Witherbark tribe

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The Witherbark tribe, also known as the Witherbark Trolls,[2] is a tribe of forest trolls that currently inhabit a village in the Arathi Highlands.

History

The Witherbark tribe split off from the Amani Empire after the Troll Wars and returned to their ancestral lands, in the areas that are now called the Hinterlands and the Arathi Highlands. Like all other forest trolls, the Witherbarks allied themselves with the Old Horde during the Second War for the assault on Quel'Thalas.[3] under the leadership of Zul'jin, a famous troll hero from the Amani tribe. When the Horde was soundly defeated, Zul'jin disappeared, and the forest trolls abandoned their orcish allies.[4][5]

The Witherbark trolls are known to be sworn enemies of the Stromgarde.[6]

World of Warcraft

The Witherbarks living in the Hinterlands settled several places, including the Hiri'watha village, the Zun'watha ruins, and the temple of Shadra'Alor. They eventually happened across the Revantusks and launched many attacks against the small tribe. The dwarves of Aerie Peak also became a noticeable threat against the troll tribe.[5]

The Witherbarks allied with the Horde and Thrall but they betrayed him unleashing the fury of the Darkspear trolls and young adventurers upon them.[7]

The Witherbarks living in Arathi Highlands grudgingly allied themselves with the Boulderfist ogres in order to wipe out the Horde forces who have constructed the settlement of Hammerfall.[5]

When Hakkar was returned in Zul'Gurub, the Witherbarks sent Witherbark Speaker, as an ambassador for their tribe, in order to possibly ally themselves with the Gurubashi.

Cataclysm

Following the Shattering, the Witherbark trolls have vanished from the Hinterlands, it's unknown if they were driven off or simply killed. Zul'arek Hatefowler occasionally appears on the old Zun'watha ruins, which have since been abandoned. The Hiri'watha village was taken by the Forsaken and turned into a research station, while Shadra'Alor temple was taken over by the Vilebranch trolls.

Legion

By the time of the Legion's third invasion, Stromgarde was taken by Galen Trollbane and the Witherbarks led by Ojin'ba attacked the city and holed up in the mage district. The death knights of the Ebon Blade killed them.[8]

Known

Name Role Status Location
Combat  Ojin'ba Leader of the tribe Killable Stromgarde Keep, Arathi Highlands
Combat  Zalas Witherbark Leader of the small group within Arathi Highlands Killable Witherbark Village, Arathi Highlands
Combat  Witch Doctor Mai'jin One of the leaders of the tribe within the Hinterlands Deceased (presumed) Unknown
Combat  Zul'arek Hatefowler Killable Zun'watha, Hinterlands
Neutral  Rin'ji Unknown Unknown
Combat  Nimar the Slayer Warband leader Killable Witherbark Village, Arathi Highlands

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Notes

  • The Witherbarks worship a spider god, Shadra, whom they collect a very powerful venom from.[9]
  • Upon completing their rites of passage, the young shadow hunters receive knives.[10]

Speculation

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  • It's unknown if the Zandalari have made contact with this tribe, but it very likely since even the Frostmane have been, and they are far into the mountains of Dun Morogh.[11]
  • It's most likely the remaining Witherbark trolls in the Hinterlands abandoned the region and reunited with the rest of the tribe in the Arathi Highlands around the time of the Cataclysm.
  • It's likely they also worshiped the many of the same loa as the Amani tribe.

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