Betrayer... In truth, it was I who was betrayed. Still, I am hunted. Still, I am hated. Now, my blind eyes see what others cannot. And sometimes the hand of fate must be forced!
— Illidan Stormrage

Illidan Stormrage as the "Betrayer" to his night elf kin, Illidan is the brother of the Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage. He was a major figure in the Highborn leadership prior to the War of the Ancients, during which the night elves battled against the Highborn and their allies, the Burning Legion. Malfurion was the leader of the night elf defenders, and Illidan at first sided with him, despite his standing. However, when Malfurion chose to destroy the Well of Eternity, the source of the world's magic, to keep the Dark Titan Sargeras from using it as a portal, Illidan revealed this plan to the Highborn Queen, Azshara. Unwilling to part with the magic he had come to be so dependent on, Illidan took several vials of the Well's waters, and recreated it after Malfurion succeeded in destroying the original.

Battle vs. Riku (by CuchulainSetanta)Edit

Riku is making his way to the summit of the Black Temple, having fought his way through many of Illidan's minions. Stepping out, he sees the Lord of Outland with his back to him, crouched over while looking over the Skull of Gul'dan. Illidan glances behind him and sees the young warrior, who gets into his fighting stance. Illidan gets to feet, tosses the Skull aside, and unveils the Twin Blades of Azzinoth. He then spreads his wings and leaps over to Riku.

Riku brings up Way to the Dawn, blocking Illidan's strike. Illidan unleashes several more strikes, which Riku struggles to block in time. Gathering his inner darkness, Riku fires a dark fireball at Illidan, who is caught off guard, being blasted backwards. Riku rushes in to take advantage of the night elf/demon's weakness, but Illidan recovers, spinning backwards and cutting Riku on the shoulder.

Riku rolls out of the way of another strike, grabbing his shoulder in pain. Illidan takes to the air again, this time unleashing a rain of fel fire. Riku jumps out of the way just in time, and turns...just in time to see Illidan swooping in with his blades. Riku starts to bring up his Keyblade, but is too late. Illidan stabs him directly through the heart with both blades, then, in one swift motion, pulls them out and decapitates Riku. Illidan cleans the blood off his blades, saying to himself "They are never prepared..."

Winner: Illidan Stormrage

Expert's OpinionEdit

Riku is a skilled combatant, but he has only been fighting for about two years. Illidan, on the other hand, has the advantage of over ten thousand years of combat experience. This, along with his ability to fly, made him the victor.

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