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|Occupation||Fallen Val'kyr Queen, ruler of Helheim, leader of the Helarjar|
|Status||Deceased (Lore); Killable (WoW)|
In ages past, the titanic watcher Keeper betrayed the sorceress Helya, killing her and twisted her spirit into the first of the spectral val'kyr. He forged the Warswords of the Valarjar for the mightiest of his storm-forged Valarjar, but Helya stole the swords and infused them with a portion of her rage. She then gave them to her own champion, who used them to hunt the greatest of heroes and drag their souls away to serve in Helheim. The kvaldir drag the souls of the unworthy and dishonorable to Helheim for Helya, as well as raiding the coasts and taking the souls of those they kill, thus robbing Odyn of potential champions. Helya created the Helarjar as a mockery of Odyn's Valarjar.
Helya was one of the titan-forged who battled the forces of the Old Gods under the leadership of the Keepers. She was the adopted daughter of Keeper Odyn. She aided Highkeeper Ra in creating the Elemental Plane.
When the Keepers decided to ask the Pantheon to empower the Dragon Aspects for their heroism against , Odyn was vehemently against it, stating that only titan-forged could be trusted to defend Azeroth. The Aspects were empowered despite his objections, and so Odyn took a section of Ulduar and raised it into the sky, creating the Halls of Valor. He told the vrykul that those who died a worthy death in battle would have their spirits brought to the Halls and given new bodies to fight as his Valarjar, which Odyn thought would be better defenders than the dragons. In order to retrieve the spirits of the deceased, Odyn would need vrykul to volunteer to become undead and take those spirits from the Shadowlands. The vrykul objected, and Helya tried to talk him out of it. Instead, Odyn transformed Helya into the first Val'kyr and ordered her to do the job for him.
Helya nursed resentment against Odyn for thousands of years, until the day , a Keeper who had been influenced by , convinced her to turn against him. Helya used the same magic that had been used to lock the Elemental Plane to seal Odyn and his Valarjar army inside the Halls of Valor, and then decided herself to become the caretaker of vrykul souls in her new realm Helheim.
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Helya appears making some sort of deal with . Helya granted Sylvanas a magical lantern called the Soulcage which Sylvanas intends to subjugate with. She is the final boss of the Maw of Souls and escapes before she is killed.
When Odyn discovers that Helya's forces are able to transfer his stormforged Valarjar into Kvaldir, he decides that he has had enough of this and sends adventurers to slay her. After her death, Odyn is freed from her curse that forced him to remain inside the Halls of Valor. He says that he might pay a visit to his Keeper kin and that it's been a long time since he last laid his eyes upon Ulduar.
At some point, Helya stole the soul of out of the Twisting Nether and brought him to Helheim. and the Illidari speculate that Gul'dan struck a deal with Helya to get him there. After her death, Illidan's soul was saved.
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- Helya is inspired by Hel, the ruler of the underworld of the same name in Norse mythology. Unlike Helya, however, Hel was not a malicious entity.
- can be fished up from the fountain in the version of Dalaran.
- Some vrykul in Helheim call her Helira.
- Helya is voiced by April Stewart.
Helya and the kvaldir, servants of Neptulon?
It seems possible that the kvaldir worship . Their conquest of Vashj'ir hindered the naga from summoning their faceless one allies to aid them in overthrowing the Tidehunter. The kvaldir refer to Neptulon by name in . While there are naga that do worship Neptulon, like , many of them (as in Vashj'ir) do not and worship Azshara. Also, with the revelation that the kvaldir being the harbingers of the fallen val'kyr Helya, it also may suggest that Helya herself might have turned to Neptulon, who was one of the Elemental Lords serving the Black Empire in an act of spite against the titan watcher .
However Neptulon no longer serves the Old Gods, so where Helya's loyalties currently remain, beyond herself, is left a mystery.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Added.