Hello everyone! Last week we did the second part of Kaelthass story in which we
talked about the events of warcraft 3 from Kaelthas joining the hunt for Illidan all
the way to him switching sides and actually teaming up with Illidan and moving to the
planet of Outland. This week we take a look at the final part of his story which took
place during the Burning Crusade. Lets begin shall we?!
For nearly seven thousand years, the High Elves cultivated a shining magical kingdom deep within the forests of northern Lordaeron.
But five years ago, the undead Scourge invaded Quel'Thalas and drove the Elves to the brink of extinction.
Led by the evil Death Knight Arthas, the Scourge destroyed the mystical Sunwell, thereby severing the Elves from the source of their arcane power.
Though the scars of that conflict are evident, the remaining Elves have banded together and retaken much of their homeland.
Calling themselves blood elves, these grim survivors are committed to regaining the vast powers they once commanded.
Inspired by the leadership of their beloved prince, Kael'thas Sunstrider, the Blood Elves now seek out new sources of arcane magic and the means of defending their land against the undying horrors of the Scourge.
As one of the few surviving blood elves, you must master your thirst for magic and help shape the destiny of your people!
A lot of events happened off screen before we stepped through the dark portal and got
our first look at Outland ourselves. Ill try to do my best to explain it all as clear
as possible, but just keep in mind that a whole bunch of stuff happened which ties into
the overall storyline and I won't tell it all chronological. Lets begin with Kaelthas and the events in Outland.
Kaelthas and his troops claimed the area known as Netherstorm, while lady Vasjh made
her base within the Zangermarsh and Illidan was hanging out in the black temple. Netherstorm
was known as Faralohn before Draenor was blown up and transformed into Outland. Members of
the Alliance of Lordaeron, those that had followed the horde to stop them after their
second invasion, theyd build a base in this area which Kaelthas decided to blow
up. Archmage Vargoth was the leader of the mages in this base send by the Kirin Tor,
but Kaelthas no longer held any allegiance to the Kirin Tor. A mana bomb was dropped
upon KirinVar village wiping out nearly all of the troops, but the archmage survived
and was locked away in a tower, waiting for the day that adventurers would come and save his life.
Another mage of the alliance of lordaeron was also still trapped on Outland. Khadgar, who
once had made a report to Kaelthas and the council of six, was now a powerfull mage
in his own right. He had fought against the horde, but he realised that a new evil was
closing in around them from the Twisting Nether. More foul than the dark orcs, it was the burning
legion itself that sought to take hold of this Outland. In response, Khadgar used his
magic to search the Great Dark Beyond to find some sort of help and there he sensed beings
of immense Light. It was Adal and his naaru that he had found and Khadgar was able to
convice Adal and his brethren to come back to Outland with him and join them in their
fight against the legion. The Naaru did not show up with empty hands, they came with a
fortress known as the Tempest Keep which allowed them to travel through alternate dimmensions,
from one location to another in the blink of an eye. Adal traveled to Shattrath city
but along the way he met up with prophet Velen, leader of the Draenei and Velen made a cryptic
prophecy concerning the redemption of a people cursed by blood. Adal and the other naaru
realized what was to come and they left behind the naaru Muru to defend the tempest keep,
as they made their way to the city. There they teamed up with the Aldor, a faction of Draenei that
had stayed behind after the fall of the city and had fought against blood elves loyal to
Kaelthas. With the arival of the naaru, the aldor quickly
regained their strength and reconstruction of the city began. Despite Adal and the
naaru being against the legion and Kiljaeden, the same threat Illidan was trying to hide
away from, for some reason a group of blood elves was still send to attack Adal and
the city. Some speculate that this was a set up by Kaelthas to turn Adal and Illidan
against each other, that Illidan had never given the order and that Kael'thas just send some troops and made it look like Illidan attacked the city. Others say that they, didnt know what Adal was trying to do, that they didn't realise that A'dal was against the Legion
so they simply wanted to take care of this threat while another reason could be that
Illidan was truly crazy and simply wanted to attack. Either way, regardless of the reason, a group
of blood elves lead by Vorenthal the Seer were send to assault the city. The Aldors
exarchs and vindicators lined up to the defend the Terrace of Light, but something unexpected
happened. The blood elves laid down their weapons in front of the citys defenders.
