Darnassus was the capital city of the night elves and presided over by Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage. After the Burning Legion attempted to destroy the world tree, Nordassil, the night elves found themselves disconnected due to the spell Malfurion cast to stop Archimonde. This led Fandral Staghelm, the new leader of the Cenarion Circle, to plant a new world tree. The tree, which was called Teldrassil, eventually grew in northern Kalimdor. It was around this tree that the city of Darnassus was created. Whereas most cities build their buildings close together, Darnassus is different in that there are not a lot of buildings and those that exist are purposefully far apart. The city was unfortunately destroyed when Sylvanas ordered Horde forces to destroy the world tree, Nordrassil. The citizens who survived that horrific event relocated to Stormwind City.