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What is the story behind the guy who is the new Lich King? I forget his name exactly, but he appeared to have been a good guy at some point?

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I realize it is relatively common knowledge, but should this be tagged spoiler? –  kazzamalla Nov 12 '10 at 0:56
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It's Bolvar Fordragon, Paladin of the Silver Hand, Commander of the Alliance's combined military forces in Northrend, former Regent of Stormwind, and fallen hero of the Wrathgate. He was thought dead at the Wrathgate, but had in fact survived and been captured by the Scourge, and tortured, with the eventual intention of being made into a Death Knight, much like Saurfang the Younger. However, unlike Saurfang, Bolvar resisted until Arthas's defeat.

After Arthas Menethil, mortal host of the Lich King, was slain, Tirion Fordring took up the Helm of Domination, the crown of the Lich King, preparing to don it himself. As he did so, Bolvar intervened, calling from his seat upon the Frozen Throne, his body warped by the red dragonflight's fire. As a last act of service to Azeroth, Bolvar asked that Tirion place the Helm of Domination on his head. As the self-appointed "Jailer of the Damned," Bolvar seeks to keep the Scourge under control. As Bolvar encased himself and the Frozen Throne once again in ice, he warned Tirion that no one could know what happened. Tirion would have to tell the world that the Lich King was dead, yet as his voice changed, he added that Bolvar Fordragon had died with him.

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Thanks for the answer. Where exactly did you copy that paragraph from at the latter half of your answer? –  Jagd Nov 15 '10 at 1:37
    
From the linked article at WoWpedia. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Nov 15 '10 at 1:39
    
which in turn references the in-game cinematic you get after beating the lich king. youtube.com/watch?v=UC4Jgtyql1s –  Raven Dreamer Nov 15 '10 at 2:29
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Said cinematic can also be accessed by the font in Dalaran. –  Jagd Nov 16 '10 at 23:35
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