In the upcoming major content update for World of Warcraft, titled Guardians of the Dream, players will have the opportunity to embark on a quest that unveils the origins of Dryads, also known as the Daughters of Cenarius. These fey-like beings with the lower bodies of deer and upper bodies resembling elves or nymphs have been a beloved and iconic creature since their introduction as a unit in Warcraft 3.
Taking place in the Emerald Dream, the new zone in Patch 10.2, players will encounter the Druid Ethidris Creekward and Melyrine Petalshade, a Dryad, while assisting them in retrieving missing Dream acorns. During the quest, one of the acorns falls into the water and emerges as a newborn Dryad named Dionaessa, who immediately forms a strong bond with the player, treating them as a parent and guardian.
While this lore has previously appeared in the World of Warcraft universe through the young adult novel trilogy “Traveler” released between 2016 and 2019, some elements of the books were later retconned, leaving players uncertain about what remained canon. Now, it seems this aspect of the lore has been integrated into World of Warcraft itself.
Fans of the game have expressed their delight over this new quest, as Dryads are a beloved creature in the World of Warcraft community. The ability to learn more about their origin and even adopt one has been met with enthusiasm. Many players are also pleased to see elements from the “Traveler” trilogy, a cherished series, making their way into the game. There is hope that Dionaessa will reappear in future content, considering the player’s newfound role as her parental figure.
Players can dive into the world of Dionaessa and other denizens of the Emerald Dream when World of Warcraft’s Guardians of the Dream update releases on November 7. Additionally, BlizzCon is just around the corner, with a World of Warcraft panel expected to unveil details about the next expansion on November 3. Players are encouraged to tune in for exciting announcements.