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In this article, we will analyze the most powerful Liches that have appeared in the World of Warcraft universe.
Thel’zan the Duskbringer
In Classic WoW, after killing Kel’Thuzad in Naxxramas, players could claim his phylactery. This phylactery was to be taken to Light’s Hope Chapel, to Father Inigo Montoy. Later, the player learned that the members of the Order of the Argent Dawn did not pass on phylactery, and Montoy was a traitor who acted on the side of the Lich King. With his help, Kel’Thuzad was given new life, and we had to kill him again in the updated Naxxramas.
Perhaps here we will make a small historical digression. Liches are incredibly powerful creatures. In addition to the ability to magic and necromancy, they are able to be reborn after death using special artifacts, and phylacteries. If the lich is killed, its soul will find its way to the phylactery and eventually take on a new physical form. Therefore, in order to kill the lich completely, you need to destroy the phylactery. In many fantasy worlds, liches carefully hide their soul containers from prying eyes, but in World of Warcraft, they carry phylacteries with them or store them somewhere nearby.
So, father Inigo Montoy, as a reward for finding the Kel’Thuzad phylactery, received a gift from the Lich King and became a lich himself, Thel’zan the Duskbringer. The gift was valuable and rare, because, as you know, there are few liches in the world and they are very strong. So Montroy, perhaps, did not lose.
Amnennar the Coldbringer
In the Third War, Amnennar the Coldbringer participated in the Battle of Mount Hyjal. He was later tasked by the Lich King to spread the influence of the Scourge throughout Kalimdor. To complete the task, Coldbringer created the largest monster in the history of the Scourge, Tartek. Tartek gained a great reputation among the Scourge. It was thanks to him that Amnennar the Coldbringer managed to gather an army of impressive size on Kalimdor, reviving all the opponents killed by the monster. To Coldbringer’s dismay, Tartek fell in battle, but the necromancer managed to create a new monster from his remains, now known as Glutton. Later, the lich became firmly established in Razorfen Downs – in the days of classic WoW, he was the final boss of this dungeon. In Warlords of Draenor, the story continued – according to the plot, one of the quilboar tries to resurrect the Coldbringer killed by the players with the help of his phylactery, and the red dragon Koristrasza interrupts the ritual and takes the phylactery to completely destroy the lich.
He is one of two liches in the game that are friendly towards the player. He can be found during the storyline questline in the Borean Tundra, where Thassarian is trying to get the information he is interested in from Tanatal, but cannot harm the physical incarnation of the lich, and therefore sends the player after the phylactery, which lies at the bottom of a small lake under the protection of shadows. Having received the phylactery, Thassarian interrogates the lich about how to get into the Naxanar necropolis, finds out everything he needs, and goes to meet with the Lich King. As you already understood, in this chain the player does not interact directly with Tanatal and cannot talk to him – on the contrary, according to the plot, the lich is an enemy. Probably, the developers made the character peaceful so that no one would accidentally kill him.
This is another friendly lich, but unlike Tanathal, he can be interacted with. Amal’thazad stands at the starting location of the death knights, teaching the characters new skills and watching as they are freed from the will of the Lich King.
Amal was once a powerful magician who managed to impress the lord of the undead. When the mage died in battle, the Lich King resurrected him, endowed him with new abilities, and instructed him to train death knights. In the Legion, he became an associate for former students. When assigned as a combat companion, it can be seen that it uses two one-handed blades in combat, just like Frost Death Knights.
Araj the Summoner
He once lived in the Eastern Plaguelands. It was a level 61 elite monster, which is odd considering the location itself was meant for level 51-58 players. Apparently, in the days of classic WoW, developers complicated the monsters needed for the task by simply leveling them up.
Initially, Araj could be summoned by destroying the crystals in the towers of Andorhal. Later, this requirement was removed, and Araj simply stood in the field, available to everyone.
According to the story, he ran the Scholomance, but then moved to Andorhal to deal with the plague that was to infect the Eastern Kingdoms. After Arthas’ defeat, Araj tried to gather the remnants of the Scourge under his command but was unsuccessful and was killed in Andorhal by Horde and Alliance heroes.
Like other liches from WoW, a phylactery was found near the corpse of Araj, which had to be destroyed in order to completely kill the lich.
The developers of Warcraft have carefully written each of the listed characters. Liches have become an important part of the history of World of Warcraft, although they were mostly enemies of the players.