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Thassarian

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For the similarly named dwarven family, see Thaurissan.
I have a role to play now. I'm part of a chain. And I will not be the weakest link in that chain. - To Vivian
AllianceThassarian
Image of Thassarian
Gender Male
Race Human (Undead)
Character class Death knight
Affiliation Alliance, Valiance Expedition and Knights of the Ebon Blade.
Former affiliation(s) Scourge, Death Knights of Acherus, Arthas Menethil
Occupation Stormwind general, First of the Alliance death knights: Lieutenant of the Scourge.(formerly)
Location Acherus: The Ebon Hold and Scarlet Tavern, Scarlet Enclave; The Wailing Ziggurat, Borean Tundra; The Skybreaker, Icecrown; Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Andorhal, Western Plaguelands
Status Alive
Relative(s) Killoren (father),[1] Vivian (mother),[1] Leryssa (sister), Lurid (minion), Dusk (mount)
Mentor(s) Sir

Thassarian was a soldier of the Alliance before being slain and reanimated by the Scourge. One of the few death knights of Acherus who maintained a genuine sense of honor and brotherhood, he was freed from the Lich King's control during N Death Knight [55] The Light of Dawn. Thassarian was among the the first Death Knights to rejoin the Alliance.

Following the War against the Lich King, Thassarian remains a loyal soldier to his king, though he maintains his friendship with his former comrade Koltira Deathweaver.

Contents

Biography

Death Knight (manga)

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Thassarian, Soldier of Lordaeron
Thassarian, Lieutenant of the Scourge
Thassarian, Champion of the Alliance

Before the coming of the Scourge, Thassarian was a simply farm boy being trained under his father who was a farmer by also a soldier. His dad thought him a lesson that would follow him for the rest of his life If soldiers don't follow orders, defeat is sure to follow. After the death of his father (presumably by the orcs of the Second War) Thassarian became the man of the house and watched over the farm and his mother Vivian and sister Leryssa. Sometime during the rumours of the plague, Thassarian became more vigilant over his home and stayed up almost every night, while his sister believed they were only rumours. One day he decided to fulfill his dream and follow in his father's footsteps. He enlisted in a barracks nearby and went to train with his family friend William Allerton under a person known as Sir.

One day there was a promotion to be achieved and Thassarian wanted to win it badly. After defeating three combatants, the fourth one threw a dagger at Thassarian's head. Luckily it hit him from the backside, just as the footmen's commander order. After the battle, Sir approached Thassarian to give him a lesson. That he should forget about rising through the ranks and be proud to be a simple skilled soldier that wins battles. While this was hard to bear, he remembered what his father had told him. One day, William came rushing with an urgent message that the prince wanted every available soldier to join his hunt. Thassarian accepted but his mother and sister knew that this would be the last time they would see each other. After drying her tears, Vivian gave Thassarian an amulet which used to belong to his father as her blessing.

Then he travelled with Arthas to Northrend to hunt Mal'Ganis. When Arthas and Falric went missing, he went to search for them alone. He discovered Frostmourne Cavern, where he found Falric. Falric, already converted to a Death Knight by Arthas, slew Thassarian, and thus began his unlife as a death knight.

Thassarian returned to Lordaeron with Arthas and assisted in the massacre of its citizens. Arthas forced him to slay his mother, Vivian, to prove his loyalty. This horrific event continued to haunt him, and it remained perhaps his last scrap of humanity for some time. After the death of Vivian, Thassarian tossed the amulet she gave him but William survived the massacre, retrieved the amulet and left Lordaeron.

Arthas' assault on Quel'Thalas introduced Thassarian to the high elves Koltira and his brother, Faltora, at An'owyn, where he pursued the mooncrystal to open the second moongate and proceed with their attack. Thassarian nearly killed Faltora, but, upon remembering his mother, he decided to show a moment of mercy. He returned to Arthas with the mooncrystal that he recovered. Koltira later confronted Thassarian and questioned why he didn't murder his brother, hoping to convince him to regain his humanity. This attempt failed, and Thassarian killed Koltira, who was returned to unlife as another death knight. Koltira and Thassarian developed a significant friendship that lasts to this day.

Years later, after the Lich King had awoken the Lich King ordered his death knights under the leadership of Darion Mograine to attack Light's Hope Chapel using the necropolis Acherus with the goal of raising the thousand or so Alliance soldiers buried beneath it to bolster the ranks of the Scourge. Thassarian, Koltira and Orbaz Bloodbane were stationed at Acherus: The Ebon Hold. Their first mission was to go behind enemy lines and find out what they could about the Crimson Dawn. During the process Koltira got captured and Thassarian was willing to break the Scourge code concerning the weak to free him.

The attack on Light's Hope Chapel ended with a defeat for the Death Knights. Many of the family of the Death Knights were buried at Light's Hope Chapel, and the spirits of their relatives rose to convince them to lay down their weapons. Thassarian was convinced by his father, Killoren, to stand down. Mograine declared the independence of the Knights of the Ebon Blade. Thassarian confronted King Varian Wrynn to accept the Knights of Ebon Blade as allies and to readmit its members as members of the Alliance.[1][2] After this, he went to the Blue Recluse for a drink. He chose this place because he used to come here for the great food, drinks and conversation. He started such a conversation with the inkeeper Steven Lohan when he ordered a mug of ale. Steven told him he heard of the king's announcement and asked him what he'll do when the Lich King is dead. When Steven asked him if he'll return to his family, Thassarian simply said he had no family.

