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AllianceNPCElite 32Arator the Redeemer
Arator 3.1
Gender Male
Race Half-elf
Level 61 Elite
Character class Paladin
Affiliation Honor Hold
Location Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula
Status Alive
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 [54, 64] 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)

He had green eyes like his mother Alleria,[1] and many other half-elves.[2] However as of Patch 3.1, his eyes are blue similar to normal high elves.

Notes

  • 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.
Arator the redeemer

Arator pre 3.1.

  • 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.


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  • 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. Another possibility is that Alleria chose not to tell Turalyon of their half-elf son and abandoned him in someone else's care, likely because of the facts that not only were she and Turalyon estranged at the time, but that she was in a near-suicidal frenzy due to the Horde butchering most of her family and her overwhelming desire for revenge upon them. As well, it is high elven tradition to abandon half-elven children. [3][4][5] This second theory could be supported by the fact that he tells players that he searches for his father, not his mother, of whom he would not have known nor had any particular family bond or preference to either. If Alleria did abandon him, it is possible he has, as an adult, effectively rejected her as his mother and now sees only Turalyon as his only true parent. On the other hand, Arator does mention both of his parents during a conversation inside the Honor Hold Inn:

"Take care of him, Sid. He may be the only link I have to my father and mother. He needs to sober up..."

Quotes

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.

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