Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lore of the Land: Tichondrius the Darkener

"In his fury, Sargeras shattered the prisons of the eredar and the Nathrezim and set the loathsome demons free. These cunning creatures bowed before the dark Titan's vast rage and offered to serve him in whatever malicious ways they could."

Tichondrius the Darkener

The nathrezim, or dreadlords as they are also known, are physically imposing demons who were among the first of the creatures to be brought into the Burning Legion along with the Eredar. Among these vile and cunning demons, Tichondrius served Kil'jaedan and was a fiercely loyal lieutenant.

During the Third War, Tichondrius was tasked with watching over Ner'zhul, the newly minted Lich King. He didn't like this job, not one bit. He felt that there were other tasks out there more befitting the leader of the Nathrezim, but he eventually agreed to babysit. He would deliver orders from Ner'zhul to Arthas, and was directly responsible for the resurrection of the lich Kel'thuzad, the destruction of Quel'thalas, and the sacking of Dalaran.

The cunning leader of the Nathrezim could also be said to have been directly responsible for the death of Cenarius. You see, Mannoroth was extremely angry with the orcs failure to seize Azeroth the first time. He was looking for any excuse that would allow him to invoke his rage upon the orcs, and Tichondrius knew this. Nathrezim are known to cause dissent from within through trickery and deceit, and so he used these skills to further fan the flames of Mannoroth's rage. Tichondrius informed Mannoroth that the orcs had fled to Kalimdor, and soon the two trailed after the orcs. Tichondrius convinced Mannoroth to use his blood to corrupt the orcs again. Mannoroth spilled his blood into a Fountain of Life, from which Grom and his Warsong clan drank. From the tainted water, chaos orcs emerged. It was Grom Hellscream himself who ended the life of the demi-god.

Tichondrius was killed shortly thereafter by a fel infused Illidan Stormrage, who had absorbed the powers of the artifact known as the Skull of Gul'dan. With the leader of the Nathrezim dead, Anetheron took over for his brother for a time, and was eventually replaced by Mephistroth or so it is assumed. The last we heard about any Nathrezim activity on Azeroth was the coup staged by Varimathras and Apothicary Putress in their feeble attempt to take over the Undercity.

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate an article focused on some of the great lore of this game. Any possibility of a feature article on Varimathras?