The island nation of Kul Tiras is located west of the Eastern Kingdoms. The Kul Tiran naval fleet comprised the bulk of the Alliance's naval power during the Second War. It was led by Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore in the Second War until his death shortly after the Third War. Since then, little contact has been had with Kul Tiras or its people. However, some of Daelin's remnant forces remained in Kalimdor to stir up trouble, while Baradin's Wardens (a force made of both Stromgardians and Kul Tirans) have been actively trying to keep their hold on the island of Tol Barad against both corruption and the Horde.
The expansion Battle for Azeroth features Kul Tiras as a continent for Alliance players, composed of three zones: Tiragarde Sound, Drustvar, and Stormsong Valley. Within Tiragarde Sound resides Boralus, capital of Kul Tiras. Kul Tiran humans are also unlockable as an allied race later in the expansion, using larger and heavier models than the regular humans.
- The Alcatraz:
- After the Second War, Tol Barad was used as a prison island by the mages of Kul Tiras and the Kirin Tor to hold extremely powerful individuals and demons captive. While the prison seems to have lived up to its reputation until then, it's all but fallen apart by the time of Cataclysm, though all its prisoners remain on the island.
- In Kul Tiras itself they also have the island prison of Tol Dagor, which became heavily corrupt after the Ashvane Company bought it. The Alliance player escapes from the prison alongside Flynn Fairwind in the beginning of the Kul Tiras questing experience.
- Badass Longcoat: Longcoats are a common sight in Kul Tiras, from weathered coats lined with fur, to fancier decorated coats worn by naval officers. The Kul Tiran heritage armor is also a blue and gold naval longcoat.
- Blade on a Stick: While the soldiers of the other human kingdoms are usually equipped with swords, the guards and marines of Kul Tiras usually wield polearms like glaives and halberds instead.
- The Bus Came Back: In Battle for Azeroth, having been on a bus since the end of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. (See below.)
- Cool Boat: Kul Tiras has the most powerful navy in Azeroth and their ships are all blessed by the Tidesages. The most powerful of these ships are so big that they tower over every battleship seen before in the game.
- Cool Horse: The Kul Tiran racial mount is a magnificent white horse which is heavily armored and displays a golden anchor on the front of its barding.
- The Corruptible: The Tidesages listen to the voice of the sea to work their magic, blessing ships or guiding fish to nets. But because N'Zoth is sealed beneath the waves, the Tidesages can hear the whispers of the Old Gods. They've had to resist the insidious words for some time, but by the time the Alliance arrives to Kul Tiras, many have fallen to madness.
- Creepy Good: The Thornspeakers, an ancient order of Kul Tiran Druids who seek to heal the corruption in the land and fight back against the rising Drust threat. The creep factor comes in that their druidism is derived Drust magic, with their Druid forms resembling the spooky wicker constructs that just serve to make the citizenry all the more wary of their aid.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Thornspeaker druid forms have skeletal faces and look a lot like the witch constructs, but they are as wholesome and reliable as any druid of the Cenarion Circle. They also respect the cycle of life and death, which may explain their slightly skeletal appearance.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: If Gilneas is Victorian England, Kul Tiras is the 17th/18th Century maritime version of England and America with a strong sailing culture, a problem with witches and a Lovecraft Country in Stormsong Valley.
- Honor Before Reason: Kul Tiras left the Alliance for refusing to avenge Daelin Proudmoore's death and spent a decade apathetically staying on the sidelines as the Alliance fought not only the Horde, but also the Lich King, Deathwing, the Burning Legion and countless other threats that could have caused the destruction of Azeroth.
- Irony: Despite being one of the most anti-Horde human kingdoms, Kul Tiras practices shamanism, has a strongly honour-based culture, and is ruled not by a monarch but by a military commander. Not only that, but the Kul Tirans themselves are big, burly and muscular: in short, they are as close to orcs as humans in Warcraft get.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Kul Tirans are a pretty versatile people and one of their racials is straight up called Jack of All Trades, which increases all tradeskills by 5.
- Lean and Mean: Kul Tirans also bring a new Human model with the same skinny proportions as the Forsaken; they're frequently antagonists.
- Making a Splash: Kul Tiras had water mages back in Frozen Throne, an aspect of their society which is further explored in Battle for Azeroth. Turns out that Kul Tirans are the only humans who practice shamanism: their shamans, called Tidesages, revere a sea goddess called the Tidemother. This is not reflected in playable Kul Tiran shamans, who run the usual gamut of elemental powers, but the Tidesage mobs in Kul Tiras only use water- and storm-based spells.
- Megaton Punch: Kul Tirans have a racial trait that lets them punch a target several yards away as well as doing damage and stunning them.
- Mixed Ancestry: It's heavily implied that the presence of the larger Kul Tirans is due to Drust ancestry. The Drust were a large people confirmed to be vrykul, and were the original inhabitants of Kul Tiras, before being defeated and integrated into Kul Tiran society.
- Never My Fault: If you ask the Kul Tirans about Admiral Daelin's death, he was "betrayed by his daughter he selflessly went out to rescue". They pay little heed to the fact that he attacked the new Horde nation that Jaina had made a fragile peace with and was given multiple chances and opportunities to leave in peace from all parties. His death was totally avoidable yet he refused to listen.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In A Good War, Sylvanas brings up that one of the defining reasons peace between the Alliance and Horde is impossible at the moment is that the Kul Tiran naval fleet under Daelin Proudmoore attacked the Darkspear Trolls and drove them from their island homes for years for no reason at all other than "They are trolls, ergo they are evil" mindset, and the Darkspear tribe will never forget that.
- Not-So-Safe Harbor: Kul Tiras has many traits of Stormalong Harbor type with its England/New England naval themes, but it is Freehold that is the full example like Booty Bay, being the capital of pirates, smugglers, and privateers.
- Planet of Hats: Kul Tiras is initially defined solely by its status as the most powerful naval nation in the world. In Battle For Azeroth however, the nation and its culture is fleshed out far beyond the naval themes, consisting of three regions and four major noble houses with various themes of their own.
- Punched Across the Room: The Kul Tiran racial Haymaker is a powerful charged punch which sends the target flying back quite a distance and stuns them.
- Put on a Bus: Since the beginning of World of Warcraft until Battle for Azeroth, Kul Tiras was conspicuously absent from the Alliance. Near the start of Battle for Azeroth, it was revealed that Kul Tiras had seceded from the Alliance following the defeat of Daelin Proudmoore and the rest of the Alliance's refusal to prosecute Jaina for her involvement in his death.
- The Remnant: Some of Daelin's remaining soldiers stuck around in Tiragarde Keep in Durotar and kept on attacking the orcs, until Cataclysm where they were all killed save one.
- The Sacred Darkness: The Thornspeakers revere the balance between life and death, unlike most druids who mostly focus on the former aspect. In-game, this reflects in Kul Tiran druid forms looking like undead monsters made from wood and bone.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Post-Third War. When the Alliance fell apart after the Second War, Kul Tiras actually stayed and maintained order on the seas. After the Founding of Durotar however, they left the Alliance after Jaina helped the Horde kill Daelin.
- Stout Strength: Playable Kul Tirans have large models (likely representing their Drust ancestry), and have strength-based racial abilities (such as flying massive punches).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Oh boy, so many unanswered questions for Kul Tiras: what is the current political situation without Daelin leading it, is it still affliated with the Alliance, whatever happened to Lieutenant Alverold's fleet heading for Durotar, how is it doing, and as of Cataclysm, where the hell is it and what the hell happened to it?
- Many of these questions are finally answered in Battle for Azeroth, we get to explore Kul Tiras and they'll play a major role in the expansion, now led by Jaina's mother Katrina Proudmoore. She and the locals did NOT take Jaina's inaction during Daelin's death lightlty, and Jaina is viewed with fear and compared to a local superstition repeatedly. Her mother officially exiles her shortly after Alliance adventurers arrive, also having said adventurers arrested
- Wooden Ships and Iron Men: Kul Tiras is the sailing nation of the old Alliance. This is specifically the reason Jaina wishes to bring them back into the fold, as Zandalar's navy represents a serious threat.
Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore
Grand Admiral of the Alliance
Voiced by: Mark Addy (World of Warcraft)
Daelin Proudmoore was the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, as well as Jaina's father. As head of House Proudmoore and Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, Daelin commanded the island nation's military and was effectively considered its ruler.
Daelin was a staunch supporter of the Alliance and was granted the position of Grand Admiral of the Alliance navy during the Second War. During the war he lost his eldest son and heir, Derek, leading his hatred of the orcs to take new heights, though he opted to spare the orcs. He stayed with the Alliance during the political turmoil following the Second War, remaining a staunch supporter.
Following the Third War, he personally took charge of an expedition to sail west and locate the refugees Jaina took with her from Lordaeron. Finding the orcs settling there, Daelin took over Theramore and began preparations to exterminate them, ignoring his daughter's pleas. Desperate to help the orcs survive, Jaina helped Rexxar and the Horde into Theramore, where Daelin was slain.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Amongst Kul Tirans. He led the unified houses of Kul Tiras during the war against the Horde, and he's considered a national hero and became a martyr after his death.
- Adult Fear:
- As Lord Admiral, Daelin was mostly worried about his nation, which is why he united with other nations to create the Alliance and fight back the Horde.
- After hearing of Lordaeron being destroyed by Arthas and the Undead Scourge, and that Jaina has fled with an expedition to Kalimdor, he followed her west, only to find the orcs there. In his belief that he cannot let the Horde become a danger to humans, and in particular his daughter, he waged war against them, which cost him his life. Daelin was especially so protective of Jaina and loathed the Horde, as an orcish dragon rider burned his eldest son and heir, Derek, to ash.
- Aggressive Negotiations: He sends an emissary to parley with Thrall at Razor Hill, which is really a trap to corner and kill the Warchief. Unfortunately for him, Rexxar already suspected that it was a trap, and convinces Thrall to let him do the negotiations in his place.
- And This Is for...: Said several of these during the Final Boss battle in the "Founding of Durotar" campaign.
- Archnemesis Dad: Not archenemy per se, but he's the main antagonist of the Frozen Throne Orcish campaign during which his daughter Jaina sides against him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras and Grand Admiral of the Alliance Navy, and in the third game at least, he's by far the most powerful of the Kul Tiran forces.
- Badass Cape: Wore a cape into battle in Warcraft III.
- Badass Mustache: Known quite well for his magnificent mustache, particularly in Warcraft III.
- Badass Normal: Ignoring his use of weather magic in Warcraft III, in lore Daelin was just a strong human who was able to duel, and pose a serious threat to Rexxar, a very skilled fighter in his own right.
- Berserk Button:
- Orcs. Normally, Daelin Proudmoore is considered to be a good admiral and leader by his people. He understands the importance of the Alliance, staying in when other kingdoms left, and even offers reasonable advice to his daughter, Jaina. But whenever orcs are brought up, Daelin is immediately filled with rage and hatred to an irrational, murderous degree. He cannot be reasoned with in this state.
- To a lesser degree, dragons. It's implied in Day of the Dragon that Daelin Proudmoore despises the red dragons that killed his son during the Second War so much that the mages of Kirin Tor joke that the admiral would reward Deathwing a medal if he killed just a few red dragons.
- Breaking Lecture: He doesn't simply ignore Thrall's Kirk Summation during his last stand; he responds by listing the numerous crimes committed by the orcs in the previous wars and stating that they will never change and he will never stop fighting them. While it doesn't break Thrall's morale, it has shaken the hope of lasting peace between the Alliance and the Horde.Thrall: This is not the Horde you remember, old man. We have no interest in conquest or murder. We have paid for our sins of our forebears in blood.
