Grand Anchorite (formerly)
Anchorite of the Hand of Argus
Danarshi is a knowledgeable and venerable draenei anchorite, soulpriest, harbinger, and necromancer who survived the exodus from Argus and persevered against the Burning Legion for millennia. He has long since sworn himself against necromancy and is now most commonly referred to by his title of Anchorite for his tendency to serve the interests of his people and their allies through the means and morals of the Holy Light.
In his homeland of Amanalar on Argus, Danarshi was mentored as a harbinger by his father, Duum'viaer, which led to him eventually becoming a member of the Amanalar Peacekeepers. Long following that, he met the love of his life, Aelleena, who he later married and had his first child with, a daughter they named Irenora.
When the Burning Legion came to Argus, Danarshi was tasked by his father to escort civilians to Mac’Aree so they could escape the demons. Shortly after successfully fleeing from their homeworld onboard the Genedar, Danarshi and Aelleena had their second child and first son, Kai'soran, to commemorate the event.
During his long voyage onboard the Genedar, Danarshi arose as an anchorite under D’ore and advanced to the title of Grand Anchorite roughly fifteen thousand years after. Later, he saw the birth of his second daughter, Leanarhi.
Following his arrival on Draenor, Danarshi served the Auchenai in Auchindoun alongside his wife, initially as an anchorite though later as a soulpriest, which taught him how to purify spirits and wield shadow magic. In becoming a soulpriest, the Auchenai also granted him the tincture that would forever allow him to see into the Shadowlands.
After the fall of Karabor, Danarshi fled from Auchindoun to Shattrath City under the false assumption that it would survive against the Horde. In the following days, he defended Shattrath against the orcs alongside Irenora, who sacrificed herself to teleport him away once they lost the battle. Danarshi was left to survive a dying Draenor while clinging to the shores of the Zangar Sea, later hiding in Zangarmarsh after the planet was obliterated into what is now known as Outland.
Danarshi, unknowing that Aelleena had perished in the summoning of Murmur in Auchindoun, returned to its ruins to discover her fate and stumbled upon the remnants of the Auchenai who welcomed him into the Auchenai Crypts and indoctrinated him into learning necromancy, which he planned on using to revive his wife at the cost of severing his connection to the Light and corrupting his physical appearance. After his resurrection spell failed, turning Aelleena into a mindless undead, he fell into utter insanity and performed further heinous necromantic acts.
Danarshi did not awaken from his mania until a weakened D’ore contacted him in his dreams, ordering him to forsake necromancy and leave Auchindoun to help fight the Burning Legion and Illidari on Outland. After freeing Aelleena from her torment and cremating her, he did what the naaru commanded. His return to sanity was brought to an abrupt end, however, when he was chastised over his descent to darkness by a dying Kai’soran at the Black Temple, turning him into a vessel of hatred.
Danarshi soon found himself on Azeroth through the Dark Portal and happened upon Stormwind City. He intermingled with its malevolent organisations and resumed his practice of necromancy. Before long, he was awoken once more by the voice of D’ore in his sleep, and in the coming days, was accepted into the ranks of the Te'Amun, who promised to aid him on his path to redemption. Around the same time, he pledged his allegiance to the Alliance and Exodar.
With the help of the Te’Amun, Danarshi recovered his connection to the Light, but not long before he fell into a trap that was laid by his man’ari brother, Mordaros, who locked him in a time stasis spell and banished him to the Twisting Nether. He unconsciously drifted through the Nether for months until the link was made between the main universe and alternate universe, causing an anomaly that sent Danarshi to alternate Draenor and awoke him from his stasis.
Afraid that history would repeat itself, Danarshi went on a journey across alternate Draenor to find his alternate family and convince them to accompany him, which proved successful, aside from his alternate counterpart, who refused. They helped in the war against the Iron Horde, during which Danarshi discovered that his alternate self had sworn himself to the Sargerei, resulting in him fighting and killing him.
For a brief time, Danarshi was a member of the Rebirth of Argus, a small-scale draenei order. This lasted until after the Tanaan Jungle campaign when he once again stumbled upon the Te’Amun, who had thought him to be dead, and was readmitted into their ranks. He also became a member of the Hand of Argus shortly after. Once more, the Te’Amun proved instrumental in his path to redemption, as he gained many close companions and remembered what it truly meant to be benevolent.
Danarshi stood alongside the Te’Amun, Conclave, and Armies of Legionfall throughout the third invasion of the Burning Legion. He even took part in the long-awaited Argus Campaign, during which he joined the Army of the Light, combated countless demons, and ventured to Amanalar, where he summoned his brother and exacted revenge upon him by slaying him with the aid of the Te’Amun. Shortly afterwards, he took part in the siege of Antorus, contributing to the ultimate defeat of the Burning Legion.
Danarshi spent much of the Fourth War defending the Azuremyst Isles from the threat of the Horde. Midway into the war, he accompanied the Alliance fleet in pursuit of the Horde fleet over the Great Sea, which led to their fall into Nazjatar. He survived the wreckage but was stranded, forced to endure the harsh conditions. As this was happening, the Te’Amun fell into turmoil over recent events and disbanded, which Danarshi did not discover until after his return. As a result, he later stood against the forces of N’Zoth mostly alone, testing his resolve more than ever before.
Danarshi originally possessed vivid blue skin, brown hair, and two horns that protruded outwards from each side of his forehead. Today, however, his appearance is almost reminiscent of the Void itself, their natural colours washed out into ominous shades of blue and purple. His horns, too, have changed, contorted forward. Although one might not immediately see any of this as unusual, upon closer inspection, they will likely notice that his features have a certain sickliness and unnaturalness to them.
Danarshi’s altered appearance is the result of his former practice of necromancy in Auchindoun years ago. Despite long since swearing against the usage of necromancy, the damage that it wrought upon him is permanent, and the dark magic still lingers deep within him. Those who possess a powerful connection to forces that conflict with death magic, such as Life or the Light, might detect it hidden inside him, providing them with a more acute understanding of his abnormal features.
On the lower portion of Danarshi’s face is a rather stylish goatee that accompanies an impressive moustache. Atop his head and behind his crest rests his hair which, unlike his facial hair, is long and dishevelled. When uncontained, its length covers much of his back. However, most of the time, his hair is tied into a lengthy foxtail, with additional locks resting upon his chest and shoulders. Far above his jawline, separate from his goatee, are thick sideburns that harmonize with the hair that often flows over them.
Etched into Danarshi’s face are six deep scars, with three on each of his cheeks. They were made via his own accord long ago, shortly following the draenei exodus from Argus. They represent the six major settlements that once stood proudly in his homeland of Amanalar and serve as a reminder of what he lost when he fled from his homeworld. He also has many finer scars across his form, usually hidden by armour or robes.
Despite all the changes his body has undergone throughout his life, Danarshi has mostly remained adamant in maintaining his physical well-being. Due to frequent physical exertion through combat and other less violent means, his muscles are imposing in scale, giving him a buff figure. Standing at seven foot seven, he is colossal compared to some Azerothian races. Although he is largely a shadow of what he once was before arising as an anchorite, he still possesses incredible strength, able to lift a substantial amount of weight. His dexterity is noticeably less impressive, particularly when concerning agility and flexibility.
Danarshi is a worn and seasoned individual who has survived over thirty-seven thousand years of trials and tribulations. Because of his age and past, he is wise and learned, often acting and speaking sternly and solemnly, which inspires respect and admiration in his peers and allies.
Though Danarshi was driven by negativity in recent years, since returning to the Holy Light and surrounding himself with his fellow draenei and their allies, he possesses a more positive attitude and demeanour. At his heart, he is an honest, compassionate, righteous, and respectful individual who strives to perform deeds of good, though in a manner that favours order over chaos.
Danarshi stands firmly against deeds, principles, and magics that he considers evil and seldom shows clemency toward such things. To some, his perception of morality may seem unusual, if not skewed, as, whilst he usually deplores the usage of fel and death magic, he is lenient with those who wield the Void, viewing it as a natural and fundamental component of the universe that is not inherently evil, save for certain creatures that dwell within it or originated from it, such as the Old Gods.
As a simultaneous wielder of the Light and Void, Danarshi undergoes a constant struggle to maintain harmony and control of such conflicting forces. Whilst the Light works to soothe and strengthen him, the Void does the opposite, whispering into the confines of his mind and inspiring feelings of dread, vexation, and anxiety.
Although Danarshi is adept at restraining the sensations inflicted upon him by the Void, when he heavily utilises such magic or wanders into a place where its presence is strong, it will prove increasingly difficult for him to resist its urges. When this occurs, he may prove increasingly severe, irascible, and unstable, depending on the severity of the Void usage or presence. Due to his inherent willpower and connection with the Light, however, he rarely loses full control of himself.
