Uther the Lightbringer represents the Paladin class in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
|Leader and founder of the Knights of the Silver Hand, he led his knights to victory during the Second War. He was the tutor of Arthas Menethil before his eventual descent into madness. Arthas returned from his Northrend Expedition to seek out the cursed blade Frostmourne, and murdered his father, Terenas Menethil II, the then-current King of Lordaeron. While Uther was transporting the ashes of the slain king to their final resting place, Arthas murdered Uther as well.|
Uther the Lightbringer is credited as being the first Paladin of the Knights of the Silver Hand, a more militant branch in service to the Light that was originally created in the Alonsus Chapel in the city known as Stratholme. It is here that the Archbishop Alonsus Faol came to the realization, after the sacking of Stormwind during the First War, that faith was not always enough. In order to provide martial prowess to the Light, the Knights of the Silver Hand were created. As first among them, Uther the Lightbringer was named their leader.
Active during the Second War, Uther was amongst the bloodiest of the fighting against the Orcs, including the Siege of Lordaeron which was led by Orgrim Doomhammer. It was after the battle of Blackrock Spire that Uther would be named "Lightbringer" by Lieutenant Turalyon, a Paladin himself and second in command to Anduin Lothar.
After the conclusion of the Second War, Uther continued to serve the Kingdom of Lordaeron and the Church of Holy Light as a mediator and protector of the people. Having long since been considered the greatest of the Paladins, it was during this time that he took Arthas Menethil, son of King Terenas Menethil, as his apprentice and began to instruct him in the scripture and methods of the Light.
Uther the Lightbringer fell during the Third War, at the emergence of the Scourge. He was not slain by a member of the Horde, but by the blade Frostmourne of Arthas Menethil, his own apprentice.
In the beginning of the Third War, Uther was tasked with defending the town of Strahnbrad from nearby Orc pillagers, led by a Blademaster known as Jubei'Thos alongside his apprentice, and the heir to Lordaeron, Arthas Menethil. It wasn't until the assault on Hearthglen by the Scourge that Arthas had begun to change, pressed and nearly defeated, it was the arrival of Uther that saved Arthas' life. Embarrassed and wounded in his pride, the young Paladin rode to Stratholme with Uther and Jaina Proudmoore following, to confront and defeat Mal'ganis, a Dread Lord of the Burning Legion who had brought the Scourge back. Having learned that Stratholme had already been infected by the Plague, Arthas made the decision to purge the city, ordering Uther and the Silver Knights to do so. When Uther refused to purge the city and kill innocent people, the Silver Hand and Uther himself were charged with treason and disbanded by Prince Arthas Menethil, who set about his bloody work.
It is in Andorhal that Uther would ultimately meet his death, slain by Arthas Menethil for the urn and ashes of his father, also slain by his hand. Uther was laid to rest in the Western Plaguelands inside of a great tomb. For those who visit, his ghost will offer words of gratitude for any who come to honor him, and forgiveness for any who wished him ill.
In Wrath of the Lich King, Uther can be seen in the Caverns of Time instance, Culling of Stratholme. His name is also possibly derived from Uther Pendragon, a mythical British King who is father to King Arthur (Similar to Arthas).
"I dearly hope there's a special place in Hell waiting for you, Arthas." -Uther, the Lightbringer