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|Title||<The Butcher of Taurajo>|
|Location||Forward Command, Southern Barrens|
When scouts reported that Taurajo's most dangerous units were out on the hunt he ordered the sacking Camp Taurajo, despite it being a 'soft target' he recognized that the camp had been used to recruit, equip, and train Horde infantry for many years. During the attack he ordered his men to leave a gap open in the line so the citizens of Taurajo may escape, and despite this some civilian casualties did occur. Hawthorne also ordered Wildhammer mercenaries to firebomb the village. Following this there are those in the Horde that refers to Hawthorne as the "The Butcher of Taurajo" due to his actions being perceived as the intentional killing of civilians.
There are those that ended up in his ranks who are non-violent criminals recruited from the Stormwind Stockades, following Alliance policy. He discovered that some had broke ranks to loot the ruins, which among other things, he considered disrespectful. He had an adventurer arrest several; others witnessed this and crawled back to him, requesting clemency. He had them thrown into the brig at Northwatch Hold to let them stew for a bit.
After some initial interactions with the adventurer, he sends them off to Fort Triumph and says he will travel there himself separately. After this, he is killed in the Horde quest The Butcher of Taurajo. His corpse was later retrieved and is found in Fort Triumph, being mourned by his widowed wife, Clarice Hawthorne.
- Gossip text
- What is your name, <class>? <name>?
- Welcome to the Barrens. You are standing at the vanguard of our most important operations on this continent. I would be honored if you were to lend us your strength.
Tell me what happened at Taurajo.
- Ah yes, our assault on the Horde town of Taurajo. I struggled with the implications of the decision.
- Taurajo was admittedly what you might call a 'soft target,' primarily a hunters' camp. Still, it had been used to recruit, equip, and train Horde infantry for many years.
- When our scouts reported that Taurajo's most dangerous units were out on the hunt, we had to act quickly.
We sacked the town?
- <Hawthorne wrinkles his brow.>
- I would prefer not to use the term 'sacked,' but yes, the attack went off flawlessly. We removed Taurajo from the equation, confiscated its arms, and destroyed its smithing facilities. The assault gave our forces considerable breathing room and knocked the enemy off balance.
- Nonetheless, during the assault, I instructed my men to leave a gap open in our lines...
Why did you do that?
- Taurajo had a significant civilian population. I wanted to ensure that they could escape the fighting, and many did, finding refuge in the north.
- There are some, even in Alliance High Command, who argued that I let an opportunity slip away. That I should've taken hostages. But I don't see the value in those sort of terror-tactics.
- Hear me out, <name>: I want this war to end someday. It won't ever stop if we butcher or imprison civilians.
- I just pray that there are those on the other side who see things as I do.
Considering he wears the Theramore Tabard and his wife says that she came to the Barrens from Theramore, they may have been citizens of Theramore.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.