Arator the Redeemer

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Not to be confused with Arathor.
AllianceArator Windrunner
Image of Arator Windrunner
Title the Redeemer
Gender Male
Race(s) Half-elf and Half-human (half-breed humanoid) (Humanoid)
Class Retribution paladin
Resource Mana
Affiliation(s) Knights of the Silver Hand, Honor Hold, Alliance, Silvermoon City[1]
Occupation Champion and a leader of the Silver Hand
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Alleria (mother)
Turalyon (father)
Lireesa (maternal grandmother)
Dorus (paternal grandfather)
Sylvanas and Vereesa (aunts)
Lirath, Rhonin (uncles)
Giramar, Galadin (cousins)
Zendarin (first cousin once removed)

“I would gladly lay down my life and fight for the Order of the Silver Hand.”

— Arator the Redeemer[2]

Arator Windrunner[3] (pronounced "EH-ruh-tohr"),[4] commonly known as Arator the Redeemer, is the half-elven son of the high elven ranger Alleria Windrunner and the human paladin Turalyon. He is located at Honor Hold in Outland's Hellfire Peninsula, and later moved beneath Light's Hope Chapel as a champion and a leader of the Knights of the Silver Hand.

Arator became a paladin just like his father after becoming independent and spent much time searching for his missing parents during the Invasion of Outland. At the time of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, he joined the ranks of the reformed Order of the Silver Hand and pledged his allegiance to its new Highlord. As a member of the order's war council,[5] he participated in the meetings for important decisions, and followed the Highlord on their campaign to Argus to find his parents.

Since the end of the invasion, he continued his activities as a paladin and was able to take the time to reconnect with his family.

Biography

Arator in Three Sisters

Arator was only a child when Turalyon and Alleria accompanied Archmage Khadgar beyond the Dark Portal as part of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor. Once, during a frosty winter day, the toddler[6] Arator played in the courtyard of Stormwind Keep with a wooden sword, aiming for a frog but hitting a pillar instead. His mother watched him sadly and told him war was not glory.[7] He was apparently well-known by members of the Expedition, including Danath Trollbane, who called him "Little Arator". Turalyon and Alleria, along with the rest of the Expedition, were believed to have died when Khadgar sealed the Dark Portal. With his parents gone, Arator was raised by his aunt Vereesa and uncle Rhonin. Vereesa described him as a blessing in their home and in time, a guide for her own children, Giramar and Galadin.[8]

When his mother Alleria left, Arator was still very young. A few years later, he was present at a ceremony in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind City, sitting on the shoulders of a Knight of the Silver Hand and looking up at the statue of his mother, a face he couldn't remember. Alleria was observing this from aboard the Xenedar, the vessel of the Army of the Light, and sent her feelings to Arator through the Light. When he received her emotions the young Arator looked around, smiled, and then reached out to her statue. He would return again and again to the Valley of Heroes to see her face, knowing she would always love him.[4]

The Burning Crusade

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Eighteen years after the Alliance Expedition left,[3][9] Lord Kazzak reopened the Portal and crossed over into Draenor, now known as Outland. Arator, who has grown up to become a paladin in his father's footsteps, accompanied the Alliance reinforcements from Stormwind and Nethergarde to Honor Hold, where he remained as he searched for his missing parents. There, he met Father Malgor Devidicus who told him that he and his father were the best of friends, as he was the one who took care of keeping Turalyon healthy, before breaking down in tears, feeling responsible for Turalyon's disappearance. Arator asked the innkeeper Sid Limbardi to keep an eye on him and to make sure he is sober next time, as he was the only link between him and his parents.

Since Danath Trollbane was a family friend, he pledged his sword to Danath and the Sons of Lothar.[10]

Legion

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Arator in the Sanctum of Light

Following the death of Tirion Fordring during the Battle for Broken Shore, Arator moved to the Sanctum of Light where he attended the rebirth of the Order of the Silver Hand and the presentation of its new Highlord of the Silver Hand during the third invasion of the Burning Legion.[11] He could later be seen kneeling before a statue of his father Turalyon.

