- "Lothar" redirects here. For other uses, see Lothar (disambiguation).
Supreme Commander of the Alliance,|
Supreme Allied Commander
Lion of Azeroth,
Knight Champion of Azeroth,
Champion of Stormwind,
Knight of the Realm,
Regent Lord of Stormwind
|Character class||Knight, Warrior|
|Affiliation(s)||Kingdom of Stormwind, Alliance of Lordaeron, Brotherhood of the Horse, Stormwind Royal Guard|
|Occupation||Knight Champion of Stormwind, Regent Lord of the Kingdom of Stormwind, Supreme Commander of the Alliance|
|Relative(s)||, Arathi bloodline (ancestors)|
|Companion(s)||Llane Wrynn, (best friends)|
- “Rest easy, lad. Things look bleak now, but calm will follow the storm as surely as peace will follow war.”
- — Lothar to .
Sir Anduin Lothar, the Lion of Stormwind, was the last true descendant of the ancient Arathi bloodline, a Knight Champion of the Kingdom of Stormwind during the First War, and the Supreme Commander of the armies of the Alliance of Lordaeron during the Second War. He perished in combat at the base of Blackrock Mountain just before the end of the Second War and the closing of the Dark Portal. He is considered one of the greatest warriors in human history. King named his son, the current King of Stormwind, after him.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Location
- 3 Equipment
- 4 In the RPG
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Notes & trivia
- 7 Speculation
- 8 Alternate timelines
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Patch changes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Before the wars
Born 51 years before the First War and raised in the Kingdom of Stormwind, Lothar grew up in the royal court as a childhood friend of both the Prince Llane Wrynn and . The trio shared many adventures in the Azerothian wilderness in their youth such as when they were attacked by jungle trolls in Stranglethorn Vale. Lothar studied battle and history. At a considerably early age, Lothar joined Stormwind's military, quickly becoming part of the King's Honor Guard. He was later knighted and arose to the position of Armsman in the Brotherhood of the Horse. Lothar's renown reached as far as the Kingdom of Lordaeron.
The Gurubashi War
Years after the Gnoll War, Stormwind's farmers and settlers would increasingly push southward claiming territory close to the jungles of Stranglethorn Vale, home of the Gurubashi Tribe. Skirmishes would erupt between the Gurubashi and Stormwind forces but the elderly Barathen would refuse to order an invasion into Stranglethorn and was focused on fighting a defensive war, much to the outrage of his son Prince Llane. While King Barathen's strategy against the Gurubashi was effective it would be unable to stop every attack, one which saw slow, barbaric, and gruesome deaths delivered to the villagers of three towns in Westfall. This would ultimately prove to be final straw of Prince Llane, Anduin Lothar and , who in defiance of his father's continued de-escalation, journeyed south to bring war to the Gurubashi. Though initially shielded by Medivh's magic the three friends would end up in the fight for their lives when they battled , a Gurubashi Warlord empowered by . Ultimately the three friends would be prove victorious and return to Stormwind, shaken by Medivh's powers.
While none of the Gurubashi who witnessed Jok'non's death survived, it took very little imagination for the trolls to surmise who was responsible. Rallying under Jok'non's son, , the Gurubashi launched an invasion intent on destroying Stormwind. In the face of the troll onslaught Barathen recalled all his forces to the stronghold's gate, believing that the survival of Stormwind would depend on one colossal battle. As the death toll mounted on both sides, Barathen mounted a desperate counterattack against the Gurubashi. Though almost succeeding in claiming Zan'non's head, Barathen would die on the field of battle. Llane, driven by guilt, would plead with Medivh to unleash his power on the Gurubashi as he done against Jok'non. Though frightened of his own power, Medivh would accept Llane's request and destroy the Gurubashi forces (Zan'non included), an act that would ultimately avenge Barathen. After the conflict was over, Lothar would see only approval upon being raised as one of the military's top commanders.
The First War
When reports of mysterious creatures lurking around the Black Morass reached Stormwind, rumors spread through the streets that they were either vengeful spirits, trolls armed with some new breed of power, or a strange race from across the Great Sea. King Llane dispatched Lothar to uncover what these new creatures were. Lothar led a small force of the Knights of Stormwind to scout the Black Morass, resulting in humans clashing with orcs for the first time in a series of bloody skirmishes. Lothar and his men scored a number of small victories, yet for every orc killed two more seemed to take its place. The humans were more outnumbered in each subsequent battle, and Lothar was eventually forced to pull back without venturing deep enough into the heavily guarded Black Morass to find the Dark Portal. Lothar informed King Llane the invaders were bringing in reinforcements from somewhere, and the kingdom readied itself for a full-scale war that became known as the First War. One of Lothar's first tasks was to recruit more soldiers.
