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Taelia Fordragon

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Not to be confused with Talia.
AllianceTaelia Fordragon
Image of Taelia Fordragon
Gender Female
Race Human (Humanoid)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Proudmoore Admiralty, Proudmoore Guard,[1] House Proudmoore, Kul Tiras, Alliance
Occupation Squire of Cyrus Crestfall
Proudmoore Guard Cadet[1][2]
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Deceased mother,
Bolvar (father),[3]
Cyrus (guardian)
Mentor(s) Cyrus Crestfall
Companion(s) Galeheart (gryphon)
Taelia and Galeheart in Unity Square.

Taelia Fordragon, nicknamed Tae,[4] is the daughter of Bolvar Fordragon and the ward of House Proudmoore.[5] A cadet of the Proudmoore Guard,[1][2] Taelia is also the squire of Cyrus Crestfall, a former knight who was entrusted by Daelin Proudmoore himself with taking care of Bolvar's child.

Taelia serves as one of the main supporting characters in the Alliance storyline on Kul Tiras.

Background

Early life

Taelia comes from Lordaeron, and is the daughter of the former Regent Lord of Stormwind, Bolvar Fordragon. When the Scourge hit Lordaeron, Taelia lost her mother, and her father sent her to Kul Tiras to be raised away from the war. There, Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore tasked one of his most trusted knights, Cyrus Crestfall, with raising the girl.[6] Cyrus taught her how to fight, how to ride, how to sail. By the time she entered the Proudmoore Guard, she was already better trained than some of her instructors, which they didn't appreciate. He also taught her how to deal with thugs, bullies, and "scum" like pirates. When they hit them, they would hit back twice as hard.[7] Even though they were apart, Bolvar still wrote letters to Taelia, "my shining star" as he called her, until one day they stopped coming.[3] Taelia didn't know much about her father's fate, just that he was a Stormwind knight who gave his life fighting the Lich King.[6]

At some point, Cyrus gave Taelia a recently hatched gryphon named Galeheart.[1]

Battle for Azeroth

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When Jaina Proudmoore returned on a diplomatic mission to Kul Tiras years after Daelin's death, Taelia was in the crowd that witnessed her being taken by the guards to face judgment from Katherine Proudmoore for betraying her father.[8]

Sometime later, Taelia and the hired Flynn Fairwind helped the Alliance emissary, who had come to Kul Tiras with Jaina, to successfully escape from the prison island of Tol Dagor during the night. Taelia waited for Flynn and the emissary outside the prison and paddled with Flynn to reach the city of Boralus by dawn.[4] At the end of The Pride of Kul Tiras storyline, Taelia is introduced to King Anduin Wrynn, who explains that he knew her father and invites her to visit Stormwind City as his guest when she has time to hear more about Bolvar.[3]

Tides of Vengeance

After Jaina was crowned Lord Admiral, Taelia, with a new hammer and new armor, became a member of a five-man patrol squad implied to be part of a larger company,[9] alongside Carter Riptide, Emma Swiftwind, Tamara Barrie, and Edward Nash, with Galeheart accompanying her.[10] The squad discovered the Horde attacking Anglepoint Wharf and when they saw the enemy had Azerite explosives, realized they meant to destroy the seawall there. They joined the Outriggers in fighting the Horde but were eventually overwhelmed. As Galeheart was the fastest gryphon, Taelia was dispatched to warn Jaina, and she reluctantly left while the rest of the squad covered her escape.

Taelia returned to Anglepoint with the Alliance emissary and Jaina, who reassured her that going for help was the right choice after Taelia apprised her of the situation.[9] Accompanying Jaina to clear the south shore as it was her duty to stay with the Lord Admiral, Taelia asked the adventurer to find her squad while clearing the north shore.[10] She would later witness the adventurer assist Jaina in destroying the Horde's attacking ships.[11]

Shadowlands

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Taelia was with Jaina in Boralus when the Mawsworn captured her. Afterward, Taelia traveled to Stormwind City. In a conversation with Genn Greymane, Mathias Shaw, and others, she learned that her father Bolvar was not only still alive, but he had actually been the Lich King for the last several years; she expressed great anger that Anduin had not told her. But as the Helm of Domination had recently been shattered, Bolvar was now free of that role. Taelia swore to stand by his side.

Taelia later traveled alongside Calia Menethil to Oribos within the Shadowlands, the afterlife, to meet up with her father. She asked him to look into the Maw to see if their captured friends were still alive, and when Bolvar at first denied her for fear of what coming into contact with the Maw would do to him, Taelia's heartbroken second request convinced him.[12]

Locations

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Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Boralus 120 43,230
A [110 - 120] Get Your Bearings 110 14,962

Abilities

  • Warrior talent icon stormbolt.png  Bash — Stuns an enemy, rendering it unable to move or attack for 3 sec.
  • Ability warrior savageblow.png  Heavy Strike — Inflicts Physical damage to an enemy.
  • Warrior talent icon blitz.png  Shoulder Charge — Charges to an enemy.

