|Crusader Lord Dilan Victus Alexander Ravenshield II|
Birthplace & Home
Brill, Tirisfal Glades,
Hearthglen, Western Plaguelands
The Holy Light
Field Commander of the Argent Crusade • Duke of the Silreon Valley • Member of the Everlast Accord Leadership
65 years old
Height & Weight
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"We stand on the brink in Azeroth, a war-torn world with fleeting resources and we have yet to settle our differences to face the real threats before us. We in the Everlast Accord will stand and fight for Azeroth - not for petty rivalries, but for our future! We must unite to drive back the shadow."
– Commander Dilan Ravenshield
A battle-hardened war veteran and lord of the House Ravenshield, Dilan dedicates his life to ridding the world of what he believes are the true evils of Azeroth, be they demon, undead or anything in between that threatens the world, he will stand against it. Dilan is also a Field-Commander in the Argent Crusade, his brilliant battle-tacticts, known for confusing and overwhelming the enemy, are known among many commanders in both the Alliance and Horde alike. Currently, along with his group of elite soldiers, Dilan is hunting down the elusive Lich-Lord, Sel Witherheart (AKA: Asher Sellix), a Lich-Lord who once served under Dilan as his bannerman but revealed himself to be a figurehead in the sinister Cult of the Damned. Asher poses a threat not just to Dilan and the House Ravenshield, but to the Argent Crusade and Azeroth.
History of Dilan RavenshieldEdit
Early Life: Edit
Dilan was born the youngest of three siblings in the village of Brill in the Tirisfal Glades to Elexendra Sunstep and Marcus Ravenshield. Dilan's original name was Victus for the first few years of his life until sometime later his father renamed Dilan to break a family tradition and spite his grandfather.
In his youth, Dilan spent much time with his siblings Marissa and Lanius as the most shy child of the trio. Their personalities formed and influenced him greatly in his later years, but for most of his life he was quite introverted, observing and taking in the world around him as life went on.
Around the age of 12, Dilan and his brother came into contact with brother Angus Farthing, a man of Northshire who came to Lordaeron as a wandering Cleric of Northshire. It was through him that Dilan had made his first contact with the Light, and for the next eight years following, the brothers would learn from Angus and come to love the man as if he were their father. By the time Dilan had turned 20, his father had fallen into a deep depression and strayed from his ailing mother, conceiving an illegitimate child who had become Dilan's half-brother Eustace. This caused a great schism in the family, causing Dilan's mother to take her daughter to Andorhol to make a new life.
Throughout his time with Angus, Dilan had become his favorite student - while Lanius was more than wholly dedicated to the Light's teachings, Dilan was more conflicted with his family and self. Feeling sorrow for his favored student, Angus told Dilan to see the kingdom and world around him, to know it and love it, and only in that way would he truly come to find the Light and understanding. The very next day, at dawn, Dilan set out on a ten year journey visiting every Kingdom around Lordaeron and every other city and village he could.
It was on this journey that Dilan had killed his first enemy, a knoll from the Redpine Dell in Darrowmere - suffice it to say, it would not be Dilan's last kill either.
On this journey, Dilan had discovered his affinity with the Light, and adapted to using it as a battle-cleric would.
The First War: Edit
Upon returning home from his travels around the northern human kingdoms, Dilan had little time to revel in a welcome party - relatives from Stormwind had trickled news northward to Dilan's family of strange attacks on the boarders of Stormwind's kingdom, and the result could be war! For years of decadence and dishonor, Marcus had finally seen an opportunity to bring his name glory. After having found a crooked recruiter, Marcus had enlisted his sons, favoring gold to fuel his now dominating drinking habits. Shortly after the two were enlisted, Dilan was sent away to Stormwind with his brother - unbeknownst to all what was soon to come...
Upon arriving in Stormwind, Dilan had met Jerronan, a native of Elwynn who had joined Stormwind's army to fight whatever this new threat was, he and Dilan became fast friends for their love of their respective kingdoms and love of cheesy humor. The first encounter Dilan had been involved in of the war against the Orcs, however, resulted in a humiliating defeat and the death of Jeronnan at the hands of an orc warrior. The forces Dilan had been apart of fell back to Northshire Abbey, where Dilan learned new ways to channel the Light, and even honed his ability, for what it was worth, to wield the Light in battle - Lanius once more was more skilled than Dilan in this field.
