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For the subzone in Scholomance, see Reliquary (Scholomance). For the subzone in Silvermoon City, see Reliquary (Silvermoon City).
HordeThe Reliquary
Reliquary banner.png
Main leader  High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher
Secondary leaders  Tae'shara Bloodwatcher
 Naleidea Rivergleam
 Belloc Brightblade
 Examiner Remy Starminder
 Arlethal Sunwatcher
Race(s) Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
NightborneNightborne Nightborne
ForsakenForsaken Forsaken
Various other Horde races
Character classes Mage, Paladin, Rogue,[1] Scout
Base of operations Reliquary, Silvermoon City
Theater of operations Badlands, Blasted Lands, Uldum, Krasarang Wilds, Kun-Lai Summit, Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Language(s) Thalassian, Orcish
Affiliation Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Horde, Dragonscale Expedition
Status Active
Tabard Reliquary tabard.jpg

The Reliquary is a blood elven organization dedicated to the acquisition of powerful magical artifacts and studying the past, serving as the Horde counterpart to the Alliance-aligned Explorer's League.[2]

It is led by High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher.


The leader of the Reliquary, Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher, had spent a lifetime mastering the arts of sorcery and furthering his pursuit of magical knowledge. Gathering like-minded blood elves, he formed the Reliquary, a primarily blood elven (but nonetheless multiracial) organization to acquire powerful magical artifacts for the sin'dorei and their Horde allies. Tae'thelan maintains that such power not only should not be feared, but can be safely utilized with proper teaching, a creed he aims to instill in allies of the Reliquary.

Through these moderate and controlled methods, Tae'thelan ultimately aims to free his people from their magical addiction, and unite them as the proud, mighty race they once were.[3]

Accounts also make mention of an unknown council based in Silvermoon ordering the Reliquary's formal creation.[4]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher, leader and founder of the Reliquary.

At the time of the Cataclysm, the Reliquary made his debut. Under the leadership of High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher, the Reliquary seeks to support its Horde allies, honor its past, and continue the task for which it was created - the acquisition of powerful magical artifacts.[5] Though still a mostly blood elf organization, the Reliquary also welcomes other members of the Horde.

They are dedicated to uncovering magical and arcane artifacts, operating around several new and revamped areas such as the Badlands, opposing their dwarven counterparts to the point where overt hostilities erupt.[6][7]

Interested in the demonic artifacts once hidden in the Tainted Scar, the leader of the Sunveil Excursion, Rohan Sunveil, led his subordinates of the Reliquary to practice an archaeological study in the Tainted Forest of the Blasted Lands, where they focused their work in the acquisition, cataloging, and preservation of any and all magical artifacts.[8] However, the unnatural forest threatened the Reliquary excursion's progress, as its trees' roots broke their picks, its moss grew over their excavation sites, and its animals attacked their men.[9] In order to halt the corruption and continue their archaeological study, they sent Horde adventurers kill those responsible for the corruption of the great tree Maldraz.[10]

Mists of Pandaria

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The regent lord of Quel'Thalas, Lor'themar Theron, brings the Reliquary with him to the myth-shrouded land of Pandaria when he is summoned to the continent. The Reliquary disperses into multiple areas of interest: an excavation ventures to Kun-Lai Summit to discover more of the mogu, while other groups remain in Krasarang Wilds to survey the area and make the most of the neighboring Explorer's League's missteps, overseen by Belloc and Kaelis Sunsoar. In the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, the Reliquary also uncover the earliest information regarding the  [Divine Bell], a powerful mogu artifact the Warchief of the Horde takes a deep interest in.

The Reliquary appears to have branched out its membership for the trip to Pandaria, with the likes of magi, scouts and even some Blood Knights wearing the Reliquary tabard and helping to secure the area, rather than only the diggers seen before.

