- This article is about the Scarlet Crusade lore. For the splintered off faction of Crusaders, see Scarlet Onslaught.
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Decimated, remaining members in hiding.
- “Can you not see it, brothers and sisters? There is but one way to wipe the Scourge from the face of Azeroth. The Scarlet Crusade offers you the protection that you so desperately desire, and if you will pledge yourselves to us, surely we will reach our ultimate goal. Defy us, and you will be dispatched in a blaze of golden light unlike any you have ever witnessed...”
The Scarlet Crusade (also known as the Scarlet Brotherhood or simply the Crusade) is a fanatical religious sect that evolved from the Knights of the Silver Hand, dedicated to the eradication of the undead from Lordaeron. A major adversary of the Forsaken and Scourge, their name has become synonymous with corruption and extremism, and several quests in Tirisfal Glades involve attacks on Scarlet Crusade troops, leaders, and strongholds. The Scarlet Crusade maintains several bastions throughout the former lands of Lordaeron, namely the Scarlet Monastery, and up until the Cataclysm - Hearthglen, Tyr's Hand, the fortified Scarlet Bastion of Stratholme, and several smaller camps and scout towers spread throughout the whole area of northern Lordaeron.
It is also the only hierarchy left that originates from the kingdom of Lordaeron after its destruction by the Scourge. After the attack on the Scarlet Enclave, the Scarlet Crusade renamed itself to the Scarlet Onslaught and operated in Northrend, though some members of the original Scarlet Crusade did not transfer to the Scarlet Onslaught.
Since the fall of the Lich King, the Scarlet Crusade has experienced a downfall, losing many of its holdings in the now-recovering Plaguelands to the Argent Crusade, and many of its surviving members, ironically, to undeath as the Risen. As of the end of the Fourth War, some Scarlet survivors declared themselves to be House Menethil loyalists and were politically opposed to the Alliance, which they saw as being led by a traitor.
- 1 History
- 2 Territories
- 3 Relations
- 4 Subgroups
- 5 Books and other texts
- 6 Members
- 7 Ranks and classes
- 8 In the RPG
- 9 Notes and trivia
- 10 Speculation
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Videos
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Those who would later become the founders of the Crusade met in Southshore during the Third War, where together they purified a dark crystal into what would become the core of the holy Ashbringer sword. By that time a faction had started growing in the Knights of the Silver Hand, largely led by Abbendis. This faction was intolerant of what they deemed as the "lesser races".
The core of the Crusade's forces began as a group of survivors of the Silver Hand who regrouped in Hearthglen after an offer of Taelan Fordring. Ashbringer in hand, Highlord Alexandros Mograine led the knights of the once-proud order on a crusade of furious retribution in Lordaeron. Such were his acts that he and his weapon quickly became legends.
Following the death of Terenas and Uther at the hands of Arthas Menethil, the core of the Crusade's force came to a meeting in Hearthglen to determine whether they should pursue and eliminate Arthas or fight to take back Lordaeron from the Scourge. Their meeting concludes with the decision of Saidan Dathroan to focus their efforts on Stratholme and Andorhal to stop the spread of the undead epidemic.
During an assault on Stratholme, however, Saidan Dathrohan became separated and lost during the assault. They were overjoyed when he finally reappeared, but none of them could have imagined the truth: that during his absence he had been killed and replaced by the dreadlord Balnazzar.
The remnants of the Silver Hand managed to strike an alliance with the communities of Tyr's Hand while also establishing a forward base in an old monastery not far of Capital City. However, dissensions started appearing in the leadership of the human resistance. Lord Maxwell Tyrosus suggested that in order to retake their fallen cities, the order should recruit among the night elves of Kalimdor and the dwarves and gnomes of Khaz Modan. Other prominent leaders such as High General Abbendis disagreed, considering the fate of Lordaeron the affairs of men.
When Alexandros Mograine showed the will to attack the Forsaken, Balnazzar began manipulating the organization to serve his own ends. Together with his brother Varimathras, he devised a plan to remove a serious threat to both of them: Mograine and his Ashbringer sword. As Saidan Dathrohan, he started talking a lot with Alexandros's son Renault, playing on his desire for approval and recognition, until he eventually managed to convince him to betray his father. Renault led his father and High Inquisitor Fairbanks into Stratholme, where they were set upon by the Scourge. Though Alexandros fought bravely, and many undead fell before his blade, he eventually dropped the Ashbringer, which Renault used to stab his father through the back before fleeing. Fairbanks, who had been buried beneath the undead bodies and thought slain, eventually returned to the Scarlet Monastery and tried to tell the others what had happened. Saidan Dathrohan claimed he had been tainted by the undead, and he was executed. However, there were those who believed that their comrades had fallen from their once-noble purpose, and left to form their own order, the Argent Dawn. Those that remained formally named themselves the Scarlet Crusade.
One day, Renault's younger brother Darion, who had joined the Argent Dawn, came walking into the chapel of the Scarlet Monastery. Renault initially assumed he had come to join the Scarlet Crusade, until he saw what he was carrying: the Ashbringer. Furious, he began to savagely beat Darion, not noticing that a strange shadow was emerging from the blade. The shadow coalesced into the form of Alexandros Mograine and, after accusing his son of betrayal and murder, killed him. Darion took the Ashbringer and left, and soon after Taelan Fordring was appointed as commander at the Monastery.
High General Abbendis was later mortally wounded by the undead and died in his daughter's arms while defending Hearthglen. The reinforcements from the Monastery led by High Inquisitor Whitemane managed to save the city.
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Due to its origins as the regrouped survivors of the Silver Hand, the Scarlet Crusade counted members from citizens and races of all over the Alliance of Lordaeron, including high elves of Quel'Thalas, dwarves of the Alterac Mountains and human citizens of Stormwind, Alterac, Kul Tiras and Dalaran. Their opinion of the exterior world turned sour, however, and they started seeing other races than humans as unclean.
