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Who will lead the Forsaken in Shadowlands?

When we saw the Maw open up on the Shadowlands alpha, a lot of us noticed Calia Menethil conspicuously standing over by the Horde leaders. Between that and her appearance in Shadows Rising following along with Lillian Voss, it seems clear that if Calia wasn’t the leader for the Forsaken, she was on the track to becoming said leader. And then Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser had to come along and do his job as Lead Narrative Designer and design the narrative, and worse, tell people about it in an interview so I have to go back and say Okay, looks like Calia’s not the leader after all. Attaway to ruin a perfectly cromulent theory, Steve.

All gentle ribbing aside, in his interview with Wowhead Steve did discuss exactly why Calia was atop Icecrown Citadel in the Maw opening sequence, and it’s more personal than any idea of her as a Horde leader.

I don’t want to go into too much detail there, except I will say that if you think about Calia’s past and her family history, she has a personal involvement in the spectre of death that hangs over everything – and there’s no way that you can think of the Shadowlands and the power of death without thinking about Arthas and the Lich King and that legacy. So, I will say that Calia is involved in the Shadowlands more for her personal reasons than she is as a representative, or a leader in any way.

So that’s fair. But it does bring to mind one question — if Calia isn’t leading the Forsaken, who is? Is anybody?

The front runner is Lilian Voss

At present we don’t know for sure, but the front runner would clearly be Lilian Voss. She appears in Shadows Rising and we see her throughout Battle for Azeroth acting as a somewhat unwilling advocate for the Forsaken. It was Lilian who reached out to both Derek Proudmoore — who she defends as a Forsaken in the novel against the entire Horde Council — and Calia. Whatever is going on with the Forsaken leadership, it seems clear that both the Horde Council and the formerly living residents of Lordaeron have accepted her as someone who has their interests at heart. Considering the fact that Sylvanas wiped out the Desolate Council that had stepped in to keep Undercity functioning in the novel Before the Storm, this leaves Lilian the absolute front contender for leadership of the faction.

However, it definitely seems like a job Lilian doesn’t exactly want. Voss feels very much like the Forsaken equivalent of Mathias Shaw — clever, ruthlessly, deadly and more comfortable standing in the shadows to the left hand side of the throne than sitting on it herself. The problem is, who else is there? Who’s left of the Forsaken, now that the Desolate Council has been purged, to lead their people? To my mind, there’s only one candidate left.

Leonid Barthalomew

Leonid Barthalomew the Redeemed is a Forsaken member of the Argent Crusade (formerly the Argent Dawn) who has served on the front lines of the war with the Scourge since even before he died and was raised by the Lich King. A Paladin in life, and a soldier even in death, Leonid is uniquely qualified to lead his people. As he himself once said, he is revered among the Argents for his many sacrifices, but their accolades mean nothing to him — he views his undead state not as a curse as Sylvanas did, but as a malady, something to be treated and dealt with. One of the original Forsaken, and one who always kept his own head and his own council and never followed anyone blindly, not even Sylvanas, he has a legitimacy few others could claim. Unlike Calia, he is Forsaken — no special magic of the Light was involved in his return and he suffers all the same effects as any other of his kind.

Leonid is, in short, almost the sole remaining original old guard of the Forsaken. He wasn’t as personally loyal to her as was Nathanos, instead seeking to confront the Scourge along the Argent Dawn and Argent Crusade. He has the respect and admiration of his fellow Argents, which is important since following Tirion Fordring’s death Leonid Bartholomew may well be one of the most important leaders left in the Crusade. If any Forsaken could manage to touch the Holy Light and be a Paladin, it would be Leonid.

And even better, Leonid worked with the Brotherhood of Light, and while he was wary of their fanaticism, he still understood that it had its uses, meaning that he would be likely able to find common cause with Lilian Voss when it came to leading and protecting the Forsaken. If Leonid chose to change his focus from fighting the Scourge to protecting the Forsaken, he could well make part of a formidable team working with Lilian. It’s not at all a guarantee that he would — Leonid is very committed to the destruction of the Scourge. If he did choose to lead the Forsaken, it would be extremely likely that he would point them in that direction.

Is there anybody else?

There are a few Forsaken characters of note besides Sylvanas and Nathanos, neither of which are likely to return — at least not until after Shadowlands itself, anyway — and frankly, almost none of these characters are in any position to lead the Forsaken. Alexi Barov is not a particularly important member of the Forsaken. Master Apothecary Faranell is a capable researcher but hardly a leader. Ranger Captain Areiel died fighting Shandris Feathermoon (never get into an archery contest with Shandris Feathermoon) but Dark Ranger Velonara is a dark horse candidate for Forsaken leadership. She’s the de facto leader of all the Dark Rangers who remained loyal to the Forsaken over Sylvanas, and she currently resides in Orgrimmar, where the Horde council meets. She is respected among the Forsaken and has played a pivotal role in the Horde offensive in Darkshore, meaning that she likely has allies in the rest of the Horde’s factions.

She’s not as well placed as Voss, but if Voss wants to be the power behind the throne instead of sitting in it herself, she could do worse than Velonara. I’d personally put her in as a less likely candidate than Barthalomew, but were she asked, she’d be more likely to be willing to lead the Forsaken than he would. Her loyalties are a touch conflicted — she was loyal to Sylvanas for years, and now considers herself a Sin’dorei as much as a Forsaken — but Barthalomew is as loyal to the Argents and thus is also conflicted.

These are the candidates as I see them. Everyone else is either gone, still loyal to Sylvanas, or both. But we’ll see — it’s possible that Calia will take up the role after Shadowlands, as Voss certainly seems to be pushing for her to be accepted among the Horde. Only time will tell.

Oh, and I suppose the breakout Forsaken celebrity of the final Saurfang cinematic, the Flag Girl, has a shot. Zekhan got a whole novel, so maybe there’s hope for her too.

