Alleria Windrunner

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AllianceAlleria Windrunner
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Title Ranger-Captain, Lady,[1] Troll Hunter,[2] Lead Scout and Intelligence Agent for the Alliance Expedition[2]
Gender Female
Race(s) Void elf,[3][4] High elf
Character class Hunter, Elven ranger[5]
Reaction Alliance Horde
Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Alliance,[6] Grand Army of the Light,[7] Alliance Expedition, Sons of Lothar
Former affiliation(s) Alliance of Lordaeron, Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Farstriders
Occupation A leader of the void elves, Member of the Army of the Light
Former occupation(s) Ranger captain of Quel'Thalas, Lead scout and intelligence officer of the Alliance of Lordaeron
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Turalyon (lover), Arator (son), Lireesa Windrunner (mother), Sylvanas, Vereesa, Lirath (siblings), Rhonin (brother-in-law), Zendarin (cousin), Giramar, Galadin (nephews)
Mentor(s) Locus-Walker
Student(s) Magister Umbric, Void elves of Telogrus Rift[8]
Companion(s) Verana, Khadgar, Danath Trollbane, Kurdran Wildhammer, Lothraxion (close friends)
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, sister to Alleria

Alleria Windrunner was a ranger-captain of Silvermoon who led her rangers under the Alliance of Lordaeron during the Second War. She was also the head scout of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor. Alleria and her lover Turalyon disappeared after the planet was torn apart and have not been heard from for many years.

Turalyon and Alleria are now high-ranking members of the Army of the Light and have been so for a thousand years from their perspective,[9] as time passes differently inside the Twisting Nether.[10]

Biography

Alleria Windrunner is both the eldest child and the eldest of Ranger-General Lireesa Windrunner's daughters, all three of whom have served Quel'Thalas and the Alliance with distinction. As well as her younger sister Sylvanas and youngest sister Vereesa, she also had a younger brother named Lirath. As the oldest, Alleria was expected to succeed her mother as Silvermoon's ranger-general, but Alleria herself had little use for the expectations or traditions of the high elves. She instead focused on practical matters, and chose to become one of the Farstriders, a group of rangers that fought for her people all across Azeroth. She made a name for herself after a number of quick, decisive victories. Alleria's sister Sylvanas would one day rise to leadership in her stead.[11] Alleria would go on to achieve the rank of a Farstrider ranger-captain.

Alleria always wore a necklace given to her by her parents, an exquisite piece containing an emerald, a ruby, and a sapphire.[12] Alleria Windrunner first earned renown due to the sheer number of trolls that she slew in order to defend her people's homeland, Quel'Thalas, during the Troll Wars. With the help of humanity, the high elves ultimately prevailed against the trolls.[13] She is also known to wield a sword with great skill.[14]

Tides of Darkness

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Alleria defending the forests of Quel'Thalas.

When the Horde invaded Lordaeron, Terenas Menethil, in the name of Anduin Lothar called upon the ancient debt the Sunstriders owed the Arathi bloodline. The ruling council of Quel'Thalas, seeing the Horde as more of an excuse to fulfill that debt than an actual threat, sent a small force of elves to assist the Alliance of Lordaeron. Alleria was one of the few in Quel'Thalas who believed that the Horde might pose a threat to the elves, and consequently chose to lead her rangers to Southshore to join the Alliance of Lordaeron, despite not being ordered to do so.[11][15]

Alleria worked closely with Turalyon and Khadgar in the campaign to expel the orcs from Lordaeron. Upon learning that the Horde burned the borderlands of Quel'Thalas, Alleria led the Alliance army to the defense of Silvermoon City, briefly reuniting her with her sister Sylvanas and comrades Lor'themar Theron and Halduron Brightwing. After Alleria's mother Lireesa was killed in a Horde attack, Sylvanas became the new Ranger-General but entrusted Lireesa's bow, Thas'dorah, to Alleria, trusting that her older sister — being a Farstrider — would have better opportunities to exact vengeance on the front lines.[11]

With Lor'themar, Alleria accompanied Turalyon to Capital City which was already under siege. However, the Horde later gave up and began to run away to the south. Alleria and Lor'themar returned home. Though they were successful in repelling the Horde invasion, it came at a terrible cost: eighteen of her kin, including her younger brother, Lirath, were killed. Devastated, Alleria sought comfort in the arms of Turalyon (eventually becoming pregnant with Arator), but ultimately, she chose to dedicate herself to revenge.

Beyond the Dark Portal

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Lead Scout Alleria and the Sons of Lothar.
Alleria in the Beyond the Dark Portal manual.

To the horror of her friends, Alleria came to see the orcs as little more than vermin to be exterminated.[16] Driven by grief and hatred, Alleria vowed that she would have vengeance. Her pursuit of revenge took her into human lands, where she led an elite cadre of rangers in hunting down renegade orcs of the Bleeding Hollow clan, who had been trapped on Azeroth after the end of the Second War.[13][5] Two years after the end of the war, Alleria was present in Nethergarde where she learned from Khadgar that the portal's rift is widening and that the Alliance army is needed again. The archmage sent her to Stormwind to warn Turalyon, which she reluctantly agreed to.[17] By that time, Alleria had already given birth to Arator.[18]

When the orcs rallied behind Ner'zhul and the death knights, Alleria agreed to lead her rangers beyond the Dark Portal into Draenor to exact vengeance for Quel'Thalas and stop the Horde once and for all. Before she left, she had her necklace melted down into three pieces.[19] She kept the emerald for herself and sent the ruby to Vereesa and the sapphire to Sylvanas, using Verana, her lieutenant, as the emissary.

