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Title Master of the Royal Apothecary Society,
Desolate Council
Gender Male
Race Forsaken (Humanoid)
Class Apothecary, Rogue, Warlock
Resource Mana / Energy
Affiliation(s) Desolate Council, Royal Apothecary Society, Undercity, Uncrowned
Former affiliation(s) Magocracy of Dalaran[1]
Occupation Master of the Royal Apothecary Society, member of the Desolate Council, Alchemist
Location Various
Status Active

Master Apothecary Faranell is a Forsaken, the Master of the Royal Apothecary Society, and a member of the Desolate Council. He is a doctor or has at least some type of a doctorate,[2] and enjoyed experimenting with different brews and tinctures, trying this or that to cure something or improve one's life.[3]

Faranell and his alchemist minions work to brew their newest toxins, as well as creating more powerful abominations to serve the Forsaken.[4] As the Master of the Apothecarium, he oversees the most ambitious of their alchemical attempts.[5]

Following the Forsaken reclaiming the Ruins of Lordaeron he, alongside other prominent Forsaken, created a new Desolate Council to serve as the governing body of their people.


In life, Faranell was an alchemist of great renown and spent the better part of his days studying amongst the learned wizards of Dalaran. He enjoyed nothing more than experimenting with concoctions of every sort, always looking to create a serum for this, an antidote for that. After he died from the plague and rose as one of the Forsaken, his limitless curiosity was twisted by depthless sadism. Faranell became one of the foremost experts on the undead plague, using his skills in service to Queen Sylvanas by crafting alchemical monstrosities and designing newer, more devastating plagues and toxins.[1] Faranell was Grand Apothecary Putress' subordinate.[6]

World of Warcraft[]

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Master Apothecary Faranell

Master Apothecary Faranell in World of Warcraft.

Faranell worked with other apothecaries on toxins and the New Plague. Apothecary Renferrel sent a Horde adventurer with bear hearts and spider blood to Faranell for study their toxic and contaminable properties.[7] Faranell then asked the adventurer to go to Pyrewood Village to retrieve the journal of his former colleague, now the crazed worgen Apothecary Berard, and bring it to Renferrel.[8] From the journal, Renferrel learned about ingredients that could help in the creation of the new plague. After the adventurer collected moss and tumor from bog beasts and murlocs, they brought them to Faranell.[9] From the journal's notes, Faranell was able to create the new plague.[10]

Later, Faranell worked with Apothecary Lydon on a new elixir. Lydon asked him to apply his colloid of decay on Mudsnout Composite,[11] and Faranell then directed the adventurer to gather more reagents in order to activate the contaminating agents in the Mudsnout Mixture.[12]

Afterward, Faranell asked for a Kraul Guano from the bats in Razorfen Kraul.[5] With the guano experiment, he wanted to observe what effect two diametrically opposed chemical substances can have on each other, with an added ever-toxic agent. Thus he sent the adventurer to collect hearts of the Scarlet Crusade members in the Scarlet Monastery.[13]

Later, Lydon sent him Shadra's poison for testing.[14]

Arthas: Rise of the Lich King[]

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Faranell showed a New Plague's effect as two prisoners, a human female and a Forsaken male drank it and decomposed. Sylvanas Windrunner was pleased with this result, but warned Faranell that the blight should never fall into the wrong hands.[15]

Wrath of the Lich King[]

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During the second Scourge Invasion, Putress tasked him with testing a zombie's head in order to learn how to cure the Plague.[16]

After the Battle for the Undercity, Faranell and his apothecaries were watched over by Overseer Kraggosh and his Kor'kron overseers. He became the leader of the Royal Apothecary Society, holding that Putress and the rest of the rebels were an anomaly, and that hopefully the Society would regain the trust of the Horde in time.