The Scarlet Crusade continued to cling to their scattered holdings, obsessed with eradicating the undead and retaking their once-beautiful homeland. The Crusaders became intolerant of all non-human races, regardless of alliance or affiliation. They started believing that any and all outsiders were potential carriers of the undead plague - and must be destroyed. The Scarlet Monastery was converted into a Scarlet Crusade stronghold by Scarlet Commander Mograine, who commanded a large garrison of fanatically devoted warriors, and High Inquisitor Sally Whitemane, the true master of the fortress. However, after Commander Mograine's mysterious death, he was eventually replaced by High Commander Goodchilde.
At some point after the formation of the Scarlet Crusade, the Scarlet Monastery was attacked by the Scourge three times in the Summertide Assaults. The Crusade also attempted a strike against the Scourge base in Northrend, and built a fleet specifically for that purpose. The attempt failed, although the Crusaders reached as far as the mouth of Icecrown Glacier. There were many casualties among the high ranks of the Crusade, including its first and only Grand Admiral, first Captain General and first Chief Assassin.
The Scarlet Crusade also created many new anti-undead weapons, such as an attempt at a second Ashbringer in the form of a staff they called Light's Wrath. However, Balnazzar intervened, interrupting their efforts and triggering a violent magical explosion. The damaged staff's power proved nearly uncontrollable. After several wielders tried and failed to use the staff safely, the elite magi of the Kirin Tor hid it away lest it unleash further deadly calamities. The human mage Timolain was also commissioned to create powerful new bows and guns.
The Scarlet Crusade has been raiding the Forsaken's holdings, and the Forsaken of Brill have fended off their incursions, retaliated in kind, and tested their poisons on Captured Scarlet Zealots. The Forsaken in turn has enlisted Horde adventurers to aid Nathanos Blightcaller in conducting strategic strikes against the Scarlet Crusade in Tyr's Hand in order to soften them up for the assault on Stratholme. Nathanos directed adventurers to slay Demetria — the chief advisor to Grand Crusader Saidan Dathrohan.
Meanwhile, Tirion Fordring enlisted the aid of adventurers to redeem his son Taelan Fordring, who has risen through the ranks of the Scarlet Crusade and is now their Highlord. Tirion has the adventurer collect numerous mementos and deliver them to Taelan in order to restore his faith in honor and nobility. Tirion's plan worked; Taelan was moved by the mementos and desires to reunite with his father so they can both become heroes of the Alliance and of Lordaeron. Taelan and the adventurer sneak out of Hearthglen to regroup with Tirion but they were caught by Grand Inquisitor Isillien who murdered Taelan for his desertion. Tirion Fordring slays Isillien in retribution while the adventurer dispatched Isillien's Crimson Elites. In the aftermath of the battle, Taelan's death had spurred Tirion to redeem the Order of the Silver Hand so that evil, regardless of its politics or pleasantries, is extinguished from the world.
In Stratholme, the undead Scourge — led by the powerful lich, Kel'Thuzad, is locked in battle with a contingent of Scarlet Crusaders, led by Grand Crusader Dathrohan. Both forces held portions of the ravaged city and both sides were locked in constant, violent combat. The Argent Dawn has been sending adventurers into Stratholme to contend with both factions. Duke Nicholas Zverenhoff tasked one adventurer to slay Archivist Galford and burn down his archives in order to take away the Scarlet Crusade's most valued documents and punish them for their heretical zealotry. Adventurers eventually confronted Grand Crusader Dathrohan and during their battle with him, uncovered that he was really the Nathrezim Balnazzar in disguise. Adventurers sent the to Duke Nicholas Zverenhoff as proof of Balnazzar's evil masquerade. Zverenhoff was shocked that the Crusade was manipulated by such an evil force and pondered what the ramifications of Balnazzar's corruption will have on the Scarlet Crusade should the truth come out.
The Burning Crusade
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By that point, the Scarlet Crusade's misguided zeal was so strong that it had even tainted the blessing spoken over their holy water. The Blood Knights of Quel'Thalas sought to exploit that taint to prepare a mixture that was to extinguish the eternal flame of the Alonsus Chapel in Stratholme.
Wrath of the Lich King
There was, however, one region of the Eastern Plaguelands which had been remarkably untouched by the plague that had despoiled the remainder of northern Lordaeron. This region was appropriately known as the Scarlet Enclave, consisting of the Scarlet capital of Tyr's Hand led by Lord Valdelmar, and the towns of Havenshire and New Avalon. These towns came under the protection of the Crusade forces after successful negotiations between Silver Hand knights and local administration. Crusaders stationed in Tyr's Hand, led by High General Brigitte Abbendis - the one of the Crusade's original founders.
All that changed with the arrival of Acherus in the skies above the Enclave. In short order, the Scourge had established a base camp in the Ebon Hold's shadow and began their campaign of destruction. As the death knights of Acherus began to march on Havenshire, Abbendis claimed to receive visions from the Light, instructing her to take the most faithful of her troops and journey to Northrend. This became known among the Scarlet troops as the "Crimson Dawn", a revival of the Crusade and its "holy mission".
The Fall of the Scarlet Enclave
By that point, the death knights had laid waste to Havenshire and were now seeking to find out more about this "Crimson Dawn" mentioned in New Avalon's registry, taken from the town hall after they murdered New Avalon's Mayor Quimby. They discovered that a courier had been sent from Hearthglen by High Commander Galvar Pureblood, informing Abbendis that an army of Crusaders from Hearthglen and Tirisfal were being assembled to reinforce the Enclave and battle the forces of Acherus. One of the death knights, disguised as the courier (having murdered the real courier, taking his clothing and Pureblood's message), delivered the message to Abbendis. Realizing that the Plaguelands were lost, Abbendis ordered "the courier" to return to Pureblood, inform him to turn his armies around and prepare for the journey to Northrend. She gave "the courier" a copy of her diary, claiming it would explain everything. It was at this point that she declared that the Scarlet Crusade was no more - that they were now the Scarlet Onslaught.
