- For Khadgar's Warcraft II statistics, see Khadgar (Warcraft II).
|Title|| Leader of the Kirin Tor,|
Archmage of the Kirin Tor,
Supreme Commander of the Alliance Expedition,
Keeper of the Eternal Watch, Sons of Lothar
|Character class||Archmage, Mage, Wizard|
|Affiliation(s)||Kirin Tor, Council of Six, Armies of Legionfall, Alliance,Sons of Lothar|
|Former affiliation(s)||Alliance of Lordaeron, Alliance Expedition|
Leader of Dalaran, Leader and archmage of the Kirin Tor, Member of the Council of Six
Turalyon, Alleria Windrunner, Danath Trollbane, Kurdran Wildhammer (close friends)
- "Sacrifice. To the young it means to change, but to the wizened it heralds an end. I know both meanings better than anyone else."
Khadgar is perhaps the most accomplished of all living wizards and one of the most powerful magi in Azerothian history. Khadgar currently acts as the leader of the Kirin Tor. He was an apprentice to the GuardianMedivh, until he helped defeat his possessed master. Though cursed with frailty and age, Khadgar nevertheless has been an exemplar for the Alliance, destroying the Dark Portal in the Second War, leading the Alliance Expedition to Draenor, and counterattacking against the Burning Legion and all who would threaten his world with annihilation.
While a hero of the Alliance, Khadgar is willing to work with the Horde for the greater good of Azeroth. As a member of the Council of Six, Khadgar hopes to drive the politics out of the Kirin Tor, and has been known to clash with the more partisan members of the council.
During the events on the alternate Draenor, he led the forces of the Alliance and the Horde to shut down the Dark Portal, and later worked with them to cripple the Iron Horde in various areas of the world. He focused heavily on combating Gul'dan and the Shadow Council, mostly by working alongside the faction commanders and empowering them through a legendary ring of power.
Returning to Azeroth, Khadgar tried to prevent Gul'dan from opening the Tomb of Sargeras but was forced to witness helplessly as the portal formed and the Legion poured through. He quickly informed important leaders of Azeroth of the impending Burning Legion invasion. Though the factions of Azeroth rallied to combat the demonic threat and attempt to reseal the portal, their armies were defeated at the Battle for the Broken Shore.
Knowing that the combined forces of the greatest champions of Azeroth are necessary to succeed in resealing the portal, Khadgar made a plea to the Council of Six to readmit the Horde back into the Kirin Tor in order to fight the demons at full strength. The leader of the Kirin Tor at the time, Jaina Proudmoore, was in opposition to this, but the Council put the matter to a vote and the majority voted against her. In response, Jaina left the Kirin Tor, unable to condone the Council's decision. Khadgar assumed leadership of the Kirin Tor after Jaina's departure and coordinated the campaign on the Broken Isles.
Apprenticeship with MedivhThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
At the young age of 17, Khadgar was sent by the Kirin Tor to apprentice under the wizard Medivh in his tower at Karazhan. Having traveled from Kul Tiras via a ship, he got to Karazhan where Medivh's servant, Moroes, was already waiting for him. At first, Khadgar believed Medivh to be nothing more than he appeared to be — a kindly, old, if slightly eccentric and curious wizard. After Medivh asked Khadgar everything about the Kirin Tor, Medivh ordered him to clean up the library, as he had with his previous apprentices. While wandering in the tower, Khadgar found a room where he saw visions of a human army led by an old, long white-haired mage battling against creatures with green skins and black armors. Khadgar was surprised to see that the mage's eyes looked like his own. Another day, as Khadgar was sorting books, Medivh returned to his tower and attacked him, thinking that Khadgar was a thief — Medivh had forgotten that Khadgar was still there. Medivh apologized and together they went atop of the tower. By touching his head, Medivh taught Khadgar how to ride a gryphon and they went to explore the southern part of the kingdom: the Black Morass. There he made his first contact with the orcs and warlocks such as Nothgrin.
Medivh and Khadgar soon crossed paths with the King's Champion Anduin Lothar and his soldiers on a scouting mission to the Black Morass. Lothar had encouraged his friend to rejoin Stormwind's defense, though understood that Medivh struggled with the power he unleashed on the Gurubashi years ago. The Guardian played along and feigned a fear of tapping into unwieldy magical powers, though his true intention was to buy time for the Horde to gain power. Lothar also spoke with Khadgar, telling him about Medivh's troubled past and asking him to act as a caretaker in addition to an apprentice. Medivh became more erratic afterward, disappearing for days at a time and being exhausted when he finally returned.
