Well, we left off with the change in Sylvanas’s life, in the case that Arthas had made different decisions. So today, we will continue with some other lore figures whose lives would have changed if Arthas had made some different choices.
So far, we’ve gone through:
- Prince Arthas Menethil himself.
- King Terenas Menethil II
- Thane Muradin Bronzebeard
- Uther the Lightbringer
- Jainia Proudmoore
In this article, we’ll focus on:
- Anveena & Kalecgos
- Jorad Mace & Tyrigosa
- and back to Arthas
Illidan is going to be an interesting subject. he had made some questionable decisions himself, these leading him to be where he is today. In addition, there are only a few things that were changed by Arthas. Of the major changes, Arthas would have never ran into Illidan in Felwood, and in turn not made mention of the Skull of Gul’dan. With this major change, Illidan would not have seeked the artifact. With Illidan not finding the Skull, it would be unknown whether he and his forces would be able to defeat Tichondrius.
With Tichondrius unscathed, the blight that has taken over Felwood, would likely have spread, and eventually moved further into Ashenvale, and even as far south as the Stonetalon Mountains. In addition to the blight of Felwood likely spreading, it would be unusual for Illidan to actually run into Kil’Jaeden when he did.
Because Illidan had not gained the powers of the Skull of Gul’dan, he would not have gained the demon form that he has in the current timeline. Not to discredit his fighting prowess, but he would not have been as powerful as before, and possibly not noticed by Kil’Jaeden as a potential ally. In addition, Malfurion and Tyrande may not have turned him away, as they would not have sensed the demonic powers within him. This would cause a major change in who would be available to assist in the fight for Mt. Hyjal.
These timelines would also collide with that of Kael’thas, and in turn Kael’thas may not have ever formed the Blood Elves, and would not require the fel energies that Illidan was able to provide them. Not just because Illidan may not be able to provide it, but because Arthas hadn’t destroyed the Sunwell.
With all this in mind, Kalimdor may be a very different place if Arthas had made some good decisions, tather than the rash decisions that current lore records.
Another group of individuals who would have a different past are Anveena and Kalecgos. For beginners, Anveena may not even exist, as the Sunwell would still be in tact, and it would not have been required for Koralistraz to create her from it’s powers. As she would not exist, Kalecgos would not have met her nor fallen for her. In fact, magic may take a much different path with the Sunwell still in place, and Malygos still a bit disturbed. Also because Anveena would not exist, Tyrigosa would not have had to arrive to aid Kalecgos, as Kalec would not have taken the same path he had, and gotten caught by the dwarf hunters lead by Dar’khan.
Now, on to Dar’khan. He had become overzealous when the Sunwell was destroyed by Arthas and the Scourge, joining forces with Arthas, and doing his bidding. However, if this had not happened, then he may have held his place among the Quel’dorei elders, and not had the ambition that he presented in the current timeline.
In association with Tyrigosa and Dar’khan would be Jorad Mace. He was once a paladin of the Silver Hand, once serving under Arthas before his corruption. Again, if Arthas had not been corrupted, then Jorad Mace may have not become disillusioned and still been an active member of the Silver Hand. This in turn would mean that he would not have met Tyrigosa as he had, and their deep friendship would not have been formed, as it has now.
The last individual that I’d like to mention would be the disembodied spirit of Ner’zhul. Since he would not have merged with Arthas, it could very likely be that his power may have diminished enough that he could no longer control the Scourge by will alone. Because the Scourge would have been let loose with no leader, and no ghosts of the past to warn us that a Lich King must exist to control the Scourge, the present day Azeroth would look much different, and may be in a far more pressing war against the Scourge then they already are. With a larger war being waged, Arthas would need to rise up and take command upon the eventual death of his father, and follow the ways of the Silver Hand to protect his people from the uncontrolled Scourge.
Well, this brings us full circle back to the topic of this series, Arthas. It goes to show that a few decisions, at least in the World of Warcraft, can change an entire planet and its timeline. Things simply would not be the same.
In conclusion, I feel that Arthas may actually be a very appropriate ending boss for this expansion, as he really did have a major impact on the history and future of Azeroth. With one small decision being changed, so would the entire timeline. An interesting thought.
I hope you enjoyed this quick romp into the unknown “what if” universe of WoW. Next time I’ll find another important lore member, and see what impact they may have had, if different decisions were made.