Grand Admiral Proudmoore: Can your blood atone for genocide, orc? Your Horde killed countless innocents with its rampage across Stormwind and Lordaeron. Do you really think you can just sweep all that away and cast aside your guilt so easily? No, your kind will never change, and I will never stop fighting you.
- Cool Boat: Daelin's flagship is a massive galleon that towers over other ships. It sank beneath the ocean during the Battle of Theramore, but his daughter Jaina raises it as her own in Battle For Azeroth.
- Cool Old Guy: For the most part; he was considered to be a noble, experienced veteran of the Second War who cares a lot about his family and the people of the Alliance. Even the Horde respects his stature as a commander who fought in the frontline and died with honor. However, his irrational hatred for the orcs in his last years may put off a few folks in the Horde.
- Dual Wielding: The illusion of him that you fight in Thros wields a pair of sabers, implying the same is true of the real Daelin.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards the Horde. He says he wants to slay every single orc, but begins by trying to wipe out the Darkspear Trolls wholesale.
- Fatal Flaw: His desire for vengeance. He and his men would still live had vengeance not consumed his soul. Even his wife, Katherine, who initially blamed Jaina for Daelin's death, came to realize that her husband's true murderer was his own hatred.
- Father Neptune: An old but hardened and experienced admiral and sailor by the time of the Third War.
- Final Solution: Daelin believes orcs can never change or do enough to repay for their sins. Not even them taking residence in Kalimdor, far from any human kingdom, will satisfy his fury. Thus, his only solution for peace is to kill every single orc on Azeroth.Daelin Proudmoore: You have always been naive, my daughter. You aren't old enough to remember what these monsters did to our homeland. The orcs and their kin cannot be trusted. They must be exterminated like the mongrels they are.
- Four-Star Badass: Not just a very competent admiral, he's also a pretty good fighter.
- Freudian Excuse: Daelin's hatred towards the orcs was fueled by the death of his eldest son and heir, Derek. He had also never witnessed any other side of the orcs than the bloodlusted berserkers of the First and Second War.
- Frontline General: Present at and led many of his own battles, both naval and land, though he ended up dying in the latter case.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In Warcraft III he's a customized Paladin unit using powerful weather-based spells instead of their regular abilities. Lore-wise, he is a normal but skilled warrior.
- General Ripper: Even if he didn't know that the orcs are no longer the bloodthirsty crazed warmongers of the previous wars or that Jaina wasn't in danger, his actions are reckless and irresponsible. Instead of taking Jaina back to Kul Tiras and trying to make his case to the Alliance, Daelin instead tries to destroy the nation of Durotar with only the men he had brought. Without the backing of the Alliance or his daughter, Daelin fell before the full might of the Horde.
- Heartbroken Badass: After the death of his eldest son Derek and again when Lordaeron is destroyed and he thinks Jaina may have died.
- Heroic BSoD: His dialogue mentions that he has been through one after the Scourge destroyed Lordaeron.Daelin Proudmoore: When I heard that Lordaeron fell, I despaired.
- He Who Fights Monsters: His hatred of orcs ends up consuming him, leading him to attempt to wipe out all of the orcs. He even goes as far as attempting to assassinate Warchief Thrall under false pretense of a parley (something that the old Horde would do in Warcraft II).
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Kul Tirans say he was stabbed in the back after getting betrayed and ganged up on. Even Jaina, who witnessed his final moments, has guilt-tripped herself into thinking he was savagely overpowered while begging for her help. In truth, he attacked a budding nation that had made fragile peace with its neighbor without provocation other than old hatreds reignited conflicts and died valiantly in combat against Rexxar. While he isn't the sole cause, Daelin is a major reason for the continuing Horde-Alliance conflicts yet he seems to get off scott free for ruining potential world peace.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He goes off the deep end when he realizes that his daughter Jaina had made a peace treaty with Thrall's Horde. Rather than try to figure out why Jaina would do such a thing, Daelin instead seizes control of Theramore from her to launch his personal war against the orcs. If it weren't for Thrall heeding Jaina's wishes to spare her people, Daelin might have taken the nation of Theramore with him to his watery grave.
- Killed Off for Real: Slain by Rexxar in the third game.
- Knight Templar: Towards the orcs. He believes them to be animals deserving of slaughter due to their role in the First and Second War, and is unwilling to hear out the Horde's insistence of being reformed. And he swears to fight them all till his dying breath.
- Magic Knight: In Warcraft III he was a melee unit who utilized spells based around the weather. The lore itself seems to lean towards him being a normal warrior however, as his magical abilities are never referenced in any sources. This is due to being a Hero unit, but because the only Hero units for the Alliance were a Paladin, Mage, and Dwarf, they simply made him a unique Paladin model and replaced their abilities with weather-based spells.
- Moral Myopia: For a man who believes the orcs to be irredeemably evil because they attempted genocide on the humans and their allies in the First and Second War, he has no problem with committing genocide on the orcs and their allies despite Thrall and Jaina's protests.
- The Musketeer: The illusion you fight in Thros switches between using two sabers and a literal handcannon.
- Nice Hat: Always seen wearing some really nice looking naval officer's hat.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His actions play a major role in the Horde's re-militarization after the Third War, reigniting tensions between the Alliance and the Horde for years to come that had been partially eased by the Battle of Mount Hyjal. This makes him partially responsible for Garrosh's rise to power as well.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: At first glance, his war on the orcs of Durotar appears to be a well-intentioned attempt to prevent the Horde from gaining a foothold and becoming a future threat to the Alliance, especially with the hindsight of Theramore's destruction years later. But it later becomes clear that Daelin is primarily driven by his personal hatred of the orcs, refusing to listen to his daughter's side of the story or give up his campaign even when it becomes clear that the battle is lost. Jaina's quote in Heroes of the Storm implies that his obsession to kill all orcs stems from the death of his eldest son in the Second War:Jaina: When my brother Derek was killed, my father swore an eternal oath to destroy all orcs on Azeroth. I always wonder how I would handle a loss like that. Honestly, I just pray I never have to find out.
- Old Soldier: He's an experienced veteran and older admiral who has been fighting for a long time.
- One-Man Army: In Warcraft III, he is beefed up as a Final Boss for Rexxar and his team, able to fend off and even slaughter entire Horde armies before he is brought down.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Lost his son and heir Derek during a Dragonmaw attack, and later when Lordaeron was ravaged he feared his daughter Jaina had died as well. Ultimately she ends up outliving him.
- Papa Wolf: Ever since his son, Derek's, death, Daelin wasn't the same anymore. He sailed west with a part of the Kul Tiran fleet to find his daughter and believed that destroying the Horde would protect her.
- Power Of Hate: His hatred for the Horde was so strong that it persisted in the Shadowlands where Death Knights can collect it for their campaign missions.
- Revenge Before Reason: Since the death of his son, Derek, Daelin allowed his thirst for revenge to consume his soul. He did not bother to listen to anyone in Kalimdor, and stubbornly continued fighting even when given multiple chances to stop. This not only led to his senseless death but also the near-annihilation of his forces, which included Ashvane's husband.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Being not only Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, but also Grand Admiral of the Alliance, Daelin took personal charge in naval battles.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Daelin's attempt to prevent the orcs from rising in power again caused many orcs to believe Thrall was a naive and weak leader, allowing orcs like Garrosh to rise into power in the first place.
- Shock and Awe: Some of his spells in Warcraft III let him blast his foes with lightning.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Daelin's conflict with the Horde on Kalimdor registers as a small blip in Azeroth's history, yet played a large role in continuing Alliance-Horde conflict post-Third War, ruining a fledgling peace.
- The Extremist Was Right: Sort of. While attacking the still building nation of the Horde was definitely wrong, and his past battles with orcs blinded him to the fact they were more than Always Chaotic Evil monsters, considering the actions of the Horde under Garrosh and Sylvanas, it's hard to say he was entirely wrong in his opinion of them.
- Tragic Bigot: Daelin Proudmoore was ultimately a good man (Word of God actually confirms him as Lawful Good), who, blinded by his own hatred for what he saw as demons, brought his death upon himself.
Lord Admiral Katherine Proudmoore
Voiced by: Indira Varma
Katherine Proudmoore is the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras following the death of her husband, Daelin, as well as Jaina's mother. After learning of her daughter's inaction during Daelin's invasion of Durotar that has led to his demise, she has decided to cut all ties to the Alliance, and has exiled Jaina once she came asking for help on their behest, being influenced by Priscilla Ashvane, who has been her longtime friend.
- The Atoner: After Ashvane's betrayal, she realises where she went wrong and resolves to mend fences with the Alliance and save Jaina before it is too late.
- Calling the Old Man Out: On the receiving end, Genn gently calls her out for her treatment of Jaina when so many wish they could see their children again. He also reminds her Jaina did what she felt was right and in light of how poorly Katherine managed Kul Tiras, he asks her to be more understanding of Jaina's choices.
- Composite Character: Has some of the traits that her youngest son Tandred had in the RPG. She's a good person and does the best that she can with the few people and allies she has left, but she is not the person her husband was.
- The Gunslinger: Defends herself quite well with a single blunderbuss pistol.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: When she assumes leadership, her grief causes her to disown her daughter and allows Kul Tiras to blame everything on Jaina. By the time everything finally falls apart, Kul Tiras attributes all of their hatred and superstition for Jaina on House Proudmoore as a whole. Basically her house was about to lose everything had it not been for the Alliance exposing the true culprit.
- Honor Before Reason: She viewed the Alliance's refusal to avenge Daelin's death as a spit in the face and she had Kul Tiras leave the faction, refusing to rejoin despite all the majors threats that arose in the following decade.
- Humiliation Conga: Where to begin, first her husband dies and she is forced to take leadership that she obviously wasn't prepared for. Then she withdraws Kul Tiras from the Alliance (which her husband was a fierce supporter of) after the Alliance leaders refuse to avenge her husband. She blames everything that did and can go wrong on Jaina. Then Kul Tiras falls into disarray and her House basically loses all political power and support because her closest friend and advisor betrayed her and is only saved at the last second by the Alliance she withdrew from. Needless to say, she is reduced to a sobbing wreck after all this.
- I Have No Daughter!: Implied. The fact that when Jaina asked for help at the Alliance's behest, Katherine not only refused but had Jaina exiled could be interpreted as Katherine disowning Jaina.
- Iron Lady: Katherine is the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, and a very tough-as-nails, no-nonsense person. Averted in that she actually has been a poor leader in her late husband's place. She withdrew from the Alliance, allowed Kul Tiras to make her daughter into a boogeyman, Kul Tiras' noble houses fell into disarray, her best friend and closest advisor is actually giving her all the wrong advice (on purpose), and by the time all this is exposed and fixed by an Alliance emissary, she's reduced to a sobbing mess pleading at her late husband's grave to "tell her what to do".
- Kick the Dog: While there are understandable issues between her and Jaina, and it could be argued that the political tensions between Kul Tiras and the other human kingdoms are understandable, there was no logical reason for her to have the Alliance PC arrested and imprisoned.
- My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of the Kul Tiras questline, she realizes how wrong she had been to Jaina and goes to talk to her. In doing so, she is somehow given visions of Jaina's loss (namely leaving Arthas at Stratholme, and the death of her father, but images of at least Varian, Rhonin, and Kinndy also appear), and this makes her realize how much Jaina has suffered.
- She further sinks into this when she sees the vision of Daelin and Jaina and realizes Jaina didn't "Betray" Daelin, but tried everything in her power to make him see reason and accepts that Jaina "Couldn't save him from himself".
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Victim of one; when the jig is up, her best friend and closest advisor flat out lets Katherine have it. She tells her she is weak and not fit to be a leader at all. She takes this betrayal HARD.
- Refusal of the Call: Katherine refused Anduin's request for Kul Tiras to join the Alliance despite being reminded that Daelin was in the wrong during his death.
