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Along with the Gurubashi Empire, the Amani Empire was one of the trolls' ruling empires before the rise to power of the kaldorei (night elves). Apparently, it fell into decline before the onslaught of the kaldorei. However, unlike the Gurubashi jungle trolls, their northern "Amani" cousins managed to remain the regional power after the Great Sundering. When the high elves were first exiled and landed in Lordaeron, they met violent clashes with the forest trolls, who viewed them as defiling their homeland. At the time of the founding of Quel'Thalas, the Amani Empire was the most powerful empire in the Eastern Kingdoms; they still held much of northern Lordaeron in their territorial grasp. Eventually the high elves joined with the humans of Arathor and defeated the forest trolls in an immense battle that signaled the end of the forest trolls' empire. The Amani would never recover enough to extend their land beyond their home province of Zul'Aman, but they continued to be an enemy of humans and elves for thousands of years. Evidently, over the centuries they continued to be a significant raiding threat even in the times of the Second War, when they joined the Horde.
All currently known tribes of forest trolls are descended from the Amani Empire. In addition, no other currently known tribes of trolls from other subspecies are known to be part of the Amani Empire. Furthermore ancient troll texts speak of a tribe which broke off and settled near the Well or Eternity, leading many to believe that they were the humanoids from which Night Elves evolved.
Settlements of the Amani Empire
The majority, if not all of the Amani Empire, was located in the northern subcontinent of the Eastern Kingdoms, Lordaeron. The following is a list of ruins that are currently associated with tribes descended from the Amani Empire and, given their antiquity, are also likely to have been part of the Amani Empire during its reign.
- Eversong Forest
- Eastern Plaguelands
Ironically, Amani is the Swahili word for "peace."