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Monday, October 4, 2010

Arthas Menethil - Hero, or Villain? (Part Three)


Was his goal to save his people? Or was it vengeance? Was Arthas just following the cookie crumbs that the villains in charge were leaving for him?  Frostmourne was cursed and he knew it, but he also knew he had to stop the scourge.  Was it worth it?  Let’s find out.


  • Arthas now had the Lich King in his head, rightful owner of Frostmourne.  The Lich King’s spirit was imprisoned within ice the highest point of Northrend.
  • The crowd cheered as Arthas, their champion, returned to Lordaeron.
  • Arthas killed his father, King Terenas, and had the undead invade the city.









  • Arthas left Lordaeron and went to Invincible’s grave, the horse he used to love.
  • Using his new necromantic powers, he resurrected Invincible, his old steed.
  • Arthas traveled to Andorhal to dig up Kel’Thuzad’s remains.
  • To resurrect Kel’Thuzad, Arthas needed a magical urn that was being kept by the Knights of the Silver Hand, Arthas’ former group of Paladins.
  • Arthas found the magical urn, but it was being guarded by Uther, Arthas’ Paladin mentor and long friend.  Uther told him the urn kept the ashes of Arthas’ father. 
  • Arthas killed Uther, got the urn, dumped out his father’s remains, and replaced them with Kel’Thuzads.
  • Arthas traveled to Quel’Thalas in order to resurrect Kel’Thuzad.  He killed Sylvanas Windrunner, and transformed her into a banshee to help him. 
  • Arthas and his undead army marched onto Silvermoon, the Night Elf capital at the time, and destroyed the city.
  • Using the Sunwell, a fountain of magic, Arthas brought Kel’Thuzad back to life, reborn as an undead lich.
  • Kel’Thuzad, Arthas, and their army traveled to Dalaran in order to summon the demon lord Archimonde. 
  • Using a spellbook, they summoned Archimonde to Azeroth.  Archimonde had no use for Arthas or Kel’Thuzad, so they just chill for a couple monthes.
  • Archimonde gets destroyed by wisps while trying to destroy the world tree.
  • Arthas returned to Lordaeron to take control of the city, but his power was dwindling.  Sylvanas, her fellow banshees, and some dreadlords betrayed Arthas, forcing him to retreat from the city.
  • Arthas started having painful seizures, and could feel the Lich King calling for him.
  • He was told to return to Northrend, for demonic forces were working to destroy the Frozen Throne, ending the Lich King, and Arthas’ power.
Stay tuned for the final addition of this four-part series!

176 comments:

  1. The Arthas novel was great. Very good read. :)

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  2. It's so good to see a viewpoint on Arthas other than him being a ravaging warlord. You should call this The Softer Side of Arthas. Did you know that Arthas enjoyed basket weaving in his off-time?

    -JKane

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  3. All I can say is I can't wait for Warcraft 4.

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  4. very cool posted i love this blog , i lie how you have both sides of it

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  5. ahh... i haven't played warcraft so i don't know who he is.

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  6. I love the stories told by the wizards at Blizzard. Keep this coming please!

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  7. very cool post, really enjoying your blog!

    Mike,
    Lifehack's guide to getting high off your body, out now!

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  8. waiting for the next part !

    following & supporting you
    take care.

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  9. Great timeline, waiting for the next part of the series.

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  10. nice in depth knowledge you got there. cant wiat for your next post

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  11. I like this... btw, Beating Inertia has a new Q&A post!

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  12. Arthas is simply the best, I watched the cinametic where Arthas killed his father about a million times. it never stops being awesome.

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  13. The grim, I'm with you on that one man. I might not even play WoW anymore, but that never gets old

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  14. He started out with good intentions, but he really lost his way

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  15. thanks for the great insight into the lore! ex-wow player here ;)

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  16. Like River said, he started off trying to save his people (The culling of stratholme) but it got out of hand and he started losing his sanity and his righteous way.

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  17. fun to read!

    supporting and following!

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  18. he is evil whether he likes it or not, sadly

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  19. I'd think is a Hero, thanks man, beautiful update!

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  20. post stuff like this more often!

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  21. fantasy was never my cup of tea but this makes me want to read some more

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  22. This post awaken a lot of old, old memories in my mind <3

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  23. the comments you left on my last blog post were really helpful :)

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  24. not a big fan of fantasy fiction but this was readable...looking forward to next post

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  25. interesting stuff looking forward to the next post!

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  26. You should get me some WoW time I just ran out
    :DDD

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  27. lol sounds like a baddie jerk to me

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  28. There's a lot more depth to this guy than I ever would have imagined.

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  29. Interesting stuff, although, all very foreign to me :P

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  30. Good read man, looking forward to the next post!

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  31. I enjoyed your point of view in this post

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  32. /me tried to imagine dota on wc4 *_*

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  33. See, the whole kill your father and let the undead into your home city thing is what turns me off of the "do whatever's necessary to defeat the scourge" thing and more into him just being a villain.

