I’m a fan of the Infinite Dragonflight, largely because, as far as villains go, they are rather interesting, even having goals that could be misconstrued as noble.
Lessee, they’ve tried to stop Thrall, thus preventing the creation of the new Horde, they’ve tried to stop the horde initially invading azeroth and causing the deaths of thousands, and they’ve attempted to stop Arthas from becoming the Lich King.
Stopping Thrall before he has a chance to resurrect the Horde probably seems like a really awesome idea to Wrynn right about now. No Thrall, no orgrimmar, no tauren to worry about, no trolls, Sylvanus would have easily been defeated, and everyone would have continued not caring about blood elves.
No strife in today’s world… of warcraft, no endless, pointless bickering.
Even stopping the initial horde invasion can be an act of good. If the demon-possessed orcs never invaded azeroth in the first place, the massive amount of bloodshed that defined the first and second wars simply wouldn’t have happened. And without Ner’Zhul, we wouldn’t even be in this current mess with the Lich King.
But, without the Horde, specifically the Horde under Thrall’s leadership, Azeroth would not have been strong enough to resist the Burning Legion. Had there not been the horde invasion, had Thrall not escaped, the Burning Legion would have destroyed Azeroth and everything on it.
Which makes me wonder why the Infinite Dragonflight tried to kill Arthas before he had the chance to become the Lich King, and more specifically, why the Bronze Dragonflight has enlisted our aid to make sure Arthas is able to bring misery to hundreds of thousands.
These things we know:
The Infinite Dragonflight has always acted in such a way to bring utter ruin to Azeroth.
The Bronze Dragonflight has always acted to protect Azeroth as best as it can.
Even time traveling dragons, apparently, can’t wholly stop the forces of evil.
So this got me thinking. If Arthas had never travelled to Northrend, he never would have become the Lich King.
For those of you who haven’t read the Arthas book, Arthas did not merge with Ner’Zhul and jointly become the Lich King. Arthas cast every trace of himself out, and then permanently ended the existence of Ner’Zhul. Neither exist in the current Lich King.
Prince Arthas, sacred paladin, is no more. Ner’Zhul, former mighty orc shaman, is no more. There is but the Lich King, resplendent in his own power, being defeated at every turn by basically everything. I wouldn’t be surprised if he failed to exterminate a group of penguins at this rate.
I wonder, was that the point? Did the Infinite Dragonflight want to kill Arthas so that Ner’Zhul would have to use someone else? Perhaps Illidan or Kael’Thas would have become the new Lich King (Icecrown was just a setback!).
Is that why, then, the Bronze Dragonflight took such great efforts to guarantee Arthas became the Lich King? As far as unstoppable Lich Kings go, Arthas is pretty blah. Maybe the Bronzies strived to make sure we ended up fighting the weakest Lich King possible, and that’s what the Infinites were trying to stop.