Knights of the Silver Hand

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AllianceKnights of the Silver Hand
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Main leader  The Highlord
  Formerly See below
Secondary leaders Neutral  Lord Maxwell Tyrosus
Alliance  High Exarch Turalyon
Alliance  Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker
Alliance  Valgar Highforge
Alliance  Justicar Julia Celeste[1]
Alliance  Vindicator Boros[1]
Alliance  Arator the Redeemer[1]
  Formerly See below
Race(s) HumanHuman Human
DwarfDwarf Dwarf
High elfHigh elf High elf
DraeneiDraenei Draenei
Half-elfHalf-elf Half-elf
Night elfNight elf Night elf (two)[2][3]
Nathrezim Nathrezim (one)[4]
  Formerly Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
TaurenTauren Tauren
Character classes Paladin
Capital Neutral Light's Hope Chapel
  Formerly Alliance Stratholme[5]
Other major settlements Alliance Stormwind City
Alliance Ironforge
Base of operations Neutral Sanctum of Light
Neutral Alonsus Chapel
  Formerly Alliance Silver Hand Bastion
Theater of operations Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Northrend, Broken Isles, Outland, Niskara, Argus
Language(s) Common, Dwarven, Thalassian, Draenei
Affiliation Church of the Holy Light, Alliance, Armies of Legionfall, Independent
  Formerly Alliance of Lordaeron, Kingdom of Lordaeron
Status Active
Reputation
Quartermaster  Eadric the Pure
Tabard Tabard of the Lightbringer.jpg
Esarus thar no’Darador—By Blood and Honor We Serve.
— Motto of the Knights of the Silver Hand

The Knights of the Silver Hand (full name the Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand,[6] often referred to as the Order of the Silver Hand, the Paladins of the Silver Hand,[7] the Silver Hand, or the Paladin Order[8]) is the order of holy knights,[9] commonly called paladins, created after the First War by Archbishop Alonsus Faol and Uther the Lightbringer. Empowered by the Light, these mighty warriors brandish both their warhammers and holy fire in the battle against all who would trample the meek and innocent.[10] The Order of the Silver Hand helped lead the Alliance of Lordaeron to victory in the Second War against the Old Horde.

When Uther refused to purge the city of Stratholme during the Third War, the order was suspended by one of its own members, Prince Arthas Menethil, though the knights continued to fight against the Scourge despite this. Years later, the remains of the order were merged by Tirion Fordring with the Argent Dawn to form the Argent Crusade and take the fight against the Lich King to Northrend.[11] However, human and dwarf paladins from Stormwind and Ironforge were still referred to as Knights of the Silver Hand after the formation of the Argent Crusade, suggesting that the order remained active within the Alliance.[12][13]

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, and after the defeat of the Argent Crusade in the Battle for the Broken Shore, the Silver Hand was formally reestablished and supported by each major paladin order on Azeroth: the human and dwarven paladins of Stormwind and Ironforge, the draenei of the Hand of Argus, the blood elven of the Blood Knights, the tauren of the Sunwalkers, and the remnants of the Argent Crusade. From the Sanctum of Light, under the Light's Hope Chapel, who became their order hall, they fought the Burning Legion alongside the other class orders united as the Armies of Legionfall.

Following the end of the invasion, and the Battle for Lordaeron at the beginning of the Fourth War, the Order split up again and fought once more on the side of the Alliance under Turalyon against the Horde, notably the troops of Lady Liadrin under the banner of the Blood Knights alongside the Sunwalkers, during the Battle for Stromgarde.[14]

History

Foundation and the Second War

Alonsus Faol, founder of the Knights of the Silver Hand.

As the human forces amassed for the Second War, the Supreme Commander of the Alliance forces, Anduin Lothar, made other preparations. The Alliance was composed of disparate nations, some of which were rivals. They all had different customs and ways of life. Lothar needed something to bind them as one. He needed champions whom every human could rally behind, no matter where they came from. The clerics were the most obvious choice to fill this role, but they hadn't fared well as the Holy Order of Northshire Clerics was devastated during the First War. Though they were brave, they lacked martial training, and were better suited to using the Light to mend wounds off the battlefield. Lothar needed something else.[15]

The solution came from the Church of the Holy Light. Seeking to create an order that would suffer less attrition in battle, the Archbishop Alonsus Faol, who had recently learned everything that had transpired in Stormwind, including how the clerics had fared, met Anduin Lothar and offered him to create a new order that would represent the best qualities of humanity. An order that would include soldiers gifted not only in wielding the Light, but also possessing leadership qualities and mastering the arts of traditional warfare, while embodying the qualities of loyalty, bravery, and honor. With Lothar's consent, Alonsus Faol and Uther recruited noble knights and members of the priesthood from Lordaeron,[16] so that the Archbishop can respectively train them in the ways of the Light and in martial combat as his apprentices. There was Turalyon, the priest who had helped forge the Alliance at the Council of Seven Nations. Then Saidan Dathrohan, a mountain of a man who was gifted with immense physical strength. Tirion Fordring, a knight renowned for his zeal and resilience. Uther, an accomplished knight and a pious believer who had already apprenticed under Faol for some years. And lastly Gavinrad the Dire, a battle-hardened knight from Stormwind, comrade of Lothar, who had fought in the First War.

Faol welcomed his students with open arms, which he later named paladins, while the city of Stratholme would later serve as their base of operations. Yet for the time being, Lothar kept them close, ordering them to travel alongside the main Alliance army. Day and night, the holy warriors were trained vigorously by Faol who taught them how to use the Light to comfort their allies and smite their enemies, and also how to lead by example. They would be more than just weapons, as no matter how dire times became, the paladins would serve as lights in the darkness, as beacons of hope to guide the Alliance. The Archbishop instructed them to live simple lives, they would seek no fortune or glory in war. Until the end of their days, they would put the needs of others above their own.

Paladins versus Death knights during the Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills, in the Second War.

As training progressed, Faol presented the five paladins a set of enchanted librams from the church. Each libram represented what Faol saw as a core trait of the Silver Hand and challenged his students to become living embodiments of what their holy tomes represented: Turalyon would hold the Libram of Protection, Uther would hold the Libram of Justice, Tirion would hold the Libram of Retribution, Saidan would hold the Libram of Holiness, and Gavinrad would hold the Libram of Compassion. Lothar often checked in on the emergent Order of the Silver Hand, and he was so pleased that he asked Turalyon and Uther to serve as his lieutenants. Alonsus Faol gladly agreed to satisfy the Supreme Commander's request, but he did not release the paladins from his care yet. It would be weeks before they were ready to set foot on the battlefield.[5]

In Alonsus Chapel in Stratholme, Uther was appointed the first of the paladins. He was then followed by Saidan Dathrohan, Tirion Fordring, Turalyon,[17] and Gavinrad.[18] The Order of the Silver Hand was thus born. Its name and symbol having been taken from the Legend of the Silver Hand, legacy of the Keeper Tyr, as a symbol of those Light-wielding warriors who placed self-sacrifice above all else, although the silver hand was already a common symbol for the human tribes of Tirisfal many centuries ago, appearing on clothing and pendants, worn to ward away evil spirits, to protect warriors in battle and to cure diseases.[19]

The Knights of the Silver Hand made their first appearance during the Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills, where they rode through the Alliance lines while their presence filling their fellow soldiers with hope and courage. They called upon their holy powers to mend wounded soldiers and ease their fearful hearths, while they faced the death knights of the Horde, using their sacred powers in the form of blazing white light waves of energies that rippled over the Alliance soldiers, striking down the reanimated human corpses and sweeping away the death knights' corruptive fog. Paladins and death knights were evenly matched, neither able to gain an advantage over the other, and they continued to occupy each other for the duration of the battle.[20]

During the months following the start of the war, other knights and priests were also trained by Alonsus Faol to become paladins of the Silver Hand.[21][22] Their leader Uther commanded such presence on the battlefield that his knights at times seemed both invincible and unstoppable.[23]

Subsequently, the paladins were instrumental in winning the war. They were notably deployed to quell a peasant revolt at Tyr's Hand,[24] and the sight of them wielding their mighty warhammers and holy powers gave others inspiration on the battlefield and the home front.[25] Uther and his paladins were truly a sight to behold, as they healed the wounds sustained in combat and restored faith in the promise of freedom from orcish tyranny.[26] Even some of the Alliance's greatest knights and warriors were in awe when they saw them smashing orcs down while healing fallen allies at the same time.[27] It was also the support of the paladins that enabled the Alliance to make a swift march south towards Khaz Modan, as it would have never been possible without the holy warriors who worked day and night, mending the wounded and filling their hearts with resolve and courage. During the liberation of Ironforge and Gnomeregan from Kilrogg Deadeye and his Bleeding Hollow clan, the paladins led hunting parties to root out the orcs and drive them from the region.[28]

Paladins were also known to minister to the masses during the war, gathering inside churches to deepen their faith. Through meditating, communing, and tithing at these sanctified sites, they discovered new ways to channel their healing and spiritual powers.[29] They could cast their blessing upon soldiers, could sense evil, and could even heal grievous wounds with but a touch.[30]

Uther was the first paladin known to have manifested his powers on the battlefield.[31] Turalyon himself did not master his powers until after Lothar's death during the Siege of Blackrock Spire, but once he did the orcish army cowered from his blinding light which shone "brighter than the brightest day", before he disarmed Orgrim Doomhammer and struck him unconscious rather than kill him, so that he could stand trial in Capital City for all the crimes he has committed. Turalyon and the other paladins then rallied the Alliance forces, while many of the orcs began to panic. Some stood and fought, some surrendered, and others fled. After the battle, control over the Alliance army fell to Turalyon. Uther expressed his happiness at seeing Turalyon's faith finally emerge, and Turalyon bestowed the title of "the Lightbringer" upon the older paladin.[32]

Aftermath of the Second War

Alonsus Chapel in Stratholme, before the Third War.

