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The Knights of the Silver Hand (full name the Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand, often referred to as the Order of the Silver Hand, the Paladins of the Silver Hand, the Silver Hand, or the Paladin Order) was the order of paladins created after the First War by Uther the Lightbringer and Archbishop Alonsus Faol. The Silver Hand helped lead the Alliance of Lordaeron to victory in the Second War.
When Uther refused to purge the city of Stratholme during the Third War, the order was suspended by one of its own members, Prince Arthas Menethil, though the knights continued to fight against the Scourge despite this. Years later, the order was reformed by Tirion Fordring, who merged it with the Argent Dawn to form the Argent Crusade and take the fight against the Lich King to Northrend. Human and dwarf paladins from Stormwind and Ironforge were still referred to as Knights of the Silver Hand after the formation of the Argent Crusade, suggesting that the order remained active within the Alliance.
During the third invasion of the Burning Legion and after the defeat of the Argent Crusade in the Battle for the Broken Shore, the Silver Hand was formally reestablished and supported by each major paladin order on Azeroth: the human and dwarven paladins of Stormwind and Ironforge, the draenei of the Hand of Argus, the blood elven Blood Knights, the tauren Sunwalkers, and the remnants of the Argent Crusade. They fought the Burning Legion alongside the other class orders and the Sanctum of Light, under the Light's Hope Chapel, became their order hall.
Following the Legion invasion of Azeroth and the Battle for Lordaeron, the Order seemingly fights on the side of the Alliance once more under Turalyon during the Battle for Stromgarde. Notably, Lady Liadrin is also present, fighting for the Horde, once more under the banner of the Blood Knights.
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 Items
- 4 In Warcraft III
- 5 In the RPG
- 6 Notes and trivia
- 7 Speculation
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Foundation and the Second War
The Holy Order of Northshire Clerics was devastated during the First War. Seeking to create an order that would suffer less attrition in battle, the Archbishop of the Church of the Holy Light, Alonsus Faol, along with his apprentice Uther, recruited noble knights (to train in the ways of the Light) and members of the priesthood (to train in martial combat). In Alonsus Chapel in Stratholme, Uther was appointed the first of the paladins. He was followed by Saidan Dathrohan, Tirion Fordring and Turalyon (candidates recommended by Alonsus Faol himself) as well as Gavinrad (a candidate proposed by Lord Anduin Lothar.) The Order of the Silver Hand was thus born.
The paladins were instrumental in winning the war. They were notably deployed to quell a peasant revolt at Tyr's Hand, and the sight of them wielding their mighty warhammers and holy powers gave others inspiration on the battlefield and the home front. Uther and his paladins were truly a sight to behold. Even some of the Alliance's greatest knights and warriors were in awe when they saw them smashing orcs down while healing fallen allies at the same time. Uther was the first paladin known to have manifested his powers on the battlefield and was given the title of "the Lightbringer" by Turalyon. Turalyon himself did not master his powers until after Lothar's death during the Siege of Blackrock Spire, but once he did the orcish army cowered from his blinding light (which shone "brighter than the brightest day").
After the war, the Order of the Silver Hand began training new paladins in Stormwind City and Ironforge. Arthas Menethil, Prince of Lordaeron, was sworn into the order in a ceremony performed in Stormwind's Cathedral of Light. During these times, the Bastion of the Silver Hand was considered as the barracks of the Order, containing countless of their treasures.
Several years later, Tirion Fordring's life was saved by the orc Eitrigg. When Eitrigg was later captured by the Alliance of Lordaeron, Tirion felt he owed a debt of honor and fought to rescue him. For assaulting Alliance soldiers, Tirion was excommunicated from the Silver Hand and exiled from his lands. His son, Taelan, later joined the Silver Hand.
When news of an upstart warchief rallying the few remaining orc clans in revolt against the orc internment camps began to unfold, King Terenas sent Uther and his paladins to quell the warchief's uprising. The crafty orcs could never be found however. The young warchief proved to be something of a tactical genius – and evaded Uther's best efforts to corral his hit and run attacks.
Before the Third War, a faction started growing in the order, largely led by Abbendis. This faction was intolerant of what they deemed as the "lesser races" and would later form the Scarlet Crusade.
