Sylvanas Windrunner is one of the Horde's most divisive figures, a secretive leader who inspires equal parts dread and awe in those she fights alongside.
Sylvanas was once the ranger-general of Silvermoon, a commander charged with defending the high elven kingdom of Quel'Thalas. Her skill as a leader was put to the test when the Lich King's undead Scourge attacked her nation. Though Sylvanas fought valiantly, she fell to the unholy invaders. The Scourge death knight Arthas Menethil ripped out the ranger-general's soul and transformed it into a banshee, a vengeful phantom forced to serve the Lich King.
A year later, Sylvanas regained her freedom. She was accompanied by many other undead who had broken away from the Lich King's control. Sylvanas dubbed these renegades the Forsaken, and she named herself their Banshee Queen. To secure a future for her followers, Sylvanas joined the Horde. She and her Forsaken eventually marched alongside their new allies in the invasion of Northrend, helping defeat the Lich King and sating their appetite for vengeance.
Since that time, Sylvanas has continued protecting the Forsaken from any threat, even those that have emerged from within the Horde. She has also bolstered her forces, creating more undead followers with the aid of powerful wraiths called Val'kyr. These actions have alienated some members of the Horde, who question the Banshee Queen's true intentions - and wonder about the cost of placing their lives in her cold hands.
"Those who do not stand with the Forsaken stand against them. And those who stand against the Forsaken will not stand long."
The Banshee Queen only seeks vengeance on behalf of her people, the Forsaken. (Queen Sylvanas Windrunner)
"Amidst our ranks, there are few with more dedication or vigor." - Lady Sylvanas Windrunner (Nathanos Blightcaller)
"Watch, heathens, as death surrounds you!" (Echo of Sylvanas)
"We are the Forsaken. We will slaughter anyone who stands in our way." (Sylvanas, Lady of Undercity)
"May Azeroth never fail to remember the terrible price we paid for our weakness... for our pride." - Dark Lady Sylvanas Windrunner (Windrunner's Heartseeker)
Wielded by the time-twisted Echo of Sylvanas. (Windrunner's Bow)
"I will shred the flesh from Sylvanas's foul minions 'til nothing remains!" (Rufus Claybourne)
Obsessed only with battle, he despaired at the weakness of his aging human body, until Sylvanas and undeath brought him salvation. (Elderguard Brennan)
"You will not escape me that easily, Arthas! I will have my vengeance!" (Dark Lady Sylvanas Windrunner)
"Lordaeron belongs to the Forsaken, always and forever."