King Arthas (WC3 Undead)

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King Arthas
King Arthas (WC3 Undead)
Conflict: Legacy of the Damned
Place: Lordaeron palace gardens
Outcome: Scourge victory
Belligerents


Commanders and leaders
Strength
Casualties and losses
  • Moderate
  • Very heavy

Chapter 1 of the Undead Campaign, Act III "Legacy of the Damned" in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

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At the capital city of Lordaeron, near the ruined Palace Gardens, Archimonde's pet dreadlords discuss their current plans for the Scourge.

Summary

After forcing the three Dreardlords to flee Arthas splits the Scourge into three serves with himself, Kel'Thuzad and Sylvanas to command a different portion of the Scourge in order to wipe out the last remnants of Alliance forces within his Kingdom. At the same time the Alliance forces are trying to flee towards to the safety of the mountains, as such the Scourge is tasked with not only destroying all Alliance forces in the order but guarding the exits to the mountains to ensure that no one escapes their wrath. While dealing with the Alliance (which includes Silver Hand remnants) Arthas is mysteriously struck by pain and weakened. While Kel'thuzad is concerned and asked if they should halt their operations, Arthas demands the Scourge continue since the pain has passed. Eventually the Scourge is successful in wiping out their enemies, but Arthas is immediately commanded by the Lich King to come to Northrend at once as danger is drawing near the Frozen Throne.

Transcript

Prelude

Arthas confronts the dreadlords.
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: It's been months since we last heard from Lord Archimonde. I grow tired of watching over these rotting undead! What are we still doing here?
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: We were charged with overseeing this land, Detheroc. It is our duty to remain here and ensure that the Scourge is ready for action.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: True. Though we should have received some kind of orders by now.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: The Legion was defeated months ago. How could they not know?
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: Impossible to say. But the longer they remain in command, the more they run the Scourge into the ground.
Something begins banging on the gate.
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: What? Who could possibly...
Arthas knocks the gate down.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Greetings, dreadlords. I should thank you for looking after my kingdom during my absence. However, I won't be requiring your services any longer.
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras: Prince Arthas!
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar: This land is ours. The Scourge belongs to the Legion!
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Not anymore, demon. Your masters have been defeated. The Legion is undone. Your deaths will complete the circle.
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: Never!
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc: This isn't over, human.
The dreadlords teleport away.
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: We knew you would return to us, Prince Arthas.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I have returned, lich, but you will now address me as King. This is, after all, my land.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Now, we must secure the kingdom by scouring the last remnants of humanity from it!
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: But, my king, the humans have begun to abandon their villages.
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: They're fleeing to the canyon passes! If they escape into the mountains, it will be impossible to hunt them all down.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Then we must slaughter them before they escape! Their deaths will be a fitting tribute to Ner'zhul!

During the Mission

IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Aarrghh... The pain is unbearable. What is happening to me?
IconSmall LichKing.gif Lich King: Danger draws near! Power is fading. Time is running out!
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: King Arthas, do you need assistance?
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: No. The pain has passed, but my powers are diminished. Something is terribly wrong here.
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: Shall we recall our forces?
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: No. I will finish the hunt. We'll solve this mystery once our business is done.


IconSmall Human Male.gif Halahk the Lifebringer: Arthas, you wear your father's crown as if you earned it. You may kill me, but my brethren will never stop hounding you!
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I can't believe that any of you survived the first purge. No matter. After today, your self-righteous order will cease to exist.
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Magroth the Defender: We will never abandon Lordaeron, Arthas! We will never give up!
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Dagren the Orcslayer: Come, traitor, and taste the wrath of the holy Light!
  • IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: The humans are nearing the pass! Stop them.
  • IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: We cannot allow the humans to escape!
  • IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: Stop them before they reach the pass!
  • IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: Slaughter the humans before they escape!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: The humans are escaping!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Another human has made it through the pass!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: They're getting away!
  • IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Sylvanas Windrunner: Don't allow them to escape!

Mission Failed

IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: King Arthas, the humans have made it through the pass. Now there's no way to stop them from reaching sanctuary.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Then we've failed, lich. Return to the capital. Someone will pay dearly for this!

Mission Complete

IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: At last, the Alliance is finished! Once we round up the last stragglers, we should be--
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Aarrghh... Not again!
IconSmall LichKing.gif Lich King: It is I, the Lich King. Danger draws near the Frozen Throne! You must return to Northrend immediately! Obey!
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad: My king, you are not well.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Take me back to the capital. I have a long journey ahead of me.
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Trivia

  • If the cheat code to see the entire map is used, you can see the Frozen Throne and Lich King just to the south of Little Timmy. The Lich King appears there because he has to be present on the map in order to be seen in the cinematic.
  • Each refugee camp has a theme, such as a high elven camp made of archers, priests and sorceresses, a dwarven camp made up of riflemen, mortar teams and a blacksmith, militiamen camps with various unique human militia units, a mage camp, etc.
  • Arthas is the only one that can build abominations, Kel'Thuzad is the only one that can build necromancers and Sylvanas is the only one that can build banshees.
  • According to the objectives' description, the human refugees are trying to flee to Dalaran after it was recaptured by the Alliance.
  • The paladin forces can sometimes teleport to the refugees' villages.