The Argent Crusade
The Argent Dawn, as it was initially called, was born following the Third War as a result of the remnants of the Silver Hand being split in two: The before-mentioned Argent Dawn and the Scarlet Crusade. Led by Lord Maxwell Tyrosus, the Argent Dawn acted as a neutral force of Light against the Scourge and other threats, recruiting members of both the Alliance and the Horde.
In Wrath of the Lich King, the Argent Dawn was forged together with the reformed Order of the Silver Hand under Tirion Fordring, making the Argent Crusade. The Argent Crusade then proceeded to lead the charge in Northrend to the very doorstep of the Lich King. Following the war against the Lich King, the Argent Crusade has settled in the Plaguelands, cleansing the land of both corruption and any Scourge remnants to be found.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Scourge. They have been explicitly created to fight it.
- Defector from Decadence: The original Argent Dawn was this to the remnants of the Silver Hand, many of whom joined the Scarlet Crusade. Inside the Argent Crusade itself, some of their undead members are mentioned to have left the Forsaken because they were unhappy with their brethen's progressively more questionable actions.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Inverted; despite being an unambiguously good faction, they are notably open-minded about who they recruit, and accept both Alliance and Horde species in their ranks. It's interesting to note that one of their high officers (Leonid Bartholomew the Revered) is undead.
- Good Counterpart: To the Scarlet Crusade as they are heroic and noble unlike the Knight Templar Scarlets. On a character basis is Argent Confessor Paletress, a nice variant of Inquisitor Whitemane, even wearing a similar stripperific outfit, though she is genuinely kind and caring.
- Jousting Lance: While lances were in Warcraft III, the Argent Tournament brings them into World of Warcraft, being used in jousts and by their knights against the Scourge.
- Light Is Good: They are followers of the Church of the Light, and unlike their Scarlet Crusade counterpart, they are genuinely noble and heroic.
- The Order: The Argent Dawn and later Argent Crusade is a holy order dedicated to fighting evil across the world, with a particular focus on the Undead Scourge.
- Order Reborn: Founded by ex-members of the Silver Hand from the time of the Third War, and in Wrath of the Lich King Tirion Fordring proposed that the Argent Dawn unite with the current Silver Hand to form the Argent Crusade (though not all members of the Silver Hand joined, and they still exist as a separate group).
- In Legion they are the first group on the scene to fight the eponymous demonic horde when they make their latest incursion onto Azeroth (just as they were the last time in the leadup to Burning Crusade) but this time they are overwhelmed and their numbers devastated. After the battle of the Broken Shore, the paladin campaign reveals that they have joined forces with the rest of the paladins of Azeroth in a new incarnation of the Order of the Silver Hand. Whether the Argent Crusade will continue to exist as a separate group is currently unclear.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Their relationship with the Knights of the Ebon Blade is strained, since they don't think highly of the more morally questionable actions their Death Knight allies do. Unlike the Alliance and the Horde, though, they can work together against the Lich King.
- The Tourney: They organise the Argent Tournament during the war in Northrend, consisting of jousting competitions and battles against monsters and other competitors to select the champions who will besiege Icecrown Citadel.
Highlord Tirion Fordring
Supreme Commander of the Argent Crusade and the Lich King's main enemy in Wrath of the Lich King. His story started with when Eitrigg, an Orc veteran chose to save his life. Owing him a blood debt, Tirion later sacrifices his own Knighthood and was exiled for saving the Orc's life from being executed by the Alliance. Living as a hermit, he saw as his son Taelan grew up and joined the Scarlet Crusade. Asking adventurers for help, he managed to reconnect with his son and convinced him to defect, though Taelan was soon after killed by Grand Inquisitor Isillien. Avenging his son, Tirion swore to reform the Knights of the Silver Hand and take up the mantle of Highlord of the Silver Hand.
He later confronts Darion Mograine, then a Death Knight serving Arthas. After managing to convince him to defect, Arthas comes along to finish them off. At this point Darion throws the corrupted Ashbringer to Tirion, who manages to purify it upon touch. Driving off Arthas, Tirion unites the Argent Dawn and the Silver Hand into the Argent Crusade. They eventually achieve victory atop Icecrown Citadel, Tirion personally shattering Frostmourne, leading to Arthas' death. In Cataclysm he now resides in and leads the Argent Crusade from Hearthglen.
- Achilles in His Tent: Stayed in exile in his house until Darion came and made him realize that he needed to step back out in the world.
- Arson Murder And Life Saving: After you kill The Mole inside his camp in a Western Plaguelands quest, he appears to be rebuking you, but then congratulates you for helping him out.
- Back for the Dead / Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Doesn't show up at all in the plot of any of the three World of Warcraft expansions that followed Wrath of the Lich King (he is just seen ruling Hearthglen in Cataclysm with little interaction with the players). Then he dies at the start of Legion.
- Badass Beard: Has a full grown white beard.
- Badass Cape: Ever since Wrath he has always shown up wearing a cape flowing behind him.
- Being Good Sucks: One lesson he learned, especially after Eitrigg accused him of never having had to make any risks or sacrifices from his comfortable life to do the right thing.
- Big Damn Heroes: At least four times, when he rescued Eitrigg from execution, when he single handedly whacked Isilien and his Elite Mooks, his timely arrival at the Battle of Light's Hope chapel, and finally breaking out of his icy prison and shattering Frostmourne, thus thwarting the Lich King's plans.
- Big Good: Of Wrath of the Lich King, by virtue of being the leader of the coalition against Arthas' Scourge.
- Blood Brothers: Grows into a close bond with Eitrigg and the two consider themselves brothers.
- Character Death: Alternate timeline Gul'dan captures him after defeating the Argent Crusade and has him roasted by Krosus, a giant demon, for both the Alliance and the Horde to see during the first landings on the Broken Shore, which is part of the pre-expansion events leading to Legion. He is then taken prisoner by the Legion and brutally tortured; he is rescued by Retribution paladins when they are searching for his sword, the Ashbringer, but dies of his wounds.
- Cool Helmet: Wears a unique recolored Paladin Tier 10 set helmet in Icecrown Citadel and at the Broken Shore.
- Cool Sword: Wields the Ashbringer, one of the most powerful and iconic swords in the franchise. The sword is named such for burning any undead or demon it cuts through to ashes.
- Drop the Hammer: His weapon before he picked up the Ashbringer.
- The Exile: Tirion was exiled for saving the orc Eitrigg.
- Healing Hands: As a paladin he is also a capable healer. When he rescued Eitrigg from Stratholme after seemingly losing his powers, the Light returns to him and healed Eitrigg's wounds.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: For the most part he forgoes wearing a helmet, but he surprisingly subverts it in Icecrown Citadel and at the Broken Shore by putting on a Cool Helmet.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is about to make one at the end of Icecrown Citadel, but Bolvar Fordragon shows up and convinces the former to let him do it.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Tirion is a very powerful paladin and his entrance to the Battle of Light's Hope has him smiting undead left and right with Light.
- Honor Before Reason: Honor is a very important part of Tirion, but that very same honor is also what ended up ruining most of his life. But at least he saved Eitrigg.
- I Owe You My Life: Towards Eitrigg. He later repays the favor.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Tirion is a heroic and selfless Knight of the Silver Hand, completely devoted to honor.
- Knight In Sour Armor: During his time as an exile. He returns to being a Knight in Shining Armor after Darion convinces him to return to fight the Scourge and witnessing the death of his son.
- Light 'em Up: Tirion is a powerful wielder of the Light.
