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 Helya

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A valorous sacrifice! But it is not yet your time...
Danica the Reclaimer

The Valarjar ("warriors of the storm")[1] are an army of ascended vrykul who serve Keeper Odyn in the Halls of Valor. Chosen by Odyn, the strongest vrykul have their spirits lifted to the Halls by the Val'kyr where they fight eternal, shiny and gold.[2]

The Valarjar can be given either given mighty, golden Stormforged bodies, or become Val'kyr themselves with power over life and death. This army was originally created as an equivalent to the Dragon Aspects, who Odyn judged unworthy for the task of protecting Azeroth, until the Val'kyr Helya cursed the Keeper and his army to be trapped within the Halls for ages. Despite this, the Valarjar fought alongside the other orders during the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth. A section of the Halls, named Skyhold, served as their order hall. The spell that kept them imprisoned was lifted with Helya's recent death, freeing Odyn and his golden warriors for good.

The Helarjar are the kvaldir equivalent to the Valarjar, loyal to Helya.

History

Creation

The Valarjar and Odyn
In the clouds high above Stormheim, the titanic keeper Odyn has called the greatest vrykul warriors on Azeroth to be his Valarjar. Amidst feasting halls and hunting grounds, these ascended vrykul test themselves and prepare for the great war that is to come.
— Entry for the Halls of Valor

Serving as Prime Designate over a relatively young Azeroth, the titan keeper Odyn often walked the world disguised as a variety of beings, in order to observe charge. In particular, Odyn would be drawn to the mighty vrykul, who he admired for their courage and tenacity.[3] Much of the time Odyn would spend among the vrykul, such as during the battle with the serpent Ysildar, only further confirmed his view that they were a fearless race gifted with nobility and valor. When the Titan Pantheon chose to empower the Dragon Aspects as Azeroth's principal defenders, Odyn would be angered by the decision, instead presenting the vrykul as a more worthy choice.

The Halls of Valor, home of the Valarjar

Despite Odyn's protests, the Dragon Aspects were given their charge; the Prime Designate decided nonetheless to empower his own guardians in the form of the vrykul. With the help of the Titanic Watcher Helya, he raised a section of Ulduar into the skies, transforming into a new seat of power known as the Halls of Valor, which he intended to populate with a new army of warriors. Odyn proclaimed to the vrykul that the most worthy individuals to fall in combat would be reborn from death in a new role: as his Valarjar, guardians of the world.

To deliver the spirits of his chosen dead from the Shadowlands, Odyn sought to create winged harbingers known as Val'kyr, who would be capable of crossing the boundaries of life and death. When Helya protested, Odyn would turn on her and transform her into the first of these new beings. For ages, Helya and other Val'kyr would begin to create Odyn's new army. The Halls of Valor began to swell with the mightiest of the vrykul from below, who were trained and commanded personally by Odyn himself.

Though all had gone according to Odyn's design, Helya would forever resent her forced servitude. Eventually, at the urging of the fallen Keeper Loken, she would suddenly use her power to forcibly seal the Halls of Valor, preventing Odyn or the Valarjar from accessing the outside world. The imprisonment of the Valarjar within their own fortress would last for thousands of years, as Helya herself began to take charge of vrykul souls from her new realm of Helheim.

Legion

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Odyn's Val'kyr retrieve the souls of the worthy dead to become Valarjar

Though Odyn and the Valarjar remained largely confined to the Halls of Valor for millennia, many heroic vrykul souls chosen by Odyn continued to be collected by his Val'kyr and taken to the floating fortress. Odyn himself was also still able to roam the outside world as an observer, favoring a disguise as the sage Havi. Among the vrykul of the Broken Isles in particular, the legend of the Valarjar remained quite alive and widespread. Many sought a worthy death in combat to join Odyn's elite.

At the time of the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, Odyn and the Valarjar remained locked within the Halls of Valor, which orbited high above the land. Odyn would take interest in the arrival of mortal forces to battle the demons', observing their initial setback on the Broken Shore. Later, he would pick a specific mortal warrior to act as his new champion, granting them overall command of the Valarjar themselves.[4] This warrior, who became known as the Battlelord, was saved from death while fighting the Legion, and though taken to the Halls of Valor at Odyn's behest, were freely able to leave the complex at will.

