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AllianceAnduin Llane Wrynn
Image of Anduin Llane Wrynn
Title High King of the Alliance,[1][2]
King of Stormwind,[3][4]
Crown Prince of Stormwind[5] (formerly)
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Class Priest[6][7]
Affiliation(s) Kingdom of Stormwind, Alliance, House of Wrynn
Occupation High King of the Alliance, King of Stormwind;[4]
Former occupation(s) Crown Prince of Stormwind
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Landan (great-great grandfather)
Barathen and Varia (great-grandparents)
Llane and Taria (grandparents)
Varian (father, deceased)
Tiffin (mother, deceased)
Ellerian noble family (maternal relatives)
Magni Bronzebeard ("uncle")
Jaina Proudmoore ("aunt")
Mentor(s) Varian Wrynn, Bolvar Fordragon, Jaina Proudmoore, Valeera Sanguinar,[8] Velen,[3] Genn Greymane,[3] Chi-Ji
There will be peace. One day.
— Anduin Wrynn[1][3]

Anduin Llane Wrynn[9][3] is the King of Stormwind, High King of the Alliance, and commander of all Alliance forces[10] since the death of his father, Varian Wrynn.

After the abduction of King Varian when Anduin was just a boy, he was named King of Stormwind under the regency of Bolvar Fordragon and the advise of Lady Katrana Prestor. In truth, however, Katrana Prestor was a disguise for the black dragon Onyxia, who had used her dark magic to split Varian in two. When one half of Varian returned to the throne of Stormwind, Anduin was the first to sense something amiss with the man claiming to be his father. Before long, the other half of Varian returned to Stormwind and unmasked Lady Prestor for what she truly was, but in response, Onyxia kidnapped Anduin and brought him to her lair across the sea. Despite the two Varians' differences, their shared love for Anduin allowed them to work together to slay Onyxia and save their son from the dragon's clutches; in the process, Onyxia inadvertently fused Varian's two halves back into a single man.

Years later, in the wake of the Alliance's renewed tensions with the Horde and elemental unrest across Azeroth, Anduin traveled to the dwarven city of Ironforge as a diplomat and formed close ties with the dwarven ruler King Magni Bronzebeard and his assigned bodyguard Aerin Stonehand. After Aerin and many other citizens were killed in one of many earthquakes that began plaguing Khaz Modan, Anduin witnessed how Magni was transformed into a diamond statue in an earthen ritual gone awry and was later forced to remain in Ironforge after Magni's estranged daughter Moira Thaurissan took control of the city. Varian infiltrated Ironforge to end Moira's rule, but Anduin convinced him to spare her life and instead install a Council of Three Hammers to govern the dwarf clans. Throughout these events, Anduin repeatedly visited his surrogate aunt Jaina Proudmoore in her city of Theramore and, through a chance encounter, forged a close friendship with the tauren leader Baine Bloodhoof.

In contrast to his decisive warrior father, Anduin is contemplative and diplomatic, and around the time of the Cataclysm decided to pursue the path of a priest of the Church of the Holy Light, later beseeching the draenei leader Prophet Velen to accept him as a pupil. Similar in ways to Jaina Proudmoore prior to Theramore's Fall, Anduin sought a peaceful way to end the conflict between the Alliance and Horde.

Months later, Anduin was shipwrecked on the long-forgotten, mysterious continent of Pandaria. King Varian immediately dispatched agents of the SI:7 to bring his son home, but Anduin refused to be rescued while there were opportunities to help the inhabitants of Pandaria. Anduin ventured throughout the continent, studying under the August Celestial Chi-Ji the Red Crane and helping to combat the ancient threat of the sha, dark spirits who feed on negative energy. Anduin played a leading role in preventing the Horde's ruthless warchief Garrosh Hellscream from utilizing the sha as a weapon, though he nearly lost his life in the process. While recovering, Anduin made an acquaintance in the form of the eccentric Black Prince Wrathion. Eventually, Garrosh was overthrown and put on trial in Pandaria. Anduin often visited the captive Hellscream in his cell, and later saved his life after Vereesa Windrunner revealed that Garrosh's food was poisoned.

Years later, Stormwind tragically lost its king in battle against the invading demons of the Burning Legion. Following Varian's death, Anduin permanently assumed the throne of Stormwind. In the face of the Legion's onslaught, Anduin grew certain that lasting peace would not be achieved without bloodshed, and as he worked to save lives and fend off the demons' advance, Anduin was forced to reconcile his yearning for peace with the necessity for war.[1] In the wake of the Burning Legion's defeat, an escalating war with the Horde — now led by Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner — threatens everything Anduin holds dear. Though he now leads the armies of the Alliance across all of Azeroth, Anduin's ultimate goal is to put an end to the bloodshed he so abhors, even if it means getting his hands dirty.[11]

Anduin was named after two venerated figures of Stormwind history: his grandfather King Llane Wrynn and the legendary Sir Anduin Lothar.[12] As of Battle for Azeroth, Anduin is 18 years old.[13]

Biography

Youth

During the time of renewed tranquility after the Second War, King Varian Wrynn was wed to a young, beautiful woman named Tiffin Ellerian in a pre-arranged marriage and in Year 15 conceived a son, Anduin, named for Lothar. When Arthas visited Stormwind, he also met the recently born Anduin. Anduin gripped his finger.[14] When he was a small boy, he would sneak into the map room and play with figures representing soldiers.[15]

After the dust had settled from the Third War, Varian was asked to cooperate with Warchief Thrall. He hesitated but Anduin convinced him at least to go and hear the orc leader out despite Lady Katrana Prestor's objections. Varian journeyed to Theramore to speak with Lady Jaina Proudmoore regarding Horde/Alliance relations.[16]

After King Varian Wrynn went missing under suspicious circumstances while en route to a diplomatic summit to Theramore Isle, Stormwind was believed to be going through a state of disarray. At the behest of the royal councilor, Lady Prestor, young Anduin was given the crown so that order could be preserved within the kingdom of Stormwind. As wise a ruler as any ten-year-old has a right to be, few citizens were aware that their true king had been missing for so long, and Anduin did the best he could to allay their fears. It was widely held that the boy would grow to become a shrewd leader one day.[17] Highlord Bolvar Fordragon acted as a the Regent of Stormwind and the Supreme Commander of Stormwind's forces on behalf of King Anduin, with Lady Prestor advising Bolvar on the proper use of Stormwind's resources.[18][19]

Return of the king

Prince Anduin Wrynn

When Varian returned, a massive ceremony was held in Stormwind to welcome him home. However, the Varian that returned was arrogant, frivolous, and markedly interested in Katrana Prestor. The people of Stormwind had only been informed that the Defias had ransomed the king, a ransom paid with a painful new tax. Upon his return, however, Varian seemed concerned only with spending more of his people's money, leaving affairs of state by the wayside. Anduin Wrynn was distressed by his father's change.

A few days later in Stormwind City, King Magni Bronzebeard was on a visit and was discussing war plans against the orcs and Dark Iron dwarves with King "Varian" and Bolvar Fordragon. However, Varian Wrynn was counseled by Lady Katrana Prestor to not send troops to help the dwarves fight against the dark irons. King Magni left disappointed in Varian's subservience to Lady Prestor's wishes and his dishonorable demeanor. While going to the Deeprun Tram, Magni was met by the young Prince Anduin Wrynn who told the dwarven king that he too suspected something was amiss about his "father".

Some time later, Anduin was practicing his archery with his "father" and asked Varian how he was kidnapped by the Defias. Anduin further questioned him how he later came into the hands of the naga for ransom, in reply to which his father told him that his past was a blank and he could not recall any events before his rescue. For Anduin's improvement in his archery, Varian granted him one reward. Anduin requested that the details of Varian's disappearance be further investigated.

Later Anduin, Varian, Bolvar, and Lady Prestor were riding horseback through the countryside outside Stormwind, with Anduin imploring his father to listen to Stormwind's problems. However, before Anduin could elaborate, his horse was purposely roused by an unknown assailant, causing Anduin to lose control and tumble over a ledge. Varian swiftly caught Anduin, but upon making physical contact, his mind was enveloped with a flashback of past events. Anduin, embracing his father, lost any doubts about him being an imposter. Varian started to tell Bolvar, Anduin, and Lady Prestor about his visions, until Lady Prestor touched him and remarked how astonished she was by his nobility. Bolvar surmised that Varian became befuddled when around her, losing his honor and respect for others. Bolvar became more anxious to discover the secrets of Varian's abduction and sudden return, knowing this would lead to trouble.

One day, a second Varian and his allies marched through the gates of Stormwind. Katrana Prestor hastily gathered soldiers only to have the first Varian tell her that she was disobeying the chain of command and was not in charge of Stormwind. Entering Stormwind Keep, the second Varian - known by the nickname Lo'Gosh - declared Katrana's masquerade was over and called her by her true name: Onyxia.

Anduin threatened by Onyxia.

As Onyxia revealed her dragon form and transformed multiple guards into dragonspawn, Lo'Gosh and his allies began battle in the great hall of Stormwind Keep. The arrival of Highlord Bolvar Fordragon along with Anduin greatly aided them in securing the keep but Reginald Windsor was killed moments later by Onyxia. Anduin, surprised by seeing two Varians, urged them to stop fighting each other and face the true threat, the brood mother Onyxia. The great dragon snatched Anduin and teleported them to her lair; daring Varian to follow suit. Regrouping with their friends, the two Varians were left to grieve the loss of their son. Lo'Gosh told their friends and allies that the final battle would end in Onyxia's Lair.

Though imprisoned by Onyxia in her lair, Anduin was able to cut through his rope restraints and evade Onyxia's dragonkin guards. Using his wits, he bunkered down in a small crevice where Onyxia's pursuing dragon whelps wouldn't be able to reach him. He was able to evade capture until Varian and his reinforcements arrived. Onyxia held Anduin hostage, threatening to kill him if Varian didn't surrender Stormwind over to her. Anduin urged his father not to give in to her threats and Lo'Gosh agreed to fight and die with Anduin if need be. Lo'Gosh threw a knife at the dragon's claw to loosen her hold over Anduin. Anduin fell from a great height but was caught and saved by Broll Bearmantle, who had assumed his raven form to catch Anduin mid air. With Anduin's safety secured, the Stormwind army continued the battle.

Leading an assault against Onyxia, both Varians engaged her in battle. Weapons and magic clashed with her numerous dragonkin, with both sides determined to win. Becoming desperate to end the fight, Onyxia began casting the spell she was going to use on Alcaz Island to kill Lo'Gosh, but Lo'Gosh's double responded by stepping in front of the blast, saying he should die because Lo'Gosh was the embodiment of the true Varian. Not willing to sacrifice his double, Lo'Gosh leapt alongside his other self hoping to save him. The magic spell became disrupted by having the two Varians in the spell, and after a moment of silence Varian emerged, his two halves fused back together. Onyxia tried desperately to incinerate him, but Varian swiftly reached Onyxia's head and impaled her. With Onyxia dead, Varian reunited with his son and friends, telling them that their long and noble deeds would be rewarded and that Stormwind had been reborn with a new hope for the future.

Theramore peace summit

While returning to Theramore, Varian was asked by Jaina Proudmoore to meet with the orc Warchief Thrall so that they may discuss plans to ease tensions between the Horde and Alliance. Varian, however, was still wary of orcs for their role in Stormwind's destruction during the First War and didn't trust them to be true allies. Though he was content with just Stormwind and the Horde no longer being in a state of open war and reluctant to enforce such a peace, he was convinced by Anduin and Valeera Sanguinar to attend citing that a human-orc alliance may benefit Stormwind's prosperity. Anduin participated in the summit and was thus present when the Twilight's Hammer attacked the city. He encountered and was saved by Med'an.