Following the discovery of the  [Light's Heart] that crashed towards the coast of Suramar, and listening to the message of High Exarch Turalyon to save Azeroth by bringing the heart of the naaru Xe'ra to the Prophet Velen, Arator was summoned at the request of Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker to be present during the meeting of the Silver Hand, as a leader of the organization, where he mentioned he heard rumors that they have recently found a message from his parents.[12]

When Arator approached the Light's Heart, it felt his presence and revealed a message from his father, he learned that for him it has been "ages" that he and Alleria have fought the Burning Legion across the stars, and that he had a message for his son: the Legion was coming to Azeroth and Balnazzar had been 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.[13]

Following the Battle for the Exodar and the discoveries on Balnazzar 's  [Codex of Command], the Knights of the Silver Hand were mobilized by Arator, Aponi Brightmane, and Delas Moonfang to launch an attack on the Felblaze Ingress in Azsuna and destroy a Legion portal,[14] but they were captured and imprisoned on Niskara. They would be freed by the Highlord of the Silver Hand and the High Priest of the Conclave,[15] and learned from a Mysterious Stranger that Balnazzar and his armies were about to attack the Netherlight Temple, headquarters of the Conclave, hidden deep within the Twisting Nether.[16]

During the battle at the Netherlight Temple, he was present with the troops of the Silver Hand who came to support the priests of the Conclave. He fought against the hordes of demons summoned by Balnazzar, until Lothraxion and the Army of the Light came and helped them to eliminate the dreadlord for good.[17]

Arator later traveled with his aunt Vereesa aboard the draenei's new dimensional ship, the Vindicaar, to Argus. He reunited with his parents and questioned why they did not reach out to their people or to him. His mother responded that every choice they made was to keep him safe, and that it broke their hearts to be apart from him. She vowed that, now that they were reunited, she would not let them separate again.[18] He later had a conversation with Vereesa regarding the fate of Sylvanas and what Vereesa will tell Alleria, to which Vereesa responded that the thought of the conversation fills her with dread and the truth will break Alleria's heart.[19]

Arator could also be found at Darkfall Ridge where he fought demons seeking to reach the Vindicaar.

After Sargeras was imprisoned by the Pantheon at the Seat of the Pantheon, Arator expressed uncertainty despite his joy of at long last finding his parents. The people who gave him life have been absent for it, and despite their fights to keep him safe they cannot suddenly become a happy family. They knew next to nothing about him, and he had only legends of them. Alleria, Turalyon, and Arator have much to learn about one another and many wounds to heal, but at least they will do it together.

Before the Storm

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Just before the Gathering, Turalyon told Anduin Wrynn that he and Arator were very similar, and that he'd ask his son to come to Stormwind soon.[20]

Battle for Azeroth

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An alternate version of Arator appeared in the Vision of Stormwind. Within the vision, Alleria had fallen to the madness of the void and was orchestrating the downfall of Stormwind from the Cathedral of Light. There, Turalyon was killed by Alleria as the former attempted to reason with her, dying just as adventurers entered into the vision, begging them to save his son. The adventurers were ultimately unsuccessful, as Alleria forced Arator into a portal of the void before engaging the adventurers and being ultimately defeated; with no resolution to Arator's fate, though this was inconsequential as it was ultimately not real.

The Vow Eternal

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A few years later, Arator and his family were among those who attended the wedding of Lor'themar Theron and Thalyssra at the Lunastre Estate. At some point during the party, he chatted amicably with Dagran Thaurissan II under a tree, with whom he developed a friendship, and showed the prince a beautiful ceremonial dagger that he had worn at the wedding.[21]

A Whisper of Warning

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Arator continued to serve the Silver Hand and was revealed to live in Silvermoon City, where he was sometimes visited by his parents. They teased him about having a crush on twins named Breezeblossom who live near his home. His relationship with Turalyon was awkward, as Arator knew him through stories as a hero before ever knowing him as his father. One day while Turalyon was visiting Arator after traveling to Silvermoon for business with Liadrin, the father and the son were surprised to see Alleria stop by as well. The mother had recently been asked by Khadgar to investigate the Dark Heart and "the Harbinger", and came to see her son before beginning her mission. Alleria and Arator took a walk around the city, accompanied by guards assigned by Lor'themar Theron as Alleria was only allowed in until nightfall, during which Alleria made Arator promise not to get involved in her mission to hunt the Harbinger.[1]

Locations

Location Level range Reaction Notes
Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula[54.2, 63.6] 10-30 Elite Alliance Horde
Sanctum of Light 10-45 Normal/Elite Alliance Horde
Niskara; Netherlight Temple 10-45 Elite Alliance Horde As part of the Paladin Campaign.
Stormwind City; Azuremyst Isle 45 Elite Alliance Horde
Krokuun 47 Elite Alliance Horde As part of the Argus Campaign.
Vindicaar; Antorus, the Burning Throne 45 Elite Alliance Horde
Vision of Stormwind ?? Elite Alliance Horde

Abilities

  • Ability mount charger.png Summon Charger — Summons an[sic] Great Exarch's Elekk, which serves as a mount.
  • Spell holy innerfire.png Consecration — Consecrates the land beneath the caster, dealing Holy damage over 4 sec to enemies who enter the area.
  • Ability heroicleap.png Redemptor — Leap through the air and slam down on all enemies within 8 yards of the target area, causing 147% weapon damage.
  • Spell holy holysmite.png Crusader Strike — An instant strike that causes Holy damage and increases Holy damage taken by 20% for 30 sec.
  • Ability paladin divinestorm.png Divine Storm — An instant weapon attack that causes Holy damage to nearby enemies and heals the caster for 2% health.
  • Spell holy sealofmight.png Hammer of Justice — Stuns an enemy, rendering it unable to move or attack for 4 sec.
  • Spell holy sealofblood.png Seal of Command — All melee attacks have a chance to deal additional Holy damage.

