Author: Chris Wickham
Teldrassil is a small island situated within a giant trunk, located off the northwest coast of Kalimdor. The island was an attempt by the Circle of the Ancients to create another mighty tree, similar to Nordrassil in Mount Hyjal. Despite resistance from higher powers, the land within the trunk has flourished and an array of mystical flora and fauna have spread under the thicket of a twilit forest. It is now home to the elusive night elves and their capital Darnassus, which was constructed within the branches of Teldrassil.
The music of Teldrassil consists of several, the second heard in the extract here is the famous Enchanted Forest, which was composed by Jason Hayes for various night elf locations. A calming arrangement of woodwind, female voices synthesiser pads under a blanket of reverb is heard first, producing an indistinct, enigmatic soundscape with a tranquil yet supernatural aura. Wide string and brass arrangements emerge through this aura, creating an epic feel to the forest around the player. However, these arrangements segue into edgy staccato string lines which create a sense of urgency and danger, possibly reflecting the threat to the ancient tranquillity the night elves have enjoyed for eons. The harp has a constant presence throughout all the pieces and is commonly associated with mystical and elusive themes throughout all film and videogame composition. It is heard here decorating various melodies with arpeggios, which are produced when players pluck the individual notes of a chord separately rather than all together. In this way, even the edgier melodies retain a sense of serenity and beauty and remind the listener of the mystical nature of the night elf race.