Turalyon

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AllianceTuralyon
Image of Turalyon
Title Legion High Exarch of the Grand Army of the Light,
High General of the Alliance Expedition,
General,[1]
Former Lieutenant to Lord Anduin Lothar,[2][1]
Knight of the Silver Hand[1]
Gender Male
Race Human
Character class Priest,[3] Paladin[4]
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Alliance,[5] Grand Army of the Light,[6] Knights of the Silver Hand, Sons of Lothar
Former affiliation(s) Alliance of Lordaeron, Kingdom of Lordaeron[7]
Occupation High Exarch of the Grand Army of the Light,
Former occupation(s) Supreme commander[7] of the Alliance of Lordaeron, High General of the Sons of Lothar
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Dorus (father), Arator (son), Alleria Windrunner (lover)
Mentor(s) Alonsus Faol, Uther the Lightbringer, Anduin Lothar
Companion(s) Khadgar, Danath Trollbane, Kurdran Wildhammer, Malgor Devidicus, Lothraxion (close friends)
This world is ours, and by the Holy Light we will keep it safe, now and forever.
— Turalyon

High General Turalyon (pronounced "Tuhr-AHL-ee-ohn") is one of the first five paladins of the Knights of the Silver Hand along with Uther the Lightbringer, Saidan Dathrohan, Tirion Fordring, and Gavinrad the Dire. Contrary to the other paladins, Turalyon was previously a priest rather than a warrior. Serving the Alliance army with distinction during and immediately after the Second War, he was second in command to Lord Anduin Lothar, the Supreme Allied Commander. During the siege of Blackrock Spire, Lord Lothar was struck down in combat with Orgrim Doomhammer. It was General Turalyon that picked up Lothar's battle standard and broken sword, and rallied the army of the Alliance to victory over the Horde, capturing Doomhammer and driving the orcs back to the Dark Portal. As the Lion's lieutenant, Turalyon was named Lothar's successor as Supreme Commander by the monarchs of the Alliance.[8]

After the war ended, Turalyon led the Sons of Lothar to Draenor. There they achieved a series of military victories against the Horde and successfully destroyed the Dark Portal's stone frame, severing the link between the two worlds. The victory, however, was short-lived. As the Sons of Lothar clashed with the remnants of the Horde's forces, Ner'zhul had unleashed a powerful spell that tore open countless portals, ripping the world apart. After fleeing through a nearby rift, Turalyon and his lover, Alleria Windrunner, became separated from their companions. Their whereabouts were unknown for decades.

Following their disappearance, Turalyon and Alleria encountered the prime naaru Xe'ra and the Army of the Light. Separated from physical reality and the flow of time,[9] the pair joined the Lightforged as they waged war against the Burning Legion across the Twisting Nether in a struggle that spanned a millennium. During the final war against the Legion, Turalyon and Alleria finally reunited with their comrades when the Armies of Legionfall united with the Army of Light to retake the Legion homeworld, Argus. Turalyon has lived this long because Xe'ra blessed him and, in her words, he "has crossed the boundaries of mortality. He has been found worthy to become an eternal protector of creation."[10]

Biography

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The Second War

Turalyon rallies the Council of Seven Nations to form the Alliance.

Turalyon was born to the nobility in Lordaeron, and his father's name was Dorus. He studied in the ways of the Light as a boy and became a priest, healing the sick and the wounded. He hunted for sport.[10] Turalyon was one of the most venerated priests in Lordaeron by the time of the Second War. When the leaders at the Council of Seven Nations grew divided as Genn Greymane of Gilneas and Aiden Perenolde of Alterac threatened to abandon the council out of fear of losing their regional power to unity, Turalyon brought the orphaned Prince Varian Wrynn of Stormwind to his side and called upon the kings to cease quarreling over meaningless issues. If they did not, he announced, then every kingdom would be destroyed and every city would be burned as Stormwind had been, and their children would be orphaned like Varian if they even survived at all. Turalyon argued that if humanity failed to unite they would be remembered as a people that could've saved Azeroth but were too proud to put aside political ambitions, yet if humanity did form an alliance they could change history and become the guardians of Azeroth. These words saw the Council of Seven Nations erupt into applause, even from Greymane and Perenolde, and resulted in a unanimous vote to form the Alliance of Lordaeron.[11]

He was handpicked as one of the first five Knights of the Silver Hand by Alonsus Faol.[12] Turalyon, along with his mentor,[4] Uther the Lightbringer, and the other Knights: Tirion Fordring, Saidan Dathrohan and Gavinrad the Dire, were tasked with assisting Lord Anduin Lothar and Khadgar in organizing the defense of Capital City against the advancing Horde. Faol presented each of the paladins with enchanted librams during their training that were among the church's most ancient relics. Each libram represented a core trait of the Silver Hand that Faol challenged his students to become the living embodiment of. Turalyon was given the Libram of Protection.[13] Lothar chose Turalyon as his lieutenant, a decision that made an already uncertain Turalyon question his worth even more.[14] The young Turalyon developed a rapport with Khadgar, who despite his aged appearance, was roughly the same age as the paladin. Turalyon was also introduced to Alleria Windrunner, the leader of a cadre of elven rangers who had been sent to assess the situation by the Council of Silvermoon.