The humans held the orcs back, victory was possible against these alien invaders, these monsters from a realm beyond, but it was for naught - the King Llane was assassinated, and in what seemed only a few mere days, the Kingdom of Stormwind had fallen, its capital burning and its people conquered. The Ravenshield brothers had survived the fall of Stormwind and fled with the other survivors to Lordaeron, under the leadership of Anduin Lothar. Dilan remembers clearly looking behind him, watching as Stormwind burnt, fading behind the horizon as they sailed further and further from the land they bled for to warn the world of the hell to come...
The Second War: Edit
The invasion of Lordaeron erupted suddenly, and the Ravenshield brothers were back again, thrust into the fray. Dilan and his brother, Lanius had been given command of a small band of troops under a Paladin by the name of Garth Tarisan - Garth was a wise commander and stern when he needed to be. It was under Garth's watchful eye that Dilan had learned most of what he knew of leadership, while Lanius was a tad too hot headed for the lessons that had enthralled Dilan so easily. Despite Dilan's eagerness on one spectrum, and Lanius's bullheaded nature, the pair made a name for themselves among the soldiers. Any who were alive then would have at least heard passing stories, and any who cared to ask would have indeed known more, among the tall tales soldiers spun.
As the looming cloud of war drew ever closer to Lordaeron, the call was put out for the first members of the Order of the Silver Hand to step forth. After the original five paladins were named to the Order, invigoration in the battered Alliance fighters was brought to life again, as the Paladins were the champions of Alliance cause.
After the battle of Southshore was fought, the Second War had officially begun...
At one point in the war, Commander Tarisan was ordered to split his forces, and send a company under an officer of his choosing to aid the Kul Tiras fleet assault the Horde in the Bay of Barad. This would be a day that scarred Dilan forever. The fleet of Kul Tiras was powerful, skilled in the art of naval warfare, feared all over for its might...but ships and cannons can only do so much against dragon fire.
Red drakes descended upon the humans like hell unchained - fire melted breastplates, mail and swords alike - arrows bounced off scales and orcish spears tossed from above found their mark in human flesh. Amidst the chaos, Dilan was struck in the chest by a stray arrow and thrown from his ship as it suddenly shattered under the light of the flames. It is said, even from the shores of Lordareon and the Wetlands, one could see the fires of the fleet, and only weep as their bothers and sisters turned to ash.
Dilan woke the next day on the back of a horse, barely alive and so sore he could barely move. His wound had been healed, burnt shut by the Light, his brother, Lanius led the horse on foot. Dilan would be too weak to speak, or even stay awake for too long, he faded in and out. Two days had passed, by Dilan's measure, before familiar sounds and smells surrounded Dilan. The pair had arrived in a Lordaeron camp, safe from harm, safe from nightmares of the drakes that haunt him even to this day - though this brief safety was not to last. Garth's forces were recalled to Lordaeron's capital in the hopes it could strengthen itself and push towards Quel'Thalas to aid General Turalyon, however it was thwarted.
Orgrim Doomhammer's gambit in Quel'thalas had succeeded, and the orcish forces had surrounded Lordareon's capital, using Alterac as a means of sneaking around. Dilan and many others, wounded or able, were called to battle to defend the city of Lordaeron. Days upon days of siege had passed, Orgrim inched closer and closer to victory as the deciding battle for Lordaeron had come...
In a time of quiet, amidst the battles and chaos, Lanius sat with Dilan, and the two recollected their past. They even came to think of their sister, Marissa, and her wellbeing, their half-brother as well. During the conversation, Lanius made a promise to Dilan: ‘I will protect you, little brother. I won’t leave you like I was forced to before…when I had heard the fleet burned, I nearly abandoned Garth altogether.’
Dilan could hardly believe his brother, but Lanius continued, ‘I vow to protect you, in life or death, to be with you always. You hear me, Victus?’ Dilan knew Lanius meant what he said, only ever calling Dilan 'Victus' in deadly serious situations. The two made a pact, promising to defend one another until their dying day, and promptly returned to the stories of their youth, wishing with all their heart for their family to have made it through this hell.
The Curse of Gar'dahl Edit
As what seemed to be the final days of Lordaeron drew nearer – Dilan, alongside his brother, and others stood valiantly for their home, for their capital, and the hope that some miracle would occur – or that their deaths would be swift.
