I've had a few Alliance characters in WoW, and one of my favorite things to do is poke around and explore the capital cities. Sure, I've spent some time in Stormwind and Ironforge as my Horde guys, but those are always frantic blitzes to reach some silly Elder or to murder their King. Not really the same!
One of the more surprising finds was in some basement in Stormwind's Cathedral Square. I was roaming around and was shocked to discover Brother Crowley, an emissary of the hated Scarlet Crusade! Prior to the Cataclysm, he offered Alliance players a quest to seek out his fellow Crusade member Brother Anton, who had traveled to Desolace to destroy some Scourge.
I never did this (I mean - Desolace? From Stormwind? That's about as far away as you can possibly get. Pass.) but I always wondered why a Scarlet Crusade official was allowed to make his home in Stormwind, unmolested. His rank of emissary would imply that perhaps the Scarlet Crusade sent him to Stormwind to establish an alliance or peace treaty? That seems very different than their usual fanatical zealotry.
It's also interesting to note that Crowley was affiliated with Stormwind, and that his quest dialogue spoke only of destroying the Scourge. Perhaps Crowley was one of the few remaining Scarlets who believed in the group's original noble tenets and objectives, before Balnazzar twisted their organization into a genocidal cult. He didn't seem as paranoid or obsessed as most Scarlet members, which might explain why the Stormwind officials tolerated his presence in their Cathedral.
Brother Anton, who could be found at Nijel's Point in Desolace, was very similar. He was also affiliated with Stormwind, and displayed only a firm hatred of the Scourge, not the xenophobic madness so common within his organization. He gave Alliance players a quest to kill some undead in the Valley of Bones, and actually invited players to join the Scarlet Crusade afterward, giving them a letter of commendation and directing them to seek out a paladin in Southshore named Raleigh the Devout.
When players found Raleigh and gave him Anton's commendation, he seemed surprised and disappointed that Anton still supported the Crusade, saying "Brother Anton still spreads the word of the Scarlet Crusade? Oh my...." He then explained how the once-noble faction had deteriorated into a "deranged regime," and gave quests to head into the Scarlet Monastery and kill their leaders.
I thought Raleigh's reaction upon receiving Anton's commendation interesting. It's hard to tell what emotions are present in his words. Is he in disbelief that Anton still hasn't come to his senses? Kind of like "He STILL believes in their nonsense? What a noob..." Or, does he feel sorry that his former friend is still trapped within the Crusade's clutches, like someone reluctant to leave an abusive relationship?
Regardless, Cataclysm's changes have abolished these story threads. Brother Crowley remains in the Cathedral, but now offers no quests. Raleigh the Devout is missing, and since other Southshore NPCs have been seen alive and well, I think we can assume by his absence that he is dead.
And poor Brother Anton, who only wanted to destroy the Scourge, is no longer at Nijel's Point asking adventurers to help him. It seems he decided to take matters into his own hands, for his corpse now rests at the entrance to the Valley of Bones, trod upon by the undead monsters he sought to destroy. There's no quest to find his body, no loved one trying to learn his whereabouts. He's just there, dead and forgotten. I found him completely by accident, passing by to do some archaeology.
I generally hate the Scarlet Crusade, since they're bigoted, blinded by racism and somehow still harness the power of the Light for malicious, evil deeds. But this was a sad little reminder that their organization wasn't always corrupt, and that maybe there was some members who still believed in their original goals, and just wanted to rid the planet of the Scourge.
So long, Brother Anton. You seemed like a decent and earnest sort, if somewhat misguided. And you tried your best.