The Fires Down Below
Location Darkspear Islands

Prisoners rescued and escaped


Orcish Horde

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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 Fires Down Below is chapter 4 of the Exodus of the Horde campaign.

Thrall, finding himself a prisoner of the murlocs in a cavern, combines forces with jungle trolls to escape. During their escape, Sen'jin was sacrificed by a Murloc Sorcerer and although it was killed the cave began to quake and the Horde had to escape.


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Thrall finds himself in an underground lair, held prisoner by the murlocs and separated from his companions.


Main Quests

20px The Great Escape

  • Objectives
    • Rescue 10 Prisoners
  • Description
    • Murlocs have captured several of your companions, as well as the native Trolls. You must free the prisoners before making your way back to the surface.

20px The Ritual

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Mission Fails

  • Thrall has been slain.
  • The Great Escape (Although is not explained, it is when various prisoners die).



  • Attack prison gates to destroy them and free prisoners.
  • Some rocks may be destroyed.



Intro cinematic

IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "I wonder what these strange fish-creatures want with us?"
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Troll Headhunter: "The murlocs used to be peaceful, but lately they been catchin' us and usin' us for sacrifices."
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "Sacrifices? To what?"
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Troll Headhunter: "A long time ago they started worshipin' some witch. They say she lives under the ocean, and if they don't make the sacrifices, she'll destroy this island."
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "Well, someone should have told them that orcs don't scare that easily. Now, let's get out of here!"

Between the battle

  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Grunt: "Throm-Ka, Warchief!"
  • IconSmall Troll Male.gif Troll Headhunter: "Thanks, mon."
  • IconSmall Troll Male.gif Troll Headhunter: "I thought I be dead for sure."

Prison Break Scene

  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Footman: "This is our chance. Let's make a break for it!"
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Footman: "Keep fighting, men! We're almost there!"

Between the battle (2)

  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Grunt: "I knew you'd find us, Warchief."
  • IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "These humans must have put up a fight. Too bad it wasn't enough."
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Shaman: "I dedicate my power to the Horde!"
  • IconSmall Troll Male.gif Troll Headhunter: "You come just in time."
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Grunt: "I knew you'd find us, Warchief."
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Grunt: "I believe we are no longer welcome in this place, Warchief."
  • IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "I cannot allow any more prisoners to die."
  • IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "Let's see if we can break through these boulders."
  • IconSmall Troll Male.gif Troll Headhunter: "Hey Chief-mon, it look like there be a passageway here. Maybe we find a way out?"

Middle cinematic

IconSmall Orc Male.gif Grunt: "Warchief, Sen'Jin was just taken away by the fish-creatures! I tried to stop them, but there were too many. They said he is to be sacrificed to their witch!"
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "Then we have no time to lose! Sen'Jin must be freed!"
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Shaman: "Warchief, I sense a protective shield around the sorcerer. I believe these three fish-creatures are helping maintain it."
IconSmall Murloc.gif Murloc Sorcerer: "Pathetic fools! You will not stop us from receiving what has been promised."
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "Sen'Jin!"
IconSmall Murloc.gif Murloc Sorcerer: "Don't despair. You'll soon be joining him!"

IconSmall Murloc.gifMurloc Sorcerer: "The exalted one would be most displeased if I allowed you to escape. Her will must be done!"
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "Perhaps you and the witch can discuss it in the afterlife."

Ending cinematic

IconSmall Sen'jin.gif Sen'Jin: "The vision told me you would lead my people off this island."
IconSmall Sen'jin.gif Sen'Jin: "You don't have much time, young one. Go!"
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "But you and your people are coming with us!"
IconSmall Sen'jin.gif Sen'Jin: "It be too late. I'm already gone."
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "Those of you who wish to follow me will face many dangers. It will not be easy. But if you wish to join us, you're welcome."
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Troll Headhunter: "Yah, mon, pretty soon there be nothing left here anyway. We come with you."
IconSmall NagaSeaWitch.gif Sea Witch: "Make peace with your gods, land-dwellers! You cannot escape the currents of death so easily!"
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Grunt: "Where is that voice coming from?"
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "I don't know, but we have no time to waste. This cave is about to collapse!"

Unused quotes

  • IconSmall Human Male.gif D04Footman16: Orcs! Get 'em!
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif D04Footman23: Orcs. I should have known... attack!
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif D04Grunt11: Free at last!
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif D04Grunt13: Those fish creatures must pay!
  • IconSmall Murloc.gif D04MurlocSorcerer30: You may have rescued the others, but I'll see to it that the Exalted One does not go completely unpleased.
  • IconSmall Thrall.gif D04Thrall15: There are maybe other creatures down here. These poor wretches died before they were even sacrificed.
  • IconSmall Thrall.gif D04Thrall17: Will you humans never learn?!
  • IconSmall Thrall.gif D04Thrall20: These cave may lead outside, but we can't leave without the others.



The battle

After escaping from his cell Thrall moves forward rescuing Orc and Troll prisoners, even as he leads them against the Murlocs and other creatures. At one point in their march to rescue Sen'jin and escape, Thrall witnesses a massive jailbreak of trapped Alliance forces. Deciding to hang back, Thrall allows for the Murlocs and Alliance to significantly weaken one another before deciding to moving in to finish off the survivors. Soon after he frees the last of the prisons but discovers that the Murlocs just took Sen'jin in order to sacrifice him. With this knowledge in hand Thrall quickly moves forward to save Sen'jin but is ultimately too late. With Sen'jin avenged and the Darkspear apart of the Horde (per Sen'jin's dying wish), Thrall leads the survivors to the surface in order to reunite with the rest of the Horde.


Orcish Horde
Underworld Minions
Human Expedition


  • This mission was cut out of the full game with just the tutorial levels left in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The mission was first seen in the Warcraft III Demo which was made available after the release of the game. In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Blizzard Entertainment made a custom campaign which included the missions that were exclusive to the demo campaign; however, the voice acting was removed as the demo voice acting had only been recorded in English and Blizzard was unable to localize it for other regions.
  • In the custom campaign there is a visibility bug with Sen'Jin not present in the demo campaign. The troll appears stand up in the final cinematic and then a second later appears in the floor, even thought he was supposed to be in the floor since the Murloc Sorcerer attacked him.



  1. ^ Very few units can be killed or the mission is failed.
  2. ^ Around one hundred units can be killed, while the Horde just have around fifteen.
  3. ^ After this mission no human units appeared.