Lore Sundays: Kel'Thuzad (part 1)

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It is time to wrap up the story of the lich, Kel’Thuzad, in this article. If you didn’t follow the last parts, you can find them here:

Lore Sundays: Kel’Thuzad (part 1)
Lore Sundays: Kel’Thuzad (part 2)

War of the Undead

With Arthas finally catching up with Kel’Thuzad, he managed to kill him. But before he died, Kel’Thuzad told Arthas his death would mean little. This, of course, meant that Kel’Thuzad had other plans in his mission to succeed. The Lich King also had other plans, and Arthas was a big part of it. Kel’Thuzad may be dead, but his plan still lives, the plan with Arthas in it.

Arthas claiming the Runeblade Frostmourne
(art by Pavel Tomashevskiy on ArtStation)

Kel’Thuzad told Arthas that a dreadlord by the name Mal’Ganis is behind the plague, not him. When Arthas went to Northrend and claimed the Runeblade Frostmourne, he finally found Mal’Ganis and killed him.

Arthas returned back to Lordaeron with the Runeblade, but at this time he was already a servant of the Lich King. He was instructed by another dreadlord Tichondrius to reclaim Kel’Thuzad’s remains. Before reclaiming his remains, Kel’Thuzad appeared only to Arthas and told him that the dreadlords are not to be trusted. He promised to explain all of this once he walked the earth again and was resurrected.

Kel’Thuzad Reborn

Arthas started his attacks on Silvermoon in order to get to the Sunwell. He ravaged his way through the gates and finally laid siege to Silvermoon. Shortly after, he breached and gained access to the Silvermoon. Once he was there, Arthas placed the remains of Kel’Thuzad in the well, and with the help of Tichondrius, he was reborn into a terrifying form of a lich.

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Kel’Thuzad reborn as a lich
(artwork by Mitchell Micallef on ArtStation)

After his resurrection, Kel’Thuzad and Arthas traveled to Alterac in order to contact the erdar demon, Archimonde. Kel’Thuzad contacted the demon and was asked to go to Dalaran and retrieve the book of Medivh in order to summon him.

Arthas led the attack on Dalaran, killed the magus Antonidas and retrieved the Book of Medivh. With the book in their hands, Kel’Thuzad proceeded with the summoning of Archimonde. He was eventually summoned and stepped through the portal in the mortal world. The demon was free to act however he wanted. His first act was to promote Tichondrius as the leader of the Scourge and did not pay any attention to Arthas and Kel’Thuzad’s efforts. Kel’Thuzad, confident of the grand plan of the Lich King, disappeared from Dalaran before its destruction.

After the War

Kel’Thuzad remained in the capital as one of Lich King’s lieutenants while the Legion ravaged across the Plaguelands. Arthas was on another mission sent by the Lich King himself.

Eventually, the Legion was defeated but the Dreadlords remained in Lordaeron alongside Kel’Thuzad. Arthas returned there furious and chased the Dreadlords out of the capital. With the Legion gone and the Dreadlords with it, Kel’Thuzad could finally continue with the Lich King’s schema.

They turned towards the remaining villages with humans as Kel’Thuzad thought they would be a fitting sacrifice to the Lich King. In the meantime, Arthas suffered some violent seizures and as a result, he had a vision from Ner’zhul. The king was calling him to return to Northrend.

Kel’Thuzad immediately prepared for their departure, but they were ambushed by the dreadlords along the way and sepparated. Fortunately enough, Kel’Thuzad found his way out of the city.

Kel’Thuzad, later on, came upon Arthas while he was being attacked by Sylvanas Windrunner and her banshees. He unleashed his forces on her and in a short manner, Sylvanas had to retreat. Kel’Thuzad escorted Arthas to the shore where the ships were ready for his departure.

The Naxxramas

Before leaving, Arthas asked Kel’Thuzad for one last thing. As his most loyal servant and a friend, he asked him to remain in Lordaeron. With him staying in the capital, Arthas would be sure that his legacy remains.

Kel’Thuzad swore on what was left from his life to carry out this request at any cost. He took his forces into hiding, from where he would plot his resurfacing into the new powers of the Plaguelands.

The Lich, Kel'thuzad

He chose his hiding place to be the ancient Nerubian ziggurat known as the Naxxramas. The scourge forces overran the citadel and under the will of the Lich King, the ziggurat was transformed into a war machine. Dark magic tore the fortress from the ground and lifted it in the sky. Hidden behind a thick layer of clouds, Naxxramas grew in strength. The necropolis made its way in the Plaguelands, with the vile lich Kel’Thuzad as the ruler of it.

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