- For strategy on the Castle Nathria encounter, see Sire Denathrius (tactics).
Master of Revendreth,
King of the Venthyr,
Commander of the Stoneborn,
Fangs of the Shadowlands,
|Race||Eternal One (Humanoid)|
|Former affiliation(s)||Court of Harvesters, Stone Legion, Venthyr Covenant, Pantheon of Death|
|Occupation||Master of the nathrezim|
|Former occupation(s)||Leader of the venthyr, stoneborn, and Revendreth|
“Defy Revendreth? I AM Revendreth!”
- — Sire Denathrius
Sire Denathrius, the Master, is the creator and the former leader of the realm of Revendreth and its inhabitants, the venthyr people, which he ruled from Castle Nathria. Calculating and methodical, Denathrius is ancient beyond measure and one of the most powerful beings in all the Shadowlands. He created the venthyr in his likeness, forging them from the souls of the redeemed. The first venthyr were born directly from Denathrius' will, such as Prince Renathal who considers him his father. He is also the creator of the Nathrezim, cruel and cunning beings with the purpose to be the greatest spies and infiltrators in all of reality, in order to spread the influence of Death throughout the cosmos.
In a midst of a rebellion caused by the anima drought that’s swept over the Shadowlands, rumors suggested that Denathrius may no longer be fit for the role of Master of Revendreth. Crowning a new Sire could return the plane to its former glory, or leave it mired in the same decadence and sin it is charged with cleansing. Consequently, Denathrius beseeched Azeroth's champions to help him quell the rebellion led by Prince Renathal, which threatened to destroy the venthyr way of life, but not all was as Denathrius claimed.
In truth, Denathrius has been corrupted by the very sins Revendreth swore to punish. Cooperating with Zovaal the Jailer, he wished to rule all the Shadowlands and to free the Jailer from his bonds by channeling massive amounts of anima into the Maw. Although he accomplished his plan, he was later defeated by the Maw Walkers in his own castle, while his essence was absorbed by his sentient blade Remornia. At Dawnkeep, Denathrius was placed under the watch of the naaru Z'rali to fulfill his repentance, until he was freed by the nathrezim who infiltrated Revendreth.
Like his fellow Eternal Ones, Denathrius was forged by the First Ones in their realm of Zereth Mortis. The Prototype of Absolution is an incomplete prototype of him. In the beginning of Revendreth, Sire Denathrius created the first venthyr from his own will at Sinfall, naming them his Court of Harvesters and giving each a Medallion with great power that ultimate was tied to his own being in order to help redeem souls and prevent them from damnation in the Maw. First among these was Prince Renathal.
Ages ago, just after the first venthyr were sired, Denathrius created another race known as the nathrezim to infiltrate the other cosmic forces and spread the influence of Death. Their infiltrations went mostly unnoticed, but the nathrezim who infiltrated the Light were discovered. In revenge, the naaru and their forces assaulted Revendreth and set the ward once held by the nathrezim ablaze. Revendreth was defended by the Stone Legion, and though they were successful in pushing the naaru back the losses they suffered caused the Stonewright to blame the nathrezim for the loss of so many of her children, as the Light's attack was ultimately their fault. In order to end the conflict between nathrezim and venthyr, Denathrius agreed to exile the nathrezim to a world beyond the Shadowlands: Nathreza.
Long ago, Denathrius worked with the other Eternal Ones to banish their traitorous brother Zovaal, later called the Jailer, to the Maw. He ambiguously told the defeated Zovaal that he "could have sought another way" and that they could've accomplished great things together. However, Renathal wonders how long Denathrius was actually working for the Jailer. At some point, Denathrius willingly offered his sigil over to the Jailer. General Draven even reveals that Denathrius had ordered him to hide a blood mirror in Bastion and secretly sabotage the Eternal Forge of the kyrians long ago, which Prime Forgelite Mikanikos affirms is the reason why the Forsworn so easily took control of their infrastructure. The night fae of Ardenweald always perceived him to be a cruel leader.
Upon arriving in Revendreth, the Maw Walker is tricked by Denathrius into helping him trap The Accuser, empowering them with the . After declaring her to be banished in the Ember Ward after participation in the Penitent Hunt in the Forest Ward, she manages to gain the Maw Walkers trust and reveals to them Denathrius's true allegiance and plans. While the Arbiter is indeed broken, Revendreth had been hoarding all their reserve anima that should have been given to the other realms in times of need, saved up for the Jailer.
After releasing Prince Renathal and others from the Maw and gathering the remaining forces, Renathal insists on directly confronting Denathrius. This confrontation fails and Denathrius triggers an explosion, hemorrhaging anima out of Castle Nathria through the Menagerie of the Master.