After returning to Karazhan, Medivh left Khadgar alone in the tower. Khadgar continued studying and preparing for a special spell. When he thought the spell was completed, he used it and witnessed the epic battle between Aegwynn and Sargeras. Medivh later returned so Khadgar could accompany him to Stormwind to investigate the deaths of Hugarin and Huglar.
Khadgar discovered Medivh was actually a Guardian of Tirisfal, a lineage of incredibly powerful wizards empowered by a council to combat the forces of the Burning Legion. Soon after he began to sense something was drastically wrong with his master, though he never suspected that Medivh was actually being controlled by Sargeras, the Dark Titan, he became suspicious of his master's actions and motives.
After meeting a Horde emissary, the half-orc assassin Garona, Khadgar unraveled Medivh's plot to open a portal between Azeroth and Draenor. Knowing it was already too late to stop the Dark Portal from opening further, Khadgar and Garona rushed to King Llane Wrynn of Azeroth for help. The pair, along with Lord Anduin Lothar and a group of soldiers, returned to Karazhan and entered its lower part to find Medivh in psychic link with the orc warlockGul'dan. Khadgar fought and managed to best his master and Sargeras by plunging a sword into Medivh's heart, but not before having his life and magical energy sucked out of him. By the end of the events of The Last Guardian, Khadgar had gone from a young adult to a frail old man with a great white beard. After the death of his master, he buried the remains of Medivh, Moroes, and the Cook behind the tower. After it was done, he finally recognized the vision which had been following him since he first entered the tower — the future-Medivh that was about to collect Karazhan' energies for next battle against the Burning Legion.
The Second WarThis section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness or its expansion Beyond the Dark Portal.This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
Following Medivh's death and the fall of Stormwind to the orcs, Khadgar fled north with Lord Lothar and the rest of the refugees to Lordaeron. His magic returned to him over time (far stronger than it had been before), but his youth did not. While he retained the endurance, strength and agility of a young man, his appearance remained that of an old man with a lined face and stark white hair. Khadgar's presence helped lend weight to Lothar's testimony about the rest of the kingdoms aligning together to fight against the coming Horde. He was also surprised to learn that Lothar hailed from the ancient Arathi bloodline.
With the formation of the Alliance of Lordaeron secured, Khadgar was called to meet the Council of Six of Dalaran, where he revealed the truth regarding his apprenticeship to Medivh. Additionally, he revealed that he planned to aid Lothar and the Alliance in their battles against the Horde threat. Recognizing that Khadgar would follow his own course regardless of their counsel, the archmages gave him leave to go, and appointed him their official liaison to Lothar. He then joined Lothar and witnessed the birth of the Silver Hand. During this time a newly made paladin by the name of Turalyon developed a rapport with Khadgar, who despite his aged appearance, was roughly the same age as the paladin.
Khadgar fought at Lothar's side for the first skirmishes at Hillsbrad and Southshore. After forcing the Horde from their initial beach landing, the Alliances forces followed the Horde northeast to the mountain pass leading to the Wildhammer dwarves' keep of Aerie Peak. Unknown to the trailing Alliance forces, the Horde's goal was not the dwarven stronghold there. It was merely a feint to lure the bulk of their pursuers into a cat-and-mouse diversion in the mountains and forests of the Hinterlands, while the main body of the Horde marched on the elven homeland of Quel'Thalas. From this location, the Horde could launch an assault on either Silvermoon City or Stromgarde. After realizing the Horde's true intentions, Lothar sent Turalyon, Khadgar, and Alleria to intercept the Horde before Quel'Thalas burned. Turalyon led his forces east and then north through the pass now known as Plaguemist Ravine, but they were too late — the Horde had already seized Caer Darrow, taken the runestone and moved further east into the forests surrounding Stratholme. The Horde proceeded to decimate Stratholme as well as the outlying town of Tyr's Hand before moving north and setting fire to Eversong Forest in southern Quel'Thalas.
The Allied forces managed to halt the Horde's advance into inner Quel'Thalas, but at the cost of many lives and a sizable portion of the Eversong Forest being destroyed. However, the Horde's wanton destruction and brutal assault on their home had convinced the elves to throw their full support behind the Alliance. When Khadgar finally left Quel'Thalas, it was at the head of an elven armada. They arrived at the Capital City, after passing through the mountainous region of Alterac, just in time to turn back Doomhammer's siege, and then chased the orcs back to the beaches of Southshore.
