Illidan Stormrage
Illidan the Betrayer

Full Name

Illidan Stormrage


The Betrayer, Lord of Outland, Lord of Shadow, Lord of the Illidari


Conquer Azeroth, defeat the Burning Legion


Killed and his soul imprisoned in the Broken Isles

Hear me now, you trembling mortals! I am your lord and master! Illidan reigns supreme!
~ Illidan Stormrage

Illidian Stormrage is the anti-hero turned minor antagonist of Warcraft. He is a demonic former night elf and the former self-proclaimed Lord of Outland, former ruler of the Black Temple, and the original leader of the demon hunters. He is the twin brother of Malfurion Stormrage.


War of the Ancients

In his youth, Illidan and his brother Malfurion were both in love with Tyrande Whisperwind, and practiced Highborne sorcery. Whereas Malfurion and Tyrande had both discovered their destinies, Illidan was still searching for his. He later became the personal caster of the military leader, Ravencrest. 

When Queen Azshara, the ruler of the night elves, allowed the Burning Legion to invade Azeroth, Malfurion convinced Illidan to renege his loyalty to the queen. As the war raged on, Malfurion planned to destroy the Well of Eternity to end the invasion, an idea that horrified Illidan, as the Well was the source of his magic. Illidan had also grown to admire the Burning Legion for their strength and magic. Azshara's councilor, Xavius, started manipulating Illidan in order to help the Burning Legion. Illidan attempted to seek the power of the Burning Crusade, in his mind to stop them, while unknowingly helping their leader, Sargeras, by giving him the Demon Soul to make his portal stronger. During this time, Illidan acquired a demon's weapons, which became known as the Warglaives of Azzinoth.

Xavius manipulated Illidan further using his love for Tyrande to incite jealousy towards his brother, who Tyrande loved instead. Upon realizing that he could never have Tyrande, Illidan decided to feign allegiance with Azshara and obtain the Demon Soul, created by Deathwing the Destroyer, in order to close the portal. Sargeras, pleased with Illidan's plan, burned out his eyes and replaced them with mystic fire that allowed him to see all forms of magic. Azshara, fascinated but wary, send her general Varo'then to accompany Illidan on his quest for the Demon Soul.

Illidan filled several vials with the water from the Well of Eternity and poured its contents into a lake within Mount Hyjal, tainting it and creating a new Well. Upon being discovered by the other night elves, Illidan was ordered imprisoned below Hyjal as punishment for his crimes. 


Ten thousands years later, Illidan was released from his imprisonment by Tyrande, who seeked his help in repelling the Burning Legion, which had returned to Azeroth. Malfurion disapproved of Tyrande's decision, and Illidan, in an attempt to prove his brother wrong, led a force of night elves to hunt down the Legion. While in Felwood, Illidan battled Arthas Menethil, champion of the Lich King. During their duel, Arthas told Illidan about the Skull of Gul'dan, the artifact that had corrupted Felwood. Convinced that destroying the skull would end the corruption of the forest, Illidan set out to find the skull.

Driven by the desire to redeem himself, Illidan used the Skull's powers to increase his strength, but at the cost of being transformed into a demon. Though this increased power allowed him to defeat Tichondrius and his forces, Tyrande and Malfurion were horrified at Illidan's transformation, and he was banished from the land of the night elves.


After his exile, Illidan was visited by Kil'jaeden, who offered him the opportunity to join him. Kil'jaeden tasked him with destroying the Frozen Throne, which would also kill the Lich King, which had grown out of Kil'jaeden's control. He was given the Orb of Kil'jaeden to aid him, and, using Gul'dan's memories, a plan came to mind. Enlisting the help of old allies, Illidan arrived at the shores of Broken Isles, the remains of the city Illidan had grown up in, and the home of the Tomb of Sargeras. 