After the war, the Order of the Silver Hand coordinated with the Church of the Holy Light to help the Alliance of Lordaeron move forward. On Faol's decree,[33] they healed the sick and granted shelter to the survivors broken by the war in Lordaeron and Stormwind,[34] with Turalyon and Uther being present and helping in Stormwind City for a time.

Following the Invasion of Draenor which led to the closing of the Dark Portal, where only Turalyon had journeyed as he told his comrades to stay behind,[35] the Order of the Silver Hand dedicated themselves to safeguarding the land from orc attacks by directing a few settlements across Lordaeron. Among them was present an unnamed settlement under the command of Lord Duncan Senturus, a senior paladin, about three days from the port of Hasic.[36] In order to contain the orcish threat, a number of internment camps were constructed in southern Lordaeron. Guarded by both paladins of the order and veteran soldiers, the camps proved to be a great success. Though the captive orcs were tense and anxious to do battle once more, the various camp wardens kept the peace and maintained a strong semblance of order.[37] During meetings of great importance in Lordaeron's palace, especially when monarchs were visiting, the Knights of the Silver Hand were needed for protection and surveillance, being the only military unit they all trusted, so that even King Genn Greymane and Admiral Daelin Proudmoore agreed to having themselves searched by selected sentries from the holy order, even despite its outward allegiance to Terenas Menethil II.[38]

The Silver Hand also began to train new paladins in Stormwind City and Ironforge, swelling the ranks of the order with a number of stout-hearted dwarves,[39] and also with some high elves before the Third War, such as Mehlar Dawnblade, a paladin pupil of Uther the Lightbringer.[40] The Order notably used the Monastery, a center for learning and enlightenment known as a proud bastion of Lordaeron's priesthood,[41] which served as a seminary and major training ground for paladins in training.[42][43] Its libraries had many books to learn the ways of the Light.[44]

The Bastion of the Silver Hand in Stratholme.

Becoming a paladin, and join the order, requires passing a ceremony of induction where the paladin received his hammer, his titles, and the silver plates that are placed on his shoulders, before being blessed and empowered by the holy powers of the Clerics of the Northshire and the Knights of the Silver Hand present.[22] Arthas Menethil, Prince of Lordaeron, was sworn into the order in a ceremony performed in Stormwind's Cathedral of Light by Archbishop Alonsus Faol.[45]

During these times, the Bastion of the Silver Hand was considered as the barracks of the Order,[46] containing countless of their treasures.[47]

Several years later, Tirion Fordring's life was saved by the orc Eitrigg. When Eitrigg was later captured by the Alliance of Lordaeron, Tirion felt he owed a debt of honor and fought to rescue him. For assaulting Alliance soldiers, Tirion was brought to Stratholme to stand trial before the jury composed of Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, Arch-Mage Antonidas, Archbishop Alonsus Faol, and Prince Arthas Menethil, he was then excommunicated by Uther the Lightbringer from the Silver Hand and exiled from his lands. His son, Taelan, later joined the Silver Hand.[22]

When news of an upstart warchief rallying the few remaining orc clans in revolt against the orc internment camps began to unfold, King Terenas sent Uther and his paladins to quell the warchief's uprising. However, the crafty orcs could never be found as the young warchief proved to be something of a tactical genius – and evaded Uther's best efforts to corral his hit and run attacks.[8] Fearing that Thrall would eventually find the renegade orcs hidden in the lands of Lordaeron, those not suffering from lethargy like those who were imprisoned, and succeed in teaching them all he learned from Aedelas Blackmoore as a gladiator, which would be critical for the kingdom, King Terenas ordered Uther with the Knights of the Silver Hand and his son to ride towards southern Lordaeron,[48] in order to contain the orcish threat and deal with them once and for all.[49] They notably fought against the Blackrock clan, who have recently captured citizens from Strahnbrad to sacrifice them to the Burning Legion, as they have re-embraced their demon worshiping.[50]

Before the Third War, a faction started growing in the order, largely led by Abbendis. This faction was intolerant of what they deemed as the "lesser races" and would later form the Scarlet Crusade.[51]

The Scourge of Lordaeron

A burning Stratholme after the Culling.

Unaware of the death cults forming in their lands, the leaders of the Alliance nations began to bicker and argue over territorial holdings and decreasing political influence.[52] The appearance of the Plague of Undeath nearly marked the end of the Order of the Silver Hand as the paladins entered a dark period when one of their own, Prince Arthas, turned his back on the order. In the beginnings of the Third War, after preparing for many long months, Kel'Thuzad and his Cult of the Damned finally struck the first blow by releasing the plague of undeath upon Lordaeron. Consequently, Uther the Lightbringer and his fellow paladins investigated the infected regions in the hope of finding a way to stop the plague, but despite their efforts, the plague continued to spread and threatened to tear the Alliance apart.

As the ranks of the undead swept across Lordaeron, Prince Arthas took up the fight against the Scourge, notably at Hearthglen in the Eastweald where the plague of undeath arrived in a grain shipment from Andorhal. Targeted by the Scourge, the city was about to be attacked by an army of undead, and the defenders had just baked and eaten the grain before the attack started. Meanwhile, Prince Arthas had tracked the shipment of grain from Andorhal, where he succeeded in killing the necromancer Kel'Thuzad, but even so, the undead ranks swelled with every soldier that fell defending the land. Frustrated and stymied by the seemingly unstoppable enemy, Arthas took increasingly extreme steps to conquer them.[53] Along with soldiers of Lordaeron's army, he was able to slay those infected by the shipment before they could spread the disease to the entire town of Hearthglen. Shortly thereafter the large undead army laid siege to the town, Arthas and his armies barely held off the undead long enough for the arrival of Jaina Proudmoore with Uther and his knights of the Silver Hand, thus managing to repel the undead attackers.[54]

Horrified, humiliated, and disturbed by his near-defeat, Arthas quickly left for Stratholme, followed by Uther and his paladins, where they found that the city had been infected with the plague by Mal'Ganis, as the necromancer had told him. When Uther refused to follow Arthas' command to kill the infected population of Stratholme before they could die and be reborn as undead, Arthas turned his back on the other paladins, calling their refusal an act of treason, then relieved Uther from command, suspended his paladins from service and sent them away, while he called all those still loyal to Lordaeron to come with him.[55][56][51][57] The Prince's fear and resolve proved to be his ultimate undoing. He tracked the plague's source to Northrend, intending to end its threat forever, but instead, fell prey to the machinations of the Lich King. After Stratholme was purged, some former paladins, now called deathlords, also committed the same heinous act in many other cities across Lordaeron.

At some point, the Scourge swept through Stratholme, and the Knights of the Silver Hand manufactured holy water to use against the invaders. They stored it inside small crates along with other vital supplies and distributed them throughout the city. Unfortunately, the citizens turned into Scourge reinforcements before the supplies could ever be used.[58]

Uther the Lightbringer, Supreme Commander of the Silver Hand.

In the days since Prince Arthas took the fleet to Northrend, the Silver Hand continued to defend Lordaeron villages. Disenfranchised, the paladins still worked selflessly to protect humanity from the gnawing jaws of evil,[10] and were stretched thin fighting the spread of the plague.[59] However, the Scourge continued to grow, taking villages and its turned inhabitants, with a small help from Baron Rivendare and his corrupted food supplies. When a village that Thomas Thomson was stationed in was turned, Thomas understood that Rivendare was a traitor and reported it to the rest of the Silver Hand.[59]

In the meantime, Arthas lost his soul to the cursed runeblade Frostmourne and became a death knight in the service of the Lich King,[60] before returning to Lordaeron, in order to kill his father and ruined Capital City. Following the death of Terenas, while Jaina Proudmoore was gathering Lordaeronians to sail for Kalimdor, the Knights of the Silver Hand stayed behind to defend those that couldn't get on the Kul Tiran ships,[59] such as Krohm Dawnhammer who guided countless innocents to safety with his legendary shining hammer. And later notably during the Battle of Darrowshire, when a contingent of paladins of the Silver Hand led by Davil Crokford allied themselves with the defenders of Darrowshire led by Captain Joseph Redpath, having learned of the Scourge's impending attack on the town. But despite the paladins' successful efforts in steadying the line and holding back the undead, they ended up being defeated by the death knight Marduk the Black after Davil Crokford managed to slay the ghoul lord Horgus the Ravager, before perishing from his mortal wounds.[61][62]

When Alexandros Mograine returned from Ironforge with the mighty Ashbringer in hands, after learning the death of Terenas, the Highlord was reported to be paring down the Scourge's numbers.[59]

Subsequently, many paladins of the Silver Hand traveled to quarantined lands to ease the suffering of those left within the plague-ridden colonies, but although they were immune to disease of any kind, they were persecuted by the general populace who believed that they had been infected by the foul plague. Some of these paladins traveled to Northrend. When they finally reached Ner'zhul's icy fortress, embittered by the trials they had to suffer through, they had become dark and brooding. The Lich King offered them untold power in exchange for their services and loyalty. Those fallen paladins, whose souls were twisted and bound to the will of the Frozen Throne, joined the ranks of the Scourge by becoming death knights, the Scourge's mightiest generals.[63]

By order of Uther, Gavinrad the Dire and his Champions of Peace were stationed to guard the cemetery near Andorhal, where the remains of Kel'Thuzad were buried. When Arthas came to retrieve the remains of the necromancer in order to revive him, Gavinrad refused and was personally killed by the death knight who fed Frostmourne with his soul, while he unleashed his undead forces upon the paladins of the Silver Hand.[64] Later, Uther stood against his former apprentice alongside the paladins Ballador the Bright and Sage Truthbearer, respective commanders of the Champions of Light and the Champions of Truth, in order to protect the enchanted Urn of King Terenas. But they were defeated by Arthas who murdered them one by one and managed to recover his father's urn, although he almost lost against his former master.