Quests

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Quotes

Taelia in Boralus.

On-click

Greeting
  • Well met!
  • How can I help?
  • I've always dreamed of an adventure.
  • Together we can unify Kul Tiras.
  • I've trained my whole life for this.
  • Finally, some action.
  • What's the situation?
Pissed
  • Hey, stop that!
  • Come on, that tickles! Knock it off!
  • I am <giggles> a highly disciplinary <giggles> squire with <laughs> iron will power!
  • <snorts> Oh no, you didn't just hear that...
  • If you tell anyone that just happened I'll feed you to my gryphon, got it?
Farewell
  • Farewell, friend.
  • Duty calls.
  • For Kul Tiras!
  • Come back with stories.
  • Stay on course.
  • Serve with honor.
  • We can do this!

Battle for Azeroth

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In Boralus
Jaina must have had her reasons... right?
  • Cyrus has raised me since I was a child. He taught me how to fight, how to ride, how to sail.
By the time I entered the guard I was already better trained than some of my instructors.
They didn't appreciate that.
That sounds incredible! I'd love to see it some day.
  • There's an old saying here in Kul Tiras.
When something goes wrong, old sailors will shrug it off and proclaim: "You cannot change the winds."
I hate that saying.
And tales of its fall.
The Scourge took my mother, my father, and my homeland before I was even old enough to understand.
In Sagehold

We'll get through this together.

Boralus, Alliance War Campaign

The Horde attack was swift. Anglepoint needs help now!

Anglepoint Wharf, Alliance War Campaign

Not everyone in my patrol squad made it, but many did. That's something to hold on to, isn't it?

Thank you for saving the lives you could.

Shadowlands

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Oribos gossip

The Shadowlands. It's remarkable... and if I'm being honest, a bit terrifying.

But I will not let fear stop me from helping my friends.

Or from getting to know the father I thought was lost to me.

Notes and trivia

  • Taelia enjoys visiting the Snug Harbor Inn and pestering travelers to tell her their stories, especially ones from the Eastern Kingdoms.[1]
  • She has been to Drustvar only once, on a hunting trip.[13]
  • Bolvar's nickname for Taelia was "my shining star".[3]
  • During A [110 - 120] The Missing Fleet, she rides a white horse.
  • Her generic names are Proudmoore Guard, Kul Tiran Guard, Storm's Wake Militia during A [110 - 120] Eye of the Storm, and Awakened Conscript during A [110 - 120] Lost and Forgotten. She is generally only called Taelia in patch 8.0.1 events, and starts to be called by her full name only in content that was implemented later.
  • In early alpha, the quest A [110 - 120] The Old Knight stated that Taelia's mother was from Lordaeron. The live version simply says that she lost her mother when the Scourge hit Lordaeron, without explicitly saying where she was from.
  • The character of Taelia was created and pitched to the design team by artist Eric Braddock. The unique armor worn by Taelia in patch 8.1 is based off of Braddock's initial concept art for the character.[14]
    • While mostly faithful to the concept, Taelia was depicted with a large tome chained to her belt, akin to a paladin, possibly meaning that Taelia was originally supposed to be one.
  • Taelia is voiced by Ellie Kendrick.[15]
  • It was popularly speculated for a time that Taelia's mother could have been Calia Menethil, even though there were discrepancies in Calia's description of her husband and daughter (namely, that her husband was a basic footman; whereas Bolvar was a paladin and later Highlord of Stormwind). This was proven to not be the case in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, where Calia, Taelia and Bolvar all interact without any semblance of familial ties beyond Taelia and Bolvar.

Speculation

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Taelia's mother could be Lady Mara Fordragon, who fled to Lordaeron and has been presumed dead since, which would match Taelia's account of losing her mother when the Scourge hit Lordaeron.

Gallery

Patch changes

References

 
  1. ^ a b c d e A [110 - 120] Get Your Bearings
  2. ^ a b A [120] An Explosive Entrance
  3. ^ a b c d A [120] A Nation United
  4. ^ a b A [110 - 120] Out Like Flynn
  5. ^ A [110 - 120] Proudmoore's Parley
  6. ^ a b A [110 - 120] The Old Knight
  7. ^ A [110 - 120] Righteous Retribution
  8. ^ A [110 - 120] Daughter of the Sea Taelia says: Lady Jaina... Is that really her?
  9. ^ a b A [120] To Anglepoint
  10. ^ a b A [120] Squad Goals
  11. ^ A [120] Express Delivery
  12. ^ N [55] Request of the Highlord
  13. ^ A [110 - 120] Drustvar
  14. ^ Eric Braddock 2019-02-04. ArtStation - Taelia Fordragon. Retrieved on 2019-02-05.
  15. ^ Andrea Toyias on Twitter - "....the fabulous Ellie Kendrick. We were literally in tears in session because Ellie made Taelia truly feel like our own best friend. She was so natural and real. didn't feel like a performance at all. xxx"

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