Turalyon fought at Lothar's side for the first skirmishes at Hillsbrad and Southshore. After forcing the Horde from their initial beach landing, the Alliances forces followed the Horde northeast to the mountain pass leading to the Wildhammer dwarves' keep of Aerie Peak. Unknown to the trailing Alliance forces, the Horde's goal was not the dwarven stronghold there. It was merely a feint to lure the bulk of their pursuers into a cat-and-mouse diversion in the mountains and forests of the Hinterlands, while the main body of the Horde marched on the elven homeland of Quel'Thalas. From this location, the Horde could launch an assault on either Silvermoon City or Stromgarde. Lothar sent Turalyon, Khadgar, and Alleria to intercept the Horde before Quel'Thalas burned.[15] Turalyon led his forces east and then north through the pass now known as Plaguemist Ravine, but they were too late — the Horde had already seized Caer Darrow, taken the runestone and moved further east into the forests surrounding Stratholme. The Horde proceeded to decimate Stratholme as well as the outlying town of Tyr's Hand before moving north and setting fire to Eversong Forest in southern Quel'Thalas.

The Allied forces managed to halt the Horde's advance into inner Quel'Thalas, but at the cost of many lives and a sizable portion of the Eversong Forest being destroyed. A distraught Alleria sought comfort in Turalyon's arms[16] However, the brutal assault on their home convinced the elves to throw their full support behind the Alliance, and when Turalyon left Quel'Thalas, it was at the head of an elven armada. They arrived at the Capital City, after passing through the mountainous region of Alterac, just in time to turn back Doomhammer's siege, and then chased the orcs back to the beaches of Southshore.[17]

The Lion's lieutenant

Turalyon takes up Lothar's Great Royal Sword.

Turalyon and his comrades rejoined the rest of the Alliance army after the liberation of Ironforge, forcing the Horde to retreat to Blackrock Spire itself. The battle proved to be devastating for both sides. In the mist of the battle, Turalyon saw Lothar fighting against the orc warchief, Orgrim Doomhammer, in single combat. Turalyon desperately fought his way towards them, but he was barred by orc warriors and could do nothing more but watch as Doomhammer shattered the Great Royal Sword and brought his hammer down on Lothar's helm with a sickening crunch.[18] Turalyon shoved his way through the crowd and knelt by the body of his hero as the warchief laughed and proclaimed victory.

Doomhammer's words - "I have conquered! And so shall all our foes die, until your world belongs to us!" - brought Turalyon to a revelation. For months he had been struggling with his faith and had been unable to wield the Light like Uther and the other paladins could. He did not understand how to reconcile the notion of the Light uniting all creatures while beings as cruel and monstrous as the orcs walked the world, but Orgrim's comment reminded him that the orcs were not of his world. Turalyon reasoned that the Light only united the creatures of Azeroth, and that creatures who did not belong there - like the orcs - could be struck down with impunity.[19] Now confident in his faith, Turalyon began to shine with a brilliant glow that forced onlookers to shield their eyes.

Taking up Lothar's shattered sword, Turalyon disarmed Doomhammer and struck him unconscious. Other orcs cowered from him as the light around him grew blinding, and the black rock on which he stood was blanched white by its power.[20] Turalyon and the other paladins rallied the Alliance forces, while many of the orcs began to panic. Some stood and fought, some surrendered, and others fled. After the battle, control over the Alliance army fell to Turalyon - as he was Lothar's lieutenant and sub-commander, no one questioned his right to lead. Uther expressed his happiness at seeing Turalyon's faith finally emerge, and Turalyon bestowed the title of "the Lightbringer" upon the older paladin.[21]

Turalyon at Lothar's grave.

With the battle lost, the Horde retreated towards the Swamp of Sorrows and the Dark Portal. Under Turalyon's command, the Alliance succeeded in destroying the Dark Portal, the mystical gateway that connected the orcs to their homeworld of Draenor. Cut off from reinforcements and fractured by infighting, the Horde finally buckled in upon itself and fell before the might of the Alliance. With the ending of the Horde menace, the Alliance rounded up the scattered orc clans within guarded internment camps and began rebuilding their devastated kingdoms. Turalyon also led his men to the destroyed Stormwind. Some months later, he and Khadgar happened to be in Burning Steppes watching the statue of Lothar.

Turalyon helped Varian Wrynn secure his place as Stormwind's next king by providing him with experienced ministers and advisors. He also oversaw the repatriation of the citizens of Stormwind.[22] During that time Alleria became inexplicably cold toward Turalyon, who began to worry about Alleria's obsession with revenge against the orcs.

Expedition to Draenor

High General Turalyon and the Sons of Lothar during the Invasion of Draenor.
Turalyon in the Warcraft II manual.

Only two few years later the mystical gateway between Azeroth and Draenor opened again, and orc forces began pouring out into the empty, open landscape of the Blasted Lands.

After receiving Khadgar's urgent message about the new orcish invasion, Turalyon arrived at the Nethergarde Keep with Alliance reinforcements. Alongside Khadgar and Danath Trollbane's soldiers, they kept the Horde contained. Yet the humans couldn't shake the suspicion that the orcs were not throwing their full might into the invasion. To find answers, Alliance forces captured one of the enemy. They brought him back to the keep for interrogation. Turalyon led the questioning, calling on the Holy Light to draw out information from a death knight. The captive eventually talked and confirmed that the Horde's new leader, Ner'zhul, had no interest in Azeroth, instead he wanted to open portals from Draenor to other worlds.