In the meantime, some paladins of the order had joined the Human Expedition to fight the Burning Legion, including Duke Lionheart who agreed to work alongside the orcs with the intention of hunting down the demons left after the death of Mannoroth.[65]

After the Third War

Alonsus Chapel in the Elders' Square, after the Third War.

Several months after the end of the Third War, the knights of the Silver Hand emerged again from the rubble of the Lordaeron to form a resistance, composed of detachments of troops, in order to continue to fight the Scourge, and protect those who fled to Dalaran recaptured by the Alliance resistance led by Grand Marshal Garithos. They guarded the ruined Lordaeron palace gardens after Archimonde's defeat, under the command of Dagren the Orcslayer, Magroth the Defender and Halahk the Lifebringer, respectively directing the Crippling Force, the Defenders of Justice and the Defenders of Justice. But their combined efforts were unfortunately not enough, they were defeated by Arthas Menethil, Kel'Thuzad, and Sylvanas Windrunner, enabling the Scourge to murder the survivors and destroyed the resistance.[66]

Some of the few who managed to survive the massacre were rallied by Dagren the Orcslayer to join the ranks of the Human Settlers and journey to Kalimdor, under the orders of Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, in order to fight the Horde and locate Jaina Proudmoore.[67] The paladins who remained in Lordaeron continued to fight against the Scourge for the next years. Elusive and resourceful, the undead were unable to defeat them in battle. Under the leadership of Lord Commander Saidan Dathrohan and Highlord Alexandros Mograine, wielder of the Ashbringer, which was then considered as the Order's greatest weapon, the Knights of the Silver Hand banded together to continue the war against the Lich King and fought the undead throughout the Plaguelands. However, dissensions started appearing in the leadership of the human resistance. Lord Maxwell Tyrosus suggested that in order to retake their fallen cities, the order should recruit among the night elves of Kalimdor and the dwarves and gnomes of Khaz Modan. Other prominent leaders such as High General Abbendis disagreed, considering the fate of Lordaeron the affairs of men.[51]

Highlord Alexandros Mograine, wielding the Ashbringer against the Scourge.

From their base at Hearthglen, used as a rallying point by the Order due to Taelan Fordring's offer for refuge, they were able to gain some victories during the next years, at the cost of the life of High General Abbendis during one of these battles,[68] but they weren't able to achieve their goal: the complete destruction of the Scourge.

Worried about the Forsaken entrenching themselves in the Ruins of Lordaeron, the paladins established a base in the now-abandoned Monastery of Tirisfal Glades, that would later be known as the Scarlet Monastery, where they met a jungle troll named Zabra Hexx who learned the ways of the Light from the holy books within. They also made an alliance with Lord Valdelmar of Tyr's Hand, extending their protection to the fortified city, who until then had withstood almost daily attacks of the undead, hoping to recruit additional personnel.[69] However, during an attack on Stratholme, Lord Commander Saidan Dathrohan was killed, his corpse possessed as a fleshly costume by the dreadlord Balnazzar, who then started slowly working against the order's objectives from the inside.

Fearing that the Ashbringer might destroy the Forsaken before his plans could come to fruition, Varimathras had Balnazzar arrange Alexandros's death by manipulating and corrupting his son, Renault Mograine, to led his father and High Inquisitor Fairbanks to Stratholme where an army of undead waited for them. During the battle, Fairbanks was the first to fall, trapped under a pile of undead corpses, while Highlord Mograine stood alone against the undead, yet managed to destroy all sent at him. In fatigue and weakened, Alexandros dropped his blade to the ground. Coming from behind, his son Renault picked up Ashbringer and ran it through Mograine's heart, corrupting the Ashbringer in the process, before fleeing to Hearthglen, leaving his father's body and the now-unholy sword he was unable to hold in his hands.[51]

The death of Alexandros shocked the paladins, creating divisions among them, while the corpse of the Highlord and the Ashbringer were later recovered by Kel'Thuzad. The lich raised the legendary paladin into undeath and transformed him into an obedient servant as the leader of the Four Horsemen, while the Ashbringer was no more than an unholy shadow of what it was once after having been used for such an atrocious purpose.[44][70]

The possessed Saidan Dathrohan then reorganized what remained of the Silver Hand in Lordaeron into the Scarlet Crusade. These paladins strove fanatically to destroy evil, without any regards to the means used, and despised all non-human races. Other paladins, disgusted with the Scarlet Crusaders' immoral zealotry, suspicious of Saidan and his closest companions whom they suspected corrupted without being able to prove it, and who believed that their comrades had fallen from their once-noble purpose, left to form the Argent Dawn, which took a less extreme approach by remaining faithful to the principles of the Light, and accepted members from all of Azeroth's races into their ranks at Light's Hope Chapel, which served as their base of operations in the Plaguelands.[44] It's also here that Lord Maxwell Tyrosus, and a few others, were chosen for the secret task of unearthing the bodies of a thousand fallen heroes of the Light and bringing them to be interred once more in sacred ground, in order to protect the honored dead from being raised as nothing more than cogs in the Lich King's undead army.[68] Lord Raymond George was the first leader of the Dawn, succeeded by Lord Maxwell Tyrosus after his demise.[71]

At one point after the Third War, a pit lord named Verius traveled to a chapel belonging to the Knights of the Silver Hand, in the guise of a human, to manipulate a priest named Father Rammal into unwittingly assisting him by recommending his inclusion, in order to infiltrate the Order. However, having seen through the demon disguise with the aid of a magical amulet, a female elf within the chapel revealed that both she and "Rammal" were in fact blood elves. Verius quickly became aware of their motives once they revealed their true appearance and fell upon him to feed on his energy.[72][73]

World of Warcraft

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Following the Third War, the Cathedral of Light now serves as the main spiritual hub for the Church of the Holy Light, as well the paladins in the kingdoms of Stormwind and Ironforge, with Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker and Valgar Highforge at their head, who remained part of the Knights of the Silver Hand.[12][13] They are the martial branch of the Church and seek to be an example of the Light's teachings as well as enforce its laws. Even if the Church wishes to bolster its ranks, it understands the sacrifices needed to ensure the paladins serving it are worthy, notably through the study of the  [Tome of Divinity] and trials.[74]

These new Knights of the Silver Hand were sent on missions to fight the enemies of the Alliance that are the Defias Brotherhood and the Dark Iron dwarf during their training,[75][76] but also to Chillwind Camp in the Western Plaguelands to assist Commander Ashlam Valorfist against the endless undead of the Scourge present in the region.[77]

Everyone in the order thought that Merideth Carlson was mad for coming up with the idea of a special horse feed destined to nourish spiritual horses. Relationships with the horse breeder were eventually mended,[78] in order to allow the young paladins to be able to obtain their own charger,[79] a tedious task that involved months of obtaining materials all over Azeroth, guided by Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker.[80]

The Knight of the Silver Hand Trey Lightforge came in Northern Kalimdor to offer his help to the Alliance's night elven allies, in order to purge the lands from the forces of the demons and undead, but he was captured with his night elf friend Arko'narin while they were investigating the demonic activities in Jaedenar and the resurgence of the Shadow Council. He was tortured to death in the Shadow Hold of Felwood, his soul haunting the place until an adventurer came to kill his torturer and recover both his sword and his remains,[81] allowing him to be buried and finally rest in peace.[82]

The Silver Hand had no presence in Lordaeron until Tirion Fordring came out of exile. When his son Taelan was killed by Grand Inquisitor Isillien for trying to leave the Scarlet Crusade, Tirion avenged him and vowed over his son's body to reform the Order of the Silver Hand, once more be a force of good dedicated to extinguishing the evil, regardless of its politics or pleasantries, that plagued the world.[83]

  • "The death of my son at the hands of these monsters will not pass without incident. Take solace in knowing that the Order is reborn. I now take my place as Highlord of the new Order of the Silver Hand."

The order is mentioned to be active during the initial assault on Naxxramas by Eligor Dawnbringer in a conversation with Scarlet Commander Marjhan at Light's Hope Chapel.[84]

After his death against Arthas, Uther's body was retrieved and buried in a great tomb built for him to the south of the ruins of Andorhal, at Sorrow Hill.

The Burning Crusade

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Uther's Tomb, the only bastion of Light in a dying land.

After the reopening of the Dark Portal, a battalion of the Knight of the Silver Hand led by Lord Irulon Trueblade launched an expedition into Outland to secure the other side of the Dark Portal against the demons of the Burning Legion. When one of their paladins accused of desertion, Jorad Mace, returned with the news that an army of fel orcs and nether dragons was on its way towards the Dark Portal, Lord Irulon Trueblade vouched for him and urged Commander Duron to put the army on high alert.[85]

Soon after they shored up their defensive lines, the combined strength of the Alliance, Aldor, Silver Hand, Horde, and Broken troops stationed at the portal confronted Ragnok Bloodreaver's forces at the Stair of Destiny. During the battle, Ragnok was disintegrated by a radiant and sacred swing of Jorad's hammer. Without their leader and the nether dragons' support, the remains of the death knight's forces were driven off by the coalition, stopping them from getting a foothold in Azeroth.[86]

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In addition to the Scarlet Crusade, the Silver Hand found a rival in the newly-emerged Blood Knight order, a group of errant paladins who had come to prominence in the restored elven lands north of Lordaeron. Some of these elves had been knights of the Silver Hand before the Third War, such as Mehlar Dawnblade, a former pupil of Uther who held his former master indirectly responsible for the fall of Quel'Thalas and decided to defile Uther's Tomb believing Uther's "mishandling" of the young prince's training was responsible for Arthas' betrayal, and that he failed to stop him.[87] To prove their dominance over the Light, Blood Knights were sent to defile the Alonsus Chapel, the Silver Hand's founding place. The ghostly knights Aelmar the Vanquisher, Cathela the Seeker, Gregor the Justiciar, Vicar Hieronymus, and Nemas the Arbiter appeared to defend the chapel alongside Lord Aurius Rivendare who was defeated.[88]

Other people also went to the tomb of Uther, among them the draenei Anchorite Truuen who studied many heroes of Azeroth, and who considers that Uther the Lightbringer of the Silver Hand was the one who interested him the most. He wants to honor the memory of the paladin by recovering the  [Mark of the Lightbringer], kept by the Scarlet Crusade at Taelan's Tower, with the help of an adventurer.[89] After recovering the mark and taking it to the tomb, the ghost of Uther appeared to thank them for what they accomplished and told them to keep the mark, as a symbol of the strength of the Light and how heroes long gone might once again rise in each of us to inspire.[90]

Shortly before the war against the Lich King, Korialstrasz decimated a large Scourge army somewhere in Lordaeron. The red dragon noticed that some of the undead wore paladins' armor.[91]

Wrath of the Lich King

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Highlord Tirion Fordring, wielder of the Ashbringer during the Scourgewar.

