The Night Elves are heading for civil war, simple as that. (The Dwarves are too, but more on that later.)
The Night Elves up until now have been a selfless race. The druids dedicated themselves to the Green Dragon Flight and the Emerald dream, while everyone else dedicated themselves to protecting the natural world around them while the druids are away. The last priority of the Night Elves was themselves.
But now they’ve lost their immortality, and in the wake of that loss we’ve got Fandral Staghelm splintering off with his Darnassian Night Elves and regrowing the world tree. They already knew this would be in vain; they didn’t care, so they grew it anyway. And now nature itself has been thrown off-balance by their actions. This is flat out heresy for a Night Elf. To throw nature off-balance literally goes against everything they are. The only thing worse would be for them to be delving into the arcane. And while the Darnassians are trying to fix the problem, they still are the ones who caused it in the first place through their own selflish greed.
But… not far away… you have the rest of the Night Elves. The ones who still follow Malfurion’s teachings and recognized “regrowing the world tree” as a selfish act. These are the Night Elves of Moonglade.
So what’s the context?
They might seem set for war, but the fact of the matter is this, Malfurion is gone. And, officially speaking, Fandral Staghelm, as Arch Druid, is leader of both Darnassus and Moonglade. Although when you look closer, Fandral’s hold on Moonglade is in name only. Anyone who does quests there, especially Druids, knows that Remulos, son of Cenarius, is who calls the shots in Moonglade. All the Tauren in Moonglade is the other tip off of Fandral’s weak grip there (Fandral was vehemently opposed to the Tauren joining the Cenarion Circle).
So, still, why aren’t they fighting? Why doesn’t Remulos say, “Enough!” and let the Darnassians have it for the abominations they are? Obviously this is theory craft, but lets take a look through the eyes of the key players.
For Remulos, Malfurion is gone, but likely returning. Remulos is smart; he knows it behooves him to wait until the true leader of the druids returns before starting a druidic civil war.
For Fandral, it’s simply not worth the risk. Whereas Remulos’s reason for war would be a matter of principle, for Fandral, all he’s dealing with (in his eyes) is an uppity sub-faction of the true Night Elves, the Darnassians. Frandral’s still technically in charge of Moonglade, and sure Remulos protests, but that’s all he does. The druids of Moonglade still teach Druidism to the Darnassians, so what’s the problem? There simply isn’t a catalyst. Plus, there’s the possibility that Fandral would lose…
Moonglade wouldn’t be as tough if it weren’t for the fact that right before Malfurion departed, the Tauren arrived. It’s interesting to wonder then what the situation looked like through Malfurion’s eyes right before he left.
Malfurion knew he’d be gone for a long time, and he knew that in his absence Fandral would take over as Arch Druid with the Darnassians. Moonglade would be vulnerable, possibly outnumbered… unless of course Malfurion turned to his new Tauren apprentice Hamuul and (with Remulos’s full support) asked Hamuul to bring his Tauren druids to Moonglade in order to bolster their forces.
Keep in mind also, the Hamuul is attached to the Horde. If one really wanted to push this theoretical lore to its limit, consider this…
Fandral attacks Moonglade, and therefore the Tauren. Fandral and his Darnassians have therefore now indirectly attacked the Horde. The Tauren respond, which means the Orcs will respond, which means the Trolls will resond. And now the Darnassians at war with a large portion of the Horde. With the majority of the Horde now attacking the Darnassians, the Alliance itself would respond. With the rest of the Alliance now involved, the Forsaken and Blood Elves would now make their move. So, “Great job Fandral! By attacking Moonglade you’ve thrown the whole world back into war. Gratz!”
So there you go. At this point it simply doesn’t behoove either Fandral or Remulos to start something. What the situation needs is a catalyst, but what could that be?
Malfurion returning could do it. The Horde and the Alliance going to war for their own separate reasons could do it. It’s interesting to consider in what we discussed that Moonglade might actually be closer tied with the Horde than with the Alliance. Moonglade’s connection with the Horde is the Tauren, and Hamuul is beloved within the Circle. Their connection with the Alliance, however, is Fandral and the Darnassians, which is… well… duh.
When World of Warcraft 2 does someday come out (and it undoubtedly will), the landscape will change. The world will again be at war, and it seems the seeds are firmly planted for an inevitable confrontation between Moonglade and the Darnassians.