On the day the Auchenai deemed Danarshi a soulpriest, he consumed a concoction that granted him the perpetual ability to peer into the Shadowlands and see the spirits that roam within. Although he has since grown accustomed to this, the Shadowlands are filled with unspeakable horrors that can still prove frightening or disturbing to him. In consequence of this, it is common for Danarshi to suffer from nightmares and have his disposition shift negatively at intervals that may seem random and unjustified to those who are unknowing of his plight.
Though Danarshi is reticent to people he is not familiar with, he is prone to divulging his more sensitive thoughts, opinions, and memories to those who he considers intimate or trustworthy. After suffering from the death of his family and countless friends, he is loyal and protective towards those he is close with, due to a fear of losing them similarly; this is worsened by his knowledge of the Shadowlands, where he believes the souls of the dead go to suffer infinitely. Primarily because of this reason, Danarshi, himself, is also afraid of dying.
After he desecrated the corpse of his wife, Aelleena, with necromancy, when he made a deranged and desperate attempt to return her to the realm of the living, Danarshi carries crippling guilt over his sin. Because of this and a lingering loyalty to his deceased wife who he wronged, he refuses to take part in romantic behaviour. He is uncomfortable around those who approach him in such a way, particularly if they are aware of his condition, which he sees as inconsiderate and disrespectful. Though this has shown signs of lessening since the defeat of the Burning Legion, it remains a significant hurdle for him.
Long Before the Storm Edit
Approximately thirty-seven thousand years ago, Danarshi, the second-born child of Duum’viaer and Shi’var, was born and raised in Amanare, the capital city of Amanalar, upon the surface of Argus. Although he had no known relatives beyond his nuclear family, his parents were both accomplished individuals. His father, Duum’viaer, was a legendary harbinger who was among the founders and members of the Council of Amanalar; he was also the creator and leader of the Amanalar Peacekeepers. His mother, Shi’var, was a wise and renowned philosopher who often served as the voice of reason for her husband. His older sister, Utruvi, was an apprentice philosopher under Shi’var.
Unlike his sister, Danarshi was influenced by his father, who led him on the path of a harbinger at the rather young age of two hundred. Duum’viaer possessed a strong and assertive personality, and few dared question him, including Danarshi. The man was a strict parent and teacher who made certain that his children and students alike would own up to their mistakes, though within reason. Despite his stern demeanour, he was patient and empathetic when he needed to be, which helped provide Danarshi comfort as he learned the trying ways of a harbinger.
Danarshi’s mother was defined by her empathy. She was a warm and approachable character who he found solace in whenever he was weary of his father’s severeness. He formed a close relationship with all three of his family members, finding admiration and appreciation for their unique characteristics. He considered his sister, in particular, to be a close friend, as she was kind and enthusiastic, similar to their mother though with a younger, more lively spark.
From the influence of his family and his experiences in life, Danarshi formed a fiery though affable personality. He was enthusiastic, lighthearted, respectful, faithful, empathetic, among many other positive traits. In contrast, however, he was rather impatient and impulsive, often allowing his emotions to drive his decisions and cloud his judgement. Regardless, he was a man of many friends, companions, and even lovers, most of who found him exciting and motivating.
At the age of three hundred, Danarshi put his century of harbinger training to use as a peacekeeper of Amanare. He was tasked with guarding the walls of the city, patrolling the roads leading from it, and policing its streets, enforcing law and order amongst the populace. Fortunately for him, Amanalar was close to a utopian status, meaning crime was a rare occurrence. There were moments, however, when the few criminals of Amanare would appear, allowing Danarshi the chance to apprehend them. Ultimately, he found the most action outside of Amanare itself, where wild predators were still sometimes audacious enough to venture from the forests bordering Amanalar and threaten eredar travellers.
For five hundred years, Danarshi lived in the home of his parents in Amanare, with little motivation to leave due to his agelessness and the constant peace across Argus. The house was impressive, hosting multiple rooms and a small, decorated courtyard where Danarshi often trained with his father. Overall, it provided more than enough space for him to coexist with his family.
As soon as Danarshi reached his fifth century of age, he gained his own home elsewhere in Amanare, though the occasion was soon spoiled by the first true tragedy of his life. Within the following years, a deadly plague swept over Amanalar and infected hundreds of eredar, including Utruvi. Danarshi and his parents did all they could to care for the sick woman, but to no avail, as she perished in the weeks following her contraction of the disease. Because of his close connection with her, this devastated Danarshi, and he formed a slightly more serious personality.
Five hundred years after the death of Utruvi, Danarshi's younger brother, Mordanas, was born. With the trauma of his sister's passing still lingering in his mind, he felt an inherent responsibility for the wellbeing of his newborn sibling, which compelled him to care for his brother throughout and beyond his youth. Though Duum'viaer and Shi'var typically took the role of the leading figures in Mordanas' life, Danarshi supported him to the fullest of his ability. As a result, the two of them became close, rivalling Danarshi and Utruvi's prior friendship.
Amanalar Peacekeepers Edit
At the age of two thousand, Danarshi was inducted into the Amanalar Peacekeepers by his father and given the armour they famously wore. The Amanalar Peacekeepers were comprised only of Amanalar’s most elite warriors, who were trusted with the safety and security of the region. Despite having nearly two millennia of experience as a harbinger, most of Danarshi’s fellow Amanalar Peacekeepers still outshined him by thousands upon thousands of years. He inevitably adopted a negative reputation within the order, viewed as unworthy of his induction.
Fortunately, Danarshi rarely saw the disdain of his comrades beyond harsh stares and remarks, as they feared the consequences if Duum’viaer was to discover their mistreatment of his son. He tirelessly strove to prove himself to his colleagues. As an Amanalar Peacekeeper, his duties sent him all over Amanalar, from patrolling its various roads and settlements to venturing beyond the very borders of the region on missions that dictated its future - though these missions were fairly far and few between. His primary focus, however, would always be the safeguarding of the major settlements of Amanalar, which were: Amanare, Xzaarven, Doros, Faralihr, and Umera.
Though his quest to gain the trust of his colleagues would require much time and patience, the general population of Amanalar immediately viewed Danarshi with veneration for his presence in the Amanalar Peacekeepers. The mere sight of the emblem upon his tabard was enough to make people stop in their tracks to glance at him, which proved unnerving to him at first, though he would eventually adapt to it. It came with its benefits, however; his presence was enough to send the most determined of criminals into hiding, resulting in him rarely running into trouble with the populace.
Curiously, unlike Danarshi, his brother was a stubborn, wilful individual who sought a unique path in life, separate from the wants or wishes of their parents. From a young age, Mordanas heard many stories from Shi’var, including those of myth and magic. Though his family had never shown a particular interest in magic, Mordanas was fascinated by it. He had always heard of the mystical city of Xzaarven, founded and ruled by the Triumvirate of Xzaarven, who were comprised of the ancient and powerful eredar mages known as Tarvorus, Galaviir, and Phaerador.
The majority of Xzaarven’s denizens were dedicated to the practice of the arcane, many of whom were members of the Xzaarvenei, a magical organisation that was created and led by the Triumvirate of Xzaarven and made up of practitioners of the arcane. Not only did they work to improve life in Amanalar with their magic, but they also hosted a university in Xzaarven that taught its students the ways of the arcane. While Danarshi was led away from Xzaarven under the sway of his father, Mordanas was, instead, allured by it.
Unsurprisingly, Duum’viaer was against the interests of his younger son, wishing for him to become a harbinger, as Danarshi had. Shi’var saw no reason to oppose Mordanas and encouraged him to pursue his dreams. Danarshi was no different, seeking only the best for his brother and supporting him in his endeavours. In the brief years after Danarshi joined the Amanalar Peacekeepers, Mordanas travelled to Xzaarven and approached the Xzaarvenei, who openly accepted him into their order and set him on the path of a mage. This proved to be a monumental moment in the history of their family, as it established a potential future of mages within their bloodline.
Jewel of Argus Edit
For thousands of years, Danarshi loyally served Amanalar alongside his fellow Amanalar Peacekeepers and gained much knowledge and skill along the way. By the time three thousand years had passed after his induction, he had more than earned the respect of his colleagues. To some surprise, he had even surpassed several of them in fighting ability, largely because of the constant preferential treatment and training from his father. At last, he felt equal to his comrades and found genuine friendship in them.
Soon after Danarshi reached the age of five thousand, the Council of Amanalar secured a meeting with the renowned Triumvirate within the grand capital of Argus itself, Mac’Aree. It was the mission of the Amanalar Peacekeepers to protect Duum’viaer as he met with the Triumvirate to establish a functioning alliance between Amanalar and Mac’Aree. This excited Danarshi, as he, like his parents, was a homebody who rarely left Amanalar and had never seen Mac’Aree, though he had heard much about it.