- Later averted when the Alliance basically saved her House and Family from ruin and force her to understand Jaina's decisions, and realizes Daelin's death was due to his own stubbornness, does she finally change her mind and devotes herself back to the Alliance.
- She Is the King: She holds the title of Lord Admiral after her husband dies.
- Wake-Up Call: Being screwed over by Ashvane and confronted by Genn Greymane makes her realize where she screwed up and resolves to make amends by saving Jaina and reforging Kul Tiras' bond with Alliance.
Captain Derek ProudmooreThe eldest child of Daelin and Katherine and the older sibling to Jaina and Tandred, Derek Proudmoore commanded a Kul Tiran destroyer of the Third Fleet during the Second War, accompanying his father into battle during their conflicts with the Orcish navy. Near Crestfall, Derek's fleet was suddenly attacked by red dragons under the control of the Black Tooth Grin clan, and despite his attempt to warn his father of the danger, Derek was incinerated atop the crow's nest. His death had a large impact on his father, inspiring hatred for the orcs that murdered his child and eventually driving him to attempt to exterminate the orcs in Durotar, leading to his death.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After his resurrection, Sylvanas intends to brainwash and torture Derek into being a sleeper agent, with the intent of being brought back to Jaina and her family, only to kill them in their sleep. Baine, disgusted by this plan, frees him before she can complete the process, spiriting him away to Jaina, explaining Sylvanas' plans. It is, however, currently unknown if Baine had foiled Sylvanas' plan, or played right into her hands.
- Came Back Wrong: Sylvanas's warriors find his body and knowing Sylvanas, that's not a good thing. Sylvanas does exactly as feared, and has Derek raised into undeath.
- The Captain: Captain of his own ship.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Was killed while he was atop the crow's nest, trying to warn his father of the danger.
- Posthumous Character: Was incinerated by Horde-controlled red dragons during the battle of Crestfall.
- Ship Tease: With the Lightforged Undead Calia Menethil. In the followup to the end of the war campaign, both factions check in on him and he and Calia seem to have grown close and both find stability in the others' presence, even holding hands in a way usually done by lovers.
- Something Only They Would Say: When returned to Jaina by Baine before Sylvanas had her way with him, he admits that Sylvanas intended to use him as a weapon against the Proudmoores. But he claims that thanks to Baine, he is still her brother, "for as long as stars do shine." Using the phrase from the old song their father sang to Jaina seems to convince her of his words.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore, Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras
Archmage, Ruler of Theramore, Leader of the Kirin Tor
Voiced by: Dorothy Elias Fahn (Warcraft III), Laura Bailey (World of Warcraft)
Daughter of Daelin Proudmoore, ruler of Theramore, and one of the few humans that believe that peace can be attained between the two factions. During Warcraft III Jaina was introduced as a young and idealistic mage, and Arthas's former girlfriend. Unfortunately, she became unable to stomach his growing corruption, and at the advice of the mysterious Prophet she led a sizable human contingent to the lost continent of Kalimdor. After a series of battles Jaina formed an alliance with the Horde and Night Elves, and fought bravely in the final conflicts of the Third War. Afterwards, she and her people founded the island city of Theramore and sought peace with the Horde.
Despite quite possibly being the most reasonable human leader, things never seem to go Jaina's way. Some time after the battle of Mount Hyjal the navy of Kul Tiras, led by her father, took over Theramore and pushed for renewed war with the reformed Horde. Jaina, unable to convince her father that the Horde had changed, was forced to choose her peaceful ideals over her own family, and allowed the Horde's champion Rexxar into Theramore, where he killed her father. In spite of her experience and foresight she is very much the junior player in the modern Alliance, compared to Stormwind and its returned king Varian Wrynn. By the time of Wrath of the Lich King Jaina is more or less the sole Alliance leader (or at least the only one who gets any screentime) terribly interested in peace, actively defying Varian Wrynn when he seeks to wage war with the Horde.
This changes radically after the events of Cataclysm. After the defeat of Deathwing, the Garrosh-led Horde bombs Theramore and reduces it to ashes, leaving only a few survivors (her included) who were teleported away by the Kirin Tor. Enraged and horrified by the deaths of her friends and the loss of all she had worked for, Jaina proceeds to try and use the Focusing Iris, the arcane artifact used to power Garrosh's mana-bomb, to flood Orgrimmar and kill everybody in the city. She is talked out of it at the last minute by Thrall and Kalecgos, but she still cuts off her friendship with Thrall, considering him partially responsible for the tragedy, as he chose Garrosh as his replacement despite knowing of his hatred for the Alliance. Her rage now contained and to make up for the atrocity she was about to commit, she rejoins the Kirin Tor as an apprentice, but is surprisingly made its new leader, replacing the deceased Rhonin.
Soon thereafter, she finds herself forced to purge Dalaran of the Horde, as Dalaran's portals were used by the Blood Elves to bypass her wards around Darnassus and acquire the Divine Bell. As such, she fully pledges Dalaran to the Alliance again. These continuous disappointments have all but shattered Jaina's peaceful ideals, and she has since then acquired a much harsher view on the Horde, transforming into a warmonger even more zealous than Varian ever was.
In Legion, Jaina has abdicated her leadership of the Kirin Tor and has left Dalaran entirely in protest of the Council of Six's vote to allow the Horde back into the city.
In Battle for Azeroth, Jaina returns to her homeland of Kul Tiras on a diplomatic mission to negotiate the islander kingdom's re-admission into the Alliance, where she receives a less-than-warm welcome due to her involvement in her father's death and is promptly exiled to Fate's End by her mother, Katherine. Later on, after the internal crises of the nation are solved, Jaina is rescued from Thros by her regretful mother and an Alliance emissary and ascends to the position of Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras after Katherine steps down.
- Achilles in His Tent: In Legion, Khadgar travels to Dalaran to initiate a vote to allow the Horde entry back into the Kirin Tor and Dalaran. He wins the vote with only Jaina and Ansirem Runeweaver voting to keep them out. Enraged, Jaina announces that if the Horde will be part of Dalaran and the Kirin Tor, she wants nothing to do with it. She then resigns her membership of the Kirin Tor and leaves the city, which results in Khadgar stepping in to lead the Kirin Tor against the Burning Legion.
- Action Girl: Jaina is an extremely powerful mage and a deadly opponent in battle.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: At least compared to the very polite and formal Kael, Jaina was more in favor of the dashing and daring Arthas, with whom she didn't care much about formalities and rules, when she was still studying in Dalaran. Her next partner, Kalecgos, is an inversion, though, as he is a very gentle and smart individual, whom she loves because he is the only one who can truly understand her and shares her pain.
- Always Save the Girl: In a nightmare in the manga, she ponders what would have happened if she had chosen to stay with Arthas in the hopes of preventing him from becoming the Lich King. Unfortunately, this means sacrificing Muradin when both he and Arthas are in danger, and ultimately becoming the Lich Queen.
- Amicable Exes:
- When Jaina is sent to support and investigate the Plague with Arthas, she doesn't hold too much of a grudge against him after he very abruptly called off their engagement without truly explaining why. They eventually rekindle their relationship, but again break up when Arthas decides to purge Stratholme.
- When Jaina angrily leaves the Kirin Tor, after being outvoted in Legion, Kalec stays with them and takes her place in the Council of Six. The two still care deeply for each other and there is no animosity between the two of them, though. Jaina even describes Kalec as the only person who could truly understand her.
- Anti-Hero: Drops her idealistic goals following the bombing of Theramore and the betrayal in Dalaran, having turned into a warmonger with quite the grudge on the Horde and its member factions.
- The Archmage: One of the most powerful mages on Azeroth and cements her claim on the title when given leadership of Dalaran.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Potentially gives one to the player in Mists of Pandaria. During a debate regarding Dalaran and the Kirin Tor's neutrality in the faction conflict (Jaina, despite her anger over Theramore, is striving to maintain the city's neutrality while the Alliance leadership is urging her to pledge Dalaran fully to the Alliance, fearing that allowing the Horde free access to Dalaran could present a security risk), if you tell that, if you were in her position, you would strive to maintain the Kirin Tor's neutrality, she then asks you if you think you could retain such a mindset if you suffered a horrific personal tragedy at the hands of one of the war's factions. One of your responses has you admit that you're not sure if you could.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: When Garrosh announced his desire to attack Theramore, one of the Forsaken attending the meeting warns the Warchief that Jaina is too powerful. While she's never been hostile with the Horde, attacking her would start a fight the Undead felt they couldn't win. With Theramore's destruction, the once peace-minded Jaina now fiercely cries out for the Horde's extermination and nearly flooded all of Orgrimmar with her power.
- Badass Adorable: While being a badass Mage, she's a beautiful woman who has Innocent Blue Eyes and one of the sweetest characters of the whole game. Until after Theramore's destruction she lost all her innocence, but is still beautiful and badass regardless.
- Badass Boast:
- Her character quote after the destruction of Theramore is a quite impressive one, especially considering it comes from the poster girl for peaceful relationships with the Horde.
- Daughter of the Sea is a song that denounces Jaina for her passive role in the death of her father, Kul Tiras' Lord Admiral, and serves to give a warning of her to the Kul Tirans. In Warbringers: Jaina, she sings the song herself and embraces it. At the end of the song, she adds her own verse to it.I heard, I heard, across a moonlit sea,
The old voice warning me,
"Beware, beware, the Daughter of the Sea",
- Badass Bookworm: She just wants to study and pretty much 'fell in love with her hobby', but is still a force to be reckoned with.
- Bare Your Midriff: One of the first female characters depicted (both in the games and in artwork) to have attire like this (first appearing in her debut in Warcraft III), and has consistently done it since. The newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, ends this and has her wear a more conservative blue and white robe.
- Betrayal by Inaction:
- During the Culling of Stratholme, she didn't lift a finger to help Arthas or to stop him, although in the aftermath Uther advised her not to be too hard on herself for it.
- When Daelin takes over Theramore to attack Durotar and Thrall takes the fight back to him, Jaina again doesn't lift a finger to help either of them. Thrall doesn't interpret this as a betrayal, and Daelin didn't live long enough to say whether or not he did. However, as of Battle for Azeroth, it's revealed word of Daelin's death got back to Kul Tiras and they feel like what she did was a betrayal, turning her into an almost mythical figure known as the "Daughter of the Sea" who has a chilling folk song about how she left her father (who wanted to save her from the orcs) to die. When she initially shows herself, the higher echelons are infuriated that she's returned, and the common citizenry are terrified of her.
- Jaina turns this onto Aethas Sunreaver in Mists of Pandaria with the theft of the Divine Bell. He wasn't involvednote but not preventing it made him just as guilty.
- Beware the Nice Ones: And how! She was quite willing and able to give as good as she got from Garrosh. The song Daughter of the Sea even warns people what may happen if her ire falls upon you.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- In the climax of Tides of War, after being talked down from destroying Orgrimmar, she instead chooses to help Varian and the rest of the fleet.
- She arrives with her Cool Ship to save Anduin and the rest of the Alliance army besieging Lordaeron from the Blight.
- Blood Knight: She has become this with her newfound hatred for the Horde.
- She states there can be no peace so long as Garrosh is Warchief; cut to Garrosh being usurped by Alliance/Horde united forces and she urges Varian to slay all the Horde leadership right then and there.
- In "War Crimes", Kalec calls her out for this behavior accusing her of "liking this dark place she's placed herself". She doesn't refute the claim.
- Braids of Action: In the Battle for Azeroth, Jaina has done her hair in a braid.
- Break the Cutie: In Mists of Pandaria, after the Horde levels Theramore and kills most of its citizens, Jaina's put into such shock and despair that she turns into the Horde-hating person she once criticized her father, her generals and Varian for, and comes very close to destroying Orgrimmar.