Lothar and his soldiers soon crossed paths with the Guardian and his apprentice on a scouting mission to the Black Morass. He had encouraged his friend to rejoin Stormwind's defense, though understood that Medivh struggled with the power he unleashed on the Gurubashi years ago. The Guardian played along and feigned a fear of tapping into unwieldy magical powers, though his true intention was to buy time for the Horde to gain power. Lothar also spoke with Khadgar, telling him about Medivh's troubled past and asking him to act as a caretaker in addition to an apprentice.
The orcish leader Warchief ordered raiding parties to cut deep into Stormwind's lands to drive panic into the human populace. Entire villagers in Brightwood, Westfall, and the southern Redridge Mountains fell, their inhabitants either killed or forced to flee. By the time Stormwind's patrols rode to defend the villages, the Horde was already gone. They were an enemy unlike any the humans had ever faced.
Llane had named Lothar the "King's Champion", the highest military rank in the kingdom, and entrusted him to end the orcish threat. Deciding to use the orcs' mobility against them, Lothar studied the pattern of targets the Horde would strike and set up ambushes along their paths of retreat. A loyal knight named Gavinrad the Dire was given command of large numbers of troops by Lothar. In some cases, small units of human knights were able to bring down entire orc raiding parties without any casualties. The orcs soon realized the humans were unlike any enemy they had ever faced as well.
Three years after the Dark Portal had been opened, the orcish raids on the countryside had razed farms, towns, villages, forges, and trade houses, causing ruin to Stormwind's economy. Even more dire, many sources of food supply had been destroyed or fallen into the Horde's control, threatening Stormwind City with running out of supplies in a few months. With this knowledge in mind, Blackhand decided to bring the Horde north to conquer Redridge Mountains and from there launch an attack on Stormwind City. The Horde marched on the foothills of Redridge with little resistance and believed the humans would not attack before they reached Stormwind City, which was exactly what Lothar wanted them to think.
An orc raiding party led by Blackhand went into the mountains hoping to claim Lakeshire. However, Lothar and his knights suddenly charged down the slopes without warning and surrounded the orcs in a spectacular ambush. The Horde raiders fought hard but almost all of them were slain. Lothar himself had almost killed Blackhand, but the two Shadow Council warlocks accompanying Blackhand had turned the tide of battle with their fel fire and forced Lothar to withdraw. Blackhand was humiliated by his brush with death and blamed the Shadow Council for not sensing the ambush. He personally executed the two warlocks that saved his life for incompetence. Weeks later, a larger force took Lakeshire and the surrounding land.
After Brightwood, Westfall, and the Redridge Mountains had fallen, the Horde marched onto Stormwind City. Thousands of Horde soldiers marched through Elwynn Forest and encircled Stormwind, cutting off all access except for the sea. Blackhand had ordered and to lead their Bleeding Hollow and Twilight's Hammer clans in the assault on Stormwind. To weaken the city's defenses, siege engines bombarded the city walls through the night, and at dawn Kilrogg and Cho'gall launched their attack. While orcs charged the battlements, warlocks engulfed Stormwind's soldiers in fel fire, resulting in staggering losses. As it seemed Stormwind would fall that day, suddenly cries of an attack came from the Horde's rear lines. Lothar and the majority of Stormwind's knights had moved around the Horde by sea. The King's Commander was now leading a charge through Elwynn Forest, catching the orcs in the rearguard completely by surprise as the knights cut through their lines. As the Bleeding Hollow and Twilight's Hammer tried to push back the knights, Stormwind's large gates opened and soldiers poured out of the city to flank the orcs in a counterattack. Outflanked on both sides and suffering many casualties, the orcs were left with no choice but to flee. This was the greatest disaster to ever happen to the Horde, which withdrew to Redridge to devise a new plan. Lothar and King Llane had received information about the Horde's battle plans from Khadgar, who had learned of them from , which helped prepare for the attack on Stormwind.
At one point during the war, the Tome of Divinity, a book of great value to the Clerics of Northshire, was stolen by a rogue band of ogres led by the ogre lord . Lothar led an expedition into the ogres' hideout, the Deadmines in Westfall, in an attempt to recover the tome, but were completely overrun and held captive to be killed slowly. Lothar remained imprisoned within the caves for twenty months before he and his few surviving men were saved by Azerothian troops led by the sent by the and King Llane. He retrieved the Tome of Divinity and returned to Stormwind, safeguarding the book at Northshire Abbey. Reintroduced to the conflict, Lothar continued to lead the forces of Stormwind against the orcs.
