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Led by the proud and somewhat arrogant King Genn Greymane, the kingdom of Gilneas is located on a mountainous peninsula south of the Silverpine Forest. Greymane was coerced by his advisors into supporting and joining the Alliance during the Second War, but never felt that the Horde was a problem for his people. Following the Horde's defeat after the Second War, Gilneas seceded from the Alliance, closed off all their harbors and constructed the Greymane Wall, effectively isolating themselves from the outside world. This did not happen without a hitch, as Lord Darius Crowley, cut off from his lands beyond the wall, launched a rebellion, though it was eventually put down.
When the Scourge came, Genn Greymane ordered the Archmage Arugal to summon the extra-dimensional (though in reality, the dimension was the then-unknown plane known as the Emerald Dream) wolf-men known as the worgen. The worgen defeated the Scourge forces at the gate, but then proceeded to attack the human soldiers. Those who were bitten by the worgen but survived later ended up turning into the beasts themselves. Thus the curse of the worgen came to Gilneas and spread slowly throughout the kingdom, with the king and those close to him putting down any worgen they could find.
Come Cataclysm, the Forsaken, having been ordered by the new Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream, to secure Gilneas as a naval port for the Horde, allied with the worgen Alpha Prime. The worgen attacked Gilneas en masse, spreading the curse more effectively than beforehand. The Forsaken followed in, attacking Gilneas. This, combined with the cataclysm, almost resulted in the destruction of Gilneas and its people. But the worgen of Gilneas managed to regain their sanity, partly through the aid of potions, and partly through the help of night elven druids who came to the aid of Gilneas.
Most of its people were evacuated, along with the royal family, to Darnassus, where the kingdom formally rejoined the Alliance. The majority of the Gilnean people have take up residence in Darnassus, near a tree called the Howling Oak. However, many continue to fight against the Forsaken in the Gilneas Liberation Front under Lord Darius Crowley. The Gilneas Liberation Front eventually, along with the 7th Legion, managed to retake Gilneas, though its current situation is unknown.
- Arch-Enemy: With the Forsaken who have invaded their kingdom in their moment of vulnerability during the Cataclysm, with Sylvanas having killed their prince Liam Greymane, and who blighted Gilneas after they were pushed back by the gilneans.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: This trope toward the night elves was what led them to rejoin the Alliance; as Gilneas was at its Darkest Hour, with most of its population turned into raging werewolves by the worgen curse with an alchemic potion as the sole (temporary) way to stay themselves, their land damaged by the Cataclysm, and the Forsaken invading them with the intention to unleash the Blight on them, the night elves showed up, used druidic magic to effectively grant them full and permanent control over their curse, helped evacuate their population and offered them shelter in Darnassus, even integrating some of them into their society. This has resulted in the worgen being very protective toward them, actively helping in defending their woods against the Horde. Plays a major factor in the novella Elegy, where Sylvanas believes that capturing Teldrassil will cause infighting in the Alliance by enraging Greymane over Anduin saving Darnassus over Gilneas — only for Greymane to scoff at this idea and say that no, he and his people won't, in fact, mind helping the race who saved them in their time of need.
- The Berserker: While they had their sanity restored, Worgen still have a natural tendency to be fierce and fight like wild animals, which translates in the game by a natural ability granting them a passive bonus for critical hits.
- Break the Haughty: The Gilneans are described as being very proud and loving their country. A large number of them are now wolf-men and their country is in ruins.
- Cosmetic Award: The Heritage transmogrification armor is unlockable for any worgen character that's been levelled up to 50 through normal grinding (110 prior to the Shadowlands level squish), has gotten exalted with the Gilneas faction and has completed a quest series.
- Creepy Good: In an Alliance made of overall rather human-looking races with a dominant light theme, the Worgen stand out as dark, beastly and scary-looking creatures who you would have expected to side with the Horde.
- Cursed with Awesome: Since the Night Elves helped cleanse them of their savagery, there really is no downside to being a Worgen, unless you don't like being called a Werewolf. It has in fact become very useful to them as a result, since in addition to be physically stronger and faster with fangs and claws, they also are immune to being raised as Undead.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The national color of Gilneas is black, the land itself is generally dark and dreary, and the vast majority of its citizens are now worgen, and while they are generally prideful and arrogant the people of Gilneas are generally on the side of good.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Victorian England in terms of architecture, clothings, weapons and accents. Gilneas' cold, gloomy, and rainy weather is also reminiscent of London's weather in the nineteenth century.
- Foil: They have three of these in the Horde:
- To the Forsaken: They are a race of cursed humans who still maintained their previously held Gilnean cultural habits despite becoming werewolves, meanwhile the Forsaken are cursed humans who changed their culture in response to what they became. The Worgen were also accepted back as part of the Alliance despite their curse, likely due to their ability to still retain their human form, whereas the Forsaken were rejected outright. In a sense, the worgen are what the Forsaken could have been if they had been treated differently.
- To the goblins: Their counterpart race in Cataclysm, the Worgen are a hunched, bestial monster race that added more ferocity to the Alliance's ranks whereas the Goblins are a short and cute intelligent race that added more of a technological backbone to the Horde.
- To the blood elves: Similar to the above, they are a bestial, savage-looking species with a Dark Is Not Evil theme in a faction of Light Is Good human-looking races, whereas the blood elves are a human-looking attractive species with a Light Is Good theme in a faction of monstrous looking Dark Is Not Evil races.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Worgen only have four digits, though they regain their fifth digit whenever they become human again.
- Godzilla Threshold: The original Worgen were released during the Third War when the Scourge arrived to invade Gilneas. While the wall was able of stopping the undead armies for a time it could not hold them forever and Gilnean army was no match for them. Seeing no alternative and thinking that only monsters could defeat monsters Genn ordered Archmage Arugal, who had discovered the Worgens in the Emerald Dream to release them on the Scourge. This backfired on Greymane as while Worgens were successful as beating back the undeads they soon turned on the Gilneans and started infecting them, causing new great problems for Gilneas until the Night Elves arrived with a ritual to make Worgen regain their sanity.