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Main leader Representative Lilian Voss (interim)
  Formerly Queen Sylvanas Windrunner
Secondary leaders Princess Calia Menethil
 Master Apothecary Faranell
 Deathstalker Commander Belmont
 Dark Ranger Velonara
 The Black Bride
  Formerly Ranger Lord Nathanos †
ForsakenForsakenDesolate Council †
 Arch Lord Varimathras †
 Grand Apothecary Putress †
Race(s)ForsakenForsakenIconSmall ForsakenDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall ForsakenDeathKnight Female.gifUndeadhuman
Undead elfUndead elfIconSmall BloodElfDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall BloodElfDeathKnight Female.gifUndeadhigh elf
IconSmall UndeadNightElf Male.gifIconSmall UndeadNightElf Female.gifIconSmall DarkWarden.gifUndeadnight elf
IconSmall Banshee.gifBanshee
IconSmall Skeleton.gifIconSmall SkeletalOrc.gifSkeleton
IconSmall Abomination.gifAbomination
IconSmall Wraith.gifWraith
IconSmall Geist.gifGeist
IconSmall Zombie.gifZombie
Ghoul Ghoul
IconSmall Gargoyle.gifGargoyle
Leper gnomeLeper gnome Leper gnome
  FormerlyIconSmall Val'kyr.gifVal'kyr
Character classes

WoW Icon update.pngDeath knight, Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior
Apothecary, Assassin, Dark ranger, Mad scientist, Necromancer

Icon-RPG.pngFighter, Shadow ascendant, Spymaster, Lightslayer
CapitalOrgrimmar (in exile)
  FormerlyThe Undercity †
Other major settlementsAndorhal, Deathknell, The Sepulcher, Tarren Mill, Sludge Fields
  FormerlyBrill †
Language(s)Gutterspeak, Common, Thalassian, Darnassian,
Orcish, Goblin, Zandali
Sub-group(s)Forsaken's military
AffiliationHorde, Cult of Forgotten Shadows
Status Active
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“Those who do not stand with the Forsaken stand against them. And those who stand against the Forsaken will not stand long.”

— Sylvanas Windrunner

The undead Forsaken[1][2] (or simply the Forsaken or Undead)[3][4] are a race[5][6] and a faction[7][8] of intelligent undead who broke away from the Scourge and took control of much of the kingdom of Lordaeron,[9] destroyed during the Third War by the death knight Arthas Menethil. The Forsaken were formerly led by their founder, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, the former Ranger-General of Quel'Thalas. Their capital was the Undercity, in the royal catacombs beneath the ruins of the capital city of Lordaeron, until it was destroyed and abandoned at the start of the Fourth War.

While comprised primarily of undead humans, the Forsaken are a diverse faction that include several different races at their biological core. However, they have all assumed their racial identity as "Forsaken," due to their shared goals and loyalties.[10]


When the Lich King's grasp on his vast armies faltered after the Third War, a contingent of undead broke free of their master's iron will. Although this freedom seemed to be a blessing at first, these former humans were soon tormented by memories of the unspeakable horrors that they had committed as mindless Scourge agents. Those who did not descend into madness were faced with a chilling realization: the entirety of Azeroth sought their destruction.[11]

In their darkest hour, the renegade undead were rallied together by the former ranger-general of Quel'Thalas, Sylvanas Windrunner. Defeated during an attack on her kingdom and transformed into a powerful Scourge banshee, Sylvanas had also regained her freedom from the Lich King. Under their new queen's guidance, the independent undead – known as Forsaken – established the Undercity beneath the ruins of Lordaeron's capital. While some Forsaken feared Sylvanas, others valued the security she provided. Many of the free-willed undead, however, found a purpose to their cursed existence through the banshee queen's burning desire to destroy the Lich King.

Despite not being affiliated with the Scourge, the Forsaken came under threat from humans who were dedicated to eradicating all undead. As a means to further her own goals and protect her budding nation, Sylvanas sent emissaries to various factions in search of allies. The kind-hearted tauren of Thunder Bluff proved to be the most promising contact. Specifically, Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem saw the potential for redemption in Sylvanas' people, even though he was fully aware of the Forsaken's sinister nature. Thus, the tauren convinced WarchiefThrall, despite his misgivings, to forge an alliance of convenience between the Forsaken and the Horde. In the end, the Forsaken's chances of victory against the Lich King were bolstered, while the Horde gained an invaluable foothold in the Eastern Kingdoms.[11]


Third War and aftermath

During the Third War, the once-glorious capital of Lordaeron, Capital City, was decimated by a Scourge army under the command of Prince Arthas Menethil. Death offered no escape for the scores of humans killed during the Lich King's campaign to scour the living from Lordaeron. Instead, the kingdom's fallen were risen into undeath as Scourge minions and forced to wage an unholy war against everything and everyone that they once held dear.[11]

In the wake of Illidan's failed attempt to melt the icy continent of Northrend, the powerful energies possessed by the Lich King inside his Frozen Throne slowly began to decay. Inexorably this resulted in a partial loss of control of the more distant Scourge forces. The result was that many undead under the Lich King's mental domination had their conscious will restored. Their spirits and memories were somehow returned to their undead bodies. Even the Lich King's champion, Arthas, began to weaken as the Lich King's power waned. Arthas the death knight and his lieutenant Kel'Thuzad the lich were suddenly thrust into an undead civil war. Still fanatically loyal to the Lich King, Arthas heeded the call of his master and returned to Northrend as Illidan launched his second attempt to destroy the Lich King directly. Arthas left Kel'Thuzad in command of his forces when he departed.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner rallied half of the standing undead forces in Lordaeron and staged a coup for control over the undead empire.[12] With their leader's sharp cunning and the assistance of their banshees, the undead forcibly coerced a number of lingering forces in Lordaeron to fighting their battles with them; such as gnolls, bandits, and ogres. First, the dreadlordVarimathras fell to the Dark Lady, and swiftly sold his loyalty to Lady Sylvanas in return for sparing him. With Varimathras' assistance, the undead forces successfully deposed the leadership of Detheroc and his army, allying with the considerable forces of the mind-controlled Grand Marshal Garithos in order to free Lordaeron from the control of the remaining dreadlord, Balnazzar. Garithos, though despising non-humans, joined forces with the undead and their inhuman allies to this end. Lady Sylvanas promised to leave Lordaeron to his jurisdiction after the battle was won, despite herself never having any intention to respect their pact,[13] and together with their new allies, the undead marched to end Balnazzar.

With their combined forces, the undead and the Alliance resistance dismantled the final bastion of the dreadlords' power in Lordaeron, and Varimathras personally destroyed his nathrezim brother. No sooner had Garithos demanded that the Forsaken leave the land that Sylvanas promised him when she turned on him and executed the human leader; claiming the ruins of Lordaeron for the free-willed undead instead.[14]

With her immediate enemies dealt with and the ruins of Lordaeron firmly in her hands, Lady Sylvanas proclaimed her faction of self-aware undead as the "Forsaken," and resolved to slaughter anyone would dare stand in the way of their dominion.

Following this, Queen Sylvanas and the Forsaken claimed the Undercity as their own and completed the winding network of catacombs and crypts that the Scourge had begun constructing. Today, rivers of poisonous sludge flow through all avenues of the vast Undercity. The toxic fumes and fetid odors permeating every corner of the stronghold have made it a place almost unbearable for the living members of the Horde. Yet for Sylvanas and her cursed followers, the Undercity has become a much-needed refuge in a world where her kind is still feared and hunted.[11]

While the Forsaken had claimed a base of power, their hold on Lordaeron was tenuous at best. To this end, the Dark Lady looked to finding allies.

