Ashra Valandril

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HordeAshra Valandril
Image of Ashra Valandril
Gender Male
Race Blood elf
Class Paladin
Affiliation(s) Horde, Quel'Thalas, Blood Knights, Garad'kra
Occupation Senior Blood Knight, Garad'kra member
Location Unknown
Status Alive
Relative(s) Isilra (lover)
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Ashra Valandril is an elite Blood Knight. When the Warchief of the Horde, Garrosh Hellscream, demanded the best the sin'dorei had to offer to represent their race in the newly-formed Garad'kra, Ashra was sent.

He struggles between his feelings for his lover, Isilra, and his devotion to the Light. He has fought within Ragefire Chasm, Blackfathom Deeps, Shadowfang Keep, and the gates of Deatholme to avenge a fallen comrade's honor.[1]

History

Beginnings and Ends

At some point after the battle for Quel'Danas, Ashra met with Isilra before the restored Sunwell, ensuring her that his feelings for her are not marred by his love for the Light. Her father apparently disapproves of their relationship.[2]

Bloodsworn

Ashra was chosen by the blood elven leadership to represent the blood elves in the new Horde unit, Garad'kra, an elite group of veterans whose mission was to protect Horde interests all over the world.

Before leaving, Ashra conferred with Isilra in Eversong Woods, promising to return home to her soon. She gave him a handmade cord to remember her by, which Ashra is highly protective of. He did not immediately take to his new companions, especially the orcish members, whom Ashra feared were prone to racism and merely using his people. He also took issue with serving alongside the Forsaken, Felgrim, who was personally responsible for assisting in Grand Apothecary Putress at the Wrathgate, albeit unknowingly. Ashra had lost a number of his brethren during the apothecaries' great betrayal.

Ashra challenged Shagara for command of the unit, believing that leadership of the Garad'kra should be chosen by martial skill rather than race. However, he was defeated and nearly killed in the ensuing duel; Shagara opted not to take the fight to the death.

Ashra began to warm to his companions after this. Using his skills as a healer and a warrior, he saved multiple members of the group from death during their battles with the centaur. He proved an invaluable asset with his holy powers and strength, overwhelming groups of enemies.

He somewhat found peace with the group after their victory over the centaur and their khan, coming to accept that racial differences -- even those as diverse as the Garad'kra -- do not always have to lead to animosity.

Appearance and personality

Ashra is a well-built blood elf with a custom suit of Blood Knight armour; in Bloodsworn, his battle gear is a mixture of both red and blue. He wears a long blue cape and often sports a hood, the latter somewhat reminiscent of a recoloured  [Hateful Gladiator's Scaled Helm]. His body glows with holy energy when he undergoes a spell or Light-based attack. His preferred weapons are a sword-and-shield combo.

Though often brusque, curt, and blunt, Ashra holds good intentions and does not see value in the racial inequality plaguing some of the Horde's members. He is highly proud of his status as a Blood Knight; he is also a strong believer in the Light, and feels just as strongly for his lover, Isilra.

Quotes

  • "You, dearheart. Always you."[3]
  • "You dare provoke a Blood Knight?"
  • "Thrall preached unity, but rarely does your kind live by those words. And this new warchief, Garrosh, does he even pretend to embrace these ideals?"

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