- Byronic Hero: Jaina seems to be progressing towards this. She has a Dark and Troubled Past (both a boyfriend and a past lover turned evil and threatened the world, a home - Lordaeron - destroyed, every attempt at peace blowing up in her face - literally with Theramore's destruction, including her playing a role in causing the death of her own father), is becoming increasingly anti-social (getting more distant from her friend Thrall, refusing to work with the Horde even when there's a common enemy and finally keeping to Kul Tiras) and she seems to be less optimistic yet retain her goals of helping people and her interest in knowledge.
- Cartright Curse: It's directly noted by herself in Tides of War that she is not so lucky when it comes to choosing a "life companion" like Thrall did with Aggra. Both Kael'thas and Arthas loved her, and both turned into crazy men who attempted to destroy the world. She admired Kael and loved Arthas back, but both ended up dying, which is why she remained a Celibate Hero for a long time. Her last lover, Kalecgos, however averts this.
- Character Development: Where to begin?
- Jaina starts her story as a young Idealist, believing she can help the broken Orcs and Humans find peace. This continues to her allying with similar idealist and religious reformist Thrall, Warchief of the Horde, to building new nations for their people in Kalimdor with a peace forged in genuine respect and friendship. This goes into Jaina having to make Sadistic Choice eventually of helping protect this peace from her extremist Father and kill him, or destroy it and live with the consequences. Either way, it would lead to a Bad Choice for her.
- Come Cataclysm, newly appointed Warchief Garrosh is an extremist and destroys her nation and kills all her friends. Jaina becomes consumed with hatred and works to destory the Horde for the actions of Garrosh. In Mists of Pandaria, Jaina goes even further using Garrosh's Loophole Abuse as an excuse to start a murderous purge in Dalaran of Blood Elf Sunreavers and formally ally with the Alliance. However, this caused the Blood Elves who were considering rejoining the Alliance to completely commit to the Horde ousting her as a "Racist Bigot" much to even Varian's annoyance. Further in War Crimes, many of her allies call her out as "enjoying this dark place she's put herself" as she refuses to move on from The Theramore Incident alienating her friends. Once again in Warlords of Draenor, she refuses to aid the Horde despite Varian's insistence on cooperation. In Legion Jaina's refusal to aid or allow The Horde finally reaches a Breaking Point when Khadgar demands a vote of confidence on her leadership of Dalaran and only one of the Council of Six votes in her favor causing her to abandon the war effort.
- Finally, in Battle For Azeroth, after a LOT of work patching things up with her family and Kul Tiras, Jaina happily becomes one of the leading Commanders for the War pushing for multiple largescale attacks; going as far as to successfully lead an attack on Zandalar to cripple the Horde fleet, though she does refuse to attack civilians and seems to regret Rastakhan's demise, which only cements Zandalar's alliance with the Horde. However, after Baine returns her ressurrected brother Derek to her despite great risk to himself, Jaina realizes she's only been fueling a wildfire of bigotry between the Factions and works with Thrall, Saurfang, Lor'themar, Thalyssra, and other Horde Leaders to remove Sylvanas from power in hopes of ending the war peacefully.
- Cool Boat: In her Warbringers video she raises her father's old flagship, which is an enormous galleon that towers over all other ships. She puts it to very good use at the Battle for Lordaeron, flying the entire ship through the air and using it to turn the tide on the Horde by dispersing the Blight and then blasting the walls open with arcane cannons.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Theramore's fall.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jaina had a penchant for playful sarcasm in her younger days. After Theramore's fall, the snarks generally have taken a more cynical tone.
- Death Glare: Jaina, with her Icy Blue Eyes can look terrifying when she is angered. At the end of Warbringers: Jaina, she stares menacingly at the sea, with her warning her enemies, "Beware, beware... of me."
- Depending on the Writer: Jaina has a history of this, mainly due to differing views of her character following Theramore's destruction between the game writers, who depicted her as a warmonger with ample Fantastic Racism and Christie Golden, who depicted her as still peace loving and closer to her initial characterization. This led to several instances of Jaina in tie-in novels having a Heel Realization and seeing her hatred of the Horde as unreasonable and destructive and letting it go, only to reappear in-game as angry and vengeful towards the Horde as ever. Golden joining the game writing staff as of Battle for Azeroth appears to have stabilized Jaina's character with one final Heel Realization following Baine's return of her brother.
- Despair Event Horizon: While of course everything about the destruction of Theramore was horrible, seeing the corpse of her apprentice Kinndy shatter into purple sand when Jaina touched her was the final breaking point.
- Didn't Think This Through: Often the victim of this especially after her fall into revenge.
- The Purge of Dalaran. Though Jaina ordered that only the blood elves who resisted being imprisoned be killed, since she turned to the Silver Covenant, who hate the blood elves with a passion, to carry out the purge, they predictably abused the situation to massacre the blood elves. Furthermore, the purge ended any hopes of the blood elves rejoining the Alliance not just because of the violence, but because the biggest proponent of that initative was Aethas Sunreaver himself.
- Jaina led an attack on Zandalar to force Rastakhan into forcing the Horde out of his Kingdom. However, Jaina apparently did not expect him to fight to the death, causing the Zandalari to swear revenge on the Alliance and formally joined the Horde. Anduin laments how the plan failed but Saurfang later calls her out for being so stupid to believe Rastakhan would surrender peacefully and that the siege would lead to the Zandalari NOT joining the Horde.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Jaina took flimsy evidence at best that the Sunreavers had betrayed Dalaran's neutrality note as justification to arrest every Horde affiliated citizen in Dalaran, with anyone who refuses to come quietly being killed. In the Horde side of the Purge of Dalaran questchain, this culminates in her killing unarmed blood elf civilians as they try to run away from her.note Lor'themar is understandably enraged, and even Varian calls her out on this, particularly because it utterly turns Sin'dorei against them and drives them straight back into the arms of The Horde.
- The Dreaded: The Horde knows how powerful she is. When Rokhan and Thalyssra break into the Stormwind Stockade to free Zul the Prophet and Princess Talanji, they encounter Jaina on their way out. When they see her approaching, they don't make any attempts to fight her and just urge the Horde adventurer to run.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Jaina's new Battle for Azeroth model shows heavy bags under her eyes, contrasting against her pale skin. Her one-woman war against the Legion didn't leave her much time for rest.
- Exposed to the Elements: Jaina still wears a short sleeved top that bares her cleavage and midriff in Northrend during Wrath of the Lich King, even in Icecrown Citadel, a fortress built on a glacier in an area prone to blizzards.
- Fantastic Racism: Jaina takes on a fierce hatred for the Horde races in Mists of Pandaria after the Fall of Theramore.
- Orcs in particular make her angry. She hates Garrosh for unleashing the mana bomb on her city and in Tides of War partially blames Thrall for making Garrosh warchief, even refusing to depose him after she warned Thrall that Garrosh would sooner or later escalate the situation and openly start a war. She refuses to call Thrall by his birth name, "Go'el", to slight him, and directly after surviving the bomb suggested to Varian to "wipe out every one of those green-skinned sons of—" before Anduin cut her off.
- When she found a portal leading to Dalaran in the wake of the theft of the Divine Bell, Jaina immediately assumed every member of the Sunreavers were traitors to Dalaran's neutrality and ordered they all be imprisoned in the Violet hold, with those who inevitably resisted being killed.
- In War Crimes, she admitted that she doesn't just hate Orcs, but also wanted the Tauren, Trolls, Blood Elves, Forsaken and Goblins to die too.
- She managed to make peace with Thrall in War Crimes, but orders her agents in Warlords of Draenor to deny service to the Horde and in Legion staunchly refuses to permit the Horde to be readmitted to Dalaran, resigning when the other members of the Council of Six vote against her. Whether her forgiveness in War Crimes has been retconned, or it only ever went as far as Thrall remains ambiguous.
- Final Solution: Her attempted drowning of Orgrimmar would've been one if she had not been talked out of it by Thrall and Kalecgos.
- Good Is Not Dumb: The cynical Aegwynn vastly underestimates Jaina's intelligence because of her acting like a fangirl around Aegwynn and the rather innocent look in her face. Jaina manages to shock Aegwynn twice. One, for noticing that Aegwynn's wards aren't actually hers, but were set up by Medivh, and two, after correctly concluding that Aegwynn was the one who resurrected Medivh.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She wears a long hooded purple mantle decorated with runes along with white clothing, and is a kind and elegant lady. She later wears a more elegant purple and white robe befitting her status as the ruler of Theramore. Averted in the new expansion Battle for Azeroth as, while still graceful, she's done away with any purple clothing.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Is depicted this way in the art when using her offensive spells. After she was partially infused with arcane energies from the mana bomb, her eyes constantly glowed a blue-purplish color.
- Happily Married: With Arthas in an alternate timeline. They even have a boy called Uther.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Together with Innocent Blue Eyes at first. Jaina is introduced as young, idealistic and willing to listen to reason, and one of the main forces pressing for permanent peace with the Horde. Following Theramore's destruction, she becomes jaded, cynical and aggressive, and her hair is turned white save for a blonde stripe.
- Heel Realization:
- When she realizes how close she's come to the edge with her attempt to flood Orgrimmar.
- In War Crimes, Jaina is shown a vision of herself before Theramore was destroyed. She doesn't recognize her young and kind self.She couldnt tear her eyes away from the scene, but reached out blindly to Kalecgos. [...] And the sight of herself, in a hastily thrown-on robe Golden hair, kind eyes, a face that bore a single furrow in its brow, lips that knew more of gentle words than shrieks of pain. It was an alien face. Jaina's heart was shattered at the visible evidence of how truly innocent she had been not that long ago. [...] My voice... Did I truly sound so young? [...] Her voice was rich with warmth and gratitude. I was... good, Jaina realized. I was good, then...
- When Derek is revived as a Forsaken and returned to her by Baine despite the dangers of betraying Sylvanas, Jaina realizes she's only been fueling the Faction War and alienating Leaders from Alliance and Horde who are trying to forge peaceful resolutions.
- Hero Antagonist: Similarily to King Rastakhan, she is not exactly a villainous character by the time she is fought as a raid boss. However, her involvement in the killing of the former makes the Horde go after her.
- Hero-Worshipper: Aegwynn was one of Jaina's idols in her youth and one of the reasons why she wanted to become a sorceress. Aegwynn, though, does not see herself as a hero, having failed Azeroth because of her arrogance.
- Heroic BSoD: Her return to Kul Tiras drives her into one after learning how hated she is, and how her own mother would send her away to be executed despite Jaina wishing to help her. It takes Greymane and the players helping Katherine realize how much Jaina has been through, and for Katherine to finally realize her mistake and apologize to her for her to break out of it.
- Honorary Aunt: Jaina cares for Anduin who in turn refers to her as "Aunt Jaina".
- Hourglass Plot: The irony is not lost on Anduin, who once admired Jaina for her diplomacy and peace-seeking views, and had trouble bonding with his Hot-Blooded father, who advocated a more radical approach against the Horde, that the two of them eventually switched roles with Jaina giving up any attempts to sue for peace, while Varian has taken a more reasonable and diplomatic path.
- Hyper-Awareness: When Aegwynn in Cycle of Hatred makes a snide remark how she would have kicked Jaina out of her cave already if the demon Zmodlor hadn't replaced her wards with his, Jaina quickly retorts by pointing out that the wards were never Aegwynn's to begin with. When Jaina entered Aegwynn's place, she immediately recognized the magic that surrounded the place was Medivh's.
- An Ice Person: Her main forte is powerful ice magic, with most of her magical arsenal based around it.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How she feels about the Dalaran Purge. It's even the name of the final quest in that chain.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Though technically, Thrall and Kalec warn her about not only killing Garrosh but also destroying his entire city (and killing the people within).
