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6-23-2011 @ 3:43PM
"the only known sentient races on Azeroth when the titans' forces arrived to subdue the Old Gods were the trolls, the race known as "faceless ones," and the aqir."What, no tauren?
6-23-2011 @ 3:55PM
It does beg questions of where the tauren came from, doesn't it?
6-23-2011 @ 4:12PM
Well...when a troll loves a cow very much...
6-23-2011 @ 5:20PM
If the Tauren aren't a pre-existing race, or a curse-of-flesh race, then are they the children of Ancients? Or are they like the proto-dragons, crafted from existing elementals? No other children of Ancients were featured in the Halls of Ulduar.
6-23-2011 @ 5:25PM
Sentient is the keyword there, I think. It's saying that when the Titans showed up, Taurens were just unorganized beasts wandering like any other animal, not that they weren't there in the first place. It's more implying that something happened in the history of the Tauren to make them sentient (meaning intelligent, free-thinking) and put them a step above other wild animals.I'm no lore expert, but given the similarities between Night Elf and Tauren thinking and mythology, I'd say whatever brought about the change in Trolls to form Night Elves also affected Tauren and made them sentient.
6-23-2011 @ 6:58PM
"records of what races existed before even the Old Gods' arrival have likely been lost forever." So tauren could predate the Old Gods.
6-23-2011 @ 7:12PM
Everyone goes on about the Tauren, but what I'm curious about are the origins of the Goblins. Are they just a runty troll offshoot?
6-23-2011 @ 7:44PM
Tinfoil hat time!I personally tend to think Tauren are like the Dwarves and Tol'vir: sentient races created by the titans originally to watch over their creations, but instead infected with the Curse of Flesh. Instead of acting as guards of Titan artifacts, however, they were given more free-roaming duties due to their large stature and stout bodies. They existed to protect the land itself from outside forces, or even from Old God mischief. It would explain why they are in touch with ALL the elements (shaman and druidism) moreso than any other race (except trolls, now).When the curse of flesh hit, however, it messed with the Tauren a bit more, as there were no written records or titan constructs around locally to explain things to them. They kept wandering the world out of habit, but it wasn't until the Earthmother (possibly a Naaru/Elune) found these wandering, flawed Titan creations that they found a purpose to their nomadic ways.
6-23-2011 @ 7:49PM
@AdeganThe goblins were a primitive (possibly even non-sentient) race when the Trolls utilised them as brute force labour. The Goblin/Hobgoblin pairing probably made for excellent teamwork in certain areas, with the Goblins doing the fiddly work and Hobgoblins the more physical labour.One of the main uses the Trolls made of the was the mining of a rare mineral Kajamite. Whilst it is unclear what the Trolls used it for, the Kajamite invoked a steady transformation in the Goblin psyche, granting them enormous intellects. Their new intelligence combined with their natural aptitude for chemistry eventually lead to the removal of their Troll overseers and the setting up of a massive industrial city at the site of the original mine - Kezan.Unfortunately, the intellect granted by the Kajamite was temporary, and when the mine was exhausted it faded, though the Goblins maintained an above average intellect and their independence. The city of Undermine is (was) one of the most technologically advanced places on Azeroth. Unfortunately, the Goblins no longer understand exactly how most of it originally worked.The last known sources of Kajamite were a single poor mine operated by the Bilgewater Cartel (who sold Kaja-Cola which had an almost non-existant Int boost effect), and another mine on the Lost Isles operated by a group of monkeys who had also begun to be susceptable to the Kajamite effect. Both of those sites have now been lost.That was what I remembered from the original Goblin announcement page on the WoW website, and the Goblin starter quests. I'd guess that Goblins were originally one of a selection of pre-sentient groups (Gnolls, Quilboar, Tauren (possibly), Furbolg, Tuskaar, Wolvar, Murlocs, etc) who were either around pre-Titans, or were part of the Titan's seeding of the world. The sentience came afterwards.
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