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War against the Jailer

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War against the Jailer
Shadowlands Cinematic03.jpg
Date 35 ADP - 36 ADP[1]
Location Shadowlands (main battlefield), with battles in Azeroth
Begin Death Rising
End Eternity's End

Covenants and mortal victory

  • The position of Lich King came to an end
  • The Scourge is masterless and maraud across Azeroth
  • Zovaal is defeated and the veil above Icecrown Citadel closes
  • Pelagos becomes the new Arbiter
  • The souls of the dead are no longer sent in the Maw
  • End of the anima drought all across the Shadowlands
  • Sylvanas is sentenced to free all the souls in the Maw

Coalition against the Jailer


Forces allied with the Jailer

Commanders and leaders

Coalition against the Jailer


Forces allied with the Jailer

Previous Black Empire Campaign
Next War against the Primalists

“Your efforts are meaningless, mortals. The pattern is flawed. Reality must be remade. I will see it done. Death comes for the soul of your world.”

Zovaal the Jailer[2]

The war against the Jailer was a conflict between the Mawsworn led by Zovaal the Jailer and his allies, and the Covenants of the Shadowlands with the help of the Maw Walkers.


After the end of the war against the Lich King, Sylvanas Windrunner hurled herself from Icecrown Citadel in order to commit suicide. Instead, she met with the Jailer, an ancient evil who rules the Maw of the Shadowlands, and started working with him.[3]

When Warchief Vol'jin died during the start of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, he heard whispers from a dark entity which told him to make Sylvanas the new warchief.[4] After the troll's death, Sylvanas said that "in the end, death claims us all" and accepted her new title.[5]

After the end of the demonic invasion, Sylvanas started the Fourth War in order to kill as many people as possible in order to feed their souls to the Maw which allowed Sylvanas and the Jailer to both grow greater in strength.[6][7]



  1. ^ Steve Danuser on the WoW forums
  2. ^ Immortal Hearth#Quotes
  3. ^ The Jailer is the Main Villain of Shadowlands - Working with Sylvanas Since "Edge of Night"
  4. ^ Mueh'zala yells: It be Mueh'zala who brought Helya to da Jailer's side... struck a deal for ol' Odyn's eye... and made da Banshee warchief with a whisper!
  5. ^ H [10-45] Fate of the Horde
  6. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2019-11-01. BlizzCon 2019 - World of Warcraft: What's Next. Retrieved on 2019-11-02.
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2019-11-01. World of Warcraft: What’s Next Panel Recap. Retrieved on 2019-11-02.