The Scourge of Lordaeron
The appearance of the plague of undeath nearly marked the end of the Order of the Silver Hand. The paladins entered a dark period when one of their own, Prince Arthas, turned his back on the order. When Uther refused to follow Arthas' command to kill the infected population of Stratholme before they could die and be reborn as undead, Arthas accused Uther of treason, relieved him from command, suspended his paladins from service and sent them away. After Stratholme was purged, some former paladins, now called deathlords, also committed the same heinous act in many other cities across Lordaeron.
Arthas later lost his soul to the cursed runeblade Frostmourne and became a death knight in the service of the Lich King. Returning to Lordaeron, Arthas killed several notable paladins, including Gavinrad the Dire and Uther Lightbringer. Other fallen paladins whose souls were twisted and bound to the will of the Frozen Throne would later also join the ranks of the Scourge as death knights.
After the Third War
The paladins who remained in Lordaeron continued to fight against the Scourge for the next years. Under the leadership of Lord Commander Saidan Dathrohan and Highlord Alexandros Mograine, who wielded the Ashbringer, the paladins fought the undead throughout the Plaguelands. From their base at Hearthglen, they were able to gain some victories, but they weren't able to achieve their goal: the complete destruction of the Scourge.
Worried about the Forsaken entrenching themselves in the Ruins of Lordaeron, the paladins established a base in what would later be known as the Scarlet Monastery in Tirisfal Glades. They also made an alliance with Lord Valdelmar of Tyr's Hand for mutual assistance. However, during an attack on Stratholme, Lord Commander Saidan Dathrohan was killed and his corpse possessed by the dreadlord Balnazzar as a fleshly costume. Balnazzar started slowly working against the order's objectives from the inside. Fearing that the Ashbringer might destroy the Forsaken before his plans could come to fruition, Varimathras had Balnazzar arrange Alexandros's death (by manipulating his son, Renault, into killing him).
The possessed Saidan Dathrohan then reorganized what remained of the Silver Hand in Lordaeron into the Scarlet Crusade. These paladins strove fanatically to destroy evil, without any regards to the means used, and despised all non-human races. Other paladins, disgusted with the Scarlet Crusaders' immoral zealotry, formed the Argent Dawn, which took a less extreme approach and accepted members from all of Azeroth's races into their ranks.
World of Warcraft
Paladins in the kingdoms of Stormwind and Ironforge remained part of the Knights of the Silver Hand. Everyone in the order thought that Merideth Carlson was mad for coming up with the idea of a special horse feed destined to nourish spiritual horses. Relationships with the horse breeder were eventually mended.
The Silver Hand had no presence in Lordaeron until Tirion Fordring came out of exile. When his son Taelan was killed for trying to leave the Scarlet Crusade, Tirion vowed to create a new order, dedicated to extinguishing the evils of the world.
- "The death of my son at the hands of these monsters will not pass without incident. Take solace in knowing that the Order is reborn. I now take my place as Highlord of the new Order of the Silver Hand."
A group of paladins led by Irulon Trueblade helped the Alliance when they crossed the Dark Portal into Outland against the demons of the Burning Legions and the death knight Ragnok Bloodreaver and his forces.
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In addition to the Scarlet Crusade, the Silver Hand found a rival in the newly-emerged Blood Knight order, a group of errant paladins who had come to prominence in the restored elven lands north of Lordaeron. Some of these elves had been knights of the Silver Hand before the Third War, such as Mehlar Dawnblade, a former pupil of Uther who held his former master indirectly responsible for the fall of Quel'Thalas. To prove their dominance over the Light, Blood Knights were sent to defile the Alonsus Chapel, the Silver Hand's founding place. The ghostly knights Aelmar the Vanquisher, Cathela the Seeker, Gregor the Justiciar, Vicar Hieronymus, and Nemas the Arbiter appeared to defend the chapel. Whether to wounds received in battle against Baron Rivendare, or at the hands of the Blood Knights, the chapel's Silver Hand defender, Aurius, also fell, to return years later as a death knight.
Wrath of the Lich King
After the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel, Tirion called for a union between the Argent Dawn and the Order of the Silver Hand. Together they formed the Argent Crusade, which sailed to Northrend and fought to end the reign of the Lich King. Along with the Knights of the Ebon Blade, they were instrumental in Arthas's ultimate defeat (with Tirion himself using the Ashbringer to sunder Frostmourne).
