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The base of operations of the Cult of the Damned is [[Stratholme]], and its leader is [[Kel'Thuzad]]. Kel'Thuzad takes orders from the Lich King himself, and orchestrates the spread of the Scourge. His two closest living lieutenants are referred to as simply "Next In Line", and are raised as [[shades]] and replaced periodically. These leaders serve the Lich King without question, seeing [[Plague#The_Plague_of_Undeath|undeath]] as the ultimate reward. Under the Next In Line, the Cult of the Damned appears to run with little rhyme or reason, but the (apparent) chaos serves the group’s purpose - individual leaders cannot be picked out and targeted. Underneath the chaos is a tightly run operation with mortals dedicated to the study of dark magic, the conscription of new mortal members and undercover scouting for the Scourge’s forces.
 
The base of operations of the Cult of the Damned is [[Stratholme]], and its leader is [[Kel'Thuzad]]. Kel'Thuzad takes orders from the Lich King himself, and orchestrates the spread of the Scourge. His two closest living lieutenants are referred to as simply "Next In Line", and are raised as [[shades]] and replaced periodically. These leaders serve the Lich King without question, seeing [[Plague#The_Plague_of_Undeath|undeath]] as the ultimate reward. Under the Next In Line, the Cult of the Damned appears to run with little rhyme or reason, but the (apparent) chaos serves the group’s purpose - individual leaders cannot be picked out and targeted. Underneath the chaos is a tightly run operation with mortals dedicated to the study of dark magic, the conscription of new mortal members and undercover scouting for the Scourge’s forces.
   
The Cult is situated mostly in the [[Plaguelands]] and, to a lesser extent, in the rest of Lordaeron, always extending the Scourge’s sphere of control. The Cult will often be found wherever the Scourge is. <ref name="Lands of Conflict 154-155">''[[Lands of Conflict]]'', pg. 154-155</ref>
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The Cult is situated mostly in the [[Plaguelands]] and, to a lesser extent, in the rest of Lordaeron, always extending the Scourge’s sphere of control. The Cult will often be found wherever the Scourge is. {{Cite|LoC|154-155}}
   
 
===Military tactics===
 
===Military tactics===
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Death comes in many forms — and it’s the job of the blightweaver to make sure that death comes in as terrible a form as possible. These tinkers of the vile concoct new poisons and breed new diseases, hoping to discover new plagues that will extend the Scourge’s terror to every corner of Azeroth.
 
Death comes in many forms — and it’s the job of the blightweaver to make sure that death comes in as terrible a form as possible. These tinkers of the vile concoct new poisons and breed new diseases, hoping to discover new plagues that will extend the Scourge’s terror to every corner of Azeroth.
   
On the battlefield, the Scourge occasionally employs blightweavers as sappers of life; instead of sending teams of goblins to destroy a wall with a burst of explosives, they send these vile priests out to destroy a populace with an explosion of disease and poison. They sneak into a town while the battle rages elsewhere, plant plague animals in stables, and poison wells.<ref name="Dark Factions 171">''[[Dark Factions]]'', pg. 171</ref>
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On the battlefield, the Scourge occasionally employs blightweavers as sappers of life; instead of sending teams of goblins to destroy a wall with a burst of explosives, they send these vile priests out to destroy a populace with an explosion of disease and poison. They sneak into a town while the battle rages elsewhere, plant plague animals in stables, and poison wells.{{cite|DF|171}}
   
 
==Membership==
 
==Membership==
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Kel’Thuzad personally appoints officials and leaders for the Cult, looking for people both talented in espionage and in pursuing the dark art of necromancy. Good leadership abilities, a talent for recruitment and the ability to blend in with normal mortals are also valued skills. It is impossible to reach any officer ranks without magic, however. There are no ranking members of the Cult who do
 
Kel’Thuzad personally appoints officials and leaders for the Cult, looking for people both talented in espionage and in pursuing the dark art of necromancy. Good leadership abilities, a talent for recruitment and the ability to blend in with normal mortals are also valued skills. It is impossible to reach any officer ranks without magic, however. There are no ranking members of the Cult who do
not know at least a handful of dark spells.<ref name="Lands of Conflict 155-156">''[[Lands of Conflict]]'', pg. 155-156</ref>
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not know at least a handful of dark spells.{{Cite|LoC|155-156}}
   
 
Cult of the Damned consists mostly of [[human]]s, [[orc]]s and [[high elves]], but [[draenei]] membership is also presented, at least in [[the Frozen Halls]].
 
Cult of the Damned consists mostly of [[human]]s, [[orc]]s and [[high elves]], but [[draenei]] membership is also presented, at least in [[the Frozen Halls]].
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