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For the statue in his honor, see Antonidas Memorial.
AllianceArchmage Antonidas
Image of Archmage Antonidas
Title Grand Magus of the Kirin Tor, Head of the Kirin Tor, Archmage of the Kirin Tor
Gender Male
Race(s) Human
Character class Archmage WC3RoC logo 16x32.png
Affiliation Kirin Tor, Dalaran, Alliance of Lordaeron
Occupation Leading archmage of the Kirin Tor and de facto ruler of Dalaran
Status Deceased, Killed by Arthas
Student(s) Jaina Proudmoore, Various Dalaran mages

Antonidas was the leader of the Kirin Tor of Dalaran and teacher to the archmage Jaina Proudmoore. He was killed by Arthas during the Scourge invasion of Dalaran.

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Biography

Early life

Antonidas was but a mere boy when he became an apprentice to one of the Kirin Tor. He was a tenacious learner, pouring over books in the magical libraries of Dalaran. After only a few short years of studying under the sect, Antonidas had outclassed his peers and earned their admiration, as well as the respect of his elders. At the age of 12, Antonidas' thesis, "The Ramifications of refined Reverse Time Travel Phenomena into Quantifiable Magical Practice", earned him the Kirin Tor Sash of Supreme Acumen, the youngest ever to receive the award. Shortly thereafter the Ruling Council offered him official placement in the Kirin Tor Advanced Research and Illumination Sect, also the youngest to receive an official invitation.

As the mage grew older, he continued to learn and hone his abilities. His natural talent for defensive magic and wisdom beyond his years made Antonidas an ideal candidate for a position on the Council of Six, which he eventually attained. Antonidas proved not only wise and fair, but infinitely regimented in goal to become more knowledgeable. He quickly became one of the dominant voices of Dalaran.

When the leaders of Dalaran decided to send an apprentice to Medivh, Antonidas was among those who told the decision to Khadgar.[1]

Second War

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As seen in Road to Damnation

Before the Second War, leaders of each of the Azerothian nations met in Lordaeron to discuss the threat of the orc invasion. Archmage Antonidas attended the summit on behalf of the Council of Six, pledging loyalty to the Alliance on Dalaran's behalf. He also monitored the progress of the young but extremely talented mage Khadgar, who had served as Medivh's apprentice during the first war. In the aftermath of the Second War, Antonidas promoted Khadgar to the rank of archmage and placed him in a position of authority over the mission to enter the Dark Portal and investigate Draenor.[2]

A few months following the war, when Teron Gorefiend infiltrated the Violet Citadel, Antonidas rushed to intercept him. He found the death knights in the Arcane Vault, Dalaran's store for its most precious of relics. Alongside Krasus, Kael, and Sathera, Antonidas battled against the death knights who had come to steal the Eye of Dalaran for Ner'zhul. Sathera was killed, and the death knights escaped atop the backs of Deathwing and his black dragons.[3] Antonidas would tell this news to Khadgar through a dream.

Lethargy of the Orcs

Main article: Lethargy of the Orcs

After the Second War many orcs were rounded up and placed into internment camps. Some of the Alliance leaders speculated that it would be best to simply kill all of them off while they were weak. Others concluded the orcs could be kept as slaves. Antonidas posed a different hypothesis. The archmage published several theses on his research:

"The Causality of War: A Comprehensive Study on Orc Lassitude."

"The Contrast of Orc Tradition, Sociology, and Psychological Practices from Before and After the Second War."

"Empirical Study on the Formulation and History of High Profile Fel Magics, and their Relation to the Orc Race."

Researching what little he could find of orcish history, Antonidas learned that the orcs had been under the crippling influence of demonic power (or warlock magics) for generations. He speculated that the orcs had been corrupted by demonic powers even before their first invasion of Azeroth. Clearly, demons had spiked the orcs’ blood, which in turn granted the brutes unnaturally heightened strength, endurance and aggression.

Antonidas theorized that the orcs’ communal lethargy was not actually a disease, but a long-term racial withdrawal from the volatile warlock magics that had made them fearsome, bloodlust-filled warriors. Though the symptoms were clear, Antonidas was unable to find a cure for the orcs’ present condition. Many of his fellow mages, as well as a few notable Alliance leaders, argued that finding a cure for the orcs would be an imprudent venture. Left to ponder the orcs’ mysterious condition, Antonidas’ conclusion was that the orcs’ only cure would have to be a spiritual one.[4]

Before the Third War

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When Arthas and Kael arrived to Dalaran at the same time, Antonidas invited them to a dinner in honor of having two princes in the city. During the dinner Antonidas spoke about the lethargy of orcs.[5]

It came to Antonidas' attention that Kel'Thuzad, another member of the Council of Six, had began to experiment with the arcane art of necromancy. As this threatened the safety and reputation of Dalaran, Antonidas decided to put a stop to it. He had Kel'Thuzad's properties searched, and all items tainted by by dark magic were confiscated and destroyed. Antonidas warned Kel'Thuzad that he would be stripped of his rank and holdings, and exiled from both Dalaran and Lordaeron, if he did not abandon that path. Kel'Thuzad chose to leave Dalaran and swore to serve the Lich King.[6]

Antonidas held the position as one of the four jurors during the court of Tirion Fordring in Stratholme.[7]

Destruction of Dalaran

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Antonidas in Warcraft III.
Antonidas in Warcraft III.

