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Knights of the Silver Hand

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The Knights of the Silver Hand (full name the Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand,[2] often referred to as the Order of the Silver Hand, the Silver Hand, or the Paladin Order[3]) 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.[4] 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.[5][6]

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Silver Hand was formally reestablished and supported by each major paladin order on Azeroth: the Hand of Argus, the Blood Knights, the Sunwalkers, and the remnants of the Argent Crusade. They fight the Burning Legion alongside the other class orders during the demons' third invasion and their order hall is the Sanctum of Light.

History

Foundation and the Second War

Alonsus Chapel in Stratholme, before the Third 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)[7] as well as Gavinrad (a candidate proposed by Lord Anduin Lothar.)[8] The Order of the Silver Hand was thus born.

The Bastion of the Silver Hand in Stratholme.

The paladins were instrumental in winning the war. They were notably deployed to quell a peasant revolt at Tyr's Hand,[9] and the sight of them wielding their mighty warhammers and holy powers gave others inspiration on the battlefield and the home front.[10] 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.[11] Uther was the first paladin known to have manifested his powers on the battlefield[12] 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.[13] Arthas Menethil, Prince of Lordaeron, was sworn into the order in a ceremony performed in Stormwind's Cathedral of Light.[14] During these times, the Bastion of the Silver Hand was considered as the barracks of the Order,[15] containing countless of their treasures.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18][19][20][21] 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.[22] Returning to Lordaeron, Arthas killed several notable paladins, including Gavinrad the Dire and Uther Lightbringer.[23] 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.[24]

After the Third War

Alonsus Chapel in Stratholme, after the Third War.

The paladins who remained in Lordaeron continued to fight against the Scourge. 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).[25]

The Scarlet Bastion in Stratholme.

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' zealotry, formed the Argent Dawn, which took a less extreme approach and accepted members from all of Azeroth's races into their ranks.[26]

World of Warcraft era

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Paladins in the kingdoms of Stormwind and Ironforge remained part of the Knights of the Silver Hand.[5][6] 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.[27]

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.[28]

  • "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."

This order of knights is mentioned to be active during the initial assault on Naxxramas by Eligor Dawnbringer in a conversation at Light's Hope Chapel.[29]

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.[30]

Burning Crusade

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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

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Tirion Fordring wielding Ashbringer.

After the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel, Tirion called for a union between the Argent Dawn and the Order of the Silver Hand.[4] 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).[31]

Cataclysm

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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.

Legion

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Following the death of Highlord Tirion Fordring, a paladin hero unites 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 is named as its new Highlord.[32] Their new base lies within a hidden sanctum beneath Light's Hope Chapel.

The Order of the Silver Hand grew and is now made up of:

- the original paladins of the Silver Hand led by Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker

- the Argent Crusade, led by Lord Maxwell Tyrosus

- the Hand of Argus, led by Vindicator Boros

- the Blood Knights, led by Lady Liadrin

- and the Sunwalkers led by Aponi Brightmane

- Justicar Julia Celeste and Arator the Redeemer are also leaders of the new order.[33]

While not directly stated, Brother Sammuel from Northshire is also present, thus the Brotherhood of Northshire is apparently also represented. Same with Eligor Dawnbringer and the Brotherhood of the Light.

Ranks

They deploy knights, squires, crusaders, templar, phalanx, and defenders.

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.

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Notable members

Main article: List of Knights of the Silver Hand paladins
Name Title Role Affiliation Status
IconSmall HalfElf Male.gif Arator the Redeemer Son of Turalyon and Alleria Honor Hold Alive
IconSmall Human Male.gif Saidan Dathrohan Grand Crusader Leader of the Scarlet Crusade (possessed by Balnazzar) Scarlet Crusade (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Human Male.gif Taelan Fordring Highlord Highlord of the Scarlet Crusade Scarlet Crusade (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Tirion.gif Tirion Fordring Highlord Highlord of the Argent Crusade Argent Crusade (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Human Male.gif Gavinrad the Dire Guarded the remains of Kel'Thuzad in Andorhal Kingdom of Stormwind Deceased
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Valgar Highforge Head paladin trainer in the Hall of Mysteries Kingdom of Ironforge Alive
IconSmall Human Male.gif Morgan Ladimore Haunts Raven Hill as Mor'Ladim (formerly a follower of Uther) None (formerly Stormwind) Active
IconSmall Jorad.gif Jorad Mace Companion of Tyrigosa (formerly a mercenary) None (formerly Lordaeron) Alive
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas Menethil King Lich King of the Scourge (formerly Prince of Lordaeron) Scourge (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Mograine.gif Alexandros Mograine the Ashbringer Death Knight of Naxxramas (formerly the Ashbringer) Scourge (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Human Male.gif Aurius Rivendare Death Knight of Stratholme (formerly Defender of Alonsus Chapel) Scourge (formerly Lordaeron) Killable
IconSmall Human Male.gif Grayson Shadowbreaker Lord Head paladin trainer in the Cathedral of Light Kingdom of Stormwind Alive
IconSmall Human Male.gif Thomas Thomson Sir The Headless Horseman (formerly a Scarlet Crusader) None (formerly Scarlet Crusade) Killable
IconSmall Turalyon.gif Turalyon High Exarch of the Grand Army of the Light (formerly Commander of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor) Grand Army of the Light Alive
IconSmall Uther.gif Uther the Lightbringer Grand Master of the the Silver Hand Alliance of Lordaeron Deceased
IconSmall Maxwell.gif Maxwell Tyrosus Lord Leader of the Argent Dawn in the Plaguelands Argent Crusade Alive
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Boros Vindicator Co-leader of the Hand of Argus Exodar, Hand of Argus Alive
IconSmall Liadrin.gif Lady Liadrin Lady of Light Matriarch of the Blood Knight Order Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Blood Knight Order Alive
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Aponi Brightmane Leader of the Sunwalkers Thunder Bluff, Sunwalkers Alive
IconSmall Lothraxion.gif Lothraxion High Commander of the Grand Army of the Light Grand Army of the Light Alive
IconSmall Human Female.gif Julia Celeste Justicar Veteran paladin of the Valiance Expedition Kingdom of Stormwind Alive
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Delas Moonfang Former priestess, she is the first night elf to join the order Sisterhood of Elune, Conclave Alive