- Going Native: After they were forced to exile and forced to relocate in Darnassus, many Worgen have started integrating themselves to Night Elf society, adopting some of their practice and traditions. Among others, they were taught Druidism, Shandris has started recruiting and training female Worgen as Sentinels. They also seem to have adopted the Night Elves' love for nature, as a community of them in Felwood is very aggressively defending the area against Goblin workers trying to cut the trees.
- Government in Exile: Both the people of Gilneas and its leaders have been displaced from their homeland, yet they continue to organize efforts to take it back.
- The Gunslinger: Gilneas' army focuses a great deal on their superior use of firearms, and practically every citizen and soldier can be found carrying one.
- Horrifying Hero: Comes with the territory of being werewolves. The Worgen have been noted for their terrifying nature on numerous occasions, and while they don't necessarily creep out their Alliance allies due to their ability to interact with them as humans, they have still been noted as having a savagery that strikes fear into even the most savage of Horde soldiers.Varian Wrynn: I know well a few worgen on the battlefield will strike fear even into the hearts of the more bestial members of the Horde.
Chronicle, Volume 3: The worgen proved themselves as fearsome warriors in battle. They tore through the Horde's soldiers with primal ferocity, sending their enemies fleeing in terror.
- La Résistance: The Gilneas Liberation Front.
- Life/Death Juxtaposition: The Worgen curse is derived from Life magic, which is cosmologically opposite of the Death magic that animates their Forsaken rivals.
- Lightning Bruiser: Worgen are inhumanly strong, fast enough to keep up with horses, and armed with deadly claws and teeth. In a brawl without armor, weapons, or magic, they are among the deadliest of the playable races, up there with orcs, trolls, and tauren. In Wolfheart their appearance in Ashenvale battlefield alongside Varian Wrynn is enough to turn the tide of the battle in the Alliance's favor with them ravaging the ranks of the Horde and killing the Magnataurs, half giant-half mammoth behemoths, brought by Garrosh Hellscream and who were devastating the Alliance forces before.
- Mirroring Factions: Ironically, with the Forsaken; both were once a human kingdom who suffered a curse turning the large majority of them into mindless monsters, and who eventually found a way to restore their free will while retaining said curse.
- No-Sell: The worgen curse makes humans immune to being raised as undead. Crowley ends up using this to his advantage when Sylvanas started using her Val'kyr to raise the last humans in the Silverpine Forest, approaching said humans and offering them his blood to become Worgen, thus allowing them to fight the Forsaken without the fear of being raised.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Mutated into an entirely different creature by infectious druidic magic, they have a slightly less buff version of the Wolf Man design, though they can run on all fours. They can transmit their condition both via bite and by making people drink their blood. The transformation originally was irreversible and made them mindless beasts, but Gilneans managed to temporarly restore their human minds through potions, and the night elves eventually helped them make the control permanent, granting them in the process the ability to revert back to human form, though they still turn back into worgen when excited. Finally, they are immune to being raised as undead.
- Out of Focus: Compared to other races you don't see much of the Worgen once you're out of Gilneas, besides a few Non Player Characters. Legion took some steps to rectify this, leading the alliance assault on the Broken Isles and acting as The Usual Adversaries for Horde players.
- Pride: A common flaw among Gilneans and makes the whole "relying on the night elves" thing that much more painful.
- Promoted to Playable: Worgens technically exist since the first World of Warcraft game released in 2004 (they were brought to Azeroth by Arugal, and could be fought at Shadowfang Keep). Along with major redesigns, they became playable in 2010 with the Caztaclysm expansion.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Worgen males can be customized to have red eyes and their Two Forms ability ◊ has a shadowy creature with red eyes come out from behind them before they fully transform into their Worgen form.
- Running on All Fours: The worgen's "Running Wild" racial ability, which replaces the racial mount for them. It allows them to get on their four limbs and run like actual wolves with a speed rivalling a horse, removing the need for an actual mount.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Although the Gilneans learn to control the beast and change back into humans, the worgen is their true form now. High levels of stress or adrenaline will instantly force them into their wolf forms. Genn is able to hold his human form during a fight for an admirable amount of time, but eventually will become a worgen.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: The player starts out as a human soldier of Gilenas fighting the worgen before being wounded and succumbing to the curse in an early quest line.
- True Companions: With the Night Elves, who helped them to control their animal instincts. The Worgen, going against Anduin's wishes, even joined the Night Elves in their ongoing crusade against the Horde for the burning of Teldrassil.
- Überwald: Gilneas in the game is dark and dreary (not unlike the country it's based on), with nigh-constant rain and dark, gnarled woods that just serve to make it look all the creepier. The majority of the population now being werewolves is just the icing on the cake.
- Undying Loyalty: Worgen have this attitude towards Greymane. Talk to a worgen NPC, and two of their quotes are "Long live Greymane!" and "Any friend of Greymane is a friend of mine."
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: After learning to master the Curse, Gilnean worgen are able to change between their human and worgen forms at will.
- Werewolves Are Dogs: Played for Laughs by a lot of the worgen /silly emotes. These include them going nuts because they can smell bacon, professing a love for Darnassus because there's trees everywhere, or sheepishly apologizing and saying that they don't really know a person until they've sniffed their crotch.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Oh boy. For the worgen players, this goes into effect when they leave Gilneas, as they have no idea what happened there afterwards (although it is explained in the Horde Silverpine questing, the Alliance version of the Shadowfang Keep instance makes no sense to Alliance players because it references the Horde-exclusive storyline). Then later on during the rogue legendary questline, a black dragon somehow has taken over Gilneas City and corrupted many of its inhabitants. After the black dragon's death, we know nothing of the current state of Gilneas itself. Suffice to say, all this has caused some severe controversy among worgen fans.