- Magic Knight: As a paladin, Tirion is both a warrior and a user of divine magic.
- Morality Chain: Appears to have been this for Darion and the Knights of the Ebon Blade by proxy. Once he's dead, they cast any lingering affection for the Argent Crusade aside in their efforts to stop the Legion. Including attempting to bring Tirion back as a Death Knight. Although Mograine expresses minor hesitation, stating Tirion deserves the peace of death.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The older hero to Arthas' younger villain in Wrath of the Lich King.
- Old Soldier: Tirion's been a knight for a long time and fought during the Second War. He isn't quite young anymore by the time of Wrath of the Lich King, yet he's still powerful enough that his arrival single-handedly turns the tide of a battle where the Death Knights outnumbered them, almost instantly forcing them into surrendering.
- Order Reborn: He reforms the broken Order of the Silver Hand after Taelan's death, though it gets merged with the Argent Dawn when we see it again.
- The Paladin: He is currently the greatest living paladin on Azeroth.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Isillien when he witnesses the death of his son at the hands of the former.Tirion: May your soul burn in anguish, Isillien! Light give me strength to battle this fiend. Face me, coward. Face the faith and strength that you once embodied.
- Rousing Speech: Tirion is responsible for several of these in Wrath of the Lich King.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Decides to save Eitrigg despite the Alliance considering him an enemy to be executed.
- Sacrificial Lion: One of the first major characters to die in Legion, along with Warchief Vol'jin and King Varian Wrynn.
- Shadow Archetype: While a champion of the light when he leads the attack, he's pretty much the opposite of Arthas (old and experienced rather than young and reckless, and he had to climb his way to the top after losing it all while Arthas had it all but lost it due to his pride and ego.)
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Turalyon. Similar name, same occupation. At the time of classic World of Warcraft Turalyon was physically unavailable, and then did not make any direct appearances in Burning Crusade, which led to Tirion becoming the focus of Wrath Of The Lich King. Notably, in Legion, Tirion dies, and Turalyon makes his first appearance since Beyond The Dark Portal.
- Supporting Leader: During the later part of Wrath of the Lich King.
- Taking the Kids: His wife did this in Of Blood and Honor, declaring that their son Taelan should not suffer for Tirion's actions.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In the Ashbringer comic he saves Alexandros Mograine from an ogre by tossing a sword at the back of its skull during the Battle of Blackrock Spire.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- In order to repay what Eitrigg has done to him, he tried saving him from execution, which means he had to fight his fellow Alliance soldiers causing this reaction to many, including Uther.
- He delivers one to the factions after the "PvP" encounter in Trial of the Crusader, calling out the Alliance and Horde for bringing their Conflict Ball and it resulting in the death of several powerful heroes, something that only Arthas could benefit from.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite hating him, Arthas also had genuine respect for him.
The leader of the Argent Dawn before it became the Argent Crusade. Tyrosus was a Knight of the Silver Hand who fought alongside Alexandros Mograine after the fall of Lordaeron. When Mograine fell to the Scourge, Tyrosus left the remnants behind as they slowly were warped into the Scarlet Crusade. He founded the Argent Dawn as a result, leading it from Light's Hope Chapel within the Eastern Plaguelands, organizing efforts to counter the advance of evil all over Azeroth.
He led the defence of Light's Hope Chapel against the Death Knights of Acherus, and despite the odds, emerged victorious with Tirion's aid. When Tirion Fordring proposed the merging of his reformed Silver Hand and the Argent Dawn, Tyrosus stood aside to let him take over leadership. After the Scourge's defeat in Northrend, he continues to organise Argent efforts in the Eastern Plaguelands, and is recruiting new members to help cleanse the land of the Scourge remnants present there.
- BFS: Wields an enormous curved sword in Legion, which is also available to players in the Sanctum of Light.
- Cool Horse: Rides an Argent version of the paladin's charger into battle, with steel barding instead of gold.note
- Cool Sword: He initially carries a simple one-handed sword but his new weapon in Legion is an enormous curved sword with sapphires adorning the blade and pommel.
- Defector from Decadence: He personally defected from the remnants of the Silver Hand after the death of Alexandros Mograine, having deemed its remnants beyond saving.
- Eyepatch of Power: His most notable physical feature is the eyepatch he wears over his right eye.
- Fights Like a Normal: Despite being a former Knight of the Silver Hand, Tyrosus has never actually been seen using his powers of the Light until Legion. Despite this, he's personally credited by the Scourge itself to have dealt such a terrible blow to a powerful lich that he can't take physical form again, and later led the defence of Light's Hope when the Death Knights of Acherus attacked.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Legion shows him to be quite capable at smiting demons with the Light.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Maxwell Tyrosus was a Knight of the Silver Hand prior to forming the Argent Dawn, and is still a heroic individual devoted to keeping the world safe from all evil.
- Light 'em Up: Finally gets to show off his Light-given powers in Legion.
- Minor Major Character: Despite his importance in leading the Argent Dawn, Tyrosus is mostly a minor character in World of Warcraft, with Tirion taking over his role as leader of the Argent Crusade. He takes a far more prominent role in Legion where he organises Azeroth's paladins into a coalition under the player's leadership in the Silver Hand.
- The Paladin: As a former Knight of the Silver Hand, he too is a paladin, though he didn't show any explicit Light usage until the events of Legion.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike the other remnants of the Silver Hand, Tyrosus was able to see the merits of asking for aid from the other races, even those outside the Alliance, and formed the Argent Dawn to that end.
The Scarlet Crusade
An order of paladins and priests created to hunt all undead, including the Forsaken. They were quickly corrupted by the Dread Lords, who convinced them that everyone not in the Crusade was undead and needed to be destroyed.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Their primary goal is to hunt undead. Some of its dead members are actually resurrected as undead themselves, the very thing they swore to destroy. This is best shown as death knight to understand the story better, as you slaughtered many of them in the starting area. After you finished the starting area quests, return to the area in the "real" mapnote and you can see some undead members wandering the area, still wearing their Scarlet Crusade uniform.
- Knight Templar: They believed anybody living not wearing their tabard to be an agent of the Scourge.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite being devoted worshipers of the Light, they commit several acts of evil.
- Loophole Abuse: The stated reason as to why they can use the Holy Light is that they believe that their actions are just. It doesn't matter that they're evil in practice, the fact that they believe they're good is why they can harness the Holy Light.
- The Remnant: The Crusade was originally formed from the remains of the Order of the Silver Hand and the people of Lordaeron.
One of the first paladins of the Silver Hand and Grand Crusader of the Scarlet Crusade, Saiden Dathrohan was originally a knight of Lordaeron who found faith and got closer to the Church of the Light, studying under the guidance of Archbishop Alonsus Faol. He was killed by the Dreadlord Balnazzar, who then possessed his corpse and impersonated the paladin, eventually founding the Scarlet Crusade.
- Badass Beard: Has a full grown greyish beard.
- Badass Cape: The Ashbringer comic gives him a long red cape.
- Church Militant: Originally a knight of Lordaeron, he became one of the first Knights of the Silver Hand, and later Grand Crusader of the Crusade.
- Cool Old Guy: While Balnazzar-as-Dathrohan is a despicable manipulator, the man himself is a noble and well-respected paladin, looked up to by his younger brethren.
- Cool Sword: As a boss in Stratholme he wields a two-handed sword with a demonic red pattern engraved on the flat of the blade, which drops off him as Demonshear.
- Dead All Along: Killed by Balnazzar, then used as a disguise.