Alliance with the Horde

Led by the banshee-queen Sylvanas, the Forsaken are an Undead faction that split violently with the Scourge during the Third War.[15] Sylvanas worked to ensure that the damned such as herself would have a home free from threats by the living. As a means to further her own goals and protect her budding nation, Sylvanas sent emissaries to various factions in search of allies. The kind-hearted tauren of Thunder Bluff proved to be the most promising contact. Specifically, Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem saw the potential for redemption in Sylvanas' people, even though he was fully aware of the Forsaken's sinister nature.[11] Knowing that no Human agency would ever give them shelter or aid against the Scourge, now their hated enemy, they turned to the savage Horde, based across the sea in the distant land of Kalimdor, for assistance.[15]

To convince the Horde to accept the Forsaken into its alliance, the Undead ambassadors claimed that they merely sought a cure for their degenerative condition, which they said only the powers of shamanism and the life-giving energies of the earth could provide. In exchange for this healing aid, the Forsaken vowed to support the Horde in all of its ventures throughout Lordaeron and Azeroth.[15]Magatha Grimtotem also claimed she merely wanted to aid the Forsaken in their quest to finding a path back to being human and was thus one of the prominent proponents for the alliance between the tauren and the Forsaken.[16]

Having done battle with the Undead on many occasions, OrcwarchiefThrall and Tauren chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof of the Horde were immediately suspicious of the Forsaken's motives. However, due to growing political tensions, the warriors acquiesced to a council of sages known as The Earthen Ring. The council argued that it was the Horde's duty to aid the Forsaken, who wrestled with inner demons just as the Orcs had for generations.[15]

Thus, the tauren convinced Warchief Thrall, despite his misgivings, to forge an alliance of convenience between the Forsaken and the Horde. In the end, the Forsaken's chances of victory against the Lich King were bolstered, while the Horde gained an invaluable foothold in the Eastern Kingdoms.[11] Though Thrall and Cairne secretly suspect the worst, it remains to be seen what Sylvanas and her fanatical Forsaken have planned....[15]

The Darkspeartrolls are not particularly fond of the Forsaken because of their shaman beliefs,[citation needed]  but tolerate them and have learned to trust them in times of war.

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Forsaken History

When the Lich King’s grasp on his vast armies faltered after the Third War, a contingent of undead broke free of their master’s iron will. This freedom seemed like a blessing, but the former humans were soon tormented by memories of the horrors they had committed as mindless Scourge. Those who did not descend into madness faced a chilling realization: the entirety of Azeroth sought their destruction.

In their darkest hour, the renegade undead were rallied by Sylvanas Windrunner, former Ranger-General of Quel’thalas, who had also regained her freedom from the Lich King. Under their new queen’s guidance, the independent undead—known as Forsaken—established the Undercity beneath the ruins of Lordaeron.

To further her own goals and protect her budding nation, Sylvanas set out to forge alliances. Chief among these were the tauren of Thunder Bluff, who saw the potential for redemption in the Forsaken. Thus, the tauren convinced then-Warchief Thrall to forge an alliance of convenience between the Forsaken and the Horde. The Forsaken assisted the Horde with a massive offensive against the Lich King and exacted vengeance upon their hated enemy.

The victory came at great cost; Grand Apothecary Putress betrayed the Forsaken, unleashing a new plague that decimated friend and foe alike, while the dreadlord Varimathras seized the Undercity in a coup that nearly killed Sylvanas. The usurpers were eventually slain and the Forsaken capital was restored, but the debacle created suspicion among the Horde regarding Sylvanas’ ability to lead and ensure the loyalty of the Forsaken.

Yet the Forsaken’s allegiance was proven anew when Sylvanas aided the Horde in freeing Orgrimmar from the control of Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, who sought to enslave the other races under orcish supremacy. Now, these free-willed undead fortify their holdings around the Undercity as they ready themselves for the deadly future they believe is inevitable.

Home Zone

Tirisfal Glades

Once the heart of Lordaeron, Tirisfal Glades was a land of beautiful rolling hills and golden pastures. When the human kingdom fell to the undead Scourge, this verdant region was transformed into a plagued wasteland, barely able to sustain the dwindling remnants of life that still existed.

Home City

The Undercity

During the Third War, the once-glorious capital of Lordaeron, Capital City, was decimated by a Scourge army under the command of Prince Arthas Menethil. When the undead continued their campaign against the living throughout the continent, only a small contingent of Arthas’ forces were left behind to carve out a new “Undercity” beneath the ruined capital. Yet these plans were abandoned when Arthas departed for Northrend in order to aid his master, the Lich King.

Years later, Queen Sylvanas and her renegade undead, known as the Forsaken, claimed the Undercity as their own and completed the winding network of catacombs and crypts that the Scourge had begun constructing. Apart from being momentarily seized by the traitorous Forsaken Grand Apothecary Putress and the dreadlord Varimathras, the Undercity has remained in firm control of Sylvanas ever since. Today, rivers of poisonous sludge flow through all avenues of the vast Undercity. The toxic fumes and fetid odors permeating every corner of the stronghold have made it a place almost unbearable for the living members of the Horde. Yet for Sylvanas and her cursed followers, the Undercity has become a much-needed refuge in a world where her kind is still feared and hunted.

Racial Mount

Skeletal Horse

When the Lich King’s plague of undeath swept through Lordaeron, it decimated more than just the kingdom’s human population. Many of the noble horses living in the region also succumbed to the affliction, and much like their human counterparts, they were not granted peace in death.

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Afterlives Could Have Huge Implications for the Forsaken in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

The Forsaken are one of the most interesting races in Warcraft lore. The series of animated shorts Blizzard is releasing in the run up to World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Shadowlands Afterlives, could have some huge implications for them in the WoW lore and the upcoming game.

Not only have the Forsaken been abandoned by their Banshee Queen and found themselves without her clear leadership for the first time in their entire history, but the nature of death in the Warcraft universe as revealed in the shorts could mean some very interesting things for the undead in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.

RELATED: Shadowlands Afterlives: Maldraxxus Raises Some Big Questions for World of Warcraft Lore

Splitting Souls

In Afterlives: Bastion it is revealed that when Uther the Lightbringer was slain by Arthas, his soul was split in two. Part of it remained in Frostmourne, Arthas’ runeblade, as previously established. At the end of Lich King fight in Wrath of the Lich King, all of the souls trapped in Arthas’ blade are released, including Uther’s. However, the Bastion short establishes that another part of Uther’s soul was taken to Bastion, but was unable to ascend due to the part of Uther kept trapped in the runeblade.