Scourge Invasion

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When the Scourge attacked Stormwind Varian and Bolvar went to defend the city. At first, Varian wanted to get Anduin to the safety, but moments later, a Scourge soldier almost attacked Varian from behind and Anduin threw a dagger into him saving Varian's life. Bolvar then commanded Anduin to get atop a city tower and shoot undeads with his bow. Stormwind won the battle and Varian pronounced that Alliance forces led by Bolvar will strike into Northrend. Anduin was saddened by Bolvar's leaving and by the upcoming war. Varian then calmed Anduin by telling him that after the death of Lich King, there will be a world of peace.

Wrath of the Lich King

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Anduin now stood by his father's side in Stormwind Keep's throne room.

Weeks after the Lich King was killed, Anduin became a victim of the Emerald Nightmare, suffering from his nightmares.[20]

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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Anduin witnesses King Magni's petrification.

For a long time Anduin has longed for peace. He longs for a reprieve from the countless deaths and casualties taken from war and natural disasters. Unfortunately, this sometimes puts him at odds with his father's aggressive nature, which threatens to throw their kingdom into more conflict and war. Though Anduin is wary of Varian's violent outbursts, he understands that his father is a just man who wants to protect the Alliance's interests, and that he needs compassion for the burdens he has to undertake to make the decisions of a leader. Burdens he realizes that he too will inherit some day. He took Bolvar's death very hard.

Although his archery and dagger throwing skills are superb, Anduin has no talent for martial training or handling heavy weapons, unlike his father. Despite this, Varian wants for him to become a warrior. Anduin follows a pacifist philosophy and is more compassionate and understanding; concerned more with the preservation of life. Though not considered weak by his father, he is considered soft. King Varian allows him to spend more time in Theramore under the guidance of Jaina Proudmoore while Varian tries to figure out how to deal with the aggressive outbursts evoked from his Lo'Gosh personality. Jaina gives Anduin a  [Hearthstone] she had already arranged to be created for him, which is set to her living room in Theramore and links it to him, so that he can easily teleport over for a visit anytime he likes.

He later spends time in Ironforge as a Stormwind diplomat. Though he believed that he was sent there to aid the dwarves in such troubling times, to his chagrin, he quickly figures out that Varian hopes training with the dwarves would toughen him up (much like Hjalmar Anvilmar's training had improved Varian's own martial skills). During his time in Ironforge, Anduin also discovered his true calling in life: to be a priest devoted to the tenets of the Holy Light. For those who know Anduin well, this discipline is a perfect fit for the prince, who has consistently proven himself to be compassionate and thoughtful. While there, Anduin also witnesses first hand the destruction of the Cataclysm as earthquakes wreaked havoc in Khaz Modan, leading to the death of one of his friends, Aerin. In order to stop the earthquakes, King Magni led a small procession down into a secret place in the city, Old Ironforge, where he used the Ulduar tablets and was cursed with petrification. Anduin was present to represent Stormwind, and among the gathering of dwarves and gnomes was the only human to be invited. It may even be possible that he was the first human to ever see Old Ironforge in all its glory. During the funeral of Magni, Anduin for the first time saw heroes like Tyrande Whisperwind, Malfurion Stormrage and Nobundo.

In the wake of King Magni's petrification, Moira Thaurissan returned to Ironforge to claim the throne. Backed by the Dark Iron clan, Moira ruled Ironforge arrogantly and with an iron fist. She held all the people of Ironforge hostage, including Prince Anduin. Anduin escaped Ironforge with Jaina's hearthstone, just as Baine Bloodhoof also happened to be visiting her. At Theramore, he and Baine discussed their problems and their similar situations of being sons of leaders. Through their discussion, both discovered new insights on the difference between right and wrong and what it means to be a leader. Near the end of their discussions, Anduin gave Baine the great mace Fearbreaker. Anduin's reasons behind it were "it had chosen Baine, as it had chosen Anduin beforehand."

When Anduin heard Varian and eighteen SI:7 operatives were on a mission to liberate Ironforge by assassinating Moira Thaurissan, he convinced the very reluctant Jaina to open a mage portal to Ironforge for him, stating that while he hoped he would not become king for many years, one day he would and would have to deal with similar situations. Rushing back to the High Seat with the aid of an  [Invisibility Potion], he arrived in time to convince Varian to spare Moira's life. Just before Varian was about to execute Moira, Anduin intervened and urged him that it would be better to guide Moira to be a better leader rather than to just execute her. Despite Moira being a tyrant who held the city hostage, she was still the legitimate heir to the throne and killing her would only put the succession of Ironforge into question, thus leading to more chaos and conflict. Whereas if she lived, through her and her son, all dwarven clans could unite. Varian slowly agreed but was also conflicted as Moira had caused so much chaos and had already threatened the safety of his son. Varian agreed to spare Moira's life but stipulated that if Moira was to be a leader and unite the dwarves, she would have to earn her crown by earning her people's respect. In order to take into account the opinions of all dwarves, Varian called for the formation of the Council of Three Hammers. Father and son hugged and reconciled while the populace of Ironforge applauded King Varian's decision.[9]

The death of Aerin impacted Anduin in another way. Before he met the dwarven guard, he resented training with heavy weapons and often found excuses to avoid it. But since he lost the dwarf who, for at least a brief time, taught him how to fight, he decided to train again so he could become at least a good swordsman, fully aware that he also has the Light by his side.[21]

Wolfheart

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Anduin journeyed with his father to a summit of the Alliance delegates in Darnassus. Upon arriving in the middle of the banquet; his father started deprecating Genn Greymane and the rest of Gilneas for abandoning the Alliance in their hour of need during the Third War. During Varian's chiding, Malfurion noticed Velen's sudden interest in the young prince. When his father abruptly retired to his guest chambers, Anduin was inadvertently left behind and was found talking with Velen about the Light. Their discussion however was interrupted when the young prince's personal guards noticed he didn't retire with them and came to retrieve him. It was later that night, while the prophet was meditating in the Temple Gardens, that Anduin approached him again, wondering if they could resume their discussion.

After reflecting on his discussion with Velen, he was certain that the Light had a plan for him but knew that Varian's willful and overprotective nature was holding him back. It was after Anduin overheard the argument between Malfurion and Varian, that he made his decision and informed his father about his choice to leave, stating that he wanted to pursue whatever destiny the Light was drawing him to. When he felt that he couldn't get his father to listen to him, Anduin started to leave. Varian, in a fit of anger and desperation, grabbed his son's arm, inadvertently hurting him in the process. Though he loves his father, this violent act has caused Anduin to be wary of him. Varian then suggested to Anduin that he should study with Archbishop Benedictus, in order to get his son to stay in Stormwind, but the young prince declined, stating that Benedictus was not right for what he needed to learn, and that he needed to go elsewhere, as previously informed by High Priest Rohan, and that elsewhere was with the prophet Velen.

After a final plea by King Varian, Anduin said his good-byes and headed towards the Temple Gardens to inform Velen of his decision. After making sure that the young prince was certain of his choice, Velen offered to take Anduin under his wing and noted that he has a great destiny ahead of him within the Light. After the battle for Ashenvale, Anduin sends a message to Varian to let him know that he will return to Stormwind City after his journey with Velen is completed.[22]

Prophet's Lesson

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When human refugees started to congregate outside the Exodar in the wake of the Cataclysm, Anduin was among them, offering his services and healing the sick. Despite his altruism, many of the refugees resented him for his special relationship with his mentor Velen. When Anduin questioned Velen about why he did not warn about the Cataclysm, Velen showed him a vision of a world destroyed by the Burning Legion, explaining that as terrible as Deathwing and the Cataclysm were, the war with the Burning Legion was a far greater struggle. That night, Anduin had a vision of a universe that was in the process of being utterly consumed by a darkness. But then beings of Light appeared, rescued him from the dark and showed him the face of one of the male refugees. The beings surrounding Anduin said or sang in a melodic tone, "Each life, a universe."

As the weeks passed, tension increased between the draenei and the human refugees, and Anduin rebuked Velen for focusing entirely on the Burning Legion while other, more immediate concerns pressed. When the refugees started a riot, leading to a fight with the draenei guards, Anduin rushed to Velen, begging him to stop the needless slaughter. Reminding the prophet of the words in his vision, that every life is a universe to protect, Velen at last realized that he had lost sight of the present world and its needs by being so focused on the future. Stopping the fight between the refugees and guards, Velen told Anduin that he would one day be a powerful priest and a wise king, and Anduin wished only that his father had heard those words.[23]

During his time in the Exodar, he would also spend some time with the naaru O'ros.[24]

Blood of Our Fathers

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Anduin returned to Stormwind for Remembrance Day, only to find his father in the throne room shouting at a group of nobles. Disappointed that his father was still ruled by his temper, Anduin left the throne room. He was reunited with his father shortly thereafter by Archbishop Benedictus, who had arranged a meeting for them at Tiffin's grave at Stormwind City Cemetery. Having been reminded of their love for Tiffin and of family, the bad blood between father and son soon faded away. Varian apologized to Anduin for being so blind in not recognizing the man Anduin has become, recognizing Anduin's strengths and giving him his mother's locket.

Their tender reunion was cut short by the arrival of a group of Twilight's Hammer assassins that had followed them to the cemetery, intent on killing both king and prince. The pair fought back, with Anduin using the Light to bolster and protect his father. However, the last of the assassins managed to summon a massive drakonid as he died, which eventually overcame Varian's defenses and nearly killed him. With his father dying, Anduin conjured a barrier to protect them and dispelled the drakonid's defensive magic, allowing Varian to use the last of his strength to slay the beast. As Varian lay dying, he told Anduin that he loved him, that he was proud of him, and not to mourn him as this had always been his fate. Though Marcus Jonathan and Jaina Proudmoore wanted to take Anduin to a more secure location, Anduin refused to leave his father. Praying to the Light, he infused his father's body with an influx of divine energy and saved his life.

In his Remembrance Day speech that evening, Varian stated that though in the past they relied on strength and steel to forge their destiny, a time would come when leaders would need to be healers instead of warriors: those who mend instead of those who break. Anduin watched his father with pride and love as his words stirred the hearts of their people.[25]

Cataclysm

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Anduin in Cataclysm.

King Varian Wrynn enlisted an Alliance champion to mentor his son, Prince Anduin Wrynn. After introducing the two,[26] Varian reveals that he has been amassing a war fleet to assault the Twilight's Hammer in the Twilight Highlands but several setbacks have delayed its launch. In order to resolve the constant delays, Varian has tasked the Alliance champion to oversee the operation personally while Prince Anduin observes. Varian, wishing for his son to gain some life experience but fearful for his safety, instructs the player to escort him throughout his apprenticeship;[27] this escort later turns into unraveling a Twilight's Hammer plot where a trusted Stormwind guard attempts to assassinate Varian but Anduin thwarts his plans.[28]

Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War

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While Anduin continued his studies about the Holy Light with the draenei, he remained in contact with his "aunt" Jaina through a magical mirror. He and Jaina engaged in brief small talk about his studies and when Jaina went to go meet with Thrall, the young prince told her to be careful and to give his best to Thrall.

