Ruins of Lordaeron
- This article is about the in-game ruins. For the history of the ruins, see Capital City. For the arena, see Ruins of Lordaeron (arena).
The Ruins of Lordaeron (also called Ruins of Capital City and Capital City Ruins and still referred to as Lordaeron City) is all that remains of the city of Lordaeron, the great capital city of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. Now it serves as a sad reminder of the power of the Scourge. The area is literally haunted by the final tragic events that led to the death of King Terenas and the city's destruction.
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After the massacre of its citizens at the hands of the Scourge and the destruction of the city and its Alliance defenders, the ruins were overseen by , , and . When Arthas returned from Kalimdor, he ousted the dreadlords and named himself King of Lordaeron. When recalled Arthas to Northrend, Balnazzar took control over the city once again. The combined forces of Grand Marshal Garithos and defeated Balnazzar, at which point Sylvanas betrayed her allies and took the city for herself. The Undercity, which lies beneath the ruins of the capital, now serves as the capital of the Forsaken.
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To this day you can still hear the moments before King Terenas' death; hushed whispers in the courtyard, the clanging of bells in the entryway, the faint cheer echoing the welcome of Prince Arthas, and the murmur of voices in the throne room. One such sentence that is uttered says " This kingdom shall fall, and from the ashes shall arise a new order that will shake the very foundations of the world." — Arthas after slaying his father, and proclaiming the Scourge's invasion and victory over Lordaeron. If you can detect invisibility, you will see the ghosts of the citizens of Lordaeron still haunting the castle's courtyard. Beneath the ruins now lies the Forsaken capital city — the Undercity, where the dark queen prepares to conquer the lands to the east and south.This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
A new section of this zone holding an Orb of Translocation was added that connects the Undercity to the blood elf capital of Silvermoon City for those with the Burning Crusade expansion. Additionally an Arena was added.This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
The Horde forces led by Thrall and Sylvanas battled through the entrance against Varimathras's demons.
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The city received a overhaul, and is finally completely visible to players due to the addition of flying mounts to the Eastern Kingdoms. The architecture of the Ruins of Lordaeron as well as the Undercity was not heavily changed in Cataclysm, however it has been updated to allowing flying mounts. Little Forsaken presence could be seen here until patch 4.2.0, when the area was populated with Forsaken Citizens and Kor'kron Overseers. Apothecary Initiates were also added near the plague wagons.
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In Battle for Azeroth, the Ruins of Lordaeron will play a major role in at least the start of the expansion, with the Alliance trying to oust the Horde during the Battle for Lordaeron to regain their foothold in the region.
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Undercity is beneath Lordaeron's ruins, but above the Forsaken city one can visit Lordaeron's palace. Terenas' throne room and the royal crypts are still intact. The bloodstain where Arthas slew his father can still be seen. The magnificent gardens are also accessible, though they have grown wild and play home to lurking beasts.