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The Lore of Naxxramas

Naxxramas is an ancient Nerubian ziggurat that once resided in the Eastern Plaguelands. The Lich King Ner'zhul, tore this ziggurat from the earth for his new servant Kel'Thuzad to use as a vessel. Kel'Thuzad, the once loyal mage of the Kirin Tor, was assigned to be the Lich King's ambassador to the living. From the floating ziggurat of Naxxramas, he extends the Lich King's influence on Azeroth. After Kel'Thuzad's defeat in the Eastern Plaguelands, the fortress moved across the ocean to Northrend where it now levitates above the fields of Dragonblight. Within Naxxramas, Kel'Thuzad's minions protect the inner sanctum from four different quarters. Before the Lich King tore Naxxramas free from the ground he told Kel'Thuzad:

You will go forth and bear witness to my power. You will be my ambassador to the living, and assemble a group of like-minded people to further my plans. Through illusion, persuasion, sickness, and force of arms, you will establish my hold upon Azeroth.

As Naxxramas was ripped from the soil and ascended into the sky, the Lich King's words to Kel'Thuzad rang out stating:

And this will be your vessel.


The Nerubians are a race of arachnid-like creatures that long ago resided in the kingdom of Azjol'Nerub in Northrend. The kingdom existed for thousands of years, until the Lich King came to extend his influence in Northrend. A long war was waged between the Nerubians and the Lich King known as the War of the Spider. The Nerubian race proved to be tactful and a difficult challenge for the Lich king to overcome, but he eventually defeated the Nerubians with the help of the dreadlords. In a final act of desecration, the Lich King resurrected some of the fallen Nerubians to serve the scourge. Among some of the damned were Anub'Rekhan, one of the greatest Spider Lords and Anub'Arak, the former king of Azjol'Nerub. Though the Nerubians appeared resistant to the plague that converted many races to the Scourge, they were still susceptible to the Lich King's necromantic powers.


Anub'Rekhan was once a great general of Azjol-Nerub

Anub'Rekhan is of the Nerubian race. The Nerubians once lived in Northrend but have since been enslaved by the Lich King and made to serve as part of the scourge through the Lich king's necromantic powers. Anub'Rekhan was once a general under the command of Anub'Arak, the former spider king of Azjol-Nerub. The Lich King defeated the Nerubians in the War of the Spider with the aid of the dreadlords. In a final act, the Lich King resurrected Anub'Rekhan and Anub'Arak to serve him in death. Anub'Rekhan now watches over the halls of the Arachnid Quarter of Naxxramas.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer recounts the history of Anub'Rekhan:

Anub'Rekhan, one of the finest Spider Lords of Azjol'Nerub, was brought under the control of the Scourge when he and his former commander, Anub'arak, were finally defeated by the Lich King many years ago. It is said that he was the most loyal of Anub'arak' commanders.


Grand Widow Faerlina
Grand Widow Faerlina is known as a botanist and breeder of spiders in Naxxramas. She serves the Lich King from the Arachnid Quarter of Naxxramas where she aids in developing poisons and watching over the beloved spiders. The story behind Faerlina is recounted by Commander Eligor Dawnbringer:

"The Grand Widow Faerlina, a botanist in life, breeder and caretaker of arachnids in death, she oversees the spider wing, developing the most potent of poisons for the Lich King."

Maexxna weaves her web within the Arachnid Quarter of Naxxramas

Maexxna lives within the Arachnid Quarter of Naxxramas. This large spider gives birth to her brood, feeding them any unfortunate adventurers who make the mistake of getting caught in her web. One can assume that Grand Widow Faerlina keeps watch over this large arachnid. Some of Maexxna's story is recounted by Commander Eligor Dawnbringer:

"Maexxna - born deep within the mountains of Northrend many ages ago, she was captured within the dread citadel Naxxramas, where she gives birth to her brood, feeding them the corpses of all who dare venture too deeply into Naxxramas."


Noth the Plaguebringer
Noth was once an alchemist of Dalaran. However, like Prince Arthas, Noth was haunted by the call of the Lich King. He turned his back on his allies and the city of Dalaran to join the Lich King and serve as a member of the Scourge. Commander Eligor Dawnbringer tells of Noth:

"Behold, Noth the Plaguebringer. Responsible for the creation of the process that distills the souls of the living and places them within the cold cage of undeath, Noth was observed to be refining this process even now."


Heigan the Unclean continues spilling his corruption from within Naxxramas.

Heigan the Unclean
Heigan the Unclean is credited with turning certain areas of Azeroth into waste filled plaguelands. His dark magic did not stop there. Deep within Naxxramas, this vile creature has continued his work of turning normal areas into deadly plague infested landscapes in the Plague Quarter. It is rumored that Heigan has even converted parts of Naxxramas to fit his plagued view of the world. Adventurers should pay close attention to the green tainted plague that inhabits the various areas of Naxxramas.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer tells of Heigan's dark magic:

"Observe, Heigan the Unclean. The mastermind behind the plague cauldrons that turned the wilderness of Azeroth into the Plaguelands. It is said that Heigan has rigged the very walls and floors of Naxxramas itself with a vast a array of traps, which he can trigger at will.