When tasked with travelling vast distances, the Amanalar Peacekeepers often visited the Xzaarvenei in pursuit of their teleportation magic. Their mission to Mac’Aree was of no exception, and thus, through a conjured portal, they stepped hoof in Mac’Aree, including Shi’var, who sought to study the philosophy of its people and culture. The sheer sight and scale of the city amazed Danarshi. With miles of grass as golden as the sun, trees of orange and lilac, towering spires of metal and crystal, glimmering rivers and walkways, he could only describe it as one of the most majestic marvels he had witnessed in his lifetime.
Duum’viaer, accompanied by Danarshi and his fellow Amanalar Peacekeepers, promptly met with Velen, Kil’jaeden, and Archimonde in the Seat of Triumvirate. Following a long discussion between Duum’viaer and the Triumvirate, Kil’jaeden and Archimonde complimented Amanalar for its magical and technological accomplishments but concluded that they were disinterested in an alliance, instead offering to absorb the region, allowing it to operate as it always had, though under the ultimate authority of the Triumvirate. Velen admired Amanalar for its rare independence and self-sufficiency and supported an alliance, though his fellow leaders outnumbered his opinion.
Duum’viaer, unwilling to subject Amanalar to the jurisdiction of the Triumvirate, declined the offer of Kil’jaeden and Archimonde and departed from their meeting. Although Amanalar failed to secure an alliance with Mac’Aree, they gained the approval of Velen, which they hoped would eventually help them sway Kil’jaeden and Archimonde. Danarshi, honoured to have merely been in their presence, walked away feeling elated and enlightened. For a few days, they remained in Mac’Aree, enjoying what the city offered, before returning to their homeland.
A New Dawn Edit
For the following three thousand years, Danarshi continued serving his people as an Amanalar Peacekeeper whilst appreciating the more peaceful aspects of life. Up to this point, he possessed much freedom, able to do as he pleased, within the bounds of the law. Without ever having the responsibility of raising a family, he had not yet stopped pursuing intimate relationships, none of which lasted. Soon, however, this would change. Around the age of nine thousand, he met the love of his life, Aelleena, on one fortuitous day during a routine patrol of the roads leading away from Amanare.
The innocent woman was foraging for plants in the open fields of Amanalar when she was attacked by roaming predators. Fortunately, Danarshi spotted the incident from afar and hurried to save her, striking the creatures down and sparing her from harm. Aelleena showered him in appreciation for his heroic deed and declared herself indebted to him, which he humbly declined and instead agreed to acquaint himself with her in Amanare, where they both lived.
Across months, Danarshi and Aelleena frequently met in Amanare, learning more about one another each time. Aelleena was a peaceful soul who possessed a talent for the arts of painting and sculpting. With only five hundred years separating them in age, with Aelleena being the younger of the two, they were close in age by eredar standards. Although they did not have much in common, they found a certain curiosity and appreciation for their differing interests, and it was not long before they formed a close friendship.
As years passed, their friendship progressed into love, though neither initially possessed the courage to inform the other of their feelings. Danarshi felt that something was different about Aelleena compared to the women he had previously loved; deep down, he knew that they were meant for each other, and this struck fear into him. Because of their agelessness, commitment could intimidate a race such as the eredar. Regardless, he eventually gathered his courage and revealed his attraction to Aelleena, who did the same to him in return, marking the beginning of a long connection between the two.
For three centuries, their relationship developed and flourished, leading to their marriage, in which they underwent a joining ceremony, witnessed by their friends and relatives. At the pinnacle of the ceremony, they swore an oath of eternal loyalty and faithfulness to one another, binding them together for the foreseeable future. Following this, the couple gained a new and sizeable home in Amanare and started their lives as a wedded couple.
Danarshi and Aelleena happily lived alone in each other’s company for centuries. Seven hundred years after their marriage, Aelleena gave birth to their first child, a daughter who they named Irenora. For a thousand years, they allowed Irenora to mature in the safety and comfort of Amanare, doing all that they could to ensure that she had a positive upbringing.
Once Irenora reached the age of one thousand, Danarshi offered to mentor her in the ways of a harbinger. Though Irenora expressed an inspiration for him and his heroics, her life to that point had dictated that her calling did not rest with the practice of melee weaponry and close-quarters combat, and therefore she declined. Though this saddened Danarshi, he possessed the will to accept it and support his daughter in whatever path she would follow. Little did Danarshi know, however, she possessed an intrigue in magic for much of her life, sparked by stories Mordanas had told her since her childhood.
Mordanas soon secretly informed Irenora that a magical ritual was to take place in the woodland nearby Xzaarven, performed by some of the most skilled mages from the Xzaarvenei. He urged for her to hide near the ritual so she could witness it in person. Throughout her youth, Danarshi and Aelleena warned her many times of the dangers that lurked in the forests of Amanalar. Despite this, the woman’s curiosity was peaked, so she placed her faith in her uncle and did as he suggested.
Unbeknownst to Irenora, Mordanas purposely planned the ritual to interest his niece in the arcane. Fortunately for him, he was successful in his endeavour, as the ritual amazed Irenora, convincing her to visit Xzaarven within the following days to meet the Xzaarvenei. There, her uncle revealed his true intentions and offered her a place as an apprentice mage within the Xzaarvenei, which she willingly accepted.
Only after this did Danarshi and Aelleena realise their daughter’s fascination in magic, and though it initially came as a surprise to them, they were quick to give her their full support. With this, Irenora moved from her parents’ home and became a resident of Xzaarven. There, she tirelessly studied in the city’s arcane university, where she arose as an arcanist and discovered she possessed serious potential as a mage.
Burning Legion Edit
Over a thousand years later, the darkest event in the history of Argus transpired when the Dark Titan Sargeras approached the Triumvirate with promises of untold power for the service and loyalty of the eredar within his army, the Burning Legion. Before long, propaganda filled the streets of Amanalar’s cities and settlements, urging their citizens to pledge themselves to the rule of the Triumvirate beneath their new, mysterious master.
The propaganda disconcerted an ill-informed Danarshi. Although he wielded no form of magic, nor had he sought to, he realised Sargeras’ promises ran far deeper than mere magic alone; he would transform the eredar into a physically stronger, more capable species. Despite some suspicion, he could not help but feel as though declining the proposal would be foolish, as he feared most eredar would conform to it, leaving the outliers to a questionable fate.
In the days that followed, thousands of Amanalar’s citizens, primarily from Xzaarven, began vanishing, including Mordanas, much to the dismay of Danarshi. Strangely, seemingly no one outside the Xzaarvenei could discover the cause of this, and Danarshi was no different. However, not all hope was lost. A defiant Velen sent a message across Argus that revealed Sargeras’ intention to corrupt the eredar into demons. He also stated that those who were to venture to Mac'Aree would find a means of escape from Argus.
Aelleena approached Danarshi with Velen’s message and her anxieties. Danarshi argued his fears with her and expressed his disapproval towards abandoning Argus, but it was not long before he saw the sense in his wife's words and agreed that his loved ones were more important to him than any mere offerings of power, thus deciding to leave his homeworld behind.
The Great Escape Edit
Within the following days, Danarshi and Aelleena met with Irenora, Duum’viaer, Shi’var, and the Amanalar Peacekeepers in the centre of Amanare, where they sought to decide upon how to deal with the coming chaos. During these moments, freakish sounds from an abnormal storm loomed over the horizon, intensifying as it crept closer towards Amanalar, signalling that an apocalypse was hastily approaching.
Duum’viaer took charge and formed a stratagem: Danarshi would escort Aelleena, Irenora, and Shi’var out of Amanare whilst congregating all civilians he stumbled across, before leading them all to Mac’Aree via any means necessary. Meanwhile, Duum’viaer and the rest of the Amanalar Peacekeepers would make their last stand in the centre of Amanare, hoping to cause a distraction in favour of the fleeing group, and as an ultimate act of defiance against those who would harm Amanalar.
Danarshi quarrelled with his father over his plan, but the old harbinger was resolute, and Danarshi soon realised he could not change his mind, no matter how hard he tried. With much sorrow, Danarshi, Aelleena, Irenora, and Shi’var wished their final farewells upon Duum’viaer and the Amanalar Peacekeepers and started a journey that would test the will of Danarshi unlike anything before. As they made their way towards the gates of Amanare, Danarshi rallied all the civilians who stood in their path, and by the time they exited the city, he had amassed approximately three hundred eredar in total. They had no option but to abandon thousands of innocents to their fates, to which they all shared crippling guilt.
They did not tarry after leaving Amanare. As they trod into the plains of Amanalar, Irenora attempted to teleport them all to Mac’Aree, though found herself unable to transport so many people over such a vast distance. After accepting her shortcoming, Irenora warned her family and the civilians about the treachery of the Triumvirate of Xzaarven and the Xzaarvenei, who she was aware had sided with the Burning Legion. She advised that they avoid Xzaarven, which Danarshi agreed upon.
