|Title||Arch Lord of the Undercity (formerly)|
|Affiliation||Burning Legion, Balnazzar, Dreadlord Insurgents|
|Former affiliation(s)||Scourge, Forsaken, Horde|
|Occupation||Majordomo of Sylvanas Windrunner (formerly), Master of the Deathstalkers (formerly)|
|Location||Twisting Nether (presumed)|
|Status||Unknown, assumed in the Twisting Nether|
|Relative(s)||Balnazzar, Detheroc (brothers)|
Varimathras is a dreadlord in the service of the Burning Legion. He was forced into allying with the Forsaken, under the direct control of Sylvanas Windrunner, in exchange for sparing his life after he and his brothers were overcome by her undead forces. Though he swore allegiance to Sylvanas, Varimathras remained loyal to the Legion and eventually staged a coup for control of the Undercity.
In World of Warcraft, Varimathras was a level ?? quest giver located in the Royal Quarter of the Undercity. In Wrath of the Lich King he appeared only to characters who had not finished the Wrathgate quest chain, but he was removed completely and replaced by Bragor Bloodfist in patch 3.3.0.
The Third War
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During the Third War, the dreadlords (or nathrezims) were tasked with leading the armies of the Burning Legion into battle. They served as field commanders and tacticians and commanded the troops from behind the front lines. The dreadlords were responsible for the summoning of Archimonde the Defiler, who served as general for the demonic forces. It was the dreadlords Mal'ganis and Tichondrius who first spread the taint and corruption of the Legion across Lordaeron and Felwood respectively, and after their deaths by the hands of the enemies of the Scourge, it was Varimathras and his two brothers, Detheroc and Balnazzar, who were put in charge of the undead forces in Lordaeron while Archimonde took his forces across the sea to Kalimdor to siphon energy from the World Tree, Nordrassil, on Mount Hyjal.
Several months passed after Archimonde's departure and subsequent death during the Battle of Mount Hyjal, yet the three dreadlords were unaware of the events and continued their vigil over Lordaeron, maintaining their occupation of the capital city. No sooner had they begun to suspect the possibility of their plans going awry when King Arthas burst into the city bounds, announcing the defeat of the Legion and the death of Archimonde. He had come to reclaim the throne of Lordaeron and exact his vengeance on the dreadlords to complete the circle of defeat for the Legion, but Varimathras and his kindred quickly escaped his wrath, taking refuge within the Plaguelands where they plotted their next move.
Knowing that they would not be able to defeat the loyal army of the Lich King, in addition to the combined might of the loyal lich Kel'Thuzad and dark ranger Sylvanas, Varimathras instead appealed to Sylvanas alone in secret, revealing to her the diminishing powers of both Arthas and the Lich King and making a deal for her aid in overthrowing the weakening death knight. Thirsty for revenge for turning her into the cursed undead, Sylvanas reveled in the chance to exact her vengeance upon Arthas. After the dreadlords separated him from his forces, Sylvanas attempted to assassinate him. However, due entirely to the interference of Kel'Thuzad, he escaped her vengeance. She instead turned her eye back to the Lordaeron capital city. Arthas fled to Northrend and was no longer a threat, so the conflict was narrowed down to the forces of the dreadlords against the forces of Sylvanas, both vying for control of Lordaeron and ultimately freedom. As the Lich King's control over the Scourge continued to wane, more and more undead were becoming free-willed and loyal to Sylvanas.
After Arthas' retreat, Varimathras again visited Sylvanas, offering her a position in the dreadlord's army as an agent of their new world order. She refused, unwilling to once again give up her freedom. Varimathras then labeled her an enemy of the Burning Legion and warned her not to get in the way of their rule over the Plaguelands. Sylvanas knew that if she and her people were to ever live in peace, the dreadlords would have to be destroyed. She scoured the forest using her banshees to possess the most powerful denizens in order to build up her forces. She then sent her army against the forces of Varimathras, who stood no chance against them. Sylvanas devastated his forces and was ready to execute the dreadlord — who begged her for his life. He offered his service, as well as his knowledge of his brothers' tactics and base locations, in exchange for his life. In an act of twisted mercy, Sylvanas accepted his offer and ensured Varimathras that his life would be spared.
