Master Mathias Shaw

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AllianceMaster Mathias Shaw
Image of Master Mathias Shaw
Title <Leader of SI:7>
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Character class Rogue
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Stormwind, SI:7, Stormwind Assassin's Guild, The Uncrowned (allied)
Occupation Director of SI:7[1], Champion of the Uncrowned[2]
Location Various Locations
Status Alive
"Word of your deeds has spread far and wide, rogue. So far, in fact, that Stormwind Intelligence has asked for you by name." [3]

Master Mathias Shaw is a level 62 quest giver located in SI:7 headquarters in Old Town, in the human city of Stormwind.

He is the leader of SI:7 and his second in command is goblin Renzik "The Shiv".[4] He calls himself master of all assassins.[5]

History

World of Warcraft

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Mathias Shaw is the head of the organization known as SI:7, the agency of intelligence for the city of Stormwind, and in fact much of the Alliance. From his base of operations in the barracks of Old Town, he coordinates reconnaissance efforts for many agents of the Alliance regarding matters as far apart as the Defias Brotherhood to the Undead Scourge. Shaw is also a master of stealth and infiltration tactics himself,[citation needed] and specializes in operations involving the rogues in the employ of the Alliance. He is also a member or presumably the leader of the Stormwind Assassin's Guild.[6] Shaw was a childhood friend of Edwin VanCleef, and personally trained him as a rogue.[6]

Mathias had directed SI:7 reconnaissance operations on Defias activities in order to help Alliance heroes hunt down the subversive traitors who seek to destroy Stormwind from within. He sent Agent Kearnen to Westfall to spy on Klaven's Tower and also sent five agents to investigate the missing corpse of Nathanos Marris.

Mathias owed Baros Alexston a favor but it is unknown what for.[7]

The Cataclysm era

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Master Mathias Shaw

After Moira Thaurissan kidnapped all dwarves in Ironforge, Mathias handpicked Owynn Graddock to accompany Varian Wrynn and other assassins of SI:7 through Deeprun Tram into Ironforge to liberate it.[8]

Mathias attended Remembrance Day in Stormwind City but was worried when Varian was missing for his speech. Shaw, Marcus Jonathan, and Jaina Proudmoore began searching for the king and prince of Stormwind.[9]

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At some point, he appointed Scout Mistress Yvonia to help the night elves in Stonetalon and sent Agent Kearnen to scout Helix Gearbreaker in Westfall.[10]

He also helped Anduin Wrynn with the investigation of the Twilight's Hammer Cult in the City.

Master Mathias Shaw is later sent to the Twilight Highlands to head the SI:7 operations there. In Dragonmaw Pass, he can be found coordinating with the red dragonflight on raiding Twilight Hammer caravans.[11] Afterwards, he has an adventurer lead a Highbank squadron to secure the Dragonmaw Gates.[12] Later he is found in the Twilight Citadel, awaiting SI:7 reinforcements, but his reinforcements were killed by Cho'gall, leaving the adventurer his only support. Together they kill the Citadel's Twilight Hammer assassins[13] and cultists,[14] assassinate influential Twilight Hammer candidates for ascension[15], free Lirastrasza from capture[16] and aid the red dragon in finishing off Twilight dragons.[17] When the adventurer reports Forgemaster Finlay's warning about the Hammer of Twilight to Shaw, Shaw has his agents investigate.[18] After a while, he briefs the adventurer on the intelligence he received from his dead agents and tells them that the Hammer of Twilight is located in the Altar of Twilight, and in a struck of good fortune, Cho'gall is personally overseeing its construction.[19] Shaw, the adventurer, Kurdran Wildhammer, and Cassius the White lead an assault on the Altar of Twilight to confront Cho'gall, but it is revealed to be a trap. Cho'gall ordered Skullcrusher the Mountain to dispose of his enemies but with the help of the Wildhammers, the Alliance was able to defeat the gronn and force Cho'gall to retreat to the Bastion of Twilight.[20]

Legion

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Just before the battle at the Broken Shore, SI:7 discovered that there was a trap set by the Burning Legion. Before they could warn the Alliance, Detheroc ambushed the SI:7 agents and captured Shaw before impersonating him. As Amber Kearnen was a witness to this, Detheroc had her killed before she could warn the Uncrowned.[21]

When the Night Watch is revealed to work for the Burning Legion and attacks Stormwind, Detheroc as Shaw puts the city under lockdown and tells Garona Halforcen and a Shadow of the Uncrowned that they are not allowed within the city. Despite this, Garona and the Shadow sneak their way through the city and slay Melris Malagan, leader of the cult's attack. Afterward, "Shaw" says that although the king was never in any danger, their success in stopping the cultist before even Shaw's own men could, would keep them out of prison at the very least. He tells them to leave the city before he changes his mind.[22]

