|Race||Blood elf (Humanoid / Undead)|
|Class||Blood Death knight|
|Affiliation(s)||Undercity, Warsong Offensive, Quel'Thalas (Horde), Knights of the Ebon Blade|
|Former affiliation(s)||Acherus Knights (Scourge)|
|Occupation||Champion of the Ebon Blade, Forsaken general|
|Relative(s)||Faltora (deceased brother)|
Koltira Deathweaver is a notable death knight of the New Horde, serving as the Horde counterpart to Thassarian. In life, Koltira was a valiant defender of Quel'Thalas, and took to the field during the brutal Scourge invasion. He was killed in battle by Thassarian, and was promptly reanimated as a powerful death knight under the Lich King's sway. Despite Thassarian being his killer, Koltira came to develop a strong bond with the human, the two placing inordinate amounts of value on the safety of the other (for ruthless death knights of the Scourge), and considering each other brothers in death.
Along with many other death knights, Koltira broke away from the Lich King's grasp when his free will was restored to him at the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel, and he joined the newly-formed Knights of the Ebon Blade under Highlord Darion Mograine. While Thassarian opted to join the Alliance to reunite with his sister and serve his king, Koltira—conversely lacking such purpose with his own monarch and family dead—chose to join the Horde, the faction his people (renamed the blood elves in honor of the fallen high elves) were now a part of.
Koltira's first encounter with the death knight Thassarian was during the defense of Quel'Thalas against the impending Scourge invasion, where he was defending An'owyn with his brother Faltora and the high elf Merriel. Merriel was quickly slain and Faltora charged Thassarian directly, only to be quickly beaten. Koltira noticed, however, that Thassarian hesitated in killing him. While attempting to flee, Faltora was killed by an abomination, but Koltira managed to escape.
Several hours later, Koltira followed and ambushed Thassarian. Feeling the conflict inside Thassarian, he offered Thassarian the choice to turn away from the Scourge and join him. Thassarian refused but spared his life until the next time they meet. The next day, the elfgates failed and the Scourge entered Silvermoon where Koltira and Thassarian continued their duel. Thassarian emerged victorious and took Koltira's life. Koltira was then raised as another death knight of the Scourge. Despite being his murderer, Thassarian and Koltira developed a bond during their service under Arthas and came to see each other as brothers.
Years later, Koltira and Thassarian were ordered by the Lich King to join Highlord Darion Mograine's forces in crushing the Argent Dawn at Light's Hope Chapel using the necropolis Acherus. Thassarian, Koltira, and Orbaz Bloodbane were stationed at Acherus: The Ebon Hold. Their first mission was to go behind enemy lines and find out what they could about the Crimson Dawn. During the process, Koltira got captured and Thassarian was willing to break the Scourge code concerning the weak to free him.
At the close of the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel, in a confrontation with the Lich King, Tirion Fordring cleansed the Ashbringer and freed the Knights of the Ebon Blade from the Scourge. Koltira and Thassarian parted ways, with Thassarian joining the Alliance and Koltira unable to decide if he should join the majority of his people, now the blood elves, in the Horde, or follow Thassarian into the Alliance. After Thassarian told him to go with his people, Koltira decided to join the Horde, enlisting at Agmar's Hammer to Overlord Agmar. He was allowed to stay but he realized that he is being hunted by shadows.
Despite their parting, Koltira and Thassarian still consider each other brothers, and Thassarian said that if Koltira ever asked him for help, he would help him.
Wrath of the Lich King
Koltira later journeyed to the Horde fortress of Agmar's Hammer, where he charged Horde members with powering his runeblade and striking against the local Scourge threats. Later, he was aiding the Horde while on Orgrim's Hammer, dispensing missions against the Lich King's power bases in the area.
Koltira and Thassarian joined with their brethren in the Ebon Blade during , arriving in time to battle Arthas himself and relieve the Argent Crusaders of their unfavorable predicament. After Tirion destroyed what remained of the Lich King's heart, Arthas was temporarily wounded, and Koltira was in favor of finishing him off on the spot. Darion was more in favor of patience, and the Knights of the Ebon Blade pulled back.
Following the Cataclysm, the Alliance and the Forsaken began fighting with each other and the Scourge over control of Andorhal in the Western Plaguelands. The Alliance, led by Thassarian, took control of the western portion of the town while the Horde, led by Koltira Deathweaver, took control of the eastern portion. Over the course of the Battle for Andorhal, Koltira sent Horde heroes to deal with the remaining Scourge forces and, after defeating them, Thassarian and Koltira entered a truce. Despite this apparent ceasefire, however, some time afterward, human farmers formed a militia and launched a sneak attack on Koltira's Forsaken forces. Koltira began to fend the Alliance forces off, and instructed the player to locate Lindsay Ravensun, whose input Koltira had been somewhat dismissive of earlier.
Upon meeting Ravensun, it was revealed that she was, in fact, none other than the Dark Lady herself in disguise. She sent Horde agents and Val'kyr to assault the Alliance forces and turn the battle around. After the Alliance was defeated, Sylvanas confronted Koltira about the truce with Thassarian, and scolded him for being weak. A portal to the Undercity was opened, and Koltira was pulled through by a hooked chain, where Sylvanas would attempt to purge him of his compassion for Thassarian and make him more of a servant of the Horde - more specifically, a servant of Sylvanas and the Forsaken.
Over the years since Koltira was imprisoned, the Ebon Blade made several attempts to negotiate with Sylvanas for his release, but she refused them all. Whether he knew of this of not, Koltira never gave up hope that his order was trying to free him.
