Legendary Weapons: Twig of the World Tree
Twig of the World Tree: in WoW it is a mace that can be used by Paladins, Warriors and Death Knights. The three most well known World trees in World of Warcraft lore,(because they keep making more) are Teldrassil, Nordrassil and Andrassil, all names that are a play on the word Yggdrasil, the world tree from Norse lore. The trees are the special care of the Night elves, wherein they get their immortality and how they protect the earth, or the area that they live, and are a conduit to the Emerald Dream. (the cards you get from Ysera come from the Dream)
Nordrassil (which means Crown of the Heavens) was the first World tree. It was planted after the War of the Ancients and the great Sundering, in order to restore the elve’s lost immortality which they had originally gotten from the Well of Eternity, and it was blessed by the Dragon Aspects, more noticeably Ysera, Alexstrasza and Nozdormu. Nordrassil was destroyed in the Battle of Mount Hyjal by the explosion of the thousands of Wisps that were called by the Horn of Cenarius to defeat the demon Archimonde. (The card Dark Whispers shows a depiction of this event.) Other related cards include Wisp, and Wisps of the Old Gods.
Teldrassil (which means Crown of the Earth) was planted by Fandral Staghelm and is the Night Elves’ homeland and the site of their capital city of Darnassus. It is literally that big. In the second invasion of the Burning Legion, Malfurion Stormrage, the leader of the Night elves, became trapped in the Emerald Dream and Fandral Staghelm, who always thought he should be in charge, decided to use this opportunity to grow a new tree and get back their immortality….again. The Night elves’ immortality, however, was a gift of Nozdormu, when he blessed the tree, and he didn’t bless this one, so it didn’t work. After Malfurion escaped the Emerald Dream, Ysera and Alexstrasza decided to bless it at his and Tyrande’s wedding. (The trees must be blessed in order to ward off corruption, by the Old Gods or the Burning Legion) We know that Teldrassil will be burned down by the Horde in the new expansion.
Fandral Staghelm was actually the one responsible for Malfurion becoming trapped in the Emerald dream by grafting a corrupted branch onto Teldrassil in order to, in turn, corrupt the Emerald Dream because the two are linked. The poor guy was completely broken after the death of his son in the War of the Shifting Sands against C’Thun’s empire. He was once so strong they called him Hand of Earth, and decided to go at him through his son, his only weak spot. After his son was murdered in front of his eyes he became open to the corruption of the Old Gods and an evil satyr named Xavius.
Andrassil (which means Crown of the Snow) was another attempt to make a World Tree, also by Fandral, in Northrend. The roots of the tree eventually reached so far down that they became tainted by Yogg Saron and the tree was lost to corruption and renamed Vordrassil, The Broken Crown. This gave the Old Gods a way into the Emerald Dream, the Dream of Creation and the source of the Druid’s power.
The legendary weapon in Hearthstone though, I believe is referencing G’Hanir, also called The Mother Tree, and Great Bough. This is where the Wild God Aviana lived, inside the Emerald Dream. It is described as the tallest tree, atop the tallest peak, with its fruit containing the seeds of all the trees on Azeroth. It is the site of the afterlife for all winged creatures including dragons. G’Hanir was shaped by Freya, the Titan, in the beginning of the ordering of Azeroth. She made it more than just a tree, it was a source of life, healing and peace. When Aviana was killed by Demons in the War of the Ancients, G’hanir died and left only a single branch, with one acorn, which I believe is depicted in the art of the legendary weapon. From this acorn and branch came all the World trees of Azeroth.
G’Hanir, the Mother Tree is an artifact in World of Warcraft used by restoration druids, it is a two handed staff.
-This is a single branch taken from G'Hanir, the first tree, which was gifted to mortal druids by the demigod Aviana long ago. Its connection to the mystical Emerald Dream serves as a healing and stabilizing influence on the world of Azeroth. In recent times, druids have used this staff to hold back the corruption and madness of the Emerald Nightmare. As a result, satyrs within the Nightmare are desperate to see G'Hanir destroyed.
G’Hanir Different model appearances