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Riders of the Storm
Campaign: Exodus of the Horde
Place: Darkspear Islands
Outcome: Orcish victory


  • Unknown Archmage
  • Heavy[2]


Riders on the Storm is the chapter three (3) of the prologue campaign, Exodus of the Horde, in Warcraft III Demo and the chapter one (1) of the custom campaign of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.


Loading ScreenEdit

As Thrall and his companions set out for Kalimdor in their fleet of stolen ships, they are beset in the open seas by a sudden, fierce storm. To prevent the ships from taking a heavy pounding, Thrall orders the fleet to seek shelter in the cove of a nearby, remote island.

Quests Edit

Main Quests Edit

20px Human Outpost Edit

  • Objectives
    • Destroy the Human outpost
  • Description
    • The existence of a Human outpost on the island poses an immediate threat to you and your warriors. You must destroy the outpost before they can prepare a massive assault.

Optional QuestsEdit

20px Defiled Fountain Edit

  • Objectives
  • Description
    • The Fountain of Health once healed anyone who drank from it, but lately the water has become foul. You must retrieve the Vine of Purification and the Seed of Expulsion and bring them back to the Fountain so Sen'Jin can concoct a purifying potion.

Mission FailsEdit

  • All of your buildings have been destroyed.



  • Raiders and Catapults are especially effective at destroying enemy buildings.
  • Pillage can be learned at your Great Hall, and gives Peons, Grunts and Raiders the ability to gather resources by damaging enemy buildings.
  • Peons can garrison inside Orc Burrows to attack enemy units.
  • Thrall has died and can now be revived at an Altar of Storms. To revive him, select your Altar of Storms and LEFT-CLICK on the REVIVE FAR SEER - THRALL button.
  • To unload your Peon from the Burrow, select the Burrow and CLICK on the STAND DOWN button in the command card.
  • To unload your Peon from the Burrow, select the Burrow and CLICK on the STAND DOWN button in the command card.
  • Upgrade your Great Hall to gain access to advanced units and structures, such as Raiders, Catapults, and Shaman. To do this, select your Great Hall and LEFT-CLICK on the UPGRADE TO STRONGHOLD button.

New unit acquiredEdit

  • Troll Headhunter - Headhunters are versatile spear-throwers, effective at ranged combat.

New unit availableEdit

New item receivedEdit


Intro cinematicEdit

Defiled Fountain discoveredEdit

  • 18px Troll Headhunter: "Hey, mon. Sen'Jin told me you help us get rid of the humans! You know, this fountain once healed whoever drink from it, but strange gasses from underground been foulin' the water. With a few ingredients, Sen'Jin can make a purifying potion. Maybe you can help?"

Middle cinematicEdit

  • 18px Sen'Jin: "Hello again, outlanders! These ingredients be exactly what I need."
  • 18px Sen'Jin: "Now our warriors can heal themselves! Let me give you a little something for the trouble."
  • 18px Sen'Jin: "These wards contain healing magic. No doubt you'll find them useful."

Between the battleEdit

  • 18px Footman: "Hey, it's the orcs who stole the ships from the mainland! Send for reinforcements!"
  • 18px Archmage: "Your insolence astounds me! You ignorant brutes shall only succeed in dying!"
  • 18px Archmage: "Your feeble attacks are fruitless! Why don't you just give up?"

Ending cinematicEdit

Unused quotesEdit

  • 18px D03Grunt17: "Warchief, one of the humans escaped!"
  • 18px D03HeadHunter19: "Our spears would be no good against that shields, run!"
  • Pilt:IconSmall Thrall.gif D03Thrall16: "Humans, just what we needed... Don't let them get away!"
  • Pilt:IconSmall Thrall.gif D03Thrall18: "Damn, they'll alert the outpost for sure. Prepare for battle!"
  • Pilt:IconSmall Thrall.gif D03Thrall25: "Stay alert, not all the island inhabitants are friendly."
  • Pilt:IconSmall Thrall.gif D03Thrall30: "This wards contain healing power."
  • 18px D03Troll26: "Welcome to the village mon."
  • 18px D03Troll27: "You are green or I'm just seeing things?"
  • 18px D03Troll28: "I hope you help us get rid of those nasty humans."




The battleEdit

After making it halfway to Kalimdor, the Horde forces land on the Darkspear Islands, near the Maelstrom. The orcs' ships were badly damaged and need to be repaired before the journey may continue. Soon after landing, the orcish shamans detected magic around them and found out some troll sentry wards. The trolls' chieftain, Sen'jin, revealed himself and told the orcs that humans had landed on the islands too and are now were hunting his tribesmen. The orcs and trolls agreed to join forces and set up a base to defend themselves from the humans. As soon as the basic camp was set up, Thrall is tasked by a troll to find the Seed of Expulsion and the Vine of Purification to purify a poisoned Fountain of Health. After purifying the Fountain, the orcs and trolls assaulted the humans' base, led by an Archmage. Before managing to destroy the whole camp, murlocs led by a Murloc Sorcerer appeared and net the humans, trolls, and orcs. They were then taken to a cave to be sacrificed to a mysterious Sea Witch.[4]


  • This level is named after the song Riders on the Storm by The Doors.
  • It was cut out of the full game with just the tutorial levels left in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, however, in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Blizzard made a custom campaign which included the demo missions, although the voices were cut out.
  • The Archmage probably die during the battle as he has to be killed for an easy win or he is killed when he invades Thrall base. Although there is an unused trigger in the custom campaign of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne where he is captured by the murlocs, there is no indications that this has happened as the said trigger is unenabled and so isn't used in the mission. Neverless, if he was captured, then he would have been killed with the rest of the humans in the cavern during the next mission.


Reference listEdit

  1. The mission is easy and it's very likely that the player win losing fewer units than the enemy.
  2. The Horde destroys the human base, razing the buildings and then the Underworld Minions attack the base.
  3. They just appear in the ending cinematic where none of them are seen to die.
  4. "Exodus of the Horde: Riders of the Storm", Warcraft III Demo. Blizzard Entertainment.

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