|Plagueheart the Prophet|
Plagueheart as he is today, by cut-box
Supreme Overseer (Presumptive Claimant) of the Cult of the Damned
Prophet of the Ner'zhul and the Cultsworn Scourge
The Lord of Heraxnar
Architect of the Dark Reformation
Barabbas Faldire, Adrian Engles, Niral Sovorakan.
|“||The ‘fall’ of the Lich King will do little to deter the continuation and spread of the Almighty Scourge. You heroes seemingly brought death to one whom had long since mastered its precepts – a foolish, naïve fantasy concocted to console the fearful. Know that even our most novice acolytes have power over this paltry obstacle; imagine then what our Master can do.||”|
Plagueheart (whose birth name remains unknown) is a master orator, theologian, and necromancer of the Cult of the Damned. Currently serving as the Supreme Overseer and Prophet of the Cult of the Damned, he has made a resurgence in recent years. With his sect's hold over significant portions of the Plaguelands secured by the dread necropolis, Heraxnar, Plagueheart has gathered many Scourge to his side, enticed by the prophetic visions he claims to see. He has taken to calling his gathered undead and necromancers the Cultsworn Scourge.
His prophetic visions, among other innovations, are part of a reformation movement within the Cult of the Damned, instituted and led by Plagueheart, to adapt the organization to an age without a god on the physical plane. Though much has changed, with new strategies and new bases of operations, much more stays the same; loyal to the original Lich King, Plagueheart rejects Bolvar as an usurper and false king.
Previously, he was known for his influential leadership of the sect of the Cult situated out of Stormwind. For brief periods, he was the most wanted criminal in the Alliance. During that period of history, Plagueheart played an instrumental role in the attacks on the Northshire Abbey — and, later, on Sentinel Hill, Darkshire, and Lakeshire. He inspired many of his contemporaries to follow down his path of worship. And after his disappearance and his sect's destruction after the fall of the Lich King, many splinter groups formed — each with varying amounts of influence from the doctrines of the Cult.
With graying hair tied together into a ponytail, a few loose strands hanging here and there, the accompanying face had a gauntness to it that manifest itself as sunken eyes and bony cheeks. A pervasive pallor clung to his skin, making his deep blue eyes all the more shocking. All around his eyes bore the markings of a failing man—but the eyes themselves were as alive as ever, free from any glaze or age. His facial hair grew thick and gray, covering most of the lower portions of his face.
His stature was straight and unbowed, despite the apparent age that one might guess he had attained by the level of paleness and gauntness observed facially. Pressed, clean, buttoned all the way, his clothing might have been worn by a military man, as strict as it was, but he bore no weapon at his side nor insignia telling his rank.
Plagueheart possesses several items of significance – the most prominent of which is his flesh-bound tome, an item containing powerful spells, all the rites and rituals of the Cult of the Damned, and his own journal account. It even contains portions of the Book of the Damned.Plagueheart also has in his possession the ceremonial garb of the High Cultist who presided over the Cathedral of Darkness in Icecrown—how this happened remains unclear. The High Cultist was most likely already dead by time Plagueheart arrived during his pilgrimage through Northrend.He possess a staff made of a branch of the fabled tree, Thas'alah, which the Scourge cut down following their invasion of Quel'thalas. Plagueheart christened this branch Nemet'tum. The tree, Thas'alah, from which Nemet'tum was fashioned was the mother tree of the Eversong Woods. Shortly after the Highborne exiles created the Sunwell and founded the kingdom of Quel'Thalas, the well's magic began to radiate outward through the surrounding woods, and the forest's oldest tree began to absorb its energy. Plagueheart corrupted one of the branches of that tree using dark magic and now uses it to cast necromatic spells in the service of the Cult.
Plagueheart carries the staff, Nemet'tum, everywhere he goes; it provides much power to the necromancer, allowing him to work spells unattainable by normal spellcasters.
Early Life Edit
Born on a farm to two parents in North Harbor, Plagueheart knew grief early on – his father, a Second War veteran, died shortly thereafter from an unknown illness. His mother was devastated, but endured. She had to hire help, though, to continue the farm. One such hire was a nice man named Diodor. When he grew up, he began to help out at the farm, and so knew the meaning of hard work: every morning, he would rise with the servants to tend the animals and grow the crops, from sunrise to sunset.
