Blood troll

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Blood troll
Blood troll concept art.jpg
BlizzCon 2017 concept art
Classification

Humanoid

Faction/Affiliation
Character classes
Racial capital
Racial leader(s)

 Grand Ma'da Ateena
 Zul (post-revival)

Racial mount
Homeworld
Environment

Swamplands

Area(s)
Language(s)
Organization(s)

Tribal

Sources: Battle for Azeroth

Blood trolls are a troll subspecies, they were long ago Zandalari who clung to blood magic.[1][2] They inhabit the swamp of Nazmir on Zandalar and worship the blood god G'huun. They use blood magic, which corrupts the creatures around them and turns them into blood beasts.[3]

The blood trolls of Nazmir are the monsters that haunt every Zandalari child's nightmares, and for good reason. In the Zandalari capital of Zuldazar, stories are passed down from generation to generation cautioning children to behave, lest Nazmir's twisted practitioners of blood magic come to snatch them from their beds, and those who dare brave the swamp have a habit of disappearing, never to return.[4] Therefore they can be regarded as the boogeymen of Zandalari children.

History

During the final era of the Council of Tribes, millenia ago, a foolish troll summoned Hakkar the Soulflayer to the island of Zandalar,[5][6] which released a plague of corrupted blood killing thousands of trolls. It was deemed that the bodies, too polluted for proper burial, would instead be burned and kept in special urns. As time progressed, this method became commonplace among the Zandalari in disposing of their dead.[7] After the great plague, there were still those who clung to the magics of the blood god. They tested their magics and perfected them. One such relic was a totem, which when concentrated upon, would drain not just the life from their enemies, but also their blood, infusing the caster with it and altering them in unusual ways. This was the dawn of who the Zandalari call "the blood trolls".[1] At some point, the blood trolls started worshiping G'huun. Because G'huun has no need for technology, the blood trolls regressed into a more primitive state compared to other troll races.[8]

The blood trolls fashioned their home within Nazmir, with Zul'Nazman serving as their capital. In the wake of the Cataclysm earthquakes and tidal upheaval rocked the Zandalari trolls, causing widespread devastation on Zandalar.[9] Following these natural disasters, the blood trolls began assaulting the Blood Gate within Zuldazar.[10]

Battle for Azeroth

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Blood trolls in a ritual.

By the time of the Blood War, the blood trolls were led by Grand Ma'da Ateena, who under G'huun's orders directed the blood trolls to strike against the loa within the region.

By the time Princess Talanji of the Zandalari launched an expedition to deal with the blood trolls Torga would be slain, Krag'wa under assault, and Hir'eek corrupted into serving G'huun.[11] After discovering that the blood trolls sought to unleash Taloc on Zuldazar, Talanji and Rokhan sought to enlist the aid of the loa to aid them in the battle against the blood trolls. As they sought the aid of Bwonsamdi, Horde adventurers would encounter his worshiper Hanzabu who brought them to the Necropolis to meet with him. After tasking the adventurer with cleansing his temple of the spirits who had abandoned Bwonsamdi for G'huun, Bwonsamdi agreed to pledge his powers to the fight against the blood trolls in exchange for one million souls. The ritual to finalize their contract was interrupted by the blood trolls and their matriarch, who were successfully fought off. For being attacked in his own temple, Bwonsamdi declared that the blood trolls would be mighty sorry.[12]

While seeking the aid of Hir'eek, Horde adventurers would discover his grim fate and with the aid of Jo'chunga and his poison end the corrupted loa. The death of their loa enraged the blood trolls causing Grand Ma'da Ateena to declare after Zuldazar fell the Horde would be next.[13] After discovering Torga's death, the Horde would strike back against the blood trolls and later witness the reincarnation of Torga.[14] Seeking the aid of the final loa within Nazmir, the expedition discovered the blood troll assault on Krag'wa. The blood trolls drained his children of their blood and planned to sacrifice Krag'wa himself.[15][16] They slew every last one of his worshipers in Nazmir. From all of this, Krag'wa was greatly weakened and had to be made strong again.[17] After restoring his power by eating a feast and releasing the power sealed in his totems, Krag'wa unleashed his fury on the blood trolls.[18]

With the aid of the loa and Horde reinforcements, Talanji's expedition launched an assault on the blood troll capital that saw to the death of Grand Ma'da Ateena and Taloc being blasted into Uldir itself. Some time after the the death of their matriarch, an army of blood trolls launched an attack on the Blood Gate.[19] Though the blood troll army would fall to the combined might of the Zandalari and the Horde, King Rastakhan was aware that the blood trolls could surge forth once again.[20]

Blood trolls under the command of Ma'da Renkala joined with Zul in attacking Zuldazar with the goal of breaking the final seal keeping G'huun imprisoned. Though both Zul and Renkala would be slain the final would seal would be broken by Mythrax the Unraveler.[21] With G'huun now free from his imprisonment a number of blood trolls came to reside within Uldir. Following the rebirth of Zul, the blood trolls would follow his commands in battle against enemies of their dark god. Unwilling to let G'huun free himself a group of adventurers stormed Uldir doing battle against the blood trolls, Zul, and even G'huun himself, ultimately killing the blood god.

