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Arthas (younger brother),
Princess Calia Menethil is the daughter of King Terenas Menethil II and Queen Lianne, and the older sister of Prince Arthas. She has blond hair, and had blue-green eyes. After becoming an undead infused in Light, her eyes glow white.
Calia is two years older than her brother and was a friend of Jaina Proudmoore when they were younger. She was very saddened by the fact that her father forced her in an arranged marriage with Daval Prestor and wished that Arthas would choose his wife and princess by heart. The mysterious noble who was to replace the treacherous Lord Aiden Perenolde as the ruler of Alterac disappeared before any final arrangements were made and Dalaran's mages commented that the betrothal dwindled away. She then participated in Arthas' ceremony to become a member of the Knights of the Silver Hand in Stormwind City.
As King Terenas turned his attention to Arthas, Calia fell in love with someone her father would never have approved of: a Lordaeron footman. Once in the dark of night, they snuck away and begged a priestess to marry them. Eventually she became pregnant and confided in her mother Lianne Menethil, who aided her in keeping her relationship and pregnancy a secret. After she gave birth, it was decided the father would raise their daughter away from Lordaeron, ignorant of her birthright. Lianne promised that once Arthas was properly wed and produced an heir, they would acknowledge Calia's daughter and elevate her husband to a nobleman's status.
She was officially thought to have perished on the day Arthas murdered his father. However, she survived, but was separated from her husband and her daughter. She hid in a muddy trench for two days to avoid slavering ghouls as they prowled for her.
Eventually Calia made her way to Southshore, where her husband and child had been kept safe from the Scourge, and with everyone assuming she was dead she lived there in secret with her family for some time until the town was attacked by the undead. Calia was once again separated from her family in an attack on Southshore, and this time she never saw them again, not knowing their fate though.
At some point, while escaping from mindless undead, Calia stumbled upon one who was still sane and who she recognized. Alonsus Faol, who was a Forsaken, showed her that not all undead had lost their minds and there were some who still were themselves even after death. This made her understand that the Forsaken and the Scourge were two separate entities, with the former still deserving of dignity and compassion. That gave her the chance to move through her shock and pain to a place of healing. Seeing the Forsaken as her old friends still living, she hoped that if her family had been killed by the undead and raised, they would live on as Forsaken instead of mindless Scourge.
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Calia reappeared as a companion of the now undead Alonsus Faol and was initially met at Faol's Rest, having become a priest at some point. As a member of the Conclave, Calia traveled to the Netherlight Temple and later became a champion to the High Priest.
Before the Storm
Following the Argus Campaign, Anduin Wrynn met Calia at the Netherlight Temple. After Alonsus Faol introduced her as Terenas Menethil's daughter, Anduin considered her the rightful queen of Lordaeron, and was shocked and relieved to know she had survived. As Anduin worked with the Conclave to heal Azeroth from Sargeras' destruction and reconcile the Forsaken and their human counterparts, Anduin began to see Calia as a kindred spirit and developed a bond with her similar to the one he had with Jaina Proudmoore. Calia was also fond of Anduin and saw in him similarities to her beloved little brother Arthas; before he became evil.
Sometimes Calia would dream of happier times, like when she sang lullabies to her infant daughter and spent time with her family. During one such dream, Calia sadly considered how her daughter would never inherit her birthright. However, her dreams frequently turned into night terrors involving the undead before she awoke from them. Usually, Calia would speak of her dreams with the naaru Saa'ra. Saa'ra would tell Calia that the nightmares will stop once she was ready for them to stop and that there are things she must do and become before that peace would be granted unto her. However, Saa'ra also warned that some of her trials may involve pain and blood. Though Calia admitted it didn't make her feel any better, Saa'ra told her it might once she understood that even painful developments may become hidden gifts and to trust in the purpose of her destiny. Saa'ra's insights would ease her apprehension, and she would try to repress the horrors she had endured or the memories of her daughter. Instead she would retreat into a darkness that granted safety for wild creatures, momentary privacy for those who wanted to create, and sanctuary from her troubles. Saa'ra's warmth would then comfort her and told her to sleep in peace. As Calia left to return to her room for rest, her friend Elinor privately spoke with her to inform her of King Anduin's plans for a Gathering between Forsaken and their living relatives. The conversation filled Calia with hope and purpose, making her feel as if healing had finally come her way.
Anduin, Genn Greymane, and Calia later worked to recruit suitable human participants for the Gathering from the Alliance's side. As they worked together, Anduin asked Calia if she sought to reclaim the throne of Lordaeron. When Calia asked if Anduin would aid her in reclaiming her throne even if it meant war, Anduin became conflicted. Before Anduin could respond, Calia reassured him she had no intention of reclaiming Lordaeron and the best she could do for her people in the Forsaken is to work to ensure the Gathering's success. However, she did request to participate in the Gathering. Since his body did not respond to any nefarious intentions, Anduin agreed to permit it should Faol also consent. Anduin also asked Calia if she had a child that could one day become her heir, to which Calia did acknowledge a daughter and told Anduin the tragic tale of her family. Anduin surmised the reason she identified with the Forsaken is she hoped to be reunited with her family at the Gathering should they have been raised as undead. She later disguised herself and secretly observed the reunion between her friend Alonsus Faol, High Exarch Turalyon, and King Genn Greymane.