At the head of the paladins of the Silver Hand and the Argent Dawn, Highlord Tirion Fordring emerged at Light's Hope Chapel to defend it from the Scourge, unleashing his holy fury upon the armies of undead until the Death Knights of Acherus were ultimately defeated.[92] During his confrontation with the Lich King, Tirion reclaimed and evidently purified the Ashbringer, leading the Dark Lord of the Scourge to retreat and freeing at the same time the death knights from his grip. After the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel, Tirion called for a union between the Argent Dawn and the Order of the Silver Hand.[11] Together they formed the Argent Crusade, which sailed to Northrend and fought to end the reign of the Lich King.

In the beginnings of the war against the Scourge, Tirion Fordring managed to set foot at Valgarde in Northrend under the disguise of a Cleric of the Crusade, while an envoy of the Silver Hand named Ares the Oathbound was entrusted to transport the Ashbringer separately, in order to protect the Highlord should the Lich King's forces attempt to intercept him. Ares sacrificed his life to protect and transport the legendary weapon, fatally wounded by undead, he directed an adventurer to retrieve the artifact in the Utgarde Catacombs,[93] and with his dying breath implored them to deliver it to Lord Irulon Trueblade who returned the weapon to Tirion. In honor of the knights who sacrificed themselves for their sacred duty, the Highlord revealed his identity and declared that the Order of the Silver Hand has arrived, and that they would advance until they defeated Arthas. Irulon Trueblade then mentioned that the Order now works toward Icecrown.[94]

Along with the Knights of the Ebon Blade, as the Ashen Verdict, they were instrumental in Arthas's ultimate defeat, with Tirion himself using the Ashbringer to sunder Frostmourne.[95]

Cataclysm

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Following the Cataclysm, the paladin trainers in the kingdoms of Stormwind and Ironforge were still greeting new members as part of an Order of the Silver Hand that did not merge with the Argent Crusade. Those paladins of the Alliance that didn't join the Argent Crusade were still members of the old Knights of the Silver Hand who remained loyal to the Alliance.

They were sent to fight the enemies of the Alliance in Blackrock Depths, preventing the deaths of allies at the hands of the Dark Iron clan and the Twilight Hammer,[96] but also at the cursed Shadowfang Keep in Silverpine Forest to obtain unique materials, so that Therum Deepforge can create weapons at the height of their dedication.[97]

Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker also no longer needs to send young paladins all over Azeroth, in order to find the materials needed for their own charger, as he now has most of those materials at hand.[80]

During Tyr's Hand's conquest, Crusade Commander Korfax of the Brotherhood of the Light ordered adventurers to retrieve some priceless artifacts in the fortified city, among them the  [Shroud of Uther] and  [Gavinrad's Sigil], hidden in chests within the barracks as these artifacts of the founding members of the Silver Hand were too holy for the now-undead scarlet crusaders to touch. Once in his possession, Korfax announced that he intends to deliver them to Maxwell Tyrosus at Light's Hope Chapel, as they belong in the hands of the righteous.[98]

In Stratholme, the Knight of the Silver Hand Aurius Rivendare, who succumbed to the savage attacks of Baron Rivendare, fell to the corruption of the Scourge and was raised as a death knight, he then took control of the city in his father's absence.[99] Following his resurrection, Eligor Dawnbringer sent adventurers to kill him.[100] His body was then placed in a crypt of the city.[101] The ghost of Lord Raymond George also sent some adventurers in the burning city to retrieve valuable relics of the Silver Hand, among them lost volumes of the  [Annals of the Silver Hand] under the watchful eye of Instructor Galford, considered as fitting additions to the rededicated Light's Hope Chapel.[102]

Legion

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Main article: Paladin Campaign
The rebirth of the Order of the Silver Hand, unifying all paladin orders on Azeroth to stop the demon invasion.

Following the failed Argent Crusade's assault on the Broken Shore, and the loss of Highlord Tirion Fordring during the Battle for Broken Shore, Lord Maxwell Tyrosus came into contact with a paladin hero in order to reunite those who still have the conviction to save their home,[103] but also to find and secure the holy legendary artifacts that are  [The Silver Hand], the  [Truthguard] and the  [Ashbringer], the only weapons that would allow them to fight back against the Legion.[104]

After successfully securing all of the artifacts, and bringing back Tirion's body to be buried with dignity amongst the ancient heroes of the Light,[105] a ceremony took place within a hidden sanctum beneath Light's Hope Chapel to unite every paladin order on Azeroth, where the paladin hero was named as the new Highlord and Champion of the restored Order of the Silver Hand, having been chosen as Tirion Fordring's heir and the most worthy to wear the mantle of Highlord.[106] From the Sanctum of Light, the Silver Hand began to prepare itself for its fight against the demons of the Burning Legion.

The Order of the Silver Hand grew and was made up of:

While not directly stated, Brother Sammuel from Northshire was also present, thus the Brotherhood of Northshire was apparently also represented. Same with Eligor Dawnbringer of the Brotherhood of the Light, and later Lothraxion of the Army of the Light.

During the Burning Legion's third invasion, the Order of the Silver Hand began to mobilize on the Broken Isles, with the support of Lord Shadowbreaker who has volunteered to coordinate their forces on the ground,[107] sending reconnaissance troops across the islands to watch over the legion's movements and bring back the survivors they found.[108] Subsequently the Silver Hand organized the recruitment and training of new troops such as Squad of Squires and Shieldbearer Phalanx formed by Commander Ansela, a grizzled war veteran and seasoned teacher who pledged her service to the order after being rescued in the Broken Isles,[109] Silver Hand Knights and Silver Hand Templar formed by Commander Born, a hard teacher who has trained some of the greatest paladin knights in the recent times,[110] and finally Silver Hand Crusaders recruited by Crusader Kern. The ongoing offensive within the Broken Shore also drawn the interest of many paladins who wish to join the rank of the Silver Hand, some of them were judged in Light's Hope Chapel by the Highlord itself who eliminated the Legion infiltrator among them.[111] Some high elves were also present in the ranks of the Order as Silver Hand Shieldbearers.

During one of their expedition on the Broken Shore, Lord Maxwell Tyrosus and his scouts discover and report to Archmage Khadgar and the Highlord that an extraordinarily luminescent object has emerged from the Felstorm, emanating an incredible surge of power that they could feel it coursing through their body, before it vanished and crashed beyond the horizon, towards the coast of Suramar, cutting a swath through the tempest itself.[112] Their discovery was the  [Light's Heart], the heart of the naaru Xe'ra, bearer of Turalyon's message for Azeroth, and according to him, the key that must be brought to the Prophet Velen to defeat the Legion, or all the universe would be doomed.[113] In Arator's presence, another message was heard, Turalyon informed his son that the dreadlord Balnazzar has been sent to Azeroth to destroy all that he holds dear, and that he must gather the defenders of the Light to fight or all will be lost.[114] Consequently, Lady Liadrin and Lord Maxwell Tyrosus were present alongside the Highlord during the Battle for the Exodar to fight against High General Rakeesh and protect the naaru O'ros, according to Velen, targeted by the demons so that they could not unlock the knowledge crucial to their battle against the Burning Legion contained within the Light's Heart.[115]

The Sanctum of Light, where the Knights of the Silver Hand operate against the Burning Legion.

