RIP Thersa Windsong
A while ago, after Wrath came out, there were quite the flurry of posts about ethics and morals and how they applied in game, mostly in regards to a certain quest. (There was also a similar quest in the DK starting area, but I didn’t see anyone mention it, oddly.)
The death of Thersa Windsong didn’t directly involve me taking some sharp instrument and torturing her before she died, but I think it counts nonetheless. I had gone down in the Apothecarium to deliver some information to Andon Gant from Jediga and saw that there was another quest available if I went down the stairs. Sure enough, Chemist Cuely wanted me to go fill some vials from tidepools in Azshara to help this poor Tauren standing next to him. Thersa did look quite ill and Cuely wanted to find out what had made her so sick.
So, I went to go fill the vials.
Should I have known better? Yes. The very first time I played an Undead out of the starting area and got to Brill and got the quest to poison the poor Mountaineers in the basement of the inn, I’ve disliked the Undead. (I was actually so disgusted and guilt-ridden I didn’t roll an Undead for about a year.) And as you go one, there are more and more quests in a similar vein throughout the world that the Undead questgivers make available to you. Because I have an inherent dislike for the Undead that started that first time I rolled an Undead, I stay away from their areas while leveling. I’ll go to the Undercity to turn in quests or to pick up quests for dungeons. But I don’t like them, I don’t like what they do, and I don’t like their areas.
But my Troll, as naive as that poor Tauren that went looking to the Undead for help, desperate for a cure, decided to go fill those vials. It was an easy enough quest. I hearthed back to turn it in, and as Chemist Cuely says, “… Perhaps it will cure her… perhaps not.” my stomach dropped a little. I knew what the vial Anarkali held in her hands was going to do to the Tauren. It was either going to disfigure her horribly or it would kill her.
What should I do? As soon as I read the quest text, I was taken back to that first time I went into the basement to poison the Mountaineers. Since I didn’t know what would happen, I watched them turn into zombies. It was horrible to read their e-motes. I felt exactly the same knowing I was going to kill this poor Tauren, who was only here for help because other healers couldn’t help her. (Plus, she’s a Tauren – there’s a whole added bit of innocence somehow built in, imo.)
I gave it to her. She died immediately.
My excuse (and that’s what it is, an excuse) is that Anarkali needed the experience points. She’s trying to level as quickly as possible. Why? The sooner she is 80, the sooner she can start working on Loremaster. Issue? Now I’m not sure if I can do that. As I said, there are more quests out there like this – if I want Loremaster, will I be able to skip over them and complete others in order to meet the number requirements per continent? Or will I have to bite the bullet and kill off who knows how many other people in order to make my quest count go up?
This could turn into a whole big discussion of ethics and morals and how my morals perhaps aren’t Anarkali’s at all and while I don’t have an intimate knowledge of who she is yet, I’d like to think that she wouldn’t willingly participate in such a deplorable quest and be in league with the damnable Forsaken by choice. She is a shaman. She heals people by choice – this wouldn’t be what she does.