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6-29-2011 @ 10:47AM
Interesting as always. When you first started, I thought you were going to draw a connection to the Faceless Ones, based on similar size and shape, as Blizzard seems to so often do (trolls/elves, humans/vrykul, gnomes/mechagnomes, dwarves/troggs).So do you think the Taunka would be descendants of the original Tauren then? I don't remember if Northrend was its own separate continent prior to the Sundering. They could have either been created by the earth mother for that climate, or Tauren trapped on that continent after the Sundering and over time evolved to better survive their climate (which I think would indicate the earth mother's forethought rather than random chance).I don't see the Ammunae connection, he looks very humanoid in proportions to me, but with a ram's head slapped on. I want to see those pics of Tauren in Ulduar though, I don't remember them.
6-29-2011 @ 11:15AM
Very interesting you brought up taunka, which werent even mentioned in the article?I think taunka are the "impure" that the article was talking about and the playable tauren are the "pure" ones. I say this because in dragonblight and eastern borean tundra, you can see ghosts of enraged taunka pathing around, and one who truly worships the earthmother wouldnt be left behind as a manifestation (in that matter). I've heard stories of tauren (and humans/nelfs) who's spirits appear in some great moment or to give world changing advice. (My favorite is when Terenas Menethil appears to tell Arthas "No king rules forever, my son.") But all these manefestations I've seen, none have been benevolent as the ghost taunka are.
6-29-2011 @ 11:55AM
Now that you mention it, I believe it has been stated that the taunka were more warlike than the "normal" tauren.Also, and correct me if I'm wrong, I don't we've ever been told that the taunka believe in the Earthmother. Could the taunka be the corrupted ones? I mean they were pretty close to Yogg-Saron, atleast the Storm Peaks ones.
6-29-2011 @ 1:05PM
Another key difference is that the taunka coerce the elements into cooperation, rather than entreating them to, like the tauren do (for example, the elemental held imprisoned at Camp Winterhoof). This indicates (to me) a darker (less pure?) side to the taunka.
6-29-2011 @ 6:27PM
Or the Faceless Ones are the impure tauren, who listened to the whispers from below.
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