The defenses of the Silver Hand were also attacked by the Knights of the Ebon Blade who came to retrieve Tirion's body in order to make him the last member of the Four Horsemen. They overpowered Maxwell Tyrosus, then made their way to the bottom of the Sanctum where Lady Liadrin tried to stop them, but was defeated as well. Just as the Ebon Blade was about to claim Tirion, the Light itself intervened and burned the surrounded death knights, forcing them to flee and granting victory to the paladins.[116]

Under the orders of the Highlord and Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker, the Knights of the Silver Hand were mobilized on different missions,[117] notably to pursue Balnazzar by pinpointing his recent movements in eastern Azsuna, where rumors said that a small demon force reported directly to him,[118] and to bolster their forces by increasing recruitment efforts and seeking for new allies, helping priests from the Conclave to save survivors and fight demons on the Broken Shore.[119] They also dealt with demons incursions, killing a man'ari eredar named Summoner Djobi who corrupted the local furbolgs in Val'sharah,[120] and procured supplies of weapons, food, medicine, and other provisions for the Order after they made contact with a tribe of Highmountain tauren, killing a demon incursion who stood in their way.[121] Later they were sent to repel a demon attack on Hearthglen,[122][123] leading to the recruitment of a noted scholar from the Hearthglen archives, Sir Alamande Graythorn, who agreed to lend his expertise to their cause.[124] Although Stratholme is still under the control of the Scourge led by Raemien the Soultaker, the Silver Hand managed to regain control of the Elders' Square, where the Alonsus Chapel is located, and defeat the death knight in order to get Aurius Rivendare's steed, Shadowmane, to redeem it to serve as a mount for the new Highlord.[101]

Under the command of Vindicator Boros and Justicar Julia Celeste, the Silver Hand have kept a close eye on Legion movements at Faronaar in Azsuna, where their intel suggested that a high-ranking lieutenant was present, possibly Balnazzar himself.[125] They managed to sabotage the efforts and advance of the Legion by killing the Imp mother Ozram and a large number of demons,[126] [127] and by destroying Legion Orbs, vital to the Legion's planning and strategy.[128] Nonetheless the mission nearly turned into a disaster due to the Vindicator's rage, narrowly save with his men by the Highlord.[129]

During their mission, the Knights of the Silver Hand managed to obtain Balnazzar's  [Codex of Command]. Unable to access the information inside, Aponi Brightmane contacted her friend Delas Moonfang, a priestess from the Conclave, who has been studying Eredun.[130] The latter agreed to help and managed to decipher the Codex after the paladins managed to bring her a  [Fel Lexicon] from a powerful prisoner inside the Violet Hold.[131] As Legion sigils only reveal themselves in the presence of demon blood, the Knights of the Silver Hand were mobilized on various missions on the Broken Isles to obtain  [Flask of Demon Blood].[132] They first disrupted the demonic operation in the Felbeast Dens in Azsuna, where the Legion created terrifyingly resilient breeds of manastalkers, by killing Felbreeder Argnotha.[133] As the eredar Despoiler Egrothar came in Highmountain to desecrate the sacred burial sites of the Highmountain tribe, raising the bodies of the dead, the paladins put them back to rest before killing the demon.[134] When the Felskorn assembled at the gates of the Hall of Valor in Stormheim, including among them a massive brute named Cleaver Northamel, the Silver Hand paladins were sent to eliminate all of them.[135] Later, they came in support in Felsoul Hold in the southwestern region of Suramar, to dispose of giant infernals and felbats who attacked any who come near the Legion base of operations.[136] Finally, the Order of the Silver Hand sent their troops in the region of Val'sharah to destroy a rampaging satyr warband, led by Illbringer Zizzifrax, in order to help the druids of the Cenarion Circle who have their hands full with the satyr and the Nightmare.[137]

The Netherlight Temple, where the Knights of the Silver Hand and the Conclave permanently destroyed Balnazzar.

The contents of the Codex taught paladins about a Legion invasion force at Felblaze Ingress, in Azsuna, where they planned to open a portal directly to their demon world of Niskara.[138] This information led to an assault under the command of Aponi Brightmane and Arator the Redeemer, alongside the Conclave, while the Highlord and his allies were investigating on Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest, a formidable general during Azshara's reign which was rumored to amass an enormous army behind the fortress walls of Black Rook Hold, leading to the liberation of the spirit of the night elf and the elimination of Dantalionax who impersonated the latter's advisor to manipulate him.[139] However, the paladins did not give any further news after their departure.[140] They were later rescued by the Highlord who traced them by finding the pages of Aponi's libram, learning that their assault was a failure when Balnazzar appeared through his portal and defeat them, before imprisoning them in Niskara.[141] They also saved by the same occasion a Mysterious Stranger who informed them that Balnazzar and his armies were about to attack the Netherlight Temple, headquarters of the Conclave hidden in the Twisting Nether.[142]

The Order of the Silver Hand agreed to support the Conclave,[143] and accepted Delas' request to join them as their first night elf paladin,[144] alongside her uncle Nerus Moonfang after the Highlord freed the family from Oathbinder Zorak's curse.[145] Subsequently, the Order began its preparations by sending troops to collect  [Blood of Sargeras], a rare powerful reagent to bind the magic on their weapons and armor,[146] but above all a rare metal called  [Lumenstone] among the native peoples of the Broken Isles, recognized as unbreakable and able to negate magic, even withstand great amounts of fel, for the creation of weapons and armor for an army.[147] The paladins of the Silver Hand were sent to the Broken Shore, littered with debris from battle, to gather plenty of lumenstone while fighting the demons still patrolling the area. [148] Some of them return with lumenstone that they found during their assault of the Legion Camp: Ruin in Azsuna, where the demons kept a rich stockpile of weapons.[149] After scouts stumbled upon a Tideskorn vrykul raiding party, equipped with lumenstone weapons under the lead of Plunderer Jurval, the Order sent troops to eliminate the enemy and take their weapons for their own.[150] Some of them also "convinced" the naga in southern Val'sharah to part with their weapons crafted from lumenstone.[151] And when the nightborne moved a large shipment of lumenstone behind the walls of Suramar City, paladins of the order came to fight Warden Jor'al under cover of darkness, and claim all the steel.[152] Once ready, the paladins joined the Battle for the Netherlight Temple, who led to the final death of Balnazzar with the help of Lothraxion and the Army of the Light.[153][154]

Following their victory, the Order of the Silver Hand joined the other orders, represented by Gryan Stoutmantle,[155] to form the Armies of Legionfall in Dalaran, where the Order has access portals from the Sanctum to the Greyfang Enclave in the Alliance district, and the Sunreaver's Sanctuary in the Horde district. The Knights of the Silver Hand were present to repel the legion's assault on Dalaran, and to fight alongside their allies during the Assault on Broken Shore, with Captain Ridgers at their head at Deliverance Point.

During the Argus Campaign, the Silver Hand discovered that Turalyon, who had been missing for over twenty years, was still alive and had become the High Exarch of the Army of the Light, blessed by Xe'ra to become an eternal protector of creation,[156] after he joined the Lightforged as they waged war against the Burning Legion across the Twisting Nether in a struggle that spanned a millennium. Some paladins of the Silver Hand were present on Argus under the orders of the Highlord, Lady Liadrin, Arator the Redeemer, and Vindicator Boros, in order to fight demons on the battlefield at Darkfall Ridge, and protect the Vindicaar from Legion's attacks. When Sargeras impaled Azeroth with his sword, gravely injuring its world-soul while its energies seeped like poison, a champion of the Silver Hand among other champions of Azeroth drained the sword of its corruption with a sacred artifact of the Order, serving as a vessel for its vast power. The red glow subsided, and the sword went dormant.[157]

Battle for Azeroth

Turalyon and the paladins of the Silver Hand during the Battle for Stromgarde.
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During the Battle for Stromgarde, the paladins of the Alliance bore the banner of the Silver Hand and planted Blessed Banners on the battlefield. They were under the orders of High Exarch Turalyon who made his return to Azeroth and pledged his forces to High King Anduin Wrynn. They only employed Alliance races and fought once more on the side of the Alliance against the Horde, notably Liadrin and her Blood Knights alongside the Sunwalkers,[158] indicating that the Silver Hand has splintered once again in the beginning of the Fourth War.

They fought alongside several elite members of the Army of the Light, while Turalyon scoffed at the idea of the Horde armies being led by a paladin, Lady Liadrin, questioning what has happened on Azeroth to allow this. He then claimed he will take pleasure in enacting justice from a "misguided paladin of the Horde".[159] The battle ultimately ended in the Alliance's favor.[160]

Exploring Azeroth

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Following the Fourth War, Mathias Shaw mentions in his report that the Knights of the Silver Hand are still present and active in the Sanctum of Light, where its halls have been cleared to store many artifacts mostly recovered from Scholomance, Stratholme and the Plaguelands. The artifacts stored by the Silver Hand are far too dangerous to be stored elsewhere, and above all far too tempting for anyone to resist, which requires sacred protections.

Among them, the most dangerous are the weapons and armor recovered by the paladins from the body of Balnazzar in the Scarlet Bastion, which are the  [Demonshear], the  [Hammer of the Grand Crusader], the  [Crown of Tyranny], the  [Shroud of the Nathrezim], and the  [Book of the Dead] of which a copy of the runes has been made with ordinary ink, currently kept under high magical protection at the Cathedral of Light, in order to be able to recognize this language if it should be seen written elsewhere.

Other artifacts recovered by adventurers, who ventured years ago in the burning city to defeat Baron Rivendare with the help of Lord Aurius Rivendare, have also joined those in the Sanctum, among them the  [Runeblade of Baron Rivendare], the  [Bonescraper], and the  [Seal of Rivendare].[161]

The Silver Hand also received the book  [The Light and How to Swing It], written by Uther for Arthas, after Lorekeeper Mykos removed the mark from the Athenaeum and donated it to the paladin archives, thus allowing all paladins to read it.[54]

Shadowlands

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The Order of the Silver Hand makes its appearance in the paladin section of the Training Hall in Stormwind, represented by Gilda Silvershield and one of the foremost paladins in the realm,[162] the paladin trainer Ezul'aan, who asked to meet young paladins who impressed him with their rapid progress,[163] in order to send them to fight the enemies of the Alliance in Blackrock Depths,[164] and at Shadowfang Keep to obtain materials for the creation of weapons at the height of their dedication,[165] as Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker did in the past.

