A New Power in Lordaeron
Location Ruins of Lordaeron
Result Forsaken/Alliance victory

Sylvanas' Forces


Dreadlord Insurgents

Commanders and leaders

Sylvanas' Forces


Dreadlord Insurgents

Casualties and losses

Sylvanas' Forces

  • Heavy

Dreadlord Insurgents

  • Annihilation
Previous Dreadlord's Fall
Next Into the Shadow Web Caverns
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

A New Power in Lordaeron is chapter 6 of the Legacy of the Damned campaign. It was the last battle between the Dreadlord Balnazzar and Lady Sylvanas Windrunner and her allies, for control of the Plaguelands and the Undead thereof.

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The next day, on the outskirts of Lordaeron's capital city, Sylvanas and her allies prepare to lay siege to Balnazzar's formidable defenses.


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Having broken free of the Lich King's waning power, Sylvanas had turned down the offer to rule the Plaguelands jointly with Balnazzar, Varimathras and Detheroc, as she considered this simply as another form of slavery. She gathered together a small army of free-willed Undead and defeated Varimathras, forcing him to pledge allegiance to her cause. The two of them marched upon Detheroc and slaughtered both him and his retainers, sparing the life of his mind-slave Grand Marshal Garithos so that he could bolster their forces with his Alliance troops. In return for helping her attack Balnazzar, the last and most powerful Dreadlord, Sylvanas promised the egotistical commander control of Lordaeron.

Balnazzar was no fool; he had reinforced the former human capital extensively after ousting Arthas Menethil, and had gathered a very large Undead army to defend it, as well as opening a Dimensional Gateway to summon Demonic reinforcements. He was outraged by his brother's treachery, and promised to respond to Detheroc's destruction in kind.

The Battle

Sylvanas and Varimathras launched a frontal assault upon Lordaeron's walls whilst Garithos attacked from the rear. The latter was most displeased to find that his Ironforge reinforcements had gotten lost on the way to the battle; Garithos had to fight his way through the wilderness to lead them to safety. Despite the tensions between the commander and his Dwarven charges (who didn't think they were getting paid enough), this action added much needed firepower to Garithos's assault and the Alliance began to make headway against the Undead, forcing them back further and further into the city.

Likewise, despite the terrible magical powers Balnazzar brought to bear upon his foes, Sylvanas, Varimathras and Garithos managed to destroy the Loyalists' and Insurgents' bases, claim their resources and defend their own before storming Balnazzar's base with a two-pronged attack from the front and rear before capturing Balnazzar himself.


Sylvanas ordered Varimathras to kill Balnazzar, as a last test of the Dreadlord's loyalty to her. Despite his protests that the Nathrezim were forbidden to harm one another he eventually did so, or at least seemed to. Garithos then ordered them out of "his" city, and Sylvanas told Varimathras to kill him also, which he gladly did with no remorse. The remains of Garithos's forces were slain or fled. With this final victory, Sylvanas declared herself ruler of the Plaguelands, and renamed the free-willed Undead who had pledged themselves to her the Forsaken.

In fact, whether by accident or design Varimathras did not kill Balnazzar; he later resurfaced disguised as the leader of the Scarlet Crusade. Whilst Ras Splinterspine and Morbent Fell were defeated in this battle, they may have survived if their phylacteries remained intact.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNTichondrius.png Balnazzar

  • Destroy Balnazzar's purple base

Balnazzar, the most powerful of the Dreadlords, holds Lordaeron in an iron grip. Only with the help of Garithos' army can Sylvanas hope to overthrow the mighty Dreadlord's rule and bring him to his knees, thus establishing her freedom from the Scourge once and for all.

Optional Quests

Availablequest BTNAvatar.png Ironforge Dwarves

  • Locate the missing Dwarves

Unlike the rest of Garithos' troops, the Dwarven contingent seems to have gone astray during the march to Lordaeron. If they could be located, their assistance in laying siege to the city would be invaluable.



IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: The capital city is heavily defended. Balnazzar is no fool, my lady. This battle can be won only through attrition.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: What's the matter, demon? Are you afraid?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Watch your tongue, human dog. Your hollow bravado does not impress--
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Stand down, gentlemen! Save your anger for Balnazzar. Garithos, I'll lead my forces in a frontal assault while you attack the city from the rear.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: An aggressive ploy, milady. So long as we get our capital back, I'll stick to whatever strategy you wish.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Give the order. Let the attack commence.

During the Mission

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Let's see. I've made one of your brothers my servant, and tore the other to bloody shreds. I wonder what your fate holds, Balnazzar?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: I'll cut out your tongue!

IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: Ah, my wayward pet, Garithos. I see you've grown a spine since we last met.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Your mind powers tricked me before, demon, but never again! You and I have a serious score to settle.

IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: You disappoint me, brother. Poor Detheroc must have been stung by your treachery. How dare you call yourself Nathrezim!

  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Balnazzar's forces are advancing!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: We're under attack!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Drive them back! We've got to push into the heart of the city!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Our base is under siege! Man the defenses!

  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Here they come, boys! Stand your ground!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: The blasted undead are advancing!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Cut them to shreds! For Lordaeron!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: We're under attack! Defend the base at all costs!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: The enemy is advancing! We may need help here!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: They're pressing the attack! We've got to hold the line!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Stand fast, my warriors! We're not out of this yet!

  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Push the attack! Their defenses are weakening!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Show them no mercy!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Where are you, Balnazzar? Afraid to face me?

  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Strike for the Dark Lady! For Sylvanas!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Victory draws near! Hasten the attack!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Balnazzar must be somewhere!

  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Slay these inhuman freaks!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Forward, my warriors! We'll take back what's ours!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: The city is nearly ours!

  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: You vile traitors will suffer for this outrage!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: These Plaguelands are mine!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: You will all drown in lakes of blood!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: My power is supreme! You mongrels cannot win!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: Now, feel the wrath of the Legion!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: Come, you burning devils! Balnazzar calls!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: Heed me, demons! Devour these traitorous fools!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: I still have a hand to play.

  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Storehouses such as this hold many of Lordaeron's treasures. Seek them out, and we'll claim whatever artifacts they hold!
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: Mistress, we've discovered another storehouse! It may hold artifacts that could aid us!
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: Mistress Sylvanas, we've found yet another storehouse! It likely holds priceless magical treasures!

Optional Quest

IconSmall Human Male.gif Footman: Lord Garithos, our scouts have found the missing band of dwarves! They appear to be lost in the wilderness nearby.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Those brainless dwarves are almost more trouble then they're worth! However, we'll need them on the front lines. I'll have to lead them myself.

IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Can't you idiots follow simple orders? There's a war on, and you louts are off having a picnic! Get this column rolling immediately!
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Riflemen: Right away, Lord Garithos! Move 'em out, lads!
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Riflemen: They don't pay us enough to put up with that asshole.

Mission Complete

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: It's over, Balnazzar. Varimathras?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Yes, my lady?
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Kill him.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: But I... It is forbidden for one of the Nathrezim to kill another! My defection was one thing, but this...
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: I require one last test of your loyalty, dreadlord. Do it.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: You wouldn't dare!
Varimathras kills Balnazzar.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: There, your business is done. Now, I want you wretched animals out of my city before I--
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Kill him, too.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Gladly.
Varimathras kills Garithos with a Rain of Fire. The marshal's corpse is immediately devoured by ghouls.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: The capital city is ours, but we are no longer part of the Scourge. From here on out, we shall be known as the Forsaken.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: We will find our own path in this world, dreadlord... and slaughter anyone who stands in our way.

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Sylvanas' Forces

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Dreadlord Insurgents