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NeutralGrand Inquisitor Isillien
Image of Grand Inquisitor Isillien
Title Grand Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Class Priest,[1] Icon-RPG Scarlet inquisitor, Healer
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance Horde
Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Scarlet Crusade
Former affiliation(s) Knights of the Silver Hand, Church of the Holy Light, Kingdom of Lordaeron
Occupation Grand Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade
Former occupation(s) Priest of the Church of Light and member of the Silver Hand
Location Various
Status Deceased[2]
Companion(s) Taelan Fordring (pupil)

Grand Inquisitor Isillien was an elite human in the Western Plaguelands. Isillien was the spiritual heart of the Scarlet Crusade.

Since the overhaul of Mardenholde Keep in patch 4.0.3a, he has been removed due to his death.[2] However, a younger version of Isillien can still be seen in Old Hillsbrad Foothills.


The Third War[]

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Isillien as depicted in the Ashbringer comic.

At the time of the Third War, Isillien was a member of the Knights of the Silver Hand. He was summoned with his brothers of the Order to the meeting of Highlord Mograine at the inn of Southshore, among them were present Doan, Fairbanks, and Abbendis. He was initially hostile of Alexandros' idea to ​​purify the dark crystal he found from an orc warlock during the Second War, and even tried to destroy it with Spell holy holysmite [Smite] - only to find out it absorbed the Light. He agreed to participate in Doan's experiment, and together, they succeeded in purifying what would later become the heart of the Ashbringer.

After Lord Commander Saidan Dathrohan informed them of the Culling of Stratholme and Prince Arthas' suspension of the Silver Hand, the priest followed his comrades to explore all available options to wipe out the Scourge. He was later present in Hearthglen during a meeting on Lordaeron's situation.[3]

He later learned about the betrayal of Rivendare from Thomas Thomson.[4]

Following the death of Alexandros Mograine, he joined the ranks of the Scarlet Crusade, and organized the ceremony of induction of Renault Mograine as a paladin into the ranks of the Crusade.[5]

When the Scourge attacked Hearthglen, Isillien was present on the ramparts of the fortified town to fight. He ordered the mage Doan to fight, however, the latter asked him to be patient and explained that he needed to conserved save energy for the right moment, before unleashing a powerful blizzard which decimated the waves of undead.[6]

World of Warcraft[]

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Eventually, Taelan Fordring realized how far the Scarlet Crusade had fallen from its noble purpose, and defected. As he made his way down the road from Hearthglen, he was met by Isillien, who was ordered by the Grand Crusader Dathrohan to eliminate him. Isillien was willing to do this for pleasure, not of obligation or duty; for he considered the Fordring bloodline weak. The Inquisitor stroke down Taelan. Not long after, Tirion Fordring arrived and, upon seeing his son's body, flew into a rage and attacked the Crusader, killing him.[2]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
N [60G] In Dreams 63 66,625
Old Hillsbrad Foothills 50 1,772

In the RPG[]

Isillien Past

Isillien, seven years in the past

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The priest Isillien was formerly a priest of the Holy Light in Lordaeron, assigned to be the liaison for the Knights of the Silver Hand. There he worked closely with the elder High General Abbendis and his youthful charges, tutoring the young paladins in their quest for truth. He fled with Abbendis as Lordaeron fell to the Scourge. Priests and paladins fought as the Scourge attacked the city, but they fled as Lordaeron fell around them. Some whisper it was the wounds both men received in battle, or perhaps just the shock of seeing their whole purpose destroyed, but since that day both Isillien and Abbendis have been quite insane.

Once a devoted priest of the Holy Light, he now sees his dedication to the Crusade as an even greater purpose. This dedication is real; it’s a powerful and total commitment to something that has measurable results — something the Holy Light never gave. Early in the life of the Crusade, he developed techniques for inquisition and questioning, as well as holding cells and torture chambers to extract information or to hold prisoners or initiates to see if they are infected by the plague. Undead are also held in these cells, and Isillien often visits them late at night, always alone. Crusaders say he enters the dungeon looking angry and almost mad ("mad" relative to the average crusader, which would be justifiably insane to the average eye). He exits calm and smiling, and speaks to no one about what he has been doing, and no one cares enough about the undead to wonder too much. He is 55 years old.[7]

Isillien and Abbendis wandered the area as the Scourge defiled the land, destroying what undead they could, gathering what warriors would join them. They had but one concern: eradication of all that had destroyed Lordaeron. Isillien became the spokesman for the group, his ravings gaining more followers than repelling them. Isillien is the heart of the Crusade. Abbendis and Isillien felt that although they had a good base, they really needed to attack the Scourge where they were the thickest: in the Eastern Plaguelands. Isillien took on the title of Grand Inquisitor and control of the Western Crusade, while Abbendis led the majority of the forces to Tyr's Hand in the east to strike at Stratholme. Isillien guides the priests in the Crusade in their new roles as inquisitors, based in the Western Plaguelands. He is in charge of questioning undead and mortals alike to ferret out whatever information he can on the movement and settlement of the undead. Isillien controls the warriors through his impressionable paladin Taelan in the west. Isillien taught Taelan Fordring about the Holy Light and what it was to serve.[8]

When the Scarlet Crusade was founded, Isillien realized that the order would be forced to deal with living adversaries as well as undead. Sadly, most spells focused toward either harming one or the other — a difficulty he was determined to resolve. Isillien developed a series of variations on healing spells that would not only inflict harm upon the undead, but on living victims as well. He passed this teaching on to each potential inquisitor, and it has become one of their trademark abilities.[9]


  • Dominate Mind
  • Flash Heal
  • Greater Heal
  • Mana Burn
  • Mind Blast
  • Mind Flay
  • Power Word: Shield


Main article: In Dreams#Notes
Main article: Ashbringer/Old Hillsbrad Ashbringer event



Patch changes[]

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Removed from the Western Plaguelands.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added in Old Hillsbrad.


External links[]

Western Plaguelands Old Hillsbrad
Preceded by:
Grand Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Taelan Fordring
Lord of Mardenholde Keep
Succeeded by:
Tirion Fordring