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2-17-2010 @ 5:22PM
A very nice summary of WCIII indeed. Nothing to replace the story of the game itself, of course, but for those silly enough to not play through it, an excellent summary. I do have to take slight issue with your (what I can only assume is purely speculative) paragraph about the greater games Medivh is playing post-resurrection. If there's been blue confirmation that his plan was this widespread and involved, I would very much like to know, but your assertion is, from my understanding, that Medivh knew where Arthas' path (indeed, Azeroth's path) was going, and took steps to ensure that in some strange predestination paradox? That his intent was to, by offering Arthas up to the Lich King, refocus the Burning Legion onto the LK through Illidan, whilst occupying the Lich King with his games? I'm not entirely sure if that's what you meant by "removing him from the board"Even for a mind such as Medivh, that seems a slight reach. Now, especially given our knowledge of what happens after Arthas' death, isn't it possible that Medivh's endgame was to send the orcs, and ultimately Jaina, west to Kalimdor, while sending Arthas north to contain the Lich King? We know Arthas has a deep-seated hatred for orcs similar to that of Daelin Proudmoore. Medivh could've foreseen a similar chain of events to the Frozen Throne orc campaign, and decided that Jaina would be a more diplomatic leader for the humans in Kalimdor. As for the Lich King, is it possible Medivh meant to send an uncorrupted Arthas to Northrend, to Icecrown, and have the Lich King possess him (or attempt to) then? At the very early stages of his corruption by Frostmourne, Arthas may have been able to hold the Lich King's malevolence in the same manner as it can be presumed Bolvar will. I would, however, credit the Lich King with the ability to hold off that possession until Arthas was more fully his creature. After all, Arthas kills his father, destroys his kingdom, and so much more ... and still, the Lich King is rendered comatose for the years between Frozen Throne and the Wrath cinematic. I think it's very possibly that Medivh's endgame was for that internal conflict to occur when Arthas might have held the upper hand. All speculation, of course. And if you could clarify your version of Medivh's intent concerning the Lich King, I'd be grateful.
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