- I Hate Past Me: Jaina goes through a lot of self-reflection after the Fall of Theramore and loathes herself for saving the Horde from her father and fellow Kul Tirans, and for stopping Varian from attacking Thrall during the Battle for the Undercity in Wrath of the Lich King. In particular, the death of her apprentice, Kinndy, weighs heavy on Jaina, as she promised Kinndy's parents to protect her and failed to do so.
When Jaina returns to Kul Tiras, she notices how its citizens mourn the death of their beloved Lord Admiral, Jaina's father, and how they hate Jaina for letting him get killed by the Horde. Around Kul Tiras, the people also keep singing the seafarer shanty Daughter of the Sea, which is a constant reminder and warning of Jaina's involvement in her father's death. She eventually embraces the song and sings it herself. When the player and Katherine Proudmoore try to retrieve Jaina from the Blighted Lands, they are treated with visions of Daelin accusing her of letting him die, Varian claiming that her refusal to let him declare war on the Horde during the Battle of the Undercity caused the deaths of thousands, Rhonin condemning her violating the Kirin Tor's neutrality with the Purge of Dalaran, and some deceased Theramore citizens harshly criticizing Jaina for her former peaceful ways allowing the Horde to destroy Theramore. While those visions are actually Drust posing as them, Jaina does not deny their accusations, and she herself is having visions regarding what she should have done towards her father attacking Thrall's Horde and Arthas culling Stratholme.
- Innocence Lost: Jaina was a Reluctant Warrior, who hated resorting to violence and was advocating peace until Garrosh killed almost everyone she loved with a bomb. She has become a person who firmly opposes the Horde and initially after the mana bomb sees violence (as in complete annihilation and genocide) as the only way to stop them, which ironically shocks Varian, who mellowed out thanks to the peace-loving Anduin, who once admired "Aunt" Jaina for her diplomacy and willingness to cooperate with the Horde. She eventually calms down a bit, but still sees violence as the only way to deal with the Horde.
- Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: When she returns to Kul Tiras at the beginning of Battle for Azeroth, her mother rips off Jaina's necklace. Katherine returns it to Jaina when she makes her daughter Lord Admiral.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Friendship might be a stretch, but at the end of Cycle of Hatred, Aegwynn starts working as Jaina's chamberlain and advisor in Theramore, and they are on a First-Name Basis. Jaina dearly misses Aegwynn after the latter sacrificed herself for her grandson, Med'an, to help him defeat Cho'gall.
- Interspecies Romance: It was mentioned that she had a fling with the Blood Elven prince Kael'thas Sunstrider, and as of Mists of Pandaria, has hooked up with Kalecgos, a dragon.
- In the Hood: Often depicted with a purple cloak and hood, though it's strangely absent from World of Warcraft.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The destruction of Theramore moves her to try to destroy Orgrimmar, but Thrall and Kalec talk her down. She later makes another jump after the theft of the Divine Bell from Darnassus, by purging Dalaran of all Sunreaver influence and arresting or killing everybody associated with the group.
- Karma Houdini: Her comeuppance for ordering the Purge of Dalaran, effectively an ethnic cleansing of the city, amounted to a rebuke by Varian that she brushed off.
- Kill It with Water: Stricken with grief over the destruction of Theramore and the resulting death toll, Jaina poured through Antonidas's library and discovered that she could use the Focusing Iris that the Horde used to destroy Theramore to enslave countless elementals to her will. She came within a hairs-breadth of using it to drown all of Ogrimmar with a flood of water elementals, only being dissuaded by the timely intervention of Thrall and Kalecgos.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": When Jaina figures out that the hermit she just found is none other than Magna Aegwynn, the only female Guardian of Tirisfal and mother of the last Guardian, Medivh, she is ecstatic, much to Aegwynn's annoyance.
- Lady of Black Magic: The most powerful living archmage in Azeroth (with Khadgar being the only real competition), she's usually a compassionate and kind lady who is not afraid to use her magic to both devastate her enemies and protect her people. Only lately has she been too destructive thanks to the mana-bombing of Theramore, but her elegance still remains even if it takes a turn to an eerily sinister elegance.
- Leave Him to Me: On the Isle of Thunder, she tells the Alliance player to let her deal with Aethas Sunreaver.
- Locked into Strangeness: Her hair is turned white by the residue of the mana bomb that destroyed Theramore.
- Love Triangle: Between Arthas and Kael. Neither really won - or rather, Arthas did for a while before his Moral Event Horizon and eventual FaceHeel Turn turned her away; the [Jaina's Locket] quest and interludes in Arthas: Rise of the Lich King make it pretty clear she still loved/loves him, however. And then there's Thrall.
- Magic Mirror: She has one to communicate with Rhonin and Varian in The Shattering and Tides of War.
- Magic Staff: Antonidas granted her his own magical staff, which she continues to channel her magic with. In Mists of Pandaria, she charges it up with the Thunder King's power.
- Making a Splash: Going hand in hand with her ice magic, she also has a great deal of control over water. She even attempts to summon a giant tidal wave to drown Orgrimmar.
- MayflyDecember Romance:
- Subverted. One of the noted reasons why she never had a romantic relationship with the centuries-old Prince Kael'thas was because of his age. While she admired and respected Kael, and didn't find him unattractive at all as he looked more her age, there was something that always made her nervous around him.
- Played straight with Kalecgos. He is a youngster of the Blue Dragonflight, but he still is at least a thousand years older than Jaina and will easily outlive her unless she starts using anti-aging spells like Aegwynn did for a thousand years.
- Merlin and Nimue:
- Antonidas was Jaina's age-old mentor and she in turn his finest and closest pupil. Jaina viewed him as a close friend and also perhaps as a Parental Substitute. When Dalaran was rebuilt, she commissioned, paid and designed a memorial for him.
- As one of the archmages of Dalaran, Kael'thas also instructed Jaina in magic. While this wasn't physically apparent, Kael was several years older than Jaina, and while he was romantically interested in Jaina, Jaina had already fallen for Arthas.
- Moral Luck: In retribution for Theramore, Jaina attempted to drown the city of Orgrimmar, which would have killed thousands of innocent people and only did not do so because Thrall physically held back her conjured tidal wave in place until he and Kalecgos could talk her down. This is particularly noticeable as following this Jaina was praised for her strong morals by the Kirin Tor, which is doubtful they would have done had she actually succeeded in her attempted mass murder
- Moral Myopia: Jaina plainly considers Sunreaver agents helping the Horde steal the Divine Bell to be an unforgivable violation of Dalaran's neutrality. But her helping the Alliance secure and hold the Divine Bell was somehow not a problem.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jaina is a tall, beautiful woman always depicted wearing robes that show her belly and cleavage.
- Music for Courage: In a way. Daughter of a Sea is a Kul Tiran song to remind the people of Jaina's Betrayal by Inaction and denounce her for choosing the savage Horde over her nation and its people. Warbringers: Jaina shows Jaina acknowledging her mistakes and her turning the words to "Beware of the Daughter of the Sea" for Kul Tirans into a warning to her enemies.Jaina: "Beware, beware, the Daughter of the Sea. Beware, beware..." ...of me.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- When her father attempted to destroy Orgrimmar in Warcraft III, Jaina sided with Thrall over him and allowed Daelin to die in battle. Years later, during the Battle for the Undercity, she would stop Varian's attempt to kill Thrall and Sylvanas in an desperate attempt to the factions from descending into open war. After the destruction of Theramore, as well as other destructive acts committed by the Horde against the Alliance, Jaina has become a staunch proponent of the Alliance dismantling the Horde, forcing her to reevaluate her past decisions.
- She has that reaction when she realizes in Tides of War that she almost drowned both Orgrimmar and the Alliance fleet, that Varian secretly led to ambush Garrosh, with a giant tidal wave that she summoned.
- In the Battle for Azeroth comic, Reunion, Jaina visits Kul Tiras for the first time in years and witnesses her mother mourning her father's death with other Kul Tiran citizens. When she realizes how this act broke the people of Kul Tiras, just as she broke after Theramore's destruction, and how in particular her mother is disappointed and hurt and blames herself for raising Jaina incorrectly, Jaina is brought to tears.
- Finally when Baine returns her recently ressurrected brother Derek to her; Jaina has a realization that she's only been fueling the Faction War and not trying to end it like her allies called her out on in War Crimes.
- My Greatest Failure:
- Up until Theramore's fall, Jaina perceived her greatest mistake to be not being able to stop Arthas. Uther didn't blame her for this, but Jaina still felt she could have prevented Arthas from going down that dark path. In Wrath of the Lich King, she seeks to make this right by helping against the Lich King. Battle for Azeroth makes it clear that Jaina still thinks she should have stopped him.
- Her inability to convince her father to stand down against Thrall is one that Jaina couldn't let go, even though it was not her fault at all. In Battle for Azeroth, her return to Kul Tiras ends up making this return in ways worse than before, and she feels so guilty over it, she accepts being blamed for it even though many know she didn't actually kill him.
- When Theramore fell, Jaina, as its ruler, blamed her naivety for trusting in peace between the Alliance and the Horde. She intends to dismantle the Horde, so that they can never rise in power and another Theramore can never happen again.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Tends to bust out new tricks for something and then never use them ever again. Notably includes making a sailing ship fly and conjure magical Arcane cannons on it's port-side when normal Arcane Blasts would have worked fine, projecting an army of ice and water elementals onto the tiers of Zuldazar, and other various abilities that are never seen again.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In the belief the Sunreavers had betrayed Dalaran, Jaina acted quickly to inter them and had those who responded with violence killed. Unfortunately, it turns out Varian was in the middle of trying to convince the Blood Elves to return to the Alliance when it happened, and she destroyed any chance of that happening. Even worse, the whole thing was all part of Garrosh's plan and she acted exactly as he expected.
- Not So Different: At her lowest point, she realizes that her plan to destroy Orgrimmar makes her no better than Arthas or even Garrosh himself. Though she doesn't say so, her actions and mindset have become very similar to her racist father, Daelin, who she helped kill to preserve peace in Warcraft 3.Daelin Proudmoore: I understand more than you suspect, my dear. Perhaps in time, you will too.
- Only Sane Woman: Until Theramore, anyway.
- Parting Words Regret: A constant, when it comes to the people she loved before they died.
- They weren't her final words, but Jaina firmly opposed Arthas' plans to cull Stratholme of the Undead Plague and did not support him in doing so. Her "betrayal" and breaking of her promise to never leave Arthas hurt the emotionally vulnerable Arthas deeply and only reinforced his belief that he was doing the right thing, because acknowledging her words would mean that he would become a mass murderer. Her real final words to him (as a living human) were to beg him not to go to Northrend, but she again refused to accompany him to Northrend, which only made Arthas feel betrayed even more.
- Jaina's attempts to show sympathy and compassion only made Kael angrier, especially as Arthas, Jaina's former lover, whom Kael was jealous of, was the one who destroyed Quel'Thalas, killed Kael's father, corrupted the Sunwell and brought the high elves to near extinction while desecrating their corpses."He murdered my father, Jaina, just as he murdered his own. II should have been there."
"To die with him? With the rest of your people? What good would throwing your life away do for" No sooner had the words left her lips than she realized that it was the wrong thing to say. Kael'thas tensed and cut her off sharply.
"I could have stopped him. I should have."
- Her final conversation with her father was the two of them arguing, as Jaina accused her father of intolerance for not listening to her, nor understanding her views to solve the conflict with the Horde peacefully. Daelin insisted that he does understand more than she believes, and that she in time would too. After Theramore was destroyed, Jaina recalled this conversation and deeply regrets the price she had to pay to learn the lesson her father wanted to teach her.
- Playing with Fire: While she primarily plays around with water and ice, she also mixes in powerful fire magic to torch her foes.
- Plucky Girl: Even after Archimonde's "The Reason You Suck" Speech after destroying her encampments, she calmly replies with "Is talking all you demons do?" before teleporting away.