But when he neared his coming of age – and, with his father gone, would eventually have to choose someone else to apprentice underneath – hard times struck their little farm.
Prices on crops increased and, then, his mother needed him at home to help, or else they would lose everything—but his continued presence on the farm did little to stop the inevitable. They lost the farm, taken from them by royal tax collectors.
Moving into another’s home in town, they tried to not give up hope. Despite that, his mother grew tired of the Crown’s indifference to its citizens, and became ever angrier.
When those feelings of anger were at their high point, an oddly dressed preacher came from across the sea and visited their town one day with an astounding proclamation of a new religion – one that offered an ideal society, away from the travail, where all were equal. His mother was taken in by the preacher’s charisma and his astonishing promises, willingly joining this new congregation.
It wasn’t until his mother was invested in this preacher’s new religion that she realized that it wasn’t at all as it first appeared: they were planning terrible, terrible things. Treacherous things, even. They intended to hurt people to bring their vision to its realization.
His mother wanted out – she tried to escape, and so fled to the town hall, where she attempted to expose the preacher’s insidious plans to the mayor and the town council. To her horror, even they were under the sway of the preacher.
Her son went missing, even, and she feared the worst. Diodor must know something. Diodor and her son were always close.
In the dead of night, his mother resolved herself to confront Diodor about her son and the congregation. She told her daughters, Chamila and Cassandra, to hide — and she approached Diodor who stood consulting with the preacher in the town center. The conversation was a short one. She was murdered, and hung from the rafters of the church which had been renovated with skulls and blood and black for the preacher's new religion.
Diodor lamented of his mother’s assassination to the woman's son the next day, explaining that it was the Crown’s men who had done it, as retribution for taxes unpaid. Infuriated by this, the son then willingly accepted the family friend’s offer and joined the congregation. From then on, the son who would eventually become known as Plagueheart followed the religion of that preacher, whose name is Kel'thuzad, unknowing that his mother had attempted to escape and that his mother was killed by the same people he now worshipped with.
His Years in Scholomance Edit
Plagueheart spent the remaining years preceding the onset of the Third War within the bowels of Caer Darrow, in Scholomance, where he was taught concerning the doctrines of the Cult of the Damned, brought into its full sway, and taught the subtleties of the sacred art of necromancy. Too focused on pleasing and complying with his instructors and masters, Plagueheart quickly forgot about the home and siblings left behind in North Harbor.
It was here under the watchful tutelages of the masters of the Cult of the Damned that Plagueheart realized his aptitude of the arcane — he excelled in all of the fields of magic: illusionary, conjuration, necromancy, and so on. And while he had the ability to practice any class of magic — he could have very well been an accomplished mage of the Kirin Tor — he learned his ability to wield it through the Cult of the Damned and within the context of satisfying the goals of the Scourge.
As he grew in experience and expertise concerning his ability to wield his new found skills, his loyalty to the Scourge was increasingly solidified. This was the first time Plagueheart could do something better than anyone else, and he was phenomenal. His ability to manipulate the dead astounded many and he soon found himself at the top of the current batch of Scholomance students.
The Scourging of Lordaeron Edit
Plagueheart took part in the initial spreading of the Plague of Undeath and the raising of the dead. To use his newfound skills of blightweaving and necromancy in the real world proved exhilarating for him. He felt so alive. Caught in the throes of passion, he proved instrumental in the destruction of Corin's Crossing, Darrowshire, and many other smaller settlements in eastern Lordaeron.Though not present for the Culling of Stratholme and the death of Kel'thuzad, a man he admired and worshipped for obvious reasons, he nonetheless felt deeply affected by these events. They motivated him to continue on. When Arthas left to chase after the dreadlord Mal'ganis, Plagueheart stayed in Lordaeron, as the bulk of the Cult of the Damned did, spreading the Plague of Undeath further and further, and adding more to the growing Scourge.
