You could always use a mod to resurrect him. Perhaps there even is a mod that'll erase his death count. Seeing as you didn't fail but your computer did, it seems perfectly justified.
And Ember Lightning > Ember Lance. At least the modded one which makes it scale better and hit more targets. Pew pew pew.
Hmm... Ember Lance, sounds cool, let's give it a sho - IMMA FIRIN' MAH LAZOR!