- Psychotic Smirk: She gives a subtle one when it looks as though Varian is about to go through with her suggestion about dismantling the Horde while they're weak from Garrosh's defeat. Given how peace-driven she used to be, this is rather unsettling.
- The Purge: Jaina had the Horde purged from Dalaran after the theft of the Divine Bell. Jaina does order that the blood elves merely be imprisoned in the Violet Hold, but she's pretty open about how anyone who resists will be killed. The fact that she turns to the Silver Covenant, who hate the blood elves, to perform the rounding up process doesn't help, with plenty of their number predictably taking advantage of the situation to kill blood elves in droves.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Initially. Then the mana bomb is dropped on Theramore... Now she's the warmonger while Varian has mellowed outnote .
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Jaina delivers quite an epic one to Aegwynn in Cycle of Hatred when the latter wants to be left alone and not help against the demon, Zmodlor.Aegwynn: What do you know of responsibility? For eight—
Jaina: Yes, I know what you did, Magna, you've told me quite a bit about your failures, your deceits, your lies, your arrogance — but what you've also reminded me of is that you never once shirked your responsibility as Guardian. Everything you did — from facing Zmodlor to defying the council to siring Medivh — was done because you believed in what you did. Regardless of your mistakes, of your defeats, you never once shirked that responsibility. Until now. You asked me what I know of responsibility, and right now I'd say more than you, because you never had to be responsible to anyone save yourself. I have led people into battle, and I have ruled them when the battle was over — and right now, the people who have trusted me need me, and it may well be because of a demon you were supposed to have killed. I will not see everything we have built here be brought down by your self-pity, Magna.
- She also gives one after killing several Horde soldiers who'd tried to kill her after Theramore's destruction in Tides of War, before finishing off the sole survivor. She also gives a slightly altered version of this speech in the Alliance version of the Theramore's Fall scenario, while fighting the last boss.Jaina: Your people are despicable cowards. You are nothing more than rabid dogs, and you should be put down. You spit on mercy? Then you will have none. You want carnage? Garrosh will get more blood than he ever bargained for.
- She gives one to Varian and Anduin when they object to her plan to destroy the Horde.Jaina: I don't know what's happened to you, Varian Wrynn, but you've turned into a coward. And you, Anduin, I am sorry for my part in keeping you a gullible child. There's no hope for peace; there's no time for strategy. I have their ruination in my grasp. You're a fool for not seizing the chance!
- Her revived brother Derek gives her an invoked one which shakes her to the core. He tells her how Baine and other Horde members risked their lives to free him and tell him the truth about Daelin and return him to her. This finally wakes Jaina up into remembering that not everyone in the Horde is as evil as she tried to believe.
- Jaina delivers quite an epic one to Aegwynn in Cycle of Hatred when the latter wants to be left alone and not help against the demon, Zmodlor.
- Red Baron: To both the Alliance and Horde, Jaina was "the Lady of Theramore", a staunch ally of peace. To the people of Kul Tiras, she is "the Daughter of the Sea", the woman who betrayed her father and left him for dead.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- She goes on a brief one after the Horde destroys Theramore, planning to summon a gigantic tidal wave to destroy Orgrimmar and kill all the orcs within. Thrall and Kalec talk her out of it, though, reminding her that if she does as such, she'll be just as bad as Arthas or Garrosh.
- Goes on another with the Purge of Dalaran, this time no one talks her out of it.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A princess of Kul Tiras in all but name, and very active in the on-goings of Azeroth.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Jaina leaves Varian's funeral in a huff when Anduin and Velen refuse her demand that the Alliance declare war on the Horde and instead decide to continue to fight the Legion alongside it. Later, when the Council of Six decides to allow Horde mages back into the Kirin Tor, Jaina angrily resigns out of protest.
- Self-Made Orphan: A rare non-evil example. Jaina Proudmoore is more or less directly responsible for her father's death, even if she didn't kill him herself and still hoped he could be reasoned with. Not that the Knight Templar didn't have it coming...
- She Is the King: Her mother names her Lord Admiral after Jaina saves Boralus by rescuing their lost fleet to stop Ashvane's assault.
- She Who Fights Monsters:
- Double Subverted. Despite her Heel Realization in Tides of War (see above), she was still clearly heading down this path in Mists of Pandaria. In addition to her shift in personality which led to the Purge of Dalaran, it is revealed in the Alliance ending cinematic for the Siege of Orgrimmar raid that, unsatisfied by Garrosh's fall, Jaina demanded that Varian continue the war against the Horde, arguing that they're plotting against the Alliance... but to her fury he instead offered a ceasefire, however conditional.
- Finally Triple Subverted in War Crimes. She admits that the orcs are not all like Garrosh when Tyrande tries to exploit her testimony, is genuinely upset when she sees her evil Tides of War self, and finally mends the fence with Thrall at the end.
- And now Quadruple Subverted in Legion where the Horde being forced to retreat during the Battle of the Broken Shore leads to the Alliance task force being decimated and Varian dying, which causes her to go back to aggressively advocating a war of annihilation against the Horde. So much so that she furiously leaves the Kirin Tor when they vote to allow the Horde back to Dalaran.
- You guessed it, Quintuple Subverted in Battle for Azeroth. After Baine goes through a lot of trouble to deliver the recently revived Derek Proudmoore to Jaina before Sylvanas could turn him into a sleeper agent, Jaina realizes that with her hatred for the Horde she had only been fueling the war between the factions. She then helps Thrall and Saurfang rescue Baine from Sylvanas, and teleports all of them to Thunder Bluff once Baine is free. When Thrall fears that Sylvanas will burn Thunder Bluff down in retaliation (just like how she burned Teldrassil), Jaina encourages Thrall by stating that Sylvanas can be stopped if the Horde and the Alliance face her together, recalling how they stopped the Legion from destroying Nordrassil.Jaina: Once before you and I stood side by side on the slopes of Mount Hyjal. That World Tree did not burn.
- Skunk Stripe: Inverted. Most of Jaina's hair turned white after the destruction of Theramore, save for a strip of blonde.
- Ship Tease: With Thrall prior to the Ship Sinking. Also add "Jaina looks like the human girl that cared for Thrall when he's young." She also gets some with Varian at Icecrown Citadel. Also add "Jaina looks like his dead wife", as well as the fact that her relationship with Anduin is very much that of a mother and child, furthering implications.
- Shock and Awe: After imbuing her staff with the power of the Thunder King.
- Spanner in the Works: She was one to Sylvanas in the Battle for Lordaeron. Jaina single-handedly dispel the plague and break through the wall with her battleship. Later, she teleport the Alliance leader to safety after Sylvanas sprung her trap in the throne room.
- Squishy Wizard:
- Supposedly, being a spellcaster with no armor or profiency in melee.
- Hilariously averted initially in World of Warcraft, much to the amusement of the fanbase. She does more damage by hitting you with her staff than by casting fireballs and as a boss has a very big health pool.
- Stealth Expert: Jaina actually is really good in hiding herself or making herself invisible and also occasionally listened to conversations she wasn't meant to hear, though it never fooled her master, Antonidas, nor Medivh or Aegwynn. When she visits Kul Tiras for the first time, she also changes her appearance, so no one can recognize her.
- Stripperiffic: Since her debut in Warcraft III Jaina was always seen wearing robes with an extremely low bust-line, and she's always baring her midriff, even when she's fighting demons, recapturing the Undercity, charging after The Lich King in the bowels of Icecrown Citadel, and so on. This is averted in Battle for Azeroth, with her new robe only revealing her neck and a limited amount of cleavage.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Now that Jaina's mother Katherine has an in-game model, apart from Katherine being older, a bit leaner and lacking a skunk stripe, Battle for Azeroth reveals that Jaina is otherwise the spitting image of her mother, Katherine.
- Summon Magic: Almost never joins a fight without summoning a water elemental to help her and is capable of summoning several more if need be.
- Super Senses: Jaina can enhance her eyes or ears with magic.
- Survivor's Guilt: She feels guilty for surviving the mana bomb that killed her friends, most of the best the Alliance military had to offer, some members of the Kirin Tor (including its leader), and her subjects. Rhonin's Heroic Sacrifice and the death of her apprentice in particular weigh on her. In Rhonin's case, he did so because he wanted to fulfill Krasus' final prophecy, as Jaina was meant to lead the Kirin Tor.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Very good at this. Also tends to do this to your tank if you try to take her down.
- Took a Level in Cynic: After all the years of speaking favorably about peace between the Alliance and the Horde, Garrosh thanked her by completely annihilating her city, killing many of its citizens and Alliance members who came to Jaina's help. When she came back to Theramore to look for survivors, Garrosh's men found her and were going to take her head as a trophy to their warchief. It's no wonder she has stopped believing in peace and now views Horde races, orcs in particular, with disgust.
- Averted in Rise of Azshara when she finally lets go of her hatred and accepts help from Lor'Themar in Nazjatar and aids Thrall & Saurfang's Rebellion against Sylvanas.
- Unwitting Pawn: Her reaction to the theft of the Divine Bell, imprisoning every blood elf in Dalaran and killing those that resist, was exactly what Garrosh wanted her to do. It put an immediate end to the negotiations between Lor'themar and Varian about bringing the blood elves into the Alliance and committed them to warring against the Alliance in retribution for the purge.
- "The Villain Sucks" Song: While calling Jaina a villain would be an overstatement, "Daughter of the Sea" paints her in a villainous light, and is a rather resentful recounting of her misdeeds. She would later use it as a normal Villain Song: Jaina even quotes it during her boss fight in the Battle for Dazar'alor, while its instrumental version is played as Background Music.
- War Hawk: Has taken on the role where Varian left off, trying to stir the Alliance towards war against the Horde even after Garrosh has been defeated.
- Averted, as of Rise of Azshara she realizes the folly of continuing the Faction War
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In Mists of Pandaria.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Legion, she completely disappeared from the story after she resigned from the Kirin Tor, with no explanation given as to why she left during the biggest Legion invasion in Azeroth's history. She wouldn't appear again until Battle For Azeroth where it's revealed in Reunion that she kept fighting the war against the Burning Legion alone.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Before the Fall of Theramore permanently changed her, Jaina was usually the one who called others out for breaking truces and alliances over a common enemy. After Theramore was destroyed, though...
- Gives one to Thrall over not replacing Garrosh, then later gets one from Thrall and Kalec for her plan to destroy Orgrimmarnote .
- Then later gets another one from Varian after he finds out what she did to the blood elves of Dalarannote .
- She and Lor'themar get one together from Taran Zhu for perpetuating an endless cycle of revengenote .
- Jaina and Anduin both get called out by Varian after the latter learns in War Crimes during Garrosh's trial that Jaina helped Baine with funds to fight back against the Grimtotem, who violently took over Thunder Bluff and Mulgore. Worse, she apparently dragged Anduin into this, though as Varian later learns, it was a coincidence, as Anduin fled from his captor, Moira Thaurissan, in Ironforge with a Hearthstone Jaina gave him and suddenly barged into a conversation between Baine and Jaina. This meeting also had positive consequences though, as Baine and Anduin both gained mutual respect for each other.
- Both Anduin and Saurfang call her out on killing Rastakhan instead of capturing him.
- You Are in Command Now:
- Leads the Kirin Tor after Rhonin's death.
- In Battle for Azeroth she becomes Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras after her mother steps down.
Captain Tandred Proudmoore
Tandred Proudmoore is the son of Daelin and Katherine, and brother to Jaina and Derek. He was lost at sea in a mighty storm some time ago.
- Badass Boast: His fleet has just managed to return to Boralus after what is implied to be at least months of being lost at sea. Despite being worn and haggard, what does he say when he's informed of a pirate fleet in his beloved harbor?Tandred Proudmoore: All hands! Let's show them what Kul Tirans are made of!
