A Symphony of Frost and Flame (WC3 Undead)

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A Symphony of Frost and Flame
Location Icecrown Citadel, Northrend
Result Scourge victory
  Undead Scourge

Illidan's Forces

Commanders and leaders

Undead Scourge


Illidan's Forces

Casualties and losses

Undead Scourge

  • Massive

Illidan's Forces

  • Massive
Previous Ascent to the Upper Kingdom
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This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

A Symphony of Frost and Flame is the final chapter of the Legacy of the Damned campaign. It was the final battle between the Lich King's Scourge led by King Arthas, and Kil'jaeden's agents led by Illidan Stormrage.

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Moments later, at the Scourge stronghold, King Arthas and Anub'arak make their final plans to defend the Lich King's Throne Chamber.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNIceCrownObelisk.png The Frozen Throne

  • Capture the four Obelisks
  • Stop Illidan from capturing all four Obelisks

The key to Ner'zhul's tomb is controlling the four ancient Obelisks surrounding Icecrown Glacier. Illidan's forces already vie for their control. Destroy the forces guarding the Obelisks, and bring Arthas to the nearby Obelisk Circles to capture them.


Arthas and Anubarak prepare their forces


IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Time's running out, Anub'arak. We've got to get inside the Throne Chamber before Illidan does.
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: The Throne Chamber lies within the frozen peak at the center of the valley. It can only be opened by activating the four enchanted obelisks that surround it.
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: Illidan's forces have already entrenched themselves near two of them.
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: We'll need to drive them back and reactivate the obelisks ourselves.
Meanwhile, Lady Vashj and Prince Kael approach Illidan at his base.
IconSmall Vashj.gif Lady Vashj: We're sorry to interrupt your meditation, master, but all our forces are in place.
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Once the chamber is opened, we will destroy the Frozen Throne as promised!
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Then the hour has come at last. After today, the Scourge will meet its end. Can you hear me out there, Arthas? Its end!
Arthas and Anub'arak are watching the situation from above.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Illidan has mocked the Scourge long enough. It's time we put the fear of death back in him.

During the Mission

  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: You're out of your league, old king. You should have stayed hidden underground.
  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: What's the matter, Arthas? Can't you hold one small patch of ground?
  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: You and your Lich King duped me once, but now I have the upper hand.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I've reached the first obelisk! It will take me a few moments to activate it. I'll need protection while I work.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: This obelisk has been activated! We've got to push on!
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: The obelisk is now active and under our control. However, Illidan will likely try to take it from us. We must defend this point at all costs!
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Another obelisk had been activated!
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: The third obelisk has been activated! Only one more remains! Rise up, my warriors!
  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Foolish undead, the obelisk belongs to me!
  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: This obelisk is mine!
  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: I've reactivated this obelisk! The Frozen Throne is nearly ours!
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Hello, Arthas.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: You look different, Illidan. I guess the Skull of Gul'dan didn't agree with you.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Are you still upset that I stole Jaina from you, Kael?
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: You've taken everything I ever cared for, Arthas. Vengeance is all I have left.


The doors of the Throne Chamber swing open.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: We've done it, Anub'arak! The Throne Chamber is open! This is the hour of the Scourge!
Before Arthas can get there, though, Illidan runs to block the door with himself.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: The Frozen Throne is mine, demon. Step aside.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Leave this world and never return. If you do, I'll be waiting.
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: I've sworn to destroy it, Arthas. It must be done!
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Never!


After forcing their way past the horrors of the dark catacombs of Azjol-Nerub, Arthas and Anub'arak rendezvoused with their army at the peak of Icecrown Glacier, with the intention of claiming the Frozen Throne in the name of Ner'zhul. They were dismayed to find that Illidan's forces had already arrived, were well entrenched around the pinnacle of ice which contained the Lich King, and were poised to claim the four Icecrown Obelisks which when activated would open the prison. Final defeat for Arthas and Ner'zhul seemed all but assured.

The battle

Arthas and his army quickly wiped out a small naga outpost to the south west of the Frozen Throne and used the resources gathered from the ruins of Azjol-Nerub to establish their own base. From there Arthas and Anub'arak launched their attack against Illidan, Prince Kael and Lady Vashj. The battle raged back and forth across the glacier, with both sides taking and re-taking each of the obelisks. Although the undead were outnumbered, the biting cold and Arthas' considerable military prowess eventually turned the tide against Illidan. The blood elves and the naga were routed, and Arthas claimed all four obelisks, allowing him to approach the Frozen Throne. In a last desperate effort to stop him, Illidan confronted the death knight at the entrance; after a short fight Arthas cut the betrayer down, leaving him badly wounded in the snow. The Scourge had triumphed.


Arthas destroyed the Frozen Throne, and merged with Ner'zhul to become the new Lich King. From his Icecrown fortress, the Lich King made plans to rebuild his forces and conquer the rest of the world. Illidan was apparently driven mad by the encounter; he crawled back to Vashj and Kael, who retreated with their remaining forces back to Outland. He brooded in his Black Temple until a brave band of adventurers, assisted by Maiev Shadowsong and Akama, finally killed him, ending his reign over Outland. Later, in Icecrown Citadel, the Lich King was finally slain by another band of adventurers assisted by Tirion Fordring and King Terenas Menethil, ending Arthas's reign and the Scourge once and for all. Bolvar Fordragon eventually became the new Lich King and now commands the "new Scourge" from the Frozen Throne.

A Symphony of Frost and Flame Map.jpg


Undead Scourge
Illidan's Forces


  • The name is a reference to the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R. R. Martin.
  • There is an unused trigger for routinely occurring earthquakes that would shake the screen and do damage to buildings near obelisks.
  • According to the numerical order of the sound files, this was the originally intended final conversation between Arthas and Illidan:
    IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: The Frozen Throne is mine, demon. Step aside.
    IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: I've sworn to destroy it, Arthas. It must be done!
    IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Never!
    IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: You are a pitious creature, Illidan. You don't even deserve an honorable death.
    IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Leave this world and never return. If you do, I'll be waiting.