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|Previous: The Return to Northrend|
|Next: A New Power in Lordaeron|
|Campaign: Act III: Legacy of the Damned|
|Place: Western Plaguelands|
|Outcome: Forsaken Victory|
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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.
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.
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.
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "You've done well, Varimathras. You've led us straight to Detheroc's stronghold. But tell me, who are those humans?"
- 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."
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Your brother is more clever than I thought. His defenses are considerable."
- Varimathras: "Yes. And with this paltry force you've mustered, a direct assault on the walls would be suicide."
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "I have no intention of assaulting the walls."
- Varimathras: "Then let's go before he---"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "My banshees will possess those hapless humans. We'll use them to open the gates for us."
- Varimathras: "You realize we'll have only a short amount of time before he discovers what we're up to?"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Of course. If we strike quickly enough, Detheroc will never know what hit him."
- Footman: "To arms!"
- Banshee: "Whom do you serve, human?"
- Footman: "The Dark Lady. I am hers to command."
- Necromancer: "The patrol has returned! Open the gates!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Ready yourselves. The moment is upon us!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Now, my warriors--strike!"
- Middle of the battle.
- 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."
- Varimathras: "We must hurry. Time is running out!"
- Varimathras: "We're nearly out of time!"
- 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!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Detheroc will send his forces soon. We must be ready!"
- Detheroc: "Traitor! How could you betray us like this? We could have ruled this land together!"
- Varimathras: "Sylvanas has greater strength than you know, brother. I'll take my chances with her."
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "You must be the human in command of this rabble."
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "I am Garithos. I have sworn to defend the master with my life!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "You poor, confused creature."
- Footman: "Glory to Lord Detheroc!"
- Footman: "Slay them for the master!"
- Footman: "For Lord Garith--Lord Detheroc!"
- Necromancer: "Slay the upstarts in Detheroc's name!"
- Necromancer: "The Dark Lady is here! We must push her forces back!"
- Necromancer: "We're under attack!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Strike fast, my warriors! Detheroc must fall!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Spare no one! The dreadlord's forces must not escape!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Fight on, my warriors! Victory draws near!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Let none survive!"
- Detheroc: "Come and face me, little banshee!"
- Detheroc: "You are clever, Sylvanas, but you are no match for me."
- Detheroc: "You rebels rush headlong to your deaths!"
- Detheroc: "I am Nathrezim! My will cannot be denied!"
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "Victory to Lord Detheroc!"
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "Slay the rebels before they regroup!"
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "The master's victory draws near!"
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "Hold the line, you dogs! Fight on!"
- 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.
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "The spell has been lifted. Is the nightmare finally over?"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Stand down, humans. I have no quarrel with you."
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "What is it you want, elf witch?"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "We have a common enemy. The last dreadlord, Balnazzar, currently controls the capital city of your kingdom. If you help me kill him, I'll see to it that you get your lands back."
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "Why should we trust you? You're part of the Scourge that drove us out in the first place!"
- Sylvanas Windrunner: "Not anymore. My only interest here is vengeance."
- Grand Marshal Garithos: "Very well. I'll rally what's left of my forces and meet you outside the gates."
- Garithos leaves.