Blood-Queen Lana'thel

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This article is about the character biography of Lana'thel. For information on how to defeat Lana'thel in Icecrown Citadel, see Blood-Queen Lana'thel (tactics).
CombatBlood-Queen Lana'thel
Image of Blood-Queen Lana'thel
Title <The San'layn>
Gender Female
Race Darkfallen (Undead)
Affiliation(s) San'layn, Scourge
Former affiliation(s) Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Kael'thas' forces
Occupation Blood-Queen of the San'layn
Location Various
Status Deceased[1] (lore) / Killable
Relative(s) Thal'ena (daughter)
"Lana'thel shed tears for the lives of the elven kin she expected to lose during their war march to Northrend. She had no idea at the time that she would be the cause of many more."[2]

Blood-Queen Lana'thel, pronounced (LEH-nuh-THEL),[3] is the leader of the San'layn, a group of Kael'thas' greatest followers, raised in undeath by the Lich King and transformed into vampiric beings.[4]


Much of Lana'thel's life is unknown but what is known is that she was friends with Thalorien Dawnseeker and she lived in relatively peace until the Scourge came to Quel'Thalas. Following the destruction of Quel'Thalas, Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider returned from Dalaran and renamed his people the blood elves in honor of their murdered kin. As the blood elves began regroup and rebuild, a battle-hardened Lana'thel stumbled upon Quel'Delar, the sword once wielded by her friend Thalorien.

After Kael'thas promoted Lor'themar Theron to Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas and ordered him to safeguard their people, he took a force of blood elves with him to aid the Alliance against the Scourge forces in Lordaeron. Lana'thel would be one of the countless blood elves under his command as a series of events led them to Outland, making Illidan Stormrage its new ruler, and then being sent to Icecrown to destroy the Lich King. Lana'thel readily followed her prince throughout all these dangerous adventures and was eager for revenge against the Scourge.

However, in the icy hills of Northrend, Arthas ultimately defeated Illidan and Kael'thas, and the expedition's few survivors were scattered across the frozen wastes. One by one the Lich King sought out those who had challenged him, and Lana'thel found herself cornered. Using Quel'Delar, she struck at him with all her might, but Frostmourne's evil powers overwhelmed her. Through his blade, the Lich King chose Lana'thel to serve him in undeath as blood-queen of the San'layn, a group responsible for overseeing the Scourge's operations across Azeroth.

Blood-Queen Lana'thel eagerly carried out her new duties, but every time she looked at her blade, maddening anger would swell within her as she remembered her former mortal life. She could not afford such distractions, and with a scream that echoed throughout Icecrown, she shattered Quel'Delar and flung the fractured pieces as far as she could.[5]

Icecrown Citadel

Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
Lana'thel in the TCG.

Lana'thel now makes her home in the Crimson Hall of Icecrown Citadel. She is protected by Keleseth, Taldaram, and Valanar, who were revived by the Lich King after they were defeated in Utgarde Keep, Ahn'kahet, and Naxxanar (respectively).

Lana'thel personally interrogated Infiltrator Minchar.[6]

In these halls she met her ultimate demise.[7]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Icecrown  ?? 4,764,774
The Crimson Hall  ?? 6,109,656

Cutscene at Quel'Delar's Rest

Blood-Queen Lana'thel as she appears in-game.

Lana'thel makes an appearance at Quel'Delar's Rest, just south of the Argent Tournament Grounds in Icecrown, giving background information on the epic sword:

As Alliance
Caladis Brightspear says: I knew this was a dragonforged blade when I first laid eyes on it.
Caladis Brightspear says: But can it be? Is this really --
or Horde
Myralion Sunblaze says: The style of this blade and its markings hinted that it might be a dragonforged sword. At last, we will have our answer.
Myralion Sunblaze says: After all these years, can it really be --
Blood-Queen Lana'thel appears out of nowhere walking up to Quel'Delar from the southwest. The four sentinels and war mages rush to the sword.
Silver Covenant Sentinel says: You are not welcome here, minion of the Lich King!
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: Quel'Delar.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel freezes the war mages and sentinels surrounding the sword.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: Quiet, fools. If I had wished to kill you, you'd already be dead.
While Blood-Queen Lana'thel speaks, images of what she talks about appear just north of the blade.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: As [Quel'Serrar] was forged by the dragons and given to the Kaldorei, its twin, Quel'Delar was given to my people.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: The king bestowed the blade upon my friend, Thalorien Dawnseeker.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: But even Thalorien's skill and Quel'Delar's magic could not save Silvermoon from the might of the Scourge.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: Thalorien fell before the gates of the Sunwell, buying time for others to escape.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel walks north and kneels down to inspect the image of Thalorien.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: After the battle, I recovered the sword from the field. I bore it to Northrend in the service of my prince, seeking to avenge our people's defeat.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: Arthas shattered our forces and took the most powerful of us into his service as the San'layn.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: My memories of Thalorien went cold and so did his blade.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: It was I who brought Quel'Delar here, to return it to its makers. In breaking the weapon, so did I break its power.
Blood-Queen Lana'thel says: Quel'Delar will never serve another!
The freeze fades and Blood-Queen Lana'thel appears to cast some spell on Quel'Delar, disappearing once again.
Then, as Alliance
Caladis Brightspear says: I vow that the Silver Covenant will see Quel'Delar restored.
or Horde
Myralion Sunblaze says: It falls to us to see Quel'Delar restored for the Sunreavers.


  • Blood-Queen Lana'thel is voiced by Jessica Straus.
  • Lana'thel appears as a legendary card for the warlock class in the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion for Hearthstone. Her flavor text reads: "As a young blood-princess she learned the proper way for a lady to curtsy, how to address fellow members of royalty, and how to bite them."
    • She also appears as a boss in the expansion's single-player Missions.


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