For this weeks notable post I have again gathered few maybe well known NPC’s, some bit better know that others. I also waited so long to be able to write about Vanessa and Edwin VanCleef. I find their story really fascinating and sad.
She was, along with Broll Bearmantle, companion of King Varian Wrynn. Culturally she indentifies as blood elf, taking pride in her people’s traditions and defending their tribulations and loyalities. However she has formally joined neither the Horde nor the Alliance.
Valeera and Broll helped King Varian to return to Stormwind, back to his rightful throne. When they got to Stormwind, she helped reveal Onyxia’s treachery and traveled with King Varian back across the sea to finally kill Onyxia. After the death of Onyxia, King Varian offered both Broll and Valeera a permanent place in Stormwind, in which they could act as Varian’s bodyguards and advisers.
“I am neither Horde nor Alliance. What has either faction ever done for me?” – Valeera
“My loyalties are personal– To King Varian and to his son!” – Valeera
He is the head of organization known as SI:7, the agency of intelligence for the city of Stormwind, and in fact much of the Alliance. His base of operations locates in Old Town, Stormwind. He coordinates reconnaissance efforts for many agents of the Alliance regarding as far apart as the Defias Brotherhood to the Undead Scourge. He is also master of stealth and infiltration tactics and specializes in operations involving the rogues in the employ of the Alliance.
Mathias is also leader of the Stormwind Assassins. He was a childhood friend of Edwin VanCleef and personally trained him as a rogue.
He was the leader of the Stonemasons Guild that rebuilt Stormwind City after it was sacked by the Horde in the First War. The reconstruction of Stormwind was an arduous task, but with such a genius as VanCleed they managed to complete it smoothly and in less than ten years. However, the House of Nobles refused to pay the Stonemasons Guild for their work.
Some of the senior of Stonemasons, including himself, were offered govermental jobs if they’d just be quiet and play along. Edwin VanCleed was not willing to betray is workmen. He spat on the floor and walked out of the halls he’d built, vowing that he’d make the city pay one way or another. Shortly afterward workers rioted in Stormwind. Several people died, including Varian’s wife, Tiffin, and VanCleef with other artisans were the first to be cast out of the city gates.
He took the group of artisans and tinkers sitting in the mud outisde of gates of Stormwind and turned them into Defias Brotherhood. He is considered one of the greatest threats to the kingdom of Stormwind until he was killed by Alliance forces.
“None may challenge the brotherhood! ” – Edwin VanCleef
Vanessa VanCleef (alias Hope Saldean)
She is the daughter of Edwin VanCleef and his successor as head of the Defias Brotherhood. Approaximately five years prior to Deathwing’s return, she watched from the shadows as her father was defeated by a group of adventurers on the orders of Gryan Stoutmantle.
She was adopted by the Saldeans, who were unaware of her identity. They named her Hope and parented her while they watched her grow up over the years.
Unlike her father, she is not skilled in close combat. However, she has very impressive skills in making poisons, especially ones that cause hallucinations or insanity.
“Lies, greed, and deception—these are the things that my father stood against. For years, he worked tirelessly, helping to rebuild your devastated city, and what thanks did he or anyone else get for it? Nothing. What choice did they have but to turn on those who the crown favored to get payment, one way or another? Fate, it would seem, has led me down this path. Even with the murder of my father, your foolish attempts to destroy the Defias have been in vain. I am, now more than ever, my father’s daughter, and the Defias Brotherhood will rise once more…”