- Depending on the Artist: Despite Of Blood and Honor describing him as grey-haired, World of Warcraft depicted him as being blond until the Ashbringer comic came around and depicted him as grey-haired once again.
- Drop the Hammer: In the Ashbringer comic he wields a large hammer.
- Grand Theft Me: Dathrohan has been dead for a long time, his corpse possessed by the Dreadlord Balnazzar. He finally sheds Dathrohan's skin in Cataclysm.
- Large and in Charge: The six-and-a-half foot Dathrohan was the leader of the Scarlet Crusade.
- Old Soldier: He's grey-haired and fought the orcs during the Second War.
- The Paladin: One of the first paladins of the Order of the Silver Hand, along with Uther, Tirion and Turalyon.
Grand Inquisitor Isillien
Grand Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade.
- Badass Preacher: The Grand Inquisitor is no slouch in combat, taking down Taelan Fordring with relative ease.
- Hat of Authority: Wears a priestly hat matching his status.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by Tirion Fordring in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Light Is Not Good: Uses the power of the Light, but admits to using Taelen as a pawn.
- The Spymaster: Implied, as he had a number of assassins on the lookout for Tirion Fordring.
- Staff of Authority: Carried an ornate silver-and-gold staff adorned with the symbol of the Church.
High General Brigitte Abbendis
High General of the Scarlet Crusade, stationed in Tyr's Hand. Having received visions from what she believed to be the Light, she renamed her forces the Scarlet Onslaught and sailed to Northrend, leaving her besieged people behind. There she met the missing Admiral Barean Westwind (in reality a guise assumed by the assumed dead dreadlord Mal'ganis), who quickly assumed control of her forces.
- An Axe to Grind: She favors a large one-handed axe as her weapon.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by players in Northrend.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: She carries a shield emblazoned with the red flame of the Scarlet Crusade.
- Off with Her Head!: Players of both factions cut off her head to present it to their respective questgivers.
- The Paladin: Like her father, she was a prominent member of the Silver Hand.
- Shoulders of Doom: Switched to a pair of huge pauldrons in Wrath of the Lich King.
Highlord Taelan Fordring
Highlord Taelan Fordring was the son of the elder Tirion Fordring. Taelan was a former Knight of the Silver Hand and lord of Mardenholde Keep. After the creation of the Scarlet Crusade he became Highlord and ruled over Hearthglen, under the command of the Grand Crusader.
- Badass Beard: Grew a beard as Highlord of the Scarlet Crusade.
- Cool Sword: He wields a two-handed sword with a demonic red pattern engraved on the flat of the blade, which drops off of Balnazzar in Stratholme as Demonshear.
- Disappeared Dad: Justified, as Tirion was exiled after his trial for saving Etrigg and his mother told him he had died.
- Healing Hands: He is able to heal himself using the Holy Light ability.
- Killed Off for Real: Slain by Isillien and his personal guard.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When he recognizes that he was used as an Unwitting Pawn and that his father is alive, he turns on the Crusade and fights his way out of Hearthglen to see him.<Taelan falls to one knee, his heartbeat quickens. The fury of ages is about to be loosed upon this town.>
- One-Man Army: Single-handedly rampaging through Hearthglen cemented him as this, especially back in the day when Hearthglen used to be filled to the brim with elite Scarlet Crusaders. Unfortunately, he meets his match when he dies fighting Isillien and his elite guards.
- The Paladin: Follows in his father's footsteps and becomes a paladin.
- Pietà Plagiarism: After his death, Tirion cradles his dead body.
- Redemption Equals Death: He turned on the Scarlet Crusade to be with his father, but was killed before he was able to see him again. His death led to the rebirth of the Knights of the Silver Hand and the creation of the Argent Crusade.
- Tranquil Fury: His lines after he turns on the Crusade are rather calm despite him being in a fury, killing every Scarlet Crusader in his way.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Isillien and the Grand Crusader.
- Your Size May Vary: Taelan's in-game model in Classic is absolutely giant, towering over players and NPCs despite there being no indication he is that big lore-wise.
Commander Renault Mograine
First born son of Alexandros Mograine and commander of the Scarlet Monastery.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He always resented his father for what he perceived to be Alexandros caring more about Darion than him. Dathrohan (who is actually the dreadlord, Balnazzar, at this point) eggs this on until it develops into full-blown hatred. Renault later manipulates his father into facing off with an entire army of undead and then kills him with the Ashbringer when Alexandros is too exhausted to even fight back.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Darion's Abel.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields a large two-handed mace, which players are able to get for themselves.
- The Champion: Regarded as Whitemane's.
- Offing the Offspring: He was killed by the ghost of his own father.
- Oh, Crap!: He completely freaks out when Alexandros' ghost returns to exact revenge on Renault for murdering him, and begs his father to forgive him in terror.
- Patricide: He stabbed his own father In the Back.
- Unwitting Pawn: Dathrohan/Balnazzar manipulated him into killing his own father.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Desperate for his father's attention and approval. Unfortunately, he's convinced that he's The Unfavorite, and that his father cares far more for Darion than he does for him. He eventually looks for a new father figure in Dathrohan; too bad the real Dathrohan's actually dead...
High Inquisitor Sally Whitemane
High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade, she is considered the head of the Scarlet Monastery.
- The Archmage: Her unwavering faith has made her one of the greatest wielders of the Light in Azeroth's history, if not the most noble. That connection and faith still hold fast in death, allowing her to use the Light as a Death Knight. It's the very reason the Lich King had her made a Horseman.
- The Atoner: She did not rest easily as a ghost after realizing what the Scarlet Crusade had become and what she'd unwittingly devoted her life to. Which is why the Ebon Blade recruited her, and she vows to redeem herself in undeath.
- Back from the Dead: Whitemane is brought back as Initiate Whitemane to become a Horseman of the Ebon Blade, although much saner than before.
- Came Back Wrong: Somehow an Inverted Trope. As Darion Mograine says, death can have a way of quieting the madness that haunts people. When she's risen as a Death Knight, she's fare more lucid and agreeable than when she was alive.
- Hat of Authority: Her famous "chapeau" serves as a symbol of her status.
- Healing Hands: She's so good at this that she could keep herself from dying.
- Killed Off for Real: She was permanently killed after being stabbed by the Blades of the Anointed. Until she was resurrected in Legion, of course.
- Nice Hat: She wears a really nice priestly hat, as part of her position. Players are able to loot it for themselves after killing her.
- Resurrective Immortality: Because of her immense powers of resurrection, she could keep herself from dying.
- Ship Tease: A posthumous one, as her last act was to utter the name of the long-dead Renault Mograine, rather than her current champion, Durand.
- Staff of Authority: She carried an ornate red staff to signify her position.
- Tom the Dark Lord: Initially known only by her title and last name, an appearance by her younger self in the Caverns of Time revealed that her first name is "Sally". It's an awfully cute name for such a ruthless person.
The Earthen Ring
The Earthen Ring is an organization dedicated to preserving the harmony between the elements on Azeroth and Outland. They are made up of shamans from both the Alliance and the Horde. In Cataclysm they had a major role in working to repair the destruction Deathwing's return has wrought upon Azeroth and preventing further disasters from happening, but their numbers were devastated. They laid low during Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor, but in Legion they are back, with shaman players taking a leadership role in the organization, rallying the elements to battle the Burning Legion.
- Balance of Power: Ideally the Earthen Ring would like to preserve the balance between the four elements, which are represented by the elemental lords Ragnaros (Fire), Therazane (Earth), Neptulon (Water), and Al'Akir (Wind). They will often take sides with one to pacify the other. For example, during the Midsummer Fire Festival, they side with Ragnaros against Ahune the Frost Lord, in order to prevent an elemental war, and in Cataclysm they work mainly for Therazane and Neptulon to stop the Twilight's Hammer and the naga in Deepholm and Vashj'ir respectively.