Various factions within the Cult of the Damned began vying for power; now that the Cult was left without the charismatic leadership of Kel'thuzad, there was room for promotion. Though the competition and hostilities among the upper echelons of the Cult did not manifest themselves as actual violence and war—Ner'zhul was still there, after all, in everyone's mind—Plagueheart nevertheless felt the tension in the organization and somehow suspected it was implicitly sanctioned by their God.
Sacking of the Capital Edit
When Arthas returned from Northrend, the Cult knew to expect him; Plagueheart—among many other cultists—traveled westward, toward the capital. When they met resistance their Scourge couldn't defeat, they donned commoner's clothing and snuck into the still-standing capital. On the order of the Cult's new leaders, Kel'thuzad having died, Plagueheart and other cultists placed themselves at strategic points among the city, waiting for Arthas to kill his father.
When they heard screams from the throne room and saw people running from the keep, they knew it had been done and took advantage of the chaos of the death of the king and began slaughtering the citizens of the capital.
Siege of Fenris Keep Edit
After Arthas left, marching the majority of the Scourge to Quel'thalas, Plagueheart was tasked with taking Fenris Keep—a vital position if the Scourge were to advance south into the forests of Silverpine. Plagueheart knew that this was his test, to prove himself an important part of the Scourge and the Cult; if he was successful in this, the leadership might consider him for higher rank.
At first he attempted to siege the keep, relying on accounts of old sieges in ancient times to guide him—he met stiff resistance though, and he neared admitting defeat. He remembered though that this wasn't just an army and he wasn't just a soldier. He instructed his army to retreat and lay hidden, to lull the keep into a false sense of security. He and his cultists then donned disguises as refugees and pleaded entry before the Scourge returned. The commander, listening to his advisor, Thule Ravenclaw, allowed them entry. From there, Plagueheart and his cultists poisoned the keep's lagers and killed everyone within the castle's confines. The keep fell within days.
From then on, Plagueheart commanded Scourge forces in bulk—especially members of the Cult of the Damned—and employed similar tactics throughout Lordaeron to root out pockets of resistance. His group became known as the Troupe, infamous as they were for their acting.
After a few years of spreading the blight to the west, destroying several keeps, and culling thousands in the Silverpine forest, he received orders from the recently raised Kel'thuzad to reinforce Quel'thalas and to make sure that the Scourge "never lost ground in that part of the continent."
Plagueheart heard rumors of Kel'thuzad using horrific tactics to re-consolidate his hold over the Cult of the Damned. Although there was no real opposition to him reasserting himself as the leader again, with the temporary leaders stepping down quickly, Kel'thuzad nonetheless wanted to make sure the organization was his. The awe of his new form, having been granted lichdom by Ner'zhul, certainly helped quell protests.
Plagueheart heard rumors of these events on his way to Quel'thalas, putting betrayal and potential betrayal on his mind. Docking his commandeered merchant vessel, Plagueheart garrisoned his troops at North Harbor, his hometown. It was there that Plagueheart, walking around his old village, discovered his mother's journal. It was in those pages, which detailed his mother's intentions to confront Diodor, that Plagueheart discovered that his mother was not killed by servants of the Crown, as Diodor had claimed all those years ago, but by Diodor himself.
His loyalty to the Scourge, strong though it was, was sorely tested by the revelation that Diodor had killed his mother, that his mother had doubts about the Cult of the Damned, about Kel'thuzad's teachings. As he fought in the Ghostlands of Quel'thalas, another war waged in his mind as he attempted to reconcile his devotion to the Lich King and his growing hatred for Diodor.
Plagueheart played a role in the construction of Deatholme, which served as the Scourge's main base of operations in Quel'thalas from then onward and which he helped govern and defend against any resurgent armies of the elves. It was there that Plagueheart learned how to govern and it was there that Plagueheart acquired his staff, Nemet'tum.
Summertide Assault Edit
Eventually Plagueheart received orders to reinforce a Scourge assault taking place on a monastery in Tirisfal. He marched his troops down; once there, he realized Diodor led the attack against the monastery.
He did battle alongside his former mentor, destroying wave after wave of Scarlet Crusaders, his mind as conflicted as the battle. However, just as the battle intensified, in the chaos of it all, he drove a dagger into the back of Diodor, mortally wounding him. The fall of Diodor buckled the Scourge lines, as the lead necromancer had under his influence scores of undead.