As the Horde retreated further south the two Alliance armies finally reconnected and marched south after them. When the two forces clashed, the Warchief of the Horde, Orgrim Doomhammer, eventually fought and killed Anduin Lothar. Instead of shattering the Alliance's resolve as Doomhammer intended, the Alliance rallied under Turalyon and the bulk of the Horde was defeated. The Alliance forces continued south towards the Dark Portal and defeated the remnants of the Horde gathered there. Having studied Medivh's spells and the nature of the Dark Portal, Khadgar was able to destroy it, effectively severing the link between Azeroth and Draenor and cutting off Horde's reinforcements. The rift between worlds remained, however. To guard against a second attack from Draenor, Khadgar oversaw the construction of Nethergarde Keep in the Blasted Lands.
The Alliance ExpeditionThis section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness or its expansion Beyond the Dark Portal.This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
Khadgar's fears would be validated only a year after Nethergarde's completion, when the portal opened again, and orc forces began pouring out, striking strategically to steal powerful artifacts. While fighting the orcs, Turalyon suggested he'd get some food and rest. During his sleep, Khadgar had a particular dream. He was a giant running in the middle of Lordaeron, with the young appearance he had before being cursed by Medivh. When he noticed Dalaran, he ran towards and slowly began to shrink. When he touched the pavement, he was at his normal size again. There he entered the The Violet Citadel, where a dinner with a host awaited him. It was Antonidas, warning him that the Eye of Dalaran was stolen.
Realizing the havoc the Horde could bring the Alliance launched an expedition to the orc homeworld headed by Khadgar, where he quickly discovered that the situation was even worse than he had feared. The orcs, under the leadership of the shamanNer'zhul, were planning on opening doorways to new worlds for the Horde to plunder. During the Sons of Lothar attack on Hellfire Citadel, Khadgar entered into a duel of honor with Dentarg. Dentarg's magic couldn't strike through Khadgar's defenses, and when Dentarg sent his most powerful spell Khadgar merely absorbed it into his palm and was refreshed by it. Accepting his defeat against a more powerful sorcerer, he bowed his head and Khadgar decapitated him.
Moving from there Khadgar and his fellows sought the Skull of Gul'dan, finding it in Deathwing's possession and to this end they form an alliance with Gruul against the Black Dragonflight. After that, Gruul and his ogre minions, along with the heroes, challenged Deathwing from his perch in Blade's Edge Mountains — killing his eggs and impaling his lesser black drakes on the mountain spikes. Infuriated by this act, Deathwing landed on top of them and attacked Gruul. Although clearly no match for the mad Aspect's power, Gruul was saved by Khadgar's miraculuous spell when he disassembled some of the adamantium plates that were holding Deathwing's unstable body together resulting in Deathwing's retreat. Honoring his word Gruul allowed the Alliance to leave unharmed, which they did so with the Skull of Gul'dan now in Khadgar's possession.
However, the Alliance forces ultimately failed to stop Ner'zhul from opening and escaping into his portals, and the subsequent chaotic energy the portals released began to destroy the planet. However in an act of last defiance against the dying Obris (who had been betrayed by Ner'zhul) handed over the Book of Medivh, which he had been entrusted with, to Khadgar. To prevent the potential destruction of Azeroth, the archmage used Medivh's spellbook to close the Dark Portal from the other side, thereby shielding Azeroth from the final cataclysm of Draenor's destruction. Khadgar ushered the survivors into one of the rifts and returned back to the remnants of Draenor.
Khadgar is immortalized in a massive stone statue in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind, alongside the other leaders of the Alliance Expedition.
The Burning CrusadeThis section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
In World of Warcraft, Khadgar is a level 71 quest giver in the Terrace of Light of Shattrath City. He is affiliated with the Sons of Lothar and brought the Sha'tarnaaru led by A'dal to Outland because he believes that only their power can drive the Legion from this universe. He hopes of uniting both Alliance and Horde against their true enemies.
Khadgar had traveled around Draenor visiting places like Auchindoun and Tempest Keep. Mages of the Violet Eye asked him for help with the reopening of Karazhan. Four months before the death of the Betrayer, the Sha'tar sent him to Netherstorm to investigate some strange appearances. So he was not present when Maiev Shadowsong visited the city but the warden learned about him from Alexius, a Broken innkeeper.
Khadgar, probably an advisor to the naaru called A'dal, can be found in the center dome of the Terrace of Light of Shattrath City, located in the western borders of Terokkar Forest. He appears as an NPC representing the need of the Alliance and the Horde to work together to defeat the Burning Legion (much like the Argent Dawn in Azeroth, which encourages the rival factions to ally against the Scourge). It would appear that at some point in their travels, the Expedition encountered the naaru, and have joined their holy quest to stop the Legion in its tracks. Because of Outland's nature, it is a strategic location in the Nether, and is the perfect staging ground for Legion invasions or a resistance.