Sylvanas was also killed personally by Arthas’s runeblade, as seen in Warcraft III and the Warbringers: Sylvanas animated short made in the run-up to Battle for Azeroth. It is unclear if the fact that Sylvanas was raised as undead means that her soul was not taken by Frostmourne, but the Bastion short makes it seem entirely possible that the undead who were raised as part of the Scourge experienced a similar split in their souls to Uther the Lightbringer.

It is possible that the part of their soul that remained in their undead bodies was analogous to the part of Uther’s soul that was not kept in the blade, while another part of their soul was kept in Frostmourne and was not truly released until the death of the Lich King. Another possibility is that the Lich King’s necromancy tied their souls to their undead bodies instead of keeping them in the blade, while another part of their soul went to the Shadowlands.

RELATED: Blizzard is Letting Players Vote For a Free World of Warcraft Shadowlands Mount

The Future of the Forsaken

In either case this makes it seem possible that characters like Sylvanas may be able to be reunited with a part of themselves in the Shadowlands that they have not seen since their dark rebirth. This could even provide the cure to undeath that characters like Mani Winterhoof have been trying to find for years.

The fact that the Forsaken are a playable race makes it less likely that players will be able to meet their own spiritual other halves, though the Bronze Dragonflight quests in WotLK did see characters face a version of themselves from the future. What is quite likely, however, is that exploring the Shadowlands will reveal far more about the nature of undeath and what exactly happened when Arthas rose the Forsaken into undeath than has ever been revealed before. With Arthas’ soul imprisoned in The Maw, it is possible that players will have the opportunity to ask him themselves.

Blizzard has a big task ahead of it if the studio wants to develop a story that explores the afterlife without making death feel cheap. Many fans, especially players who have rolled as a Forsaken character since vanilla, will be interested to see what the new expansion reveals about the race, and how these revelations shape its uncertain future.

World of Warcraft is available now for PC. At this point, World of Warcraft Shadowlands releases on October 26 or 27 (depending on time zone) for PC.

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"Our goal... Our sole purpose was to destroy the Lich King. We threw our lot in with the Horde and began our journey towards redemption. Now the Lich King is dead and we have returned. The people who called this land their home in life, do so in death as well. But the Alliance does not recognize our rights. They claim this land as their own while attempting to invalidate the claims of the founders of this kingdom. I will never allow it... Never! Lordaeron belongs to the Forsaken — always and forever."

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, Banshee Queen of the Forsaken

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When the Lich King’s grasp on his vast armies faltered after the Third War, a contingent of undead broke free of their master’s iron will. Although this freedom seemed to be a blessing at first, these former humans were soon tormented by memories of the unspeakable horrors that they had committed as mindless Scourge agents. Those who did not descend into madness were faced with a chilling realization: the entirety of Azeroth sought their destruction.

In their darkest hour, the renegade undead were rallied together by the former ranger-general of Quel’Thalas, Sylvanas Windrunner. Defeated during an attack on her kingdom and transformed into a powerful Scourge banshee, Sylvanas had also regained her freedom from the Lich King. Under their new queen’s guidance, the independent undead – known as Forsaken – established the Undercity beneath the ruins of Lordaeron’s capital. While some Forsaken feared Sylvanas, others valued the security she provided. Many of the free-willed undead, however, found a purpose to their cursed existence through the banshee queen’s burning desire to destroy the Lich King.

Despite not being affiliated with the Scourge, the Forsaken came into conflict with various humans who were dedicated to taking back their homeland, the most extreme of which was the Scarlet Crusade. As a means to further her own goals and protect her budding nation, Sylvanas sent emissaries to various factions in search of allies. The kind-hearted tauren of Thunder Bluff proved to be the most promising contact. Specifically, Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem saw the potential for redemption in Sylvanas’ people, even though he was fully aware of the Forsaken’s sinister nature. Thus, the tauren convinced Warchief Thrall, despite his misgivings, to forge an alliance of convenience between the Forsaken and the Horde. In the end, the Forsaken’s chances of victory against the Lich King were bolstered, while the Horde gained an invaluable foothold in the Eastern Kingdoms.

