He’s probably the most important figure in WoW’s lore you’ve never heard of.
Granted, he’s not even in the game yet (although he was in beta). His sister, Maiev Shadowsong, however, is in Outland. And the woman who loves him, Shandris Feathermoon, waits in Feralas for his return .
His name is Jarod Shadowsong.
So who is he?
He’s the reason Azeroth won against the Burning Legion 10,000 years ago in “The War of Ancients”.
After a series of ineffectual leaders who almost cost Azeroth its very existence, Jarod Shadowsong took a military force plagued with prejudice and unified it into a power capable defeating the Burning Legion itself.
Why is this relevant? Because the Horde and Alliance are at war again, Sargeras is on the horizon, and although his where-about is currently unknown, Jarod Shadowsong is likely still very much alive.
Rumors are flying all over right now as to what will come of this new war between the Alliance and Horde.
Will it play out with a final great duel between Thrall and Wrynn?
Will Turalyon eventually show up and put Wrynn in his place?
Will Garrosh break off with his own supporters to create an “old-style” Horde?
My answer would be, none of these. When the time is right, when he is needed most, Jarod Shadowsong will come out of hiding to against lead his world against Sargeras.
Were Jarod to return to lead an army against the Burning Legion, his roster of supporters would dwarf any opposing force who refused to fall in line.
Malfurion Stormrage would accept his command; Tyrande Whisperwind would too, as they had 10,000 years ago.
King Magni and Cairne Bloodhoof, the leaders of two races who take great pride in their history would accept his command, as their people did in the war of the Ancients. One could argue right there that they would then take their whole factions with them.
Rhonin, with Dalaran behind him would fight under Jarod’s banner.
Not enough? The Red Dragonflight itself, through Korialstrasz would gladly take their place in his army.
One could even argue that Thrall and Saurfang (who are indeed aware of Saurfang’s brother Brox and his involvement in the War of the Ancients), would bring the Orcs to Jarod’s aid. And where the Orcs go, the Darkspear quickly follow.
It’s even possible that the High Elves/Blood Elves would feel a sense of duty to him.
Do you see where this is going? Azeroth’s answer to Sargeras is not Thrall, nor Wrynn, nor even Malfurion Stormrage, that duty goes to Jarod Shadowsong.
Why should you know who Jarod Shadowsong is? Because in Azeroth’s darkest hour, it may very well be his banner you’re fighting under.