History TearJerker / Warcraft

25th Sep '16 6:46:14 AM Phoenixion
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** Arthas' corruption is hardly the only depressing thing about the human campaign. It's basically a story of the fall of Azeroth itself. Imagine ruling the kingdom of Azeroth in this story. The orcs are little more than a nuisance at this point, your son is on the way to becoming a great paladin under the training of one of the heroes of the second war, Uther Lightbringer, and things seem to be going great. There's news of a minor plague breaking out and a strange person is telling you to head west, but those are the least of your concerns, [[TemptingFate right?]]. Then you start hearing news the plague is not only starting to get out of hand, but that it's turning your people into horrifying undead abominations. You hear that your son has purged an entire city off the map and taken a small army to the north. Things only get worse, and you're forced to recall those troops to defend your kingdom. And despite being told the message successfully made it, those troops don't return. Sitting on the throne of a slowly dying kingdom, along with the apparent death of your son, with no possible way of recovering, [[HopeSpot you hear news that your son returned successful from his expedition]]. It's not much, but knowing SOME good news finally cropped up is enough to give you hope. But then, for some reason you can't understand, he utters the last words you ever hear, and kills you on your very throne, effectively pushing a great nation you spent 70 years of your life on over the brink of destruction...and somehow, it only gets worse.

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** Arthas' corruption is hardly the only depressing thing about the human campaign. It's basically a story of the fall of Azeroth itself. Imagine ruling the kingdom Kingdom of Azeroth Lordaeron in this story. The orcs are little more than a nuisance at this point, your son is on the way to becoming a great paladin under the training of one of the heroes of the second war, Uther Lightbringer, and things seem to be going great. There's news of a minor plague breaking out and a strange person is telling you to head west, but those are the least of your concerns, [[TemptingFate right?]]. Then you start hearing news the plague is not only starting to get out of hand, but that it's turning your people into horrifying undead abominations. You hear that your son has purged an entire city off the map and taken a small army to the north. Things only get worse, and you're forced to recall those troops to defend your kingdom. And despite being told the message successfully made it, those troops don't return. Sitting on the throne of a slowly dying kingdom, along with the apparent death of your son, with no possible way of recovering, [[HopeSpot you hear news that your son returned successful from his expedition]]. It's not much, but knowing SOME good news finally cropped up is enough to give you hope. But then, for some reason you can't understand, he utters the last words you ever hear, and kills you on your very throne, effectively pushing a great nation you spent 70 years of your life on over the brink of destruction...and somehow, it only gets worse.
16th Sep '16 11:50:34 AM Phoenixion
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** There's a DummiedOut line from Arthas during ''Reign of Chaos'' Human Campaign's final stage:
-->'''Arthas''': ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} "I'm so tired..."]]''
12th Sep '16 1:32:58 AM Technature
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** Arthas' corruption is hardly the only depressing thing about the human campaign. It's basically a story of the fall of Azeroth itself. Imagine ruling the kingdom of Azeroth in this story. The orcs are little more than a nuisance at this point, your son is on the way to becoming a great paladin under the training of one of the heroes of the second war, Uther Lightbringer, and things seem to be going great. There's news of a minor plague breaking out and a strange person is telling you to head west, but those are the least of your concerns, [[TemptingFate right?]]. Then you start hearing news the plague is not only starting to get out of hand, but that it's turning your people into horrifying undead abominations. You hear that your son has purged an entire city off the map and taken a small army to the north. Things only get worse, and you're forced to recall those troops to defend your kingdom. And despite being told the message successfully made it, those troops don't return. Sitting on the throne of a slowly dying kingdom, along with the apparent death of your son, with no possible way of recovering, [[HopeSpot you hear news that your son returned successful from his expedition]]. It's not much, but knowing SOME good news finally cropped up is enough to give you hope. But then, for some reason you can't understand, he utters the last words you ever hear, and kills you on your very throne, effectively pushing a great nation you spent 70 years of your life on over the brink of destruction...and somehow, it only gets worse.
5th Jun '16 11:47:07 PM fusilcontrafusil
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** You can try to save Lothar with the GodMode cheat, but it takes too long to type.