The Alliance reacted quickly to the renewed threat and sent an expedition through the portal to Draenor. Having achieved the rank of captain, Alleria was part of the expedition.

On Draenor, Alleria realized that there was more to the Alliance Expedition's struggle than her quest for vengeance. The final event that caused her to let go her hate and mourn for her loved ones was when Turaylon ordered her to stay back. Alleria found that she could not let go of the young human to his death and rekindled her relationship with Turalyon, much to the relief of their friends.[20] Following the fall of Hellfire Citadel, Alleria sent most of her forces with Danath Trollbane, Talthressar and Kurdran Wildhammer to pursue Ner'zhul, but herself accompanied Khadgar and Turalyon to retrieve the Skull of Gul'dan from Deathwing. She later aided in defending Khadgar when he finally closed the last Dark Portal to Azeroth, after which Draenor itself was sundered in a fiery cataclysm, sacrificing her way home. Alleria, along with her surviving allies, entered a rift to the Twisting Nether.[18]

Given the low likelihood of their survival, Alleria and her comrades were presumed dead, killed in the line of duty. They are honored to this day for their sacrifice. A statue of Alleria has a prominent place in the Valley of Heroes, just inside the gates of Stormwind City.

A Thousand Years of War

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Turalyon and Alleria witnessing the devastation of Draenor.
Alleria and Turalyon overlook Hellfire Peninsula from Honor Hold.

Alleria and Turalyon ended up elsewhere on Draenor, in an area of the Twisting Nether that was beginning to merge with the self-destructing world. They were found by Lothraxion, a former member of the Burning Legion who had joined the Army of the Light. Lothraxion told them that they were fated to do battle against the Legion, and he had been sent to find them. However, the Legion had also dispatched an assassin to kill them. After Alleria made short work of the assassin, the naaru Xe'ra appeared before the two and told them that, though the Burning Legion had failed to enter Azeroth during the Second War, they would soon succeed in doing so. Alleria, wishing to see their son Arator once more, pushed Xe'ra to send them to Azeroth to rally the disparate nations to stand against the Legion. Xe'ra told them their aid would not be enough, but that they would be needed to do battle against the Legion elsewhere and were fated to discover the "Emerald Star," which held the means to end the Legion forever. The two then agreed with the necessity of Xe'ra's request, and stepped through a portal to join the Army of Light.[21]

Turalyon and Alleria trained aboard the Army's dimensional ship, the Xenedar. While Turalyon was being infused with the Light by Xe'ra, granting him immortality, Alleria was able to catch a glimpse of a ceremony within the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind City, where she saw Sylvanas and her son Arator. Using the Light, Alleria sent her feelings to her son and when he received her emotions the young Arator looked around, smiled, and then reached out to her statue.

Sometime later the Army of the Light raided a small Legion prison world only to discover all the demons permanently dead due to the void. While looking for survivors Alleria was attacked and infected with the void, which granted her visions. Alleria soon became fascinated with the void and asked Lothraxion to reveal to her all that he knew of it. It was during this time that Alleria learned about the Locus-Walker, a mysterious being who was a powerful master of the void and yet fear its grasp. Convinced that the void would be useful to the fight against the Legion, Alleria revealed to Xe'ra that she wanted to find the Locus-Walker and others like him. While she expected resistance to her plan, Alleria was shocked to be delivered an ultimatum and while she did agree to Xe'ra's wishes, she never forgot her visions or beliefs.

Eventually the Burning Legion invaded the remains of Draenor, now known as Outland. As time flowed differently within the Twisting Nether, the 20 years that had passed on Azeroth translated into more than 500 years for Alleria. Convinced that this is the moment she had been waiting for, Alleria told Xe'ra of a vision she had seen of herself walking on the Legion stronghold world of Argus, and that in this vision she had seen the Emerald Star. With Argus's defenses diminished by their invasion, Xe'ra recognized that there would be no better chance and sent Alleria and Turalyon to discover the truth of the Emerald Star. En route, Alleria privately told Turalyon that her visions were sent not by the Light, but by another force that Xe'ra would object to. Turalyon told her that while he respected Xe'ra's wisdom, he trusted Alleria's instincts more and welcomed any help against the Burning Legion. As they explored Argus, Alleria was struck by a vision sent by the titan world soul at the heart of Argus: it was the Emerald Star that was reviving slain demons of the Burning Legion. Though Turalyon did not see the vision, he spoke aloud a pledge to return and free the world soul from the Legion's imprisonment. When they returned to their transport, though, they found it surrounded by demons intent on capturing them. Though they struck down many demons with the Light, their defeat appeared certain until Alleria called instead upon the Void, striking down the demons and opening a shadowy rift. Turalyon, who had become one with the Light, felt agonizing pain as she dragged him through it to a floating rock far away in the Twisting Nether. Dismayed at what she had done, he reached out to her only for their hands to burn at each others' touch. Alleria told him that she was not his enemy and to return to the Xenedar, and Turalyon watched in tears as she departed through another shadowy portal.[22]

She would be captured by the Legion and held on Niskara with the Locus-Walker as her fellow prisoner. When Locus-Walker was captured by the Legion, the wrappings containing his energy body had been destroyed. After Alleria used his teachings to kill the inquisitor torturing them, Locus-Walker opened a Void rift for them to escape. On the other side was utter nothingness, the Void itself. Their first lesson was about maintaining Alleria's sanity while using the Void's power. Throughout her training Locus-Walker delved into her memories. He explained to her the duality of Light and Shadow, how the Light cannot see the whole of destiny because it alone is not responsible for it; likewise, the shadow cannot see all of destiny either. He explained how the shadow sees the Light as nothing but horrors, just as the Light sees the shadow, and how neither is true nor wrong. How the Light seeks one path and shuns all others as lies, while the Void seeks every possible path and sees them all as truth. Through Locus-Walker's training, Alleria was able to see destiny that both the Light and Shadow could not see.

