Velen Wow

Velen has been the leader of the draenei people since their flight from Argus 25,000 years before the first orcish invasion of Azeroth. Known by his people as the Prophet, he has been granted the gift of Sight, and — aided by the Light — rejected offers of dark power from Sargeras and has guided his people as they fled from, and later fought against, the Burning Legion and their former eredar brethren. He is first among the draenei and is the arch-nemesis (formerly best friend) of Kil'jaeden.

Following the draenei's flight to Azeroth, they made a new home on the Azuremyst Isles and, sensing great courage in the Alliance, Velen and his followers pledged themselves to this noble faction. The strengthened Alliance then helped the draenei reclaim their former holdings from the Legion. Most recently, Velen used the heart of the naaru M'uru to sanctify the blood elves' tainted Sunwell, transforming the sacred fount into a source of holy and arcane energies. He also managed with the aid of the Conclave to bring the void god Saraka the Lighteater back to the Light as the naaru Saa'ra.

Although the Legion's forces in Outland have been greatly diminished and the demonic invasion of Azeroth has been driven back, Velen remains fearful of an upcoming war between light and shadow. During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Velen led the defense of the Exodar from a Legion attack led by his own son High General Rakeesh. After the deaths of both O'ros and Rakeesh, Velen renounced the title of prophet and declared the draenei are returning home to Argus.

Title Prophet,
The Divine,
Prophet of the Naaru,
Great Prophet,
Ageless One,
Leader of the Draenei
Gender Male
Race(s) Draenei
Character class  Priest, formerly Mage (presumed)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Exodar, Alliance, Light's Chosen, Conclave, Armies of Legionfall
Former affiliation(s) Second Duumvirate of Argus, Aldor
Occupation Leader of the draenei and the Light's Chosen, formerly Co-ruler of Argus and former leader of the Aldor,Advisor to King Anduin,
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Rakeesh (son),Nuuri (wife)
Student(s) Anduin Wrynn

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
  A Royal Audience 113 1,380,704,400
  Assault on Broken Shore 110 197,980,358
Deliverance Point  ?? 259,816,752
  Summons to the Keep  ?? 1,438,233,728
  Confirming Suspicions 110 4,157,068
Vindicaar 110 10,392,670
Krokuun 110 207,853,400
Quest:Bully Pulpit  ?? 115,058,700
Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
The Exodar  ?? 523,364,416
Bloodmyst Isle  ?? 2,095,800
Sunwell Plateau  ?? 1,897,000
Elemental Unrest  ?? 5,578,000
  The Fallen Lion  ?? 652,816,256
  Demons Among Us 103 - 113 524,681,984
Dalaran 113 23,011,740
Netherlight Temple 103 - 110 6,117,631
Quest:A Light in the Darkness 110 1,299,083,776
 [100 - 110] Bringer of the Light  ?? 575,293,504

 

Tactics

The encounter with Velen is generally considered the easiest of the faction leaders, and the virtually non-existent player traffic within the Exodar leaves room for planning. It is often the first city to be attacked during a "For the Horde!" raid, due to its simplicity.

The raid should group up at the stairs, and to play it safe, pull Velen's two battlemasters before him. With them down, the raid can freely focus on Velen.

Velen pulls with his battlemasters, though if disposed of beforehand will only be protected by his Shield of Velen elite guards. One tank is enough to hold him in such a case.

Velen's abilities are not particularly potent, even after the step up to Cataclysm level difficulty. His shield is easily broken, and his infrequent use of  [Holy Nova] can be easily healed through. His Holy Smite ability will be randomly cast on a raid member. For the most part, the encounter is a good example of tank and spank, and the extremely low chance of an Alliance defense raid allows breathing space.