Eager to join in the war against the demonic invaders, Odyn would use the Battlelord as his tool in directing the Valarjar. An area of the Halls known as Skyhold became an order hall for the many mortal warriors involved in the war, and the resources of the Valarjar were once more used against the enemies of Azeroth. Odyn would also aid the Battlelord in acquiring one of the most powerful weapons in existence to better fight the Legion. Using the Eye of Odyn to see events across the Broken Isles and beyond, the Valarjar now began to wage a limited war against the Burning Legion, striking in key areas. At the same time, the Battlelord continued their own campaign.[5]

Though Odyn influenced events in Stormheim when it was attacked by the Felskorn and demons, the Valarjar were unable to play an active role. However, mortal heroes would eventually travel into the Halls of Valor itself to pursue God-King Skovald and the Aegis of Aggramar. There, Odyn determined to test these champions, and set the Valarjar and other denizens of the Halls to besting them. The mortals would succeed in facing down all the challenges the Valarjar could pose, confronting and defeating both the God-King and Odyn himself, and thus securing the Aegis.[6]

Later, Odyn would discover that Helya had developed a way of turning even the souls of Stormforged Valarjar into her twisted kvaldir. Outraged, he would rally a force of champions and, having tested them himself personally, he sent them into Helheim with the goal of permanently vanquishing Helya. They would battle through waves of the Sea-Witch's minions, before confronting her. After a desperate fight, they were successful in killing Helya, and in doing so freed Odyn and the Valarjar from their millennia-long containment.[7]

After finally slaying Helya, the Valarjar would also recover her horn, capable of commanding the legions of kvaldir. Though unredeemable, Odyn hoped to put the kvaldir to good use, and had the Battlelord use the horn to direct them against key Legion targets around the Broken Isles.[8]

Class Campaign

Main article: Valarjar Campaign
Odyn names the Battlelord as Valarjar

Over time, more preparations were made to ready the Valarjar for the coming war. The Battlelord would recruit Captain Hjalmar Stahlstrom to oversee the training of new Aspirants,[9] while Einar the Runecaster was brought on board to expand the powers of Skyhold.[10] With these advancements, the Valarjar would become significantly more disciplined and organized, taking on the form of a truly formidable army.[11]

To further strengthen their forces, a plan was made to unite the titanforged Keepers of Ulduar from ancient times. To accomplish this, the Battlelord departed on a quest to recover the Gjallarhorn, capable of summoning the Keepers. With the aid of Hymdall, the artifact was tacked to the great worm Jorhuttam in Highmountain. The Valarjar marched on Highmountain Summit seeking the beast, and would ultimately vanquish it in a fierce battle.

Before the Gjallarhorn was used, however, the Valarjar first continued to bolster the position in the fight against the Legion. In doing so, they gained the aid of the Valkyra in the form of Savyn Valorborn. The Val'kyr would now rally the most worthy shieldmaidens in Odyn's name, adding greatly to the armies of Skyhold. At this time, Odyn would also turn his attention once more to Helya, dispatching the Battlelord into the Maw of Souls to confront the Sea-Witch. Though she would survive the battle, Helya suffered a significant defeat at the hands of the Valarjar.

Now content with their position, Odyn and the Valarjar used the Gjallarhorn to summon Ulduar's keepers. However, they were to discover that the titanic fortress had been overrun by the Burning Legion, with Thorim and his fellow guardians unable to leave. The Battlelord departed immediately with Valarjar in tow for Ulduar, and cut their way through the demonic invaders to reach the keepers. Both Thorim and Hodir would be rescued from the demons, though the latter ended up getting trapped through one of the invaders' portals to the world of Niskara. After returning to Skyhold, Thorim pledged himself and the forces of Ulduar to the Valarjar, who now devised a plan to save Hodir.

With their armies prepared, the Valarjar launched an attack on the demonic gateway at Felblaze Ingress, seeking to appropriate the portal to reach Niskara. Hymdall then opened the portal, allowing a large force led by the Battlelord to push into the demon world. As the other Valarjar battled the Legion across the ruined plane, Thorim and the Battlelord located Hodir and slew his captor Lady Ran'zara, freeing him from demonic influence.

Valarjar forces on the Broken Shore

Having achieved victory on Niskara, the Valarjar returned to Skyhold and were greeted by Odyn. Hodir would also pledge himself to the war against the demons, and Odyn rewarded his Battlelord with every more power for their artifact weapon. The Valarjar themselves would meanwhile continue the fight against the Legion alongside the Azeroth's other orders.

Legionfall

The war against the Burning Legion eventually began to see some success, and the demons responded by opening a massive new offensive on the Broken Shore surrounding the Tomb of Sargeras. Representing the Valarjar, Odyn, as Havi, attended a meeting in Dalaran with the other orders, where they planned their next move. All would watch as the demon lord Kil'jaeden launched his new attack from the Tomb.

A new faction was subsequently formed when the order halls united into the Armies of Legionfall. These orders now pooled their forces and waged war as one on the Broken Shore, based from Deliverance Point. The Valarjar themselves would also establish an outpost at Aalgen Point closer to the Tomb of Sargeras. Odyn and the Valarjar personally dealt with a remnant Felskorn presence at Felrage Strand.[12]

A token Valarjar presence would also be sent to the Vindicaar during the Argus Campaign, which the Battlelord would play a major role in.

