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For the character known as The Dark Lady, see Sylvanas Windrunner.
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The Dark Lady
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Campaign: Act III: Legacy of the Damned
Place: Tirisfal Glades
Outcome: Sylvanas victory; Varimathras defects to Sylvanas
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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.

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  • IconSmall Banshee Banshee: "You seem troubled, mistress."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas 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 Banshee: "I don't understand, mistress. I thought you'd be overjoyed."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas 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 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 Sylvanas Windrunner: "Varimathras. My only interest was in seeing Arthas dead. I have no time for your petty politics or power mongering."
  • IconSmall Varimathras 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 Sylvanas Windrunner: "I lived as a slave long enough, dreadlord. I won't relinquish my freedom by shackling myself to you fools!"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "So be it. Our reply will come soon."
  • IconSmall Sylvanas 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 Banshee: "Mistress, we're under attack!"
  • IconSmall Banshee Banshee: "The dreadlords' forces have arrived!"
  • IconSmall Banshee Banshee: "The enemy has returned!"
  • IconSmall Banshee Banshee: "Our base is under attack! We must bolster our defenses!"
Creeps.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "These curs were hardly worth the effort."
  • IconSmall Banshee 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 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."
Ogres.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "These ogres are exactly what we need to defeat Varimathras."
  • IconSmall Ogre Male Ogre: "Ogres no work for no dead!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "No? Perhaps we'll just ask your lord and see what he thinks about it."


If Mug'thol is killed.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "You are overzealous, my warriors. You destroyed him before we could lure him to our side!"
If Mug'thol is possessed.
Mercenaries.
  • IconSmall Ogre Male Ogre: "Pretty ghost find enemies to kill."
  • IconSmall Ogre Male Ogre: "We follow Dark Lady!"
  • IconSmall Ogre Male Ogre: "To war! Mug'thol lead to war!"
Bandits.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas 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.
Mercenaries.
  • IconSmall Human Male Bandit: "For Lady Sylvanas!"
  • IconSmall Human Male Bandit: "Kill, maim and steal!"
  • IconSmall Human Male Bandit: "Plunder for the Dark Lady!"
Trolls
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Forest trolls! I hate them even more than those cursed dreadlords. Slaughter them all!"
  • IconSmall ForestTroll Male Forest Troll: "You'll never get us all, witch! Chieftain Zul'rogg will hunt you down and avenge us!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "He's welcome to try, savage!"


Gnolls


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


Victory for Sylvanas.
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Any final words, demon?"
  • IconSmall Varimathras Varimathras: "Sylvanas, spare my life. I beg you! I can be of service--I swear it!"
  • IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner: "Just like a demon. You'd sell your brethren out just to save your own skin. I'm listening."
  • IconSmall Varimathras 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 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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