After that shocking revelation a luminous crystalline figure appeared before Turalyon in a vision.[23] It encouraged him to proceed with his decision to put an end to the orcs' evil forever. Turalyon and Khadgar both agreed that they could not allow the Horde to invade another world. Turalyon raised his banner, declaring that he would lead the "Sons of Lothar" into the orcish homeworld and end the Horde forever. Nearly every one of the Second War's most revered heroes – including Alleria Windrunner, Danath Trollbane, and Kurdran Wildhammer – answered the call.

Under Turalyon's command the Sons of Lothar smashed through the Horde's warriors, forcing them to scatter into the far corners of the Blasted Lands. With the way clear, the Alliance expedition force marched through the Dark Portal and laid eyes upon the Red World for the first time. Upon arriving, Turalyon renewed his relationship with Alleria Windrunner, much to the relief of their friends, and lay siege to the Hellfire Citadel. The Sons of Lothar were victorious, but they had no time to rest or rejoice. The presence of black dragons at Hellfire Citadel was an ill omen. What was worse, Khadgar discovered that Ner'zhul had marched southwest with the rest of the Horde and most of his potent artifacts. Strangely, the archmage did not sense the Skull of Gul'dan moving with them, he felt its presence somewhere in the north. The Skull of Gul'dan was needed to destroy Draenor's side of the Dark Portal, so Turalyon decided to split his forces. One half would track down the Skull of Gul'dan, the other would apprehend Ner'zhul. Turalyon, Khadgar and Alleria led the forces that sought out the Skull of Gul'dan to the north. Danath, Kurdran and Talthressar pursued Ner'zhul to the south.

When Turalyon, Khadgar and Alleria arrived in Gorgrond, they were deeply unsettled by what they had found. Battles between black dragons and gronn had resulted in many deaths. Gruul and his followers had taken to impaling their slain enemies on spikes, displaying their corpses to all. The gronn nearly turned on the Sons of Lothar with violence, but Khadgar and Turalyon were quickly able to demonstrate that the Alliance was also the enemy of the black dragonflight. They struck a simple bargain with Gruul. If he gave them safe passage through Gorgrond, they would help him defeat Deathwing. The gronn and the Alliance prepared an ambush at the largest cache of Deathwing's eggs, nestled in one of Gorgrond's barren valleys. Turalyon hesitated at first, because these were the eggs of sentient creatures, essentially their defenseless infants. After Alleria reassured him, the Sons of Lothar destroyed as many of the unguarded eggs as they could, hoping to lure the black Dragon Aspect into the open. When Deathwing and his draconic followers appeared in the skies, they unleashed their molten fury on the intruders. During the battle Khadgar lashed Deathwing with his arcane power, ripping apart the metal plates bolted to the black Dragon Aspect's spine. The pain was so great that it forced him to drop the Skull of Gul'dan.

Having recovered the Skull of Gul'dan, Turalyon turned his forces south, fearing that Gruul and his followers would turn on them once they had defeated the dragons. Outside the Black Temple, the two halves of the Alliance army reunited. Yet they had not reached the city in time to stop Ner'zhul. What was worse, the Horde had prepared for their arrival. The remnants of the orcish army had dug in around the Black Temple to keep the Sons of Lothar back. Ultimately the Alliance forces failed to stop Ner'zhul from blasting multiple holes through the fabric of reality. The magic that Ner'zhul had unleashed destabilized Draenor's ley lines. The Sons of Lothar witnessed how unimaginable forces began to tear open rifts across Draenor. With each passing moment, the world groaned louder in upheaval. Fissures and volcanoes erupted in fiery fury across land and sea, as the earth began to shake beneath Turalyon's feet. The world of Draenor was dying.[24]

Turalyon and Khadgar knew what needed to be done. The Sons of Lothar would have to destroy the Dark Portal to protect their homeworld, and they would have to do so from Draenor. With chaos unfolding all around, there was no time to gather on Azeroth and perform the task there. It was a suicide mission, but no one hesitated.

Back at the Hellfire Peninsula the remnants of the Horde were scrambling through the Dark Portal. They were none too pleased to see that someone had come to close off their only means of fleeing. The two sides crashed together outside the yawning gateway in their desperate attempt to escape oblivion. As the battle raged, Khadgar and the other magi unleashed the raw power contained within the Skull of Gul'dan. Turalyon and his forces encircled the sorcerers and fended off the terrified orcs who sought to flee from their world. The magi's spellwork ignited a massive explosion that destroyed the Dark Portal's stone frame and severed the bridge between Azeroth and Draenor. Yet there was little time to savor the victory.[24]

In the chaos of Draenor's collapse, Turalyon led the forces of the Sons of Lothar that were with him through one of the volatile rifts,[25] that separated Turalyon and Alleria from their friends.[26] Turalyon's disappearance was not taken lightly by Danath, his brother in arms and successor as expedition leader. Trollbane exerted his full authority as the leader of the Sons of Lothar, and they would search from Hellfire Peninsula to Nagrand, but found no leads. Eventually, Danath and Khadgar could do nothing more than call off the search and presume that Turalyon and Alleria were dead. Turalyon would later have a massive stone statue erected in his memory in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind City, alongside the other leaders of the Sons of Lothar.

A Thousand Years of War

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Turalyon and Alleria witnessing the devastation of Draenor.
Turalyon and Alleria overlook Hellfire Peninsula from Honor Hold.