When word reached to Anduin about the Attack on Theramore Isle, he quickly returned home knowing that if Jaina had survived, she would venture to Stormwind. To his utter joy, his "aunt" did survive but during the subsequent hug he gave to her, he noticed that Jaina was stiff in his embrace. After answering why he was in Stormwind, Anduin was silent while Jaina and his father talked about going to war. However, as Jaina, in her quest for vengeance, began to advocate the slaughtering of all the orcs, Anduin quickly yelled her name in a mixture of pain, shock, and horror. When Varian pointed out that the Alliance shouldn't rush into the war and Anduin mentioned how not everyone in the Horde would agree with Garrosh Hellscream's decision to use the mana bomb, Jaina, in turn, berated both father and son: calling Varian a coward and Anduin a gullible child, while apologizing for her role for encouraging his naivete in that regard. Jaina then called Varian and Anduin fools and turned her back on them when they cried out her name and stepped toward her imploringly. That night, both father and son had a long conversation about what exactly hatred could to do to a person. Anduin mentioned that while he knew why the Alliance had to fight the Horde, he made it clear that he did not want to be like Jaina; attacking with hatred in his heart.

Later on, as Anduin, Varian, and Broll Bearmantle observed the new ships being constructed for the Alliance war effort at Stormwind Harbor, the young prince questioned if the night elves would be able to fight their way out of the Horde's blockade. Broll assured him and Varian that the night elves were doing the best they can at the moment and that any lives sacrificed had to count; pointing out that the Alliance had a better chance of victory when they were focused together. After contemplating Broll's words and gazing at the harbor, Anduin couldn't help but wonder why the Horde attacked Theramore with the mana bomb. He furthermore mentioned that the Horde had no idea that the civilians were transported away from Theramore. Varian laid a comforting hand on his son's shoulder and told him that he wished he could tell him why people did horrible things. Upon Anduin's inquiry if Garrosh will win if the Alliance doesn't stoop to his level, both Broll and Varian declared that they would never allow that to happen as long they both live and breathe. When Anduin further asked if Jaina would ever get better, his father told him that he hoped so.

During an Alliance meeting, Anduin informed everyone that Jaina had been to Theramore when Gelbin Mekkatorque asked if anyone had gone there following the massacre. When Gelbin, while relieved at her survival, questioned why she was not present in their planning, Varian only replied that she was too impatient to work with them and is fighting the Horde using her own methods. Soon afterwards, Varian was able to convince those at the meeting to commit to his plan to attack Orgrimmar itself. Later, both his father and Anduin gave an inspirational speech to remind the Alliance exactly what they were fighting for: they will fight the Horde for justice, not genocide, and would never stoop to the monstrous tactics that the Horde has committed. They will embody the ideals of the Alliance and will gain victory on their terms. At the end of his own speech, Anduin called upon the Light to bless all those going off to war, including his father. With Stormwind's king on the battlefield, Anduin was left in charge of the kingdom and was noted to have two draenei vindicators as bodyguards.[29]

During his father's reign, the prince of Stormwind would sometimes use the service of Valeera Sanguinar. Unbeknownst to Varian, he asked her to send messages.[30]

Mists of Pandaria

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Anduin in Pandaria

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While on a diplomatic mission, Anduin's royal flagship, The Vanguard, was engaged by the Horde's southern fleet. During the naval battle, Admiral Taylor bade him to the ship's hold where he felt restless and was unable to help injured soldiers. The flagship ran aground into an uncharted landmass shrouded in dense mists. Given the code name "White Pawn" by the Alliance, he's shipwrecked in the Jade Forest and the Alliance characters are tasked to find and rescue him.[31] With the hold filling with water, Anduin left the ship and ventured inland.

Shokia unknowingly guarding Anduin in the Jade Forest.

He is later rescued from hozen pursuers by Ren Whitepaw and his daughter, Lina.[32][33] The Alliance adventurer discovers his whereabouts several days later through a vision instigated by a pandaren dream brew.[32] After finding Anduin, helping him heal Ren's fever[33] and learning more about the Vale of Eternal Blossoms,[34] SI:7 agents arrive to return Anduin home. He refuses however, as he wants to find the Sacred Pools of the Vale and study their healing powers. He then uses his powers of the Light to mind control his way out of their custody.[35]

However, not long after this he is captured by the Horde vanguard[36] and brought to General Nazgrim at Grookin Hill, who identifies him.[37] Fortunately, he slips away from his captors during the battle at Serpent's Heart and caught a ride with a merchant's family as they fled west to Zhu's Watch in the Krasarang Wilds, where he met Mei Barrelbottom.

Mei tells him about the Crane Wind Order and on her advice he accompanied a courier to reach the Temple of the Red Crane and sought an audience with Chi-Ji. He studied with the disciples under the tutelage of Chi-Ji and learned a great deal, but his time there became much shorter than he was expecting.[38] When the Sha of Despair attacked the temple, Anduin escaped to the Crane Wing Refuge, where he accepts the help of adventurers of both the Alliance and the Horde in the defense of the temple from the Sha of Despair and its lesser minions.[39]

Anduin is later present in the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit, where he, the Alliance, and the Horde prove their worthiness to Xuen, the temple's August Celestial, in their quest to discover the Vale.[40] Sunwalker Dezco, who is also present, is impressed with Anduin and sees why his High Chieftain regards him with such high esteem. They are in turn brought to the Gate of the August Celestials, where Xuen and his counterparts open the Gates to the Vale. After this, Anduin and the Alliance are the found in the Shrine of Seven Stars.[41]

At the very conclusion of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms reputation questline, Mogu are attacking the Golden Lotus and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Anduin is found helping the defenders by using his powers of the Light to keep the mogu from entering Mogu'shan Palace.[42]

Landfall

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After Lion's Landing's construction, Anduin reunites with his father. Anduin tells Varian that the war will poison Pandaria but Varian assures Anduin that he is fighting the Horde not out of hatred, but for a love of what's right. Varian asks Anduin to trust him to do the right thing and to also lend him his support. Both Varian and Anduin resolve to work together to protect Pandaria. When news reached them that Tyrande Whisperwind and night elf rangers have been pursuing a Horde party holed up in the Temple of the Red Crane, Anduin advises Varian to not let the temple turn into a war zone as it is still recovering from a Sha infestation. Sensing that Garrosh was trying to lure the Alliance from the beach, Varian plans on defusing the situation with a handful of champions. Anduin trusts his father to handle the battle the right way and leaves the situation in his capable hands.[43]

King Varian later sends Anduin and the Alliance player to negotiate with Jaina Proudmoore the withdrawal of blood elves from Dalaran as the Sunreavers claim fealty to the Horde and represent a major threat to the war effort.[44] Jaina Proudmoore however, refused; citing a desire to maintain Dalaran's neutrality. Her reason being that despite her disdain for Garrosh, Dalaran could serve as a beacon of hope for peace. By showing the world that both Alliance and Horde can trust each other and work together in their city, the world would be able to believe that they could eventually be above the war.[45]

Later on, Anduin summons the player to meet him in the Imperial Exchange. Once there, he explains that the Explorer's League brought back a sha sample from their expedition from Mogujia. He goes on to say that it escaped containment and that it has begun to infect some of their own men. Both the Alliance champion and Anduin work together to cleanse the Sha infestation. After completing the cleansing, Anduin and the champion arrive in time to see the Alliance's dignitaries and allies arrive. With everyone in attendance, they start the proceedings of their summit. Anduin reports to Varian that it was the Sha energy that was causing their troops to act so violently. Though Varian is confident that the Alliance could defeat any foe, Anduin advises Varian to not underestimate the Sha as it feeds on one's inner most weaknesses, twisting and manipulating their thoughts. Just then, an Echo of Hatred manifests and Jaina Proudmoore restrains it in an ice block. Many of the dignitaries are shocked or horrified by its dark power, while others see merit in the Sha and want to study or weaponize the Sha's energy. Varian asks for Anduin's opinion on the matter and he states that while it may be possible to harness the Sha's power as a weapon, they risk destroying their own people in the process, a price that he is not willing to pay. Varian concurs with his son's assessment and destroys the Sha, thereby forbidding its use.[46]

Anduin then accompanied Sarannha Skyglaive into the Ruins of Korune where the Alliance found and teleported the Divine Bell to Darnassus. The Horde managed to steal the bell from the city, which was the reason for the Purging of Dalaran. After the purge, Anduin met with Varian and Jaina at Lion's Landing and witnessed Jaina pledge the Kirin Tor to the Alliance but also the ruined negotiations to get the Sin'dorei into the Alliance as a consequence of her actions.[47]

After hearing about the Horde's acquisition of the Divine Bell, Anduin began searching for a means to counter its power. His research has led him to an item known as the Harmonic Mallet. The Harmonic Mallet was last seen in the hands of the Monkey King. The tomb of the Monkey King is located in Tomb of Conquerors, where he and his mogu adversary are frozen in jade. As legend has it, the Monkey King and a Mogu named the "The Jade Warlord" were in the middle of a duel until both of them somehow became petrified in jade. Anduin discovered an incantation to release him from the jade imprisonment but it would release the Jade Warlord as well. After the Alliance champion defeats the Jade Warlord, the Monkey King asks the champion to solve his three riddles in exchange for the whereabouts of the Harmonic Mallet: an instrument used by the Pandaren rebels in ancient times to counter the mogu's Divine Bell by turning its power into pure harmony.[48] After solving his riddles, the Monkey King revealed that he had to to break the mallet and sent his minions to hide it's pieces in the far away corners of Pandaria in order to prevent it from falling into Mogu hands.[49] Anduin and the Alliance player then go on a quest to reassemble the Harmonic Mallet.

When news reached the Alliance that Horde forces were amassing in huge numbers at Emperor's Reach, everyone expected Garrosh to use the Divine Bell. Knowing that time was of the essence, Anduin stole the Harmonic Mallet and went to stop Garrosh personally.[50] The player witnesses Garrosh make a speech about the Horde's grand destiny, and how he will use the Divine Bell to erase weakness from his orcs and create a stronger Horde. Garrosh rings the Divine Bell and it turns his kor'kron into Sha. After they are dispatched by the player, Prince Anduin Wrynn intervenes and tries to deter Garrosh from using the Divine Bell. Anduin's pleas fell on deaf ears however, and Garrosh used the Divine Bell to sha infest his champion Ishi, who the player then has to fight. Though Garrosh encouraged his troops to master the Sha energy, in the end, none of his champions were able to do so. In the aftermath of the battle, Anduin used the Harmonic Mallet to turn the Divine Bell's chaos into pure harmony. This stuns Garrosh but Garrosh recovers and strikes at the bell and destroys it; causing the rubble to fall on Anduin and crushing his body.[51] Believing him dead, Garrosh lets the Alliance champion live to relay the fate of Anduin to King Varian; thereby illustrating the price for his continued defiance. The player discovers that Anduin still lives, albeit badly injured in Garrosh's unprovoked assault, and retrieves Anduin's broken body from the ruins.[52] Using a signal flare for immediate evacuation, they fly to Lion's Landing where Varian mourns and tends to his son, ordering for Velen to be sent to their location at once. Both Varian and Jaina Proudmoore are furious at this assault and swear to make Garrosh pay.[53] Varian sent for Velen who did the initial healing. He told him that the pain probably would never disappear entirely, and there was a good chance it would increase with age.[54] Years later, the pain became an indicator of danger.[55]

Rise of the Thunder King

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Wrathion and Anduin chatting.

