The subject of this article or section took place during the War of the Thorns, the Battle for Azeroth pre-launch event.
HordeKiller Queen

Malfurion and Sylvanas
Start High Overlord Saurfang
End Lady Sylvanas Windrunner
Level 110 (Requires 110)
Category Warchief's Agenda
Experience 24,680
Reputation +500 Horde
Rewards  [War-Torn Reins of the Undercity Plaguebat]
58g 20s
Previous H [110] No Small Mercy, H [110] Driving Them Out, H [110] Seaside Rendezvous
Next H [110-120] Hour of Reckoning
For the Alliance version of this quest, see A [110] The Guidance of Our Shan'do.

Killer Queen concludes the Horde perspective of the War of the Thorns event.

After completing this quest chain, the Battle for Lordaeron begins, starting with H [110-120] Hour of Reckoning.


Scour the forest of Darkshore to find the Warchief.

  • Find Saurfang in Northern Darkshore
  • Assist the Warchief
  • Follow Saurfang
  • Speak with Sylvanas


Lor'danel is now secure, but something is amiss... there has been no sign of Stormrage.

Malfurion would have never let Lor'danel fall without a fight. He must have gone after her.

My army has approached from the North, and our reinforcements have arrived from the South -- which means that they are not along any of the roads.

Search the forest with me, <name>. We will find them and be done with this once and for all.


You will receive:


The Horde endures.


<The flames cast Sylvanas' face in shadow.>


On accept
High Overlord Saurfang says: Make haste! The warchief awaits!

Saurfang strikes Malfurion

Head due west, just southwest out of town. Malfurion is fighting Sylvanas! Corpses of Orgrimmar Grunts are nearby. Varok Saurfang approaches the archdruid from behind...

Reaching Saurfang
High Overlord Saurfang says: The warchief faces Stormrage alone! I must...
Varok tosses his weapon at Malfurion.
Malfurion Stormrage says: ARGH! Saur...fang?!

Sylvanas Falfurion and Saurfang

Sylvanas walks to the wounded archdruid. Varok falls to his knees in remorse at his action.
High Overlord Saurfang says: A dishonorable blow. I... regret it.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Regret nothing. You did well.
High Overlord Saurfang says: It was not my place to interfere.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: My victory was inevitable. He was merely wasting my time.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Finish him and be done with it. Take a moment, if you like... then take his head. Meet me at the World Tree.
Sylvanas mounts and rides away.
Malfurion Stormrage says: You have led... your Horde... in service... of death. You will... regret this day...

Tyrande Malfurion and Saurfang

Tyrande appears over a hill and runs to Malfurion.
Tyrande Whisperwind says: Malfurion! No!
Tyrande Whisperwind says: You did not kill him, orc. Why?
High Overlord Saurfang says: I struck without honor. I did not deserve to end him.
Tyrande Whisperwind says: The entire war is without honor. How dare you spill so much innocent blood... for nothing!
High Overlord Saurfang says: Not for nothing. We spill blood so that the Horde will endure.
Tyrande Whisperwind says: Because you spared Malfurion, I will offer you a choice.
Tyrande walks closer to Malfurion and aims her bow at Varok.
Tyrande Whisperwind says: Attempt to stop me from taking him away, and die... or remain there, kneeling in the dirt, and live.
High Overlord Saurfang says: You have a choice as well. Take him to Darnassus and both of you will fall when we conquer it... or flee somewhere far from here, so that you both survive.

Tyrande and Malfurion retreating

Tyrande summons the light of Elune and begins healing Malfurion as Varok walks away.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Come, champion. We must follow our warchief to... victory.
Tyrande uses her Stormwind Hearthstone to teleport Malfurion and herself to safety.

Ready to attack

Head north to the Mist's Edge, where the Horde forces are gathered. Nathanos Blightcaller and Captain Delaryn Summermoon are there too.

Speaking to Sylvanas
Gossip I am ready.

