Terenas Menethil II
King of Lordaeron
King of Lordaeron and Leader of the Alliance of Lordaeron
Terenas Menethil II was the last true king of Lordaeron and the primary founder of the original Alliance of Lordaeron. Ruling for over five decades, including the period of the Second and Third Wars, Terenas was considered one of the most powerful human monarchs in the three thousand years since the breaking of Arathor. His death at the hands of his own son deprived the Alliance of its leadership at a critical moment in history.
Terenas Menethil II was born in the court of the kingdom of Lordaeron, one of the strongest human nations, as a member of the royal Menethil family, which had ruled the kingdom for generations. An old friend of Thoras Trollbane, Terenas grew up to become a wise and just ruler, greatly loved by his people. His long years of reign saw peace and brought prosperity for Lordaeron, but all this changed with the outset of the Second War.
Tides of Darkness
After the First War, refugees from the Kingdom of Azeroth arrived on the shores of Lordaeron, giving warnings of the orcs and the invasion that was to come. Terenas called delegates from neighboring nations, and, after hearing the horror stories from Anduin Lothar and his people, they agreed to forge the Alliance of Lordaeron. Terenas also asked the High elves of Quel'Thalas for help as well as the dwarves of Ironforge. Prince Varian was left with his family.
Terenas led the forces of Lordaeron in valiant battle against the onslaught of the Horde. The Second War was taxing upon the Alliance and all in it. Terenas even commanded the battle "The Fall of Lordaeron" where his kingdom was almost destroyed by the Horde and Terenas almost killed by an orc that was handled with Morev. But in the end, their sacrifices were not in vain, and the Alliance won through, decimating the Horde and rounding up the surviving orcs into internment camps, headed by Aedelas Blackmoore. The orc Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer was kept as the personal prisoner of Terenas, but he eventually escaped captivity and fled into hiding.
Beyond the Dark Portal
Despite the end of the Second War, peace did not last long. He and others kings of Lordaeron was present at the meeting in Nethergarde. Later, he met with Thoras Trollbane, Muradin Bronzebeard and Lord Daval Prestor and discussed the matter with Alterac and Perenolde. When the troubles began, Terenas immediately decreed, in conjunction with Varian Wrynn who had assumed his rightful place on the throne of Azeroth, that their best people should travel to Draenor to retrieve the artifacts stolen by the Shadowmoon Clan.
Day of the Dragon
Some years later, the matter of what to do with the Kingdom of Alterac came up. Lord Prestor, who appeared to be a relative to the late Lord Perenolde, was one of Terenas' trusted advisors during this time, and Terenas began to arrange a marriage for Prestor to his young daughter Calia. Terenas even wished his own son was more like Prestor. Prestor was endorsed by most Alliance nations as the new king of Alterac, solving everyone’s—and particularly Terenas’—political nightmare. This plan was scrapped, however, when Prestor suddenly disappeared.
The Alliance Splinters
When the political problems culminated, Terenas realized that the Alliance would crumble. The first ally to secede were the elves of Quel'Thalas, as they accused the humans of being the cause of their burned forests. Terenas reminded them that it was the Alliance who saved them from being annihilated. Gilneas then separated from the whole world and Thoras Trollbane proposed a mass execution of the orcs but Lordaeron refused to do so. The quarrels of the two friends ended when Stromgarde too seceded from the Alliance. In spite of these loses, many nations remained with Lordaeron and Uther, who considered him as a brother, alongside Alonsus Faol helped him to rebuild Lordaeron and other kingdoms.
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
During the winter when Invincible, Arthas' mount, died, Terenas and Uther were off on a diplomatic mission in Stromgarde. Terenas was later present during a ceremony in Stormwind, where Arthas became a paladin. He told him that he was proud of him that day, which confused Arthas as he was unsure if his father was ever proud of him until that day.
