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For the ship in Howling Fjord, see The Windrunner.

The Windrunners are a prominent high elf and half-elf family. Their residence was a spire in a village both named after them in what is now known as the Ghostlands.

Family tree

Rhonin Redhair †
Lirath †
Zendarin †


Many consider the Windrunner family as the most tragic family in Warcraft lore. Several members of the family were killed by the orcs during the Second War, including the sisters' parents, their youngest brother Lirath, along with numerous relatives of varying proximity.[1][2] Only Alleria, Sylvanas, Vereesa, and Zendarin are known to have survived. This prompted Alleria to join the Alliance Expedition in order to avenge them, which she later disappeared with.[3] The rest of the family was one of the hardest hit by the Scourge invasion into Quel'Thalas.[4] Sylvanas was killed by Arthas and raised as a banshee in his service, later becoming Banshee Queen of the Forsaken.[5] The sisters' grandfather had to battle his own son, their uncle, after he was turned into an undead. A younger brother was torn to pieces by their older brother who was then himself burned with the rest of the Scourge by elven resistance fighters. The grandfather survived the battle and managed to get to Vereesa but his subsequent fate is unknown.[4]

Known members

Name Mate Notes Status
 Talanas N/A First ranger-general and first wielder of Thas'dorah. Deceased
 Lireesa N/A Mother of the Windrunner siblings, Sylvanas' predecessor as Ranger General. Deceased
 Alleria  Turalyon Eldest sister. Current leader of the void elves. Alive
 Sylvanas N/A Middle sister. Former Ranger General, now Dark Lady of the Forsaken and Warchief of the Horde. Undead
 Vereesa  Rhonin Redhair Youngest sister. Current Ranger General of the Silver Covenant. Alive
 Lirath N/A Youngest sibling. Killed by raiding orcs. Deceased
 Zendarin N/A Cousin of the three Windrunner sisters and Lirath. Killed after an attempt to kidnap Vereesa's children. Deceased
 Arator N/A Son of Alleria and Turalyon. Alive
N/A Twin sons of Veressa Windrunner and Rhonin. Alive