Othmar Garithos

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For his The Frozen Throne statistics, see Lord Garithos (Warcraft III).
AllianceOthmar Garithos
Image of Othmar Garithos
Title Lord[1][2]
Grand Marshal[5]
Gender Male
Race Human
Class Dark knight
Affiliation(s) Alliance resistance, *Alliance Remnants, *Garithos' Enforcers, *Garithos' Elite Guard, Kingdom of Lordaeron, Detheroc's Forces (unwillingly)
Former affiliation(s) Alliance of Lordaeron
Occupation Knight, Leader of the Alliance resistance, Remnants, Enforcers and Elite Guard
Status Deceased
Relative(s) Baron Garithos (father)

Grand Marshal Othmar Garithos was the leader of remnants of the Kingdom of Lordaeron following its downfall during the Third War, as well as the de facto leader of the Alliance resistance in Lordaeron. He was leader of the army by chance, not by merit, being the highest-ranking survivor of Lordaeron's military. Garithos was an ill-tempered and xenophobic man;[7] even in the situation the Alliance was facing after the Third War in Lordaeron, he was disdainful of the non-human races in the Alliance, though he cooperated with the undead that would eventually become known as the Forsaken.


Second War

Othmar Garithos was the only son of a baron who ruled the lands bordering Quel'Thalas. After growing up in the town of Blackwood, Garithos joined Lordaeron's army as a knight during the Second War. While he was fighting to defend Quel'Thalas, a small band of orcs broke off from the main invading force and put Blackwood to the torch, killing all of its inhabitants. Othmar's family perished trying to defend the lives and homes of their subjects. Garithos blamed the elves for the loss of his home and family, believing that they had diverted troops that could have been used to defend humanity. After the war, Garithos inherited his father's title and continued his service in Lordaeron's military.[6]

At some point prior to the Third War, Garithos employed a clerk named Kristoff. In that role, Kristoff's organizational skills became legendary in the military.[3]

The Alliance remnants

By the time of the Third War, Garithos has risen to the rank of Grand Marshal, promoted not necessarily due to his own abilities, but by his father's reputation and title. He was the highest-ranking survivor of Lordaeron's military after the Scourge's rampage across Lordaeron, and he recruited what forces he could muster from both volunteers and conscripted civilians. Cut off from the chain of command, Garithos gave his human army the mission that he assumed the Alliance should have always had: the preservation of humanity above all else. Ignorant of Garithos' policies, officials from neighboring non-human states such as Ironforge sent him aid, recognizing him as potentially the last remnant of Lordaeron's government, and certainly the strongest warlord in the area.[6] The healthiest blood elves led by Kael'thas Sunstrider, prince of the ruined Quel'Thalas, also joined his army.[8] Garithos did not enjoy having to work with the blood elves[9] or dwarves,[10] believing that the Alliance's mission should be to preserve humanity above all else[6] and that the Alliance should never have accepted the elves in the first place.[9][8]

The defense of Dalaran

Garithos gives orders to Kael'thas.

Garithos and his forces managed to retake Dalaran from the Scourge,[11] and used it as their base.[12] Later, Garithos gave Kael'thas the job of overseeing a caravan of supplies being ushered out of ruined villages.[13] Though Kael completed the mission, he wanted his people on the front lines with Garithos' main force.[12]

While they were in Dalaran, Garithos' scouting parties discovered a large undead strike force advancing through Silverpine Forest to attempt to retake Dalaran. Before Garithos left to push back the advancing Scourge from the south, he informed Kael'thas that he and his brethren would not accompany them on the front lines. Instead, they would be tasked with fixing the nearby observatories to watch for Scourge flanks from the west, much to Kael's dismay.