Luckily for the defenders of Lordaeron, Orgrim Doomhammer’s forces were suddenly split for reasons beyond the understanding of the humans. Gul’dan had taken it upon himself to venture into the unknown to seek out the powers of an ancient tomb, and Orgrim, in his fury, sent half of his army after Gul’dan to seek out justice. With his force cut down the middle, the Warchief was forced to abandon the siege and fall back to the south, to the Burning Steppes.
Despite his wounds, Dilan insisted he join the march south after the orcs, favoring the front lines to a bed, using the words ‘I cannot stomach laying around other mewling, injured soldiers while others finish the fight.’ It was Dilan’s march south with the Alliance that he came to spend time with the dwarf people, and came to love their way of life and ferocity in battle. Dilan first began learning dwarvish here, at this time, and would later master the old tongue later on. As the Alliance moved south, the orcish campaign grew increasingly more desperate. Rumors of a warlock leading an orcish splinter force reached Garth's ears, and the order went out for Lanius and Dilan to take a band of men and hunt the warlock and his army down.
The warlock's name was Gar'dahl, and his forces were found in the middle of sacking a small farming village. Lanius favored the brash approach, rushing in with the men and taking the orcs by surprise. Though the plan would lose many soldiers in the process, it would have worked, and even spared the lives of possible survivors in the village. Though Dilan was not so brash. His plan was to sneak around, surround the orcs, and strike from all sides and confuse the orcs, cutting off all escape. The sounds of carnage reached the Alliance warband as they surrounded the orcs, and in his anger, Lanius and his men rushed in while the orcs were only half surrounded, endangering the plan.
Rushing to fill in the only gap remaining, Dilan stood between Gar'dahl and his last avenue of escape. Dilan held the avenue, and battle was joined, both sides fighting with hate for the other. During the fight, with a powerful artifact not of Azeroth in his grasp, Gar'dahl struck Dilan in the chest with a bolt of shadow infused with a curse of pain. Dilan had fallen, and mysterious heroes appeared to save him, fighting off Gar'dahl. The Warlock escaped before finishing the kill - and his army was shattered. Lanius rushed to Dilan's side with a dwarf priest who had attempted to contain the curse and shadow damage as best he could - though the magic was too powerful for the priest to do away with alone. In a desperate attempt to save Dilan's life, the dwarf drew holy runes around the point of impact of the Shadowbolt and siphoned the dark magic and curse to be bound within the are the runes were drawn.
With the bolt having struck Dilan just a few inches from his heart, the chances were slim for his survival. To undo the curse, the dwarf told that Lanius would need to find the artifact Gar'dahl held, as it would be the key to relieving Dilan of his curse. Now, any time Dilan is near shadows or dark magic of any kind linked to shadow, the pain of the curse spikes, and Dilan grows extremely weak. In an effort to combat this, the dwarf gave Dilan the means to endure through the pain with a blessing - it would fade in the years to come, but for the time being, the blessing would help him through the war. Dilan knew that if he was to beat this curse, he would have to find another way, another method to survive and endure the Curse of Gar'dahl.
The Final Steppes Edit
Days later, the battle of the Burning Steppes and Blackrock Mountain raged – the orcs fought for their life, for their Horde, for the power and world that was promised, and the Alliance fought for retribution, for vengeance, for justice. Dilan had clashed with the orc Honorguard, Grak Ripaxe, and the two fought on and off on the field, interrupted only by the flow of the battle itself. Lanius joined by the end of it, but the two of them together could not defeat the mighty son of the Blackrock orcs. Having overpowered the Ravenshield brothers, Grak was soon to strike the honorable, finishing blow, though Garth intervened. Valiantly fighting the Ripaxe, Garth was last seen disappearing behind a mob of Alliance soldiers as Dilan and Lanius were dragged away - the only indication of how the duel went was when orcs cheered Graks name and held up their axes in triumph, and Alliance soldiers ordered the position to be lost.
Despite Garth's fall, and their wounds, Dilan and Lanius witnessed the victory of the Steppes; only to be described as a titanic clash, Anduin, the Lion of Stormwind, had fallen after leading his soldiers gloriously. Facing valiantly against Orgrim Doomhammer - General Turalyon rushed in to avenge his friend and mentor, striking Orgrim down with the fury of the Light and capturing the Warchief. The orcs, in their disbelief and confusion, were soundly crushed by the Alliance offensive after Orgrim's capture.
With the remaining orcs either captured, killed in battle, or retreating through the portal, the Alliance, united in their desire to see this war come to an end, were relieved to see the portal finally come to its bitter end. Khadgar, with all the power he could muster, attempted to close the portal in a brilliant show of magic that Dilan would never forget - though when the dust settled...none could believe what they saw.
