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6-01-2008 @ 2:37PM
Hmm... I've got a question. People talk of the Lich King like he's pure unadulterated evil. However, is he truly? Remember, he's a fusion of Ner'zhul and Arthas. While yes, both of these people have done horrible, rotten things, they were truly after noble ideals for their people.Ner'zhul was decieved by Kil'jaeden into thinking that he was following his ancestor's wishes. When he has realized what it was that he had done, he tried to correct some of the what he's done, and ended up in in the suit of armor known as the Lich King, to be Kil'jaeden's puppet on Azeroth to to pave the way for the Burning Legion. Arthas, while arrogant and headstrong, truly was out to try to do right by his people. The catch is his goal went from saving his people, to defeating the Scourge, only to get caught by Frostmourne, and avenged his people from the Dreadlord (can't remember his name right now) who was coordinating the scourge offensive, but then was caught in the web that Frostmourne had woven. However, at this point, the lich king was starting to regain some of his independence, in the warnings that Kel'thuzad was giving to Arthas as he was returning as a Lich. Bit by bit, at this point, the Burning Legion's hold on the Scourge diminished, to where, with the defeat of Archimonde at Mount Hyjal, the Scourge became 'free' to do their plans, though with the same general goals that had been laid out for them by Kil'Jaeden, even if not under his control anymore.Remember, Kil'Jaeden feared the Scourge, and the price Illidan had to pay for the power from the Skull of Guldan was to destroy the Lich King. He lost the battle with Arthas, and went to Outland to both brood over it, and to hide from Kil'Jaeden.Now, with Kil'Jaeden defeated, what is preventing the noble, if somewhat misguided intentions of both Ner'Zhul and Arthas to come to the surface if given the proper incentive to do so. Who's to say that the final confrontation in WotLK isn't to kill to kill them, but rather to save them from demonic corruption?
6-02-2008 @ 9:45AM
All indications are that Ner'zhul's torture at the hands of Kil'Jaeden, and the deeds and corruption Arthas took part in, combined with their fusion, has created a being of ultimate evil. Blizzard seems to have little or no interest in playing out another Darth Vaderesque redemption story, and the RPG manuals hint that one of the Lich King's possible plans is to turn all living beings on Azeroth into undead, and rule the world as a God.
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