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巫妖王
Lich King
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基本信息
头衔 Jailer of the Damned,
Lord of the Scourge,[1]
Dark Lord of the Dead,[2] 更多参见下面
性别 男性
种族 未知(亡灵[3]
职业 死灵法师
身份 天灾军团的主人,黑锋骑士团的盟友
所在地 Various
状态 活跃 (剧情中)
可击败的 (WotLK)
势力信息
阵营 中立
势力 天灾军团
前势力 燃烧军团
人物关系
亲属 基尔加丹 (创造者)
伯瓦尔·弗塔根 (现任巫妖王)
耐奥祖, 阿尔萨斯·米奈希尔 (前任巫妖王)
"You speak of justice? Of cowardice? I will show you the justice of the grave and the true meaning of fear."

巫妖王Lich King天灾军团之主与领导者,从位于冰冠冰川冰封王座通过心灵控制统治着天灾军团。

欺诈者基尔加丹利用兽人萨满耐奥祖的灵魂创造出巫妖王,复活起一支亡灵大军削弱艾泽拉斯,为燃烧军团的入侵作准备。一开始与霜之哀伤一同被封印在冰封王座的巫妖王最终背叛了基尔加丹,与人类阿尔萨斯·米奈希尔合为一体。在诺森德战争的最后,巫妖王被提里奥·弗丁和他带领的勇士击败。在霜之哀伤被毁、阿尔萨斯死亡后,伯瓦尔·弗塔根接过了巫妖王的位置,约束着亡灵天灾。

巫妖王阿尔萨斯是魔兽世界:巫妖王之怒版本的最终敌人。

生平故事

巫妖王的诞生

巫妖王耐奥祖

当耐奥祖试图逃离德拉诺时,他很快就被恶魔领主基尔加丹捕获。基尔加丹将这个老萨满的身体撕成了碎片,但完整地保留着他的灵魂和感知。耐奥祖乞求给予他死亡,但基尔加丹说他仍要为他的目标服务。他给予耐奥祖最后一次机会为燃烧军团服务,或者面对永恒的折磨。老兽人只得接受,基尔加丹将他的灵魂封进了一块从扭曲虚空远方得到的如水晶般的坚冰之中。在被封印并被恶魔领主混乱力量扭曲之后,耐奥祖发现他的感知力强化了成千上万倍。他变成了一个拥有深不可测力量的幽灵般的存在:巫妖王。[4]

天灾军团的组建

The Lich King was sent to Azeroth through the Great Dark Beyond, landing in Northrend where the ice that encased him formed into the shape of a throne. Here, he would begin the formation of the Undead Scourge and in the process weaken the world in preparation for the Burning Legion. This new army would not fall victim to the petty infighting that had caused the orcs to fail in conquering Azeroth earlier. Sent to watch over him were the dreadlords, led by Tichondrius himself. Within the Frozen Throne, the Lich King experimented with his psychic powers and enslaved the local indigenous life forms. The plague of undeath that came from the Frozen Throne transformed each of them into his undead servants. Thus, using his psychic and necromantic powers, he was able to conquer much of Northrend. As he devoured more and more souls, he only grew in power as the individual undead under his control gave him "much needed nourishment". Thus, his powers began growing at an exponential rate; a fact that the dreadlords were well aware of.[5]

The Lich King entered a war with the kingdom of Azjol-Nerub, whose ancient inhabitants were immune to his plague of undeath. The 10-year conflict known as the War of the Spider ultimately ended with the Lich King's first major triumph (while the nerubians were immune to the plague, their corpses could still be reanimated). The Lich King was impressed by his enemy, however, and adopted nerubian architecture for his own, as a testament to the spider lords' tenacity and age.[6]

Having by now established control over most of Northrend, the dreadlords urged Ner'zhul to proceed with the agreed-upon plan to prepare the world for the invasion of the Burning Legion.

The Lich King then used his telepathy to reach out into Azeroth and summon any dark soul that would hear his call, focusing on masters of the arcane.[7] Kel'Thuzad, a mage and a prominent member of Dalaran's Kirin Tor, answered his call. Kel'Thuzad was soon ensnared by the Lich King, faithfully serving him as the first of a "Cult of the Damned"; a cult that would worship the Lich King as a god and be taught necromancy to better aid their undead armies. (For the full story, please see Road to Damnation).

Kel'Thuzad and the dreadlord Mal'Ganis were instructed to begin paving the way, but Ner'zhul, ever mindful of Kil'jaeden's schemes, secretly sought a way out of his prison...

洛丹伦的天灾

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在经过数月的准备后,克尔苏加德与诅咒教派开始了他们的第一次行动,将瘟疫散播到洛丹伦阿尔萨斯·米奈希尔王子与吉安娜·普罗德摩尔女士以及队长法瑞克开始在洛丹伦探寻这个新威胁的来源。洛丹伦的北部地区已被彻底地感染。

随着亡灵开始在洛丹伦蔓延,泰瑞纳斯国王的独子阿尔萨斯·米奈希尔王子开始了对抗亡灵的战斗。正如巫妖王所预料的一样,阿尔萨斯成功地杀死了克尔苏加德,但尽管如此,亡灵大军随着每一个士兵的倒下而越发壮大。[8] 面对无穷无尽的敌人越发抓狂的阿尔萨斯采取了越来越激进的手段以驱逐它们。他甚至下令屠杀斯坦索姆城中的每一个人,阻止玛尔加尼斯将城中的居民(绝大部分已经感染了瘟疫)加入到他的亡灵大军中。阿尔萨斯没能抓住逃往诺森德的玛尔加尼斯[9],他的部下警告他正在失去自己的人性。

阿尔萨斯的恐惧与决心将他带向了毁灭。他追踪着瘟疫的源头来到诺森德,试图通过杀死天灾的首领玛尔加尼斯来彻底终结这一威胁。他偶然地遇上了老朋友,矮人国王麦格尼的兄弟穆拉丁·铜须,而矮人将他带到了一把他们认为能帮助他们对抗天灾的传奇武器旁。在这里,阿尔萨斯王子被巫妖王巨大的力量所吸引。相信这把武器会帮助他拯救他的人民,阿尔萨斯举起了被诅咒的符文剑霜之哀伤。尽管利剑确实给予了他强大的力量,代价也是极其高昂:穆拉丁死了(或者说阿尔萨斯认为如此),阿尔萨斯失去了他的灵魂,被转化为巫妖王的第一个也是最伟大的死亡骑士。阿尔萨斯最终成功复仇玛尔加尼斯,除掉了巫妖王身边最危险的狱卒之一,完成了他的邪恶转变。[10] 随着他的灵魂被禁锢,理智彻底破碎,阿尔萨斯率领着天灾军团回到了他的王国——洛丹伦。阿尔萨斯杀死了自己的父亲泰瑞纳斯国王,用他新获得的力量诅咒了整个洛丹伦。[11]