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** You can try to save Lothar with the GodMode cheat, cheat code, but it this is unlikely to work since his ambush is the very first scripted event in the level and the code takes too long to type.
5th Jun '16 11:41:59 PM fusilcontrafusil
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** You can try to save Lothar with the GodMode cheat, but it takes too long to type.
5th Jun '16 4:05:10 PM Faberlich
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* [[spoiler:Llane's death. Poor Garona is forced to kill him to spare him a FateWorseThanDeath and to spare her life so she will be able to work for a peace between humans and orcs. She tries not to cry all the way through.]]
5th Jun '16 5:25:12 AM Faberlich
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* [[spoiler:Llane's death. Poor Garona is forced to kill him to spare him a FateWorseThanDeath and to spare her life so she will be able to work for a peace between humans and orcs. She tries not to cry all the way through.]]
5th Jun '16 5:23:01 AM Faberlich
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31st Jan '16 8:44:49 PM Loekman3
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* The short "Dreadmaul Rock" quest chain in the Burning Steps. A troll asks you to check on his wife Sha'ni who was out on an investigation and hasn't reported back yet. You go to the area in question, and there's no sign of her... until you click on some bones lying on a stone platform. Sha'ni's ghost appears and explains that her platoon was captured by ogres. Everyone but her was executed - she was strapped to an alter by the leader and brutalized. She died an hour into the torture, at which point the ogre ripped off her wedding nose-ring as a trophy. Sha'ni can't rest until her husband knows her fate, so you find and kill the ogre leader and bring Sha'ni's wedding ring back to her husband:
-->'''Thal'trak:''' Did you find Sha'ni? Is she okay?
-->(''Thal'trak collapses.'')
-->'''Thal'trak:''' We were going to move to the Hinterlands. Did she tell you? This was going to be her last mission...
-->(''You give him the ring. Thal'trak sobs.'')
-->'''Thal'trak:''' I don't want it. Keep it, throw it away, I don't care! The ring means nothing to me now. Not without her...
* The Alliance version of the quest Letter for Home combines this and one mother of a [[PlayerPunch gut check]]. You kill a servant of the Blue Dragonflight, and [[spoiler: it turns out that she was working to sabotage the Flight from the inside, and only worked with them so her family wasn't killed. Then you find a letter addressed to her father]]. [[PlayerPunch I love you, Daddy]].
* The "Fall of The Lich King" trailer. Despite [[MoralEventHorizon everything that]] [[WhatTheHellHero he has done]], you will probably shed ManlyTears again for Arthas' demise, as he seemingly remember who he was and regrets all the atrocities he had brought in his final momments. This is doubled with Bolvar's HeroicSacrifice in the same cutscene.
** The scene is made especially poignant by the fact that it's the spirit of his father--one of the first people he murdered after losing his soul to [[EvilWeapon Frostmourne]]--that comforts him.
* Arthas gets one in ''Wrath of the Lich King''. He lies broken and sees his father's ghost. His father tells him that his reign is over and the "no king rules forever." Arthas finally realizes the folly of his actions and dies, but not before giving some gut wrenching final words. "I See... Only Darkness... Before Me." After all that evil and cruelty he dies broken and alone. Manages to actually make you feel sorry for him.
** Made even worse with the revelation that Arthas' good side was still part of him all along fighting back his evil side. After enduring years of this torment he still dies alone and hated by every living being in the world with no further chance at redemption.
** And the final nail in this coffin is what happens after. Sylvanas finds Arthas's spirit, a small boy, trapped in a void of endless torment, the end he ended up digging himself into after years of service and reign as the Lich King.
* Basically ALL of the followup quests from The Unsealed Chest. If you defeated The Lich King while someone had Shadowmourne equipped, an extra special box would drop with an item in it, an item belonging to someone the Lich King affected heavily. Every bit of dialogue afterwards tugs at the heartstrings, despite all the bastardly things he did, most are about how close friends still choose to remember him for the good person he was in life. But there are two other items from major people in his storyline. Describing them doesn't really do them justice, so [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFHC68EzPJg listen to them here, at around the 5:58 Mark]] To wit:
** Blood of Sylvanas. Sylvanas is relieved that the Lich King is finally dead. Yet she wonders how many people are freed of his grasp, [[AndImustscream but still unable to control their body.]] She shoos the player away to brood.
** Badge of the Silver Hand. Uther talks about the many, many, burdens his soul carried from his failure to keep Arthas in check. Yet, there is one memory that he will choose to keep about him. The dedication and hope to defend his kingdom when he was young, no matter what the cost. HE thanks the player and leaves
** Arthas' Training Sword. [[spoiler: Muradin]] recalls the many days Arthas trained with this dull sword, to become a capable warrior. He then laments how things could have been different and avoided if he had never chose to look for Frostmourne. Sadly, he says goodbye to Arthas.
** Jaina's Locket. Jaina is shocked to learn that after all these years, after all the horrible things he had done, Arthas had kept the locket Jaina gave to him. She believes that there was still some light in Arthas, despite all he did, and hopes that he finds peace in the next life.
** Alexandros' Soulshard. Alexandros appears before Mograine one last time. Mograine is understandably happy that his father's soul is alright, yet wonders how he kept his sanity. How did his dear father keep it? He held onto one memory, one special moment. The day Mograine sacrificed himself to save his father from a possibly even longer period of torment.

