Sylvanas Windrunner
Sylvanas by Laura Sava
The Banshee Queen


Quel'dorei Banshee


Helficonnew Thalassian






The Dark Lady
Queen of the Forsaken


Banshee Queen of the Forsaken
Warchief of the Horde
Ranger-General of Silvermoon (formerly)


Orcsymbolnew New Horde
Forsakeniconnew Forsaken
Lordaeron Icon Alliance of Lordaeron (formerly)
Helficonnew Kingdom of Quel'thalas (formerly)




Lireesa Windrunner, mother
Alleria Windrunner, sister
Vereesa Windrunner, sister
Lirath Windrunner†, brother
Rhonin Redhair, brother-in-law
Turalyon, brother-in-law
Zendarin Windrunner, cousin
Arator Windrunner, nephew
Giramar and Galdarin, nephews

Once the Ranger-General of SilvermoonSylvanas Windrunner was murdered by the death knight, Arthas Menethil, and brought back as a creature of undeath. After regaining her free will, she rebelled against the Lich King and the Scourge and became the founder of the Forsaken faction of undead, who are allied with the Horde. She has styled herself the Dark Lady, Queen of the Forsaken, an expansion of her original title, "the Banshee Queen". When the Warchief of the New Horde, Vol'jin was slain during the Battle of the Broken Shore, Sylvanas was named the next Warchief by Vol'jin.

As leader of the Forsaken and the Horde on the Eastern Kingdoms, Sylvanas is a military genius. The middle sister of Alleria and Vereesa Windrunner, she was Ranger-General of the high elven kingdom of Quel'Thalas. She fought valiantly against Arthas when he invaded Quel'Thalas, but during the fall of Silvermoon, Arthas raised her as an undead minion as a form of petty revenge. When the Lich King's hold on his minions weakened, Sylvanas, among other undead, regained her free will, and she led her forces against the dreadlords who had taken hold over Lordaeron, ultimately affirming her sovereignty by killing off two of the nathrezim and bending the third, Varimathras, to her will. She renamed her force of self-aware undead the Forsaken and declared herself their queen.

Under her leadership, the Forsaken have managed to not only fend off the Scourge, but also the Scarlet Crusade. She has a certain mastery of leadership, military strategy, and the bow. She is also adept at demon magic—having the ability to drain life, create skeletons, and use mind control. Sylvanas claims to be the best archer on Azeroth, claiming she could hit a flying bird in the eye. She wields Sunstrider's Longbow—once owned by Dath'Remar Sunstrider, it was passed on to Sylvanas when she became Ranger-General.

After the Battle of the Broken shore, Vol'jin used his dying breath to appoint Sylvanas as the next Warchief of the Horde.

History Edit

The Ranger-General of Silvermoon Edit

Sylvanas was a member of the prominent Windrunner family of the high elves. Her siblings were Alleria, Vereesa, and at least two other brothers. Her family lived at Windrunner Spire in the tranquil forests of Quel'Thalas. Sylvanas joined the rangers of the Farstriders and eventually became their leader, rising to the rank of Ranger-General of Silvermoon, a military leader of all high elven forces.

The Second War Edit

During the Second War, the high elves initially sent only token support to the Alliance, though Sylvanas' older sister, Alleria, took her squad of rangers as well. Soon after, the forests of Quel'Thalas mysteriously began to burn. Sylvanas and her rangers set out to discover the cause when she came across both her sisters being chased by a band of forest trolls, whom they dispatched quickly. Alleria alerted Sylvanas of the coming orcish Horde, and that it was they who were burning Quel'Thalas with dragon fire. Sylvanas and her rangers moved quickly to meet the Horde and trap them between themselves and the Alliance forces under the command of the paladin, Turalyon. The battle took many turns but ultimately the Horde abandoned Quel'Thalas. Sylvanas stayed behind to hunt down any remaining orcs. Shortly after, the Horde was defeated, the Dark Portal was destroyed, and the Second War had ended.

The Scourge Invasion Edit


Ranger Sylvanas fighting the scourge.

After the high elves withdrew from the Alliance, Sylvanas and her rangers were the primary guards against any would-be attackers on Silvermoon. Despite the odd forest trollmurloc, or gnoll every now and then, Sylvanas saw little action, and a peaceful tranquility had descended upon the forests. She remained, however, ever vigilant, knowing that this peace—however refreshing—was tenuous at best.

Her fears were soon realized when Arthas, the betrayer of Lordaeron, arrived unexpectedly on the doorstep of Quel'Thalas with a horde of undead at his back. He began to attack outlying villages and immediately, Sylvanas and her Ranger Corps moved against him. His superior numbers and tireless warriors always kept her in a state of retreat.

Arthas continued relentlessly towards the Ban'dinoriel, killing every elf who got in his way. Finally, despite Sylvanas' best efforts, he breached the outer gate. Sylvanas ordered the corps to immediately fall back to the Inner Gate, which was only passable with the use of the Key of the three moons, assembled from the Mooncrystals hidden within the forest. Sylvanas destroyed the bridge leading to the Inner Gate to stay his advances. Despite her valiant efforts, Arthas managed to recover the Key of the Three Moons and destroyed the Inner Elfgate. Nothing stood in his way to Silvermoon.

