Urn of King Terenas

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  • Urn of King Terenas
  • Formerly the container of King Terenas' ashes, this magically enchanted urn was chosen by Tichondrius to preserve Kel'Thuzad's remains.
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This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The Urn of King Terenas was a magical urn which contained the ashes of King Terenas. After being claimed by the Scourge, it was instead used to store the remains of Kel'Thuzad.

History

As part of a plot to summon the demon lord Archimonde, the dreadlord Tichondrius ordered the death knight Arthas to revive the necromancer Kel'Thuzad. However, a being of Kel'Thuzad's power could only be reanimated using the energies of the Sunwell, and Kel'Thuzad's remains were too badly decomposed to survive a journey to Quel'Thalas. Tichondrius therefore charged Arthas with stealing an enchanted urn from the Knights of the Silver Hand, in which the remains could be stored and protected. After killing Uther the Lightbringer, Arthas dumped his father's ashes out of the urn, then had Kel'Thuzad's remains placed inside it.[1]

After defeating the high elves, Arthas poured the necromancer's remains into the Sunwell, defiling it and allowing Kel'Thuzad to be reborn as an undead lich.[2]

Source

This item appears after Arthas kills Uther in Digging up the Dead, the second chapter of the Warcraft III undead campaign Path of the Damned.

Trivia

The Urn of King Terenas shares an icon with  [The Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad]. As a lich must bind its soul to an object during its transition into undeath, the urn likely became Kel'Thuzad's phylactery. In the non-canon Heroes of the Storm, Kel'Thuzad confirms that the urn that Arthas got from Uther became his phylactery.

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