Current members of the cult know full well the extent of the Scourge's evil, and they join anyway. That should tell your something about them.

The major (and only) source for internal dissent is when the cultists see fallen enemies rise as undead creatures, while the cultists themselves must work to receive divine payment. Sometimes they're told their service will merit them far higher rewards ("true undeath" as opposed to the "shambling undeath" of the skeleton and zombie legions); other times they're threatened with immediate death with no possible reward. Either way, doubts are quickly satisfied. After all, without the legions of lesser undead, the Scourge would not have attained the power that it now holds.


Kel'Thuzad (male human lich): As the leader of the Scourge in the Eastern Kingdoms, and as the one

HeRoes and the Cult of the Damned

It is difficult to imagine the Cult of the Damned being associated with anything remotely considered heroic. The cult's goal involves plague, genocide, and rebirth as life-hating abominations. Even the most flawed hero would keep a safe distance from the cult, for they are death and a madness beyond death. Most of a heroes' encounters with the cult are likely to be riddled with suspicion, zealotry, and violence.

However, one scenario is that the heroes are indeed members of the cult, but realize the error of their ways and secretly work against it. A small band of reformed heroes might unite within the cult's midst and plot to bring down the Scourge.

responsible for the cult's existence, Kel'Thuzad is the de facto leader of the Cult of the Damned — though he usually has more important things to think about. See the Monster Guide, Chapter 2: Villains for more information on Kel'Thuzad.

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