For the character known as The Dark Lady, see Sylvanas Windrunner.
The Dark Lady
Location Plaguelands
Result Sylvanas victory; Varimathras defects to Sylvanas

Sylvanas' Forces


Dreadlord Insurgents

Commanders and leaders

Sylvanas' Forces


Dreadlord Insurgents

Casualties and losses

Sylvanas' Forces

  • Moderate

Dreadlord Insurgents

  • Heavy
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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.

The Dark Lady is chapter 3 of the Legacy of the Damned campaign. It was the first major battle of the Civil War in the Plaguelands.

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Two days later, at her base camp in the newly formed Plaguelands, Sylvanas ponders her newfound freedom and her future as one of the cursed undead.


Following Arthas' escape from Lordaeron after being ambushed, Varimathras approached Sylvanas Windrunner and offered her to join him and his brothers Detheroc and Balnazzar to form a new order. However, Sylvanas refused the Dreadlord's offer, incurring his wrath.

With only a handful of ghouls and a few banshee sisters, it looked certain that Sylvanas would be overwhelmed by Varimathras. However, the cunning dark ranger ordered her banshees to possess not only Varimathras' warriors, but also the leader of the nearby bandits, Blackthorn and the leader of the Stonemaul ogres, Mug'thol, vastly bolstering her forces and allowing her to march on Varimathras's base.

She also came in possession of Snarlmane and his gnolls; and the Murloc Puddle Lord and his murlocs. She encountered some Forest trolls, however Sylvanas hatred for the Forest trolls made her to kill them and their chieftain Zul'rogg.

After a great battle Sylvanas defeated Varimathras' Forces and surrounded Varimathras. In exchange for his life, the cowardly Dreadlord offered Sylvanas his loyalty as well as tactical information which would help her defeat Detheroc and Balnazzar, to which the dark ranger agreed.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNHeroDreadLord.png Varimathras

  • Destroy the Red Undead Base

Varimathras has been dispatched here to lure Sylvanas to the three Dreadlords' cause. Sylvanas has her own plans for Arthas and will take Lordaeron for herself without the help of these pathetic Demons. Destroy Varimathras and his Undead army.

Optional Quests

Availablequest BTNBanditLord.png Bandit Lord

  • Possess Blackthorn the Bandit Lord

With Lordaeron in ashes, the few remaining Humans have turned on each other. The ruthless Bandit Lord in this region could prove to be an invaluable asset. Find this Bandit Lord and possess him to further bolster your forces.

Availablequest BTNArmoredOge.png Ogre Warlord

  • Possess the warlord Ogre Mug'thol

Mug'thol the Warlord is preparing his Ogres for battle in the hills. Find Mug'thol and possess his soul so that his war preparations are not wasted on the wrong enemy.



IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: You seem troubled, mistress.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Aren't you, sister? Only days ago we were the Lich King's slaves. We existed only to slaughter in his name. And now we are... free.
IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: I don't understand, mistress. I thought you'd be overjoyed.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: What joy is there in this curse? We are still undead, sister--still monstrosities. What are we if not slaves to this torment?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Greetings, Lady Sylvanas. My brothers and I appreciate the role you played in overthrowing Arthas. I've come to offer you a formal invitation to join our new order.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Varimathras. My only interest was in seeing Arthas dead. I have no time for your petty politics or power mongering.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Careful, milady. It would be unwise to incur our wrath. We are the future of these... Plaguelands. You can either join us and rule or be cast aside.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: I lived as a slave long enough, dreadlord. I won't relinquish my freedom by shackling myself to you fools!
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: So be it. Our reply will come soon.

During the Mission

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Be ready. Varimathras will attack soon. With only our sister banshees and a few ghouls to aid us, it will be difficult to fend him off.
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: Mistress, we're under attack!
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: The dreadlords' forces have arrived!
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: The enemy has returned!
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: Our base is under attack! We must bolster our defenses!

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: You underestimated me, dreadlord. Now you're going to pay.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: You should have joined us, Sylvanas. Your refusal will cost you dearly!

