Last week, we talked about Arthas’ fall from grace. How step by step he moved from a Paladin who served his people to an obsessed, vengeful and ruthless man who would do anything to destroy Mal’Ganis… even imperil his own soul. How his inability to accept defeat and loss broke him. This week, we talk about what happened after he broke.
Arthas was lost for months following the destruction of Mal’Ganis. When he arrived in Lordaeron, along with many of his troops such as Thassarian, Falric and Marwyn at his side, the city celebrated his return with the ringing of the city’s bells in his honor. Rose petals rained from the parapets upon the Crown Prince’s path. He was led into his father Terenas’ presence and knelt at the feet of the throne. As if seeking pardon for his long absence and his flouting of his father’s will.
But that was the furthest thing from what Arthas had planned. Even as Terenas started speaking, Arthas’ thoughts were of a far darker cast.
— Know Your Lore: Arthas, the Lich King’s chosen
Last week we talked about Arthas Menethil, the Paladin, the son of Lianne and Terenas Menethil. The Crown Prince of Lordaeron. This week, we talk about Arthas Menethil’s fate.
— Know Your Lore: The tragic fall of Arthas Menethil
Lianne Menethil, Queen of Lordaeron, and her husband King Terenas had two children — Princess Calia Menethil and Prince Arthas Menethil. Arthas was heir to the throne, and his childhood was as close to idyllic as possible. He was born four years before the First War between Humans and Orcs ravaged the Kingdom of Stormwind and sent refugees fleeing north.
Arthas grew into young manhood surrounded by those affected by the wars. His childhood friend was Varian Wrynn, the heir to Stormwind and presumptive King after the death of Llane. His tutor in combat was Muradin Bronzebeard, a hero of the Second War and ambassador to Lordaeron from Khaz Modan. And the Prince was taught in the arts of the Knights of the Silver Hand by Uther the Lightbringer himself. If anyone could be said to have a golden childhood, touched by greatness without having had to suffer the losses, it could have been said to be Arthas Menethil.
— Know Your Lore: The promise of Prince Arthas Menethil