount Hyjal. The new Well was completely covered by the growth of the World Tree Nordrassil, bringing it into balance, further aided by the enchantments of the Dragon Aspects.

However, Illidan had not emptied all of his vials in creating the second Well of Eternity (which is why the Aspects were able to enchant the World Tree with no interference). Somehow, the Highborne under the leadership of Dath'Remar Sunstrider had acquired one of the remaining vials and, after founding their new homeland of Quel'Thalas, used it to create the Sunwell. At least two of the last three vials somehow found their way back into Illidan's possession, and he gave one each to his lieutenants, Lady Vashj and Kael'thas Sunstrider. They remained in their possession until the Scale of the Sands recruited adventurers to take them back. These vials are now in the hands of Soridormi, prime mate of Nozdormu.

Third War

Archimonde's goal during the Third War was to rip Nordrassil off and drain the second Well of Eternity. As he climbed the tree, the Horn of Cenarius was sounded, calling countless wisps to self-destruct simultaneously while attacking Archimonde. This brought an end to the Legion's efforts to obtain the Well.


The second Well beneath Nordrassil.

The Burning Legion was able to destroy most of the Well, leaving behind a crater and puddles, but some of its magical waters yet remain. According to Celestine of the Harvest, as long as at least one drop remains there is still hope. While the Well is harmed, Nordrassil is undamaged. Later on, the Well is shown as fully recovered when the Archdruid of the Cenarion Circle, Keeper Remulos and several other druids attempt to commune with Malorne.

Adapted from Wowpedia