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The Culling is chapter 6 of The Scourge of Lordaeron. It was the slaughter of a large portion of the civilian population of Stratholme at the hands of Prince Arthas, who sought to prevent the spread of the Plague of Undeath at any cost necessary. This event also marked the (temporary) disbanding of the Silver Hand, as Uther the Lightbringer refused to follow the order of executing civilians. More importantly, the event marked Prince Arthas' first major step to becoming a death knight by slaughtering his own people.



Zoo animals



  • Countless unnamed villagers (males and females)


As Arthas begins the massacre, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis appears and begins "collecting" those civilians who have already been transformed into mindless zombies (he teleports the zombies into the Twisting Nether for safe keeping). Mal'Ganis gloats that soon the people of Lordaeron will belong to the Scourge. Arthas refuses to let that happen and quickens his slaughter of the populace. The two sides proceed to ravage the city building by building. Finally, when most of the city is in ruins and its inhabitants either dead or converted, Arthas and Mal'Ganis confront each other face to face. Arthas demands that Mal'Ganis fight him here and now. Mal'Ganis, however, tells Arthas to gather his forces and come to Northrend. It is there that they will settle this conflict. Mal'Ganis then teleports away. Arthas vows to hunt Mal'Ganis "to the ends of the earth."


  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Glad you could make it, Uther.
  • IconSmall Uther.gif Uther: Watch your tone with me, boy. You may be the prince, but I'm still your superior as a paladin.
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: As if I could forget. Listen, Uther, there's something about the plague you should know. Oh no. It's too late. These people have all been infected. They may look fine now, but it's a matter of time before they turn into the undead.
  • IconSmall Uther.gif Uther: What?
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: This entire city must be purged.
  • IconSmall Uther.gif Uther: How can you even consider that? There's got to be some other way!
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Damn it, Uther. As your future king, I order you to purge this city.
  • IconSmall Uther.gif Uther: You are not my king yet, boy. Nor would I obey that command if you were!
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Then I must consider this an act of treason.
  • IconSmall Uther.gif Uther: Treason? Have you lost your mind, Arthas?
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Have I? Lord Uther, by my right of succession and sovereignty of my crown, I hereby relieve you from your command and suspend your paladins from service.
  • IconSmall Jaina.gif Jaina: Arthas, you can't just...
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: It's done! Those of you who have the will to save this land, follow me. The rest of you... get out of my sight.
  • IconSmall Uther.gif Uther: You've just crossed a terrible threshold, Arthas.
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: Jaina?
  • IconSmall Jaina.gif Jaina: I'm sorry, Arthas. I can't watch you do this.
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Mal'Ganis: I've waiting for you, young prince. I am Mal'Ganis.
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Mal'Ganis: As you can see, your people are now mine. I will now turn this city household by household, until the flame of life has been snuffed out... Forever.
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: I won't allow it, Mal'Ganis! Better that this people die by my hand than serves as your slaves in death!
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Mal'Ganis: I live once more!
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Mal'Ganis: Obviously, you are not as strong as the Dark Lord believed. Now, feel the wrath of the Scourge as you drown under the flood of the living dead!
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: We're going to finish this right now, Mal'Ganis. Just you and me.
  • IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Mal'Ganis: Brave words. Unfortunately for you, it won't end here. Your journey has just began, young prince. Gather your forces and meet me in the arctic land of Northland. It is there we shall settle the score between us. Is it there your true destiny will unfold.
  • IconSmall Arthas.gif Arthas: I'll hunt you to the ends of the earth If i have to! Do you hear me? To the ends of the earth!


Heading left of your starting camp you will encounter a bandit camp (the bandits will be shadowmelded if it's night), kill the mobs then destroy the most westerly tent for a Tome of Strength +2. Filson the Rat can be found with the Wildkin Zoo Animals about halfway up the left side of the map. Attacking him will yield continuous misses, so to kill him you must keep clicking him until he explodes and drops a Talisman of Evasion.

Caverns of Time

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Players are able to experience this event in the Caverns of Time: Culling of Stratholme in Wrath of the Lich King.