Kael'thas performed his duties to the best of his abilities, but he had to accept the help of Lady Vashj and the naga. When word of this reached Garithos, he immediately went to Kael and reprimanded him for consorting with the snake-people.[12]

The observatories repaired by the Alliance Remnants discovered that an undead strike force was coming from the west. Garithos returned to the front and left Kael'thas awaiting orders. Then, an Emissary sent by Garithos informed Kael'thas that he had to engage the strike force from the west, but also recalled all foot soldiers, cavalry and support teams to the front, leaving Kael with only his blood elven troops.[9] Garithos had hoped that the elves would fall before the Scourge, and no longer be his problem;[14] the missions given to Kael's greatly reduced force were intended to be suicidal, impossible for the elves to complete.[15]

Garithos defeated the undead in the front with the forces he had amassed. However, Kael would have surely been defeated had he not accepted another offer from Vashj and her naga to aid in the destruction of the western Scourge forces.[9]

Imprisonment of the blood elves

Garithos returned with soldiers and saw the naga leaving the scene. With proof that the blood elves were in league with the naga, Garithos condemned Kael'thas and all of his men to death. He explained that he never trusted the elves, and felt it was a mistake to accept them into the Alliance in the first place.[9] He arrested Kael and his servitors and locked them in the dungeons of Dalaran to await their execution, under the guard of Kassan.[16]

Exodus of the blood elves

Garithos orders his men to stop the elves from reaching the portal.

Soon Garithos heard that Kael had escaped with Vashj's help, and that the blood elves were fleeing through a mystic portal - the same portal Kel'Thuzad opened to bring Archimonde to Azeroth. Garithos sent his men, armed with explosives, to destroy the portal, but the elven engineers Kael had freed used their knowledge to construct strategic defense systems. Kael and Vashj defended the portal and eventually fled themselves.[17] The portal took them to the shattered realm of Outland.

Mind controlled

Garithos, though furious, turned his attention back to the advancing undead. He pushed them back into Plaguelands, but was soon faced with the dreadlords, Detheroc and Balnazzar. Detheroc's powers of mental domination allowed him to enslave Garithos and his men. The humans served Detheroc and Balnazzar for some time until they were attacked by Sylvanas and Varimathras. Sylvanas slew Detheroc, and Garithos was freed from his bondage.

Garithos was suspicious of Sylvanas, but she explained that she was no longer a member of the Scourge. She offered to help Garithos and his men reclaim their lands in exchange for their assistance in defeating the final dreadlord, Balnazzar, who remained in control of Lordaeron's Capital City. Garithos accepted the banshee's terms - but she had no intention of keeping her word.[18]

Seven of Garithos' advisors (including Kristoff) warned Garithos against allying with the rebel undead, but Garithos would not change his mind. Fearing the undead would betray the Alliance, Kristoff left for greener pastures.[3]

Assault on the Capital City

Garithos, Varimathras and Sylvanas plan their attack.

As Garithos and Sylvanas met to plan their attack on the Capital City, Varimathras pointed out that it was heavily defended. Balnazzar controlled a sizable undead army, and the battle could be won only through attrition.

Sylvanas chose to launch a two-pronged attack on the capital: her forces would make a front assault while Garithos' forces attacked the city from the rear.[10]

The missing dwarves

Garithos finds the missing dwarves.

As the battle commenced, Garithos received word that his dwarven reinforcements had become lost in the wilderness. Though he feared they were more trouble than they were worth, Garithos recognized that he would need them on the front lines (as none of his other troops had long-range weaponry or siege equipment). Garithos quickly left to find the dwarves and bring them back to his base.[10]

At least one dwarven rifleman felt he wasn't being paid enough to put up with Garithos.[10]


Garithos is killed by Varimathras.

The combined forces of the Alliance and the rebel undead succeeded in dispatching Balnazzar's forces and taking control of the city. With Balnazzar defeated, Garithos watched as Sylvanas ordered Varimathras to execute him. Despite their laws, which forbade one nathrezim from killing another, Varimathras did so.