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There was an incident in which an orc overseer decapitated one abomination of Faranell's and kicked its head into the slime. Faranell's apprentices searched for hours but they couldn't find it. Armand Cromwell sent adventurers to fish the head, and they delivered it to Faranell.[17]


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When Overseer Kraggosh and his overseers moved into the Undercity, the Royal Apothecary Society was forced to do their real work in secret. Such an arrangement inevitably led to Faranell and his alchemists working in the Hall of Shadows in the sewers of Dalaran.[18] They seem to conduct experiments on a caged Stonevault Rockchewer, a Seething Leper and an Elwynn Sheep.

After Lilian Voss killed Tearir, a homunculus of the Burning Legion, he examined the body with Lilian and Kyrai.

Battle for Azeroth[]

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Master Apothecary Faranell in Bashal'Aran.

Following the Battle for Lordaeron, the Horde's apothecaries tried to weaponize the blight infecting the Ruins of Southshore, before the Alliance troops blew up the experiments and encountered Faranell.[19]

He participated in the Battle for Darkshore. He was initially held captive by the Druids of the Branch, before being freed by the Horde.


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Sometime later he joined the Forsaken in mustering in the ruins of the kingdom of Lordaeron, as they sought to reclaim as much as they could of the Tirisfal Glades. Faranell, alongside other influential figures that had risen to prominence among the Forsaken, joined Calia in a meeting to determine their next course of action.[20] While Lilian Voss wanted to directly focus on dealing with the plague in the Undercity, Deathstalker Commander Belmont questioned what they should do about Calia, only for Dark Ranger Velonara to declare that they should focus on the blight. She then turned to Faranell and questioned if he had more plague eaters, only for him to reveal to Calia and the others that he only had one left, and that while he could make more for them to be effective, they must be formulated to survive the plague. This in turn inspired Calia to point out that they might be able to turn to the plague-lords of Maldraxxus for insight. When Faranell revealed that he required an undiluted sample of the plague from deep within its reaches, Calia vowed to acquire it for him, but both Faranell and Belmont were skeptical of her being able to acquire it and survive.[21] Calia then called upon the light and with the Maw Walker by her side, she ventured into the plague and successfully acquired the plague sample, which greatly surprised Belmont.[22] With the sample in their possession, Calia, Voss, the champion, and the plague eater went to Maldraxxus.[23]

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Faranell with his fellow members of the Desolate Council.

In time they returned with the empowered plague eater, where Calia informed Faranell of how the blight sample became a living manifestation, to which Faranell was quick to declare it ingenious, as it would be easier to kill.[24] This plan was ultimately successful as the plague manifested as an Amalgam and was slain, liberating the Ruins of Lordaeron from the plague.[25] Following this, Voss declared that the Forsaken have many points of view and should be led by a council, not a single ruler, a motion accepted by the other Forsaken leaders, with Faranell going as far to declare that the Apothecaries will help shape their brighter future. Thus a new Desolate Council composing of Voss, Calia, Belmont, Faranell, and Velonara was created to lead the Forsaken.[26] In the aftermath, Faranell was joined by Apothecary Zinge, Apothecary Katrina and Apothecary Keever to study the plague eater.


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After the Scarlet Crusade forces led by Scarlet Commander Forsythe seized control of Fenris Isle, they used it as a staging ground to strike against the Forsaken within the Ruins of Lordaeron. Faranell and Dark Ranger Velonara subsequently traveled to the Sepulcher for their plan of counterattack, where they found themselves joined by Forsaken champions.[27] He then directed them to gather samples of the original plague of undeath and boom weed in order to craft a concoction for the war effort.[28][29] After being completed, his concoction was successfully able to weaken the defenes on the isle, leading to the Forsaken launching an all-out assault that defeated the crusade.[30] In the aftermath, Faranell returned to the Ruins of Lordaeron, where he and the other members of the Desolate Council declared the champion represented what it meant to be Forsaken.[31]


Location Level range Reaction Notes
Apothecarium, Undercity[48.6, 69.6]VZ-UndercityBlip 1-70 Alliance Horde Has mana as resource.
Hall of Shadows[18.6, 24.4]VZ-Hall of ShadowsBlip 10-45 Alliance Horde Has energy as resource.
Bashal'Aran, Battle for Darkshore[51.6, 58]File:VZ-BattleForDarkshore.jpgBlip 50 Horde Appears in the Horde version.
Brill, Brill Inn, & Ruins of Lordaeron, Tirisfal Glades 50-60 Elite Alliance Horde As part of the Inv shield 58 [Return to Lordaeron] questline.
Sepulcher & Fenris Isle, Silverpine Forest 50-70 Elite Horde During the Forasken heritage questline.


