Several centuries before the War of the Ancients, a young relative of Queen Azshara, Aszune, breaks off from the night elf empire and leads her people to the region known as Kalidar.
There, she takes up worship of Zinine the Wise, one of the Four Gods, goddess of wisdom. Aszune reigns and builds the Kelani Empire, which attracts various races such as furbolg and tauren to bask in the city of Kalidar in peace and harmony.
However, the prosperity of the Kelani drew envious eyes. Queen Azshara, vain and proud, detested the notion of other night elves rising above the Highborne. Similarly, one of the other Four Gods, Mnesthes, had his own followers displaced by the Kelani. Mnesthes' disciples were the Dark Trolls of ancient Kalimdor, and they were bitter enemies of the Kelani.
Azshara thus agreed to send an elite force to assassinate Aszune, while the Dark Troll armies ravaged the Kelani Empie and kept it distracted.
Ultimately, Highborne agents killed Aszune and the Dark Trolls sacked the city. While the Dark Trolls feasted and looted, however, Azshara sent her army to surprise attack them from behind. She slaughtered the Dark Trolls of Mnesthes, leaving the night elves as the dominant power in Kalimdor once again.
At some point her essence was imbued into a statue of living stone found guarding the passage to an expansive cavern in Stonetalon Peak.
|Followers of Zinine|
| Hareveim of Dalaran (Zinizar · Anazar · Javali) |
Azure Church of Gilneas (Herman Aranas · Mordred Baldanes [D'vorjakque] · Parisot de Bracy)
Kelani Empire (Aszune)