Vorenthal stormed into the Terrace of Light and demanded to speak to Adal. As the naaru
approached him, Vorenthal kneeled before him and uttered the following words: Ive
seen you in a vision, naaru. My races only hope for survival lies with you. My followers
and I are here to serve you. The defection of Vorenthal and his followers
was the largest loss ever incurred by Kaels forces and these werent just any blood
elves, many of the best and brightest amongst Kaels scholars and magisters had been swayed
by Vorenthals influence. The naaru accepted the defectors within their city and they would be known as the Scryers
A beautiful vesel like the tempst keep was a perfect target which Kaelthas and his
elves gladly took over. They assaulted the keep, captured the naaru Muru who had stayed behind to try and defend the place and they took
over the facility. Velen and the Draenei realised that the time was now and they stormed the
part of tempest keep known as the Exodar and were planning to use it to escape Outland.
The blood elves tried to hold them back and failed, but they were able to sabotage the
ship. This caused the Exodar to crash land on Azeroth where the Draenei met with the
night elves and would eventually join the Alliance.
So thats what happened on Outland, but Kaelthas had not forgotten about his people
still left on Azeroth. Illidan had thought the blood elf prince how to cope with their
magical hunger left behind after the destruction of the sunwell. They learned how they could
drain magical energies out of objects, but also out of magical beings from arcane wyrms
to even demons. Most of the blood elves that joined Kaelthas to Outland they were invigarated by this
new method and decided to stay on the planet to further their studies. Grand magister Rommath
was send back home to pass on Illidans teachings, but not all of the blood elves were inclined to
start sucking the magical life out of things and out beings. Regent lord Lorthemar Theron was placed
in charge by Kaelthas to rule in his absence and Lorthemar saw no other choice then
to banish those that refused to embrace this new way of life. He couldnt rule a kingdom
divided so those that refused to drain the magical essence out of beings, they were banished, while the rest of their people started to
heal. They used this new way of life, this new found power to fight back against the
undead and they reclaimed their city. It seemed like Kaelthas had given them what he had
promised, but draining magic and especially fel magic comes with side effects. As weve
seen with the orcs, their skin turned green when they came in touch with fel magic and
even those that did not use fel magic themselves were effected by it. For the blood elves it
wasnt their skin that changed, instead their eyes turned from blue to green. You
might think that this is a minor side effect and it is, but you need to understand that
fel magic is like crack. Its addictive, it corrupts. Some went too far in their addiction
for magic that they overindulged themselves and turned themselves into beings known as wretched,
but the blood elves are a pragmatic race and they accepted the consequences.
As the Draenei joined the Alliance, Lorthemar and the blood elves were also working towards joining the Alliance by rebuilding
their bond with an ambassador from the alliance, but it turned out that this ambassador was
a spy. He together with several sentinels were working on sabotating the blood elves
arcane sanctums, but luckily they were exposed and the ambassador was executed. This meant that an alliance with the Alliance was off the table, but ot all hope was lost
The former high elf Sylvanas Windrunner, now banshee queen of
the forsaken offered her aid. She helped the blood elves with reinforcements against the
scourge and made arrangements for Lorthemar and the blood elves to join the Horde.
Lor'themar: 'The Blood Elves will endure any hardship. Overcome any obstacle and emerge stronger than before.'
