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Into the Realm Eternal
Location Quel'Thalas

Scourge victory

  • Access to inner Kingdom of Quel'Thalas
  Undead Scourge

Kingdom of Quel'Thalas

Commanders and leaders

Undead Scourge


Kingdom of Quel'Thalas

Casualties and losses

Undead Scourge

  • Moderate

Kingdom of Quel'Thalas

  • Heavy

The Dreadlords Convene

Digging up the Dead
Next Key of the Three Moons

Into the Realm Eternal is chapter 3 of the Path of the Damned campaign.

It accounts for the events in which Arthas, aided by the ghost of Kel'Thuzad, begins the siege of Quel'Thalas in his quest to reach the sunwell and revive the former necromancer.

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Six days later, near the forested borderlands of Quel'Thalas...



Into the Realm Eternal Map


Arthas, having slain Uther the Lightbringer under orders from Tichondrius, gains possession of the Urn of King Terenas. He uses the urn to preserve the already decaying remains of Kel'thuzad to be revived at their chosen "nexus of powerful ley energies", the high elves' Sunwell.


Main Quests[]

Availablequest BTNLament The Elfgate[]

  • Destroy the High Elf base (blue) guarding the Elfgate

In order to march upon the high elves' capital of Silvermoon, you must shatter the magical, heavily guarded Elfgate that protects the heart of their forested lands.



Arthas and Kel'Thuzad survey the woods of Quel'Thalas from atop a cliff.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Ah, wondrous, eternal Quel'Thalas. I haven't been here since I was a boy.
IconSmall Ghost Kel'Thuzad: Be wary. The elves likely wait in ambush.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: The frail elves do not concern me, necromancer. Our forces are strengthened with every foe we slay.
IconSmall Ghost Kel'Thuzad: Don't be too overconfident, death knight. The elves must not be taken lightly.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: We shall see. Bring forth the prisoner.
Two Ghouls escort a high elf Priest in front of Arthas.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Where is the entrance to your land, elf?
IconSmall HighElf Male Priest: You will never enter Quel'Thalas, fallen prince. The woods themselves protect our borders, and the enchanted elfgates protect our capital.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Your precious gates will not stop me any more than these trees, elf. Bring up the meat wagons! We'll make our own entrance.
The Meat Wagons destroy some nearby trees, creating a path to a small high elf base.
IconSmall Ghost Kel'Thuzad: The energies of this place are strong. Kill the elves! Level their structures! This location is perfect for your base.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: It'll be a pleasure.
IconSmall HighElf Female High Elven Ranger: The undead are advancing! Alert the sentries!

During the Mission[]

  • IconSmall Necromancer Necromancer: Lord Arthas, the creatures of the forest are also resisting our invasion!
IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: You are not welcome here. I am Sylvanas Windrunner, Ranger-General of Silvermoon. I advise you to turn back now.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: It is you who should turn back, Sylvanas. Death itself has come for your land.
IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: Do your worst. The elfgate to the inner kingdom is protected by our most powerful enchantments. You shall not pass.
IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: Summon the reinforcements! We must hold them back!
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Finally, we've reached the Elf Gate! Press the attack, let none survive!
  • IconSmall HighElf Female High Elven Villager: Find Sylvanas! The undead advance!
  • IconSmall HighElf Female High Elven Villager: It's the traitorous Prince! Run for your lives!


IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: Shindu fallah Na! Fall back to the second gate! Fall back!
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: The elfgate has fallen! Onward, my warriors! Onward to victory!


Arthas begins his conquest of Quel'Thalas by ordering his minions to capture a local in the woodlands surrounding the outer elfgate. Arthas interrogates his prisoner concerning entry to the inner kingdom. The stubborn high elf insists that the "fallen prince" will not be able to enter their land, citing that not only their gates will protect their capital, but the enchanted forests as well. Arthas is not in the least bit moved by his prisoner's confidence, as he has come prepared with crude meat wagons to aid him in clearing the trees to create a path leading to the elfgate.

While the meat wagons clear a path, Arthas and his forces destroy a small settlement guarded by elven rangers who were caught by surprise. The Undead Scourge mercilessly slaughtered any elf who tried to defend their land. Having successfully obliterated a high elven town, Kel'Thuzad advises Arthas to construct a base on the site, as he senses that the energies of this place are strong. As he instructed his acolytes to begin haunting the gold mine and summon structures to supplement their war effort, the undead forces are met with more elven defenders, this time led by the Ranger-General of Silvermoon, Sylvanas Windrunner. The couragous elf threatens Arthas to withdraw his forces, lest they taste the wrath of the high elves. Yet again, Arthas is unfazed by the elf woman's words, and he continued to fight until the elves were pushed back.

Once Arthas' undead bastion was in full operation to add to his forces' already growing numbers, Arthas took his army deeper into the woods. There, he is met by Sylvanas and her forces again and again. However, as often as they attacked, so too were the undead able to push them back. Deeper into the fabled enchanted forests of Quel'Thalas, the undead were also greeted by its wildlife and other sentient inhabitants, whom they thought were also rising up to halt their invasion. Just as any elf though, Arthas and his loyal minions killed and raised them alike.

As the undead advanced, the outnumbered high elf forces retreated deeper and deeper towards the outer elfgate. The army of the dead overwhelmed each and every one of the defenders' hamlets. The weary elves soon realized that everytime one of their own falls, the forces of their adversary grow. Though this did not stop the Elven Ranger Corps, they too soon fell and along with their leader, Sylvanas Windrunner, watched as the undead under Arthas' command destroy the outer elfgate. Sylvanas, though knowing that she had failed to protect the outer elfgate, recalled her troops to fall back to the second gate. Sylvanas admits defeat at this gate, but she confidently told the Death knight that he won't get through the second. The mission ends with the undead claiming victory at the fallen elfgate.


Undead Scourge
Kingdom of Quel'Thalas


WC3Reforged-icon This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reforged.
  • In Reforged, the Elven Ranger Corps is named Farstriders.
    • The objective was updated to say "Destroy the Farstriders guarding the gate", instead of "Destroy the High Elf base (blue) guarding the Elfgate."
    • A tip message still mentions the "Elven Ranger Corps".