In Year 3, Lothar met with Khadgar, the apprentice to his old friend Medivh. When the Champion and the apprentice were alone, Lothar told Khadgar about Medivh's coma and told him that he is worried about the Magus. Some time later, he had a message sent to Karazhan in order to bring Medivh into Stormwind City as he was dealing with the deaths of and . Lothar was shocked when the wizard Khadgar arrived to tell him that the great mage had betrayed humankind by summoning the orcs into Azeroth. Despite this information, Llane could hardly believe that the magus would willingly betray Azeroth and instead believed all his actions, however suspect, could be justified as part of a brilliant scheme. Llane felt confident in Medivh's allegiance and that his army and Medivh would be enough to beat back the Horde. Forced to choose between his convictions and his loyalty to the king, Lothar chose to follow his instincts and personally led a force to storm Karazhan and kill Medivh. Lothar charged Gavinrad with commanding Stormwind City's defenses in his absence. The band of troops, along with Lothar, Khadgar, and the half-orc Garona, descended into the lower tower and confronted the mad Guardian. Khadgar finally managed to stab Medivh in the heart, and Lothar removed his head with one swipe from his greatsword. Medivh was the first Guardian to be killed in combat in centuries.
Unfortunately, the death of Medivh could not stop the rampaging onslaught of the Horde. Lothar and his warriors, returning home from Karazhan, hoped to stem the loss of life and save their once-glorious homeland. Instead, they returned too late and found their beloved kingdom in smoking ruins. The orcish Horde continued to ravage the countryside and claimed the surrounding lands for its own. After their courageous king was murdered, the people of Stormwind were forced into hiding. Lothar and his companions swore a grim oath to reclaim their homeland at any cost. Lothar, knowing that the Kingdom of Stormwind had been lost, declared the war lost in Year 4, and decided to save what remained of his once mighty people. He gathered the tattered remnants of the army and as many civilians as he could save and led them in a desperate retreat across the Great Sea, eventually landing upon the shores of Lordaeron.
The Second War
With Llane dead and Prince Varian still a child, Lothar - as Knight-Champion - acted as Varian's regent until Stormwind could be retaken. Once he arrived in the court of King, with of Lordaeron with Varian and Archmage , the apprentice of Medivh; Lothar told his dire story to all who would listen. Lothar's eloquent pleas ultimately brought the human kingdoms together for an emergency council, where his friend Terenas' masterful politics created the Alliance of Lordaeron. Having been contacted by Terenas with Lothar's tale, the normally aloof high elves sent a contingent of their forces, knowing that they could finally pay off their debt to the Arathi bloodline for saving their lands during the Troll Wars. The Wildhammer dwarves of Aerie Peak were attacked by the Horde as well and quickly pledged themselves to Lothar. The Alliance was later joined by the Bronzebeard dwarves and gnomes of Khaz Modan, who had been forced out of their lands by the Horde's advance.
Because of his great skill in warfare, his experience in battling with the orcs, and because the kings of the north were not comfortable placing their troops in the command of a rival nation, Lothar - a neutral party - was named the Supreme Commander of the Alliance forces. During his time in Lordaeron, he was approached by who told him how depressed he was when Lothar told him of the fall of Northshire Abbey. To compensate, Alonsus introduced the new class of the paladin to Lothar and asked him to make them his commanders. He accepted and quickly named his second-in-command, and Admiral (his longtime friend), , and Khadgar as his lieutenants. Lothar was 56 years old by the time the orcs had reached the shores of Lordaeron. Throughout the Second War he led his forces from battle to battle with valor and skill. After the Horde's mysterious retreat from Lordaeron and Grand Admiral Proudmoore's naval victories against the Horde at sea, Lothar led the armies of the Alliance to liberate much of Khaz Modan (meeting up with Muradin and ) and Azeroth, eventually breaching the Black Morass itself. Lord Lothar, seeing that the Horde was fracturing from within, gathered the last of his forces and pushed Doomhammer south, back into the shattered heartland of Stormwind. There, the Alliance forces trapped the retreating Horde within the volcanic fortress of Blackrock Spire. Lothar was killed at the foot of Blackrock Spire after a force of Alliance troops under his command was ambushed by Horde forces.
