Author: Masha Lepire
Located in northern Kalimdor, Mount Hyjal is a large mountain that contains the zones of Hyjal Summit, Winterspring, Ashenvale, and Felwood. It is also the home of the reborn Well of Eternity and world tree, Nordrassil. This famous zone is both a land of lush forests and scorched earth.
When you first enter this sacred zone, you are greeted with a soothing harp and an ethereal vocal solo supported by a mellow 'cello bass line. The harp and bell chimes capture the both night elves' tragic past and hopeful future. 4.13 introduces melancholy strings, woodwinds and a harp, which combine to create an otherworldly yet unsettling atmosphere. A resonate flute melody depicts the spiritual healing the night elves are desperately trying to create in this reverent zone.
As you continue to wander the slope of the mountain, you are greeted with David Arkenstone's track, Guardians of Hyjal. The track begins with deep brass, low strings, and an ascending ethereal choral melody; perhaps a musical depiction of druid guardian Malfurion’s desperate attempt to protect his home from the demonic Burning Legion. A dissonant harp arpeggio begins to play while a chaotic flute and oboe melody continues to emphasize the dire struggle between the druids and Ragnaros. This theme fades into a staccato string line that is accented with a reverberant choir section that symbolizes both the hope of the night elf druids and priestesses of Elune.
14.25 heralds the beginning of the eponymous Nordassil, composed by David Arkenstone, as the player reaches the base of the sacred tree of life itself. Choral arrangements of night elf prayers bellow out to the remaining guardians who are determined to win the fight against their corrupted intruders. The combination of epic vocal melodies and booming percussion and strings shows that even though Nordrassil is healing, it will take another century for the World Tree to regain its former glory and power. A variation follows where the night elven vocalists fade away into a sombre yet gentle harp and solo flute pairing. A second variation is led by a low brass section and dissonant woodwind melody. These varying musical textures depict both the delicate yet passionate hope the night elves have for the future of their people.