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4-13-2011 @ 9:13PM
Arthas may or may not be a fratricide (his sister Calia disappeared but her body was never found, and she is presumed by many fans to have taken a new identity as Calia Hastings of SI:7), but most importantly he's a patricide: his father's murder has a much, much bigger impact on the lore and on Arthas' psyche.
4-13-2011 @ 10:28PM
If Arthas "was a fratricide" then he would have been killed by a sibling.
4-13-2011 @ 10:30PM
Also a regicide!
4-13-2011 @ 10:34PM
Slowing down a bit: One can be a victim of fratricide, and one can go on a fratricidal rage, but "fratricide" is a noun, not a verb. You cannot "fratricide" anyone in the same way that you cannot "printer" anyone.
4-13-2011 @ 11:52PM
For what it's worth, "fratricide" is specifically if you kill your brother—it's from "frater" in Latin. If Arthas killed his sister he'd be a sororicide. (Think of the "fraternity" / "sorority" difference.)
4-13-2011 @ 11:53PM
...yes, I'm a Latin nerd. :)
4-14-2011 @ 1:19AM
@SamlowryFratricide is both an abstract noun (describing the act of killing one's brother - "He commited fratricide") or a concrete noun describing one who has killed his own brother ("He killed his brother, he is a fratricide"). If Arthas had been killed by his brother he would be a "victim of fratricide", not a fratricide himself.Arthas was neither of these - he was a patricide and a regicide (although it's notable that sometimes "regicides" were called "patricides" even if they were not the children of the kind - this referred to the role of Kings as "fathers of the nation", and so any one of the King's subjects would be commiting patricide if they murdered him).
4-14-2011 @ 9:01AM
Thanks Kurash, I wondered if it was the same in English (I'm French - and a language nerd too :P).
4-14-2011 @ 11:47PM
Language nerds unite! :)
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