After finding the corpse of Amber Kearnen in the sewers of Dalaran, the Uncrowned begins looking into SI:7's recent suspicious activities and discovers that "Shaw" was the one who ordered Kearnen's death. He hired the Red Blade pirates to do it, in exchange for the riches of Stormwind and access to Stormwind Harbor.[23] After Valeera Sanguinar deciphered an encrypted letter that Kearnen had held, the Uncrowned discovered the man they thought was Mathias Shaw was in fact an impostor. Taoshi decided to find and save the real Shaw in order to expose Detheroc.[24]

Taoshi and a fellow Shadow of the Uncrowned infiltrated Felsoul Hold, with bombs provided by Marin Noggenfogger serving as cover. They found and located Shaw, returning him to the Hall of Shadows.[25][26] After being saved, Shaw revealed to the Uncrowned that Detheroc had told lies to Anduin Wrynn about the Horde and had manipulated the new king into preparing Stormwind's armies to attack the Horde, thus beginning another conflict between the Alliance and Horde when the world could least afford it. To cover his tracks, Detheroc had put up wanted posters of the members of the Uncrowned all over Stormwind, claiming they had conspired with the Burning Legion, and thus turned Stormwind's citizens and guards against them. An adventurer, Taoshi, and Shaw were brought to Stormwind under the cover of night by Fleet Admiral Tethys and sneaked their way to SI:7 headquarters, where they exposed Detheroc and defeated him.[27][28] In the aftermath, while Shaw does not join the Uncrowned due to his position as leader of SI:7, he does enter into an alliance with them to assist whenever asked.[29]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Stormwind 62 4,215
Twilight Highlands 85 79,870
Twilight Highlands 85 774,900
Twilight Highlands 85 1,278,585
B Rogue [98] The Unseen Blade 100 4,952,340
B Rogue [98] The Unseen Blade 100 3,365,231
N Rogue [110] The Imposter 110 8,314,140
Hall of Shadows 110 10,392,670

Quests

SI:7, Stormwind City

Dragonmaw Pass, Twilight Highlands

Twilight Citadel, Twilight Highlands

Removed quests

Master Mathias Shaw pre-Cataclysm

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Quote

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Stormwind

Welcome to SI:7 headquarters, <name>.

Legion

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Main article: Quest:The Unseen Blade#Notes
Main article: Quest:Searching For Clues#Notes
Main article: Quest:Deciphering the Letter#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Captive Spymaster#Notes
Main article: Quest:Picking a Fight#Notes
Main article: Quest:A Simple Plan#Notes
Main article: Quest:The Imposter#Notes
Mathias Shaw in Hall of Shadows.
  • Shall we form an alliance, you and I? Of course, I dare not officially become one of the Uncrowned, let alone the Council of Shadows. I am the leader of SI:7 after all. But, when you need my assistance or guidance, you need but ask. I will be there. We will work together through back channels to ensure that the Burning Legion is destroyed.[30]
Greeting
  • We fight in the shadows.
  • What needs done?
  • It's Shaw. Mathias Shaw.
  • I thought I saw you glance in my direction.
Pissed
  • I have ways of making you not talk!
  • I've killed people less than this!
  • True is it'll make me feel better.
  • I'll have my people talk with your people. Sound good?
Farewell
  • Sleep with one eye open.
  • The SI:7 is my cover. Don't blow it.
  • The job's not done yet.
  • Look to the shadows.

Combat Ally

  • Target acquired.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Taking out the target.

In the RPG

Mathias Shaw in RPG.

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Mathias Shaw is a young man to lead such a powerful organization, but the 33-year-old isn’t daunted. His mother was a First Finger assassin who died on the job when he was 4 years old. He grew up at Grandmother Pathonia’s knee, as the founder of the guild did not see fit to lie to him about her death or his family’s business. He was the youngest member of the guild when his grandmother made him a Fourth Finger at 10, and he worked his way up slowly, spending much more time in the various levels than most. This worked very well for him, as he knows intimately what is done at every level, and what is needed in new recruits. When his grandmother passed control to him on his 30th birthday, choosing to retire instead of die and leave things in disarray for him, he eagerly took the reins. He attempted to make improvements on her designs, but after a couple of months finally had to accept that her design was flawless, and he simply needed to run the already well-oiled machine. He has deep brown eyes and is diminutive, very unassuming for a guild leader of assassins. His first kill was the target his mother had failed to eliminate.[31]

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Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
Master of SI:7
Succeeded by:
Incumbent