Sylvanas then used her newest subordinate to seek out the base of Detheroc, who had enslaved a large number of human soldiers, manipulating them to do his bidding. Leading them was Lord Garithos, leader of the last remnants of the Lordaeron army. Despite the additional threat, Sylvanas was able to strike a crippling blow to both the humans and undead of the Scourge, using her banshees to possess some wayward scouts and infiltrate Detheroc's base. While the enemy forces slept, Sylvanas moved quickly to disable and destroy one base after another before they were able to notice the disturbance. Sylvanas tore Detheroc to shreds, and with him dead, the human forces regained their free will and were left with no choice but to forge a tenuous alliance with Sylvanas. With Garithos and his forces at their side, they then moved on to combat the final threat, Balnazzar.
They assaulted Balnazzar's stronghold in the Lordaeron capital ruins in a two-pronged attack, Sylvanas' forces attacking from one side while Garithos' forces attacked from another. Balnazzar called in demonic reinforcements through a demon portal, but despite his resilience, he was ultimately defeated. He was cornered by Sylvanas and Garithos, and, as a last testament to Varimathras' loyalty, Sylvanas ordered him to kill his brother. Varimathras was reluctant to break the nathrezim code that they must never slay one of their own. However, he valued his own life above all else, and with no further hesitation brutally "killed" Balnazzar (Balnazzar however had faked his own death).
See Regarding Balnazzar for more info.
Once the task was complete and the dreadlords had fallen, Lordaeron was finally free of the Scourge. Garithos then demanded that Sylvanas and her forces get out of "his" city. Sylvanas instead gave Varimathras the order to kill Garithos. He did so with pleasure, and thus solidified his place among the Forsaken of Lordaeron. Within the sewer system of the ruined capital city, Varimathras aided Sylvanas in the construction of the new capital, henceforth known as the Undercity. It was also at this time that Sylvanas named her people, the free-willed undead, the Forsaken.
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It appears Varimathras was still in contact with Stratholme and was plotting with Balnazzar  and the Scourge forces in the city.
Legends: Crusader's Blood
Reynah Firecaster learned that her brother, Rinn Firecaster was killed by a captain of the Scarlet Crusade. When Reynah arrived to Undercity she begged Varimathras for an audience with Sylvanas Windrunner demanding justice for her brother who was killed in their lands. Varimathras however brushed her off, telling her that Sylvanas has more to worry about than one death and if she wants justice done do it herself.
Later on, Varimathras alongside Sylvanas attacked a camp of the Scarlet Crusade and defeated its leader, Renee Lauer, who was responsible for the deaths. After this, Renee was resurrected as a Forsaken.
World of Warcraft
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He served under the Banshee Queen and used to send Horde adventurers into the Scarlet Monastery to deal with its crazed inhabitants.
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
Varimathras was present when Sylvanas felt that Arthas has awoke.
Wrath of The Lich King
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In the wake of the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, it is revealed that Varimathras has plotted his way into controlling a substantial part of the Forsaken faction, using them and his chief underling, Grand Apothecary Putress, to launch a surprise assault upon the combatants at the Wrathgate. This ambush resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Alliance and Horde soldiers, including famed Alliance hero Bolvar Fordragon.
He is eventually faced and defeated by Thrall, Sylvanas, and players during  , after which he is not seen in-game again by the player(s) who completed the quest (as part of the "phasing" system used in the Scarlet Enclave and areas of Northrend). During the battle, Varimathras makes reference to "years of planning" (attempting to undermine Sylvanas) and the voice of an unseen "Master" is heard berating Varimathras for his failure to prevent the Horde party from reaching the throne room, after which point Varimathras enters the fray himself – where he is defeated.
Before the Battle for the Undercity, Bragor will say the following when you speak to him:
- "Varimathras? No, he hasn't reported in for some time. No doubt he's off on an errand of importance for his queen."
- "What is it, <class>? I've got a lot to see around here now that the demon's gone. Someone has to shuffle the paperwork and make sure we don't see another lapse like the one with Putress. Lucky me."
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Following the defeat of his brother Balnazzar, Varimathras is very briefly mentioned. It is implied that Balnazzar is plotting with Varimathras and Detheroc in the Twisting Nether.
In the RPG
Varimathras has seemingly appeared to serve Sylvanas unquestionably ever since that time and now serves as her vizier, working ceaselessly to safeguard the Undercity from all outside threats, especially that of his former masters. The fact that Varimathras still has not betrayed Lady Sylvanas means that she must have a powerful ace up her sleeve, only time will tell what that might be. Then again, it's possible Varimathras has already betrayed the Forsaken, but how it has happened is not yet known. There are rumors that Balnazzar lives. It is possible that they have some grand scheme to manipulate the Forsaken and reclaim them for the Burning Legion, or for their own faction.
