Member of the Valiance Expedition, Member of the New Council of Tirisfal
Alive; Deceased (post-Battle for Shattrath)
Vindicator Maraad, a wandering warrior of faith, is a pillar of draenei society. After prevailing against evil in the Northrend campaign, this hammer-wielding paladin began instructing the other races of the Alliance in the ways of the Light. Exposure to Azeroth's myriad dangers has left Maraad prone to action above meditation—he will strike while others tarry.
See Icecrown NPCs.
While living on Draenor prior to it becoming Outland, Maraad lost his sister to Gul'dan's experiments, where she was raped by orcs and gave birth to Garona. Maraad never abandoned her memory and discovered the existence of his niece - the assassin Garona Halforcen and began his search for her that lasted years. Led by a vision, he traveled to Kalimdor. During his search, Maraad eventually met and befriended Khadgar, likely before the Dark Portal was reopened. Meeting Khadgar allowed him to fill in his knowledge of what happened to Garona after she left Draenor through the Dark Portal and up until the end of the Second War.
World of Warcraft: The Comic
Maraad secretly rescued Garona from Theramore, and at the entrance of the Onyxia's Lair revealed that he is Garona's uncle and therefore Med'an's great uncle. He explained her that Gul'dan had bred his sister to one of his warriors (which, considering orcish/draenei relations at the time, implies rape), which resulted in Garona's birth. Garona resolved to go and kill Cho'gall and left him while Valeera Sanguinar started battling with the draenei. They were stopped by Med'an who teleported them back to Theramore. He has now become a founding member of the New Council of Tirisfal and began to teach Med'an the ways of the Light. He helped to defend Theramore against Cho'gall's dark minions and decided to take Med'an to Outland to be beyond the reach of the Old Gods. When he introduced Med'an to Khadgar, the paladin and mage greeted each other as old friends. Maraad asked Khadgar to join the new Council of Tirisfal but refused and in his stead sent Dalynnia Wrathscar. After they returned, they joined the final attack on Cho'gall granting his power to Med'an. He was last seen at the funeral of Aegwynn and took Med'an to further his training.
Wrath of the Lich King
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Coming home from his tour of duty in Northrend, Vindicator Maraad was surprised to learn both that human refugees from the Shattering were camped outside the Exodar, and that Velen had refused to meet with anyone in weeks. When it was revealed in a meeting with the Triumvirate of the Hand that the Exodar was nearly repaired, Maraad decided that if Velen would not lead them, then it was up to them to decide what to do: take the fight to the Legion, return to Outland, or stay on Azeroth. It was agreed that if Velen did not speak to them within the week, then they would leave Azeroth.
When the refugees began rioting and seriously injured Vindicator Romnar, Maraad and the other vindicators were forced to use deadly force to defend themselves. When Velen appeared to stop the battle, Maraad told him about their ultimatum. Velen told them that war was everywhere, and they were needed on Azeroth. Deeply moved, Maraad went to heal the refugees with the other draenei. Dedicated to the draenei and under the will of his Prophet, he remained in the Exodar until the events of Pandaria's invasion.
The Untamed Valley
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Shortly after the Siege of Orgrimmar, Maraad and Sentinel Commander Lyalia traveled to Pandaria to transport an orc war criminal across the continent. A group of Hellscream's loyalists caught up with them, but Maraad and Lyalia received aid from several members of the Tillers (including Farmer Fung, Old Hillpaw, Gina Mudclaw, Haohan Mudclaw and Mung-Mung).
Lords of War
When the Iron Horde began its march on Azeroth, Maraad met with King Varian Wrynn, who was not certain he could defeat what was essentially the same threat that killed his father and destroyed the kingdom of Stormwind many years prior. Maraad urged Varian to sign the declaration of war on the Iron Horde, but Varian was lost in doubt. Maraad told Varian that he faced the warlords before, and they aren't invincible. He proceeded to tell the king about the histories of several warlords (including Kargath Bladefist, Kilrogg Deadeye, Grom Hellscream and Durotan).
Warlords of Draenor
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In Shadowmoon Valley, Maraad works with Akama to combat the Shadowmoon clan. Later, after Velen's attempt to purify Ner'zhul's Dark Star into K'ara and his subsequent death, Maraad and Yrel lead the defense of Karabor against the Iron Horde.
Later he ventures with Yrel and the Rangari to Gorgrond in order to discover the Blackrock clan's intentions. He becomes gradually driven by anger and vengeance as the campaign progresses through Gorgrond and later Talador, where he ultimately meets his demise during the Battle of Shattrath.
Maraad is featured in DC Unlimited's World of Warcraft: Series 2 action figure set.
Though DC's site calls him "Marrad", the correct spelling of "Maraad" is used on the actual packaging.
- Maraad was confirmed during Blizzcon 2013 to be the draenei seen in the Burning Crusade cinematic.
- In early builds of the Warlords of Draenor alpha, Maraad and Yrel were in a romantic relationship.
- Maraad is voiced by Crispin Freeman.
Artwork of Vindicator Maraad, by Glenn Rane.