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For Jaina's expedition to Kalimdor, see Human Expedition.
AllianceSons of Lothar
Chronicle2 Invasion of Draenor.jpg
Main leader Unknown
  Formerly  Force Commander Danath Trollbane[1]
 Supreme Commander Khadgar
 High General Turalyon
Secondary leaders  Captain Auric Sunchaser
  Formerly  Gryphon Rider Commander Kurdran Wildhammer
 Lead Scout Alleria Windrunner
Race(s) HumanHuman Human
High elfHigh elf High elf
Wildhammer dwarfWildhammer dwarf Wildhammer dwarf
Ironforge dwarfIronforge dwarf Ironforge dwarf
GnomeGnome Gnome
Character classes Ranger, Footman, Gryphon rider, Knight, Mage, Warrior
Capital Honor Hold
Other major settlements Allerian Stronghold, Wildhammer Stronghold
  Formerly Vanguard, Expedition Armory, Kirin'Var Village
Theater of operations Draenor/Outland
Language(s) Common, Thalassian, Dwarven, Gnomish
Affiliation Alliance, Sha'tar (allies)
  Formerly Alliance of Lordaeron
Status Unknown (presumed disbanded)
Tabard Honor Hold Tabard.jpg

“In remembrance of the Supreme Allied Commander, Anduin Lothar: A man who would sacrifice everything in the defense of his king, his people, his home...
Let our enemies know our names. Let our allies honor our passing. We are the Sons of Lothar.”

General Turalyon[2]

The Sons of Lothar,[2] also known as the Alliance Expedition[3][4] and the Alliance Expeditionary Force,[5][6] are mostly the veterans of the Second War[7] that ventured to the orc homeworld of Draenor during the invasion of Draenor,[8] with the goal of confiscating the stolen magical artifacts (such as the Book of Medivh, Eye of Dalaran, etc.) from Ner'zhul and his Horde of Draenor, and to end the threat of the orcs before Ner'zhul could open portals to other worlds. They named themselves Sons of Lothar in honor of Anduin Lothar, who was considered to be the bravest and most selfless human warrior they ever knew.[2]

When the Dark Portal reopened, the Sons of Lothar were reunited with the Grand Alliance and led the Alliance's crusade against the Burning Legion, fel orcs, and Illidan's forces. Three of the Expedition's leaders — Khadgar, Danath Trollbane, and Kurdran Wildhammer — were confirmed to be alive with the opening of Outland. The latter two, Alleria Windrunner and Turalyon, were later shown as alive during the invasion of Argus, as members of the Army of the Light. All five expedition leaders have since returned to Azeroth, leaving the status of the Sons of Lothar and their leadership unknown.

Though they affiliate themselves with the Alliance,[9] Khadgar is currently available as a quest giver to both factions.


Invasion of Draenor

Main article: Invasion of Draenor
Heroes of the Alliance. (From left to right: Alleria, Khadgar, Danath, Turalyon, and Kurdran.)

As the fires of the Second War died down, the Alliance took aggressive steps to contain the orcish threat. A number of large internment camps, meant to house the captive orcs, were constructed in southern Lordaeron. Guarded by both the paladins and the veteran soldiers of the Alliance, the camps proved to be a great success. Though the captive orcs were tense and anxious to do battle once more, the various camp wardens, based at the old prison-fortress of Durnholde, kept the peace and maintained a strong semblance of order.

However, on the hellish world of Draenor, a new orcish army prepared to strike at the unsuspecting Alliance. Ner'zhul, the former mentor of Gul'dan, rallied the remaining orc clans under his dark banner. Aided by the Shadowmoon clan, the old shaman planned to open a number of portals on Draenor that would lead the Horde to new, unspoiled worlds. To power his new portals, he needed a number of enchanted artifacts from Azeroth. To procure them, Ner'zhul reopened the Dark Portal and sent his ravenous servants charging through it.

The new Horde, led by veteran chieftains such as Grom Hellscream and Kilrogg Deadeye (of the Bleeding Hollow clan), surprised the Alliance defense forces and rampaged through the countryside. Under Ner'zhul's surgical command, the orcs quickly rounded up the artifacts that they needed and fled back to the safety of Draenor.

King Terenas of Lordaeron, convinced that the orcs were preparing a new invasion of Azeroth, assembled his most trusted lieutenants. He ordered General Turalyon and the archmage, Khadgar, to lead an expedition through the Dark Portal to put an end to the orcish threat once and for all. Turalyon and Khadgar's forces marched into Draenor and repeatedly clashed with Ner'zhul's clans upon the ravaged Hellfire Peninsula over the next several months. They founded Honor Hold as their primary base. The Sons of Lothar received erratic shipments of supplies and manpower from their homeworld then, as the Azerothian side of the Dark Portal switched sides several times during the late stages of the Invasion of Draenor.[10] The Alliance Expedition eventually went on the offensive, but even with the aid of the high elf Alleria Windrunner, the dwarf Kurdran Wildhammer, and the veteran soldier Danath Trollbane, Khadgar was unable to prevent Ner'zhul from opening his portals to other worlds.