But Alleria also realized she was delving into the Void too soon, before her destiny demanded it. Seeing a vision of Turalyon presently being attacked by an eredar attempting to steal his soul as a prize, she tried to have Locus-Walker let her go. When he refused as they were not done, she attacked him to force the lesson to be cut short. Furious, Locus-Walker declared her a coward and he should have expected no less. Though he began to gather power to strike back at her, he stopped when he heard what Alleria's vision was and, laughing, said she had made a very determined enemy; Alleria wasn't sure if that meant Locus-Walker or the eredar. Deciding she may have a unique destiny Locus-Walker acquiesced, allowing Alleria to go save her husband. But he believed they would meet again.

After she arrived Alleria drove off the assassin, but could not stop the soulstone from draining Turalyon's soul. She instead used the Void to rip the assassin's poison out of Lothraxion, who saved Turalyon's soul and cleansed the poison from him in turn. After killing the assassin with the void Turalyon warned her to leave, as Xe'ra would not accept her use of the Void. However Alleria refused to leave and when the naaru arrived Turalyon pled for mercy for Alleria. When Alleria refused to renounce the Void, Xe'ra imprisoned her.[23]

Legion

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After years of fruitless research into Alleria's whereabouts, the first lead is presented in the form of a demon who, under torture from the Farstriders, claimed that Alleria was held captive by the inquisitor demons on the Legion portal world of Niskara. Vereesa, joining forces with the Farstriders, forms a team to track the elder Windrunner down and prevent the Legion from gaining her fabled weapon. Although her bow  [Thas'dorah, Legacy of the Windrunners] is recovered and Vereesa gives her blessing for the new soon-to-be leader of the Unseen Path to use it, Alleria herself is nowhere to be found. Vereesa concludes that she must have escaped, and resolves to continue the search in the future.[24] Thas'dorah's recovery renews hope that Alleria had survived the destruction of Draenor, and Vereesa believes that her eldest sister has continued her war against evil by hunting the Burning Legion itself, pursuing it into the deepest recesses of the Twisting Nether.[11]

Lothraxion says that he serves Alleria in the Grand Army of the Light.[7]

Argus

Alleria & Turalyon

Just before the Xenedar was shot down on Argus, Alleria was last known to still be imprisoned[25] and under guard, but Turalyon was certain she would be one of the survivors,[26] and she soon appeared to aid her husband and an adventurer from Azeroth in defeating Aggonar.[27] In a reunion with her son Arator aboard the draenei dimensional ship the Vindicaar, Alleria stated that every choice she and Turalyon made was to keep him safe, and that it broke their hearts to be apart from him. With their family reunited, Alleria vowed that she would not let them separate again.[28] When Vereesa later informed Alleria that Sylvanas was now Warchief of the Horde, Alleria refused to believe it after everything the Horde did to their people. Vereesa was unsure of how to tell her that Sylvanas was also undead, or if it was even the right time or place to do so. When Alleria pressed her for answers, Vereesa decided the matter would be best discussed in private.

Vereesa would also inform her of the valiant efforts that the Huntmaster of the Unssen Path undertook during the mission to rescue her on Niskara.

Alleria states reservations about rescuing the rest of Xe'ra's body from the Xenedar's central chamber, concerned about being locked up again (or worse) but she nonetheless assists Turalyon in doing so.[25] She is present aboard the Vindicaar when Illidan Stormrage rejects and kills Xe'ra. Turalyon, enraged, attempts to strike the Betrayer down, while Alleria seems to be shocked by the fact that Illidan possessed enough power to destroy the prime naaru.

In a reunion with Khadgar, he informed Alleria and Turalyon that Danath and Kurdran were both still alive though he did not get to see them as often as he would like. The three agreed that when the fight was behind them the Sons of Lothar would hold a reunion feast and that, at Alleria's insistence, it was Khadgar's turn to buy the drinks.

When Velen and Turalyon discovered that the Crest of Knowledge, a piece of the Crown of the Triumvirate, was inside the Seat of the Triumvirate on Mac'Aree, Alleria told them that she had scouted the area and realized the darkened naaru L'ura had become a beacon calling the Shadowguard ethereals to use the her Void energies for their own ends.[29] Alleria and an adventurer traveled to the ruins of Mac'Aree, where they encountered Krokul being forcefully infused with the Void by the ethereals, despite the best efforts of Arkhaan to prevent that. They ultimately ran into Alleria's teacher Locus-Walker. He explained that he had come to Argus to investigate what the Shadowguard, a group of ethereals who had tragically succumbed to the Void,[30] were doing there.[31] The Shadowguard, in turn, wanted to capture Locus-Walker before he could disrupt their efforts of making Argus fall to darkness. After showing Alleria and the adventurer what the Shadowguard was up to, Locus-Walker confronted Alleria about Turalyon and what he thought of her use of shadow magic, asking how she could use it when the Light shone so brightly beside her. Alleria countered that without the Light, there is no Shadow.[32]

Alleria siphons L'ura.
Alleria's voidform.