The dreadlord Varimathras polices the Forsaken, and holds almost as much power as Sylvanas. However there is a trend amongst the undead. They appear to be split into two camps, those that revere Sylvanas and those that follow Varimathras. Sylvanas doesn't truly trust Varimathras, but still believes he is her willing servant. If she isn't careful she may find out she no longer rules the Forsaken.
A Forsaken messenger, Kalasan, had intercepted messages from a traitor in Undercity communicating with Stratholme and Kel'Thuzad. He entered Sylvanas's throne room to tell her what he had found out, but discovered his mistake. He hadn't noticed she wasn't in the throne room, and when he blurted out what he had found out, he was left alone with Varimathras who locked the doors behind him so he couldn't escape.
The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.
He once started the following quests:
- In the novel Stormrage, Varimathras and Arthas act as her torturers in Sylvanas' nightmare.
- He is voiced by Paul Eiding in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and by Jamieson Price in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
- Main article: Quotes_of_Warcraft_III/Undead_Scourge#Varimathras
- "Don't be too hasty. She has great spirit, but her hatred for Arthas will ultimately serve our cause."
- "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."
- "Sylvanas, spare my life. I beg you! I can be of service--I swear it!"
- "Sylvanas has greater strength than you know, brother. I'll take my chances with her."
- "But I... It is forbidden for one of the Nathrezim to kill another! My defection was one thing, but this..."
World of Warcraft
- Vanquish the weak!
- Time to die!
- None can oppose me.
- For Sylvanas!
- I'm always on the winning side.
- You think you can match the might of a Dreadlord?!
- Don't waste my time.
- How will this benefit me?
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Level 10 Varimathras Statistics in Warcraft III
|Rain of Fire||Sleep||Vampiric Aura||Doom|
|Varimathras' abilities in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.|
- 1150 HP (same as a regular dreadlord)
- 870 MP (+45% more than a regular dreadlord)
- 44-54 hero melee damage (+ 5 Orb of Fire)(same as a regular dreadlord)
- 6 hero armor (same as a regular dreadlord)
- 42 Strength Primary Attribute (same as a regular dreadlord)
- 25 Agility (same as a regular dreadlord)
- 58 Intelligence (+45% more than a regular dreadlord)
- Rain of Fire (ranged AoE damage)
- Sleep (incapacitates enemy)
- Vampiric Aura (aura that causes melee attackers to regain HP on their attacks)
- Doom (DoT until target is dead, then it summons a doomguard at the units death)
Since Balnazzar still lives in World of Warcraft, the question has been raised as to whether or not Varimathras truly killed him or if he has been somehow resurrected. It is hinted in Horde Player's Guide that Varimathras is still loyal to the Legion and knows of his brother's faked death, and that they may have concocted some grand scheme to manipulate the Forsaken and bring them back into their fold. However, he could be biding his time until Balnazzar and the Scarlet Crusade can rescue him from his servitude in the Undercity. It is more likely, though, that Balnazzar still lives through some other means. A logical assumption would be that the nathrezim experience a rebirth cycle of some kind that results in their resurrection after being killed (similar to a hero's revival at an altar). This "rebirth cycle" would probably have something to do with the cultural taboo of a nathrezim killing another. This would explain why Tichondrius could only be killed by the power of the Skull of Gul'dan as it would mean that great power is necessary to prevent the rebirth of a nathrezim when he is killed. If this idea is plausible, then it would mean that all the other dreadlords who died in non-magical ways could have also been resurrected (Anetheron, Detheroc, etc). However, Mal'Ganis was killed by Arthas using Frostmourne and has apparently managed to return disguised as Barean Westwind. A simpler explanation (in light of Balnazzar's use of five – as opposed to the traditional 4 – hero abilities) is that Balnazzar was so powerful that physical death has no effect on him – Tichondrius would share this trait.
However, if Detheroc survived being "torn to shreds" by Sylvanas, then he has been even more subtle than Balnazzar. He was only mentioned in World of Warcraft once.
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): With the event gone, Varimathras has been removed entirely.
- Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Replaced with Bragor Bloodfist in Undercity.
- Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Updated for level 80. Converted to new dreadlord model.
- Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Updated for level 70.
- Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Racial "Leaders" have been strengthened, and are now worth slightly less honor.
Ruler of Lordaeron (usurped)
Sylvanas Windrunner (retook Undercity)
Leader of the Deathstalkers