"Плеть" не входит в список допустимых значений (Альянс, Орда, Нейтральная, Бой) для этого свойства.
|Титул||Повелитель Плети, Повелитель Нордскола|
|Ковердос, Повелитель Нордскола|
|Зона||Цитадель Ледяной Короны и другие различные места в Нордсколе (смотрите "В World of Warcraft")|
|Статус|| Пассивный (история)|
|Родня|| Кил'джеден (создатель)|
Болвар Фордрагон (нынешний Король-лич)
Нер'зул, Артас Менетил (бывший Король-лич)
- "Ты говоришь о правосудии? О трусости? Я покажу тебе, что такое страх... и познакомлю с правосудием смерти."
Кил'джеден создал Короля Мертвых из духа орка, шамана Нер'зула, чтоб тот поднял армию нежити и завоевал Азерот для Пылающего Легиона . Первоначально заточённый в ловушке Ледяного Трона с Фростморном, Король - Лич в конце концов предал Кил'джедена и объединился с человеком Артасом Менетилом. С разрушением Ледяной Скорби и смертью Артаса, Болвар Фордрагон принял полномочия Короля Мертвых.
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Рождение Короля-Лича Править
Когда Нер'зул попытался сбежать с Дренора, он был немедленно задержан лордом демонов Кил'джеденом. Кил'джеден уничтожил его тело, но сохранил его дух в живых. Кил'джеден поставил беспомощный дух Нер'зула перед последним выбором между службой Легиону и вечными муками. И вновь Нер'зул принял условия демона. Заточенный в ледяной тюрьме Нер'зул почувствовал, что возможности его разума возросли тысячекратно. Наделенный огромной силой демона, он стал невероятно могущественным духом. В этот момент орк по имени Нер'зул перестал существовать, и на свет появился Король-лич.
Создание Плети Править
Кил'джеден отправил Нер'зула обратно на Азерот. Его ледяная тюрьма пронеслась по ночному небу и упала на заснеженный северный континент Нордскол, погрузившись глубоко в ледник Ледяной Короны. После падения кристалл принял форму трона, а дух Нер'зула, заключенный в нем, вскоре пробудился. Из глубин Ледяного Трона Нер'зул направил свой могучий разум ко всем обитателям Нордскола. Без особых усилий он подчинил своей воле многих существ, включая ледяных троллей и свирепых вендиго. Силы его духа были практически безграничны, и с их помощью он создал небольшую армию, которую собрал в бесконечных лабиринтах Ледяной Короны. Совершенствуя свои навыки, Король-лич вскоре сумел добраться до небольшого поселения людей на самом краю Драконьего Погоста. На нем Нер'зул и решил испытать свои силы. Нер'зул выпустил на просторы ледяной пустыни чуму нежити, зародившуюся глубоко внутри Ледяного Трона. Направляя ее силами одного лишь разума, он привел ее в поселение людей. Спустя три дня все его жители погибли, но вскоре восстали, превратившись в ужасных зомби. Нер'зул чувствовал их мысли и настроения так же ясно, как свои. Яростный диссонанс чужих душ, наполнивший разум бывшего шамана, еще более увеличил его силу. Нер'зул буквально пожирал души умерших. 
Король-лич вступил в войну с царством Азжол-Неруб, чьи древние жители обладали иммунитетом к его чуме Нежити. Десятилетний конфликт, известный как Война Паука в конечном итоге завершился первой крупной победой Короля-лича.
Король-лич использовал свою телепатию, чтобы обратиться в Азерот и вызывать у любой темной души человека интерес к бессмертию, чтоб услышать его призыв. Кел'Тузад, маг и видный член Кирин Тора, ответил на его призыв. Кел'Тузад был вскоре заточен в ловушку Короля-лича, и он начал преданно служить ему в качестве первого из "Культа Проклятых", культа, который будет поклоняться Королю Мертвых. И обучаться некромантии, чтобы лучше помочь их армии нежити.
Кел'Тузеду и повелителю ужаса Мал'Ганису было поручено начать действовать по плану подготовки к третьей войне, но Нер'зул, помнил о плане Кил'джедена и тайно искал выход из своей тюрьмы ...
Падение Лордерона Править
После многомесячной подготовки Кел'Тузад и его Культ Проклятых наконец нанесли первый удар, выпустив чуму на Лордерон. Принц Артас Менетил вместе с леди Джайной Праудмур и капитаном Фалриком отправляются на поиски источника новой угрозы. Северные поселения Лордерона оказываются полностью заражены.
Когда ряды нежити начинают распостраняться по Лордерону, принц Артас, единственный сын короля Теренаса, вступает в борьбу с ними. Как и замышлял Король-Лич, Артасу удаётся убить Кел'Тузада. Однако, несмотря на это, ряды нежити продолжают пополнятся с каждым павшим защитником. Разочарованый и загнанный в угол кажущимся неостановимым врагом, Артас принимает всё более отчаянные шаги, чтобы справится с вторжением. В частности, он приказывает уничтожить всех жителей Стратхольма чтобы не дать Мал'Ганису присоеденить их к армии мёртвых (к тому времени большинство жителей уже были заражены чумой). Схватить самого Мал'Ганиса Артасу не у даётся и тот сбегает в Нордскол. Соратники Артаса предупреждают его, что он теряет последние капли человечности.
