|Race||Blood elf (Humanoid)|
|Affiliation||Quel'Thalas, Farstriders, Sunreaver Onslaught, Horde|
|Former affiliation(s)||Alliance of Lordaeron|
|Occupation||Ranger-General of Silvermoon, Leader of the Farstriders|
|Location||Sunfury Spire, Silvermoon City; Zul'Aman; Isle of Thunder|
|Companion(s)||Lor'themar Theron, Grand Magister Rommath|
Halduron Brightwing is the Ranger-general of Silvermoon—the military leader of Quel'Thalas and high commander of its defenses—and the leader of the Farstriders, succeeding the fallen Sylvanas Windrunner in both roles. Halduron is the long-time best friend of the Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas, Lor'themar Theron, under whom Halduron has served since the rise of the blood elves. He is the regent lord's primary confidant, and one of his chief advisors alongside Grand Magister Rommath.
|Isle of Quel'Danas||70||698,600|
|Isle of Thunder||90||3,939,410|
Halduron, a high elven Farstrider, served his country faithfully as the Amani trolls - emboldened by their alliance with the Old Horde - attacked Quel'Thalas directly. Halduron, disguised as an elderly cloaked man leaning on a staff for support, was stalked by a troll named Ter'lij and his war-party. However, Halduron sheds his disguise and quickly turned the tables on his opponents, cutting them down with his longsword and impaling Ter'lij mid-air with a spear. He was approached by Alleria Windrunner, a longtime friend of his, who had convinced King Anasterian to mobilize his forces against the invaders. She instructed him to join up with her sister, Ranger-General Sylvanas, and waylay the enemy forces in the forest. Halduron and his company swiftly departed, and joined up with his comrade Lor'themar Theron's ranger company too.
During the Scourge invasion, Ranger General Sylvanas was slain by the merciless Prince Arthas, and a void was left—leaving the high elven Farstriders without a leader. After Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider returned to Quel'Thalas, destroyed the corrupted Sunwell and renamed the survivors "blood elves," Halduron Brightwing became the Ranger-general of Silvermoon and the leader of the Farstriders in the absence of Sylvanas. Halduron's longtime friend, Lor'themar Theron, was named the Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas around this time. Lor'themar and Halduron continued to safeguard the Scourge-infested elven homeland from further threats, and sought to find a cure for the sin'dorei's magic addiction within the borders of Quel'Thalas.
After Kael'thas Sunstrider renamed the high elven race "blood elves" in honor of their fallen brethren, he joined with the New Alliance to battle the Scourge threat running rampant throughout Lordaeron. Halduron and his old friend Lor'themar were instructed to remain behind in the shattered Quel'Thalas, and attempt to find a cure for their people, fresh from the Sunwell's destruction. Halduron and Lor'themar coordinated guerilla attacks against the Scourge remnants within Quel'Thalas, with varying success.
At some point, Dar'Khan Drathir pursued the current avatar of the Sunwell, a woman named Anveena Teague, to the elven homeland. Lor'themar and Halduron learned of this, and resolved to avenge the Sunwell's destruction by killing the treacherous Dar'Khan. In a conversation with Halduron, Lor'themar reveals that Dar'Khan had befriended him in order to use his knowledge of Quel'Thalas' defenses against their people, after he betrayed them to Arthas himself. Halduron ambushed Dar'Khan as he taunted Lor'themar about his role in their homeland's destruction, though both Halduron and Lor'themar were pushed back after Dar'Khan raised undead high elves against them.
Halduron later discovers the presence of none other than Sylvanas Windrunner, his predecessor, active in Quel'Thalas. He and Lor'themar find and take Kalecgos and his companions captive, though they ultimately join forces after Kalecgos reveals their plight and Tyrigosa reveals her dragon form. Halduron is skeptical of joining forces with Sylvanas, reasoning that she may have plans of her own for the Sunwell; however, he and Lor'themar conclude that she is likely here only for Dar'Khan's head. Halduron accompanies his new allies to the relief of Anveena, while Lor'themar travels astride Tyrigosa. Halduron's forces arrive in the waning moments of the battle against Dar'Khan and his undead legions, and hold them off long enough for Kalecgos to overcome his affliction and rejoin the battle in dragon form. Halduron witnesses the apparent destruction of Dar'Khan at the hands of a reinvigorated Anveena.
Following this, Halduron gains knowledge of Anveena's status as the Sunwell's mortal avatar, and she is put under the blood elves' protection at an undisclosed location in Quel'Thalas.
