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World Of Warcraft: Wrath Of The Lich King

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is the second expansion set for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft, following The Burning Crusade. It launched on November 13, 2008 and sold 2.8 million copies within the first day, making it the fastest selling computer game of all time released at that point. The game added a substantial amount of new content into the game world, including the new continent of Northrend, home of The Lich King Arthas and his undead minions. In order to advance through Northrend, players were required to reach at least level 68, with the level cap for the expansion being 80. The first hero class was introduced, the Death Knight, that starts at level 55.[3]

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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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, inexhaustible 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.[47]

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.

From both his name, occupation, and appearance of his armor, it's been widely speculated amoungst fans that the Lich King was at least partially inspired by two figures from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series from the world of Middle Earth. These being the Witch-King of Angmar and the King of the Dead Men of the Mountains. Like the Witch-King of Angmar, the Lich King is an undead leader of a vast army who uses dark magic, rules over a frozen and grim domain to the north, wields a cursed blade that can turn living beings into the undead, wears a spiny helmet, and can only be defeated by specific means. Their castles and citadels also bear a passing resemblance. Like the King of the Dead Men of the Mountains, the Lich King can only be harmed meaningfully by blessed weapons, commands an army of the undead, and is notable for breaking an oath. 041b061a72


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