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Your scheming brothers can't help you now, Varimathras!
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Foolish banshee! You think you can match the might of a dreadlord?

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Come and face me, dreadlord! Are you afraid?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Is that all you've got, Sylvanas? I expected more from you!

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: You'll pay for all the suffering you've caused, Varimathras! I swear it!
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Come, little archer. I'll reunite you with your slaughtered countrymen!

Optional Quest

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: These curs were hardly worth the effort."
IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: Perhaps, mistress. But there are more of them out there. If we could lure them to our side, they would be a great help against Varimathras' forces."
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: How very clever of you, sister. Possessing these lowly creatures could turn the tide in our favor! We'll start with their leader. Once we have him, subverting his warriors will be child's play."

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: These bandits will serve me well. Let's find their ringleader and steal his mind.

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: You may as well surrender now, cretin. You'll be my slave one way or another.
IconSmall Human Male.gif Blackthorn: Never!
If Blackthorn is killed.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Damn. He never had a chance to serve me.
If Blackthorn is possessed.
IconSmall Human Male.gif Blackthorn: Lady Sylvanas is master here. We fight for her, brothers!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Hmm... my own band of assassins. Intriguing."
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: These ogres are exactly what we need to defeat Varimathras.
IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: Ogres no work for no dead!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: No? Perhaps we'll just ask your lord and see what he thinks about it.

IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Mug'thol: Me warlord Mug'thol! Me crush weak dead!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: I think not.
If Mug'thol is killed.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: You are overzealous, my warriors. You destroyed him before we could lure him to our side!
If Mug'thol is possessed.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Feel any better, Mug'thol?
IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Mug'thol: Me serve pretty ghost now. Mug'thol's warriors serve too.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Glad to hear it. Let's move out!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Forest trolls! I hate them even more than those cursed dreadlords. Slaughter them all!
IconSmall ForestTroll Male.gif Forest Troll: You'll never get us all, witch! Chieftain Zul'rogg will hunt you down and avenge us!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: He's welcome to try, savage!

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: That brute must be Zul'rogg, the troll chieftain.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Those mangy gnolls could bolster our forces.

IconSmall Gnoll.gif Snarlmane: Back, you dead! No one trespasses on our territory!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Will someone please steal his mind and be done with it?
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: These slimy wretches could serve us well!
  • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: Pretty ghost find enemies to kill.
  • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: We follow Dark Lady!
  • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: To war! Mug'thol lead to war!
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Bandit: For Lady Sylvanas!
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Bandit: Kill, maim and steal!
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Bandit: Plunder for the Dark Lady!

Mission Complete

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Any final words, demon?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Sylvanas, spare my life. I beg you! I can be of service--I swear it!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Just like a demon. You'd sell your brethren out just to save your own skin. I'm listening.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: I know what my brothers' plans are. I know where their forces are based. Just let me serve you, and I'll help you defeat them!
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: All right, Varimathras. I'll let you prove your loyalty to me. But be warned--I'm keeping you on a short leash.

Unused quotes

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: That ugly toad is the creature we seek. Once we claim his tiny mind, his minions will serve our cause.

The Dark Lady Map.jpg


Sylvanas' Forces

Possessed Forces:

Dreadlord Insurgents


  • There are several burning Alliance of Lordaeron buildings, but the only human faction is the Bandit one, which includes renegade wizards as well.
  • The bandit lord, Blackthorn, is named after Kyle "Blackthorne" Vlaros, from Blizzard's platformer game Blackthorne.
  • The Stonemaul clan ogres are all of unique types exclusive to this mission.
  • After capturing the ogre or bandit leaders, the two factions become recruitable mercenaries at the Mercenary Camps.
  • Sylvanas's unused quote suggests that there was going to be a third optional quest to recruit the Murloc Puddle Lord and his murlocs.
  • Missing sound files indicate that Snarlmane and his gnolls, as well as Zul'rogg and his forest trolls, could be possessed as well.

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