Though his failing health prohibited him from spending too much time away from his beloved city, his apprentice, Jaina Proudmoore, served as his eyes and ears in the world. Antonidas drummed into her not to be arrogant and told her the stories about Medivh and Aegwynn. Antonidas looked forward to the day when he would hand his power and mantle of leadership over to Jaina, who he felt would make a most impressive archmage.[8]

Unfortunately, Antonidas grew cautious as he got older; Antonidas, like many prominent figures in the Alliance, was met by the mysterious Prophet before the invasion began. When the Prophet warned him about the upcoming invasion, Antonidas did not heed the stranger's advice to personally investigate. When the Prophet warned him that he must journey west, Antonidas was heedless, believing the Prophet to be nothing more than a magical madman. Despite Jaina's instinct about the Prophet, Antonidas instead chose to focus attention on the plague sweeping across the north. He, like many of the Kirin Tor, knew that it was a great threat, and that it should be taken very seriously. Antonidas spent several days examining the infested grain and he found out the goal of the plague - to kill and raise humans. He tested in on a corpse who attacked him thus he was right. However, Dalaran's plea for quarantine went unheard by the ears of Alliance officials.

Instead he sent his finest pupil Jaina Proudmoore to investigate, who accompanied the young paladin Prince Arthas as he chased after the source of the plague.[9] When Arthas was locked in a battle against undead in Hearthglen, Jaina teleported from the village back to Dalaran and informed Antonidas about Kel'Thuzad and his undead army. He then warned Uther who helped Arthas in Hearthglen. The ensuing tragedy would ravage the mind of Arthas, and destroy the great city of Stratholme.

Antonidas continued to study the plague from afar until finally it came to his doorstep. The Scourge, led by Arthas (now a death knight) and Kel'Thuzad (now a lich), had come to claim the Book of Medivh. Moments before the siege of Dalaran began, Jaina was in the city alongside Antonidas. She wanted to help him defend the city, but Antonidas convinced her that now was the right time to leave for Kalimdor.[10] While Antonidas did his best to protect Dalaran, creating a protective field around the entire city that would inflict heavy injury upon any undead creature that entered it, it was not enough. Arthas led his undead minions into Dalaran and then into the Violet Citadel itself, where Arthas murdered Antonidas and claimed Medivh's spellbook.[11] Arthas noticed that the book had Antonidas's blood on it and wondered if that would make it more potent.[10]

Although the forces of Dalaran fought on desperately, Kel'Thuzad used the spellbook to summon the demon lord Archimonde.[12] Moments later, Archimonde crushed the city of Dalaran into rubble.[13]

Antonidas's spirit lingered for some time after the city's destruction, continuing to fight what he believed to be the invading undead forces. When the blood elf Prince Kael'thas was fleeing the dungeons, he found the ghosts of Antonidas and several of his kindred, and finally released them, allowing them peace after so many months.[14]

Legacy

Antonidas' Memorial

When the remaining members of the Kirin Tor rebuilt Dalaran, Jaina created a memorial to honor him.

When Jaina was stealing books from Dalaran's library, Antonidas' visage appeared, warning her. It were also the words of Antonidas which convinced Jaina not to destroy Orgrimmar.[15]

Memorable Quotes

  • "This is not for idle hands, nor prying eyes. Information must not be lost. But it must not be used unwisely. Stay your hand, friend, or proceed - if you know the way."
  • "It's your inquisitive nature that I've come to rely on, child. That crazed fool's convinced that the world is about to end."[16]

The Siege of Dalaran

Arthas: Wizards of the Kirin Tor! I am Arthas, first of the Lich King's death knights! I demand that you open your gates and surrender to the might of the Scourge!
Antonidas: Greetings, Prince Arthas. How fares your noble father?
Arthas: Lord Antonidas. There's no need to be snide.
Antonidas: We've prepared for your coming, Arthas. My brethren and I have erected auras that will destroy any undead that pass through them!
Arthas: Your petty magics will not stop me, Antonidas.
Antonidas: Pull your troops back, or we will be forced to unleash our full powers against you! Make your choice, death knight.

Death

Antonidas: It pains me to even look at you, Arthas.
Arthas: I'll be happy to end your torment, old man. I told you that your magics could not stop me.

Leader of Dalaran

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Antonidas was the true ruler of the Kirin Tor and his wise, fatherly countenance became the sect's public face.[17] He was also implied by Brann Bronzebeard to be the monarch, one of the seven "...human kings...of the Eastern Kingdoms...", representing Dalaran, who met to form the Alliance of Lordaeron.[18]

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He was the leader of the Kirin Tor.[19] Other sources such as Warcraft III manual and Day of the Dragon call Dalaran a "kingdom" as well. His leadership is further confirmed in Tides of Darkness, although he is said to be a non-king.[20] Antonidas was also known as "Head of the Kirin Tor of Dalaran", and was indeed head of the conclave of wizards that ruled over the magical nation,[8] and leader of The Six, the highest council in Dalaran whom often met in the Chamber of Air.

Authorship

Antonidas wrote many books, essays and theses. Known to us are:

  • "The Ramifications of refined Reverse Time Travel Phenomena into Quantifiable Magical Practice"
  • "The Causality of War: A Comprehensive Study on Orc Lassitude"
  • "The Contrast of Orc Tradition, Sociology, and Psychological Practices from Before and After the Second War"
  • "Empirical Study on the Formulation and History of High Profile Fel Magics, and their Relation to the Orc Race"
  • Antonidas' Self Help Guide to Standing in Fire
  • Journal of Archmage Antonidas

Trivia

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References

Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
Leader of the Kirin Tor and Ruler of Dalaran
Succeeded by:
Rhonin