Without a reliable means of teleportation at their disposal, they had no choice but to pass through the forests and mountains of Amanalar, from which they would walk the long distance to Mac’Aree. Any semblance of peace came to a sudden halt, however, when the skies above them became darkened with winged monstrosities unlike anything any of them had ever seen, ranging from felbats to fiends and doomguards, demons in their purest of forms.
Although Danarshi made a steadfast attempt at leading his family and the civilians away from the approaching demons, they were too swift to outrun. A doomguard slammed in front of them, metres away from the Harbinger, and questioned their loyalties to the Burning Legion. With a ferocious slash, Danarshi cut the creature down, infuriating its surrounding kin, who descended upon the innocent eredar with felbats in tow. Danarshi then yelled for the amassed group to flee, which they did, without question.
As they drew closer to the cover of Amanalar’s forests, the winged demons swooped away and slew many civilians. While Danarshi struck at them whenever they came close, Irenora joined the fray, assaulting them with her arcane magic. The most courageous of the civilians also lent their aid, though, with most of them unarmed, there was little that they could do.
By the time they passed into the concealment of the forests, thirty civilians had already perished. Fortunately, the winged predators could no longer harm them within the thicket. Their respite was short-lived, however, as colossal formations of rock and cinder soon rained down upon the woodland from the skies above, alight with fel. These were revealed as being more than mere meteorites, as they reanimated into infernals and climbed from their craters, spreading emerald wildfires across the vegetation.
Danarshi led the civilians to an overpass and fled across the border of Amanalar, successfully evading the demons who were preying on them, though only after twenty more of the civilians had fallen to asphyxiation from the foul smoke that flooded the forests from the spreading fel fires, lowering the survivor count to two hundred and fifty. As the sky came back into their view, they saw it choked with clouds of darkened ash and crackling fel lightning, from which infernals rained down upon the distant cities and settlements. Amanalar had met its downfall.
Unfortunately for the survivors, their journey was far from over. Atop the overpass where they stood, they seized the opportunity to recover their strength and set eye upon their homeland for what they assumed was the final time, before continuing towards Mac’Aree. For several hazardous days, they travelled across Argus, avoiding the demon patrols however they could, though forced to fight for their safety on a multitude of occasions, losing dozens of more lives.
Miles into their trek, fatigue afflicted them. A harsh reality soon struck Danarshi: if they were to stop, they would risk not reaching Mac’Aree in time, which would have sealed their fates on a dying Argus. Upon realising this, he begrudgingly proceeded with the decision of abandoning those who were too weary to follow. While Irenora reluctantly agreed on the necessity of Danarshi’s decision, Aelleena could not help but argue with him, horrified about dooming innocents to such a fate. Despite the additional guilt this laid upon Danarshi, it was not enough to sway him, so they continued onward, leaving behind the weak and infirm.
The Final Stretch Edit
Once Mac’Aree was finally visible on the horizon, approximately one hundred of the survivors from Amanalar remained standing. Much to their dismay, not even the grand capital of Argus itself was spared from the wrath of the demons, as fel fires had spread across much of its streets and structures. A glimmer of hope yet remained for them, however, as the chaos within the city appeared fresh; many of its spires still stood proud, and screams reverberated throughout the air. Though it seemed unlikely that Velen had yet fled the planet, it was clear their time was running short. Sustained by adrenaline, the survivors approached Mac’Aree, adamant on finding the Prophet.
The demonic presence in Mac’Aree was stronger than anything they had yet seen. From the moment they stepped through the city’s gates, they were assaulted from all directions by various types of demons, including imps, felhounds, felguards, and shivarra. There was, however, one type of demon in particular that sent shivers down the spines of the survivors: the man’ari, eredar who had succumbed to Sargeras’ corruption. With eyes of flaming fel and skin of red, grey, and orange, the man’ari lashed against them without remorse.
Despite the dire circumstances, Danarshi and the survivors persevered, pushing their way through the collapsing streets of Mac’Aree. For almost every demon that fell, they claimed civilian lives as payment. Although their numbers continued to dwindle, their wills remained unwavering. After a debilitating series of minutes, their destination was in sight, south-east of the Seat of the Triumvirate, within an arena where a shining, resplendent light radiated through the archways of metal and crystal surrounding its perimeter.
From hundreds of metres away, Danarshi could see thousands of eredar fleeing through the archways into the safety of the luminous light, where no demon could pass, as they were dissolved into ash by a device known as the Argunite Matrix, which shielded the arena. As Danarshi and the survivors drew closer to the source of the light, an abnormal sensation of courage and resolve washed over them, renewing their vigour and intensifying the more they approached. Moments ago, they were trudging with fatigue; now they were speeding into a running pace.
Cries of pain, fear, and anger sounded in all directions as Danarshi raised his shield in front of him, forging a path through the assemblage of demons and eredar for his family and the survivors who remained at his rear. Danarshi, Aelleena, and Irenora were the first to step into the arena through one of its archways, and as they did, a single scream amidst hundreds sent chills down their spines, realising it was the voice of Shi’var. They could only watch as a doomguard impaled her, mere inches away from the archway, before hauling her into the surrounding crowd.
The panic-stricken shouts of Danarshi, Aelleena, and Irenora resounded over the area as they called out for Shi’var, though there was no response. After all that had transpired over the previous days, this was when something truly changed in Danarshi. Unprecedented feelings of grief and hatred washed over him, consuming him; he would never be the same. Though the desire to mourn Shi’var was overwhelming for the three, there was no opportunity for such; they had to flee Argus, lest they would all perish.
Fleeing Fate Edit
Those who successfully passed through the archways into the arena found themselves within the presence of L’ura, a naaru. With the Light at its disposal and with the help of the Argunite Matrix, L’ura fended off the hordes of stampeding demons to the utmost of its ability, allowing many of the fleeing eredar to pass unharmed; many others, however, such as Shi’var, were not so fortunate.
Although powerful, L’ura was not impervious. Its strength was matched when Kil’jaeden appeared on the field, accompanied by an elite force of his fellow man’ari, including the monstrous Khazaduum, who dwarfed his kin in size and ferocity. Khazaduum pierced through the defences of the arena and destroyed the Argunite Matrix, rendering the survivors vulnerable. At this moment, Prophet Velen stepped forth with the Ata’mal crystal in hand and summoned the aid of another naaru, K’ure. In seconds, a dimensional ship, the Genedar, appeared in the skies above and whisked the survivors away to safety.
A heavy hum sounded throughout the Genedar as three naaru, K’ure, D’ore, and K’ara powered and piloted the dimensional ship from inside it. Danarshi watched through a glass aperture as L’ura sacrificed itself against Kil’jaeden and his demons on the location that would be renamed Triumvirate’s End. As the Genedar ascended through the atmosphere of Argus, it revealed a world shrouded in clouds of smoke, ash, and fel lightning. Whilst their homeworld lessened into a faraway speck within the vastness of space, Aelleena stood at Danarshi’s side, attempting to comfort him with a hand upon his shoulder, though to no avail.
Of all the civilians that fled Amanalar, only thirty-eight of them survived, including Danarshi, Aelleena, and Irenora; most of them, however, would also perish throughout the millennia to come. On that day, Danarshi swore an oath that he would someday return to Argus to achieve vengeance against the Burning Legion and see his homeworld cleansed of the corruption that had claimed it. In memory of Amanalar, he carved three deep scars into both of his cheeks, each representing one of its six major cities at the time of its fall, specifically: Amanare, Xzaarven, Doros, Faralihr, Umera, and Korus.
The Exiled Ones Edit
Shortly after their exodus from Argus, the uncorrupted eredar renounced their race out of spite for the man’ari, renaming themselves draenei, meaning “exiled ones” in Eredun. With the Genedar at their disposal, the draenei set out on an unknowingly lengthy journey throughout the Great Dark Beyond, on a quest to locate another world that they could call home.
Kil’jaeden, hellbent on revenge against the traitorous draenei, sent his most trusted accomplice, Talgath, in pursuit of them. Talgath would torment them for countless years, making it nearly impossible for them to settle upon a world. No matter where they ran, Talgath would find them, and the Burning Legion would follow, destroying all planets the draenei dared to touch.
Danarshi remained as a harbinger, striving to protect his fellow draenei from the Burning Legion or whatever other threat would attempt to harm them. With the purpose of the Amanalar Peacekeepers now complete, he, as their last member, declared the order as defunct almost immediately after fleeing Argus and ceased wearing their armour. As he struggled to come to terms with what the demons had done to his homeworld, he proved to be a rather cold, unpleasant character. Eventually, he would adapt to this plight, though it would take him many years to do so.
