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Lireesa Windrunner

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For the projection, see Mother.
NeutralLireesa Windrunner
Image of Lireesa Windrunner
Title Ranger-General of Silvermoon
Gender Female
Race High elf
Class Ranger
Affiliation(s) Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Farstriders, Windrunners
Occupation Ranger-General of Silvermoon, wielder of Thas'dorah
Status Deceased
Relative(s) Alleria (mother), Verath (husband), Alleria, Sylvanas, Vereesa, Lirath (children),
Rhonin (son-in-law),
Arator, Giramar, Galadin (grandsons),
Zendarin (nephew or nephew-in-law),
Talanas (ancestor)
Companion(s) Arrowflight (mount)

Lireesa Windrunner was the Ranger-General of Silvermoon and wielder of Thas'dorah a few years prior to the First War. She was the mother of the four Windrunner siblings: the three sisters Alleria, Sylvanas, and Vereesa; and the brother Lirath.

Since the eldest child, Alleria, refused the mantle of Ranger-General, choosing instead to make more practical use of her abilities as a member of the Farstriders, Thas'dorah remained in Lireesa's hands until tragedy struck: at the onset of the Second War, she and many of her rangers were killed in a bloody attack by the Amani trolls, who had recently allied themselves with the invading Orcish Horde. Sylvanas became the new Ranger-General, but Alleria was the one who took up Thas'dorah.[1]


  • Lireesa was first given a name in Tales of the Hunt with Legion, a decade after being referenced in novels as Mother.
  • At some point, the Windrunner siblings' parents gave Alleria a necklace containing an emerald, a ruby, and a sapphire.[2][3] Alleria later melted down the necklace and gave the ruby and the sapphire to Vereesa and Sylvanas, respectively.[3][4]
  • There are conflicting statements regarding when Lireesa died.
  • The 2004 novel The Well of Eternity states that no one knew what happened to Liressa and Vereesa's father during the Scourge invasion of Quel'Thalas, and were thus presumed deceased.[5]
    • This probably just meant that nobody among the elves knew at the time, so Vereesa did not know: she was also kept in the dark about the fate of Sylvanas for some time as well.
  • In the 2007 prequel Tides of Darkness, Vereesa told Alleria that their parents should be in Silvermoon consulting with the elders, shortly before the burning of Quel'Thalas.[6]
    • At the same time in the same novel, Sylvanas was described as already being the Ranger-General of Quel'Thalas.
    • The artifact book "Tales of the Hunt" states that Sylvanas became Ranger-General following Lireesa's death in the Second War during a bloody attack.
    • In the short story Dark Mirror, Sylvanas was already established Ranger-General before the Second War had reached Quel'Thalas.[7]


  1. ^ Tales of the Hunt: Thas'dorah, Legacy of the Windrunners
  2. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 199: She fumbled in a pouch and emerged with three small necklaces. Each was graced with a glowing, beautiful gem: an emerald, a ruby, and a sapphire. Verana gasped and looked up, clearly recognizing the stones. "Yes. They're from the necklace my parents gave me." Alleria confirmed.
  3. ^ a b Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter nineteen: She had melted down a necklace given to her by their parents, and made individual necklaces out of the three stones for each of the Windrunner sisters. Sylvanas’s was a sapphire.
  4. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 198
  5. ^ The Well of Eternity, chapter 2: "What had happened to her parents, no one yet knew, but they, too, were presumed dead."
  6. ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 14: Alleria squeezed Vereesa in return and patted her head, a gesture so familiar it was automatic. "Are you all right?" she asked after a minute. "Where's Sylvanas? Are Mother and Father safe?" "They're fine," Vereesa answered, disengaging and bending to retrieve her weapons. "Sylvanas is with a hunting party near the riverbank. As for Mother and Father, they should be in Silvermoon by now. They went to consult with the elders."
  7. ^ Dark Mirror
Preceded by:
Alleria Windrunner
Ranger-General of Silvermoon
Succeeded by:
Sylvanas Windrunner