Confrontation on the Broken Isles

Shorty after arriving, Illidan was confronted by Maiev Shadowsong, the former warden, and the two forces batted across the terrain. Using Gul'dan's knowledge, Illidan discovered the Tomb and how to unlock it, and found the Eye of Sargeras. As he activated the artifact, he was attacked by Maiev, but she failed to stop him. Illidan and Maiev escaped the Tomb and travelled to the surface, where they continued their battle. 

Malfurion and Tyrande intervened with reinforcements, and Illidan was forced to retreat. However, Tyrande finally revealed why she had rejected him: Illidan had become so drunk on his growing power that he'd forgotten about his inner strength, unlike his brother. With this new knowledge in mind, Illidan finally came to terms with his true feelings.

Arriving at Lordaeron, Illidan proceeded to use the Eye of Sargeras to destroy the Frozen Throne. However, he was interrupted by Malfurion and Maiev. Malfurion blamed Illidan for causing the death of Tyrande, having been deceived by Maiev. However, the night elves' new ally, Kael'thas Stunstrider, revealed that Tyrande was not dead, but had been swept away in a river. Malfurion promtply arrested Maiev for her lies and went on a search for Tyrande, joined by Illidan. They managed to rescue Tyrande from an undead horde, and Illidan was given permission by his brother to leave safely.

Escape to Outland

In order to escape Kil'jaeden's wrath, Illidan fled to the Outlands. He was attacked once more by Maiev and the Watchers, but was saved by Kael'thas and Vashj. Kael pledged the allegiance of the blood elves to Illidan, who intended to rid Outland of demonic influence. To accomplish this, Illidan defeated Magtheridon the Pit Lord, who had taken control of the world, and imprisoned him beneath Hellfire Citadel. In doing so, Illidan earned the trust of Akama of the Broken, who had been under attack from Magtheridon's forces.

The March on Ice Crown

As Illidan took command over the Outlands, he was confronted by Kil'jaeden, who had tracked him down. In order to receive mercy from the demon, Illidan claimed that he had amassed his forces for a second attack on the Frozen Throne. Kil'jaeden agreed to give Illidan one more chance to prove himself.

Illidan and his forces marched to the Ice Crown glacier to destroy the Frozen Throne, where Illidan battled Arthas in single combat. Eventually, Arthas defeated Illidan and commanded that he leave Azeroth and never return. Failing in their task, Kael and Vashj took a wounded Illidan with them and fled to the Outlands.

The Lord of Outland

After his defeat at Arthas' hands, Illidan returned to Outland and declared himself ruler. Knowing that Kil'jaeden would return to punish him for his failures, Illidan gathered his forces to prepare for an attack, using the Black Temple as his base of operations. In order to keep the people of Outland under his control, Illidan ordered Vashj to control the water reserves. Illidan's tyranny disillusioned Akama to his cause, and he began conspiring with Maiev to dethrone him. 

Upon learning of Akama's treachery, Illidan binded a portion of Akama's soul to his service, and used him to lead Maiev and her forces into a trap, leading to the massacre of Maiev's forces. Opening a portal to Nathreza, homeworld of the dreadlords, Illidan led an attack on the world, destroying the archives and collapsing its spellwork. This attack proved a devastating blow to the Burning Legion.

Seeking to eliminate Illidan, the Burning Legion lured the forces of Azeroth into the Outland and caused a skirmish in the lands. During the war, Illidan became involved with the heroes of Azeroth on numerous occasions. 

Master of the Black Temple

Illidan became consumed by his mission to destroy Argus, the stronghold of the Burning Legion, to the point that he lost interest in ruling Outland. During his plans to open a portal to Argus, Illidan noticed Akama's absence. Akama had allied with the heroes of Azeroth to free Maiev from captivity. The heroes then invaded the Black Temple and challenged Illidan himself. Illidan and Maiev engage in a final confrontation, during which Illidan is fatally wounded. Having lost her taste for vengeance, Maiev took the slain Illidan's soul to the Broken Isles, where he was imprisoned, along with his followers.

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