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"There is no sacrifice too great if it brings an end to the Burning Legion."
- The Betrayer
Illidan Stormrage was known as the Betrayer for his reckless pursuit of power, but it was all for a single goal: the destruction of the Burning Legion.
During the War of the Ancients, Illidan Stormrage began his long struggle against the Burning Legion. He was one of many night elves who fought the demons, but his extreme methods would set him apart from the rest. Illidan's fiery determination led him to abandon his allies and make a pact with the Legion. Though he did so to gain power and learn the demons' weaknesses, his people would forever after see him as a betrayer. After defeating the Legion, the night elves locked Illidan in a barrow prison to prevent him from harming the war-torn world.
Over ten thousand years later, Illidan was freed. Rather than atone for his questionable tactics, he embraced fel magic and became a demon—a necessary evil to destroy the Legion. He eventually traveled to the shattered realm of Outland and forged a fighting force in his own cursed image: the Illidari demon hunters. With these fel-infused soldiers, the Betrayer was poised to end the Legion threat once and for all. But before he could, Illidan fell to heroes of the Horde and the Alliance. His body was taken to Azeroth and placed within the Vault of the Wardens.
Despite Illidan's defeat, his legacy lives on through his demon hunters. Some of these shadowy warriors are imprisoned alongside their master's corpse in the Vault of the Wardens, but many others remain at large, their whereabouts unknown. It is feared that even now these demon hunters are carrying on Illidan's war against the Legion... at any cost.
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