Turalyon and Alleria ended up elsewhere on Draenor, in an area of the Twisting Nether that was beginning to merge with the self-destructing world. They were found by Lothraxion, a former member of the Burning Legion who had joined the Army of the Light. Lothraxion told them that they were fated to do battle against the Legion, and he had been sent to find them. However, the Legion had also dispatched an assassin to kill them. After Alleria made short work of the assassin, the naaru Xe'ra appeared before the two and told them that, though the Burning Legion had failed to enter Azeroth during the Second War, they would soon succeed in doing so. Alleria, wishing to see their son Arator once more, pushed Xe'ra to send them to Azeroth to rally the disparate nations to stand against the Legion. Xe'ra told them their aid would not be enough, but that they would be needed to do battle against the Legion elsewhere and were fated to discover the "Emerald Star," which held the means to end the Legion forever. Turalyon and Alleria agreed with the necessity of Xe'ra's request, and stepped through a portal to join the Army of Light.[26]

Turalyon and Alleria trained aboard the Army's dimensional ship, the Xenedar. After many years, Turalyon was infused with the Light by Xe'ra, granting him immortality. He also joined their Council of Exarchs, and participated in many raids against the Burning Legion throughout the cosmos. Eventually the Burning Legion invaded the remains of Draenor, now known as Outland. As time flowed differently within the Twisting Nether, the 20 years had passed on Azeroth translated into more than 500 years for Turalyon. Alleria told Xe'ra of a vision she had seen of herself walking on the Legion stronghold world of Argus, and that in this vision she had seen the Emerald Star. With Argus's defenses diminished by their invasion, Xe'ra recognized that there would be no better chance and sent Alleria and Turalyon to discover the truth of the Emerald Star. En route Alleria privately told Turalyon that her visions were sent not by the Light, but by another force that Xe'ra would object to. Turalyon told her that while he respected Xe'ra wisdom, he trusted Alleria's instincts more and welcomed any help against the Burning Legion. As they explored Argus, Alleria was struck by a vision sent by the titan world soul at the heart of Argus: it was the Emerald Star that was reviving slain demons of the Burning Legion. Though Turalyon did not see the vision, he spoke aloud a pledge to return and free the world soul from the Legion's imprisonment. When they returned to their transport, though, they found it surrounded by demons intent on capturing them. Though they struck down many demons with the Light, their defeat appeared certain until Alleria called instead upon the Void, striking down the demons and opening a shadowy rift. Turalyon, who had become one with the Light, felt agonizing pain as she dragged him through it to a floating rock far away in the Twisting Nether. Dismayed at what she had done, he reached out to her only for their hands to burn at each others' touch. Alleria told him that she was not his enemy and to return to the Xenedar, and Turalyon watched in tears as she departed through another shadowy portal.[10]

Unbeknownst to Turalyon who was on Argus, his now 24 year old son Arator went to Outland in search of his parents, motivated by dreams he had about his father. Though Arator did not find them, he found their old friend Danath Trollbane, whom he would pledge his sword to.[27]

500 Nether-years later, Turalyon had become the High Exarch of the Army of the Light. Though they had spent centuries opening rifts to make hit and run attacks on Argus, the Legion had finally enacted barrier generators to block their rifts. Following a failed assault to try and shut down the barriers, the assassin from Draenor--now reborn from within the Twisting Nether--snuck aboard the Xenedar and ambushed Turalyon, stabbing him and Lothraxion with a dagger that cut them off from the Light and prepared to trap Turalyon's soul within a soulstone. He gloated that Alleria was alive as the Legion's prisoner, and that she would share his fate, their souls imprisoned for all eternity. He was saved by the unexpected arrival of Alleria, who had received a vision of his torment while training to wield the Void. Alleria drove off the assassin, but could not stop the soulstone from draining Turalyon's soul. She instead used the Void to rip the assassin's poison out of Lothraxion, who saved Turalyon's soul and cleansed the poison from him in turn. Turalyon warned her to leave, as Xe'ra would not accept her use of the Void, Alleria refused to leave. When the naaru arrived, Turalyon pled for mercy for Alleria. When Alleria refused to renounce the Void, Xe'ra imprisoned her. Though Turalyon's thoughts were conflicted, he was comforted knowing that he would always trust and fight for Alleria, and she for him.[28]

Legion

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Message from Turalyon appears in front of Khadgar.
High Exarch Turalyon in Legion.

During the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth,  [Light's Heart], the sentience core of the naaru Xe'ra, fell out of the sky and was delivered to Archmage Khadgar. When Khadgar investigated Light's Heart, an image of Turalyon appeared from it with a message: the final plea of the Army of the Light. Turalyon explained that Light's Heart represented the army's ultimate sacrifice and must reach Velen.

Later, Light's Heart reached out to the Knights of the Silver Hand who received another message from Turalyon, known as High Exarch, to his son, Arator the Redeemer. He revealed that for him it had been "ages" that he and Alleria had fought the Burning Legion across the stars, and now the Legion was coming to Azeroth, with Balnazzar being ordered to destroy everything Turalyon held dear. Turalyon told Arator that he must gather the defenders of the Light and fight, or all would be lost.[29]

When Balnazzar attacked Netherlight Temple, the Silver Hand was sent to help the priests. Lothraxion, High Commander of the Grand Army of the Light, was sent as a reinforcement by Turalyon to help defeat the demons.[6]

Argus

Turalyon in World of Warcraft.
Turalyon and Alleria
Turalyon's golden eyes.

