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Warcraft: The Third War is a fanfic that narrates the events leading to the Third War, as well the Third War itself, that occurred in Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos.


The Third War provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The fic goes into greater detail of what is occuring elsewhere in Lordaeron throughout the war. For instance, entire chapters are dedicated to show the local resistance to the Scourge and how Jaina Proudmoore gathered the survivors and lead them west to Kalimdor.
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  • Adaptation Name Change: The capital city of Lordaeron is named Lordegarde, instead of Lordaeron.
  • All According to Plan: The undead Scourge is part of an eons-long plan to prepare for the invasion of the Burning Legion. Also, the corruption of Prince Arthas.
  • The Alliance: The Alliance of Lordaeron, which was created after the fall of Stormwind. By the time the plague of undeath starts spreading, some of its members have left.
  • All Nations Are Superpowers: Subverted. Lordaeron is pretty much the most powerful nation in the Eastern Kingdoms, dwarfing all human, dwarf and elven nations and is the glue holding The Alliance together.
  • Animate Dead: The modus operandi of the Scourge.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Barov family, whom provides funding and shelter for the Cult of the Damned as they make preparations for spreading the plague throughout the continent.
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  • Artifact of Doom: Frostmourne.
  • Background Magic Field: Most magic-using characters can sense the ambient magical energies and thus also senses disruptions in the flow of magic caused by Black Magic.
  • Before the Dark Times: The exposition describes the events of the first two Warcraft games, and also how the powerful kingdom of Stormwind was destroyed by the Orcish Horde which lead to the creation of The Alliance. Also the first few chapters, before the plague spreads too far.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Menethil Castle in Lordegarde.
  • Black Magic: Necromancy and fel magic.
  • Black Magician Girl: Jaina Proudmoore.
  • Body Horror: During the battle of Andorhol, Kel'thuzad casts a spell of death and decay which causes anyone not protected by Jaina's arcane shield to melt and rot away.
  • Cassandra Truth: Medivh tries to warn the leaders of the Alliance of the coming peril, but they ignore his advice.
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  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Arthas does this to a Cult member, though it fails to give him answers.
  • The Corruption: Dark magic, which will slowly drain all life from a region.
  • Civil War: Lordaeron's nobles wage one after Terenas' death, which only serves to further weaken the remnants of Lordaeron.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Lordaeron falls to the Scourge in less than twelve months.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Played straight, due to being The Soulless Arthas starts to lose some of his memories over time.
  • Doomed by Canon: Pretty much everyone in Lordaeron, with the exception for those that follow Jaina Proudmoore.
  • Doomed Hometown: Darrowshire for Joseph Redpath. No matter how many trenches he digs and barricades he builts, the Scourge will eventually overwhelm the defenses.
  • Novelization: Of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos.
  • Divided We Fall: Anasterian Sunstrider, king of the high elves, refuses to give help to the humans of Lordaeron, allowing the Scourge to become powerful enough to later launch an invasion of Quel'thalas.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After returning from Northrend, Arthas trades his paladin outfit for his Death Knight armor, which includes skulls carved into his shoulder pads.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Arthas, obviously.
  • Fallen Prince: The Original Character Jaegar Lorydist is technically this as his ancestor, Kaisen Lorydist, was the original king of Lordaeron but because he dabbled in The Dark Arts he was deposed in a rebellion lead by his former friend Baldar Menethil, whom later became the first king of the Menethil dynasty. He aligns with the Cult of the Damned in an attempt to overthrow Terenas. It goes as well as expected.
  • Fantastic Racism: Garithos, who shows up early as a commander under Uther.
  • Footnote Fever: Many chapters have footnotes where the Author gives information about the nature of the plague, the Holy Light, the politics of Lordaeron, the status of Alliance military etc.
  • From Bad to Worse: As the plague spreads, the number of undead goes from hundreds to tens of thousands as more people die of the plague and fallen defenders are reanimated by necromancers. And then winter comes amidst the crisis.
  • Gem-Encrusted: The marble floor of the Lordegarde Royal Court has gems inset in a complex stone network that includes the Seal of Andron and the texts of the Principles of the Holy Light.
  • Great Off Screen War: The First and Second Wars.
  • Heroic Build: Arthas, which he retains after his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Holy Burns Evil: The Holy Light is very effective against fel magic users and the undead.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Arthas at one point uses holy fire that One-Hit Kill an orc.
  • Hopeless War: No matter the stratagems or tatics, the forces of Lordaeron are in retreat from the Scourge whose numbers swells everytime Alliance soldiers fall in battle.
  • The Kingdom: Lordaeron.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The fic focuses on what's happening elsewhere in Lordaeron, such as the Battle of Darrowshire, the Morgraines and what eventually became the Scarlet Crusade and Original Character Valdar Justaxe who becomes the leader of the increasinly small and desperate Lordaeron military.
  • Lowered Recruiting Standards: By the time of the fic, the nations of the Alliance have become complacent enough that Uther's army was composed of either old men and farm boys, as well knights more concerned with their personal glory than anything else.
  • Light Is Good: The Holy Light of Creation.
  • Magick: In Azeroth, the archaic wording is seeminly majiks.
  • The Magocracy: Dalaran, which is located on Cross Island on Larrin Lake, rather than in the southern shore of Lordamere Lake.
  • Occupiers Out of Our Country: The attitude of Alteraci citizens for the military occupation by Lordaeron and Stromgarde forces since the Second War.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We don't actually witness Arthas fighting in Strahnbrad, though the exposition tells that everyone was already dead by the time he arrived there.
    • Subverted later when we do get to read about how Jaina Proudmoore gathered and lead the Human Expedition to Kalimdor.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Thrall leads the Blizzard Orcs, driven by honor and shamanistic magic. The Blackrock Clan on the other hand, are demon-worshipping monsters that slaughter villages and sacrifice people.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Arthas to Uther.
  • Religion of Evil: The Cult of the Damned.
  • Revive Kills Zombie: Priests and Paladins can use their healing spells to destroy undead.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Jaegar Lorydist who, after instigating a Civil War after Terenas' death, is magically bound by a Cult member and eaten alive by zombies.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: There's a lot of mispellings in the fic, though not as bad as it could be. A notable one is Antonidas, who for most of the fic is referred as Antodias but during The Siege of Dalaran he's referred by his canon name.
  • Saintly Church: The Church of the Light.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Nearly all veterans of the Second War, who possess physical and mental scars. And also the veterans of the new war.
  • Shining City: Lordegarde, the capital city of Lordaeron Before the Dark Times.
  • The Siege: Lots, including Drak'tharon Keep, Silvermoon, Dalaran and Darrowshire. Ironically Lordegarde is never besieged, as it falls due to the plague spreading into the city.
  • The Soulless: Arthas, as his soul is taken by Frostmourne. His entire personality changes, from being hot-headed to becoming a Sadist and a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: Arthas fails to get any useful intel from torturing Cult members.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The aristocracy of Lordaeron in a nuttshell. The Cult of the Damned as deeply infiltrated the royal court, not just including the Barov family but also Original Character Jaegar Lorydist, who is plotting to overthrow Terenas and become king.
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