Leader of the Gilneas Liberation Front,|
|Affiliation(s)||Alliance, Gilneas, Gilneas Liberation Front, Valarjar|
|Former affiliation(s)||Northgate rebels, Alliance of Lordaeron|
Leader of the Gilneas Liberation Front,|
Champion of the Valarjar
|Former occupation(s)||Leader of the Northgate rebels during the Northgate Rebellion|
Lord Darius Crowley was once a Gilnean nobleman. A pro-Alliance figure, he dissented with King Genn Greymane's decision to separate his people with the Greymane Wall. Crowley led the Northgate Rebellion that caused a civil war in Gilneas, during which he was imprisoned. When Gilneas was attacked by worgen, he was freed and became a worgen himself. Both Crowley and Greymane reconciled and joined forces against the threats Gilneas faced. He now leads the Gilneas Liberation Front which fights against the Forsaken along with the Bloodfang Pack and the 7th Legion. When the Burning Legion returned to assault Azeroth, Darius and his daughter Lorna joined Genn on the Skyfire as part of his army forces.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Locations
- 3 Quests
- 4 Objective of
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Quotes
- 7 In Hearthstone
- 8 Notes and trivia
- 9 Relatives
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Videos
- 12 Patch changes
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Lord of His Pack
At the time of the Second War, Lord Crowley was a nobleman whose lands and people were outside of the border that would later be known as the Greymane Wall. Despite being young and new to the Gilnean council of Lords, his humanistic and charismatic qualities made him loved by the Gilnean people and earned him the respect and friendship of the king of Gilneas, Genn Greymane. Crowley was one of the nobles that accompanied Greymane to Capital City to hear of Stormwind's fall and Anduin Lothar's warning about the invading Orcish Horde. Crowley was sympathetic to the Alliance's plight and advised Greymane to send aid to the newly-formed Alliance. Greymane agreed out of self-serving reasons but offered only token support.
Years later, Gilneas seceded from the Alliance following the departure of Quel'Thalas, who stated that the humans' poor leadership had led to the burning of their forests during the Second War, alongside the liberation of the orcs from internment camps by Thrall. When Genn started the construction of the Greymane Wall, a massive barrier that walled off his lands from the rest of Gilneas, Crowley opposed the King's decision to abandon his people. In retaliation for Greymane's decision to abandon the Alliance, it was Crowley that was responsible for sending the Gilneas Brigade to Jaina Proudmoore during the Third War.
The King had tried to reason with Crowley, to make it clear that this wall was the way forward, and to explain why assisting the Alliance was so wrong. But Crowley refused, and insisted that he was doing what was best for the future of Gilneas, that he would end the King's "tyranny", and started a rebellion against Greymane, gathering like-minded Gilneans including his daughter Lorna and Tobias Mistmantle in forming the Northgate rebellion. The resulting civil war weakened the kingdom and split the populace into two groups, "royalist" and "rebel", labels that continued to spark fights years after the event ended. He was eventually arrested on the grounds of treason and held at Stoneward Prison.
Shortly before the attack on Gilneas City, Genn was thinking about granting Crowley amnesty.
When the capital of Gilneas was attacked by feral worgen, Crowley was released by Gilnean adventurers and convinced to give aid to Greymane, who had ordered the evacuation of Gilneas. When he and his released men regrouped, he gave them a speech of a union against the worgen. In order to divert the worgen's attention from the fleeing citizens, Crowley led a group of brave Gilneans to stand against them at Light's Dawn Cathedral. Crowley and his followers were overwhelmed, and became worgen themselves.
When Belysra took Halford Ramsey to Tal'doren, he encountered Darius Crowley, one of many Gilneans that Belysra and her night elves had been trying to help with their worgen affliction. A Loyalist, Halford still thought of Darius as a rebel and a traitor and lunged at him but the fight was broken up by Belysra who reminded them that the past didn't matter anymore and that they both needed to put it behind them in order to preserve the future of Gilneas. Both agreed to put the past behind them and work together to capture feral worgen in the woods of the Blackwald and make them sane again and regain their humanity.
He worked with the adventurer to retrieve the stolen Scythe of Elune from the hands of the Forsaken. He was worried of how Lorna would react to the news that he had the curse, but she was fine with it (considering that she had thought he had been killed instead). As the Forsaken invasion went on, Genn Greymane and Lord Godfrey traveled to Tal'doren to ask Crowley to help unite Gilneas against the Forsaken. Due to Lord Godfrey's prejudices towards the worgen, Darius was hesitant to accept. Greymane tells Darius that he is asking as an equal and after revealing that he too had succumbed to the Worgen curse, Darius agreed to join forces.