诅咒之路

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在阿尔萨斯成为他的勇士后,耐奥祖将瘟疫释放至整个洛丹伦。白银之手骑士团的残部进行了抵抗,但强大如乌瑟尔的骑士也倒在了死亡骑士的力量之下。[12] 在提克迪奥斯的命令下,阿尔萨斯率领天灾军团北上,前往高等精灵的王国奎尔萨拉斯复活克尔苏加德——阿克蒙德的召唤者。The high elves never stood a chance, and their capital, Silvermoon, was ravaged — their millennia-aged Sunwell was warped and used to resurrect Kel'Thuzad as a lich. Thus, both masters were appeased: the Lich King's most loyal worshiper was returned, and the Summoner was unleashed.[13]

Having progressed too far into the Legion's plan (and guarded too closely by Tichondrius) to back out now, Ner'zhul's minions laid siege to Dalaran, reclaiming a spellbook of Medivh, which contained the incantations needed for Kel'Thuzad to summon Archimonde.

Finally, Archimonde was summoned outside Dalaran, and he immediately gave control of the Scourge to Tichondrius and the Dreadlords. But the Lich King was not done yet. Archimonde may have removed Ner'zhul's control over the undead, but in his eagerness for vengeance against the night elves, he forgot to return the Frozen Throne to Kil'jaeden. Thus, the Lich King remained at large. In fact, it seems the Lich King had already anticipated the later defeat of both Archimonde and the Burning Legion on Azeroth - Kel'thuzad revealed to Arthas (who was rather baffled by how the Scourge's leadership changed so quickly) that the Lich King had foreseen the demotion and that Arthas could still have a part to play in his "grand design".[14]

During the Legion's invasion of Ashenvale, Illidan Stormrage was released from his barrow prison after ten thousand years of captivity. Realizing Illidan's addiction to magic, and having utilized the Skull of Gul'dan himself years earlier, the Lich King dispatched Arthas to Kalimdor. There, Arthas covertly told Illidan about the powers of the Skull of Gul'dan. Unable to resist such power, Illidan took up the skull and harnessed its vast energies. By doing so, Illidan developed demonic features and vastly magnified power. Illidan, exactly as the Lich King had planned, then proceeded to kill Tichondrius and liberate Felwood.[15]

Without Tichondrius's support team, Archimonde's overconfident ascent of Mount Hyjal led to the unexpected: his annihilation.[16]

Legacy of the Damned

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Bristling with power and free to roam the world once more, Illidan set out to find his own place in the great scheme of things. However, Kil'jaeden confronted Illidan and made him an offer he could not refuse. Kil'jaeden was angered by Archimonde's defeat at Mount Hyjal, but he had greater concerns than vengeance. Sensing that his creation, the Lich King, was out of his control, Kil'jaeden ordered Illidan to destroy Ner'zhul and put an end to the undead Scourge once and for all. In exchange, Illidan would receive untold power and a true place amongst the remaining lords of the Burning Legion.[17]

Illidan agreed and immediately set out to destroy the Frozen Throne, the icy crystal cask in which the Lich King's spirit resided. Illidan knew that he would need a mighty artifact to destroy the Frozen Throne. Using the knowledge he had gained from Gul'dan's memories, Illidan decided to seek out the Tomb of Sargeras and claim the Dark Titan's remains. Using his vast, demonic powers, he lured the serpentine naga from their dark undersea lairs. Led by the cunning witch Lady Vashj the naga helped Illidan reach the Broken Isles, where Sargeras's tomb was rumored to be located.

With the powerful Eye of Sargeras in his possession, Illidan traveled to the former wizard-city of Dalaran. Strengthened by the city's ley energy lines, Illidan used the Eye to cast a destructive spell against the Lich King's citadel of Icecrown in distant Northrend. Illidan's attack shattered the Lich King's defenses and ruptured the very roof of the world. The Lich King had no defense against this spell, and he would have been forever vanquished that day. But at the final moment, Illidan's destructive spell was stopped when his brother Malfurion intervened, sensing that the spell was causing great damage to the world.[18]

瘟疫之地的内战

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The Lich King imprisoned within the Frozen Throne.

Now that Ner'zhul had openly defied the will of the Legion, he knew that the wrath of Kil'jaeden and his demonic lackeys would be fierce - and at the worst possible time, Ner'zhul was losing his magical power. When he had pushed Frostmourne from the throne, he had caused a crack within the icy cask. Illidan's spell had caused this crack to worsen and now the Lich King's powers were rapidly seeping out like blood from an open wound. Half-way across Azeroth, residing over the unholy remains of his father's kingdom, Arthas was losing power as well — his powers came directly from the Frozen Throne, through his blade Frostmourne, and his hold over the undead was also slipping.

Ner'zhul knew that his time was short. Imprisoned within the Frozen Throne, he suspected (correctly) that Kil'jaeden would send his agents to destroy him. Desperate to save himself, he called his greatest mortal servant to his side: the death knight King Arthas.

Though his powers were drained by the Lich King's weakness, Arthas had been involved in a civil war in Lordaeron. Half of the standing undead forces, led by the banshee Sylvanas Windrunner, had been freed by the Lich King's sudden loss of influence and resented what they had become. Also, another group of undead was still under the control of the Legion's remaining commanders: the three dreadlords Varimathras, Detheroc and Balnazzar.[19] Arthas, called by the Lich King, was forced to leave the Scourge in the hands of his lieutenant, Kel'Thuzad, as the war escalated throughout the Plaguelands.[20]

Ultimately, Sylvanas and her rebel undead (known as the Forsaken) claimed the ruined capital city of Lordaeron as their own. Consuming the old sewers beneath the wrecked Capital City, the Forsaken vowed to defeat the Scourge and drive Kel'Thuzad and his minions from the land. The Lich King was powerless to stop them.[21]

Weakened, but determined to save his master, Arthas reached Northrend only to find Illidan's naga and blood elves waiting for him.[22] He and his nerubian allies (in the form of crypt fiends led by the fallen spiderlord Anub'arak) raced against Illidan's forces to reach the Icecrown Glacier and defend the Frozen Throne.

