"That was Captain Haile of Westmarch. He’s won hundreds of lost causes all over the world. I heard the king had to threaten him with treason just to get him to return home for a promotion."

Kormac(src)

Captain Hansen Haile is a soldier of Westmarch.

Biography

Haile served Westmarch and won great fame for himself. He "won hundreds of lost causes" all over Sanctuary. Supposedly, King Justinian IV had to threaten him with treason just to get him to return home to accept a promotion.[1]

The Siege of Bastion's Keep

""More of the brutes from below, Captain! What do we do?"
"Private, if you need to be told which end of the sword goes where, you haven’t been paying attention! Fight to your last breath, lads!"

Hansen rallies his men(src)

In 1285, Haile, now a captain, was stationed at Bastion's Keep when it was besieged by Azmodan. He led his men at the Stonefort.[1] During the siege, a Siegebreaker Assault Beast was unleashed upon the fortress, though Haile and 100 soldiers were able to bring it down.[2] On tne ninth day of the siege, Commander Calderos planned to lead a charge out of the keep on the following day, intending to scatter the demons. Haile commented that Calderos could "commit suicide by stupidity" if he wanted to, but he'd be damned if he sent any of his men with him.[3]

By the time The Nephalem arrived, Haile was down to just four soldiers. With The Nephalem's aid, his men was able to raise one of the catapults, holding the demons at bay. Haile told The Nephalem that it was an honor to fight at their side.[1]

Haile encountered The Nephalem again later in the battle at Rakkis Crossing; all of his men had perished during the charge against Azmodan's lair. The Nephalem aided him in fighting off a group of demons.[4]

Azmodan was defeated, but Adria betrayed her allies, killing numerous people in the keep, and allowing Diablo to be reborn. Haile survived, but fell into despair, suffering from survivor's guilt, and asking what the point of it all was—to hold off Azmodan long enough for Diablo to return? The Nephalem pointed out that there were still those who relied on him, but he bitterly pointed out that his men had as well, and they were now dead.[5]

The Nephalem travelled to Heaven and returned to Bastion's Keep as necessary. Haile reacted in awe that The Nephalem was still alive. Inspired by their actions, he resolved to do what he could to keep up spirits within the fortress.[6]

The Fall of Westmarch

In-game

Haile is encountered in Act III of Diablo III. He is first encountered as an NPC in the quest "Turning the Tide," where the player fights off monsters while his men raise a catapult. In Act IV, he is an NPC in the Bastion's Keep Stronghold hub area.

In Act V, the player enters Captain Haile's home and rescues his daughter Kyla and her friend (a small boy from Bastion's Keep) and helps them escape to the Survivor's Enclave. The player can later find Haile himself in Westmarch, where he helps slaughter a large group of reapers before departing. Captain Haile appears again later on, reunited with his daughter. He happily informs Kyla and her friend that the Reapers have finally been cleared out of Westmarch and soon will be defeated completely.

References

Act I
Adenah the Curio Vendor
Alaric
Arghus the Collector
Beleaguered Farmer
Brother Malachi the Healer
Bron the Barkeep
Captain Rumford
Caravan Leader
Crazed Hermit
Deckard Cain
Eran
Ghost of the Cow King
Ghostly Woman
Karyna
Kyr the Weaponsmith
Leah
Lloigor the Crazed
Mayor Holus
Mira Eamon
Nek the Brawler
Queen Asylla
Radek the Fence
Rodger the Alchemist
Sasha
Tashun the Miner
The Ferryman
Tyrael
Vendel the Armorsmith
Verrall
Virgil
Wandering Tinker
Warriv
Willa Rathe
Wounded Man
Act II
Adria
Aleran
Asheara
Brother Ghaine the Healer
Caliem
Captain Davyd
Captain Ravan
Caravan Leader
Damius
Hakan II
Iron Wolf Jarulf
Javad the Merchant
Jeran
Kadin
Kala
Kohin
Larra
Leah
Lieutenant Vachem
Lugo the Miner
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Netharaz
Rasheed
Sadeir the Innkeeper
Silmak the Fence
Squirt the Peddler
Thadar
Tilnan the Collector
Tyrael
Zaven the Alchemist
Zoltun Kulle
Act III
Adria
Andreus the Healer
Beryn
Botulph the Miner
Captain Haile
Drian
Former Mayor Holus
Garell the Quartermaster
Halmin the Alchemist
Ironsmith Maldonado
Leah
Lieutenant Clyfton
Lieutenant Lavail
Lieutenant Merityn
Litton the Fence
Markus
Marta
Messenger Martyns
Nek the Brawler
Nikola
Private Mattius
Sergeant Burroughs
Sergeant Dalen
Sergeant Pale
Tyrael
Vidar the Collector
Act IV
Andreus the Healer
Auriel
Botulph the Miner
Captain Haile
Damotrius
Garell the Quartermaster
Itherael
Litton the Fence
Nek the Brawler
Nikola
Tyrael
Act V
Brother Anselm
Brother Francis
Brycen
Captain Vonn
Clara
Derric
Diadra the Scholar
Emily
Elayne
Enkasi
General Torion
Guardian
Halbu
Halissa
Imperius
Isendra
Ivy
Jamella
Kyla
Lady Serena
Lorath Nahr
Lord Harold Snowe
Master Crusader
Master Necromancer Ordan
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Oswyn
Patriarch Anisim
Powell the Miner
Sergeant Samuels
Sophia
Tyrael
Zayl (Humbart Wessel)
Adventure Mode
Abd al-Hazir
Dane Bright
Djank Mi'em the PTR Vendor (PTR only)
Daivin the Adventurer
High Cleric
Kadala
King Kanai
Lorath Nahr
Orek
Quentin Sharpe
Skular
The Crazed Man
Tyrael
Urshi
Artisans
Covetous Shen
Haedrig Eamon
Myriam Jahzia
Zoltun Kulle (Kanai's Cube)
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