Valley of Heroes

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The Valle of Heroes as depicted in the TCG.
Deathwing in the Valley of Heroes, seen in the Cataclysm login screen.

The Valley of Heroes is a valley that lies before Stormwind Gate. A bridge of stone crosses the narrow moat and is the first sight of all who enter. This gloriously lush valley lies south of the city, and many visitors must pass through it, as it is one of three entrances to Stormwind (the others are the Deeprun Tram, and the Stormwind Harbor). The statues of five famous Alliance heroes stand on either side of the path, welcoming visitors while providing an awe-inspiring warning.

The valley is also the location of several important Stormwind officials. Astride his tall stallion in the center of the causeway is General Hammond Clay. Down the left fork of the bridge is the paladin, Major Mattingly, and down to the right stands Field Marshal Afrasiabi.

History

Post-Second War

After the Second War and during the reconstruction of Stormwind, five statues were built in this valley to commemorate the sacrifice of the Alliance Expedition members during their campaign on the orcish homeworld of Draenor. These heroes comprised the leadership of the expedition that traveled through the Dark Portal to seal the dimensional rift from the other side. On the left are Kurdran Wildhammer, Thane of Aerie Peak, and the Archmage Khadgar of the Kirin Tor; on the right are Force Commander Danath Trollbane and Ranger-Captain Alleria Windrunner; at the end of the main road, just before it splits to enter Stormwind City proper, is General Turalyon, the expedition's military leader.

King Varian Wrynn and Prince Anduin return to Stormwind City after Onyxia's defeat.

World of Warcraft

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It was here where Onyxia's head was displayed after King Varian Wrynn had returned to Stormwind from his quest.

Cataclysm

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During the Cataclysm, Danath's statue was toppled by Deathwing, who also damaged the two towers overlooking the valley, leaving fiery claw marks on them. In time, all these damages were repaired.

After the Cataclysm and turning over his seat on the Council of Three Hammers to Falstad, Kurdran Wildhammer stated that he would go to Stormwind to meet King Varian Wrynn and to see his statue. By the time of the invasion of Pandaria, he was the first of the five to have visited the valley.[1]

Legion

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Khadgar might have seen his when he flew to Stormwind Keep to warn the Alliance that the Burning Legion had returned (if he had not seen it before) but he may well have been too preoccupied to be concerned with such things. Alleria and Turalyon saw theirs after the imprisonment of Sargeras at the end of the third invasion of the Burning Legion and their return from Argus. They both felt unsettled by their monuments.

Getting there

To get to the Valley of Heroes, you can head southeast from the Trade District. Heading southeast out of the Valley of Heroes takes you into Elwynn Forest proper.

NPCs

The Valley of Heroes in-game.

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.

Statues

The Valley of Heroes from the comic.

Ranger Captain Alleria Windrunner

Main article: Alleria Windrunner

Renowned Troll Hunter of Quel'Thalas. Lead Scout and Intelligence Agent for the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"Your heart flew straight as any arrow upon the wind, sister. You were the brightest of our Order. You were the most beloved of our kin."

-- Sylvanas Windrunner - Ranger General of Quel'Thalas

Archmage Khadgar of the Kirin Tor

Main article: Khadgar

Former apprentice of Medivh. Supreme Commander of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"Never did one so selflessly delve into the dark heart of magic and warfare. We wish you well, bold wanderer. Wherever you are."

-- Antonidas - Archmage of Dalaran

Kurdran Wildhammer

Main article: Kurdran Wildhammer

Renowned Dragon Fighter. Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak. Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division attached to the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"We will hear Sky-Ree's calls upon the winds. We will hear your hammer thunder across the mountaintops. Ride hard into the hereafter, brother. The halls of our ancestors await you."

-- Falstad Wildhammer - Lord of Aerie Peak

Danath Trollbane

Main article: Danath Trollbane

Militia Commander of Stromgarde. Tactical Advisor to General Turalyon. Force Commander of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor.

"We honor your memory, nephew, and your sacrifice. Since the founding of our glorious empire, the path to valor has always been drenched with the blood of heroes."

-- Thoras Trollbane, Lord of Stromgarde

General Turalyon

Main article: 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.

"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

In the RPG

The Valley of Heroes in the Shadows & Light Warcraft RPG book.

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In Lands of Conflict

This gloriously lush valley lies south of the city, and all visitors must pass through it, as it is the only entrance to Stormwind. Statues of heroes such as Danath Trollbane, Alleria Windrunner and High General Turalyon stand on either side of the road, welcoming visitors while providing an awe-inspiring warning.[2]

In Shadows & Light

While on a diplomatic visit to Stormwind, Akinos Steelclaw discussed the heroes of the valley with Cristof Dungalion and another member of the Stormwind City Guard.[3]

Notes and trivia

Valley of Heroes-inspired area in Overwatch.
  • It is interesting to note that the five heroes were "presumed deceased" and despite the plaques on the statues reading like epitaphs, all five heroes of the Alliance Expedition turned out to still be alive as of the beginning of Legion, having all survived the destruction of Draenor.
    • Another note, one of irony, is that the dedication quotes for nearly all the statues are by those who are now dead: only Falstad is alive, Sylvanas is undead, and years later Thoras Trollbane was raised as a death knight of the Ebon Blade.
  • In the game, the name was originally spelled as Valley Of Heroes.
  • The valley forms the entrance to the Blizzard World map in Overwatch.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): All damages repaired, Trollbane's statue restored.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Valley damaged; Trollbane's statue toppled; Farseer Umbrua moved to the Dwarven District.

References

  1. ^ Fire and Iron, pg. 24
  2. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 53
  3. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 29 - 30

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