Sand troll

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Sand trolls[1][2] are a subspecies of jungle trolls that dwell in the Tanaris desert. Sand trolls have coarse, cracked skin tending toward brown and gold colors, bearing only a rough resemblance to their jungle troll ancestors.[1][3] Unlike most other trolls, some sand trolls' tusks are black instead of ivory-colored. Sand trolls also have thinner manes of hair than their brethren. The subspecies of troll arose by adapting to the beating of the hot Tanaris sun after being separated from the Eastern Kingdoms in the Great Sundering.[1]

A sand troll empire has never been formed - in fact the only known tribe of sand trolls is the Sandfury tribe. Sand trolls mostly keep to themselves and attack all outsiders.[1]

History

Main article: Sandfury tribe#History

Ancient history

Several thousand years prior to the War of the Ancients, the Sandfury tribe was originally part of the Gurubashi empire. The Great Sundering split the jungle trolls' territory, which left the Sandfury tribe in the middle of the desert of Tanaris.[1] The capital of the Sandfury is the troll city of Zul'Farrak, but they have few other remaining settlements - Tanaris has long since reclaimed them, leaving it dotted with buried ruins. The trolls have been forced to give up the majority of Tanaris to outsiders, and are thus fierce to defend what remains theirs.[4]

Elemental Unrest

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A group of sand trolls allied with the Twilight's Hammer shortly prior to the Shattering. Under the leadership of Hydromancer Kulratha, they attempted to summon Kai'ju Gahz'rilla for the Twilight cult.

Pandaria

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The Sandfury, also calling themselves the Farraki, allied with the Zandalar tribe during their invasion of Pandaria. A large number of sand trolls can be found on the Isle of Thunder and inside the Throne of Thunder.

Draenor

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A single sand troll, Defector Dazgo, apparently joined the Iron Horde on Draenor.

Culture

Icon of the Farraki tribe.

To survive the harsh desert lands the Sandfury trolls learned the secrets of blood magic - drinking blood allowed them to access the darkest voodoo powers.[5] They also practice necromancy upon their own dead, allowing their ancestors to help the tribe survive in their harsh desert environment. When you need every troll you have to help out to get by, having one of them die is a big problem, which is why the Sandfury learned to raise the dead with voodoo. Sandfury zombies are imbued with the darkest of mojo.[6]

The powerful loa Bwonsamdi watches over the spirits of the Darkspear trolls, but many of the Sandfury tribe's fallen members are offered no such protection after death. These tortured spirits obey Zum'rah, a cruel witch doctor who uses his dark magic to force the city's dead into unending service.[7]

Sand trolls are frequently cannibalistic, though not always.[8]

Faith

The sand trolls have worshiped a monstrous hydra called Gahz'rilla for thousands of years. Ever wary of the beast's icy wrath, the trolls will only rouse Gahz'rilla when they have plentiful sacrifices to sate the ravenous creature's appetite.[9] Within Zul'Farrak, the legendary hydra is a common motif in architecture and ornamentation.[10] The ornamentation modeled after the hydra demigod is Gahz'ridian (as coined by Marvon Rivetseeker).[11]

Like most other troll cultures, the sand trolls worship the loa: a complex pantheon of primal, often animalistic spirits and gods. It is unknown to what extent the sand trolls retain the Gurubashi pantheon, but they are known to worship at least three loa: Eraka no Kimbul, Ueetay no Mueh'zala and Elortha no Shadra.[12]

Appearance

Sul the Sandcrawler, Farraki representative on the Council of Elders.
The alternate sand troll skin with golden eyes.

Sand troll females can be 6 feet tall.[13]

Sand trolls have brown and striking blue eyes. Some even have silvery or white eyes.[14]
The alternate sand troll skin has golden eyes. (It is most often seen used by undead sand trolls.)

Unlike most other trolls, whose tusks are of an ivory (lighter, sometimes darker) colour, the tusks of sand trolls vary between dark gray to black.[15]

Notable

Name Role Status Location
Boss  Chief Ukorz Sandscalp Sandfury chieftain Killable Zul'Farrak
Boss  Sul the Sandcrawler Farraki representative on the Council of Elders Killable Throne of Thunder
Boss  Antu'sul Overseer of Sul Killable Zul'Farrak
Combat  Defector Dazgo Ally of the Iron Horde Killable The Pit, Gorgrond
Combat  Hydromancer Kulratha Attempted to summon Kai'ju Gahz'rilla during the Elemental Unrest Killable Zul'Farrak
Neutral  Mazoga Searched for  [Sul'thraze the Lasher], was killed by his own people Deceased Tanaris
Boss  Nekrum Gutchewer Companion of Shadowpriest Sezz'ziz Killable Zul'Farrak
Neutral  Rinling Overseer of the shooting gallery at the Darkmoon Faire Alive Darkmoon Island
Boss  Ruuzlu Companion of Ukorz Sandscalp Killable Zul'Farrak
Boss  Shadowpriest Sezz'ziz Shadowpriest Killable Zul'Farrak
Boss  Theka the Martyr Sandfury hero and martyr Killable Zul'Farrak
Boss  Hydromancer Velratha Hydromancer Deceased-Killable Zul'Farrak
Neutral  Zathra Mercenary of the Hidden Alive Feralas
Boss  Witch Doctor Zum'rah Witch doctor commanding the spirits of the dead Killable Zul'Farrak

Trivia

  • Their blue eyes might be a reference to the Fremen, a race of desert people in the science fiction novel Dune, who also had blue eyes.

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