With the imminent arrival of The Burning Crusade Classic (TBCC) just around the corner, this seems to be the perfect time for WOW Classic players to explore the origin story of one of the expansion’s most elusive characters – the Illidari Naga mistress, Lady Vashj.
Born a Highborne Night-Elf in the city of Vashj’ir, she is the beloved heir of benevolent ruler, Matron Lestharia Vashj (approximately ten thousand (10,000) years ago).
Still, it was not her exploits in Vashj’ir that brought her fame and renown, but her staunch loyalty and unending admiration of Zin-Azshari’s Queen Azshara did, which she is profoundly proud of.
With plenty of things happening between her Night-Elf upbringings till her Outland-ish (pun intended) days of becoming Illidan’s second-in-command, here are some important things to know about her, in chronological order (until her story in TBCC):
A few millenniums ago, Vashj was a Night-Elf born of the highest stature in elven society.
Her mother, Lestharia Vashj ruled the city of Vashj’ir with wisdom and respect, leading her people to endless prosperity.
Still, Lady Vashj’s personal ambitions were never about following in the footsteps of her mother.
Instead, she came to the sprawling elven city of Zin-Azshari, becoming a personal handmaiden for another iconic WOW malefactor, Queen Azshara.
Awestruck by the queen’s divine beauty and strong femininity, Lady Vashj was ever-present by the entitled Elven ruler’s side, joining her in the now famous ‘War of the Ancients’ history of which her Kaldorei Empire aided the first Burning Legion’s invasion of Azeroth.
As was written in WOW legends, the war to prevent the Burning Legion’s master, Sargeras from destroying the world of Kalimdor resulted in the Great Sundering catastrophe, plunging Lady Vashj and all her Kaldorein sisters into the ocean’s abyss deep below.
Aided by the Old Gods for their own menacing schemes, Lady Vashj and her Night-Elven society were saved yet transformed within the bowels of the open seas, now twisted into the Naga race for which they are known today.
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Following TBCC’s main antagonist, Illidan Stormrage’s personal journey for power, he had sought out the assistance of the Naga under the sea, with which Lady Vashj and her band of Naga warriors heeded his call.
Now amongst the highest ranks of the Illidari (Illidan’s primary army faction), Lady Vashj would become an integral ally for Illidan as he tried to appease his own demonic master, Kil’jaeden by way of destroying the newly-formed Lich King, Arthas Menethil.
Afrer a disastrous defeat at the hands of the fallen human prince, Lady Vashj brought her followers to a secure haven in Lordamere Lake for them to recoup their forces while Illidan stormed to Outland to escape Kil’jaeden’s wrath.
Now tasked with replenishing the ranks of the Illidari, Lady Vashj was advised by her leader to seek out the allegiance of another fallen ruler, Kael’thas Sunstrider, prince of the Quel’Thalas and his Blood-Elven people.
Lady Vashj went through heaps and bounds to convince Kael’thas to join their ranks, saving him from the oppressive mistreatment of the Alliance’s Othmar Garithos in the process.
Finally swayed to partake in Illidan’s pursuit of dominance for Outland, Kael’thas joined Lady Vashj in journeying to Outland to save Illidan from Maeiv Shadowsong’s (Night-Elf of the Kaldorei Resistance) capture, as well as best the then Outland ruler and demonic Pit-Lord, Magtheridon.
With the combined powers – and forces – of Illidan, Lady Vashj, Kael’thas and latest member, Akama (Broken Draenei), Magtheridon was finally overthrown with Illidan taking his place atop of Outland’s Black Temple.
Noting his former cohort’s rise to power, Kil’jaeden had contacted Illidan again to offer a final chance to redeem himself by destroying the Frozen Throne and its re-emerged Lich King, Arthas.
Lady Vashj joined Illidan to Northrend, the land under the control of the Scourge and Lich King, and assisted him until Illidan’s final confrontation and defeat at the hands of Arthas, yet again.
With this failure, Illidan returned to Outland and vowed to strengthen his forces and personal might even further, with Lady Vashj continuing to aid him in his conquest as per the Old Gods’ requests.
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