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Deathstalker Leanna
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Unknown (Lore)[1]

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The Deathstalkers (also called Darkstalkers[2] and Rogues' Guild[3]) are the assassins' guild of the Forsaken. Their numbers grew with the sanction of Lady Sylvanas.[4]

Originally, they acted as the elite guard of the dreadlord Varimathras, but after the Battle for the Undercity, they do the same for the Banshee Queen.[5] They were collecting data on the Scarlet Crusade outside of Stratholme.[6]

In the Horde, the Deathstalkers roughly function as the Forsaken's equivalent of the Shattered Hand. A rogues' guild and spy network, Deathstalkers can often be found carrying out missions for the betterment of the Forsaken nation on the front lines.[citation needed]

Deathstalkers are highly trained and extremely dangerous. The fact that they are undead helps them immensely in their role as assassins. As Forsaken; they have no need to sleep or even breathe air. They possess tremendous willpower. They can remain submerged in water indefinitely without any need to rise, and can wait as long as it takes for their target to arrive.[citation needed][7] They can even pose as corpses, since by all means, that is exactly what they are.[citation needed] Executors are seen to held an authority on the Deathstalkers, sending them on various missions.[8][9]

History

World of Warcraft

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The Deathstalkers were originally lead by Varimathras. The group became an elite unit of the Forsaken and also the bodyguard of the Dreadlord. They spied on Andron Gant for clues of betrayal and others, like Vincent and Adamant were deployed to Shadowfang Keep while the Yorick siblings were doing reconnaissance through northern Silverpine Forest about the Scourge threat.[10] One agent with the help of the adventurers also infiltrated Pyrewood and killed its Council.[11] They also spied on the humans of the Hillsbrad Foothills.[12]

Rogues among the Forsaken who newly gained their free will from the Lich King were introduced into the Deathstalkers after completing certain tasks. These tasks were often very dangerous and could mean the potential Deathstalker's death.[13]

Wrath of the Lich King

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Some Deathstalkers joined the group called The Hand of Vengeance which went to Northrend to fight the Lich King. During an attack on Lich King in Dragonblight, leader of the Deathstalkers, Varimathras, raised a revolt wanting to summon the Burning Legion to Azeroth. Since the organization still exists after Varimathras' defeat, it can be assumed that most Deathstalkers remained loyal to their Queen.

Cataclysm

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The Deathstalkers participated in the invasion of Gilneas. Belmont has become the commander of the assassins in Silverpine and Gilneas. He organized the majority of operations during the war with Gilneas, dealt with the reviving of Lord Godfrey and subsequently avenging the queen when he ventured into Shadowfang Keep to kill its new leaders.

They expanded their field of operations within Hinterlands and Arathi Highlands as the Forsaken invaded the places.

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During the Burning Legion's third invasion, they also traveled with Warchief Windrunner to Stormheim.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Adamant Unknown Last seen in Shadowfang Keep Silverpine Forest
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Belmont Commander Active Shadowfang Keep Silverpine Forest
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Mennet Carkad Active Rogues' Quarter Undercity
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Erland Unknown Last seen in Malden's Orchard Silverpine Forest
Horde IconSmall Undead Female.gif Faerleia Unknown Last seen in Pyrewood Village Silverpine Forest
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Fane Battlemaster Active Royal Quarter Undercity
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Fry Deceased
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Hayward Active New Agamand Howling Fjord
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Aleric Hawkins Assistant to Captain Bragor Active Royal Quarter Undercity
Horde IconSmall Undead Female.gif Leanna TCGlore.jpg Active Unknown
Horde IconSmall Undead Female.gif Lesh Scout for High Executor Darthalia Unknown Last seen in Southpoint Tower Hillsbrad Foothills
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Maltendis Active Tranquillien Ghostlands
Horde IconSmall Undead Female.gif Maudria Active Galen's Fall Arathi Highlands
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Mortis Active Hammerfall Arathi Highlands
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Rathiel Active Tranquillien Ghostlands
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Razael Active Vengeance Landing Howling Fjord
Neutral IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras Former leader Defeated Twisting Nether
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Vincent Deceased Shadowfang Keep Silverpine Forest
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Quinn Yorick Unknown Last seen in The Ivar Patch Silverpine Forest
Horde IconSmall Undead Female.gif Rane Yorick Deceased The Ivar Patch Silverpine Forest
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Zraedus Unknown Last seen in Beggar's Haunt Duskwood
Horde IconSmall Undead Male.gif Visceri Grand Champion of the Undercity Active Sunreaver Pavilion Icecrown

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Speculations

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This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • Aleric Hawkins may be the new leader of the Deathstalkers due to his blatant insistence that he is not. After all, it is not the best of positions to have after the Battle for the Undercity.
  • Some speculate that Deathstalkers were originally the members of the bandit army led by Blackthorn shortly after the Third War raised as undead by Sylvanas.
  • Shadowstalkers may be a subgroup of the Deathstalkers.

References

  1. ^ Loreology: “He's [leader] intentionally vague in-game. No hard lore ruling at the current time.” (April 3, 2014)
  2. ^ H [15] Arugal's Folly
  3. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 142
  4. ^ David Trias#Quotes
  5. ^ H IconSmall Undead Male.gifIconSmall Undead Female.gif Rogue [13] The Deathstalkers
  6. ^ H [60G] The Crimson Courier
  7. ^ Forsaken Biology
  8. ^ H [12] Lost Deathstalkers
  9. ^ H [25D] Deathstalkers in Shadowfang
  10. ^  [Deathstalker Report]
  11. ^ H [15] Pyrewood Ambush
  12. ^ H [25] Battle of Hillsbrad
  13. ^ H IconSmall Undead Male.gifIconSmall Undead Female.gif Rogue [13] The Deathstalkers