On Argus, Turalyon survived the crash of the army's dimensional ship, the Xenedar, and was saved by the resident Krokul of Krokuun. At Krokul Hovel he met the Prophet Velen and heroes from Azeroth,[30] and reunited with Lothraxion where he revealed he did not know the status of Alleria.[31] While aiding the Krokul in their battle against the annihilans of the Annihilan Pits, Alleria arrived to help defeat Aggonar.[32] The two of them traveled to the Vindicaar, the dimensional ship that brought Azeroth's armies to Argus, where they reunited with their son Arator.[33] Afterward Turalyon, Alleria, and an adventurer set out to rescue Xe'ra from the wreck of the Xenedar.

When Xe'ra attempted to fulfill the destiny she had seen for Illidan Stormrage through the Light, Illidan rejected her and Xe'ra consequently bound Illidan in chains of light to force the prophecy to be fulfilled and forge Illidan a new life. Stating that his life was not hers to take, Illidan ultimately broke free, declared his destiny is his own, and killed Xe'ra. Horrified, Turalyon cried that Illidan had doomed them all, called him Betrayer, and attempted to strike him down with his sword. Illidan blocked Turalyon's blow with his hand, telling him as fel blood leaked down his arm that his faith had blinded him and there was no chosen one--only they could save themselves.[34]

In a reunion with Khadgar, the archmage informed Turalyon and Alleria that Danath and Kurdran were both still alive though he did not get to see them as often as he would like. The three agreed that when the fight was behind them the Sons of Lothar would hold a reunion feast and that, at Alleria's insistence, it would be Khadgar's turn to buy the drinks.

Retrieving the  [Sigil of Awakening], part of the Crown of the Triumvirate attracted the attention of the Burning Legion, who came to Mac'Aree to hunt down the forces of Azeroth. Velen had traveled with the Army of the Light to the Arinor Gardens to search for the Crest of Knowledge, Kil'jaeden's piece of the Crown of the Triumvirate, prompting Turalyon and an adventurer to go and try to save them before it was too late.[35] Velen was found in the ruins of his old home, before the childhood bed of his son, who he asked to forgive him. Once they reunited, Velen revealed that his old friend Talgath was the leader of the Legion's presence on Mac'Aree and aimed to take the Crest of Knowledge beyond their reach.[36] At Kil'jaeden's Terrace they learned that long ago Kil'jaeden had thrown the Crest in the Seat of the Triumvirate to rot alongside the naaru L'ura.[37][38] After Velen recalled the day Sargeras came to the eredar, Talgath arrived to confront his old friend.[39]

Talgath commented on how unlike Velen it is for the Prophet to stand his ground, but that it was a welcome change of pace. Velen attempted to reach a peaceful solution and told Talgath to stand down, but Talgath refused. During the battle Talgath taunted Velen, telling him how his departure wounded Kil'jaeden and how cold Velen had been leaving his wife and son behind. When Talgath was about to lose he attempted to flee, but Velen bound him with chains of light. Velen once more tried to get Talgath to help them find the Crest of Knowledge, but Talgath responded that they were too late, and not even the Light could escape the Seat of the Triumvirate where the Crest was hidden. Afterwards, Velen killed his old friend with a burst of holy magic.[40]

With Talgath defeated, Velen realized from Talgath's words that the naaru L'ura had fallen to the Void. This concept was a foreign one to Turalyon, who thought it impossible for a naaru to fall to darkness. As Velen explained, there was much Xe'ra had not wanted Turalyon to know. [41] Alleria and an adventurer would be the ones to break into the temple, defeat L'ura, and retrieve the Crest of Knowledge.

After Sargeras is imprisoned by the Pantheon at the Seat of the Pantheon, Turalyon talks about how part of him never expected to see the day the battle was over, after so many battles and so much loss. Returning home to a world he hasn't walked on in a thousand years worries him. His old life is long past, but it is time to build a new one and get to know the son who embodies everything he fought for.

Return to Azeroth

Alleria & Turalyon at the Valley of Heroes.

At the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind City, Alleria and Turalyon stood beneath the memorial statues that had been made for them after the destruction of Draenor, feeling unsettled. Alleria said that sometimes she felt as though she had already died twice, first at Draenor and then with L'ura. She wondered if death was the true legacy of the Windrunners. Turalyon knew she was anxious to meet Sylvanas no matter how she hid it, and while he told her she did not have to go, Alleria insisted that she did. She had to see her homeland with her own eyes and ask Sylvanas how she could ever wear the mantle of Warchief. Turalyon wanted Alleria to tell King Anduin Wrynn about her meeting with her sisters since it took place in Horde territory and involved Sylvanas, the Horde's warchief, but Alleria argued that it was not a political meeting but a family affair taking place in their ancestral home.[42]

