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g a M t with darkness in their hearts, compelling them to do his bidding. One of the most powerful was Kel'Thuzad, an archmage of Dalaran, who was the first to bend his knee before His desiccated Majesty. Kel'Thuzad's first mission was to found a religion in Lordaeron that would worship the Lich King as a god. Taking advantage of the discontent of those whose lives had been shattered by war, disguising himself with illusions, and using magical compulsions when argument lost its persuasive charm, Kel'Thuzad mocked the Holy Light and introduced a new path, offering eternal existence in exchange for blind obedience.

When one has buried a half-dozen of one's children, or fled from three burning homesteads in two years, even madness can be comforting. The Cult of the Damned made its nest in the heart of Lordaeron.

Eagerly the acolytes convinced and kidnapped others, even former friends and brothers, bringing them to be converted, whether through discussion, magic or torture. They became zealous lovers of the undead. To further the Lich King's goals, the cultists carried the plague cauldrons that brought the Scourge into Lordaeron, causing a plague that killed most of its citizens — and raised them as fodder for the Scourge.

When the Burning Legion lost to the combined forces of the Alliance and the Horde at the Battle of Mount Hyjal, the Lich King was pleased. He was free from the Legion's control, and, aided by Arthas (who had now become a death knight of great power), Ner'zhul could consolidate his victory in Lordaeron and extend his influence to the rest of Azeroth.

Within the Plaguelands, the cult continues to scheme and worship. It now has two aims: spreading the undead plague and training new necromancers.

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