Trudging through the Ashes

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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 official bonus maps.
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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.




Transcript of the missionEdit

Arthas: What trickery is this? Mal'Ganis! I don't know how you survived, but I will...
IconSmall Dreadlord 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?
IconSmall Dreadlord 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.
IconSmall Dreadlord 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?
IconSmall Dreadlord 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".

IconSmall Dreadlord Tichondrius: Well done, death knight. The Cult is nearly assembled.
Arthas: Lordaeron lies in ashes. What good are these cultists to us now?
IconSmall Dreadlord Tichondrius: They will aid you in your next undertaking.
Arthas: And what's that?
IconSmall Dreadlord Tichondrius: You will go to Andorhal and recover the remains of the acolytes' former master, the necromancer, Kel'Thuzad.


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