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11-24-2011 @ 8:35PM
The power of the Lich King is very much a proximity thing. Back when he was first conquering Northrend, Ner'zhul could raise raise Nerubians and Humans at will, once the person was dead. But he couldn't do that nearly as effectively outside Northrend.In order to work at a distance, the Lich King needed a combination of powerful dark magic, and a powerful Necromantic focal point, usually a person. In the first invasion of Lordaeron, this was the Plague, and Kel'thuzad (and probably Mal'ganis after Kel'thuzad fell).Second invasion of Lordaeron had the powerful Death Knight Arthas spearheading the assault. The Battle of Hyjal had many Liches (Rage Winterchill) and Nathrezim. The second invasion of Kalimdor was run by a single Lich (Amnennar Coldbringer) converting Quilboar to Scourge at a slow rate.This also helps explain why Bolvar's presence is effectively unfelt in the redone Lordaeron. It is out of his range, so the local Scourge control has defaulted to the most powerful local Necromancers (almost always Cult of the Damned). So Amnennar in Razorfen, Frostwhisper in Scholomance, Rivendare (maybe Anastari) in Stratholme.All this leads upto is that when Illidan fought Arthas at the base of the Frozen Throne, Arthas was far far closer to his source of power (the Lich King) than he was when Sylvanas nearly killed him in Lordaeron. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse-square_law).
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