The Spirits of Ashenvale (WC3 Orc)

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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 Hunter of Shadows

The Spirits of Ashenvale
The Spirits of Ashenvale (WC3 Orc)
Campaign: The Invasion of Kalimdor
Place: Ashenvale Forest (near Warsong Gulch)
Outcome: Warsong clan victory
  • Warsong gains control of a small area in southern Ashenvale

Commanders and leaders
  • Unknown
Casualties and losses
  • Moderate
  • Moderate

Chapter 4 of the orc campaign, The Invasion of Kalimdor.

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Two days later, along the borderlands of Ashenvale forest...



The Spirits of Ashenvale Map.jpg



IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: Damn Thrall for sending us away! He chooses to use his greatest warriors for manual labor? He'll be lost without us.
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Chieftain, there's something strange about these woods. It's too...quiet. Almost like we're being watched.
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: Are you all afraid of spirits now? There is nothing here but ancient trees and shadow.

Voices are coming from the trees in a language the orcs aren't used to hearing.

IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: You hear that? This place is haunted! I fear no living enemy, but my axe cannot cleave fleshless spirits.
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: Still your tongue and get to work! The warchief's new settlement will require a great deal of lumber. This section of forest must be cleared!

During the Mission

IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Chieftain, we're under attack!
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Huntress: You were right, sisters. These green-skinned brutes have no respect for life! Slay them in Elune's name!
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Women. They're women!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: Yes. They almost look like elves, but they're far too tall, and far too savage.
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: Those dancing lights are strange. Perhaps they are the dread spirits that you've all been so afraid of?
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Chieftain, the warrior women have returned on flying beasts!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: They won't last long after our wolf riders have ensnared them!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: These women fight with unmatched savagery! I've never seen their equal. They are... perfect warriors.
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Chieftain, that great tree pulses with magic! We should keep our distance!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: Bah. Am I surrounded only by cowards? It's a tree, like any other! Cut it down!
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: You see? The great tree provided us with an abundance of lumber! If we find any more, then we'll hack them apart as well.

Optional Mission

IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Neeloc Greedyfingers: Ah, greetings, good orc. Strange to see one of you in these parts.
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: We are here to cut lumber, little goblin.
IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Neeloc Greedyfingers: Hmm. Well, there's this tribe of bear men, called furbogs, in this region that's been giving us trouble. If you kill the chieftain, we'll sell our goods to you at cost. We might even let you borrow a few shredders.
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: I'll consider it.
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: They must be the furbolgs the goblin spoke of. This will be a worthy battle.
IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Neeloc Greedyfingers: Ah, thank you! Now, these shredders will cut through those trees in no time!


IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Orc: Chieftain, the harvesting is complete.
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom Hellscream: Good, then we'll start constructing the settlement now.

The battle

It details the events in which Grom Hellscream grudgingly enters Ashenvale Forest on orders from Thrall to harvest lumber and build a settlement for the Horde. Grom and his forces are met by "warrior women" who are later known as night elf sentinels. As the night elves relentlessly fight back the orcs, they watch as Hellscream's forces desecrate their sacred woodlands and hack apart Trees of Life and other ancients for lumber. The night elves retreat deeper into Ashenvale as the Warsong clan begins constructing a settlement.


  • There was an early idea for this mission where the player could complete the objective without killing night elves. If the player successfully accomplished this, there would've been benefits later.[1]
    • A similar concept was considered for Cry of the Warsong where the player could complete the objective with or without killing humans.[1]
  • Grommash found a Crystal Ball during this mission, later said to be from Astranaar. If so, it means one of the night elven settlements on the map may have been Astranaar.