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NeutralBolvar Fordragon
Image of Bolvar Fordragon
Title WotLK Lich King, Jailer of the Damned, Lord of Icecrown[1], Highlord,
WoW Icon 16x16.png Regent Lord of Stormwind
Gender Male
Race Human (Undead)
Character class Paladin[2][3] (formerly)
Affiliation Scourge
Former affiliation(s) Alliance, Kingdom of Stormwind and Valiance Expedition, Knights of the Silver Hand
Occupation The Lich King; formerly: Master of Fordragon Hold, High General of the Valiance Expedition, Regent of Stormwind
Location Fordragon Hold, Dragonblight; The Frozen Throne, Icecrown Citadel
Status Dormant[4]
Relative(s) Unknown
"After suffering betrayal at the doorstep of his nemesis, a brave paladin was reborn in the searing heat of enchanted dragon flames. No longer fit to dwell among the living, alone he shall endure as the steward of a misbegotten throng."
—Jailor of the Damned[5]

Highlord Bolvar Fordragon was a venerated warrior of the Alliance and served as the Regent of Stormwind following the disappearance of King Varian Wrynn. Upon Varian's return, Bolvar was named the commander of the Alliance forces sent to take the battle to the Scourge in Northrend. After the treachery of Grand Apothecary Putress at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, Fordragon was believed to have been killed, either by the Forsaken Blight or the fires of the red dragonflight.

However, Fordragon survived, his body altered by the dragons' flame, and was taken by the Scourge into Icecrown Citadel, tortured by the Lich King in an attempt to bend him to his will. However, the noble spirit of Fordragon resisted the Lich King's deprevations. After the death of Arthas Menethil, the mortal host of the Lich King, Fordragon demanded that Tirion Fordring place the Helm of Domination, containing all of the powers of the Scourge, on his head so that he would forever be the jailer of the damned - imprisoning the Lich King within the Frozen Throne once more and containing the threat of the Scourge.

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Biography

Regent of Stormwind

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Shortly after King Varian Wrynn was kidnapped, Bolvar Fordragon was made Regent-Lord of Stormwind and vowed to find and rescue King Varian at any cost. Lady Prestor also became a royal advisor, and convinced Highlord Bolvar to have King Varian's 10-year-old son, Anduin Wrynn, crowned King of Stormwind, though the actual power remained in Fordragon's hands until either Varian was returned or Anduin reached the age of ascension.[6]

World of Warcraft: The Comic

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Bolvar in the comic (Through the Mirror Darkly)

Highlord Bolvar Fordragon was seen in the welcome parade in Stormwind City, escorting the recently found and returned King Varian Wrynn. As time went on, he noticed a change in King Varian whenever he was around Lady Katrana Prestor. The King Varian that returned became more frivolous, uninterested in matters of state, and deferred to Lady Katrana's judgments on rulings that would have in the past, offended the king's sense of honor. Changes that even the young Prince Anduin Wrynn noticed as well. Although these changes are new in the returned Varian, it was clear that the returned king still harbored an undeniable love for his son. Under Prince Anduin's insistence, Bolvar investigated the circumstances of King Varian's abduction. Bolvar sent Marshal Reginald Windsor to investigate a lead that may explain the king's new behavior while he stayed in Stormwind, keeping Prince Anduin safe and trying to keep the kingdom and the Alliance from falling apart from Lady Katrana's harmful advice.

One day, in Stormwind City, King Magni Bronzebeard was on a visit and was discussing war plans against the orcs and Dark Iron dwarves with King "Varian" and Bolvar Fordragon. However, Varian Wrynn was counseled by Lady Katrana Prestor to not send troops to help the dwarves fight against the dark irons, who have recently taken Thandol Span. King Magni left disappointed in Varian's subservience to Lady Prestor's wishes and his dishonorable demeanor. Bolvar tried to keep relations with King Magni amicable by explaining to him that he could not understand how Thandol Span had fallen as he thought he had ordered a contingent of reinforcements to the area. It was only until Lady Katrana chimed in that she revealed that she had rescinded his orders.

The Highlord continued to watch over Prince Anduin until Marshal Windsor returned to the keep with another King Varian named "Lo'Gosh". Marshal Windsor revealed Lady Katrana to be the broodmother Onyxia. With Onyxia's ruse uncovered, several Stormwind Guards transformed into dragonspawn to defend their matriarch; leading to a fight in Stormwind Keep. Anduin, who heard the commotion, ran off to investigate the ruckus. Highlord Bolvar followed in pursuit and joined the battle to secure the keep. The heroes of the Alliance managed to secure the keep but unfortunately, Onyxia got away with Prince Anduin as a hostage. The two King Varians, whom Bolvar noticed had certain parts of the original King Varian's personality, left Bolvar in charge of Stormwind while they led an army to slay Onyxia and rescue the prince.

Wrath of the Lich King

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Bolvar at Fordragon Hold.

