- For the subzone in Scholomance, see Reliquary (Scholomance). For the subzone in Silvermoon City, see Reliquary (Silvermoon City).
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The Reliquary is a blood elven organization dedicated to the acquisition of powerful magical artifacts and studying the past, serving as the Horde counterpart to the Explorer's League. Its Alliance counterpart is the Explorers' League.
It is led by High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher.
The leader of the Reliquary, Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher, had spent a lifetime mastering the arts of sorcery and furthering his pursuit of magical knowledge. Gathering like-minded blood elves, he formed the Reliquary, a primarily blood elven (but nonetheless multiracial) organization to acquire powerful magical artifacts for the sin'dorei and their Horde allies. Tae'thelan maintains that such power not only should not be feared, but can be safety utilized with proper teaching, a creed he aims to instill in allies of the Reliquary.
Through these moderate and controlled methods, Tae'thelan ultimately aims to free his people from their magical addiction, and unite them as the proud, mighty race they once were.
The Reliquary makes its debut following the Cataclysm. Under the leadership of High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher, the Reliquary seeks to support its Horde allies, to honor its past, and to continue the task for which it was created - the acquisition of powerful magical artifacts. Though still a mostly blood elf organization, the Reliquary also welcomes other members of the Horde.
They are dedicated to uncovering magical and arcane artifacts, operating around several new and revamped areas such as the Blasted Lands, opposing their dwarven counterparts to the point where overt hostilities erupt.
Mists of Pandaria
The regent lord of Quel'Thalas, Lor'themar Theron, brings the Reliquary with him to the myth-shrouded land of Pandaria when he is summoned to the continent. The Reliquary disperses into multiple areas of interest: an excavation ventures to Kun-Lai Summit to discover more of the mogu, while other groups remain in Krasarang Wilds to survey the area and make the most of the neighbouring Explorer's League's missteps, overseen by Belloc and Kaelis Sunsoar. In the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, the Reliquary also uncover the earliest information regarding the , a powerful mogu artifact the Warchief of the Horde takes a deep interest in.
The Reliquary appears to have branched out its membership for the trip to Pandaria, with the likes of magi, scouts and even some Blood Knights wearing the Reliquary tabard and helping to secure the area, rather than only the diggers seen before.
Warlords of Draenor
A few members of the Reliquary eventually make their way to the alternate Draenor. Examiner Remy Starminder and his excavators were tasked with using this once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire the lost artifacts of power on the continent, though this brings them into conflict with the Steamwheedle Cartel, who seek to monetize them instead.
Battle for Azeroth
The Reliquary arrived on Zandalar after the Horde was granted sanctuary by King Rastakhan. The expedition, led by the high examiner's daughter, Tae'shara Bloodwatcher, is a joint blood elf-nightborne effort to excavate the bones of Xibala, first of the devilsaurs and mother to the great loa Rezan. The Zandalari did not object to the elves' activities, having ceded the area to local wildlife long ago. The Reliquary's blood elves have been teaching their nightborne allies the art of the dig, but some of the shal'dorei – particularly their cloistered leader, Astrandis – are rather out of their element. Astrandis came into conflict with the Dark Iron dwarves over the relics in the area.
Nerin Solvis, a Reliquary financier, is funding and overseeing the Bilgewater Cartel's activities in Vol'dun. He makes it clear to his goblin associate Merd Archfeld that neither he nor the Reliquary is interested in Gallywix's political standing with Sylvanas.
The Reliquary tabard (featured in the box to the right) is reminiscent of the , albeit lacking the phoenix. In its place is a blue-and-gold design (presumably representing an artifact of sorts) and two cupped hands on either side of it. Though currently unavailable to players, the Reliquary tabard is seen on numerous NPCs in Mists of Pandaria; even individuals belonging to other groups (such as Blood Knights) have been seen to sport the Reliquary's colours during their tenure in its service.