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  • Arch-Enemy: Initially the Scourge. Sylvanas and the Forsaken's initial goal was to destroy the Lich King to get revenge for their deaths and enslavement in undeath by him. After the defeat of the Lich King they got a particularly vicious and savage enemy in the worgen after their invasion of Gilneas and the death of prince Liam Greymane at Sylvanas' hands.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Forsaken Priests believe that darkforces are just as fundamental as holyones, and strive to maintain a stable, moderate equilibrium between the two in the interests of preserving reality as we know it ("the Shadow").
  • Broken Pedestal: Every admiration they had for Sylvanas seems to vanish when she admits to not care about the Horde.
  • Came Back Wrong: Word of God states that the state of undeath is an imperfect chain of dark magic holding the soul to its rotting corpse. As a result, it becomes near-impossible for them to feel positive emotions, which often leads to them becoming emotionally detached and cruel.
  • Cult of Personality: Has a major one around Sylvanas, all the way up to pasting a part of her face on their icon. Actively enforced by the Banshee Queen, who pushes the narrative that she's the only one to care for the Forsaken and all those still living only want to see them destroyed. This ends up taking a hit when Sylvanas let it slip that she doesn't even care about them.
  • Damaged Soul: As noted in Came Back Wrong, their curse imperfectly binds their soul to their body with dark magic, bringing out and amplifying their darker sides.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Although leaders can vary from being morally ambiguous to being downright villainous, most of the race seem like decent people who do what it takes to survive.
  • Deadly Gas: The Forsaken Blight, their signature weapon. Garrosh banned its use during his reign, but that didn't stop Sylvanas from plaguing Gilneas and Southshore anyway. The Blight was also the weapon used at the Wrathgate betrayal, but it was by a traitorous group of Forsaken, and is the reason why the Blight is subject to in-universe Nuclear Weapons Taboo.
  • Doomed Hometown: As of Battle for Azeroththe Undercity is conquered by the Alliance along with most of their holdings in the Eastern Kingdoms.
  • Due to the Dead: While they don't care about, and in some cases despise the living, they have a great respect for the spirits of the dead. The Forsaken were originally planning to occupy an abandoned Dwarf fortress in Hillsbrad, but when they saw it was filled with lingering Dwarf spirits, they decided to leave them in peace. They also see their raising corpses into undeath not as enslaving them or inflicting torment upon them, but giving them a second chance at life. In the Starting Zone they even tell the newly raised Forsaken that they are free to leave if they don't want to join Sylvanas (but don't hesitate to kill them if they are insane or try to turn against them).
  • Dying Race: Since the Forsaken are walking and rotting corpses, they will eventually die out unless they have necromancers like the Val'kyr to create more of them, but they are in short supply.
  • Egopolis: Their faction symbol, which is on their tabards, their flags, et cetra, is Sylvanas' face and three arrows (See the crest).
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • While Forsaken are willing to raise humans as undead in order to procreate, against their will if necessary, it seems to be essential for them that the resulting undead have sentience. One questline involves a Forsaken Mad Scientist named Stillwater experimenting on humans and Forsaken alike in order to find an alternative to the Val'kyr, which resulted in mindless zombies. The emissary of Sylvanas sent to check on him is disgusted and has Stillwater slain with the player's assistance. Of course, considering the Apothecary Quarters in Undercity are full of slaves and prisoners from Alliance being lethally experimented on, it is dubious whether the emissary was disgusted, did not know of the Apothecary experiments, or was simply removing a potential threat to the unity of the Forsaken.
    • Despite having no qualms about looting graves and battlefields en masse to bolster their armies, the Forsaken are insistent that the resulting undead serve voluntarily or not at all. If a freshly raised undead is unable to come to terms with their undeath, the Forsaken will allow them to flee rather than force them into service. This is likely a reaction against their former enslavement by the Lich King.
    • When Sylvanas dismisses the Horde as meaning "nothing" to her, the flag-bearer next to her looks over with visible shock even on her masked face, and when Sylvanas kills Saurfang and abandons the Horde and Forsaken both, they stop hostilities immediately. As it turns out, despite Sylvanas cultivating an almost cult-like reliance, they had genuinely come to find kinship and comfort within the Horde — greater even than their reverence for Sylvanas, and only the most loyal of her loyalists go seeking her out after she's fled while the rest are content to remain with the Horde, even if their current future is unknown.
  • Femme Fatalons: Unarmed Forsaken uses their nails as melee attack.
  • Flanderization: Showing up after Wrath of the Lich King. The Forsaken's leaders have lost some of their nuance and a lot of their actions became increasingly evil for the sake of evil, instead of doing what they needed to do to survive.
  • Heel–Race Turn: When Sylvanas demonstrates her true nature, most Forsaken who were loyal to Sylvanas decide to end the conflict and accept their former companions of the Horde.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: A lot of their more minor acts are Played for Laughs. Like when a Forsaken in Northrend confesses to punching a penguin in the face just to see the look on the priestess' face.
  • Heroic Willpower: Together with the Lich King's weakening after Illidan's stunt with the Eye of Sargeras, this is said to be how they broke free of the Lich King's control when Arthas left for Northrend, and persists in their racial ability Will of the Forsaken, which removes any fears, mind controls, or sleeps upon use.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After of the betrayal of Putress, everyone, even their Horde brothers and sisters, look upon them with suspicion.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Several quests show there's more to them then revenge and hate. More than that, some are shown to care for their Horde comrades, and even choose to live in Orgrimmar with the other Horde races rather than the Undercity with their own undead kind. While the soldiers in the Forsaken military often have mindsets similar to Sylvanas, others and even some in the military reveal softer sides.
    • Starting with the Cataclysm (and the retooling of many old quest areas), there's been an increasing interest among Forsaken to develop their own culture now that their old fixation of killing Arthas is done. Many towns in Tirisfal Glades, for example, were remade in the new uniquely Forsaken style they started using in Northrend. One quest giver advises young Forsaken to take pride in how they're no longer hiding in the rotten remains of their old lives and making something new for themselves when sending them to visit the town of Brill.
  • Horrifying Hero: In Legion, where the player characters are treated like the greatest heroes to ever walk the face of Azeroth, Forsaken player characters qualify as this.
  • I am a Humanitarian: All Forsaken have the "Cannibalize" racial ability, which allows them to replenish their health by feeding on humanoid and undead corpses. Note that unlike classic zombies, they don't need to do this to feed, it's just one way they can do it; It has been shown both in the lore and gameplay-wise that they can still subsist on regular food. Amusingly, it also works on incorporeal undead spirits such as ghosts. Vampiric Draining may be involved in this.
  • The Kindness of Strangers: How they joined the Horde. Hamuul Runetotem saw in them the potential for redemption and convinced Thrall to allow them into the Horde. This is why the Forsaken also reside in the Pools of Vision beneath Thunder Bluff, supposedly working with the Tauren to research a cure for Undeath.
  • Mad Scientist: Their apothecaries are usually depicted that way, always eager to come up with new ideas of poisons and Deadly Gas to use against their enemies, often derived from enslaved human farmers and experimented on captive Alliance personnel.
  • Moral Myopia: They don't really acknowledge that other people might have a problem with their friends and family being raised into twisted undead to bolster Forsaken forces, seeing it as solely a concern of the undead themselves. Naturally, their complete lack of respect to the fallen doesn't endear them to other races.
  • Odd Friendship: Of all the other races in the Horde, the one the Forsaken get along with the best are the Blood Elves, who are the only non-monstrous members, use a light motif, and had their kingdom devastated by Undead by the past. This actually makes sense when you realize both were in the end victims of the Scourge with a personal vendetta against the Lich King and Sylvanas used to be a High Elf, making her still concerned with the safety of Quel'thalas, but if you aren't aware about these details, the way they easily cooperate (including having an entire region where they cohabit peacefully) can seem surprising.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Initially, only Sylvanas and the banshees are representatives of undead high elves among the Forsaken. As of Wrath of the Lich King, few undead high elf NPCs start appearing in the Undercity and some Forsaken-aligned towns and, well, let's just say they're better-looking than regular Forsaken characters as they're basically dark-skinned and red-eyed high elves instead of rotting living corpses. Just like Sylvanas, they're all Dark Rangers and presumably retain their good-looking elven forms in similar way to hers. At first, they're all female. As of Legion, male high elf Dark Rangers start appearing as well. As of Battle for Azeroth, they include undead night elves, too.
  • Revive Kills Zombie: Downplayed; healing Forsaken with the Light works perfectly fine, but it is incredibly painful for them since they're undead, with the pain being described by Word of God as if their entire bodies are being consumed in righteous fire.
  • Rotten Rock & Roll: The dance animation of the male Forsaken is head-banging and playing an air guitar. While they are not completely evil, they are more sinister than the rest of the Horde, and they are literally rotten corpses. The lead guitar in the Elite Tauren Chieftain band is a forsaken named Bergrisst.}, who plays a legendary guitar named the Arcanite Ripper.
  • The Scapegoat: As stated in the opening cinematic for Forsaken players, most of the Horde have a hard time trusting them due to their former affiliation with the Lich King. This mistrust is not entirely baseless.
  • Strange Salute: The Undead salute is to stand at attention and cross your arms over your chest, your fists to your shoulders, as if you were being lain in a coffin.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Being already dead, Forsaken don't really need to breathe the way the living do, meaning they can go underwater for extended periods of time without any fear of drowning.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • Compared to the rest of the Horde, many Forsaken's leaders usually play this role.
    • Varimathras and his subordinates were this to Forsaken, until they finally betrayed them.
  • The Undead: Most of the Forsaken are Revenant Zombies, as they retain the memories of their previous lives and are still themselves, albeit with their negative emotions in greater influence. Not all of the Forsaken are zombies, though, there are also Banshees and Abominations.
  • Vampiric Draining: Their racial ability "Touch of the grave" allows them to sometimes drain life force from their enemies and use it to repair their own bodies.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Particularly following the defeat of the Lich King, many Forsaken consider themselves this, chiefly in regard to preserving dominion over Lordaeron. This has a lot to do with the fact that Forsaken remember who they are and the lives they led before being turned and yet are in conflict with still-living humans who seek to reclaim the land from them.
  • Worldof Snark: Almost every Forsaken has at least one sarcastic remark or dry pun, especially Nathanos.

