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- "Word of your deeds has spread far and wide, rogue. So far, in fact, that Stormwind Intelligence has asked for you by name."  ( )
Mathias Shaw is the head of the organization known as SI:7, the agency of intelligence for the city of Stormwind, and in fact much of the Alliance. From his base of operations in the barracks of Old Town, he coordinates reconnaissance efforts for many agents of the Alliance regarding matters as far apart as the Defias Brotherhood to the Undead Scourge. Shaw is also a master of stealth and infiltration tactics himself, and specializes in operations involving the rogues in the employ of the Alliance. He is also leader of the Stormwind Assassins. Shaw was a childhood-friend of , and personally trained him as a rogue.
Mathias Shaw is a young man to lead such a powerful organization, but the 33-year-old isn’t daunted. His mother was a First Finger assassin who died on the job when he was 4 years old. He grew up at Grandmother knee, as the founder of the guild did not see fit to lie to him about her death or his family’s business.
He was the youngest member of the guild when his grandmother made him a Fourth Finger at 10, and he worked his way up slowly, spending much more time in the various levels than most. This worked very well for him, as he knows intimately what is done at every level, and what is needed in new recruits.
When his grandmother passed control to him on his 30th birthday, choosing to retire instead of die and leave things in disarray for him, he eagerly took the reins. He attempted to make improvements to her designs, but after a couple of months finally had to accept that her design was flawless, and he simply needed to run the already well-oiled machine. He has deep brown eyes and is diminutive, very unassuming for a guild leader of assassins.
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Before the Battle on the Broken Shore, Mathias Shaw, Amber Kearnen, and a team of SI:7 were sent ahead to scout the area, but were caught by Detheroc and presumably killed. Detheroc assumed the identity of Shaw and Amber Kearnen presumably managed to escape. Detheroc, posing as Shaw, ordered the later assassination of Kearnen on the doorstep of the Hall of Shadows. However, there is also evidence that Shaw is still alive and being held by the Burning Legion, but for unknown ends. He is apparently held in Felsoul Hold, Suramar.This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
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With concerns rising about the azerite, Anduin orders Mathias to flood Orgrimmar with his spies. Though they are dutiful in reporting exactly what they see, they are deceived into thinking that the Horde are sending their troops to Silithus. This misinformation then leads to the War of the Thorns and the Battle for Lordaeron.
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Mathias Shaw played a pivotal part in the Fourth War, working together closely with the player and other members of the Alliance army.
Quests in CataclysmThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.SI:7, Stormwind City
Dragonmaw Pass, Twilight Highlands
Twilight Citadel, Twilight Highlands
Removed questsNote: These quests are no longer associated with this particular mob/NPC/item.
- One of Mathias Shaw's quotes is "It's Shaw, Mathias Shaw". This is a reference to James Bond, who introduces himself to others in a similar fashion.
- Patch 7.0.3 (19-Jul-2016): Presumed dead based on cinematic when completing the quest .
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added to Twilight Highlands; quests removed/added.
- (28-Jun-2006): Added.
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