Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Story of Arthas

The original to the image below is a work by Paul Kwon, a regular contributor to the Blizzard Fan Art Program and who has created some spectacular images. Go to the Screenshots Page to see more of his work, on display now!

The World of Warcraft is the first and only game in the Warcraft series that I have played. So it is no surprise then that when I first began playing, I was very unaware of the vastly developed storylines embedded within the game. And, to be honest and quite sadly, I'm still a total lore noob even today.

With the Wrath of the Lich King in the Alpha stage and the ruckus being made about Arthas falling victim to only ten men, I figured it would be a good idea to learn a bit about the Death Knight, his sword, and his history; to help me appreciate the game more, I guess. After a quick Google search, I found a series of 12.5 videos on YouTube, called "The Story of Arthas."

The clips are compiled by user Glyndis08 who used in-game footage from various Warcraft titles to follow Arthas from his days as a lowly Prince studying the ways of the Paladin to the moment he takes his seat atop of the Frozen Throne as the Lich King.

The videos are quite lengthy, running at about 10 minutes a piece, but they contain a lot of vital information about Warcraft's history that I was simply unaware of before! The story does not stick to just Arthas either, but implements the storyline of many others as well, including Illidan, Sylvanas, and Kael'thas.

There are a few issues I experienced with audio, when it would just disappear and reappear quite annoyingly. But other than that,I found the clips to be well made, easy to follow, and very helpful in leading me to understand the story behind the game.

I highly recommend giving them a peak when you have the time -- definitely worthwhile if you have some catching up to do on your lore, like I do. ;)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link!

Necrobutcher said...

let's not forget that he Lich King is Ner'zhul AND Arthas.

Eric the Great said...

I always wondered, why did Blizzard release the Sunwell in this expansion? Kil'jaeden should come after the Lich King, not before him.

Nibuca said...

WRT Lore
Be sure to check out the podcast "Epic Dolls". Illidarian has done a very entertaining and educational lore segment at the end of the podcast for the last 5-6 episodes. It's very nice for those of use who don't know the lore.

Her last few lore segments were about Maev, Tyranda Whisperwind, Malfurion Stormrage. Very educational.

Zyphre said...

Just remember, jago eats babies.

Jesyka said...

jagoooo is your babeh born yet? if so, is adorables?

or did you eat it upon arrival?

i miss yoooou.

p.s. - Age of Conan is totally badass. :)

Star said...

Yes! News on the baby please!

Anonymous said...

Kil'jaeden can't defeat Arthas now thats why when he was fighting Illidin Arthas was weak and now that he has fully fused with Ner'Zhul he is 100X stronger
he also has a army that is bigger then his too(undead have no limits to numbers)