Abilities

  •   Holy Blast — Blasts an enemy with Holy magic, inflicting 9625 to 12375 Holy damage and knocking the enemy back.
  •   Holy Nova — Causes an explosion of divine light, inflicting 18900 to 23100 Holy damage to nearby enemies.
  •   Holy Smite — Smites an enemy, inflicting Holy damage.
  •   Prayer of Healing — Invokes Holy magic to heal nearby party members.
  •   Staff Strike — Strikes at an enemy, inflicting increased melee damage.
Biography

Twenty-five thousand years ago, the world of Argus was shaped into a paradise by the eredar race who called it home. Velen, who is known and respected for his immense wisdom, compassion and magical prowess, rose as a leader of Argus, alongside Archimonde and Kil'jaeden, with whom he formed a deep friendship and affection.[citation needed] He even saw both of them as "extensions of his soul", so deep was their friendship. He was particularly close to Kil'jaeden, whom they love and respect each other as brothers. One day, the peace of the eredar was shattered. Sargeras, Destroyer of Worlds, had noticed the achievements of the eredar. Instead of destroying Argus, Sargeras appeared before the leaders of the eredar. Presenting himself as a benevolent entity, Sargeras offered to transform the eredar into an even more powerful race of beings, with the goal of unifying all the races of the universe. In return, they would serve Sargeras as his perfect spellcasters, spreading his universal union with every world they touched. Two of the eredar's triumvirate of leaders, Archimonde and Kil'jaeden, along with two-thirds of the eredar population, took the offer. Only one eredar leader realized the true horror of Sargeras' Burning Crusade: Velen.

Velen, unlike Archimonde and Kil'jaeden, had the gift of "Sight", and was granted a vision by the naaru K'ure of the truth of Sargeras' plot. The utopia that Sargeras had promised was a lie, much to Velen's horror. He at first saw himself at the head of a vast eredar force of the Light, spreading the gifts of their race to worlds beyond count, as Sargeras had said; the next moment, he saw the truth. Sargeras had no intention of unification. His vision was one of death, of razing entire worlds to bare rock and ashes. And the eredar were not to be the bringers of enlightenment with their new powers; they would be man'ari, twisted, malevolent shadows of their former selves devoted to the destruction of worlds for the glory of Sargeras' terrible Burning Crusade. Horrified, Velen attempted to warn Archimonde and Kil'jaeden but they didn't believe him and thought it was only a delusion.[citation needed] Velen desperately prayed for guidance. K'ure appeared before him, reassured Velen that his plight had been heard, and instructed him to gather up his followers and go to the highest mountain on Argus, during the longest day of the year. Velen and his followers barely escaped the newly created Burning Legion. From then on, Kil'jaeden vowed to hunt down Velen and his followers and slaughter them, even if it took a thousand years.

The Legion chased the exiles, or "draenei" ("Exiled Ones") as they had come to be known, across the universe for thousands of years. Each time Kil'jaeden approached, the naaru granted new powers to Velen to preserve his race. After millennia of flight, Velen and his people were finally able to evade the Legion and settle on a world they named Draenor.

Draenor

Velen and the draenei were taken from Argus via the crystal-ship that became known by the orcs as Oshu'gun — "Mountain of Spirits". As they settled onto their new homeworld, the draenei came into contact with the orcish clans, and began to trade with them; the relations with the orcs were cordial, but aloof and businesslike. While the draenei established themselves and built the city of Shattrath as their capital, Velen set up his own private refuge at the Temple of Karabor, on the eastern edge of the lands of the Shadowmoon Clan.

While he was visiting the town of Telmor in Terokkar Forest, Velen met two orcs who would later shape the destiny of the Horde — Durotan, heir to the chieftainship of the Frostwolf clan, and the future Orgrim Doomhammer; Telmor's captain of the guard, Velen's friend Restalaan, had rescued them from an ogre attack. Their dinner discussions spoke much of the orcish heritage and of the prophecy relating to the Doomhammer, which Orgrim would receive upon the death of his father — the prophecy of how, after bringing salvation then doom in the hands of the last of the Doomhammer line, it would pass into the hands of one of non-Blackrock lineage, who would wield it and lead the orcs to salvation.

Corruption of the orcs 

Over the eons after their escape from Argus, Kil'jaeden continued his search for Velen and his followers, but was frustrated when he found only traces of where they had been. His agents had managed to locate Draenor, and reported back to him both the conditions the draenei lived in and the people that lived on their world. Realizing that he had found the tool of vengeance, Kil'jaeden appeared to the elder shaman Ner'zhul, and informed him that the draenei were plotting against them.