Structure

Member organizations

Active members

Unknown status with the Silver Hand

Former members

Induction vows

Becoming a paladin and join the Order of the Silver Hand requires passing a ceremony of induction headed by an Archbishop, or a high member of the church, in presence of clerics of the Brotherhood of Northshire and paladins of the order. It's during this ceremony that Tirion Fordring received his warhammer engraved with holy runes from a member of the order and the silver plates that were placed on his shoulders by a paladin close to him, Saidan Dathrohan, before he speaks his vows and be empowered by the holy light.[22]

Archbishop: In the Light, we gather to empower our brother. In its grace, he will be made anew. In its power, he shall educate the masses. In its strength, he shall combat the shadow. And, in its wisdom, he shall lead his brethren to the eternal rewards of paradise.
The Archbishop closed the book and turned toward the men on the left.
Archbishop: Clerics of the Northshire, if you deem this man worthy, place your blessings upon him.
One of the clerics comes with a blessed dark blue embroidered stole in his hands, which he placed reverently around Tirion's neck. Then, he dipped his thumb in a small vial of sacred oil and anointed Tirion’s forehead.
Cleric: By the grace of the Light, may your brethren be healed.
The Archbishop turned to the men on the right.
Archbishop: Knights of the Silver Hand, if you deem this man worthy, place your blessings upon him.
Two of the armored men comes, the first laid the warhammer before Tirion’s feet. The second, Saidan Dathrohan, placed the silver plates upon Tirion’s shoulders.
Saidan Dathrohan: By the strength of the Light, may your enemies be undone.
Archbishop: Arise and be recognized.
Tirion stood up in front of the Archbishop.
Archbishop: Do you, Tirion Fordring, vow to uphold the honor and codes of the Order of the Silver Hand.
Tirion Fordring: I do.
Archbishop: Do you vow to walk in the grace of the Light and spread its wisdom to your fellow man?
Tirion Fordring: I do.
Archbishop: Do you vow to vanquish evil wherever it be found, and protect the weak and innocent with your very life?
Tirion Fordring: By my blood and honor, I do.
The Archbishop closed the book and walked back toward the center of the altar, he turned to face the entire assembly.
Archbishop: Brothers — you who have gathered here to bear witness — raise your hands and let the Light illuminate this man.
Each of the clerics and knights raised their right hands and pointed toward Tirion, empowered him with the holy light.
Archbishop Alonsus Faol: Arise, Tirion Fordring — Paladin defender of Lordaeron. Welcome to the Order of the Silver Hand.

A few years later, Arthas Menethil went through the ceremony with Archbishop Alonsus Faol in the Cathedral of Light of Stormwind City, during which he received his warhammer etched of holy runes from Gavinrad and his silver plates from Uther the Lightbringer, before being empowered by the holy light.[166] Taelan Fordring and Renault Mograine also went through the same ceremony for their introduction, respectively, into the ranks of the Silver Hand and the Scarlet Crusade.[167][44]

Delas walks down the aisle and then kneels at the steps leading up to the Altar of Ancient Kings.
Delas Moonfang says: Here, in the presence of eternal champions, I take this sacred oath:
Delas Moonfang says: To protect the weak, uphold justice, and walk the righteous path.
Delas Moonfang says: I pledge my life to the Order of the Silver Hand,
Delas Moonfang says: And join my brothers and sisters in humble service.
After Delas has completed the vow, the Highlord used the ability Ability paladin blindinglight.png  Rise, Paladin to complete the induction.
Delas stands and walks the rest of the way to the altar before kneeling again. Upon arising, she is reborn as a paladin.

Leadership

Highlords

Notable leaders

Former notable leaders

Notable members

Main article: List of Knights of the Silver Hand paladins
Name Title Role Affiliation Status
IconSmall Uther.gif Alliance Uther the Lightbringer Supreme Commander and co-founder of the Silver Hand Alliance of Lordaeron, Kingdom of Lordaeron Deceased
IconSmall Turalyon.gif Alliance Turalyon High Exarch High Exarch of the Grand Army of the Light and founding member of the Silver Hand Alliance, Grand Army of the Light (formerly Lordaeron) Alive
IconSmall Tirion.gif Neutral Tirion Fordring Highlord Former Highlord of the Argent Crusade and founding member of the Silver Hand Argent Crusade (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Saidan.gif Neutral Saidan Dathrohan Grand Crusader Former Master of the Crusade (possessed by Balnazzar) and founding member of the Silver Hand Scarlet Crusade (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Gavinrad.gif Alliance Gavinrad the Dire Founding member of the Silver Hand and Guardian of the remains of Kel'Thuzad Alliance of Lordaeron, Kingdom of Stormwind Deceased
Paladin Alliance & Horde The Highlord Highlord Highlord of the Order of the Silver Hand Various Alive
IconSmall Maxwell.gif Neutral Maxwell Tyrosus Lord Hand of the Highlord, Champion of the Silver Hand and Leader of the Argent Crusade Argent Crusade Alive
IconSmall Human Male.gif Alliance Grayson Shadowbreaker Lord Mission specialist of the Silver Hand and Chief paladin of Stormwind in the Cathedral of Light Alliance, Kingdom of Stormwind Alive
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Alliance Valgar Highforge Master Smith Grand Smith of the Silver Hand and paladin trainer of Ironforge in the Hall of Mysteries Alliance, Kingdom of Ironforge Alive
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alliance Julia Celeste Justicar Champion of the Silver Hand and Veteran paladin of the Valiance Expedition Alliance, Kingdom of Stormwind, Valiance Expedition Alive
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Alliance Boros Vindicator Champion of the Silver Hand and Co-leader of the Hand of Argus Alliance, Exodar, Hand of Argus Alive
IconSmall Arator.gif Alliance Arator the Redeemer Champion of the Silver Hand, Son of Turalyon and Alleria Alliance, Honor Hold Alive
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Alliance Delas Moonfang Champion of the Silver Hand, formerly priestess of the Moon, and first night elf to join the order Alliance, Sisterhood of Elune, Conclave Alive
IconSmall NightElf Male.gif Neutral Nerus Moonfang Champion of the Silver Hand, Uncle of Delas Moonfang Silver Hand (formerly Kaldorei Empire) Active-Undead
IconSmall Lothraxion.gif Neutral Lothraxion High Commander Champion of the Silver Hand and High Commander of the Grand Army of the Light Grand Army of the Light Alive
IconSmall Human Male.gif Neutral Eadric the Pure Quartermaster of the Silver Hand and Grand Champion of the Argent Crusade Argent Crusade Alive
IconSmall Mograine.gif Neutral Alexandros Mograine the Ashbringer Original wielder of the Ashbringer, former leader of the Four Horsemen and Highlord of the Silver Hand Four Horsemen, Scourge (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Taelan.gif Neutral Taelan Fordring Highlord Former Highlord of the Scarlet Crusade and Knight of the Silver Hand Scarlet Crusade (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Arthas.gifIconSmall LichKing.gif Neutral Arthas Menethil King Former Lich King of the Scourge, Prince of Lordaeron and Uther's apprentice Scourge (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Human Male.gifIconSmall DeathKnight.gif Neutral Aurius Rivendare Lord Death knight of Stratholme, formerly Defender of Alonsus Chapel Scourge (formerly Lordaeron) Deceased
IconSmall Human Male.gifIconSmall HeadlessHorseman.gif Neutral Thomas Thomson Sir The Headless Horseman, formerly a Scarlet Crusader and Knight of the Silver Hand None (formerly Scarlet Crusade) Killable
IconSmall Liadrin.gif Horde Liadrin Lady of Light Former Champion of the Silver Hand and Matriarch of the Blood Knights Horde, Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Blood Knights Alive
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Horde Aponi Brightmane Chieftain Former Champion of the Silver Hand and Leader of the Sunwalkers Horde, Thunder Bluff, Sunwalkers Alive

Troops

They deploy squires, protectors, menders, defenders, phalanx, knights, templar, highguards, crusaders and champions.

  • Though many squires of the Silver Hand aspire to one day become knights themselves, many see it as an honor to serve someone who has given themselves fully to the Light.
  • While most paladins of the Silver Hand charge into battle on warhorses, Shieldbearers specialize in defensive combat, forming an impenetrable wall of protection.
  • Knights of the Silver Hand devote themselves as diligently to combat training as much as they do to their daily prayers, honoring their battle skills in order to best defend the weak and the innocent.
  • Templar of the Silver Hand are not only the most skilled in battle, but also the most righteous in their demeanor. Strength of arms and purity of mind are strict requirements, and only those who possess both are named champions.
  • Deployed to only the most vicious battlefields, Crusaders are the Silver Hand's answer to an immovable barrier.[169]

In times of great need, the Order of the Silver Hand can rally its mightiest forces into one pure destructive form, the Spell holy greaterblessingoflight.png Vanguard of the Silver Hand. Through a Libram in which the paladins had channel their power, the Highlord can unleash that power to send his army for an important mission or battle.[170] In the Sanctum of Light, Terric the Illuminator is the one who takes care of rallying the troops to form the Vanguard of the Silver Hand:

Terric the Illuminator yells: Paladins of the Silver Hand! Come forth and present yourselves for battle!
  • Silver Hand Templar says: My Lord, I lend my arms to your cause.
  • Silver Hand Knight says: My life for the Light.
  • Silver Hand Knight says: I shall fight for you.
  • Silver Hand Protector says: I will protect.
  • Silver Hand Shieldbearer says: My shield is yours.
  • Silver Hand Shieldbearer says: It would be my honor.
Terric the Illuminator yells: It is time! Vanguard of the Silver Hand, to battle!
Silver Hand Templar says: For honor and glory!
The Vanguard mount up and ride off.

Items

In Warcraft III

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The Silver Hand was a human faction led by Uther. Among their ranks it counted regular units like footmen and knights. They appeared as an allied faction in The Defense of Strahnbrad, Blackrock and Roll, and as an enemy faction in Digging up the Dead.

In the RPG

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Although the study of the Holy Light lends itself to scholars and priests, they are not the only faithful followers. The Knights of the Silver Hand is an organization of paladins who have also studied and devoted themselves to the three virtues. It is the holy order that gives the paladins their sense of righteousness and allows a sense of community to strengthen their resolve. Although it is a proud organization, the paladins must give up a great deal to join, including their independence. Uther Lightbringer founded the order before the Alliance launched the Second War. The paladins were instrumental in winning the war, and actually helped the Holy Light catch on with the citizenry of Azeroth when people saw the mighty paladins do battle with their holy power.