In the RPG

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An epic paladin.
  • 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.[34] 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.[35]
  • While the Knights of the Silver Hand survived the Scourge, few paladins were left in the order.[36] The remaining knights started hunting Arthas's servants, the undead, with a ruthlessness that frightened some, but they were determined to fix their mistakes.[34]
  • The stalwart paladins of the Silver Hand who traveled to Kalimdor worked to establish a new church there.[34]
  • 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.[37]
  • In addition to the night elves, many guests and diplomats from elsewhere reside in Darnassus, including Knights of the Silver Hand.[38]
  • 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.[39]
  • Verius attempted to infiltrate the Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand after the Third War.[40]
  • Brann believes that blue dragons may be found in the ranks of many mortal orders, including the Knights of the Silver Hand.[41]
  • Forthisal D'Neve is studying with the Knights of the Silver Hand to become a paladin.[42]
  • 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.[43]
  • 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).[44]
  • 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.[45]

Notes and trivia

Symbolism

  • 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.[46]

Status during the Third War

  • Most sources state that Uther the Lightbringer was accused of treason and relieved of his command with his paladins suspended from service by Prince Arthas Menethil near Stratholme.
  • The Ultimate Visual Guide stated that Arthas disbanded the Knights of the Silver Hand.[47] The updated version however, the Ultimate Visual Guide - Updated and Expanded, stated that Arthas just sent Uther and his knights away and that they were decimated during the war.[48]

Speculation

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  • It is speculated that Bolvar Fordragon, a paladin of Stormwind, was a member of the Silver Hand.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e N Paladin [101 - 110] Meeting of the Silver Hand
  2. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, Human Hero Units, Paladin
  3. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual
  4. ^ a b N Death Knight [55] The Light of Dawn
  5. ^ a b A IconSmall Human Male.gifIconSmall Human Female.gif Paladin [3] Consecrated Letter
  6. ^ a b A IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifIconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Paladin [3] Consecrated Rune
  7. ^ Tides of Darkness, 84
  8. ^ Tides of Darkness, 86
  9. ^ Tyr's Hand (WC2 Human)
  10. ^ Tides of Darkness, 129-130
  11. ^ Tides of Darkness
  12. ^ Tides of Darkness, 127
  13. ^ 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."
  14. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, 62
  15. ^ N [58] Of Love and Family
  16. ^ N [47D] The Dreadlord Balnazzar
  17. ^ Of Blood and Honor
  18. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, The Scourge of Lordaeron: The Culling
  19. ^ Rise of the Lich King, chapter 12
  20. ^ Death is Contagious
  21. ^ Uther Lightbringer, The Paladin
  22. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, The Scourge of Lordaeron: Frostmourne
  23. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Path of the Damned: Digging up the Dead
  24. ^ Warcraft III - Undead -> Units -> Death Knight.
  25. ^ World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, #1
  26. ^ World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, #2
  27. ^ A Paladin [60] Manna-Enriched Horse Feed
  28. ^ N [60G] In Dreams
  29. ^ Eligor Dawnbringer#Light's Hope Chapel
  30. ^ Shadow Wing
  31. ^ Lich King (tactics)
  32. ^ N Paladin [100 - 110] A United Force
  33. ^ N Paladin [101 - 110] Meeting of the Silver Hand
  34. ^ a b c Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 125
  35. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, 18
  36. ^ Lands of Mystery, 8, 187
  37. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, 177
  38. ^ Lands of Mystery, 22
  39. ^ Magic & Mayhem, 15
  40. ^ Magic & Mayhem, 11-12
  41. ^ Lands of Mystery, 114
  42. ^ Lands of Conflict, 170
  43. ^ Magic & Mayhem, 145
  44. ^ Horde Player's Guide, 47
  45. ^ Lands of Mystery, 167
  46. ^ World of Warcraft Forums - Ask CDev #1 Answers. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  47. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 44, 166
  48. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide - Updated and Expanded, pg. 44, 190