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Sand trolls are a race of 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. 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 race arose by adapting to the beating of the hot Tanaris sun after being separated from the Eastern Kingdoms in the Great Sundering.
- Main article: Sandfury tribe#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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 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.
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.
Sand trolls are frequently cannibalistic, though not always.
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. Within Zul'Farrak, the legendary hydra is a common motif in architecture and ornamentation. The ornamentation modeled after the hydra demigod is Gahz'ridian (as coined by Marvon Rivetseeker).
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.
Sand troll females can be 6 feet tall.
Sand trolls have brown and striking blue eyes.
|Farraki representative on the Council of Elders||Killable||Throne of Thunder|
|Overseer of Sul||Killable||Zul'Farrak|
|Ally of the Iron Horde||Killable||The Pit, Gorgrond|
|Attempted to summon Kai'ju Gahz'rilla during the Elemental Unrest||Killable||Zul'Farrak|
|Searched for , was killed by his own people||Deceased||Tanaris|
|Companion of Shadowpriest Sezz'ziz||Killable||Zul'Farrak|
|Oversees the shooting gallery of the Darkmoon Faire||Alive||Darkmoon Island|
|Companion of Chief Ukorz Sandscalp||Killable||Zul'Farrak|
|Sandfury hero and martyr||Killable||Zul'Farrak|
|Killable||Outside Zul'Farrak, Tanaris|
|Witch doctor commanding the spirits of the dead||Killable||Zul'Farrak|
- Sand trolls, along with the jungle trolls, are among the few troll types not to receive an updated model resembling the Amani forest trolls in Patch 3.0.2.
- 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.
- ^ a b c d e f The Troll Compendium: Sand Trolls
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
- ^ The Troll Compendium: Sand Troll Tribes
- ^ Adventure Guide entry for Witch Doctor Zum'rah
- ^ The Troll Compendium: Cannibalism
- ^ Adventure Guide entry for Gahz'rilla
- ^ Tablet of Theka
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, chapter 10