The message never reached Pureblood, and his forces were annihilated by the Scourge as a result. With the combined army marching to their doom, High General Abbendis boarded her flagship, the Sinner's Folly, and set sail for Northrend, leaving the Crusade to its fate.
With the exposure of Balnazzar and Mal'Ganis, the senior leadership eliminated, the Lich King's defeat, and Tirion Fordring retaking his old town of Hearthglen for the Argent Crusade, the Scarlet Crusade has become a shadow of its former self. Due to the decline of the Scarlets in the Plaguelands, the Argent Crusade has become the strength in the region, effectively succeeding the Scarlets as the new hierarchy of the former Kingdom of Lordaeron. Only a few loyal members have survived and remained in the Western Plaguelands, such as the Scarlet Smith, the Scarlet Judge, the Scarlet Interrogator and the Scarlet High Clerist, clinging to the hope that Abbendis would return and tortured by hunger.
It has been discovered that the Crusade has completely lost Stratholme, with Balnazzar shedding his disguise and killing the remaining Scarlet Crusaders within the city. Balnazzar then used his necromantic powers to resurrect them as the Risen. Unknown how, but a similar fate has befallen the Scarlet presence in Tyr's Hand, including the members formerly found at Light's Hope Chapel. Hence, in an ironic twist of fate, the eastern Scarlet holdouts in Lordaeron have literally become what they sought to destroy.
What is known is that the Scarlet Crusade have expanded their fortifications to the west of the Solliden Farmstead, in a new, small area called the Scarlet Palisade, and that they managed to keep the Scarlet Monastery in their control. Thus, the Tirisfal Glades appear to be the last remaining bastion of living Scarlet Crusade activity, and dissident crusader Joseph the Awakened intends to bring other crusaders back to their senses. However, he seems to fall into the grips of insanity either with the knowledge that he was forced to kill his former comrades or through some unknown means. So even if Joseph completes his goal the Scarlet Crusade may still be lost in the sway of insanity.
Mists of Pandaria
Recent events indicate that the Scarlet Crusade is still active in their last bastion in Tirisfal Glades, the Scarlet Monastery and are slowly rebuilding the order. New members have been appointed to lead the Scarlet forces inside, as well as one surviving member of the former leadership, Sally Whitemane, the High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade. Along with Commander Durand, who replaced Renault Mograine as Scarlet Commander - they are responsible for the operations inside and possibly outside the Monastery. Due to the corruption wrought by Balnazzar in the Plaguelands and Mal'Ganis in Northrend's branch of the Crusade, the Scarlet Onslaught, the Scarlets became ashamed of their past and have tasked their new archivist and lead mage, Flameweaver Koegler to burn the pages of history.
According to Lilian Voss, the only way to bring the Crusade to an end is to eliminate Whitemane, and this deed can only be accomplished by thrusting the into her body, otherwise she will keep coming back.
Soon after Lilian and the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance entered the Monastery and killed many of the remaining forces along with Sally. Following this, some members of the order went into hiding, while others started to regroup and reoccupy the Monastery.
The Knights of the Ebon Blade assaulted the Scarlet Monastery, now led by High Commander Goodchilde, in their quest to resurrect Sally Whitemane as a member of their new Four Horsemen. Thassarian declared they would not leave until every last crusader had been killed and every banner burned.
The Scarlet Onslaught in New Hearthglen appeared to be still alive and well after the death of their leaders, executing heretics and betrayers. A few former crusaders along with their apostate champion Mariella the Heretic later joined the ranks of the Conclave. Several Crimson Pilgrims also appeared in Dalaran.
Battle for Azeroth
A set of Scarlet Brotherhood propaganda pamphlets can be found near the Calston Estate in Tirisfal. In the pamphlets, the Brotherhood proclaims that King Anduin Wrynn of Stormwind is an undead-loving traitor who worked with his "lover" Sylvanas Windrunner to stage a fake massacre at the Gathering in the Arathi Highlands. According to the Brotherhood, this was done in order to drum up sympathy for the Forsaken and to lure out Princess Calia so that she could be murdered and raised into undeath, allowing Anduin to marry her and usurp Lordaeron. The pamphlets advise members of the order to rally behind the worgen king Genn Greymane and help him wipe out the Forsaken, after which they will turn on Greymane and destroy the worgen as well in order to ensure that Lordaeron belongs only to "pure-blooded humans". Finally, the pamphlets state that the Brotherhood has secretly raised someone that they claim to be the son of Princess Calia and an Arathi nobleman and therefore the rightful king of Lordaeron, whom they will reveal and place on the throne after the undead and worgen have been wiped from the land, thereby restoring the Menethil dynasty.
Most of these pamphlets, if not all, are not true. Of note, Calia's child is actually a daughter, not a son, and her husband was a Lordaeron footman, not an Arathi nobleman. Whoever the Scarlet Crusade has, if they have anyone, is likely not actually the Menethil heir as they claim.
In the Eastern Plaguelands they had the city of Tyr's Hand, and the Scarlet Bastion within the ruins of Stratholme under their control. Both fell to the undead when its inhabitants were transformed, at least in Stratholme, into the Risen. Some time prior the war against the Lich King they lost the Scarlet Enclave, east of Tyr's Hand, to the Scourge. Its survivors would organize into the Scarlet Onslaught and sail to Northrend where they would begin anew.
Currently, the only two last bastions of the Crusade are located in the Tirisfal Glades. The Scarlet Monastery, a peaceful monastery that was converted into a stronghold of the fanatical Crusade, and the Scarlet Palisade, an outpost which protects the Solliden Farmstead. They also have the Scarlet Watch Post still under their control.
