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History of the Silver Dragoons

“Stormwind is home to many heroes… Kings, nobles, soldiers and healers. These men and women do their part each day for the service and protection of this Kingdom. However, you must realize that these heroes are not Stormwind. The merchants who sell their goods, the farmers who plow their fields and the children who fill the walls of this city with their laughter… They, are Stormwind.”
– Adriano Cortez, Founder of the Silver Dragoons

The Silver Dragoons began several years ago, created by Adriano Cortez when Prince Anduin Wrynn was a boy acting as King while his father was missing, guided by the Regent Lord Bolvar Fordragon—Light rest his soul—and Lady Katrana Prestor (later revealed to be the Black Dragon Onyxia). The unit was led by a Commander, with a Major as second in command, and a Judiciary acting as legal authority and a check against the field leaders’ autonomy. The unit charter gave the Dragoons independence in choosing and promoting their officers, and seeing to their own recruitment from both the military and freelance adventurers.

The Dragoons were a guard force, patrolling the shires and the city, acting as judges in disputes, and security at social events. The Dragoons were instrumental in uncovering a conspiracy against the Crown by minions of the Black Dragonflight, vindicating the Circle of Solaris, a ring of affiliated adventuring groups. The accusations against CoS led to a years-long rift with The Meddlers, a guild that was part of the Circle.

Over time, Dragoon duties changed. They were still soldiers, but guard duties were truncated. Dragoons fought with the regular military and other heroes in Outland when the Burning Legion threatened to again invade Azeroth. Eventually, Bennet Harrigan was given command.

Harrigan had been among the forces trapped on Outland for twenty years, toughened and scarred by surviving against fel orcs and the Legion. He is one of the longest-serving Dragoon Commanders, and one of the most popular with his soldiers. He was less popular with outsiders for his hardline rules and insistence that his soldiers hold themselves to higher standards than they had in the past. He barred most warlocks and all death knights from the ranks of the Dragoons, due to their ties with the Burning Legion and the threat of mind control by the Lich King.

Over the next several years, many former Dragoons joined the Meddlers and some Meddlers joined the Dragoons, while others in both groups became fast friends, healing old rifts between the two groups in the interests of Azeroth. The war in Northrend saw many Dragoons called to duty there. Death Knights joining the Alliance prompted Harrigan to speak with King Varian about the Dragoons’ role. The Dragoons became bodyguards for Prince Anduin, and started acting as “Prince Anduin’s” agents to the Alliance forces around the world. There were still occasions where Dragoons were asked to act as impartial judges and guards for other groups.

Acting as the Crown’s agents was the unit’s duty through all of Deathwing’s Cataclysm. Dragoons served the Alliance, much like in the beginning, though without the guard elements. Anduin was growing into his own as a leader, and as a priest; orders from his advisers were brought down to the Dragoon offices to be carried out for the good of the Alliance.

Then came trouble from old enemies. Darker choices and actions from the unit’s past, both of individuals and as a group, were drawn out and put into the worst light. There were setups, kidnappings, wrongful deaths, and finally a trial. The Crown was forced to remove its patronage, though the Dragoons’ charter remained intact; Cortez’s initial safeguards protected the unit from total dispersal. The rank of Judiciary was retired with the loss of official status.

In order to work with the Alliance, and have former members accepted into the military in the future, Harrigan had to resign. Young Alynore Forrester took command. Necessity forced Forrester to relax some of the military standards, as well as the dictate against death knights. Due to Forrester’s Outland upbringing, strictures against warlocks tightened. Her stance on demon hunters looks to be just as hard.

Now the Silver Dragoons are on their own as a private military company. They still fight for the Alliance, even crossing through the Dark Portal once again onto Draenor. They accept rewards for their efforts, doing their work with honesty and integrity. As war continues to threaten Azeroth, that dedication to service is vital to keep the company moving forward.

The Dragoons are loyal to one another and to the Alliance as a whole, though Stormwind is still their base of operations. They don’t participate in torture, extortion, slaughtering civilians, or assassination of Alliance personnel. They’ll fight the Legion, Horde, and other enemies, but they don’t go looking for trouble—trouble will find them anyway.

“I am a Silver Dragoon. I will support and defend the laws and peoples of Stormwind and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Kingdom of Stormwind, the Alliance, and those who have gone before me in support of our freedom. I proudly serve the people of Stormwind and the Alliance with the highest of integrity.”
-Code of the Silver Dragoons while they were in the Stormwind Military

Previous Commanders: Adriano Cortez (Human), Shannae Darkehart (Human), Aidoann (Night Elf), Ktar Cloudwaver (Night Elf), Anyalena Argentsprocket (Gnome), Bennet Harrigan (Human), Alynore Forrester (Human).

Previous Judiciaries: Japheth (Human), Sowelu Danea (Human), Lirriel F'Sharri Meterein (Human).