Sylvanas gathered her forces and went to warn Silvermoon, but Arthas blocked her passage at every turn, and murdered every runner she tried to get through. Sylvanas continued the resistance, but eventually, she was targeted directly. The two battled each other, and Sylvanas was struck a mortal blow.

The Queen of the Forsaken Edit

Arthas left for Northrend, having been summoned by the Lich King, and Kel'Thuzad went into hiding. Sylvanas and her sisters were freed, but Sylvanas was still troubled. Though free from Ner'zhul, she and the other free-willed loyalists remained monstrous abominations in appearance.

The Banshee Queen.

Her thoughts were interrupted as Varimathras arrived on the scene. The dreadlord invited the banshee to join him and his brothers in their new order. But Sylvanas was not so quick to relinquish what freedom she had just gained. She told him that her assistance was enough, and demanded to be left alone. Varimathras ominously warned that those who were not part of this new land would be cast aside and that she had best not vex the new rulers of the Plaguelands. Sylvanas was adamant. As Varimathras departed, Sylvanas knew that an attack was imminent. But with only her banshees and some lesser undead to serve for her, Sylvanas was certain that she would soon fall. She needed to acquire an army.

Scouting the outer wilderness, Sylvanas found a plethora of creatures who would serve her well, and with her banshees at her disposal, they would have little choice in the matter. She sent out her banshees to possess Mug'thol, the leader of the local ogres, the Bandit Lord, Blackthorn, the gnoll ruler, Snarlmane, and the Murloc Puddle Lord. Those she did not possess were killed. With so many new allies, Varimathras was quick to fall before her. But after she defeated him, Varimathras begged for his life, saying that he could serve her well. He knew his brothers' tactics, and where their bases were located. Sylvanas knew trusting such an insidious creature was a risk but felt that she could control him enough for her purposes. With Varimathras' assistance, they moved against Detheroc's forces.

Detheroc had acquired a human puppet, Garithos, and his men, and was using them to protect himself. Sylvanas had his scouts possessed and then infiltrated his base while their guard was down. As they slept, Sylvanas swept through the twin bases and slaughtered any before her. Though they eventually awoke and raised the alarm, it was too late. Sylvanas disabled the humans and ravaged Detheroc's forces, eventually coming to the dreadlord himself, and killing him swiftly. With the dreadlord dead, Garithos was freed from his mental control. Sylvanas saw him as arrogant and foolish, but felt that she could use him. She lied and promised to relinquish control of the Capital to him if he helped her kill Balnazzar.

Garithos attacked from the rear entrance to the city as Sylvanas and Varimathras came from the front. As they moved into the city, Sylvanas found caches of items left by the Lordaeron royals, and used them to further the assault. Despite the dreadlord's demonic allies, his forces were destroyed, and, as a final test of loyalty, Sylvanas demanded that Varimathras kill Balnazzar. Varimathras froze, saying that it was forbidden for one Nathrezim to kill another. But she required Varimathras to prove his loyalty to her. Varimathras obeyed, and struck down Balnazzar.

However, whether by accident or design, Balnazzar survived, later re-emerging as a leader of the Scarlet Crusade. Varimathras was not so reluctant when Sylvanas ordered him to do the same to Garithos. With all their enemies dead, Sylvanas made a proclamation to Varimathras. They would rule the Plaguelands as the Forsaken, and would stake out their own destiny, where none would get in their way.

Now, she rules over the Forsaken from the Undercity. Her goal is to one day take vengeance upon Arthas, and find lasting freedom for her cursed people. She sends promising warriors to train under her champion, Nathanos Blightcaller.

This article is part of a series on
the Kingdom of Quel'Thalas
Eversong woods by blinck-d52qb16

Silvermoon City (Falconwing Square · Ruins of Silvermoon) · Dead Scar · Eversong Woods (Fairbreeze Village · Sunsail Anchorage · Sunstrider Isle) · Ghostlands (Goldenmist Village · Suncrown Village · Tranquillien · Windrunner Village) · Quel'Danas (Sunwell · Sunwell Plateau)


Thalassian Military:
Thalassian Army · Farstriders · Blood Knights · Magisters

Political Organizations:
Convocation of Quel'Thalas · Silvermoon Magistrate · Convocation of Silvermoon · Sunreavers · Noble Houses of Quel'Thalas · Safe Haven

Religious Organizations:
Cult of Belore

Other Organizations:
Silvermoon Reliquary

Notable Figures & Events

Important Figures:
Dath'Remar Sunstrider · Anasterian Sunstrider · Kael'thas Sunstrider · Sylvanas Windrunner · Alleria Windrunner · Vereesa Windrunner · Lor'themar Theron · Grand Magister Rommath · Halduron Brightwing · Magister Umbric · Dar'Khan Drathir · Belo'vir Salonar · Vandellor · Lady Liadrin · Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher

Troll Wars · Scourge Invasion of Quel'Thalas · Third War · Purge of Dalaran

See also, House of Sunstrider, Quel'Thalas Organizations, Silver Covenant