Anduin was ultimately healed by pandaren mistweavers but is still recovering from his injuries. Despite objections from his father, Anduin insists on wandering around talking to people. He is revealed to be in the Tavern in the Mists recovering from his wounds and escorted by Alliance guards and by Sunwalker Dezco. There he met Wrathion and has been discussing the militant events of Pandaria with him.[56] Anduin later starts playing the pandaren board game Jihui with Wrathion. As they play, he and Wrathion discuss Lei Shen, the Thunder King, and his leadership style; to which they disagree with each other if whether his tyrannical and brutal reign should be applauded or not. Anduin disapproves of Wrathion's hard cutthroat outlook and Wrathion likewise thinks Anduin too soft.[57] Although suspicious of the black dragon and thinking that he shouldn't be trusted, Anduin is still intrigued by him.[56] When Wrathion starts plotting with the player to confiscate mogu technology, Anduin warns the player to be wary of Wrathion and the reckless pursuit of power lest they end up traveling the same dark path as Garrosh Hellscream.[58] Later on, Anduin becomes suspicious of Wrathion's schemes and asks him what he and the player are up to. Wrathion tells Anduin he has nothing to hide and invites Anduin to accompany him and the player to Mason's Folly, where they partake in the scenic views and Wrathion gifts the player the  [Crown of Heaven].[59] Anduin warns the player to think twice before putting the Crown of Heaven on.[60] When the adventurer brings the  [Heart of the Thunder King], he felt a chill within him at the first sight of it. Then Wrathion takes the heart from the adventurer and Anduin expressed his surprise and revulsion as Wrathion without warning, ate it and began to reveal memories in his head that Anduin didn't understand. After that, Anduin says aloud that he doesn't trust Wrathion; Wrathion replies that "[he] is wise not to."[61]

Timeless Isle

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Anduin appears on the Timeless Isle, accompanied by two Royal Bodyguards, standing by a table with Kairoz, Lorewalker Cho and Wrathion. At the conclusion of B [90] Time Keeper Kairoz, Anduin notes that time is frozen on the isle, and asks what could have created such an effect, to which Kairoz replies that this is what he wants to find out.

Siege of Orgrimmar

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Anduin at the end of the Siege of Orgrimmar.

Anduin along side with the rest of the Alliance forces, bore witness to a defeated Garrosh Hellscream. When Varian returns to his faction, Lady Jaina Proudmoore advised the High King to "dismantle the Horde". Varian commands his guards to march with him towards the Horde side and Anduin, confused of what he intended to do, questioned him of what he was doing. Varian responded to him, "What a king must do." He then witnessed his father negotiate a peace with the Horde.

War Crimes

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By the time the trial of Garrosh Hellscream started and the leaders of Azeroth gathered, Anduin was already in the Temple of the White Tiger. Once reunited with his father, he stood by his teacher, Prophet Velen. Later, he was seen in Violet Rise having dinner. When the first day of the trial started, he revealed he had invited Wrathion to witness the proceedings. After hearing the charges against Garrosh, he felt sorry for Baine for having to defending him. When Baine, who acted as Garrosh's defense attorney, and Tyrande, who acted as Garrosh's prosecutor, finished their speeches, Anduin wanted to support Baine, but was instead taken by his father outside of the trial proceedings so he wouldn't have to interact with Garrosh. Anduin was shocked when he saw Tyrande's first vision about the orcs and draenei on Draenor. Although he has learned about the violent history between the two races, he didn't know it was so brutal. When Velen, as the first witness, returned to his seat, Anduin went out for a walk accompanied by Wrathion and discussed Tyrande's strategy. Anduin asked Wrathion whether he considers him a friend to which Wrathion responded that he did. During the second hearing, he watched the visions of the deaths of Kelantir Bloodblade and Frandis Farley as well as the reactions of Halduron Brightwing and Sylvanas Windrunner to them. Anduin approved of Kelantir's courage.

During the second day of the trial, Anduin was called as the fourth witness. He retold the events of Theramore's meeting and how he stopped Garrosh from using the Divine Bell. Anduin revealed that he didn't intervene immediately because he feared what it would do to Ishi. Baine's questions eventually led the prince to say that he didn't want revenge after the Divine Bell incident and closed by saying that he believes Garrosh can change. Afterwards when the Wrynns went to have a meal, the prince encountered Vereesa and told her he understands her anger at his responses at Garrosh's trial whilst she responded that she understood his decision. After that, Anduin was brought to Taran Zhu and Baine who revealed that Garrosh wishes to meet the prince. Anduin agreed and convinced his father to believe in him. Garrosh asks Anduin if he believes in destiny. Garrosh continued to question him if he chose the Light or if the Light chose him. Anduin didn't know what to say even though he studied as a priest. Garrosh set an example of a golden-haired, beloved human prince that was a paladin, and yet he turned his back on the Light. Anduin quickly responded that he was nothing like him. When the hearing of Vol'jin was done, Anduin met with Garrosh and they spoke about the new Warchief as well as about what would Garrosh do if there was a peace between the Horde and Alliance that mutually benefited both factions. That led Garrosh to send Anduin away.

Vereesa telling Anduin that Garrosh's food was poisoned.

When the fifth day ended, the prince once again went to see the former Warchief. Anduin wanted to understand Garrosh's reasoning but he retorted that he would never understand. During the sixth day it was revealed how Anduin, Jaina, and Baine worked together in the past to overthrow Magatha Grimtotem. Varian was angered by his son and Jaina conducting political moves without conferring with him and upon returning to Violet Rise, Anduin witnessed Varian arguing with Jaina. After that, he learned that Varian is going to be Baine's last witness. After the following dinner, the prince met with Wrathion once more and conversed about the recent events. During the seventh day he watched the vision of Theramore's obliteration and on the last day he heard the closing argument. After Kalec came to say goodbye to the Wrynns, Anduin went to visit Garrosh one last time. On his way to Garrosh's cell, Anduin noticed Vereesa lost in her thoughts. She suddenly noticed him, and supposing that perhaps it's the work of the Light, told him that Garrosh's last meal is poisoned, before leaving for Dalaran. Immediately he ran to Garrosh's cell, convincing the brothers Li and Lo to let him enter for the last time. Anduin and Garrosh's last conversation was even more harsh and antagonistic. While Garrosh mocked him, the pandaren brought him his last meal. As the prince was going to tell him about the poison, Garrosh told him that when he is king, the orcs will march to Stormwind and they will raze it to the ground and the Stormwindians will wish Tiffin had miscarried. Anduin didn't know what to do - to watch Garrosh die, or to intervene. As Garrosh took his bowl and was about to take a bite from his meal, Anduin kicked the bowl. The meal spread across the cage and Garrosh took the Prince's arm in anger, twisting it and was about to tear it off. At this moment, a rat emerged and began eating the spilled meal and after a few seconds, died. Garrosh then let Anduin go and Anduin healed his arm with the Light, leaving without further words. He told the Chu brothers to remove Garrosh's chains from his feet during the final verdict of the hearing in order for Garrosh to stand as a warrior. After that he sought Yu Fei, the pandaren trial courier, and sent Vereesa a message: "He lives. I will not make two children both fatherless and motherless. What you do now is your choice." Veressa's response was: "Rhonin thanks him".

Afterwards, he returned to his seat and watched Garrosh's last speech. As he was watching him, Anduin was astounded by Garrosh being unapologetic for his criminal actions. Anduin was later called for by his father and the two went to the entrance of the temple. With Go'el, they all sensed something was wrong as Chromie went missing. The Prince started looking for her and he returned to the cell and found the Chus knocked out in front of the prison's door. He healed them quickly and they told him that two women with crossbows had attacked them. Suddenly they heard a gnomish voice from inside the cell. The voice belonged to Chromie, who revealed to Anduin that Kairoz is going to use the  [Vision of Time] for something. As Anduin turned, he saw Wrathion and understood that the Black Prince and his two bodyguards, Left and Right, were in league with Kairoz. The Black Prince told him that he is doing what is right for Azeroth and that he hopes that one day Anduin will understand that. Wrathion concludes that he hopes the two of them will fight against a common enemy as brothers in the future. The dragon held up a hand and caused Anduin to faint. Once awoken, he heard noises and when he returned to the main area, he entered chaos. He saw himself - King Anduin Wrynn from an alternate universe wielding Fearbreaker - and was warned by him of the hunter Vol'jin who preyed on his people and collected elven and human ears as a necklace. Prince Anduin took Fearbreaker from his alternate universe counterpart's hands and started attacking the alternate universe Vol'jin. However, the troll gained the upper hand and as he was about to kill Anduin, the King Anduin from the alternate universe lunged himself at Vol'jin, but the troll overpowered King Anduin and stabbed him. As he was about to take his ear, Chronormu snatched the hunter and tossed him across the arena. Chromie explained that understanding the essence of his counterpart returns him to his world. The prince kneeled by his alternate counterpart and told the king that their father lives in this reality. With this, King Anduin died and his body vanished. Prince Anduin then began healing other fighters caught in the fray.

After the chaos ended, he ran to his father and saw Jaina was dying from a wound. He started healing her but did not have the strength to save her. He then witnessed Chi-Ji's gift of resurrection and heard Chromie saying that it was Kairoz who orchestrated this attack. Anduin added that Wrathion supported Kairoz in this machination too. Ultimately, he heard the sentence of the Celestials - that every person here was judged, a fact he had grasped earlier.[62]

Legion

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Heir to the throne of Stormwind, Anduin is wise beyond his years. Time and again, he has used diplomacy to end conflict, inspiring even his warrior father to lay down arms in pursuit of peace. But diplomacy has its limits, and some villains can't be reasoned with. As the Burning Legion threatens to annihilate Azeroth, Anduin will learn the true cost of peace... and whether he's willing to pay it.[63]

Varian and Anduin are warned of the Legion's return by Khadgar.

Shortly after the Burning Legion returned to Azeroth, Varian and his fleet traveled to the Broken Shore alongside Sylvanas Windrunner to battle the demonic threat head-on, leaving Anduin behind in Stormwind. The battle ended in disaster, as Varian lost his life in the battle and the remaining Alliance forces barely got out alive due to the Horde's unexpected retreat.

At the memorial service for King Varian, Anduin was unable to speak formally.[64] He also received a letter that Varian had written before the disastrous battle from a veteran of the Broken Shore. When the discussion among the Alliance's leaders transitioned to how to respond to the Horde's treachery at the Broken Shore, Anduin agreed with Velen that the Alliance must focus on the Burning Legion and work with the Horde to that end. Jaina however, blamed Varian's death on the Horde leaving the Alliance to die and wants to fight them as well. She insisted that her mages would never work with the Horde again and left, as Anduin mourns his father's death, the disaster on the Broken Shore, and Jaina's and Genn's fixation on revenge. He couldn't blame Jaina or Genn for feeling the way that they did, but insisted there was a better way.[65] Following the service, the Illidari envoy Jace Darkweaver uncovered Burning Legion infiltrators plotting to attack the Alliance racial leaders, notably the newly crowned King Anduin, during their time of mourning and aided Alliance forces in repelling the demons. Grateful for the Illidari's assistance, King Anduin allowed the Illidari to establish a temporary camp in the Mage Quarter and tasked an Alliance champion to act as his envoy to them, while cautioning the adventurer to keep an eye on them lest their dark powers consume their new allies.

A portrait of a young Anduin in Varian's compass

Anduin later sent a force led by Genn Greymane and Sky Admiral Rogers to Stormheim to aid distinguished Alliance champions in obtaining the  [Aegis of Aggramar].[66]

Anduin in Legion.

During A Royal Audience, started when an Alliance champion reaches Prestige Rank 2, Anduin can be found in Stormwind Keep alongside other notable leaders of the Alliance. He hosted the ceremony that congratulated the champion for their battles against the Horde, following their receiving of the  [Grand Marshal's Medal of Valor] as well as an artifact appearance.

