Helm of Domination
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The Helm of Domination (also referred to as a crown) was a magical, ornate helm used to control the Scourge. It was in the Lich King's possession until its destruction by Sylvanas Windrunner.
It was obtained by the demons of the Burning Legion who used it to contain the spirit of Ner'zhul and make him the Lich King. The helm, and Ner'zhul's spirit, were both sealed within the Frozen Throne from which the Lich King would control the Scourge telepathically. The runeblade Frostmourne was originally also sealed inside the Frozen Throne, but Ner'zhul cast it from the throne so that it would eventually find its way to Arthas.
When Illidan Stormrage attempted to destroy the Frozen Throne and the Lich King at the order of Kil'jaeden, Ner'zhul used the helm's powers to command Arthas—having become Ner'zhul's greatest death knight after taking up Frostmourne—to journey from Lordaeron to aid him. After Arthas defeated Illidan, Ner'zhul also had Arthas himself shatter the Frozen Throne in order to free Ner'zhul from his prison. Arthas would then don the helm, merging his soul with Ner'zhul's spirit and become the new Lich King.
Years later when Arthas was killed at the end of the War against the Lich King the helm was passed to Bolvar Fordragon who became the new Lich King in order to prevent the Scourge from running rampant. Following the Fourth War yet a few years later, Sylvanas Windrunner ventured to Icecrown Citadel after having abandoned the Horde and fought against Bolvar atop the Frozen Throne. While the helm made Bolvar immensely powerful, Sylvanas still managed to defeat him and seized the helm after winning the battle. Assuming she intended to become the Scourge's new master, Bolvar remarked that the helm's power would be her prison, however, Sylvanas countered that the world itself was a prison and split the helm in two, thereby piercing the veil between Azeroth and the Shadowlands.
In the RPG
As long as the Lich King is alive, any creature donning the helm is slain immediately by a surging overflow of power. Only divine beings are not slain, but they still cannot command its powers if the Lich King is alive.
In the TCG
Notes and trivia
- While the name originated from the non-canon RPG, Loreology confirmed that the name was canonical. The name was officially used for the first time in patch 7.2.0.
- The helm can be seen in the Caverns of Frost in Diablo III.
The Helm of Domination, as seen in the Caverns of Frost in Diablo III
Sylvanas Windrunner destroying the Helm of Domination
- ^ , "The Helm of Domination shows me many things, Deathlord."
- ^ World of Warcraft: What’s Next Panel Recap
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
- ^ a b Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- ^ Wowhead BlizzCon interviews: Shadowlands: Craft Your Own Custom Legendary in the Forge of Domination (section)
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pg. 204
- ^ (Archive.org) Legion: Death Knight Artifact Reveal
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ File:Kel'Thuzad and the Frozen Throne.jpg
- ^ The Legacy of the Damned campaign revolves around this event.
- ^ a b c Manual of Monsters, pg. 175
- ^ The Ascension
- ^ Fall of the Lich King
- ^ Shadowlands cinematic
- ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110106174212/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/images/tcg/card4-large.jpg
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (2013-12-23)