Location Daggercap Bay, Howling Fjord, Northrend

Arthas victory

  • Destruction of Lordaeron Navy
  • Annihilation of the mercenaries by the Alliance.

IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas Menethil

  Undead Scourge

Expeditionary Forces

  • Lordaeron Navy
Commanders and leaders

IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas Menethil


Expeditionary Forces

Casualties and losses

IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas Menethil

  • All mercenaries

Undead Scourge

  • Moderate

Expeditionary Forces

  • All ships
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This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Dissension is Chapter Eight of the Warcraft III human campaign, The Scourge of Lordaeron.

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Early the next morning at Arthas' new base camp...


Upon returning to their base camp both Arthas and Muradin learn that the Alliance forces were being recalled to Lordaeron by King Terenas, who was convinced to do so by Uther the Lightbringer. Knowing that he couldn't defeat Mal'Ganis without his men, Arthas and a reluctant Muradin set out to destroy the naval ships to prevent the rest of the Alliance from returning home. As the Alliance cut their way through the woods, Arthas was forced to hire mercenaries in order to fight through the undead and burn the ships. Arthas's mission would be successful and his men would finish hacking through the woods just in time to see the last ship burning. With his men dismayed at being unable to go home, Arthas would blame the mercenaries for burning the ships and led the charge against them himself.



Main Quests

Availablequest BTNFire.png Burn the Boats

  • Destroy the five ships
  • The timer must not reach 0:00

Lord Uther has ordered that your expedition be recalled. To prevent your men from abandoning the hunt for Mal'Ganis, you must burn their ships before they reach the frozen shoreline.


A Zeppelin arrives at Arthas' base and drops off an Emissary and two Footmen. They approach the Captain, who is standing with his men around a campfire.
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: I apologize, emissary, but the prince is away on an errand. What brings you to this desolate place?
IconSmall HighElf Male.gif Emissary: By royal edict, you men are to return to Lordaeron immediately. Lord Uther has convinced the king to recall this expedition.
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: We're to just pick up and leave?
The Emissary sighs.
IconSmall HighElf Male.gif Emissary: That's correct. My men report that the roads from here to the shore are held by the undead. You'll need to find an alternate route back to your ships.
The Captain turns to his Footmen as the Emissary takes his leave.
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: To hell with the undead! We'll cut our way through the woods, men!
The Footmen run off to the south. Sometime later, Arthas and Muradin arrive to the scene from the north.
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Captain, why are the guards not at their posts?
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: Well, milord, your father had our troops recalled at Lord Uther's request.
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Uther had my troops recalled? Damn it! If my warriors abandon me, I'll never defeat Mal'Ganis. The ships must be burned before the men reach the shore!
IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: Isn't that a bit much, lad?
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Burned down to their frames! No one goes home until our job here is done!

During the Mission

IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: We'll need more men to fight our way through the undead.
IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: I've come across a few mercenary camps up here. Perhaps we can hire a few of them?
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Damn Uther for forcing me to do this!
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Very good! But there are still more ships to deal with!
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Well done! Only one ship remains!

Mission Complete

The Captain and the rest of Arthas' forces finish cutting their way through the woods and come upon the scene of the prince and the burning ships.
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: Prince Arthas?
The ice troll and ogre mercenaries approach.
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Quickly, my warriors! These murderous creatures have burned our ships and robbed you of your way home! Slay them all in the name of Lordaeron!
IconSmall Human Male.gif Footman: Damn beasts!
IconSmall Human Male.gif Knight: Kill them all!
The mercenaries are killed by Arthas' men.
IconSmall Human Male.gif Footman: Our ships are ruined. What will we do now?
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Listen to me, all of you! There is no way home for any of us, save through victory! In this land we will stand or fall together. Now, return to the base and man your posts.


IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas Menethil
Undead Scourge
Expeditionary Forces


  • Nerubian Ziggurats are seen here.
  • Unlike regular neutral buildings, the Goblin Laboratory on this map can be attacked and destroyed.
  • The geography of the northwestern edge of The Shores of Northrend matches the northeastern edge of this map. This implies that both missions took place on either side of Daggercap Bay, with the Scourge base made into the main human base.
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