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Following Grand Magister Rommath's return and the reclamation of Quel'Thalas, Halduron ruled the Farstriders and served as the Ranger-General of Silvermoon. During this time, he was supportive of Lor'themar's decisions to keep the nation safe, such as allying with the Forsaken to protect the southern Ghostlands. Halduron was opposed to the creation of the Blood Knights, and indeed shared Warchief Thrall and High Chieftain Cairne's deep concerns about the maltreatment of M'uru, which led him into several arguments with Rommath, who himself was a strong supporter of the Blood Knights.
Halduron and Rommath would come to harsh words on many matters, though Halduron came to develop a respect and trust for his compatriot after Rommath remained loyal to Silvermoon following the devastating betrayal of Kael'thas.
With the elven scion no more, Halduron urged the regent lord to take a more royal and prestigious role in Quel'Thalas, though Lor'themar was consistently opposed to this notion.
In the Shadow of the Sun
Shortly after the great betrayal of Kael'thas Sunstrider, Lor'themar receives numerous letters from one Archmage Aethas Sunreaver, desiring an audience. His pleas being ignored, Aethas finally simply announces his intention to visit Silvermoon City. As Halduron, Lor'themar and Rommath await Aethas' arrival, Halduron hands Lor'themar the unmistakable , chiding him for his desire to retain his Farstrider attire, and going a step further to suggest the head of the state should not cloth himself in the trappings of a ranger. Lor'themar refuses to take it, stating that he is still a Farstrider, though Halduron—referencing the events that transpired on Quel'Danas—implores him that his role as a ranger is far behind him now. Halduron is present during the verbal showdown between Rommath and Aethas, and attempts to curb the grand magister's tirade by hoping none of the Council of Six ever end up under Arthas' sway.
Following Aethas and Rommath's strong disagreement regarding the Kirin Tor and Malygos, Lor'themar retires to his chambers. Halduron soon joins him, and the two old friends discuss what should be done. Halduron speaks at length of the grand magister, referencing a new-found respect for him after Rommath remained loyal to Quel'Thalas after the great betrayal of the elven scion. Halduron also suggests Rommath as an ideal liason for Aethas, despite their differences, and the Ranger General concedes that if the Kirin Tor want to admit blood elves back into its ranks, then there are those who would welcome the chance to retain good relations with Dalaran again. After a political discussion about just how far the regency of Quel'Thalas should approve or eschew official involvement in the Kirin Tor's welfare, Halduron lightly references Lor'themar's attitude to that of a king's, though the regent lord becomes slightly agitated at the thought.
Several days later, Lor'themar prepares for his journey south of the Ghostlands, against Halduron's advice. Knowing that he can't stop him, Halduron settles for ensuring Lor'themar has an adequate escort. Halduron, Rommath and Aethas later await Lor'themar's return, and Aethas briefly inquires about how his journey to the high elf lodge went. Aethas makes an allusion to his desire to help bridge the gap between the quel and sin'dorei at this point, though Halduron is unsurprised at the poor outcome of Lor'themar's trip.
Later that afternoon, Lor'themar informs Halduron of the full picture: that the elves of Quel'Lithien had come under attack from Forsaken agents in the name of Nathanos Blightcaller, and that the quel'dorei of the lodge had outright declined any assistance from the sin'dorei. Halduron notes that it was to be expected, especially considering Lor'themar had banished them from Quel'Thalas prior. Lor'themar reasons that he could not lead a nation divided, and that at any rate, the killed rangers were as much Halduron's company as they were his. Halduron briefly questions whether or not the Dark Lady would know of Nathanos' onslaught, though retracts the statement upon wondering whether or not she would even care. He instead encourages Lor'themar, reasoning that no one else would fight of Quel'Thalas in its hour of need.
Halduron accompanies Lor'themar to his meeting with Sylvanas, and shares his all-too-familiar despair upon looking upon the fate that befell their former ranger-general. Following Sylvanas' successful twisting of Lor'themar's arm to dedicate troops to the looming Northrend conflict, and Lor'themar's own conflict with Rommath in regards to it, Halduron formally asks what the Regent Lord's orders are. Having resolved to commit to the war effort, Lor'themar instructs him to contact the Farstrider lodges, and inform them of what has been decided.
Halduron simply nods—with a cold courtesy that unnerves the regent lord—and gives Lor'themar a glance he cannot quite read.