Alleria, Turalyon, and Khadgar after closing the Draenor side of the portal.

Ner'zhul finally opened his portals to other worlds, but he did not foresee the terrible price he would pay. The portals' tremendous energies began to tear the very fabric of Draenor apart. As Turalyon's forces fought desperately to return home to Azeroth, the world of Draenor began to buckle in upon itself. Grom Hellscream and Kilrogg Deadeye, realizing that Ner'zhul's mad plans would doom their entire race, rallied the remaining orcs and escaped back to the relative safety of Azeroth.

On Draenor, Turalyon and Khadgar agreed to make the ultimate sacrifice by destroying the Dark Portal from their side. Though it would cost their lives, and the lives of their companions, they knew that it was the only way to ensure Azeroth's survival. Even as Hellscream and Deadeye hacked their way through the human ranks in a desperate bid for freedom, the Dark Portal exploded behind them. For them, and the remaining orcs on Azeroth, there would be no going back.

Ner'zhul and his loyal Shadowmoon clan passed through the largest of the newly created portals, as massive volcanic eruptions began to break Draenor's continents apart. The burning seas rose up and roiled the shattered landscape as the tortured world was finally consumed in a massive, apocalyptic explosion.[11]


After they survived the cataclysm that created Outland, the Sons of Lothar returned to Honor Hold and launched search missions for their missing allies.[12] Turalyon and Alleria's disappearance was not taken lightly by the Alliance Expedition who searched from Hellfire Peninsula to Nagrand, but found no leads. Eventually, Danath Trollbane and Khadgar could do nothing more than call off the search and presumed that they were dead.[13] With Turalyon missing, Danath took up leadership of the Sons of Lothar in his absence.

Eventually, the Burning Legion saw Outland as the perfect staging ground to launch assaults against other worlds, and dispatched the pit lord Magtheridon who corrupted the remaining orcs with his blood to create the Fel Horde. Khadgar, Kurdran, and Danath quickly realized they would never be able to defeat the demons on their own, but they could slow them down. The survivors mustered what soldiers they could to oppose the demons' incursion, and the two forces would skirmish intermittently for years.[14]

On Azeroth, accounts from the few Sons of Lothar who had come back painted a grim picture, but there was still hope that one day Danath, Turalyon, Khadgar, Alleria, Kurdran, and their followers might return. Many believed that they died during the destruction of Draenor; others believe they escaped to other worlds within the Twisting Nether; and some others believe that they survived in the remnants of the world. However, as the days, weeks, months, and years began to pass, that hope faded. All the leaders from the expeditionary force has since been immortalized in stone in the Valley of Heroes of Stormwind City,[15] so that all citizens would receive a daily reminder of those who had made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save their world.[16]

The Burning Crusade

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Honor Hold, the primary base of the Alliance Expedition.

Years later, the Dark Portal was reopened by the demon Lord Kazzak. In his wake, legions of demons came spilling through into Azeroth. The forces of Nethergarde Keep were quickly rallied, and with aid from the Argent Dawn and numerous adventurers the demons were pushed back through the Portal, securing it once more. The adventurers, not satisfied with securing only one side of the Portal, pressed through to Outland after Kazzak where they discovered what became of Draenor.

Vestiges of the Sons of Lothar, veterans of the Alliance that first came into Draenor, have steadfastly held on to their Hellfire outpost of Honor Hold and other Alliance strongholds. According to Khadgar, after the Sons of Lothar were trapped in this broken wasteland now known as Outland, they did their best to survive. Over time they sensed that a new evil was closing in around them from the Twisting Nether and believed the demons once again sought to claim Outland. They are now joined by the armies from Stormwind and Ironforge and together, they continue to fight demonic and native aggression, while also striving to put an end to the Burning Legion's Burning Crusade. Force Commander Danath Trollbane leads the Sons of Lothar's campaign in Honor Hold, while Kurdran Wildhammer patrols the skies of Wildhammer Stronghold in Shadowmoon Valley. Allerian Stronghold, on the edge of Auchindoun in Terokkar Forest, is named after Alleria and is where most high elves reside, and Kirin'Var Village, in Farahlon, is where the mages of the expedition settled. Sometime before the Dark Portal's reopening, Khadgar had used his magic to reach into the Great Dark Beyond and found the naaru led by A'dal. He convinced them to come to Outland to aid in stopping the Legion's incursion on the shattered planet.[17] Khadgar can be found in Shattrath City, acting as an envoy to the Sha'tar[citation needed]  to coordinate with the faction and aid them in providing some stability and protection for Outland. Only Alleria and Turalyon have yet to be found as they were presumed lost during some horrific battle with the Burning Legion. Their son, Arator the Redeemer, believes them to be still alive and continues his search for them. He traveled to Honor Hold with the Alliance armies and offered Commander Trollbane his services.

