And it was that a tribe of godless humans wandered the land. Where camped did they lay waste, senselessly destroying everything nearby.
And so the tribe set out to find another camp, when suddenly sprouted a wall of thorny branches, which blocked their exit.
Yet none comes forward. Then, from the earth grows forth a large tree, and unfurling its branches, reveals the upper torso of a woman. Saith She, "I am Melandru, the Mother of earth and nature. Henceforth I bind ye to these lands. When they suffer, so shall ye suffer."
And as She saith, so was it done. From their limbs sprouted branches, and the blood in their veins was the sap of trees. Then was Ewan and his tribe converted, and became they stewards of nature.
— Scriptures of Melandru, 48 BE
Melandru is the Goddess of Nature and Earth, and the eldest of the modern Gods. Earth Prayers Dervishes, Earth Elementalists and Rangers, and is linked to the Season of the Scion in the Elonian calendar.
She was the third god to arrive on Tyria, following Balthazar. She terraformed Orr into a green and flowering expanse. She urged peace with the races already present on this world, and sought to maintain balance with the destruction in the world.
It is said that the druids of the Maguuma Jungle once worshiped Melandru. The Kurzicks and the Luxons believe that Melandru was killed by the Jade Wind, but her more devoted Canthan followers believe that she is merely defeated, and will rise again should the Jade Wind's effects be reversed.
Melandru is often depicted as a hamadryad, but precise details vary from region to region. Tyrians have her naturally growing into a tree, whereas Canthans usually depict a more stern figure with a lower half ensconced in Echovald quartz. Elonians use magic to sculpt her shrines from a living tree, usually a mebayah or a rooted dreamflower. When the world has the Favor of the Gods, leaves begin to grow on Melandru's statues, and water begins to flow from the vase she holds.
Concept art by Kekai Kotaki.
- Kneeling at the foot of a statue of Melandru while the world has Favor will cause Melandru's Watcher to appear, who will grant blessings, for a price.
 See also
|The Guild Wars 2 Wiki also has an article on Melandru.|
|Religions of Tyria|
|Human Gods|| Balthazar • Dwayna • Grenth • Lyssa • Melandru|
Abaddon • Dhuum • Goddess of Truth
|Other|| Charr gods • The Great Destroyer • Great Dwarf • Menzies • Spirits of the Wild • Three Queens • Unseen Ones|
Eternal Alchemy • Sky Above the Sky