After taking care of the ethereals at the Shadowguard Incursion, Locus-Walker decided to allow Alleria another opportunity to pursue her destiny. After slaying the void revenant Nhal'athoth, Locus-Walker retrieved its heart and gave it to Alleria, who consumed it.[33] After telling Alleria that as long as her mind remained her own she could control the Void's power and that perhaps someday he would tell Alleria how he came to control it by himself, Locus-Walker took his leave.[34]

Within the Seat of the Triumvirate, Alleria met up with Locus-Walker again. During the battle with L'ura he prompted Alleria to use the power of the Void rifts the dark naaru was opening, culminating in her absorbing L'ura's essence and transforming into a Void state. After saying they needed to test the limits of her newfound power, Alleria and Locus-Walker left the Seat. When spoken to on the Vindicaar after the Crown of the Triumvirate is completed, Alleria states that she is in control of her new form, capable of turning it off and on of her own will.

After Sargeras is imprisoned by the Pantheon at the Seat of the Pantheon, Alleria speaks of how her heart soars to return to Azeroth with her family and see the forests of her homeland once more. However, she dreads the meeting with Sylvanas, but must see with her own eyes what her sister has become; Alleria wonders if she is even her sister any more, or some Light-forsaken monster. But Alleria acknowledges that she has also changed, and the powers she commands may cause some to question her loyalties. There is much for her to ponder, and she has to remain calm and focused.

Return to Azeroth

Alleria & Turalyon at the Valley of Heroes.

At the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind City, Alleria and Turalyon stood beneath the memorial statues that had been made for them after the destruction of Draenor, feeling unsettled. Alleria said that sometimes she felt as though she had already died twice, first at Draenor and then with L'ura. She wondered if death was the true legacy of the Windrunners. Turalyon knew she was anxious to meet Sylvanas no matter how she hid it, and while he told her she did not have to go, Alleria insisted that she did. She had to see her homeland with her own eyes and ask Sylvanas how she could ever wear the mantle of Warchief. Turalyon wanted Alleria to tell King Anduin Wrynn about her meeting with her sisters since it took place in Horde territory and involved Sylvanas, the Horde's warchief, but Alleria argued that it was not a political meeting but a family affair taking place in their ancestral home.[35]

Alleria is present at the Stormwind Embassy as part of the Alliance.[6]

Three Sisters

Windrunner sisters reunion

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While touring Stormwind's Valley of Heroes with her lover Turalyon, Alleria revealed her plans to attend a family reunion with her two other sisters in order to determine if she can still see them as her family after all that has transpired and also to see her place of birth, so she can liberate it from the undead that still prowls there. Turalyon couldn't help but notice that she was wearing her Emerald Windrunner locket, one of three nearly identical necklaces she had crafted in Stormwind and had gifted to her other sisters. Alleria created a Void portal and bade Turalyon a fond farewell, telling him should she not return from this meeting alive, to give Arator her love, all while ignoring the dark voices in her head tempting her to give up on her love for Turalyon and slay him.

Alleria first met with Veressa in Eversong, who she affectionately called her "Little Moon". With such golden hair, Vereesa said that it was only fitting that Alleria's nickname was "Lady Sun", although since her transformation with the Void, Alleria feels she can no longer bear that name. Alleria assured Vereesa she was not influenced by the Void's dark power and her love for her loved ones has kept her anchored, yet the dark whispers told Alleria that Silvermoon's throne is hers by right and to use the Void to corrupt Vereesa. Vereesa and Alleria catch up on what has transpired since Alleria was away, including the Alliance-Horde war escalated by Garrosh Hellscream and the death of Vereesa's lover Rhonin during Theramore's Fall. Vereesa mentioned that she had a brief reconnection with Sylvanas when they plotted revenge against Garrosh during his trial in Pandaria, but she had abandoned the plot and warned Anduin Wrynn who subsequently saved Garrosh from being poisoned. Although concerned about Sylvanas' darkness, returning to their homeland has given Alleria hope of them starting anew as she reminisces about happier times with her sisters and their fallen brother Lirath Windrunner. Sylvanas interrupted Alleria's nostalgia by locking hands with her as they did when they used to dance together. Alleria is startled by the undead creature Sylvanas has become and the Void's fanatic warnings of the danger Sylvanas poses and urgings to murder her. Alleria greets Sylvanas by her nickname, "Lady Moon".

They made their way to the undead portions of the Ghostlands and Sylvanas told Alleria the tale of how Arthas Menethil led the Scourge to desecrate the kingdom of Quel'Thalas. Sylvanas provided the Windrunner sisters skeletal horses as they proceeded to purging the undead they met in their path to their ancestral home of Windrunner Spire. During their journey, the sisters played the game "One is a lie" in which they each made three statements with one being a lie. They eventually encountered Goldenmist Village which was inhabited by shades of people they once knew. As the Windrunner sisters defended themselves against the attacking shades, Alleria accused Sylvanas of manipulating Vereesa into murdering Garrosh Hellscream. Sylvanas defended her character and revealed it was Vereesa's plan from the beginning and held Vereesa's lack of nerve responsible for the fallout of Garrosh's actions thereafter, including the third invasion of the Burning Legion. Sylvanas' rage culminated in her unleashing her banshee powers on one shade and brutally eviscerated it. Disgusted by Sylvanas' savage brutality, Alleria transformed into her Void form to declare that the sister she once knew was gone, while the Void continued to give Alleria their fanatical urgings to murder Sylvanas. Sylvanas retorted she had no choice in becoming undead while Alleria abandoned them and chose to become a Void abomination. As the two sisters argued, Vereesa tried to dissipate the hostilities by refocusing their efforts in clearing their home of the undead and revealing the verdicts of their game. Alleria revealed her truths: she did miss her sisters and did not regret being away from Azeroth for so long. Her lie was she considered the Void a gift, in truth she sees it as a relentless struggle that she intends to conquer. When it was Sylvanas' turn to reveal her truths, she refused to continue the game. Alleria told Sylvanas to keep her secrets. Alleria stated that she came here to see if she still had a family because Lirath would have wanted her to try but it is clear to her that her family is broken, both with her sisters and the one in Stormwind. Alleria created a Void portal to return Veressa and her home. Alleria then returned to her son and Turalyon.[36]