Garithos was lightly amused, but quickly changed his mood and ordered the duo to leave his city. Instead, Sylvanas ordered Varimathras to kill Garithos as well. Varimathras happily complied and killed Garithos, who was cannibalized by ghouls moments later.[10]

Sylvanas would go on to name her followers the Forsaken, and would use the Undercity beneath the capital as their new base.


For gag quotes, see Quotes of Warcraft III/Human Alliance#Lord Garithos.


  • Grand Marshal Garithos: You are late, Prince Kael'thas. I thought you elves prided yourselves on punctuality.
Prince Kael'thas: It could not be helped, Lord Garithos. We ran into a group of night elves from across the sea, and --
Grand Marshal Garithos: I am not interested in your fanciful excuses! You elves are here to serve the Alliance: thus, you will obey my commands to the letter! Is that clear?
Prince Kael'thas: Yes, Lord Garithos.
Grand Marshal Garithos: Now, the undead have begun a new offensive to retake Dalaran. Their primary strike force marches south through Silverpine, but we managed to halt its advance at the base of the mountains.
Prince Kael'thas: My men are ready to fight, milord! When shall we leave for the front?
Grand Marshal Garithos: We will be leaving immediately. But, your people will be staying here. Our scouts report that a second strike force may be heading this way from the east. I need you to repair the outlying observatories so that we can monitor that region.
Prince Kael'thas: But, milord, we are warriors, not--
Grand Marshal Garithos: You have your orders, Prince Kael'thas. I trust your elven ears heard them clearly enough. Move out!
Garithos leaves.
Prince Kael'thas: Insolent son of a... Let's get this over with!
  • Prince Kael'thas: "Hail, Lord Garithos. The observatories have been repaired as you requested. We were just about to--"
Grand Marshal Garithos: "I received ill news from the front line. Is it true that you've consorted with the vile naga?"
Prince Kael'thas: "Well, yes, milord. They helped us cross the lake. I assure you they pose no threat to us or to--"
Grand Marshal Garithos: "They are inhuman and must be crushed like any other enemy! Be careful where you place your loyalties, blood elf. I will not tolerate treason in my ranks. Now I must return to the front. You will remain here and wait for further orders."

A Dark Covenant

  • Knight: "Naga warriors!"
Grand Marshal Garithos: "Forget about them!"
Grand Marshal Garithos: So, Kael, you've shown your true colors at last. I knew you were in league with those serpents. Now I have all the proof I need to execute every traitorous one of you!
Prince Kael'thas: Please, milord, spare my men! It was my decision to--
Grand Marshal Garithos: Save your breath. I never trusted you vainglorious elves. It was a mistake to accept you into the Alliance in the first place. Now, at long last, you'll be dealt with appropriately. Take them away!

The Crossing

  • "Blasted elves, I knew they'd try something like this. Forget about those damned towers--I want that portal destroyed! Those traitors aren't going anywhere."'
  • "Use these explosives on the portal!"'
  • "Whoever destroys the portal will be a hero!"'

Dreadlord's Fall

Grand Marshal Garithos: "I am Garithos. I have sworn to defend the master with my life!"
Sylvanas Windrunner: "You poor, confused creature."
  • "Victory to Lord Detheroc!"
  • "Slay the rebels before they regroup!"
  • "The master's victory draws near!"
  • "Hold the line, you dogs! Fight on!"
  • Grand Marshal Garithos: "The spell has been lifted. Is the nightmare finally over?"
Sylvanas Windrunner: "Stand down, humans. I have no quarrel with you."
Grand Marshal Garithos: What is it you want, elf witch?
Sylvanas Windrunner: We have a common enemy. The last dreadlord, Balnazzar, currently controls the capital city of your kingdom. If you help me kill him, I'll see to it that you get your lands back.
Grand Marshal Garithos: Why should we trust you? You're part of the Scourge that drove us out in the first place!
Sylvanas Windrunner: Not anymore. My only interest here is vengeance.
Grand Marshal Garithos: Very well. I'll rally what's left of my forces and meet you outside the gates.
Garithos leaves.
Varimathras: Come now, you have no intention of giving them their lands back.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Of course not. The humans are simply a means to an end.
Varimathras: You sound more like one of us with every passing day, my lady.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Watch it, dreadlord.