Though the Crusade's ranks are all human, it is not openly welcomed by the Alliance. However, its mission appeals to most within the Alliance, who generally agree that the undead need to be removed from Lordaeron so its citizens can return home. As news of the Crusaders' rising madness compete with tales of their good deeds and names of heroes amongst their ranks, especially the less informed peasants of regions far away from former Lordaeron still view this organization as a stalwart defender against the undead threat. In part, this is true, as the Crusade has indeed rescued refugees and defended civilian settlements in the Plaguelands many times, including a project to re-settle villages that have been destroyed by the Scourge during the war. Also, Scarlet Crusaders are protecting the Solliden Farmstead and its inhabitants, making it one of the few places in northern Lordaeron where the native farmfolk have survived to this day and also one of the few places in Lordaeron where they can get food that is unaffected by the plague of undeath.
Generally, the actions of the Scarlet Crusade are tolerated out of ignorance, and both the Alliance and the Church of Holy Light distance themselves from the Crusade's activities officially, but without trying to interfere. In fact, the Scarlet Crusade, who counts both the Alliance and the Church amongst their allies, maintains contacts to both by several emissaries - examples can be found in the Cathedral of Light in Stormwind and in the Alliance outpost of Nijel's Point.
The Scarlet Crusade has killed countless refugees fleeing the horrors of the Scourge, regarding them as possible carriers of the plague or even undead sympathizers, and their growing zealotry has started to make the Crusade enemies all over Azeroth. Travelers are advised to stay clear of Scarlet Crusaders regardless of whether any undead are in the party. The Scarlet Crusade can be friend or foe, but it is generally the enemy of anyone who cannot prove that he or she is alive — qualifications and interpretation being subject to change without notice.
- Main article: Crimson Legion
An elite force of the Crusade is the Crimson Legion, led by the Grand Crusader himself. Throughout the Scarlet Crusade, three different symbols are persistent. The Crusade's official banner is a modified flag of Lordaeron, with the "L" painted in red to symbolize the blood of the living. This "L" letter looks like "C" on the Scarlet Crusade flags. The modified Symbol of the Light seems to mark sanctuaries and holy places. Additionally, whilst the organization counts many non-combatants and line soldiers amongst its ranks, real Crusaders can be identified by the Scarlet Flame on their tabard.
- Main article: Scarlet renegades
The Scarlet renegades were former members of the Scarlet Crusade who have openly rebelled against the order. They sought to reform the order after having realized the evil corruption of the crusade. The Renegades sought redemption after the actions of the crusade and have thus allied themselves with the Alliance. They asked for their aid to seize control of the crusade and, while successful in doing so, their leadership appears to have fallen to madness.
Their status following Mists of Pandaria is unclear.
Books and other texts
|Saidan Dathrohan||Grand Crusader||One of the original four paladins founded during the Second War. He was commander of Stratholme. He was killed by Balnazzar in order for the demon to possess his body.||Deceased|
|Demetria||Scarlet Oracle||She was the chief advisor to Grand Crusader Saidan Dathrohan||Deceased|
|Abbendis||High General||He was one of the founders of the original Scarlet Crusade. He used to command the city of Tyr's Hand. He was slain by an army of Undead.||Deceased|
|Brigitte Abbendis||High General||She was the founder and commander of the Scarlet Onslaught. She was slain by a group of Alliance and Horde soldiers.||Deceased|
|Isillien||Grand Inquisitor||He used to train priest adapts into becoming inquisitors for the Scarlet Crusade. He was killed by Tirion Fordring for killing his son, Taelan Fordring.||Deceased|
|Taelan Fordring||Highlord||He was commander of Hearthglen and lord of Mardenholde Keep. Taelan recognized the corruption that had befallen the Scarlet Crusade and defected. However, while escaping from Hearthglen he was killed by Grand Inquisitor Isillien for his "betrayal".||Deceased|
|Barean Westwind||Grand Admiral||Was commander of the Scarlet Crusade's fleet. He seemed to have died at sea and his body was then possessed by Mal'Ganis.||Deceased|
|Orman of Stromgarde||Captain General||He was the first Captain General of the Scarlet Crusade. A statue erected in his name says that he was lost at the mouth of Icecrown Glacier, implying that he is dead.||Deceased|
|High Commander Goodchilde||High Commander||Located in the Monastery after its siege by Knights of the Ebon Blade.||Killable|
|Galvar Pureblood||High Commander||He was the High Commander of Hearthglen during the period in which High General Brigitte Abbendis formed the Scarlet Onslaught and sailed to Northrend.||Unknown|
|Renault Mograine||Scarlet Commander||He was the Commander of the forces in the Scarlet Monastery, after his demise was succeeded by Durand.||Deceased|
|Durand||Scarlet Commander||Successor to Renault Mograine, the commander of rebuilding Scarlet Crusade forces in Scarlet Monastery.||Killable|
|Rodrick||Scarlet Commander||Commander of the forces in the Scarlet Enclave.||Killable|
|Lorik||High Protector||He was the High Protector of Mardenholde Keep.||Unknown|
|Tarsen||High Protector||He was the High Protector of Northridge Lumber Camp.||Unknown|
|Ferren Marcus||High Abbot||He was a loyal servant to the Scarlet Crusade. He died while defending the Scarlet Monastery against the Undead forces at the First Summertide Assault.||Deceased|
|Landgren||High Abbot, Archbishop||He was the Archbishop of the Scarlet Crusade/Onslaught. He is a secondary commander of the forces of the Scarlet Onslaught. He commits suicide by jumping off a cliff while soldiers are chasing him.||Deceased|
|Valroth||High Inquisitor||He is the High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Onslaught.||Deceased|