The Warbringers: Sylvanas cinematic plays:

The camera pans along the shore of Darkshore, aflame. The silhouettes of three people are looking at Teldrassil: Varok Saurfang, Nathanos Blightcaller, and Sylvanas Windrunner.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Secure the beach.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Prepare to invade the tree.
Sylvanas hears the weak coughing of a dying night elf, Delaryn Summermoon, and turns to her.
Delaryn Summermoon: Why?
Delaryn Summermoon: Why? You've already won.
Delaryn Summermoon: Only innocents remain in the tree.
Sylvanas Windrunner: This is war.
Delaryn Summermoon: No... This... is hatred... rage.
Delaryn Summermoon: Windrunner, you were... defender of your people. Do you not remember?
Sylvanas kneels down, pulls Delaryn's face up to her, and leans close to her ear, whispering.
Sylvanas Windrunner: I remember... a fool.
Sylvanas recollects her fateful encounter with Arthas Menethil, the Lich King, in Quel'Thalas. She and a handful of rangers are launching bow shots at the invading undead. A mother elf with her daughter stumble to the ground near Sylvanas, who pulls the mother to her feet.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Take her! Run!
Arthas, astride Invincible, appears with his army, rushing toward the line of defense. Sylvanas spares a glance at a defender and springs into action, landing strike upon strike against an innumerable amount of undead. Pulling out her daggers, she intends to land a blow on Arthas, when he unsheathes Frostmourne and runs her through. Tears fall from her eyes, the streaks burning into her skin as Frostmourne takes her soul. She looks at her lifeless body on the ground before spotting the mother and child off in the distance. They too did not survive the attack.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Life is pain. Hope fails. Now you understand.
Sylvanas, still whispering into the ear of Delaryn, pulls back. Tears fall from Delaryn as Sylvanas looks impassively at her before breaking into a smile. She wipes a tear from Delaryn's cheek.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Don't grieve... you'll soon join your loved ones.
Delaryn Summermoon: I grieve for you.
Sylvanas's smirk is wiped from her face.
Delaryn Summermoon: You've made life your enemy. And that is a war you'll never win.
Delaryn Summermoon: You can kill us... but you cannot kill hope.
Sylvanas turns to face Teldrassil before looking back at Delaryn.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Can't I?
As Delaryn stares at Sylvanas in horror, she turns Delaryn's head to look in the direction of Teldrassil.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Burn it.
Sylvanas turns her eyes, then her whole body in the direction of Nathanos and Saurfang, upset that her order was not carried out. Nathanos looks at Sylvanas as if to confirm what he heard.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Burn it!
Nathanos starts to move. The catapults are loaded with burning projectiles and start firing on Teldrassil, landing strikes on the tree. As Delaryn breathes her last, she sees Teldrassil aflame, and Sylvanas on the beach staring at it.

On the other side of the cutscene, Delaryn is dead and Teldrassil burns. Check in with Sylvanas one final time:

The aftermath

On complete
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: When I sent you on this mission, I did not foresee this outcome.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Our attack was meant to end a war before it began... To capture an enemy's home and annihilate their leaders in one stroke. To inflict a wound that would bleed the Alliance dry.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: We have only partially succeeded. The Alliance will retaliate. They will come for us. For me. For you.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: But they ARE bleeding. Their anger will prove a weakness, not a strength, in the war to come.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Rest while you can. Prepare for the battles ahead. I will have need of you.
Sylvanas, Nathanos, and Varok walk inland, not looking back.



  1. H [110] The Warchief Awaits (starts July 24/25)
  2. H [110] The Warchief Commands
  3. H [110] A Quick Diversion
  4. H [110] Everybody Has a Price
  5. H [110] A Timely Arrival
  6. H [110] Zoram'gar Outpost
  7. H [110] On The Prowl
  8. H [110] Into the Woods
  9. H [110] Ripe for the Picking
  10. H [110] A Quick Flyover
  11. H [110] An Unstoppable Force
  12. Complete both:
  13. H [110] Blurred Vision
  14. H [110] The Trees Have Ears
  15. Complete both:
  16. H [110] The Start of Something Good
  17. Complete both:
  18. H [110] A Gift of Azerite
  19. H [110] A Wild Ride
  20. H [110] A Looming Threat
  21. H [110] Saurfang Returns (starts July 31/Aug 1)
  22. Complete all of:
  23. H [110] Killer Queen


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Added.
    Activated 2018-07-31.

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