Страх Артаса и его решимость стали причиной его гибели. Он выследил источник чумы до Нордскола и намеревался покончить с угрозой навсегда, убив (как он полагал) предводителя - Мал'Ганиса. В Нордсколе он наткнулся на своего старого приятеля Мурадина Бронзоборода, брата короля дворфов Магни(eng). Тот привёл его к легендарному оружию которое, как они надеялись, поможет им в борьбе с Плетью. Однако вместо этого сам Артас пал жертвой от могущественной силы Короля-Лича. Будучи уверенным, что это поможет ему спасти свой народ, Артас взял в руки проклятый меч, Фростморн. Хотя меч и наделил его великой силой, цена была высока: Мурадин лежал мёртвым (по крайней мере Артас так считал), а сам Артас начал терять свою душу и превращаться в самого великого рыцаря смерти. В конце концов Артасу удалось поквитаться с Мал'Ганисом, тем самым устранив одного из самых опасных тюремщиков Короля-Лича и завершая свою нечистивую трансформацию. Безумный, с вырванной душой, Артас повёл Плеть на своё собственное королевство - Лордерон. В первую очередь он убил собственного отца, короля Теренаса, и сокрушил Лордерон с помощью своей новообретённй силы.
Путь к Проклятью Править
| Эта незавершённая статья или раздел нуждается в переводе.
Having progressed too far into the Legion's plan (and guarded too closely by Tichondrius) to back out now, Ner'zhul's minions laid siege to Dalaran, reclaiming a spellbook of Medivh, which contained the incantations needed for Kel'Thuzad to summon Archimonde.
Finally, Archimonde was summoned outside Dalaran, and he immediately gave control of the Scourge to Tichondrius and the Dreadlords. But the Lich King was not done yet. Archimonde may have removed Ner'zhul's control over the undead, but in his eagerness for vengeance against the night elves, he forgot to return the Frozen Throne to Kil'jaeden. Thus, the Lich King remained at large. In fact, it seems the Lich King had already anticipated the later defeat of both Archimonde and the Burning Legion on Azeroth - Kel'thuzad revealed to Arthas (who was rather baffled by how the Scourge's leadership changed so quickly) that the Lich King had foreseen the demotion and that Arthas could still have a part to play in his "grand design".
During the Legion's invasion of Ashenvale, Illidan Stormrage was released from his barrow prison after ten thousand years of captivity. Realizing Illidan's addiction to magic, and having utilized the Skull of Gul'dan himself years earlier, the Lich King dispatched Arthas to Kalimdor. There, Arthas covertly told Illidan about the powers of the Skull of Gul'dan. Unable to resist such power, Illidan took up the skull and harnessed its vast energies. By doing so, Illidan developed demonic features and vastly magnified power. Illidan, exactly as the Lich King had planned, then proceeded to kill Tichondrius and liberate Felwood.
Наследие Проклятых Править
Bristling with power and free to roam the world once more, Illidan set out to find his own place in the great scheme of things. However, Kil'jaeden confronted Illidan and made him an offer he could not refuse. Kil'jaeden was angered by Archimonde's defeat at Mount Hyjal, but he had greater concerns than vengeance. Sensing that his creation, the Lich King, was out of his control, Kil'jaeden ordered Illidan to destroy Ner'zhul and put an end to the undead Scourge once and for all. In exchange, Illidan would receive untold power and a true place amongst the remaining lords of the Burning Legion.
Illidan agreed and immediately set out to destroy the Frozen Throne, the icy crystal cask in which the Lich King's spirit resided. Illidan knew that he would need a mighty artifact to destroy the Frozen Throne. Using the knowledge he had gained from Gul'dan's memories, Illidan decided to seek out the Tomb of Sargeras and claim the Dark Titan's remains. Using his vast, demonic powers, he lured the serpentine naga from their dark undersea lairs. Led by the cunning witch Lady Vashj the naga helped Illidan reach the Broken Isles, where Sargeras' Tomb was rumored to be located.
With the powerful Eye of Sargeras in his possession, Illidan traveled to the former wizard-city of Dalaran. Strengthened by the city's ley energy lines, Illidan used the Eye to cast a destructive spell against the Lich King's citadel of Icecrown in distant Northrend. Illidan's attack shattered the Lich King's defenses and ruptured the very roof of the world. The Lich King had no defense against this spell, and he would have been forever vanquished that day. But at the final moment, Illidan's destructive spell was stopped when his brother Malfurion intervened, sensing that the spell was causing great damage to the world.
Гражданская война в Чумных землях Править
Now that Ner'zhul had openly defied the will of the Legion, he knew that the wrath of Kil'jaeden and his demonic lackeys would be fierce - and at the worst possible time, Ner'zhul was losing his magical power. When he had pushed Frostmourne from the throne, he had caused a crack within the icy cask. Illidan's spell had caused this crack to worsen and now the Lich King's powers were rapidly seeping out like blood from an open wound. Half-way across Azeroth, residing over the unholy remains of his father's kingdom, Arthas was losing power as well — his powers came directly from the Frozen Throne, through his blade Frostmourne, and his hold over the undead was also slipping.
Ner'zhul knew that his time was short. Imprisoned within the Frozen Throne, he suspected (correctly) that Kil'jaeden would send his agents to destroy him. Desperate to save himself, he called his greatest mortal servant to his side: the death knight King Arthas.
Though his powers were drained by the Lich King's weakness, Arthas had been involved in a civil war in Lordaeron. Half of the standing undead forces, led by the banshee Sylvanas Windrunner, had been freed by the Lich King's sudden loss of influence and resented what they had become. Also, another group of undead was still under the control of the Legion's remaining commanders: the three dreadlords Varimathras, Detheroc and Balnazzar. Arthas, called by the Lich King, was forced to leave the Scourge in the hands of his lieutenant, Kel'Thuzad, as the war escalated throughout the Plaguelands.
