|Previous: Third War|
|Frozen Throne Campaign|
|Place: The Plaugelands, Quel'thalas, Kalimdor, Northrend|
|Outcome: The formation of the Forsaken, the destruction of the Frozen Throne, and the merger of Arthas Menethil and the Lich King=|
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The Frozen Throne Campaign was the final act of the Lich King's escape plan of the Frozen Throne as well as a collective effort to destroy the Throne while it was weak. Set one year after the [[Third War], the campaign in comparison is minor, though the end result would pave the way for the Undead Scourge to reach the hight of its power. The events of the Frozen Throne Campaign were chronicled in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
After the Horde's defeat in the Second War, the orcs came to the shaman Ner'zhul to open portals to other planets to conquer. However after obtaining the first needed artifact, the Skull of Gul'dan, Ner'zhul slowly became corrupted. In the end to preserve his own power, he tore open a portal and left the Horde to its fate. The force of the portal destroyed Draenor, redusing it to the ruin realm of Outland. Ner'zhul however didn't get far, as he was caught by Kil'jaeden, who destroyed his body and tortured his spirit until the orc agreed to serve him again. Once he did, Kil'jaeden bound his spirit to a suit of plate armor and trapped him in the Frozen Throne and threw it to Azeroth. The Lich King remained in the Frozen Throne at Icecrown Glacier since before the Third War, since planned for his freedom.
After the defeat of the Legion at Mount Hyjal, Illidan Stormrage was visited by Kil'jaeden, who offered the Betrayer one chance to serve him. Illidan would have to destroy the Frozen Throne and the Lich King. To do so, Illidan raised the Naga from the depths of the ocean to serve him.
The Warden's RevengeEdit
Maiev Shadowsong, the Warden has followed Illidan's trail. She followed him around Azshara until he escaped by boat. Desperate to continue the chase, Maiev and her Watchers followed him to the Tomb of Sargeras. At the tomb, Maiev found old runes left by the orc Gul'dan. With these runes Gul'dan saw that hidden in the tomb was a powerful magical artifact. Knowing the already dangerous demon, Illidan would become more dangerous with the artifact, Maiev continued into the tomb to capture. However once they found the Betrayer, he had already obtained the Eye of Sargeras. He used the Eye to kill Maiev for her help in imprisoning him for so long. However, Maiev escaped and she sent a runner back to Kalimdor to retrieve Illidan's brother Malfurion Stormrage and his lover Tyrande Whisperwind for aid.
With the aid the druids and the Sentinels provided, Maiev was able to continue the hunt, but he managed to escape to the Eastern Kingdoms regardless. The night elves landed in Plaguelands. Malfurion left to examine the corruption of Lordaeron's woods while Maiev and Tyrande continued the hunt. In their search they met Kael'thas Sunstrider of the blood elves. While not hearing anything about a demon, Kael'thas and his men have been attacked by the undead stationed at Dalaran, and was planning on escaping across the River Arevass. To gain the aid of his blood elves in the hunt for Illidan, Maiev and Tyrande agreed to help him across the river. The caravan however came under siege by the Scourge. In the battle, the bridge Tyrande help them off of collapsed and she was swept away by the currents. While Kael'thas wished to rescue Tyrande before she dragged into the Scourges territory, Maiev told him they completed their task to help him across the river so he must help her find Illidan.
In the meantime, Malfurion discovered what Illidan was using the Eye of Sargeras to attack Northrend. When he returned to the night elf camp, Maiev told Malfurion that Tyrande was torn apart by the undead to ensure his continued support in hunting Illidan. The blood elves lead the night elves to Dalaran where they confronted and battled Illidan and destroyed the Eye. When Malfurion informed Illidan that Tyrande was killed, Kael'thas informed him that she could still be alive. Trapping Maiev for her deceit, Malfurion and Illidan left to rescue Tyrande and in doing so allowed Illidan to leave with his life. Opening a portal, Illidan traveled to Outland where Maiev followed. However Illidan's attack on the Frozen Throne had succeeded in damaging the prison, causing the Lich King's power to weaken.
Scourge Civil WarEdit
With the legion defeated, Arthas returned to Lordaeron to reclaim this throne, and displacing the dreadlords stationed at the palace. It was then Arthas first began to hear the Lich King's call for aid. Due to his weakened power, Sylvanas was no longer a slave to the Scourge and attended a meeting of the dreadlords to kill Arthas for what he had done to her and her people. When in the capital city, Arthas and Kel'thuzad was attacked by the undead he nolonger had control over, before escaping to the wilderness where he had a final battle with Sylvanas. After being poisoned and paralyzed, Arthas was saved by Kel'thuzad sending the Ranger-General fleeing into the woods vowing for revenge. Afterwards, he sailed to Northrend following the Lich King's orders, leaving Kel'thuzad to watch over Lordaeron.
Sylvanas with her revenge against Arthas having failed, planned to reclaim the Plaguelands from the dreadlords.