The Warcraft Lore series is a collection of articles delving deep into the history of many important Warcraft figures and events. Since World of Warcraft’s story is ongoing in the famous MMORPG and in some new novel publications, I will try to constantly update these articles. My main sources are Warcraft books and comics, Warcraft 1 / 2 /3, World of Warcraft, WoWWiki, WoWpedia, YouTube and some theory-crafting sites. The following article will inform you about the Helm of Domination.

In the end of the article you can find a mini Glossary that may prove helpful if you are new to Warcraft lore. Let me know in the comments about any errors or inconsistencies you may find. Feedback is greatly appreciated. Enjoy!

Prologue (Pre Warcraft Era)

During the attack of the Alliance on Outland, a terrified Ner’zhul opened multiple portals to other worlds in order to escape. Upon entering one of the portals, he was captured by Kil’jaeden. The eredar tortured the poor shaman until he broke his spirit completely. Eventually, Ner’zhul agreed to serve the Legion once more and he was resurrected as a spectre. Five dreadlords (Tichondrius, Mal’Ganis, Balnazzar, Detheroc and Varimathras) bound Ner’Zhul’s spirit to a set of armor creating the first Lich King. In the same time they constructed a fortress in Icecrown (later known as Icrecrown Citadel) to serve as a jail.

Ner’Zhul opens multiple portals on Draenor

The Lich King was originally created for the sole purpose of weakening Azeroth’s defenses, prior to the Third War. The dreadlords and their demonic brethren were also dispatched to Azeorth to hasten the Lich King’s task by any means necessary. However, the clever spirit of Ner’zhul managed to trick the dreadlords into allowing him to hurl Frostmourne out of the Frozen Throne. Many years later, Arthas found the cursed sword, setting Ner’zul’s revenge plan in action.

Helm of Domination (Pre Warcraft Era)

The Burning Legion decided to give the broken Ner’Zhul a way to control the undead (not the Undead race) in Azeroth. For that purpose, they crafted a helmet that contained Ner’Zhul’s spirit and gave him power over the Scourge. The user of that helmet was able to control the dead telepathically over a long distance. It is highly possible that the helmet also allowed the wearer to communicate with other living creatures and force them to his will. It was crafted by servants of the Burning Legion at the Forge of Domination.

The Lich King wearing the Helm of Domination and holding his signature weapon, Frostmourne

Forge of Domination (Pre Warcraft Era)

According to latest lore, the Forge of Domination is a runeforge located in Shadowlands. To be precise it is located within Torghast, the Tower of the Damned, which is also a prison for the most dangerous souls in the cosmos. The “Runesage” is in charge of the forge and, along with some demons, is the creator of the Helm of Domination and Frostmourne. We don’t know about any other items created at this forge, but the duo mentioned below are probably two of the strongest crafted pieces that exist in the known Warcraft Universe.

The realm of the dead, where the Forge of Domination is located

Arthas (Warcraft 3 Era)

When Kil’Jaeden discovered Ner’zhul’s betrayal, he immediately contacted the Demon Hunter Illidan Stormrage with the task to eliminate the Lich King. Illidan gladly accepted and began his plan to completely destroy the Frozen Throne. Ner’zhul sensed the danger he was in and used the Helm of Domination to contact Arthas, who had become his greatest Death Knight after taking up the cursed blade, Frostmourne. Arthas managed to defeat Illidan’s forces and saved Ner’Zhul from the Burning Legion. He then proceeded to shatter the Frozen Throne and claim the Helm of Domination for himself. When the young Prince wore the Helm, he merged his soul with Ner’zhul’s spirit and became the new Lich King.

Kil’jaeden tasks Illidan with destroying the Frozen Throne

A New Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King Expansion)

Years later, when Arthas was killed by the adventures in Icecrown Citadel, Tirion Fordring attempted to wear the Helm of Domination in order to prevent the Scourge from running rampant. However, Bolvar Fordragon stopped him, stating that it is a burden that he has to carry. Bolvar proceeded to wear the helmet and became the new Lich King.

Bolvar becomes the next Lich King

The End (Shadowlands Expansion)

Following the events of the Fourth War, Sylvanas Windrunner abandoned the mantle of the Warchief and betrayed the Horde. She then ventured to Icecrown Citadel and defeated Bolvar in a duel. After his defeat, Sylvanas took the Helm of Domination. ssuming she intended to become the Scourge’s new master, Bolvar remarked that the helm’s power would be her prison, however Sylvanas countered that the world itself was a prison and split the helm in two, thereby piercing the veil between Azeroth and Shadowlands.

Sylvanas Windrunner shatters the Helm of Domination


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If you want, you can also check my other Warcraft Lore articles. If you are new to Warcraft lore, you can find a Glossary below.


Arthas – Human Prince of Lordaeron was later corrupted and merged his soul with the Lich King.

Bolvar Fordragon – The former Lich King, having had taken up the position after the death of Arthas Menethil. Formerly a venerated paladin of the Alliance, Bolvar served as the Highlord and Regent of Stormwind following the disappearance of King Varian Wrynn

Icecrown – A region in Northrend.

Illidan – Illidan Stormrage, commonly known as the Betrayer, is the first of the demon hunters, the former self-proclaimed Lord of Outland, the former ruler of the Black Temple, and the original leader of the Illidari. He is the twin brother of Malfurion Stormrage and was, like his sibling, in love with Tyrande Whisperwind. Originally a powerful night elf sorcerer, Illidan officially betrayed his people by defecting to the demonic Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients, though his reasons for doing so were noble as he secretly aimed to repel the Legion’s invasion.

Kil’Jaeden – He was a powerful eredar demon lord and acting leader of the Burning Legion. Appointed twenty-five thousand years ago as the chief lieutenant of Sargeras, he had the same rank as Archimonde.

Ner’Zhul – The Elder Shaman Ner’zhul was the Warchief of Draenor of the clans that remained uncaptured after the Dark Portal was destroyed in Azeroth. He was deceived into making a Blood Pact with Kil’jaeden the Deceiver, the one that bound the orcs into the service of the Burning Legion.

Outland – The former planet of the Orcs called Draenor. It was named Outland when Ner’Zhul opened several portals tearing the planet apart in the process.

Scourge – The army of the dead.

Tirion Fordring – Highlord Tirion Fordring was the Supreme Commander of the Argent Crusade and the bearer of the Ashbringer. Fordring was one of the first five paladins of the Knights of the Silver Hand selected by Archbishop Alonsus Faol along with Uther the Lightbringer, Turalyon, Saidan Dathrohan, and Gavinrad the Dire.


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