巫妖王的胜利

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Arthas fighting Illidan at the Frozen Throne.

Arthas, with Anub'arak's help, battled his way through their forces until faced with Prince Kael'thas. Kael'thas used the fact that Jaina now hated Arthas to make him hesitate, and fought with his father's reforged runeblade, Felo'melorn. Flamestrike clashed against Frostmourne, but in the end Arthas forced Kael'thas to flee, leaving the path open. He then proceeded to magically activate the four Icecrown obelisks around the glacier, opening the doors to the Frozen Throne.[23]

However, Illidan was waiting for him. An intense battle commenced in which Illidan displayed his newfound demonic powers and nearly defeated Arthas. Until, coming in for the finishing blow, he inadvertently left himself open and Arthas quickly took advantage of it, slicing open the demon hunter's chest. Illidan collapsed, grievously wounded. Arthas then turned towards the open doors of Icecrown, leaving Illidan on the ground instead of finishing him. Rather, before he walked away, Arthas warned Illidan to leave Azeroth and never return.[24]

Arthas entered the hollow glacier and beheld a winding pinnacle chained to the ice. As he strode up the stairs towards his destiny, the voices of those he had forsaken flooded through his mind. First he heard again Uther warning him "If we allow our passions to turn to bloodlust, then we will become as vile as the orcs." Then he heard again more angry remarks from Uther and Muradin, as well as his own responses to them, yet he ignored them, continuing his ascent. Finally, he reached the pinnacle and before him he saw an icy cask, within which was a suit of armor, arranged as if seated on a massive throne. Now only two voices spoke to him: Medivh's previous warning to Jaina and the rasping whisper of Ner’zhul:

"Your young prince will find only death in the cold north."

"Return the blade... complete the circle... release me from this prison!"

With a great cry of strength, Arthas brought the might of Frostmourne to bear against the Lich King's icy prison and with a haunting scream, the Frozen Throne exploded, and shards of the crystal scattered on the ground. With Ner'zhul's thorny helm at his feet, Arthas leaned forward, picked it up and then placed the unimaginably powerful artifact on his head.

"Now," they spoke in unison, "we are one!"

In that moment, Ner'zhul and Arthas's spirits fused into a single mighty being, just as the Lich King had always planned. And thus one of the most powerful entities on Azeroth was born.[25]

Interlude

After the merger, he was still telepathically in contact with his minions. One year later, Arthas was contacted by Dar'Khan and told about the remaining powers of the Sunwell somewhere in Lordaeron. He responded that dragons would be drawn to the energy.[26] He also ordered the lich Amnennar the Coldbringer to remain on Kalimdor and expand the Scourge's influence. In Year 25, he gave commands to Kel'Thuzad[27] and also he developed a fascination with the notion of Light-wielding warriors who invoked their powers without the need for a moral code, and instructed his pawn Dar'Khan Drathir to entrap Blood Knights and raise them as undead.[28]

The Lich King sat dormant for several years while storms raged across Northrend and his minions constructed Icecrown Citadel around the Frozen Throne. While the Lich King dreamt, the various personas in his mind - the death knight Arthas Menethil, the orc shaman Ner'zhul, and Matthias Lehner, the personification of the remnants of Arthas's humanity - fought for influence and control over the entity.

Matthias tried to reason with Arthas, but Arthas silenced him by running him through with Frostmourne. Ner'zhul was delighted by this, declaring that he and Arthas were now free to merge into a single glorious being. Arthas rejected this offer, stating that once he had the power of the Lich King, no one would tell him what to do again. He impaled the stunned Ner'zhul with Frostmourne, becoming the dominant personality of the Lich King and ending the dream.[29]

巫妖王之怒

WotLK 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽世界:巫妖王之怒

觉醒

在巫妖王觉醒后,他将自己的心脏取了出来,认为让他还是一个凡人的存在会让他变得脆弱。[30]

在这之后他前往辛达苟萨之墓,复活了玛里苟斯的第一位配偶,古老的巨龙辛达苟萨,将之变成了一条冰霜巨龙,并看着他的亡灵大军为战争作准备。[31]

在他沉睡之时,他的死亡骑士都在冰冠冰川进行训练。当他觉醒后,他与死亡骑士向埋藏着数千联盟英雄的圣光之愿礼拜堂进军。他想复活这些英雄并将这片土地归于天灾军团的统治。[32]

袭击部落与联盟

艾泽拉斯的多个首都开始收到装着被感染谷物的神秘包裹。当居民吃掉来自这些被感染包裹的谷物后,如果得不到银色黎明的治疗,他们就会被转化成了嗜血的食尸鬼。当所有的主城都陷入一片混乱时,浮空城出现在世界各地,开始第二次天灾战争。来自联盟部落的冒险者击退了瘟疫与进犯的天灾大军。被背叛激怒的大酋长萨尔与其他部落领袖,以及瓦里安·乌瑞恩国王决定对诺森德发动进攻,永远解决巫妖王。

最终促使联盟部落出兵的事件是巫妖王对联盟和部落首都的直接攻击。奥格瑞玛暴风城遭到了包括冰霜巨龙憎恶在内的天灾大军的攻击。冒险者们与他们的首领再一次赢下了暴风城之战奥格瑞玛之战,组建了部落远征军联盟先遣军

巫妖王的这些攻击的目的是引诱强大的英雄前往诺森德,将他们腐化,并让他们转过头来攻击自己的人民,就如同阿尔萨斯自己的经历一样。[33]

血色领地的陷落

对引诱艾泽拉斯的勇士前往诺森德加入他的队伍并不满足的巫妖王the Lich King decided to remove the anti-Scourge presence within the plaguelands. To this end he created a new order of death knights led by Darion Mograine. Accompanied by two Val'kyr Battle-maidens when atop Acherus, and by Prince Keleseth and Prince Valanar later, he commanded his forces and successfully forced the Scarlet Crusade from Lordaeron, with the survivors becoming the Scarlet Onslaught and heading to Northrend.

在这场战斗中巫妖王感觉到了一个早被他消灭的旧敌,但他过于自满,无视了这个情况。[34]

圣光之愿礼拜堂之战

详见:圣光之愿礼拜堂之战


阿尔萨斯在圣光之愿礼拜堂面对提里奥

Empowered by the destruction of the Scarlet Crusade, the Scourge prepared to attack Light's Hope Chapel and destroy the Argent Dawn. Despite the odds, the Argent Dawn won against the army of damned, largely thanks to the arrival of Tirion Fordring. The spirit of Alexandros Mograine, the original Ashbringer, appeared to speak with his defeated son Darion. The Lich King then took to the field himself, sealing away Alexandros's soul.

