The Hunter of Shadows (WC3 Orc)

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The Hunter of Shadows
The Hunter of Shadows (WC3 Orc)
Campaign: The Invasion of Kalimdor
Place: Ashenvale (near Warsong Gulch)
Outcome: Warsong clan victory
Belligerents


Commanders and leaders
Strength
Casualties and losses
  • Heavy
  • Very heavy
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This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

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The next morning, in the shadowed woods of Ashenvale...

Creeps

The Hunter of Shadows Map.jpg

Quests

Main Quests

Availablequest BTNOrbOfFire.png The Chaos Well

  • Discover the source of power
  • Destroy the Satyrs guarding the pool

The Troll Witch Doctors have felt the presence of a mysterious power emanating from the nearby forest. If this volatile energy can be harnessed, it may provide a way to destroy Cenarius and his band of warrior women.

Availablequest BTNKeeperOfTheGrove.png Cenarius

  • Slay Cenarius

The so-called demigod, Cenarius, has destroyed most of the lumber stores that you had so painstakingly accumulated. You must find a way to slay the demigod in order to continue the operation and construct Thrall's new settlement.

Transcript

Prelude

Warsong forces continue cutting down the forests of Ashenvale. Cenarius looks out over the land from atop a hill.
IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: Who dares defile this ancient land? Who dares the wrath of Cenarius and the night elves?
Cenarius casts a spell, transforming many of the trees into treants that attack the orcs.
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: The forest is coming alive! We're under attack!
IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: Let battle be joined!

During the Mission

IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Their numbers are too great! We must fall back to the other side of the river!
Cenarius casts a spell, immediately regrowing the dozens of trees felled by the Warsong.
IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: Now, my warriors, cleanse these brutes from the wilds! I will watch over you from the forest.
  • IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: You cannot defeat me, I am the heart of the land!
  • IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: I defeated your kind in ages past and I shall do so again!
  • IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: Demon Spawned Wretches, you will all die!
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Witch Doctor: Hellscream, I sense a dark power emanating from the wilderness! It might be the key to destroying Cenarius!
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Witch Doctor: That be it, mon! The dark energies that I sense come from the pool!
IconSmall Satyr.gif Satyr: Foul orcs! The burning masters charged us with protecting this well. You are unworthy of drinking from these dark waters!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: I don't know what you are or who you serve, but no one bars my way!
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Witch Doctor: The pool emanates great power, but I smell the stench of a demon curse about it!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: I am cursed already! If I must drink from these waters to defeat Cenarius, then I will.
Grom steps up to the edge of the tainted pool. A Grunt runs up to him.
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: No! That goes against everything the warchief teaches us! We can't let rage overcome us again!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: No, warrior. We must embrace it as never before! We must become the vessels of destruction that we were meant to be!
Grom drinks from the pool, causing him to grow in size and turn red...
IconSmall GromRed.gif Grom Hellscream: Yes! I feel the power once again! Come, my warriors! Drink from the dark waters and you will be reborn!
IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Chieftain, these creatures press us hard! And their demigod still lurks in the forest! How can we possibly defeat him?
IconSmall GromRed.gif Grom Hellscream: Weak-minded coward! Nothing is invincible! If we are to live, then this Cenarius must die!
IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: The demons did their job well. You creatures are as reckless and bloodthirsty as they ever were!
IconSmall GromRed.gif Grom Hellscream: We orcs are free, demigod!
IconSmall Cenarius.gif Cenarius: Is that what you tell yourself? Despite what you may believe, you are no better than the malignant bile that flows through your veins.
IconSmall GromRed.gif Grom Hellscream: Damn you! RAGH!
IconSmall GromRed.gif Grom Hellscream: The Demigod has fallen, the Warsong is supreme!

Outro

While Grom and his warriors run through the forest, they are suddenly met by Mannoroth.
IconSmall Mannoroth.gif Mannoroth: Hello again, Grommash.
IconSmall GromRed.gif Grom Hellscream: Mannoroth! It... can't be.
IconSmall Mannoroth.gif Mannoroth: I've come to bring you and your brethren back into the fold. Though you orcs failed the Burning Legion before, you will now serve us once again!
IconSmall GromRed.gif Grom Hellscream: No! We... are free!
IconSmall Mannoroth.gif Mannoroth: Stupid, pitiful creature. I am the rage in your heart. I am the fury of your thoughts. I alone empowered you to bring chaos to this world, and by the endless void, you shall!

The battle

Following the Warsong clan's initiation of their logging operations in southern Ashenvale, the Night Elf Sentinels launched a massive counterattack to drive the Orcs out. The Warsong clan had even attracted the attention of the ancient, reclusive demigod, Cenarius, who personally took command of the Night Elf forces moving against them. Cenarius wiped out all of the Orcs' outposts before sending his forces against Hellscream's main base. After barely managing to repel several savage attacks by the Sentinels, defeat for the Orcs seemed imminent. The Shamans and Witch Doctors under Hellscream's command then sensed a powerful energy emanating from the woods, which turned out to be a well fouled with the Blood of Mannoroth. After defeating the satyrs guarding the befouled well, Hellscream, despite everything Thrall had taught him, gave himself over to the demonic corruption. The Warsong Clan drank the blood and became Chaos orcs imbued with a bloodlust and demonic powers. With these new powers, the Orcs easily overcame the Sentinels and slew Cenarius, forcing the Night Elves to retreat back into the depths of the forests.

Hellscream's sense of victory was short lived however. Mannoroth appeared before him and declared that the Orcs would serve the Burning Legion once again, despite Hellscream's feeble protests that they were "free".