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The Earthen Ring is the most influential shamanistic organization on Azeroth, and is led by a group known as the Elder Council.[2] Its main purpose is to maintain the harmony between the elemental forces that comprise the world. Members of the Earthen Ring commune with the most powerful spirits of the elements, trying to pacify them and to prevent them from causing widespread destruction. Some believe that the organization's role in the preservation of the world has become essential.[1]

Similar outwardly to the druidic Cenarion Circle, the Earthen Ring is a gathering of senior and mighty shaman who are devoted to studying and preserving the balance that exists between the elemental furies. They have "forgotten more about crazy old gods, ancient legends and lore than most scholars will ever know".[3] Although Horde-based, some of the Earthen Ring are diplomatic towards the Alliance and a select few are closely associated with it.

History

Contrary to what many have come to believe, the Earthen Ring was not established to counter the actions of the Twilight’s Hammer; that particular conflict arose later. The group was originally founded to maintain the harmony between the elemental spirits. The spirits of the elements are by nature chaotic and prone to destructive outbursts, but equally are capable of forming symbiotic relationships with all other things. These intricate interrelationships constitute the very fabric of Azeroth, and are what makes life on it possible. The shaman who founded the Earthen Ring acted on a growing premonition that they had to begin to directly prevent the elements from entering states of great imbalance, or all life would soon face a mortal threat. After several meetings and pacts, these elder shaman founded what is now known as the Earthen Ring. While members of the organization have never been overly visible in the past, the events of the Third War weakened dimensional barriers and destructive elemental activity now rapidly increases across Azeroth. Today, the purpose of the Earthen Ring has never been a more vital one, and its necessity stands as a testament to the foresight of its founders. Shaman connected to the Earthen Ring work tirelessly to keep the elementals pacified, attempting to ensure their feuds cannot destabilize the world beyond a critical treshold.[1]

Although the tauren have practiced shamanism since the dawn of their history, the Earthen Ring itself is of much more recent origin--people outside the group only began to take note of its existence about 150 years ago. It consisted exclusively of tauren in its beginnings, but a growing number of orcish shaman were included after Orgrimmar was established, and other peoples with shamanistic roots followed in their wake.

Background

Forsaken and the Horde

When the Forsaken first asked to join the Horde, Thrall would have refused if it were not for the Earthen Ring's urgings. According to Thrall, a council of sages, known as the Earthen Ring, asked him to allow the Forsaken into the Horde. They claimed that the Forsaken battle demons that Thrall’s own race is still fighting to this day. To turn his back on the Forsaken was to forget the horrors the orc race fought for generations.[4] Members of the Earthen Ring believe that the Forsaken can be cured of the plague of undeath.

In Outland

As the Horde reached Outland, their homeworld (formerly "Draenor"), they were able to bolster their ranks within the Earthen Ring in Nagrand in the shadow of Oshu'gun, the Spirit Mountain where orcs traveled for generations in search of shamanistic wisdom in connection with the Ancestors and the Elements. As draenei are also now embracing shamanism, there are even broken and Draenei shamans within the Earthen Ring.

They originally started out as a group of Horde sages, but when some of them moved to Outland they incorporated broken into their ranks. Their main goal is to heal Outland.

Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

The Earthen Ring is responsible for preserving the world after the disaster caused by Deathwing's exit from Deepholm. His breakout from the Elemental Plane has shattered the World Pillar that bore the weight of all magnetic and elemental forces there, and all of Deepholm would collapse into Azeroth if left unchecked. Several members of the organization are also involved in the unfolding events in Vashj'ir. Their task is to protect the Abyssal Maw and aid the servants of Neptulon in their war against the Naga.

Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

After a devastating loss on the Broken Shore by the hands of the Burning Legion, few surviving shamans retreated to the Heart of Azeroth.

Faction rewards

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

These can be purchased from Neutral Provisioner Arok in the Shimmering Expanse.

Reputation Item Cost Type
Friendly [Tabard of the Earthen Ring] 1g Tabard
Honored [Helm of Temperance] 35g 10s 20c Cloth Head
[Mantle of Moss] 52g 28s 61c Mail Shoulder (Agility)
[Pendant of Elemental Balance] 21g 37s 37c Neck (Caster)
[Stone-Wrapped Greaves] 81g 59s 45c Plate Legs (Tank)
Revered [Arcanum of the Earthen Ring] 150g Head Enchant (Tank)
[Cloak of Ancient Wisdom] 36g 56s 6c Back (Caster)
[Leggings of Clutching Roots] 61g 16s 42c Leather Legs (Caster)
[Peacemaker's Breastplate] 85g 95s 18c Plate Chest (Caster)
[Softwind Cape] 37g 10s 87c Back (Agility)
Exalted [Earthmender's Boots] 79g 88s 90c Mail Feet (Caster)
[Flamebloom Gloves] 35g 47s 62c Cloth Hands
[Signet of the Elder Council] 21g 37s 37c Finger (Agility)
[World Keeper's Gauntlets] 62g 65s 57c Plate Hands (Caster)

Known Members

Name Location Notes
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Muln Earthfury The Rift The Maelstrom During the Quest:The World Breaker
IconSmall Thrall.gif Horde Thrall The Rift The Maelstrom
IconSmall Nobundo.gif Alliance Farseer Nobundo The Rift The Maelstrom During the Quest:The World Breaker
IconSmall Mag'har Female.gif Neutral Aggra The Rift The Maelstrom
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Gorboto The Deathforge Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Sophurus Wildhammer Stronghold Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Splinthoof Shadowmoon Village Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Torlok Altar of Damnation Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Orc Female.gif Neutral Earthmender Wilda Coilskar Cistern Shadowmoon Valley
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Ioki Telaar Nagrand
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Lo'ap Throne of the Elements Nagrand
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Morgh Throne of the Elements Nagrand
IconSmall Mag'har Female.gif Neutral Elementalist Sharvak Throne of the Elements Nagrand
IconSmall Mag'har Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Untrag Throne of the Elements Nagrand
IconSmall Mag'har Male.gif Neutral Elementalist Yal'hah Garadar Nagrand
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Erunak Stonespeaker Vashj'ir
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Earthmender Duarn Vashj'ir
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Alliance Farseer Eannu The Great Forge Ironforge
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Horde Je'neu Sancrea Zoram'gar Outpost Ashenvale
IconSmall Broken Male.gif Neutral Provisioner Arok Silver Tide Hollow Vashj'ir Earthen Ring Quartermaster
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Neutral Rimblat Earthshatter Light's Hope Chapel Eastern Plaguelands
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Horde Gotura Fourwinds Grommash Hold Orgrimmar
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Horde Durak Flamespeaker Rocktusk Farm Durotar
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Neutral Seer Bahura Orgrimmar

Thrall, who gave up his position as the Horde's Warchief to heed the call of the Earthen Ring, attempts to stabilize the Maelstrom.

Title

Mob and NPC members of the Earthen Ring usually have the title <The Earthen Ring>.

References

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