Grand Inquisitor Isillien
|Title||Grand Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade|
|Class||Priest, Scarlet inquisitor, Healer|
|Former affiliation(s)||Knights of the Silver Hand|
|Occupation||Grand Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade|
|Companion(s)||Taelan Fordring (pupil)|
The Third War
During a meeting of members of the Knights of the Silver Hand in Southshore, he tried to destroy the dark crystal then-Commander Mograine had recovered after the Battle of Blackrock Mountain with - only to find out it absorbed the Light. This discovery led to the creation of the Ashbringer. He then led the appointment of Renault Mograine as its commander. Later he participated in the battle for Hearthglen and led the joining of Taelan Fordring into the Scarlet Crusade.
World of Warcraft
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Eventually, Taelan Fordring realized how far the Scarlet Crusade had fallen from its noble purpose, and defected. As he made his way down the road from Hearthglen, he was met by Isillien, who was ordered by the Grand Crusader Dathrohan to eliminate him. Isillien was willing to do this for pleasure, not of obligation or duty; for he considered the Fordring bloodline weak. The Inquisitor stroke down Taelan. Not long after, Tirion Fordring arrived and, upon seeing his son's body, flew into a rage and attacked the Crusader, killing him.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Old Hillsbrad Foothills||50||1,772|
In the RPG
The priest Isillien was formerly a priest of the Holy Light in Lordaeron, assigned to be the liaison for the Knights of the Silver Hand. There he worked closely with the elder High General Abbendis and his youthful charges, tutoring the young paladins in their quest for truth. He fled with Abbendis as Lordaeron fell to the Scourge. Priests and paladins fought as the Scourge attacked the city, but they fled as Lordaeron fell around them. Some whisper it was the wounds both men received in battle, or perhaps just the shock of seeing their whole purpose destroyed, but since that day both Isillien and Abbendis have been quite insane.
Once a devoted priest of the Holy Light, he now sees his dedication to the Crusade as an even greater purpose. This dedication is real; it’s a powerful and total commitment to something that has measurable results — something the Holy Light never gave. Early in the life of the Crusade, he developed techniques for inquisition and questioning, as well as holding cells and torture chambers to extract information or to hold prisoners or initiates to see if they are infected by the plague. Undead are also held in these cells, and Isillien often visits them late at night, always alone. Crusaders say he enters the dungeon looking angry and almost mad ("mad" relative to the average crusader, which would be justifiably insane to the average eye). He exits calm and smiling, and speaks to no one about what he has been doing, and no one cares enough about the undead to wonder too much. He is 55 years old.
Isillien and Abbendis wandered the area as the Scourge defiled the land, destroying what undead they could, gathering what warriors would join them. They had but one concern: eradication of all that had destroyed Lordaeron. Isillien became the spokesman for the group, his ravings gaining more followers than repelling them. Isillien is the heart of the Crusade. Abbendis and Isillien felt that although they had a good base, they really needed to attack the Scourge where they were the thickest: in the Eastern Plaguelands. Isillien took on the title of Grand Inquisitor and control of the Western Crusade, while Abbendis led the majority of the forces to Tyr’s Hand in the east to strike at Stratholme. Isillien guides the priests in the Crusade in their new roles as inquisitors, based in the Western Plaguelands. He is in charge of questioning undead and mortals alike to ferret out whatever information he can on the movement and settlement of the undead. Isillien controls the warriors through his impressionable paladin Taelan in the west. Isillien taught Taelan Fordring about the Holy Light and what it was to serve.
When the Scarlet Crusade was founded, Isillien realized that the order would be forced to deal with living adversaries as well as undead. Sadly, most spells focused toward either harming one or the other — a difficulty he was determined to resolve. Isillien developed a series of variations on healing spells that would not only inflict harm upon the undead, but on living victims as well. He passed this teaching on to each potential inquisitor, and it has become one of their trademark abilities.
- Scarlet crusaders in the Enclave mention him: "I used to work for Grand Inquisitor Isillien! Your idea of pain is a normal mid-afternoon for me!"
- His journal is found by the new Highlord of the Silver Hand in Hearthglen during the Burning Legion's third invasion. He killed the mage Timolain.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Removed.
Grand Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade
Lord of Mardenholde Keep