“The boy king's plan was a foolish one. He still believed that people could change. Oh, they certainly could. Alleria, Sylvanas, and Vereesa were all proof. But it was not change for the better; at least, Anduin would not see it that way.”
|Alleria||Turalyon||Sylvanas||Vereesa||Rhonin Redhair †||Lirath †||Zendarin †|
Many consider the Windrunner family as the most tragic family in Warcraft lore. Several members of the family were thought to be killed by the orcs during the Second War, including the sisters' parents, their youngest brother Lirath, along with numerous relatives of varying proximity. Lireesa as the ranger-general of Silvermoon died during the attack, and Sylvanas became the new ranger-general, but gave to her older sister, Alleria, who was a distinguished Farstrider. Alleria would wield Thas'dorah in battle against the Legion for centuries before it was lost on Niskara and eventually retrieved by a hunter and her younger sister Vereesa.
Only Alleria, Sylvanas, Vereesa, and Zendarin are known to have survived. This prompted Alleria to join the Alliance Expedition in order to avenge them, which she later disappeared with. The rest of the family was one of the hardest hit by the Scourge invasion into Quel'Thalas. Sylvanas was killed by Arthas and raised as a banshee in his service, later becoming Banshee Queen of the Forsaken. The sisters' grandfather had to battle his own son, their uncle, after he was turned into an undead. A younger brother was torn to pieces by their older brother who was then himself burned with the rest of the Scourge by elven resistance fighters. The grandfather survived the battle and managed to get to Vereesa but his subsequent fate is unknown.
, Alleria's last gift to Sylvanas, was found and returned to the Dark Lady years later. Although Sylvanas insisted it meant "nothing" to her and dropped it to the floor, she subsequently tenderly reclaimed it with a sigh, and sang Lament of the Highborne to mourn the many losses of her family and her homeland, as well as her people, the quel'dorei.
Shortly before the Fourth War, Alleria Windrunner reunited with her two sisters, Sylvanas and Vereesa (with all three sisters wearing their necklaces), at Windrunner Spire, where Sylvanas apparently intended to kill both of them but relented at the last moment after hearing Vereesa's genuine apology for abandoning her after their last meeting. Although Alleria and Vereesa, both remaining part of the Alliance, would apparently retain a close relationship, with the two even confronting Sylvanas at the end of the subsequent conflict, Alleria and Sylvanas both considered their reunion a failed one, with Alleria even openly regretting not killing Sylvanas several times afterwards.
|Talanas||N/A||First ranger-general and first wielder of Thas'dorah.||Deceased|
|Lireesa||N/A||Mother of the Windrunner siblings, Sylvanas' predecessor as Ranger General, killed in the Second War along with unnamed husband.||Deceased|
|Alleria||Turalyon||Eldest sister. Current leader of the void elves.||Alive|
|Sylvanas||N/A||Middle sister. Former Ranger General, now Dark Lady of the Forsaken and Warchief of the Horde.||Undead|
|Vereesa||Rhonin Redhair||Youngest sister. Current Ranger General of the Silver Covenant.||Alive|
|Lirath||N/A||Youngest sibling. Killed by raiding orcs during the Second War.||Deceased|
|Zendarin||N/A||Cousin of the three Windrunner sisters and Lirath. Killed after an attempt to kidnap Vereesa's children.||Deceased|
|Arator||N/A||Son of Alleria and Turalyon.||Alive|
|N/A||Twin sons of Vereesa Windrunner and Rhonin.||Alive|
The surname Windrunner appears to have been invented by Knaak and first used in chapter two of his 2001 novel Day of the Dragon when Rhonin addresses Vereesa by her full name: "You would be Vereesa Windrunner, I presume".
Although the first member of the family to be introduced in the franchise was Alleria in the 1996 expansion Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal during the mission bearing her forename, she was not given a surname at that time.
Sylvanas Windrunner is the third member of the family introduced to the franchise in the 2002 game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, which is the second instance of the surname being used. The game does not actually reveal that she is Vereesa's sister, although the shared surname established some form of relation.
The 2004 novel The Well of Eternity (the 2nd by Knaak for Warcraft) is where the two Windrunners (Vereesa and Sylvanas) are established as being sisters, as well as Alleria being a Windrunner and the elder sister of the other two.
- Both Day of the Dragon and the War of the Ancients Trilogy mention the Windrunner sisters having two brothers. In the Trilogy, it is mentioned that Vereesa's younger brother was ripped apart by a hungering mob of undead led by their own elder brother, who was later set afire and destroyed. However, War Crimes says Lirath, who died during the Second War, was the only brother of the sisters.
- The bow is a family heirloom.
- Despite others of their race seemingly looking down upon most humans, the three Windrunner sisters would apparently each have a human love interest, with Alleria falling in love with Turalyon, Sylvanas with Nathanos, and Vereesa with Rhonin.
- Sylvos Windrunner was the name of a random Blood Mage in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, though it is unknown whether he exists as a canon character or not.
- ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Legends of the Land, Alleria
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 68
- ^ Tales of the Hunt
- ^ Alleria Windrunner#Valley of Heroes monument
- ^ a b The Well of Eternity, pg. 16
- ^ The Well of Eternity, pg. 17
- ^ Windrunner: Three Sisters
- ^ Before the Storm
- ^ Shadows Rising
- ^ The Well of Eternity, chapter 2
- ^ War Crimes, chapter 14: "As the two middle children, they had always had a bond that set them apart from Alleria, the eldest, and Lirath, their only brother."
- ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/legion/#artifacts