The state of the blood trolls following the death of their god and leaders is unknown.

During the assault on Nazmir, High Warlord Cromush was confident that the Alliance could never take Nazmir and would likely get themselves killed by blood trolls.[22] This seems to suggest that even with their losses the blood trolls still have a capable army.

Seeking to sever the bonds between the Zandalari and the Horde, the Alliance sought to strike at Dazar'alor itself. However, the Alliance sought to trick the Zandalari and the Horde that they were going to attack from Nazmir. To this end, the Alliance wrested control of Zalamar away from the blood trolls in order to establish their forces within the village.[23]

Culture and people

The blood trolls' culture is very harsh and the most primitive troll culture there is, because their god G'huun has no need for technology. Their society is also matriarchal; males follow the orders from females without question lest they get chained up and punished or outright sacrificed.[24] Male blood trolls use the word "ma'da" (Zandali for "mother") as a term of respect for the females of their society.[4] Females within blood troll societies cannibalize on their males.[25]

Blood trolls fuel their voodoo with profane blood rituals, harnessing undead monstrosities to do their bidding. Many who enter the swamps do not leave, instead becoming a sacrifice to G'huun.[4] Their mastery of blood magic trumps that of other trolls.[26]

Powerful blood troll witch doctors are called "Corpse Mongers".[27]

Blood troll poisons are made to paralyze, not kill, because they want prisoners alive.[28]

Tribes

Groups

Notable

Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Mob  Grand Ma'da Ateena Matriarch of the Blood Trolls Old Gods Killable Various Locations
Boss  Elder Leaxa Voice of G'huun Old Gods Killable Ruin's Descent, Underrot
Mob  High Priestess Zenja High Priestess of Hir'eek Old Gods Killable Zalamar, Nazmir
Mob  Ma'da Renkala Disciple of G'huun Old Gods Killable Dazar'alor, Zuldazar
Mob  Xu'ba The Bone Collector Old Gods Killable Kazai, Nazmir

Notes

Speculation

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This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • It's possible that when Zul returns as Zul, Reborn that he has become a blood troll, as he physically resembles one by his color.
  • The lack of blood troll presence during the clash between the Horde and Alliance during the events Tides of Vengeance could suggest that the blood trolls have lost control of eastern Nazmir.

Gallery

Fan art

References

  1. ^ a b  [Sanguinating Totem]
  2. ^ N [110 - 120] Kel'vax's Home, shows Zandalari Nazmani tribe ghosts during a flashback.
  3. ^ The Art of World of Warcraft - MMO-Champion (2017-11-04). Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  4. ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2018-06-06. Battle for Azeroth Preview: Nazmir Visitor’s Guide. Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  5. ^ The Golden Serpent#Adventure Guide
  6. ^ Kings' Rest#Hall of the Honored Dead
  7. ^  [Urn of Passage]
  8. ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft Demo | Nazmir Zone
  9. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 209
  10. ^ H [110 - 120] Offensively Defensive
  11. ^ H [110 - 120] Isolating Zalamar
  12. ^ H [110 - 120] Soulbound
  13. ^ H [110 - 120] Hir'eek, the Bat Loa
  14. ^ H [110 - 120] Torga's Eternal Return
  15. ^ H [110 - 120] Hunt the Hunter
  16. ^ H [110 - 120] A Poisonous Touch
  17. ^ H [110 - 120] The Last Witch Doctor of Krag'wa
  18. ^ H [110 - 120] Krag'wa the Terrible
  19. ^ H [110 - 120] The Blood Gate
  20. ^ H [110 - 120] Prepare for a Siege
  21. ^ H [110 - 120] Zandalar Forever!
  22. ^ H [110 - 120] Romp in the Swamp
  23. ^ Repurposing Their Village
  24. ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft Demo | Nazmir Zone
  25. ^ N [110 - 120] Killing Cannibals
  26. ^ Offensively Defensive#Notes
  27. ^ N [110 - 120] Just Say No to Cannibalism
  28. ^ H [110 - 120] They Want Us Alive
  29. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Ornyx 2018-06-12. Blood Troll Allied Race - World of Warcraft Forums. Retrieved on 2018-06-12. “Just to clear the confusion, there was a small segment in yesterday's E3 interview with IGN in which we weren't entirely clear - but we want to clarify that Blood Trolls are not currently planned as an Allied Race.