Thassarian and Koltira Deathweaver in Shadowlands
Two of the most famous Death Knights, Thassarian and Koltira Deathweaver, make an appearance in Shadowlands. While they do not play a major role in the leveling story, they can be found in capital city of Oribos discussing current leadership and their past history.
Thassarian and Koltira Deathweaver in Oribos
Thassarian and Koltira have travelled to the Shadowlands alongside other members of the Ebon Blade, led by new ruler Bolvar Fordragon following his defeat by Sylvanas. You can find them standing next to each other in Oribos.
Clicking on each NPC brings up a gossip option discussing their past loyalties and thoughts on the current crisis.
I first took up the sword when the Plague of Undeath first began to grip Lordaeron. In the years since, I have served as a soldier in death for far longer than I did in life.
The wars of the living seem like paltry concerns in the face of forces such as those I have glimpsed beyond the veil. My loyalty has been pledged to the Alliance, and I shall stand for its citizens until I fall for the final time. But there are far greater threats to their existence than the Horde.
Perhaps they see that now, with the skies above Icecrown torn asunder and Death breathing down their necks. Such is the curse of the living.
They know not what truly matters until their time has come.
Do you know how I died? It was during the defense of Quel'Thalas, under the command of Ranger-General Sylvanas Windrunner.
She gave her life to save her kingdom, her people, and for her efforts she was raised into undeath. Just as I was. But then our paths diverged.
Sylvanas has inflicted more loss and suffering than either of us endured in life. She imprisoned me in the bowels of Undercity for years after I dared to staunch the bleeding with a momentary truce.
Not even the Ebon Blade could negotiate my release. Say what you will about the Banshee Queen...but she has never relented in life or in death.
Sylvanas will not be an easy foe to fell. She never was.
Players approaching them can also overhear some conversations:
Thassarian: The Helm of Domination has been shattered. A strange thought. For so long it has been a symbol of our curse and our duty.
Koltira: And now we wield our blades on behalf of the one who wore it.
Thassarian: Bolvar Fordragon is no longer the Lich King. If we are to take orders from anyone, I could think of far worse leaders to issue them.
Koltira: Like Genn Greymane, for instance?
Thassarian: Or Sylvanas Windrunner.
Koltira: Point taken.
Koltira: Do you recall anything from the moment of your death, Thassarian? Did the Kyrian come for your soul?
Thassarian: If they did, then I have no memory of it.
Koltira: I see. What fate do you supposed the Arbiter would have chosen for us?
Thassarian: It is pointless to speculate. What has happened cannot be changed. We can only move forward, as inexorable as Death itself.
Thassarian: And what of you, Koltira? What do you remember of your own demise?
Koltira: I remember you were the one who killed me.
Thassarian: You are most welcome.
Thassarian's and Koltira's Backstories
As the Oribos dialogues indicate, Thassarian and Koltira may align with opposite forces, but have a strong bond forged in death. Thassarian died on Arthas' expedition to Northrend and was raised by the Scourge, while Koltira was slain by Thassarian in the defense of Quel'Thalas. Both looked out for each other's safety in death even while serving the Lich King, but chose to part ways after the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel to serve their original kingdoms.
In Cataclysm, Thassarian and Koltira form a truce during the Battle for Andorhal (
) to instead focus on fighting the invading Scourge. This truce however proves temporary as a human militia renews attacks against the Forsaken and Sylvanas has been spying on the battle's progress in disguise as Lindsay Ravensun. Using the Val'kyr and resurrecting fallen soldiers, Sylvanas is able to force the Alliance's retreat from Andorhal, then turns her attention to berating Koltira in
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Koltira! Your queen summons you!
Koltira Deathweaver says: Your highness, I deliver to you... Andorhal.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Enough of this insolence. Do you think that I'm blind to everything that goes on outside of the Undercity?
Koltira Deathweaver says: I... your majesty, we were victorious!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: No thanks to you. Andorhal should have been ours days ago, when we defeated the Scourge.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: I know your secret, Koltira. I'm aware of your friendship with the Alliance death knight, Thassarian.
Koltira Deathweaver says: Y... your majesty...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Arthas clearly failed when he created his death knights. You are still weak.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Fortunately, I have agents that can help you... erase this weakness. Beneath the Undercity you go.
Koltira Deathweaver yells: NO!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Shh... quiet, death knight. When I'm finished with you, your fear will be gone.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: You can thank me later.
While Thassarian wants to save Koltira in
, this is the last we hear of the Death Knights for a few expansions until Legion. Here, during the Death Knight Order Hall Campaign, Thassarian makes good on his promise to rescue Koltira (
) as Sylvanas has rejected all diplomatic attempts the Ebon Blade made to negotiate his release. Koltira then becomes an Order Hall Champion (
) but does not want to dwell on his years in captivity.
And now in Shadowlands we see them assisting Bolvar Fordragon as they know firsthand the dangers of Sylvanas and the power of Death. It will be interesting to see if their roles increase in future patches, as they both have personal history with Sylvanas' destruction as well as being subjugated by the Helm of Domination.
Shadowlands features several familiar characters from various points in World of Warcraft from
, which we've written a series of articles showcasing. Some of these characters may look familiar, but due to the nature of the afterlife within Shadowlands, others have changed in unexpected ways. Not all of these characters are involved with any major quests, but whether they were heroes in life or villains right up until their death, their stories continue, so check out their highlights below!
Thassarian and Koltira in Oribos
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Admiral Taylor in Oribos
Sunwalker Dezco in Oribos
Philia FIntallas in Oribos
Ol' Emma in Oribos
Warbrave Oro in Bastion
Captain Cookie in Maldraxxus
Mankrik's Wife in Maldraxxus
Amber Kearnen in Maldraxxus
Anaya Dawnrunner in Ardenweald
Heralath Fallowbrook in Ardenweald
Volcor in Ardenweald
Huln Highmountain in Ardenweald
Doctor Theolen Krastinov's Sinstone in Revendreth
Houndmaster Loksey in Revendreth
Shan Bu's Sinstone in Revendreth
Zul'jin in Revendreth
Sharth Voldoun in Revendreth
During the Shadowlands Beta, we also highlighted many prominent story characters which were either datamined or found throughout the zones.
Uther in Bastion
Draka, Lady Vashj, & Mograine in Maldraxxus
Kel'Thuzad in Maldraxxus
Teldrassil NPCs in Ardenweald
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