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10-19-2008 @ 5:06PM
Why is it that Arthas is known as the Lich King? From all of what I understand, Ner'zhul is really the spirit now in Arthas' body, or is at least the major presence in it. So, in reality, shouldn't we all be going "ARGH, NER'ZHUL!!" instead of "ARGH, ARTHAS!!"
10-19-2008 @ 5:40PM
My guess, you go by the body instead of the soul. If he looks like Arthas, talk somewhat like Arthas, and does evil things like Arthas, he's called Arthas, even if he has a tormented orc rattling around that demented skull.
10-19-2008 @ 5:41PM
I often think this is unfair as well. Arthras was bent on vengeance, and he killed a few mecrenaries but in reality his crimes were not especially hanious. Even the culling of stratholme was to prevent them from becoming undead. He was just trying to do what he thought was right.I think the real reason people are always calling the lich king arthras is because it's just easier than always calling him "nerzhul" or always call him "the lich king."Arthras has always been an uniteresting character to me because, unlike a character like Darth Vader, there is not chance in hell that he'll ever be free of the lich king.
10-19-2008 @ 5:44PM
I've the feeling that the majority of common folk has never even heard of Ner'zhul, since only the Damned ever seemed to use his name; and most people who heard them utter those words likely ended up as undead slaves.Arthas however was a big shot, the fallen prince of Lordearon, a celebrity. After he killed his father, Uther and a score of other holy persona, it was his name sporting the covers of every major Azerothian gossip magazine - not Ner'zhul's. Adding to that that the Lich King still 'looks' like Arthas and not some orc, its no surprise everyone still refers to him as such.
10-19-2008 @ 5:55PM
"There is no Dana, only Zul."Basically, there is no Arthas any more; nor is there Ner'zhul. There's just The Lich King (see Ner'zhul's comment from War III: "now we are one.")People call him/it "Arthas" because, I suspect, it's shorter than "The Lich King" and because it looks an awful lot like him. Also, if you shout it out in a crowded room, he's the one who turns around.I guess it helps that it's also a good name for shouting. "Arthaaaaaaaaas!"
10-19-2008 @ 6:11PM
Because Arthas is the one from Warcraft III. He's the major lore character, the one we identified with and watched fall. Ner'zhul is an equal part of the Lich King, but it's going to appeal to more people to call the Lich King Arthas.
10-20-2008 @ 12:08AM
Lore-wise, it's probably because virtually nobody even knows Ner'zhul is/was the Lich King at all. Even though he was a major figure in the Orcish history and during the Second War, I don't think it's very well known in-world that he was turned into the Lich King by the Burning Legion.Outside of the lore, many more people played WCIII than played WCII, and they only ever saw Ner'zhul as a suit of armor in a casket of ice. Arthas, on the other hand, was a major player that they controlled for a large chunk of the game.
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