Khadgar likely also met Vindicator Maraad, a draeneipaladin, during this time, and was probably surprised to be informed that Garona was not only half draenei, but was also Maraad's niece. Maraad's explanations of Garona's background gave Khadgar a complete picture of Garona, and a better understanding of her, realizing a parallel between her and Medivh. His experiences in turn furthered along Maraad's search for his niece and knowledge of what happened to her after she left Draenor through the Dark Portal and up until the end of the Second War. The two men apparently also became good friends as the result of meeting each other.
Khadgar explains to the varied races of Azeroth that although they may have withstood the Burning Legion twice, the Burning Legion is still marching across the universe continuing their Burning Crusade, an ongoing war to snuff out life in the universe, burning planets and crushing everyone in their path and that adventurers must join the fight.
Wrath in Shattrath
One day an unknown odor caused havoc in Shattrath City. Khadgar was interviewed by Strombone and he told that in all his days in Outland he had never smelled such a terrible stench. He said that there were refugees from all over in this city and it would be very hard to know where it comes from.
Strombone then asked if something like that had happened before, and Khadgar told him about Tobias the Filth Gorger. Finally it was discovered that Tobias was, indeed, the source of the odor.
The son of MedivhThis section concerns content exclusive to the World of Warcraftcomics.
Maraad would leave for Azeroth with the re-opening of the Dark Portal to continue his search for Garona. He eventually returned briefly with Garona's son, Med'an, whom Khadgar could see a resemblance with Maraad, and immediately saw that the youth was likely the son of his old master, Medivh. Having just recently learned the truth, and feeling ashamed of his heritage, Med'an confirmed this. However, Khadgar explained that he had eventually realized that Medivh and Garona had been doomed even before birth; victims of Sargeras and Gul'dan respectively. Even so, he says that although he personally had not even suspected Med'an's existence, for Med'an to have been born they must have fought against their fate and through him the demonic forces may yet be undone. Now knowing that his parents were not ultimately responsible for the evil they had wrought, Med'an thanks Khadgar for answering the questions he held in his mind. He refused to join the New Council of Tirisfal but sent the blood elf Dalynnia Wrathscar instead.
Tides of WarThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
Khadgar is revealed to be a member of the Council of Six and was present during the two meetings between the Council of Six and Jaina Proudmoore, who was requesting for help in defending Theramore from the Horde and later on for attacking Orgrimmar.
Though not specified, Khadgar is "the most likely suspect" to have asked A'dal to sent help to Theramore Isle.
Khadgar was glad that she had survived Theramore's destruction. As the Council went to discuss Jaina's proposition of destroying Orgrimmar in retaliation for Rhonin's death, it was Khadgar who told Jaina the Six's final verdict - Dalaran would not be helping her in attacking Orgrimmar. Their reasoning being that many innocents who had nothing to do with Theramore's destruction would be caught in the crossfire of Jaina's vengeful retribution and Khadgar appealed to Orgrimmar's orphanage as an example of this. Jaina retorted that the children there will be raised to hate the Alliance anyways.
In the end, it was he who suggested that Jaina Proudmoore be elected as the Kirin Tor's new leader as a replacement for the recently deceased Rhonin; based on scrolls of prophecy that had been written by Krasus himself that indicated that Jaina was destined for the position.
The Iron TideThis section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.
When the Portal turned red, Iron Horde marched into the Blasted Lands and laid waste to Nethergarde Keep. Unrivaled in his wisdom and experience, Khadgar was summoned to help repel the invasion. Now freshly shaven, he is firstly seen at the site of the goblin Scout Pazaztick and the gnome Scout Pazerp examining the Portal. He then transformed into a raven and went to inform Warchief Vol'jin and King Varian Wrynn.
Warlords of DraenorThis section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.
On Draenor, Khadgar shows the ability to transform into a raven, which he learned from his mentor Medivh. He also is seen wielding Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian.
He led the combined forces of the Horde and Alliance alongside Thrall, Lady Liadrin and Maraad to the crater of the Dark Portal and began the mission to shut down the portal on the Draenor side. In Tanaan he directed the adventurers in deactivating the portal. After it was done, he and his group retreated to the eastern jungle. Commanding the group, they created distraction, only to be stopped by an eye of Kilrogg. Therefore he sent the adventurer and Ariok to distract the eye, while the rest escapes. When Kilrogg showed up, Ariok sacrificed himself, leaving Khadgar having no choice than to destroy the bridge between them. Near the end of the battle in Kargathar Proving Grounds, he froze the enemy combatants and left for Umbral Halls. While there he collapsed the entrance and sent Liadrin and Olin Umberhide / Exarch Maladaar and Qiana Moonshadow to scout the cave. After it was done, they faced off Ner'zhul who tried to collapse the cave. Khadgar teleported the group before the shaman could finish it. In Blackrock Quarry he assigned his bodyguard, Cordana Felsong, to the adventurer while he used his magic on a dam that eventually crashed and flooded the blackrock orcs. While aiming the Worldbreaker, he and the others fought off the Iron Horde. When the Dark Portal collapsed, he left Tanaan on the Iron Horde's ships.