Halford Ramsey along with Lord Crowley and his Gilnean worgen followed Belrysa Starbreeze in confronting Alpha Prime at Tal'doren. Belrysa attempted to use the Scythe of Elune to seal away Alpha Prime and his Wolf Cult beneath Daral'nir in the Emerald Dream, but before she could do so, a Forsaken dark ranger shot her in the arm. This caused her to drop the Scythe of Elune, and Alpha Prime signaled for the army of Forsaken to surround them. Alpha Prime took possession of the scythe, but just as he was about to finish Belysra off with it, the spirit wolf of Belysra's old lover — Arvell — killed Alpha Prime. With the death of their leader, the Wolf Cult scattered; leaving the Forsaken without their lupine allies and open to attack from the night elves and Gilneans. Shortly afterwards he, Halford and other Gilneans witnessed King Genn Greymane's confession of being afflicted with the worgen curse to his subjects and the Gilnean people's acceptance of him.
Darius later participated in with Genn and though they were successful in retaking the city, the Forsaken's Horde reinforcements and intent on using the Forsaken Blight forced the Gilneans to flee and seek sanctuary in Darnassus. Before the worgen left, he was present at Liam's funeral in Aderic's Repose and in Keel Harbor he led the organization of defenses against the invading Horde. While most of the worgen left, he and his daughter remained.
Darius as he appears atop Stoneward Prison.
Darius in Light's Dawn Cathedral.
Darius Crowley in Tal'doren.
Gilneas Liberation Front
With Gilneas now in enemy hands following the Forsaken invasion, Lord Crowley led the Gilneas Liberation Front against the Forsaken in Silverpine Forest. With the Bloodfang pack and the Hillsbrad Worgen bolstering their numbers, and with help from the 7th Legion, who used a submarine to pass through enemy lines, the Alliance gained the upper hand in Gilneas. However, agents of the Horde ended up destroying some of the reinforcements and enabled the Forsaken to resurrect Lord Godfrey as one of their own, a fact that none of the Gilneans were aware of.
With Godfrey's help the Forsaken successfully captured Darius's daughter Lorna. Crowley led the Alliance's final push into Silverpine Forest. Sylvanas Windrunner herself rode out to meet with Darius at the shattered Greymane Wall and gave him two choices - the surrender of the Gilneas Liberation Front, or Lorna's death and resurrection as one of the Forsaken. Without a moment of hesitation, Darius agreed to surrender the Gilneas City in order to protect his daughter. Sylvanas allowed them to retreat to Gilneas, which was still contested between the Alliance and the Horde.
The Gilneas Brigade led by Genn and Darius' daughter Lorna established Greywatch to secure Stormheim from threats. Darius later made an appearance if an Alliance player reaches Prestige Rank 2, where he is found in Stormwind Keep alongside Princess Tess Greymane following the accepting of the quest, A Royal Audience. He was among the audience that congratulated the character for their battles against the Horde, following their receiving of the from Anduin Wrynn, as well as an artifact appearance.
Crowley was later found to have been taken captive by the naga on the Broken Shore alongside many other warriors. An Alliance warrior freed him, and he aided them in freeing the other warriors from the front. His counterpart for the Horde is Eitrigg. Notably, unlike Eitrigg who does not have this function, if the warrior frees any Forsaken, Crowley has a chance to run up and instantly kill them. If a pack of warriors is freed and he does this, any worgen freed will also cheer.
Crowley then joined the Valarjar as one of their followers, which also opened up recruitment for the 7th Legion; despite Crowley not being a part of this organization. It's possible this is just due to his place as a leader in the Alliance and prior working with the 7th Legion in Gilneas. He can be used as a bodyguard or support companion, which will cause him to appear and do an extremely large amount of damage in a wide AoE bladestorm.
Battle for Azeroth
Crowley has returned leading a renewed Gilnean army into the Forsaken controlled territory of Hillsbrad following the Battle for Lordaeron. He specifically marches against the Sludge Fields, which are amassing undead to assail Gilneas.