- A Day in the Limelight: They have been around since the beginning of World of Warcraft, but they were the focus of multiple quest arcs in the Cataclysm expansion.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the final run to safety in the Hour Of Twilight dungeon, four of the earthen ring shaman you've quested with and known are unceremoniously killed off by being strangled by a tentacle (at one point it was possible to save them, but a subsequent patch made the tentacles that kill them untargetable).
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: When the player tells Therazane they're working with the Earthen Ring, an organization of shamans dedicated to maintaining the balance of power between the elements, and are therefore very knowledgeable about the elemental lords, she says she's never heard of them. They are more accommodating in Legion but still need a little convincing before joining the fight against the Burning Legion.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Inverted. Shamans of all races are welcome to join the Earthen Ring. They are also more than willing to work with members of the Horde or the Alliance to protect Azeroth and Outland.
- Elemental Powers: Being made up of shamans, this is a given.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: The shaman class campaign in Legion has them arranging alliances with the forces of the four elemental planes to help battle the Burning Legion.
- Out of Focus: They don't appear at all in Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor. They'll get more screen time as part of the shaman class hall in Legion.
- Shadow Archetype: Twilight's Hammer to the Earthen Ring. Similar methods (use of the elements and study of the Old Gods), vastly different goals: Twilight's Hammer wants to use the elements to spread chaos, and they study the Old Gods to pave the way for their return, while the Earthen Ring wants to preserve the balance between the elements, and they study the Old Gods in order to find ways to keep them from coming back.
- Summon Magic: They often summon elemental spirits to help them in combat or perform cleansing rituals.
Leader of the Earthen Ring prior to Tides of War.
- A Day in the Limelight: He barely appears in World of Warcraft and is a minor character in Tides of War, but he gets a lot of page time in the manga Shaman.
- Elemental Powers: Though one of the plot points of Shaman is the fear that the Earthen Ring is losing its connection to the elements, Muln is still quite powerful. At the end of the story he proves that the Earthen Ring's method of requesting aid from elementals rather than forcing them into submission is still the right way of doing things.
- A Load of Bull: He's a tauren.
- Passing the Torch: To Thrall in Tides of War.
Guardians of Tirisfal
The penultimate Guardian of Tirisfal and the mother of Medivh. As the Guardian of Tirisfal she personally fought and slew Sargeras, who had appeared as an avatar on Azeroth. As Aegwynn's arrogance and independence from the Council of Tirisfal grew, she felt that she was the only one to choose the next Guardian. She fell in love Nielas Aran, a mage charged with hunting her down after she rebelled against the Council, and gave birth to their son Medivh before leaving him in Nielas' care, transferring the powers of the Guardian of Tirisfal for her son to awaken later in his age. Unfortunately, Sargeras had spirited his essence into Aegwynn after his avatar was slain, and he possessed Medivh as he was conceived, leading to him opening the Dark Portal and leading the orcs into Azeroth.
- The Archmage: One of the Guardians of Tirisfal and one of the most powerful mages in the franchise.
- The Atoner: She spent years saving up enough magical power to revive Medivh and give him another chance at life, an act that required so much power that it almost killed her.
- Canon Discontinuity: Originally, she tricked Nielas Aran into thinking she was in love with him in order to get pregnant and once she was she rather callously rejected him. In the new canon presented in Chronicle, Nielas was charged with hunting down Aegwynn after she rebelled against the Council. However, as they ended up falling in love with each other and he was aware of her plan to give Medivh her Guardian powers from the beginning.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She defeated the Avatar of Sargeras in a one-on-one fight 700 years in the past, making her the only person in the entire universe to actually best the fallen titan in battle. Justified in this case, as the avatar only held a tiny, tiny fraction of Sargeras' true power.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's certainly on the side of good, but she is not a very polite person, prone to insulting people around her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed herself to give Med'an enough power to defeat Cho'gall.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's unpleasant as hell, but she is completely devoted to protecting Azeroth and genuinely cares about her son, Medivh, despite her extremely aloof parenting.
- Jerkass: She has a rather nasty personality and is prone to insulting everybody around.
- Killed Off for Real: In the World of Warcraft comic.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Aegwynn is one of the most powerful mages on Azeroth and went on an absolute rampage against the demons hunting dragons in Northrend, until she then fought and defeat the Avatar of Sargeras.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is at least over 1000 years old.
- Unwitting Pawn: She completely played into Sargeras' hands by killing his avatar and then rebelling against the Council of Tirisfal by choosing her own son Medivh as the next Guardian. Sargeras having possessed her body possessed her child in the womb.
- Vain Sorceress: She uses her magic to keep herself youthful.
- Wizards Live Longer: While human wizards are known to live longer in Warcraft, Aegwynn takes it farther than most, having lived for more than 1000 years.
The last Guardian of Tirisfal. He was conceived by and inherited the power from Aegwynn in defiance of the Kirin Tor, as she was possessed by the spirit of Sargeras. She left him in the care of his father, and became friends with Llane Wrynn and Anduin Lothar. His power awoke on his fourteenth birthday, and made him lapse into a coma. After he recovered, Sargeras, whose soul had passed to him from his mother, made a deal with Gul'dan and opened the Dark Portal. Khadgar, his apprentice, discovered his corruption some time afterwards and, along with Lothar and Garona, managed to slay him. It was later revealed that he was Garona's lover and had a child with her.
With Medivh's death, his soul was freed, and Sargeras was banished. His mother later resurrected him and he launched a plan to unite the Horde and Alliance to stand against the Burning Legion. In the end, he convinced Jaina, Thrall, Tyrande and Malfurion to lead the army to stall Archimonde until the trap could be set at the World Tree and Archimonde destroyed for good.
His whereabouts after the war are unknown until making a slight return in Legion.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: When he met Thrall in Warcraft III, he remarks that he has become something "more" than human, although he never goes into greater detail about what he means.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: The cloak he wears as part of his guise as the prophet covered him entirely from the neck-down.
- The Archmage: One of the most powerful and prominent mages in the setting.
- The Atoner: In Warcraft III he tries to make up for allowing the Orcs' invasion by warning them of the Legion's plans to attack the World Tree on Kalimdor. Unfortunately, Terenas, Arthas and Antonidas all brush him aside as a Mad Oracle.
- Back from the Dead: His mother, Aegwynn, brought him back to life sometime in between the second and third games.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Medivh isn't the sanest person around, part of that was the influence by Sargeras - while post-death-and-ressurrection he is no longer possessed, he's still just as eccentric as his pupil (Blame that on Karazhan). Make absolutely no mistake, however; Medivh is The Guardian, and while he has rescinded back into Karazhan to let mortals deal with their own troubles without being handheld, he is still one of the most powerful mages in the setting, dwarfing characters like Khadgar and Jaina.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: From age fourteen up until his death at the hands of Khadgar and Anduin Lothar, Medivh was in a constant struggle to keep Sargeras from trying to fully take over his body. Sometimes this worked, other times not.
- Cassandra Truth: Medivh gets hit with this hard as far as Lordaeron is concerned. Thankfully averted with Jaina, Thrall, Malfurion and Tyrande, who listen to what he has to say and unite their armies to push the Burning Legion out of Kalimdor.
- The Chessmaster: Quite literally. Hell, one of the boss fights in Karazhan has you and your raid playing chess against him. Sounds easy, but he cheats!