With the third invasion of the Burning Legion threatening all of Azeroth, Thassarian made a personal request of the order's new Deathlord to help him rescue Koltira from the Undercity. Koltira is successfully broken out of the Apothecarium after the Deathlord assisted Thassarian in fighting through the guards. Afterward, he remarks that he'd rather not talk about his captivity, and wants to focus on the invasion instead.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave||60||2,489,500|
|Acherus: The Ebon Hold||102 - 110||1,980,936|
While in the service of the Lich King:
With the death of the Lich King, all I have left is my duty. There is no family, there are no friends... there is only this.
- "Words cannot fully express my gratitude for rescuing me, <name>. In truth, I always knew that the Ebon Blade would not forsake me. I do not wish to elaborate on my years in captivity. That time has passed and we are now presented with an imminent danger in the Burning Legion. My blade is yours, Deathlord. My life and my allegiance are yours to command."
- <Koltira glowers at you.>
- Leave... I have nothing to say to you.
- "I shall serve."
- "What is your desire?"
- "You need only ask."
- "Death alone cannot stop us."
- "We have died so that others may live."
- "We do what the living cannot."
- I am right by your side.
- We fight as one.
- The Ebon Blade stands together!
- Killed a mob
- Death to our enemies!
- The Ebon Blade prevails!
- I'm just warming up!
- I am hurt... I need to recover...
- Go on without me... Complete our task...
- On approach
- Koltira Deathweaver says: Do you recall anything from the moment of your death, Thassarian? Did the kyrian come for your soul?
- Thassarian says: If they did, then I have no memory of it.
- Koltira Deathweaver says: I see. What fate do you supposed the Arbiter would have chosen for us?
- Thassarian says: It is pointless to speculate. What has happened cannot be changed. We can only move forward, as inexorable as Death itself.
- Thassarian says: And what of you, Koltira? What do you remember of your own demise?
- Koltira Deathweaver says: I remember you were the one who killed me.
- Thassarian says: You are most welcome.
- Thassarian says: The Helm of Domination has been shattered. A strange thought. For so long it has been a symbol of our curse and our duty.
- Koltira Deathweaver says: And now we wield our blades on behalf of the one who wore it.
- Thassarian says: Bolvar Forgragon is no longer the Lich King. If we are to take orders from anyone, I could think of far worse leaders to issue them.
- Koltira Deathweaver says: Like Genn Greymane, for instance?
- Thassarian says: Or Sylvanas Windrunner.
- Koltira Deathweaver says: Point taken.
- Do you know how I died, <name>? It was during the defense of Quel'Thalas, under the command of Ranger-General Sylvanas Windrunner.
- She gave her life to save her kingdom, her people, and for her efforts she was raised into undeath. Just as I was. But then our paths diverged.
- Sylvanas has inflicted more loss and suffering than either of us endured in life. She imprisoned me in the bowels of Undercity for years after I dared to staunch the bleeding with a momentary truce.
- Not even the Ebon Blade could negotiate my release. Say what you will about the Banshee Queen... but she has never relented in life or in death.
- Sylvanas will not be an easy foe to fell. She never was.
- Although Koltira died as a high elf, he is later identified by Thassarian as a blood elf while they are both members of the Scourge. It is possible that others began to consider him a blood elf following later conflicts between the Scourge and blood elves in the Eastern Kingdoms and Northrend.
- He calls his runeblade Byfrost, and his deathcharger Bloodmist.
- When asked about if he would show up in Mists of Pandaria Blizzard has admitted that they are debating whether or not to catch up with Koltira now or later. Furthermore they mentioned that Koltira was in bad straights.
- Exactly when Koltira formally joined the Horde military is unclear. His first appearance in Northrend is when the war against the Lich King is in full swing, in the Horde fortress of Agmar's Hammer.
- Thassarian says that he and Koltira were "hated enemies in life", though Thassarian was already undead at the time they did battle and prior to that, the humans and high elves were allies prior to King Anasterian's abandonment of the Alliance. It is possible that Thassarian was referring to his first (and only) encounter with Koltira prior to the latter's undeath—the Scourge invasion—in which the two were indeed enemies.
- Koltira may have been a Farstrider in life, or at least a ranger. He is shown in the World of Warcraft: Death Knight manga to have been a proficient archer as well as a swordsman, and took part in one of the Farstriders' first attempts to protect the outer elfgates.
- The Horde death knight tier 9 armor sets are named after him.
- A legendary waist item called references Koltira and his backstory.
- As a bodyguard, Koltira rides a Crimson Deathcharger on the ground, and a in the air.
- Koltira is voiced by Grant George in Legion.
Why Koltira would find himself fighting for his "queen," Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, is curious, as his stated reason for joining the Horde was to reconcile with his people, now calling themselves the blood elves, and to fight once more for Quel'Thalas. Though not directly addressed as of yet, one of the following may have been a factor:
- During the Scourge invasion in which Koltira was slain, the military leader of Quel'Thalas (and thus Koltira's leader during the battle) was indeed Ranger General Sylvanas Windrunner. It is possible that she called him to service once more.
- The Forsaken contain a number of undead high elves killed during the same battle as Koltira. It is possible that Koltira found the solace he was looking for not with his living kin, but with his undead.
- It is also possible that Koltira never officially joined the Forsaken at all, yet was only dispensed to aid his former ranger-general during the Battle for Andorhal. Although, this is somewhat less likely than the above, considering he is even faction-tagged as part of the Undercity.
- Koltira may have been lacking a purpose once more with the Lich King dead. It is known that death knights are afflicted with the innate need to cause pain, lest they suffer blinding pain and hysteria themselves. Joining the Forsaken military (as the blood elven forces were, for the most part, inactive during the Cataclysm era) may have been in order to sate it, given the Forsaken's abundance of very direct enemies in the region.
It is also unknown if Koltira still considers himself a member of the Forsaken after his imprisonment in the Undercity.
- Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.