Members

Name Role Status Location
 Odyn Leader Alive Various
 The Battlelord Commander, second to Odyn Alive Azeroth
 Eyir Leader of the Val'kyr Alive Various
 Hymdall Gatekeeper of the Halls of Valor Alive Various
 Hyrja Chosen champion of Eyir Alive Halls of Valor, Stormheim
 Master Smith Helgar Blacksmith Alive Halls of Valor, Stormheim
 Skyseer Ghrent Caretaker of the Eye of Odyn and coordinator Alive Halls of Valor, Stormheim
 Aerylia Stormflight Master Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Quartermaster Durnolf Quartermaster and blacksmith Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Savyn Valorborn Valkyra Recruiter Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Haklang Ulfsson Armaments Requisitioner Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Matilda Skoptidottir Horn of War crafter Alive Halls of Valor, Stormheim
 Weaponmaster Asvard Warrior Trainer Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Fjornson Stonecarver Keeper of Legends Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Einar the Runecaster Class Hall Upgrades Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Finna Bjornsdottir Champion of the Valarjar Alive Various
 Ragnvald Drakeborn Champion of the Valarjar Alive Various
 Magnar Icebreaker Ancient vrykul king Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Hruthnir Son of Magnar Icebreaker Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Svergan Stormcloak Champion of the Valarjar Alive Skyhold, Halls of Valor
 Danica the Reclaimer Val'kyr of Odyn Alive Valdisdall, Stormheim
 Olmyr Ritualist Deceased Halls of Valor, Stormheim
 Solsten Ritualist Deceased Halls of Valor, Stormheim
 Hillevi the Scalekeeper Flightmaster Alive Stormheim
 Brulf the Heavy Blacksmith Alive Valdisdall, Stormheim
 Garhal the Scalekeeper Flightmaster Alive Valdisdall, Stormheim
 Riala the Hearthwatcher Innkeeper Alive Valdisdall, Stormheim
 Valdemar Stormseeker Emissary Alive Valdisdall, Stormheim
 Visser the Scalekeeper Flightmaster Alive Shield's Rest, Stormheim
 Shieldmaiden Iounn Shieldmaiden Alive Stormheim
 Fergus the Mighty Blacksmith Alive Aalgen Point, Broken Shore
Allies

The following fought as part of the Valarjar during the war on the Broken Isles, but are not members of the faction.

Name Note Status Location
 Thorim Son of Odyn and Keeper of Ulduar Alive Various
 Hodir Keeper of Ulduar Alive Various
 Dvalen Ironrune Former guardian of Ulduar Alive Various
 Darius Crowley Gilnean leader and Alliance champion Alive Various
 Eitrigg Orc commander and Horde champion Alive Various
 King Ymiron Former vrykul king, enslaved in death by Odyn Alive Various
Chroniclers

Types

Reputation

Faction description

These are the chosen warriors of Odyn, sworn to his service in life and death.

Rewards

Valdemar Stormseeker
<Valarjar Emissary>
Rep Item Cost Type Other
Recipe: Demonsteel Helm (Rank 3) 1,500g Blacksmithing plans Rank 3
Honored  [Vrykul Toy Boat Kit] 10g Vanity
Recipe: Consecrated Spike 550g Blacksmithing plans Rank 3
Recipe: Battlebound Warhelm (Rank 3) 550g Leatherworking pattern Rank 3
Recipe: Battlebound Hauberk (Rank 3) 550g Leatherworking pattern Rank 3
 [Treasure Map: Stormheim] 20g Treasure map
Revered  [Valarjar Runepriest's Vesture] 1,000g Mail head
 [Death's Door Charm] 500g Toy
 [Boon of the Salvager] 150g Shoulder enchant
 [Sunborne Val'kyr] 500g Companion
Exalted  [Legplates of Forgotten Myth] 5,000g Plate legs
 [Valarjar Tabard] 300g Tabard
Recipe: Demonsteel Greaves (Rank 3) 1,500g Blacksmithing plans Rank 3
Recipe: Demonsteel Boots (Rank 3) 1,500g Blacksmithing plans Rank 3
Recipe: Gravenscale Leggings (Rank 3) 1,500g Leatherworking pattern Rank 3
Recipe: Gravenscale Warhelm (Rank 3) 1,500g Leatherworking pattern Rank 3
 [Rod of the Ascended] 2,000g Artifact
Paragon  [Valarjar Stormwing] Special Mount

Notes

  • During development, they were called the Vry'kul of Stormheim. The quest N [110] The Valarjar still refers to them as such.

Patch changes

See also

References

  1. ^ The Legend of Odyn, "The Sealing of the Halls of Valor"
  2. ^  [Horn of Valor]
  3. ^ The Legend of Odyn, "The Wanderer and the Serpent"
  4. ^ B Warrior [98 - 110] Return to the Broken Shore
  5. ^ N Warrior [98 - 110] Thus Begins the War
  6. ^ N [100 - 110D] Halls of Valor: Securing the Aegis
  7. ^ Trial of Valor
  8. ^ N Warrior [110] Helya's Horn
  9. ^ N Warrior [101 - 110] Captain Stahlstrom
  10. ^ N Warrior [101 - 110] Troops in the Field
  11. ^ N Warrior [101 - 110] Einar the Runecaster
  12. ^ N Warrior [110RWQ] Judgment of Odyn

External links

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