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8-21-2008 @ 11:56AM
OF COURSE he will be redeemed. This is an adaptation of the Monomyth. Joseph Campbell laid all of this out decades ago. Go read "The Hero's Journey" and you'll be able to predict what is most likely to happen.Whenever Blizzard decides to finish this story, Arthas will see the light again, or see that he's been on the wrong side of it for a while now, conquer/convince his Ner'zhul half to again see the light, and then he will be an unstoppable force of good. Legion & Scourge will fall. Lordaeron will rise, and the Horde and Alliance will lose whatever uneasy truce they have now. In some way, he will be defeated, whether he ends his reign of terror himself or someone ends it for him, he will be redeemed.That, or some new hero will arise, who has a troubled but talented past, reluctantly (read: be forced to) join the fight against the Scourge & Legion, fall from grace, be resurrected to the light, reborn more powerful than ever, ready, willing, and able to slay the Legion, Scourge, and Lich King.Maybe I'm wrong, but I'll tell you what won't happen. The Lich King will not live out the remainder of his days ruling the known universe, and retire to the shuffleboard court of an afternoon. He won't see the end of his days living in conflict with the other factions of the world. He won't live on, immortal, happy with a stalemate.I'll tell you what will happen. Someone will win. The era of the Lich King will end. During the final war against the Legion/Scourge/Whatever, those who fought in battle together will find unity in their success, for the most part, and a time of peace will be known. Scryer will hug Aldor. Jaina will renew her friendship with Thrall. The Well of Eternity will be recreated, peacefully. Something HUGE. Anyway, enemies will become allies, foes will become friends. Peace will reign. Slowly, old prejudices and old ways of thinking will slowly grow, forcing allies apart, slowly at first, like a wedge, and this whole story will repeat itself. A few races may change sides during the sundering of this new alliance, but ultimately it will split, and this will all happen again. World of Warcraft 2. A new evil leader will emerge. (S)He may not be called the Lich King next time, (s)he may be a completely different kind of horror, but trust me. Arthas will be redeemed, peace will prevail, and conflict will begin anew.
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