Quests

Objective of

Quotes

The Burning Crusade

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Gossip

I was only an infant when my father was deployed to this wasteland. All that I have ever known of him is what others have told me. Do your dreams change, <name>? Mine do not. I have one dream: A crimson skyline envelops me as Legion, numbering beyond comprehension, battle in the distance. I kneel before the body of a man, presumably my father, and weep. As he is gasping for air, his body wholly crushed, he whispers something. Despite every effort, I am unable to hear what he is trying to tell me.

Dialogue with Malgor
Father Malgor Devidicus says: Shay, what'sh your deal anywaysh? Are you shome kind of elf or shomethin? You look shorta familiar.
Arator the Redeemer says: I am Arator, son of Turalyon and Alleria. So yes, Father, I am "shome" kind of elf: half-elf to be precise.
Father Malgor Devidicus's face turns white. Sobriety seems to have set in rather quickly.
Father Malgor Devidicus says: By the Light! So this is why you look familiar. Is this fate? Destiny, perhaps? Arator, your father and I were the best of friends. It is I who kept him in good health... Oh the battles we fought... And...
Father Malgor Devidicus clears his throat.
Father Malgor Devidicus says: And... the battle we lost. I...I'm sorry, Arator. It was my fault...
Father Malgor Devidicus begins to sob.
Father Malgor Devidicus says: Quickly, Sid. Fill my tankard. Make the memories fade...
Sid Limbardi says: Oh brother... Listen, he's gonna be here crying like a baby for another five hours. If you're really the son of Turalyon, go speak with Trollbane. He's in the keep - top floor.
Arator the Redeemer says: Thank you Sid. Keep an eye on him; he is my only link to my mother and father, and I'd like to see him sober.
Dialogue with Danath
Force Commander Danath Trollbane says: As I live and breathe! "Little" Arator? Is that you?
Arator the Redeemer says: Aye, Commander; but I am little no more. I have come to find my father. Have you any news to his whereabouts? I know he still lives. I have seen it in my dreams.
Force Commander Danath Trollbane looks at Arator grimly.
Force Commander Danath Trollbane says: I am afraid that I do not, Arator. I have not seen or heard from your father in 15 years. We had long since presumed him dead. But know this: I did all that was in my power to find him. From the bounds of Hellfire to the ravages of Nagrand, we searched... All for naught. If I could give my own life to bring Turalyon back, I would do so a thousand times over. I... I am sorry.
Arator the Redeemer says: As long as he remains unfound, I will search. I know that he lives. And I know that I must find him. 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.
Arator the Redeemer says: Farewell, Commander. I will be staying at the inn, should you require my services.

Legion

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Dalaran gossip

I have always felt drawn to the Light. Perhaps because this was my father's calling as well, and I wished to follow in his footsteps.

Dialogue

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Main article: The Scion's Legacy#Notes
Main article: Translation: Danger!#Notes
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Main article: Light's Exodus#Notes
Main article: Return to the Vindicaar#Notes
Main article: Gathering Light#Notes
Main article: Argus the Unmaker#Quotes
Combat ally
Aggro
  • For justice!
  • For the Light!
  • The Light smites our foes!
Killed a mob
  • One by one our foes shall fall!
  • Victory!
  • The Light smiles upon us!
Defeated
  • Grievous wounds... I must recover...
  • I need to recover... go on without me...

On-click

Greeting
  • Good day to you.
  • Light bless you.
  • Greetings.
  • Peace friend.
  • Honor to you.
Pissed
  • Yes?
  • What can I do for you?
  • Do you have a question?
  • You're testing my patience!
  • I am not usually vengeful, but I may have to make an exception.
  • Are you testing my wrath?!
  • Stop... or I will make YOU disappear.
Farewell
  • Do not lose faith.
  • May the light guide you.
  • Carry on the Crusade.
  • For justice.
  • May your heart be true.
  • Steady travels.
  • Do not give up the fight.

Battle for Azeroth

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Vision of Stormwind
  • Mother... do not listen to the whispers!
  • No! I will never--aah!