- Cool Old Guy: During and after Warcraft III, he has a very amicable attitude towards most people.
- Demonic Possession: Was possessed by Sargeras while still in Aegwynn's womb. In addition, his staff Atiesh was revealed to have been possessed as well at the end of the quest line where players reforge it for themselves.
- The Dreaded: Powerful beings tended to give him a wide berth. Even Deathwing would never willingly face him in combat, though it's unclear if he was aware of Sargeras's spirit inhabiting him.
- Eccentric Mentor: For Khadgar. Medivh was described as friendly one moment, and dismissive and cold the next. This is subverted as Medivh was wrestling with Sargeras for control over his own body, hence the constant personality changes.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Medivh's home of Karazhan is found within the Deadwind Scar, which is lifeless other than a small ogre clan and the native giant spiders. And it leans heavilly into the ominous side of the trope, being a dark tower jutting straight into the air - and it is a borderline Eldritch Location because it sits smack-dab right in the middle of a Leyline nexus.
- It and the small village just below it are inhabited by spirits of dead villagers, caretakers and defenders, and numerous demons and undead now live within its halls disguised as humans.
- This aside, Karazhan is also so heavily warped by magic that Bizarrchitecture is in full effect. Turn one corner and you're right back to where you started, turn the same corner again at a different time, and suddenly you're on another floor. Walk down a hallway and you're suddenly walking on the floor of a room with your own personal inverted gravity. The door you came through might not lead back the way you came, and wild magic is absolutely soaking the place, meaning that you might find yourself shrunken to the size of a rat if you're unlucky.
- The tower's interior is littered with the trapped souls of those who got lost and died, and who seem unaware they are dead as they continue searching for what brought them into the tower in the first place. Thieves search for wealth, knowledge-seekers endlessly peruse the libraries, party-goers party on forever, and more.
- It is linked to every single plane of existence within the warcraft universe. Combined with the Bizarrchitecture, you might not even end up in the same world as the one you entered from.
- There's heavy evidence towards time crying uncle within the tower as well - continuity being only loosely adhered to - you might spend enternities inside, and only have been missing from the outside world for a week, or you might slay a guardian only to be immediately granted a vision of its creation.
- But really, the easiest way to get across just how utterly messed up Karazhan is, is to point out that Medivh himself can barely keep track of the many echoes of himself inside it. And it's his home.
- Ignored Expert: As the Last Guardian (who are basically super powerful mages trained to protect Azeroth from the Burning Legion), this is played straight with Arthas and King Terenas during Warcraft III. Despite Medivh's pleas for them to listen and send their forces to Kalimdor to stop the Burning Legion, they brush him off. Averted with Thrall, Jaina, Malfurion and Tyrande, who catch on pretty quick that he knows what he's talking about.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Khadgar impaled him on a sword before Lothar finished the job.
- Informed Ability: Although Jaina claims to have "sensed tremendous power about him" in Warcraft III, we don't see him actually use that power.
- In the Hood: Always shown wearing a crimson hood over his head.
- Mad Oracle: Viewed as one by the human leaders when he tried to warn them of the coming of the Burning Legion, probably not helped by his theatrics.
- Mage Tower: Karazhan is a tall tower that is located on a nexus of ley lines, within which there is a large library hiding much knowledge lost to times.
- Magic Staff: Though it looks more like a decorated Simple Staff, his staff Atiesh is in reality a powerful magical staff.
- Magnus Means Mage: He is referred to as "Magnus" on several occasions.
- Nice Guy: When he wasn't possessed by Sargeras, he was said to be very friendly and wise. It shows best in Warcraft III.
- Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Lothar after Khadgar stabbed him through the chest.
- Old Master: Can be considered this during Warcraft III, as he's older and highly adept at magic.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As the Guardian, Medivh was capable of very dangerous and destructive magic, though compared to his mother Aegwynn he prefers to restrain himself from more powerful spells.
- Shapeshifting: He frequently turns himself into a crow.
- Simple Staff: Surprisingly for such a powerful individual, his staff Atiesh looks like a surprisingly simple wooden staff, with the only unusual bit being the raven on top of the staff.
- Squishy Wizard: For all his power and skill with magic, he was as vulnerable to a sword as any other man.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Just up and disappeared after Warcraft III. Echoes left behind by him and past versions of himself appear in World of Warcraft though.
- The Bus Came Back: The real Medivh returns in Legion, helping Khadgar and the Adventurers prevent the Burning Legion from turning Karazhan into another route into Azeroth
Med'an is the child of Garona, and the New Guardian of Tirisfal. He was raised by Garona's friend Meryl Winterstorm in Duskwood, and never knew the identities of either of his parents. The subject of a prophecy, the Twilight's Hammer planned on using Med'an to revive the Old God C'thun. Garona got involved when the Twilight's Hammer exploited the old mind control spell used on her in the First War, revealing Med'an's heritage and power to the world.
- Canon Discontinuity: Sort of. As of BlizzCon 2016, Med'an's time as Guardian depicted in his comic is no longer treated as canon, though Med'an himself is still canon, if on a bus. Given the numerous other events from the comic that have appeared since — like Cho'gall's mutations and the dreadlord Kathra'natir inside of Meryl Felstorom — most of it probably still happened, minus the Guardian part. A half-joke was cracked about his debated status in the second Chronicles book as Med'an's story was on page 404... of a 200 page book. Seems even the official lore guide doesn't want to mention him.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After a few years of shaky status in the lore, Med'an is notably absent from any of the events told in the third World of Warcraft: Chronicle book, more than likely meaning he's been written out of the canon entirely. The only mention that he even existed to begin with comes from a small joke in the book's character index.
- Heinz Hybrid: Half-human, quarter-orc, and quarter-draenei.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Med'an (and pretty much everyone else in the world) believed his father was one of history's greatest monsters. He learns of Medivh being possessed by Sargeras after a visit to Karazhan.
- Magic Staff: The same one used by his father, Medivh.
- Older Than He Looks: Looks to be a teenager, when he in reality isn't much younger than Thrall.
- Put on a Bus: Except for a name drop in Prophet's Lesson, Med'an hasn't been seen since his comic series ended. Word of God says he is currently on another world to continue his training.
- Later it would seem that he gave up his title of Guardian, giving Atiesh to Khadgar. Word of God states that as Warlords of Draenor no new Guardian has been made. With his total absence, and even absence of mention, in Legion, it is assumed the character has simply been quietly written out, and will never feature in the game itself.
- At BlizzCon 2016, it was finally confirmed that Med'an being a Guardian is no longer canon and Med'an himself might only show up in-game if they can think of a story for him.
- The Red Mage: Med'an knows shaman and arcane magic. His uncle Maraad is teaching him in Light magic, as well.
Anveena is the physical embodiment of the remaining energies of the Sunwell, given human form and memories by Krasus. She is eventually forced to learn of her heritage and later joins with the Blood Elves to try to heal the Sunwell. She ends up getting kidnapped by Kael'thas, almost drained, and forced to sacrifice herself to help defeat Kil'jaeden.
- Bare Your Midriff: On the cover of Volume One of the Sunwell trilogy, an example of Covers Always Lie because she never appears that way in the story.
- Barrier Maiden: The Sunwell in human form and is thus highly desired by various villains who seek to use her.
- Break the Cutie: Arguably when her parents are murdered by a number of Dar'khan's Scourge. Definitely when she learns her entire existence is a lie and that her memories were faked
- Damsel in Distress: Her mere existence makes her a natural target for every villain out there.
