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11-24-2010 @ 11:18AM
Personally, I'm loving my new troll druid. The cat form is amazingly detailed, and it provides a nice relief. I really feel I'm playing a lithe, stealthy, jungle cat like an ocelot or a tiger, rather than a bulky lion like the tauren get. The bear form feels more believable for trolls than night-elves, especially as bears don't have calves (which account for about 40% of the night-elf BMI). I have yet to reach moonkin or bat form, though I like what I've seen of the models, and I feel that overall, blizzard did a great job with each of them. In terms of the lore, yes, its true not much has been made, but what there is is good. For those of you on the fence about the lore, I can't blame you, because there is just about nothing outside of non-required conversations with some of the druids on the Echo Isles. Essentially, before Zalazane turned so many Darkspears and drove the others off the islands, he was of an order of Loa Priests. These priests, fleeing to the uninhabited islands surrounding the central ones, hid from the rest of their tride in shame, horrified that they had not seen Zalazane's corruption earlier. It was there that they met new Loa, Tiger, Raptor, and others native to the isles. They learned the way of these feral loa, who had never seen trolls before, and they learned to take their shapes. These are not druids in the traditional sense, they are something else entirely. They have no pact with Elune, as the Night-Elves have, nor were they taught Cenarius's teachings, as the Tauren and Worgen were.They arrived at their power through their own means, troll means, and they used it to aid Vol'jin against Zalazane. Now, they use these gifts of teh Loa to teach young darkspears the new ways of these feral loa, so teh Darkspears will be able to forge their own way in the world.And that's just the druids. The entire idea of what it means to be a darkspear is changing. The darkspears have been driven by a small number of primary motives. They need a home to call their own, freedom from fear of attack by other trolls and the alliance, and the gury against the sea-witch that drove them from their island home almost a decade before.Well, they now have a home, Echo Isles and Sen'jin village. Their enemy Zalazane is defeated. They now have the numbers and martial might to hold their own against Naga, the alliance, and the sea itself. Now that they are a force to be reckoned with, all that remains is their vows. they pledged loyalty to Thrall, who was there to free the Darkspears from the sea witch, who was chosen by Sen'jin to lead them to a new home, and who gave them the respect they desired. Under Thrall's leadership of the Horde, they grew to the point where they could make open war upon Zalazane, establish settlements across Kalimdor, and grow in prosperity. With Zalazane's fall, the islands are open, and with them come the old Loa the darkspears left behind. Among them is Bwonsamdi, watcher of the Darkspear dead. His desire to hear the wardrums, and taste the sacrifices again is what allowed the darkspear to persevere against Zalazane, and now he is back in full force. His dark magic is what powers the troll shadow priests, gives the Warlocks their fel energy, and in return, he gets the Darkspear dead, such as a poor, eager young troll shaman, fallen in a battle he could never be ready for. So, armed with their gods, new druidic powers, and a martial might they never before dreamed of, the Darkspears are now a formidable faction within the horde. Garrosh Hellscream's headstrong declaration rings in the ears of Vol'jin, who may, one day make good on his promise to the young Warchief, for there is only one orc he serves.
11-24-2010 @ 1:40PM
Nice,This guys is the lore you need.Not explained much in-game but it's true and i like it ^^
11-24-2010 @ 2:41PM
This is an excellent write-up
11-25-2010 @ 8:47AM
You rock. I'm going to repost this on my blog, with credits.http://markofantares.blogspot.com/
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