The Dark Portal had such immensely strong connections to Azeroth that even shattering the frame that bound it was not enough to undo it. Fearing another invasion, the Alliance constructed Nethergarde Keep to keep a watchful eye on the region, and more primarily, the portal. Triumph aside, tragedy struck once more as news of the death of Marcus Ravenshield was brought to the Ravenshield Brothers. With their father gone, and no other brothers to speak of, the pair was forced to return to Lordaeron and recover, aiding where they could in capturing orcs, and rebuilding humanity.
A balanced, decorated hand-and-a-half longsword lost after the decline of the Ravenshield family, and reclaimed by Lord Dilan Ravenshield himself decades later from a Scourge soldier in the Plaguelands. The sword was first weilded by Alerwyn 'The Raven' Tyrocious when the first Thorium veins were discovered in the mountains of Tirisfal, where the Ravenshields and the Lords under then had settled. The aptly named blade has remained sharp and well maintained for many years, an air-tight scabbard to keep moisture from tarnishing the metal was a key reason why the blade was untouched by time's withering hand. It now stands as the symbol of Dilan's leadership and a testimate to his claim to the title of 'Lord of House Ravenshield'
The maine gauche hidden on Dilan's person, it is a jeweled dagger fixed with a small inscription I can never forget regarding him having a part to play in the Culling of Stratholme. Dilan's fixation with the need to redeem himself for partaking in the slaughter of the massive city is what lead him to have this dagger made and named. It is unlikely Dilan will ever forgive himself for what was done.
The Sunstep Bow:Edit
A bow given to Dilan when his mother was on her death bed, he holds it as one of his dearest possessions - the bow itself is littered in tally marks from his mother's confirmed kills when she fought against the trolls centuries before. Dilan rarely uses the bow and keeps it safely locked away in a chest with many other personal items that he holds close to his heart.
While the components and gadgets are available to Dilan in Azeroth and have been for many years since he lost his eye, Dilan refused to accept any augmentations or machines to replace what was lost at the Wrathgate. It serves as a grim reminder of Dilan's mortality and how close he was to the end.
A special satchel that can hold a great hoard of items, anything from armor to food, which was won in a simple bet. The satchel was once used by an Ethereal trader, Naz'amar, who was apart of a merchant group in Shattrath City, Naz'amar used it to hold his boundless wealth and items. After Dilan's recovery in Nagrand and the journey back into civilization, he bet the tradesmen that he could outdrink an ogre, the stakes were simple: Dilan's armor, weapons, and gold if he loses or Naz'amar's satchel. Needless to say, Dilan won.
Rune-Etched Armor Edit
With the aid of Galnious Rex, Dilan managed to use magical runes to link with certain armor pieces in his bags and switch them out at his own touch, while the concept is good on paper there have been occurrences where Dilan's armor and clothes disappear in public.
Tattered Argent Crusade Tabard:Edit
Argent Dawn Pin: Edit
Scarlet Crusader's Necklace:Edit
Pets, Mounts and Companions:Edit
A reliable hippogryph that has served by Dilan's side for many years since his ventures in Kalimdor - Dala has proven loyal and brave through many endeavors, even flying low in the heat of intense battles to whisk Dilan into the air. Dala has been apart of many key campaigns for Ravenshield and the Argent Crusade, most notable of them would be the assault on the Noxious Glade.
Araego has been a reliable horse to Dilan for many years. Ten in fact. Aiding in so many battles that Dilan himself could scarcely count them all, it is a fact beyond a shadow of a doubt that Dilan has close ties to Araego that he would not soon part with.
Dilan learned this in his years in the Argent Dawn before the Burning Crusade. He enchants his armor and weapons with runes amplified by magical objects to give him a leg up in a world dominated by magic and inhuman abilities. He himself uses such enchantments to help him leap great distances, shake the earth, throw or lift heavy things or wear his armor and swing his sword as if they were made of paper.
While being born with Thalassian as his first language and being raised with the King's Common, Dilan has either been taught or taught himself many tongues over the many years of his military career. Among those many languages and dialects he speaks several most fluently, some such as: Orcish and Darnassian. The strangest and most difficult language he had to learn was Ursine, learned during his time in Kalimdor when the Burning Legion invaded Azeroth in the Third War.