Right after the landfall, he opened portals for Gazlowe and Baros Alexston to come in and build a Garrison for the Horde and Alliance, respectively. In Frostfire Ridge, Khadgar expressed gratitude that at least some members of the Horde have agreed to work alongside him and the Alliance against the Iron Horde. He stayed in Starfall Outpost in Shadowmoon planning to stop Gul'dan. Once he located Gul'dan in Gul'var through All-Seeing Eye, that the commander and Cordana had caught, he learned the warlock's plans. Projecting himself to the village, the archmage instructed to catch the leader of the Shadow Council. Gul'dan escapes before he can be captured. However, he sends the alternate timeline version of Khadgar's old friend Garona after Khadgar, who nearly succeeds in assassinating him but is stopped and fought off by Cordana. He also travels to Frostfire Ridge, where he asked the Horde commander to help him with the Frostwolf orcs of Throm'var and continues with his original goal - the Shadow Council (the exact result of catching Gul'dan happens here too).
He is based in Zangarra in Talador and welcomes both Alliance and Horde there, though not without trouble from arcane guardians. Jaina has ordered all outsiders to Dalaran - especially the Horde - are not allowed on Kirin Tor grounds. Despite this, Khadgar says that as he is a member of the Council his friends - regardless of faction - are allowed in, and if Jaina has a problem with it she can take it up with him. He introduced the commanders to his friends - Magister Krelas and Magister Serena who are to help the faction's Arcane Tower.
Khadgar participates in the Battle for Shattrath to free the city from the control of the Iron Horde troops led by Orgrim Doomhammer and Blackhand. His force cleaned up the harbor and Iron Horde's ships. When the heroes attacked Blackhand on his flagship, an explosion happened. Khadgar believed that no one survived but after seeing a flash of the Light, he teleported Yrel, Durotan, commanders and the deceased heroes back to the harbor and ordered to fire the remaining ships. He also asked Archmage Elandra to assist the Auchenai in the fight against the Legion; and Archmage Modera to spy in Socrethar's Rise.
He is also seen in Riverside Post and Yrel's Watch conversing with Durotan and Yrel, respectively. Ultimately, he and many other are seen near the Stones of Prophecy after the death of Garrosh Hellscream. He also sent his elemental servant to Garrisons in order to inform the commanders about Draenor's threats, such as Socrethar.
Later, he works with adventurers to battle Gul'dan and the Shadow Council, who he sees as a far greater threat than the Iron Horde is. At this point, Khadgar offers quests to obtain a ring from Skyreach, which he imbues with power over the course of the questline. During the beginning adventures, he instructed the adventurer to obtain various items from across Draenor. After Maladaar sent him an urgent message, he had the commanders infiltrate Auchindoun where they seemingly killed Teron'gor and acquired his blood, which was then used in a failed attempt to locate Gul'dan. Later the commanders and Khadgar met up with Chromie in Nagrand. They were searching for Kairozdormu, only to find his corpse in the Time-Lost Glade where they battled with his spirit, defeating it in the process.
Khadgar then wants the adventurer to venture through Highmaul and retrieve ogre artifacts from there in order to find out the secrets of the sorcerer king. When the adventurer returns from Highmaul, Khadgar starts his spell to find Gul'dan once again, this time managing to converse with Gul'dan. Gul'dan informs Khadgar that he had been inquiring about him and discovered that they have a history - and that the scrying works both ways. Garona tries again to kill Khadgar, and this time, she successfully poisons him only for his life to be saved by Cordana and the recently arrived Jaina Proudmoore. Jaina brings up that the Horde have no involvement in the Council of Six's business. She does not approve of this, but Khadgar remains steadfast and says it is not the first time he has disagreed with the Council of Six. Garona is subsequently captured as Khadgar begins searching for a way to break Gul'dan's mind control spell on her.
His next goal is thus the Blackrock Foundry and its elemental knowledge and artifacts, ultimately leading to the death of Warlord Blackhand. With the artifacts obtained, Khadgar attempted to use a spell to break Gul'dan's hold on Garona. He begins channeling the spell, which makes Garona reel in agony; Khadgar interrogates Garona as to her master's location, quickly growing agitated as he intensifies the spell. Cordana implores Khadgar to stop, seeing this as torture. Khadgar realizes what he is doing and relents, opting to find another way. Khadgar instructs the adventurer to continue their efforts against the Iron Horde while he researches alternative methods.