Over a short span of time, the draenei came under increasing attack by the orcs, convinced that the draenei were their enemies. Concerned, Velen sent a courier to Ner'zhul, asking for a reason behind the attacks, and requesting a meeting in the shadow of Oshu'gun. The orcs, however, had killed the courier, and Ner'zhul did not wish to attend the meeting himself. Instead, he sent for Durotan, who captured Velen and his entourage. Velen tried to explain the true purpose of Oshu'gun to the Frostwolves but Durotan and his chief shaman, Drek'Thar, grew angered by what they perceived as blasphemy. Despite this, and despite the orders from Ner'zhul, Durotan released Velen and his fellows, taking their ata'mal crystals instead.

Over time, attacks against the draenei became increasingly violent. The newly established Horde, now directed by Ner'zhul's apprentice, Gul'dan - who had become Kil'jaeden's pupil in the art of the warlock - began to assault and destroy draenei settlements to appease their new master. Durotan led the assault on Telmor, utilizing one of the captured crystals to allow him to lower the draenei's defensive cover. Velen's refuge at the Temple of Karabor was also attacked and defiled by Gul'dan and his new warlocks, who renamed it the Black Temple and set it up as the headquarters of their Shadow Council.

After the attacks increased — including the final assault that destroyed the city of Shattrath — Velen and some of his followers went into hiding in Zangarmarsh, establishing Telredor, and were never found by either the orcs or Kil'jaeden's minions...

Escape from Outland 

Velen and his remaining followers remained hidden over the decades that passed since the draenei were massacred by the demonically-possessed Horde. During that period, great changes occurred in Draenor: The Dark Portal to the world of Azeroth was opened, and the orcs invaded - but after years of warfare, they were finally defeated. When Ner'zhul, in a desperate attempt to escape Kil'Jaeden's wrath, tried to open portals to other worlds for the Horde to conquer, the incredible energies tore Draenor apart. In order to prevent this catastrophe from affecting their world, the Alliance Expedition under the command of the archmage Khadgar sealed the Dark Portal, cutting off both the orcs already in Azeroth and those they were battling on the fields of Hellfire Peninsula.

Almost two decades passed before anyone travelled through portals to Draenor - now known as Outland. The half-demon night elf Illidan Stormrage, accompanied by his naga and blood elf allies, sought refuge from Kil'jaeden after Illidan failed to destroy the Lich King, the imprisoned spirit of Ner'zhul who controlled the Scourge back in Azeroth. As the blood elves, under the command of Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider, took up residence in the naaru interdimensional fortress of Tempest Keep, Velen decided it was time to gather what remained of his people and find a new place to take refuge once more.

Aided by the Broken Farseer Nobundo, who introduced shamanism to the draenei, Velen personally led a raid to capture the Exodar, one of Tempest Keep's satellite structures, and attempted to use it in order to escape Outland. The blood elves, realizing the draenei's intentions, sabotaged the transdimensional "engine" of the Exodar. As the draenei attempted to travel the dimensional planes, the reactor malfunctioned, hurtling the Exodar and its crew across the Twisting Nether until one month ago, where it appeared - coincidentally - in the world of Azeroth. The damaged Exodar screamed across the skies of northern Kalimdor, pods ejecting and spreading across a small island chain off the coast of Darkshore, before crashing on the west coast of what is now called Azuremyst Isle.

After the dust settled and the draenei began to establish themselves in settlements built from the wreckage of the Exodar, Velen and his people set themselves to exploring their new homeworld. Word of a heroic Alliance of Light-wielding races had reached the Prophet and his people, and they set out to discover their potential new allies in their continued resistance to the Burning Crusade.

Today

Having survived the crash, Velen continues to lead the draenei people from his new refuge in the Vault of Lights, deep inside the largest intact portion of the crashed Exodar, which now serves as the draenei capital in Azeroth.

Velen's Vision

In recent years, Velen, the noble leader of the draenei, was granted a vision....In it he saw the Broken: formerly healthy draenei who had de-evolved during the orcs' murderous crusade to wipe out the draenei race. According to Velen's vision, the Broken would rise to power once again and aid their displaced brethren.

Velen's vision was given substance in the form of Nobundo, a one-time draenei vindicatorwho had regressed while the orcs decimated his race and tore the planet apart. Like his fellow Broken, Nobundo had lost contact with the Light, and so he ventured far into the deserts of Outland to meditate and pray for guidance.

After decades of silence, an unfamiliar voice finally answered his prayers. It was not the Light that whispered to him, but the Wind. The breeze spoke to him of lost truths, of the might of the elements--of the delicate balance of power embraced by the shaman.