Warlords of Draenor

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A few members of the Reliquary eventually make their way to the alternate Draenor. Examiner Remy Starminder and his excavators were tasked with using this once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire the lost artifacts of power on the continent, though this brings them into conflict with the Steamwheedle Cartel, who seek to monetize them instead.


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The Reliquary has set up camps all across the Broken Isles, with Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher going to a new camp every two weeks for archaeology.

Battle for Azeroth

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The Reliquary arrived on Zandalar after the Horde was granted sanctuary by King Rastakhan. The expedition, led by the high examiner's daughter, Tae'shara Bloodwatcher, is a joint blood elf-nightborne effort to excavate the bones of Xibala, first of the devilsaurs and mother to the great loa Rezan. The Zandalari did not object to the elves' activities, having ceded the area to local wildlife long ago. The Reliquary's blood elves have been teaching their nightborne allies the art of the dig, but some of the shal'dorei – particularly their cloistered leader, Astrandis – are rather out of their element. Astrandis came into conflict with the Dark Iron dwarves over the relics in the area.

Nerin Solvis, a Reliquary financier, is funding and overseeing the Bilgewater Cartel's activities in Vol'dun. He makes it clear to his goblin associate Merd Archfeld that neither he nor the Reliquary is interested in Gallywix's political standing with Sylvanas.

The Reliquary's agents were targeted by the Alliance during their campaign against the Horde on Zandalar. High Examiner Arlethal Sunwatcher was killed by the Alliance on Halford Wyrmbane's orders.

Exploring Azeroth

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Following the Fourth War, the Reliquary is still present and active in the Badlands, more precisely in Uldaman, where they continue to unearth the ruins in search of ancient treasures.[11]


Dragonflight This section concerns content related to Dragonflight.

With the re-emergence of the Dragon Isles, at the behest of the Horde, the Reliquary worked alongside the Explorer's League to form the Dragonscale Expedition.[12] Despite their joint-mission, rivalries between the Explorer's League and Reliquary endured.[13] However, members of both factions worked together on uncovering various secrets and artifacts across the island.


The Reliquary tabard (featured in the box to the right) is reminiscent of the  [Silvermoon City Tabard], albeit lacking the phoenix. In its place is a blue-and-gold design (presumably representing an artifact of sorts) and two cupped hands on either side of it. Though currently unavailable to players, the Reliquary tabard is seen on numerous NPCs in Mists of Pandaria; even individuals belonging to other groups (such as Blood Knights) have been seen to sport the Reliquary's colors during their tenure in its service.


As the name suggests, the Reliquary represents a very different side of the elves, one perhaps more in tune with (but still strikingly different to) the Farstriders. In place of wondrous displays of arcane mastery or dedicated knights in plate and mail, the Reliquary is, at a glance, a somewhat more mundane line of work: the art of the dig is certainly not a glamorous endeavor, yet still attracts a diverse variety of members. Nonetheless, when particularly formidable danger is involved, the Reliquary has members of both the Magisters and the Blood Knights on hand to ensure their work proceeds smoothly -- the former to ensure the deciphering and probing of ancient texts (as seen in the Ruins of Ogudei; and later, the grand magister himself and Archmage Aethas Sunreaver were called in to this end) comes along quickly and efficiently, while the latter occasionally serve as guards.

In addition, the Reliquary employs scouts, outrunners and -- inevitably -- adventurers. Making use of the wider Horde, the more physically powerful of the blood elves' allies have also been put to good use by the Reliquary.

The Horde's archaeology trainers are also members of the Reliquary.


Tae'thelan's stated goals for the Reliquary culminate in a desire to free his people of their magical addiction for good, by using powerful magical artifacts through controlled methods. Though the Sunwell is restored, in essence, it is not a cure for magical addiction -- but a constant source of power to keep it in check, as it was since the founding of Quel'Thalas. To truly conquer the elves' addiction to magic (as both Tae'thelan and Lady Liadrin have gone on record as stating), the elves must conquer the addiction itself as their Sunwell sustains them on this quest.