He became separated from the main body of his troops in what is perhaps the greatest battle in Azeroth's history. Amid the chaos, he was forced into combat with , Warchief of the Horde; after a long and draining fight, Lothar was defeated in single combat after his sword was shattered by the Doomhammer, his skull crushed by a powerful blow from the legendary weapon.
Doomhammer believed that Lothar's death would break the fighting spirit of his forces, but what happened was quite the opposite. After Lothar's death, his most trusted general, Turalyon, took up his shield and sword, defeated Doomhammer, and led the armies of the Alliance to eventual victory over the Blackrock Spire's defenses; allowing Lothar's old ally and friend, Khadgar, to later destroy the Dark Portal.
Legacy and memorial
Anduin Lothar, of age 57, did not live to see his beloved homeland rebuilt and freed from orc control, but a massive stone statue depicting Lothar in his final charge where he fell in battle was built and still stands in the Burning Steppes, pointing defiantly towards Blackrock Spire. The materials for Lothar's monument had ironically been hauled by orcs put to work after the Second War. Lord Lothar's legacy lives on in all the free peoples of Stormwind. The current king of the nation bears Lothar's name.
The Alliance Expedition to Draenor, led by veterans who had fought alongside Lothar in the Second War, named themselves the Sons of Lothar "in honor of the greatest, most selfless man we ever knew", as Khadgar relates it. The Monument of Remembrance in Honor Hold was also built as a memorial to everything he fought for.
Sometime during his life, Lothar wrote what is considered to be the ultimate compendium of battle strategy, simply titled . Lothar's masterwork describes, in his own words, the proper deployment of forces and strategies needed to win almost any battle.
LegionThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
During the Burning Legion's infiltration of Karazhan, Lothar appears in two visions: The first is of him and Llane watching over Medivh in his coma, and the second is with Khadgar looking over a fallen Medivh after the latter's death.
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Three swords have been attributed to Anduin Lothar. It is unclear if these three weapons are related, one and the same, or entirely different weapons. Pieces of his armor have also made significant appearances.
- Lothar wielded the Great Royal Sword of Stormwind, which was shattered during the Second War, but taken up by . Its current whereabouts are unknown.
- In World of Warcraft, can be obtained when slaying , Lord of Blackrock. This is also believed to be Lothar's sword; "Brotherhood" is assumed to refer to Lothar's order, Brotherhood of the Horse. The hilt is inscribed with the initials "A.L.", assumed to mean Anduin Lothar. However, judging by its looks, the sword has most likely been altered by Nefarian from its original appearance. Surprisingly, when this weapon was given a description in the Monster Guide, no connection to Anduin Lothar was made.
- There was also .
- A belt that had once belonged to Lothar came into the possession of the Crimson Ring, a group of slavers and gladiators in Orgrimmar, and was kept in their special armory in the Hall of Legends. The belt was claimed by , then known as the gladiator Lo'Gosh, when he was allowed access to that armory. He continues to wear it after he returned to the throne of Stormwind. Varian may be wearing the rest of Lothar's armor as well, given that the design patterns seem to match.
- Lothar's full armor is supposedly in the Hall of Explorers of Ironforge.
- In the canceled and non-canon Warcraft Adventures, Lothar's bloodstained saddle from his last battle at Blackrock Spire found its way to the junkshop of . It was implied that he died on horseback, "mauled by a group of blood-lusted ogres".
In the RPGThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.
Lothar is a strong and highly charismatic leader, capable of commanding attention and radiating determination and conviction to those serving under him. Though most often appearing emotionless, he is deeply passionate about his friends and countrymen. His loyalty is first and foremost to the people of Azeroth, and he will fight with the full extent of his considerable skills in battle 'til his homeland is reclaimed.
In combat, Lothar works best as part of the knight cavalry, charging into his enemies with his sword, Quel’Zaram; preferring to outmaneuver enemy commanders, but retreating when prudent. He is at his peak when commanding others. Following Medivh's betrayal, Lothar has a profound respect for spellcasters, and will target them, hammering through lesser warriors to reach wizards and sorcerers in the rear.
- Main article: Quel'Zaram
As a youth, Lothar came across a magnificent sword that was dubbed Quel'Zaram, Thalassian for "High Blade", by his long-time friend and companion .
- "Charge! For Lordaeron!" (repeated battle cry)
The Last GuardianThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels, novellas, or short stories.
- "An ostler has a mood and he kicks the dog. A mage has his moods and a town disappears."