- Designated Victim: Mordis, Dar'khan and Kael'thas have all kidnapped her at least once.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is very blonde and is easily one of the sweetest characters in the entire setting.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices herself at the end of Sunwell Plateau to help the heroes defeat Kil'jaeden.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Oh so very much
- Killed Off for Real: Dies at the end of Sunwell Plateau.
- MacGuffin Turned Human: Not actually human, but the Sunwell in human form.
- The Pollyanna: She manages to remain peppy and upbeat despite all the horrible things that happen to her.
The leader of a group of treasure hunters, Budd first appeared outside Zul'Aman in The Burning Crusade, where he sent players into the Troll stronghold looking for riches. He has since made an appearance in both of the subsequent expansions.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: After what happened at Zul'Aman he proves to be quite easily distracted. At one point while aboard a ship above Vashj'ir, he jumps into the water because he spotted something shiny. Somehow he survived...
- Bad Boss: Sent people working for him into a highly dangerous place that he refused to enter himself. His dialogue implies he's already lost several people to the Trolls, and doesn't seem that bothered by it.
- Butt-Monkey: He suffers quite a lot of abuse on top of having been turned into a major cloudcukoolander by the troll spirits.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His experience with the angry Troll spirits left him... different.
- Crazy Enough to Work: He comes up with the plan to escape from Tol'vir City.
- Frying Pan of Doom: How he plays "Tag" with Trolls in Northrend.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After the Adventurers succeeded in killing Zul'jin, Budd threw a vial his blood into a burning building, declaring himself the vanquisher. The local spirits decide to take revenge on him for that, pulling him into the burning building after which he runs around on fire.
- Miles Gloriosus: Made many claims to fame and accomplishing great deeds, but it's pretty clear he's taking credit for someone else's work if not making it up entirely.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Prior to his run-in with the troll spirits.
Founder and leader of the Defias Brotherhood. Once the master of the Stonemasons Guild, which rebuilt Stormwind after the Second War. Due to manipulations by Katrana Prestor, the guild was denied just payment by the House of Nobles. While King Varian tried to pay the guild out of his own coffers, the ensuing riot killed his wife Queen Tiffin, causing the guild to be branded as criminals and thrown out.
Vowing revenge, Edwin gathered his fellow Stonemasons together and formed the Defias Brotherhood. The Brotherhood plagued the kingdom of Stormwind, forging alliances with gnolls and kobolds, hunting together resources and chasing people out of Westfall; all to build a weapon that would lay the Stormwind to waste: A massive juggernaught, hidden within the Deadmines. Before it was completed, he was slain by adventurers sent by Gryan Stoutmantle. But though VanCleef is dead, the Brotherhood persists
- Anti-Villain: He and the other Stonemasons were grievously wronged by the House of Nobles, and he genuinely believes hes doing the right thing.
- Cool Boat: The juggernaught he builds is a huge ship packed with enormous amounts of firepower, but he is killed before it can set sail. His daughter Vanessa ends up rebuilding it, but once again it doesn't get to sail out of the Deadmines.
- Diabolical Mastermind: As leader of the Defias Brotherhood, he organized its many criminal members and activities.
- Dual Wielding: Wields a sword in each hand.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As revealed in Cataclysm, he had a daughter who ended up seeing her father die and subsequently, five years later, aims to take revenge for him.
- Killed Off for Real: He was slain back in Classic and has remained dead ever since.
- Off with His Head!: The adventurers that killed him cut off his head and presented it to Gryan Stoutmantle.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: He was taught how to fight by his childhood friend Mathias Shaw in the hopes he too would chase a career within the SI:7, but he ended up on a self-destructive path for revenge.
- Sinister Scimitar: His weapons of choice are a cutlass in one hand and a scimitar in the other.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes himself and his cause to be just, and will do whatever he can to exact his revenge on the House of Nobles, no matter who else is hit.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Mathias Shaw were once childhood friends, and Shaw even taught him how to fight, but ultimately they ended up on completely different paths: Shaw continued to work as part of the SI:7, while VanCleef went down on a path of simple-minded revenge towards the House of Nobles.
Edwin VanCleef's orphaned daughter. Watching her father die at the hands of adventurers, she fled the Deadmines, eventually stumbling into the Saldean home. With seemingly no recollection of who she was, she was adopted by the Saldeans, who named her Hope. In truth, she knew well who she was and since the years since her father's death has been working towards avenging him.
- Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: While, by her own admission, not as good a fighter as her father, she's still a quite capable fighter.
- Alliterative Name: Vanessa VanCleef
- Avenging the Villain: Her goal is to avenge her father's death at the hands of the adventurers sent by Gryan Stoutmantle.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Refuses to be slain at the hands of the player characters and thus sets off the last set of explosives on the ship.
- The Chessmaster: Vanessa is no slouch in the planning department, manipulating gnolls and homeless alike for her own devices.
- Combat Pragmatist: Knows she's not the fighter her father was and compensates by using poisons or explosives to rig battles in her favor.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: In Legion, after being defeated by the Rogue PC, Vanessa is forced into serving them by the rest of The Uncrowned, thus becoming a companion character.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two huge flaming daggers.
- Faking the Dead: She shows up alive in the Rogue order campaign in Legion, explaining away her apparent death as the aftereffects of the mind-altering poison she used in her fight allowing her to cut and run when things looked grim.
- Master Poisoner: She's extremely adept at brewing poisons, especially venom that affect the minds of her enemies.
- Ms. Fanservice: Vanessa does not seem to know what pants are.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She doesnt let racism stop her from using whatever race or individual that inhabits Westfall to further her goals. Gnolls, Worgen, Goblins or Ogres, no matter how stupid, murderous or crazy, if they can fight, shell work with them.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: When her father died in Vanilla's events, she looked like a little girl, while in Cataclysm (which officially happens 3 or 4 years later), Vanessa is an adult.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In Heroic Deadmines, she takes her father's role as the final boss of the dungeon.
- Vague Age: Due to the difference between her two models, which officially only have 3 or 4 years apart, it is difficult to determine how old she is.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Her venom is capable of affecting the minds of her enemies to such a degree that the visions they see might end up killing them.
The castellan of Karazhan and Medivh's personal servant. After Khadgar and Garona exposed Medivh's treason, he helped the two escape Karazhan, but remained in the tower and was killed by his master. But because of the tower's curse, he later rose as an undead, unable to truly die despite how many times he is killed. To this day he still waits for Medivh to return to Karazhan.
- Battle Butler: Not shown in Warcraft: The Last Guardian, but his appearances in World of Warcraft show him to be very deadly with twin daggers. He becomes a recruitable champion in Legion.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's described as wearing horse blinders to avoid the visions in Karazhan, but is also a capable and efficient butler.
- Deadpan Snarker: Prone to some rather snarky comments despite his politeness, especially at Khadgar's or the player's expense.Moroes: (Talking to the player in their garrison inn) May I take your cloak? No? Very well, commander. The commander is, of course, welcome to continue dripping mud all over the floor that I have spent just this morning polishing.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two curved and deadly daggers.
- The Jeeves: He is Medivh's unflappable butler and always maintains an air of politeness. Khadgar notes that even his death doesn't seem to have surprised him.
- Old Retainer: Moroes is described as being elderly and has presumably served Medivh for a long time.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He's very good at appearing out of nowhere and then completely disappearing again, often surprising Khadgar.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Moroes reveals in Warlords of Draenor that being killed over and over has left him with the desire of a peaceful death.
