- You will rest in Ny'alotha.
- (When dying) N'Zoth... I journey... to Ny'alotha...
- (near Suramar city) 萨拉塔斯悄悄地说：比起长眠之城，这座精灵城市黯然失色。
- (in Stormheim) 萨拉塔斯悄悄地说：不要被这些高大的泰坦雕像唬住了。和尼奥罗萨的献祭之塔相比，这些破神殿不过是小矮人。
Based on the whispers' explicit descriptions of the city 在尼奥罗萨的土地上，只有沉睡。 it is possible that Ny'alotha is located within the Emerald Nightmare, but may have originated from somewhere on the world of Azeroth.
ForestNy'alotha may have some association with a wood or forest, based on the mysterious whisper 在林区深处静静沉睡与凝望着的房屋常常陷入梦境。把它们拆除无疑是善举。 This whisper itself is a reference to the H.P. Lovecraft short story The Picture in the House:
Only the silent, sleepy, staring houses in the backwoods can tell all that has lain hidden since the early days; and they are not communicative, being loath to shake off the drowsiness which helps them forget. Sometimes one feels that it would be merciful to tear down these houses, for they must often dream.
A few more whispers mention dark woods, including one that may indicate the presence of an old god: 巨鸦警惕的目光在枯木间游移。在他的阴影之下，听闻不到半点儿气息。 This likely means Black Rook Hold, though could also mean Karazhan. Other speculation suggests the area west of Deathknell, where there is a sub zone named the "Whispering Forest": it has been said that back when the Highborne were traveling from Nordrassil, they briefly landed in Tirisfal, but had to depart when several of them were driven to insanity by an unknown force. They then went north to found Quel'Thalas. The "something incredibly unsettling" there was later revealed to be the 克拉西斯腐蚀者扎卡兹.
Beneath the sea
It may also be one of the sunken cities similar to Vashj'ir and under control of naga and Queen Azshara, hence the "充满着不计其数的古老而又可怖的罪行的城市". Many things that rest under the ocean's surface are called "sleeping". This speculation is supported by the whisper 在深邃的洋底，就连圣光也必将熄灭。.
Ny'alotha may be the very prison of an Old God. Whispers talk about a creature laying dreaming at the bottom of the ocean, it is possible that this would be N'Zoth. Eventually Old God minions would fill his prison and the prison would become known as Ny'alotha.
The name Ny'alotha may be derived from Nyarlathotep of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Notably, one of the quotes ("city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes") is similar to a line from the short story Nyarlathotep. It may also be a reference to R'lyeh, the underwater city where Cthulhu slept, dreaming, or Y'ha-nthlei, the ancient sunken city of the Deep Ones located just off the coast of Massachusetts.