The Warcraft Lore series is a collection of articles delving deep into the history of many important Warcraft figures and events. Since World of Warcraft’s story is ongoing in the famous MMORPG and in some new novel publications, I will try to constantly update these articles. My main sources are Warcraft books and comics, Warcraft 1 / 2 /3, World of Warcraft, WoWWiki, WoWpedia, YouTube and some theory-crafting sites. The following article will be a bit different from classic Warcraft Lore writings and will inform you about the Frostmourne’s victims.
“Whomsoever takes up this blade shall wield power eternal. Just as the blade rends flesh, so must power scar the spirit.”—The inscription on Frostmourne’s pedestal
With the release of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, I believe it’s a good time to make a list of Frostmourne’s most notable victims. In the hands of Arthas Menethil, the cursed blade killed countless lore characters so I will only mention the most important in this part. Honorable mentions to the mage Conjurus Rex that was killed in Dalaran, Dar’Khan Drathir killed on Isle of Quel’Danas, Captain Falric & Marwyn killed in Northrend, Blademaster Jubei’Thos killed in Alterac and Gavinrad the Dire killed in Andorhal.
King Terenas Menethil II
Arthas’ father and probably one of the most influencial kings during his era. He was murdered in cold blood by his own son inside the throne room, when the later attacked Lordaeron. King Terenas was unaware of his son’s betrayal until the very last moment that Frostmourne pierced his heart, absorbing his soul during the process. When the Lich King died during the events of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, Terenas’s spirit appears to his son to give him one final hug and quote that “No King rules forever my boy”, clearly referring to Arthas’ status as the Lich King. The Shadowland’s Covenant that King Terenas joined after his death is currently unclear.
Uther the Lightbringer
Arthas’ mentor and one of the first five Paladins, Uther the Lightbringer was killed in a duel with his student while protecting King’s Terenas Menethil II ashes. Arthas father (King Terenas Menethil II) was ceremonially cremated and ensconced within a magical urn. Uther personally volunteered to guard the urn in Andorhal. However, Arthas and his undead servants intercepted the Paladin’s party in an attempt to steal the urn for necromantic purposes. Uther felt disgusted about the young Prince’s actions and challenged the Death Knight to a duel. In this epic battle, the Paladin managed to gain the upper hand by disarming Arthas from Frostmourne and knocking him down.
His Light’s aura grew blindingly bright as he prepared the killing blow, when suddenly the sword seemed to find its own way back into Arthas’ hands and he was granted more power by the Lich King. Arthas drove the runeblade deep into Uther’s chest, who fell to his knees. Uther, covered in blood from his wounds, told Arthas he hoped there was a special place in hell waiting for him. Arthas replied that they may never know because he intended to live forever, then delivered the killing blow. Uther had such a strong connection with the Holy Light that Arthas did not manage to resurrect him as an undead. After his death, Uther’s spirit went to Bastion where he, several years later, managed to get revenge by casting Arthas into the Maw.
One of the strongest mages of the Kirin Tor and a member of the Council of Six. Extremely clever, he managed to master all three mage’s specializations (Arcane, Fire and Frost). He, also, greatly improved the classic Fireball that spellcasters used, he developed a Mass-Teleport spell and made terrific process in defensive magic. Antonidas was killed during Arthas’ attack in the mage-city of Dalaran.
After Lordaeron’s fall, Arthas and Kel’Thuzad, accompanied by a huge army of undead creatures laid siege to Dalaran in order to retrieve the Book of Medivh. Antonidas ordered most of the mages to leave the city, Janna included. As the leader of the Kirin Tor, he stood against Arthas raising a huge protective barrier that surrounded the whole city. Thousands of undead were evaporated from Antonidas’ barrier but it was not enough.
With the help of the Dreadlord Tichondrius, Arthas managed to breach the barrier and reach the Violet Citadel. In a final act of sacrifice, the Archmage used all his remaining power to summon an army of Water Elementals in order to slow down the Scourge. However, the evil Prince managed to defeat them and murdered Antonidas inside the Violet Citadel. Kel’Thuzad claimed Medivh’s spellbook which he later used to summon the demon lord Archimonde.
The High Elven King of Quel’Thalas and Kael’Thas’ Sunstrider father. Reigning over the High Elves years before the Troll Wars, Anasterian met his end at the hands of the Lich King after countless years of battles and politics. When Arthas invaded Quel’Thalas, Anasterian battled alongside the Convocation of Silvermoon in order to defend the ancient elvish city. However his forces were quickly defeated by the countless number of Undead creatures.
Anasterian dueled the fallen prince wielding a staff in one hand and the legendary runeblade Felo’melorn in the other. A strong mage and fighter, Anasterian managed to cut Arthas’s steed’s, Invincible, legs therefore throwing the prince on the ground. However, this was not enough as Arthas managed to drive Frostmourne to Anasterian’s chest, claiming his soul and ending his reign.
A powerful dragon of the Blue Dragonflight, Sapphiron was dispatched by Malygos to stay in Dragonblight and guard a key point location from the intruders. When Arthas reached Northrend, Anub’arak sensed Sapphiron nearby and suggested to the young Death Knight that perhaps by equipping themselves with the ancient blue wyrm’s treasures, he and Arthas might be better prepared for the perilous journey through the underground kingdom of Azjol-Nerub. Arthas seized the opportunity and managed to defeat Sapphiron, later resurrecting him as an Undead Wyrm to guard the necropolis of Naxxramas.
Mal’Ganis the Dreadlord was Arthas’ first Frostmourne kill in Northrend. Dreadlords, commonly known as Nathrezim, are intelligent and cunning demons who usually act as intelligence agents, interrogators and emissaries for the fiery lords of the Burning Legion, notably Kil’jaeden, as well as tacticians and lieutenants upon the field of battle in times of war. When Arthas murdered the entire Stratholme city, he was confronted by Mal’Ganis only for the demon to escape via a portal and teleport to Northrend, the northest region in Azeroth and a place of eternal winter.
Months later, Arthas took up Frostmourne and he was instantly enslaved by the Lich King. This was exactly what Mal’Ganis had planned all along. The dreadlord approached the Prince to mock him about his fate. However, Ner’Zhul was finally able to extract revenge from his torturer and he ordered Arthas to slay Mal’Ganis. Much to the dreadlord’s surprise, the fallen prince pierced the dreadlord’s black heart with Frostmourne.
Frostmourne has the ability to absorb life from its victims and to drain the soul of anyone whom it connects to. Unfortunately, the Dreadlords had ensured that their spirits can not be absorbed by the sword. Therefore, Arthas was incapable of consuming Mal’Ganis’s soul, which instead returned to the Twisting Nether where he would be later reborn in a new body.
I plan on making one Warcraft lore post and one Diablo lore post per week (I’ve started a YouTube channel as well and I’m terribly sorry about the delay but its really hard to make a proper video during these pandemic times). If you enjoyed the article and want to support me, feel free to throw a like on my site’s Facebook Page and a follow on Reddit. Thanks for reading!