As the name suggests, the Reliquary represents a very different side of the elves, one perhaps more in tune with (but still strikingly different to) the Farstriders. In place of wondrous displays of arcane mastery or dedicated knights in plate and mail, the Reliquary is, at a glance, a somewhat more mundane line of work: the art of the dig is certainly not a glamorous endeavor, yet still attracts a diverse variety of members. Nonetheless, when particularly formidable danger is involved, the Reliquary has members of both the Magisters and the Blood Knights on hand to ensure their work proceeds smoothly -- the former to ensure the deciphering and probing of ancient texts (as seen in the Ruins of Ogudei; and later, the grand magister himself and Archmage Aethas Sunreaver were called in to this end) comes along quickly and efficiently, while the latter occasionally serve as guards.
In addition, the Reliquary employs scouts, outrunners and -- inevitably -- adventurers. Making use of the wider Horde, the more physically powerful of the blood elves' allies have also been put to good use by the Reliquary.
The Horde's archaeology trainers are also members of the Reliquary.
Tae'thelan's stated goals for the Reliquary culminate in a desire to free his people of their magical addiction for good, by using powerful magical artifacts through controlled methods. Though the Sunwell is restored, in essence, it is not a cure for magical addiction -- but a constant source of power to keep it in check, as it was since the founding of Quel'Thalas. To truly conquer the elves' addiction to magic (as both Tae'thelan and Lady Liadrin have gone on record as stating), the elves must conquer the addiction itself as their Sunwell sustains them on this quest.
The Reliquary's more immediate goals are to amass a vast amount of magical artifacts, wealth and lore, so as to ensure it cannot be used against them.
The Reliquary also owns a physical vault (named the Grand Vault), though its location is a closely-guarded secret which only the highest-ranking members of the organization are privy to. Some believe it is not even on this plane of existence.
The Reliquary may have had a bad name in the past, but they now consider it's important to maintain appearances and focus on performing acts of heroism from time to time.
Fittingly, "Reliquary" is often defined as a container of sorts for hidden and holy relics. The organization as a whole represents this quite well, and even (as noted above) possesses a physical "reliquary" of their own.
- Reliquary Mage
- Reliquary Scout
- Reliquary Digger
- Reliquary Knight
- Reliquary Blood Knight
- Reliquary Commander
- Reliquary Overseer
- Reliquary Excavator
- Reliquary Pack Kodo
- Sunveil Scout
- Silvermoon Runeseeker
- Reliquary Excavator
- Reliquary Researcher
- Reliquary Scholar
- Reliquary Seeker
Notes and trivia
- The main headquarters of the Reliquary is located on the west side of the Royal Exchange right next to the Inn. Prior to the Cataclysm, the building had been unused, being a simply empty building with a few objects. Since then it now has several Reliquary members there along with many crates along the walls.
- The Reliquary's tabard is unclear, as their banner appears to be the standard Silvermoon City phoenix symbol. Doranir however, a Reliquary member based in Silvermoon City, sports a unique tabard (a retextured Silvermoon City tabard, with two cupped hands around what appears to be an artifact) -- perhaps the Reliquary's true symbol. There's also an icon, similar to this design, marked as Reliquary Tabard within the game files.
- This tabard is confirmed as the official Reliquary tabard in Mists of Pandaria, where many members of the organization are seen sporting it.
- It was initially believed that the Reliquary would hold a major presence in Uldum (early screenshots of the zone included a blood elven fleet arriving on its shores), but ultimately only Belloc Brightblade had any visible involvement.
- According to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Game Manual, the organization was to be a reputation faction.
- Early archaeology information stated that the Reliquary's creation was at the behest of an "unknown council" based in Silvermoon. This could refer to a number of things, such as the "council" of sorts that Lor'themar Theron, Halduron Brightwing and Grand Magister Rommath hold within Sunfury Spire - or perhaps even a reborn Convocation of Silvermoon.
- Due to her title and occupation, Examiner Alerinda is presumably a member of the Reliquary.