|Title||<Cult of Forgotten Shadows>|
|Affiliation(s)||Cult of Forgotten Shadows, Conclave|
|Former affiliation(s)||Alliance, Kingdom of Stormwind|
|Occupation||Shadow priest, Champion of the Conclave|
|Former occupation(s)||Bishop of the Church of the Holy Light|
Natalie Seline was a bishop from Stormwind that, after the First War, began to delve into workings of the orc necrolytes who had poured through the Dark Portal and desecrated their hallowed dead. While at first this was done in order to provide Azeroth with the knowledge it needed to fight against such dark magic, her studies over the years became increasingly obsessed with finding out why such dark energies existed at all, and why she began to see the ebb and flow of such energies in the world around her. She began preaching about the necessity of balance between dark and light, but after her death, her books were locked away in the Kirin Tor's vaults in Dalaran.
Natalie was once a bishop. She had lived through the First War, when the orcish Horde invaded Azeroth and conquered Stormwind. After the war, Seline realized that to defeat the green-skinned orcs, humanity would need to study the strange powers they wielded. She closely examined their magics, and she visited battle sites where their dark arts had befouled the land. From her investigations, she learned of an otherworldly blade that the orcs had once used in their bloody rituals-a blade that held sway over the shadows themselves. Troubled that such a profane weapon could exist, Seline swore to hunt it down and destroy it in the name of the Light.
The moment she touched the blade, a name was spoken in her mind: Xal'atath. She knew then that she could not destroy the dagger. Not yet. How can one defeat a power she does not understand? Xal'atath whispered to her in waking and in dreaming. It taught her that there was more to this world than Light, there was also Void. In the ebb and flow between these two forces, one can find power and knowledge beyond anything the Church of the Holy Light has ever revealed to its followers. One can cross the divide between Light and Void. One can pull strands from each side and weave a tapestry of day and night.
By the time of the Second War, Natalie Seline had learned how to wield shadow magic from Xal'atath. She had taught her dangerous arts to other worshipers of the Light and rallied them against the Horde. Seline and her followers waged their war in secret, hunting down orcs across the human kingdoms. Xal'atath continued whispering in Seline's mind, slowly unraveling her sanity. Despite her noble intentions, she became more and more obsessed with the blade and the mysteries of the Void.
And so did Seline's companions. They were overzealous in their campaign against the orcs, putting innocent lives at risk. Some strayed too far into shadow, forsaking the Light completely. Though Seline urged her followers to use caution, her calls were ignored and even treated with suspicion.
It is unclear exactly what happened to the former bishop, but some sources state that Xal'atath incited rebellion among her allies. It convinced them that Seline was holding them back from their true potential--holding back knowledge and power that they could have if they killed her. In the dead of night, the conspirators murdered Seline and then took Xal'atath for themselves.
For years, the Kirin Tor magi in Dalaran had watched Natalie Seline, greatly troubled by her dark teachings. After her death, they set out to scour her writings from history. Magi picked through the villages and cities Seline had traveled, gathering up every scroll and tome that she had penned. The Kirin Tor hid these writings in Dalaran, hoping that would be the end of Seline's dangerous brand of magic. Yet despite their efforts, they could not bury the doctrine of balance she had preached. In the years to come, others would take up her teachings and devote themselves to the Light and the Void. The magi also knew of Xal'atath, but they never found it. Like Seline's teachings, the blade would not simply fade away.
Most believe Natalie was murdered for her beliefs, but the truth was she knew her fate and took steps to protect herself from an inevitable death. The night her attackers came Natalie sent her spirit into the Void, its location known only to her. She penned a spell to retrieve it in one of her many journals. Unfortunately, the tome eventually fell into the hands of those who wanted her dead in the first place. Her body was buried at Raven Hill Cemetery in Duskwood, where members of the Cult of Forgotten Shadows stayed, forever hopeful her spirit would return.
When the Conclave wanted to restore the Cult of Forgotten Shadows so it would join them at Netherlight Temple, Twilight Lord Urgrok was killed and the journal taken from him. After performing the ritual in Dawning Wood Catacombs and delving into the Void themselves, the High Priest of the Conclave retrieved Natalie's spirit and freed it from the weight of the darkness. While Natalie could not deny part of her wished to stay embraced by the shadows, she acknowledged that the Void held many whispers that should have everyone worried. Agreeing to unite as priests of both Light and Shadow to face the Burning Legion together, Natalie and the cultists traveled to Netherlight Temple. News of Natalie's return would quickly spread fast among those who shared her beliefs, and soon Azeroth would see the rise of the Cult of Forgotten Shadows.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
- Void Bolt — Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting Shadow damage.
- Void Seed — Implants a void seed in the target, inflicting Shadow Damage and summoning a Voidling every 2 sec.
- Netherlight Temple
- Fel Prison — Imprisoned.
- Mind Blast — Inflicts 200 Shadow damage to an enemy, but causes a high amount of threat.
- Mind Flay — Inflicts Shadow damage to an enemy and reduces its movement speed for 3 sec.
- Shadow Word: Pain — Utters a word of darkness, inflicting Shadow damage to an enemy every 3 sec. for 15 sec.
- Main article: Into the Void#Notes
- You pulled my spirit from the Void, which is no easy feat. I cannot deny the part of me that would stay there forever, embraced by the shadows. The Void is filled with many whispers, <name>. The kind that should have us all worried. We cannot afford to be separated by our beliefs. We must come together as priests of both Light and Shadow to face the Burning Legion together.
- Can I help you?
- Well met.
- You have my attention.
- I don't have time for your games.
- You're trying my patience!
- WILL THIS EVER END?!
- I'll send you INTO THE VOID!
- Embrace the shadows.
- The shadows will rise again.
Notes and trivia
- Natalie was originally described as a bishop from Lordaeron. The Word of the Conclave book describes her as being a bishop who survived the orcish raid on Stormwind during the First War.
- It is unknown why Natalie's body did not decompose while in her grave at Raven Hill, as it was only her spirit that was inside the Void, not her whole body.
- Natalie appears as a legendary priest card in Hearthstone. She was introduced to the priest class' classic set during the Ashes of Outland set to replace the removed Prophet Velen. Her flavor text reads "She discovered , a terrible weapon of shadow magic that could both swallow a soul and cut a mean julienne."
- Natalie is voiced by Kate Higgins.
- Since coming from Stormwind, she was very likely a member of the Clerics of Northshire order.
- As it is said that Natalie was killed by her own allies, and later her book fell into the hands of "those who wished her dead in the first place" who were the Twilight's Hammer, it may be that her followers became the first non-orc members of the Hammer.
Natalie's original model, prior to Shadowlands.