- Fixed to a degree in Legion where Gilneas and the worgen are explicitly shown as leading the Alliance forces on the Broken Isles after Varian's death, with Greymane's quest to avenge the death of his son, the destruction of his kingdom, and what he sees as the betrayal of Varian by Sylvanas and the Forsaken becoming a major plotline.
King Genn Greymane
Voiced by: Cameron Folmar (English), Alexander Rezalin (Russian)
The proud and arrogant King of Gilneas, Genn Greymane only joined the Alliance of Lordaeron reluctantly, feeling that the orcs were not a concern for his people. Following the Second War he ordered the construction of the Greymane Wall and locked down the harbors in Gilneas, effectively cutting off his own kingdom and isolating it from the outside world. He stubbornly kept the gates shut even as refugees fleeing from the Scourge desperately begged to be let in to have a place of refuge.
Though the Greymane Wall successfully held off the Scourge invaders to a degree, the isolated kingdom did not go without its own internal troubles: First the Northgate Rebellion launched by Lord Darius Crowley, then the worgen curse accidentally came to Gilneas, slowly spreading itself, with himself as one of its earliest victims. He finally agreed to rejoin the Alliance following the breach of the wall by the Horde and the help from the night elves in controlling the worgen curse.
- Accidental Hero: Greymane had precious little insight into Sylvanas's motives in sailing to Stormheim, but he nuked her fleet in an attempt to assassinate her all the same. Anduin upbraided him for this act of aggression, and Sylvanas later cited it to Saurfang as proof of the Alliance's own perpetuation of the cycle of conflict; but however ignoble his motives, thwarting Sylvanas's scheme in Stormheim did end up saving the val'kyr enslavement to her will. This act makes Greymane even more of an accidental hero as of the Sylvanas novel, which confirms she was already in bed with the Jailer at this juncture and using the soulcage to hasten the downfall of all Azeroth.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Legion, and he even gets a fancy new model to boot!
- A Father to His Men: One of the big reasons for why he was reluctant to offer support to the rest of the Alliance was because he cared too much about his own soldiers to have them fight and die for the issues that other nations were going through. He also sees his own people as his "pack", even before the Worgen curse, and believes it is always crucial for a king and an alpha to be at the front of the line fighting close with his own troops. Becomes even more apparent in the comic, where he is visibly enraged by seeing the Forsaken sail to shore and kill his own people, causing him to rush out with Worgen at his side to stop them from causing anymore harm.
- Alliterative Name: Genn Greymane.
- Anti-Hero: He may be a champion of the Alliance and a fervent warrior for its cause, but he is very stubborn and temperamental to the point that he even openly admits that his motivations are for vengeance and some of his methods of fighting for the Alliance cause does not mesh well with that of his allies.
- And This Is for...: When he confronts Sylvanas in Stormheim, he dedicates his attacks to Varian, Gilneas, and his son Liam.Genn Greymane: For Varian! For Gilneas! FOR! MY! SOOON!
- The Atoner: After all the things Gilneas has been put through, which he blames himself for, he decides to set things right.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The King of Gilneas, and certainly no slouch in combat, whether in worgen or human form. He personally led one third of the Gilnean forces during the Battle for Gilneas City, and in Legion is an active leader on the Broken Isles.
- Badass Boast:"A monster lurks in my veins... threaten my people, and it will be the last thing you ever see."
- Badass Cape: Clad in a nice black cloak in artwork, which is golden in the game itself. With his new model, he replaces said cape with a brown longcoat.
- Badass Longcoat: Depicted with an awesome longcoat in official◊ artwork◊, which initially wasn't carried into World of Warcraft itself because of model limitations. In Legion he finally gets to wear a longcoat into battle, though a brown one instead of black.
- Badass Normal: Initially just a normal human warrior, fully capable of fighting worgen on his own.
- Battle Strip: In Legion, Genn has a habit of losing his jacket and shirt upon becoming a worgen.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Has this in spades towards the Night Elves for aiding his people repeatedly during their darkest hours, to the point of Undying Loyalty. He even takes offense when Anduin assumes following the Horde's attack on Teldrassil in Battle for Azeroth that he would withold Gilnean support in order to try to retake their homeland as opposed to aiding the Kal'dorei.Greymane: Do I want my kingdom back? My people to return to their homes? Of course, I do! Do I want it badly enough to allow innocent night elves to suffer, when they so generously have helped the Gilneans these last few years? When they mitigated the Worgen curse, so we could hang on to ourselves and not get lost in madness? When they fed us, sheltered us, and offered us their home when we had nothing? No, I would never betray that kindness by turning my back on them now.
- Break the Haughty: The whole worgen starting zone, his short story and the Curse of the Worgen comic is about this happening to him.
- Crossing the Burnt Bridge: After the fall of Gilneas, Genn is forced to turn to the same Alliance he abandoned for help. While most of the leaders are willing to give him and Gilneas a second chance, it takes a lot of work for him to convince King Varian.
- Character Development: In Before the Storm, not only is he able to finally admit that there are still good people in the Horde (namedropping Thrall and Baine specifically), but by the end, after his experiences with the Desolate Council, he finally lets go of his grudge against the Forsaken (though he still wants to depose Sylvanas).
- Cool Old Guy: Being old and arrogant does not prevent him from being a competent fighter and well-intended leader.
- Demoted to Extra: Seemingly becoming this in Battle for Azeroth after being a much more important character in Legion whose actions served as part of the catalyst for the expansion's premise. While he still makes appearances in cinematics, his role has mostly been as a supporter to Anduin, providing troops and aid where he can. In the recent patch he's now doing this for Tyrande as a debt of gratitude to the Night Elves, but overall his role appears more diminished compared to her, Anduin, and Jaina.
- Determinator: He's stubborn by nature, but the positive side of that trait is that he's also this.
- Dual Boss: From Cataclysm to Legion he's stood beside and fought alongside Varian Wrynn when Horde players attacked Stormwind.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Following the worgen curse, his physical abilities are augmented.
- The Extremist Was Right:
- The Greymane Wall really did save it from the Scourge.
- Sylvanas truly was up to no good in Stormheim.
