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This article is about the history of Stratholme. For the instances, see Stratholme Main Gate and Stratholme Service Entrance.
For the Caverns of Time instance, see Culling of Stratholme. For the original instance, see Stratholme (original).

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The city of Stratholme (pronounced ˈstrathːhɔlm[1] or STRATH-olm)[2] was the northernmost and second most populous city of the kingdom of Lordaeron, and is the city where the Order of the Silver Hand was founded. Today, Stratholme is the Scourge's capital in Lordaeron. The mad Prince Arthas ravaged Stratholme in the Third War and the undead moved in soon after. Stratholme burns to this day.


Second War

Stratholme during the Second War.

Stratholme was the second largest human city in Lordaeron, matched only by the capital. At the beginning of the Second War, Stratholme, specifically the Alonsus Chapel, was the location where the Archbishop Alonsus Faol founded the holy Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand, and indoctrinated its first five members, including Uther the Lightbringer and Saidan Dathrohan.

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During the conflict, renegade Alterac soldiers and sailors were brought here to be restrained until they could be escorted to Capital City for interrogation.[3] Stratholme was also an important port town and the chief source of Alliance oil in the north. While the city was preparing to deliver massive amounts of oil to the kingdoms in western Lordaeron, the Horde sabotaged its refineries and oil platforms to halt the shipment, and then destroyed the city.[4] With the destruction of Stratholme, the Alliance supply lines to Quel'Thalas were severed.[5]

Of Blood and Honor

Stratholme was apparently rebuilt in landlocked northern Lordaeron after the Second War. The city included many well known buildings, from the glorious keep to Fras Siabi's famous tobacco shop.

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The city was also where the one of the original paladins, Tirion Fordring, was tried for treason against the Alliance for defending the orc Eitrigg. The trial was conducted by Uther the Lightbringer himself and overseen by various leaders of the Alliance. Tirion was found guilty, stripped of his powers (unsuccessfully), and was exiled from the Alliance lands. The following day the city came under attack by a small but well trained band of orcs under the command of the young warchief Thrall, determined to save Eitrigg. Amidst the chaos Tirion and Eitrigg escaped into the countryside.

Third War

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Stratholme during the Third War.
Stratholme burning.
Stratholme in the Ashbringer comic.

Just before the Third War the Plague reached Stratholme in infected shipments of grain, most likely from Andorhal. The populace, unaware of the plague, baked and consumed the infected grain. The dreadlord Mal'Ganis was silently overseeing the operation.

Soon after, as the first undead started to rise, Prince Arthas and a contingent of soldiers arrived at Stratholme, but realized that the city had already been infected. Arthas thought that the only way of keeping the plagued (but not yet turned) citizens out of the hands of Mal'Ganis was by killing them. Most of the soldiers, including Uther the Lightbringer and Jaina Proudmoore chose not to help Arthas, thinking his purge was madness. Arthas and some soldiers, however, went on, and the city's population was almost completely massacred by them, along with the undead. Arthas confronted Mal'Ganis inside the city, but the dreadlord told him to seek him out in Northrend, fleeing from the site. The majority of the few survivors left with Jaina Proudmoore.

Stratholme was later taken under the control of the Undead Scourge. After the end of the war, when Arthas was called back to Northrend, the lich overlord Kel'Thuzad established Stratholme as his capital[citation needed] and positioned his floating fortress, the necropolis Naxxramas, above the ruined city.


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World of Warcraft

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Stratholme was quite possibly the largest stronghold held by the Scourge in all of Lordaeron. Leading Scourge forces in the city below was a former noble turned death knight by the name of Baron Rivendare, who coordinated the efforts of the Lich King in the Plaguelands, where he constantly battled the force of the Argent Dawn. However, one small area remained under the control of the living: the Scarlet Bastion, from where the Grand Crusader Saidan Dathrohan himself led the Scarlet Crusade against the Scourge. However, the Crusade's fanaticism led them to believe that any who were not members were corrupted by the undead, and must be destroyed. As a result, the Argent Dawn sent adventurers to kill the Grand Crusader. However, they discovered that the Grand Crusader had in fact been dead for years, having been replaced by the dreadlord Balnazzar. They eventually overcame the demon, however, leaving the remnants of the Scarlet Crusade to deal with the Scourge alone.


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Stratholme is divided into two instances: the Main Gate, and the Service Entrance.

Balnazzar, having survived the attempt on his life, has shed his human form and killed all of the Crusaders, raising them into undeath and calling them the Risen. Cannon Master Willey, Archivist Galford and Malor the Zealous are now undead and known as Willey Hopebreaker, Instructor Galford and Commander Malor.

Baron Rivendare, having traveled to Naxxramas, has been replaced by his son, the fallen paladin Lord Aurius Rivendare.

Crusade Commander Eligor Dawnbringer, Master Craftsman Wilhelm, and Packmaster Stonebruiser offer quests just inside the main gate; Crusade Commander Korfax and Archmage Angela Dosantos are inside the service entrance.

After killing both final bosses on every side, the Argent Crusade attacks and takes the city.

An invisible wall blocks any attempts to access the un-instanced Stratholme with a flying mount.


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During the Burning Legion's third invasion, the city was invaded by the Ebon Blade in order to retrieve the saddle of  [Deathcharger's Reins]. The death knights fought against a Patchwork Horror and a ghost named Vivian's Lament.[6]

The Knights of the Silver Hand and their Highlord traveled to Stratholme for  [Stratholme Holy Water] to purify Aurius Rivendare's mount Shadowmane, creating the Glowing Reins of the Golden Charger. The death knight Raemien the Soultaker wanted to spread the plague once more.

The remaining Scourge members and Raemien were killed and the Silver Hand resolved to keep a closer eye on Stratholme.[7]

Dungeon Journal

Stratholme was once the jewel of northern Lordaeron, but today it is remembered for its harrowing fall to ruin. It was here that Prince Arthas turned his back on the noble paladin Uther Lightbringer, slaughtering countless residents believed to be infected with the horrific plague of undeath. Ever since, cursed Stratholme has been marred by death, betrayal, and hopelessness.

In the RPG

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In its glory days, it housed nearly 25,000 people.[8]


Maps and subregions

Alonsus Chapel · The Crimson Throne · Crusaders' Square · Elders' Square · Festival Lane · The Gauntlet · The Hall of Lights · The Hoard · King's Square · Market Row · The Scarlet Bastion · The Slaughter House · Slaughter Square

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Notes & trivia

  • High Abbot Ferren Marcus was originally a citizen of Stratholme.
  • The city originally had a zoo before the Scourge invasion.



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