As the Scourge were slaughtered all around him, Plagueheart dragged the corpse of his mother's killer off the battlefield and harvested the man's soul. He intended to torture him until insanity took over Diodor's mind. He raised the soulless corpse of Diodor and walked back to the Scourge who were in disarray. Plagueheart, in ecstasy after killing Diodor, took control of the Scourge with a single spell and managed to stop the Scarlet's advance enough for the undead to initiate an orderly retreat.
Civil War in the Plaguelands Edit
Plagueheart could feel the waning influence of the Lich King on his mind. Receiving a missive from a high ranking member of the Cult, Plagueheart was ordered by Szihira Lightsbane to begin a campaign of winning the hearts and minds of whatever Scourge could still be brought to heel.
Plagueheart won several battles during the civil war and proved a capable orator when he needed to be, helping to rally the necromancers of the Cult, despite their weaker connection to the Lich King. His speeches inspired fear and fervor in the hearts of the living that followed the Scourge.
Such efforts bought the loyalty of whatever cultists and Scourge he found; after some time, he had a sizable force that made him a real player in the war—if he wanted to be: the forces he had managed to collect turned out to be more loyal to him than to the central leadership of the Cult and the Scourge. If he chose, he could carve out a sizable kingdom for himself. Many realized this. A dreadlord by the name of Hal'desh, who claimed to represent the Nathrezim as whole, offered Plagueheart immortality and "more power than the Scourge can hope to provide. Power from the very source, power that you are worthy of bending to your rather impressive will."
With the betrayal of Diodor still fresh in his mind, with the waning of the Lich King's influence, the offer made by Hal'desh and the Nathrezim proved far more tempting than Plagueheart could have imagined. He grappled with it for some time as he sat encamped with his rather large force of necromancers and their accompanying undead.
Sensing that she might lose the gifted orator to the other side, Lady Szihira approached Plagueheart as well. She entered the sizable encampment which bore the flags of the Scourge and the emblems of the Cult. When she arrived finally to his tent, Plagueheart knelt before Lady Szihira and gave the army he had amassed over to the Scourge loyalists.His loyalty to the Scourge proved far more important than the lure of power offered by the Nathrezim. Lady Szihira and the central leadership of the Scourge in the Plaguelands knew from then on he could be trusted explicitly.
His First Pilgramage to Northrend Edit
Though battles continued between the Forsaken and the Scourge, the all out war of the very beginning ended eventually, leaving the two sides in their respective spheres of influence.
Having given up his army of necromancers and undead, but having gained the trust of the upper echelons of the Scourge, Plagueheart found himself in a unique position within the Scourge. Szihira commanded Plagueheart to make a pilgrimage to the icy continent of Northrend.
It was in that frozen land that Plagueheart disappeared for a time. It is unknown what occurred during his time there; the next time records become available concerning his whereabouts is when he begins to lead the Cult of the Damned in the Kingdom of Stormwind.
Some have speculated that it was during this first pilgrimage to Northrend that Plagueheart was endowed with undeath—as reward for his loyalty and for his usefulness in rallying large portions of the Cult of the Damned that had strayed without the influence of the Lich King. However, this is pure speculation on the part of historians that have examined Plagueheart's history.
During the War against the Lich King Edit
They began a harsh campaign in Stormwind; with the threat of the joint assault of the Alliance and Horde on Northrend, where their Master lay, they took far more drastic and brutal tactics at first. They sought to weakened the campaign against their lord from within. They kidnapped high ranking officials, murdered random civilians to inspire terror and fear, and concocted countless plagues to poison the whole of Stormwind and its surrounding areas.
With the help of Count Vrenna, Plagueheart launched an attack on Sentinel Hill in Westfall. Count Vrenna's forces stormed the feeble guards, slaughtering them and providing bodies for Plagueheart's necromancers to raise. To further the carnage, Plagueheart's necromancers catapulted the men and women manning Sentinel Hill with cannisters of plague, befouling not only the defender's lungs but the grass and air.Following that initial attack and its astounding success, attacks commenced on Darkshire and Lakeshire, though their forces were repelled then.Their defeat in Darkshire and Lakeshire marked the decline of this sect. Its adherents melted back into the populace of Stormwind and attempted to blend in as well as they could, but the presence of Argent Crusade-affilianted organizations and the Scarlet Crusade's presence within the city complicated matters for the cultists. The Argent Crusade- and Scarlet Crusade-affiliated organizations launched brutal campaigns to discover, torture, and kill members of the sect.