Kaelthas had send instructions on how to drain magic, but he had another gift for his
people. The captured naaru Muru was send to Silvermoon where the blood elves drained
it of its holy light. Lady Liadrin, once devoted to the light had lost her faith as the scourge
destroyed her world. She could not believe in a power that would forsake them in their
hour of need, but with the arival of Muru, new opertunities presented themselves. This
source of light would require no faith or devotition, it was taken and forced to bend
to their will. Liadrin stepped up and took these powers and she became the first of the blood knights, the
first of the blood elf paladins. Most of the population were not ok with what they were doing, draining
such a holy being of its light, that was simply not oke, and at first they scorned Liadrin and those who had chosen to follow
her path. Over time though the blood knights gained more influence within their society,
yet a devestating blow was waiting upon the horizon. As the dark portal opent up, with the Burning Crusade expansion, blood
elves stepped through to the so called promised land to follow their beloved prince, but things
did not go as expected...
Which finally brings us to the events of the Burning Crusade. During that expansion we
got out first look at the planet of Outland and the story that I just told you is scattered in pieces and told by different characters.
Now in Netherstorm we found out that Kaelthas had been draining magical
energies, but he also decided to change his allegiance from Illidan to Kiljaeden. According
to Magister Theledorn, Kaelthas knew about Illidan's insanity which came upon him
as he was defeated by Arthas at Icecrown and since Illidan was not insane he "switched paymasters accordingly. Teaming
up with Illidan was bad enough, but playing for team Burning Legion was a step to far.
Plans were made to stop the blood elf prince so we attacked different parts of the tempest
keep. The Mechanar was turned into a factory to create large amounts of power which they
stored away in manacells. The Botanica was used to investigate the naaru technology and
experiment with it and they experimented on the flora found in Outland. Here they worked on creating and manipulating
life and they were trying to figure out how tto use this power to benefit their people.The Arcatraz was a
prison of the naaru where they kept the most terrifying and dangeorus creatures they encountered
on their journeys. Kaelthas had his people guard the place, but they were quickly corrupted
by the inmates and we assaulted all these different areas and we cleared it out.
Then there was the Eye, the final part of the tempest keep in which Kaelthas himself resided. Entering this area was not so easy,
it would require a key to get in and this key was in the possession of Adal himself. Now you might imagine that the Naaru would be very happy for people to reclaim the Tempest Keep, but the naaru didnt really
care about Kaelthas taking over their vessel. They didn't see the necessity of taking it back, but that all changed once we found out that Kaelthas
held the cipher of damnation. The cipher of damnation held the words once used by Guldan
to raise the massive volcano that you see in shadowmoon valley and the spell severed
the final ties the orcs once held with the elements. This spell could cause devestation
so after proving our worth to Adal, he grants us the key and were allowed to go into the keep and take care of buisness.
Now Kaelthas allegiance to the legion and his command over the cipher of damnation, they were not the only reasons that we went into the Tempest Keep. The broken
draenei Akama had realised that teaming up with Illidan had done no good and together
with the warden maivh they made plans to assault the black temple and take out the betrayer.
Unfortunately, seer Olum, one of their allies was captured by the naga and they were torturing him in order to get
information. He didnt tell them a thing about their plans, but he knew that Illidan
if he got his hands on him, he would rip the secrets from his flesh so Olum knew that there was only one
way to keep their secret safe. He asked Akama to take his life and with the deed done, Illidan
showed up and Akama quickly came up with a new plan.
Akama plays Kaelthas and Illidan against eachother and were send to kill the phoenix Alar.
A few of you askt me if I could give you some story about Alar, but not much is known. WoWpedia says the following:
Phoenixes are powerful avian creatures summoned from the Elemental Plane. During the Third
War, the phoenix was the most powerful spell a blood mage could cast. The idea of a creature
rising from its own ashes also symbolizes the blood elves who rose from the ashes of
the slaughtered high elves. Thus, the phoenix serves as an essential symbol of the blood
elf race, found on their flags, banners, tabards, and racial crest. Powerful blood mages, like
Kael'thas, can summon phoenixes. The "phoenix god" is Al'ar, Kael's beloved pet.