Wrath of the Lich King
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Halduron plays a role in the quest to restore the legendary elven blade Quel'Delar, having travelled to the Isle of Quel'Danas to oversee and inspect the renewed Sunwell's defenses. He now controls access to the Sunwell, and learns of Myralion Sunblaze and Caladis Brightspear's quest to see the blade restored. Halduron is initially skeptical of whether the blade is truly ready to accept another owner, and reiterates the fate of the blade's original owner, Thalorien Dawnseeker, a valiant high elf who gave his life to buy the Sunwell's defenders time to prepare for the Scourge assault. Halduron sends heroes to his resting place, and allows them to enter the Sunwell once the spirit of Thalorien offers them his blessing.
For Horde agents, he urges them not to be intertwined in Lor'themar Theron and Grand Magister Rommath's political scheming within, and to instead remain focused on the task at hand. For Alliance agents, Halduron warns them that they are guests in the most sacred place known to the people of Quel'Thalas, and to behave accordingly.
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After the leadership of the Zandalari declared the united troll empire reborn, Halduron left to do battle with the reinvigorated Amani empire brewing in Zul'Aman. He makes an appearance on the outskirts of Zul'Aman, meeting with his Farstrider Troll Hunters, the Darkspear Chieftain Vol'jin, and Vereesa Windrunner. He is approached by a Silvermoon Messenger, who conveys Regent Lord Lor'themar's demand to know why Vereesa had entered their lands. Halduron reveals that many of his Farstriders are unavailable on duty and thus unable to be recalled easily, and so he had personally invited Vereesa and her rangers to help address the new Zul'Aman threat. The messenger mentions that Lor'themar does not agree with the sentiment, and that Halduron has no authority to do so, though Halduron dismisses it as necessary - his role as Quel'Thalas' ranger-general allowing him to seek aid wherever needed to keep his homeland safe. Halduron sends the messenger back to Silvermoon with the plans for battle.
Halduron's scouts had found nothing but silence around Zul'Aman itself, though Vol'jin is certain that the burgeoning Amani remnants are biding their time within the ruins. Vol'jin goes on to explain that the Zandalari are seeking to create a new troll empire, reaching out to all of the troll tribes, including the Amani and his own Darkspear tribe—the likes of which would be a grave threat to Quel'Thalas if not immediately dealt with. Halduron and Vereesa resolve to join forces, their Farstriders and rangers lending aid to Vol'jin's plight.
Tides of War
Mists of Pandaria
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Halduron and Lor'themar are present at the Court of the Sun after the situation in Dalaran is concluded, overseeing the Silvermoon portals funneling in members of the Sunreavers who escaped the purge. Lor'themar orders Halduron to assemble the rangers, noting that the time had come for the blood elves to take matters into their own hands.
Rise of the Thunder King
Halduron accompanies the Sunreaver Onslaught to the Isle of Thunder, taking up arms in the Onslaught's name along with a contingent of his rangers. After departing into the wilderness with Kethiel Sunlance and Elina Zaralae, Halduron focuses on taking on the local Zandalari threat. He and Rommath will routinely return to the Dawnseeker Promontory as the base camp construction progresses.
With Patch 3.3, he is involved in the following quests:
With Patch 5.2, he is involved in the following quests:
Halduron Brightwing, as the leader of the Farstriders and the Ranger-general of Silvermoon, represents the side of Quel'Thalas typically associated with its high elven roots. Halduron is a natural ranger, a Thalassian patriot, and a talented military leader, demonstrating few of the haughty prejudices often associated with the elves.
Halduron is Lor'themar's primary confidant, providing level-headed counsel to his friend to this day. While loyal to Lor'themar and his regime, Halduron is willing to cross boundaries when the situation is deemed necessary, as showcased in the Ghostlands. Halduron developed a trust and respect for his counterpart, Grand Magister Rommath, after the betrayal of their prince to the Burning Legion. Though tolerant and fair, Halduron can also be ruthless to his enemies; like many Farstriders, Halduron has a deep hatred for the Amani tribe.
As expected of Quel'Thalas' Ranger General, Halduron is a master of combat (both melee and ranged) and wields a variety of weapons, including spears, swords, daggers and bows, with effortless prowess. He has been seen wielding a longspear in tandem with his longsword, using both of their strengths to dispose of larger groups of enemies.