A Whisper of Warning

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  • Sometimes I would like to go fishing with Turalyon the man instead of sharpening my sword with Turalyon the High Exarch of the Army of the Light as he scrutinizes my whetstone.[22]
  • Listen, Mother. You may not know me as well as you would like, but you must know I would never abandon my duty. I would never shirk my responsibility and leave the risk to my fellow Knights. Can you imagine Father sitting home during a war? What would he do—knit socks and sing songs and pretend the world was good and safe while others died in the streets because he was not there to defend them?[23]
  • Your love I have never doubted. But I wish I knew you better, and I wish you would stay long enough for us all to grow bored and quarrelsome with each other. I cannot know myself unless I know you.[24]

Notes and trivia

  • Arator has dragon tattoos on his forearms, twining up his wrists. One arm's is dark and the other light.[1]
  • Arator's age when his parents left for war seems inconsistent. In The Burning Crusade, Arator himself stated that he was "only an infant" when his father was deployed to Draenor.[25] He is also described in A Thousand Years of War as "a few months old" when Alleria journeyed to Draenor[4] in Year 8, which would make him 32 years old in Dragonflight in Year 40. "A Whisper of Warning" has Alleria recall him still being a baby when she handed him to Vereesa before she went through the Dark Portal.[1] However, Shadows Rising instead describes him in a flashback, swinging with a wooden sword after a frog, while being watched by Alleria. This instance of Arator is described as a toddler in "A Whisper of Warning". The short story also mentions that when Alleria was looking at a toddler while walking through Silvermoon, she remembered how she had been able to see her toddler son from far away thanks to the Light,[26] implying that the scene in Shadows Rising is actually this vision, which, if Alleria's statement that she talked to Arator at that moment is disregarded, would resolve the inconsistency with how Alleria could see her son as a toddler when she was supposed to be lost.
  • In the game, Arator initially had green eyes like his mother Alleria.[27] However, following patch 3.1.0, his eyes were made blue similar to normal high elves. This was changed again with the launch of Battle for Azeroth, where he was since given golden eyes.
    • Arator's depiction in Three Sisters, which was shortly before the Fourth War, shows him with green eyes once again.
    • In Shadows Rising, his eyes are described as "like the sun".[28]
    • In "A Whisper of Warning", his eyes are said to have been green when he was a child, and turned gold later in life.[1]
  • Arator used the model of a blood elf until patch 3.1.0, at which point he was changed to use the model of a high elf. Like other male high elven models in the game, Arator's on-click quotes were from one of the night elf male voice sets.
    • Although half-elf NPCs are rare in World of Warcraft, Arator is nonetheless the only one who uses a high elf model. Alodi and Kalec use human models.
  • As a bodyguard, Arator is seen by other players with the name Silver Hand Templar.
  • Arator is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal starting with Legion.
  • The name "Arator" is possibly a reference to J. R. R. Tolkien's "Aratar", the eight greatest of the Valar.

Speculation

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  • Interestingly enough, there is no mention of him in the novel Beyond the Dark Portal, even though his parents' relationship is explored in detail. Alleria was inexplicably cold toward Turalyon near the beginning of Beyond the Dark Portal, and her pregnancy and Arator's birth between Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal might have been the reason.
  • He may have been named after Arathor, the first united human nation that also formed an alliance with the high elves.

Gallery

Patch changes

References

 
  1. ^ a b c d e A Whisper of Warning
  2. ^ N Paladin [45] Champion: Arator the Redeemer
  3. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide
  4. ^ a b c A Thousand Years of War
  5. ^ N Priest [45] United As One
  6. ^ "A Whisper of Warning", pg. 9
  7. ^ Shadows Rising
  8. ^ Three Sisters
  9. ^ Timeline (from official site, 2007)
  10. ^ 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."
  11. ^ N Paladin [10-45] A United Force
  12. ^ N Paladin [10-45] Meeting of the Silver Hand
  13. ^ N Paladin [10-45] The Scion's Legacy
  14. ^ N Paladin [10-45] Translation: Danger!
  15. ^ N Paladin [45] Allies of the Light
  16. ^ N Paladin [45] The Mind of the Enemy
  17. ^ N Paladin [45] A Light in the Darkness
  18. ^ N [45] Return to the Vindicaar
  19. ^ N [45] Gathering Light
  20. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 28
  21. ^ The Vow Eternal
  22. ^ A Whisper of Warning, pg. 20
  23. ^ A Whisper of Warning, pg. 24
  24. ^ A Whisper of Warning, pg. 27
  25. ^ Honor Hold gossip text
  26. ^ "A Whisper of Warning", pg. 21
  27. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 117
  28. ^ Shadows Rising, pg. 82 (ebook)

External links

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