In recent years, the Knights of the Silver Hand entered a dark period when one of their own, Prince Arthas, turned his back on the order in his dark pursuit of vengeance. He fully embraced the evil he thought he was hunting and became a death knight in service to the Scourge. This event dealt a great blow to the paladins of the order, as they had to watch one of their best turn into a mighty enemy. Many paladins feel responsibility for him, because the Holy Light teaches that every person can strengthen other people. Since they were unable to strengthen Arthas, the entire world suffered.[171]

Following the invasion of the Scourge, many of the order's paladins joined a zealous group of followers of the Light known as the Scarlet Crusade.[172] However, many of these paladins have become fanatical towards their ambition of destroying the Scourge, to the point that those not wearing their colors are deemed corrupted. After leaving the Crusade, some paladins decided to join the Argent Dawn.[173] Some paladins of the Silver Hand, brought to their knees by their failure to do anything to stop the plague and save Lordaeron from the Lich King’s depredations, have also turned from the light and joined Arthas Menethil as death knights.[174]

Others fled south, to the Kingdom of Stormwind. The paladin order, still referring to themselves as the Order of the Silver Hand, now thrives under new leadership at the Cathedral of Light in Stormwind City. Over time, the followers of the Holy Light spread their philosophy to the dwarves of Ironforge, who soon adopted the tenets of the order as well. Though decimated, the Knights of the Silver Hand eventually bounced back.[175]

  • Even after the triumph at Mount Hyjal, the paladins remembered Arthas's betrayal and just how close their order and all of Azeroth had come to complete destruction.[171] Many paladins felt responsibility for Arthas because the Holy Light teaches that every person can strengthen other people. Since they were unable to strengthen Arthas, the entire world suffered. After such an enormous breach of trust, the paladins resolved anew to eliminate all traces of corruption in their ranks.[176]
  • While the Knights of the Silver Hand survived the Scourge, few paladins were left in the order.[177] The remaining knights started hunting Arthas's servants, the undead, with a ruthlessness that frightened some, but they were determined to fix their mistakes.[171]
  • The stalwart paladins of the Silver Hand who traveled to Kalimdor worked to establish a new church there.[171]
  • Humans founded the Knights of the Silver Hand, and though they remained the bulk of its membership, the new order started to accept dwarves into the ranks to replace paladins lost during the Third War (they had previously accepted a few dwarven paladins as far back as the Second War, though it was uncommon). The order was not nearly as active as it once had been, but those belonging to the organization became some of the most active members of the Alliance.[178]
  • In addition to the night elves, many guests and diplomats from elsewhere reside in Darnassus, including Knights of the Silver Hand.[179]
  • Auradins are paladins of the Silver Hand who focus the power of their faith and of their traditions solely into their auras.[180]
  • Templars see corruption in their homes and many other organizations, including the Knights of the Silver Hand. While the templars see paladins as allies and vice versa, templars feel that the Silver Hand overemphasizes tradition and order over general goodness and the other values of the Light.[181]
  • Verius attempted to infiltrate the Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand after the Third War.[72]
  • Brann believes that blue dragons may be found in the ranks of many mortal orders, including the Knights of the Silver Hand.[182]
  • Delgren the Purifier is a Knight of the Silver Hand.[183]
  • Forthisal D'Neve is studying with the Knights of the Silver Hand to become a paladin.[184]
  • The Phylactery of Faithfulness, a small box containing religious scripture affixed to a leather cord and tied around the forehead, is commonly used by night elves and members of the Silver Hand.[185]
  • Once indoctrinated, a lightslayer receives missions to combat the Holy Light, particularly the Scarlet Crusade (though Knights of the Silver Hand and ordinary priests and parishioners are also fair game).[186]
  • According to Brann Bronzebeard;
We have the Knights of the Silver Hand on our side, but this is a group that has experienced more hardships than most during these dark days. Once the pinnacle of enlightenment, goodness, purity and light, they are forever shamed that the powerful Lich King who sits upon the frozen throne was one of theirs. They wrack their brains on where they went wrong, why they couldn’t see the streak of evil that obviously lurked inside Arthas. If he were truly a paladin, as they are, then there is no way he would have been corrupted. I think they have rather a too high opinion of the paladins, but I’m not the one to tell them.
Even though paladins are some of our most powerful weapons against the Scourge, with their holy power over undead, the paladins are not what they once were. Some have been driven into obsessive madness, forming the Scarlet Crusade and killing living and undead alike in their eagerness to eradicate the Scourge. Others traveled across the sea with Jaina Proudmoore to help defeat the Burning Legion and now reside on Theramore. They certainly do what they can to destroy undead they discover on Kalimdor, but the Scourge's numbers there are like a thimble of beer compared to the great kegs that are Lordaeron and Northrend. We’ll need the paladins to defeat the Scourge, but they are not up to the task right now, and I don’t know how much longer we can wait.[187]

Brann also fought with a good number of Uther's knights in the Second War. He says that they were good folk, if a bit too righteous for their own good, but he finds some habits of the knighthood stubborn.[183]

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

In Hearthstone, the following cards represent the members of the Silver Hand:

Notes and trivia

  • The training of the Order to become a paladin of the Silver Hand can take several months for priests and knights,[21][5] and up to several years for younger and inexperienced apprentices,[22][188] although training can be accelerated for squires if necessary.[109]
  • Following the ceremony of induction among the Knights of the Silver Hand, paladins receive a  [Badge of the Silver Hand] to formalize their status and membership in the ranks of the Order.
  • Not all Knights of the Silver Hand necessarily come from noble families, like Sir Thomas who comes from a family that owns and worked a pumpkin farm in Tirisfal Glades.[59]
  • When a paladin enters the ranks of the Silver Hand, they can change their name. It's notably the case of Davil Lightfire, originally Davil Crokford.[189]
  • In battle, the Knights of the Silver Hand charge their enemies onto their steeds, using mainly swords and warhammers, but also maces, axes,[21] shields, and their librams.
  • When they obtain their steed, the paladins of the Silver Hand name them following the tradition of the paladins and priests,[190] inherited from the informal tradition of the knights and nobles of Lordaeron,[191] by a quality they admire. It's the case of Invincible and Steadfast, named respectively by Arthas Menethil and Uther the Lightbringer.
  • The archaic human words "Esarus thar no'Darador", which translates to "By Blood and Honor We Serve", are the motto of the Order of the Silver Hand. These words are often found on the cover of religious tomes in Azeroth,[192] on memorial statues of Turalyon, and on the stainglass representation of Tyr in Stratholme's chapel.[193][194]
  • During a fight to the death, the Holy code of the Order asks the paladin that they give a reprieve to their enemy if they collapse, as butchering a fallen foe in the midst of single combat is unquestionably dishonorable.[195] They also cannot slay any foe who cannot defend himself, notably someone asleep or unconscious, as the stain would be too great for their oaths.[196]
  • Before a dangerous mission, the Knights of the Silver Hand take no risks, the chief paladin of the group gives their seal of command to their second in case something happens to them. If the leader dies, their second in possession of the seal of command rises to the rank of their predecessor and takes charge of the troops.[197]
  • In case of treason or acts contrary to the rules of the Order, paladins can be excommunicated. After having stand trial, their light-given powers are stripped, they are then banned from the paladinship and exiled.[198]
  • In times of peace, some paladins like Uther exchange their weapons and armor for simple robes, they are present in chapels and cathedrals to treat the wounded and those in need, applying the teachings of Alonsus Faol on the dichotomy of paladins to serve humbly in devastated communities after wars; as they are both warriors and healers.[196]
  • The Knights of the Silver Hand are known for their expedience in meting out justice.[196]
  • The Wildhammer dwarves respect, if not like the Knights of the Silver Hand, as they know the prowess of the holy order in battle.[199]
  • In Day of the Dragon, some knights of the Silver Hand, with Lord Duncan Senturus at their head, show hostility for Rhonin and all the others wizards and mages, seeing them as damned souls, but also as an occasional and necessary evil, which they would do without at any other time.[200] It's also the case of the Church of the Light who considered them as heretics for centuries, but let them continue to exist because they don't practice dark magic and are somewhere necessary.[201]
  • In his childhood, Stephon Marris wanted to become a paladin of the Silver Hand.[202]
  • According to A Cleansing Fire, the Knights of the Silver Hand splintered into the Argent Dawn and Scarlet Crusade four years after the death of Terenas Menethil.[59] In the current timeline, it happened only two years after.
  • The title of the short story Silver Hand, Ebon Blade by Raphael Ahad, that won the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest, is a direct reference to the Knights of the Silver Hand and the Knights of the Ebon Blade.
  • The Roleplaying server Silver Hand US is named after the order.
  • In Battle for Azeroth, the Path of Uther and Uther's Tomb were updated with Silver Hand banners.
  • The Silver Hand is the only Order Hall from Legion to have gone back on its neutrality. There have been no depictions of any Horde-race Silver Hand members since the end of Legion; while there have been multiple inclusions of the Silver Hand amongst the Alliance forces, most notably in the Battle for Stromgarde.
    • In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the Hall of the Brave and the Command Center were rebranded into the Barracks and Training Hall respectively; which includes all of the class trainers (excluding hero classes). Notably, the Horde's paladins do not use any symbolism of the Silver Hand; instead using the iconography of Silvermoon and the Blood Knights. Conversely, the Alliance's paladin trainer has multiple symbols of the Silver Hand on display.
      • Early versions of the Barracks had Silver Hand symbols on display, this was later removed entirely and replaced with its current version.[203]
The Silver Hand's new iconography as of Legion, featuring an open hand. The closed fist iconography is still used as well, however.