Battle for Darkshore
  • Spell shadow shadowbolt Shadow Bolt — Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting Shadow damage.
  • Ability poisonarrow Volatile Toxin — Inflicts Nature damage and inflicts addtional[sic] Nature damage every 1.5 sec. for 6 sec.


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Objective of[]



  • Hello.
  • I am Forsaken.
  • Do you... need something?
  • Do you know who I am?
  • A little of this, a little of that...
  • Goodbye.
  • Trust in the apothecaries.


Before the Wrathgate event

The Royal Apothecary Society shall heed the Dark Lady's call to uncover the New Plague and drive Arthas and his heathen Scourge Army from the world once and for all.

After the Wrathgate event

It's true our new... guests are limiting our work somewhat, but it is only natural to be wary when a genocidal attempt is made. Perhaps in time they will be convinced that Putress was an unfortunate anomaly and allow us to continue our work in peace.

Kor'kron gone

It is so nice to see the Undercity returned to the calming wheezes and gas-expulsions of the abominations. The orcs smelled far worse.

Hall of Shadows

When that brute Kraggosh and his overseers moved into the Undercity, we were forced to do our real work in secret. Surely you can see how such an arrangement inevitably led me here.


I long for the day when I and the Apothecaries can return to our experiments in the Undercity. What a waste.

Gossip Do you trust Calia?

I suspect she would not be as accommodating of my work as the Banshee Queen was. Sylvanas was many things, and among them, she was our greatest patroness.
The future of the Apothecaries must be ensured. I will accept nothing less.
Gossip Let's talk about something else.

Gossip Who are you?

Master Apothecary Faranell, at your service. Err, well, at the service of the Forsaken, naturally.
I am a patriarch of potions, artist of alchemy, maestro of mixtures. My concoctions and my laboratory are legendary! That is... when I had a real laboratory. But one thing at a time.
Gossip Let's talk about something else.
Ruins of Lordaeron

The Apothecaries are back.

Now if you'll excuse me, we have a great deal of work to do.

The Sepulcher, Silverpine Forest

Ah, Silverpine. Though I think it could be more appropriately named "Blightpine" or "Silverblight." What do you think? Could it catch on?

Fenris Isle

<Master Apothecary Faranell is too busy giggling maniacally to speak to you.>


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Conversation with Kraggosh
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Overseer Kraggosh says: I've got my eye on you, Faranell.
Overseer Kraggosh says: No abominations protecting you. No secrecy. No plotting in the dark.
Overseer Kraggosh says: If you so much as spit without my permission, this place shuts down. Forcefully.
Master Apothecary Faranell says: I assure you, overseer, the Royal Apothecary Society dearly wishes to make up for the tragic misguidance which ended so many lives.
Master Apothecary Faranell says: We will cause you no trouble. We seek only to continue our research in peace.
Overseer Kraggosh says: We'll see about that.
Apothecary Keever talks to himself in a nearby room.
Overseer Kraggosh says: Get that rotten nut to shut his trap!
Kor'kron Overseer says: Shut your face, you gibbering idiot!

