The Flight from Lordaeron
Location Capital City, Ruins of Lordaeron
Result King Arthas escapes; Dreadlords take control of the Capital City
Commanders and leaders

Undead Scourge


Dreadlord Insurgents

Casualties and losses

Undead Scourge

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Dreadlord Insurgents

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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 Flight from Lordaeron is chapter 2 of the Legacy of the Damned campaign.

It is the first battle of the Civil War in the Plaguelands which is a series of battles between the various undead factions in control of the forces of the Scourge: the forces controlled by Arthas and Kel'thuzad (serving the will of the Lich King), the forces under the control of the Dreadlords (thus loyal to the Burning Legion) and, finally, a third faction of Undead free of the Lich King's will gathered by Sylvanas Windrunner, later known as the Forsaken, and strengthened by the minions of the traitor Dreadlord Varimathras.

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The next morning, on the palace grounds, King Arthas and his majordomo, Kel'Thuzad, discuss the Lich King's dire warnings.


The chapter begins with King Arthas and Kel'Thuzad discussing the Lich King's warnings. Arthas reveals that his powers have continued to wane and that he must reach Northrend before all is lost. When Arthas enters the throne room, he finds Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras waiting. The doors slam shut and a horde of ghouls attack him. As Arthas fends off his attackers, Balnazzar gloats that the Dreadlords have taken control of most of the Undead and that Arthas' reign will soon be cut short. Kel'Thuzad tells Arthas that they must flee the city. Arthas agrees to regroup with Kel'Thuzad in the wilderness.

Arthas finishes off the remaining ghouls and breaks out of the throne room. He moves through the city, gathering any warriors still loyal to him, while fending off patrols of hostile undead. The Dreadlords not only control most of the undead in the city, but they also command a number of demons and golems. Although his powers and forces are diminished, Arthas battles past the rebels using his fighting skills and knowledge of the city's layout. Arthas raids an armory and takes control of two Meat Wagons, which he uses to knock out enemy towers. He also recovers some useful magical artifacts and gold coins along the way.

Arthas and his followers finally reach the main city gates, where they find a large rebel host waiting. Among the rebels is a huge Abomination named Bloodfeast. Arthas' forces manage to destroy these rebels, including Bloodfeast. Arthas then breaks down the city gates and exits.

As Arthas tries to leave the city, he is intercepted by four rebel Abominations. Suddenly some banshees appear, possess two of the Abominations, and kill the others. Arthas thanks the banshees and asks where their mistress Sylvanas Windrunner is. The banshees reply that she sent them to escort Arthas across the river. They'll then take refuge in the wilderness.

This chapter ultimately ends with the Dreadlord Insurgents led by Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras taking control of the Capital City.

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In Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, it is stated that Arthas ran through the city's palace, not the city itself. Also, the meeting with the shade is expanded.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNArcaniteArchitecture.png The King's Exit

  • Bring Arthas to the city exit
  • Arthas must survive

With the Dreadlords' forces closing in, Arthas must make a quick retreat from the city.

Optional Quests

Availablequest BTNMeatWagon.png Meat Wagon Surprise

  • Kill the armory guards
  • Rescue the Meat Wagons

The towers are proving quite difficult to get through without heavy casualties. Break into the armory and seize the Meat Wagons there to quicken the destruction of the towers.



IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: So the seizures have been getting worse?
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Yes. With my powers drained, I can barely command my own warriors. The Lich King warned me that if I didn't reach Northrend soon, all could be lost.
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: Fear not, my king. Everything has been prepared for your departure. The ships are waiting at the coast and--
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: There's been a change of plans, King Arthas. You're not going anywhere.
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: Assassins! It's a trap!
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: You should never have returned, human. Weakened as you are, we have assumed control over the majority of your warriors. It seems your reign was short lived.
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: There are too many of them, my king! Flee--escape from the city. I'll find my own way out and meet you in the wilderness.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: All right, lich. Good luck.

During the Mission

IconSmall Necromancer.gif Necromancer: Our master, Kel'Thuzad, sent us to aid you. Our new skeletal mages will make short work of the rebels.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Very good. We'll need to move quickly and find any others still loyal to me. We're going to need all the support we can get.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I have need of your abilities, little shade. Will you help me?
IconSmall Shade.gif Shade: I live only to serve you, King Arthas.

IconSmall CryptFiend.gif Crypt Fiend: By Nerub, the rebels nearly had us, King Arthas.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I would not leave my subjects to be slaughtered by this rabble.
IconSmall CryptFiend.gif Crypt Fiend: Then we shall stand by you till the end."
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I have need of you warriors. Come with me."
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I call upon your loyalty. Will you serve me?"

Optional Quest

  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: The dreadlords' guards are stationed outside that armory! If we can fight our way past them, we could commandeer the meat wagons held inside.
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Finally some firepower. These will help us with the main gate's defenses!
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: You there--will you not stand by your king?
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: These piles of corpses will serve us well. We can reanimate the bodies and bolster our forces as we move.
  • IconSmall Abomination.gif Bloodfeast: Small king no escape. Slay! Rend! Feast!

Mission Complete

The Flight from Lordaeron Map.jpg

IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: We have no time for this! We must find our way out quickly!
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: You have my thanks, ladies. But where is your mistress? Where is Sylvanas?
IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: She sent us to find you, great king. We've come to escort you across the river. Once we cross it, we'll take refuge in the wilderness.


Undead Scourge
Dreadlord Insurgents


  • The Nathrezim coup isn't held only by Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras. There are three more random dreadlords, usually guarding checkpoints.
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  • In Reforged, the Elven Gates are replaced by Iron Gates.