- "Llane, don’t let your security blind you! If we cannot count on Magus as an ally, we are weakened. If we discount the capabilities of the orcs, we are lost. Listen to what they are saying!"
- "His Majesty has an abiding faith in the strength of the people of Azeroth and the thickness of the walls of Stormwind. It doesn’t hurt that he also has good people who take care of things when he’s wrong."
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- Maiden of Virtue defeated
- Anduin Lothar says: Our friend lies just in here.
- Prince Llane Wrynn says: It breaks my heart to see him like this.
- Anduin Lothar says: Another year of slumber. I wonder if will ever awaken.
- Prince Llane Wrynn says: Does our friend dream? Is he trapped in nightmares?
- Anduin Lothar says: It couldn't have been helped, you know. We tried to alter it, but it was all part of a larger scheme.
- Archmage Khadgar says: I know. All part of a greater cycle. A cycle that now at last may be broken.
Notes & trivia
- Lothar is described to have blue eyes. In the Karazhan vision he is depicted with brown eyes.
- During the early stages of the First War, Llane named Lothar his lieutenant-at-arms. This was later retconned to King's Champion.
- In the original lore, Anduin Lothar and his soldiers were ambushed by forest trolls, ogres, and orcs near Blackrock and killed, with being the sole survivor. This was later retconned into dying in a duel against Orgrim Doomhammer.
- When Lothar first appeared in Warcraft I, he had brown hair. In Warcraft II and subsequent art he was depicted with white hair (even in art showing him during the First War).
- In Warcraft III, if you click on a Footman unit enough times he will say "Uncle Lothar wants YOU!", a reference to both Lothar and Uncle Sam.
- Likewise, Turalyon in Warcraft II would say "You think Lothar's death was my fault, don't you?" & "For Lothar.".
- Anduin is the name of the largest river in Middle-Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium.
- The name "Lothar" might be derived from Chlothar, meaning "famous army", from the Germanic elements "hlud" (fame) and "heri" (army). This was the a 9th-century Frankish king, the son of Louis I, who ruled the region called Lorraine - or Lothringen in German. Rulers of the Holy Roman Empire have also had this name.
- His title, "the Lion of Azeroth", may be inspired by Gustav II Adolf, a Swedish king who was sometimes called "the Lion of the North".
- In the League of Explorers adventure of Hearthstone, Lothar's armour (including his left greave) is located in the Hall of Explorers.
- A single, unique Lotharian Lotus grows at the feet of his statue in the Burning Steppes.
- An unused NPC representing Lothar is situated in the same ID range as other legendary warriors presumably meant to appear in Skyhold. He and most of these NPCs didn't make it out of the Legion alpha stage.
- He penned the introduction of the Human part of the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual.
- Lothar is described as never having been a religious man, while still deeply respecting the Church of the Holy Light.
- Lothar is voiced by Greg Chun in Legion.
In the film universe, Lothar had a sister, Taria, who married Llane. Taria was made canon to the main universe in Chronicle Volume 2, but it is unknown if she is still Lothar's sister in canon. This seems unlikely as Tides of Darkness refers to Lothar as the last of the Arathi bloodline. However, she could still be Anduin's sister if the Arathi bloodline follows Salic Law of Succession which prevents women or their children, be they male or female, from inheriting the throne. In that case Varian could be both Lothar's nephew and not part of the Arathi.
- ^ Monument of Remembrance
- ^ World of Warcraft artworks
- ^ Chronicle Volume 2 pg. 119
- ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 372
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 80
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, issue 2
- ^ The Story of Warcraft
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 73
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (dead link)
- ^ Warcraft II manual Legends of the Land
- ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 5
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Chronicles of the War in Azeroth
- ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 4
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 Page 106-111
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 119
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Chronicles of the War in Azeroth, 593
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 121
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 124
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 129
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 131
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 132
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 133
- ^ The Dead Mines (WC1 Human)
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual
- ^ Legends of the Land (Azeroth)
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 134
- ^ The Last Guardian
- ^ The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (dead link)
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual
- ^ Counted through his age of birth and timeline provided with
- ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 352
- ^ a b c Shadows & Light, pg. 44
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 373. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2.
- ^ Blood of Our Fathers
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 25
- ^ Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans unreleased BETA, seen on Youtube
- ^ Last Guardian, 160
- ^ Last Guardian, 271
- ^ Last Guardian, 273
- ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 10
- ^ The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind
- ^ Assault on Blackrock Spire (WC2 Human)
- ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 5
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 136
- ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 3
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter
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