Nobundo listened eagerly and learned all he could. When he judged the time was right, he departed the desert determined to use this knowledge to help the draenei race. However, most draenei refugees greeted the sight of a Broken with skepticism and outright prejudice. Only one of the healthy draenei did not shun the Broken: the wise and perceptive Velen.

Velen had heard the philosophy of the shaman before, but Nobundo revealed new truths. The elements were timeless; they stretched across the cosmos to inhabit every world they touched. With the proper training, the draenei might learn to wield this overlooked, seemingly inexhaustible source of power. Velen rejoiced to realize that his vision was coming to pass. Accordingly he took Nobundo with him when he and his fellow refugees took possession of the naaru satellite structure Exodar from the blood elves. Thus it was that Nobundo journeyed with the draenei to the world of Azeroth.

Nobundo found that unlike the desolate wastes of Outland, Azeroth possessed abundant elemental energies. He shared his knowledge of shamanism with the draenei on Azeroth, and all who adopted its path flourished.

The time for the draenei shaman to test themselves draws near, for the battle against the Burning Legion is once again at hand. And the fate not only of Azeroth, but of all worlds, hangs in the balance.

Notes & trivia

  • Although he said he is no longer a prophet during the finale of  [100 - 110] Bringer of the Light, he is still seen with the title on Argus.
  • Velen once visited Tyrande and told her of the similarities between Elune and the naaru. Tyrande thanked him for his input but then cordially requested that he refrain from making such outlandish claims when in Darnassus or in the presence of Elune's priesthood.
  • In the original Ultimate Visual Guide, Velen was stated to be an eredar. It was changed to a draenei in the second version.
  • Velen never faulted Garrosh for the crimes of his father, Grommash, but was wary about the Horde's potential.
  • During the battle in the Temple of the White Tiger, Velen is among the individuals whose alternate selves wasn't summoned by the Hourglass of Time. According to Christie Golden, she only selected alternate individuals that she felt brought the most impact on their main timeline counterparts.
  • Velen is considered to be immortal.
  • Kil'jaeden believes that Velen was the most powerful and wise of the three eredar leaders on Argus, as well as the one most attuned to arcane magic and science.
  • In Rise of the Horde, Velen used a very advanced form of magic to prevent Archimonde and Kil'jaeden from finding out his attempt to gather those who were willing to follow him after being revealed of Sargeras' duplicity.
  • Velen also managed to fake the Ata'mal crystal by replacing it with a convincingly simple crystal with appearance and glow of the original.
  • A TCG artwork shows Velen with flame behind him while he unleashes an energy beam, a testament to his own power.
  • He is described as having glowing blue eyes and his skin color is officially alabaster, as it was in Rise of the Horde and Wolfheart.
    • His in-game model and the cinematics depict the body and eye colors as violet. In Argus, when depicting Velen in visions of past, he has violet color despite it being described as blue in Rise of the Horde at that period.
  • During the event following Kil'jaeden's defeat at the Sunwell, Velen calls Kil'jaeden his "brother". They at least treated each other like brothers; "Kil'jaeden had loved Velen as a brother, closer than that, loved him almost as another aspect of himself".
  • Unlike other draenei, Velen's  [Gift of the Naaru] forehead signet is permanently visible.
  • The Alliance's tier 9 priest sets, Velen's Regalia are named after the Prophet, highlighting his great connection to the Light.
  • Velen is listed as a shaman in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, though there is nothing in lore to indicate that he is one. This may have been done to emphasize the fact that the draenei were the first Alliance race to have shamans, as Lor'themar Theron, who was added in the same set, is a paladin in the card game despite being an elven ranger in lore. Alternatively, it's simply a mistake.
  • When The Burning Crusade was first released, Velen had the speech file of a normal male draenei. However, upon the release of Patch 2.1.0, Velen was given his own voice file (see below for quotes).
  • Velen wields the  [Exodar Life-Staff], which serves as a focal point for his magic and provides light to all who seek it.
    • Art featuring Velen always showed him wielding the Life-Staff, which he was also seen with after the defeat of Kil'jaeden at the Sunwell. However, it was not until the Cataclsym expansion that Velen properly wielded the staff within the Exodar.
    • The crystal on Velen's staff is actually his piece of the Crown of the Triumvirate. After  [110D] Seat of the Triumvirate: The Crest of Knowledge when he places his piece on the Crown, the crystal on his staff is gone.
  • Velen was voiced by Alan Shearman in Burning Crusade and is now voiced by David Shaughnessy in Legion.
  • One of Velen's quotes - "Not all who wander are lost" - may be based on a line from the poem All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
  • The name Velen may be related to a character from the sci-fi television series, Babylon 5: Valen. Several general details between the two characters seem similar. Valen appeared aboard a starship seemingly out of nowhere to aid the Minbari in their war against the chaotic Shadows, much as Velen and the draenei crashed on Azeroth just in time to help fight the Burning Legion. Both seem to posses some method of prophecy, and both have contact with a higher race of beings of light, Velen the naaru, Valen the Vorlons.
    • Christie Golden confirmed that she indeed watched Babylon 5, but Velen is not her creation.
  • Velen appears as a legendary card for the Priest class in Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "He's been exiled from his home, and all his brothers turned evil, but otherwise he doesn't have a lot to complain about."
    • In the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion, there is also a common Priest spell called Velen's Chosen. Its flavor text reads: "Velen wrote a "Lovely Card" for Tyrande with a picture of the Deeprun Tram that said "I Choo-Choo-Choose you!""
  • Although  [100 - 110] Bringer of the Light states that Velen's son was taken by Kil'jaeden thirteen thousand years ago,   Mac'Aree, Jewel of Argus stating that Velen lost him on Argus would put Rakeesh's capture at twenty five thousand years ago.
  • It is said that Velen uses  [Prophet's Guidestone] to reach out to his people across vast distances.
  • He is referred to as a seer and a sage.

