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For the in-game character known as The Dark Lady, see BossHorde Sylvanas Windrunner.

This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and official bonus maps.

The Dark Lady is chapter 3 of the Legacy of the Damned. It was the first major battle of the Civil War in the Plaguelands. Following Arthas' escape from Lordaeron after being ambushed, Varimathras approached Sylvanas Windrunner and offered her to join him and his brothers Detheroc and Balnazzar to form a new order. However, Sylvanas refused the Dreadlord's offer, incurring his wrath.

With only a handful of ghouls and a few banshee sisters, it looked certain that Sylvanas would be overwhelmed by Varimathras. However, the cunning Dark Ranger ordered her banshees to possess not only Varimathras' warriors, but also the leader of the nearby bandits, Blackthorn and the leader of the Stonemaul ogres, Mug'thol, vastly bolstering her forces and allowing her to march on Varimathras's base.

She also came in possession of Snarlmane and his gnolls; and the Murloc Puddle Lord and his murlocs. She encountered some Forest trolls, however Sylvanas hatred for the Forest trolls made her to kill them and their chieftain Zul'rogg.

After a great battle Sylvanas defeated Varimathras' Forces and surrounded Varimathras. In exchange for his life, the cowardly Dreadlord offered Sylvanas his loyalty as well as tactical information which would help her defeat Detheroc and Balnazzar, to which the dark ranger agreed.

Overhead view


Controlling Mug'Thol as well as Blackthorn gives Sylvanas total control over the rest of the ogres and bandits respectively. However, controlling Snarlmane, Zul'Rogg and the Murloc Puddle Lord does not grant Sylvanas control over the gnolls, forest trolls or murlocs. Also, controlling Mug'thol's and Blackthorn's armies does not count towards the food limit, giving the player an enormous amount of troops to easily crush Varimasthras' base.

During this level, Sylvanas can be leveled up to level 6, enabling her to learn her Charm Blackthorn and Mug'thol without sacrificing banshees. Also, Sylvanas is a swift runner, enabling her to reach Mug'Thol and Blackthorn without getting killed.





  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "You seem troubled, mistress."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Aren't you, sister? Only days ago we were the Lich King's slaves. We existed only to slaughter in his name. And now we are... free."
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "I don't understand, mistress. I thought you'd be overjoyed."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "What joy is there in this curse? We are still undead, sister--still monstrosities. What are we if not slaves to this torment?"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Greetings, Lady Sylvanas. My brothers and I appreciate the role you played in overthrowing Arthas. I've come to offer you a formal invitation to join our new order."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Varimathras. My only interest was in seeing Arthas dead. I have no time for your petty politics or power mongering."
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Careful, milady. It would be unwise to incur our wrath. We are the future of these... Plaguelands. You can either join us and rule or be cast aside."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "I lived as a slave long enough, dreadlord. I won't relinquish my freedom by shackling myself to you fools!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "So be it. Our reply will come soon."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Be ready. Varimathras will attack soon. With only our sister banshees and a few ghouls to aid us, it will be difficult to fend him off."
Sylvanas is attacked.
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "Mistress, we're under attack!"
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "The dreadlords' forces have arrived!"
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "The enemy has returned!"
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "Our base is under attack! We must bolster our defenses!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "These curs were hardly worth the effort."
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee: "Perhaps, mistress. But there are more of them out there. If we could lure them to our side, they would be a great help against Varimathras' forces."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "How very clever of you, sister. Possessing these lowly creatures could turn the tide in our favor! We'll start with their leader. Once we have him, subverting his warriors will be child's play."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "These ogres are exactly what we need to defeat Varimathras."
  • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: "Ogres no work for no dead!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "No? Perhaps we'll just ask your lord and see what he thinks about it."

If Mug'thol is killed.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "You are overzealous, my warriors. You destroyed him before we could lure him to our side!"
If Mug'thol is possessed.
  • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: "Pretty ghost find enemies to kill."
  • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: "We follow Dark Lady!"
  • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Ogre: "To war! Mug'thol lead to war!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "These bandits will serve me well. Let's find their ringleader and steal his mind."

If Blackthorn is killed.
If Blackthorn is possessed.
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Bandit: "For Lady Sylvanas!"
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Bandit: "Kill, maim and steal!"
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Bandit: "Plunder for the Dark Lady!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Forest trolls! I hate them even more than those cursed dreadlords. Slaughter them all!"
  • IconSmall ForestTroll Male.gif Forest Troll: "You'll never get us all, witch! Chieftain Zul'rogg will hunt you down and avenge us!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "He's welcome to try, savage!"


  • IconSmall Gnoll.gif Snarlmane: "Back, you dead! No one trespasses on our territory!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Will someone please steal his mind and be done with it?"
In the middle of the battle.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "You underestimated me, dreadlord. Now you're going to pay."
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "You should have joined us, Sylvanas. Your refusal will cost you dearly!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Your scheming brothers can't help you now, Varimathras!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Foolish banshee! You think you can match the might of a dreadlord?"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Come and face me, dreadlord! Are you afraid?"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Is that all you've got, Sylvanas? I expected more from you!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "You'll pay for all the suffering you've caused, Varimathras! I swear it!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Come, little archer. I'll reunite you with your slaughtered countrymen!"

Victory for Sylvanas.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Any final words, demon?"
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "Sylvanas, spare my life. I beg you! I can be of service--I swear it!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "Just like a demon. You'd sell your brethren out just to save your own skin. I'm listening."
  • IconSmall Varimathras.gif Varimathras: "I know what my brothers' plans are. I know where their forces are based. Just let me serve you, and I'll help you defeat them!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: "All right, Varimathras. I'll let you prove your loyalty to me. But be warned--I'm keeping you on a short leash."

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