A short time later, Khadgar sends the adventurer to obtain an [Orb of Dominion], an artifact used by the Shadow Council to brainwash their spies, in order to break Gul'dan's hold over Garona's mind. The adventurer returns with the Orb, and Khadgar uses it to expose Garona's Demon Within, a shadowy representation of Gul'dan's will. When the creature is slain, Garona thanks Khadgar and the adventurer for her freedom, and vows to fight alongside them.
Garona later leads Khadgar and the adventurer to Bladefury's Command, an Iron Horde outpost in Talador, where Gul'dan is planning to meet with Grommash Hellscream. Garona and the adventurer sneak inside and witness Gul'dan, once again, offering demonic blood to Grommash, saying that Hellscream's men have died for nothing - including his son, Garrosh. Grommash furiously declines and attempts to strike Gul'dan down, but is restrained by the warlock's demonic magic. Gul'dan then offers his blood to the rest of the orcs present; Kilrogg steps forward and drinks the blood, becoming a vicious fel orc. Garona and the adventurer inform Khadgar of these events, and Khadgar notes that history is poised to repeat itself; he instructs the adventurer to marshal their garrison for an assault on Tanaan Jungle, while he researches ways to counter Gul'dan's magic, promising to be in contact soon.
Fury of Hellfire
Some time later, Khadgar arrived to Frostwall / Lunarfall to begin the preparations for the next attack. Shortly after the commander's shipyard is built, it's time to get the experience of navy combat. Khadgar will tell the commander to find a map and obtain books from inside Hellfire Citadel. When they arrive back to him with everything he needed, Khadgar tells the commander to go his tower and tell Cordana to destroy the books you've collected. Unfortunately, it turns that Cordana had kept the orb, which leads to a fight with the Warden before she stuns them and opens up a demonic portal in order to retreat. Khadgar is visibly stricken with grief at this betrayal, but shoulders on. After the commander has gone to Karabor/Throne of the Elements to accept the final blessings of their ring, Khadgar the commander into the heart of Hellfire Citadel itself to thwart Gul'dan.
Khadgar arrives at the gates shortly after the downfall of an experiment and begins to channel to make portals all over the citadel. He is then seen after the defeat of Gorefiend, horrified by the sight, he teleports the adventurers further into the Citadel. After adventurers defeat Mannoroth, it's time to end Gul'dan's reign of terror for he has no place left to run, and he wants his skull for reasons...
Khadgar accompanies Yrel and Grommash as they fight Archimonde alongside with the heroes of Azeroth. After the battle, he goes up to the portal and looks down at the staff of Gul'dan and sees it turn into disappear into fel flames. He then tells Yrel that Gul'dan and the devils that command him are not so easily banished. For he fears that this is only beginning.
During the fight against Kilrogg Deadeye, the adventurer is shown a possible vision of their death, where Khadgar and the adventurer fight a losing battle in Stormwind Keep/the Royal Quarter (depending on the adventurer's faction) against the demons of the Burning Legion. The vision ends when Khadgar dies and sends out a blast of arcane energy, killing everything in the throne room.
The third invasion
Though he was unable to stop Gul'dan from opening the Tomb of Sargeras, allowing the Legion to flood into Azeroth once more, Khadgar is determined to find the means to reseal the portal and foil the Legion's invasion. He knows that the combined forces of the greatest champions of Azeroth are necessary to succeed, even as dissenting voices speak against a coalition and risk ultimate destruction by the demons.
The Tomb of Sargeras
Seeking to locate Gul'dan, Khadgar would eventually track his magical signature to the Broken Isles. Upon arriving he meet up with Maiev Shadowsong seeking her help in finding Gul'dan, though the warden would refuse and hold Khadgar responsible for Cordana's betrayal. Disappointed Khadgar would depart in order to continue his search for Gul'dan. However both Khadgar and Maiev were unaware that Gul'dan had observed their meeting, before leaving at Kil'jaeden's command. The warlock would reach reached the island that his other self had raised from the ocean depths many years prior. With ease, he dismantled the arcane locks and barriers blocking the entrance into the Tomb of Sargeras before blasting the door open and swiftly plunging into the darkness.
Shortly thereafter, Khadgar entered the tomb as well after hearing the massive blast caused by the door's destruction. After evading several of the deadly magical traps laid by Gul'dan, the mage confronted the warlock in a towering chamber, and a furious battle erupted. Colossal waves of arcane and fel crashed together, threatening to ignite the air around the two combatants. Kil'jaeden's voice angrily told Gul'dan that neither of the two could die this day and that he had to withdraw. Realizing that if he did not obey, he would get cut off from the Legion immediately, the warlock shrouded himself in fel, causing Khadgar's arcane magic to unleash a blinding explosion. When he had opened his eyes again, Gul'dan was gone. A deadly cat-and-mouse game ensued, with Khadgar taunting Gul'dan in attempt to bring him out of hiding while launching blasts of fire at random into the darkness.
