Saint Riode Janiero
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Race

Human

Year of Birth

157 P.C.

Place of Birth

Balor

Title

Saint
Savior of Blackwater Cove

Occupation

Missionary Priest

Affiliations

Church of the Holy Light
Kingdom of Stormwind

Faith

Church of the Holy Light

Family

House of Janiero

Alignment

Lawful Good

Status

Dead

Father Riode Janiero was the missionary priest who saved the fledgling colony that eventually became Booty Bay. For such he was named a Saint by the Church of the Holy Light. Of both Kul Tiran and Stormwind descent, he was born on the island of Balor in 157 P.C.. He died and was buried on Janiero's Point, an island named after him south of Booty Bay.

Story of Janiero's Point[edit | edit source]

During the reign of King Adamant Wrynn II, the Kingdom of Stormwind sent an expeditionary fleet to colonize Stranglethorn Vale. Landing on the southern cape, the fleet quickly constructed fortifications to defend themselves against the Forest Trolls of the Gurubashi Tribe. Father Riode Janiero was the missionary priest of the expedition.

On the first night of the landing, Father Janiero went out to gather water from the lagoon. After blessing the clear water, he looked out to the sea. Sources vary as to why or how he did, but at the shore of the lagoon, Father Janiero cried out and pointed towards the island at the lagoon's mouth. Some say it was a divine vision, or simply good eyesight, but Father Janiero had spotted dozens of canoes fast approaching the foothold against the backdrop of the sandy isle.

Seething with rage at the humans' encroaching on the Vale, the jungle trolls rowed into the lagoon in the black of night. However, due to Father Janiero's call, the armsmen of Stormwind were well prepared for their arrival - loading ballista and crossbows with projectiles lit with fire. When the canoes were in range, the burning projectiles were released. Burning arcs of flame impacted amongst the tightly-packed wooden canoes, cries of pain and anguish echoing between the cliffs. A rain of iron-tipped arrows soon followed, finishing off many of the trolls who were not shattered by the siege bolts. Faced with annihilation, the trolls who remained retreated into the night.

When the sun rose, a grizzly sight met the eyes of the king's men. The surface of the lagoon's water had turned black from the trolls' blood, many of the trolls slumped over dead in their scorched canoes. Father Janiero, seeking the Light's blessings for the newly founded colony, held a solemn prayer for the trolls that perished for their blind hatred.

The colony, as deemed fitting, was given the name of Blackwater Cove in honor of the battle that almost spelled the destruction of the colonists' progress. Father Janiero was honored for his role in saving the colony, the island that he pointed to given its namesake, "Janiero's Point."

To further honor Father Janiero, who was canonized as a saint by the Church of the Light, a great statue was constructed on Janiero's Point.

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