Loatheb is a fungal monster that came to be as a result of bog beast and living plague combinations. The result was a terrible monster known as Loatheb. This creature now stalks the Plague Quarter of Naxxramas, guarding its halls from intruders. Commander Eligor Dawnbringer tells how this creature came to be:

"Loatheb. The hideous result of fusing the living plague of the Plaguelands with the bog beasts of Azeroth, Loatheb is said to control the power of healing itself."


Instructor Razuvious
Instructor Razuvious is responsible for training new Death Knights in the Military Quarter of Naxxramas to serve the Lich King. He was appointed by Kel'Thuzad himself and he teaches a strict discipline of power that only his disciples can follow. Commander Eligor Dawnbringer tells of Razuvious instruction methods:

"Pay attention. This is Instructor Razuvious, Kel'Thuzad's appointed trainer of all death knights. It is said that his own technique is so potent, only a disciple of his could possibly withstand his might."


Gothik the Harvester
Gothik is a necromancer capable of raising an army of dead to serve him. This necromancer resides within the Military District of Naxxramas. Those that have seen his lair tell of a two sided room. One side is a normal room and the other has the appearance of a graveyard. Commander Eligor Dawnbringer recounts tales of the conjurer:

"Gothik, the Harvester. A master of necromancy and conjuration, Gothik is said to be able to beckon forth legions of the undead at a moment's notice. It is with his guidance that even the weakest of Death Knights can raise the dead."


The Four Horsemen are the most powerful Death Knights in Naxxramas.

The Four Horsemen
The Four Horsemen are said to be the four most powerful Death Knights in Kel'Thuzad's service. These four were originally known by the names of Highlord Alexandros Mograine 'The Ashbringer', Thane Korth'azz, Lady Blaumeux, and Sir Zeliek, but different circumstances landed them in the service of the necromancer Kel'Thuzad.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

"The most powerful death knights within Naxxramas are the four horsemen. They represent the pinnacle of Kel'Thuzad's guard. The first, Thane Korth'azz, holds the power of flame. The next, Lady Blaumeux, calls forth the power of shadows, drawing the souls of the living into the voracious embrace. Sir Zeliek, a paladin in life, so strong in his faith, that even in undeath, the power of the light still heeds his call, smiting his foes in battle. The final death knight, Lord Mograine, was the finest warrior that the death knights had ever seen. However, after the events of Azeroth, he vanished without a trace. Kel'Thuzad has appointed Baron Rivendare in his place."


Highlord Alexandros Mograine
Highlord Alexandros Mograine (The Ashbringer) was once a leader of the Silver Hand and said to be one of the founders of the Scarlet Crusade. However, he was betrayed and murdered by his son. During the war against the Lich King, Mograine was led to Stratholme by his son, Renault. Unfortunately, all that awaited Mograine and his ally, High Inquisitor Fairbanks, in Stratholme was an army of undead. Renault fled the battle, leaving his father and Fairbanks to deal with the undead that awaited them. Fairbanks was the first to fall, but despite being alone, Mograine managed to defeat all the undead that pushed the attack against him. Exhausted, he dropped his sword. It was at that moment, his son, Renault, returned and took up his father's sword and cut him down with it. Mograine's body was then raised by the necromancer Kel'Thuzad to serve as a Death Knight in his service. After events in Azeroth, Mograine disappeared and Kel'Thuzad appointed Baron Rivendare as his replacement to the Four horsemen.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

The final Death Knight, Lord Mograine, was the finest warrior that the Death Knights had ever seen. However, after the events in Azeroth, he vanished without a trace. Kel'Thuzad has appointed Baron Rivendare in his place.

Thane Korth'azz
Thane Korth'azz was once a dwarvish paladin. It is believed that Thane fell to the scourge sometime after the death of Uther the Lightbringer. Thane was later risen from the dead and now serves as one of the Four Horsemen.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

Thane Korth'azz, holds the power of flame.


Lady Blaumeux
Lady Blaumeux survived the first siege of Naxxramas. Later, she returned as one of the Four Horsemen, keeping guard over the Death Knights Quarter of Naxxramas.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

Lady Blaumeux, calls forth the power of shadows, drawing the souls of the living into the voracious embrace.


Sir Zeliek
Sir Zeliek, like Lady Blaumeux, survived the first Naxxramas raid in the Eastern Plaguelands. After which the necropolis was relocated to Dragonblight. Sir Zeliek took up his position as one of the mighty Four Horsemen of Naxxramas.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

"Zeliek is, "so strong in his faith, that even in undeath, the power of the light still heeds his call, smiting his foes in battle."