    Sylvanas Windrunner 

    Nathanos Blightcaller 

    Lilian Voss 

Lilian Voss

Trained from a young age to be a living weapon against the Scourge, Lilian Voss was eventually killed under unknown circumstances and raised as an undead by the Forsaken. In denial of her own state, she rejects their offer to join them and sets out to reunite with her father in the Scarlet Crusade. She is captured and ordered executed, but is freed before then. After this, she seeks out revenge against her father and the Scarlet Crusade.

Sometime after, the player reunites with her, in disguise, at Scarlet Monastery. The player retrieves the Blades of the Anointed, plunging them in Whitemane's body before Lilian appears to claim the swords. She later appears in Scholomance, hunting down the professors and students who seek to learn necromancy, and their undead monstrosities.

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: If the player asks why she's working for the Forsaken, Lilian replies that they made a "request" of her that she couldn't turn down.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: The player is sent to "assist" her in her revenge against the crusade. But she doesn't actually need help.
  • Came Back Strong: Lilian was already a skilled killer when she was alive, but her powers increased when she was revived as forsaken.
  • Casting a Shadow: She's skilled in the use of shadow magic, often leaving behind corpses bathed in shadowy flames in her wake.
  • Cool Sword: The players help her recover two holy swords, known as the Blades of the Anointed, to permanently kill Whitemane. Being soaked in Whitemane's blood, they change shape into the dark runeblades that she continues to wield.
  • The Creon: In Battle for Azeroth, she serves as the Fordaken's interim leader after Sylvanas betrays the Horde, but is willing to step down once a true leader is found. She herself is implied to be training Calia Menethil for the position.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She utilizes shadow magic and is clad in dark clothes, but for the most part she's out to punish necromancers and zealots.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields the Blades of the Anointed, a pair of runeblades.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: She takes it really badly when her father orders her to be killed after she's become undead.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Lilian is positively disgusted by the execution of Thomas Zeiling, even if he was a traitor, and the imprisonment of Baine. She’s also not on board with Sylvanas planning to deprive Derek Proudmoore of his free will after he was raised from the dead.
  • Freak Out: She is understandably well out of it after being raised as an undead.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Her father raised her to be a unstoppable killer. Unfortunately for him, he was successful.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She is understandably bitter and kind of a jerk toward the Player character, but her intentions are overall good.
  • Grave Robbing: Voss aids Nathanos in digging up a specific body (Marshal M. Valentine) from a Kul Tiran graveyard so they can raise him and through him get vital information for the war effort.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: She spends her life hunting both overzealous Crusaders who seek to purge all innocent undead from the world, and hunting necromancers and remnants of the Cult of the Damned, to prevent them from raising more unwilling into undeath.
  • Knife Nut: Most often seen with her knives nearby.
  • Magic Knight: She's trained in both sorcery and swordplay, mixing both to deadly effect. She fits as a paragon to the Subtlety Rogue specialization.
  • Pet the Dog: Lilian goes out of her way to assure that Thomas Zellings’ family is taken care of after his death, making sure that they have enough for a new home.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on a huge rampage against the Scarlet Crusade after her father orders her to be killed.
  • True Companions: In Battle For Azeroth, she claims the Horde and the Forsaken have become this to her, being the only people that will accept her for what she has become.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Trained by her father to be the ultimate undead killing machine.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In Mists of Pandaria, she's seemingly fatally injured trying to take down Darkmaster Gandling, who mind controls her into fighting the players. After the fight, Lilian asks the player to "leave her to die", yet she turns up unharmed as a possible garrison questgiver in Warlords of Draenor.
  • You Are in Command Now: Played with. Following Sylvanas's abandonment of the Horde, Voss steps in to represent the Forsaken on the Horde Council essentially becoming their leader. However she feels that she shouldn't be the one guiding them and it's heavily implied that she intends to give leadership to Calia Menethil when the time is right.

    Calia Menethil 

Princess Calia Menethil

Class: Priest

The eldest child of King Terenas. Calia, due to being born a woman, was to be married to the charismatic Lord Daval Prestor as part of a marriage alliance, but it was called off as Lord Prestor disappeared. She vanished during the Third War after the destruction of Lordaeron and was not heard from for years. She finally appeared in game during the Legion expansion as a priest and a companion to Alonsus Faol.