The Holy Light Edit
The naaru quickly arose as the most respected symbol to the draenei people, not only because of their actions in saving them from annihilation on Argus, but also because they were godlike beings who symbolised virtues such as hope, righteousness, and nobility, those of which the draenei valued. The naaru soon granted them a gift that had never fully graced them on Argus: the Holy Light. The naaru served them as mentors and protectors, instructing the amenable in the ways of the Light, whilst defending their race against the Burning Legion.
Before long, many of the draenei succumbed to the Light. With the naaru D’ore as her mentor, Aelleena swore herself to his service and was the first of her family to embrace the Light, arising as an anchorite during the initial years of their exodus from Argus. Although Danarshi, like most of his kin, held a deep respect for the naaru, he had grown suspicious of unfamiliar magicks since the fall of Argus, proving far more reluctant towards the Light than his wife, and thus refused to let it influence him.
With the draenei exodus from Argus still being recent, Danarshi and Aelleena viewed it as an important moment of change for their people and agreed to mark it with a second child. Shortly after Aelleena became an anchorite, their first son, Kai’soran, was born. As one of the initial draenei born away from Argus, Kai’soran served as a symbol of his race’s transition from eredar to draenei.
For centuries, Kai’soran’s purpose remained a mystery. When he reached the age of five hundred, however, Danarshi and Aelleena, each stressed by their recent calamities, attempted to influence the direction of his future. While Danarshi enthused him about the violent though honourable ways of a harbinger, Aelleena instead encouraged him to arise as a warm, peaceful, and generous anchorite. Ultimately, to please them both, Kai’soran took the mantle of one of the first draenei vindicators, pledging himself to K’ure and embracing his teachings of the Light.
Over four thousand, five hundred years later, Danarshi inevitably collapsed under the united sway of Aelleena and Kai’soran, laying down his melee weapons and plate armour for staves and robes and following in the steps of his wife as an anchorite, swearing himself to D’ore. As followers of the Holy Light, Danarshi, Aelleena, and Kai’soran would help shine the way for the draenei on their long voyage, remaining faithful for countless years to come.
Great Dark Beyond Edit
For millennia, the draenei wandered the Great Dark Beyond onboard the Genedar, continuing their search for planets they could call home. Throughout this period, Danarshi witnessed hundreds of unique locations and phenomenon that he never dreamed of seeing on Argus. He saw worlds teeming with life and wonder, whilst others were scarcely habitable. His mettle was tested time and time again, as he assumed the role of a healer and defender of his people whilst they settled upon these worlds, which led him to face many threats and challenges.
However, regardless of what planets the draenei landed upon, the Burning Crusade spared none of them. Inevitably, over time, this harsh reality wore down on the draenei. While some wished that the demons would leave them in peace, others still sought vengeance, including Danarshi, whose hatred only continued to grow with each world that fell. Although he learned to cope with their predicament, deep down, there was still nothing he wanted more than to take part in the destruction of the Burning Legion, and he would never stop waiting for that opportunity to present itself.
Throughout the rest of their voyage, Danarshi’s commitment as an anchorite would remain his primary focus. However, despite this, he maintained his mastery in melee combat whenever convenient, which allowed him to keep his title of Harbinger and remain a formidable warrior. Unfortunately, he still lost much of the skill that he possessed on Argus because of his occupation as a harbinger no longer being his priority. Interestingly though, he mostly made up for this by teaching himself how to empower his melee attacks with the Light, similar to that of a vindicator, but cruder.
The Departure Edit
The prime naaru Xe’ra eventually approached the draenei, seeking to induct them into her holy faction known as the Army of the Light. Composed of races who lost their worlds to the Burning Crusade, the Army’s purpose was to stand against the Burning Legion. Xe’ra saw the draenei as a promising addition and selected their most powerful and elite warriors to join its forces.
While Danarshi, Aelleena, and Irenora were not among those chosen to join the Army of the Light, Kai’soran was one of them. Although Kai’soran considered answering the call of the Light Mother, he ultimately saw himself as a protector of innocents rather than a vessel of retribution and declined under the justification of serving K’ure. Danarshi supported his son’s decision, despite being secretly upset over not being seen as worthy by Xe’ra, disappointed he would not get the chance to retaliate against the Burning Legion.
Shortly afterwards, the Genedar split into another dimensional ship known as the Xenedar, which housed the chosen soldiers. With that, the Xenedar and its crew flew away into the cosmos on their mission to oppose the demons, leaving behind those who stayed on the Genedar. Though Danarshi appreciated the courage and heroism of the Army of the Light, he could not help but feel sorrow over the departure of his fellow draenei, afraid they would not return.
Grand Anchorite Edit
Approximately twenty thousand years after the exodus from Argus, D’ore granted Danarshi the title of Grand Anchorite in acknowledgement of his skill, wisdom, and selflessness as an anchorite. He was, however, the last of his family to achieve such a prestigious position, as Irenora, Aelleena, and Kai’soran had already long since mastered their respective classes. Aelleena, in particular, became a grand anchorite roughly five thousand years beforehand. Their accomplishments merely struck pride into Danarshi and motivated him to improve himself, which helped him reach the status of Grand Anchorite.
For countless years since the birth of Kai’soran, Danarshi and Aelleena contemplated having a third child, though their commitments and responsibilities always caused them to shy away from it. It was not until roughly twenty-three thousand years after the exodus that their second daughter, Leanarhi, was born. The young draenei served as a symbol of the resilience of her people, who had survived against the Burning Legion for years immeasurable. Unlike Kai’soran, however, Leanarhi was far from the first of draenei children. With most of her race already being accomplished individuals, there was much she could learn from them, but also much she had to prove.
Learning from their mistakes in their upbringing of Kai’soran, Danarshi and Aelleena did not force Leanarhi down a particular path, allowing her the freedom to determine her fate. Her siblings were no different in their approach, supporting their sister as any sensible siblings would have, though influencing her in no particular way. Leanarhi grew to be a secluded individual of few words or companions, and, like her family, she was resilient. Unlike them, however, she did not find interest in the Light or arcane. Her purpose would remain hidden for many years.
Fall of the Genedar Edit
Over twenty-four thousand years after the exodus, during the Genedar’s approach of yet another uncharted planet, K’ara lost its connection with the Light. K’ara’s final act was a warning for the draenei to eject it from the vessel before it fell into a state of Void corruption common among dying naaru; although Danarshi had long since heard of this phenomenon, it still shocked him to see it happen in person. K’ara lashed out at K’ure and D’ore, which Prophet Velen intercepted by shielding them. Velen then ejected K’ara from the ship, as it requested, but it was too late; the assault already weakened K’ure and D’ore, dooming the Genedar to crash into the unknown planet.
Exiles’ Refuge Edit
The Genedar soon pierced through the blue skies of the world it approached. Though it plummeted into the planet’s soil, the dimensional ship, and most of the draenei inside, survived. Unfortunately, among the casualties of the crash was D’ore, which devastated Danarshi, Aelleena, and hundreds of other draenei. As Danarshi drifted from the vessel, he laid eye upon the rolling green fields of Nagrand. It reminded him of his long-lost homeland of Amanalar, which brought him some measure of comfort.
Draenor, meaning “Exiles’ Refuge” in Draenei, was the name that the draenei gave this new world. From that moment forth, they would consider it their home. Danarshi, however, recognised the situation for what it truly was: they were stranded on Draenor with no means of escape, and the Burning Legion had not ceased their search for them. He knew it was only a matter of time before they found them, but until then, he agreed to make the most of the situation by supporting his people in their colonization of the planet, hopeful that, for once, they had found some proper respite from the demons.
Shortly after the draenei arrived on Draenor, Prophet Velen created an order known as the Rangari to scout the continent they crashed upon, to map out its features and resources. Although they did not officially join the Rangari, Danarshi, Aelleena, Irenora, and Leanarhi agreed to accompany them to assist them however they could and see what Draenor had in store for them. Kai’soran instead remained in Nagrand to aid with the formation of draenei settlements there. After wishing a touching farewell upon Kai’soran, the family set off into the unknown, on an expedition that would last for several weeks.
They passed through lands of luscious jungles, barren deserts, freezing blizzards, towering spires, and everlasting night. There was one region, in particular, in the centre of the continent, filled with gleaming forests of gold and orange flora, that the draenei would name Talador. Talador served as the geological crossroads between the lands of Draenor, and, in time, the draenei would consider it as the heart of their society.
Home for the Honoured Dead Edit
Once the Rangari successfully mapped the continent, Danarshi, Aelleena, Irenora, Leanarhi, and Kai’soran were all left with the hard choice of where they would deem home. Kai’soran had already found his place in Nagrand, and Leanarhi joined him there shortly after the expedition. Five years later, Irenora declared residency in Shattrath City and went to assist in its construction. Meanwhile, in the same year, Danarshi and Aelleena learned that another fledgling order, the Sha’tari, planned on establishing a magnificent mausoleum in Talador, where they could inter D’ore and deceased draenei.