Realizing how he had been betrayed, Darion attacks the Lich King, only to be swatted aside. Fordring comes forward in preparation to battle the Lich King. The Lich King incapacitates him, stating that sacrificing a small army of death knights was a small price to pay to draw Tirion out of hiding. Lord Maxwell Tyrosus gives the order to attack, and while the remaining Defenders of the Light charge the Lich King, they are easily blasted away.

Having heard from the Lich King himself of why he would throw away Darion and the death knights under his command, Darion uses Arthas's focus on Tirion against him, and throws the Corrupted Ashbringer to Fordring. The combination of Fordring's own faith and the holy ground of Light's Hope cleanses the Ashbringer, restoring the sword to its original glory. With this new power, Tirion escapes the Lich King's spell and strikes him with the holy sword.

Stunned by this turn of events, the Lich King retreats after promising that the next time he meets Fordring, it will not be on holy ground.

This battle led to the creation of two of the Lich King's greatest enemies: Tirion Fordring's Argent Crusade (a combination of the Argent Dawn and Silver Hand) and Darion Mograine's Knights of the Ebon Blade (an order of death knights who broke free from the Lich King's control).[35]

Legends: Fate

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The Lich King in the Death Knight manga.

The Lich King gained the control of the undead tauren Trag Highmountain and spoke to him, commanding him to kill tauren Sulamm and later Thrall, but Trag successfully refused.

Trag made his way into Icecrown Citadel and confronted the Lich King, but hesitated when he sensed that they shared some inner link. The Lich King explained that dark magic which reanimated Trag came from the Orb of Ner'zhul, and said, "part of what I am comes from what was the spirit of its creator". Trag cursed Ner'zhul's name, but the Lich King said, "Ner'zhul is no more. He is consumed. There is only Arthas now... Arthas, whom you shall serve for all eternity." When Trag resisted, Arthas used his magic to dominate him. Trag was equipped as a death knight and ordered to slay a group of taunka he had assisted earlier in his journey. With great difficulty, Trag managed to fight the Lich King's control. Turning on his new master, Trag struck Arthas's breastplate with his axe. Though the armor magically repaired itself, the Lich King was outraged by the tauren's audacity. He blasted Trag out of the citadel and sent him flying through the air. Though Trag's body was broken by the fall, the essence of the orb soon reconstructed him, and he no longer heard the Lich King's voice in his mind.

愤怒之门安加萨

详见:Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate


Members of the Horde and the Alliance fighting at the siege for Angrathar the Wrathgate formed a temporary alliance, focusing their attacks on the Scourge instead of each other. With the dragonflights providing aerial support, both factions made a daring attack on the gate, seizing control from the Scourge. There, Bolvar Fordragon and Saurfang the Younger taunted the Lich King to fight his own battles instead of sending his minions. The Lich King entered the battle and quickly slew Saurfang the Younger. Before Bolvar and the Lich King could trade blows, Grand Apothecary Putress, chief of the Forsaken's Royal Apothecary Society and the creator of the New Plague, betrayed the Horde and unleashed his plague on the combatants below. The plague killed most of the Alliance, Horde, and Scourge forces at the Wrath Gate indiscriminately, including Bolvar Fordragon. The Lich King was injured and forced to retreat. This betrayal and the Battle for the Undercity that followed ended upwards of seven years of cold war between the Horde and the Alliance.

Tirion's gambit

Tirion discovered that Arthas's frozen heart had been retrieved from the depths beneath Icecrown Citadel and taken to the Cathedral of Darkness. Suspecting the heart might contain some remnant of Arthas's humanity, Tirion disguised himself as a member of the Cult of the Damned and went to see it for himself. The Lich King arrived and saw through Tirion's disguise, but the paladin - having concluded that the heart contained only shadows of the past - destroyed the disembodied organ with the Ashbringer. The resultant explosion killed High Invoker Basaleph, knocked Tirion unconscious and injured the Lich King. Darion Mograine and the Knights of the Ebon Blade fought off the remaining cultists and took Tirion to safety before the Lich King recovered.[36]

巫妖王的陨落

详见:Icecrown Citadel (instance)


After the Argent Tournament ended with the death of Anub'arak, the Argent Crusade, led by Highlord Tirion Fordring, struck an alliance with the Knights of the Ebon Blade, led by Highlord Darion Mograine. Thus the Ashen Verdict was born, a combination of opposing orders for a common purpose: the final assault against the Scourge in Icecrown Citadel and the eventual fall of the Lich King.

Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Halls

详见:Halls of Reflection


The Lich King fighting Sylvanas in the Halls of Reflection.

After intelligence spoke of an opening directly to the Lich King's private chambers, Jaina Proudmoore led adventurers from the Alliance while Sylvanas Windrunner led adventurers from the Horde into the Frozen Halls. While Jaina hoped to find a little trace of Arthas left in the Lich King, Sylvanas planned to simply sneak past all of the Lich King's defenses while he was preoccupied with the Ashen Verdict invasion and claim her revenge. Once inside they discovered that the Lich King had left the Frostmourne unattended within the Halls of Reflection. Both Jaina and Sylvanas attempted to speak with the spirits of the blade in an attempt to find the Lich King's weakness, and both were met by the spirit of Uther the Lightbringer. Uther warned that the Lich King could see what Frostmourne saw and was on his way. Uther finally told them that any trace of Arthas was simply a fading presence inside the Lich King's mind, and that to destroy him, he must be slain at the place where Arthas merged with Ner'zhul, at the top of the Frozen Throne. Finally, Uther revealed that after the Lich King is slain, someone must take his place - without a master to keep them in check, the vast armies of the Scourge would indiscriminately swarm across Azeroth.

When the Lich King arrived in the hall, he banished Uther's soul back into Frostmourne and called his loyal captains Falric and Marwyn to deal with the intruders. He returned to his private chambers, followed by Sylvanas and Jaina. Once the adventurers defeated the captains, their respective leaders, unable to do any meaningful harm to the Lich King, ordered them to flee. Seemingly trapped, they made a final stand before their respective gunships, The Skybreaker and Orgrim's Hammer, arrived to carry them to safety.