The Reliquary's more immediate goals are to amass a vast amount of magical artifacts, wealth and lore, so as to ensure it cannot be used against them.

The Reliquary also owns a physical vault (named the Grand Vault), though its location is a closely-guarded secret which only the highest-ranking members of the organization are privy to. Some believe it is not even on this plane of existence.[14]

The Reliquary may have had a bad name in the past, but they now consider it important to maintain appearances and focus on performing acts of heroism from time to time.[15]


Fittingly, "Reliquary" is often defined as a container of sorts for hidden and holy relics. The organization as a whole represents this quite well, and even (as noted above) possesses a physical "reliquary" of their own.



Name Location Information
Horde  High Examiner Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher Bloodwatcher Point Badlands High Examiner and leader of the Reliquary
Horde  Arlethal Sunwatcher Cracked Coast Vol'dun High Examiner of the Reliquary
Horde  Examiner Tae'shara Bloodwatcher Zuldazar Examiner and daughter of Tae'thelan
Horde  Aelnara Silvermoon City
Horde  Belloc Brightblade Grommash Hold Orgrimmar Archaeology trainer
Horde  Cymre Brightblade Gorgrond, Ashran
Horde  Ryshelle Brightlock Isle of Thunder
Horde  Cerelia [citation needed]  Furien's Post Desolace
Horde  Reliquary Jes'ca Darksun Temple of Earth Deepholm
Horde  Examiner Andoren Dawnrise Dawnrise Expedition Tanaris
Horde  Doranir Silvermoon City
Horde  Elynara Silvermoon City Archaeology trainer
Horde  Furien [citation needed]  Furien's Post Desolace
Horde  Garley Lightrider The Cape of Stranglethorn
Horde  Examiner Rowe Temple of Earth Deepholm
Horde  Aoren Sunglow Bloodwatcher Point Badlands
Horde  Lidia Sunglow Bloodwatcher Point Badlands
Horde  Selia Sunglow Dawnrise Expedition Tanaris
Horde  Delian Sunshade The Drag and Valley of Strength Orgrimmar Appears during Hallow's End only
Horde  Clarya Sunveil Sunveil Excursion Blasted Lands
Horde  Rohan Sunveil Sunveil Excursion Blasted Lands
Horde  Kaelis Sunsoar Ruins of Ogudei Krasarang Wilds
Horde  Delia Sunseeker Fire Camp Bataar Kun-Lai Summit
Horde  Ryshelle Brightlock Isle of Thunder
Horde  Harlan Whitedawn Isle of Thunder
Horde  Examiner Remy Starminder Warspear Ashran
Horde  Examiner Rahm Flameheart Warspear Outpost Ashran
Horde  Illandria Belore Warspear Outpost Ashran
Examiner Remy Starminder and his Reliquary Knights in Warspear


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Notes and trivia

  • The main headquarters of the Reliquary is located on the west side of the Royal Exchange right next to the Inn. Prior to the Cataclysm, the building had been unused, being a simply empty building with a few objects. Since then it now has several Reliquary members there along with many crates along the walls.
  • The Reliquary's tabard is unclear, as their banner appears to be the standard Silvermoon City phoenix symbol. Doranir however, a Reliquary member based in Silvermoon City, sports a unique tabard (a retextured Silvermoon City tabard, with two cupped hands around what appears to be an artifact) -- perhaps the Reliquary's true symbol. There's also an icon, similar to this design, marked as Reliquary Tabard within the game files.
    • This tabard is confirmed as the official Reliquary tabard in Mists of Pandaria, where many members of the organization are seen sporting it.
  • It was initially believed that the Reliquary would hold a major presence in Uldum (early screenshots of the zone included a blood elven fleet arriving on its shores), but ultimately only Belloc Brightblade had any visible involvement.
  • According to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Game Manual, the organization was to be a reputation faction.


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