Ultimately, Sylvanas and her rebel undead (known as the Forsaken) claimed the ruined capital city of Lordaeron as their own. Consuming the old sewers beneath the wrecked Capital City, the Forsaken vowed to defeat the Scourge and drive Kel'Thuzad and his minions from the land. The Lich King was powerless to stop them.
Weakened, but determined to save his master, Arthas reached Northrend only to find Illidan's naga and blood elves waiting for him. He and his nerubian allies (in the form of crypt fiends led by the fallen spiderlord Anub'arak) raced against Illidan's forces to reach the Icecrown Glacier and defend the Frozen Throne.
Триумф Короля-лича Править
Arthas, with Anub'arak's help, battled his way through their forces until faced with Prince Kael'thas. Kael'thas used the fact that Jaina now hated Arthas to make him hesitate, and fought with his father's reforged runeblade, Felo'melorn. Flamestrike clashed against Frostmourne, but in the end Arthas forced Kael'thas to flee, leaving the path open. He then proceeded to magically activate the four Icecrown obelisks around the glacier, opening the doors to the Frozen Throne.
However, Illidan was waiting for him. An intense battle commenced in which Illidan displayed his newfound demonic powers and nearly defeated Arthas. Until, coming in for the finishing blow, he inadvertently left himself open and Arthas quickly took advantage of it, slicing open the demon hunter's chest. Illidan collapsed, grievously wounded. Arthas then turned towards the open doors of Icecrown, leaving Illidan on the ground instead of finishing him. Rather, before he walked away, Arthas warned Illidan to leave Azeroth and never return.
Arthas entered the hollow glacier and beheld a winding pinnacle chained to the ice. As he strode up the stairs towards his destiny, the voices of those he had forsaken flooded through his mind. First he heard again Uther warning him "If we allow our passions to turn to bloodlust, then we will become as vile as the orcs." Then he heard again more angry remarks from Uther and Muradin, as well as his own responses to them, yet he ignored them, continuing his ascent. Finally, he reached the pinnacle and before him he saw an icy cask, within which was a suit of armor, arranged as if seated on a massive throne. Now only two voices spoke to him: Medivh's previous warning to Jaina and the rasping whisper of Ner’zhul:
"ВЕРНИ КЛИНОК, ЗАМКНИ КРУГ. ОСВОБОДИ МЕНЯ ИЗ ЭТОЙ ТЮРЬМЫ!"
With a great cry of strength, Arthas brought the might of Frostmourne to bear against the Lich King's icy prison and with a haunting scream, the Frozen Throne exploded, and shards of the crystal scattered on the ground. With Ner'zhul's thorny helm at his feet, Arthas leaned forward, picked it up and then placed the unimaginably powerful artifact on his head.
"Теперь… мы – едины.!"
In that moment, Ner'zhul and Arthas' spirits fused into a single mighty being, just as the Lich King had always planned. And thus one of the most powerful entities on Azeroth was born.
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After the merger, the Lich King sat dormant for several years while storms raged across Northrend and his minions constructed Icecrown Citadel around the Frozen Throne. While the Lich King dreamt, the various personas in his mind - the death knight Arthas Menethil, the orc shaman Ner'zhul, and Matthias Lehner, the personification of the remnants of Arthas' humanity - fought for influence and control over the entity.
Matthias tried to reason with Arthas, but Arthas silenced him by running him through with Frostmourne. Ner'zhul was delighted by this, declaring that he and Arthas were now free to merge into a single glorious being. Arthas rejected this offer, stating that once he had the power of the Lich King, no one would tell him what to do again. He impaled the stunned Ner'zhul with Frostmourne, becoming the dominant personality of the Lich King and ending the dream.
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When the Lich King awakened, he removed his own heart, believing that anything that made him at all mortal made him weak.
While he was sleeping, his Death Knights trained in Icecrown. After he awoke he and ordered the march on Light's Hope Chapel because of the thousand heroes of the Alliance buried there. He wanted to raise them and claim those lands for the Scourge.
Атаки Орды и АльянсаПравить
The capitals of Azeroth began receiving mysterious packages with infected grain. As their citizens ate grain from the infected packages, they were turned into bloodthirsty ghouls if not treated by members of the Argent Dawn. With all the major capitals thrown into chaos, necropoleis appeared around the world, triggering a second Scourge war. Adventurers from both the Alliance and the Horde fought back the disease and the advancing Scourge armies. Outraged by this treachery, Warchief Thrall with his fellow Horde leaders, and King Varian Wrynn planned an invasion on Northrend to deal with the Lich King once and for all.
The final straw occurred when the Lich King directly attacked the capitals of the Horde and the Alliance. Orgrimmar and Stormwind were attacked by large Scourge armies consisting of frost wyrms and abominations. The Battles for Stormwind and Orgrimmar were won by the brave adventurers and their leaders once more, thus forming the Horde Expedition and the Alliance Vanguard.
These attacks were intended to lure powerful heroes to Northrend, where the Lich King sought to corrupt them and use them against their own people, in a reflection of Arthas' own journey.
Fall of the Scarlet EnclaveПравить
Not content to just lure the Champions of Azeroth into his service, the Lich King decided to remove the anti-Scourge presence within the plaguelands. To this end he created a new order of death knights. This new order was led by Darion Mograine and successfully forced the Scarlet Crusade from Lordaeron, with the survivors becoming the Scarlet Onslaught and heading to Northrend.
Битва у Часовни Последней НадеждыПравить
- Основная статья: Битва у Часовни Последней Надежды
Empowered by the destruction of the Scarlet Crusade, the Scourge prepared to attack Light's Hope Chapel and destroy the Argent Dawn. Despite the odds, the Argent Dawn won against the army of damned, largely thanks to the arrival of Tirion Fordring. The spirit of Alexandros Mograine, the original Ashbringer, appeared to speak with his defeated son Darion. The Lich King then took to the field himself, sealing away Alexandros' soul.