This forced the sect to eventually relocate its operations: Apollyon fled with what cultists survived the onslaught and eventually made it to the Western Plaguelands.
After the Events of Northrend Edit
Devastated by the killing of his God, Plagueheart experienced a crisis of faith as defections and his sect's brief loss of control over the undead added to his sense of being unmoored. Leaving his sect to the leadership of another, Plagueheart sought answers concerning what to do next in Northrend.
In Northrend, Plagueheart wandered the desolate landscape, brought low by the decimated empire of the Lich King, the docile nature of the remaining Scourge, and the impressive war machine of the Alliance, Horde, and the Argent Crusade.
Brought to the near brink of death, rigid from the cold, and delirious from elements battering him from all sides, he traveled to Icecrown where he believed the Lich King might still reside; eventually he ascended the staircase that led to the Frozen Throne, comforted only by the knowledge that his teacher and leader, Kel'thuzad, made the same journey. There, atop the world, at its pinnacle, he saw the pretender, Bolvar, sitting atop his God's throneDespite standing at the top of the world, Plagueheart could scarcely think of a time when he felt lower. He stumbled from the profaned throne and began to wander once more—more desperate, more confused.It was in the snow, almost dead, that Plagueheart received a vision and heard a voice from an entity he claimed to be the Lich King. His God had spoken to him and to him alone, he said. Banishing any misgiving that what he experienced might be hallucinations, Plagueheart grew to consider himself a prophet as he wandered throughout the rest of Northrend, no longer lost. Months passed while on that icy continent.
A Return to the PlaguelandsEdit
With new followers and a necropolis at his back and prophetic visions to bolster his claim to the mantle of leadership in the Cult, Plagueheart eventually returned to his sect, only to find it in shambles: the man he had entrusted his sect to spread lies about Plagueheart—claiming that he had betrayed the cause, that he had abandoned them—to turn them away from the absent necrolord and ingratiate them to him, Yokhar. Yokhar's plan had backfired, however, and most of the sect instead decided to disperse, rather than follow Yokhar. When Plagueheart arrived in the Plaguelands, he discovered a despondent Yokhar, broken from his failure, full of regret for his decision to betray the cause. Uncaring, Plagueheart swiftly delivered true death to Yokhar and burned his body.
Plagueheart immediately set about bringing his sect back together. However, he soon found that many had grown used to a life outside of the Cult. Embittered and struck with a sorrow for the constant betrayal, he killed many who turned away from the Cult. He tortured them mercilessly beforehand.
Eventually he halted his efforts to mete justice to the betrayers, realizing it consumed him and left those who had returned without a leader. Chided, Plagueheart rededicated himself to bringing new blood into the Cult, and refocused his attention on reforming the Cult by instituting prayer and other innovations meant to renew and uphold the faith of his followers.
Based in the Plaguewood, Plagueheart and the sect he now led were battered on all sides. His necropolis was invaded multiple times, heroes of the Crusade killing many of his followers—notable among them: his champion, Stral. They fled where they could, to various glades controlled by Scourge remnants. Where ever they went, they were pursued.While at a particularly defensible Scourge base, Plagueheart and his sect of cultists managed to hold their ground. It was there that they received an emissary from the Lich King, Bolvar, whom ordered them to lay down their arms and surrender themselves to the Argent Crusade. Plagueheart refuses the directive and sent a missive back in return declaring his rebellion against him. Eventually even they had to flee once more. This time, however, Plagueheart knew where they had to go: they fled to the safety of North Harbor, his home. The Argent Crusade didn't follow them there, however; unknown to him and the Scourge that followed him, the invasion of the Burning Legion had begun.
At North Harbor, given reprieve from the onslaught of the Argents, Plagueheart gathered Scourge to his side and refortified the defenses of Heraxnar. Soon, he found he commanded a sizable host, which — with Bolvar’s message of surrender still fresh in his mind — he took to calling the Cultsworn Scourge.