Avid on bestowing D’ore the burial they believed he deserved, Danarshi and Aelleena willingly aided the Sha’tari in the mausoleum's assembly, which would become known as Auchindoun, meaning “a Home for the Honoured Dead” in Draenei. Following its completion, the newly appointed Exarch Maladaar led and created the Auchenai, who would serve as the custodians of Auchindoun and the caretakers of the deceased within its halls and crypts. Because of the weight that death held to the draenei, Danarshi and Aelleena could think of few positions more virtuous than a caretaker of the dead and therefore swore themselves to the Auchenai, becoming two of its initial members.
Within Auchindoun, Danarshi continued to serve as an anchorite alongside his wife, which now mostly involved them interring deceased draenei into the crypts and performing their funeral rites, among other duties, such as the occasional healing of the sick and injured. However, it was not long before they learned of a secret that few outside the Auchenai’s trusted had known: since the death of D’ore, Void energies leaked from his remains, attracting souls and consuming them to regenerate his strength and return him to the Light. The Auchenai also learned that when spirits came into proximity of D’ore, they could communicate with them.
Those within the Auchenai who were aware of this, such as Danarshi and Aelleena, were quick to realise one of the underlying purposes of the order: to feed the souls of the dead to D’ore to aid in his regeneration. This horrified some within the Auchenai, including Danarshi, but Maladaar quelled much of the unease by ensuring that the process was involuntary on behalf of D’ore and that it was the ultimate means for a spirit to become one with the Light.
Danarshi was perplexed over how he had not heard of this process after spending thousands of years as an anchorite. Whilst his shock wore off, he refused to contribute to the feeding of souls to D’ore, despite his reverence of him, and continued focussing on interring the deceased into the crypts and performing their funeral rites.
Darkened Descent Edit
With their discovery of the attraction and consumption of spirits by D’ore, the Auchenai introduced soulpriests and soulbinders into their order, whose purpose was to interact with the departed in unique ways. While the soulpriests helped to purify the lost and restless spirits who could not find their way to D’ore, the soulbinders worked to preserve the souls of prestigious draenei, sometimes by placing them into mechanical constructs known as vigilants, which allowed them to continue serving their people forevermore. There laid one significant hurdle in their path, however: spirits were not normally visible to the naked eye.
To solve this issue, the Auchenai devised a complex concoction that allowed those who drank it to peer into the Shadowlands, so they could witness the spirits within and communicate with them, no matter how far from D’ore they were. The Auchenai usually granted this potion only to the soulpriests and soulbinders of the order, as their duties depended on its abilities. Although this intrigued Danarshi, he suspected the strain it would have upon one’s sanity would be adverse and thus ignored the temptation.
This became the least of Danarshi’s concerns, however, as he soon discovered that the soulpriests and soulbinders planned on wielding the powers of the Void to more thoroughly interact with spirits. Because the naaru had long since indoctrinated him into viewing the Light as inherently good and the Void as inherently evil, this news dismayed Danarshi and others - especially Aelleena. Before this sparked out of control, however, Exarch Maladaar made certain that his disciples understood his intentions, informing them that the Void would only help in the purification process of the spirits and that he would punish those who misused it.
Intimidated by the harsh processes and sacrifices required to become a soulpriest or soulbinder, Danarshi remained as an anchorite within the Auchenai. As years started flowing by, he and his wife persisted through countless days and nights of strange paranormal phenomena that they could only assume originated from the invisible spirits that lingered in Auchindoun. Danarshi, highly disturbed by the hauntings, could feel his paranoia increasing. He became curious about the concoction and its effects and eventually wondered if drinking it would help ease his growing stress.
Despite the connection the soulpriests had with the Void, Danarshi considered undergoing their initiation to open his eyes to the Shadowlands, and so he could assist in the recovery of D’ore. For a time, his wife dissuaded him from this path by expressing her fear of the negative consequences it could have had upon him. Ultimately, however, by the thirty-fifth year after the construction of Auchindoun, Danarshi inevitably succumbed to his urges and forsook his title of Grand Anchorite in favour of Soulpriest, beginning his training.
Deep within the ranks of the Auchenai were monks who worked to master their control over their emotions. They shared their wisdom with their fellow Auchenai so they could cope with the strain of witnessing the Shadowlands and wielding the Void. Though Danarshi had already practised meditation techniques with the monks in the past, it was nothing compared to what he was about to experience. For ten years, he underwent intensive disciplinary training with them, surviving challenges that would have scarred many. They taught him how to cope with traumatic occurrences and how to maintain control over his emotions in hard situations. It was not until after this that the Auchenai taught him how to wield Void and Shadow magic.
On the day the Auchenai deemed Danarshi’s training complete, they granted him the title of Soulpriest and presented him with the potion that would forever allow him to peer into the Shadowlands. As dozens of Auchenai spectated, he drank the concoction, and within seconds, could see the ghosts of draenei wandering through the halls of Auchindoun. While many of them were unaware of what was happening around them, some surrounded Danarshi, staring at him with wide, emotionless eyes; this was his first true taste of what lingered within the Shadowlands, and despite his discipline, it caused him much fright.
Throughout the following decades, Danarshi focussed intently on his duties as a soulpriest, working tirelessly to purify the lost spirits in Auchindoun. At first, this offered him respite from his deeper thoughts, as his newfound abilities distracted him. Once he adapted, however, he was quick to find his previous contemplations replaced only with more disturbing ones. He dismally pondered the mysteries of the Shadowlands, wondering how vast it was, and the number of souls trapped within it. His gift became a curse, inflicting only more misery upon him.
As the years progressed, Danarshi’s constant exposure to wailing ghosts and Shadow magic caused his sanity to descend, delayed only by his discipline. Slowly but surely, he shifted into a morose, irascible, and isolated individual, to where even his wife could no longer fully communicate with him. For the first time since their joining, a wedge was being driven between them. While this devastated Aelleena, Danarshi was almost oblivious to it, too caught up in his thoughts to realise the extent of the damage he was causing.
Sixty years after Danarshi’s initiation as a soulpriest, he and Aelleena received an unexpected visit from Kai’soran, who they learned was on a pilgrimage to Karabor. Though they remained in limited contact with Irenora over the years, they had not seen Kai’soran since their arrival on Draenor. Danarshi showed a rare measure of joy over his reunion with his son, yet much of it remained shrouded by his disconsolate demeanour. Shortly after Aelleena showed Kai’soran around Auchindoun, he wished positive fortune on his parents and continued on his journey, determined to reach his destination.
More years passed, and Danarshi only continued to descend into darkness. Eventually, sleep became a rarity to him, as he often awoke screaming and drenched in sweat. Throughout the day, he would occasionally speak out loud while nobody was around, sometimes to the invisible spirits around him, and sometimes to himself. It shocked Aelleena how far he had fallen; to her, he felt possessed, no longer the man she had loved for countless millennia, and it left her heartbroken.
Noble Intent Edit
During all his years in the Auchenai, Danarshi rarely left Auchindoun. It was common for him to remain inside the mausoleum for weeks on end, which only contributed further to his degrading sanity. Occasionally, however, he would venture out into the forests of Talador to clear his mind and find rest from his duties. One hundred and forty years following his initiation as a soulpriest, there was one day in particular when he was wandering the roads of rural Talador in his lonesomeness, basking in the solitude and tranquillity.
The muffled sounds of a woman weeping from behind the cover of nearby shrubbery interrupted Danarshi’s walk. In front of him laid a trail of red blood, leading in the commotion's direction. Danarshi, with his mind clearer than usual, felt his heart drop within his chest at the sight of this. Although the colour of the blood was an obvious sign that it had not originated from a draenei, he did not allow it to cloud his conscience and pushed his way through the flora to investigate.
Inside a small clearing, Danarshi stumbled upon a female orc, down upon her knees in a pool of blood that did not belong to her. Cradled in the woman’s arms was an infant - her son - who was motionless, with a gruesome slash across his chest. Danarshi discovered the source of the blood pool to be a deceased male orc who was laying nearby, unmistakably the father of the child, covered in various battle wounds. A few metres away from him was a winged arakkoa, who had met a similar fate, revealing that they fought to the death.
Seconds later, the orc woman pleaded for Danarshi’s help in broken Draenei, which he initially responded to in conflicted silence, though ultimately caved from his pity, realising the pain that would accompany the loss of one’s child. At that, he sealed the boy’s wound with the Light and successfully revived him. Afterwards, he shifted his healing focus to the boy’s father, though to no avail, as his soul had already left its body.