Crowley followed his king when they were tasked into assaulting Orgrimmar's western gate while Anduin Wrynn and Varok Saurfang's forces assaulted the main gates. Due to the mak'gora between Sylvanas Windrunner and Saurfang, they did not assault the city.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Gilneas City (starting zone)||??||2,244|
|Gilneas (starting zone)||10||4,356|
|Gilneas (starting zone)||??||9,880|
|Durotar (during War Campaign)||123||86,722|
In Gilneas City:
In Keel Harbor:
He is also observed in various Horde quests in Silverpine Forest, which take place after the events of the worgen starting area.
- We do what we must.
- We will prevail.
- Main article: Time to Regroup#Notes
- Main article: Sacrifices#Notes
- Main article: Neither Human Nor Beast#Notes
- Main article: The Battle for Gilneas City#Notes
- Main article: Patriarch's Blessing#Notes
- Main article: Missing in Action: Lord Darius Crowley#Notes
- Main article: Operation Felrage (Alliance)#Notes
- Main article: Return of the Battlelord#Notes
- Main article: The Trial of Rage#Notes
- Is there trouble afoot?
- Do you need something?
- What... is it?
- My rage is growing.
- I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!
- Stand strong.
- For the Alliance.
- My claws are sharp and ready for action!
- Greetings, Battlelord! I'm ready to fight!
- We will defend Azeroth to the death!
- Together, we will destroy our enemies!
- I shall destroy you!
- Feel my fury!
- I will rip you to shreds!
- I will sharpen my claws on your hide!
- Killed a mob
- For the Alliance!
- My claw rip with your blood!
- Your death fuels my rage!
- You will fall beneath the fury of my claws!
- My claws are dulled...
- Battlelord, I have failed you...
- My rage subsides... for now...
Darius appears as a legendary card for the warrior class in the The Witchwood expansion for Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "You either die a villain, or live long enough to see yourself become the hero."
- He also represents the "Cannoneer" class in the Monster Hunt single-player experience.
Notes and trivia
- Despite his appearance on the Skyfire following the Broken Shore, Crowley does not make an appearance at Greywatch, nor does he appear during the Cove of Nashal scenario. Numerous unused NPCs show that he may have been originally intended to accompany the player throughout Stormheim, rather than Lorna, or at the least have had more than one appearance, as it bears the Gilneas Brigade tag, which none of his prior appearances bear, including the Skyfire. He does, however, re-appear when a player achieves Prestige Rank 2 and is honored by the Alliance during , where he stands beside Princess Tess Greymane.
- Darius was presumably originally slated to appear in Skyhold. Whether this would have been as a recently deceased spirit, or as a still living character (as numerous other still living warriors were also going to appear alongside ghosts of warriors past) is unknown, given his aforementioned appearance in Stormwind, it is unlikely he would have been slain. Darius and Eitrigg eventually did make it into Skyhold as followers in 7.2.
- His generic name in 7.2 is Greywatch Mauler.
- In Curse of the Worgen, it is discovered that Crowley could not resume his human form at the time of the invasion because he held onto guilt. It is unknown if this is still the case or if like the other worgen who undertook the worgen ritual, he was able to make peace with his emotions and bring balance to his human and worgen side.
- There is a growing fanbase for Darius Crowley, mostly due to his ability to cleave mobs using only his fists during a quest in the worgen starting area. Due to this, it has been suggested by several players that he could finally be the Alliance's version of Varok Saurfang.
- His name could be a reference to the 1980 song "Mr Crowley" by Ozzy Osbourne, which is in turn a reference to 20th-century occultist Aleister Crowley. This song is also used in the meme growing around the character, with fans referring to the character as "Miiiiister Croooowwwwley" (dun dun dun!). Early in its existence, the Mr. Crowley meme was referenced by the voice actor Jesse Cox in his worgen starting zone videos.
- He could also be named after the Persian king Darius the Great.
- In the Gilneas starter zone, and outside of it in early beta builds, Crowley's worgen form wielded a two-handed sword, however he has since been changed to dual wield fist weapons. It's possible this was done intentionally by Blizzard in response to his fistcleaving meme.
- He is occasionally referred to as "Lord Box Head", "Darius Boxhead" or "Boxhead Crowley" due to his worgen model in early beta builds.
- Darius was originally voiced by David Thewlis, who portrays the werewolf Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film franchise. In World of Warcraft: Legion and Hearthstone he is voiced by a new, currently unknown voice actor.
- One of Darius' irritated voicelines in Legion ("I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!") is a reference to the 1982 song "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters.
Darius could be related to other people called Crowley besides his daughter Lorna.
Darius Crowley in the TCG.
Fan art of a worgen by SiaKim, later used as an official representation of Darius in the UVGs.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.
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