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Zanthora the Mad is a character in Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer.

Zanthora, also known as the Mad Necromancer, was a powerful, yet enigmatic member of the Necromancer's Guild of Shadowspire. Her experiments, bizarre even by necromantic standards, led the Necromancers to build her a laboratory far from the Guild in order to both distance themselves from her and preserve her dark genius. As feared as she was renowned for her beauty, Zanthora reclusively continued and apparently finished her major experiment in her newly-built laboratory: the creation of Undead Dragons which the Necromancers particulary feared. While they were aware of the power that these monsters had, they were more concerned with the consequences of losing control over them.

During the events of Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer, the Hero of Jadame's party recieves two quests that lead them to the Mad Necromancer's Lab: the promotions of Knights and Necromancers to Champions and Liches, respectively. For the Champion promotion, the party has to recover the lost dragon-slaying spear, Ebonest and rescue the Champion Blazen Stormlance, who is imprisoned in what appears to be Zanthora's personal chamber. For the Lich promotion, the party has to acquire the Lich Jars.

Although the party can talk to several NPCs about Zanthora, as well as visit her lab, the Mad Necromancer herself makes no appearance in the game.

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This section's canonical status is questionable. It may contain non-canon, quasi-canon or fanmade material, and does not represent official Might and Magic lore.

Since there are no depictions of Zanthora in any of the Might and Magic games, the community tried to imagine Zanthora's identity. She is likely to appear in any of the ascending fan projects based on the Might and Magic lore.

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Major characters of Might and Magic VI, Might and Magic VII and Might and Magic VIII
MM6 characters The Heroes of Enroth - Agar - Anthony Stone - Archibald Ironfist - Charon - Demon queen - Erik Von Stromgard - Ethric the Mad - Falagar - Fineous Hogworth - General Corlagon - High Archmage Terrax - Albert Newton - Lord Kilburn - Loretta Fleise - Melian - Nicolai Ironfist - Sir Osric Temper - Sir Ragnar - Slicker Silvertongue - Snergle - Sulman - Tanir - Wilbur Humphrey
MM7 characters The Lords of Harmondale - Archibald Ironfist - Catherine Ironfist - CORAK - Charon - Crag Hack - Dark Shade - Eldrich Parson - Gavin Magnus - Hothfarr IX - Judge Fairweather - Judge Grey - Judge Sleen - Kastore - Lord Markham - Maximus - Resurrectra - Robert the Wise - Roland Ironfist - Sir Caneghem - Sir Charles Quixote - Tolberti - Tor Anwyn - Xenofex
MM8 characters The Hero of Jadame - Hirelings - Acwalandar - Balthazar - Bastian Loudrin - Brekish Onefang - Catherine Ironfist - Ciatlen Venitius - Dadeross - Deftclaw Redreaver - Dread Pirate Stanley - Elgar Fellmoon - Escaton the Destroyer - Gralkor the Cruel - Masul - Oskar Tyre - Professor Xanthor - Pyrannaste - Roland Ironfist - Sandro - Sir Charles Quixote - Shalwend - S'ton - Thant - Zanthora the Mad - Zog


Necromancers' Guild of Enroth
Personnel and benefactors
Archibald Ironfist · Artorius Veritas · Brother Brax · Ciatlen Venitius · Clive Clanker · Dark Shade · Devlin Arcanus · Douglas Dirthmoore · Duke Alarice · Dyson Leland · Ethric the Mad · Ferredine the Merciful · Finneas Vilmar · Gauldoth Half-Dead · General Corlagon · Grand Archmage Terrax · Henden'lal · Judge Sleen · Kalibarr · Karanya Memoria · Kastore · Kehl · King Targor · Korbu · Lich King Gryphonheart · Lord Haart · Lord Smedth · Loscan · Luthiner the Severe · Maximus · Mot · Nathaniel Roberts · Neberneith · Nimbus · Payge Arachnia · Sandro · Thant · Tolberti · Vayarad · Vetrinus Taleshire · Vidomina · Vokial · Vorr the Insane · Wyrm · Zacharia · Zanthora the Mad
Notable territories and cities
Deyja (Antagarich) · Mire of the Damned (Enroth) · Shadowspire (Jadame)
Castle Darkmoor · Evenmorn Island · Moulder Moulder · The Pit · Twilight
Relevant terms
Armor of the Damned · Book of the Dead · Church of the Moon · Cloak of the Undead King · Death knight · Nekross · Occult War · Restoration Wars · Ritual of Endless Night · Skeleton transformer · Succession Wars · The Ebon Hand · The Hand of Death · Vampire · War of the Ancestors · War of the Chalice · War of the Unholy Alliance
Relevant games
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven · Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor · Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer · Heroes II: The Succession Wars · Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death · Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia · Heroes of Might and Magic III: Armageddon's Blade · Heroes Chronicles: The World Tree · Heroes Chronicles: Masters of the Elements
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