The woman, though relieved that her son had survived, could not help but mourn for her husband, to which Danarshi cautiously comforted her with a hand upon her shoulder. Seconds later, she asked for his name, and he provided it without question. She expressed her gratitude to him before requesting that he leave so she could bury her husband in peace, which he obliged, returning into the thicket from where he came with much to think about. Little did he know that the woman would name the boy Danarsho, an orcish variation of his name, for having saved his life.
The Horde Edit
One hundred and eighty-eight years after the draenei arrived on Draenor, many of them had grown complacent, failing to foresee the return of the Burning Legion. Talgath had, at last, found his prey, and his master, Kil'jaeden, wished them only one fate: their demise. Rather than raining demons upon them, however, he worked from the shadows, manipulating the orcs to rebel against them.
Granting the powers of a warlock to Gul'dan, Kil'jaeden used him as the primary pawn in his schemes. Over years, deceit was spread throughout the orcish clans, until they were convinced that the draenei were plotting against them, to which they united under the banner of the Horde in preparation of facing their adversary.
After eight years of plotting and conspiring against the draenei, the Horde marched upon them in full force at Karabor. Once Gul'dan rose the Hand of Gul'dan, the orcs attacked the temple, and although the draenei held against them for several minutes, despite being outnumbered, the tides were turned when the Horde unleashed the Dark Star upon them, which was, in fact, K'ara in her Void state. With K'ara at their disposal, the Horde utilised her shadow magic to decimate Karabor and its forces, sending the surviving draenei into full retreat.
Danarshi was alarmed when he heard about the fall of Karabor, afraid for the safety of himself and his children, especially Kai'soran, who he knew was living in Karabor at the time of its fall. Above all, however, the Hand of Gul'dan proved to him that the Burning Legion had found them on Draenor. Upon this realisation, he grew apprehensive about the defences of Auchindoun and questioned if the mausoleum could stand against the orcs.
Danarshi formed a misguided assumption that Shattrath would have a higher chance of survival and planned to flee there and reunite with Irenora. He approached Aelleena about his plan and offered her to accompany him, and although she considered it, she ultimately refused, unwilling to abandon D'ore and her fellow Auchenai to their fates. Danarshi made little effort to argue with his wife and remained firm in his delusions, leaving Auchindoun on the same day and extinguishing whatever love remained between them.
False Hope Edit
As Danarshi headed through the forests of Talador toward Shattrath, he suffered from conflicting thoughts and emotions. Although he was relieved to be free from Auchindoun, it was negated by his earlier confrontation with Aelleena, and a fear that the draenei would not survive the return of the Burning Legion. He questioned if he made the right decision abandoning his wife, but did not turn back. After hours of walking, he reached Shattrath and located Irenora at her home on the Shattrath Overlook, which led to a heartwarming reunion between the two.
Despite the joyous occasion, tensions quickly rose when Danarshi told Irenora his concerns about the Burning Legion, the Horde, and Aelleena. How he spoke was far more melancholic and perturbed than when last they met, which helped Irenora see the toll that Auchindoun had wrought upon his mind. Fortunately, she sympathized with him and did not blame him for Aelleena’s stubbornness, falsely assuming he tried his utmost to sway her.
Irenora allowed Danarshi to stay in her home. Within the following days, anxiety afflicted him and many others, as it spread throughout Shattrath and made the draenei consider evacuating the city. Ultimately, under the advice of Exarch Larohir, they decided they would make a stand against the orcs. While the majority of the draenei military and civilians remained behind, many citizens fled to safe locations, such as the temple of Telredor in the Zangar Sea.
Contrary to Danarshi’s hopes, however, the draenei did not believe they could stop the Horde at Shattrath. They planned on sacrificing themselves and the city to fool the orcs into thinking they beat the draenei, to stop them from searching for those who went into hiding. When Danarshi realised this, he was frantic before being calmed by his daughter. He refused to accept death at the hands of the orcs, and as a coping mechanism, continued lying to himself that Shattrath would defeat them.
The Fall Edit
The Horde soon amassed outside the walls of Shattrath, as predicted. The draenei scrambled to create a formidable defence, though it was obvious the orcs outnumbered them. Danarshi watched from the Shattrath Overlook as the Horde assembled. All he could think about was the involvement of the Burning Legion in these events, and it caused him more anger than fear. He had grown tired of running from the demons and sacrificing worlds to them. He was ready to stand and fight for Draenor.
Irenora approached Danarshi and urged him to find safety in the Shattrath City dome, but he refused, insisting that he aid the defenders. Although she tried to convince him otherwise, his anger clouded his mind, and he did not listen. In defeat, Irenora allowed him to accompany her in the city's defence. Despite his skills as a harbinger having grown rusty during his time in Auchindoun, Danarshi brought with him a weapon he could use in a head-on charge against the orcs.
Danarshi and Irenora met with a large group of defenders at the eastern bridge of the Shattrath City Centre. The eastern and northern bridges were crucial in the city's defence as they led directly to the Sha’tari Skymesa, Shattrath Residential District, and Shattrath Overlook. This left Danarshi and Irenora with an important and perilous task. Within the following few minutes, the Horde began their siege. The sky lit up as arkonite defence crystals deflected dozens of fireballs launched from catapults, but there were too many, and they bombarded the city, spreading wildfires and shrouding the sky in smoke.
Moments later, crude bombs rained over the city, releasing clouds of red mist that suffocated many of the nearby draenei. Although the red mist had failed to reach the bridge where Danarshi and Irenora stood, they were far from safe, as the orcs clashed with the draenei in the following seconds. As the orcs closed in, Danarshi could see their demonic taint; their skin ran green and their eyes glowed red from drinking the blood of Mannoroth. Despite his fury, Danarshi avoided the front lines, intimidated by the strength of the blood-cursed orcs. He smote them with the Light from afar, while Irenora struck them with her arcane magic.
Although Danarshi was a highly seasoned wielder of the Light, Irenora was undoubtedly among the most powerful of the defenders, possessing the ability to reduce her victims into piles of gore. They did not relent against the orcs for several minutes, yet, no matter how many of their corpses piled up on one another, their numbers refused to diminish. Slowly, the draenei force was withering away as their healers struggled. Eventually, Irenora ordered Danarshi to assist the wounded, and after struggling to compose himself amidst the chaos, he agreed with her and focussed on healing his fellow draenei.
With the help of Danarshi, they held the bridge until he and the other healers lost their remaining mana and could not continue. Without the Light to heal the defenders, they began falling at an alarming rate, as did their hope. A weary Danarshi dropped to his knees and his weapon slipped from his hand, to which Irenora ceased her spellcasting and came to his side. Once she processed their defeat, she conjured an unstable one-way, one-use portal, unable to spare the time or mana to increase its potency.
Irenora lifted Danarshi to his hooves while she spoke to him in a sorrowful voice. He was confused until he saw the portal she conjured and realised she intended on sending him through it. He desperately fought against her but was too weak to overpower her. Danarshi stared into his daughter’s teary eyes and implored her to change her mind, but she already made her choice. She wrapped her arms around him in a hug and issued him with an emotional farewell before forcing him through the portal. It closed immediately after, leaving Irenora and the defenders to their inevitable deaths.
Shortly after Danarshi went through the portal, it opened over the water at the northern reaches of the Orunai Coast. He fell into it and sunk while dazed and barely conscious. As he started drowning, he regained his senses and made his way to the surface, where he discovered he was near the shoreline. After swimming to the beach, he collapsed on the sand and laid on his back while gasping for air. He could see Shattrath City to the distant south, consumed by fire and smoke. He wept while staring at the sky above him, only able to think about the countless draenei who perished and the sacrifice his daughter made.
Fortunately for Danarshi, the Zangar Sea was one of the safest regions on Draenor from the Horde. However, that did not mean he was no longer in danger, as he would still have to remain cautious of the orcs and wildlife. He also had limited knowledge about surviving in a wilderness, especially one as alien as the Zangar Sea, and had much to learn. Although his experience as an anchorite and harbinger placed him at an advantage, as he could defend himself and heal any injuries or sicknesses, it would not save him from starvation or dehydration.
Over the following days, Danarshi created a makeshift spear that he could fish with and use as a weapon. He tasted much of the local flora, and while most of it made him sick, he discovered some edible plants. A lobstrok later attacked him, but he successfully slew it. He was forced to eat his prey for survival, and while it kept him fed for a short while, he would not always be so lucky, as most of the creatures around the Zangar Sea were poisonous for consumption.
Danarshi soon encountered orcs on the Orunai Coast for the first time. Although he successfully hid from them, he realised he would not remain safe if he did not move. He spent many hours learning how to craft a seaworthy raft through trial and error, and when it was complete, he set out west across the Zangar Sea until he landed at the Zangar Shore. Shortly after arriving, he met a group of draenei survivors and joined them.