- Big Damn Heroes: By way of Jaina calling back the Kul Tiran fleet, he and the rest of the massive fleet returning home makes Lady Ashvane's forces surrender almost immediately, saving Boralus.
- Bold Explorer: His grave describes him as an explorer of uncharted seas.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally from the Warcraft RPG as the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, he was made non-canon along with it when it was decanonized. More damning, he was specifically mentioned by Metzen as a character who will not be recanonized. Despite this, the production team changed its mind and he was brought to the game with Battle for Azeroth.
- The Captain: Serves as a captain of his own ship.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: His grave in Boralus mentions he was lost at sea, along with much of the Kul Tiran fleet. At the very end of the Kul Tiras campaign he reappears when Jaina calls back the fleet from the magical storm it was trapped in.
- Decomposite Character: As he wasn't recanonized until midway into production of Battle for Azeroth, his title as Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras in the Warcraft RPG was given to his mother and later, his sister.
- Hat of Authority: As captain of his own ship he wears a naval officer's hat.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Tandred looks a lot like his father, though like Jaina, he inherited his mother's blonde hair.
Voiced by: Ellie Kendrick
Taelia is a young woman living in Kul Tiras as a ward of House Proudmoore. However, she is not Kul Tiran herself; her mother was from Lordaeron and her father, Bolvar was a knight of Stormwind. Taelia arrived in Kul Tiras as a child during the Third War, where she was taken in by House Proudmoore and her guardian Cyrus Crestfall was personally assigned by Daelin himself. As for her birth parents, all she knows of their fates is that her father died helping to defeat the Lich King Arthas, but is not yet aware of the fact that he succeeded him at the Frozen Throne.
- Action Girl: She's very capable with that warhammer, fighting off pirate invasions and evil cultists alongside the Alliance emissary.
- Drop the Hammer: Taelia carries a huge warhammer made of wood and reinforced with metal. Later on she changes to a hammer made of stone but similarly reinforced with metal instead.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Taelia's armor consists of a single breastplate and now a pair of pauldrons with her new model, but never a helmet.
- Jumped at the Call: Taelia has always dreamed of adventure and eagerly joins you in your quest to save Kul Tiras.
- Knight in Shining Armor: While she is still a squire, Taelia is an aspiring knight dreaming of adventure and eager to save people.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: She rides a white gryphon named Galeheart, whom Cyrus gave to Taelia when it was still a hatchling. Galeheart comes in very handy in saving Flynn and the Alliance emissary from pirates.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Her new model in the Tides of Vengeance patch adds a big scarf wrapped around her neck for warmth. Unlike most examples of this trope, it is not flowing freely in the wind.
- Ship Tease:
- With Flynn at times, such as one of Flynn's friends teasing him about how he always goes on about a girl "with hair like raven's down" and Taelia being quite distressed when Flynn is badly injured by Harlan's thugs. Wordof God is this was always intended to be unrequited on Flynn's part.
- With Anduin the second she was revealed to be Bolvar's daughter and similar age to him. Also the manner of their first conversation and voice acting quite implies that both were attracted to each other.
- Ship Sinking: In addtion to the Word of God claiming Flynn's feelings for her are unrequited, he enters a relationship with Shaw instead, putting a final nail on the coffin for them. This does however leave the Anduin/Taelia ship wide open instead...
- The Squire: She serves as a squire under Sir Cyrus Crestfall, who raised her and trained her in combat.
- Stop Poking Me!: Repeatedly clicking on her will result in her getting tickled and struggling not to laugh... until she snort-laughs and threatens you to not tell anyone you heard that or she'll feed you to her gryphon.
- Tell Me About My Father: When she meets Anduin, she asks him to tell her about her father, since the last she heard of him was about his supposed death in Northrend.
- You Monster!: She takes the events of Stormsong Valley pretty badly and angrily calls Lord Stormsong a monster for all the suffering he's caused.
Sir Cyrus Crestfall
Voiced by: Bob Joles
Formerly one of Daelin Proudmoore's most trusted knights, he was entrusted with raising Taelia and retired to become harbormaster of Boralus.
- Father Neptune: Cyrus is an old and experienced man of the sea who has fought in plenty of naval battles.
- It's Probably Nothing: Defied in why he asks the player for help. Cyrus recounts an old comrade of his who was injured in the line of duty, he shrugged it off and didn't report it to the healers; but the wound was infected, and by the time anyone noticed, he was on his deathbed. Cyrus tells the player that Kul Tiras is rotting away from the inside, and he needs help exposing the corruption, or by the time it becomes apparent, Kul Tiras will be in ruins.
- Let Me Tell You a Story: He uses the above story to illustrate his point that Kul Tiras needs help.
- The Mentor: He raised Taelia and trained her how to fight as well.
- Old Soldier: An old knight who served in previous wars with great distinction.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Cyrus is the first authority figure in Kul Tiras to welcome the Alliance back with open arms, allowing them to stay in Boralus and working with them to save his beloved nation from the brink of ruin.
- Retired Badass: He was one of Daelin's best knights, but retired to become harbormaster in Boralus and raise Taelia. He even mentions having fought Saurfang in the Second War and survived to tell the tale.
- Seadog Beard: Cyrus is a retired man of the sea with a white beard covering his neck to match.
- Stout Strength: Like many Kul Tirans, Cyrus is tall, heavily built, and very strong.
- That's an Order!: When one of Cyrus' men tries to keep Genn and the other Alliance out of Boralus, citing Lady Ashvane's orders, Cyrus reminds the man that Lady Ashvane isn't in charge - Cyrus is.
Voiced by: Henry Lloyd-Hughes
A scoundrel hired by Cyrus to help break the player out of prison.
- The Alcoholic: Flynn seems to have a bit of an alcohol problem, with many of his voice lines mentioning a desire for something to drink. He ends up rather drunk after the encounter with the sirens and leads the player in circles through a dangerous area on the way to Freehold.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a weathered brown coat lined with fur, adding to his image as a scoundrel. He is very fond of it and is insulted when Taelia suggests he ditch it.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He suffers from heartache after the player kills the siren who had him spellbound. He decides the best course of action is to solve it by drinking... while leading you to Freehold.
- Dual Wielding: His weapons of choice are a pair of large daggers.
- Escort Mission: After saving him from the sirens, Flynn leads the way to Freehold. Unfortunately, he decides to start drinking and ends up leading you through an area filled with saurolisks and goes in circles around it before finally getting back on track.
- Great Escape: He first shows up in the cell next to you in Tol Dagor and helps break you out of the prison.
- Hypocritical Humor: If you do a sidequest that involves collecting saurolisk stingers, he'll complain about you getting distracted with your side job and insist on some professionalism... while still drunk off his ass.
- Loveable Rogue: Flynn is a former pirate and charming scoundrel willing to do the right thing for Kul Tiras, while claiming it's all for the gold.
- Mission Control: He acts as this for the Alliance's Island Expeditions, being the one to report any invasions of the island and comment on how much Azerite you've gathered.
- Pirate: He used to be captain of his own pirate crew with Harlan Sweete as his first mate, but eventually lost all taste for the pirate's life and left it behind.
- Prison Riot: Lets loose all the prisoners in one of Tol Dagor's cell blocks and starts a riot as a diversion to bust the Alliance emissary out of the prison.
- Ship Tease:
- He has a lot of back-and-forth teasing with Taelia and it's heavily implied he has a crush on her, with his old friend and Freehold bartender Venrik mentioning him going on about a girl "with hair like raven's down". It ends up going unrequited though. (A b
- He also has flirtatious dialogue with the player (regardless of gender or even race), should you click on him enough.
- Lots of fans also intepreted his interactions with Shaw (Listed below) as this, doubly so after the artbook, Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms, uses the two of them as a framing device, showing their travels across the Eastern Kingdoms after Battle for Azaroth. This ends up being entirely intentional as the two end up in a relationship as of the Shadows Rising novel.
- Ship Sinking: Word of God is that his crush on Talia was always intended to be unrequited, added mearly for flavor and to add depth to his charcter, rather then plot importance. This was in fact stated in response to reactions on early previews of the Shadows Rising novel which show him entering a relationship with Shaw instead, which puts a rather firm nail on the coffin regardless.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Throughout the infiltration of Rastakhan's treasury he trades a lot of snarky banter with the more professional Mathias Shaw.
Lady Priscilla Ashvane
Voiced by: Frances Barber
Priscilla Ashvane is one of the most influential people in Kul Tiras, being the head of Ashvane Company and has control over the financial matters of the nation, and therefore, an ability to buy the loyalty of anyone that she sees as an asset. A longtime friend of Katherine Proudmoore, she uses her relationship to influence the Lord Admiral for her own personal agenda.
- Bad Boss: She overworks her minions, subjects them to verbal abuse, and even threatens them with death for their failures.
- Baleful Polymorph: Is on the receiving end when Azshara keeps her promise to make Ashvane powerful, by transforming her into a sea giant.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First betrays Katherine in a plot to become Lord Admiral then joins the Horde to make Azerite weapons for them before betraying the Horde to work for Azshara.
- Composite Character: With Katherine being the canon counterpart to Tandred's RPG portrayal, this makes Ashvane the counterpart to Captain Mishan Waycrest as the Lord Admiral's friend and confidant who tries to help them. However, unlike Mishan, Ashvane works against Katherine to remove her from power and staged a coup to become Lord Admiral instead.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Basically in control of all of Kul Tiras's financial affairs, and using her power and the emergence of Azerite to stage a coup.
- Establishing Character Moment: She's introduced rabble-rousing the Kul Tirans against the Alliance in general and Jaina in particular along with basically ordering Katherine around all while wearing a necklace with an Azerite pendant, firmly establishing her as a villain.
- False Friend: Her friendship with Katherine has long been over, yet Ashvane keeps "advising" her friend, which leads to Jaina being exiled to an island that would spell certain death, and eventually convincing Katherine to make her close friend the new Lord Admiral, when Katherine cannot even deal with pirates (that Ashvane supplied with Azerite weapons). It would have worked too, if not for Taelia and the adventurer exposing her.
- Fat Bitch: Like many Kul Tirans, she's fairly hefty, and is a nasty piece of work.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: With her fleet cornered between the coastal defenses of Boralus and the returning Kul Tiran fleet guided back by Jaina, she raises a white flag of surrender rather than going down with a fight.
- Oh, Crap!: When the Kul Tiran fleet is called back to Boralus by Jaina she is absolutely shocked and stunned, and her forces immediately raise a white flag.
- Poisonous Friend: Katherine Proudmoore holds her opinion in high regard; this leads to her banishing Jaina to Fate's End and imprisoning the Adventurer in Tol Dagor.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Once she realizes the jig is up, she lets Katherine have it. She mocks her for her weakness and over reliance on her and how Kul Tiras fell apart so quickly under her watch. It's so effective, Katherine is reduced to a sobbing wreck.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Priscilla gets the power she was promised by Azshara in that she's transformed into a Sea Giant.
- Villain Has a Point: While she had an active role in the current hardships, Priscilla has a point that Katherine has been an ineffective and weak leader for Kul Tiras even remarking just how overly reliant Katherine was on her when it was obvious she was taking advantage of her.
- You Have Failed Me: She threatens to have Overseer Korgus drowned if he doesn't suppress the Tol Dagor riot by any means necessary, including flooding the lower levels.
Voiced by: Joe Ochman
Harlan Sweete is the leader of the dreaded Irontide Raiders, a group of pirates that has taken over the free city of Freehold in Kul Tiras. He has aligned himself with Lady Ashvane and supports her attempt to seize leadership of all Kul Tiras.
- Bald of Evil: He is balding on top, which doesn't exactly make him look anymore pretty or heroic.
- Beard of Evil: Harlan's long thin mustache makes him look extra dastardly.