- Fantastic Racism: Very much so against the orcs. In fact one of the reasons he chose to leave the Alliance was because they'd rather spend taxes on keeping them holed up rather than just executing them en masse.
- Later on, towards the Forsaken, though for the very justified reason that Sylvanas led an unprovoked attack that left Gilneas uninhabitable and killed his son. It doesn't help that every time Cataclysm Sylvanas has more or less proven his distaste for the Forsaken as being valid. Though he does mellow out on this considerably thanks to his interactions with Alonsus Faol and the Desolate Council in Before the Storm.
- Final Solution: When the Alliance of Lordaeron discussed about the fate of the captured orcs after the Second War, Greymane, along with Trollbane, advocated for the complete extermination of the orcs. The rest of the Alliance felt that was too extreme and settled for internment camps instead.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He and Varian initially did not get along, especially when he tried to rejoin the Alliance in Wolfheart. Over the course of the novel, he and Varian grow into close friends, fighting alongside each other against the Horde at the end. He also takes it very hard when Varian sacrifices himself to save the Alliance forces and allow them to escape, and vows to avenge him.
- Forced to Watch: Discussed By Greymane with Mathias Shaw in the Shadowlands prepatch event. Genn believes that the Mawsworn left him be while abducting Anduin was by Sylvanas' will; That she wanted to torment Greymane by making him helpless to save Anduin, just as he was helpless to save his son Liam.
- Good Is Not Nice: Genn means well for his land and people, and has no real evil intentions, but he's still quite the Jerkass towards non-Gilneans. He eventually softens up on this point as well. Re-enforced in Legion, where he is highly critical of Anduin and his apparent weakness in the face of the Legion invasion, which while fairly heartless given Anduin is still mourning his father's death, helps inspire him to prove himself on the Broken shore and lead his people from the front.
- Grumpy Old Man: He was quite the complainer prior to the worgen incident. Even noted by a young Varian Wrynn.Varian Wrynn: Greymane only complains to hear the sound of his own voice.
- Gun And Sword: Wields a rapier together with a double-barreled pistol during his fight with Nathanos Blightcaller in Legion.
- Happily Married: With Queen Mia Greymane. They're just about the only royal couple left.
- Heroic BSoD: Suffers one when his son Liam dies in his place.
- Hypocrite: Following the end of the 4th War, he objects to the peace treaty by saying the Horde can't be trusted to honor the armstice and will attack again. One of the major inciting moments of the 4th War was Genn himself ignoring the then peace treaty between the factions and attacking the Horde in Stormheim.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Believes everything he has done to be for the sake and good of Gilneas, including isolating his nation from the outside world.
- Jerkass: Rude and insulting towards everybody who is not Gilnean, though he mellows out by the time of Cataclysm, thanks to having taken several blows to his pride.
- Large and in Charge: Specifically described in lore as a large, bearish man even before he got the curse.
- Karma Houdini: Neither he nor Catherine Rogers were ever punished by Anduin for attacking Sylvanas in Stormheim during an ongoing Legion invasion, which led to several Alliance casualties, including the loss of one of their most powerful airships. Come Battle for Azeroth, word of this has reached the Horde, who are obviously unimpressed.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: In almost any other context destroying a desperate ruler's last hope at saving her race and dooming said race to extinction would be considered an unambiguously evil act of genocide. However when said ruler is Sylvanas Windrunner and said race is the Forsaken, who murdered his son and attempted to exterminate his people (among other acts of evil) it is somewhat hard to find any moral issue.Genn: You took my son's future. And now, I've taken yours.
- Reinforced by the fact that said "hope" involved enslaving a noble warrior goddess to create valkyr slaves for Sylvanas.
- Made of Iron: Manages to survive taking one of Sylvanas' Black Arrows to his shoulder, which usually one-shot their targets.
- Man Behind the Man: He really isn't one but the Horde fears that he's this to Anduin, as he is the experienced top adviser to the young king and his attack on Sylvanas in Legion proved that he's willing to act on his own and use Alliance resources.
- Meaningful Name: Goes by the family name Greymane and is turned into a grey-haired worgen. Awfully funny and prophetic, because he was named all the way back in Warcraft II, way before there were any worgen in the franchise.
- Moral Myopia: Loves his people dearly, but everybody else can go to hell for all he cares. He gets better after having taken several levels in kindness, but he's still willing to completely abandon his (world saving) mission to get revenge on Sylvanas. Though he ultimately prevents Sylvanas from enslaving Eyir, an act that would have had huge repercussions throughout the world, Genn describes the act as vengeance for Liam's death, making no mention or even acknowledgement of Eiyr at all.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son and heir Liam dies to protect him from Sylvanas.
- Pride: One of the proudest characters in franchise, especially early on, believing Gilneas to be strong enough to handle everything — including the Horde — on its own, without any help or interference from other nations.
- Papa Wolf
- He loves his children dearly and Liam's death at Sylvanas's hands devastated him.
- He became very protective of Anduin after Varian's death. He became his top adviser, ensures he keeps up with his sword practice and nags him to find a wife and start producing heirs.
- Pet the Dog: In Dragonflight, despite still being very bitter over the newfound peace with the Horde, he's still agreed to keep Baine up to date with Anduin's status over the past five years.
- Reformed, but Rejected: In Wolfheart, he has turned over a new leaf and decided to help the Alliance, but Varian is still angry that he abandoned them and refuses to let him and Gilneas rejoin the Alliance. He eventually comes around to accepting him, however.
- Revenge: He seeks revenge against Sylvanas and the Forsaken for invading his nation and killing his son.
- Revenge Before Reason:
- In Legion he decides to hunt down Sylvanas on the Broken Isles in the middle of an apocalyptic invasion by the Burning Legion, despite the fact that he's been sent on a mission to recover one of the Pillars of Creation, aka a Macguffin critical to ending said invasion. Not only that, but Anduin's orders for the unofficial mission stated that the Skyfire was simply to tail the Forsaken fleet unless he and Rogers saw it necessary to engage, due to the importance of his mission. And to complete the foolishness trifecta, the Forsaken force drastically outnumbered his own, to the point that a Forsaken commander questions Greymane's sanity.