After a lucky shot almost reduced him to cinders, Gul'dan convinced Kil'jaeden to tell him about the power locked in the tomb and how to unleash it. Then, using this knowledge, he began deactivating the five arcane seals that had been created in the tomb by the Highborne of Suramar during the War of the Ancients using the five Pillars of Creation. Khadgar noticed this attempt and began sending out arcane elementals to find the warlock while also starting to ask if the orc had ever learned of the fate of his main universe counterpart. Gul'dan ignored him, continuing to break the seals until he reached the fifth and final one, which had begun growing more powerful with each passing moment, arcane energy surging into it — a mechanism created hundreds of years ago by a female Guardian of Tirisfal. Khadgar sensed this and created a massive arcane wedge and began slamming it into the floor of the chamber. Gul'dan threw his concealing illusion aside, and the battle between the mage and the warlock erupted once again. Realizing that he could not kill Khadgar and break the last seal at the same time, Gul'dan attempted to convince Kil'jaeden to infuse him with the tomb's power, while Khadgar finished his story and revealed the fate of the original timeline's Gul'dan: having been torn apart by the demons he had once served. Gul'dan suddenly realized that he was guaranteed to outlive his usefulness in the Legion's eyes, but in that moment, Kil'jaeden conceded and allowed the energies of the tomb to surge into the orc.
Gul'dan immediately ceased his attack upon Khadgar, instead crushing the final seal in a fist of fel fire. The energies necessary to tear open a rift between Azeroth and the Nether began surging towards the portal buried below Thal'dranath, but Gul'dan seized them for himself. After a moment of drowning in pain beneath an endless ocean of power, he regained his control and, by lifting only a finger, caused the chamber to erupt with overwhelming fury. Khadgar managed to seal himself in ice once more, but Gul'dan simply hurled the ice block through a doorway before collapsing tons of rock on top of it, blocking the entrance.
Khadgar would free himself from the ice and subsequently be joined by Maiev Shadowsong. Working together the pair would breach the chamber and head towards Gul'dan, who with no effort would brush their attacks away again and again, yet they would keep coming at him. Reconging the need for assistance Gul'dan would let his power slip away from him and down towards the portal, at last allowing the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth to commence. As Khadgar and Maiev dropped to the floor, Kil'jaeden commended Gul'dan for his choice, and now Gul'dan had something he had never had from the Legion before: their trust.
As demons began pouring into the out of the portal Khadgar and Maiev ran for their lives, with the Warden heading north to fortify the Vault of the Wardens and Khadgar transforming into a raven to fly east. As the archmage glanced back towards the ever-darkening sky above the tomb, he saw Gul'dan levitating in the middle of the inferno, laughing and pointing towards the fleeing archmage to order several demons to pursue him. Khadger would evade them however and fly to Stormwind Keep and personally informed King Varian Wrynn and Prince Anduin about the arrival of the Legion.
Some time after the Legion's initial return to Azeroth, Khadgar flew to Karazhan on a gryphon in search of knowledge to aid against the demons. While he was searching the libraries of the tower, an image of his old mentor Medivh appeared before him, asking why he had come. When Khadgar said that he was seeking knowledge, Medivh replied that what he needed was not knowledge, but a weapon — that it was time that Azeroth had a Guardian once again. Khadgar angrily replied that it was decided after Medivh's death that none could resist the temptation of such power and that a Guardian was not what Azeroth needed, to which Medivh asked "If not a Guardian, if not you, then who can stop the approaching storm?" The former Guardian showed his former student a vision of Dalaran falling from the sky in flames, saying that if he did not accept his fate, all that Khadgar had accomplished and sacrificed would be for nothing.
Khadgar objected by saying that even if he said yes, there were none remaining capable of bestowing the powers of a Guardian upon him. Medivh simply replied, "I remain". He claimed that he had known this day would come, and that before his death he had imbued a tome with an echo of his essence, and that opening it would make its energies be absorbed into Khadgar. While Khadgar was still hesitant, Medivh urged him to accept his desires and showed him a vision of the new Guardian annihilating an endless army of demons by channeling their powers through his staff. Khadgar at last admitted that he had long desired the position and yearned for the Legion to cringe before the fury he would unleash... which was why he could never accept Medivh's offer. Medivh's eyes flashed fel green as his mouth twisted into a demonic maw, just as Khadgar unleashed an explosion which destroyed the tome and revealed that Medivh's echo was in fact a monstrously gargantuan nathrezim. The demon growled that Khadgar's will was strong and that he would have served the Legion well, to which the mage replied that he would never be the Legion's pawn, and that Karazhan would never be their den. Through his staff, he then channeled a beam of arcane energy that destroyed the demon and blew a hole through a window in the tower.
