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Wraith King minimap icon.png Ostarion, the Wraith King
For untold years, King Ostarion built a kingdom from the remains of his enemies. It was an obsessive's errand, done to pass the long eternities of a monarchy that seemed fated never to end. He believed that as long as he built up the towers of his palace, he could not die. But eventually he learned that he had been deluded... that bone itself could perish. Deeply mistrustful of flesh, he sought a more permanent way of extending his reign, and at last settled on pursuit of wraith energy, a form of pure spirit given off by certain dark souls at death. Should he infuse himself with Wraith Essence, he thought he might create a body as luminous and eternal as his ego. On the millennial solstice known as Wraith-Night, he submitted to a rite of transformation, compelling his subjects to harvest enough souls to fuel his ambition for immortality. No one knows how many of his champions died, for the only survivor who mattered was the Wraith King who rose with the sun on the following morn. Now he rarely spends a moment on his glowing throne--but strides out with sword drawn, demanding a fealty that extends far beyond death.
Wraith King
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Associated With
Heroes Queen of Pain minimap icon.png Queen of Pain
Places Empire of Bone
Ivory Forest
Gleaming City
Characters Duke of Levinthal
The Bloodletter
Items Silver Edge
  • Ostarion was formerly known as the Skeleton King minimap icon.png Skeleton King, reborn as Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King after the ceremony of Wraith-Night. Because of this history, Ostarion is still sometimes known as the Bonelord.[1]
  • Ostarion considers all the champions who died for him during Wraith-Night to be his rightful tribute.[2]
  • After Wraith-Night, Ostarion barely remembers his first kingdom, when it was still created from bone.[3]
  • Ostarion likes to take the crowns and trappings of his slain enemies, wearing them for himself.[4][5]
  • Ostarion's servants made him a sword from the bones and armor of fallen kings.[6]
  • Ostarion killed the Dreadknight, along with his Magnoceros accomplice.[7]
  • Ostarion seems to have an affinity for Queen of Pain minimap icon.png Queen of Pain.[8]
  • When Ostarion was passing through the barrier between the planes, likely in the process of resurrection, he was attacked by an ethereal force of swirling fire that was going to return him to the endless abyss. With his mail covered fist, he retaliated against the fire with brute force until he was freed and found himself back into the Terrene Plane.[9] This series of events is possibly referenced in his kill response against Shadow Fiend minimap icon.png Shadow Fiend.[10]
  • Ostarion was once offered a sword as a token of peaceful surrender by a kingdom he intended to conquer. This gesture did not convince him to spare the kingdom, however. [11]
  • Ostarion likely slew the undead dragon Ambinderath. He owns a sword fashioned from its jaw.[12]
  • When Ostarion's subjects die, they are magically bound to the Wraith King, and serve him as skeletal warriors that glow with what appears to be the same essence that he is made of.[13]
  • While Ostarion is seamingly impossible to kill, he can be temporarily stopped. One one occasion, he was defeated by The Chainbreaker and The Bloodletter using The Silver Edge[14].

The Duke of Levinthal[]

In his conquests, Ostarion came upon the realm of the Duke of Levinthal. For days, his undead armies laid siege to the city. At last, the Duke rode out to meet Ostarion in personal combat in a final act of brave defiance. Ostarion slew him, and took his enormous broken blade as a token.[15]

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  • ▶️ Oracle minimap icon.png r The one who makes you bow will rise again. But no such luck for you.


  1. Regalia of the Wraith Lord Sword description.
  2. Ritual of the Dreadborn Regent description.
  3. Wraith King response: ▶️ I scarce recall the kingdom of my first coronation. The wraith flame has consumed those memories.
  4. Regalia of the Wraith Lord Helmet description.
  5. Dreadknight Gauntlet description.
  6. Blade of Dead Kings description.
  7. Dreadknight Pauldron description.
  8. Skeleton King response: ▶️ Oh Queen of Pain, if I had flesh I would let you torment it.
  9. Blistering Shade description.
  10. Skeleton King response: ▶️ The punishment for molesting my soul is extreme indeed.
  11. Boneslayer description.
  12. Ambinderath's Jaw description.
  13. Unbroken Fealty description.
  14. - We all know The Chainbreaker and The Bloodletter used this to stop Mad King Ostarion... but there's so much more to the story. -- Zenok, White Spire Fence
  15. Shattered Blade of Levinthal description.