The Reign of Chaos
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Time wore on and Terenas grew more and more infirm, struggling just to hold together the collapsing Alliance despite all of his pleas with the dissident nations of Gilneas, Stromgarde, and Quel'Thalas. In the meantime, his son, Arthas, became the prized protégé of Uther the Lightbringer and a paladin of the Silver Hand.
The troubles began with the orcish uprisings through Arathi, as well as the Plague spreading from the North. Many of the Alliance representatives, especially the ones from Dalaran, were pleading for a quarantine. But Terenas refused, saying that the people of Lordaeron had suffered enough. The mysterious prophet unexpectedly materialized during a council of the Alliance, and pleaded with Terenas to make haste to Kalimdor or all would be lost. Terenas, however, paid no heed, thinking him little more than a madman. It was here that King Terenas sealed his fate.
Weeks Later Terenas heard of Arthas' strange behavior, especially his excursion to Northrend and destruction of Stratholme, and he immediately ordered the troops recalled. But still, no word was heard from them for months.
Finally, Prince Arthas returned, victorious over the evil he had faced in Northrend. All of Lordaeron's Capital City rejoiced in festival, celebrating the long-awaited return of their heroic prince. But something was amiss.
As he knelt before his father, a dark voice flooded Arthas's thoughts. He rose up, drew his sword, and approached the throne. Taking his father by the throat, Arthas drove the dark runeblade Frostmourne through his heart. Thus did Terenas of the House of Menethil, King of Lordaeron, die at the hands of his own son—bringing an end to not only his reign, which had lasted for 50 years, but also to the Kingdom of Lordaeron itself.
Terenas' ashes were kept in a magical urn, guarded by Uther the Lightbringer himself. Arthas, desiring the urn for his own ends, slew the great paladin, and discarded his father's ashes which were scattered by the winds near Andorhal.
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A tomb dedicated to the king stands behind the throne room of Lordaeron:
Here lies King Terenas Menethil II -- Last True King of Lordaeron.
Great were his deeds -- long was his reign -- unthinkable was his death.
- "May the Father lie blameless for the deeds of the son.
- May the bloodied crown stay lost and forgotten."
The plate containing this inscription is missing from the tomb during the Battle for the Undercity. The tomb was crafted by the humans of Lordaeron.
Fall of the Lich King
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The soul of Terenas Menethil II speaks to the Lich King warning him that the combined might of the Alliance, the Horde, the Argent Crusade and the Knights of the Ebon Blade have finally fought their way to Icecrown Citadel itself to defeat him once and for all.
Terenas's spirit appears in Icecrown Citadel during the battle against the Lich King. When players falls victim to the "Harvest Soul" spell, they are brought into Frostmourne itself, where they find Terenas struggling against the spirit warden of the sword. The player must aid Terenas in defeating it, at which point the blade becomes weakened enough for him to be able to return the player to the real fight. At 10%, the Lich King then kills the entire raid and prepares to raise them as his most powerful servants when Tirion Fordring, frozen for the entire fight, breaks free of his bonds and shatters Frostmourne with the Ashbringer. As the souls claimed by Frostmourne swirl around the Lich King, Terenas' spirit appears to resurrect the dead to finish off the immobilized master of the Scourge.
During the outro cinematic, Terenas remains at Arthas' side as he dies.
- Arthas lies supine, the shattered remnants of Frostmourne beside him. He stares as the ghost of Terenas Menethil materializes over him, and the characteristic blue glow dissipates from his eyes. As Terenas kneels next to him, Arthas places a hand on his father's chest.
- Arthas Menethil: Father! Is it... over?
- Terenas lays a comforting hand on Arthas' gauntlet.
- Terenas Menethil II: At long last. No king rules forever, my son.
- Arthas Menethil: I see... only darkness... before... me...
- Arthas' eyes roll back into his head and he dies, his hand falling to the ground. Terenas closes his son's eyes and gently lays him on the ground as Tirion walks in.
- Terenas Menethil II: Without its master's command, the restless Scourge will become an even greater threat to this world.
