Mothers of Warcraft
This post was intended to be posted on Mother’s Day, but I didn’t have enough time to do some research on a few character, and I was out of town to visit my own mother. Anyways, here is a look at a few Mothers in the World of Warcraft, the good- as well as the bad.
Worst Mother of Warcraft: Aegwynn
Magna Aegwynn, Matriarch of Tirisfal, was the second-to-last Guardians of Tirisfal. The Order of Tirisfal was originally forged by the high elves and the humans to protect the world from demonic corruption of magic. She worked very hard in her Mage trainings in order for her to be chosen as a Guardian, and was given the power of the Tirisfalen. She then grew arrogant, and cocky.
She felt that since she could do the impossible, and no longer had to consult with the Order of Tirisfal- and began to act on her own. She felt that she should be the one- not the Order of Tirisfal, to chose the next Guardian. Aegwynn went against the Order’s wishes, and did so.
“The proud Aegwynn planned to give birth to a son whom she would divest her power to. She had no intention of allowing the Order of Tirisfal to manipulate her successor as they had tried to manipulate her. Traveling to the southern nation of Azeroth, Aegwynn found the perfect man to father her son: a skilled human magician known as Nielas Aran. Aran was the court conjurer and advisor for Azeroth’s king.
Aegwynn seduced the magician and conceived a son by him. Nielas’s natural affinity for magic would run deep within the unborn child and define the tragic steps the child would later take. The power of Tirisfal was also implanted in the child, yet it wasn’t to awaken until he reached physical maturity.” – WorldofWarcraft.com
“Nielas was initially elated when it appeared the Guardian had fallen in love with him, but was slightly thrown to realize that she had slept with him just to take the choice of next Guardian away from the Council.
Aegwynn gave birth to a son in the fall of that year, naming him Medivh, or “Keeper of Secrets” in the Elven tongue. Aegwynn left the baby Medivh in the care of his father at Stormwind Keep. She locked deep within him the knowledge of Tirisfal, to be made manifest when he reached physical maturity.
When that time came however, the power of Tirisfal was too much for him to properly channel and the resulting backlash of magical energy pouring from the child killed his father Nielas and reduced Medivh to a comatose body.” – WoWWiki.com
Medivh, the Last Guardian, eventually wakes up from his slumber, but is tainted by the spirit of Sargeras. Medivh is then manipulated to open the Dark Portal, and allowed the Orc invasion of Azeroth. You can witness this event in the Caverns of Time: The Black Morass.
“You didn’t teach me very much, Mother. You were always far too busy with your duties as Guardian to actually raise the son you brought into the world to succeed you. But one lesson you did impart on one of the rare occasions when you bothered to acknowledge my existence was that the council were fools. It was Sargeras who taught me what the final fate of all fools must be. You see, Mother, I learned all my lessons well.” – Medivh
Aegwynn may be a powerful Mother, but she definitely wasn’t a good one.
Best Mother of Warcraft: Lady Windrunner
There wasn’t much I could find on “Lady Windrunner”, not even her real name. All I could find was that the Windrunner family had a tragic past, that she was killed by the Orcs during the Second War. What we do know is that she had three daughters, and raised them all to be prominent figures in the World of Warcraft. They are known as the Windrunner Sisters.
Sylvanas Windrunner is the second oldest of the Windrunner Sisters, and is unmatched in skills with a bow and arrow. When she became a ranger of Silvermoon, she quickly risen in rank- eventually became the leader with the rank of Ranger-General.
She valiantly defended Quel’Thalas from the invasion of the Scourge led by Arthas, but was wounded and captured. She was then tortured and killed by Arthas, but her spirit and soul was corrupted and brought back as a Banshee to serve the Lich King.
When the Lich King’s hold ever her weakened, Sylvanas broke free from Arthas’ control and betrayed him. She was able to wound him, but Kel’Thuzad intervened Sylvanas was forced to flee. At that time Arthas left for Northrend to answer the call of the Lich King, and Sylvanas was able to retake the City of Lordaeron (now Undercity) from Arthas’ forces. She became the leader as Queen of the Forsaken.
Alleria Windrunner is the eldest of the three Windrunner Sisters, and a hero of the Second War. Upon learning that the Horde burned the borderlands of Quel’thalas, Alleria led the Alliance army to the defense of Silvermoon, as Ranger Captain.
You can find a monument dedicated to Alleria Windrunner in the Stormwind Keep, with the following caption:
Ranger Captain Alleria Windrunner
Renowned Troll Hunter of Quel’Thalas. Lead Scout and Intelligence Agent for the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
Your heart flew straight as any arrow upon the wind, sister. You were the brightest of our Order. You were the most beloved of our kin.
- Sylvanas Windrunner – Ranger General of Quel’Thalas
Vereesa Windrunner is the youngest of the three Windrunner Sisters. She is known for her role in freeing the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza from Grim Batol. After that event, she was made a Special Ambassador by King Terenas and the Kirin Tor.
Veressa fell in love with and married a powerful Human Mage, Rhonin, the current leader of the Kirin Tor. Veressa now serves as the Leader of the Silver Covenant, and stands besides Rhonin in the City of Dalaran.
Although there isn’t much information on the Windrunner Sister’s Mother, or her role in raising them- I’m going to go out on a limb and say that good parenting was involved. Lady Windrunner may not be well known, but she raised some amazing daughters.
Okay, I shouldn’t be assuming things, but to be honest, I really had a hard time finding “good” Mothers in the Warcraft Lore. That or I just didn’t look hard enough. I don’t know as much Warcraft Lore as others, so I’m sure there are much better candidates that I’ve missed.
My original plan was to have like a top 10 list of Mothers in Warcraft, but only found a couple “bad” mothers, and this is what I came up with. Oh wells, maybe I’ll have better luck for Fathers for the upcoming Father’s Day.
To all you Mommas out there, hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day!