Mylune is a forest nymph located at the Grove of Aessina in Mount Hyjal who first appeared in Cataclysm. She is most often encountered as a quest giver, and is a strong animal enthusiast.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mylune actually gets distracted by a butterfly while giving a quest.
- Badass Adorable: She is very sweet and friendly, and a dangerous enough combatant when she offers to be your ally when saving Malorne from the Emerald Nightmare.
- Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: She may seem cute and eccentric, but she's still a forest nymph and has been around long enough to have earned a place in Val'sharah.
- Berserk Button: DO NOT harm animals around Mylune.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer/Cloud Cuckoolander: Among the forest nymphs she seems to focus especially on the critters, tends to get distracted and lets birds nest in her hair. However she is the guardian of one of the druid artifacts in Legion and knows how to cleanse it of corruption.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: While Mylune cares for all small animals rabbits seem to be her favorite. She also only calls them bunnies.
- Cuteness Proximity: Happens to Mylune when around small, cute animals.
- Friend to All Living Things: Up to Eleven, since nearly all of her quests revolve around helping animals who may be sick or lost and she lets birds nest in her hair.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Can be recruited in Legion as a follower.
- I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: Mylune does this with any small animal that is either injured or alone.
- Marshmallow Hell: At one point after the player gets a daily quest, she "suddenly smashes you against her bosom and begins sobbing". (What's even more hellish is that Mylune is much larger than most player races, her bosom appearing to be about 10-to-12 feet off the ground, meaning she's violently lifting the player before doing so).
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Deer. She also says its mostly in nose movements.
- Tender Tears: Tends to slip into this when working with critters.
The Council of the Black Harvest
First mentioned in a lore book in 5.0, The Council of the Black Harvest is an six person group of Warlock power-seekers formed after Deathwing's defeat, who have each been touched in different ways by dark magic, not just the fel normal warlocks are used to using. The council travels in groups of two seeking out the power of what they believe to be the most superior; Human Leader Kanrethad Ebonlocke and Undead Jubeka Shadowbreaker are the Demonologists, seeking perfection in demonic control and new and powerful minions to bind. Blood Elven Shinfel and the Gnome Zelfrax are the Affliction warlocks, who are hunting down the remnants of the twilight's hammer and learn their powerful, insanity inducing corruption. And Worgen Zinnen and Orc Ritssyn are the Destruction warlocks, searching for ways to obtain the power of Deathwing and Ragnaros respectively.
Kanrethad and Jubeka both play a major role in the warlock class quest introduced in 5.2, involving their journeys through Outland to perfect their demonology and culminating in Kanrethad's corruption induced insanity when he successfully becomes a full blooded demon.
- And I Must Scream: At the end of "Pursuing the Black Harvest" Kanrethad Ebonlocke has "Eternal Banishment" cast on him by Jubeka Shadowbreaker.
- Brought Down to Badass: In patch 7.2 Kanrethad Ebonlocke has the fel energy that made him into a demon siphoned off, is returned to a normal-by-warlock-standards human, and rejoins the council. He was the former leader of the council, but considering it was the player who helped bring him back, he doesn't challenge them for the position.
- Dark Is Not Evil: This is normally a tricky issue with warlocks, given their role in the lore and the fact they consort with demons. In this case the Council worked on and spread their knowledge for the benefit of all warlocks and took precautions to make sure that they themselves didn't become a threat to Azeroth in the course of poking at Things Man Was Not Meant to Know.
- Defeat Means Friendship / Easily Forgiven: In Legion, Kanrethad doesn't hold his defeat at the player's hands against them, and becomes their follower.
- Divided We Fall: Part of the council's pact is if one member returns without their partner, or doesn't return at all, they'll be hunted down, killed, and have their soul banished. As Kanrethad put it, "We succeed together or die alone."
- Putting the Band Back Together: In Legion, the Council of the Black Harvest is nearly destroyed by a botched summoning and it's up to the player to find the missing members and reform the council. The player takes (the previously banished) Kanrethad's place, and has to choose a new warlock to replace Zelfrax, who botched the summoning and was killed by a Pit Lord.
- Red Right Hand: Shinfel's hand is apparently blacked, gnarled, and crippled from being directly touched by Cho'gall's magic. When you finally meet her in the game, this is represented by her wearing the Warlock tier 14 gloves, which have the sha's black-on-white color palette about them.
- The Speechless: Zinnen has been left functionally mute ever since an encounter with the Twilight's Hammer. In-game the only noise he ever makes is a soft growl.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: No one on the council likes anyone else, but they believe the results of their work will benefit them all.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: One of the reasons the council travels in pairs is if the power they seek makes one member go mad, the other can stop them before they become a threat to Azeroth, a failsafe that Kanrethad eventually falls victim to.
Adherents of Rukhmar
The Adherents of Rukhmar are the brutal and oppressive ruling class of the Spires of Arak, homeland of the arakkoa.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Recovering the technology left behind by the Apexis, the first arakkoa civilization, is currently the Adherent's main goal, and won't tolerate any other race possessing them (for example, the draenei town of Aruuna had found some Apexis artifacts, and when the Adherents got wind of the discovery they burned the village to the ground).
- Back from the Dead: In a meta sense. In the main timeline, the shattering of Draenor destroyed the Spires of Arak and the non-cursed arakkoa were wiped out. The Outcasts survived, since many of them had fled to Talador, later known as Terokkar Forest.
- Bird People: The original arakkoa are tall with an upright posture, with large wings on their arms that allow them to fly.
- Fantastic Racism: The Adherents and their followers have little concern or respect for non-arakkoa, but they seem to bend most of their efforts towards tormenting and killing the Outcasts.
- HeelFace Turn: As of 6.2, many of them recognize the differences that set the arakkoa apart for years are trivial compared to the threat that Gul'dan poses to all of Draenor, and choose to aid the Alliance and Horde.
- Light Is Not Good: The Adherents are sun worshippers who abhor shadow magic, and they seek to bring the light to all the lesser races...by frying them with the sun's amplified rays.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: There's a group of uncursed arakkoa called the Order of the Awakened that breaks off from the Adherents (due to the player's actions in the Spires of Arak questline) and now seeks to use Apexis technology to retake the Spires and set up a more peaceable government. They have made overtures of friendship to the Outcasts but the latter don't fully trust them.
- The Power of the Sun: Some of the ancient Apexis technology they have recovered allows them to focus sunlight into concentrated beams strong enough to turn towns into smoking craters.
- The Theocracy: After they deposed Terokk, the Adherents set themselves up as the mouthpieces of the primary arakkoan deity, the sun goddess Rukhmar, and their word is law. Worship of any other deity is forbidden, and even the smallest offense incurs horrific punishment. For example, the Outcast Kura was a former Wing Guard who left his post for an hour to watch a festival and one of his fellow guards turned him in. He was then blinded, his wings broken, and finally thrown off a cliff.
- The Usurper: The original Adherents of Rukhmar were sages that were advisors to the greatest king of the arakkoa, Terokk, who grew envious of his power and the love the other arakkoa had for him. They attacked him and threw him, his daughter and his most loyal followers into the the cursed pools of the Sethekk Hollow.
The Outcasts are arakkoa who angered the Adherents of Rukhmar, the ruling caste of the Spires of Arak, and were thrown into the pools of the Sethekk Hollow. The cursed pools twisted and withered their bodies, and they sought the shadows to escape the burning light of the Adherents. The arakkoa met in Outland are The Remnant of these arakkoa, and by that time follow an unnamed Old God.
- A Friend in Need: Both the Alliance and Horde make efforts to reach out to the Outcasts and assist them, rightly guessing that they could make helpful allies if you aid them against the Adherents.