So that's a little bit of a backstory behind A'lar now besides Alar we also faced a Voidreaver and High Astromancer Solarian, but neither
really have much of a backstory. With these two defeated it was time to face off against
the blood elf prince, but Kael'thas didn't come alone, with him were his 4 advisers:
Thaladred the Darkener, Lord Sanguinar, Capernian and Master Engineer
Telonicus, they were Kaelthass advisers, but again they dont have much of a backstory.
Some speculate that Lord Sanguinar is a relative of Valeera Sanguinar, but the only confirmed
connection that I could find is having the same last name so it's uncertain if they're from the same family or if they even knew each other. Now after taking out the advisors, the weapons
they used and all 4 advisors at the same time, we finally face off again Kaelthas himself.
With the legendary weapons in hand dropped by his advisers, whole raids tried to bring
down the blood elf prince who used mind control, summoned phoenixes and did all kinds of magical
spells in an attempt to wipe out raids. Eventually Kaelthas had enough and called upon the
powers theyd collected within Netherstorm and this increased his size, powers and abilities.
Not even that was enough to stand up against the heroes and Kaelthas was eventually
defeated and we brought back one of his verdant sphreres as proof
of his demise. As you turn in one of these spheres, silence descends upon Shattrath and Adals thoughts
invade your mind. Kaelthas sunstrider has been defeated and the time to strike at the
remaining blood elves in Tempest Keep is now. Take heart and let Adals song of battle
empower you. Yet, Kaelthas wasnt done yet. He appears infront of Adal and says:
Kael: Your monkeys failed to finish the job naaru. Beaten, but alive...The same mistake
was not made when we took command of your vessel.
All for what? Trinkets? You are too late. The preparations have already begun. Soon
the master will make his return. And there is nothing you or that fool, Illidan,
can do to stop me! You have both served me in your own right - unwittingly. Lay down your arms and succumb to the might of Kil'jaeden!
"Illidan's agenda was short-sighted. I grew impatient. In secret, I began harvesting what energies I could.
I had a brief taste of TRUE power...
before it was taken from me!
But...all is not lost. The Sunwell's essence endured, kept hidden by those who sought to protect it.
Now, I have returned with the knowledge that sacrifices must be made before we can reclaim our birthright.
I have forged a new alliance. Soon, the blessed rays of the Sunwell will shine once again,
and usher into this world the one...who will deliver us all."
Tempest Keep was merely a set back as Kaelthas was brought back to health by Priestess Delrissa
who stuck a gem in his chest and made him good to go. He did change quite a bit, obiusly
he lost one of his spheres and since a lot of fel magic was used to bring him back to
health, he now looked sickly pale and not really good...in my opinion! The next step in their plan
was to bring their master Kiljaeden into the world of Azeroth and for this they planned
to use the remaining powers of the sunwell and create a massive portal. As I mentioned in part
1 of this story line, blowing up the sunwell did not destroy all of its power. Some of it remained and
the red dragon korialstraz hid it away by transforming the powers into a living girl
with fake memories and a fake family. This girl, Anveena Teague, would eventually meet
with the blue dragon Kalecgos and together they took out the betrayer of the high elves,
Darkhan Drathir, who wanted to claim the remaining powers of the sunwell, but he was eventually defeated. After these
events the blood elves, like Lorthemar, promised to keep Anveena a secret to the world, but apparently somebody told Kael'thas
and they did not expect their prince to turn on them. He had Anveena captured and was planning
to use her to power the portal. On top of that, Kaelthas also decided to attack his
own people and steal back the naaru Muru. Lady Liadrin of the blood knights saw this
attack with her own eyes and she decided to travel to Shattrath city and talk with Adal.
In this conversation Adal explained to Liadrin that events took place just as they
were supposed to happen and that Muru had already accepted his fate. The prophecy spoken
by Velen had come true, the prophecy that said: 'Silvery moon, washed in blood,'
'Led astray into the night, armed with sword of broken Light.'
'Broken, then betrayed by one, standing there bestride the sun.'