|High Inquisitor Fairbanks||High Inquisitor||He was a High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade. He witnessed the betrayal of Renault killing his father. He attempted to preach the wrongdoings and was killed and hidden in the chamber.||Deceased (Undead)|
|Benedictus Voss||High Priest||He is the High Priest of the Scarlet Crusade in Tirisfal Glades. Killed by his daughter.||Deceased|
|Arellas Fireleaf||High Wizard||He was the High Wizard of the Scarlet Crusade.||Unknown|
|Harthal Truesight||Lord Paladin||He led an attack on Stratholme and presumably died during the fight.||Unknown|
|Jesseriah McCree||Lord Paladin||He was the military commander of New Avalon's defense. He is seen after the fall of Havenshire.||Unknown|
|Invar One-Arm||Chief Assassin||He was the first Chief Assassin of the Scarlet Crusade.||Unknown|
|Yana Bloodspear||Chief Assassin||She was the second Chief Assassin of the Scarlet Crusade.||Unknown|
|Herod||Scarlet Champion||He is the Scarlet Champion of the Scarlet Crusade.||Deceased|
|Harlan||Scarlet Armsmaster||He is the Armsmaster of the Scarlet Crusade, replaced Herod in the Hall of Arms.||Killable|
|Koegler||Scarlet Archivist, Flameweaver||He is a mage responsible for Scarlet Crusade's archives within the Scarlet Monastery. Due to the corruption of the Crusade, Koegler was tasked to burn down the pages of history, in order to conceal all shameful events.||Killable|
|Braun||Scarlet Houndmaster||He is responsible for training the hounds supposed to guard the Scarlet Monastery.||Killable|
|Loksey||Houndmaster||He is the Houndmaster of the Scarlet Crusade.||Deceased|
|James Vishas||Interrogator||He is an Interrogator of the Scarlet Crusade, found in the Scarlet Monastery. Once believed to have been killed in Scarlet Monastery. The badly wounded James survives and was taken in as a gladiator in the Brawler's Guild. His injuries were cured and now fight in the arena as Dungeon Master Vishas.||Killable|
|Doan||Arcanist||He is a firm believer that Arcane Magic is the only way to stop the Scourge.||Deceased|
|Brother Korloff||Monk||He is a monk responsible for physical and spiritual training of Scarlet forces inside the Scarlet Monastery.||Killable|
|Fellari Swiftarrow||Ranger Captain||She was the Ranger Captain of the Scarlet Crusade.||Unknown|
|Melrache||Captain||He was a Captain stationed in the Scarlet Watch Post. He was killed by Lilian Voss.||Deceased|
|Perrine||Captain||He was a Captain stationed in the Scarlet Watch Post. He was killed by Lilian Voss.||Deceased|
|Vachon||Captain||He was a Captain stationed in the Scarlet Watch Post. He was killed by Lilian Voss.||Deceased|
|Gebler||Scarlet Lieutenant||He was the Scarlet Crusader who caught Lilian Voss. He later was killed by her before executing her.||Deceased|
|Lieutenant Sanders||Lieutenant||He was killed by Lilian Voss.||Deceased|
|Durgen||Cavalier||He was a high ranking member of the order and patrols Hearthglen.||Deceased|
|Holia Sunshield||Defender||She was killed while trying to slay the Dreadlord Beltheris.||Deceased|
|Dorgar Stoenbrow||Warrior||He was Lord of the Red Caverns.||Unknown|
|Valea Twinblades||Warrior||She was a warrior fighting the Scourge in Eastern Plaguelands.||Unknown|
|Radley||Huntsman||She was a normal member of the Scarlet Crusade.||Deceased|
|Dansel Adams||Hunter||He sent word to the High General of Naxxramas leaving the Plaguelands.||Unknown|
|Faralis the Fanatic||Priest||Located in the Monastery during the Burning Legion's third invasion.||Killable|
|Yuriv||Crusader||He was the husband of Clarice Foster and died by the hands of the Scourge. He is buried in Silverpine Forest.||Deceased|
|Crusader Jorny the Deified||Crusader||He died using the .||Deceased|
|Brother Anton||Emissary||He was an emissary located in Desolace, tasking players with killing the undead in the area. He was found dead after the Shattering.||Deceased|
|Brother Crowley||Emissary||A priest situated in Stormwind who is unaware of the wrong doings of the Scarlet Crusade.||Alive|
|Stable Master Kitrik||Stable Master||He is the Stable Master of the Havenshire Stables.||Killable|
|Meven Korgal||Messenger||He was slain while delivering a message.||Deceased|
|Shill Dinger||Prisoner||He is an ordinary member being held as a prisoner in Blackrock Depths.||Alive|
|Quimby||Mayor||He was the Mayor of Scarlet Enclave.||Killable|
|Nancy Vishas||Citizen||She once lived at Misty Shore, she may have been killed by horde agents.||Unknown|
|Grandpa Vishas||Citizen||He once lived at Misty Shore, he may have been killed by horde agents.||Unknown|
|Raleigh the Devout||Warrior||He was a defector of Scarlet Crusade and had tasked players into killing of several key-members of the Scarlet Crusade.||Alive|
|Renee Lauer||Captain, Innkeeper||In life, she was a Captain of the Scarlet Crusade. In death, instead of commanding an army she chose to live a simple life as an Innkeeper.||Active (Undead)|
|Valdelmar||Crusader Lord||He was the commander of Tyr's Hand after the death of High General Abbendis. He was slain by an army of Undead and risen as one.||Killable (Undead)|
|Marjhan||Scarlet Commander||She served as an ambassador of the Scarlet Crusade at Light's Hope Chapel. Sometime later she was killed and raised as an undead.||Killable (Undead)|
|Malor the Zealous||Commander||He had stayed back in the ruins of Stratholme as a commander. Sometime later he was raised as an undead.||Killable (Undead)|
|Willey||Cannon Master||He was the Cannon Master of the Scarlet Crusade. Sometime later he was raised as an undead.||Killable (Undead)|
|Huntsman Leopold||Ambassador||He was an ambassador of the Scarlet Crusade to the Argent Dawn. Sometime later he was raised as an undead.||Killable (Undead)|
|Archivist Galford||Archivist, Instructer||He was the main Archivist of the Scarlet Crusade. Sometime later he was raised as an undead and became an instructor.||Killable (Undead)|
|Rohan the Assassin||Assassin||He was an assassin located at Light's Hope Chapel. He was later killed and risen as an Undead.||Killable (Undead)|
|Mataus the Wrathcaster||Wrathcaster||He was a Wrathcaster located at Light's Hope Chapel. He was later killed and risen as an Undead.||Killable (Undead)|