Realizing how he had been betrayed, Darion attacks the Lich King, only to be swatted aside. Fordring comes forward in preparation to battle the Lich King. The Lich King incapacitates him, stating that sacrificing a small army of death knights was a small price to pay to draw Tirion out of hiding. Lord Maxwell Tyrosus gives the order to attack, and while the remaining Defenders of the Light charge the Lich King, they are easily blasted away.
Having heard from the Lich King himself of why he would throw away Darion and the death knights under his command, Darion uses Arthas' focus on Tirion against him, and throws the Corrupted Ashbringer to Fordring. The combination of Fordring's own faith and the holy ground of Light's Hope cleanses the Ashbringer, restoring the sword to its original glory. With this new power, Tirion escapes the Lich King's spell and strikes him with the holy sword.
Stunned by this turn of events, the Lich King retreats after promising that the next time he meets Fordring, it will not be on holy ground.
This battle led to the creation of two of the Lich King's greatest enemies: Tirion Fordring's Argent Crusade (a combination of the Argent Dawn and Silver Hand) and Darion Mograine's Knights of the Ebon Blade (an order of death knights who broke free from the Lich King's control).
Легенды: РокПравитьЭтот раздел содержит информацию из the World of Warcraft манга.The Lich King gained the control of the undead tauren Trag Highmountain and spoke to him, commanding him to kill tauren Sulamm and later Thrall, but Trag successfully refused.
Trag made his way into Icecrown Citadel and confronted the Lich King, but hesitated when he sensed that they shared some inner link. The Lich King explained that dark magic which reanimated Trag came from the Orb of Ner'zhul, and said, "part of what I am comes from what was the spirit of its creator". Trag cursed Ner'zhul's name, but the Lich King said, "Ner'zhul is no more. He is consumed. There is only Arthas now... Arthas, whom you shall serve for all eternity." When Trag resisted, Arthas used his magic to dominate him. Trag was equipped as a death knight and ordered to slay a group of taunka he had assisted earlier in his journey. With great difficulty, Trag managed to fight the Lich King's control. Turning on his new master, Trag struck Arthas's breastplate with his axe. Though the armor magically repaired itself, the Lich King was outraged by the tauren's audacity. He blasted Trag out of the citadel and sent him flying through the air. Though Trag's body was broken by the fall, the essence of the orb soon reconstructed him, and he no longer heard the Lich King's voice in his mind.
Ангратар: Врата ГневаПравить
- Основная статья: Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate
Members of the Horde and the Alliance fighting at the siege for Angrathar the Wrathgate formed a temporary alliance, focusing their attacks on the Scourge instead of each other. With the dragonflights providing aerial support, both factions made a daring attack on the gate, seizing control from the Scourge. There, Bolvar Fordragon and Saurfang the Younger taunted the Lich King to fight his own battles instead of sending his minions. The Lich King entered the battle and quickly slew Saurfang the Younger. Before Bolvar and the Lich King could trade blows, Grand Apothecary Putress, chief of the Forsaken's Royal Apothecary Society and the creator of the New Plague, betrayed the Horde and unleashed his plague on the combatants below. The plague killed most of the Alliance, Horde, and Scourge forces at the Wrath Gate indiscriminately, including Bolvar Fordragon. The Lich King was injured and forced to retreat. This betrayal and the Battle for the Undercity that followed ended upwards of seven years of cold war between the Horde and the Alliance.
Кем является Матиас Нетлер на самом деле неизвестно. Возможно он как-то связан с Йогг-Сароном или просто является последними отголосками человечности Артаса, после того как он вырезал своё сердце. Верно, загадочный объект во льде – это сердце Артаса, которое он вырезал, дабы избавиться от человеческих чувств и слабостей. Через квесты Матиаса и кульминацию всей цепочки, квест Уловка Тириона, вы видите весь путь Артаса после получения им Ледяной Скорби. Вы узнаете, что он убил свои войска и воскресил их в виде нежити; как он потревожил место покоя Сидрагосы и воскресил её в виде огромного ледяного змея; как он сражался с Иллиданом у подножия Ледяного Трона; а самое главное становится ясно, что даже его первоначальная сущность уже не силах противостоять ему.
Данные квесты отлично иллюстрируют как тот, кто когда-то был человеком, имел потребности и желания, мог шаг за шагом убедить себя, что все его действия и решения были верными. И в итоге он уже ничего не воспринимал кроме собственного эго. Уничтожение своей человечности устранило его слабости, в частности ту его часть, что не хотела верить этому самообману. Часть его сущности знала, что он ошибался, поэтому Артас вырезал и избавился от неё. Когда Тирион решил уничтожить её, он был прав, сказав, что уже ничего нельзя искупить. Ведь для того, чтобы обрести искупление, нужно иметь способность понять, что оно кому-то нужно. А именно это и вырезал Артас.
Все эти цепочки квестов достигают своего апогея в битве на вершине Цитадели Ледяной Короны. Король-Лич, с которым вы боретесь – не сумасшедший фанатик, а скорее хладнокровное рациональное зло, выбравшее вас, потому что оно считает, что единственный путь для вас – это тот же путь, который Артас выбрал когда-то. Избавившись от своего сердца, он слеп к вашим сердцам. Теперь он не понимает вас. Он проиграл, потому что не мог принять никакого другого исхода кроме того,что вёл к нему.
Tirion discovered that Arthas's frozen heart had been retrieved from the depths beneath Icecrown Citadel and taken to the Cathedral of Darkness. Suspecting the heart might contain some remnant of Arthas's humanity, Tirion disguised himself as a member of the Cult of the Damned and went to see it for himself. The Lich King arrived and saw through Tirion's disguise, but the paladin - having concluded that the heart contained only shadows of the past - destroyed the disembodied organ with the Ashbringer. The resultant explosion killed High Invoker Basaleph, knocked Tirion unconscious and injured the Lich King. Darion Mograine and the Knights of the Ebon Blade fought off the remaining cultists and took Tirion to safety before the Lich King recovered.
- Основная статья: Цитадель Ледяной Короны (подземелье)
After the Argent Tournament ended with the death of Anub'arak, the Argent Crusade, led by Highlord Tirion Fordring, struck an alliance with the Knights of the Ebon Blade, led by Highlord Darion Mograine. Thus the Ashen Verdict was born, a combination of opposing orders for a common purpose: the final assault against the Scourge in Icecrown Citadel and the eventual fall of the Lich King.
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- Основная статья: Залы Отражений
After intelligence spoke of an opening directly to the Lich King's private chambers, Jaina Proudmoore led adventurers from the Alliance while Sylvanas Windrunner led adventurers from the Horde into the Frozen Halls. While Jaina hoped to find a little trace of Arthas left in the Lich King, Sylvanas planned to simply sneak past all of the Lich King's defenses while he was preoccupied with the Ashen Verdict invasion and claim her revenge. Once inside they discovered that the Lich King had left the Frostmourne unattended within the Halls of Reflection. Both Jaina and Sylvanas attempted to speak with the spirits of the blade in an attempt to find the Lich King's weakness, and both were met by the spirit of Uther the Lightbringer. Uther warned that the Lich King could see what Frostmourne saw and was on his way. Uther finally told them that any trace of Arthas was simply a fading presence inside the Lich King's mind, and that to destroy him, he must be slain at the place where Arthas merged with Ner'zhul, at the top of the Frozen Throne. Finally, Uther revealed that after the Lich King is slain, someone must take his place - without a master to keep them in check, the vast armies of the Scourge would indiscriminately swarm across Azeroth.
When the Lich King arrived in the hall, he banished Uther's soul back into Frostmourne and called his loyal captains Falric and Marwyn to deal with the intruders. He returned to his private chambers, followed by Sylvanas and Jaina. Once the adventurers defeated the captains, their respective leaders, unable to do any meaningful harm to the Lich King, ordered them to flee. Seemingly trapped, they made a final stand before their respective gunships, The Skybreaker and Orgrim's Hammer, arrived to carry them to safety.
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Champions of the Argent Tournament, led by Tirion Fordring, stormed Icecrown Citadel and defeated the Lich King's mightiest servants. Atop the spire, the Lich King encased Tirion in a block of ice, forcing him to watch helplessly as his champions battled the Lich King and his minions.
Eventually, the Lich King effortlessly killed all the adventurers with a single devastating attack. The Lich King revealed that he had been waiting for Tirion's assault all along, knowing that he would bring with him Azeroth's greatest heroes, who could then be killed and resurrected as powerful masters of the Scourge. Every obstacle he had laid before them was merely part of his test. Now certain Tirion's champions were "the greatest fighting force this world has ever known", the Lich King began to raise the fallen heroes. Fordring, calling for a final blessing from the Light, managed to break free and shatter Frostmourne with his own sword, Ashbringer. The spirits who had been trapped within Frostmourne attacked their former jailer and suspended him in the air. The spirit of King Terenas Menethil II resurrected Fordring's champions, who were then able to finish off the immobilized Lich King.
Terenas' spirit held Arthas in his arms as he died, then informed Tirion that the Scourge must always have a master to control them before he vanished in the wind. Tirion picked up the Lich King's crown and prepared to take on the burden of becoming the new Lich King when he was stopped by the voice of Bolvar Fordragon. The undead paladin sat upon the Frozen Throne, having been horribly burned by dragonfire and tortured by Arthas. Bolvar said that he no longer had any place in the world of the living, while Tirion still had duties to perform. As his final act of service, Bolvar would take the powers of the Lich King within himself, imprisoning the master of the Scourge once more and keeping the undead legions in check. Tirion reluctantly placed the crown of the Lich King on Bolvar's head. As the ice of the Frozen Throne began to envelop him, Bolvar - now the new Lich King - told Tirion to tell the world that the Lich King was dead, and as Bolvar's voice gained the characteristic echo of the Lich King, he added that Bolvar Fordragon died with him.
Sylvanas Windrunner eventually visited the Frozen Throne to confirm for herself that Arthas was dead. Upon discovering that Bolvar was now the new Lich King, she became enraged, as she feared this "puppet king" might one day use his new, inexhaustable power to twist the world to his own ends. She slammed her fist into the frozen casket around Bolvar, feeling this a defeat more than a victory. A crack began to form from her attack. 
|История||Третья Война||Последствия||Война против Короля-лича||Падение Короля-лича|
|Артас Менетил||Болвар Фордрагон|
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While comprised of Arthas and Ner'zhul, the Lich King was ruthless, cynical and unimaginably cruel. He made no attempt to hide this, even from his own minions, openly regarding them as worthless cannon fodder to be sacrificed in his name. The Lich King also possessed an unending hatred of the living, especially of those who oppose him, and does not hesitate to inflict sadistic punishments upon them.[источник?]
It is unknown what personality the Lich King currently possesses, considering the benevolent intentions of Bolvar Fordragon.
When Ner'zhul attempted to escape Draenor, he was immediately apprehended by the demon lord Kil'jaeden, who enacted the blood pact that Ner'zhul had sworn many years earlier. Kil'jaeden ravaged and destroyed his body, but kept his spirit alive and encased it in a block of ice from the Twisting Nether. Ner'zhul was transformed into the Lich King. Though Ner'zhul and his undead Scourge were bound to the will of the Burning Legion, the Lich King constantly strove to free himself and gain vengeance upon the demons for dismembering his body and damning him so completely. Shortly before the Battle of Mount Hyjal, Ner'zhul engineered the downfall of the Legion by having his lieutenant, Arthas Menethil, alert the demon hunter Illidan Stormrage to the presence of the Legion in Felwood. Illidan's attack on the demons there brought about the death of Tichondrius and the destruction of the Skull of Gul'dan, which greatly weakened the Legion and made it possible for the Alliance, Horde, and night elf forces to stop Archimonde during the Battle of Mount Hyjal. Such a move inspired Kil'jaeden to incredible heights of anger, and it was the demon's turn to lust after vengeance. Now that Ner'zhul had openly defied the will of the Legion, he knew that the wrath of Kil'jaeden and his demonic lackeys would be fierce.
Sylvanas Windrunner, the Banshee Queen of the Forsaken, was one of the Lich King’s most hated enemies. After defeating her as a mortal high elf and raising her into a mindless slave to his will, Sylvanas was able to break free from his dominion and subsequently founded the Forsaken. With the death of the Lich King on their main agenda, the Forsaken oversaw the production of a master plague capable of bringing the Scourge to its knees. Sylvanas herself was not present to see the vengeance of the Forsaken wrought by the plague, though the Lich King whispered Sylvanas’ name moments before the deployment. She would later infiltrate Icecrown Citadel with several of her dark rangers, and come face to face with the individual - and the blade - that took her life. After a titanic struggle followed by a narrow escape, Sylvanas was forced to face her inability to defeat Arthas, and contemplated whether even an army of her allies could either.
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Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider, the scion of Quel'Thalas, felt the brunt of Arthas' fury both directly and indirectly. Kael'thas was on icy terms with Arthas Menethil even before his dark ascension; Kael'thas harboring resentment towards Arthas' relationship with the object of his affection, Jaina Proudmoore. After Arthas slaughtered his way through Quel'Thalas, murdered Kael's father and destroyed the high elven Sunwell, Kael'thas rushed to his homeland and dubbed the survivors "blood elves" - stronger for being broken and filled with purpose - that purpose being to see Arthas fall. Kael made numerous attempts to annihilate the Lich King's champion after joining forces with Illidan Stormrage, even reforging Felo'melorn to counter Frostmourne. However, he was unable to defeat his arch-nemesis, and fled to the shattered world of Outland. Kael'thas would ultimately not outlive his hated enemy, who at this point had merged with Ner'zhul on the Frozen Throne.
Tirion Fordring was another of the Lich Kings most hated enemies. As the leader of the Argent Crusade, whose sole purpose is to fight the Scourge, Tirion defies everything that the Lich King stands for and thus the Lich King sees Tirion as his arch-nemesis. Tirion has disrupted many of the Lich King's plans and the two have confronted each other multiple times. Tirion views the Lich King as the most evil being Azeroth has had to face and vows to strike him down, while the Lich King intends to make Tirion, and those close to him, suffer more than anything and watch everything he cherishes fall.
The Lich King had a rather interesting relationship with the adventurers who fought in the Northrend war. Rather than see the adventurers as a complete nuisance, he realized that the adventurers had much potential and intended to draw out that potential. As such, he constantly threw many of his strongest minions against the adventurers, seeking to test their abilities and their resolve. During their betrayal of Drakuru, the Lich King was amused rather than angered by their defeat of his servant. Finally, during the raid on his fortress of Icecrown Citadel, the Lich King revealed his true intentions: to kill the adventurers and raise them as his undead minions, giving him the strongest fighting force in the world. This backfires on him, however, since it is the adventurers and Tirion Fordring who manage to defeat him in the end.
Identity crisis Править
There has been debate in some areas of the Warcraft community as to what exactly happened when Arthas and Ner'zhul merged.
When asked, "What's the truth about the new Lich King?", Chris Metzen replied: "Arthas and Ner'zhul have become a perfect fusion of one being - Arthas' personality and body with Ner'zhul's wisdom, experience, power and EVIL."
In a dream state where Arthas sees past, present, and future, presented by Ner'zhul, Arthas murders the child manifestation of his humanity (representing love, compassion, and so forth). Delighted at this decision, Ner'zhul states, "We are one, Arthas. Together we are the Lich King. No more Ner'zhul, no more Arthas -- only this one glorious being." With that Arthas murders Ner'zhul and tells him "No we. No one tells me what to do. I've got everything I need from you -- now the power is mine and mine alone. Now there is only I. I am the Lich King. And I am ready." Ner'zhul is stunned by the betrayal, then disappears. It was said that Ner'zhul would soon be "nothing at all".
On the official forums, CM Bornakk made the following statement in response to the question "Who is the Lich King?":
- | 27-11-2007 23:41 | Bornakk:
- Before Arthas donned the Lich King's armor, it was the spirit of the former Orc Shaman Ner'zhul whose soul was attached to the armor and then imprisoned (physically) inside the Frozen Throne. Now Arthas and Ner'zhul's spirit are one and together they are the Lich King.
A Twitter chat from early 2010 suggested Ner'zhul's story was not over:
Q. Will Ner'zhul appear at any point in 3.3 or the near future?
A. Well, he is a chunk of the Lich King now. But if you mean will he appear as an orc, we're not ready to tell his story just yet. We have a lot of stories left to tell, but his is a good one.
On the official forums, CM Crygil made the following statement in response to a claim that Arthas "erased" Ner'zhul upon merging with him (at the end of The Frozen Throne):
He didn't actually erase the persona of Ner'zhul. In point of fact, these two beings merged to make up what was collectively known as "The Lich King".
Subsequently, the following was stated by Chris Metzen at a BlizzCon 2010 lore panel:
Q. I have a question regarding the storyline of Ner'zhul: is he finished, or what's going on with that?
A. "Yes. Yeah, Ner'zhul is done. He served us well in that capacity, but really the Lich King idea... really has the ultimate expression, you know, as Arthas or whatever. Ner'zhul's done."
The situation was clarified in Ask CDev #2, which confirmed that Ner'zhul and Arthas had separate reigns as the Lich King:
Q. The "There must always be a Lich King" mantra seemed awfully suspicious, coming from ghosts trapped in Frostmourne. Was there something else going on there?
A. To save people from generating elaborate conspiracy theories, we'll be serious for a moment and say, definitively, no. The ghosts of Uther and Terenas understood that the Scourge would run rampant without someone to keep them in check. Yes, that does also mean that Arthas and Ner'zhul were not unleashing the full force of the Scourge during their respective reigns: you are welcome to speculate on the reasons for that. 
A debate that has arisen among fans is whether the Lich King can be classified as a god. His origins lie with Kil'jaeden, but his power has continued to increase at an exponential rate beyond Kil'jaeden's intentions. Most of the other gods in the Warcraft universe have their origins with the Pantheon. However, most of them have contributed something to the world of Azeroth. Elune gave birth to the night elves (according to their own legends), while the Dragon Aspects guard specific elements of Azeroth depending on their origins in the dragonflights. The Lich King contributed the undead to this world; unlike the contributions of other gods this wasn't a positive change, but it might still elevate the Lich King to the title. Many Blizzard texts (such as the Warcraft III manual) refer to him as the "godlike Lich King".
The Warcraft Encyclopedia provided by Blizzard classifies a "god" in two ways:
1) Gods are immortal.
- There are no hard and fast rules to define what it means to be a god in Warcraft, save that all gods are immortal.
2) Gods are the object of worship.
- The demigods of Azeroth wield great power and have occasionally played pivotal roles in the planet's history. Nevertheless, unlike gods, most demigods have never been the objects of worship.
Although it is true that the Lich King does not age, it is arguable whether or not he is an object of worship. The members of the Cult of the Damned and the mortals who serve him as acolytes (in Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne), as well as the unknown number of intelligent undead he controls (in addition to the countless mindless ones) obviously worship him and provide a strong backing for this criterion. The vrykul revere him as a death god and it is speculated that the tuskarr have identified him with their death-god, Karkut. King Ymiron refers to offering player's hearts as gifts to the death god, as well.
Путь к ПроклятьюПравить
- "Let this be your first lesson. I have no love for you or your people. On the contrary, I intend to scour humanity from this planet, and make no mistake: I have the power to do it."
Warcraft III: Frozen ThroneПравить
- "It is I, the Lich King. Danger draws near the Frozen Throne! You must return to Northrend immediately! Obey!"
- "ВЕРНИ КЛИНОК, ЗАМКНИ КРУГ. ОСВОБОДИ МЕНЯ ИЗ ЭТОЙ ТЮРЬМЫ!"
- "Теперь… мы – едины."
Трейлер "Wrath of the Lich King"Править
Young heroes... I was once like you. You have come to this place seeking to bring judgement upon the damned. You will venture deep into forgotten lands. You will see wonders beyond imagining. But be warned. The land itself will rise up against you. Long forgotten terrors will smother your courage. Sacrifice everything as the final darkness falls... in the end, all that awaits you is death. Only then will you understand - you've been following in my footsteps all along.
So come then, you heroes! Come in all your power and glory! For in the final hour, all must serve the one... true... king.
World of WarcraftПравить
- All that I am: anger, cruelty, vengeance - I bestow upon you, my chosen knight. I have granted you immortality so that you may herald in a new, dark age for the Scourge. Gaze now upon the lands below us. The Scarlet Crusade scurries to undo my work, while Light's Hope stands defiantly against us - a blemish upon these Plaguelands. They must all be shown the price of their defiance. You will become my force of retribution. Where you tread, doom will follow. Go now and claim your destiny, death knight.
- "You speak of justice? Of cowardice? I will show you the justice of the grave...and the true meaning of fear."
- "I see through your disguise, Lady Nightswood. You think that you can fool me?!"
- "Your heart...its incessant drumming disgusts me. I will silence it, as I did my own."
- "I will break you as I broke him!" (Said during a vision in the Yogg-Saron encounter)
- "Now I stand, the lion before the lambs... and they do not fear. They cannot fear." (Last words)
Трейлер "Падение Короля-личаПравить
- Spirit of Terenas Menethil: Can you feel it, my son, closing in all around you? The Light's justice has been awakened. The sins of the past have finally caught up to you. You will be called to account for all the atrocities you've committed, the unspeakable horrors you've let loose upon this world, and the dark, ancient powers you've enslaved. Though my soul was one of the first to be devoured by your evil, there are thousands more bound within this blade, and they cry out for release. Look now to your defenses, my son, for the champions of justice gather at your gates!
- The Lich King: Let them come. Frostmourne hungers.
В Цитадели Ледяной КороныПравить
- Highlord Tirion Fordring кричит: Our march upon Icecrown Citadel begins now!
- The Lich King кричит: You now stand upon the hallowed ground of the Scourge. The Light won't protect you here, paladin. Nothing will protect you...
- Highlord Tirion Fordring кричит: ARTHAS! I swore that I would see you dead and the Scourge dismantled! I'm going to finish what I started at Light's Hope.
- The Lich King кричит: You could've been my greatest champion, Fordring. A force of darkness that would wash over this world and deliver it into a new age of strife.
- The Lich King кричит: But that honor is no longer yours. Soon, I will have a new champion.
- The Lich King кричит: The breaking of this one has been taxing. The atrocities that I have committed upon his soul. He has resisted for so long, but he will bow down before his king soon.
- Highlord Bolvar Fordragon кричит: NEVER! I...I will never...serve...you.
- The Lich King кричит: In the end you will all serve me.
- Тирион подходит к Шлему Проклятых и поднимает его.
- Тирион Фордринг: Это тяжкое бремя... я возьму на себя. Ибо никто другой...
- Болвар Фордрагон: Тирион! Брат мой, в твоих руках суровый рок, но это не твоя судьба.
- Обожженная фигура Болвара корчится на вершине Ледяного Трона.
- Тирион Фордринг: Болвар!
- Тирион Фордринг: Во имя всего святого...
- Болвар Фордрагон: Пламя драконов определило мою судьбу. Мир живых уже не для меня. Возложи корону на мою голову, Тирион. Отныне я стану стражем Проклятых.
- Тирион Фордринг: Нет, мой друг. Я не могу.
- Болвар Фордрагон: Давай же, Тирион!
- Болвар Фордрагон: И тебя и этих храбрых героев ждет иная судьба. А эту последнюю жертву принесу я.
- Тирион поворачивается к Болвару и поднимает над ним Шлем Проклятых.
- Тирион Фордринг: Тебя не забудут, брат.
- Болвар Фордрагон: Обо мне нужно забыть, Тирион. Если миру суждено освободится от власти страха, никто не должен узнать, что произошло здесь сегодня!
- Тирион выполняет требование Болвара и одевает Шлем Проклятых. Комната начинает трястись и Болвар поднимает голову: из его глаз идет золотистое свечение.
- Болвар Фордрагон: Объяви что Король-Лич мертв.
- Голос Болвара постепенно становится похожим на голос Короля-Лича.
- Болвар Фордрагон/Король-Лич: И вместе с ним умер Болвар Фордрагон.
- Ледяной Трон сковывает в глыбу Болвара.
- Болвар Фордрагон/Король-Лич: А теперь уходи! И не возвращайся, никогда!
Имена и званияПравить
The Lich King has had many titles over the years of his reign, including but not limited to:
- The Lord of the Scourge
- The Dark Lord of the Dead
- The One True King
- The Dark One
- The Death God
- The Prince of Darkness
- The Jailer of the Damned
- The Lord of Icecrown
Изменения в обновленияхПравить
- Обновление 3.0.3 (04-11-2008): Добавлен.
Смотрите также Править
- Undead History, from the Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual.
- History of Warcraft, Chapters IV and V.
- Warcraft relations map
- ↑ Рождение Короля-лича
- ↑ Ледяная Корона и Ледяной Трон
- ↑ Война Паука
- ↑ Frostmourne
- ↑ Arthas' Betrayal
- ↑ Digging up the Dead
- ↑ The Fall of Silvermoon
- ↑ Under the Burning Sky
- ↑ A Destiny of Flame and Sorrow
- ↑ Twilight of the Gods
- ↑ Illidan's Task
- ↑ The Ruins of Dalaran
- ↑ The Flight from Lordaeron
- ↑ Sylvanas' Farewell
- ↑ A New Power in Lordaeron
- ↑ The Return to Northrend
- ↑ A Symphony of Frost and Flame
- ↑ A Long Time Coming
- ↑ The Ascension
- ↑ 20,0 20,1 Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, Epilogue
- ↑ Quest:The Hunter and the Prince
- ↑ Wrath of the Lich King, Opening Cinematic
- ↑ Death Knight
- ↑ http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?pager.offset=0&cId=3163178
- ↑ Quest:Death Comes From On High
- ↑ Quest:The Light of Dawn
- ↑ Quest:Tirion's Gambit
- ↑ Edge of Night
- ↑ Warcraft: Legends Volume 4, Fate (preview at WoW:IncGamers)
- ↑ http://wow.incgamers.com/blog/comments/twitter-dev-chat-2-icecrown-citadel
- ↑ http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=23140265258&pageNo=1&sid=1#10
- ↑ BlizzCon 2010 Lore Q&A Panel
- ↑ Ask CDev Round 2 Answers
- ↑ http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/417.xml
- ↑ http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/369.xml
- ↑ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Issue 1, page 32. With an angry demigod chasing you from behind...
- ↑ Heroes of the Storm Official Game Site
- ↑ Frostmourne (Warcraft III) "You hear the voice of the Dark Lord. He whispers to you through the blade you wield. What does he say, young human? What does the Dark Lord of the Dead tell you now?"
- ↑ Wrath of the Lich King, Reveal Trailer: "... for in the final hour, all must serve The One True King."
- ↑ Elder Ko'nani: "The Dark One rides forth again with his San'layn..."
- ↑ Vrykul motives and their whereabouts for the past several thousand years remains a mystery, though they have recently become allied with the Lich King, accepting him as their "Death God".
- ↑ Ingvar the Plunderer кричит: My life for the... Death God!
- ↑ Quest:Shadowmourne... Highlord Darion Mograine говорит: Go forth, and defeat the Prince of Darkness.
- ↑ Ozzy Osbourne TV Commercial: "There can be only one Prince of Darkness!"
- ↑ Fall of the Lich King, Ending Cinematic
- ↑ WoW TCG Card from BlizzCon 2010