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Trudging through the Ashes is chapter 1 of Path of the Damned.




Transcript of the mission

IconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas: What trickery is this? Mal'Ganis! I don't know how you survived, but I will...
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius: Calm yourself, Prince Arthas. I am Tichondrius. Like Mal'Ganis, I am a dreadlord, but I am not your enemy in truth. I've come to congratulate you.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas: Congratulate me?
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius: By killing your own father and delivering this land to the Scourge, you have passed your first test. The Lich King is pleased with your... enthusiasm.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas: I've damned everyone and everything I've ever loved in his name, and I still feel no remorse. No shame, no pity.
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius: The runeblade that you carry was forged by the Lich King and empowered to steal souls. Yours was the first one it claimed.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas: Then I'll make do without one. What is the Lich King's will?
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius: The Cult of the Damned must be rallied once again. Many of the acolytes have been in hiding from the populace. Once you've rallied them, I will give you further instructions.
...hard to understand quote by Tichondrius?...
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas: I'm in luck. These graves were dug recently. Arise, in the name of the Lich King.

The mission ends with the dreadlord congratulating Arthas on his job, and assigning him his next "undertaking".

IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius: Well done, death knight. The Cult is nearly assembled.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas: Lordaeron lies in ashes. What good are these cultists to us now?
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius: They will aid you in your next undertaking.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas: And what's that?
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius: You will go to Andorhal and recover the remains of the acolytes' former master, the necromancer, Kel'Thuzad.