As Khadgar left the tower and mounted his gryphon once more, he came to the realization that no single person, not even a Guardian, could hope to stand against the Legion alone, and that the mortals of Azeroth must once again band together, united, for Azeroth.
Khadgar flying to Karazhan atop his gryphon.
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Perhaps the most accomplished of all living wizards, Khadgar was an apprentice to the Guardian Medivh until he helped defeat his master and destroy the Dark Portal created to summon the orcs to Azeroth. Though cursed with frailty and age, Khadgar nevertheless remains an exemplar for the Alliance, leading counterattacks against the Burning Legion and all who would threaten his world with annihilation.
- Blizzard description
Leader of the Kirin Tor,
The Apprentice, Young Trust
- For Khadgar's Warcraft II statistics, see Warcraft II units.
Khadgar is one of the most powerful mages to have ever lived. He was the apprentice for the Last Guardian, Medivh, and went on to become one of the greatest heroes of the Alliance during the Second War and as a commander of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor.
His name means "trust" in Dwarven. This gave him an odd dichotomy with Medivh, whose name means "keeper of secrets" in Thalassian.
He is voiced by Tony Amendola in World of Warcraft.
Apprenticeship with MedivhEditThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.At the young age of 17, Khadgar was sent by the Kirin Tor to apprentice under the wizard Medivh in his tower at Karazhan. At first, Khadgar believed Medivh to be nothing more than he appeared to be — a kindly, old, if slightly eccentric wizard.
But it was not long before he discovered that Medivh was, actually, a Guardian of Tirisfal, a lineage of incredibly powerful wizards empowered by a council to combat the forces of the Burning Legion. Soon after, he began to sense something was drastically wrong with his master. Although he never suspected that Medivh was actually being controlled by Sargeras, the Dark Titan, he became suspicious of his master's actions and motives.
Eventually, he unraveled Medivh's plot to open a portal between Azeroth and Draenor, after meeting a Horde emissary, the half-Orcish assassin Garona. Knowing it was already too late to stop the Dark Portal from opening further, Khadgar and Garona rushed to King Llane Wrynn of Azeroth for help. The pair, along with Lord Anduin Lothar and a group of soldiers, returned to Karazhan to find Medivh in psychic link with the Orcish warlockGul'dan.
Khadgar managed to best his master and Sargeras by plunging a sword into Medivh's heart, but not before becoming cursed with frailty and old age. By the end of the events of The Last Guardian, Khadgar had gone from a young adult to an old man with a great white beard.
The Second WarEdit
Following Medivh's death and the fall of Stormwind to the orcs, Khadgar fled north with Lord Lothar and the rest of the refugees to Lordaeron.
He spent the Second War fighting with the Alliance of Lordaeron, all the while studying Medivh's spells and the nature of the Dark Portal.
When the tide of the war turned and the Alliance managed to push the Horde back to the Portal itself, Khadgar attempted to destroy the Dark Portal, effectively severing the link between Azeroth and Draenor. The rift between worlds remained, however. To guard against a second attack from Draenor, Khadgar oversaw the construction of Nethergarde Keep in the Blasted Lands.
The Alliance ExpeditionEdit
Khadgar's fears would be validated only a year after Nethergarde's completion, when the portal opened again, and Orcish forces began pouring out, striking strategically to steal powerful artifacts. Fearing a second invasion, Khadgar led an Alliance Expedition to the orcish homeworld, where he quickly discovered that the situation was even worse than he had feared.
The orcs, under the leadership of the shamanNer'zhul, were planning on opening doorways to new worlds for the Horde to plunder. Unable to stop Ner'zhul from opening his portals, and unable to contain the terrible energies that were unleashed by the many portals, Draenor was being torn apart.
To prevent the potential destruction of Azeroth, the archmage used Medivh's spellbook and the Skull of Gul'dan to close the Dark Portal from the other side, thereby shielding Azeroth from the final cataclysm of Draenor's destruction. Khadgar ushered the survivors into one of the rifts (he was trapped on the other side of the portal when Draenor exploded and was believed to be dead).
The Burning CrusadeEditThis section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
In World of Warcraft, Khadgar is a level 71 quest giver in the Terrace of Light of Shattrath City. He is affiliated with the Sha'tar.
He starts the following quests: