The Shores of Northrend
Date One month after The Culling
Location Northrend
Result Alliance victory

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Undead Scourge

Commanders and leaders

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Undead Scourge

Casualties and losses

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  • Moderate

Undead Scourge

  • Heavy

Divergent Courses

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

The Shores of Northrend is Chapter Seven of the Human Campaign, The Scourge of Lordaeron.

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One month later, along the icy coast of Daggercap Bay...


Arriving at Northrend Arthas would quickly reunite his old friend and teacher Muradin, who after reinforcing the Muradin's base camp would be forced to deal with the undead. After learning that Muradin's additional forces were cut off from him the two would work together to rescue them, which not only destroyed an undead outpost besieging them but granted them additional reinforcements for the attack on the main undead stronghold in the area. With the undead destroyed in the region, Arthas would command his forces to build their main base camp over the ruins over the undead stronghold.




Main Quests

Availablequest BTNGoldmine.png Establish Base Camp

  • Locate a gold mine
  • Arthas must survive

There are many threats, both seen and unseen, in this frozen wasteland. Thus, before the hunt for Mal'Ganis can begin, you must first set up a base camp and bolster your forces.

Availablequest BTNHeroDreadLord.png Mal'Ganis

  • Destroy Mal'Ganis' base

Mal'Ganis' citadel lies somewhere within the arctic wastes of Northrend. You must discover his remote lair and crush his standing forces. Only then will the fiend be vulnerable to attack.

Optional Quests

Availablequest BTNMortarTeam.png Rescue Muradin's Men

  • Rescue the Dwarven base

You must find Muradin's missing comrades and aid them in defeating the Dreadlord's insidious Undead minions.


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IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: This is a Light-forsaken land, isn't it? You can barely even see the sun! This howling wind cuts to the bone and you're not even shaking. Milord, are you alright?
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Captain, are all my forces accounted for?
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: Nearly. There are only a few ships that--
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Very well. Our first priority is to set up a base camp with proper defenses. There's no telling what's waiting for us out there in the shadows.

During the Mission

  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Ice trolls.
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Ah, a gold mine! We'll set up our base there.
The Peasants walk up to the gold mine to prepare the base when gun shots are fired.
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: We're under attack! Take cover!
IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: Bloody hell! You're not undead! You're all alive!
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Muradin? Muradin Bronzebeard, is that you?
IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: Damn, boy. I never imagined that you'd be the one to come to our rescue!
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Rescue? Muradin, I didn't even know you were here.
IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: Just the same, lad, I could use your help. My mates and I were attacked, and we got separated. I'd appreciate any backup you could give me.
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Of course I'll help, Muradin. Let's move!
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: That has to be where Mal'Ganis is hiding! I want that base leveled!

Optional Quest

IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: That's them! And they're still under attack from the undead!
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Let's move, men! Those dwarves need help!

Mission Complete

After destroying the undead base...
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: All right, Muradin. What were you doing up here, anyway?
IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: Well, lad, there's an ancient way gate that lies somewhere in this glacial wasteland. Supposedly, it transports you to a hidden vault where a runeblade named Frostmourne is held.
IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: We came here to recover Frostmourne, but the closer we came to finding the way gate, the more undead we encountered.
The Captain runs up to Arthas.
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: Prince Arthas, we haven't found any trace of Mal'Ganis.
IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: No matter. He can't hide from me forever. Captain, I want you to establish this site as our primary base.
IconSmall Captain.gif Captain: Yes, milord.

Unused quotes

  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: It's me, old friend. It's been a long time.
  • IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: Aw, is that the best you can do?!
  • IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard: I've met gnomes that are tougher than you!


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  • While in the game Arthas found Muradin almost immediately after arriving in Northrend, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King states that it was after more than a week.
  • Within the map files, an unused custom unit that uses the Revenant model exists with the name Arthas. It has the spells Frost Nova and Frost Armor.
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  1. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King; Arthas didn't know his name, meaning he couldn't be Falric, Marwyn, or Captain Luc Valonforth