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3-01-2009 @ 2:12PM
I think that's covered in the quests surrounding the investigation of the Vrykul in Howling Fjord: you go back in time and see the first humans being bored to terrified Vrykul, who assume that, since the their Gods, the Titans, have stopped responding to their prayers and pleas, these tiny, weak, useless creatures are a curse. Their king, Ymiron, orders them to kill all their human-born offspring; over time, all vrykul stop bearing vrykul and start bearing human offspring. Thus the vrykul start putting themselves into magical hibernation to try to outlive the curse. Eventually, agents of the Lich King find these guys and figure out what's going on; the Lich King promises eternal life to those who serve him, etc.As Heigan the Unclean appears to be of the same stock as the vrykul sleep-watchers, this may have started before Arthas became the Lich King.
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