Ashbringer is the sword of former Highlord Alexandros Mograine of the Silver Hand, named after Alexandros ("The Ashbringer"). His oldest son, Renault betrayed and murdered Alexandros using the sword, transforming it into Corrupted Ashbringer. Alexandros was resurrected as a death knight and kept it in his possession until his younger son Darion was forced to kill him. Darion then used the sword to kill himself and free his father's soul, consequently becoming a death knight himself. The sword became purified after Darion betrayed the Lich King and he relinquished it to Tirion Fordring.
Ashbringer is one of the most hyped and lore-rich items thus far in World of Warcraft, but is not yet known to be obtainable by players. The known item statistics are certain to change if it is introduced. While the sword's story has been slowly revealed since World of Warcraft's inception, it has a more pronounced role in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.