One king falls, another rises

Bolvar, prisoner of Arthas.
Lich King's Downfall

Champions of the Argent Tournament, led by Tirion Fordring, stormed Icecrown Citadel and defeated the Lich King's mightiest servants. Atop the spire, the Lich King encased Tirion in a block of ice, forcing him to watch helplessly as his champions battled the Lich King and his minions.

Eventually, the Lich King effortlessly killed all the adventurers with a single devastating attack. The Lich King revealed that he had been waiting for Tirion's assault all along, knowing that he would bring with him Azeroth's greatest heroes, who could then be killed and resurrected as powerful masters of the Scourge. Every obstacle he had laid before them was merely part of his test. Now certain Tirion's champions were "the greatest fighting force this world has ever known", the Lich King began to raise the fallen heroes. Fordring, calling for a final blessing from the Light, managed to break free and shatter Frostmourne with his own sword, Ashbringer. The spirits who had been trapped within Frostmourne attacked their former jailer and suspended him in the air. The spirit of King Terenas Menethil II resurrected Fordring's champions, who were then able to finish off the immobilized Lich King.

Terenas's spirit held Arthas in his arms as he died, then informed Tirion that the Scourge must always have a master to control them before he vanished in the wind. Tirion picked up the Lich King's crown and prepared to take on the burden of becoming the new Lich King when he was stopped by the voice of Bolvar Fordragon. The undead paladin sat upon the Frozen Throne, having been horribly burned by dragonfire and tortured by Arthas. Bolvar said that he no longer had any place in the world of the living, while Tirion still had duties to perform. As his final act of service, Bolvar would take the powers of the Lich King within himself, imprisoning the master of the Scourge once more and keeping the undead legions in check. Tirion reluctantly placed the crown of the Lich King on Bolvar's head. As the ice of the Frozen Throne began to envelop him, Bolvar - now the new Lich King - told Tirion to tell the world that the Lich King was dead, and as Bolvar's voice gained the characteristic echo of the Lich King, he added that Bolvar Fordragon died with him.

Aftermath

The transition wasn't easy for Bolvar, and he doesn't have control over the Scourge and Cult of the Damned forces operating in the Plaguelands.[37]

Sylvanas's visit

WoW-novel-logo-16x62.png 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽争霸系列小说短篇

Sylvanas Windrunner eventually visited the Frozen Throne to confirm for herself that Arthas was dead. Upon discovering that Bolvar was now the new Lich King, she became enraged, as she feared this "puppet king" might one day use his new, inexhaustable power to twist the world to his own ends. She slammed her fist into the frozen casket around Bolvar, feeling this a defeat more than a victory. A crack began to form from her attack.[38]

A possible future

WoW-novel-logo-16x62.png 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽争霸系列小说短篇

Velen saw a vision of one possible future where a successive Lich King (which may or may not be Bolvar) rises from the Frozen Throne. This new Lich King is even more terrible than Arthas or Ner'zhul, and sweeps across the land with thousands of skeletal warriors in his wake. When the Legion returns, Azeroth is already dead and the demons laugh and play with the undead draenei.[39]

德拉诺之王

WoD 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽世界:德拉诺之王

Darion Mograine traveled to alternate Draenor where he directs commanders to gather knowledge from within Shadowmoon Burial Grounds about the shadowy magic Ner'zhul used to raise undead before becoming the Lich King. He states that the Frozen Throne and its powers are still a mystery to the Knights of the Ebon Blade and that he ultimately hopes to find a way to free Bolvar Fordragon from his fate as the Lich King.[40]

军团再临

Legion 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽世界:军团再临

Several years before the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Lyandra Sunstrider traveled to Icecrown to locate Felo'melorn and was killed by the remaining Scourge within the citadel. When a mage adventurer arrives on request of Aethas Sunreaver to locate Lyandra and Felo'melorn, Bolvar states that the mage can try to take the sword, but if they fail they too will join the Scourge.

The Lich King and the Knights of the Ebon Blade come to an agreement: the death knights will serve as the arm for his vengeance against the Legion, and in return, he will keep the Scourge contained in Northrend and help the death knights locate powerful weapons to combat the demonic invasion. Bolvar directs death knights to Apocalypse and the Maw of the Damned, but is heavily involved in the Blades of the Fallen Prince. Calling a champion of the death knights to Icecrown, he has the champion gather the shards of Frostmourne, defeat tortured souls that remained within the shards, and reforge them into two new blades. As one final test, the champion must enter the blades and quell the darkness inside. Within the shards of Frostmourne, echoes of Ner'zhul and Arthas can be found with Ner'zhul tempting Arthas to take up Frostmourne.

Once the three artifacts are obtained, Bolvar brings the death knights to the Frozen Throne and bestows his blessing upon them. Under Bolvar's orders, the Ebon Blade are to follow the artifact wielders' orders as if they were his own.

The Lich King exclaims that the greatest heroes of Azeroth have gathered to face the Burning Legion. Of course heroes that stand alone against this threat will not save Azeroth for salvation will come at a price that the living could not pay. He thought of planning to recreate the Four Horsemen for their own to stand against the Legion. The first among them is Nazgrim, the fallen general of the Horde. Followed by Thoras Trollbane upon the cliffs of Arathor in the fallen kingdom of Stromgarde, for his prowess strength in battle was without rival and shall be even more powerful in undeath. Then High Inquisitor Whitemane to his knowledge was a priest whose personal tragedy forged an intense connection with the Light and her zealous power of will is necessary to strengthen the bond of the Four. Yet, there was one who needed to be appointed for the crucial role: someone to lead. Without a leader, there will be no unity among the Four. The Deathlord, Darion, and the three horsemen travel to Light's Hope Chapel to recover the body of Tirion Fordring who had recently fell in action and brought to the tomb underneath the chapel. In the end they failed and with Darion's sacrifice he opened a Death Gate back to Acherus. The Lich King has decided that fate of the deeds of his father come to fruition for he has sacrificed more for the Ebon Blade than any other. The Four Horsemen were assembled with Darion leading them.

Legionfall

The Lich King on top of Acherus.

The Deathlord returned to Icecrown to claim Rimefang's Harness, but the Lich King explained that invading vrykul were trying to use it to bind frost wyrms to their will. He ordered the Deathlord to slay them in his name.