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* The short "Dreadmaul Rock" quest chain in the Burning Steps. A troll asks you to check on his wife Sha'ni who was out on an investigation and hasn't reported back yet. You go to the area in question, and there's no sign of her... until you click on some bones lying on a stone platform. Sha'ni's ghost appears and explains that her platoon was captured by ogres. Everyone but her was executed - she was strapped to an alter by the leader and brutalized. She died an hour into the torture, at which point the ogre ripped off her wedding nose-ring as a trophy. Sha'ni can't rest until her husband knows her fate, so you find and kill the ogre leader and bring Sha'ni's wedding ring back to her husband:
-->'''Thal'trak:''' Did you find Sha'ni? Is she okay?
-->(''Thal'trak collapses.'')
-->'''Thal'trak:''' We were going to move to the Hinterlands. Did she tell you? This was going to be her last mission...
-->(''You give him the ring. Thal'trak sobs.'')
-->'''Thal'trak:''' I don't want it. Keep it, throw it away, I don't care! The ring means nothing to me now. Not without her...
* The Alliance version of the quest Letter for Home combines this and one mother of a [[PlayerPunch gut check]]. You kill a servant of the Blue Dragonflight, and [[spoiler: it turns out that she was working to sabotage the Flight from the inside, and only worked with them so her family wasn't killed. Then you find a letter addressed to her father]]. [[PlayerPunch I love you, Daddy]].
* The "Fall of The Lich King" trailer. Despite [[MoralEventHorizon everything that]] [[WhatTheHellHero he has done]], you will probably shed ManlyTears again for Arthas' demise, as he seemingly remember who he was and regrets all the atrocities he had brought in his final momments. This is doubled with Bolvar's HeroicSacrifice in the same cutscene.
** The scene is made especially poignant by the fact that it's the spirit of his father--one of the first people he murdered after losing his soul to [[EvilWeapon Frostmourne]]--that comforts him.
* Arthas gets one in ''Wrath of the Lich King''. He lies broken and sees his father's ghost. His father tells him that his reign is over and the "no king rules forever." Arthas finally realizes the folly of his actions and dies, but not before giving some gut wrenching final words. "I See... Only Darkness... Before Me." After all that evil and cruelty he dies broken and alone. Manages to actually make you feel sorry for him.
** Made even worse with the revelation that Arthas' good side was still part of him all along fighting back his evil side. After enduring years of this torment he still dies alone and hated by every living being in the world with no further chance at redemption.
** And the final nail in this coffin is what happens after. Sylvanas finds Arthas's spirit, a small boy, trapped in a void of endless torment, the end he ended up digging himself into after years of service and reign as the Lich King.
* Basically ALL of the followup quests from The Unsealed Chest. If you defeated The Lich King while someone had Shadowmourne equipped, an extra special box would drop with an item in it, an item belonging to someone the Lich King affected heavily. Every bit of dialogue afterwards tugs at the heartstrings, despite all the bastardly things he did, most are about how close friends still choose to remember him for the good person he was in life. But there are two other items from major people in his storyline. Describing them doesn't really do them justice, so [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFHC68EzPJg listen to them here, at around the 5:58 Mark]] To wit:
** Blood of Sylvanas. Sylvanas is relieved that the Lich King is finally dead. Yet she wonders how many people are freed of his grasp, [[AndImustscream but still unable to control their body.]] She shoos the player away to brood.
** Badge of the Silver Hand. Uther talks about the many, many, burdens his soul carried from his failure to keep Arthas in check. Yet, there is one memory that he will choose to keep about him. The dedication and hope to defend his kingdom when he was young, no matter what the cost. HE thanks the player and leaves
** Arthas' Training Sword. [[spoiler: Muradin]] recalls the many days Arthas trained with this dull sword, to become a capable warrior. He then laments how things could have been different and avoided if he had never chose to look for Frostmourne. Sadly, he says goodbye to Arthas.
** Jaina's Locket. Jaina is shocked to learn that after all these years, after all the horrible things he had done, Arthas had kept the locket Jaina gave to him. She believes that there was still some light in Arthas, despite all he did, and hopes that he finds peace in the next life.
** Alexandros' Soulshard. Alexandros appears before Mograine one last time. Mograine is understandably happy that his father's soul is alright, yet wonders how he kept his sanity. How did his dear father keep it? He held onto one memory, one special moment. The day Mograine sacrificed himself to save his father from a possibly even longer period of torment.
10th Apr '15 6:32:38 PM Aeliren85
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** Blood of Slyvanas. Slyvanas is relieved that the Lich King is finally dead. Yet she wonders how many people are freed of his grasp, [[AndImustscream but still unable to control their body.]] She shoos the player away to brood.

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** Blood of Slyvanas. Slyvanas Sylvanas. Sylvanas is relieved that the Lich King is finally dead. Yet she wonders how many people are freed of his grasp, [[AndImustscream but still unable to control their body.]] She shoos the player away to brood.
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