- Averted during the invasion of Gilneas when he decides to get his people safely out of Gilneas rather than make a death-or-glory attack on the Forsaken army to avenge his son.
- Averted again in the Broken Shore quest-line when he decides to focus on the Legion threat again and is last seen on the Broken Shore, helping Anduin out of his Despair Event Horizon and presumably continuing Alliance efforts there.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: In Stormheim he practically states outright that he is gunning for Sylvanas solely for revenge and expresses no other motivation than killing her, immediately dropping everything to launch an attack the second he locates her. Completely unbeknownst to him (at least until the very end of the zone), Sylvanas was enacting a plot to enslave a local demigod, retroactively justifying his actions to many fans.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's very active in defending and saving his homeland, even going out of his way to personally hunt down worgen.
- Say My Name: "SYLVANAS!"
- Shirtless Scene: Due to the Worgen curse, cutscenes involving Genn will occasionally show him as so after he reverts back.
- Sole Survivor: Of the human leaders of the original Alliance, and indeed of the human kings from the first/second war era, Genn is the only survivor upon Varian's death in Legion.
- The Spymaster: Revealed to have a fairly extensive spy network in Tides of War, which might help explain how he knew of the going-ons beyond the wall before its fall.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: While the current game has NPCs like this up the yin-yang, Greymane was present in Warcraft II, before the worgen were introduced, making him an unintentional example.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Legion shows that his eyes turn gold when he transforms into a worgen. Appropriate for someone who is essentially a werewolf.
- Sword and Gun: What official art has shown him wielding as weapons.
- Take My Hand!: Desperately holds out his hand towards Varian to help him up on the gunship when a giant felreaver grabs on to it. Varian doesn't take it, instead giving him a letter to his son, then letting go to sacrifice himself and save the Alliance forces.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he was never not badass to begin with, Genn goes from reluctantly aiding in the Second War to personally fighting to defend Gilneas from both the Worgen curse and the Forsaken to ripping apart gigantic demons with his bare hands/claws in the Broken Isles to fighting Sylvanas Windrunner, probably the single deadliest Horde leader, to a standstill.
- Took a Level in Kindness: How about a dozen? He first went from a major Jerkass to a Cool Old Guy who willingly swallowed his pride and asked for assistance, from there he became a loyal member of the alliance and a close friend of Varian.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Following the Broken Shore and the death of Varian, Genn becomes noticeably more caustic, sullen, and angry. Tess describes him as angrier than she has ever seen him, to the point that it's hard to know where the rage ends and the man begins. She also calls him "consumed by his lust for vengeance" which his actions during the Stormheim story line more or less confirm.
- Worthy Opponent: Acknowledges King Rastakhan as this after the latter's death, calling him a true king for being willing to lay down his life and fight to the bitter end for the sake of his people.
- He also comes to view Lor'themar as this in Nazjatar, commenting that he fights well "for an elf" and that being forced to kill him on the battlefield would have been a waste.
Queen Mia Greymane
Wife of Genn Greymane and queen of Gilneas.
- Happily Married: From what little we see of their marriage, Mia and Genn still love each other and are happy together.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She leads evacuation efforts in Darnassus during the Burning of Teldrassil, and even rescues the player when they fall unconscious, almost dying as a result. She is later seen in Stormwind's cathedral tending to the wounded refugees personally.
Prince Liam Greymane
Voiced by: Zach Appelman (English), Alexander Dzyuba (Russian)
Son of King Genn Greymane and heir to the throne of Gilneas. Slain by Sylvanas in the Battle of Gilneas City, having taken her poisoned arrow for his father.
- Badass Normal: Takes on the worgen and the Forsaken armed with nothing but sword, gun and guts.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Calls his father out for his various actions in the latter's short story Lord of His Pack.
- Cooldown Hug: Gives one to Lorna in Curse of the Worgen when she blames Genn Greymane for her father staying back in Gilneas City to distract the worgen.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies sacrificing himself to save his father from Sylvanas' poisoned arrow.
- Killed Off for Real: He dies near the end of the Worgen leveling experience and has been laid to rest undisturbed ever since.
- Mounted Combat: First fights off the worgen astride his horse, while he later on leads the charge into Gilneas City on horseback as well.
- The Musketeer: Switches between his rapier and a gun while fighting, though the comic shows him using both simultaneously.
- Royal Rapier: When it comes to melee combat, Liam enters the fight with a long rapier.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's quite active in trying to secure his kingdom and save his people, leading soldiers into battle and organising rescue efforts.
- Rousing Speech: Gives one to his countrymen before the Battle of Gilneas City, lifted from one of Winston Churchill's famous speeches and put into the world of Azeroth.Liam: The Forsaken think we're weak, a broken people. They think we'll roll over like a scared dog... how wrong they are. We will fight them in the fields until the last trench collapses and the last cannon is silenced. We will fight them on the streets until the last shot is fired, and when there is no more ammunition, we'll crush their skulls with the stones that pave our city. We will fight them in the alleys until our knuckles are skinned and bloodied, and our rapiers lay on the ground, shattered. And if we find ourselves surrounded and disarmed, wounded and without hope; we will lift our heads in defiance and spit in their faces. But we will never surrender! FOR GILNEAS!
- Senseless Sacrifice: In Legion, Genn takes the same type of arrow that killed Liam and survives with minor medical attention. Which means that Liam taking the bullet for his father, just got him killed. Granted, Liam couldn't have possibly known that at the time and acted on instinct to protect his father from what he assumed would be a fatal hit.
- Shirtless Scene: Gets one in Duskhaven, where he fights the Forsaken invaders shirtless. There's some clothes hanging out to dry nearby, so presumably the Forsaken just caught him at a bad time.
- Sword and Gun: In Curse of the Worgen he wields his sword in one hand and his gun in the other.