Atop of Acherus, he tells the Deathlord that the Helm of Domination showed him many things that he could not comprehend. In a vision he saw thousands of undead marching to the far reaches of Northrend in search of a great power. Every time he reached out through the cold tendrils of endless ice, he sensed nothing. He then tells the Deathlord to go to the end reaches of Icecrown to be shown of what he saw. Once there, he described it as the undead swarming across an icy shelf, seeking a prize coveted by Arthas: the bones of a dragon most ancient, and powerful beyond reckoning. Yet all that remains here is the sea, and he doesn't sense any trace of undead in the area. Curious, he told the Deathlord to go seek out the dragons that reside at Wyrmrest Temple; the bronze dragon Trizormu. After strangulating the dragon, Tariolstrasz of the red dragonflight hurls the Deathlord out of Wyrmrest. The Lich King then says that dragonflight knows something, for they kept secrets within the Ruby Sanctum. He proclaimed to the Deathlord either spare the dragons, or slay them. If you do kill them all, he mentions to you that you are empty inside just like him.

The red dragon named Kyranastrasz fell doing battle with "a great corruption" on an iceberg to the north. The Lich King tells the Deathlord to find it and consume this life essence, blight it, and raise it into undeath. He comments when the Deathlord arrives at the Lost Glacier that their supplies have likely frozen. Interestingly enough, he senses feral undead buried in the ice and declares it is time to test the Deathlord's will. He warns that that should the Deathlord fail to survive, that he shall claim Acherus for while Arthas may have sought revenge on the citadel, Bolvar has other plans. Upon arriving at Kyranastrasz' Rest, the Deathlord approached the corpse of the ancient dragon on the hilltop and feel as though it reminds them of something that's happened in the past. They then raised it and claimed it as their own.[41]

天灾军团的业务员

History Third War Aftermath War against the Lich King Fall of the Lich King Third Invasion of the Burning Legion
Lich King Ner'zhul Ner'zhul
Arthas Menethil
Arthas Menethil Bolvar Fordragon

Timeline not to scale.

出现地点

出现地点
位置 等级 生命值
Northrend  ?? 14,192,000
Quest:Last Rites 83 7,096
The Mind's Eye  ?? 5,676,800
Escape from Arthas  ?? 14,192,000
Lich King (tactics)  ??
1017,431,250
10H29,458,812
2561,009,376
25H103,151,168
Quest:Frozen Memories 110 1,039,267

Quests

敌人

基尔加丹

When Ner'zhul attempted to escape Draenor, he was immediately apprehended by the demon lord Kil'jaeden, who enacted the blood pact that Ner'zhul had sworn many years earlier. Kil'jaeden ravaged and destroyed his body, but kept his spirit alive and encased it in a block of ice from the Twisting Nether. Ner'zhul was transformed into the Lich King. Though Ner'zhul and his undead Scourge were bound to the will of the Burning Legion, the Lich King constantly strove to free himself and gain vengeance upon the demons for dismembering his body and damning him so completely. Shortly before the Battle of Mount Hyjal, Ner'zhul engineered the downfall of the Legion by having his lieutenant, Arthas Menethil, alert the demon hunter Illidan Stormrage to the presence of the Legion in Felwood. Illidan's attack on the demons there brought about the death of Tichondrius and the destruction of the Skull of Gul'dan, which greatly weakened the Legion and made it possible for the Alliance, Horde, and night elf forces to stop Archimonde during the Battle of Mount Hyjal. Such a move inspired Kil'jaeden to incredible heights of anger, and it was the demon's turn to lust after vengeance. Now that Ner'zhul had openly defied the will of the Legion, he knew that the wrath of Kil'jaeden and his demonic lackeys would be fierce.

希尔瓦娜斯·风行者

Arthas raises Sylvanas as a banshee.

Sylvanas Windrunner, the Banshee Queen of the Forsaken, was one of the Lich King’s most hated enemies. After defeating her as a mortal high elf and raising her into a mindless slave to his will, Sylvanas was able to break free from his dominion and subsequently founded the Forsaken. With the death of the Lich King on their main agenda, the Forsaken oversaw the production of a master plague capable of bringing the Scourge to its knees. Sylvanas herself was not present to see the vengeance of the Forsaken wrought by the plague, though the Lich King whispered Sylvanas's name moments before the deployment. She would later infiltrate Icecrown Citadel with several of her dark rangers, and come face to face with the individual - and the blade - that took her life. After a titanic struggle followed by a narrow escape, Sylvanas was forced to face her inability to defeat Arthas, and contemplated whether even an army of her allies could either.

凯尔萨斯·逐日者

Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider, the scion of Quel'Thalas, felt the brunt of Arthas's fury both directly and indirectly. Kael'thas was on icy terms with Arthas Menethil even before his dark ascension; Kael'thas harboring resentment towards Arthas's relationship with the object of his affection, Jaina Proudmoore. After Arthas slaughtered his way through Quel'Thalas, murdered Kael's father and destroyed the high elven Sunwell, Kael'thas rushed to his homeland and dubbed the survivors "blood elves" - stronger for being broken and filled with purpose - that purpose being to see Arthas fall. Kael made numerous attempts to annihilate the Lich King's champion after joining forces with Illidan Stormrage, even reforging Felo'melorn to counter Frostmourne. However, he was unable to defeat his arch-nemesis, and fled to the shattered world of Outland. Kael'thas would ultimately not outlive his hated enemy, who at that point had merged with Ner'zhul on the Frozen Throne.

提里奥·弗丁

Tirion Fordring was another of the Lich Kings most hated enemies. As the leader of the Argent Crusade, whose sole purpose is to fight the Scourge, Tirion defies everything that the Lich King stands for and thus the Lich King sees Tirion as his arch-nemesis. Tirion has disrupted many of the Lich King's plans and the two have confronted each other multiple times. Tirion views the Lich King as the most evil being Azeroth has had to face and vows to strike him down, while the Lich King intends to make Tirion, and those close to him, suffer more than anything and watch everything he cherishes fall.

冒险者

The Lich King had a rather interesting relationship with the adventurers who fought in the Northrend war. Rather than see the adventurers as a complete nuisance, he realized that the adventurers had much potential and intended to draw out that potential. As such, he constantly threw many of his strongest minions against the adventurers, seeking to test their abilities and their resolve. During their betrayal of Drakuru, the Lich King was amused rather than angered by their defeat of his servant. Finally, during the raid on his fortress of Icecrown Citadel, the Lich King revealed his true intentions: to kill the adventurers and raise them as his undead minions, giving him the strongest fighting force in the world. This backfires on him, however, since it is the adventurers and Tirion Fordring who manage to defeat him in the end.

