Dreadlord's Fall

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Dreadlord's Fall
Conflict: Plaguelands Civil War / Kil'jaeden's war against the Lich King
Campaign: Legacy of the Damned
Date: At the same moment as the events of The Return to Northrend, 21 years after the events of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
Place: Western Plaguelands
Outcome: Forsaken victory

Forest trolls

Burning Legion


Lady Sylvanas Windrunner


  • Moderate
  • Heavy Alliance casualties
  • Very heavy Detheroc's Forces casualties
This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and official bonus maps.

Dreadlord's Fall is chapter 5 of the Legacy of the Damned. It was the third battle of the Civil War in the Plaguelands, and the second of the uprising of Sylvanas Windrunner, who sought to take control of the Plaguelands away from the Dreadlords Balnazzar, Detheroc and Varimathras in order to establish a power base of her own which would allow her to oppose and eventually destroy the Scourge and the Lich King.

Dreadlord's Fall Map

Overhead view





Sylvanas had already defeated Varimathras and his minions, and forcibly recruited the dreadlord as her lieutenant, with the aid of the forces of Blackthorn, Mug'thol, Snarlmane, and the Murloc Puddle Lord. However, Detheroc and Balnazzar remained a threat for her plans. With the information provided to her by Varimathras, Sylvanas took her forces to the Western Plaguelands, were Detheroc had set camp, protected not only the Undead under his control, but also by Garithos and his resistance, all of which had fallen under Detheroc's mind control.

The battleEdit

Sylvanas possessed two footmen and made them ask to open the gates of Detheroc's base, a necromancer opened them and seconds later Sylvanas, her forces and the footmen killed the necromancer and his soldiers.


  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "You've done well, Varimathras. You've led us straight to Detheroc's stronghold. But tell me, who are those humans?"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Detheroc used his telepathy to enslave a top-ranking human warlord. I believe his name was Garabon or Gilithos or something. Human names all sound the same to me.Instead of stamping it out, Detheroc has taken control of the last pocket of human resistance. They maintain their own army within the keep."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Your brother is more clever than I thought. His defenses are considerable."
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Yes. And with this paltry force you've mustered, a direct assault on the walls would be suicide."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "I have no intention of assaulting the walls."
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Then let's go before he---"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "My banshees will possess those hapless humans. We'll use them to open the gates for us."
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "You realize we'll have only a short amount of time before he discovers what we're up to?"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Of course. If we strike quickly enough, Detheroc will never know what hit him."

  • BTNFootman Footman: "To arms!"
  • IconSmall Banshee Banshee: "Whom do you serve, human?"
  • BTNFootman Footman: "The Dark Lady. I am hers to command."

Middle of the battle.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "We can attack either of the two bases with impunity, but it's only a matter of time before the other is alerted to our presence."

  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "We're out of time! Both bases have been alerted to our presence. We've got to bolster our defenses before they launch their counterattack!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Detheroc will send his forces soon. We must be ready!"

  • IconSmall Dreadlord Detheroc: "Traitor! How could you betray us like this? We could have ruled this land together!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Sylvanas has greater strength than you know, brother. I'll take my chances with her."

  • BTNFootman Footman: "Glory to Lord Detheroc!"
  • BTNFootman Footman: "Slay them for the master!"
  • BTNFootman Footman: "For Lord Garith--Lord Detheroc!"

  • IconSmall Dreadlord Detheroc: "Come and face me, little banshee!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Detheroc: "You are clever, Sylvanas, but you are no match for me."
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Detheroc: "You rebels rush headlong to your deaths!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Detheroc: "I am Nathrezim! My will cannot be denied!"

  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "The humans' destruction gives me a certain amount of satisfaction. But Detheroc is the true threat here. It's not over till he lies dead at my feet."
Victory for Sylvanas.
Garithos leaves.

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