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{{fair use| This article [[WW:COPYRIGHT#Policy|quotes]] extensively from the [[Warcraft RPG|Warcraft RPG books]].}}{{this|the organization|the scenario in [[Warcraft III]]|The Cult of the Damned}}
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{{fair use| This article [[WW:COPYRIGHT#Policy|quotes]] extensively from the [[Warcraft RPG|Warcraft RPG books]].}}
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[[Plague Cauldrons]], artifacts which would spread the [[Blight (plague)|Blight Plague]] over wide areas, were created and placed by the Cult of the Damned in the cities they controlled, beginning in the northernmost reaches of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. The plague spread quickly, wiping out the towns' populations and raising them as Scourge. Though this was a horror for an unsuspecting citizen, for a Cultist, undeath was a welcome reward.
 
[[Plague Cauldrons]], artifacts which would spread the [[Blight (plague)|Blight Plague]] over wide areas, were created and placed by the Cult of the Damned in the cities they controlled, beginning in the northernmost reaches of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. The plague spread quickly, wiping out the towns' populations and raising them as Scourge. Though this was a horror for an unsuspecting citizen, for a Cultist, undeath was a welcome reward.
   
When the [[Burning Legion]] was defeated at the [[Battle of Mount Hyjal]], the [[Alliance]] and [[Horde]] were not the only winners. The Cult of the Damned considered the demons’ defeat a victory for the Scourge as well. the Lich King was finally freed from their control and could begin furthering his own plans using his powerful death knight, [[Arthas Menethil]]. He already had the greater part of Lordaeron under his control, and he wished to expand his influence. The Cult of the Damned rejoiced in the release of its leader and continues to serve him, not the Burning Legion, after the war.
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When the [[Burning Legion]] was defeated at the [[Battle of Mount Hyjal]], the [[Alliance]] and [[Horde]] were not the only winners. The Cult of the Damned considered the demons’ defeat a victory for the Scourge as well. the Lich King was finally freed from their control and could begin furthering his own plans using his powerful death knight, [[Arthas Menethil]]. He already had the greater part of Lordaeron under his control, and he wished to expand his influence. The Cult of the Damned rejoiced in the release of its leader and continues to serve him, not the Burning Legion, after the war.
   
 
When Arthas shattered the Lich King's prison and took on the [[Helm of Domination (Lich King)|Helm of Domination]] and the spirit of Ner’zhul, he created and became what was believed to be the strongest being in the world. The new Lich King not only had the telepathic power of the imprisoned [[Ner'zhul]], but an immensely powerful and mobile avatar in Arthas. The Cult simply vowed to serve this new entity as it did the old, as long as he furthered the efforts of the Scourge. The Cult works itself into a frenzy with the thought he may leave his new home in Northrend and grace Lordaeron with his presence some day. Working beside the undead, delving into the dark magic of necromancy, and striving one day to become undead themselves, the Cult of the Damned is truly a frightening organization.
 
When Arthas shattered the Lich King's prison and took on the [[Helm of Domination (Lich King)|Helm of Domination]] and the spirit of Ner’zhul, he created and became what was believed to be the strongest being in the world. The new Lich King not only had the telepathic power of the imprisoned [[Ner'zhul]], but an immensely powerful and mobile avatar in Arthas. The Cult simply vowed to serve this new entity as it did the old, as long as he furthered the efforts of the Scourge. The Cult works itself into a frenzy with the thought he may leave his new home in Northrend and grace Lordaeron with his presence some day. Working beside the undead, delving into the dark magic of necromancy, and striving one day to become undead themselves, the Cult of the Damned is truly a frightening organization.
   
 
== Organization ==
 
== Organization ==
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.
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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 [[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>
 
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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== In World of Warcraft ==
 
== In World of Warcraft ==
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The current activities of the Cult of the Damned are unknown. While the cult is certainly still active, spreading its influence among both the Horde and Alliance, its true objective is hidden, the Lich King's next move has yet to be revealed. What we do know is that the Cult will never tire in its mission to undermine the defenses of the living races through subterfuge and sabotage. So long as the Lich King remains, the hidden hand of the Cult will be an ever-present threat to both the Horde and the Alliance.
 
The current activities of the Cult of the Damned are unknown. While the cult is certainly still active, spreading its influence among both the Horde and Alliance, its true objective is hidden, the Lich King's next move has yet to be revealed. What we do know is that the Cult will never tire in its mission to undermine the defenses of the living races through subterfuge and sabotage. So long as the Lich King remains, the hidden hand of the Cult will be an ever-present threat to both the Horde and the Alliance.
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=== Video ===
 
=== Video ===
 
[[File:WoW Pro Lore Kel'Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge-1|thumb|left|335 px|Kel'Thuzad forms the cult of the damned]]
 
[[File:WoW Pro Lore Kel'Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge-1|thumb|left|335 px|Kel'Thuzad forms the cult of the damned]]
 
 
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==Future of the Cult==
 
==Future of the Cult==
{{Speculation}}Because of the new leadership ([[Bolvar Fordragon]]) of the [[Scourge]], it is unknown if the Cult will continue to exist or be dismantled, or possibly break all ties with the Scourge. Many of the Damned seem to throw their lot in the ranks of [[Twilight's Hammer]].
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Because of the new leadership ([[Bolvar Fordragon]]) of the [[Scourge]], it is unknown if the Cult will continue to exist or be dismantled, or possibly break all ties with the Scourge. Many of the Damned seem to throw their lot in the ranks of [[Twilight's Hammer]].
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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