Halduron is described as a handsome-looking elf with narrow features, more often than not cloaked and with his bow and blades at his side. During his battles in the Ghostlands, Halduron was draped in a mixture of cloth and mail; his bow nestled atop his cloak and his chest covered by a large sin'dorei phoenix emblem. His hair is long, blonde and slicked, parted at the front, and further parted into two large bangs for his debut in World of Warcraft.
His initial outfit in World of Warcraft was a simplified version of the Farstrider attire -- green and yellow leather with two daggers and a bow. His model update for Patch 4.1.0 showed Halduron donning a more exquisite outfit -- dark cobalt mails and shedding his humble bow for . He still, however, retained his old daggers.
- Multi-Shot — Fires a volley of missiles at an enemy and its nearby allies, striking up to 10 targets.
- Shoot — Shoots at an enemy, inflicting Physical damage.
- "Did you think we could not sense you befouling our forest? You are not welcome here, creature, and you will not be suffered to live."
- "You are in charge, you know. There is no one else to take your place."
- "I never approved of that business with M'uru, or the formation of the Blood Knights, no, but that is behind us now."
- "I daresay you sound less like a ranger and more like a king every day, Lor'themar."
- "By all means, you shouldn't be going at all. I thought for sure you'd give up this silly notion when Aethas decided to drop by. But I can see that nothing I could say will stop you, so you're at least going to take an escort. Don't argue."
- "Funny, that. Sylvanas was always championing him. Kae- er, some... were not so keen on letting a human train with the Farstriders. Myself included."
- "We always knew it was a risk to trust the Forsaken, but who else would fight for Quel'Thalas at all?"
Silvermoon Messenger says: I bring word from the Regent Lord of Silvermoon.
Silvermoon Messenger says: Lord Lor'themar demands an explanation for the presence of this... exile in our lands.
Vereesa Windrunner says: Quel'Thalas is as much my home as it is yours and I would not see it fall to our ancient enemy. Now, you tell your cowardly regent --
Halduron Brightwing says: Vereesa, please!
Halduron Brightwing says: She is here at my invitation, courier. Most of my Farstriders are away and cannot be recalled easily. Vereesa's rangers know the land and are experienced combatants.
Silvermoon Messenger says: Lord Lor'themar does not concur with your reasoning, ranger-general. You have no authority to invite this --
Halduron Brightwing says: I am the commander of Silvermoon's defenses and I will seek assistance as I deem necessary!
Halduron Brightwing says: Now, Chieftain Vol'jin, before we were so rudely interrupted, you were telling us of the Zandalari's plans.
Vol'jin says: Dat I was. Da Zandalari called a meeting 'o all da troll tribes includin' da Darkspears.
Vol'jin says: King Rastakhan, he be plannin' to unite da troll tribes under his Zandalari.
Vereesa Windrunner says: Including the Amani?
Vol'jin says: Da Amani, da Gurubashi, all 'o dem. He be dispatchin' emissaries to every tribe.
Halduron Bringwing says: My scouts have reported nothing but quiet outside Zul'Aman.
Vol'jin says: Dey be holed up inside da ruined city, regroupin'.
Vol'jin says: Rastakhan be callin' me his brother, but da Horde be our true brothers. We gotta stop him before he can sweet-talk the others into joinin' his empire.
Vereesa Windrunner says: So how are we going to deal with this alliance between the Amani and the Zandalari?
Halduron Brightwing says: We must prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Vol'jin says: Dat be da plan. My men be infiltratin' the city and learnin' what dey can about da new Zandalari warlord.
Vereesa Windrunner says: Halduron, we should combine our forces and make preperations to act on reports from the Darkspear scouts.
Halduron Brightwing says: Agreed. Messenger, you may carry word of our plans back to Lord Lor'themar, but make it clear that I will not tolerate any further interference.
- It was stated that Lor'themar was second-in-command to Ranger General Sylvanas Windrunner during the second war, though Halduron himself was chosen to succeed the role after Sylvanas' downfall. As such, there appeared to be some skewed logic behind this reasoning, though with Lor'themar's ascension to Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas, this disconnect seems resolved.
Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury
Halduron's model update following Patch 4.1.0 granted him a new bow, the legendary . This is curious in that no NPC besides Brightwing has been seen with the largely enigmatic weapon, suggesting the Ranger-General himself is wielding Thori'dal. Considering its status as a legendary elven weapon, and Halduron's status as Quel'Thalas' Ranger General, this seems highly likely, thus making Halduron one of the few lore characters to wield an obtainable legendary weapon - along with Illidan Stormrage and Ragnaros.
