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3-17-2010 @ 3:37PM
I think you're overshooting a bit with the whole "degrading the mentally ill" thing here. We aren't really killing these people for being insane, really, its what they did while insane. One could argue the entire race of trolls are just a tiny step away from insanity, yet we (Hordies, at least) don't kill the Darkspears or Raventusk because they don't do bad things. Illidan, Kael, Zalazane and Malygos did BAD things, like wage wars and kill people.The insanity thing just makes the killing of these memorable and significant characters (personally I LOVE Illidan) more justified and necessary, in the end. As much as you may love Illidan, he's insane now, so there's nothing to bring him back and stop him from hoarding angry demons and taking over Outland, so he has to be killed. The message here has never been "that guy is insane killz and lootz him!", there's always a kicker: "that guy is insane and trying bring a demon into Azeroth who would love nothing more than to enslave and burn us all".Archetypal-ly speaking: insanity has a connotation of unpredictability, recklessness, and irrationality. Those things are no big deal if you're a "harmless" fisherman in the Hinterlands, it becomes a big deal when you're the head of an entire flight of dragons in charge of managing magic.
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