Anduin was advised by Detheroc disguised as Master Mathias Shaw for a time, receiving lies.[67]

The compass

For those of the Alliance, the loss of King Varian Wrynn at the Broken Shore continues to echo throughout Azeroth. But for his son, Anduin Wrynn, that loss is felt most keenly as he faces not only the loss of a father, but takes on new responsibilities as a king.[3]

Before the campaign on Pandaria, Anduin made a compass for his father's birthday which Varian would keep very close. When the Legion attacked Varian's airship during their third invasion, it fell into the sea below taking Varian and his crew with it. As he was slowly sinking, Varian accidentally dropped the compass into the sea.

When an Alliance hero was skulking around the monsters of the sea at the Broken Shore, a glittering spark caught their attention. Swimming to the bottom of the sea, they found that it was a compass with a picture of Anduin inside. Although it has long stopped working, whatever remained of the portrait inside could clearly be identified as Anduin. Thinking it was important, the adventurer brought the compass to the king. Anduin was stunned and realized that he hadn't had time to mourn after his father passed away. The king thanks the adventurer.

The compass falls to the bottom of the sea.

All would be quiet, until Genn called for the same adventurer to meet him at the keep. Genn mentions that the king had not been the same ever since the adventurer brought the compass back, mentioning that Anduin had become listless and distracted. Genn sends two guards to surveil him and they said that the king had been praying at the Cathedral of Light. He asks the adventurer to remedy his melancholy by going to the King and convince him to resume his duties.

The adventurer finds Anduin at the cathedral, praying to the Light for answers. Anduin feels forlorn, believing that he didn't earn his father's crown and that his people don't have faith in him. He decided to travel around the city to see what his people think of him. To do this he used a spell that disguised him in dark, hooded clothing. He passes by the royal guards and makes his way to Lion's Rest with the adventurer.

Along the way, they come across Roy Pitts and Jenny Winslow. The two where having a conversation of whether they will be safe under Anduin should the Legion come to Stormwind. Another conversation was encountered with the two children Karyn and Dougie. Dougie was pretending to be Anduin but Karyn convinced him to be Varian because he was tougher. Arriving to Varian's memorial, Anduin speaks about how he had been praying to the Light for guidance and to know if his father's spirit was at rest. He speaks about how his people like him and respect him but don't believe in him.

Content knowing how his people felt, he wanted to know how his advisers feel about him, fearing that they don't trust him. He decides to return to the keep on his gryphon with the adventurer close by. Arriving at the keep, he finds Genn and Velen discussing him. Velen holds Anduin in high regard saying that a vision showed him becoming a great leader. Genn on the other hand feels that Anduin doesn't have the mettle to succeed, for he doesn't have the experience of the Broken Shore and how the compass easily broke his spirit.

Agreeing with Genn, Anduin decided to travel to the Broken Shore, to see with his own eyes the threat they face. Anduin leaves the adventurer behind to tell Velen of the the King's plan. While Velen believes that the Broken Shore is dangerous, he also understands that this experience is necessary for him. He sends the adventurer to the Broken Shore to keep an eye on the King.

The adventurer finds Anduin at a campfire with a bunch of monks. After meeting up with him, they travel to the Soul Ruin. There, they put the lost souls of Alliance soldiers to rest. Afterwards, they made their way to Wrynnfall, where Varian fell. At Wrynnfall, Genn shows Velen the site of Varian's death, and Velen comments that Anduin does not know the Legion like they do. Anduin arrives, much to Genn's initial shock but it quickly becomes sorrow, and Anduin reveals his worries and doubts about living up to his father's legacy. The young king finds one of his father's swords comprising Shalamayne under the ash and sand and falls to his knees. Genn kneels before a despairing Anduin to speak to him face-to-face and tells him how Varian's heroic actions were a challenge to them to never let fear prevail, even at the very gates of hell. Before Anduin's eyes an image of Varian appears, to which Anduin asks what he is supposed to do now; Varian responds simply, "What a king must do." In Anduin's hands, the sword begins to glow.[68]

Anduin sits with his father's message and blade.

Son of the Wolf (present)

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By this point, Anduin had recovered Varian's second sword as well and wielded the combined Shalamayne.

While Anduin was rereading his father's letter, he silently contemplated his new duties as king. While musing that this was not the coronation he had dreamed of as a boy, a lone soldier entered the room, saying that he had brought good news from the Broken Shore. He then said "It seems the war is over... for you" before erupting in fel energy and lunging towards the king with a dagger in hand. In response, Anduin grabbed his wrist before incapacitating him in a magical web. When Captain Rivers and the guards arrived, Anduin, now standing in front of the trapped nathrezim, calmly told them to sweep the rest of the castle to make sure that the assassin was working alone. Once he and the demon were alone again, Anduin began questioning him what the Legion hoped to achieve, saying that the Alliance would not fall because one or even two leaders died. The nathrezim replied that it already had, that "the wolf" — Varian — was already dead and that the rest of the Alliance would soon join him in the grave. When Anduin said that the demon clearly knew nothing of the Alliance's resolve, the dreadlord responded by saying that the Legion knew everything, and that Anduin was nothing like the wolf — that Varian had hoped to raise a warrior, but had instead raised a foolish runt who dreamed of peace where there could never be any, that Anduin had made the wolf weak by befriending his foes and standing in his way. The dreadlord then claimed that even though the new king had now seen the truth by trading words with warriors and nearly dying for it, he could not hope to stand against those who had killed his father and that he would only lead the Alliance to ruin. However, the nathrezim then made an offer: by joining the Burning Legion, Anduin could achieve the peace he had always strived for. Anduin replied that he was indeed a man of peace, that he was the light that remained after his father's death, and that he would "finish this". He then focused holy energy into the shape of a hammer before using it to strike the nathrezim's chest, instantly killing it and shattering its body into smoldering fragments. Anduin mused that while he had indeed changed his father, Varian had also changed him. He wondered if that would be enough for the Alliance and for Azeroth, and resolved that it would have to be, and that there would be peace one day.[69]

Anduin gives a speech at Lion's Rest

The Wound

Sargeras, lord of the Burning Legion, was eventually defeated, but not before he managed to wound Azeroth greatly in Silithus. King Anduin ordered Master Mathias Shaw of SI:7 to investigate the destroyed land and report back.[64] Despite their losses, Anduin gave a hopeful speech at Lion's Rest in Stormwind to the Alliance, after which he was approached by Spymaster Shaw and Genn Greymane for a private meeting. Shaw reported that many goblins had been digging up a mysterious new substance in Silithus. Though they did not know what this substance was, it seemed that the Horde did know. Anduin said they had to learn more, and Shaw assured him that SI:7 was already on it.[70]

Before the Storm

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Anduin later had a meeting with his councilors in Stormwind's map room. Among Anduin's councilors were: Shaw, Greymane, Prophet Velen, and Sky Admiral Rogers; all of whom Anduin asked for their opinions on Azerite. When Admiral Rogers suggested weaponizing it, Anduin reproached her and proposed to use Azerite for more benevolent applications. Greymane however, thought Sylvanas would use it for destructive purposes and so should the Alliance. Anduin argued that perhaps the Alliance should seek to be more righteous in their use of Azerite than the Horde and though he was sure they could take pragmatic measures to mitigate the Horde threat, he thought that with enough knowledge they could also set out to focus on the non-destructive capabilities of Azerite. Anduin proposed involving the other Alliance nations in their discovery and seek their aid in understanding the enigmatic mineral. Anduin also revealed his plans to travel to the other member nations of the Alliance so that he may strengthen their diplomatic bonds and provide economic aid. Greymane however, reminded Anduin that he is king of Stormwind and his people needed him there, adding that Gilneas for their part, needs no royal visit. When Anduin transitioned the conversation of how his travels to the Broken Shore has benefited his development as a leader, Greymane stressed to Anduin that his safety and presence is integral to the stability of his kingdom and the dangers of him adventuring with no successor to his throne. Even so, Anduin firmly believed that although Stormwind needs him, him traveling to the other Alliance countries to promote unity and prosperity is the right thing to do for all and the proper use of peace time.

Sometime later, Anduin had breakfast with Genn Greymane and Prophet Velen. Anduin told Genn he would like him to act as Regent of Stormwind while he was away. While Genn was honored and agreed to serve Stormwind in Anduin's absence, he also noted that he was an old man and that Anduin should be thinking of creating an heir. Anduin distracted his advisers from the uncomfortable topic by turning their attention to making plans for their diplomatic tour and ways for Stormwind to show their allies its appreciation. Anduin's first stop in his diplomatic tour was Ironforge, and Anduin had gifted the dwarves ten wagons of  [Barley]— the key ingredient to arguably Ironforge's best loved export, ale. Anduin and his entourage were treated to a feast with the Council of Three Hammers. By the time they were about to be served desert, Anduin, Moira Thaurissan, and her son decided to take a stroll through Ironforge while Velen stayed behind to converse with Muradin Bronzebeard and Falstad Wildhammer. As Anduin and Moira had a pleasant conversation while Dagran explored Old Ironforge, a messenger told them that Magni Bronzebeard has returned to Ironforge and required a conference with the both of them. Moira and Anduin found Magni in the Library section of the Hall of Explorers, conversing with High Explorer Muninn Magellas and Velen, while Falstad, Muradin, Gelbin Mekkatorque, and Captain Tread Sparknozzle stood beside them listening intently. Magni explained that Azeroth is wounded, and that they must set to healing her or all will perish. Thus Magni has been recruiting priests and other healers for that express purpose. Moira proposed that they reach out to the Conclave to aid in this endeavor. Anduin also thought this was an opportune time to show all in attendance the shard of Azerite he had in his possession. Magni was the one to coin the name Azerite and confirmed it was the "essence" of Azeroth which is proliferating on the surface. Azeroth would normally be able to heal itself, but with Sargeras's sword impaled in Silithus, it is unable to do so without outside help. Despite stated desires to weaponize Azerite against the Horde, Anduin reminded the leaders that they are not at war with the Horde and that their priorities should be to heal Azeroth and to keep Azerite from falling into the Horde's hands. Anduin asked Gelbin to lend the gnomes' ingenuity to the Alliance and figure out ways to put Azerite to good use while Magellas sent a team of Explorers' League to Silithus. With their purpose clear, the leaders of the Alliance set out on their tasks.

Before the Storm

Anduin, Velen, and Moira later portaled to Netherlight Temple, where he witnessed the multiracial priests of the Conclave. There he met the Forsaken Alonsus Faol, who Anduin stated was one of his heroes. After being introduced to the priests of the Conclave, Anduin pondered if the Conclave could become a template for the disparate estranged factions of Azeroth so they too may come together one day. Faol also introduced Anduin to Calia Menethil, whom Anduin was relieved and shocked to hear had survived. Though he had questions for Calia, Calia was unwilling to talk about her past and Anduin had to prioritize enlisting the aid of the Conclave for the mission of healing Azeroth. Moira addressed the Conclave and requested their aid. After Anduin's injury from the Divine Bell, Anduin would only receive aches in his bones when he was being cruel, thoughtless, or courting danger; Anduin believed these warning signs to be the Light guiding him. Since he felt no pain from his body, he thought it safe to share with the multi-factional priests of the Conclave the discovery of Azerite. He told them that with Azerite, they may have the potential to fix Azeroth but they require more research on the mineral before they can utilize it. In the meantime, Anduin asked the Conclave to recruit other healers such as shaman and druids to their mission. Faol welcomed Anduin to partake in Conclave affairs and return anytime he wished and Anduin agreed that he could garner new ideas from the Conclave. Anduin gave Moira his shard of Azerite to deliver to Mekkatorque, while he made preparations to return to Stormwind.

