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The Children of Tarrone are a dangerous doomsday cult that act as the villains in the 9th mission of a video-game SWAT 4.

History

The Children of Tarrone are a break-away group of a fictional separatist group in Idaho and followed their leader, Andrew Taronne, to the NYC area. They view Taronne as a combination all-knowing guru and prophet. They showed up here about three years ago, used cash to purchase an old apartment building needing serious rehab, and moved into it en masse. They only leave the building in groups of three or more, and they refuse entrance to any outsiders. And Taronne himself never leaves the building. Anything they're doing was ordered by Taronne. The group they split from, believes in strong defense, and there’s no reason to think that Tarronians have changed that tenet and even the unarmed cultists won't give up easily.

The cult turned homicidal when, for unknown reasons, they decided to create a fertilizer bomb by which to blow up their own tenement and a large chunk of the surrounding neighborhood with it, luckily an unknown informant (possibly an ex-member who decided to leave the group) called the authorities beforehand and SWAT is called in to take out the cultists before they have the chance to go through with their plans.

The End Of The Cult

On April 2, 2008, at 16:45, the SWAT team enters Children of Taronne's Tenement to arrest or ultimately kill Andrew Taronne and arrest other cult members. Inside the building, the officers see one big mess, barely illuminated interiors, and a huge number of explosives scattered throughout the building. The whole building has also been transformed for the needs of the cult and the individual apartments have a different role like dining room, bedrooms, workshop, post room and even a chapel. They also meet armed and unarmed cult members fiercely resisting the handcuffing and fighting to death, just to prevent the officers from reaching their leader. Although the SWAT team does prevent the Children of Taronne from committing the terrorist act of blowing up their tenement, the cult's dark past is revealed via a disturbing discovery in the basement in the form of a mass gravesite for their children, who were presumably killed by the cult as part of their plan to become "transformed" via their alien god.

Quotes

Leave! You're contaminating our house!
~ A Cult member to the SWAT officers.
Protect the master!
~ A Cult member to the SWAT officers.
This is the darkness Taronne spoke of!
~ A Cult member to the SWAT officers.
Your laws mean nothing here!
~ A Cult member to the SWAT officers.
Will I ever see them again? My little ones? I must have faith.
~ A Cult member to the SWAT officers.
Taronne will bless you if you pull the trigger.
~ A Cult member to another cult member.
A Cult member to the SWAT officers.

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Trivia

  • The Children of Tarrone were based upon various real-world UFO religions and cults (such as Heaven's Gate), some of who shared their murderous background.
  • The mission in which they are featured, Children Of Taronne Tenement, was one of the most memorable missions in SWAT 4, but it was very controversial due to its depiction of infanticide. There is no evidence that the developer of SWAT 4, Irrational Games, ever intended to show dead children to the player, but the controversy inspired the Little Sisters in BioShock.
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