Council of Exarchs
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The Council of Exarchs, also known as the Hand of the Prophet or the Exarch Council, are the leaders of draenei society, answerable only to the Prophet Velen himself. There are five members of the Council, each leading a sect of draenei society: The Artificers, the engineers and craftsmen; the Auchenai, keepers of the dead, guardians of the holy tomb-city of Auchindoun; the Rangari, or "Eyes of the Prophet", the scouts and rangers; the Sha'tari, the researchers of the naaru; and the Vindicators, the holy warriors.
The Council of Exarchs was established shortly after the draenei and Genedar crashed on Draenor. Velen realized that with , , and unavailable to guide them and his visions of the future having become unreliable, his judgement was no longer without fault and it would be disastrous if he was the only leader of his people. The Auchenai were a later addition, after Maladaar - at the time a member of the Sha'tari - discovered that D'ore's corpse was attracting the souls of draenei who died in the Genedar's crash and allowed the draenei to commune with them. Auchindoun was constructed and the Auchenai established to protect the dead.
Reputation with the Council is gained through questing in Shadowmoon Valley and Talador. After completing these, killing level 100+ mobs at Darktide Roost, the Pillars of Fate and Socrethar's Rise grant reputation all the way to Exalted.
|5,000 5,000||Mount (150)|
|<High Vindicator>||Leader of the Vindicators||Alive||Various Locations|
|<Chief Artificer>||Leader of the Artificers||Deceased||Elodor Fields, Shadowmoon Valley|
|General (probably member in the main timeline)||Deceased||Shattrath City|
|<Speaker for the Dead>||Leader of the Auchenai||Alive||Various Locations|
|<Rangari Prime>||Leader of the Rangari||Alive||Various Locations|
|<Sha'tari Proconsul>||Former leader of the Sha'tari turned traitor||Defected||Various Locations|
When a player becomes revered with the Council, Exarch Akama will mail them a letter:
You have proven yourself to be a great friend to the Council of Exarchs, an indispensable ally in our time of greatest need. Thank you for your continued efforts to defend Auchindoun and reclaim Shattrath. The Prophet once told me that we only see shadows before us when the light is at our back. With faith, we will prevail!
I have spoken with Vindicator Nuurem, the Exarch quartermaster located at the Stormshield town hall in Ashran. Some supplies are available to you there.
- Exarch Akama
High Vindicator of the Exarch Council
Upon reaching exalted reputation with the Council, Exarch Naielle will send them a letter:
From the gardens of Karabor to the treacherous shores of Gorgrond, from the battlefields of Ashran to the towers of Highmaul and everywhere in-between, my rangari scouts around the world have noted your heroic deeds. Thank you for all that you have done for my people. Know that wherever the draenei tread, you will always have a friend.
- Exarch Naielle
Rangari Prime of the Exarch Council
- Echoes of all future members of the Council of Exarchs in the main universe can be seen at the Circle of Aspirants in Mac'Aree. Naielle is the youngest, being the only child. Despite this, Akama was the only one explicitly described as young on Draenor. Notably however, Akama is also the only adult of the future Exarchs who does not have the title of Councilor.
- The Army of the Light also has a Council of Exarchs. is a member of it and his title is High Exarch. The Artificers are also a part of the army.
The Council appears to have been abandoned following the collapse of draenei society, as there is no mention of it in the present day of the main timeline and numerous Exarchs are found scattered across Azeroth and Outland. The Triumvirate of the Hand may be some form of replacement for it, at least to some extent. With approximately nine of every ten draenei murdered by the Orcish Horde, perhaps there was simply not enough people alive to even justify having such a tier of authority.
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Added.