Symbolism

  • The Order of the Silver Hand took its name and symbol from the legend of Tyr. A paragon of order and justice, Tyr sacrificed his right hand in a fight against an unfathomable evil. Although it was within his power to fix his hand after the fighting had ended, the hero instead chose to replace it with a closed fist made of the purest silver. In this way, he impressed upon those who followed him that true order and justice can only be accomplished through personal sacrifice.[204]
  • As of Legion, the Silver Hand's banner has an alternate depiction used predominantly throughout the expansion, from a closed fist, to that of an open one.
    • Both are still used, however, as the tabards depict the closed fist, and Turalyon's forces use the closed-fist banner during the Battle for Stromgarde.
    • The open hand seems to be in reference to the Ashbringer, as the symbol can be seen on the "disk" of the blade.

Inspirations

Status during the Third War

  • Most sources state that Uther the Lightbringer was accused of treason and relieved of his command with his paladins being suspended from service by Prince Arthas Menethil near Stratholme.[55][56][51][57]
    • Other sources contradict this issue. Most notably, Uther's dialogue implies that Arthas did not have the power to disband the paladins, and the premise of the "Dissension" mission implies that King Terenas agreed.
    • However, Arthas slaughtered the Silver Hand's high command during the "Digging up the Dead" mission, disbanding them in a different sense. This may have caused a misconception, popularizing the view that it was his command that disbanded them.
  • The Ultimate Visual Guide stated that Arthas disbanded the Knights of the Silver Hand.[205] Its updated version, however, stated that Arthas just sent Uther and his knights away and that they were decimated during the war.[206]
  • World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3 states that Arthas turned his back on the paladins and called their refusal an act of treason.

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Speculation

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It is speculated that Bolvar Fordragon, a paladin of Stormwind, was a member of the Silver Hand.

See also

References

 
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  2. ^ Delas Moonfang
  3. ^ Nerus Moonfang
  4. ^ Lothraxion
  5. ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 154
  6. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, Human Hero Units, Paladin
  7. ^  [The Story of Morgan Ladimore]
  8. ^ a b Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual
  9. ^ Of Blood and Honor, pg. 5
  10. ^ a b Warcraft III - Humans -> Units -> Paladin.
  11. ^ a b N Death Knight [55] The Light of Dawn
  12. ^ a b A IconSmall Human Male.gifIconSmall Human Female.gif Paladin [3] Consecrated Letter
  13. ^ a b A IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifIconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Paladin [3] Consecrated Rune
  14. ^ Battle for Stromgarde
  15. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 152
  16. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual#Sire Uther Lightbringer
  17. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 84
  18. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 86
  19. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 127
  20. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 158
  21. ^ a b c Tides of Darkness, chapter 21
  22. ^ a b c d e Of Blood and Honor, chapter 2
  23. ^  [Uther's Guard]
  24. ^ Tyr's Hand (WC2 Human)
  25. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 129 - 130
  26. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Alliance Ground Units, Paladin
  27. ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 8
  28. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 171
  29. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Alliance Buildings, Church
  30. ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 20
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  35. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 198
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  37. ^ The Invasion of Draenor
  38. ^ Day of the Dragon, chapter 6
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  41. ^ Game Guide/World Dungeons#The Scarlet Monastery
  42. ^ A [38D] Mythology of the Titans
  43. ^ A [30D] The Scarlet Monastery
  44. ^ a b c d Ashes to Ashes
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  47. ^ N [47D] The Dreadlord Balnazzar
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  50. ^ Blackrock and Roll (WC3 Human)
  51. ^ a b c d e Death is Contagious
  52. ^ The Alliance Splinters
  53. ^ The Scourge of Lordaeron (History of Warcraft)
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  55. ^ a b The Culling (WC3 Human)
  56. ^ a b Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 12
  57. ^ a b Uther Lightbringer, The Paladin
  58. ^ N [50D] Liquid Gold
  59. ^ a b c d e f Legends Volume 5: A Cleansing Fire
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  61. ^  [Annals of Darrowshire]
  62. ^  [Extended Annals of Darrowshire]
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  68. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, Issue 4 - Dust to Dust
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  70. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 127 - 129
  71. ^ N [42] Argent Call: The Trial of the Crypt
  72. ^ a b Magic & Mayhem, pg. 11 - 12
  73. ^  [Rammal's Ulterior Motive]
  74. ^ A Paladin [25] The Tome of Valor
  75. ^ A Paladin [25] The Tome of Valor
  76. ^ A IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifIconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Paladin [12] The Tome of Divinity
  77. ^ A Paladin [52] Chillwind Camp
  78. ^ A Paladin [60] Manna-Enriched Horse Feed
  79. ^ A Paladin [60] Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker
  80. ^ a b N Paladin [110] Preparations Underway
  81. ^ N [57] Retribution of the Light
  82. ^ N [57] The Remains of Trey Lightforge
  83. ^ N [60G] In Dreams
  84. ^ Eligor Dawnbringer#Light's Hope Chapel
  85. ^ Shadow Wing
  86. ^ Nexus Point
  87. ^ H [58] Defiling Uther's Tomb
  88. ^ H Paladin [60D] True Masters of the Light
  89. ^ A [58] The Mark of the Lightbringer
  90. ^ A [58G] Tomb of the Lightbringer
  91. ^ Night of the Dragon, chapter 2
  92. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 174
  93. ^ A [71] The Shining Light
  94. ^ A [71] Guided by Honor
  95. ^ Lich King (tactics)
  96. ^ A Paladin [20D] Weapons of Darkness
  97. ^ A Paladin [8D] The Hand of the Light
  98. ^ N [42] Scarlet Salvage
  99. ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms, pg. 85
  100. ^ N [51D] Lord Aurius Rivendare
  101. ^ a b N Paladin [110] Stirring in the Shadows
  102. ^ N [46D] Annals of the Silver Hand
  103. ^ N Paladin [98 - 110] An Urgent Gathering
  104. ^ N Paladin [98 - 110] Weapons of Legend
  105. ^ N Paladin [98 - 110] We Meet at Light's Hope
  106. ^ N Paladin [98 - 110] A United Force
  107. ^ N Paladin [98 - 110] Logistical Matters
  108. ^ N Paladin [101 - 110] Dark Storms
  109. ^ a b N Paladin [101 - 110] Recruiting the Troops
  110. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] Silver Hand Knights
  111. ^ N Paladin [110] Judgment Awaits
  112. ^ N Paladin [101 - 110] A Sign From The Sky
  113. ^ N [100 - 110] A Falling Star
  114. ^ N Paladin [101 - 110] The Scion's Legacy
  115. ^ N [100 - 110] Bringer of the Light
  116. ^ N Death knight [110] The Fourth Horseman
  117. ^ The Highlord's Command
  118. ^ Campaign The Highlord's Command: Nemesis
  119. ^ Campaign The Highlord's Command: Holy Allies
  120. ^ Campaign The Highlord's Command: Legion Defense
  121. ^ Campaign The Highlord's Command: Procuring Supplies
  122. ^ N Paladin [101 - 110] Wrath and Justice
  123. ^ Campaign Wrath and Justice
  124. ^ N Paladin [101 - 110] Tech It Up a Notch
  125. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] To Faronaar
  126. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] This Is Retribution
  127. ^ Mother Ozram
  128. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] Communication Orbs
  129. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] The Codex of Command
  130. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] Cracking the Codex
  131. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110D] Assault on Violet Hold: The Fel Lexicon
  132. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] Blood of Our Enemy
  133. ^ Campaign Blood of Our Enemy: Azsuna
  134. ^ Campaign Blood of Our Enemy: Highmountain
  135. ^ Campaign Blood of Our Enemy: Stormheim
  136. ^ Campaign Blood of Our Enemy: Suramar
  137. ^ Campaign Blood of Our Enemy: Val'sharah
  138. ^ N Paladin [103 - 110] Translation: Danger!
  139. ^ N Paladin [110D] Black Rook Hold: Lord Ravencrest
  140. ^ N Paladin [110] To Felblaze Ingress
  141. ^ N Paladin [110] Aponi's Trail
  142. ^ N Paladin [110] The Mind of the Enemy
  143. ^ N Paladin [110] United As One
  144. ^ N Paladin [110] Champion: Delas Moonfang
  145. ^ N Paladin [110] Oath Breaker
  146. ^ N Paladin [110] Blood of Sargeras
  147. ^ N Paladin [110] Lumenstone
  148. ^ Campaign Lumenstone: Broken Shore
  149. ^ Campaign Lumenstone: Faronaar
  150. ^ Campaign Lumenstone: Stormheim
  151. ^ Campaign Lumenstone: Val'sharah
  152. ^ Campaign Lumenstone: Suramar City
  153. ^ N Paladin [110] A Light in the Darkness
  154. ^ N Paladin [110] Warriors of Light
  155. ^ World of Warcraft: Legion - Patch 7.2 – The Tomb of Sargeras Trailer
  156. ^ A Thousand Years of War Part One: Two Bright Lights
  157. ^ N [110] The Power in Our Hands
  158. ^ Sunwalker Champion
  159. ^ Battle for Stromgarde#Quotes
  160. ^ BlizzCon 2019: WoW Q&A Panel
  161. ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms, pg. 84 - 85
  162. ^ A Paladin [8] Ezul'aan Calls
  163. ^ A Paladin [20] Meet with Ezul'aan
  164. ^ A Paladin [20D] Weapons of Darkness
  165. ^ A Paladin [8D] The Hand of the Light
  166. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, part 1, chapter 5
  167. ^ Of Blood and Honor, chapter 8
  168. ^ N Paladin [110] A New Path
  169. ^ Class Hall followers
  170. ^ N Paladin [110] Blessing of the Order
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  172. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 76
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  174. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 57
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