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For the council in the Army of the Light, see Council of Exarchs (Army of the Light).
AllianceCouncil of Exarchs
Council of Exarchs
Main leader IconSmall Velen Prophet Velen †
Secondary leaders IconSmall Yrel Exarch Yrel
IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Akama
IconSmall Draenei Female Exarch Naielle
IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Maladaar
  Formerly IconSmall Man'ari Male Exarch Othaar †
IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Hataaru †
Race(s) DraeneiDraenei Draenei
Capital Elodor
Other major settlements Karabor, Shattrath City, Auchindoun
Theater of operations Shadowmoon Valley
Language(s) Draenei
Sub-group(s) Vindicators, Auchenai, Sha'tari, Rangari, Artificers, Hand of the Prophet
Affiliation Allied with the Alliance, but not members of it.[1]
Status Active
Quartermaster IconSmall Draenei Male Vindicator Nuurem
Notable reward(s) Inv eng gizmo2 [Draenei Micro Defender]
Ability mount elekkdraenormount [Dusty Rockhide]

The Council of Exarchs, also known as the Hand of the Prophet[2] or the Exarch Council,[3] are the leaders of draenei society, answerable only to the Prophet Velen himself. There are five members of the Council, each leading a sect of draenei society: The Artificers, the engineers and craftsmen; the Auchenai, keepers of the dead, guardians of the holy tomb-city of Auchindoun; the Rangari, or "Eyes of the Prophet", the scouts and rangers; the Sha'tari, the researchers of the naaru;[4] and the Vindicators, the holy warriors.

The Council of Exarchs was established shortly after the draenei and Genedar crashed on Draenor. Velen realized that with K'ara, K'ure, and D'ore unavailable to guide them and his visions of the future having become unreliable, his judgement was no longer without fault and it would be disastrous if he was the only leader of his people.[4] The Auchenai were a later addition, after Maladaar - at the time a member of the Sha'tari - discovered that D'ore's corpse was attracting the souls of draenei who died in the Genedar's crash and allowed the draenei to commune with them. Auchindoun was constructed and the Auchenai established to protect the dead.[5]

To become an Exarch, a draenei must go through three trials: the Trial of Faith, Trial of Courage and Trial of Heart. They are allowed one companion through their trials.[6]

The Council of Exarchs is allied with the Alliance, but are not members of it.[1]


Under the leadership of five powerful exarchs, the draenei of Draenor have prospered in a savage world.


Reputation with the Council is gained through questing in Shadowmoon Valley and Talador. After completing these, killing level 100+ mobs at Darktide Roost, the Pillars of Fate and Socrethar's Rise grant reputation all the way to Exalted.


Vindicator Nuurem
<Council of Exarchs Quartermaster>
Rep Item Cost Type
Friendly Inv potion 126 [Exarch Elixir] 5g 1 Apexis Crystal Consumable
Honored Creatureportrait bubble [Permanent Time Bubble] 1000g 50 Apexis Crystal Self-banish
Ability paladin blindinglight [Tranquility of the Exarchs] 500g Trinket
Revered Inv jewelry necklace 28 [Relic of Karabor] 2,500g Teleport
Inv inscription scroll kings [Contract: Cleric Maluuf] 5,000g Follower contract
Inv eng gizmo2 [Draenei Micro Defender] 1,000g 2,000 Apexis Crystal Companion
Exalted Inv tabard a 81exarchs [Council of Exarchs Tabard] 100g Tabard
Ability mount elekkdraenormount [Dusty Rockhide] 5,000g 5,000 Apexis Crystal Mount (150)

Notable members[]

Name Role Status Location
Alliance IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Akama <High Vindicator> Leader of the Vindicators Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Hataaru <Chief Artificer> Leader of the Artificers Deceased Elodor Fields, Shadowmoon Valley
Neutral IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Larohir General (probably member in the main timeline)[7] Deceased Shattrath City
Alliance IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Maladaar <Speaker for the Dead> Leader of the Auchenai Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall Draenei Female Exarch Naielle <Rangari Prime> Leader of the Rangari Alive Various
Neutral IconSmall Draenei Male Exarch Othaar <Sha'tari Proconsul> Former leader of the Sha'tari turned traitor Defected Various
Alliance IconSmall Yrel Exarch Yrel Unknown Alive Various


When a player becomes revered with the Council, Exarch Akama will mail them a letter:

The Exarchs have Faith in You

  You have proven yourself to be a great friend to the Council of Exarchs, an indispensable ally in our time of greatest need. Thank you for your continued efforts to defend Auchindoun and reclaim Shattrath. The Prophet once told me that we only see shadows before us when the light is at our back. With faith, we will prevail!
  I have spoken with Vindicator Nuurem, the Exarch quartermaster located at the Stormshield town hall in Ashran. Some supplies are available to you there.
  - Exarch Akama
  High Vindicator of the Exarch Council

Upon reaching exalted reputation with the Council, Exarch Naielle will send them a letter:

The Exarchs Stand Behind You

  From the gardens of Karabor to the treacherous shores of Gorgrond, from the battlefields of Ashran to the towers of Highmaul and everywhere in-between, my rangari scouts around the world have noted your heroic deeds. Thank you for all that you have done for my people. Know that wherever the draenei tread, you will always have a friend.
  - Exarch Naielle
  Rangari Prime of the Exarch Council


  • Echoes of all future members of the Council of Exarchs in the main universe can be seen at the Circle of Aspirants in Eredath. Naielle is the youngest, being the only child. Despite this, Akama was the only one explicitly described as young on Draenor. Notably however, Akama is also the only adult of the future Exarchs who does not have the title of Councilor.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

The Council appears to have been abandoned following the collapse of draenei society, as there is no mention of it in the present day of the main timeline and numerous Exarchs are found scattered across Azeroth and Outland. The Triumvirate of the Hand may be some form of replacement for it, at least to some extent. With approximately nine of every ten draenei murdered by the Orcish Horde,[8] perhaps there was simply not enough people alive to even justify having such a tier of authority.

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