His Views Edit
(Much of this is and will be contained in the Book of the Damned)
On the ScourgeEdit
Plagueheart views Bolvar as an usurper and false king. He does not pay homage to him and does not considers him any kind of diety or god. Bolvar's recent alliance with the Ebon Blade, a rebel organization which sought to actively destroy the Scourge while it was under the leadership of Arthas, proves just how traitorous Bolvar is in his mind.
Plagueheart instead believes that Ner'zhul remains a powerful force in the world of Azeroth and the Scourge, despite not being on the physical plane. He believes that Ner'zhul will one day return and usher in a second coming for the Scourge. He also believes that Ner'zhul speaks to Plagueheart; this is the chief reason why he considers himself a prophet.
Plagueheart also considers Kel'thuzad another prophet of Ner'zhul; despite his long absence, Plagueheart believes he too will return to help usher in this second coming.
Plagueheart detests the nobility of the world, especially the human aristocracy: He thinks they trample upon the peasants and the poor folk for illegitimate reasons—to turn a profit, to line their pocketbooks. Himself being of lowborn origins, he feels for the huddled masses of Westfall and elsewhere and the heinous crimes they must endure.
With that in his mind, he firmly believes that the doctrine of the Cult of the Damned is the only true answer to the inequalities of the world. His belief in the Cult's message is a direct result of his compassion for the poor and the needy.
Plagueheart's primary motivation in life is the need to serve — as an individual, that manifests itself in his following of the Cult of the Damned. Secondary motivations include the need for recognition, especially among those he views as higher than him within the Cult organization; and the need to protect the helpless, heal the sick, feed the hungry.
Since the death of his lord, Plagueheart suffers from near-crippling depression, which in turn inspires anger in him at his own feeble mind for letting him be afflicted by such. He also feel tremendous guilt for not being there for his God at the time of his supposed death. Since his prophetic visions came to him, though, he oscillates between excitement for the future and a deep melancholy. Despite this, he is even tempered, for the most part.
Plagueheart's outlook is pessimistic, resigned as he is at the current state of the Scourge. Despite that, he is a deeply conscientious and industrious individual. He is controlled and thoughtful, but both tentative and daring, depending on the situation. He is cold, rigid, reserved, and cryptic.
Events of Recent Note Edit
The character of Plagueheart was started nearly a decade ago; much has been altered since then, as more nuance has been incorporated into his backstory and outlook. The following are among the most prominent changes made to Plagueheart:
- Plagueheart used to be a paladin from Stormwind who was corrupted into a pseudo-Death Knight. This is no longer the case.
- Previously, Plagueheart had served the Scourge against his will and had broken free from their clutches right before his death. None of this is true anymore. Now, he has always served willingly and has never betrayed the Scourge.
- Plagueheart used to have the first name, Apollyon. Now, he has no first name.
- Plagueheart used to have the name Epion Striveheart before his transformation; this is no longer the case. His birth name remains unknown now.
- Plagueheart was once role-played as a lich; that is no longer the case. He is still a living necromancer, though the possibility of lichdom remains for Plagueheart.
Plagueheart counts among his sect more than a hundred cultists. Listed are among his most faithful and prominent:
- Balasad, a death knight with him since his second pilgrimage to Northrend.
- Kas'miria, a Nerubian architect with him since his second pilgrimage to Northrend.
- Ezethum the Reaper, a fellow necromancer with him since the Civil War in the Plaguelands.
- Mira Luxford, a woman who came to Plagueheart during his Stormwind campaign.
- Yokhar, a dwarf who became a follower of Plagueheart after his successful seige of Fenris Keep.
- Zorke, a follower of Plagueheart since the earliest days of his sect in Stormwind and an accomplished torturer. Though he betrayed the cause, he returned—even after the fall of the Lich King.
- Synris, a Draenei follower who was a gifted leader and administrator. She went missing well before the Fall of the Lich King.
- Amodlor, a woman gifted with undeath earlier on during the events of Stormwind with a penchant for torture and violence. She particularly enjoyed the breaking of collarbones.
- Giselle, a human gifted with the ability to deliver speeches and with known of necromancy.