Calia attended the Gathering as one of the priests that were offering the participants their blessings. Disguised in a cloak and hood, she healed Ol' Emma when she fainted from heat stroke. This brought the attention of Elsie Benton who she had a pleasant conversation with. As the day went, Parqual Fintallas recognized Calia beneath her hooded cloak and saw it as a reason and opportunity to defect into the Alliance. He asked Calia for a blessing and whispered to her, saying, "We need you now. It's time. You'll see. Be ready." Shortly after, Parqual, his daughter Philia, and the Felstone family began to walk towards Stromgarde Keep — where the Alliance were stationed. As Calia Menethil saw this unfold, she revealed her true identity and took it upon herself to try to convince the other Forsaken on the field to join the Alliance, first speaking with Elsie. After being made aware of her existence, Sylvanas Windrunner personally flew through the field to murder Calia, who she saw as a threat to her authority. Calia's corpse was later sent back to Netherlight Temple but miraculously did not decompose. Anduin, Alonsus, and Saa'ra raised her back as an undead touched by the Light. Calia explained to Anduin that although she was untrained in the ways of politics and did not intend for the Gathering to become a bloodbath nor reassert her claim to Lordaeron, she could not stand by and let an usurper like Sylvanas butcher her people out of jealousy. Seeing the Forsaken as her people, Calia had initially planned to lead them, but now believed she was not yet ready to lead. For now, she would learn under Faol how to be an undead walking in the Light to better serve her people.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Tirisfal Glades||98 - 110||4,157,070|
|Netherlight Temple||100 - 110||396,188|
|The Exodar||100 - 110||874,300|
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- Well met, <name>. It's an honor to serve at your side. I'm happy to help in any way I can.
- It's just Calia now.
- How can I assist you?
- I stand ready to help.
- Sometimes I miss the beautiful court of Lordaeron and my father.
- I once hid in a muddy ditch for two days while slavering ghouls patrolled the area. Your prattle does not phase me.
- Terenas would have had you thrown out of here faster than he did Medivh!
- Walk in the light.
- Let's talk again soon.
- Arthas: Rise of the Lich King originally described Calia as having blue eyes. Her in-game model and Before the Storm instead depict them as blue-green. Since her resurrection, her eyes now glow white.
- Calia is two years older than Arthas who was born in Year -4. She was thus born in Year -6 and is 38 or 39 years old slightly before the Burning of Teldrassil ("nearly forty").
- Before finally making her return in Legion, she was for many years theorized by some fans to be Calia Hastings of SI:7. The main theories were that she had married someone named Hastings, assumed a new surname in exile, or taken her mother's unknown surname.
- In the Legion beta, she stated in that she had renounced her claim to the throne of Lordaeron, declaring it a lost kingdom, and that she was "just Calia now".
- This quest, along with any other mention of Lordaeron from her, did not make it out of beta. As such, it was unknown what her stance on the kingdom was. However, one of her on-click quotes is still "It's just Calia now".
Feelings for Daval Prestor
In the novel Arthas: Rise of the Lich King Calia was greatly disturbed to the point of hysterical over her arranged marriage to Prestor, and even had a heated argument with her father, Terenas Menethil II over it. Her coin in the Dalaran Fountain expresses her desire to be noticed by him, however.
It is possible that it was merely an error on the developers' part. Another possibility was that Daval Prestor (Deathwing) placed an enchantment on her when he realized her objection to be married to him. He had already done this to the kings of the Alliance in Day of the Dragon to make them fond of him, so there is precedent. When Deathwing was weakened and went into hiding after the battle with his former fellow Aspects, the enchantment was lifted. Furthermore, the novel also mentioned that Terenas at one point started to suspect him.
The release of the RPG Horde Player's Guide subtly implied a different plotline for Calia. In one of the many short stories, a paladin by the name of Andarin tries to infiltrate the Undercity to free prisoners. To his shame, he is quickly discovered by a fallen priest named Trevor. The undead makes him "an offer he can't refuse": in turn for helping him, Andarin must help Trevor free some of the Argent Dawn's prisoners. The paladin ponders the situation but finally agrees, together they descend into the city. After having fought some guards and abominations, the strange duo decides that fighting the prison guards will not work and comes up with a plan: Andarin will distract the guards while Trevor will free the prisoners. Knowing that he has no other choice, the paladin agrees. Trevor quickly manages to get a hold of a keyring and opens the door of a cell in which a girl was locked up. The girl recognizes the Forsaken and is shocked, but Trevor simply bows, saying "Good evening, my princess."
The background of Trevor showed some similarities with the one Alonsus Faol himself was later given at the time of Legion.
- ^ a b Before the Storm, pg. 253
- ^ Before the Storm, chapter 8
- ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 35
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 15 & 25
- ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 9
- ^ Before the Storm, chapter 20
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 3
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pg. 36 (ebook)
- ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-05-08) (dead link)
- ^ Before the Storm, chapter 28