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A New Power in Lordaeron is chapter 6 of the Legacy of the Damned. It was the last battle between the Dreadlord Balnazzar and Lady Sylvanas Windrunner and her allies, for control of the Plaguelands and the Undead thereof.

A New Power in Lordaeron Map

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Having broken free of the Lich King's waning power, Sylvanas had turned down the offer to rule the Plaguelands jointly with Balnazzar, Varimathras and Detheroc, as she considered this simply as another form of slavery. She gathered together a small army of free-willed Undead and defeated Varimathras, forcing him to pledge allegiance to her cause. The two of them marched upon Detheroc and slaughtered both him and his retainers, sparing the life of his mind-slave Grand Marshal Garithos so that he could bolster their forces with his Alliance troops. In return for helping her attack Balnazzar, the last and most powerful Dreadlord, Sylvanas promised the egotistical commander control of Lordaeron.

Balnazzar was no fool; he had reinforced the former human capital extensively after ousting Arthas Menethil, and had gathered a very large Undead army to defend it, as well as opening a Dimensional Gateway to summon Demonic reinforcements. He was outraged by his brother's treachery, and promised to respond to Detheroc's destruction in kind.

The Battle

Sylvanas and Varimathras launched a frontal assault upon Lordaeron's walls whilst Garithos attacked from the rear. The latter was most displeased to find that his Ironforge reinforcements had gotten lost on the way to the battle; Garithos had to fight his way through the wilderness to lead them to safety. Despite the tensions between the commander and his Dwarven charges (who didn't think they were getting paid enough), this action added much needed firepower to Garithos's assault and the Alliance began to make headway against the Undead, forcing them back further and further into the city.

Likewise, despite the terrible magical powers Balnazzar brought to bear upon his foes, Sylvanas, Varimathras and Garithos managed to destroy the Loyalists' and Insurgents' bases, claim their resources and defend their own before storming Balnazzar's base with a two-pronged attack from the front and rear before capturing Balnazzar himself.


Sylvanas ordered Varimathras to kill Balnazzar, as a last test of the Dreadlord's loyalty to her. Despite his protests that the Nathrezim were forbidden to harm one another he eventually did so, or at least seemed to. Garithos then ordered them out of "his" city, and Sylvanas told Varimathras to kill him also, which he gladly did with no remorse. The remains of Garithos's forces were slain or fled. With this final victory, Sylvanas declared herself ruler of the Plaguelands, and renamed the free-willed Undead who had pledged themselves to her the Forsaken.

In fact, whether by accident or design Varimathras did not kill Balnazzar; he later resurfaced disguised as the leader of the Scarlet Crusade. Whilst Ras Splinterspine and Morbent Fell were defeated in this battle, they may have survived if their phylacteries remained intact.


  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "The capital city is heavily defended. Balnazaar is no fool, my lady. This battle can be won only through attrition."
  • IconSmall Garithos Grand Marshal Garithos: What's the matter, demon? Are you afraid?"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Watch your tongue, human dog. Your hollow bravado does not impress—"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Stand down, gentlemen! Save your anger for Balnazzar. Garithos, I'll lead my forces in a frontal assault while you attack the city from the rear."
  • IconSmall Garithos Grand Marshal Garithos: "An aggressive ploy, milady. So long as we get our capital back, I'll stick to whatever strategy you wish."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Give the order. Let the attack commence."
Optional Quest.
  • IconSmall Human Male Footman: "Lord Garithos, our scouts have found the missing band of dwarves! They appear to be lost in the wilderness nearby."
  • IconSmall Garithos Grand Marshal Garithos: "Those brainless dwarves are almost more trouble then they're worth! However, we'll need them on the front lines. I'll have to lead them myself."

  • IconSmall Garithos Grand Marshal Garithos: "Can't you idiots follow simple orders? There's a war on, and you louts are off having a picnic! Get this column rolling immediately!"
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male Riflemen: "Right away, Lord Garithos! Move 'em out, lads!"
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male Riflemen: "They don't pay us enough to put up with that asshole."
Quotes in the middle of the battle.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Let's see. I've made one of your brothers my servant, and tore the other to bloody shreds. I wonder what your fate holds, Balnazzar?"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "I'll cut out your tongue!"

  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "Ah, my wayward pet, Garithos. I see you've grown a spine since we last met."
  • IconSmall Garithos Grand Marshal Garithos: "Your mind powers tricked me before, demon, but never again! You and I have a serious score to settle."

  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "You disappoint me, brother. Poor Detheroc must have been stung by your treachery. How dare you call yourself Nathrezim!"

  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Balnazzar's forces are advancing!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "We're under attack!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Drive them back! We've got to push into the heart of the city!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Our base is under siege! Man the defenses!"

  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "You vile traitors will suffer for this outrage!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "These Plaguelands are mine!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "You will all drown in lakes of blood!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "My power is supreme! You mongrels cannot win!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "Now, feel the wrath of the Legion!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "Come, you burning devils! Balnazzar calls!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "Heed me, demons! Devour these traitorous fools!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar: "I still have a hand to play."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Storehouses such as this hold many of Lordaeron's treasures. Seek them out, and we'll claim whatever artifacts they hold!"
  • IconSmall Banshee Banshee: "Mistress, we've discovered another storehouse! It may hold artifacts that could aid us!"
  • IconSmall Banshee Banshee: "Mistress Sylvanas, we've found yet another storehouse! It likely holds priceless magical treasures!"
Victory for Sylvanas.
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