    Oh wells. I'm still excited to see how it's going to play out. I didn't know about a lot of this backstory. :)

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  34. Can't wait for the final addition.

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  35. Villain I say, but like most he started out with "good intentions"...

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  36. Ah the world tree, oh how i missed you.

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  37. I think it remain ambiguous whether he is good or evil but that just makes the story more interesting.

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  38. Don't leave us hanging! Keep the great posts coming!

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  39. ^ Agreed, really liking this blog concept!

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  40. Arthas killed Uther, got the urn, dumped out his father’s remains, and replaced them with Kel’Thuzads.


    WHAT A DICK

    It's nice to hear the lore behind ICC, will you be doing any Cata stuff soon, I can't wait to read about that

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  41. I'm going with hero. He is just fucking awesome.

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  42. when Arthas killed Uther he should have ate the remains.

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  43. can't wait for your new post!


    :3

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  44. I can't wait for the expansion on Dec. 7th, Not going to get much accomplished that week other than wow haha.

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  45. I liked what you said on my blog earlier today... GTL and blogging FTW!

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  46. I miss playing wow D:

    Maybe ill start to play on the 7th of December with Cata again!! :P

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  47. I totally drew something like this a million months ago:
    http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l301/canthadreamer/blog/blog_wowgrlz2.jpg

    <3 Arthas.

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  48. I don't think he was completely evil but it doesn't mean he wasn't very weak and naive.
    That's really what sent him over the edge.

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  49. Cool post! You should check out my blog on easy ways to earn money on the internet.

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  50. Keep up the good work! If you like bubbles, check out my other blog, Enhanced by MS Paint!

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  51. He might have had some good motives at the start, but nearing his end, there as no good left in him.

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  52. im liking what your doing here, so im following it my good sir.

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  53. I wouldn't think it's as black and white as hero or villain. There's a lot of grey area in Warcraft lore.

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  54. you've got some good insight in this post :)

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  55. pretty cool post, love the blog

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  56. This is great thanks, and keep up the good work.
    Cheers

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  57. I fucking love heroes of newerth. AND COURIERS AND KILLING COURIERS.

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  58. He is SUCH a badass. Total badass.

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  59. Thanks for commenting on my last post! Your input will help me with my next one.

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  60. I am liking these Hero or Villain? series! Thx for helping me procrastinate more :P

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  61. This is awesome, I remember when WC3 first came out and my friend an I were playing the campaign and Arthas was like "BURN THE SHIPS!!"
    It was funny as shit, lol.

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  62. He was your classic tragic hero figure. Straight out of shakespeare. The guy couldnt handle the destiny thrust upon him and ended up the way he did.

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  63. Good stuff. I'm looking forward to the last part.

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  64. arthas is the most badass character in all of warcraft history

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  65. I remember playing warcraft 3 when this character was first created!

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  66. First wow lore I've ever liked, enjoying the series keep postin mang

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  67. Loved W3 and I think at the end of the day, he was doing a good thing, at least that's what he thought in his own mind

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  68. this was quite interesting :) never really given much thought into this before

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  69. No idea who these characters are but the art work is great

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  70. Never knew these characters, interesting read.

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  71. cool post ;) Arthas is my favourite character in the warcraft tale

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  72. When it comes to your post, GTL can also stand for "Great Thoughts at Length"... keep it up!

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  73. Love the warcraft lore man, really nice read.

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  74. You've made some interesting points... I also have some points (actually bubbles) on Enhanced by MS Paint :)

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  75. this story is what got my into wow haha, and is givin me nostalgia

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  76. I got my replica...what about you?

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  77. Well, it's the same old story: Hero than Villain...

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  78. that was actually interesting. thanks.

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  79. I remember first time when I completed humans company in W3... outstanding!

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  80. I have to agree with you here. Check out my other TS blog, Swift Fanatics!

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  81. Hey, you've managed to make this interesting! :D

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  82. I love lore, this is really interesting!

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  83. rly kool story im voteing for villan tho

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  84. omg. wc3/blizzard ftw. huge fan here

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  85. this confused me. but i still liked it.

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  86. Man, I wish I still played games. I always feel like a tard when my friends talk about stuff like this.

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  87. Villain, he was a scum bag and deserved a far worse fate.

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  88. I really like the art work. I would I get started reading this series?

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  89. Nice lore post. I really want to start reading the Blizzard books.

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  90. I never liked WOW, but this was very interesting.

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  91. Really looking forward to last one.

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  92. Some brilliant posts in this blog

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  93. lol didnt think i would ever find the comment box, thats alot of comments!

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  94. Great post! keep up the great work!

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  95. interesting article! Thanks for visiting.

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  96. I've never gotten into WOW, but this is a pretty interesting read. Going to have to go back and read the first two parts..

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  97. I really enjoyed reading you blog.

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