称号与头衔

The Lich King has had many titles over the years of his reign, including but not limited to:

Memorable quotes

Ner'zhul the Lich King.
Arthas the Lich King.

Road to Damnation

"Let this be your first lesson. I have no love for you or your people. On the contrary, I intend to scour humanity from this planet, and make no mistake: I have the power to do it."

Warcraft III: Frozen Throne

  • "It is I, the Lich King. Danger draws near the Frozen Throne! You must return to Northrend immediately! Obey!"
  • "The runeblade, Frostmourne, was once locked inside the Throne as well. I thrust it from the ice so that it would find its way to you... and then lead you to me. And so it has. For now we face a grave danger. My creator, the demonlord Kil'jaeden, sent his agents here to destroy me. If they should reach the Frozen Throne before you, all will be lost. The Scourge will be undone. Now hurry! I will grant you all the power I can spare."
  • "Now... we are one!"

Wrath of the Lich King trailer

It's begun.

Young heroes... I was once like you. You have come to this place seeking to bring judgement upon the damned. You will venture deep into forgotten lands. You will see wonders beyond imagining. But be warned. The land itself will rise up against you. Long forgotten terrors will smother your courage. Sacrifice everything as the final darkness falls... in the end, all that awaits you is death. Only then will you understand - you've been following in my footsteps all along.

So come then, you heroes! Come in all your power and glory! For in the final hour, all must serve the one... true... king.

World of Warcraft

Wrath of the Lich King

WotLK 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽世界:巫妖王之怒
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave

详见:Quest:In Service Of The Lich King

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详见:Quest:The Light of Dawn#Quest dialogue


Greeting
  • Speak.
  • Your will is not your own.
  • All life must end.
  • Bow to your master.
Irritated
  • Remember who owns your soul, Death Knight!
Farewell
  • Slay all who oppose us.
  • Go forth and defile these lands!
  • All must die.
  • Conquer in my name!
  • You know what to do.
Borean Tundra

详见:Quest:Last Rites#Notes


Howling Fjord

详见:Quest:The Echo of Ymiron#Notes


详见:Quest:The Slumbering King#Notes


Drak'Tharon Keep

详见:Quest:Cleansing Drak'Tharon#Notes


Zul'Drak

详见:Quest:Betrayal#Notes


Dragonblight

详见:Quest:The Power to Destroy#Notes


详见:Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate#Transcript


Icecrown

详见:Quest:Banshee's Revenge#Notes


Ulduar

详见:Yogg-Saron (tactics)#Quotes


Trial of the Crusader

详见:Anub'arak (Trial of the Crusader tactics)#Quotes


Fall of the Lich King trailer
The spirit of King Terenas, Frostmourne and the Lich King.
Spirit of Terenas Menethil: Can you feel it, my son, closing in all around you? The Light's justice has been awakened. The sins of the past have finally caught up to you. You will be called to account for all the atrocities you've committed, the unspeakable horrors you've let loose upon this world, and the dark, ancient powers you've enslaved. Though my soul was one of the first to be devoured by your evil, there are thousands more bound within this blade, and they cry out for release. Look now to your defenses, my son, for the champions of justice gather at your gates!
The Lich King: Let them come. Frostmourne hungers.
Fall of the Lich King

详见:Quest:Frostmourne#Notes


详见:Escape from Arthas#Quotes


详见:Light's Hammer#Quotes


详见:Quest:The Sacred and the Corrupt#Notes


详见:Quest:A Feast of Souls#Notes


详见:Valithria Dreamwalker#Quotes


详见:Lich King (tactics)#Quotes


Legion

Legion 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽世界:军团再临

详见:Quest:The Call to War#Notes


详见:Quest:The Dead and the Damned#Notes


详见:Quest:The Call of Icecrown#Notes


详见:Quest:Apocalypse#Notes


详见:Quest:The Call of Vengeance#Notes


详见:Quest:Our Next Move#Notes


详见:Quest:Salanar the Horseman#Notes


详见:Quest:Darkheart Thicket: The Nightmare Lash#Notes


详见:Quest:The Fourth Horseman#Notes


详见:Quest:Making Preparations#Notes


详见:Quest:Frozen Memories#Notes


详见:Quest:Draconic Secrets#Notes


详见:Quest:The Lost Glacier#Notes


注记与轶事

推测

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Identity crisis

There has been debate in some areas of the Warcraft community as to what exactly happened when Arthas and Ner'zhul merged.

When asked, "What's the truth about the new Lich King?", Chris Metzen replied: "Arthas and Ner'zhul have become a perfect fusion of one being - Arthas' personality and body with Ner'zhul's wisdom, experience, power and EVIL."[请求来源]

On the official forums, CM Bornakk made the following statement in response to the question "Who is the Lich King?":

模板:Blizzforumlink:
Before Arthas donned the Lich King's armor, it was the spirit of the former Orc Shaman Ner'zhul whose soul was attached to the armor and then imprisoned (physically) inside the Frozen Throne. Now Arthas and Ner'zhul's spirit are one and together they are the Lich King.

After 任务:peering into the Lich King's heart, Tirion Fordring remarks that "there's nothing left to redeem" and "there is no Arthas Menethil anymore - there is only the Lich King."

In a dream state where Arthas sees past, present, and future, presented by Ner'zhul, Arthas murders the child manifestation of his humanity (representing love, compassion, and so forth). Delighted at this decision, Ner'zhul states, "We are one, Arthas. Together we are the Lich King. No more Ner'zhul, no more Arthas -- only this one glorious being." With that Arthas murders Ner'zhul and tells him "No we. No one tells me what to do. I've got everything I need from you -- now the power is mine and mine alone. Now there is only I. I am the Lich King. And I am ready." Ner'zhul is stunned by the betrayal, then disappears. It was said that Ner'zhul would soon be "nothing at all".[29]

In the manga story Fate, the Lich King says, "Ner'zhul is no more. He is consumed. There is only Arthas now... Arthas, whom you shall serve for all eternity."[55]

A Twitter chat from early 2010 suggested Ner'zhul's story was not over:

Q. Will Ner'zhul appear at any point in 3.3 or the near future?
A. Well, he is a chunk of the Lich King now. But if you mean will he appear as an orc, we're not ready to tell his story just yet. We have a lot of stories left to tell, but his is a good one.[56]

On the official forums, CM Crygil made the following statement in response to a claim that Arthas "erased" Ner'zhul upon merging with him (at the end of The Frozen Throne):

He didn't actually erase the persona of Ner'zhul. In point of fact, these two beings merged to make up what was collectively known as "The Lich King".[57]

