One of the most amazing things about World of Warcraft is how well its back story ties in with Blizzard’s WarCraft RTS games. The level of detail in its stories and characters, and they way they all interact, is astonishing. So a working knowledge of WarCraft III may not give absolute meaning to your endless monster killing, but at least makes you feel part of a glorious whole.
The Lich King was the main human character of WarCraft III- the paladin Prince Arthas Menethil. Arthas’ downfall began in the fifth mission of WarCraft III in the city of Stratholme, where the entire population had consumed grain poisoned by the Undead Scourge, dooming them to a pallid complexion for evermore. Stratholme is a WoW dungeon these days, somewhat revived since Arthas culled the entire town before consequently hightailing after the nasty Dreadlord responsible, Mal’Ganis, to Northrend.