Slaughterhouse Row began as a few slaughterhouses distancing themselves from the the wealthy districts due to the smell and waste they produced. Independent whaling ships would occasionally bring whales to be slaughtered and barges delivered herds of blood oxen raised in the lands of Gristol. This contributed to provide Dunwall with meat, leather and grease byproducts.
The district saw its heyday as whale oil came into demand in the early 18th century, thanks to Roseburrow's discovery of its uses, his refining process, and Sokolov's creation of oil-powered devices. As the number of slaughterhouses greatly increased in the area, people in surrounding districts started to move away to escape the smell and pollution coming from the factories. Thus, Slaughterhouse Row was able to expand and come to its full potential.
Slaughterhouse Row is home to the Rothwild Slaughterhouse, owned by Bundry Rothwild. During the Rat Plague, this establishment became one of the most modernized in the area thanks to Rothwild's partnership with Sokolov, performing live collection of whales and extraction of their oil at minimal risk. The increasing demand of whale oil under Hiram Burrows's regency and the strenuous working conditions of the laborers eventually led to a strike and a halt in production. The Lord Regent took measures to sanction the strikers, deeming whale oil production as vital to the state, and sent a squad of City Watch to patrol the district and keep the laborers in line.
Other businesses in the district include the Greaves Auxiliary Slaughterhouse 5 among several other facilities of the same company, and the Lost Cause pub near it.
A decade and a half since the end of reign of the Lord Regent, new power technologies developed by the joint works of Sokolov and Piero Joplin at the Academy of Natural Philosophy led to the decline of the whaling industry in Dunwall. As a result Slaughterhouse Row decayed, and parts of the district were left abandoned for years with companies like Greaves Lightning Oil closing down old buildings to invest in more modern ones closer to the harbor mouth in the west.
The district itself consists of a row of slaughterhouses sitting inside a bay and other industrial buildings built along the river. Canals around the slaughterhouses allow access to the Whaling Trawlers and other shipping vessels. The street leading to the Rothwild Slaughterhouse is patrolled by several City Watch officers and Rothwild's own Butchers. An Arc Pylon has been installed in the middle of the street and a Wall of Light defends the entrance to the slaughterhouse's yard.
The yard is also heavily patrolled and an Arc Pylon has been installed near the docks. A series of tanks and pipes collect the processed whale oil refined inside the slaughterhouse. The system was once used to bring hot-pressured oil to the Greaves Refinery in the Rudshore Financial District to be refined, before the Greaves Oil Lighting Company ceased activity. Tracks also allow access to trains directly into the building, and the backside is used to load and unload barges.
The Rothwild Slaughterhouse is divided in several parts. The entrance is for sending and receiving shipments, as well as cutting fishes. A crane system brings the caught whale alive into a large room where it is fitted with electric devices to extract its oil, and then brings it to the killing floor to be slaughtered once dead. A meat locker on one end of the building stores the cut meat, and a refinery on the other side process the harvested oil. A makeshift interrogation chair was installed in the former to force the laborers in strike into submission to Rothwild. Finally in the middle of the slaughterhouse are the Butchers' lockers, the canteen, and the management offices.
Greaves Auxiliary Whale Slaughterhouse 5
Located at the far eastern side of Slaughterhouse Row, this facility was designed to handle the overflow from other slaughterhouses of Greaves Lightning Oil, separated from them by a couple of streets of warehousing. This auxiliary slaughterhouse has been closed by the company a couple of years after the coronation of the Empress Emily Kaldwin, focusing their efforts on more modern facilities close to the harbor mouth in the west. The building remained intact but is slowly decaying with the lack of maintenance. By 1851, it has yet to find a new owner, and is used as hideout by the new Whalers gang led by Zhukov and Galia Fleet.
The factory floor houses several long rows of oil vats. Catwalks run above the place and an elevated control room overlooks the area. A tall set of double doors open up on the bay where trawlers unloaded their catch. A crane system would then bring the whale inside, above the oil vats. The building and its control room are no longer working, with most of their wiring and electric parts picked apart to be sold on the black market. Below the factory floor are storerooms down a flight of stone stairs.
- ↑ The Isle of Gristol
- ↑ Timeline
- ↑ Slaughterhouse Row
- ↑ Harvesting Whale Oil
- ↑ Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p.206
- ↑ Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p.140
- ↑ Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p.71-72
- ↑ Factory Management In Our Times
- ↑ Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p. 71
- ↑ Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p. 69
- ↑ Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p.81
- ↑ Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p.123