'At darkest hour, redemption comes, in knightly lady sworn to blood.'
Liadrin realised tha Kaelthas was a false prince and she renounced her loyalties to
the house Sunstrider and decided to join Adal and the Shattered Sun Offensive in their battle
against Kaelthas and Kiljaeden. Together we assaulted the isle of Queldenas, unlocked
it piece by piece and within the magisters terrace we found Kaelthas again.
Plans were already in motion and Kaelthas believed that we would be unable to stop Kiljaeden
and the legion, but of course he was wrong. The invasion was prevented and as a bonus,
the core of the naaru Muru, M'uru who we had taken out in the Sunwell itself, was used by Velen to reignite the Sunwell. This gave the
blood elves their source of power back that they were so desperatly searching for and this
time the magic was pure and even had a touch of the holy light. Kaelthas had fallen
to the dark side, but in a strange way his actions still lead to a path of redemption
and allowed his people to find their source of power.
And thats the story of Kaelthas Sunstrider, thats the legacy of the blood elf prince.
Lorthemar Theron would go on leading their people and the blood elves would keep on fighting
for their place in this world. I want to take the end of this video to talk about a few things that I havent covered
in the story just yet, but keep in mind that some of this is purely my opinion and some of it is pure speculation.
Lets first talk about what Kaelthas and the rest of them were trying to do in
Outland, since thats not entirely clear. Lets first face the fact that being part of
the lore during the Burning Crusade was not the best thing to happen since there are a lot of plotholes,
a lot of developed story that was changed simply to turn them into bosses and a lot
of events that were never shown and only told in bits and pieces. Many theories float around
as to what they were trying to do and I personally like the theory of creating a gigantic new
well of eternity. Remember that lady Vasjh was taking control of the waters in the Zangermarsh
while Kaelthas was collecting vast amounts of energy within the netherstorm. Vasjh and
Kaelthas held a vial filled with water from the original well of eternity so they
could have combined Illidans knowledge with their power collected, with their water collected, and they could have gone for a big fountain of power. This would
also clear up the confusion as to why Kaelthas didnt simply use his vial to create a new
Sunwell similiar to how his ancestors had done it in the past. He was holding out for the big master
plan, for the big source of power, but eventually he saw that Illidan was crazy and he decided to team up with Kiljaeden.
During the warlock green fire questline we found another mysterious thing which is that
Illidan had already created a big fountain of power within the black temple. They speculated
that this might be the answer Illidan had promised to Kaelthas, but for some reason
Illidan never delivered. Was it insanity that made him do this or was he actually smart
enough to realise that keeping Kaelthas dependant on him would assure his loyalty?
Who knows what Illidan was thinking, who knows why he refused to give up this fountain of power, but thats how it all went down. We took out the so called bad guys in Outland
and saved the day, yet some still wonder if Kaelthas truly was a bad guy. In my opinion,
like I mentioned earlier, burning crusade was not the best moment in wows lore and
some were turned into bad guys simply for the sake of being a bad guy. Its up to
you to decide what Kaelthas was, but I think Lorthemar described the road taken
by Kaelthas beautifully in his short story: In the shadow of the Sun. In that story, Lorthemar
was dealing with being forced to aid Sylvanas in the war against the lich king as the blood
elves were still strugling to recover, but he had no choice. He was forced to deliver
aid or Sylvanas would pull back her Forsaken troops and leave the blood elves to their fate:
And with that ladies and gentleman weve reached the end of Kaelthass story since
once again, Ive been going on for long enough. It was quite a big project to tell
it all, but I had a lot of fun researching the blood elves history and I hope you enjoyed
it aswell. Tomorrow, just as an heads up, Ill upload all 3 parts into one video as
I always do so I can easily share and link it around on the internet. Just an heads up, tomorrow will probably be the full version. Thank you very
much for watching everyone!I really hope you enjoyed it. Subscribe if you like my videos and until next time guys....see ya