- Bird People: The Outcasts lost their ability to fly and their connection to the sun goddess Rukhmar due to the curse, and their bodies became twisted and atrophied, so they are much shorter than the Adherents and their followers.
- Casting a Shadow: Many of the Outcasts have an affinity for shadow magic, which is not surprising since using shadow magic may have caused many of them to become outcast in the first place, because the Adherents won't tolerate its use or study.Darkscryer Raastok: What kind of sick individual burns a book full of perfectly good dark arts?!
- Dark Is Evil: The majority of the arakkoa in Outland fall into decadence due to the influence of an as yet unnamed Old God.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They use shadow magic and worship a god of darkness, but they really just want to be left alone.
- Deal with the Devil: Several Outcasts, including their leader Iskar, join the Burning Legion to get their wings back.
- HeelFace Turn: Talon King Terokk. In Burning Crusade players worked to stop his return, but in Warlords of Draenor they call back his spirit and briefly become his avatar while fighting against the Shattered Hand orcs. This is lampshaded by the Outcast scrollkeeper Reshad, who speculates that bringing back Terokk in his own body may not have been the best thing for the Outcasts, and that the player may have had a positive influence on Terokk while acting as his avatar.
- Mr. Exposition: Scrollkeeper Reshad, one of the major quest givers in the Spires of Arak storyline, plays this role, detailing the history of the Outcasts and the Talon King.
- Ravens and Crows: The Outcasts worship the Raven God Anzu and his consort Ka'alu.
- The Remnant: In The Burning Crusade the only survivors of the arakkoan race after the breaking of Draenor are all descended from the Outcasts.
- The Sacred Darkness: How the Raven God Anzu is portrayed in Warlords of Draenor.
- Shout-Out: The appearance of the cursed arakkoa was inspired by the Skeksis in The Dark Crystal.
- Trust Password: "Shadows gather", and the rejoinder "when the Raven swallows the day."
The Night Elf prince of Aszuna, who defied the evil queen Azshara and was punished with a curse.
- All-Loving Hero: Although his own people hate him, he cares for them and is also kind to the adventurer regardless his/her race.
- The Atoner: He feels guilty for accidentally causing the curse of his people.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: At the end of the Azsuna questline, he is offered by Azshara the chance to join her and she will help lift his curse. He responds by blasting her with fireballs and meteors while shouting that he will never kneel before her and her demonic allies. Seeing him stand up to her earns the trust and respect of his people once again.
- It's All My Fault: Farondis blames himself for the curse, even though it is Azshara's fault.
- Nice Guy: He's courteous, friendly and polite with everybody.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Farondis had the courage to oppose Queen Azshara, and this provoked the curse of him and his people.
- The Worf Barrage: Farondis proves his mage chops by unceremoniously one-shotting enemies with giant fireballs and meteor showers, that would normally take the player moments to kill. He later unleashes his full power against Azshara in a volley of destruction, and she literally laughs it off.
An ethereal who has remained sane despite his affinity to the Void. He teaches Alleria Windrunner everything he knows about the Void.
- Badass Teacher: Locus-Walker is Alleria's Void teacher, and the fact Locus-Walker can remain sane while wielding the Void makes him a very valuable target to the Burning Legion. Countless pursuers have been killed by him, with only Lothraxion being known to survive, and only because Locus-Walker spared him.
- Because Destiny Says So: Back when Lothraxion was just another dreadlord in service to the Burning Legion tasked into capturing him, Locus-Walker encountered him and nearly killed him, only stopping because he saw he had future in the Army of Light.
- Brown Note: "Locus-Walker" isn't his real name. He prefers to be called that way because saying his real name aloud would make the player (and reality!) Go Mad from the Revelation.
- Casting a Shadow: He uses Void magic, which is alternatively called Shadow magic.
- Dark Is Not Evil:
- Every being that uses Void magic in the Warcraft universe is either evil or insane to some degree. Locus-Walker is the only one who is neither. His presence in Mac'Aree was due to him trying to find if the Shadowguard could resist the Void, to no avail. While teaching Alleria how to gain the power of the Void in Mac'Aree, he shows some concern at how Turalyon could react to her actions and how she may take them.
- He holds this opinion of the usage of Void magic as well. Locus-Walker believes that it's only through the Void and the Light working together can the real truth show up.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": And with good reason they call him Locus-Walker — his real name (according to himself) is a power word that can tear down reality.
- Heroic Neutral: He believes that neither the Shadow nor the Light are right in what they believe, and that only by being together can the real truth be seen.
- Meaningful Name: Locus-Walker resembles nexus-stalkers, other ethereals that had been seen before Legion. His nickname, "Locus-Walker", is a synonym of "Nexus-Stalker".
- Noodle Incident: Thaumaturge Vashreen, an ethereal that works as a vendor in the Vindicaar (and, before that, in the Broken Shore), once met Locus-Walker, and considers him to be a disreputable individual. It happened that Locus-Walker once sought Vashreen out as a financier for a project that sounded profitable, and Locus-Walker never repaid Vashreen's investment. What Locus-Walker's project was is not revealed.
- Token Good Teammate: He is the only void related creature (aside from the void elves, who he created) who isn't a complete bastard.
A Lightforged Nathrezim who comes to Azeroth on behalf of the Army of the Light.
- Ascended Demon: A Dreadlord who has been purified with the Light, becoming a holy crusader against his demon brethren.
- Bald of Awesome: Unique amongst Nathrezim in that he possesses no horns, though his head has scars there they used to be, indicating they were removed.
- Bling of War: Decked nearly head-to-hoof in golden armor.
- Commanding Coolness: The High Commander of the Army of the Light.
- Eye Beams: He is able to shoot beams of Light out of his eyes.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Zig-zagged: he still possesses standard dreadlord bat wings, but they shimmer with the Light.
- Light Is Good: He has been fighting alongside the Army of the Light since before Turalyon and Alleria joined.
- Shout-Out: Lothraxion is a demon who was turned from evil, had his horns sheared off and dedicates his life to being a Hunter of His Own Kind to stop cosmic destruction. Hellboy, anyone?
- Token Heroic Orc: Normally, dreadlords are cunning, evil vampires that hold high rank in the Burning Legion; he's not.
- Touched by Vorlons: Like Lightforged Draenei, he was transformed by Xe'ra. Speculation currently abounds as to whether it was willing or not. Evidence seems to suggest willing; he is able to remember his time serving the Burning Legion with regret, in the Warcraft universe at least some demons are aliens corrupted by dark magic and he's able to persuade Xe'ra not to kill Alleria for her Void use.
A Hallow's End event boss. Formerly Sir Thomas Thomson, a Knight of the Silver Hand, he was cursed and now seeks vengeance upon the living, in spite of believing to be alive himself...
- Flaming Sword: His sword is on fire!
- Headless Horseman: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Large Ham: In addition to speaking almost entirely in rhyme and emphasizing the second half of each rhyme, his shade's voice lines can be heard well across a zone, even well beyond the radius of player yells, sometimes to the chagrin of players nowhere near it. This is not helped by the fact that it can sometimes respawn almost immediately.
- He also has a bad habit of spamming the line "Harken, cur! Tis you I spurn! Now feel... the burn!" when he spams the spell, Conflagration.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: In addition to primarily speaking in rhyme, he often drops grammatically correct but somewhat unnecessary parts of sentences while rhyming to match the timing.Shade of the Horseman: Fire consumes! You've tried and failed. Let there be no doubt, justice prevailed! note