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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Arthas Menethil – Hero, or Villain? (Part Four)

Anub'arak
Forgotten One
Once a fierce knight, who would do anything for his people, Arthas turned into an evil warmonger.  Arthas now makes his return to Northrend, for his power is threatened by forces that push towards The Lich King’s frozen throne.  Let’s find out if he’ll make it in time.
  • Arthas returns to Northrend, gets attacked by Blood Elves, but is saved by the undead giant spider, Anub’arak, former king of the Nerubian Empire.
  • Arthas killed Sapphiron, a mighty blue dragon, and resurrected it as a Frost Wyrm to serve him.
  • Arthas and Anub’arak fought a ‘Forgotten one’.  An incredibly powerful tentacle-bearing monster thought only to exist in legend.  This was their hardest battle yet.
  • Arthas reached the base of the Frozen Throne, and was immediately under attack by Naga and Blood Elves, hoping to keep Arthas from becoming all-powerful.
  • Battling through the forces, Arthas magically activated the obelisks surrounding the glacier, opening the doors of the Frozen Throne.  Illidan was waiting for him.
  • Arthas, the soon to be King of the Scourge, and Illidan, the Demon Hunter, fought.  This was one of the most badass fights to ever happen on Azeroth. 
    • Arthas sliced Illidan’s chest with Frostmourne, and walked away the victor.
    • As Arthas walked the stairs to the Frozen Throne, the voices of those he betrayed filled his mind.  Muradin, Uther, Jaina… He ignored all of them.
    • He stood before a suit of armor frozen in ice on top of a throne.  With one strike from Frostmourne, Arthas broke the icy prison, and the Frozen Throne exploded.
    • Arthas kneeled down, and put on Ner’zhul’s spiky helmet.  At that moment, Ner’zhul and Arthas fused into a single, mighty being.  The Lich King.

    • Arthas later dies in WoW to Tirion Fordring, wielding Ashbringer, a sword forged by Magni Bronzebeard, King of Ironforge, and Muradin’s brother.
    • Frostmourne is destroyed and Arthas spends his dying moments with the ghost of his father.  (Heart-breaking, I know).
    So what do you think?  Was Arthas good at heart, and just corrupted by Ner’zhul and the other demonic forces?  Did he have good intentions his whole life?  Or was it evil from the start?  Let me know what you think in the comments below!  Thanks for reading!

    45 comments:

    1. great read. so much history behind arthas.

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    2. Cleary we can come away from this understanding two things. One Ner'zhul was not that bad of a guy at the start he was only damned by whomever ages ago. Two Bolvar = Complete Bad Ass Mother Fucker.

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    3. It's hard to say. The magic of the obelisks...anything could have happened.

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    4. Remember killing Anub at lvl 60 Naxx, goood times

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    5. Well he's bad now, so it doesn't really matter anymore. Wasn't there a saying, something about the path to hell is paved with good intentions?

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    6. humans are evil at core.. so ya. he was evil b4 liched.

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    7. he is the man! evil and powerful! lol

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    8. of course he was good, he was good before the lich king

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    9. Wow, blizzard sure has a way of getting you pulled into their cinematics!

      This made me want to play the stupid game WoW again.

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    10. Wow, blizzard sure has a way of getting you pulled into their cinematics!

      This made me want to play the stupid game WoW again.

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    11. Nice post, I look forward to reading more =]

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    12. Man I love me some warcraft 3. I hate how WoW has been f'n with the lore as of late.

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    13. thats awesome haha

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    14. He was good but got fucked over by Frostmourne. He also didnt follow the paladin rules too well :/

      Uther ftw!

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    15. hmmm i say he was evil from the start but he got corrupted even more

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    16. Nice update there blogger, shall be looking forward to further info!

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    17. He was good who was corrupted.

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    18. i like arthas, i'd have
      a beer with him

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    19. Arthas was an evil arrogant prick even before Frostmourne.

      "This made me want to play the stupid game WoW again." - It's not worth it :)

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    20. very cool read thanks evil later

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    21. I thank you for condensing the lore into something actually readable. Blizzard makes it such an arduous task to read up on all that crap.

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    22. He's got a good heart, he was just bent off the path

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    23. Arthas' soul was pure, corrupted only by the lust to save his people. He was tricked into his position, and in the end it was not Arthas, but Ner'zhul who truly was the threat to humanity.

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    24. He was a beast who shouldn't have been killed.

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