He is ultimately defeated by Prince Renathal, the Maw Walker, and their forces, but is absorbed by Remornia in a last bid to save her master. She fails to escape to the Maw and ask Zovaal to restore him, instead finding herself trapped along with Denathrius in Dawnkeep to be re-educated by the naaru Z'rali for eons until he repents.
It is later revealed Denathrius had given the Medallion of Dominion to Kel'Thuzad and that he had been conspiring with him. This partnership then attempted to be seized by the Tithelord. With enough anima, Kel'Thuzad could not only control all venthyr with the Medallion of Dominion, but could also alter the fabric of the Shadowlands. In fact, he successfully manages to open a rift to the Maw at the House of Rituals and lets one of the creatures enter Maldraxxus, once again demonstrating the depravity Denathrius had planned for all.
Though defeated, Denathrius's will can still exert itself through the Medallions, and things empowered by them, such as the new Crown of the Harvesters. Upon regaining his Medallion, Renathal once again is tempted by Denathrius's will through it, but once again rejects it.
When Sylvanas asked the Jailer about their plan to recover Denathrius after his defeat and capture, the Jailer simply states that for every soul that has a purpose, Denathrius has fulfilled his, likely alluding that the Master of Revendreth no longer serves a purpose to the Jailer and is simply discarded away as a useful tool.
With the Jailer in possession of four of the five necessary sigils to open the Sepulcher, the nathrezim revealed their infiltration of Revendreth and rescued their master by having Kin'tessa grabbing Remornia away.
Denathrius is the central character of the Hearthstone expansion Murder at Castle Nathria. In the story of the expansion, Denathrius invited several of his counterparts and enemies from other realms to a dinner party at Castle Nathria to address the rumors that he had been hoarding anima, only for the Sire to be found mysteriously dead at the start of the soirée. Players need to work with the murloc detective Murloc Holmes to determine who among the guests is the culprit.
Pre-purchasing the expansion's Mega Bundle unlocked Denathrius as an alternate warrior hero and a Denathrius-themed card back. The hero's flavor text reads: All hail Sire Denathrius: Master of the Shadowlands and keeper of Revendreth's darkest secrets.
Notes and trivia
- The title "Fangs of the Shadowlands" likely refers to the nathrezim, which the Primus calls the fangs of Denathrius.
- Denathrius' greatsword, Remornia, is sentient and capable of speech.
- Denathrius uses the same animation rigging as a male draenei, but has several custom animations such as talking.
- Denathrius is voiced by Ray Chase. Blizzard originally planned for Denathrius to die at the end of Castle Nathria, but after being impressed by Chase's voice performance, they decided to keep the character alive so that he could potentially appear again in future storylines.
- Denathrius' characterization appears to be a composite of various vampires from folklore and media, including:
- Dracula (whose media depictions of his castle is the basis for Castle Nathria)
- Lestat de Lioncourt from vampire novels by Anne Rice (in terms of personality)
- Castlevania's Dracula (given extremely dramatic aesthetics) and Alucard (along with Prince Renathal, given their white hair)
- Underworld's Viktor (given the plot of his being betrayed by his favorite child).
Denathrius and other realm leaders on the loading screen for Shadowlands.
The Sire during an address to his people in Afterlives.
In the Beyond the Veil cinematic.
Quest interface sketch of Denathrius and the Winter Queen.
Statue of Denathrius in Pride's Prison.
A painting of Denathrius in the Hearthstone: Murder at Castle Nathria trailer.
- Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Added.
- Echo of Denathrius
- Hand of Denathrius
- ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment 2020-04-22. Shadowlands Preview: Revendreth and the Venthyr Covenant. Retrieved on 2020-04-23.
- ^ The Master
- ^ a b
- ^ Venthyr - Covenants - Shadowlands
- ^ Prototype Pantheon#Adventure Guide
- ^ Sinstone of Revendreth
- ^ a b Prince Renathal#Quotes
- ^ The Jailer's Fall
- ^ Eric Law 2022-02-21. World of Warcraft Interview: Steve Danuser and Morgan Day Talk Shadowlands Cutscenes, Characters, and Consequences. Game Rant.
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2022-06-27. Announcing Murder at Castle Nathria, Hearthstone’s Next Expansion!. Retrieved on 2022-06-30.
- ^ Terran Gregory on Twitter (2020-09-17). Retrieved on 2020-09-17. “Credits for Afterlives: Revendreth! A remarkable crew and just an incredible performance by @RayChase as Sire Denathrius. [...]”
- ^ BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft Q&A (32:30 - 35:10). YouTube (2021-02-21). Retrieved on 2022-06-30.