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AllianceArchbishop Alonsus Faol
Image of Archbishop Alonsus Faol
Title Archbishop of the Church of Light
Gender Male
Race Human
Character class Cleric, Priest
Affiliation Alliance of Lordaeron, Order of the Silver Hand, Church of the Light, Clerics of Northshire and Brotherhood of Northshire
Occupation Leader of the Church of Light
Location Believed to be buried outside of the Scarlet Monastery, Tirisfal Glades
Status Deceased
Student(s) Benedictus, Uther the Lightbringer

Alonsus Faol was the head of the Holy Order of Northshire Clerics prior to the First War between the humans and orcs.

According to some accounts, the aged Faol fled with the surviving citizens of Stormwind to Lordaeron.[1] Other sources suggest that he was already in Lordaeron during the First War, and only learned about the destruction of Northshire Abbey when he spoke with Lord Lothar in Lordaeron's Capital City.[2]

Alonsus and Uther first met when he was just a bishop.

Contents

History

Tides of Darkness

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Alonsus was present with the other leaders of Lordaeron in the Capital City and to hear Anduin Lothar. Faol was deeply troubled by the loss of the abbey and by the terrible attrition his clerics suffered in that conflict. Aided by his apprentice, Uther Lightbringer, Faol created the Knights of the Silver Hand and equipped the followers of the Holy Light with the armaments of war. Alonsus Chapel, in Stratholme, was the site where he anointed Uther as the first of the paladins.[1]

After the Second War

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After the Second War, in Stormwind City Faol led a ceremony in which Arthas became a paladin of the Silver Hand. Later, he held the position as one of the four jurors during the court of Tirion Fordring in Stratholme.

Death and remembrance

Faol died of unknown causes (perhaps simply old age) some time prior to the coming of the Scourge to Lordaeron.[citation needed] His final resting place is presumed to be Faol's Rest, a graveyard in the now-plagued Tirisfal Glades, located near Scarlet Monastery.

A statue and fountain in front of the Cathedral of Light in Stormwind City honors all the hard work done by Faol following the Second War, raising funds to help rebuild the city and reestablishing the Brotherhood of Northshire.

Archbishop Alonsus Faol

Benevolent patron of the Church of Light.

Though he began his good work in Stratholme, Lordaeron, Archbishop Faol was a great friend to the people of Stormwind. In the dark days after the Second War, he helped to reform the Brotherhood of Northshire and raised vast funds to rebuild Stormwind city itself.

This Cathedral stands not only as a bastion of the Holy Light, but as a lasting testament to one man's noble spirit and generosity.

In Cataclysm, the "Archbishop Alonsus Faol" plaque was replaced by one dedicated to Uther the Lightbringer.

Notes

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  • His original name, before he became an archbishop, may have been "Farol". One source credits a character called "Archbishop Farol of Lordaeron" with creating the Knights of the Silver Hand[3] (although this could have been an error or typo).

Speculations

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Taelan?

An aged Archbishop led a ceremony in which Taelan became a paladin. It is unknown whether the Archbishop was Alonsus.

A natural death?

With the new light shed on the agenda of Faol's successor, it is possible that Faol didn't really die of old age, but rather as part of a plot by the Twilight's Hammer and their masters...

It is currently unknown when exactly he died. There are some conflicting sources: Both, Of Blood and Honor (year 19) and Arthas: Rise of the Lich King in which he appeared are set after Day of the Dragon (year 10) which claims that Alonsus is already dead around that time.

References

  1. ^ a b Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition manual, pages 29, 38, 43
  2. ^ Tides of Darkness
  3. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 55, 169


Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
Archbishop of the Church of Light
Succeeded by:
Benedictus / Twilight Father