Genn Greymane and Anduin later had dinner in Stormwind, where they were filling out all the paper work required to formalize the state of affairs before Anduin's trip to Darnassus. Genn once again thanked Anduin for trusting him with his kingdom, but he felt it was his duty to discuss the matter of an heir for Stormwind. Though Anduin tried to make light of the situation, Genn sternly reminded him that matters of politics isn't a game and Stormwind could find itself in a dire situation if power is transferred to the wrong person. Genn gave Anduin the same advice he would have given his late son Liam: that life is too short and unpredictable. Genn urged Anduin to use this time of peace, for however long it may last, to search for a queen to bear him a successor. Genn suggested that if he has not found a mate already, perhaps he should consider an arranged marriage and would even offer his own daughter's hand. Anduin knew he needs to undergo a courtship eventually but he found the idea of an arranged forced marriage, stranger or not, abhorrent and felt Tess Greymane would feel the same. Anduin promised he will revisit this topic with him at a later date and transitioned the discussion to be about his meeting with Calia Menethil. When Anduin discussed how the Conclave had brought together priests from all walks of life, including Forsaken and Horde, Genn reminded him that although his compassion for all races is an admirable trait, he must be wary it does not lead to dangerous naiveté. Although the Horde has produced some notable noble members such as Thrall and Baine, Genn stressed that the Forsaken are depraved abominations who don't feel the same things living people do. When Anduin countered that the Conclave was being led by the Forsaken Alonsus Faol, Genn was outraged that such a blasphemy had befallen such a beloved hero of humanity and questioned Anduin how he could tolerate it. Anduin responded that the Conclave had shown him that the Forsaken aren't all mindless Scourge and although not all of them are good, some such as Alonsus Faol and Frandis Farley are. Although Genn was eager to walk out and dismiss the notion of seeing the Forsaken as people, Anduin was stern and managed to get Genn to listen to his proposal. Anduin proposed using Faol to open negotiations and heal the rift between the Forsaken and the Alliance. Anduin proposed that if the Alliance reunited the Forsaken with their families, Sylvanas may be convinced to not consider the Alliance as a threat and use Azerite for destructive means. And should true diplomacy with the Forsaken succeed, then the Alliance and Horde can work together to heal Azeroth. Later on, Anduin tasked Valeera Sanguinar to send a letter to Baine Bloodhoof about initiating a meeting between Forsaken and their living relatives.

Anduin arrived in Darnassus and met with Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage to discuss the night elves' progress in healing Azeroth and their investigations about Azerite. During their discussion, a gnome Kirin Tor mage portalled in to deliver a message from Kalecgos. Kalecgos reported Jaina Proudmoore's visit to him and informed Anduin she will be unavailable for the foreseeable future. Anduin revealed the message spoke of Jaina and all the leaders spoke of their hopes that Jaina will one day return to active duty in their coalition. With Velen already spurring the draenei to aid in their endeavors, Anduin Hearthstoned back to Stormwind. There Anduin met with Valeera who reported that Perith Stormhoof had refused to give Baine his letter but noted he may still relay the contents of the message to his chieftain. She also gave Baine's letter to Anduin which stated that Sylvanas Windrunner had learned of their correspondence and had pressured him into cutting off all contact with Anduin. Anduin was also gifted a small piece of Baine's horn to serve as a memento of their friendship. As Anduin lamented that his pool of trusted comrades was growing smaller, Valeera reassured Anduin that he can always count on her friendship but warned him as king, he cannot afford to trust unwisely.

Anduin returned to the Netherlight Temple to discuss with Faol and Calia the progress of their mission. Furthermore, Anduin sought to enlist Alonsus' aid in his endeavors to formalize a Gathering between the Forsaken and their human loved ones. Although Alonsus had doubts of the two races' ability to move past their prejudices or theirs to overcome the obstacles that sought to oppose such a unity, with Calia's urging, Alonsus agreed to work with his fellow priests to lay the groundwork for the event. Anduin then received word that his manservant Wyll Benton was dying. Though Anduin rushed to his side to tend to him in his final moments and even offered to heal him with the Light, Wyll refused as he tired of living with old age and wanted to see his deceased loved ones once again. After arranging the funeral of Wyll, Anduin summoned his councilors, with the addition of High Exarch Turalyon and Alleria Windrunner, to the map room. When Anduin revealed his intention to set up the Gathering, all of his advisers were opposed to the plan with the exception of Velen, who supported it, and Shaw who remained neutral to the idea. Even so, Anduin's desire for peace, partially to honor his friend Wyll's dying wish, and his belief that Sylvanas would never endanger her Forsaken in such a way that would start a war overcame his trepidation for any of the stated risks. Sternly, he commanded his advisers to support him in securing and orchestrating this meeting.

Some time later, Anduin heard back from Sylvanas Windrunner that she has agreed to support the Gathering, but only on the stipulation that it be conducted with a small vetted group and rules implemented to heighten the security of both factions. Anduin also received a letter from Vellcinda Benton, a member of the Desolate Council and Wyll's widowed wife. She thanked Anduin for informing her of Wyll's passing and for looking after him in his final moments. She also informed Anduin that all members of the Desolate Council were in full support of the Gathering and they have been tasked by Sylvanas to aid in the vetting process. In the meanwhile, Anduin, Genn Greymane, and Calia Menethil set out to recruiting suitable human participants for the Gathering from the Alliance's side. As they worked together, Anduin asked Calia if she sought to reclaim the throne of Lordaeron and if she had a child that could one day become her heir, to which Calia did acknowledge a daughter and told Anduin her intentions. However, Calia also requested to participate in the Gathering. Since his body did not respond to any nefarious intentions, Anduin agreed to permit it should Faol also consent.

After Anduin orchestrated a tense yet productive reunion between Genn Greymane, Turalyon, and Alonsus Faol, Anduin had managed to gain Turalyon's support for the Gathering but Genn still remained cynical. During the Gathering, Anduin met with Sylvanas Windrunner face to face to set the terms of the event, and bluntly asked her if she intentionally betrayed his father during the Battle for the Broken Shore. Though shocked by Anduin's straightforwardness, she gave an honest answer, that the Burning Legion's numbers sealed Varian's fate regardless of the decision she made. Though the Gathering started off peaceful, Sylvanas eventually ordered to recall the Forsaken participants. When some Forsaken participants refused or hesitated to retreat from the event, Anduin felt the Divine Bell's pain in his body and realized that Calia had revealed herself to instruct any of the deserting Forsaken to find sanctuary in the Alliance's side of Stromgarde Keep. Sylvanas responded by sending her dark rangers to kill all the Forsaken participants. As Anduin's generals scrambled to prepare a defense and secure the Alliance participants, Anduin took a gryphon to try to secure any of the Stormwindians trying to flee with their Forsaken counterparts or rescue any of the Forsaken participants from assassination. However, he came too late, and all the Forsaken participants died. Sylvanas herself personally murdered Calia Menethil right in front of him, and with his Light powers exhausted, Anduin called Sylvanas' bluff that she would kill him since she was not prepared to face the unrestrained ire of the Alliance. Leaving himself vulnerable, Anduin carried Calia's corpse back to Stromgarde. He later sent Calia's corpse to Netherlight Temple and Velen advised Anduin to travel there as well to seek Saa'ra's council so he may know how to guide his people in coping with the tragic events. Saa'ra summoned Anduin to its chamber, where Anduin learned that Calia's body was not decomposing. With Saa'ra's guidance, Saa'ra, Alonsus Faol, and Anduin Wrynn raised Calia Menethil back to life with the power of the Light, but as an undead.

Back in the Arathi Highlands, Anduin helped the Stormwindians bury the Forsaken participants of the Gathering. As Anduin and Genn attended the Forsakens' funeral, Anduin fully expected to be chastised for his failure and welcomed Genn to do so as he felt responsible for the dead. Instead Genn gave him comforting words and told him to not blame himself, and that Sylvanas was the one responsible for killing her own people. Genn apologized and acknowledged that the Gathering showed him that the Forsaken still had humanity in them and that peace was possible between them and the living. Anduin also acknowledged that Genn was right about Sylvanas, but Genn said that he was wrong about her as well, as he thought her to be ruthless to the Alliance but not to her own people. Anduin lamented how Sylvanas had politically outmaneuvered him to twist the outcome of the Gathering to her own advantage. Anduin finally came to the conclusion that peace could never be possible with Sylvanas in power, and that he truly believed that Sylvanas was irredeemable.

New allies

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Anduin sent letters summoning champions to the Stormwind Embassy, where he unveiled his plans to seek new allies for the Alliance.[71] Eventually, and thanks to Turalyon and Alleria Windrunner, the Alliance recruited both the Lightforged draenei[72] and the void elves,[73] with Anduin thanking the champions for their assistance back at the Embassy.

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Queen Moira Thaurissan's leadership and the Dark Iron dwarves' aid have proven to be valuable assets to the Alliance. Sometime during the Blood War, King Anduin formalized the induction of the Dark Iron dwarves into the Alliance.[74]

Battle for Azeroth

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War of the Thorns

Anduin and Genn sparring.

As Anduin and Genn Greymane sparred in the royal garden, Mathias Shaw interrupted their training to report that their plan to saturate Orgrimmar with SI:7 agents had been successful. Shaw stated that there has been a disagreement between Nathanos Blightcaller and High Overlord Varok Saurfang regarding the deployment of troops. Saurfang was said to have wanted an army deployed to Silithus, while the Blightcaller regarded it as a waste of resources. After relaying this information to High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind, Anduin and Tyrande agreed this argument over war strategy indicated that the Horde had weaponized Azerite and were planning to secure a monopoly of the mineral in Kalimdor. Tyrande had began to secretly amass a night elf army in Feralas to intercept the Horde forces should they march to Silithus.

The reported public fistfight between Nathanos and Varok and Nathanos' subsequent reprimanding seemed to confirm the Alliance leaders' suspicions of the Horde's capability to make Azerite weapons and that Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner had endorsed Saurfang's Silithus campaign. After deliberating with other Alliance leaders about their course of action, Anduin decided to endorse the deployment of the night elven army to protect Silithus. Anduin and the Alliance leaders would continue to create war strategies in Stormwind to prepare for the upcoming war. In the midst of the their planning, Anduin and the Alliance leaders decided to take a break by visiting Lion's Rest. Their recess was interrupted by a Stormwind guard who reported the Horde was invading Ashenvale and that night elven refugees were being portaled into Stormwind. Realizing that the Horde had deceived them into weakening Ashenvale's defenses, the Alliance leaders coordinated with each other to accommodate as many refugees as possible and to reinforce the Ashenvale warfront. As the War of the Thorns progressed, Anduin became more restless. One sleepless night, he went to the map room to look over the map table and recalled which areas the night elves were losing ground in. Genn who also couldn't sleep, joined him in contemplating about their dire situation. Anduin discussed with Genn that the Horde's influence would nearly dominate all of Kalimdor and should Sylvanas hold Darnassus and its citizens hostage, it could tear the Alliance apart or paralyze the Alliance from retaliating. Anduin told Genn that Sylvanas may coerce him to abandon Gilneas in favor of safeguarding a hostage Teldrassil, and that political manipulation would put them at odds. To Anduin's surprise, Genn told Anduin he would not withdraw his support from the Alliance even should such an event come to pass, as he would never betray the kindness of the night elves in order to reclaim his homeland. Genn stated he was committed to the protection of his Alliance allies even if it required sacrifice and that was something that Sylvanas did not understand about the living nor the Alliance. Anduin and Tyrande, who had overheard their conversation, were moved by Genn's words. Tyrande stated that even should her city fall, the Alliance will not be divided. However, she also bore bad news as recent reports stated that the night elves were making their stand at Astranaar.

