I just got back from doing the Wrath Gate questline for the first time in years (I’ve been busy with school and I have a few questions.
How did Arthas survive the Blight? Nothing but plot armor? Or is there an actual in-lore reason why he was able to get away from a virus/disease (though Blizzard treats diseases in-game like gas attacks/acid) that was designed to kill undead. It seems to me like whatever way the Blight kills the other scourge should have the same effect on Arthas, he clearly got exposed to it and it clearly got in his “system” judging by how he appeared to be weakened. What mechanism or ability does he have that allowed him to get away when everyone else died? Some magical means maybe?
Why did Saurfang the Younger’s axe just shatter instantly when he went against Arthas? What axe was that? Was it important? It seemed to be pretty important from what Young Saurfang tells you. Was it something to do with Frostmourne being so powerful? Or is it just because Arthas was so powerful? Why would it shatter instantly like that?
Why wasn’t Sylvannas present? Did she not make it her mission in life (idk anything about retail lore, with shadowlords and shadowlands and whatever else) to kill Arthas. I would think that she would be the first person there waiting at Wrath gate and trying to get Arthas to come out. What about the other leaders of the Alliance and the Horde? Why wouldn’t they have been at Wrathgate? Which the mission of their campaigns there, seemed to be to kill Arthas once and for all. Or did their respective leaders not expect Arthas to actually show up there?
What exactly happened to Bolvar? Why did he turn into a Joshua Graham? Some sort of weird combination of the Blight and the Red Dragons mystical fire? Why did that happen to no one else?
Serious answers only please. I’m legitimately wondering if there are real in-universe lore answers to these questions, or if they’re just issues with the writing. I tried looking this stuff up on search engines and I couldn’t really find any good answers