Dreadlord's Fall
Location Western Plaguelands
Result Sylvanas victory
  Sylvanas' forces

Dreadlord Insurgents

Commanders and leaders

Sylvanas' forces


Dreadlord Insurgents

Casualties and losses

Sylvanas' forces

  • Moderate

Dreadlord Insurgents

  • Very heavy Legion-loyalist casualties
  • Heavy Alliance casualties
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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.

Dreadlord's Fall is chapter 5 of the Legacy of the Damned campaign.

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.

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At that same moment, back in the Plaguelands, Sylvanas and her loyal minions plan their next surgical strike against the dreadlords' power.


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.

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. With her enemy sleeping Sylvanas is able to move her forces deeper into the city and one of their encampments. However with alone a limited amount of time before the enemy awakes, Sylvanas would either continue the strike to try an eliminate one of her enemies completely or establish a new encampment within the city itself. Either way once the time runs out and the remaining enemy forces awaken, they immediately run off to destroy Sylvanas's base outside of the city.

At this point the base can be abandoned as a new stronghold is established (or further reinforced) over the remains of the destroyed encampment within the city or a defensive measure is taken to save the encampment outside of the city walls. Regardless Sylvanas is able to secure her forces and launch continued attacks against Detheroc's forces. Over time the fight against Detheroc ends with Detheroc seemingly slain, Garithos freed from mind control, and Garithos and Sylvanas entering into an "alliance" to free Lordaeron from Balnazzar.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNSleep.png Sneak Attack

  • Destroy the sleeping enemy forces

Detheroc and Garithos' forces slumber, giving you the opportunity to strike their bases without fear of reinforcements. Act quickly and decimate as much of the enemy as possible before the entire stronghold is alerted to your presence.

Availablequest BTNHeroDreadLord.png Detheroc

  • Destroy Detheroc's base
  • Destroy Garithos' base

Detheroc cowers within the walls of the city, believing his pet Human, Garithos, will keep him safe. Show him the foolishness of trusting others to guard him by crushing them both.



IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: You've done well, Varimathras. You've led us straight to Detheroc's stronghold. But tell me, who are those humans?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif 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.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: 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.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Your brother is more clever than I thought. His defenses are considerable.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Yes. And with this paltry force you've mustered, a direct assault on his walls would be suicide!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: I have no intention of assaulting the walls.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Then let's go before he---
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: My banshees will possess those hapless humans. We'll use them to open the gates for us.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: You realize we'll have only a short amount of time before he discovers what we're up to?
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Of course. If we strike quickly enough, Detheroc will never know what hit him.
BTNFootman.png Footman: To arms!
IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: Whom do you serve, human?
BTNFootman.png Footman: The Dark Lady. I am hers to command.
IconSmall Necromancer.gif Necromancer: The patrol has returned! Open the gates!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Ready yourselves. The moment is upon us!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Now, my warriors--strike!

During the Mission

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif 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 Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: We must hurry. Time is running out!
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: We're nearly out of time!"

IconSmall Nathrezim.gif 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.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Detheroc will send his forces soon. We must be ready!

IconSmall Dreadlord2.gif Detheroc: Traitor! How could you betray us like this? We could have ruled this land together!
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Sylvanas has greater strength than you know, brother. I'll take my chances with her.

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: You must be the human in command of this rabble.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: I am Garithos. I have sworn to defend the master with my life!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: You poor, confused creature.

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

  • IconSmall Necromancer.gif Necromancer: Slay the upstarts in Detheroc's name!
  • IconSmall Necromancer.gif Necromancer: The Dark Lady is here! We must push her forces back!
  • IconSmall Necromancer.gif Necromancer: We're under attack!

  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Strike fast, my warriors! Detheroc must fall!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Spare no one! The dreadlord's forces must not escape!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Fight on, my warriors! Victory draws near!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Let none survive!

  • IconSmall Dreadlord2.gif Detheroc: Come and face me, little banshee!
  • IconSmall Dreadlord2.gif Detheroc: You are clever, Sylvanas, but you are no match for me.
  • IconSmall Dreadlord2.gif Detheroc: You rebels rush headlong to your deaths!
  • IconSmall Dreadlord2.gif Detheroc: I am Nathrezim! My will cannot be denied!

  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Victory to Lord Detheroc!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Slay the rebels before they regroup!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: The master's victory draws near!
  • IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Hold the line, you dogs! Fight on!

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif 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.

Mission Complete

IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: The spell has been lifted. Is the nightmare finally over?
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Stand down, humans. I have no quarrel with you.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: What is it you want, elf witch?
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: We have a common enemy. The last dreadlord, Balnazzar, currently controls the capital city of your kingdom. If you help me kill him, I'll see to it that you get your lands back.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Why should we trust you? You're part of the Scourge that drove us out in the first place!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Not anymore. My only interest here is vengeance.
IconSmall Garithos.gif Grand Marshal Garithos: Very well. I'll rally what's left of my forces and meet you outside the gates.
Garithos leaves.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Come now, you have no intention of giving them their lands back.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Of course not. The humans are simply a means to an end.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: You sound more like one of us with every passing day, my lady.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Watch it, dreadlord.


Sylvanas' forces
Dreadlord Insurgents


  • This mission is very similar to the StarCraft mission True Colours, wherein both enemy bases are asleep and Kerrigan only has time to destroy one until the other wakes up.
  • Peasants can be possessed by the player's Banshees and the Human technology tree can be built as a result.

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