  • Adult Fear: She had to hide the existence of her husband and child from her father and was almost killed during the Scourge's initial attack on the Lordaeron. She managed to get back to her family only to become separated from them once again when the Blight ravaged the area.
  • Arranged Marriage: As part of Deathwing's schemes to become king of Alterac in the guise of Daval Prestor, he manipulated Terenas into offering him the hand of his daughter, securing a marriage alliance and his place on throne. It was however called off when Lord Prestor mysteriously vanished.
  • Back from the Dead: Sylvanas killed her during the Gathering to remove her as a potential rival. However, Anduin and Alonsus Faol were able to revive her with the Light.
  • The Bus Came Back: She makes her return in the Legion expansion.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father wanted her to marry a powerful noble in order to strengthen Lordaeron. However, she fell in love with one of his low-ranking soldiers and secretly married him and had a daughter.
  • Fallen Princess: While she is technically the heir to Lordaeron, she has no interest in reclaiming the throne and has declared the Forsaken to be the inheritors of the kingdom.
  • Heir Club for Men: Despite being two years older than him, Arthas was first in line for the throne of Lordaeron.
  • I Will Find You: She is currently searching for her missing husband and daughter.
  • Missing Mom: Inverted. Calia had a daughter with a commoner soldier, and their plan was for her husband to raise her daughter away of Lordaeron, ignorant of her royal status, until Arthas had married and produced an heir, at which point she would publicly acknowledge them both as her family. The scheme went awry thanks to Arthas destroying Lordaeron, and now it's the dad and kid who've gone missing while the mom is accounted for.
  • Rebellious Princess: She defied her father by marrying one of his footmen and she waited until she was pregnant before telling her mother.
  • Rightful Queen Returns: Played with. After Sylvanas had abandoned her people, Lilian Voss stepped up to lead Forsaken. However after Calia joined the Horde she serves as a counselor to Voss, who is implied to be training her for the Forsaken leadership.
  • Parental Neglect: Something that she used to her advantage. Her father was so caught up with preparing Arthas to succeed him that Calia was able to marry one of his soldiers and give birth to a daughter right under his nose.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • In-Universe, this is what Sylvanas fears Calia will become for the Forsaken in Before the Storm. Calia is the last remaining member of the royal family, with the majority of the Forsaken being Lordaeron citizens who while hating Arthas, wish to have the city returned to how it used to be. Thus to Sylvanas, Calia could rally the Forsaken to rebel against her and thus she moves to eliminate her in the novel.
    • In Before the Storm, she was approached by a number of Forsaken who wanted to defect from the Horde and wanted to use the Gathering as their chance. Her decision to support them nearly ignited an open war between the Horde and the Alliance.
  • Ship Tease: With the Undead Derek Proudmoore. In the followup to the end of the war campaign, both factions check in Derek and discover that the two of them seem to have grown close, with both find stability in the others' presence, even holding hands in a way usually done by lovers.
  • True Companions: Appears to be this with the Horde as Thrall brings her along, with Baine Bloodhoof, to represent the Horde at his meeting with the Night Elven leadership.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her original claim to fame was her complete disappearance from the lore after the destruction of Lordaeron, with no mention of what happened to her until Legion, fifteen years after she was introduced.

    Derek Proudmoore 

Captain Derek Proudmoore

The eldest child of Daelin and Katherine and the older sibling to Jaina and Tandred, Derek Proudmoore commanded a Kul Tiran destroyer of the Third Fleet during the Second War, accompanying his father into battle during their conflicts with the Orcish navy. Near Crestfall, Derek's fleet was suddenly attacked by red dragons under the control of the Black Tooth Grin clan, and despite his attempt to warn his father of the danger, Derek was incinerated atop the crow's nest. His death had a large impact on his father, inspiring hatred for the orcs that murdered his child and eventually driving him to attempt to exterminate the orcs in Durotar, leading to his death.
  • Action Bomb: When Jaina saw him again, she believed he was either full of Blight, or another Mana bomb like the one that destroyed Theramore. Fortunately, Baine and Derek dispelled her fears.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After his resurrection, Sylvanas intends to brainwash and torture Derek into being a sleeper agent, with the intent of being brought back to Jaina and her family, only to kill them in their sleep. Baine, disgusted by this plan, frees him before she can complete the process, spiriting him away to Jaina, explaining Sylvanas' plans. It is, however, currently unknown if Baine had foiled Sylvanas' plan, or played right into her hands.
  • Came Back Wrong: Averted. Horde players find his body under the sea and Sylvanas revives him to use him as a weapon against his family. However, this plan requires that his mind be bent to serve her after his resurrection and Horde players intervene before this can occur, leaving him undead but still largely the same person he was when alive.
  • The Captain: Captain of his own ship during the Second War.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Before his resurrection, Nathanos hangs up Derek’s corpse in Plunder Harbor, thus angering the attacking Kul Tiran forces. Sylvanas keeps this going when she later has him resurrected in Dazar’alor.
  • Dramatic Irony: He joined the Horde that his own father died trying to vehemently wipe out.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Played with, Derek didn’t get a choice when his ship was engulfed by dragon fire during a naval battle off of the island of Crestfall, which sent the entire crew down with the ship.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Was killed while he was atop the crow's nest, trying to warn his father of the danger.
  • Posthumous Character: Was incinerated by Horde-controlled red dragons during the battle of Crestfall.
  • Ship Tease: With the Lightforged Undead Calia Menethil. In the followup to the end of the war campaign, both factions check in on him and discover that the two of them seem to have grown close, with both find stability in the others' presence, even holding hands in a way usually done by lovers.
  • Something Only They Would Say: When returned to Jaina by Baine before Sylvanas had her way with him, he admits that Sylvanas intended to use him as a weapon against the Proudmoores. But he claims that thanks to Baine, he is still her brother, "for as long as stars do shine." Using the phrase from the old song their father sang to Jaina seems to convince her of his words.


Grand Apothecary Putress

Class: Apothecary

Voiced by: David Lodge (English), Peter Ivashchenko (Russian)

"Now, all can see... This is the hour of the Forsaken."

The former leader of the Royal Apothecary Society, Putress made his debut in the pre-Wrath of the Lich King event, lending his aid to stop the zombie invasion. Sylvanas dispensed him to Northrend, where he weaponized the newly-finalized Forsaken Blight and showed histruecolors in particularly spectacular fashion, laying waste to the Scourge, the Horde, and the Alliance all at once at the Wrathgate.

He betrayed Sylvanas and took up arms with Varimathras, though he was promptly killed by the Alliance at the Battle for the Undercity.

Though not a huge character by any stretch, his style, chilling line delivery and lasting impact on the plot have given him quite a fan following.

  • Affably Evil: Faux Affably Evil At first. Then he reveals his plans...
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is fairly deep, and surprisingly without a large amount of the rasp other undead have.
  • Badass Boast: Most fans agree that his chilling Wham Line delivery at the Wrathgate was pretty amazing. Some of his one-liners at the Undercity were pretty good, too, though this will always be the crown jewel:

    Putress: Did you think we had forgotten? Did you think we had forgiven? Behold, now, the terrible vengeance of the Forsaken! Death to the Scourge! And death to the living! ... Now, all can see... This is the hour of the Forsaken.