Regardless, there is very little known about the bow itself and its origins.
Close-up from the Sunwell Trilogy.
Halduron Brightwing from The Burning Crusade, with his original model.
Halduron is ordered to summon the rangers.
- Despite being the leader of the Farstriders, a blood elven group known for its icy attitude to outsiders (and often, a fierce hatred for trolls), Halduron is highly respectful to both his Darkspear allies, and Chieftain Vol'jin.
- Halduron was the main character of the 2011 Global Writing Contest finalist, Reforged by Anthony Dickson. The story details the ranger-general's thoughts on the Quel'Delar chain, and explores the backstory behind his collaboration with Vol'jin and Vereesa in Cataclysm.
- Though he is classified as a ?? (boss) type character, Halduron has a miniscule amount of mana proportional to his level. However, none of his abilities deplete his mana bar—perhaps implying that he has an unseen focus resource.
- Halduron is wearing the tier 5 Rift Stalker Armor from the Burning Crusade.
- During the first incarnation of Lor'themar's short story, In the Shadow of the Sun, Halduron has been described as being a user; interestingly, with "practiced ease." This notion was removed in the canon edition.
- There seems to be some slight disparity with Halduron's eye colour. His eyes in Sunfury Spire appear to be a slightly darker shade of jade than the typical blood elven green; not quite blue but visibly darker than the verdant green of most sin'dorei. It could be due to the darker lighting of the spire, though both Lor'themar and Rommath along with the Royal Guards retain their perfect green glint within it. However, Halduron's appearances in the Sunwell and the Ghostlands portray him with perfect green eyes not dissimilar to his compatriots, suggesting that the former could have been a graphical oversight.
- Like Lor'themar, Halduron had non glowing eyes in his first appearance as all High and Blood elves did in the Sunwell trilogy.
- Halduron's name is perhaps inspired partly by Haldir, the Lothlórien elf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The two share a number of similarities: both resemble one another physically, both are part of the elven ranger archetype, and both have been known to put aside their typical racial distrust to work with outsiders against a common threat.
- According to the (non-canon) RPG guide, Halduron was elected by the Farstriders to become the new Ranger General shortly after Sylvanas' downfall. According to the Warcraft Encyclopedia, Lor'themar was "named" the regent lord by Kael'thas, and Halduron simply "became" the new Ranger General around this time. This appears to be consistent with the RPG books' depiction of events.
- Halduron's surname is written as "Bright-wing" in the Tides of War novel. After the purge of Dalaran, back in Silvermoon, Lor'themar tells him to assemble his rangers; here, his name is written as Hal'duron. This is changed on the Isle of Thunder, though still with a minor mistake: players are tasked to report to "Haulduron Brightwing."
- This was corrected in Patch 5.3; Lor'themar now instructs players to report to "Halduron" Brightwing.
- Halduron's gear can be fully replicated in World of Warcraft by hunters. In addition to the chest, hands, legs and shoulders from the aforementioned Rift Stalker Armor set, Halduron wears a , (or ), and a cape sharing the same model as or Dory's Finery. His headband is of the same design as a Renegade Circlet -- a green-quality mail helm. Naturally, obtaining his legendary bow is the hardest part of the look to replicate.
- Halduron's respawn timer, unlike most city leaders who have a respawn timer of 2 hours, is only 5-10 min.
- Halduron's headgear/crown (Renegade Circlet) is of the same model as the headpiece worn by Muradin Bronzebeard and Moira Thaurissan.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Updated for level 90.
- Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Model and level updated to 85 and can be seen at outskirts of Zul'Aman.
- Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added.
- ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 211
- ^ http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/encyclopedia/338.xml
- ^ In the Shadow of the Sun
- ^ Warden of the Sunwell "... Only those with the ranger-general's approval may enter the Sunwell Plateau."
- ^ Tides of War
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg 144
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg 144
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg 147
- ^ Blood of the Highborne
- ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 211-212
- ^ Tides of Darkness
- ^ 2011 Global Writing Contest winners, World of Warcraft
- ^ In the Shadow of the Sun
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 152.
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 154.
Ranger-general of Silvermoon
Kael'thas Sunstrider (Lord of the Blood Elves)
Lor'themar Theron (Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas)
As deputy to Lor'themar Theron Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas
(with Grand Magister Rommath)