Upon Varian's return, Fordragon aided in the defense of Stormwind against a surprise Scourge attack, and afterwards led the armies of the Alliance to Northrend, where he aids Alliance players in defeating the lich Thel'zan the Duskbringer. In a bold maneuver, his forces laid siege to Angrathar the Wrathgate, the rear entrance to the dread Icecrown Citadel. Both Bolvar and Dranosh Saurfang, commander of the Horde's Kor'kron Vanguard, confronted the Lich King himself, with both Alliance and Horde armies in the battle. During the encounter, in which Saurfang fell to Frostmourne, a plague explosion rang out among the Alliance and Horde army, and out came Grand Apothecary Putress. Announcing to the Scourge leader that the Forsaken have neither forgotten nor forgiven him, a number of catapults moved behind him and launched an unprovoked attack on both Alliance and Horde forces as well as the Scourge. Bolvar ordered his troops to fall back, but was eventually killed by the gas, the life sucked out of him, and his very body rotting before finally dying. The Forsaken attack was considered by the Alliance to be outright treachery on the part of the Horde, giving King Varian — who had considered Bolvar a brother — a reason to purge the Horde from Lordaeron. Enraged, Varian led Alliance forces in a battle for the Undercity to bring Putress to justice.

There is a dialogue between Korialstrasz and Alexstrasza after the Wrathgate event. Due to a bug which allowed some players to speak Draconic,[7] some players were able to read and translate Alexstrasza's words:
Alexstrasza: [Draconic] They must not discover the fate of the young paladin. Not yet.

Bolvar's shield is recovered by Alliance warriors at the behest of Alexstrasza and returned to King Varian in A [74] Reborn From The Ashes.

Fall of the Lich King

Bolvar, prisoner of Arthas

It is later revealed that Bolvar's body was recovered by the Scourge (along with that of Dranosh Saurfang), and has been tortured mercilessly by the Lich King. Despite the Lich King's extensive efforts to corrupt him, however, Bolvar managed to resist.

During the final battle with Arthas, atop Icecrown Citadel, Bolvar can be seen chained above the Frozen Throne. A cinematic plays when the Lich King is slain.

Jailer of the Damned

After Arthas Menethil, mortal host of the Lich King, was slain, the spirit of King Terenas warned that an uncontrolled Scourge would be all the more dangerous. For the good of Azeroth, "there must always be a Lich King." Somebody would have to sacrifice his mortal life to take Arthas's place. Tirion Fordring took up the Helm of Domination, the crown of the Lich King, preparing to don it himself. As he did so, Bolvar intervened, calling from his seat upon the Frozen Throne, his body warped by the red dragonflight's fire. As a last act of service to Azeroth, Bolvar asked that Tirion place the Helm of Domination on his head. As the self-appointed "Jailer of the Damned," Bolvar seeks to keep the Scourge under control. As Bolvar encased himself and the Frozen Throne once again in ice, he warned Tirion that no one could know what happened. Bolvar instructed Tirion to tell the world that the Lich King was dead - and that Bolvar Fordragon died with him.

Location

Notable appearances
Location Level Health
Dragonblight  ?? 630,000

In the RPG

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Lord Bolvar was as stalwart and loyal of a soldier as they come, perhaps to a fault. While he did his best to look after Stormwind’s interests, he seemed to have fallen under the charm of the alluring Lady Katrana Prestor, much like many others in the kingdom. By deferring to her judgment, he had allowed for some crucial gaps in the defenses of human-controlled territory. He was one of the few who was aware that the true king of Stormwind, Varian Wrynn, was missing (and probably alive). This was one of the justifications for keeping most of Stormwind’s army centralized; Katrana had convinced Bolvar that the boy King, Anduin, would be the next target of whoever captured or killed the real King on his diplomatic mission. It was suspected that Varian was captured because his trip to Theramore signified an effort to make peace with the Horde, and a number of forces wished the fighting between the Alliance and the Horde to continue.[8]

Quests

  1. A [73] An End And A Beginning
  2. Quest Complete 16x16.pngA [73] To Fordragon Hold!
  3. Quest Avail 16x16.pngA [74] Audience With The Dragon Queen
  4. Quest Complete 16x16.pngA [74] Return To Angrathar

World of Warcraft Trading Card Game

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Highlord Bolvar Fordragon is featured in the TCG set Servants of the Betrayer. The card image shows him fighting Onyxia's Elite Guards. He is also featured in the Wrathgate set.

Quotes

Bolvar Fordragon at Stormwind Harbor.

In the Trading Card Game

"Today, we celebrate this glorious victory!" [9]

Stormwind Keep

"It is a tragedy. I think... I believe that our kind is cursed. We are cursed to lose our greatest warriors; our most noble heroes; our most gifted scholars."

Stormwind Harbor

  • "Our efforts in Lordaeron have been all for nought. Despite numerous setbacks, the Scourge remain unfazed. We must cut them off at the source."
  • "The time draws near to sail for Northrend. I don't know what awaits us; only that our enemies are numerous and are eager for our slaughter."
  • "But we cannot pursue any other path in good conscience. Azeroth depends on our vigilance."

Battle of Angrathar the Wrath Gate

Icecrown Citadel

NEVER! I... I will never... serve... you...