Subsequently, the following was stated by Chris Metzen at a BlizzCon 2010 lore panel:

Q. I have a question regarding the storyline of Ner'zhul: is he finished, or what's going on with that?
A. "Yes. Yeah, Ner'zhul is done. He served us well in that capacity, but really the Lich King idea... really has the ultimate expression, you know, as Arthas or whatever. Ner'zhul's done."[58]

The situation was clarified in Ask CDev #2, which confirmed that Ner'zhul and Arthas had separate reigns as the Lich King:

Q. The "There must always be a Lich King" mantra seemed awfully suspicious, coming from ghosts trapped in Frostmourne. Was there something else going on there?
A. To save people from generating elaborate conspiracy theories, we'll be serious for a moment and say, definitively, no. The ghosts of Uther and Terenas understood that the Scourge would run rampant without someone to keep them in check. Yes, that does also mean that Arthas and Ner'zhul were not unleashing the full force of the Scourge during their respective reigns: you are welcome to speculate on the reasons for that. [59]

In 2012, Chris Metzen tweeted that as far as he's concerned, Ner'zhul is completely gone gone.[60]

In 2014, Sean Copeland corroborated the novel's account of Arthas destroying Ner'zhul's spirit:

Q. Okay, my friend and I are at each other's throats over this. Is Ner'zhul's spirit destroyed canonically or not?
A. So it seems per the Arthas novel (p. 307). :)[61]

Godhood

A debate that has arisen among fans is whether the Lich King can be classified as a god. His origins lie with Kil'jaeden, but his power has continued to increase at an exponential rate beyond Kil'jaeden's intentions. Most of the other gods in the Warcraft universe have their origins with the Pantheon. However, most of them have contributed something to the world of Azeroth. Elune gave birth to the night elves (according to their own legends), while the Dragon Aspects guard specific elements of Azeroth depending on their origins in the dragonflights. The Lich King contributed the undead to this world; unlike the contributions of other gods this wasn't a positive change, but it might still elevate the Lich King to the title. Many Blizzard texts (such as the Warcraft III manual) refer to him as the "godlike Lich King".

The Warcraft Encyclopedia provided by Blizzard classifies a "god" in two ways:

1) Gods are immortal.

There are no hard and fast rules to define what it means to be a god in Warcraft, save that all gods are immortal.[62]

2) Gods are the object of worship.

The demigods of Azeroth wield great power and have occasionally played pivotal roles in the planet's history. Nevertheless, unlike gods, most demigods have never been the objects of worship.[63]

Although it is true that the Lich King does not age, it is arguable whether or not he is an object of worship. The members of the Cult of the Damned and the mortals who serve him as acolytes (in Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne), as well as the unknown number of intelligent undead he controls (in addition to the countless mindless ones) obviously worship him and provide a strong backing for this criterion. The vrykul revere him as a death god and it is speculated that the tuskarr have identified him with their death-god, Karkut. King Ymiron refers to offering player's hearts as gifts to the death god, as well.

World of Warcraft: The Magazine described the Lich King as a demigod.[64]

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参见

引用

  1. The Characters of Warcraft/The Lich King
  2. Fear
  3. Wowhead
  4. The Birth of the Lich King
  5. Icecrown and the Frozen Throne
  6. War of the Spider
  7. 2017-09-05, KEL’THUZAD ENTERS THE NEXUS!. Blizzard Entertainment, retrieved on 2017-09-12
  8. The Cult of the Damned
  9. The Culling
  10. Frostmourne
  11. Arthas' Betrayal
  12. Digging up the Dead
  13. The Fall of Silvermoon
  14. Under the Burning Sky
  15. A Destiny of Flame and Sorrow
  16. Twilight of the Gods
  17. Illidan's Task
  18. The Ruins of Dalaran
  19. The Flight from Lordaeron
  20. Sylvanas' Farewell
  21. A New Power in Lordaeron
  22. The Return to Northrend
  23. A Symphony of Frost and Flame
  24. A Long Time Coming
  25. The Ascension
  26. Dragon Hunt
  27. Naxxramas (original)
  28. Blood of the Highborne
  29. 29.0 29.1 Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, Epilogue
  30. Quest:The Hunter and the Prince
  31. Wrath of the Lich King, Opening Cinematic
  32. Death Knight
  33. http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?pager.offset=0&cId=3163178
  34. Quest:Death Comes From On High
  35. Quest:The Light of Dawn
  36. Quest:Tirion's Gambit
  37. Chris Metzen on the BlizzCon 2011: Lore Q&A Liveblog
  38. Edge of Night
  39. Prophet's Lesson
  40. Quest:Shadowy Secrets
  41. Quest:The Lost Glacier
  42. Heroes of the Storm Official Game Site
  43. Frostmourne (Warcraft III) "You hear the voice of the Dark Lord. He whispers to you through the blade you wield. What does he say, young human? What does the Dark Lord of the Dead tell you now?"
  44. Wrath of the Lich King, Reveal Trailer: "... for in the final hour, all must serve The One True King."
  45. Elder Ko'nani: "The Dark One rides forth again with his San'layn..."
  46. Vrykul motives and their whereabouts for the past several thousand years remains a mystery, though they have recently become allied with the Lich King, accepting him as their "Death God".
  47. Ingvar the Plunderer喊道: My life for the... Death God!
  48. Quest:Shadowmourne... Highlord Darion Mograine说: Go forth, and defeat the Prince of Darkness.
  49. Ozzy Osbourne TV Commercial: "There can be only one Prince of Darkness!"
  50. Fall of the Lich King, Ending Cinematic
  51. WoW TCG Card from BlizzCon 2010
  52. Manual of Monsters, pg. 184
  53. The Instructor's Fourth Lesson
  54. Dave Kosak on Twitter
  55. Warcraft: Legends Volume 4, [[Fate (short story)|]] (preview at WoW:IncGamers)
  56. #BlizzChat Developer Chat on Twitter (2010-01-10). Archived from the original on 2010-01-19.
  57. Re: Why was Arthas evil? (2010-02-12). Archived from the original on 2010-02-17.
  58. BlizzCon 2010 Lore Q&A Panel
  59. Ask CDev Round 2 Answers
  60. Chris Metzen on Twitter (2012-11-18)
  61. Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-05-08)
  62. http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/417.xml
  63. http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/369.xml
  64. World of Warcraft: The Magazine Issue 1, page 32. With an angry demigod chasing you from behind...

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