Before the Storm

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Following the death of Wyll Benton, Turalyon was asked participate a meeting with King Anduin and his advisors. Turalyon disagreed with Anduin's idea of having a Gathering between humans and their Forsaken relatives, and even went so far as to say Anduin misunderstood what the Light intended. As a tactician, Turalyon believed the Gathering was not worth the risk of an escalated altercation that can lead to political catastrophe and war.[43] When Anduin brought him and Genn Greymane to the Cathedral of Light to meet Turalyon's old friend and mentor Alonsus Faol, who was now a Forsaken himself, Turalyon's first reaction was cold loathing. When the furious Genn transformed into a worgen to attack Faol, Turalyon stopped him to prevent bloodshed in the cathedral. After Genn left the cathedral in rage, Turalyon told Faol that he blasphemed what was once a good man and had stolen his form, and if there was anything left of his old friend Turalyon would kill him in mercy. But when Faol told Turalyon to look for the Light within him, Turalyon did not strike and, crying tears of joy, knelt in front of the archbishop who gave him a blessing. Overjoyed Turalyon changed his mind about the Gathering and offered his help to Anduin.[44]

In the Arathi Highlands the evening before the Gathering, Turalyon attended a religious ceremony where Faol and a disguised Calia Menethil spoke to the humans who would soon meet their undead relatives. Though he admitted there was much he had been wrong about, he also thought that Genn was right to worry and told Anduin he had to make the best call with the information he had and his instinct. He reminded Anduin to let the Light guide them, but not control them. Reminded of what he had heard about Xe'ra, Anduin wished to later speak to Turalyon about his experiences. Turalyon in turn wanted Anduin to meet with Arator.[45]

Turalyon attended the Gathering but was regulated to staying at Stromgarde Keep to organize the Alliance security forces. Though the Gathering started off peaceful, Sylvanas Windrunner 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 Menethil 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. Turalyon was one of the Alliance leaders that scrambled to secure the Alliance participants.

Allied race

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Turalyon is present at the Stormwind Embassy,[5] advocating for the inclusion of the Lightforged draenei into the Alliance.[46] With the endorsement of King Anduin, Turalyon and a fellow Alliance champion head to the Vindicaar to address his troops.[47] Since Captain Fareeya was in the middle of recruiting more Lightforged, he allowed the Alliance champion to bear witness to the process of becoming Lightforged by undergoing the trials as T'paartos' second. After successfully completing the trials, Turalyon officially inducts T'paartos as a member of the Lightforged and has Fareeya announce that from this day forward, the Army of the Light fights for the Alliance.[48] He then returns to King Anduin to give the Lightforged draenei's official pledge of loyalty to the Alliance.[49]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Argus  ?? 20,889,268
Vindicaar 110 15,589,005
Vindicaar (Argus the Unmaker defeated) 110 24,406,145
Stormwind Embassy  ?? 44,129,357

Quests

Krokuun
Mac'Aree
Antoran Wastes
Vindicaar
Antorus
Allied races

Personality

Turalyon is a kind and gentle soul who only wishes the world to be at peace. His innocence and understanding personality allow him to see through people for who they truly are. An example would be his friendship with Khadgar, as wizards were often discriminated against by holy orders. He has no special hatred for his enemies either and is very merciful: he refused to kill Doomhammer even when the warchief killed Lothar whom Turalyon admired very much. However, when innocent lives were threatened Turalyon's passive nature changed to that of a determined avenger willing to do what was necessary, setting aside his own well being, and putting the lives of the endangered as the top priority. It was these traits that drew Alleria Windrunner to fall in love with him. The elf and the human were from different worlds, but they had been brought together in a way that only war could do.[50]

Although Turalyon is a firm believer that order can be maintained only through extreme martial discipline, he is honored by his friends and foes alike. Turalyon secretly harbors a deep regret of his inability to save Anduin Lothar.[4] The death of his mentor pressed down like an iron fist on his heart. The temptation to withdraw into himself after the horrors of the Second War was strong, but Turalyon could not abandon people in need.[50]

Combat

Although he was initially a priest, Turalyon is a skilled and fearsome warrior and can fight as well as any knight. Like Lothar, he was usually seen leading contingents of knights, smashing aside foes with his warhammer and his aura, spreading encouragement to his own troops and fear into the hearts of his enemies. His determination and faith gave him enough strength to fight dozens of much larger orcs. A skilled tactician, Turalyon is known for his tactics of surprising enemy forces with fearsome charges of knights and foot soldiers while supporting them with arrow and magic.[citation needed] 

Monuments

The statue of Turalyon in Stormwind's Valley of Heroes.

General Turalyon

Former Lieutenant to Lord Anduin Lothar. Knight of the Silver Hand. High General of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.

Esarus thar no'Darador' - By Blood and Honor We Serve.
You were the right hand of justice and virtue, old friend. Your name will be honored in our halls always.

- Lord Uther the Lightbringer - Knight of the Silver Hand

General Turalyon

None sacrificed more than the High General. May we always walk in his path, so we, too, might safeguard the innocent as he did. By Blood and Honor We Serve.

Status prior to Legion

  • During BlizzCon 2010, the question of Turalyon's status was brought up. Chris Metzen and Alex Afrasiabi responded they had every intention of dealing with Turalyon in an epic manner, but nothing had been set in stone yet. It then became a running gag in the lore Q&As that his plot would be expanded along with:
  • In Ask CDev Round 2, Bashiok said the "missing" characters of the Warcraft universe (Calia Menethil, Turalyon, Alleria Windrunner, Med'an, Gallywix, etc.) were not forgotten. "While we'd love to talk about these characters, doing so would spoil a number of the plots we have for Cataclysm and beyond. Believe us when we say that you will definitely hear about these characters when we're ready to talk about them!"[52]
  • Turalyon is mentioned in one of the loading screen tips: "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years". During Warlords of Draenor, the tip was supplemented: "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years. Still." It was updated again in Legion with "Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years. Until now!"
  • It was later revealed that Turalyon's story would continue, not in Mists of Pandaria,[53] but in the expansion after it.[54] It was then said during Blizzcon 2013 Q&A that they would not appear in Warlords of Draenor, but the expansion after. Finally, at Gamescom 2015, it was announced that Turalyon and Alleria would return in World of Warcraft: Legion.

