The Crimson Cabal were pyromancers who were successors of the first magi trained in Strom by the elves to fight in the Troll Wars. They were lead by a council of three Lords of the Crimson Cabal, and during the Great War Magus Azshard was one such leader, alongside Magus Lijou and Magus Elrich.
Magus Azshard was the strongest of the three lords of the Crimson Cabal. He helped Eralas Trollbane keep civil order in Stromgarde until his abdication, after which he continued servicing his kingdom under Dorath Trollbane. Azshard negotiated terms between Stromgarde and Alterac, in case of an invasion by the former. General Mikhail Gabranth was willing to form a puppet state loyal to Stromgarde should Stromgarde gain the upper hand in the coming war. Gabranth, however, was killed along with the other Chancellors and the pact never saw fruition.
Azshard saw further service when Eralas Trollbane journeyed to Quel'Thalas. Lijou accompanied them along with many others of the Cabal. Azshard and Lijou participated in the defence of Silvermoon City from the troll hordes of Overlord Nuvazgal and Ha'lin. Azshard and the Convocation of Silvermoon held back the trollish fleet and allowed many to escape, including King Anasterian Sunstrider and Eralas. It came at the cost of Azshard's life, however, and he fell in battle as Ban'dinoriel alongside Lijou and Tarathien Goldleaf. It was Ha'lin of the Shadowpine who dealt Azshard the killing blow.