Valley of Heroes

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The Valley of Heroes in-game.
The Valley of Heroes from the RPG.
The Valley of Heroes from the comic.
Stormwind City in the TCG, depicting the Valley of Heroes.
Deathwing in the Valley of Heroes, seen in the Cataclysm login screen.
A statue of Alleria Windrunner from the Chronicle Volume 2.

The Valley of Heroes is a valley that lies before Stormwind Gate. A bridge of stone crosses the narrow moat and is the first sight of all who enter. This gloriously lush valley lies south of the city, and many visitors must pass through it, as it is one of three entrances to Stormwind (other is Deeprun Tram from Ironforge, and the ships from Northrend and Teldrassil). Statues of Alliance heroes stand on either side of the road, welcoming visitors while providing an awe-inspiring warning.[1] These heroes comprised the Alliance Expedition that traveled through the Dark Portal into Draenor to seal the dimensional rift from that side. On the left are Kurdran Wildhammer, Thane of Aerie Peak, and the Archmage Khadgar of the Kirin Tor; on the right are Force Commander Danath Trollbane and Ranger-Captain Alleria Windrunner; at the end of the main road, just before it splits to enter Stormwind City proper, is General Turalyon, the expedition's military leader.

It is interesting that out of the five heroes honored here, all were "presumed deceased", and thus far, every one of them have been confirmed to have survived the destruction of Draenor.

Another note, one of irony, is that the dedication quotes for nearly all the statues are by those who are now dead: only Falstad is alive, Sylvanas is undead, and years later Thoras Trollbane was raised as a death knight of the Ebon Blade.

The valley is also the location of several important Stormwind officials. Astride his tall stallion in the center of the causeway is General Hammond Clay. Down the left fork of the bridge is the paladin, Major Mattingly, and down to the right stands Field Marshal Afrasiabi.

In patch 4.0.3a, Danath's statue was toppled by Deathwing, who also damaged the two towers overlooking the bridge, leaving fiery claw marks on them. By patch 5.2.0, all damage to the Valley was repaired.

After the Cataclysm and turning over his seat on the Council of Three Hammers to Falstad, Kurdran stated that he would go to Stormwind to meet King Varian Wrynn and to see his statue. By Mists of Pandaria, he was the first of the five to have visited the Valley.[2] Khadgar may have seen his when he flew to Stormwind Keep to warn the Alliance that the Burning Legion had returned, but he may well have been too preoccupied to be concerned with such things.

Getting there

To get to the Valley of Heroes, you can head southeast from the Trade District. Heading southeast out of the Valley of Heroes takes you into Elwynn Forest proper.

Inhabitants

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft in patch 5.2.0.

Statues

Ranger Captain Alleria Windrunner

Main article: Alleria Windrunner

Renowned Troll Hunter of Quel'Thalas. Lead Scout and Intelligence Agent for the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"Your heart flew straight as any arrow upon the wind, sister. You were the brightest of our Order. You were the most beloved of our kin."

-- Sylvanas Windrunner - Ranger General of Quel'Thalas

Archmage Khadgar of the Kirin Tor

Main article: Khadgar

Former apprentice of Medivh. Supreme Commander of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"Never did one so selflessly delve into the dark heart of magic and warfare. We wish you well, bold wanderer. Wherever you are."

-- Antonidas - Archmage of Dalaran

Kurdran Wildhammer

Main article: Kurdran Wildhammer

Renowned Dragon Fighter. Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak. Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division attached to the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"We will hear Sky-Ree's calls upon the winds. We will hear your hammer thunder across the mountaintops. Ride hard into the hereafter, brother. The halls of our ancestors await you."

-- Falstad Wildhammer - Lord of Aerie Peak

Danath Trollbane

Main article: Danath Trollbane

Militia Commander of Stromgarde. Tactical Advisor to General Turalyon. Force Commander of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"We honor your memory, nephew, and your sacrifice. Since the founding of our glorious empire, the path to valor has always been drenched with the blood of heroes."

-- Thoras Trollbane, Lord of Stromgarde

General Turalyon

Main article: Turalyon

Former Lieutenant to Lord Anduin Lothar, Knight of the Silver Hand. High General of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"Esarus thar no Darador - By blood and honor we serve."

"You were the right hand of justice and virtue, old friend. Your name will be honored in our halls always."

-- Lord Uther the Lightbringer - Knight of the Silver Hand

Trivia

  • Ironically, despite the plaques on the statues reading like epitaphs, all five heroes of the Alliance Expedition turned out to be still alive as of the beginning of Legion, while of the five people who wrote the memorial text on the plaques, only Falstad Wildhammer is still alive, rather than dead or undead.

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