Before the Storm

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Following the death of King Anduin Wrynn's manservant Wyll Benton, King Anduin would later summon his advisers along with Alleria and Turalyon to the map room to unveil his plan for a Gathering between the Forsaken and their human loved ones. Alleria shared the story of her reunion with her sisters during the meeting and made it an example of reunions not going well. Alleria also stated she does not trust the rot riddled brains of the Forsaken to differentiate between friend or foe when facing their human counterparts. Furthermore, she advised Anduin to not put his faith in her sister Sylvanas, as she has been in the darkness for far too long, and she believes it has eaten away all that was good in her. Due to these reasons, Alleria advised against going through with King Anduin's idea.[37]

Void elves

When King Anduin Wrynn proclaimed that the Alliance needed allies in the face of war with the Horde,[38] Alleria was determined to bring her people, the blood elves of Silvermoon, back into the Alliance, believing that most would shrug off the Horde if given the chance. Alleria travelled to her homeland and had an audience with her old Farstrider comrade, Lor'themar Theron, now her much-changed homeland's regent lord. She arrived at roughly the same time as First Arcanist Thalyssra of the nightborne, who had also come to Silvermoon to pursue an alliance. Lor'themar introduced Alleria as a hero of Silvermoon's past, and after exchanging pleasant courtesies with Thalyssra and Liadrin, Alleria presented her offer to the regent. Lor'themar reacted curtly to Alleria's words, saying that he'd hoped her visit was motivated by love for Silvermoon rather than an errand for the "boy-king." Their parley quickly turned hostile, Alleria suggesting his words were Sylvanas', and Lor'themar raised the issue of her link to the void and its dangers. Alleria, accepting that her offer had been "anticipated and spurned," then prepared to leave, but asked to see the Sunwell once more, as it had been a thousand years from her perspective. Rommath counselled against it, but Lor'themar overruled him, claiming that whatever else she'd become, Alleria was a daughter of Quel'Thalas and he would not deny her a pilgrimage to their people's most sacred site.

Alleria was in awe of the restored Sunwell, acknowledging that while the same as she recalled, its energies were also different; Liadrin confirmed the presence of the Light as well as the arcane sustains their people through the well now. As Alleria moved closer, the plateau erupted with void corruption, calling forth void beasts, and all those gathered rushed to do battle before the Sunwell was lost. Alleria fought off the creatures, including a mighty void horror named Aruun the Darkener, and moved to close a massive rift portal conjured by the unseen perpetrator of the attack. Combining her powers with Rommath and Thalyssra, Alleria successfully closed the rift, but Rommath, blaming her for the attack, furiously ordered her taken prisoner as a saboteur. Lor'themar intervened, instead banishing her, as her very presence posed a danger to Quel'Thalas. Yet before leaving, Alleria gleaned an important piece of information from Rommath: the existence of void-practicing blood elves who, like her, had been exiled for the danger the void poses to the Sunwell.[39]

Returning to Stormwind, Alleria revealed the outcome of her negotiations to Anduin and revealed what she'd learned of the exiles; she and the Alliance champion then returned to Quel'Thalas to track them down, both out of empathy for her brothers and sisters who may be in grave danger of the void's whispers, and to add their strength to the Alliance.[38]

Alleria arrived in the Ghostlands and reflected on what had befallen her homeland in her many years absent. Following a trail of information left by Magister Umbric, a scholar with a deep interest in the void and the leader of the exiles, Alleria discovered a number of echoes detailing the disgraced magister's past and motivations, from his clash with Rommath to his discovery of a void world containing an item of great power over the shadows. Arriving at Dawnstar Spire, Alleria found the final piece of Umbric's story and opened a portal to the world she believed he sought, named the Telogrus Rift. There, she came face-to-face with Umbric, who had learned of her own consumption of the void and was happy to welcome her. Alleria felt kinship with him, a fellow exile from Silvermoon.[40]

Umbric led Alleria to the item he and his people had uncovered, and began a spell to unlock its powers, but the "ritual" was interrupted by Nether-Prince Durzaan, the void-corrupted ethereal who had attacked Alleria at the Sunwell. Durzaan, desiring to corrupt the blood elves to the void, began a ritual to strip their mortality away and tempt them to succumb. Alleria, outraged, and wanting to protect her kin, fought a vicious battle against Durzaan while encouraging her people to fight the whispers; she also dismissed his attempts to compel Alleria to embrace the abyss herself. She and the champion slew Durzaan and freed her people, who had been transformed by the void. Umbric, altered by the shadow, stepped forward and thanked his Alleria for saving him from the void's full madness. Alleria offered to teach him and his fellow elves all she could to control the void, and in return, he and their people - the void elves - would fight for the Alliance. Umbric accepted Alleria's offer and, stating that Silvermoon had turned its back on him long ago, pledged his loyalty to Alleria and the Alliance.