- Taking the Bullet: Steps in front of Sylvanas as she's about to shoot Genn with a poisoned arrow, dying as a result.
- Warrior Prince: He's no meek prince this one for sure, often jumping into the fray where the fighting is thickest.
- White Stallion: Rides a white horse into battle against his foes.
- The Wise Prince: A very capable leader despite his young age, doing whatever he can to save his people.
Princess Tess Greymane
Voiced by: Elle Newlands (English)
Daughter of Genn Greymane and heir to the throne of Gilneas after her brother Liam's death. She survives the Forsaken's invasion of Gilneas and accompanies her father and mother across the sea on the night elven ships. She is revealed in Legion to be one of the leaders of the Rogue class order known as the Uncrowned, a secret society of spies, assassins and thieves using the Dalaran sewers as their headquarters.
- Action Girl: While her skills as a fighter is unknown, she appears all decked up in combat gear in Legion.
- Arranged Marriage: Suggested by Genn between her and Anduin, though Anduin rejected is as he wasn't interested in an arranged marriage, and suspected that Tess wouldn't go for it either.
- Ascended Extra: After being mostly a minor background character since her introduction, she finally steps into the spotlight in Legion as one of the Rogue class order's leaders.
- Only Sane Man: She's the only character from Gilneas who finds her father's increasing desire for vengeance concerning, while the others mostly agree with him.
- Rebellious Princess: Tess is quite invested in becoming a Worgen like her father and people, to share in their plight and better understand them, but Genn is against it since he knows what the curse does to the Worgen. Tess activities as one of the Uncrowned also count, but those arent well known outside the Rogues order hall, with only rumors hinting at her actions.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: While she hasn't been very active before, this is explained in Legion as her being one of the leaders of the Uncrowned; it's likely to her advantage who think she's one of the other sort of royal.
- Secret Identity: Especially for one of the Uncrowned, as her role is even more secretive than the rest, and even Anduin has only heard rumors that she had taken a page from Mattias Shaw's book.
- Vampire Vannabe: She turns out to be the Werewolf version of this in Battle For Azeroth. She believes she has to become a Worgen to understand her cursed countrymen if she was to be queen one day, not understanding the downsides that come with it, to the point of saying if Genn won't do it, she'll have the Worgen player character do it. They manage to talk her down by having some Night Elves invoke Goldrinn, who grants Tess her wish temporarily by throwing her into a What If? of the invasion of Gilneas if she had also been bitten alongside Genn and Liam. While she loves it at first, she quickly begins to be overwhelmed by her new senses and the Inner Beast starts to dig at her. She quickly becomes more vicious and obsessive with killing Nathanos, to the point where she eventually loses herself to it and has to be snapped out of it by the player character - just in time to see Sylvanas kill Liam. After it's all said and done, she's thankful she got to empathize with her cursed countrymen, but also decides after experiencing just how bad it can get if it goes out of control to not seek out being turned further.
Leader of the Gilneas Liberation Front
Voiced by: David Thewlis (English/Cataclysm), Boris Tokarev (Russian)
Gilnean noble, separated from his holdings by the Greymane Wall. Disagreed with Genn Greymane about leaving the Alliance after the Second War and started a rebellion against him. The rebellion failed, and Greymane threw Crowley in prison for treason. During the worgen invasion of Gilneas City, Greymane sets Crowley free, and the pair work together to evacuate the city. Crowley stays behind to create a distraction for the rampaging worgen, but gets turned into a worgen in the process. He later plays a key role against Horde players in the Silverpine Forest storyline.
- Always Save the Girl: Chooses to withdraw when Lorna is taken hostage, greatly angering Ivar Bloodfang.
- Badass Longcoat: Wore one as a human prior to the curse.
- Badass Normal: Punching out worgen with his bare hands before he ever got cursed should be evidence enough.
- Demoted to Extra: Even when the worgen get their day in the limelight in Legion, Crowley's only appearance is a completely silent cameo after the Broken Shore. In contrast, his daughter has become an Ascended Extra in Stormheim.
- Empowered Badass Normal: The worgen curse augments his already considerable abilities.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch over his right eye.
- Good Is Not Soft: Especially evident in Silverpine.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Holds his own against several waves of worgen with only his bare hands when he's first encountered. His use of the Cleave ability while unarmed is particularly notable.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: In Silverpine, where he has taken to wearing armor, but still does not put on a helmet. Probably justified in that it'd be very hard to find a helmet that'd fit properly on a worgen. Retaining the ability to bite his foes certainly helps too.
- I Did What I Had to Do: One of his quotes when clicked on is "We do what we must."
- The Musketeer: Switches between a greatsword and a rifle as his weapons, though the comic shows him using them simultaneously.
- Oh, Crap!: Upon completing the quest "Last Stand" and returning to Darius Crowley, the player receives this chilling warning:Darius Crowley: They... they've stopped coming. No, <name>, that's not a good thing.
- Rebel Leader: Leader of the Northgate rebels during the Northgate Rebellion against Greymane, and later takes command of the Gilneas Liberation Front against the Forsaken occupation of Silverpine Forest.
- Sadistic Choice: He and Ivar Bloodfang give Hillsbrad Refugees who reside in Fenris Keep an ultimatum, to join them voluntarily or be forcibly converted to the Forsaken. Most of the refugees chose the former, but not all. A few, like Godfry, Walden and Ashbury, preferred death and undeath to becoming something they despised.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Even though Crowley regained his sanity, he has been unable to revert to human form. The Night Elves have said it is because there is still imbalance in his soul, something he has yet to resolve.
- Sword and Gun: Before he switches to Wolverine Claws in Silverpine Forest.
- We Used to Be Friends: His friendship with Genn is not elaborated on, but Crowley considers walling up Gilneas to be the breaking point for him.
- Wolverine Claws: Wields a pair in Silverpine. It's amusingly redundant, considering that he is a worgen.