Once a skilled archer, Dilan practiced almost daily with his mother for hours in his youth. Once she died his practices slowed, and once his eye was taken in battle he was unalee to properly aim the bow, sadly it rests in a chest in his home.
Horseback riding: Edit
Taught to ride horses during his travels around Lordaeron, he has never once dreaded the fact he was taught.
Dilan's obsession with inner peace has led him to a strange addiction: the consumption and love of hot mint tea with a single teaspoon of sugar stirred three times. One could always find him sipping his tea while doing paperwork or after a battle.
Bad Jokes: Edit
His dry humor always appears when thing seem bleakest, and while not always funny, he's managed to spring a few smiles throughout his life.
Dilan's nephew by law, he was married to Feleina and following her death he retained the relation. Matiff first met Dilan as a warlock while protecting Feleina from a witch, the two quickly became friends despite Dilan's hatred of shadow magic and at one point Dilan nearly gave his life to bring Matiff back from the brink of madness. Matiff now serves as a battlemage for the Dalaran Senate and still keeps in touch with his uncle, pestering him to sail down to the large island Matiff made his home.
Dilan's adopted neice, Feleina killed herself in a depressed state following personal events that were out of DIlan's control. Her death brought him to hard tears and he would never truly forget her innocent outlook on life.
The high elven battle-healer has saved Dilan's life and the life of his family members so many times that Dilan had no choice but to offer her an honorary place in the House Ravenshield for her efforts. Silesse is among the kindest and sweetest women Dilan knows and finds her to be among the few Alliance members that give him hope for peace in the world between the Alliance and Horde.
Leader of the Ardent Inquisition, Dilan works closely with Morgrim to snuff out and scour any corruption present in the Alliance as well as call upon Morgrim's inquisitors to aid in operations carried out by Ravenshield. Morgrim has shown Dilan that there is still hope for a world free of corruption.
Lord of the House of Hightower and long time friend of Dilan, Aurious saved his life on countless occasions and proved himself to be one of the truest friends Dilan will ever come to know. After Dilan joined the Argent Crusade he offered Aurious a place as his right hand to lead the special operations unit of Ravenshield.
Jeronnan of Lordaeron:Edit
Dilan's first friend and battle-brother, the two shared many experiences together in the years they knew one anothe. During the period between the Third War and the Burning Crusade Jeronnan mysteriously disappeared and was never heard from again, Dilan now barely opens up to anyone like he did to Jeronnan.
A high elf known as 'The Mule', Dilan found her begging for coin on the street and offered her food and drink before sending her on her way. Reluctantly she agreed and followed him to an inn where she had half a mind to attack and mug the unsuspecting Lord, she did not however. After a good meal and a short exchange, Dilan offered Uheda a place in his house to give her honest paying work and a roof over her head, she agreed and slowly their relationship bloomed into a brother-sister type, it was not long after that Uheda died from natural causes, many mourned her death and few would forget her entirely. Uheda will never be forgotten by Dilan or the House Ravenshield.
- Dilan's favorite drinks are Dwarven Stout and Hearthglen Ambrosia.
- As a result of the Second War, Dilan has a great fear of Dragons.
- Because of orcish warlocks during the Second War, Dilan also hates shadow magic and especially despises warlocks of any kind with a passion, he will never be seen near one and if he ever is he will be very tense.
- Dilan found he had a great interest for runes and runic magic.
- Dilan has an minor allergy to cat hair.
- Dilan hates and is even subtly racist to forsaken.
- Dilan has an Arakkoa servant by the name of Tatherok who occasionally appears.
- Dilan Is not fond of politics and is not one for small talk, nor for beating around the bush.
- Dilan is a very religious man and strongly believes in the Light, however, it has not answered his call in many, many years.
- Dilan Speaks six languages fluently: Common, Darnassian, Draeneic, Orcish, Thalassian, Ursine and Dwarvish. He also has a love for studying other cultures and their history. Dilan is currently studying Zandali and troll culture.
- Dilan has a friendly rivalry with Lord Maxwell Tyrosus.
- Dilan and the Ravenshield family are being used as characters in a novel still in the process of being written.
- Dilan used to be a battle-mage but that was omitted earlier on in his RP.
- Dilan used to go by Marcus before the idea of a brother was made canon.
- Dilan was never originally scared of dragons until a PVE encounter where a dragon randomly spawned and gave me quite a fright, needless to say it had to be done.
- Dilan was originally supposed to be killed off and never RPed with again, but his assassin quit wow and he ended up being left alone until I developed his rp story into what it is today.