- Terenas stands, facing Tirion.
- Terenas Menethil II: Control must be maintained. There must be always a Lich King.
- Terenas' ghost disappears.
- "I will summon my neighboring kings. These events concern us all." - to Anduin Lothar, Tides of Darkness.
- "Noble countrymen, evil is upon us. Darkness has befallen our shores. Rise and slay thy enemies… strike, strike so others shall live. The meek shall not fade into the night… live my brethren, live." 
- "I will not institute quarantine without proof of your claims, Ambassador. The people of Lordaeron have suffered enough without becoming prisoners in their own lands." - Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
- "I don't know who you are or what you believe, but this is not the time for rambling prophets! Our lands are beset by conflict, but it shall be we who decide how best to protect our people, not you!, now begone!" - to Medivh, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
- "What is this? What are you doing, my son?" - Terenas Menethil's last words before his death.
- "No king rules forever, my son." - the last words spoken to Arthas Menethil before his death.
Wrath of the Lich King trailer
- My son, the day you were born, the very forests of Lordaeron whispered the name Arthas.
- My child, I watched with pride as you grew into a weapon of righteousness.
- Remember, our line has always ruled with wisdom and strength. And I know you will show restraint when exercising your great power.
- But the truest victory, my son, is stirring the hearts of your people. I tell you this, for when my days have come to an end, you shall be King.
Fall of the Lich King trailer
The soul of Terenas Menethil II speaks to the Lich King in the trailer for patch 3.3: Fall of the Lich King. He warns the Lich King that the combined might of the Alliance, the Horde, the Argent Crusade and the Knights of the Ebon Blade have finally fought their way to Icecrown Citadel itself to defeat him once and for all.
- Spirit of Terenas Menethil: Can you feel it, my son, closing in all around you? The Light's justice has been awakened. The sins of the past have finally caught up to you. You will be called to account for all the atrocities you've committed, the unspeakable horrors you've let loose upon this world, and the dark, ancient powers you've enslaved. Though my soul was one of the first to be devoured by your evil, there are thousands more bound within this blade, and they cry out for release. Look now to your defenses, my son, for the champions of justice gather at your gates!
- The Lich King: Let them come. Frostmourne hungers.
A statue of Terenas, recovered in the Wetlands, depicted him as "a young, long-haired paladin with hammer upraised." When the Horde attacked the Capital City, Terenas reluctantly picked up a fallen sword with which to defend himself, but he was "painfully aware that he was no fighter". He couldn't have trained as a paladin until after the Second War, and by then he was far from young. That statue may have been intended as a depiction of Arthas, or a heavily idealized version of Terenas.
- In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Uther tells Arthas that Terenas ruled Lordaeron for seventy years. In Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, this was changed to fifty years.
- His quote "No king rules forever" echoes Yogg-Saron's "He will learn... no king rules forever; only death is eternal!"
- Terenas is the narrator of Wrath of the Lich King intro cinematic and is voiced by Earl Boen, who also voiced Terenas in his in-game appearances in Icecrown Citadel. Tony Jay who voiced Terenas in Warcraft III passed away a short time after finishing his work.
- can be fished from the Dalaran Fountain.
- Arthas and Terenas briefly appear in , a story told by Lorewalker Cho.
- King Terenas meets Medivh
- Fall of the King
- Fall of the Lich King (Trailer)
- Fall of the Lich King (Ending)
- Patch 3.3.2 (2010-02-01): Added.
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 82. ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6.
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 24. ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6.
- ^ The Alliance Splinters
- ^ Warcraft III Manual
- ^ http://www.battle.net/war3/maps/war3xbonusmaps8.shtml
- ^ http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath/intro.xml
- ^ Tides of Darkness, page 280
- ^ Warcraft III Cinematics Disc (WarCraft 3 Cinematics Study, Quote: As commented on the cinematic DVD, the voice actor for King Terenas sadly died a short time after voicing his part.).
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