Voiced by: Gillian Wiggin (English), Ramilya Iskander (Russian)
Daughter of Darius Crowley. She helps the player during the initial worgen attack in Gilneas City, and later joins the Gilneas Liberation Front against the Forsaken in Silverpine Forest. In Legion, she joins the Gilneas Brigade as an officer to "keep an eye on" the activities of Sylvanas Windrunner and her Forsaken in Stormheim.
- Action Girl: Kicks plenty of worgen, undead and orc ass.
- Ascended Extra: Gets a decently sized role in Stormheim in Legion.
- Badass Normal: Is a Gilnean, but not a Worgen. Unfortunately, as Sylvanas points out, becoming a Worgen could have saved her from the hostage situation.
- Big Damn Heroes: In her first appearance she saves the player from an attacking worgen, though the player still gets bitten.
- Combat Stilettos: Judging by Curse of the Worgen, she wears high-heeled boots while killing both worgen and undead. Not reflected in the game itself however.
- Commanding Coolness: Referred to as "Commander" while part of the Gilneas Liberation Front.
- Flaming Sword: Wields a fiery saber in Silverpine Forest.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: In Silverpine, where she dons armor but forgoes wearing a helmet.
- I Have Your Wife: Daughter in this case. Sylvanas has her kidnapped and threatens to turn her into a Forsaken if Darius Crowley doesn't retreat from Silverpine. Darius complies and Sylvanas keeps her word, letting Lorna go.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Hunts down worgen and undead alike while wearing a pretty dress, high-heeled boots and a rose in her hair. Though she ditches the dress and high heels in Silverpine, she keeps the rose.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Picks up a large Lordaeron shield in Silverpine.
- The Musketeer: While she prefers shooting her foes, she'll switch to melee weapons when necessary.
- Rebel Leader: In the Gilneas Liberation Front alongside her father.
- You Killed My Father: Essentially her reaction, directed towards Genn Greymane, when she learns Darius Crowley and his rebels stayed back and distracted the worgen in Gilneas City. She tries to kill Genn as a result, but is stopped by Liam.
A very ambitious and influential noble, Lord Vincent Godfrey controlled the northlands of the kingdom behind the Greymane Wall. It was due to his political scheming that Gilneas ever offered any support, if only token, to the Alliance during the Second War and that the Greymane Wall cut off Darius Crowley from his lands. Godfrey has a fierce hatred for the Worgen and would like nothing more than to kill them all for good. Unfortunately, when Genn Greymane himself turns out to have been afflicted with the curse, he tries to trade him to the Forsaken in exchange for leaving Gilneas alone. The worgen player foils this and he commits suicide by jumping off a cliff.
The Forsaken later raise him as one of their own, and he proves instrumental in beating back the Gilneas Liberation Front as well as the 7th Legion's reinforcements. Unfortunately for the Forsaken, he held no actual loyalty to them and so shot Sylvanas in the back, before being forced to flee to Shadowfang Keep with his companions, Lord Walden and Baron Ashbury. He is eventually slain by adventurers sent by either the Forsaken or the Gilneas Liberation Front.
- Ambition Is Evil: Very open with his ambitions to increase his power, which doesn't earn him many friends.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Ironically, he seems to be the catalyst for the player worgen regaining their humanity when, while speaking to them caged up and feral, asks: "Is there even a shred of humanity left within you?", to which the player worgen notably seems affected and retreats to the back of the cage they're kept in.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Commits suicide after his allies are slain.
- Came Back Wrong: Being brought back as a Forsaken did not make him any better.
- Casting a Shadow: After being raised in undeath he gains a number of shadow-based spells and abilities that he is able to combine with his pistols.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First he betrays Gilneas by capturing Genn Greymane, promising to hand him over if the Forsaken let Gilneas alone, a deal very unlikely to go through. After he is foiled, he commits suicide, before being raised as a Forsaken, betraying Gilneas for real. After essentially winning the battle for Silverpine Forest for the Forsaken, he kills Sylvanas, though only temporarily, before running off with his companions and taking over Shadowfang Keep.
- Driven to Suicide: But it didn't last.
- Evil Old Folks: Once he becomes undead, at least.
- FaceHeel Turn: Twice without ever doing a HeelFace Turn! He first turns on Gilneas, kidnapping Greymane to turn him over to the Forsaken. After killing himself he is later raised by the Forsaken, whom he later betrays by killing Sylvanas before fleeing to Shadowfang Keep.
- Fantastic Racism: Has an extreme hatred of the worgen, to the point where he turns against his king when he's revealed to be one.
- Graceful Loser: "I thank you for the clean death. I would not have done the same."
- The Gunslinger: Godfrey rather much likes his pistols, using one several times in Curse of the Worgen and using two in Shadowfang Keep.
- Guns Akimbo: As the only character so far, he wields dual pistols in Shadowfang Keep.
- Jerkass: Mostly towards the player and Crowley, both of which he doesn't like. The player for becoming a worgen, and Crowley for being a rebel and political rival before that.
- Killed Off for Real: Slain by players in Shadowfang Keep.
- Mage Marksman: As an undead he uses his pistols together with shadow magic.
- Necromancer: Somehow learns necromancy after becoming undead.
- Playing with Fire: Utilizes fireballs as part of his arsenal after being raised, but abandons it in favor of shadow magic in Shadowfang Keep.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He supports cooperating with the Alliance for the benefit of trade and tariffs.
- Royal Rapier: Carries around a rapier as his weapon when alive.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: The glasses he wear obscures his eyes to others.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant and condescending, completely certain he will have things his way. Once they don't, he reacts very badly. Like jumping off a cliff.
A famous detective from Gilneas, Halford Ramsey was in charge of the investigation of the "Starlight Slasher" murders along with his partner Cox. When he started to get close to the truth, he was captured by Alpha Prime, the leader of the Wolf Cult and was infected with the curse of the Worgen.
- Anime Hair: His hair is a lot wilder than most Warcraft characters.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He claims that he doesn't believe in ghosts, which is a bit odd since ghosts are just another type of creature in Azeroth, and the land surrounding Gilneas is crawling with undead of all sorts.
