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World of Warcraft Tribute-  King Arthas Menethil by pulyx World of Warcraft Tribute-  King Arthas Menethil by pulyx
I'm back.


This is a gift from me, for everyone who waited patiently for my comeback.
I've been in some sort of...I dunno. Just didn't felt like drawing for some time.

Arthas, is the guy who spread my art around the world.
And after he finally passed on, i felt like i should pay him my respects.

And i did it, by thinking ...What if he had made the right choices ?

And instantly that image came to to my mind.

In my version....Arthas, realized what everyone expected from him.
And became, the greatest paladin and Weilder of the Holy Light in the whole planet.
Grand Crusader of the Silver Hand King Arthas Menethil.
After a life of hard fighting and piety, Arthas grew ever more stern, caring, but a hard man.
No Queen, no Children.
His devotion is for the Light, and the Light only.
He fought the undead scourge and made the right choices.
He listened to Jaina, Uther and Muradin.
He purged Mal'ganis.
And after he learned where the real threat emanated from, he wen't there himself.

With his specially crafted hammer, The Holy Throne Sunderer, he obliterated the Frozen Throne and every bit of energy it contained.

The Undead never disappeared. Just grew wilder. And uncontrolled.

So King Arthas led a life of Fighting and protecting his people.

So without further adue,

All Hail,
King Arthas Menethil, the Throne Sunderer, Hero of the Eastern Kingdoms.

Leader and Teacher to All Paladins.

This was selected for the World of Warcraft Tribute book by Udon, so naturally:


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superZorthax Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder what an undead Malfurion would look like.
SivargDK Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.. This is art, not just art, but art that makes you think.
jfour91 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
This alternate Arthas looks awesome.
Gurdim Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
eeh 'ol unca Arthie, you could have been this cool if you had listened to Muradin and go back to Lordaeron, instead of picking up suspicious abandoned demon-crafted meat knives xD 

btw really great art :)
I'd imagine this:

After communing with the "spirits" within Frostmourne and after longer communing, he would see the destruction he'd bring upon his people, and thus, instead of taking up Frostmourne, musters what power of Light he has and shatters Frostmourne, and, somehow, the power of Frostmourne is absorbed into Light's Vengeance, in a manner such that the Lich King cannot control him, because of the holy light consecrated into Light's Vengeance. Then he kills Mal'Ganis. Then he returns home a hero.
Gurdim Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
dunno, it sounds cool but it would have been safer and wiser to simply not touch that weird skull sword imho XD And i think (need confirm, but it kind of works similarly to Stormbringer from Melnibone's books) that Frostmourne had its own power, but before being unfrosted and used to kill people around it was way empty of souls and way weaker than how it is by the time Arthas hits the dust xD 
pulyx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That would be a good way to do it.
QweenAshley Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
ha check out this fanfic it is really good and can go along with this pick… 
Malumbrus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
Why is he wearing Stormwind colours?
pulyx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Um....Blue and gold are the colors of Lordaeron too? (Have always been)
QweenAshley Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
EmperorBassexe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
You ever gonna make a pic where Kael is in a positive alt-timeline light?

Y'know, how he SHOULD have bloody been in Wow?
pulyx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I could. But he wouldn't have looked much different than the version i did of him as a Kirin Tor mage.
Elves don't age. He would've looked the same in my opinion. More opulent clothing maybe.
Notori0us7 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
and did not turn into a purple power hungry control freak
neromit Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
This is the best picture of Arthas i´ve ever seen!
Wouldn´t it be great to see an mirror image of that picture, but with the original time line, like, Arthas the Lich King in the ruins of lordaeron : O
Nanahari Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist
If only he chose the right path.... 

This is amazing, love the color, and the fact that he looks like his old man. To bad though that he didn't marry Jaina :(
Notori0us7 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
it is pretty sad how he fell to the Frostmourne's corruption.
DuoDynamo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Sensacional, cara. Parabéns por ter conseguido entrar no livro! :)
Tinha visto esse desenho faz tempo, mas só agora vi que você é brasileiro hehe
AeluronLightsong Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Great work. I like it :)
jaknife79 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I love it! It's what we all hoped for! Clap
and I like to hope there's a Jaina right behind him, about to step in view Meow :3 
Frostlines Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Now that WoD is coming, how awesome would it be if, based on the alternate timeline of Dreanor, we would get a alternate timeline of Azeroth as well? No Lich King, so Arthas wouldn't be corrupted and we could get this version of him.....just awesome!
Arkaida007911 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
i love this pic. well done
wilder41 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
And a Queen Jania I assume?
tubeeman Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
If this timeline did happen...
there would not have been Blood Elves or Forsaken...
and a lot of things would have happened...
like Dranosh becoming deathbringer saurfang

in another side... Keal'thas would have been still a high elf
XD really this timeline could have been better...
ShadowXII Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This piece, to me, always looks like he used the Light and his own sheer will of soul to overwhelm Frostmourne instead of it taking over him, and had the blade melted down and reforged into a hammer, became one with it and used it to shatter the Frozen Throne.
Super-Panda-Marios Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Non il Re dei Lich, il Re dei Paladini. Not the Lich King, the Paladins King
Parrthurnax105 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This what would happened if he didn't took Forstmourne.
Grimdour Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I like to think that when he gripped Frostmourne, this is what the future Lich King saw and continued his path, thinking it was his destiny.