Icecrown Citadel - The Frozen Throne

Tirion walks over to the Helm of Domination, bends down to pick it up and examines the face of it.
Tirion Fordring: The weight of such a burden... ... It must be mine, for there is no other to--
Bolvar Fordragon: Tirion...
The scorched caricature of Bolvar is revealed, sitting atop the Frozen Throne.
Bolvar Fordragon: You hold a grim destiny in your hands, brother ... but it is not your own.
Tirion Fordring: Bolvar... By all that is holy...
Bolvar Fordragon: The dragons' flame... sealed my fate... The world of the living can no longer comfort me.
Tirion has ascended the stairs to the Throne and we see him taking the last two steps to stand before Bolvar.
Bolvar Fordragon: Place the crown upon my head, Tirion. Forevermore - I will be the jailor of the damned.
Tirion Fordring: NO, old friend... I cannot...
Bolvar Fordragon: DO IT TIRION! You and these brave heroes have your own destinies to fulfill. This last act of service... is mine.
Tiron turns toward Bolvar with the Helm of Domination cradled in his hands before him.
Tirion Fordring: You will not be forgotten... brother.
Bolvar Fordragon: I MUST be forgotten, Tirion! If the world is to live free from the tyranny of fear - they must never know what was done here today.
Tirion nods and accedes to Bolvar's request, sliding the helm onto his head. The chamber begins to shake violently as Tirion looks around. There is a flash of light and Bolvar's eyes are glowing golden yellow through the eye slits of the helm.
Bolvar Fordragon: Tell them only that the Lich King is dead...
Bolvar's voice changes, acquiring the Lich King's characteristic echo.
Bolvar Fordragon/Lich King: and that Bolvar Fordragon died with him...
The Frozen Throne freezes over, encasing Bolvar in ice.
Bolvar Fordragon/Lich King: NOW GO. LEAVE THIS PLACE - AND NEVER RETURN.

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • Chris Metzen stated that when they wrote and finished the Wrathgate Cinematic they didn't necessarily know how things would play out. But due to a massive feedback of the community regarding the fate of Bolvar they decided to make him the new Lich King.[10]
  • Bolvar shares a last name with Mara Fordragon.
  • The idea for Bolvar's appearance could be likened to pirate Raithen of the Diablo novel " The Black Road". Burned to death by the Demon Kabraxxis's fire, then resurrected by traces of a spell the demon used to raise skeletons, he walked the line between dead and alive. This is similar to Bolvar. Possibly killed by the Forsaken attack, then resurrected by the Red Dragons' fire.
  • Bolvar appears on the loading screen for Northrend with the introduction of the Cataclysm expansion
  • After killing Archbishop Benedictus in the Hour of Twilight, you get the option of talking to Bishop Farthing within the Cathedral of Light. He dismisses claims of Benedictus' betrayal as mere rumours, and makes a mention that there has been similar rumors of Bolvar's current identity circulating in Stormwind.[11]
  •  [Bolvar's Devotion] is named after him, a reward from the Alliance version of  A Tribute to Insanity (25 player).
  • He's voiced by Carlos Larkin.
  • He is the Vision of the Forlorn.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now appears on the Northrend Loading Screen.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Relocated to Fordragon Hold; replaced by Varian Wrynn as faction leader.
  • TBC Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Updated for level 70.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Racial "Leaders" have been strengthened, and are now worth slightly less honor.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07):
    • Highlord Bolvar Fordragon should no longer despawn when "The Great Masquerade" is activated.
    • Highlord Bolvar Fordragon is once again the Stormwind faction leader.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.4.1 (2005-05-05):
    • Archbishop Benedictus staged a temporary coup, and has taken the title of NPC leader of Stormwind City from Highlord Bolvar! Horde seeking to take out the leader of Stormwind should focus their efforts on Archbishop Benedictus for the duration. These changes will remain until the next content patch, when Highlord Bolvar reclaims his rightful throne:
    • Highlord Bolvar should be respawning between 5 and 8 minutes.
    • Bolvar will give no contribution points.

References

  1. ^ WoW TCG Card from BlizzCon 2010
  2. ^ TCG Servants of the Betrayer/136
  3. ^ An End And A Beginning
  4. ^ Edge of Night
  5. ^ http://fortune.worldofwarcraft.com/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm - Your Fortune Awaits
  6. ^ World of Warcraft manual, pg 170
  7. ^ Hecht, Eliah 2008-10-15. Shadow Council gnome rogues learn Draconic. WoW.com. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  8. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, 163
  9. ^ World of Warcraft Trading Card Game: Through the Dark Portal. Blizzard Entertainment. 136.
  10. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Issue 3, page 32
  11. ^ Farthing: Rumors, child. Rumors have a way of attaching themselves to people of power. In fact, I recently heard a particularly nasty one about the late lord Bolvar.

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Stormwind City (pre-3.0.2) Fordragon Hold Wintergarde Mausoleum Icecrown Citadel
Preceded by:
Varian Wrynn
(as King)
Position:
Ruler of Stormwind
(as Regent Lord to Anduin Wrynn)
Succeeded by:
Varian Wrynn
(as King)
Preceded by:
Arthas Menethil
(alone)
Position:
Lich King of the Scourge (alone)
Succeeded by:
Incumbent