- Badass Longcoat: He wore a nice black one as a human prior to being infected with the Worgen curse.
- Expy: Word of God states that he was based on Sherlock Holmes.
- Great Detective: He's a famous Gilnean special investigator who was investigating the murders made by a serial killer known only as the "Starlight Slasher".
- Guile Hero: Even as a beastly worgen, he relies more on his wits and intellect.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason he was abducted and infected with the Worgen curse: his investigation brought him too close to the truth about the Starlight Slasher than the Wolf Cult liked.
- Heroic Willpower: Although he occasionally succumbed to the bestial instincts of the curse of the Worgen, he managed to resist it. And that was before he drank the waters in Tal'doren.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: His Northgate rebel sympathizing sister Ana hanged herself after her two sons died in the rebellion. Despite being a Greymane loyalist himself, he still cared for her very much, and her death left him plagued with anger and sorrow. Merely mentioning her pushed Ramsey's Berserk Button. He finally managed to get over her death during the ritual in Tal'doren.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be quite the insensitive Jerkass, at one point even trying to interrogate a young boy about the murder of his mother while they're next to the corpse, just after said murder took place. That being said, his goal is to bring a dangerous serial killer to justice, and he mellows out a bit by the end of the series.
- Perp Sweating: His first scene in the comic shows him doing this during an interrogation with Maxwell Wiggins, a newspaper salesman who is a suspect in a recent series of murders.
- Sherlock Scan: He's shown the ability to deduce facts from small details. Notably, early on he deduces that Maxwell Wiggins knows much more than he lets on about the murders simply because the information he released did not match what was released to the public and because his newspaper's typing format matched that of the one used by the Wolf Cult.
- The Spock: Has shades of this. At the beginning he tries interrogating a young boy about the murder of his mother right after her murder took place before him, which his partner Cox calls him out on.
- The Watson: His partner Cox fills this role as part of the Sherlock Holmes parallel. Unlike the Trope Namer, however, he is a part of the Wolf Cult that they are investigating.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the Curse of the Worgen series.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A few glimpses of his childhood are seen, in which he seemed much more cheerful than his stoic, Jerkass present day self.
Packleader Ivar Bloodfang
Ivar Bloodfang, introduced in Cataclysm, is the Alpha of the feral worgen Bloodfang Pack and the de facto leader of the feral worgen in Silverpine Forest and beyond. He is initially independent from either faction, but Darius Crowley convinces him to join forces with the Gilneas Liberation Front, since the Forsaken have adapted the policy of attacking all worgen irrespective of political allegiance. He then serves as Crowley's Number Two, but it quickly becomes apparent that he and Crowley are very different leaders — Crowley's largely honourable and self-sacrificing nature does not line up with that of Ivar, who is far more violent and ruthless. In the end, the worgen are expelled from Silverpine at great cost, and Bloodfang's attempts to organise the Stormpike Guard in Hillsbrad Foothills are foiled. Ivar remains loyal to the Alliance, however, and he and his pack join forces with Alliance adventurers in Shadowfang Keep to take revenge on the treacherous Lord Godfrey and his allies.
- Ax-Crazy: Ivar is far more bloodthirsty than other prominent worgen leaders, likely due to other worgen leaders having recently being Gilnean humans, while Ivar leads the feral worgen.
- Badass Boast: As a number of Forsaken wander into a trap he and Crowley set up, their leader asks, "What's this, then?" Ivar utters a short but effective response: "Your doom!"
- Blood Knight: As you'd expect from a feral worgen.
- Enemy Mine: He joined the Alliance primarily as a way to save himself and his pack.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his first scene, where he meets Crowley to negotiate joining forces, he sniffs out the Forsaken rogue spying on them with the player, grabs her by the neck and kills her by throwing her into the wall opposite, making it clear that you do not mess with him.Rane Yorick: I live... and die... for the Banshee Queen.
Ivar Bloodfang: I was hoping you'd say that.
- General Ripper: As mentioned above, Ivar's more ruthless than Crowley.
- The Lancer: His and Crowley's personalities are very different, as mentioned above.
- Token Evil Teammate: Well, evil may be a stretch, but it is made very clear that Bloodfang is more vicious than any other major worgen character in the game as of Warlords of Draenor, and willing to use methods unusual for the Alliance in warfare to defeat the Forsaken.
- Toxic Friend Influence: He's several shades more ruthless than Crowley or Greymane, which lends itself to the idea that Crowley's darker moments during the storyline were at least partially caused by hanging out with a feral worgen the whole time.
One of Darius Crowley's men, and among the many Gilnean to get turned into a Worgen at the Light's Dawn Cathedral. He takes an active part in the Gilnean exode following the Forsaken invasion. Later, he travels to Duskwood in search of his brother Stalvan.
- Awful Truth: In Duskwood, he recruits the PC's help to find out what happened to his brother Stalvan, since the inhabitants told him he died but refuse to tell him how exactly this happened. When you investigate about, it turns out Stalvan fell in love with his younger pupil and ended up murdering her when she was betrothed to another man. To make it worse, he actually rises as an undead and confirms in Tobias' face that everything was true. Tobias doesn't take this revelation well.
- Cain and Abel: Tobias is the good brother that wants to find his brother Stalvan, who is a murdering sociopath. After finding out the truth about Stalvans atrocities, Tobias kills Stalvan both as a punishment and in self-defence.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: You don't fight him, but you are told to follow him... at which point he promptly makes a 20-foot flying leap over a wide drainage ditch.
- Heroic BSoD: Finding out the truth about his brother's death was bad enough, but he gets hit even harder when he confronts an undead version of Stalvan, who confirms him everything was true.
- Mauve Shirt: Not quite as important as characters like Crowley or Greymane, but he still has his own identity and name, and takes part in quite a lot of missions in the Gilneas questline.
- "Not So Different" Remark: Stalvan states this when Tobias goes Worgen and slays him.