Jarod Shadowsong & Why You should Know who He Is…




jarodHe’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.

Consider this…

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.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dangablad April - 2009 at 5:25 am

You forgot to mention the guy’s blood is liquid courage and his tears make the stars shine.

Jarod is more badass than Wrynn, Thrall, Malfurion, and Arthas combined.

But not Tyrande. No one messes with Tyrande.

2 Meh April - 2009 at 4:01 pm

really plausible.It would be cool to fight alongside Jarod in the final battle.

3 Sonny Goodman April - 2009 at 4:42 am

dont mess with the whisperwinds

4 Dangablad May - 2009 at 5:13 am

Imagine my surprise to log on to wowinsider (right after checking this site) and seeing the exact same subject of this post right on top. And a reference to this site in the entry itself.

Welcome to the major leagues there Coc.

5 Skreeran May - 2009 at 5:14 am

I will never fight under a Night Elf! Never!

Although, admittedly he would be a really great leader.

6 moxie May - 2009 at 5:57 am

Just found Loregy via WoWInsider… I’m loving your blog, lore is a big reason I play WoW. Thanks for the great addition to my Google Reader. ;)

And yes, seeing Jarod come back would be a fantastic way to reunite the factions, at least against Sargeras.

7 Gorevinor May - 2009 at 6:20 am

He does not drink beer often… but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis :)

8 Ramuthra May - 2009 at 6:22 am

The amount of epic this would be is phenomenal. Just reading this little story about his accomplishments gave me goosebumps.

9 Jae May - 2009 at 6:37 am

I’m another one who came from WoWInsider. I love me some lore, so I think I’ll stick around.

Also: Gorevinor wins with that comment.

10 Fauche May - 2009 at 6:59 am

What makes him an even greater person is his modesty. He never wanted to be a leader, he never wanted to be in the spotlight. He did what he did because he had to do it, he couldn’t stand what was happening around him with the series of horrible leaders after Ravencrest. This is entirely why we haven’t anything from him since the War of the Ancients. He doesn’t want to be a hero, doesn’t want to be worshiped. Unfortunately, this just amplifies his heroism and epicness.

11 Aratillion May - 2009 at 7:50 am

Guess who plays Jarod Shadowsong… CHUCK NORRIS! Thats why this night elf is so badass…

12 Grimhammer May - 2009 at 9:14 am

fantastic site and I can’t wait to see how Jarod plays out in the coming expansions!

13 skreeran May - 2009 at 9:24 am

@Aratillion:

Then who plays Saurfang? Is it possible for someone to be BETTER than Chuck Norris??

14 Dante May - 2009 at 10:45 am

Soo…. what happens to the Forsaken?

15 Gutrick May - 2009 at 11:14 am

Dante, we do what we always do:

Eat the Night Elf.

16 Thurokiir June - 2009 at 12:52 pm

Jarod does because he has to, if that means saving all of azeroth from certain doom, so be it, I’m really looking forward to that intersection of lore, for sure.

17 Daniel July - 2010 at 3:55 am

Jarod is a badass. He will be appearing a cataclysm with… with for it… The first ever Night elf druid, Malfurion Stormrage. Their chillen at Mount Hyjal by Nordrassil. I am so excited for cataclysm it may even beat vanilla wow….
See http://www.wowwiki.com/Mount_Hyjal or more details.

18 Nelf November - 2010 at 7:44 am

Most the factions will join Jerod’s Army but what will happen to his sister Maiev Shadowsong? Will she join the army of her brother??…. And if he does return whats after cataclysm? The Emerald Dream? If The Emerald Dream comes up, thats the lore of the Dreamer and the druids and Night elfs.

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