|Jerris||Foreman||He was a Foreman before becoming an Undead, and even after becoming one.||Killable (Undead)|
|Marcrid||Foreman||He was a Foreman before becoming an Undead, and even after becoming one.||Killable (Undead)|
|Joseph the Awakened||Scarlet Champion||He no longer serves the Scarlet Crusade and now leads the Scarlet renegades.||Unknown|
|Lilian Voss||Agent||In life, she was an agent of the Scarlet Crusade and the daughter of Benedictus Voss. In death, she represents the Forsaken on the Horde Council.||Active (Undead)|
|Sir Thomas||Crusader||Better known as the Headless Horseman.||Deceased|
|Scarlet Highlord Daion||Scarlet Highlord||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Unknown|
|Captain Hartford||Captain||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Captain Welsington||Captain||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Commander Jordan||Commander||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Bishop Street||Bishop||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Torturer LeCraft||Torturer||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Lead Cannoneer Zierhut||Lead Cannoneer||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Stable Master Mercer||Stable Master||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Blacksmith Goodman||Blacksmith||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Captain Shely||Captain||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Foreman Kaleiki||Foreman||Joined the Scarlet Onslaught.||Killable|
|Efrem the Faithful||Crusader||Left the Scarlet Onslaught and the Scarlet Crusade. Now seeks to become the Lich Kings Champion.||Unknown|
|Onslaught Commander Iustus||Commander||Ambushed a group of the 7th Legion. Wanted dead by the Alliance.||Killable|
|Bloodmage Thalnos||Bloodmage||Now known as Thalnos the Soulrender.||Killable (Undead)|
|Sally Whitemane||High Inquisitor||In life, she was the leader of the Scarlet forces inside the Scarlet Monastery. In death, she is now one of the Four Horsemen of the Ebon Blade.||Active (Undead)|
|Timolain the Accursed||Mage||Former mage of the Crusade||Active (Undead)|
Ranks and classes
In the RPG
The Scarlet Crusade is a group of maddened zealots so dedicated to the removal of all undead that they commonly attack the living. In the Western Plaguelands, the Scarlet Crusade strikes against the Scourge from Hearthglen. Many Knights of the Silver Hand remained on Lordaeron for several reasons ranging from missing the fleeing boats, to a sense of duty to clear their homeland of the undead. With the destruction of Lordaeron in front of them and the knowledge that Arthas had betrayed them, some knights actually went mad. They hunt the undead in Lordaeron with a zeal that frightens. Many innocent mortals have been killed through misunderstandings, or simply "just making sure". These paladins have a frightening policy: When in doubt, assume the person is undead and kill him. These knights would never admit that they walk the same dark road that led to Arthas’s damnation, but few of them continue to follow the three virtues. Those who question their leaders are assumed to be undead sympathizers and are slain. Many serve the Scarlet Crusade out of fear, as to speak up means instant death.
The Scarlet Crusade is what happens when mad zealots take over a good cause. While the Alliance is in agreement that the Scourge needs to be eradicated from Lordaeron so they can return home, few Alliance members would agree with the methods used by the Scarlet Crusade. The Crusade’s members are mostly soldiers — many are Knights of the Silver Hand — who saw such devastation wrought by the Scourge that they resort to extreme measures to destroy the undead. This includes killing any mortal they assume to be undead, killing mortals to get to undead or killing mortals who may sympathize with undead. “Sympathizing with the undead” is how Crusaders interpret someone arguing that their methods are severe. They are the natural enemies of the Scourge and the Forsaken, but they are also the enemy of anyone who cannot prove that he is alive — usually within ten or so seconds. The Crusade has indeed destroyed several undead encampments on Lordaeron. They may end up alone on the continent — or more likely, die trying. The Scarlet Crusade sees no difference between the Forsaken and the Scourge and battle the Forsaken zealously.
Despite its excesses, the Crusade is a powerful force in the eastern kingdoms, having already destroyed several undead encampments in Lordaeron and defeated a number of dangerous Liches as well as the Dreadlord Beltheris. They are expected to continue battling until either the Scourge are driven from Lordaeron or the Crusade itself is destroyed.
The Scarlet Crusade distrusts any non-humans although they once had other races, such as High Elves and Dwarves, in their ranks.
History of the Crusade
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. 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 had become quite insane. 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 and High General Abbendis gathered together several other people to join them. Among them were Abbendis's daughter Brigitte, Alexandros Mograine (wielding the newly-forged Ashbringer) and his son Renault, Taelan Fordring, and Saidan Dathrohan. This group was focused on the singular goal of defeating the Scourge in all its forms.
In the times after the ascension of the Lich King and the rise of the Forsaken, the elder 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, while the elder Abbendis led the majority of the forces to Tyr's Hand in the east to strike at Stratholme. As they established their bases and took in many more warriors, they destroyed any undead they found.
Taelan Fordring, one of Isillien’s protégés, adored his tutor and his general. He offered his family’s keep and land, untouched by the undead, for their base of operations. The group gained members whose lives had been ruined by the Scourge. Most members have seen a loved one die and, more often than not, be raised to fight alongside her murderer. Isillien became the spokesman for the group, his ravings gaining more followers than repelling them — and who could argue with the man that the undead were evil?
