Sabellian is a black dragon, son of the black Dragon Aspect, Deathwing. He was one of his lieutenants prior to the black Aspect's abandonment of Draenor. During the black dragonflight's alliance with 's Horde, Sabellian and his brethren transported the orc chieftains , , and a small party of orcs to Menethil Harbor, on their way to retrieve the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras. (It might have been around that time that he befriended Rexxar) Once the artifacts were secured he followed Deathwing to the orc's homeworld of Draenor.
Once on Draenor, the black dragons settled into the Blade's Edge Mountains. They were not there long before they were attacked by Gruul, his offspring, and a small group of Alliance Expedition fighters. The eggs were destroyed and Deathwing was forced to flee from battle, followed immediately by Sabellian.
Deathwing managed to return to Azeroth, but Sabellian remained behind on Draenor — now Outland. He is a fierce enemy of and Gruul's seven sons, and hates them deeply for killing Sabellian's own people and children.
In Burning CrusadeThis section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
In World of Warcraft, Sabellian wears the guise of Baron Sablemane. He is a level 72 (elite) quest giver located outside the Circle of Blood in the contested territory of Blade's Edge Mountains. He is friends with the Horde champion Rexxar despite Rexxar being the one Ordering the death of Onyxia. However he hasn't told Rexxar that he is a Dragon He assists adventurers in killing two of Gruul's sons: and Goc, reverting to his true dragon form and personally fighting the latter.
He starts the following quests:
- [67+] (Group)
- [70+] (Group)
- <Champion of the Horde> gives out the Horde version.
Goc yells: Who dares rouse Goc from his restful slumber?
Baron Sablemane yells: It's only right that you know the name of the one who will take your life.
yells: Your name is as insignificant to me as the names of the thousands who have died under the might of Goc.
Baron Sablemane yells: Baron Sablemane. It will be on your lips as you gasp your final breath.
Baron Sablemane yells: Let us begin.
yells: Your father destroyed my children and left their bodies impaled upon the rocky blades at Dragons' End. For this, you will die! Enough of this farce. Prepare to face my full wrath!
Baron Sablemane begins emanating immense power.
Baron Sablemane transforms into Sabellian and proceeds to kill Goc.
It is also possible that Sabellian has something to do with the Black Dragonflights attack on Azshara due to the fact that the area now is called Sable Ridge. This can be supported with the fact that the drakes soaring over the area are called and the area itself is called sSable Ridge.
This area, however, is later wiped out with the help of the blue Wyrm, .