Rise of the Naga
Location Nendis, Azshara
Result Pyrrhic Watchers victory, escape of Illidan Stormrage, razing of Nendis

Night Elf Watchers

  • Night Elf Villagers

Illidan's Naga

Commanders and leaders

Night Elf Watchers


Illidan's Naga

Casualties and losses

Night Elf Watchers

  • Light
  • Defenders of Nendis
  • Night Elf villagers

Illidan's Naga

  • Moderate
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This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Rise of the Naga is chapter 1 of the Terror of the Tides campaign.

It was a confrontation between Maiev Shadowsong's Watchers and Illidan Stormrage's naga and satyr followers, soon after discovering remains of the first battle between the recently summoned naga followers of Illidan Stormrage and the defenders of the night elf port town of Nendis.

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Though the demonlord, Archimonde, and the Burning Legion were finally defeated at the Battle of Mount Hyjal, much of Ashenvale Forest remains tainted by foul, demonic energies. The combined efforts of both the druids and the Sentinels have brought a tenuous peace to the northlands, but dark creatures still lurk within the shadowed woods. In this perilous time, Maiev Shadowsong, the warden who once guarded Illidan's barrow prison, has come forth to hunt her dangerous prey--and chain him once again beneath the cold earth.


In order to recapture Illidan, who according to Maiev has become something more than Night Elf or Demon, Maiev Shadowsong splits off two scouting parties to find Illidan and report back to her. In the meantime Maiev personally leads her own forces on the hunt for Illidan. In time Maiev encounters a serpent race known as the Naga, who to Maiev's surprise seem to know of the Night Elves. After fighting their way through the Naga and reuniting with their scouts, Maiev is forced to witness Illidan fleeing from Kalimdor to an unknown destination. Determined not to give up on her hunt, Maiev and her forces board the remaining ships at the port town of Nendis and set sail after him.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNMetamorphosis.png The Demon's Trail

  • Follow Illidan's trail
  • Maiev must survive

Illidan has sewn a path of destruction along the coastline. Hunt the Demon down and recapture him before he harms any more innocent civilians.

Availablequest BTNTransport.png Burning Ships

  • Save at least two ships
  • Maiev must survive

Illidan has taken to the sea, and you must follow. His Naga minions have begun to set fire to the few boats that are left. You must save at least 2 ships, or you will not have a sufficient force to give chase.

Optional Quests

Availablequest BTNOwlBear.png Enraged Beast

  • Slay the Wildkin

The animals of the wild have gone berserk due to Illidan's presence. One animal in particular is causing a great deal of trouble--a fearsome Wildkin. Put the creature to rest so that it can do no more harm.

Availablequest BTNArcher.png Search and Rescue

  • Search and Rescue

The vile Satyrs have captured several members of Maiev's scout party. Find the Satyrs, and destroy the cages to free your sisters from the Satyrs' vile clutches.



Maiev and the Watchers arrive to the eastern edge of Ashenvale. Much of the land is still corrupted or burning.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: These tracks are fresh, but they split off in opposite directions. Illidan must be getting help from someone.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Watcher: Your orders, mistress?
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: You Watchers split up into two parties. Scour the woods. Find what you can. We'll meet you further up the coast.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Remember, sisters--if you find Illidan, do not attempt to take him without the rest of us. He is far too dangerous to tackle alone.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Watcher: Yes, mistress.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: The rest of you, follow me.

During the Mission

IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Archer: That village has been razed!
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Archer: The bodies have been mutilated. Do you suppose demons did this?
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Illidan's stench hangs heavily over this place, but those tracks were not made by any demons I know of. Be wary, my sisters. There's no telling what horrors Illidan has called to his side.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Archer: Mistress! The furbolgs have succumbed to the forest's corruption! It's as if they've lost themselves to mindless rage!
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Their tribes suffered greatly during the Legion's invasion. They cannot be saved.
  • IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Illidan's new minions struck here as well. They're bloodthirsty and fearless whoever they are.
  • IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: As I suspected, their whole race has gone mad. Slay them all!
  • IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: The Legion's corruption still grips this land.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Ambush! The satyrs are attacking! Drive the foul brutes back!
IconSmall Satyr.gif Satyr: Wretched fools! You cannot stop the master.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: So Illidan sent you foul satyrs to slow us down? He must be getting desperate.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Archer: There, mistress! Those must be the creatures we're after.
IconSmall Naga Male.gif Naga: Wretched night elves, you are no match for the naga!
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Naga? Many craven races have tempted our wrath over the centuries. None have survived!
IconSmall Naga Male.gif Naga: Wretched woman. We will retake the surface world and put an end to your vile race once and for all.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: These poor folk were slain just like the others. Illidan has much to answer for. He'll wish he were still chained in his cell when I get through with him.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Naisha: But these wrecks... Why would they destroy ships?
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: I don't know. Wait--he may have taken to the sea. Hurry, sisters! The port of Nendis lies to the north. Perhaps there we can find a ship and set sail after Illidan.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: We're getting close. I can smell something vile upon the wind.
IconSmall Naga Male.gif Naga: Quickly, you fools! The ships must be burned. The master doesn't wish to be followed.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: I cannot allow Illidan to escape again! We must slay those naga before they burn the ships.
IconSmall Naga Male.gif Naga: You are too late, little warden. The master has already set sail for distant shores. However, he wished to thank you for the hospitality you provided during his imprisonment. He asked us to repay you... in kind.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: You're certainly welcome to try, monster!

Optional Missions

IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Huntress: Mistress Shadowsong! We're lucky to have found you!
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Report!
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Huntress: My party was attacked by a bloodthirsty Wildkin. Apparently Illidan's passing drove the creature mad. There's no telling how many more innocents it might harm!
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: This madness must end! We will find the creature... and put it down.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: That's the creature we're after! Slay it quickly and put it out of its misery.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Huntress: Mistress Shadowsong, thank Elune! A band of satyrs captured the rest of my party. The twisted brutes are holding them in nearby woods.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: We will find them.
IconSmall Satyr.gif Satyr: Bah, night elf Watchers! I knew there were more of them skulking around out there.
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: You will release my warriors immediately.
IconSmall Satyr.gif Satyr: I think not, woman. The master tires of your games. The chase ends here.


IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Naisha: Mistress, do you believe we can defeat Illidan even if we find him?
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Illidan has grown powerful: of that, there is no doubt. He consumed the energies of the Skull of Gul'dan. Now he is neither night elf nor demon, but something more.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Archer: Mistress, why would the naga harbor so much hatred for us?
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: We must trust time to reveal all things. Now hurry. Illidan has a considerable lead on us. We must capture him before he causes any more harm.

Unused quotes

IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: Move!
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: The forest is too still. Nothing stirs. The creatures we hunt must be terrifying indeed to cow the very breath of nature.
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Naisha: Look there, at the shoreline!
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Naisha: The tracks lead off into the sea and then reappear back on land... What are these creatures?
IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong: We'll find out soon enough. Let's move.
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Illidan's Naga


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