Anyone who's gone through Scarlet Monastery post-Shattering has likely encountered the mysterious and slightly ominous Dominic, an undead NPC who is friendly (and offers quests) to both Horde and Alliance. He keeps showing up in the different Monastery wings with new tasks for you, but he never really explains why he's there or what exactly he's doing. He does, however, make it very clear that he's not working for Sylvanas. (Or so he says, anyway...)
Oh, and did I mention he's wearing a gas mask? You know the kind - the kind worn by none other than the Royal Apothecary Society. Maybe he just finds the sanctified Monastery air unpleasant. Or maybe it's something else.
All in all, Dominic asks you to do three specific things for him:
- Retrieve a book for him, the Compendium of the Fallen
- Kill a large number of the Scarlet Crusade's elite soldiers
- Execute High Inquisitor Fairbanks
Dominic is undead, so I can understand wanting to seek vengeance on the Crusade by killing their strongest soldiers. But the Compendium of the Fallen? Remember, that book is a detailed history of Kel'Thuzad's necromantic accomplishments, describing how he was responsible for the original outbreak of the Scourge through the use of plague cauldrons.
The fact that this mysterious Dominic wants the tome is...well, it's concerning, to say the least. This is dangerous information that should be destroyed forever, not archived for posterity (at best) or reused to create a new plague (at worst).
Adding to the weirdness is how Dominic insists "No questions" numerous times, and when you hand over the Compendium, he asks you not to tell anyone he was there. Talk about suspicious! His shady, secretive behavior and questionable motives are all quite alarming.
As for Fairbanks...poor, tragic Fairbanks, who years ago witnessed Renault Mograine's patricidal betrayal and tried to tell the rest of the Crusade, only to be silenced and locked away for his troubles by the corrupted Scarlet leaders. One gets the impression that most of the Crusade doesn't even know about the now-undead Fairbanks, secreted away in a hidden room in the Cathedral.
So why does Dominic want him dead?
This is what really confused me. If Dominic is an enemy of the Crusade (which he appears to be), wouldn't Fairbanks be on his side? What possible risk could Fairbanks represent, to necessitate his murder? And he also strongly wants the deed to go unnoticed by the rest of the Crusade - but why?
I've wracked my brain, and as far as I know the only card in Fairbanks' hand is that he is a witness. He is the only living (sort of) person who witnessed Renault Mograine murder his father Alexandros. And he may have also seen Kel'Thuzad take away Alexandros' body, or possibly even perform some kind of ritual to transform Ashbringer (Alexandros' legendary sword) into the Corrupted Ashbringer, which Alexandros wielded in the original Naxxramas.
Is this important information? It's hard to say; in fact, continuity is an utter disaster here. According to the current game timeline, Renault is still alive and is hanging out in the Cathedral, yet in the Ashbringer manga series we saw his brother Darion recover Ashbringer and bring it to the Monastery. When Darion brought the sword near Renault, Alexandros' ghost manifested and revealed Renault's treachery, and then cut his head off.
The RPG books might not be canon, but the novels and manga books are. So either Renalt got resurrected (something that, admittedly, is entirely possible in existing game lore) or Blizzard has just hand-waved the whole thing.
Further complicating this mess is the fact that these events actually originally took place in-game, in the Vanilla "Corrupted Ashbringer" in-game cutscene. However, at the end of this scene, Fairbanks is cured of undeath! Yet more continuity mayhem!
All this aside though, it doesn't answer why Dominic might want Fairbanks dead. Perhaps he saw Kel'Thuzad perform some evil rites on Alexandros' dead body that Dominic doesn't want ever shared or revealed to the rest of the world?
Or, given Dominic's seeming interest in the original plague and the transformation from living to undead, maybe it's Fairbanks' undead state that interests him. In fact, Fairbanks is one of - if not the ONLY - absolutely "original" Scourge zombies left. He was infected, locked away in this tiny, hidden chamber, and has remained there ever since. He's been untouched by weather, free of manipulation by the Lich King...he is essentially a pure specimen. Maybe that's why Fairbanks wants him dead - not because of a grudge or to silence him, but to study him.
Finally, there's just one more thing about Dominic that struck me as unusual. When you return to him after slaying the elite Scarlet soldiers, he greets you with "Let's not play games. Are they dead or not?" No games, Dominic? You sound a bit like a certain someone else...someone who likes to say "I've no time for games."
I speak, of course, of Sylvanas.
And what do you know, she's got this new habit of disguising herself as regular Forsaken foot soldiers to accomplish things that "the Banshee Queen" cannot. And she's also got quite the recent interest in the reanimation and revivification of the dead.
Is Dominic actually the Dark Lady in disguise? If so, why does she want the Compendium of the Fallen? And why does she want access to a man who was infected by original Scourge and has been "preserved" ever since?
Ah, wait. Never mind, I forgot our arrangement.