Baron Rivendare
Baron Rivendare was once a wealthy land owner who was corrupted his friend Kel'Thuzad. After he was corrupted, he pledged his services as a Death Knight for the Lich King. He was placed in charge of rounding up and killing human survivors. He and his patrols did this in coordination with the Lich king's assaults. After Highlord Mograine vanished, he was assigned a position with the Four Horsemen of Naxxramas.


Patchwerk is an oversized abomination that wonders the Construct Quarter of Naxxramas. This creature possesses great power and hurls putrid slime.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

"Behold, Patchwerk. When word of his existence first reached the ears of the Brotherhood, none believed the tales of an abomination with such immense speed and strength. Fewer still believed it when he fell the first time..."


Grobbulus resides in the Construct Quarter of Naxxramas. This creature was the first of what was to be an army of plague carrying flesh giants.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

"Grobbulus, the first of what was to be an army of flesh giants. It carried the plague slime of Naxxramas within its body, injecting the living ooze into the bodies of its foe. The recipient of this foul injection would usually flee to his allies, bringing them down with him."


Gluth is a huge creature that resides in the Construct Quarter of Naxxramas. This beast has a voracious appetite that normal eating of humans can't satisfy. Tales of this beasts appetite are discussed by Commander Eligor Dawnbringer who states:

"Gluth, the foul plague-dog of Naxxramas, was said to have an appetite so voracious that even the living were not enough to satisfy his hunger. Feugen was said to feed him an army of zombies daily, recycling the remains of undead too weak to use in combat."


Thaddius is forged from the torment of others. This creature is said to be made from the body parts of women and children. Their souls forged together to makeup this evil construct.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

"Thaddius, built from the flesh of women and children, it is said that their souls are fused together - eternally bound within that foul prison of flesh."


Sapphiron keeps watch over Kel'Thuzad's lair.

Sapphiron was once a noble blue dragon servant of Malygos. When Dragonblight fell to the Lich King, Sapphiron continued to guard his treasures in the frozen north. When Arthas returned to Northrend to save his ailing master, Ner'zhul. He slew Sapphiron and raised the dragon as an undead wurm. With Sapphiron's help, Arthas was able to destroy the dwarf and blood elf forces blocking access to Azjol-Nerub. Sapphiron now keeps watch over Naxxramas, protecting the lair of the necromancer Kel'Thuzad.

Commander Eligor Dawnbringer states:

Once a noble blue dragon within the mountains of Northrend, Sapphiron was slain by Arthas during his campaign through the frozen north. Resurrected to serve him, Sapphiron guards Kel'Thuzad's lair eternally, awaiting those who would dare trespass upon his master.

Kel'Thuzad is the master of Naxxramas and rules from within.

Kel'Thuzad was once a member of the Kirin Tor in the city of Dalaran. Like Arthas, Kel'Thuzad heard the mental call of the Lich King, Ner'zhul. Unhappy with the fact that the Kirin Tor blocked his attempts to learn the art of necromancy. Kel'Thuzad eventually began hearing the call of the Lich King in his head as Arthas did. He later sought out and pledged his allegiance to the Lich King. The Lich King then tore the Nerubian ziggurat of Naxxramas from the earth for Kel'Thuzad to use as his vessel. The story of Kel'Thuzad's fall to darkness is recounted in the tale 'The Road to Damnation'. Kel'Thuzad once made the mistake of thinking he could learn enough from the Lich King and catch him at an unaware moment. Shortly after he had that thought, the Lich King's voice rang in his head:

You will never catch me unaware, for I do not sleep, and as you should have already guessed, I can read your thoughts as easily as you might read a book. Nor can you hope to defeat me. Your puny mind is incapable of handling the energies I manipulate on a whim.

Kel'Thuzad learned a valuable lesson that day and has since served the Lich King loyally. He later returned in secret to Lordaeron and began recruiting members of the kingdom for his dark faith. They became known as the Cult of the Damned. Ner'zhul poured his dark energy into Plague Cauldrons and had them sent to various villages within the kingdom. The cauldrons corrupted several of the farmlands, and as villagers died, they would rise again in the service of the Lich King as part of the Scourge.

Kel'Thuzad later carried out the infection of Brill. It was there he first met Prince Arthas Menethil. Shortly after their meeting, Kel'Thuzad fled to Andorhal. Prince Arthas caught up to the necromancer in the village and slew him. Later, when Arthas began to serve the Lich King, he was sent to retrieve Kel'Thuzad's remains for resurrection. At this point, Kel'Thuzad began speaking to Arthas in his mind. He aided Arthas in his campaign within Lordaeron and eventually rescued Arthas from the freed banshee, Sylvanas Windrunner.

Kel'Thuzad now resides in the necropolis known as Naxxramas. He has grown in power and with the blessing of the Lich King, he is one of the more formidable foes and master of Naxxramas.

Lore Resources:
The Road to Damnation
World of Warcraft
Warcraft 3: Reign of Terror
Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne

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