Later on in the war, Tyrande received a missive that revealed that Malfurion Stormrage's wisp wall defense had failed and he was in the process of confronting Sylvanas alone. This new information had compelled Tyrande to fight by Malfurion's side despite Anduin's objections. When Anduin realized nothing he could say would dissuade her, he gave Tyrande his hearthstone that he had attuned to Stormwind and told Tyrande to come back with Malfurion alive, since their people would need their leadership in these troubled times now more than ever. Tyrande found Varok Saurfang kneeling and confronted him. She was successful and returned with a recovering Malfurion to Stormwind, but it became apparent when smoke was coming out of their portals that the evacuation efforts were running out of time. King Genn Greymane and Queen Mia evacuated the last of the refugees they could save before it became too dangerous to maintain the portals. When they returned, Genn revealed that the Horde had burned down Teldrassil. Anduin was among many who were shocked that Sylvanas would resort to such a tactic. Anduin regretted not taking the numerous chances he had to stop her in the past and felt the casualties of this war would forever haunt him until he could avenge them. Anduin resolved to stop Sylvanas permanently.[75]

Battle for Lordaeron

Anduin fighting Sylvanas outside of Capital City.

As High King of the Alliance, Anduin led the assault on Lordaeron with King Genn Greymane as his second-in-command. The Alliance forces managed to corner the Horde in Capital City, which they began to besiege. The battle was turning in the Alliance's favor until Warchief Sylvanas launched a devastating counter-attack on an Alliance siege weapon, which rallied the Horde in driving back the Alliance. Anduin ordered his forces to push forward and personally killed several Horde warriors until he was knocked down by a blow from Varok Saurfang, whom Genn swatted aside before trying to help Anduin and being incapacitated by a troll shaman. After fending off a troll warrior who tried to attack him while he was down, the young monarch looked around himself and saw his army wavering. Dropping his father's sword, King Wrynn then conjured a massive dome of light to heal his forces and to keep the Horde at bay. After the dome ceased, he rallied his reinvigorated forces and told his men to stand united for the Alliance, with both Horde and Alliance forces charging toward each other and resuming the battle.

Anduin, Genn, and Jaina witnessing Sylvanas' blight on Lordaeron.

The Alliance army managed to overcome many of the Horde forces, but the tide of the battle turned when Sylvanas unleashed the Forsaken Blight on the battlefield and used her necromancy to summon an undead army from the fallen; forcing the Alliance to fall back. The Alliance was nearly routed until Lady Jaina Proudmoore arrived to neutralize the Blight and the undead with a powerful [Frost Nova] spell and created an opening for the Alliance inside the city. Anduin and the other Alliance leaders beat back the Horde forces inside the city. King Anduin had personally ordered the capture of Varok Saurfang as a prisoner of war, who he respected. The Alliance pursued Sylvanas to the Imperial chamber, where King Anduin demanded she surrender herself or die. However, Sylvanas had lured the Alliance leaders into a trap and had rigged Capital City to be blighted. While Sylvanas escaped to her gunship, the Alliance leaders were trapped in the collapsing Imperial chamber. Fortunately, Jaina Proudmoore had mass teleported the Alliance leaders onto her own magical flying ship before the Imperial chamber could fully saturate in blight. Anduin and other Alliance leaders returned to Stormwind Keep to plan their next move.[76]

Kul Tiras

Following the Battle for Lordaeron, the Horde sent an elite force to rescue the Zandalari prisoners Princess Talanji and Prophet Zul from the Stockades. Fearing a possible alliance between the Zandalari and the Horde, Anduin sent Jaina on a mission to Kul Tiras in the hopes of bringing it back into the Alliance and gaining access to its legendary fleet.[77] Genn and the 7th Legion followed her and established a foothold on the island, for their plan must not fail.[78]

After the Alliance settled in Kul Tiras's capital city of Boralus, Anduin arrived aboard the Wind's Redemption accompanied by his Lion's Guard and Captain Shwayder. He entrusted an adventurer with the task of preventing the Horde from allying with the Zandalari. To aid their efforts, he gave them full support of the Alliance's finest soldiers, the 7th Legion, under the leadership of High Commander Halford Wyrmbane. For situations that require a more subtle approach, he put the SI:7 and Mathias Shaw at their disposal.[79]

At the end of Wyrmbane's campaign, Anduin provided congratulations to Wyrmbane and his team: Shandris Feathermoon, John J. Keeshan, Kelsey Steelspark, Magister Umbric, and Falstad Wildhammer for their work, but he knew more was to come.[80]

Eventually, Katherine Proudmoore named Jaina the new Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras. At the ceremony Anduin was introduced to a young woman, Taelia, who revealed that she was the daughter of Bolvar Fordragon and had been raised by the Proudmoores since the Third War. Shocked by this, Anduin asked for Taelia to come to Stormwind when she could so he could share stories about her father.[81]

Lost Honor

At Stormwind Harbor, Anduin and Greymane watched as soldiers prepared for war and Greymane commented that soon they would have to start recruiting from farmers. Anduin had thought they were fighting for peace, but what he saw was just fighting. Genn reassures Anduin he's doing everything he can to stop Sylvanas, causing Anduin to give a resolute stare of disagreement out into the distance.

Anduin approached Saurfang in his cell to ask him why the orc had spared him at Lordaeron when he could have killed him and ended the war there. As Anduin asked him if he was wrong about Saurfang's honor and questioned if he wanted more innocents to suffer, Saurfang angrily shouted that he had given everything for the Horde but Sylvanas was destroying it, and what he wanted was to have his Horde back. Saurfang admitted to Anduin that the reason he had spared him was because he thought Anduin could stop Sylvanas, but as Anduin left the Stockades he told Saurfang he couldn't--not alone. As Anduin left, he kept Saurfang's cell door open.[82]

Tides of Vengeance

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Shandris Feathermoon, Maiev Shadowsong, and Sira Moonwarden sought to convince Anduin to commit Alliance forces to Darkshore to retake it from the Horde, but with the war focused on Zandalar and Kul Tiras Anduin did not have the troops to do so.[83] Despite Anduin's refusal, Genn wouldn't stand by. Citing all the aid that the night elves had given to the Gilneans in the past, Genn sent Gilnean forces to Darkshore to help.[84]

Following the Battle of Dazar'alor and death of King Rastakhan, Anduin returned to Boralus and spoke with Shaw, Genn, Wyrmbane, and Jaina. Although there was victory, Anduin mourned the loss of life and worried about Gelbin Mekkatorque, who was barely surviving after his encounter with Jastor Gallywix. Anduin also worried that rather than drive a wedge between the Horde and Zandalari, killing Rastakhan had only ignited the Zandalari's fury. While Wyrmbane, Genn, and Shaw wanted to push the advantage and win the war in a matter of weeks, Jaina argued that attacking while the Zandalari mourned their king would make them no better than Sylvanas. Anduin resolved to keep fighting, but said that the Alliance must never lose sight of who they are and what they stand for.[85]

After Genn, Shaw, and Wyrmbane left, Jaina and Anduin spoke in private about the losses in Dazar'alor and Mekkatorque's state of health, which neither Jaina nor Stormwind's priests could help. Anduin was glad to have his aunt back with them, and Jaina commented on how much had happened while she was away; specifically, she wanted to know about the rumors she had heard of her old friend Calia Menethil and what happened in Arathi Highlands. The two left to go somewhere private to talk.[85]

Son of the Wolf (future)

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High King Anduin Wrynn many years into the future.

In a possible future,[86] many, many years later, Anduin Wrynn as an old man re-reads his father's last letter and contemplates that there is only one more battle to be fought. Aboard the Exodar, Velen informs the High King that it is time, that they will never have an opportunity or chance like this again. As Anduin stands up, he remembers his father and all the others who have fallen, and Velen says that the Light will triumph over the Shadow this day.[69]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Stormwind Keep ?? 28,527,600
Jade Forest 5 - 15 164 - 384
Krasarang Wilds 87 9,585
Timeless Isle 90 11,494
Siege of Orgrimmar (instance) 90 57,470
A [98] The Fallen Lion ?? 1,104,563,968
Stormwind Embassy ?? 17,954,400
B [110 - 120] The Battle for Lordaeron ?? 12,268,800
A [110 - 120] Tides of War ?? 51,876,000

Quests

Stormwind City
Jade Forest
  1. H [86] The Scouts Return
  2. H [86] Scouting Report: On the Right Track
  3. H [86] Scouting Report: Like Jinyu in a Barrel
  4. A [86] Finding Your CenterActivequest
  5. A [86] Sacred WatersAvailablequest
Krasarang Wilds
  1. N [87] The MurksweatsAvailablequestActivequest
  2. N [87] Ahead on the WayActivequest & N [87] Striking the RainActivequest & N [87] Sha Can AweAvailablequestActivequest
  3. N [87] In the House of the Red CraneAvailablequest
Kun-Lai Summit
  1. A [87] Temple of the White TigerActivequest
  2. A [87] A Celestial ExperienceAvailablequestActivequest
  3. A [87] A Witness to HistoryAvailablequest
Landfall
  1. A [90] The Kirin TorActivequest
  2. A [90] The Fate of DalaranAvailablequestActivequest
  3. A [90] Anduin's PleaActivequest
  4. A [90] Heart Of The AllianceAvailablequest
  5. A [90] The Harmonic MalletActivequest
  6. A [90] The Monkey KingAvailablequest
  7. A [90] The Greatest PrankActivequest
  8. A [90] The Bell SpeaksActivequest
  9. A [90] Breath of Darkest ShadowAvailablequestActivequest
  10. A [90] The SilenceAvailablequest
The Compass
Allied races

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Stormwind City (Anduin has access to a  [Swift White Steed] and a  [Armored Snowy Gryphon] to convenience player mounts during this quest chain.)
  1. A [84] My Son, the Prince
  2. Complete all of:
  3. Complete all of:
  4. A [84] Expert OpinionAvailablequest
  5. A [84] A Villain Unmasked

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Tactics

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Anduin in the throne room.

King Anduin is perhaps the hardest city leader to defeat for Horde players. The location of Stormwind Keep and Stormwind's geography make getting to Anduin undetected nearly impossible. Additionally, Anduin's elite guard are spread all the way along the path to the king, ranging as far as the steps of the keep itself, and as such players on flying mounts may want to use the side entrance to Stormwind Keep in order to save some time. Every second counts, as a fast kill is vital due to Stormwind being highly populated during most hours and Alliance players are very likely to come to the aid of their King. Unlike Varian, Anduin also comes equipped with the ability to heal and shield his allies. Melee fighters should also be wary of his Psychic Scream.

Abilities

  • Spell holy greaterheal.png  Greater Heal — Heals the caster for 25% of maximum life.
  • Spell holy penance.png  Penance — Launches bolts of holy light at up to 5 enemies every 1 sec for 6 sec, inflicting Holy damage.
  • Ability priest clarityofwill.png  Power Word: Aegis — Shields the caster with a protective ward for 15 sec, absorbing 300000000 damage.
  • Spell shadow psychicscream.png  Psychic Scream — Lets out a psychic scream, causing up to 5 nearby enemies to flee for 4 sec.

Personality

Although only a young adult, Stormwind's king, Anduin, has persevered through numerous trials and tribulations, such as being kidnapped by the scheming black dragon Onyxia. His greatest challenge, however, might lie in his relationship with Varian. Anduin is no stranger to his father's love and affection, but he is constantly wary of sudden outbursts from Varian's violent, gladiatorial side. Anduin has also struggled against his father's insistence that he become a warrior.