Triumphant, Alleria returned to report her success, and the addition of the void elves to the Alliance's ranks.[41] Telogrus Rift then became the elves' base of operations, and Alleria's teacher, Locus-Walker, traveled there to help her teach and train the void elves.[42]

Battle for Azeroth

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During the Battle for Lordaeron, void elf and gnome forces led respectively by Alleria and Gelbin Mekkatorque warped in through Void portals at a decisive moment, saving the Alliance from a larger undead army. She personally confronted Nathanos Blightcaller.[43]

Alleria can be found aboard the Wind's Redemption docked at Boralus, where she comments that she is very impressed by Halford Wyrmbane and his adaptability. When Wyrmbane and Shandris Feathermoon disagreed on whether to pursue Jastor Gallywix or Blood Prince Dreven in the Alliance's war effort against the Horde, Alleria came in to tell them that both could be done: Alleria's void elf forces led by Magister Umbric could focus on Gallywix while Shandris focused on Dreven.[44]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Argus  ?? 15,589,005
H [110] Silvermoon City 110 24,406,145
H [110] Remember the Sunwell 110 81,353,817
Stormwind Embassy  ?? 22,064,679
A [110] Telogrus Rift 110 73,548,928

Personality

Alleria in Shadows & Light.

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Alleria is a superb forest fighter who prefers solitude and travels with others only when forced to do so. She speaks infrequently and only in short sentences. She shows passion only where orcs are concerned, hunting them ruthlessly and without mercy.[45] However, much of this personality dissolved when she rekindled her relationship with Turalyon. [citation needed] 

In battle Alleria travels in forests whenever possible and prefers to strike from hiding — especially when attacking orcs, who she believes have no honor and therefore can be killed in any way she sees fit. In battle, she uses her great speed and mobility to weave in and out of the fight, taking point blank shots with maximum efficiency. If forced into melee in a situation where she absolutely cannot fire her bow, she swings it as a quarterstaff. She wields no other weapons — Alleria's special composite bow was her father's, and she employs it exclusively.[45]

Valley of Heroes monument

Alleria's statue in Stormwind City's Valley of Heroes.

Ranger Captain 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. Presumed deceased.


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

Quests

Argus
Allied races

Removed from game The subject of this section did not make it out of the PTR stages.

Quotes

Second War

Main article: Quotes of Warcraft II#Alleria
  • "There is no problem. The Alliance wants every orc dead. So do I. We can work together on that."
  • "I can't stay behind. Don't ask me to. I stayed behind the last time. I won't watch someone I love go to his death while I..." (Jumps into Turalyon's arms.)

World of Warcraft

Greeting
  • Greetings.
  • We each walk a line. Choose yours.
  • What news?
  • Use every weapon at your disposable.
  • It is a good day for a hunt.
Pissed
  • I go missing for all those years and this is how you treat me?
  • Yes. Of course I still love him. Must you be so nosy?
  • (Sigh) Sisters are complicated, especially the undead ones.
  • My void will consume you, if you ask nicely.
Farewell
  • Keep your gaze fixed on your target.
  • We do what we must for those we love.
  • Aim true.
  • Farewell.
  • The shadows can be an ally... if controlled.

Legion

Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Main article: Quest:A Strike at the Heart#Notes
Main article: Quest:Return to the Vindicaar#Notes
Main article: Quest:Gathering Light#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Light Mother#Notes
Main article: Quest:Reinforce Light's Purchase#Notes
Main article: Quest:Storming the Citadel#Notes
Main article: Quest:Heralds of Apocalypse#Notes
Main article: Quest:Lord of the Spire#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Seat of the Triumvirate#Notes
Main article: Quest:Whispers from Oronaar#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Pulsing Madness#Notes
Main article: Quest:Arkhaan's Plan#Notes
Main article: Quest:Arkhaan's Peril#Notes
Main article: Quest:Throwing Shade#Notes
Main article: Quest:Sources of Darkness#Notes
Main article: Quest:A Vessel Made Ready#Notes
Main article: Quest:A Beacon in the Dark#Notes
Main article: Zuraal the Ascended#Quotes
Main article: Saprish#Quotes
Main article: Viceroy Nezhar#Quotes
Main article: L'ura#Quotes
Main article: Garothi Worldbreaker#Quotes
Main article: Broken Cliffs
Main article: Argus the Unmaker#Quotes
Gossip
  • So many demons, so many targets...
  • <Alleria gives you a wry smile.>
    Another beautiful day on Argus.
    Although, now that I can see our home in the sky, I am filled with hope. Returning home is no longer a dream. It is a certainty.
  • The Vindicaar is truly a marvel of the Light, a symbol of what the eredar were. What the draenei still are. Although, do take note that not all of the rooms are as magnificent as this. Some of them are quite confining.
  • I will not be broken.
  • It is truly remarkable how much time has passed, even for an elf. Surely much has changed on Azeroth in our absence.
Post-N [110D] Seat of the Triumvirate: The Crest of Knowledge

Gossip What happened to you in the Seat of the Triumvirate?

As the naaru lay dying, L'ura's essence called to me. A being born of the Light hand turned to shadow.
It was a familiar sensation.
The transformation you witnessed is under my control, to be used when I see fit. I am the same person I was... and yet, something more.
The use of such power makes some... uneasy. But shadow is a force to be harnessed, not feared.
As with any weapon, one must maintain constant control when wielding it.