Prophet Velen

This NPC can be found in The Exodar (4) and Bloodmyst Isle.

Velen was one of the three leaders of the eredar who lived on Argus many millennia ago. When the dark titan Sargeras discovered the eredar, he offered them untold power in exchange for their service. The two other leaders, Archimonde and Kil'jaeden, gladly accepted the offer, along with two thirds of the eredar race. Velen however had the gift of sight, and was warned by the naaru K'ure of Sargeras' ulterior motives. Sargeras was planning on turning the eredar into evil beings to champion his Burning Crusade against all light in the universe.

Velen and his followers narrowly managed to escape Argus, closely pursued by the newly created Burning Legion. Once his best friend, Kil'jaeden had sworn the destruction of Velen no matter the cost. For thousands of years, the exiles, or "draenei" as they now called themselves, fled Sargeras armies. They eventually settled on the world of Draenor.

On Draenor, they found the tribal orcs, and began trading with them. The draenei established Shattrath as their capital, and Velen set up his own refuge at the Temple of Karabor, on the eastern edge of the lands of the Shadowmoon Clan. This peace, however, was short-lived. Kil'jaeden's minions discovered Draenor, and informed their master of the draenei's whereabouts as well as the existence of the orcs. Kil'jaeden recognized the orcs as a tool for vengeance, and contacted the elder shaman Ner'zhul, suggesting the draenei were plotting against the orcs.

In short time, the orcs began to distrust the draenei, and soon began to attack them. Under Kil'jaeden's manipulation, the orcs became increasingly violent and bloodthirsty, and soon began to wield shadow magic against the draenei. The shaman Gul'dan became Kil'jaeden's prime pupil, and as one of the first warlocks led the orcish horde against the draenei. Shattrath city was destroyed, and Velen along with the surviving draenei went into hiding. Velen's temple was seized by Gul'dan and turned into the Black Temple.

Over the following years, the Dark Portal was opened, the Orcs invaded Azeroth, and Draenor was eventually torn asunder, henceforth to be known as Outland. Still many years later, Outland was visited by Illidan Stormrage and his companions, Kael'thas Sunstrider and Lady Vashj. As Kael'thas took up residence in the naaru fortress of Tempest Keep, Velen decided it was time for his people to find a safer home, and personally led a raid against the blood elves to capture the Exodar, a satellite structure of Tempest Keep. 

The draenei succeeded in capturing the Exodar, but the Blood Elves managed to sabotage the ship, causing the draenei to crash land in Azeroth, on the Azuremyst Isles. After the dust settled, the surviving draenei once again began building a new home. Word of a heroic Alliance of Light-wielding races had reached the Prophet and his people, and they set out to discover their potential new allies in their continued resistance to the Burning Crusade.


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