Arator the Redeemer
|Location||Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula|
|Relative(s)||Alleria Windrunner (mother), Turalyon (father), Sylvanas Windrunner, Vereesa Windrunner (aunts), Rhonin (uncle), Giramar and Galdarin (cousins), Zendarin Windrunner (uncle)|
Arator the Redeemer (or Arator Windrunner) is the half-elven son of the high elven ranger Alleria Windrunner and the human paladin Turalyon. He can be found in Honor Hold in Outland's Hellfire Peninsula.
Arator was only a child when Turalyon and Alleria accompanied Archmage Khadgar beyond the Dark Portal as part of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor. He was apparently well-known by members of the Expedition, including Danath Trollbane, who called him "Little Arator". Turalyon and Alleria, along with the rest of the Expedition, were believed to have died when Khadgar sealed the Dark Portal. Twenty years later, Lord Kazzak reopened the Portal and crossed over into Draenor, now known as Outland. Arator, who has grown up to become a paladin in his father's footsteps, accompanied the Alliance reinforcements from Stormwind and Nethergarde to Honor Hold, where he remains as he searches for his missing parents.
Arator is one of the few known half-elf characters and the only known in-game half-elf (as Kalec is actually a dragon). Ironically, as the son of Alliance-loyal Alleria, he is the nephew of Horde leader Sylvanas Windrunner. (Although Sylvanas was at one time loyal to the Alliance)
Arator and Malgor
- says: Shay, what'sh your deal anywaysh? Are you shome kind of elf or shomethin? You look shorta familiar.
- Arator the Redeemer says: I am Arator, son of Turalyon and Alleria. So yes, Father, I am "shome" kind of elf: half-elf to be precise.
- Father Malgor Devidicus's face turns white. Sobriety seems to have set in rather quickly.
- Father Malgor Devidicus says: By the Light! So this is why you look familiar. Is this fate? Destiny, perhaps? Arator, your father and I were the best of friends. It is I who kept him in good health... Oh the battles we fought... And...
- Father Malgor Devidicus clears his throat.
- Father Malgor Devidicus says: And... the battle we lost. I...I'm sorry, Arator. It was my fault...
- Father Malgor Devidicus begins to sob.
- Father Malgor Devidicus says: Quickly, Sid. Fill my tankard. Make the memories fade...
- says: Oh brother... Listen, he's gonna be here crying like a baby for another five hours. If you're really the son of Turalyon, go speak with Trollbane. He's in the keep - top floor.
- Arator the Redeemer says: Thank you Sid. Keep an eye on him; he is my only link to my mother and father, and I'd like to see him sober.
Arator and Danath
- Arator the Redeemer says: Aye, Commander; but I am little no more. I have come to find my father. Have you any news to his whereabouts? I know he still lives. I have seen it in my dreams.
- Force Commander Danath Trollbane looks at Arator grimly.
- Force Commander Danath Trollbane says: I am afraid that I do not, Arator. I have not seen or heard from your father in 15 years. We had long since presumed him dead. But know this: I did all that was in my power to find him. From the bounds of Hellfire to the ravages of Nagrand, we searched... All for naught. If I could give my own life to bring Turalyon back, I would do so a thousand times over. I... I am sorry.
- Arator the Redeemer says: As long as he remains unfound, I will search. I know that he lives. And I know that I must find him. I am thankful for what you have done, Commander. As my father called upon you, a brother in arms, know that you may call upon me. I am at your service, my Lord.
- Arator the Redeemer says: Farewell, Commander. I will be staying at the inn, should you require my services.
When spoken to:
- I was only an infant when my father was deployed to this wasteland. All that I have ever known of him is what others have told me. Do your dreams change, <name>? Mine do not. I have one dream: A crimson skyline envelops me as Legion, numbering beyond comprehension, battle in the distance. I kneel before the body of a man, presumably my father, and weep. As he is gasping for air, his body wholly crushed, he whispers something. Despite every effort, I am unable to hear what he is trying to tell me.
- Arator's model until patch 3.1 was that of an in-game blood elf, however according to lore, a half-elf does not look like a full elf, showing a mixture of human and elven heritage (see half-elf article for an official example). The use of the blood elf model in-game was a shortcut by Blizzard so that they did not have to create a new model for the sole purpose of designing Arator. Kalec is another character in-game in the form of a "half-elf", however he has a human model (although it has special blue hair). This is consistent with portrayals of half-elves in other fantasy games who are often modeled as either humans or elves, as opposed to having a separate model. Like other male high elven models in the game, Arator's on-click quotes are from one of the Night Elf male voice sets.
- His name is possibly a reference to Aratar, "The Exalted", in the J. R. R. Tolkien mythos. It was the name given to the eight greatest of the Valar.
- Interestingly enough, there is no mention of him in the novel Beyond the Dark Portal, even though his parents' relationship is explored in detail. It is possible that his birth has been retconned to after the expedition lost contact with Azeroth, but this would mean that Arator grew up in Outland, directly contradicting his own words.