Some had reason to pause when Isillien’s young page was found with Isillien’s knife through his heart, and the priest calmly reported that the page had died that afternoon while hunting, and the undead had raised him and sent him back as an assassin. He was so convincing that the incident cemented the fear for most: if a freshly killed and raised undead can look just like a regular human, they had no idea who among them may or may not be with the Scourge. After a month of quarantine, all priests and warriors with the Crusade were declared clean. Frequently, groups of refugees fleeing the undead also fell beneath their furious swords. As the Grand Inquisitor claims, one cannot be too careful. All undead — good, evil or neutral, Scourge or Forsaken — are the rivals of the Scarlet Crusade. The undead are abominations and must be destroyed before the land and the people can heal. They count the Alliance and the Church of Holy Light as their allies, but these organizations quickly distance themselves from these fanatics and instruct all travelers to give a wide berth to any Crusaders.
The Scarlet Crusade is structured much like the military. The male Abbendis and Isillien were the leaders. Abbendis was the official head of the Scarlet Crusade. He considered himself the arm of the Crusade while Isillien is the heart. Abbendis guided the military attacks of the Crusade from Tyr’s Hand in the Eastern Plaguelands, communicating frequently with Isillien, who 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 acts as the leader of the priests and guides the inquisitions in the west along with his impressionable paladin Taelan, while Abbendis controlled the warriors in the east. The Crusade has thirteen generals leading the lower ranks: 2,000 troops based in Hearthglen and 10,000 based in Tyr’s Hand. The generals were not only chosen by the ranks they had in the war, but also by their dedication to the cause. Few make it very high in the ranks if they do not have a burning fervor to destroy all undead. Veterans who have fought the Scourge before are quickly promoted. Any dissent in the ranks is considered to be caused by undead infiltration, for the Crusade cannot fathom a reasonable mortal having any disagreement with the elimination of the undead. Such individuals are considered to be undead themselves, or worse, deranged undead sympathizers. Thus the organization of the Scarlet Crusade is flawless, as the crusaders work with one mind towards one goal. If they do not work with total agreement, it is at least complete fear of their superiors that keeps them in line. It's based in the Plaguelands, but hunts undead everywhere it can in northern Lordaeron. With the death of the elder Abbendis fighting the scourge, his daughter took over as High General.
Currently, the head of the Scarlet Crusade is Grand Crusader Saidan Dathrohan. Serving beneath him are Demetria (the Scarlet Oracle), High General Abbendis, Grand Inquisitor Isillien, Highlord Taelan Fordring, and Crusader Lord Valdelmar. The grand crusader handles the grisly, prolonged siege of Stratholme. Abbendis commands military assaults and assists the grand crusader in the siege, while Isillien handles interrogations and intelligence in the west.
Membership in the Scarlet Crusade is high, relative to the human population of the region. The strong sense of abandonment, futility and fear runs high in all humans on Lordaeron, and the Scarlet Crusade feeds that fear with reassurance that the evil will fall while the good remain untainted. The Crusade attracts mostly warriors, people who find in this post-war state that living by the sword is the only way to survive. They feel the need for a strong community where their skills will be utilized, and the Scarlet Crusade maintains that they need strong warriors for their cause. Some priests are drawn to the righteous eradication of the undead, but they often see the Crusade for the zealots they are and rethink their entry. This, of course, is considered suspicious, and they are often slain for their misgivings. The biggest problem prospective members encounter is assuring the Crusaders that they are not undead themselves. Since the Grand Inquisitor was almost killed by his own page (so the story goes), the group is incredibly paranoid about the undead infiltrating their ranks. There is however one undead in their ranks (High Inquisitor Fairbanks) however he has been locked away in an secret room, why the crusaders haven't killed him yet remains a mystery. The supposedly common knowledge that undead are hideously deformed and easy to discern from the living makes no difference to these people; they believe necromancers are capable of disguising the undead as living. Thus, new members (if they survived alerting the Crusade to their desire to join) are quarantined for 30 days to see if they begin to exhibit signs of the plague or being an undead. They are visited by the Grand Inquisitor or the High General during this time and are "questioned". No Scarlet Crusader discusses his quarantine and initiation.
Membership is comprised chiefly of human warriors, ex-paladins, priests and paladins (dark or otherwise), scarlet knights, scarlet inquisitors, Scarlet Chaplains, Scarlet Crusaders, and scarlet battle mages professions.
Despite their increasingly small numbers, the members of the Scarlet Crusade never falter, turn aside, or retreat. The Scarlet Crusade fights directly and it fights to the death.
Most military forces fight conservatively and hoard their members, but the crusaders take no care for their own lives. They wade into battle with zealous fervor, slashing and hacking until they either fall or vanquish all enemies.
Only the backing of the priests and paladins keep the order alive, both literally and figuratively. The impassioned speeches and charismatic leadership of the order’s healers motivates their troops into battle, and their healing magic keeps their zealots whole. The military training of the order’s paladins serves the crusade well, as the paladins train the members in basic troop formations and simple tactics that increase their odds of survival.
Generally, members of the Scarlet Crusade don’t bother flanking their enemies, as they’re used to fighting undead that are slow and easy to strike and immune to backstabs. Scarlet Crusade units fight in tight formations. They form rings whenever possible, standing shoulder to shoulder, so no one member risks being surrounded by a shambling mob of undead. If forced to disperse, members try to pair up and fight back to back.
Paladins and priests freely use their healing abilities and spells in combat, not only to bolster their own troops, but to harm undead enemies. Paladins and priests try not to use their turn undead ability, as their goal is to destroy their enemies, not scatter them. If overwhelmed by superior numbers, though, or confident in their ability to destroy nearby undead with a turn attempt, the commanders call upon their holy power. Many Scarlet Crusade priests can rebuke undead; they force their undead foes to cower long enough for the knights to do their work.