Gossip I see.

To hunters wielding Thas'dorah

<You catch Alleria out of the corner of your eye. She's looking at your bow.>
Gossip <Stay awhile and listen.>

I would have words with you, Huntmaster.
Vereesa told me you accompanied her on the mission to Niskara. That you risked your own life to rescue me, and prevented her from falling into the inquisitor's trap.
It is clear you wield Thas'dorah with skill and finesse. You bring honor to the bow, and to the memory of those who carried it before you.
There may come a day when I will have need of my family weapon once again. But for now, at least, I have a different path to follow.
Hold Thas'dorah proudly, champion. Know that you have proven worthy of it.

Valley of Heroes

Alleria & Turalyon in the Valley of Heroes.

Alleria's eyes drift from the statue's cold stone visage down to the plague engraved with her epitaph.>
Gossip <Stay awhile and listen.>

Alleria sighs, her brow furrowed.
High Exarch Turalyon says: It is unsettling to look upon these memorials to our passing.
Alleria Windrunner says: Indeed. Sometimes I feel that I have already died twice. Once when we were presumed lost on Draenor, and again when gripped by the shadow of the fallen naaru.
Alleria Windrunner says: Perhaps death is the true legacy of the Windrunners.
High Exarch Turalyon says: You're anxious. You hide it well... but I know you.
Alleria Windrunner says: Like no other, my love.
High Exarch Turalyon says: You don't have to go. You don't have to see her.
High Exarch Turalyon says: Each of you has a path to follow. If the Light wills that those paths intersect, they will. There's no need to force the hand of fate.
Alleria Windrunner says: It is time, Turalyon. I must see my homeland again with my own eyes... and hear from Sylvanas how she could ever wear the mantle of warchief.

Stormwind Embassy

One day Silvermoon will stand again on the side of the Alliance. I know it.

Telogrus Rift

Gossip
  • Remember, control demands sacrifice. Power never comes without a price. You risk losing those closest to you in order to save them.
This is the bargain we have made.
<Alleria looks away.>
  • Studying this rift has value, but we cannot neglect our duty.
Azeroth must be defended. Our place is out there, fighting for our world.
The power that flows through us is a weapon. And weapons must be wielded.
  • The voices never stop. They push, they bully, they plead. They will not relent, not even for a moment.
But you are stronger than the voices. You can glean their secrets and draw upon their strength.

Battle for Azeroth

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content exclusive to Battle for Azeroth.

Wind's Remption, to Void elves

It is good to see you again, <name>. I admire how quickly you have risen through the ranks of the Alliance.

But I am even more pleased that you continue to resist the whispers.

War is chaotic and savage. No matter what you witness--what you experience--you must never lose control. Do not let the shadows overtake your will.

The Alliance is counting on you.

I am counting on you.

Hearthstone trailer

"Many believe magic has maintained order in Quel'Thalas. My bow would say otherwise. One shot, one kill. This is how I preserve our realm. I am Alleria Windrunner. If you stand against me, you're just another target. And I never miss my mark."

Notes & trivia

  • Her generic name in the Ghostlands is High Elf Ranger.
  • Before A Thousand Years of War, Alleria and Turalyon were stated in Beyond the Dark Portal to have materialized from the rift, that they used to escape the destruction of Draenor, back in Hellfire and returned to Honor Hold, which had remained standing through the chaos Draenor had just undergone.
  • Alleria is the former wielder of  [Thas'dorah, Legacy of the Windrunners].[46]
    • In patch 7.3 Alleria wields a bow similar to Thas'dorah. The bow is not exactly the same, having different plating and bow shape as well as void energy towards the center of the bow, though she makes comment to hunter players who have Thas'dorah, claiming she may take up Thas'dorah again personally once this is all over. When Thas'dorah was recovered, Vereesa herself gave her blessing for the hunter player to use the family's weapon, but only because Alleria was missing. Her wording indicated that when she is found, she expects that one way or another it will be returned to Alleria, or at the very least, the ownership of it will be Alleria's decision.
      • On the patch 7.3.0 PTR this line changed depending on if the player was Alliance or Horde. For Alliance players, she stated she would ask for Thas'dorah back. For Horde players, she said she would take Thas'dorah back.[citation needed] 
  • In Ask CDev Round 2, Bashiok said the "missing" characters of the Warcraft universe (Calia Menethil, Turalyon, Alleria Windrunner, Med'an, Gallywix, etc.) have not been forgotten. "While we'd love to talk about these characters, doing so would spoil a number of the plots we have for Cataclysm and beyond. Believe us when we say that you will definitely hear about these characters when we're ready to talk about them!"[47]
  • Alleria is mentioned in one of the loading screen tips: "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years". During Warlords of Draenor alpha, this tip was supplemented: "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years. Still." During Legion it was changed again to "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years... until now!"
  • Blizzard revealed that Alleria's story would not continue in Mists of Pandaria.[48] It was planned to be in the following expansion Warlords of Draenor,[49] but during the WoW Q&A at BlizzCon 2013 it was stated they would not appear in Warlords of Draenor but the expansion after that, later announced as Legion.
  • During the Third War, Sylvanas believed Alleria to be dead.[50]
  • In Tides of Darkness, Alleria's eye color was described as a brilliant emerald-green.[51] In Hearthstone and Legion, she has blue eyes.[52]
    • This was likely changed due to the retcon involving elven eyes, given that green is associated with the blood elves and fel, while high elves typically have blue eyes.
  • Alleria mistook a member of the Convocation of Silvermoon for Dar'Khan.
  • An Alliance stronghold in Outland bears her name, the Allerian Stronghold.
A card back themed after Alleria in Hearthstone.