The Paladin trainers in the kingdoms of Stormwind and Ironforge were still greeting new members as part of an Order of the Silver Hand that did not merge with the Argent Crusade. Those paladins of the Alliance that didn't join the Argent Crusade were presumably still members of the old Knights of the Silver Hand.
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Following the death of Highlord Tirion Fordring, a paladin hero united the Argent Crusade, the paladins of Stormwind and Ironforge, the Vindicators of the Hand of Argus, the Blood Knights of Silvermoon, and the Sunwalkers of Mulgore into a restored Order of the Silver Hand, and was named as its new Highlord. Their new base lies within a hidden sanctum beneath Light's Hope Chapel.
The Order of the Silver Hand grew and was made up of:
- the original paladins of the Silver Hand, led by Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker
While not directly stated, Brother Sammuel from Northshire is also present, thus the Brotherhood of Northshire was apparently also represented. Same with Eligor Dawnbringer and the Brotherhood of the Light.
Battle for Azeroth
During the Battle for Stromgarde, the soldiers under High Exarch Turalyon bear the banner of the Silver Hand, and plant Blessed Banners on the battlefield. They fight alongside several elite members of the Army of the Light. Turalyon scoffs at the idea of the Horde armies being led by a paladin, Lady Liadrin, questioning what has happened on Azeroth to allow this. He then claims he will take pleasure in enacting justice from a "misguided paladin of the Horde".
The fact that they only employ Alliance races, fight for the Alliance against the Horde, and notably Liadrin and her Blood Knights as well as the Sunwalkers, seems to indicate that the Silver Hand has splintered once again.
Unknown status with the Silver Hand
- Blood Knights
- Circle of Holy Light †
- Champions of Light †
- Champions of Peace †
- Champions of Truth †
- Crippling Force †
- Defenders of Justice †
- Delas Moonfang says: Here, in the presence of eternal champions, I take this sacred oath:
- Delas Moonfang says: To protect the weak, uphold justice, and walk the righteous path.
- Delas Moonfang says: I pledge my life to the Order of the Silver Hand,
- Delas Moonfang says: And join my brothers and sisters in humble service.
- Highlord of the Silver Hand
- Tirion Fordring †
- Saidan Dathrohan †
- Uther the Lightbringer (as Supreme Commander) †
- Alonsus Faol (as Archbishop) †
- Lord Maxwell Tyrosus
- High Exarch Turalyon
- Justicar Julia Celeste
- Vindicator Boros
- Arator the Redeemer
- Valgar Highforge
- Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker
Former notable leaders
- Lady Liadrin
- Aponi Brightmane
- Alexandros Mograine †
- High General Abbendis †
- Ballador the Bright †
- Sage Truthbearer †
- Gavinrad the Dire †
- Halahk the Lifebringer †
- Dagren the Orcslayer †
- Magroth the Defender †
Knights of the Silver Hand devote themselves as diligently to combat training as much as they do to their daily prayers, honoring their battle skills in order to best defend the weak and the innocent.
- Main article: List of Knights of the Silver Hand paladins
|Arator||the Redeemer||Son of Turalyon and Alleria||Honor Hold||Alive|
|Saidan Dathrohan||Grand Crusader||Leader of the Scarlet Crusade (possessed by Balnazzar)||Scarlet Crusade (formerly Lordaeron)||Deceased|
|Taelan Fordring||Highlord||Highlord of the Scarlet Crusade||Scarlet Crusade (formerly Lordaeron)||Deceased|
|Tirion Fordring||Highlord||Highlord of the Argent Crusade||Argent Crusade (formerly Lordaeron)||Deceased|
|Gavinrad||the Dire||Guarded the remains of Kel'Thuzad in Andorhal||Kingdom of Stormwind||Deceased|
|Valgar Highforge||Grand Smith of the Silver Hand; Head paladin trainer in the Hall of Mysteries||Kingdom of Ironforge||Alive|
|Morgan Ladimore||Haunts Raven Hill as Mor'Ladim (formerly a follower of Uther)||None (formerly Stormwind)||Active|
|Jorad Mace||Companion of Tyrigosa (formerly a mercenary)||None (formerly Lordaeron)||Alive|
|Arthas Menethil||King||Lich King of the Scourge (formerly Prince of Lordaeron)||Scourge (formerly Lordaeron)||Deceased|
