- For the character known as The Dark Lady, see Sylvanas Windrunner.
|The Dark Lady|
|Result||Sylvanas victory; Varimathras defects to Sylvanas|
|Previous||The Flight from Lordaeron|
|Next||The Return to Northrend|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Banshee: You seem troubled, mistress.
- 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.
- Banshee: I don't understand, mistress. I thought you'd be overjoyed.
- 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?
- 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.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Varimathras. My only interest was in seeing Arthas dead. I have no time for your petty politics or power mongering.
- 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.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: I lived as a slave long enough, dreadlord. I won't relinquish my freedom by shackling myself to you fools!
- Varimathras: So be it. Our reply will come soon.
During the Mission
- 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.
- Banshee: Mistress, we're under attack!
- Banshee: The dreadlords' forces have arrived!
- Banshee: The enemy has returned!
- Banshee: Our base is under attack! We must bolster our defenses!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: You underestimated me, dreadlord. Now you're going to pay.
- Varimathras: You should have joined us, Sylvanas. Your refusal will cost you dearly!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Your scheming brothers can't help you now, Varimathras!
- Varimathras: Foolish banshee! You think you can match the might of a dreadlord?
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Come and face me, dreadlord! Are you afraid?
- Varimathras: Is that all you've got, Sylvanas? I expected more from you!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: You'll pay for all the suffering you've caused, Varimathras! I swear it!
- Varimathras: Come, little archer. I'll reunite you with your slaughtered countrymen!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: These curs were hardly worth the effort."
- 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."
- 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."
- Sylvanas Windrunner: These bandits will serve me well. Let's find their ringleader and steal his mind.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: You may as well surrender now, cretin. You'll be my slave one way or another.
- Blackthorn: Never!
- If Blackthorn is killed.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Damn. He never had a chance to serve me.
- If Blackthorn is possessed.
- Blackthorn: Lady Sylvanas is master here. We fight for her, brothers!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Hmm... my own band of assassins. Intriguing."
- Sylvanas Windrunner: These ogres are exactly what we need to defeat Varimathras.
- Ogre: Ogres no work for no dead!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: No? Perhaps we'll just ask your lord and see what he thinks about it.
- Mug'thol: Me warlord Mug'thol! Me crush weak dead!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: I think not.
- If Mug'thol is killed.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: You are overzealous, my warriors. You destroyed him before we could lure him to our side!
- If Mug'thol is possessed.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Feel any better, Mug'thol?
- Mug'thol: Me serve pretty ghost now. Mug'thol's warriors serve too.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Glad to hear it. Let's move out!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Forest trolls! I hate them even more than those cursed dreadlords. Slaughter them all!
- Forest Troll: You'll never get us all, witch! Chieftain Zul'rogg will hunt you down and avenge us!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: He's welcome to try, savage!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: That brute must be Zul'rogg, the troll chieftain.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Those mangy gnolls could bolster our forces.
- Snarlmane: Back, you dead! No one trespasses on our territory!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Will someone please steal his mind and be done with it?
- Sylvanas Windrunner: These slimy wretches could serve us well!
- Ogre: Pretty ghost find enemies to kill.
- Ogre: We follow Dark Lady!
- Ogre: To war! Mug'thol lead to war!
- Bandit: For Lady Sylvanas!
- Bandit: Kill, maim and steal!
- Bandit: Plunder for the Dark Lady!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Any final words, demon?
- Varimathras: Sylvanas, spare my life. I beg you! I can be of service--I swear it!
- Sylvanas Windrunner: Just like a demon. You'd sell your brethren out just to save your own skin. I'm listening.
- 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!
- 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.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: That ugly toad is the creature we seek. Once we claim his tiny mind, his minions will serve our cause.
- 1 Ogre Lord
- 1 Bandit Lord
- 1 Troll Warlord
- 1 Gnoll Overseer
- 1 Murloc Puddle Lord
- Crypt Fiends
- Skeleton Warriors
- Skeletal mages
- Frost Wyrms
- Ogre War Mages
- Ogre Woundmasters
- Ogre Brutes
- Human Assassins
- Human Enforcers
- Human Renegade Wizards
- Forest trolls
- 1 Dreadlord
- Crypt Fiends
- Obsidian Statues
- Frost Wyrms
- Meat Wagons
- Skeleton Warriors
- Skeletal mages
- 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.