Meanwhile the future Throne Sunderer saw the image of the Lich King as triumphant as this on the ashes of Lordaeron, and shattered the sword.
pradyumdesikan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful Art!! Love it. But the Blue Eyes make it look like Lich King managed to tame the Light itself. or the Light tamed the Lich King... whichever way. but looks like Lich King x Paladin
Ravage010101 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
dont get me wrong this is awsome, but i still preffer the Lich King
Breed89 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Awesome =D
To bad this dident happen =(
Aires79 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
one of my all time favorite pieces of fan art you can almost hear the cheers of his people and the church bells ringing in the back ground 
MygoodGovernor Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
How things should have been.....    T_T   
dandon7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
may i ask u how it takes to reach this kind of perfection ?? i mean time ! how long ?  
pulyx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha perfection...

But seriously though, you mean skill o how long did this particular piece take ?
dandon7 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i mean skill man how long did u practice to reach this level and yes i meant it that was perfection 
pulyx Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well man..i gotta be honest. I'm not the most disciplined of artists so i don't practice alot. I draw/paint when i feel like it. So that's why there's no perfection on my work. I'm usually quite content with mild development over long periods of time.
I draw since i was 5.
If i had the discipline/drive some artists have, by now i'd be one of the world's greatests (don't mean to be conceited. But that's a lot of time painting)
Some hobby artists draw 3 to 5 hours a day, and in some cases professional artists on gaming/movie industries draw from 8 to 12, 16 hours a day sometimes depending on the intensity of production crunch time.
I barely draw 1, 2 hours a day when i'm not working on a particular piece i'm excited about or comission. When i'm working it could be some 5, 6 hours a day (for a small amount of days)

For a long time i had professional aspirations but unfortunately i was born in the wrong country to do the type of art i like to do. (Brazil's appreciation, market for this stuff is laughable).
So i'd rather do it as a hobby at a pace that doesn't stress me. I try to gain a little from it because it's time, and time is always valuable.

But to achieve my "level" of skill isn't really hard. I've seen some kids who started waaaaaaaaaaaay after i did advance far quicker in terms of skill and quality over the course of 3, 4 years sometimes.
Put your mind to it, and it comes with time, reference and most important of all, enjoyment and self-accessment. It's the journey not the results. The results come with experience.

dandon7 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank u so much for your concern and we have something in common here me also living on a country that is not appreciate this kind of work (Egypt) but like what u said it's a hobby and i would like to gain more skills just for me i love the art and paint as a whole and i will improve my self as well u give me the chills here :) i think i could mange the time and to gain more experience  thank u one more time for ur concern and ur are not a conceited !! it's true u would be on of the world's greatest u are talented and i hope to see more of ur work and if i may i want to ask ur email on facebook just in case i need an advice or something :) have a nice day 
nders Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your background story rocks the socks! liked your version way better than blizzard's.
julian0123 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You could have been the greatest, Arthas.
efilipov11 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
He still is. Or he rather was before Cataclysm came... He was a great king, well, King of the Scourge, but still a king. And i like the guy not for being the bad-guys'-boss but because of the reason to why he became The Lich King - to become stronger and purge the darkness to protect him people and things like that. Yes, he wasn't strong enough to resist the mind control from the cursed blade, but still :-) If you have watched the "death of the lich king" in youtube or other video sharing websites you know what i'm talking about.
xalanthas Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WC3's story will always have a special place in my heart. :(
TheDeviantSketcher Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but i liked Lich Arthas D:
Koragg1991 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Agreed this guy looks like a pussy. I'd like to see you go up to Lich King and call him a pussy... :D
Daydreamer-520 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, nice intricate detail. I miss WoW now and especially Caverns of Time...
masteralexton Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
This would have been great if Arthas had not been so weak. Great piece.
DekaHussein Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Digital Artist
really awesome !
Vishapi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The Philosopher King, I prefer him undead to be honest. ;)

Great picture!
Ca-l-gr Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic dude!
THEDaveYognaut Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is like Cocaine to me.
I can't get enough!
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