Disappearance retcon

See Turalyon#Disappearance retcon.

Age

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Alleria's brief entry in the Warcraft Encyclopedia mentions that she fought during the Troll Wars.[13] This would make her over 2,800 years old.[56] Council of Silvermoon members are noted to be far older than Alleria and only some of them had participated in the Troll Wars.[57] Other elves active during that period, such as the 3,000-year-old Anasterian, are described as the most elderly among their kind, with fittingly frail, wizened, and withered appearances.[58][59][60] While Alleria is easily older than any of the humans she interacts with,[61] she is still described as looking young, fit, and beautiful.[62] Alleria's inclusion in the Troll Wars on the Warcraft Encyclopedia might have been a mistake on the writers' part.

Alternatively, the Warcraft Encyclopedia entry might not be referring to the actual Troll Wars of 2,800 years ago, but a more recent conflict with Zul'jin's trolls, making Alleria significantly younger. Zul'jin had been raiding the elves for years and had united many troll warparties. He had initially declined Doomhammer's invitation to join the Horde, but increasing tensions with the elves and their new human allies forced Zul'jin into allying with the orcs.[63][64] Alleria and the other elven archers embroiled in this bloody conflict were descendents of their elder race.[65] Day of the Dragon says that humanity had just finished dealing with the trolls when the orcs first came through the Dark Portal.[66]

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References

  1. ^ N Paladin [110] Champion: Lothraxion
  2. ^ a b #Valley of Heroes monument
  3. ^ A IconSmall VoidElf Male.gifIconSmall VoidElf Female.gif [20] For the Alliance
  4. ^ Wowhead
  5. ^ a b Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Legends of the Land, Alleria
  6. ^ a b Blizzcon 2017: Battle for Azeroth Demo
  7. ^ a b N Paladin [110] Champion: Lothraxion
  8. ^ A IconSmall VoidElf Male.gifIconSmall VoidElf Female.gif [20] For the Alliance, Anduin Wrynn: "The void elves may be a recent addition to our ranks, but Alleria Windrunner is one of our greatest heroes. Under her tutelage, the powers you wield will aid our cause."
  9. ^ N [110] A Strike at the Heart
  10. ^ N Hunter [98 - 110] Rescue Mission
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  15. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 118. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  16. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 5
  17. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 1
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  20. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 247. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
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  22. ^ A Thousand Years of War Part Two: The Emerald Star
  23. ^ A Thousand Years of War Part Three: Shadow and Light
  24. ^ N Hunter [98 - 110] Rescue Mission
  25. ^ a b N [110] The Light Mother
  26. ^ N [110] Rendezvous
  27. ^ N [110] A Strike at the Heart
  28. ^ N [110] Return to the Vindicaar
  29. ^ N [110] The Seat of the Triumvirate
  30. ^ N [110] The Shadowguard Incursion
  31. ^ N [110] Arkhaan's Peril
  32. ^ N [110] Throwing Shade
  33. ^ N [110] A Vessel Made Ready
  34. ^ N [110] A Beacon in the Dark
  35. ^ Windrunner: Three Sisters
  36. ^ Three Sisters
  37. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 17
  38. ^ a b A [110] The Call for Allies
  39. ^ H [110] Remember the Sunwell
  40. ^ A [110] The Ghostlands
  41. ^ A [110] Telogrus Rift
  42. ^ A IconSmall VoidElf Male.gifIconSmall VoidElf Female.gif [20] For the Alliance
  43. ^ A [110 - 120] The Battle for Lordaeron
  44. ^ Quest:Our Next Target
  45. ^ a b Arthaus. Shadows & Light, 58. ISBN 9781588469731. 
  46. ^ Legion: Hunter Artifact Reveal
  47. ^ Ask CDev#Ask CDev Answers - Round 2
  48. ^ Best Buy Developer Q&A - MMO-Champion
  49. ^ Diablo III: Book of Cain-like Warcraft Book in the Horizon, Turalyon & Alleria Next Xpac - BlizzPlanet
  50. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pg 420 (ebook). "Sylvanas was fiercely glad that Alleria was dead, could not see this, could not see what a former champion of the Light was doing to everything the Windrunners loved and cherished."
  51. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg 167 (ebook)
  52. ^ Alleria's Hearthstone reveal trailer, HD
  53. ^ N [100] Fate of the Fallen
  54. ^ Michele Morrow on Twitter
  55. ^ Hearthstone‏ on Twitter
  56. ^ Timeline (Ultimate Visual Guide)
  57. ^ Tides of Darkness, ch. 14.
  58. ^ Blood of the Highborne: ... and though the weight of three thousand years had exacted a heavy toll on his body...
  59. ^ Tides of Darkness: The high elf king was old, old even for an elf, with hair that had long since turned white and skin thin as parchment and lined as a piece of old wood. He had gone from slender to frail but his blue eyes were still piercing and his voice, though thin as well, was still filled with authority.
  60. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King: Three millennia rested upon those shoulders; the white hue of hair that fell almost to his feet was due to age, not dark magics.
  61. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 2
  62. ^ Tides of Darkness
  63. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual: Zul'jin
  64. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. "Four", Tides of Darkness, 96-100 (ebook). ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  65. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual: Elven Archer
  66. ^ Knaak, Richard A.. "One", Day of the Dragon, 6 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6. 

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