Quotes

Second War

For Turalyon's Warcraft II quotes, see Quotes of Warcraft II#Turalyon.

  • By the Light, your time here has ended! You are not of this world, not of the Holy Light. You do not belong here! Begone!
  • You will stand trial for your crimes. You will stand in Capital City, in chains as the leaders of the Alliance decide your fate, and there you will acknowledge your full defeat. But you will not be so lucky. You will die here, with the rest of your kind, and this world will be rid of your taint forever!
  • I hope you are wrong. But if you are right, we will be here waiting for them when they return. And we will drive them back again, just as we did this time. This world is ours, and by the Holy Light we will keep it safe, now and forever.
  • We knew when we came through we might not be returning. Light, we expected to die—but we didn't. The portal's closed. We did what we came here to do. What we do now—that's up to us. There are others still out there—we need to find them, bring them back. We'll explore. Make new allies. Keep fighting the Horde, whatever's left of it here, so they don't ever try to do something like this again. The Light is still with us. We still have a job to do. This world will be what we choose to make of it.

A Thousand Years of War

  • Does my radiance bother you? Am I delving too deeply into the unbridled power of justice and hope?[26]
  • Let evil flee before righteousness; let the innocent live in peace. Let the day come when none need fear. For that day, I give my life gladly.[28]

World of Warcraft

Legion

Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Main article: Quest:A Falling Star#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Scion's Legacy#Notes

Argus

Greetings
  • The Light welcomes you, champion.
  • We stand together.
  • The Army of the Light stands ready.
  • My faith is my shield.
  • Krona ki cristorr!
Pissed
  • I spent so long away from my home... away from my son.
  • Fighting the Legion every step of the way... savoring every victory... mourning every bitter defeat.
  • But for Azeroth, and for those we love, it was all worth it.
Farewell
  • Walk in the Light.
  • We fight for home... for family.
  • Dioniss aca.
  • We didn't come this far to falter now.
  • Light guide us.
Gossip
  • Our fight has only just began.
  • We must press our attacks.
  • It is a joy beyond words to look up in the sky and see Azeroth once more. Home, so close that I feel like I can reach up and touch it.
    But within the grasp of the Legion. We must stop them before we can plan on returning.
  • It is nice to see new, friendly faces. It has been so long since I have seen another <gender> from Azeroth!
    • This was changed after the developpers were notified on Twitter,[55] from : "It is nice to see new, friendly faces. It has been so long since I have seen another <race>!"
  • I have seen you taking an interest in our warframes, champion. They are truly fearsome instruments of war, capable of dealing and withstanding much damage. They are even capable of flight, although we need to keep a low profile to avoid attracting the attention of the Legion.
  • The Army of the Light will not rest until we have destroyed the Burning Legion.
  • Our fight against the Burning Legion continues.
Dialogue
Main article: Quest:The Prophet's Gambit#Notes
Main article: Quest:Rendezvous#Notes
Main article: Quest:From Darkness#Notes
Main article: Quest:Threat Reduction#Notes
Main article: Quest:A Strike at the Heart#Notes
Main article: Quest:Return to the Vindicaar#Notes
Main article: Quest:Gathering Light#Notes
Main article: Quest:Lightly Roasted#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Light Mother#Notes
Main article: Quest:Light's Return#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Child of Light and Shadow#Notes
Main article: Quest:Essence of the Light Mother#Notes
Main article: Quest:Reinforce Light's Purchase#Notes
Main article: Quest:Reinforce the Veiled Den#Notes
Main article: Quest:Sizing Up The Opposition (Alleria Windrunner)#Notes
Main article: Quest:Sizing Up The Opposition (Illidan Stormrage)#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Speaker Calls#Notes
Main article: Quest:Storming the Citadel#Notes
Main article: Quest:Dawn of Justice#Notes
Main article: Quest:Lord of the Spire#Notes
Main article: Quest:We Have a Problem#Notes
Main article: Quest:A Non-Prophet Organization#Notes
Main article: Quest:Overt Ops#Notes
Main article: Quest:Flanking Maneuvers#Notes
Main article: Quest:Talgath's Forces#Notes
Main article: Quest:What Might Have Been#Notes
Main article: Quest:Across the Universe#Notes
Main article: Quest:Shadow of the Triumvirate#Notes
Main article: Light's Breach (Antorus)
Main article: Garothi Worldbreaker#Quotes
Main article: Broken Cliffs
Main article: Argus the Unmaker#Quotes

Valley of Heroes

Alleria & Turalyon at the Valley of Heroes.
High Exarch Turalyon says: It is unsettling to look upon these memorials to our passing.
Alleria Windrunner says: Indeed. Sometimes I feel that I have already died twice. Once when we were presumed lost on Draenor, and again when gripped by the shadow of the fallen naaru.
Alleria Windrunner says: Perhaps death is the true legacy of the Windrunners.
High Exarch Turalyon says: You're anxious. You hide it well... but I know you.
Alleria Windrunner says: Like no other, my love.
High Exarch Turalyon says: You don't have to go. You don't have to see her.
High Exarch Turalyon says: Each of you has a path to follow. If the Light wills that those paths intersect, they will. There's no need to force the hand of fate.
Alleria Windrunner says: It is time, Turalyon. I must see my homeland again with my own eyes... and hear from Sylvanas how she could ever wear the mantle of warchief.

