Lore Sundays: Bolvar Fordragon (part 1)

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With the announcement of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, we saw what happened with the Lich King. Bolvar Fordragon was the one to succeed Arthas after his death and become the next Lich King. Now, it is time for you to know the lore behind Bolvar Fordragon, Jailer of the Damned.

Bolvar’s Early Life

Highlord Bolvar Fordragon was respected paladin of the Alliance. Shortly after the third war, King Varian went missing under strange circumstances. At that time, Stormwind was going through a state of chaos. Young Anduin was given the crown so that the order could be preserved. Highlord Bolvar Fordragon acted as a Regent Lord of Stormwind at these troubled times. He also was appointed as Supreme Commander of Stormwind’s forces on behalf of Anduin.

Highlord Bolvar Fordragon
(artwork by unknown)

During that time, Highlord Bolvar was under magic influence done by Lady Prestor. She was a royal councilor to Anduin but under the guise of an actual human. Her real form was a black dragon by the name of Onyxia. After some time, Lady Prestor’s act was revealed and she was confronted in the Stormwind Keep. Highlord Bolvar was part of the fight that emerged and was focused on protecting the young King. Unfortunately, he failed to do so and Onyxia managed to capture Anduin before teleporting to her lair. Upon Varian’s return, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon was left in charge of Stormwind while Varian and adventurers went on a mission to slay Onyxia.

Wrath of the Lich King

Upon Varian’s return, Bolvar aided in defense of Stormwind against a surprise Scourge attack. The defense was successful and Highlord Bolvar Fordragon was credited for the aid. After that, Bolvar led the Alliance armies to Northrend to battle the Scourge. There, he aids the Alliance heroes in defeating the lich Thel’zan the Duskbringer, a powerful commander of the Scourge.

Highlord Bolvar Fordragon
(artwork from Hearthstone)

In Northrend, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon also led the Alliance army in a mission to defeat Arthas, the Lich King. In a bold maneuver, his forces laid siege to Angrathar the Wrathgate, the rear entrance of the Icecrown Citadel. His forces were also accompanied by the forces of the Horde led by Dranosh Saurfang.

Bolvar and Dranosh in front of the Wrathgate
(artwork by Konstantin Turovec on ArtStation)

During the attack, Dranosh Saurfang was killed and fell to the might of Lich King’s runeblade – Frostmourne. This left Bolvar alone to lead the attack with both of the Horde and Alliance’s armies. Not long before Dranosh was killed, a surprise plague explosion attack rang the battlefield. Behind it was Grand Apothecary Putress and a number of his plague catapults. He announced to the Horde leader that the Forsaken have neither forgotten or forgiven him before launching the attack. The plague catapults struck down on the armies and Bolvar ordered a fallback. Unfortunately, he was struck down by the plagued gas and fell down. Just as he gasped his last breaths, Alexstrasza the Life-Binder and her red dragons arrived. They breathed cleansing flames across the battlefield, searing away the poison from the air and the plagued flesh from the bodies.

What was left at the battlefield was just the ash of the burned bodies of both the Alliance and Horde’s forces.

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