A New Power in Lordaeron

  • Varimathras: "The capital city is heavily defended. Balnazaar is no fool, my lady. This battle can be won only through attrition."
Grand Marshal Garithos: "What's the matter, demon? Are you afraid?"
Varimathras: "Watch your tongue, human dog. Your hollow bravado does not impress—"
Sylvanas Windrunner: "Stand down, gentlemen! Save your anger for Balnazaar. Garithos, I'll lead my forces in a frontal assault while you attack the city from the rear."
Grand Marshal Garithos: "An aggressive ploy, milady. So long as we get our capital back, I'll stick to whatever strategy you wish."
Sylvanas Windrunner: "Give the order. Let the attack commence."
  • Footman: "Lord Garithos, our scouts have found the missing band of dwarves! They appear to be lost in the wilderness nearby."
Grand Marshal Garithos: "Those brainless dwarves are almost more trouble then they're worth! However, we'll need them on the front lines. I'll have to lead them myself."
  • Grand Marshal Garithos: "Can't you idiots follow simple orders? There's a war on, and you louts are off having a picnic! Get this column rolling immediately!"
Riflemen: "Right away, Lord Garithos! Move 'em out, lads!"
Riflemen: "They don't pay us enough to put up with that asshole."
  • Balnazzar: "Ah, my wayward pet, Garithos. I see you've grown a spine since we last met."
Grand Marshal Garithos: "Your mind powers tricked me before, demon, but never again! You and I have a serious score to settle."
  • "Here they come, boys! Stand your ground!"
  • "The blasted undead are advancing!"
  • "Cut them to shreds! For Lordaeron!"
  • "We're under attack! Defend the base at all costs!"
  • "The enemy is advancing! We may need help here!"
  • "They're pressing the attack! We've got to hold the line!"
  • "Stand fast, my warriors! We're not out of this yet!"
  • "Slay these inhuman freaks!"
  • "Forward, my warriors! We'll take back what's ours!"
  • "The city is nearly ours!"
  • Grand Marshal Garithos: There, your business is done. Now, I want you wretched animals out of my city before I--
Sylvanas Windrunner: Kill him, too.
Varimathras: Gladly.
Varimathras kills Garithos with a Rain of Fire.



  1. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: A New Power in Lordaeron", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment. Footman: "Lord Garithos, our scouts have found the missing band of dwarves! They appear to be lost in the wilderness nearby".
  2. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  3. ^ a b c Cycle of Hatred
  4. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: Dreadlord's Fall", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment. Varimathras: "Detheroc used his telepathy to enslave a top-ranking human warlord. I believe his name was Garabon or Gilithos or something. Human names all sound the same to me".
  5. ^ "Curse of the Blood Elves: A Dark Covenant", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment. Emissary (Warcraft III): "Greetings, Prince Kael. I bring word from Grand Marshal Garithos".
  6. ^ a b c d Ask CDev - Round 3
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 90
  8. ^ a b The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Blood Elves
  9. ^ a b c d e "Curse of the Blood Elves: A Dark Covenant", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Legacy of the Damned: A New Power in Lordaeron", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  11. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: King Arthas", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  12. ^ a b c "Curse of the Blood Elves: Misconceptions", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  13. ^ "Terror of the Tides: Shards of the Alliance", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  14. ^ Blizzard lore posts "... The remaining Elves were placed under the command of a man named Garithos, who was grossly intolerant of other races and drove the Elves into near-suicidal situations in the hopes they would no longer be his problem."
  15. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 146
  16. ^ "Curse of the Blood Elves: The Dungeons of Dalaran", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  17. ^ "Curse of the Blood Elves: The Crossing", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  18. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: Dreadlord's Fall", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.