|Alexandros Mograine||the Ashbringer||Death Knight of Naxxramas (formerly the Ashbringer)||Scourge (formerly Lordaeron)||Deceased|
|Aurius Rivendare||Death Knight of Stratholme (formerly Defender of Alonsus Chapel)||Scourge (formerly Lordaeron)||Killable|
|Grayson Shadowbreaker||Lord||Head paladin trainer in the Cathedral of Light||Kingdom of Stormwind||Alive|
|Thomas Thomson||Sir||The Headless Horseman (formerly a Scarlet Crusader)||None (formerly Scarlet Crusade)||Killable|
|Turalyon||High Exarch||High Exarch of the Grand Army of the Light (formerly Commander of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor)||Grand Army of the Light||Alive|
|Uther||the Lightbringer||Grand Master of the the Silver Hand||Alliance of Lordaeron||Deceased|
|Maxwell Tyrosus||Lord||Leader of the Argent Dawn in the Plaguelands||Argent Crusade||Alive|
|Eadric||the Pure||Quartermaster||Argent Crusade||Alive|
|Boros||Vindicator||Co-leader of the Hand of Argus||Exodar, Hand of Argus||Alive|
|Lady Liadrin||Lady of Light||Matriarch of the Blood Knight Order||Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Blood Knight Order||Alive|
|Aponi Brightmane||Leader of the Sunwalkers||Thunder Bluff, Sunwalkers||Alive|
|Lothraxion||High Commander of the Grand Army of the Light||Grand Army of the Light||Alive|
|Julia Celeste||Justicar||Veteran paladin of the Valiance Expedition||Kingdom of Stormwind||Alive|
|Delas Moonfang||Former priestess, first night elf to join the order||Sisterhood of Elune, Conclave||Alive|
- , which is to be given to Uther's spirit, is a medal given upon acceptance to the Knights of the Silver Hand.
- , which can be received from Uther's spirit, bears the symbol of the Silver Hand.
- belonged to Gavinrad the Dire. Its flavor text reads "Engraved with the image of a silver fist, held up triumphantly."
- belonged to Uther the Lightbringer. Its flavor text reads "A heavy piece of canvas, probably used as a blanket or shawl." It is the in-game representation of the Shroud of the Lightbringer.
- , and are rewards from .
- , and are rewards from .
- , the artifact for the Holy paladin, is the hammer of Tyr, whose legend inspired the symbol of the Silver Hand.
In Warcraft III
The Silver Hand was a human faction led by Uther. Among their ranks it counted regular units like footmen and knights. They appeared as an allied faction in The Defense of Strahnbrad, Blackrock and Roll, and as an enemy faction in Digging up the Dead.
In the RPG
Following the invasion of the Scourge, many of the order's paladins joined a zealous group of followers of the Light known as the Scarlet Crusade. However, many of these paladins have become fanatical towards their ambition of destroying the Scourge, to the point that those not wearing their colors are deemed corrupted. After leaving the Crusade, some paladins decided to join the Argent Dawn. Some paladins have also turned from the light and joined Arthas Menethil as death knights.
Others fled south, to the Kingdom of Stormwind. The paladin order, still referring to themselves as the Order of the Silver Hand, now thrives under new leadership at the Cathedral of Light in Stormwind City. Over time, the followers of the Holy Light spread their philosophy to the dwarves of Ironforge, who soon adopted the tenets of the order as well. Though decimated, the Knights of the Silver Hand eventually bounced back.
- Even after the triumph at Mount Hyjal, the paladins remembered Arthas's betrayal and just how close their order and all of Azeroth had come to complete destruction. Many paladins felt responsibility for Arthas, because the Holy Light teaches that every person can strengthen other people. Since they were unable to strengthen Arthas, the entire world suffered. After such an enormous breach of trust, the paladins resolved anew to eliminate all traces of corruption in their ranks.
- While the Knights of the Silver Hand survived the Scourge, few paladins were left in the order. The remaining knights started hunting Arthas's servants, the undead, with a ruthlessness that frightened some, but they were determined to fix their mistakes.
- The stalwart paladins of the Silver Hand who traveled to Kalimdor worked to establish a new church there.