Danarshi found that survival was easier when he was with his fellow survivors, as they could work together to retrieve supplies and fend off threats. Although his healing abilities proved invaluable to them, not all was pleasant. The weight of their harsh predicament caused tension to spread amongst them, to the point they often fought with one another. Danarshi did not help the situation, as the fall of Shattrath had made him even more dismal and withdrawn than before. When around others, he was quiet, unsociable, and quick to anger.
Within a few weeks, the hostility between the group’s members caused them to disband. Afterwards, Danarshi sailed further west, exploring the Lernaean Shore and Cerulean Lagoon. Ultimately, he returned east to the Zangar Shore and then back towards the west, repeatedly, to avoid lingering in one place for too long. He did not go back to the Orunai Coast, as he was afraid of the potential Horde presence there, and was careful to avoid the northern coast of the Zangar Sea because of the freezing weather of Frostfire Ridge.
Throughout this cycle, Danarshi came across other groups of survivors but joined them only if he was struggling to survive. Many of them shared the same fate as Danarshi’s first group, and for those that didn’t, Danarshi left them regardless after growing tired of their company. He came to appreciate solitude, as it kept him busy enough to distract him from his more painful thoughts. This was often not the case when he was in groups, as the work was split evenly among its members, and when they displayed negative emotions, he found it contagious.
As the draenei race collapsed, so did the purpose of the Horde. Little did Danarshi know, after the fall of Talador, Kil’jaeden left the orcs to their own fate on Draenor, by the order of Sargeras himself. The orcs, now abandoned by their demonic masters, fell into a state of hysteria and started turning on one another in their bloodlust. This lasted for years, and although it shifted their focus from the draenei, they were still a tremendous threat to them.
Since the day the orcs started practising fel magic, it slowly corrupted Draenor, converting much of its vibrant landscape into an infertile wasteland and turning its wildlife savage. This affected Danarshi, as he struggled to survive the frenzied animals while watching the planet turn sick around him, limiting his sources of food. Despite this, he and his people persevered.
Three years after the fall of Shattrath, Sargeras found a new purpose for the Horde. The Dark Titan secretly unleashed the Horde upon the world of Azeroth through a colossal dimensional gateway in Tanaan Jungle, known as the Dark Portal, to weaken the planet for a Burning Legion invasion. Though the orcs constructed the frame of the Dark Portal, the rift was opened by the possessed Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, after Gul’dan powered it with the souls of hundreds of draenei prisoners.
For seven years, the Horde invaded Azeroth, achieving many victories until they ultimately crumbled under a union of Azerothian races known as the Alliance of Lordaeron. The Alliance drove the orcs back through the Dark Portal and pursued them to Draenor, intending to wipe them out. Although Danarshi was unaware of the Alliance’s presence, they were the unwitting saviours of the draenei, as they would set forth the events that would eventually allow his people to escape the Horde’s brutality.
A year after the Alliance pushed the Horde back to Draenor, Ner’zhul, with the Sceptre of Sargeras, the Eye of Dalaran, and the Book of Medivh, opened countless dimensional portals across the planet to find another world where his people could flee. The sheer amount of energy the portals released was enough to tear Draenor to shreds and send its remnants hurling into the Twisting Nether.
When this happened, Danarshi watched in terror from the southern coast of the Zangar Sea as the sky ignited into flames and the earth trembled with the force of a titan’s fist. Mountains fell and rose in all foreseeable directions while the oceans drained into nothingness. The shattered continent Danarshi stood upon was almost all that remained of Draenor, with Frostfire Ridge and the Spires of Arak having been destroyed by the cataclysm. The remnants of the planet became known as Outland.
Once the water drained out of the Zangar Sea, the seabed was exposed and the region became a swamp full of towering mushrooms. In reflection of this, the Zangar Sea was renamed Zangarmarsh. Although most of the marine life in the Zangar Sea became extinct, Zangarmarsh proved far more hospitable to land-dwelling creatures. After drifting around the coasts of the Zangar Sea for eleven years, Danarshi eagerly ventured into Zangarmarsh, hoping to find further salvation from the Horde.
As Danarshi delved into the marshlands, he witnessed countless aquatic animals scattered around him, suffocated from the absence of water. Their corpses filled the air with the foul smell of decay, invoking an immense feeling of loss within Danarshi. Until this moment, he was mostly concerned with himself and his people, but that changed as he now realised the wildlife of Draenor had equally suffered from the Horde’s chaos.
Fortunately for Danarshi, his journey through Zangarmarsh led him to Telredor, which survived the recent apocalypse. In the past, Danarshi often heard of Telredor from his fellow survivors on the coasts of the Zangar Sea but was never brave enough to search for it. Telredor sat upon one of the tallest mushrooms in the region, accessible only by a magical elevator. As Danarshi ascended into the anchorage, he was surprised to see hundreds of draenei, though immediately remembered hearing about the refugees who fled there from Shattrath over a decade ago.
The custodians of Telredor greeted Danarshi with respect for his status as an anchorite. For the first time in years, Danarshi saw civilization, and it pleased him more than he expected. Despite being worried that the Horde would soon sweep through Zangarmarsh, he could think of no place safer than Telredor. Danarshi remained there a few days, re-familiarizing himself with the comforts of civilization. Within that time, however, he saw Telredor for what it really was: a crowded hostel that lacked the solitude he valued.
For most of his initial stay at Telredor, Danarshi lingered in the corners where the fewest people would congregate, but no matter where he went, he was never alone. This irritated him to where he fled the sanctuary for the Zangarmarsh wilderness and resumed working for his survival. Fortunately, this proved simpler than before, as Zangarmarsh had an abundance of plants, and some animals that survived the destruction of Draenor. He would occasionally return to Telredor when it was necessary, but otherwise, he was happiest on his own.
During his time in Zangarmarsh, Danarshi witnessed the Krokul, meaning “Broken” in Draenei. At first, he was wary of them, unaware they were draenei who were affected by the red mist that was dropped on Shattrath City by the Horde years ago. The red mist was a modified version of the red pox disease that not only malformed its victims but also cut them off from the Light. When Danarshi learned this, he felt much pity for them. He remembered the siege of Shattrath as clear as day and respected those who survived it, and it was obvious the Krokul suffered the most from it.
The Krokul underwent a constant struggle to maintain their sanity as their minds deteriorated from their condition. Those who failed devolved further and became Lost Ones, savages corrupt beyond compare. A group of Lost Ones once attacked Danarshi, and though he fended them off, it showed him how far they had fallen. Ultimately, the reclusive Danarshi avoided krokul and Lost Ones alike, and regardless of his sympathy for the Krokul, he could not help but feel cautious of their severance from the Light.
Danarshi hid in Zangarmarsh for thirteen years, too afraid to leave out of fear the Horde still dominated Outland. By the time those thirteen years passed, however, the dust had settled, and Danarshi was curious about what befell the rest of the planet. For weeks, he reminisced about his years prior to the orcs’ corruption. Although he recalled his life in Auchindoun, he mostly thought about his wife. Over the years, he began yearning for their reunion, but only now did he realise how much he genuinely missed her.
Eventually, Danarshi swallowed his worries and ventured towards Talador for the first time in over two decades, eager to discover what became of Aelleena and Auchindoun. Although part of him expected the worst, Danarshi filled himself with the false hope that his wife might have survived against the orcs. As he approached Talador, he was shocked to find the once-vibrant land had become a dreary, colourless shadow of itself, renamed Terokkar Forest by the arakkoa that fled there after the destruction of their home.
For a moment, Danarshi considered visiting Shattrath City, but his traumatic memories of its fall were enough to dissuade him. He continued towards Auchindoun unhindered, absorbing the desolate atmosphere of Terokkar Forest along the way. The haunting silence of the forests shook Danarshi, but it was nothing compared to the horror he felt when he reached the outskirts of Auchindoun. He found the area surrounding the mausoleum blackened, devastated, and covered in the bones of the fallen.
Unknown to Danarshi, the Shadow Council attacked Auchindoun shortly after the Horde’s invasion of Shattrath. They decimated the mausoleum and the surrounding land through the accidental summoning of Murmur, an otherworldly elemental creature that could destroy worlds with the power of sound. What remained became known as the Bone Wastes.
Although the Bone Wastes harmed Danarshi’s faith in Aelleena’s survival, he remained steadfast and approached Auchindoun, treading over countless skeletons to get there. On his way, he saw hundreds of lost spirits roaming aimlessly around him, and noticed a swirling vortex consumed the sky above, much like within the Shadowlands. The sheer amount of death that occurred around Auchindoun was enough for the Shadowlands to leak into the material world, and it dismayed Danarshi when he realised this.
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Notes and trivia Edit
- At the time when Danarshi met the Triumvirate on Argus, it's possible Archimonde had not yet joined and they were still considered the Second Duumvirate. As there are no provided dates on his admission, it's presumed by default that Archimonde was already a member.
- Danarshi as an in-game character can be found under the same name on the Moon Guard server.