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11-23-2008 @ 4:13PM
I sometimes wonder what any of us would have done given the situation at Stratholme if we had been in Arthas shoes. The Plague can't be detected without magical means, you know no cure, and whoever eats the contaminated grain dies in hours and raises as an Undead zombie. You've been fighting them for several days and know just how dangerous they are, and that any soldier you lose to them is an potential new enemy. You arrive at Stratholme with a reduced contingent of troops, and find that a great shipment of plagued grain has been distributed among the population, and that most of it is probably already infected.As disgusting as it sounds, the decision of purging the entire city may be the best course of action given your resources. You don't have the numbers to inspect each person of the city for symptoms, and any person that turns undead may kill several others. With Mal'Ganis present collecting the dead, you either burn the city or face an army you can't win against, and the population of Stratholme would still be dead.I would not say that Arthas turned evil at this time, but rather that it upset him enough to make him take more and more extreme measures to fight the scourge. The true turning point for me would be the burning of the ships and the betrayal of the mercenaries in Northrend to make sure he got his revenge.
11-23-2008 @ 6:01PM
I agree with this, his decision wasn't the decision a paladin would generally make, but as a leader it wasn't a purely bad decision, however hiring mercenaries, burning his men's ships, then killing the mercenaries was the first thing he did that was flat out wrong
11-23-2008 @ 11:20PM
"I sometimes wonder what any of us would have done given the situation at Stratholme if we had been in Arthas shoes... As disgusting as it sounds, the decision of purging the entire city may be the best course of action given your resources."Quarantine the city, and/or individual houses within it? People who aren't infected can then go free. Defer to Uther's wisdom? In a sense that's the coward's way out, just passing the buck, but then again, maybe Arthas' mentor really could have thought of something. Only kill the citizens after they die and come back? It's more risky than killing them in their beds, but it's still worth a shot. Or how about trying to heal the victims? It may sound dumb, but in the Warcraft III campaign, I'm pretty sure no one even had the chance to try to heal someone suffering from the undead plague. Even if they had tried off-camera, you'd still think Arthas could have made one last attempt before ordering the purge of an entire city.To put it simply, Arthas ordered a pogrom, and when Uther and Jaina objected, he pulled rank as the prince and disbanded the Order of the Silver Hand rather than listen to Uther. You're right, Arthas had no good choices, that was the Lich King's whole plan. But what he wound up doing as pretty much the worst choice possible.
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