In the RPG[]

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He is the leader of the Royal Apothecary Society.[32] Sylvanas had initially chosen two brilliant minds to lead her new Apothecary Society: Faranell, a human wizard who excelled in magical potion creation, and Oni'jus, a half-elf infiltrator who was a master of mundane poison concoction (and whose idea it was to add "Royal" in front of their fledgling group’s name). A dwarf tinker, Brightflame Masjenal, later rounded out her three leaders, with Faranell leading the three.[33]


The first Royal Apothecary member, this human was a wizard taken by the Scourge at Dalaran. A personal friend of Jaina Proudmoore, he watched as she failed to protect her people from her former lover. He hates the humans and the Alliance almost as much as he hates the Scourge for taking his life. The Lich King paid him little interest as he never showed much promise with necromancy, which left his will free enough to be rescued by Sylvanas. Despite his inability to create death magic, he is a valuable asset as his skill at crafting potions is unparalleled. He leads the Research & Development branch of the Society and urges the wizards and sorcerers under him to develop their death magic so that the forsaken will have the might to go against the Scourge some day. He adores his Lady and daily his heart aches more and more for her, but love is not for the undead, only sorrow and loss. He looks like most of the undead in the Society, as his body is covered in sores and rotting flesh. He is permanently stooped from some crushed vertebrae he suffered in the fall of Dalaran. He looks no one in the eye except for his queen, upon whom he gazes adoringly.[34][35]

The apothecary Faranell headed the project to create a master plague, similar to Ner'zhul's, to wipe out the living races as well as the Scourge, constructing a new plague to wipe out all of humanity and the Forsaken’s nemesis. For a long time the Society had not yet produced results. Since the world at large refused to accept them as people instead of undead, they continued their dark designs to eliminate all non-Forsaken life forms on Azeroth. However, for a while their plague only killed only humans, and didn't affect the Scourge at all. The Royal Apothecary Society believed that their usefulness to the Dark Lady was coming to an end. If they couldn't finish their master plague, they were worried their Society would be disbanded. Due to repeated failures by the Society to make a new plague of undeath, Sylvanas recruited necromancers to find other means of raising slain enemies, into her cause.[36]

The figure is hunched over, clutching a withered staff for support as if his body is too feeble to remain standing without assistance. Dressed in a dark cloth robe, the figure is emaciated and pale, with skin stretched tightly across his bony frame. He is surrounded by an almost sickeningly sweet odor, apparently emanating from several pouches of herbs and reagents located on the chest of his robe. Two wands dangle from his belt, clinking against each other as he moves. Master Apothecary Faranell is an expert alchemist who prefers to avoid direct combat, but is resigned to it as a means of periodically acquiring new test subjects for his experiments. Faranell always prefers to incapacitate enemies with spells rather than kill them outright, in order to maximize their usefulness as “volunteers.” His first actions in combat are to cast greater invisibility or another more appropriate defensive spell on himself and then move to a location with an easy escape route. He then attempts to hamper his enemies with stinking cloud and cripple and uses mana burn to disrupt enemy spellcasters. As a last resort, Faranell uses his wand of frost nova to finish off wounded enemies, not hesitating to include himself in the blast radius due to his immunity to cold.[34][35]

Notes and trivia[]

  • Mathias Shaw reported that prior to the Battle for Lordaeron, they managed to get the upper hand on Faranell, and an SI:7 agent retrieved Berard's Journal from him.[10]
  • Even though Kraggosh's status was changed and the Kor'kron forces removed from the city, Faranell retained his quote about their "new guests" for some time until it was fixed at one point.
  • Faranell was described as "notable Forsaken" along with Sylvanas and Varimathras[1] and the leader of the Royal Apothecary Society.[37] However, in World of Warcraft: Sylvanas, it was established that Putress was the Society's original leader with Faranell being one of his subordinates.[38][39]
    • As the Ultimate Visual Guide entry kept the timeframe of leading vague, only saying that "Faranell now leads the Society", it could be interpreted as relating to the present time of UVG's timelines (MoP & WoD) instead of the past.


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Preceded by:
Grand Apothecary Putress
Chief Apothecary of the Royal Apothecary Society
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Lilian Voss (Interim Leader)
Ruler of the Forsaken (as a member of the Desolate Council)
Succeeded by: