Day 22: Once a human mage, Kel’Thuzad left his city and company of wizards and headed north to make a bargain. He pledged his service to the Lich King in return for power and immortality, was slain by Arthas and resurrected as a lich. For a time, he commanded a portion of the undead scourge from his necropolis before being defeated and forced north once again. Kel’Thuzad appears as a hero choice for the undead in Warcraft III, and a raid boss in World of Warcraft.
Naxxramas, the necropolis, remains one of my favorite experiences in World of Warcraft even though I accomplished the task long after it was released. The players have to defeat each of the four quarters, arachnid, military, construct, and plague, before facing Kel’Thuzad in the final battle.
Naxxramas preview monologue
I was cast out by my comrades. Exiled. Forced to wander the frozen wastes…but I was not alone. Not entirely. The voice, now my only companion, guided me to my destination. Strange, nightmarish creatures awaited me at the entrance. I felt my blood run cold, as cold as Icecrown itself.
Inside, I bore witness to horrific acts, demonstrations of power, power that could be mine for the asking. Terrified, I ran…but did not get far. All too soon, my choice was made. Too late did I realize that such power does not come…without a price.
Now, the world shall pay a far greater toll, for I have returned.
I am Kel’Thuzad…
Your curiosity will be the death of you.
Did you know: Kel’Thuzad’s “Your curiosity will be the death of you” is an exact Zhar the mad (Diablo I) quote.