Stormwind Embassy

Much about Azeroth has changed in the years I was absent. But the Alliance remains an ideal worth fighting for.

I will do everything in my power to make it stronger.

Before the Storm

  • The Light, yes. But we should let it guide us, not command us. We also have our own minds and hearts. We should make use of those as well.[45]
  • Tomorrow, you, the forty-one people on the field, and everyone watching will be engaging in a battle not for property or riches but for the hearts and minds of the future. I would call that a battle, Your Majesty, and one well worth fighting.[45]

Notes & trivia

Disappearance retcon

  • When Khadgar reunited with Alleria and Turalyon on the Vindicaar on Argus, he stated that he could not find them after the destruction of Draenor.
    • Originally, it was established that Turalyon, Alleria and the other heroes did resurface back in Outland from a dimensional rift after the destruction of Draenor and returned to Honor Hold, which had remained standing through the chaos Draenor had just undergone.[62] Father Malgor Devidicus stated that Turalyon disappeared "after a lost battle" and Danath Trollbane stated that he had not heard from Turalyon "for 15 years", which means that Turalyon and Alleria disappeared 3 years after Draenor's destruction (in Year 11) since World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is situated in Year 26 and Draenor was destroyed in Year 8.[63]
    • As such, the "lost battle" might have been the last battle at the Dark Portal when Draenor exploded instead, though it remains odd to refer to the cataclysmic destruction of Draenor as simply "a lost battle". Danath's counting of years remains incorrect however, and would have to be an approximation instead of an exact date.
    • This was eventually confirmed to be a change in the story in A Thousand Years of War which starts with the destruction of Draenor. Instead of materializing in Hellfire Peninsula and returning to Honor Hold, Turalyon and Alleria were given a new story upon entering the rift to avoid the destruction.

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References

  1. ^ a b c #Monuments
  2. ^ Aftermath of the Second War
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 53. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  4. ^ a b c d Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Legends of the Land, Turalyon
  5. ^ a b Blizzcon 2017: Battle for Azeroth Demo
  6. ^ a b Quest:A Light in the Darkness
  7. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 373. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  9. ^ N Hunter [98 - 110] Rescue Mission
  10. ^ a b c A Thousand Years of War Part Two: The Emerald Star
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 152
  12. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 83. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 154
  14. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 122. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  15. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 163. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  16. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 201-204. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  17. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 331. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  18. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 352. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  19. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 354. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  20. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 356. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  21. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 359. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  22. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 177
  23. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 190. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  24. ^ a b The Bitter Taste of Victory (WC2 Human)
  25. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal
  26. ^ a b c A Thousand Years of War Part One: Two Bright Lights
  27. ^ Arator the Redeemer#quotes "I am thankful for what you have done, Commander. As my father called upon you, a brother in arms, know that you may call upon me. I am at your service, my Lord."
  28. ^ a b A Thousand Years of War Part Three: Shadow and Light
  29. ^ N Paladin [101 - 110] The Scion's Legacy
  30. ^ N [110] The Prophet's Gambit
  31. ^ N [110] Rendezvous
  32. ^ N [110] A Strike at the Heart
  33. ^ N [110] Return to the Vindicaar
  34. ^ N [110] The Child of Light and Shadow
  35. ^ N [110] We Have a Problem
  36. ^ N [110] A Non-Prophet Organization
  37. ^ N [110] Talgath's Forces
  38. ^ N [110] Flanking Maneuvers
  39. ^ N [110] What Might Have Been
  40. ^ N [110] Across the Universe
  41. ^ N [110] Shadow of the Triumvirate
  42. ^ Windrunner: Three Sisters
  43. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 17
  44. ^ Before the Storm, ch. 26
  45. ^ a b c Before the Storm, ch. 28
  46. ^ A [110] A Choice of Allies
  47. ^ A [110] The Lightforged
  48. ^ A [110] Forge of Aeons
  49. ^ A [110] For the Light!
  50. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 176
  51. ^ BlizzCon 2010: Quests and Lore Panel Liveblog
  52. ^ Ask CDev#Ask CDev Answers - Round 2
  53. ^ Best Buy Developer Q&A - MMO-Champion
  54. ^ Diablo III: Book of Cain-like Warcraft Book in the Horizon, Turalyon & Alleria Next Xpac - BlizzPlanet
  55. ^ Steve Danuser on Twitter
  56. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 83-87. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  57. ^ The Enemy Revealed
  58. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 53. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  59. ^ A [61] An Old Gift
  60. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 28
  61. ^ N [110] The Child of Light and Shadow
  62. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 28
  63. ^ Timeline (Ultimate Visual Guide)

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Preceded by:
Lord Anduin Lothar
Position:
Supreme commander
Succeeded by:
Invasion ended
Preceded by:
None
Position:
Leader of the Sons of Lothar
Succeeded by:
Danath Trollbane