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4-16-2008 @ 5:43PM
Arthas kicked in doors and murdered people in their sleep, without verifying who was plagued and who was not. He saw some empty boxes of plagued grain and decided that "this entire city must be purged". He had a difficult decision to face, but the entire -point- of that mission was that it was where he finally snapped. Uther Lightbringer, the first and greatest paladin of all Azeroth, Arthas' senior, wanted to try another way, but by that time Arthas was beyond reasoning - his pride and lust for vengeance had taken over. Mal'ganis was goading him into slaughtering the people of Stratholme, plagued and healthy alike, and falling into evil. This is what one of the soldiers under Arthas' command had to say about the Culling:"Dearest Amelia,Tonight I have seen things that will haunt me to the end of time.Stratholme is aflame... and we are responsible.Our Prince led us into the streets of the city tonight; he ordered us to break into the homes of the townspeople and... kill them in their sleep. They were plagued, claimed Lord Arthas, and had to be killed before they killed us.It was a slaughter. Hundreds died silently to the swords of those sworn to protect them. I could stand it no longer; I fled.Deserter I may be, but I could not commit such atrocities. In every home I could not help but see your face, or those of our children, upon the victims as they died. If standing against that means being a traitor, then so be it.I hope to find my way back to you in time, but the roads are unsafe. Give our children my love in my absence.James"
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