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|Trudging through the Ashes|
|Conflict: Third War|
|Campaign: Path of the Damned|
|Date: 20 years after the events of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans|
|Place: Vandermar Village|
|Outcome: Undead Scourge victory|
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Trudging through the Ashes is chapter 1 of Path of the Damned.
- 7 Sheep
- Robert (male)
- Tyler (male)
- 38 male unnamed villagers
- 14 female unnamed villagers
- 9 unnamed children
- 7 Riderless Horses
Transcript of the missionEdit
Arthas: What trickery is this? Mal'Ganis! I don't know how you survived, but I will...
Tichondrius: Calm yourself, Prince Arthas. I am Tichondrius. Like Mal'Ganis, I am a dreadlord, but I am not your enemy in truth. I've come to congratulate you.
Arthas: Congratulate me?
Tichondrius: By killing your father and delivering this land to the Scourge, you have passed your first test. The Lich King is pleased with your... enthusiasm.
Arthas: I've damned everyone and everything I've ever loved in his name, and I still feel no remorse. No shame, no pity.
Tichondrius: The runeblade that you carry was forged by the Lich King and empowered to steal souls. Yours was the first one it claimed.
Arthas: Then I'll make do without one. What is the Lich King's will?
Tichondrius: The Cult of the Damned must be rallied once again. Many of the acolytes have been in hiding from the populace. Once you've rallied them, I will give you further instructions.
Arthas: I'm in luck. These graves were dug recently. Arise, in the name of the Lich King.
The mission ends with the dreadlord congratulating Arthas on his job, and assigning him his next "undertaking".
Tichondrius: Well done, death knight. The Cult is nearly assembled.
Arthas: Lordaeron lies in ashes. What good are these cultists to us now?
Tichondrius: They will aid you in your next undertaking.
Arthas: And what's that?
Tichondrius: You will go to Andorhal and recover the remains of the acolytes' former master, the necromancer, Kel'Thuzad.