When fighting living opponents, the Scarlet Crusade varies its tactics only slightly. The Crusade rarely takes on hordes of living enemies; when they do engage the living, it is usually to target individuals or small groups. Members of the Crusade do use flanking maneuvers when fighting the living. They’re most concerned with preventing the escape of their prey, as living opponents move much faster than undead, and often panic. Mounted knights run down fleeing enemies, while the foot soldiers remain behind to engage slower targets. Foot soldiers also use trip attacks to reduce the odds that their prey will escape.
The Western Crusade’s headquarters are in the rural area of Hearthglen, the inheritance of Taelan Fordring. Their main headquarters are in the Eastern Plaguelands in the small community of Tyr’s Hand. They command from the Scarlet Basilica. The community is also host to several churches including a newly built Scarlet Monastery, a massive building that draws refugees looking for safety.
Notes and trivia
- The Forsaken called them the Scarlet Scum.
- Before the Cataclysm, the Scarlet Crusade in Stratholme celebrated the Midsummer Fire Festival.
- The Scarlet Crusade was unique among the human factions for having many houndmasters and huntsmen even before the hunter class was introduced to the human race in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
- In World of Warcraft the story of the Crusade was originally slightly different: founded by High General Abbendis, High Inquisitor Isillien, and the Scarlet Highlord Alexandros Mograine, the Crusade was at first a noble order. The madness and insane zealotry were only brought later by Grand Crusader Saidan Dathrohan, and this is presumably why the Hall of Champions in the Scarlet Monastery pays homage to various races other than humanity. The Ashbringer comic would depict the formation of the Crusade occurring after Alexandros and Fairbanks' deaths, in which case they would have never been members.
- There is a roleplaying server called Scarlet Crusade US.
- The humans of Theramore Isle's Red Team wore the Scarlet Crusade tabard and some even red helmet. Whether this means they were Scarlet Crusaders or were just to have a red-colored tabard is unclear.
- Several items that dropped within the level 60 incarnation of Naxxramas bore the title "Grand Crusader" such as , , and . This hints that Balnazzar may have at one time attempted to raid Naxxramas together with his Scarlet Crusaders but was then repelled by the servants of Kel'Thuzad who then claimed parts of his armor in the process.
Interestingly, whereas Commander Marjhan pointed out the cooperation of her troops with the Argent Dawn was not sanctified by the Grand Crusader, she also made clear that she was not acting on her own but has been sent to help. Since Isillien was already dead at that point, this left only High General Abbendis as a possible source of this order. It might have been that the General was starting to secretly work against the Grand Crusader, maybe influenced by the recent death of her long-time partner Isillien and/or a rising suspicion against the Grand Crusader.
The Argent Dawn, despite its "alliance" with the Scarlet Crusade, seemed to hate the Crusade more than the Scourge. At Chillwind Camp Nathaniel Dumah told how he fled from the Scourge when they attacked his family's lumber mill, and when the Scarlet Crusade drove them all away he returned for revenge against them, however why he wanted revenge against the Crusade for driving out the Scourge from his family's lumber mill didn't quite make sense. At the same time Duke Nicholas Zverenhoff seemed to also want to undermine the Scarlet Crusade in the face of an overwhelming Scourge offensive. This seemed illogical if the Scourge really was in a position to sweep aside all opposition, to destroy its most dedicated enemy during the offensive. Why people who claimed that they have only one goal, destroying the Scourge would want to destroy their only reliable official ally in that quest during a vital battle against a Scourge offensive seemed to indicate the Scourge might not have as much power as is generally thought, especially because Duke Nicholas Zverenhoff also said that the Scarlet Crusade wasn't doing any good for anybody. On the other hand if the Scourge was as World of Warcraft and players said it was, this could just indicate that the Argent Dawn was not as pure as it believed itself to be.
Another example of Scarlet Crusade/Argent Dawn hostility is in the death knight quest . After raiding a Scarlet Crusade prison house, the player discovered that there were a number of Argent Dawn prisoners there, with apparently most of them already dead.
Korfax references idiocy and a lack of leadership in the Scarlet Crusade, which may indicate the Balnazzar really has been doing nothing and High General Abbendis and Grand Inquisitor Isillien have sole leadership of the Crusade, as if there was no Grand Crusader.
It is known that the naaru gave visions of the Light to several human prophets following the Troll Wars. These visions were of holiness, protection, justice, retribution, and compassion. Mereldar and the other prophets codified and wrote down these emanations of wisdom, which would eventually lead to the creation of the Church of the Light. As such, it is possible that the spiritual leaders of the Scarlet Crusade focused their worshiping on the "retribution" aspect of the Light and chose to ignore the others.
Whitemane and Scarlet crusaders.
- Fan art
- ^ Chris Metzen on Twitter
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 113
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 103
- ^ a b
- ^ Ashbringer/Old Hillsbrad Ashbringer event
- ^ a b c d e Death is Contagious
- ^ a b c d e Ashes to Ashes
- ^ a b c Dust to Dust
- ^ Hall of Champions statues
- ^ World of Warcraft: Game Manual
- ^ a b http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/basics/worlddungeons.html#The%20Scarlet%20Monastery
- ^ Compendium of Fallen Heroes
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2015-10-23. Legion: Priest Artifact Review. Retrieved on 2015-11-08.
- ^ Bardu Sharpeye#Quotes
- ^ Alexia Ironknife#Quotes
- ^ Legends Volume 3: Crusader's Blood
- ^ Stratholme (Classic)
- ^ Scarlet Commander Marjhan#Quotes
- ^ Chris Metzen on Twitter
- ^ Before the Storm, pg. 253
- ^ a b c d e f g Lands of Conflict, pg. 166
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 21
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 169
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 375
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 372
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 186
- ^ Monster Guide, pg. 152
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 155
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 165
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 157
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 156
- ^ a b c Lands of Conflict, pg. 167
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 184
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 185
- ^ Dreadnaught's Battlegear#Notes
- ^ Eligor Dawnbringer#Light's Hope Chapel
- ^ Corrupted Ashbringer/Scarlet Monastery Event#Dialogue with Fairbanks
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 126