Wrath of the Lich King

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After joining the Alliance he travelled to Northrend and enlisted in with the Valiance Expedition. There at first he had to kill random Scourge in the area but later he was called to return to the Valliance Keep, where Counselor Talbot made him the leader of the Unit S and under orders he marched to Wailing Ziggurat to dispose of it and use the Scourge technology against the Lich King. When the Unit S approached their destination, they got attacked by terrible beasts. During the battle, he raised a skeletal warrior, naming him Lurid. Thassarian fought why would Talbot sent the Unit to meet their death. Only two men survived from the Unit S. Thassarian and Lurid continued to the ziggurat. He found (in-game with the help of an adventure) Tanathal’s phylactery and started to interrogate him and the High Deathpriest Isidorus. After getting what he wanted, he travelled to Naxxanar, where he killed Luthion the Vile. Finally, he confronted Counselor Talbot who was truly Prince Valanar.[3] Atop of Naxxanar, Prince Valanar was speaking with the projection of the Lich King and was about to give him General Arlos and Leryssa. After a fierce battle, Thassarian defeated Valanar and rescued his sister and the general. After this, he said farewell to his sister and promised her that he will return to her once his task is done.

After his victory and rescuing his sister in Borean Tundra, he travelled to Icecrown Citadel on the The Skybreaker where he seeks to further damage the Scourge. Being a former scourge minion, he knows many things about the scourge and sends random soldiers to gather information about the cult, find flesh giant spines, neutralizing plague cauldrons and kill important scourge members. He later appears in the Cathedral of Darkness to help Tirion Fordring when his cover is blown. Both of them and their allies fled in time. Thassarian regrets having to let the Lich King live in his weakened state.[4]

Cataclysm

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The Alliance and Forsaken are fighting over control of Andorhal and the remaining Scourge presence there. The Alliance, led by Thassarian, have taken control of the western portion of the town while the Forsaken, led by Koltira Deathweaver, have taken control of the eastern portion.[5] Over the course of the Battle for Andorhal, Thassarian sends Alliance heroes to deal with the remaining Scourge forces and after defeating their leaders, Thassarian and Koltira enter a truce. Some time afterwards, human farmers formed a militia and launched a sneak attack on Koltira's Forsaken forces. With his hand forced, Thassarian resumes the war with the Forsaken. Victory was almost in the Alliance's grasp until the Forsaken started employing the Val'kyr.[6] With the Valk'yr raising their dead, the Alliance forces were overwhelmed and were forced to retreat to Chillwind Camp. Thassarian's minion, Lurid, was killed in the Forsaken assault.[7]

With the Battle of Andorhal over, Thassarian heads off to Tirisfal Glades to hunt Sylvanas in an attempt to find out what happened to Koltira.[8]

Thassarian later reappears in Mount Hyjal to do battle with the forces of Ragnaros.[9]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level Health
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave 55 784,200
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave 60 3,052,000
Borean Tundra 72 67,270
Icecrown 80 252,000
Western Plaguelands 85 542,430

Quests

He is first encountered in Acherus: The Ebon Hold as a level 55 standing next to Orbaz Bloodbane and Koltira Deathweaver. In phase two after completing N Death Knight [55] Victory At Death's Breach!, he relocates to the Scarlet Tavern with Bloodbane, where he is involved in the following quests:

  1. Quest Avail 16x16.pngN Death Knight [55] Brothers In Death
  2. Quest Complete 16x16.pngN Death Knight [55] Bloody Breakout
  3. Quest Avail 16x16.pngN Death Knight [55] A Cry For Vengeance!
  4. Quest Complete 16x16.pngN Death Knight [55] A Sort Of Homecoming

He shows up at the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel as a level 60 elite taking part in N Death Knight [55] The Light of Dawn.

He next appears for all classes at the Wailing Ziggurat in Borean Tundra, where he is involved in the following quests:

  1. Quest Complete 16x16.pngA [72] Thassarian, the Death Knight
  2. Quest Avail 16x16.pngQuest Complete 16x16.pngA [71] Finding the Phylactery
  3. Quest Avail 16x16.pngQuest Complete 16x16.pngA [72] Buying Some Time
  4. Quest Avail 16x16.pngQuest Complete 16x16.pngA [72] Words of Power
  5. Quest Avail 16x16.pngQuest Complete 16x16.pngA [72] Last Rites

Thassarian can later be found aboard the Alliance airship the Skybreaker above the skies of Icecrown. He is involved in quests that unfold The Shadow Vault among others. He also plays a part in the unfolding storyline of Wrath of The Lich King.

Trivia

  • Even while he was in service of the Lich King, Thassarian seemed to be a noble person. After sending the player to rescue Koltira Deathweaver — against the code of the Scourge death knight — Orbaz Bloodbane asked why he cared. Thassarian replied that, though they may have been hated enemies in life, "In death, we are brothers."
  • His blades use the same model as the two-handed sword [Endbringer].
  • Leryssa calls him Thass.
  • Thassarian is voiced by Frank Welker.

Manga

Death Knight, a manga from TokyoPop, tells the story of Thassarian. The manga was released in December 2009.[10]

Quotes

"Sometimes lessons are painful, aren't they?" - To William Allerton.
"All I ever wished was to serve my king once again. For humanity, against a common enemy.
Instead, I find that our numbers have been infiltrated by cultist scum.... and all of the signs point to Naxxanar as the origin of this rot."
The quest Last Rites
See Dialog between Thassarian and various others atop Naxxanar.
To Tanathal

Speak, Lich! Undeath won't save you from what I'll put you through!

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Patch changes

References

External links

Ebon Hold Scarlet Tavern Light's Hope Wailing Ziggurat The Skybreaker Andorhal