- Humans founded the Knights of the Silver Hand, and though they remained the bulk of its membership, the new order started to accept dwarves into the ranks to replace paladins lost during the Third War (they had previously accepted a few dwarven paladins as far back as the Second War, though it was uncommon). The order was not nearly as active as it once had been, but those belonging to the organization became some of the most active members of the Alliance.
- In addition to the night elves, many guests and diplomats from elsewhere reside in Darnassus, including Knights of the Silver Hand.
- Templars see corruption in their homes and many other organizations, including the Knights of the Silver Hand. While the templars see paladins as allies and vice versa, templars feel that the Silver Hand overemphasizes tradition and order over general goodness and the other values of the Light.
- Verius attempted to infiltrate the Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand after the Third War.
- Brann believes that blue dragons may be found in the ranks of many mortal orders, including the Knights of the Silver Hand.
- Forthisal D'Neve is studying with the Knights of the Silver Hand to become a paladin.
- The Phylactery of Faithfulness, a small box containing religious scripture affixed to a leather cord and tied around the forehead, is commonly used by night elves and members of the Silver Hand.
- Once indoctrinated, a lightslayer receives missions to combat the Holy Light, particularly the Scarlet Crusade (though Knights of the Silver Hand and ordinary priests and parishioners are also fair game).
- According to Brann Bronzebeard;
- We have the Knights of the Silver Hand on our side, but this is a group that has experienced more hardships than most during these dark days. Once the pinnacle of enlightenment, goodness, purity and light, they are forever shamed that the powerful Lich King who sits upon the frozen throne was one of theirs. They wrack their brains on where they went wrong, why they couldn’t see the streak of evil that obviously lurked inside Arthas. If he were truly a paladin, as they are, then there is no way he would have been corrupted. I think they have rather a too high opinion of the paladins, but I’m not the one to tell them.
- Even though paladins are some of our most powerful weapons against the Scourge, with their holy power over undead, the paladins are not what they once were. Some have been driven into obsessive madness, forming the Scarlet Crusade and killing living and undead alike in their eagerness to eradicate the Scourge. Others traveled across the sea with Jaina Proudmoore to help defeat the Burning Legion and now reside on Theramore. They certainly do what they can to destroy undead they discover on Kalimdor, but the Scourge's numbers there are like a thimble of beer compared to the great kegs that are Lordaeron and Northrend. We’ll need the paladins to defeat the Scourge, but they are not up to the task right now, and I don’t know how much longer we can wait.
Notes and trivia
- The Order of the Silver Hand took its name and symbol from the legend of Tyr. A paragon of order and justice, Tyr sacrificed his right hand in a fight against an unfathomable evil. Although it was within his power to fix his hand after the fighting had ended, the hero instead chose to replace it with a closed fist made of the purest silver. In this way, he impressed upon those who followed him that true order and justice can only be accomplished through personal sacrifice.
- As of Legion, the Silver Hand's banner has an alternate depiction used predominantly throughout the expansion, from a closed fist, to that of an open one.
- According to A Cleansing Fire, the Knights of the Silver Hand splintered into the Argent Dawn and Argent Crusade four years after the death of Terenas Menethil. In the current timeline, it happened two years after the king's death.
Status during the Third War
- Most sources state that Uther the Lightbringer was accused of treason and relieved of his command with his paladins being suspended from service by Prince Arthas Menethil near Stratholme.
- Other sources contradict this issue. Most notably, Uther's dialogue implies that Arthas did not have the power to disband the paladins, and the premise of the "Dissension" mission implies that King Terenas agreed.
- However, Arthas slaughtered the Silver Hand's high command during the "Digging up the Dead" mission, disbanding them in a different sense. This may have caused a misconception, popularizing the view that it was his command that disbanded them.
- The Ultimate Visual Guide stated that Arthas disbanded the Knights of the Silver Hand. Its updated version, however, stated that Arthas just sent Uther and his knights away and that they were decimated during the war.
- World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3 states that Arthas turned his back on the paladins and called their refusal an act of treason.
It is speculated that Bolvar Fordragon, a paladin of Stormwind, was a member of the Silver Hand.
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- ^ Tides of Darkness
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- ^ WoW Character Selection Screen, pre-2.01: "Although paladins were once exclusively human, a number of stout-hearted dwarves have recently been welcomed into the Order of the Silver Hand."
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pg. 62
- ^ Of Blood and Honor
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