- Cool Sword: Both of Harlan's swords are beautiful sabers encrusted with rubies, while each handguard looks like a skull.
- Depraved Dwarf: He seems to be human, but is noted for his short size. He is also a maniac reveling in terrorizing the people of Kul Tiras.
- The Dragon: He is Lady Ashvane's most powerful supporter, providing the pirate fleet which she intends to use to take over Kul Tiras.
- Dual Wielding: He fights with a pair of sabers.
- The Gambler: Harlan Sweete likes to roll his magical set of loaded dice to make his decisions and empower his attacks. However if he is unhappy with the results he will roll the dice again. He also happily admits to not playing fair.
- Gold Tooth: One of his front teeth is made of gold, likely as a sign of his wealth.
- Gonk: Harlan is short, overweight, and just plain ugly with a weirdly proportioned body.
- Hypocrite: He does not play fair and happily cheats if it benefits him. However, when Taelia flies in to save Flynn and the player from being executed by his men, he starts yelling about how it isn't fair.
- Pirate: Sweete is a ruthless pirate eager to plunder all of Kul Tiras.
- Pirate Booty: He is obsessed with collecting as much loot and plunder as he can. His vast wealth is displayed for all to see in Freehold.
Lord Arthur WaycrestRuling lord of Drustvar.
- Artificial Limbs: Lord Waycrest is missing his left arm. A crude mash of bone and wood hangs from the stump as a club. It's not secured very well and tends to fall off.
- Body Horror: His body is horribly mutated and twisted by being transformed into a hulking undead creature.
- Dead All Along: Marshal Everit Reade states early on he's been captured by the witches, but it's discovered at the end that he's been dead for a while and then transformed into an undead abomination.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: While Lady Waycrest stays back to attack from afar and heal him, Lord Waycrest fights the party directly in melee.
- Nice Guy: In contrast to his wife, he's shown as accepting of his son-in-law and polite to the player character during the flashbacks to his daughter's ill-fated wedding. Sadly, there's no trace of the man he used to be when you find him in the present.
- Papa Wolf: His first instinct upon assassins attacking his daughter's wedding is to draw one of his daggers and step in front of her to protect her.
Lady Meredith WaycrestWife of Lord Arthur Waycrest, Meredith is the head of the Heartsbane Coven, a group of witches using Drust magic in order to take over Kul Tiras.
- Cast from Hit Points: When they're fought in Waycrest Manor, she uses her own health to heal her husband every time he gets low health, until she joins the fight and is killed.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Gender-flipped, as while her husband Arthur approves of their daughter's marriage to a common merchant, Meredith disapproves so strongly that she has Lucille's fiance assassinated at the wedding.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite forming a pact with Gorak Tul, founding the Hearthsbane Coven, and planning to take over Kul Tiras, she sincerely loves her husband.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Her dabbling in witchcraft results in a horribly gaunt and twisted appearance, resembling that of a banshee.
- Faux Affably Evil: After becoming a witch, she acts motherly towards Lucille, greeting her and her "guests," and responding to Lucille calling her a "witch" in the same tone that a mother would use while scolding her daughter. Of course, it's strongly implied that Lady Waycrest plans on turning Lucille into an undead, just like her husband.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: While Lord Waycrest fights the party more directly, Lady Waycrest stays back and plays the organ, supporting him from afar with ranged attacks and healing.
- Haunted House: Her dabbling in witchcraft turns the Waycrest Manor into a typical haunted mansion filled with all manners of horrifying creatures. Complete with spooky organ music.
- Hypocrite: Meredith was adamantly against her daughter marrying a common merchant because it would damage the House Waycrest name, completely ignoring that she was common born and Lord Waycrest chose to marry her. She also disparages her daughter "following her heart", despite the depths she goes to for her own husband, as demonstrated.
- Love Makes You Evil: While she was not exactly good before, it was her love for Arthur and her desire to save him from a deadly illness that drove her to form a pact with Gorak Tul and create the Heartsbane Coven.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: A fairly dark example. She disapproved of her would-be son-in-law so much she had him killed.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Most of the music in Waycrest Manor consists of creepy organ music and she actually plays the organ when you fight her in the basement.
- Wicked Witch: Lady Waycrest is the leader of the Heartsbane Coven, a group of powerful and evil witches using ancient and corrupted Drust magic.
Voiced by: Tuppence Middleton
Lucille Waycrest is the daughter of Arthur and Meredith Waycrest, and forms the local resistance known as the Order of Embers against the Drust incursion in Drustvar.
- Action Girl: A very notable aversion. Despite being the leader of the Order of the Embers, Lucille is not of much use in combat - something that she points out before the decisive battle.
- Clear My Name: She insists that Marshal Reade and the Player Character not harm any of the men who are holding her prisoner and trying her as a witch, and instead asks the player to find evidence that she isn't a witch.
- Order Reborn: The Order of Embers dates back to the war against the Drust and Lucille revives it in order to effectively combat the witches of Drustvar.
- Rebel Leader: Leads the remnants of Waycrest's forces against the witches that have taken over Drustvar.
- Silver Has Mystic Powers: Learns that silver is capable of disrupting Drust magic, which the witches are using in the present. She thus tasks the player with uncovering any disguised witches in Arom's Stand by poking them with her silver sewing needle.
- Uptown Girl: She fell in love with a commoner, against her mother's objections.
- The Witch Hunter: She revives the Order of Embers as a group of witch hunters to effectively fight back against the Heartsbane Coven's magic by exploiting their weaknesses. The order's new members are even known as inquisitors!
- You Are in Command Now: Her parents' disappearance forces her to step up and lead Drustvar's remnant forces against the witches that have taken over the region.
- Youre Not My Mother: She's furious when Lady Waycrest calls her "daughter."
Marshal Everit Reade
Voiced by: Simon Templeman
Everit Reade is the marshal of the Waycrest Guard and leader of Drustvar's military forces.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: At the very end of the Drustvar storyline, Lady Waycrest corrupts him with her witchcraft and sics him on you.
- Dying as Yourself: He regains control of his body as he dies and apologises for failing Lucille, before passing away.
- Four-Star Badass: As marshal of the Waycrest Guard, Reade commands Drustvar's military forces and is a skilled swordsman in his own right.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow blue after being corrupted by Lady Waycrest.
- Mauve Shirt: A leading figure in the Drustvar storyline and a good friend of Lucille who stood by her side throughout the zone. He's corrupted by Lady Waycrest and subsequently killed in the final quest before the dungeon.
- Mercy Kill: He is not very happy about it, but regards slaying the soldiers controlled by the witches as a mercy, as they are too corrupted to save.
- He finds himself on the receiving end of one after he's corrupted by Lady Waycrest, though he regains control of his body in time to apologize to Lucille.
- Old Soldier: Marshal Reade is a tough-as-nails grey-haired veteran.
Voiced by: Jamieson Price
Ruling lord of Stormsong Valley and leader of the Tidesages.
- Casting a Shadow: Starts using shadow magic after his corruption by the whispers of the depths.
- Cthulhumanoid: By the time he is encountered in Shrine of the Storms, he's been transformed into a K'thir, with purple skin and a face full of tentacles.
- FaceHeel Turn: Lord Stormsong has fallen under sway of Queen Azshara and the Old Gods, and betrays Kul Tiras by trapping their fleet in a magical storm.
- Hat of Authority: Wears a large ceremonial red hat with a kraken carved into it, signifying his authority over Stormsong and the Tidesages.
- High Priest: Stormsong doesn't just serve as lord of Stormsong Valley but also as the religious leader of the Tidesages.
- Lord Country: His family name is Stormsong, which also gives name to Stormsong Valley, the region of Kul Tiras he rules over.
- Making a Splash: As a Tidesage, Lord Stormsong has control over the water.
- Shock and Awe: Attacks the Storm's Wake with blasts of lightning as they make their way to the Shrine of the Storms.
Brannon is the young nephew of Lord Stormsong and his presumed heir. He was put in charge of Anglepoint in Tiragarde Sound to gain experience as a leader.
- Distressed Dude: Brother Conway holds him captive in his own home after the hostile takeover of Anglepoint, but the player saves him.
- Lovable Coward: He isn't very brave and admits as much up front, and instantly panics if somebody attacks him and the player. However, he has a good heart and wants to save Anglepoint from the horrors that have taken over it.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Implied. A pair of gossips by the hedge maze at Proudmore Keep can be heard disparaging Brannon as worthless for being "A Stormsong who can't even call the seas" Which works to his benefit, since it saves him from the whispers that affect his uncle.
- Non-Action Guy: Brannon is not a fighter at all and instantly cowers at the sign of battle.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He really wants to prove himself to his uncle, despite his cowardice and admitted inadequacy as a leader.
Voiced by: Gideon Emery
An elderly and respected member of the Tidesages in Brennadam. When he learns of the Tidesages' corruption, he starts forming a rebellion known as the Storm's Wake with the help of Taelia and a foreign adventurer.
- Beam-O-War: Brother Pike and Wavespeaker Reid attack each other with a beam of water and shadow respectively, struggling to overcome each other as Pike tries to make him see reason. Eventually Reid grows tired of it and blasts away Pike to make his retreat, summoning a minion to take over from there.
- Cool Old Guy: Brother Pike is an elderly and respected Tidesage, and one of the few who do not betray Kul Tiras.
- Defector from Decadence: Notices something is horribly wrong in Stormsong and refuses to help most of his fellow Tidesages in taking over Kul Tiras.
- Due to the Dead: He makes sure to collect the souls of the fallen Stormsong loyalists with his bell in order to give them their proper burial rites, even if they are an enemy.
- Making a Splash: As a Tidesage he has control over the water.
- Rebel Leader: He leads the Storm's Wake to save Stormsong Valley from the corrupted Tidesages.
- Shock and Awe: In addition to water, he is also able to blast enemies with lightning. Most notably, he calls down a huge blast of lightning to destroy a ship infested with K'thir by using your azerite armor as a conduit.
Samuel "Sam" Williams
A worker at Mariner's Strand who joins up with the Storm's Wake rebellion hunting down the corrupt Lord Stormsong after being freed from the Tidesages.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Twice, due to Old God corruption from the corrupt K'thir Tidesages.
- Cthulhumanoid: Transformed into a K'thir at Port Fogtide by one of the fallen Tidesages, but he got better and the transformation was reversed, though he still heard the whispers. He was later transformed into Azshj'thul the Drowned by Lord Stormsong. He doesn't get better this time.
- Fearless Fool: Brother Pike describes him as such - a good man, with a true heart, but a fool. Their fool.
- Fighting from the Inside: Played straight with his initial transformation in Port Fogtide, which was reversed after he took a beating from the player. Subverted when Lord Stormsong transforms him into a Faceless One. Taelia tries to appeal to him to get him to fight off the effects of the corruption, but Brother Pike sadly informs her that he was lost to the darkness.
- Hope Springs Eternal: Despite the fall of House Stormsong, Sam always held the belief that there was hope for Stormsong Valley.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Charging into Port Fogtide alone is what got him captured and initially transformed, opening him to the whispers of the depths that allowed Lord Stormsong to speed up his transformation.
- Mauve Shirt: A worker from Mariner's Strand who began accompanying the party after being freed from the corrupt Tidesages' hold and stood by their side to avenge the people of Stormsong Valley. At the end he's corrupted into a Faceless One by Lord Stormsong and has to be put down, to the chagrin of both Taelia and Brother Pike.
- Mercy Kill: On the receiving end of one at the end of the Stormsong Valley questing, when Lord Stormsong transforms him into a Faceless One.
- Say My Name: His Famous Last Words.Samuel Williams: STORMSONG!
- Your Days Are Numbered: After his initial transformation into a K'thir was halted and reversed, he continued to hear the whispers of the depths, and Brother Pike made note that his condition worsened as the Storm's Wake approached the Shrine of the Storms.