Events just prior to the Cataclysm signaled a new chapter in Anduin's life. While undergoing martial training in the dwarven bastion of Ironforge, Anduin witnessed as Moira Thaurissan—the estranged daughter of the late King Magni Bronzebeard—held the city hostage with a contingent of Dark Iron dwarves. Despite being the legal heir to Ironforge, she drew the ire of Varian for her heavy-handed tactics. Before long, the king and a team of SI:7 agents infiltrated the city, intent on killing the brash dwarf heiress. Only through Anduin's wise and resolute intervention did Varian stay his hand and spare Moira's life, thus averting a political disaster that might have ignited a dwarven civil war.

During his time in Ironforge, Anduin also discovered his true calling in life: to be a priest devoted to the tenets of the Holy Light. For those who know Anduin well, this discipline is a perfect fit for the prince, who has consistently proven himself to be compassionate and thoughtful. No longer the child-prince of Stormwind from years past, Anduin is fast becoming his own man with the courage to speak up for what he believes in. He does not share Varian's outright hatred and mistrust of the Horde. On one occasion, he even imparted sage advice to the tauren chieftain Baine Bloodhoof after the death of his father, Cairne. Yet in Azeroth's current state of turmoil, it is unknown whether Anduin's destiny with the Light will proceed on its current course, or whether his path will take a different turn.[87]

Age

Arthas officially joined the Silver Hand when he was 19, Year 15, and he claimed that Varian was a new father which indicates that Anduin was born around Year 15.[88] This confirms that Anduin was 10 around the time of World of Warcraft. The Ultimate Visual Guide finally confirmed that Anduin was crowned the temporary King of Stormwind at age ten when his father was kidnapped.
  • Stormrage, whose action takes place some time after the fall of the Lich King, claims that he is not quite thirteen.
  • War Crimes, taking place in the end of Mists of Pandaria, states he is fifteen.[91]

Quotes

World of Warcraft: The Comic

  • "The druid was injured in my service and I will protect him with my life! To reach him, monsters, you'll have to go through me!"
  • "Meeting Thrall would be great, dad. From what I've heard... He's extraordinary. And isn't establishing peace something a king should do? If he can?"
  • "Why waste your warriors and resources in battle when a few words will bring you greater profit?" (Said to Garrosh Hellscream during the summit at Theramore)
  • "You're anxious to return to Stormwind? But there's so much to discuss here that may ensure our kingdom's future peace and prosperity."

World of Warcraft

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Greetings
  • Greetings citizen.
  • Hi there. Have you heard any news of my father? (Removed in 3.0.2 with the return of his father.)
  • Enjoying your stay in Stormwind?

Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Greeting
  • Greetings citizen.
  • Hello. Have you come to speak with my father?
  • I hope you're enjoying your stay in Stormwind.
Escorting the Prince
  • Keep your eyes open for anything suspicious.
  • I'm glad you're here.
  • Something strange is happening in Stormwind...
  • We'll get to the bottom of this.

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Greeting
  • Have you ever seen such a place?
  • There's work to be done here.
  • There's more to this land than meets the eye.
  • We're far from home, friend.
  • Can you believe the majesty of this place?
Greeting (At Grookin Hill)
  • It's not too late to end this war.
  • I have always heard that the Horde was honorable.
  • We don't have to keep fighting. Don't you see?
Irritated
  • You know who my father is, right?
  • I'm telling!
Farewell
  • I will see you soon.
  • Stay safe.
  • Keep your guard up.
  • Be careful.
Dialogue
Main article: Scouting Report: On the Right Track#Notes
Main article: Scouting Report: Like Jinyu in a Barrel#Notes
Main article: Borrowed Brew#Notes
Main article: Finding Your Center#Notes
Main article: Rest in Peace#Notes
Main article: An Ancient Legend#Notes
Main article: Anduin's Decision#Notes
Main article: Blinding the Riverblades#Notes
Main article: Tread Lightly#Notes
Main article: The Murksweats#Notes
Main article: In the House of the Red Crane#Notes
Main article: Temple of the White Tiger
Main article: A Celestial Experience
Main article: Lion's Landing (quest)#Notes
Main article: The Kirin Tor (quest)#Notes
Main article: The Fate of Dalaran#Notes
Main article: Breath of Darkest Shadow#Notes
Main article: Secrets of the First Empire#Notes
Main article: I Need a Champion#Notes
Main article: The Thunder Forge (quest)#Notes
Main article: Spirit of the Storm Lord#Notes
Main article: The Crown of Heaven#Notes
Main article: Echoes of the Titans#Notes
Main article: Heart of the Thunder King (quest)#Notes
Main article: Time Keeper Kairoz#Notes
Main article: Garrosh Hellscream (tactics)#Quotes

Legion

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Greetings
  • For the Alliance above all.
  • A just cause is always worth fighting for.
  • Greetings friend.
  • A king is only as noble as the cause that he serves.
  • Stormwind will endure.
  • Sometimes we must fight for what we believe in.
  • Stormwind honors your service to the Alliance.
Irritated
  • Now is not a time for that.
  • You try my patience.
  • You know I'm king now, right?
  • The light shall burn you!
Farewell
  • Be vigilant.
  • Victory in the light.
  • Safe journey to you.
  • You are always welcome in Stormwind.
  • Never lose hope.
Dialogue
Main article: A Royal Summons#Notes
Main article: A Royal Audience (Alliance)#Notes
Main article: The Victor's Spoils (Alliance)#Notes
Main article: A Found Memento#Notes
Main article: A Kingdom's Heart#Notes
Main article: A Personal Message#Notes
Main article: A Walk to Remember#Notes
Main article: Lost Souls#Notes
Main article: The King's Path#Notes

Stormwind Embassy

War is coming to Azeroth, <name>. It is time for us to bring in new allies to join our cause.

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

Anduin is the default hero (player character) for the priest class in Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "The future King of Stormwind is a kind, gentle soul. Except when he's in Shadowform."

Notes and trivia

Speculation

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This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Although not a paladin or a warrior, he could possibly be considered a battle-priest.

Alternate timeline

A version of Anduin existed in a timeline where Varian was killed and Anduin was made king in young age as detailed above, under the War Crimes section. According to Baine, Kairoz selected the most broken and darkest versions.

Gallery

Hearthstone

Fan art

Videos

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Updated for level 120.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Updated model and once again titled "King of Stormwind".
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Updated model and voice.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): New model and voice.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now titled "Prince of Stormwind" instead of King, a line of dialogue removed.

References

  1. ^ a b c Warcraft Lore/Anduin Wrynn
  2. ^ H [110] Remember the Sunwell
  3. ^ a b c d e f Raising a King on the official website
  4. ^ a b  [Royal Summons]
  5. ^ The Characters of Warcraft/Anduin Wrynn
  6. ^ Alex Afrasiabi on Twitter
  7. ^ a b BlizzCon 2017 Q&A
  8. ^ Showdown!
  9. ^ a b c The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
  10. ^ Characters - Varian Wrynn
  11. ^ Human - WoW. Retrieved on 2018-09-14.
  12. ^ Flashback
  13. ^ See Anduin's age
  14. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
  15. ^ Elegy, pg. 2
  16. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 13: Flashback
  17. ^ World of Warcraft manual, pg. 170
  18. ^ A [54] The True Masters
  19. ^ A [37] Warn Bolvar!
  20. ^ Stormrage, chapter 10
  21. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 7
  22. ^ Wolfheart
  23. ^ Prophet's Lesson
  24. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 4
  25. ^ Blood of Our Fathers
  26. ^ A [84] My Son, the Prince
  27. ^ A [84] Rallying the Fleet
  28. ^ A [84] A Villain Unmasked
  29. ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
  30. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 11
  31. ^ A [86] The King's Command
  32. ^ a b A [86] Finding Your Center
  33. ^ a b A [86] Sacred Waters
  34. ^ A [86] An Ancient Legend
  35. ^ A [86] Anduin's Decision
  36. ^ H [86] Scouting Report: On the Right Track
  37. ^ H [86] Scouting Report: Like Jinyu in a Barrel
  38. ^ N [87] Sha Can Awe
  39. ^ N [87] In the House of the Red Crane
  40. ^ B [87] A Celestial Experience
  41. ^ B [87] A Witness to History
  42. ^ N [90] The Might of Three
  43. ^ A [90] Lion's Landing
  44. ^ A [90] The Kirin Tor
  45. ^ A [90] The Fate of Dalaran
  46. ^ A [90] Heart Of The Alliance
  47. ^ A [90] What Had To Be Done
  48. ^ A [90] The Monkey King
  49. ^ A [90] The Greatest Prank
  50. ^ A [90] The Bell Speaks
  51. ^ B [90] Breath of Darkest Shadow
  52. ^ A [90] Breath of Darkest Shadow
  53. ^ A [90] The Silence
  54. ^ War Crimes
  55. ^ Before the Storm
  56. ^ a b N [90] Meet Me Upstairs
  57. ^ N [90] Secrets of the First Empire
  58. ^ N [90] The Thunder Forge
  59. ^ N [90] The Crown of Heaven
  60. ^ N [90] Echoes of the Titans
  61. ^ N [90] Heart of the Thunder King
  62. ^ War Crimes
  63. ^ Legion characters
  64. ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 1
  65. ^ A [98] The Fallen Lion
  66. ^ A [100 - 110] A Royal Summons
  67. ^ N Rogue [110] A Simple Plan
  68. ^ A [110] The King's Path
  69. ^ a b Anduin: Son of the Wolf
  70. ^ A [110] Gifts of the Fallen
  71. ^ A [110] The Call for Allies
  72. ^ A [110] For the Light!
  73. ^ A [110] Telogrus Rift
  74. ^ A [120] Dark Iron Dwarves
  75. ^ Elegy
  76. ^ A [110 - 120] The Battle for Lordaeron
  77. ^ A [110 - 120] Tides of War
  78. ^ A [110 - 120] The Nation of Kul Tiras
  79. ^ Time of War
  80. ^ A [120] An End to the Killing
  81. ^ A [120] A Nation United
  82. ^ Lost Honor
  83. ^ Waning Hope
  84. ^ Shores of Fate
  85. ^ a b Dead Reckoning
  86. ^ Wowhead - Taliesin & Evitel Interview with Kevin Martens and Frank Kowalkowski
  87. ^ Anduin Wrynn: Then and Now
  88. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 5
  89. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, pg 268
  90. ^ Wolfheart, chapter 15, pg. 638
  91. ^ War Crimes, chapter 13
  92. ^ Magni: Fault Lines: "Been four years since you turned to stone."
  93. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 11
  94. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 13
  95. ^ Elegy, pg. 37
  96. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 30
  97. ^  [Champion: Master Mathias Shaw]
  98. ^ A [110] A Kingdom's Heart
  99. ^ A [84] My Son, the Prince
  100. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic: Threat!
  101. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, pg. 66
  102. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, chapter 7
  103. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, chapter 11
  104. ^ War Crimes - "He wanted to stop Garrosh from speaking, ever, to blast his mind and wipe all that it was to be Garrosh Hellscream from it. He knew how to use the Light. He could use it now, not as a shield to protect, or a balm to heal, but as a weapon."
  105. ^ Christie Golden on Twitter
  106. ^ BlizzCon 2018: Faces of War | Behind the Scenes of the Battle for Azeroth Cinematic (2018-09-26). Retrieved on 2018-11-10.
  107. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, chapter 11
  108. ^ A [86] Finding Your Center
  109. ^ A [87] A Celestial Experience
  110. ^ H [87] A Celestial Experience
  111. ^ Medievaldragon 2017-11-04. BlizzCon 2017 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Panel Transcript - Page 3 of 12. Blizzplanet. Retrieved on 2018-10-23.

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Position:
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