Although many died during the Sons of Lothar's military campaigns, some continued to haunt their fallen holdings as restless spirits. The Alliance soldiers stationed at the Expedition Armory fell to the Horde of Draenor and became the spectral Unyielding. The mages of Kirin'Var Village too were decimated; since the Kirin'Var mages died from a mana bomb detonated by Kael'thas's Sunfury forces.[18] Following the blood elven assault, the necromancer lich, Naberius, had enslaved the fallen Kirin Tor as enthralled spirits.[19]

The floating remains of Draenor, now known as Outland, has become a warzone. The Alliance and the Horde have occasionally skirmished for political reasons, but the Illidari, savage Outland natives, and agents of the Burning Legion have all threatened the Sons of Lothar with their machinations to dominate Outland. The Sons of Lothar employed adventurers of the Alliance to secure Outland from these threats and tame the shattered planet's savage lands.

Return to Azeroth

Following the Cataclysm, Kurdran Wildhammer returned to Azeroth and led the Alliance forces in the Twilight Highlands.[20]

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Danath Trollbane finally left Outland and traveled to Dalaran. During the course of the conflict, it was discovered from a relic known as  [Light's Heart] that Turalyon and Alleria were still alive, having become leaders in the Army of the Light. Khadgar reunited with them on Argus, homeworld of the Burning Legion, and told them that Danath and Kurdran were both still alive. The three resolved that the Sons of Lothar would hold a reunion feast when the invasion was over.[21]


Though Turalyon was the Supreme Commander of the Alliance of Lordaeron following the death of Anduin Lothar, the Alliance Expedition itself was led by Khadgar. As their Supreme Commander, he had called for the army to be rallied at Nethergarde Keep and led into the Dark Portal to Draenor. As Khadgar's task was by far the most important - to retrieve the Book of Medivh and seal the Dark Portal to save Azeroth from destruction - Turalyon and his lieutenants deferred to him when it came to ways to achieve that task. Otherwise, the command of the Expedition's forces fell under Turalyon's purview.

Notable members

Name Role Status Location
Alliance IconSmall Alleria.gif Alleria Windrunner Lead Scout and Intelligence Agent. Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall HighElf Male.gif Auric Sunchaser Captain of the high elves. Alive Allerian Stronghold, Terokkar Forest
Alliance IconSmall Danath.gif Danath Trollbane Force Commander and Tactical Advisor. Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall Human Male.gif Herrick Right hand of Danath Trollbane. Alive Khaz Algar
Alliance IconSmall Khadgar.gif Khadgar Supreme Commander of the Sons of Lothar. Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall Kurdran.gif Kurdran Wildhammer Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division. Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall Human Male.gif Malgor Devidicus Priest and old friend of Turalyon. Alive Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula
Alliance IconSmall HighElf Male.gif Rellian High elven ranger. Unknown Unknown
Alliance IconSmall HighElf Male.gif Talthressar Lieutenant of the Sons of Lothar. Unknown Unknown
Alliance IconSmall Turalyon.gif Turalyon High General of the Sons of Lothar. Alive Various
Neutral IconSmall Human Male.gif Vargoth Leader of the Kirin Tor expedition. Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall HighElf Female.gif Verana Right hand of Alleria Windrunner. Undead Telogrus Rift
Neutral IconSmall Arakkoa2.gif Grizzik Guide Unknown Unknown

In the RPG

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

The Alliance Expedition is also known as the Draenor Expedition.[22]

Notes and trivia

  • The Sons of Lothar were already wearing their current tabard before and during the Invasion of Draenor.[23]
  • Most of the Sons of Lothar in Honor Hold are now old and gray-haired, with the younger-looking Caretaker Dilandrus saying he was born here.
  • Many veterans and refugees of the expedition joined Shattrath City, as presumably did most of the humans living in the Lower City.
  • In Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the military actions of the expedition were described as such: after constructing Vanguard as their main fortress in Hellfire Peninsula,[24] the expedition was ultimately successful in fighting the Shadowmoon clan and their allies in a string of military victories on Draenor and destroyed Fortress Shadowmoon.[25] The Laughing Skull clan stole the Book of Medivh before Fortress Shadowmoon was destroyed and gave the Expedition the Book along with soldiers in exchange for helping the traitor clan dominate on Draenor.[26] However Ner'zhul had learned enough from the book to succeed with his plan to open numerous portals. Seeing the destruction of Draenor, the Alliance forces chose to close the Dark Portal in order to protect Azeroth from the influx of energy unleashed from the quickly dying world.[27]
  • In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, a bulletin board inside Durnholde Keep showed that the Alliance was still looking for information about the missing members of the expedition.
  • During the Warlords of Draenor alpha stage Lotharian Peacekeepers briefly appeared during the Shattrath City battle.
  • By the time of the Fourth War, at least nine of the original members of the expedition have returned to Azeroth. These include all five of the expedition leaders (Archmage Khadgar, General Turalyon, Danath Trollbane, Alleria Windrunner and Kurdran Wildhammer), as well as Archmage Vargoth, Ravandwyr, Captain Auric Sunchaser, and Eli Thunderstrike. The questions whether the other members returned as well, or if the expedition remains active in Outland, remain unanswered.


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