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Dreadlord's Fall is chapter 5 of the Legacy of the Damned. It was the third battle of the Civil War in the Plaguelands, and the second of the uprising of Sylvanas Windrunner, who sought to take control of the Plaguelands away from the Dreadlords Balnazzar, Detheroc and Varimathras in order to establish a power base of her own which would allow her to oppose and eventually destroy the Scourge and the Lich King.

Overhead view


The player has a time limit to strike either the human bases or the undead bases. It is advisable to strike the human base as it is less guarded. Rather than destroy every building, destroy the Castle and killed the peasants as well as any unit training building to eliminate the threat the humans pose. Possessing Mortar Teams make it easier to destroy the buildings. The player can also Charm or possess a few peasants to use them to make human units for the player. Preferably, Siege engines to make destroying the undead base easier.





Sylvanas had already defeated Varimathras and his minions, and forcibly recruited the dreadlord as her lieutenant, with the aid of the forces of Blackthorn, Mug'thol, Snarlmane, and the Murloc Puddle Lord. However, Detheroc and Balnazzar remained a threat for her plans. With the information provided to her by Varimathras, Sylvanas took her forces to the Western Plaguelands, were Detheroc had set camp, protected not only the Undead under his control, but also by Garithos and his resistance, all of which had fallen under Detheroc's mind control.

The battle

Sylvanas possessed two footmen and made them ask to open the gates of Detheroc's base, a necromancer opened them and seconds later Sylvanas, her forces and the footmen killed the necromancer and his soldiers.


  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "You've done well, Varimathras. You've led us straight to Detheroc's stronghold. But tell me, who are those humans?"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Detheroc used his telepathy to enslave a top-ranking human warlord. I believe his name was Garabon or Gilithos or something. Human names all sound the same to me.Instead of stamping it out, Detheroc has taken control of the last pocket of human resistance. They maintain their own army within the keep."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Your brother is more clever than I thought. His defenses are considerable."
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Yes. And with this paltry force you've mustered, a direct assault on the walls would be suicide."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "I have no intention of assaulting the walls."
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Then let's go before he---"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "My banshees will possess those hapless humans. We'll use them to open the gates for us."
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "You realize we'll have only a short amount of time before he discovers what we're up to?"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Of course. If we strike quickly enough, Detheroc will never know what hit him."

  • BTNFootman.png Footman: "To arms!"
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "Whom do you serve, human?"
  • BTNFootman.png Footman: "The Dark Lady. I am hers to command."

Middle of the battle.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "We can attack either of the two bases with impunity, but it's only a matter of time before the other is alerted to our presence."

  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "We're out of time! Both bases have been alerted to our presence. We've got to bolster our defenses before they launch their counterattack!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Detheroc will send his forces soon. We must be ready!"

  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: "Traitor! How could you betray us like this? We could have ruled this land together!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Sylvanas has greater strength than you know, brother. I'll take my chances with her."

  • BTNFootman.png Footman: "Glory to Lord Detheroc!"
  • BTNFootman.png Footman: "Slay them for the master!"
  • BTNFootman.png Footman: "For Lord Garith--Lord Detheroc!"
  • BTNFootman.png Footman: "Uhh..who are we supposed to be fighting again?"

  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: "Come and face me, little banshee!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: "You are clever, Sylvanas, but you are no match for me."
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: "You rebels rush headlong to your deaths!"
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: "I am Nathrezim! My will cannot be denied!"

  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "The humans' destruction gives me a certain amount of satisfaction. But Detheroc is the true threat here. It's not over till he lies dead at my feet."
Victory for Sylvanas.
Garithos leaves.