- Bornni, a dwarf blightweaver who led the spreading of the Plague of Undeath throughout Stormwind. His penchant for farmed goods certainly helped this along. After Plagueheart's departure, Bornni would go on to help found another sect of the Cult.
- Thergo, a skilled human chemist and blightweaver who came to Plagueheart during the events of Stormwind; he left the Cult and the Scourge following the Fall, having only been there as a mindslave.
- Reiden, a former criminal who turned to the Cult, became a teacher of the sect and one of its eventual leaders. Reiden remains faithful and true to the cause.
- Desitae, a human with Plagueheart since his days in Stormwind; she would eventually betray Plagueheart, struggling often with her conversion to the Cult.
- Nacreous, a dedicated necromancer who has been with Plagueheart since the fall of the Lich King; she has never betrayed Plagueheart. Some suspect that she is in love with him.
- Stral, a champion of Plagueheart since the fall of the Lich King. Stral died faithfully serving the Prophet as he defended his lord against interlopers who invaded the necropolis, Heraxnar.
- An unknown cultist, a human devoted to the Cult of the Damned and to Plagueheart since the Prophet's time in Scholomance. This follower of Plagueheart does not practice necromancy, so that he can enter society without any fear of being uncovered—such an act demonstrates the follower's devotion to the cause and to the Prophet.
|“|| What I received in Northrend has given me a renewed vigor and zeal in what the Cult of the Damned preaches and what the Scourge seeks to do; what I received in Northrend has allowed me to see what the Fall has truly brought to those who still remain and what it will yet bring to those who persist.
It is my duty to share with these of the Plaguelands what I discovered in the blizzards of the North and, like my own, renew their vigor and zeal — that the Remnants may become whole, just as the remnants of my own soul have become whole...
|“|| I have watched afar as the aristocracy of the Seven Kingdoms have grown in wealth, power, and influence; I have seen this growth occur at the expense of their apparent lessers who have grown in just the opposite direction — spat on, ground into the mud of society, and taken advantage of at every turn.
I saw these exact same events transpire thirteen years ago — in which the commoner was torn down, beaten into, and ultimately disenfranchised — and it led to the formation of the Cult of the Damned. It scourged this land of its impurities and sanctified it as the Unholy Plaguelands.
Know this, mortals. And especially your high and noble of birth. If you continue to live as extravagantly as you do now at the expense of the commoner, you will deliver to us your subjects — and they will become ours — and, thus, you will deliver unto us your own end.
|“|| Of olden times, necromancy was simply used to commune with the dead, to divine what many believed to be the truth. It was not something to push away into the darkest crevasses of this world; it was used by the shamans of the ancient villages of our people to converse with their ancestors.
It is only recently that necromancy has been, for lack of a better term, weaponized. Necromancy was not always used in such a way as it is now. It was not used to raise corpses and abominations. It has been used like this for a reason, though. However, necromancy still retains its ability to commune with the deceased of this world, and those who still claim the unholy title of necromancer are the only authorized mortals to speak on their behalf.
We of the Cult of the Damned speak on your dead's behalf and we know they cry out in agony for your culling, we know they cry out for your scourging. That is why necromancy has been weaponized. Your dead know of your malcontent, your misdeeds, and we as the only authorized mortals shall let their displeasure in you find manifestation in our plagues, weapons, and war soon to be unleashed upon you.
|“|| There is absolutely nothing after this life; there is no paradise, no nirvana, no heaven after you pass away. There is no unreachable haven where all spirits go; there is only a farce perpetuated by the Clergy to lull the commoner into a sense of eventual justice, to placate the masses into not revolting against the establishment.
There is only this, what you see before you now. There may be other worlds, other planes, but none are the claimed celestial glory spoken of in fantasy. The only way in which we as mortals can find perpetuation after our meager frames have dwindled and died is to secure for ourselves undeath. Undeath is exaltation, apotheosis, ascendance; all others means to achieve the same are simply falsehoods.
No common necromancer can grant you this. No mere mage can conjure this unholy endowment. This dark gift can only be bestowed upon you through devoted, obedient service to the Almighty Lich King and by his authorized servants within the Cult of the Damned.