- For pre-Wrath of the Lich King encounter, see Four Horsemen (Classic). For strategy on the encounter, see Four Horsemen (tactics).
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- “The most powerful death knights within Naxxramas are the four horsemen. They represent the pinnacle of Kel'Thuzad's guard. The first, Thane Korth'azz, holds the power of flame. The next, Lady Blaumeux, calls forth the power of shadows, drawing the souls of the living into the voracious embrace. Sir Zeliek, a paladin in life, so strong in his faith, that even in undeath, the power of the light still heeds his call, smiting his foes in battle. The final death knight, Lord Mograine, was the finest warrior that the death knights had ever seen. However, after the events of Azeroth, he vanished without a trace. Kel'Thuzad has appointed Baron Rivendare in his place.”
The Four Horsemen are extremely powerful elite death knights originally created by the lich Kel'Thuzad. The most feared and powerful soldiers of all the Scourge, the Archlich considered them his greatest creation. They are damned souls, shackled in anguish for eternity. Few would pay the price for such power.
- 1 Background
- 2 The new Horsemen of the Ebon Blade
- 3 The original Horsemen of the Scourge
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Speculation
- 6 References
The greatest guardians of Kel'Thuzad, the original Horsemen are linked to the lich. As such, the only way to truly destroy them is to destroy Kel'thuzad in the first place. The original Horsemen were Thane Korth'azz, Lady Blaumeux and Sir Zeliek, led by Sir Alexandros Mograine.
Near Stratholme, the wielder of the Ashbringer, Alexandros Mograine, fell during a trap, murdered by his oldest son, Renault. His body was then taken by the Scourge to Naxxramas where his will would be broken and his spirit corrupted by Kel'Thuzad. He rose as the leader of the Four Horsemen.
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Darion Mograine also led a small party into Naxxramas in order to find his father. Following the whisperings of Alexandros, Castillian teleported Darion's group in a trap where the Four Horsemen were waiting. Brannigan Thundermaul dismounted Zeliek and fought Korth'azz. While Alexandros battled his son Darion, Lady Blaumeux was defeated by Grunn'Holde, before being executed by Alexandros himself. Zeliek stroke at Brannigan's back, effectively killing him. Taking advantage of Castilian's spell, Darion cleft Korth'azz in two and killed his father with the Ashbringer, which would thereafter hold the soul of Alexandros.
Wrath of the Lich King
Despite the first failure of Naxxramas, the necropolis rose once more, in the skies of Dragonblight in Northrend. Kel'Thuzad had returned along with his Horsemen. Alexandros Mograine, the greatest champion of the Scourge, was replaced with Baron Rivendare as the new leader of the Horsemen. During the assault of the necropolis, they all fell under the attack of adventurers.
After the return of the Burning Legion, the Lich King chose a new champion to lead the Knights of the Ebon Blade, the Deathlord. The Deathlord found one of the three powerful, legendary artifact weapons suggested to him, after which he was ordered by Bolvar to create a new set of Four Horsemen.
The first Horseman is Nazgrim. Buried near the front of Orgrimmar, the Deathlord and Thassarian resurrect him. The second Horseman is Thoras Trollbane. In order to access his body, the Ebon Blade had to deal with Prince Galen. However, despite previous agreements, he refuses to let his father come back to life. The Deathlord executes him and takes Trol'kalar. Finally, he resurrects Thoras and gives him back his sword. The third Horseman is the former High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade, Sally Whitemane. The Deathlord, Thassarian, and the Horsemen assault the Scarlet Monastery, killing the last crusaders and reanimate some corpses. Finally, Sally Whitemane is resurrected by the Deathlord.
In order to resurrect Tirion Fordring as the final horseman, the Knights of the Ebon Blade mount an assault on Light's Hope Chapel. However, the Light on the sacred ground proves too strong and they are defeated. During the assault, Darion Mograine is killed. With his corpse returned to Acherus: The Ebon Hold, the Lich King commends Darion's sacrifice and orders the Deathlord to raise him as the final horseman. The resurrected Darion follows in his father's footsteps as the next leader of the Four Horsemen.
Maxwell Tyrosus together with the Highlord of the Silver Hand arrived to Acherus demanding an audience with the Four Horsemen. Darion angrily reminded the new wielder of his father's blade that they were not the only Highlord present before asking their reasoning for entering Acherus. Whitemane on the other hand wasn't interested about the reason for the paladins' arrival and asked the guards to escort them out before being interrupted by Nazgrim who, seeing the two paladins as honorable people, suggested that they let them explain themselves to which Trollbane agreed, saying that they could decide what to do with them after hearing them.
The Highlord of the Silver Hand then showed them the which Darion thought only to be a myth. Darion, realizing the paladins intentions was reluctant to help them until Maxwell reminded him and the other Horsemen that the death knights were indebted to the Order of the Silver Hand for attacking Light's Hope in an attempt to raise Tirion as one of theirs. The Horsemen agreed and Darion proclaimed that the Ashbringer would know their power once again.
The Horsemen then focused and channeled their power into the shard, turning it into the . Darion told the Highlord that they were even now to which Maxwell responded by thanking Darion, and told the death knight that his father would be proud of him for agreeing to help them. Darion angrily asks Maxwell not to mention his father in his presence again before demanding the two paladins to leave Acherus and never return.
Battle for Azeroth
As the pandaren and allied races can become death knights, the four horsemen appear at the Frozen Throne. Darion Mograine sends the new death knights to travel to Orgrimmar if the death knight is Horde or Stormwind if it is Alliance and make a choice from the Hero's Call Board.
The new Horsemen of the Ebon Blade
|Darion Mograine||Leader of the Four Horsemen, former Highlord of the Ebon Blade||Ashen Verdict||Undead|
|Sally Whitemane||Former High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade||Formerly Scarlet Crusade||Undead|
|Thoras Trollbane||Former King of Stromgarde||Formerly Stromgarde||Undead|
|Nazgrim||Former General of the Horde||Formerly Horde||Undead|
The original Horsemen of the Scourge
|Alexandros Mograine||The Ashbringer, former leader of the Four Horsemen||Deceased|
|Baron Rivendare||New leader of the Four Horsemen after Alexandros was gone||Unknown (lore)|
|Lady Blaumeux||Former member of the Knights of the Silver Hand||Deceased (lore)|
|Thane Korth'azz||Former member of the Knights of the Silver Hand||Deceased (lore)|
|Sir Zeliek||Former member of the Knights of the Silver Hand||Deceased (lore)|
- They are based on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation, said to bring the end of the world.
Original Legion intent
- Lady Blaumeux (link), Sir Zeliek (link), Thane Korth'azz (link), and Alexandros Mograine (link) were added during Legion's alpha, with modern appearances and models, but were eventually never used. It is unknown what their role might've been.
- To raise new Horsemen, the Deathlord originally had to find the Grimoire of Damnation, the journal of the Archlich Kel'Thuzad written during his time in Naxxramas, in order to gain the knowledge of how to create Horsemen.