We all know what happened to Bolvar Fordragon at the end of Wrath of the Lich King. After the fall of the Lich King and finding out that there must always be a Lich King, Bolvar told Tirion Fordring that he would take up the burden of becoming the new Lich King. Most believe that was the end of the story, but if you played a Death knight in Legion you know that is far from the truth, and just what is Bolvar Fordragon planning. For those who don’t know, Bolvar Fordragon was first found in Vanilla standing inside Stormwind Keep right next to the King of Stormwind Anduin Wrynn, which was only 10-years-old at the time. In Wrath of the Lich King, Bolvar played a very important part on laying siege to the Wrathgate.
During the siege, Grand Apothecary Putress launched barrels of gas using catapults on both Alliance and Horde forces as well as the Scourge. Bolvar ordered his troops to fall back but was brought down by the gas. Alexstrasza, the Life-Binder, and her red dragons arrived and breathed flames across the battlefield, searing away the poison from the air. With the battlefield covered in flames we thought Bolvar was lost to us. We found this not to be true once we took the fight to Icecrown Citadel, once inside we heard the screams of a very alive Bolvar Fordragon.
Lich King 2.0
We thought all was well leaving a trustworthy man of the light in charge of the Scourge, but we were wrong. First thing right out the gate you hear is this new agreement that the Lich King has with the Ebon Blade. The Ebon Blade will serve as the arm for his vengeance against the Legion, and in return he will keep the Scourge contained in Northrend. Shocked and worried the Ebon Blade could do nothing else but accept this agreement. With the Legion already being a massive threat, the last thing you want to hear is the Lich King letting loose the Scourge.
There is no telling what Bolvar Fordragon is planning. At first you think he just wants to rid Azeroth of the Legion, but Bolvar is only helping his new Deathlord collect their Artifacts. During the mage artifact questline for Felo’melorn, you have to travel to Icecrown Citadel. Now if Bolvar was all for helping Azeroth’s heroes, you would think he would help the mage retrieve Felo’melorn, but it’s actually the complete opposite. Bolvar tells the mage that they can try to take the sword but if they fail they too will join the Scourge. Once the Death knight obtains their artifact, Bolvar brings the Death knights to the Frozen Throne atop Icecrown Citadel and bestows his blessing upon them. Under Bolvar’s orders, the Ebon Blade are to follow his new Deathlord as if they were his own. Next stop on the evil list, Bolvar wants the Death knights to recreate the Four Horsemen.
The Four Horsemen
The first Four Horsemen were extremely powerful elite Death knights created by the lich Kel’Thuzad. They were the most feared and powerful soldiers of all the Scourge. The first Horsemen that the Death knights will raise is Nazgrim, the fallen general of the Horde. Nazgrim was one of the greatest generals of the Horde. You might remember him from being a quest giver in Grizzly Hills, or possibly you saw him in Vashj’ir, or most will likely remember killing him during the Siege of Orgrimmar raid in Mists of Pandaria. Next to be risen by the Death knights is Thoras Trollbane. Thoras Trollbane was king of Stromgarde, and a founding member of the Alliance of Lordaeron during the Second War. Thoras was ultimately murdered by his son, Galen, who only wanted the throne of Stromgarde for himself. Next is High Inquisitor Whitemane, many will know her from being the final boss in Scarlet Monastery.
Last there must be a leader because without a leader there will be no unity among the Four. Like the Lich King before him, Bolvar wants Tirion Fordring to serve him. Bolvar sends his Deathlord, Darion Mograine, and the other three Horsemen to Light’s Hope Chapel to recover the body of Tirion Fordring. The Ebon Blade did not agree with this plan because following through with it would cause mistrust in the Ebon Blade, however, they had to follow through with this order because of their agreement. In the end, they failed causing Darion to sacrifice himself to save the others. Bolvar then resurrects Darion and decides he will now lead the Four Horsemen like his father before him.
What is Bolvar Planning?
Let’s first say again that from what we have seen Bolvar does not care about anything or anyone except himself and his new Deathlord. He didn’t care if a mage died trying to get their artifact, he didn’t care how the Ebon Blade would look trying to raise Tirion as a Death knight, and he wasn’t afraid to force the Ebon Blade into working for him. During the Death knight’s class mount quest, Bolvar had the Deathlord threatening and slaying Red Dragons to gain knowledge. Obviously, these aren’t signs of a good guy, especially when the Dragon Aspects can no longer lay eggs, so whatever Dragons that are left, that’s it.
During the questline of gaining the Deathlord’s new mount, Bolvar will also tell you a few interesting things. If you kill all of the Red Dragons he will say “You are empty inside, just like me.” While during these quests he has also stated that he has “plans” for the future. So, what could Bolvar Fordragon’s plans be? Will there be a new Scourge expansion where we have to go back to Northrend and take care of the Lich King once again? But what would be his overall goal? There are so many interesting ways Blizzard can go with his story.
An easy way to explain the reason Bolvar is acting this way is to say the Old Gods are in his head, but I don’t think that’s it. One way I would like to see his story go is for Bolvar to try and turn the Ebon Blade against the Alliance and Horde (including you as the Deathlord). Bolvar has already made everyone suspicious of the Ebon Blade and what their plans are, but what if everyone stops trusting them completely. They would have no one to turn to except for the Lich King himself, and they wouldn’t have a choice in the matter because if they don’t do as the Lich King says he will release the Scourge on the world. It would be interesting to see the player turning against their own faction.
With the Helm of Domination showing Bolvar visions, and with the way he has been acting throughout this expansion, there is no doubt in my mind that he has something in mind for Azeroth, and I can’t wait to see what it is. Maybe Sylvanas and Bolvar will team together against the Alliance and Horde. An update of Northrend with a new raid containing the new Four Horsemen sounds good to me, but we can only speculate for now.
Let us know what you think Bolvar could possibly be planning or if you think this is all tin foil hat stuff and he just has his own way of helping out.Related: Blizzard Entertainment, Column, MMORPG, World of Warcraft, WoW Wednesday