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Varimathras.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The above quote really sells it.
  • Evil Laugh: He's evil and has a matching laugh.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He betrayed the Forsaken to the Burning Legion, but he still despises the Scourge.
  • The Faceless: We never see his face due to his hood and mask.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Not that it came as much of a surprise; his betrayal at the Wrathgate was datamined long before he made an appearance in-game.
  • Flunky Boss: Fights with failed experiments.
  • High Collar of Doom: Despite wearing a hood.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: In the Undercity, he would kill the player character almost instantly (even with the major regen buffs) if he so much as looked in your direction. Only Varian could soak up his damage.
  • In the Hood: The player never gets to see his face
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Given he tried to kill anything that wasn't forsaken, this is kinda a given.
  • Plague Doctor: His appearance is meant to resemble the plague doctors, but with what looks like a horse skull instead of a beak-shaped mask. He did help creating a cure against the Scourge's plague too, though this isn't the main reason he's remembered.
  • Run the Gauntlet: He turns the Undercity into a veritable gauntlet, and throws all sorts of creations and abominations at you.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He appears in only a handful of quests, most of them now defunct, but he was the one to reignite the Alliance-Horde war back into open war.
  • This Cannot Be!: Midway through the battle with him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a massive one as the Alliance forces whittle away his HP.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: While introduced a little earlier, he makes his grand entrance with the Wrathgate cinematic, but doesn't last long after that, leaving little time to actually learn about him.


— See the Burning Legion character page, here.

    Galen Trollbane 

Prince Galen Trollbane

Class: Warrior

Voiced by:Yuri Lowenthal (English), Yuri Menshagin (Russian)

Son of Thoras Trollbane and prince of Stromgarde, Galen Trollbane led the defense of his kingdom after his father's assassination, but did not crown himself king. While the kingdom fell, Galen and his troops held out in a section of the city, guarding his father's tomb and the ancient family sword Trol'kalar. He was eventually slain by Horde adventurers sent by Zengu, who was seeking Trol'kalar to use against the followers of Hakkar in Zul'gurub.

Zengu did not get far: Galen's followers slew the troll and took back the sword. Galen himself however, was raised into undeath by the Forsaken by the time of Cataclysm. His allegiance having changed to Sylvanas, he instructs Horde adventurers to once again obtain Trol'kalar from his father's tomb. In Legion he is revealed to have been using the Forsaken for his own gain, and reclaims Stromgarde as an undead lord for himself.

  • Ancestral Weapon: His family's ancestral sword Trol'kalar has been with them since the time of Ignaeus Trollbane, a warlord serving Thoradin, the founder of the first human nation.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: After Thoras is brought back by the Ebon Blade, he reveals that Galen was his killer.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He knows full well that the Player Character and Thassarian were sent by the Lich King and are some of his strongest Death Knights around. He still decides to betray them and attempt to have them killed.
  • Came Back Wrong: He seems unusually loyal to Sylvanas and the Forsaken considering he was slain by Horde adventurers. Revealed to just be a front while he waited for his chance to turn on them.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed his father, Stromgarde when he was killed, the Forsaken, and then the Ebon Blade during the Four Horsemen revival event.
  • Cool Sword: Thanks to the player's efforts, he eventually obtains the legendary sword Trol'kalar from his father's tomb.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He initially fought for his fallen kingdom against both Syndicate and Horde, but after being raised as undead he has turned his efforts against his former people.
  • Fallen Hero: He appears to have been a heroic figure in life, valiantly keeping up a doomed fight to reclaim his city and kingdom from the Syndicate and the ogres. Appears is the key-word, as he is later revealed to have killed his own father for unknown reasons.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Together with his sword, Galen used a black shield featuring a silver sword down the middle surrounded by two silver fists on either side of the sword, matching Stromgarde's icon.
  • Named Weapons: The name of his family's ancient sword Trol'kalar means "troll slayer", referencing its particular effectiveness against trollkind.
  • The Necrocracy: Briefly turned Stromgarde into this after he cut ties from the Forsaken and occupied Stromgarde for himself with his own undead citizens and soldiers of Stromgarde. And no, he had no intention to rejoin the Alliance, either.
  • Robbing the Dead: After the Horde had already killed him before to rob his father's tomb, Galen asks them to do it again to obtain Trol'kalar.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's a bit player at best, who's only managed to reclaim his kingdom and split from the Forsaken because Sylvanas has more important things to do than slap him down. He still tries to hype himself as a force to be reckoned with.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's very likely that him killing his warrior-king father severely weakened Stromgarde, allowing it to be vulnerable against several attacks by the Syndicate and Boulderfist ogres until its eventual downfall.
  • Warrior Prince: Fitting Stromgarde's warrior culture, its prince is also a capable warrior.

    Thomas Zelling 

Thomas Zelling

Class: Tidesage (Mage/Shaman)

"Revered Tides, carry us swiftly and silently to our quarry."

A Kul Tiran tidesage who fell deathly ill and made a pact with the Horde — in exchange for willingly being raised as a Forsaken and serving the Horde's war effort, his family would be kept safe and away from the fighting. He assists the Horde in acquiring the Abyssal Scepter, an artifact that can control the seas, and in finding the wreck of the Kul Tiran Third Fleet and the body of Derek Proudmoore.

  • All-Powerful Bystander: Despite being a powerful tidesage, when Alliance players raid the ship he's aboard he does nothing to stop them beyond creating an impenetrable barrier to protect one of the ship's cabins.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Why did he lash out with his magic when his wife and children called him a monster and rejected him? It could be, as his wife claims, that his resurrection has made him a monster, or it could be a moment of extreme emotion resulting from his life revolving around his family and them denoucing him as an abomination. It could also be a little of both — freshly-raised Forsaken are known to be prone to emotional outbursts and fits of rage.
  • Came Back Wrong: Not per se any more than any other Forsaken, but his wife regards him as an abomination and sends him away in disgust after he is raised from the dead.
  • Defector from Decadence: In addition to his illness, he left the Tidesage order because they had given themselves over to Azshara and thereby the Old Gods.
  • Family Man: Even in undeath, he says his family is everything to him. He only made his pact so they would be kept safe.
  • Heel Realization: He questions his loyalty to the Forsaken and the Horde after Derek Proudmoore is raised from the dead.

    Derek Proudmoore didn't ask for such a fate. He died a hero to all Kul Tirans, and he has earned his rest beneath the tides. To think I had a hand in this... this...

  • Killed Off for Real: Nathanatos Blightcaller executes him on Sylvanas' orders at the conclusion of the 8.1.5. war campaign.
  • Making a Splash: He used to be a Kul Tiran Tidesage, which makes him an undead shaman.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: While the rest of the Forsaken in Battle for Azeroth are Flanderized into Card-Carrying Villains (sometimes instantly turning evil and loyal to Sylvanas upon being raised for the dead), Zelling's nobility sticks out like a sore thumb. Needless to say, he's killed.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: His execution at Nathanos' hands when Baine is arrested becomes the moment all of the Horde leaders (Except Geyerah) begin to show subversive thoughts towards their warchief, and leads to Baine's rescue and Saurfang's rebellion gaining support.

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