Loa of Death,|
loa of graves,
keeper of souls,
lord of death,
loa of kings
Bwonsamdi (pronounced "BWAN-sam-dee") is a powerful loa that controls the souls of the dead, primarily of trolls. Bwonsamdi's temple is the Necropolis, located in Nazmir on Zandalar. He brings the spirits of any who worship him into his realm, the Other Side. Bwonsamdi grows more powerful the more souls are in his care.
His face is covered by a bony, skull-shaped growth and is described as resembling a rush'kah mask. He is constantly surrounded by an aura of rot and darkness, and nearby plants wilt in his presence. After someone undergoes the rite of binding, a ritual "as old as the world itself", the soul of anything they kill goes to Bwonsamdi. To honor the loa of death, Zandalari trolls will don masks in their rituals and pray to him. Bwonsamdi, in turn, will either answer in kind or curse them with pain, depending on his mood.
As of a deal made between Bwonsamdi and King Rastakhan, Bwonsamdi is currently the highest loa in the Zandalari pantheon and the patron loa of the royal family, taking the place of the deceased Rezan.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Locations
- 3 Quests
- 4 Quotes
- 5 Tales of the Loa
- 6 Followers
- 7 In Hearthstone
- 8 Notes and trivia
- 9 Speculation
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Patch changes
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Before they were driven away from the Echo Isles by Zalazane and his hexed trolls, the Darkspear tribe once worshiped the great spirit. During the liberation of the Echo Isles, Vol'jin tried to recruit Bwonsamdi to his side for the battle against Zalazane. After Vol'jin and his fellow Horde warriors proved themselves worthy and promised to revive worship of the loa, Bwonsamdi agreed to help them against Zalazane. When Zalazane shielded himself with a protective barrier, an amused Bwonsamdi pointed out that the Darkspear dead belonged in his domain and that Zalazane was going to be one of them. Bwonsamdi then raised Restless Zombies to shatter the barrier and killed Zalazane. With the battle over, Bwonsamdi took his leave.
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
After Garrosh Hellscream's assassins crippled Vol'jin, the troll found that his shadow hunter powers were being withheld by the loa. In his dreams, Bwonsamdi contacted Vol'jin and told him that his injuries, self-doubt, and conflicting loyalty toward the Horde has made the loa forsake him. Bwonsamdi showed him various visions, including a future of Vol'jin using the Horde to destroy the Alliance, and turning the Horde into an empire that would rival even the ancient troll civilizations. The Death Loa wished Vol'jin would use his influence to create as much strife and war as possible, for that would mean more souls would be sent to the other side on his behalf. Vol'jin refused to go down the path of the Zandalari conquerors, believing it was not the Darkspear 'way'. Vol'jin eventually proved his conviction and reaffirmed his identity, regaining both Bwonsamdi's respect and his powers.
Bwonsamdi received the souls Vol'jin sent from the battles between the Shado-Pan and the Thunder King's forces with great satisfaction. At the end of the war, Vol'jin's companion Tyrathan Khort was near death. Vol'jin pleaded with Bwonsamdi to spare Tyrathan. The loa complied, knowing he would have his soul now or later, it did not matter.
Battle for Azeroth
When King Rastakhan was betrayed by Zul and near death, Bwonsamdi claimed his soul and at first refused to give it back because the loa of kings Rezan had been keeping Rastakhan from him for a long, long time and he would be denied no further. Rezan threatened Bwonsamdi into complying, but Bwonsamdi was sure that he would see him again soon enough. When Rezan was slain by Zul, his power could no longer keep Bwonsamdi at bay and Rastakhan began to age quickly.
In Nazmir, the Zandalari forces led by Princess Talanji sought the aid of the local loa to battle the blood trolls. Bwonsamdi's worshiper Hanzabu brought a Horde adventurer 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 Grand Ma'da Ateena, leader of the blood trolls, but she was successfully fought off. For being attacked in his own temple, Bwonsamdi declared that the blood trolls would be mighty sorry.
When it was discovered that the turtle loa Torga had been slain by the blood trolls, Talanji and the tortollans called on Bwonsamdi to communicate with Torga's spirit. Bwonsamdi would only comply with a deal, the soul of another loa in exchange for communing with Torga, but Talanji denied him that much to Bwonsamdi's amusement. Instead, the souls of the blood trolls that had eaten Torga's flesh were used in exchange for communing with Torga.
Bwonsamdi participated in the final charge against the blood trolls led by Talanji. He prevented the adventurer from dying to a swarm of blood trolls because they still had a debt to pay him.
After a blood troll attack on Zuldazar, Rastakhan made a deal with Bwonsamdi: If Bwonsamdi gave him the power to take back his empire, then Rastakhan would elevate Bwonsamdi above all other loa in the Zandalari pantheon. Bwonsamdi accepted the deal on one condition: that the king's bloodline would be devoted to Bwonsamdi, to serve him in life and in death. Later, as Dazar'alor came under attack from Zul and Mythrax, Bwonsamdi empowered Rastakhan to kill Zul. He happily congratulated Rastakhan on taking back their empire.
After the is delivered to Atal'Dazar Bwonsamdi appears saying to bring the urn to his necropolis instead, as he hasn't seen Vol'jin in quite some time and they need to have a face to face talk. There Bwonsamdi discovers that Vol'jin spirit isn't in the urn and says "Da boss ain't gonna like dis".
Seeking to learn where Vol'jin's spirit had gone missing, Bwonsamdi tasked the adventurer and Talanji with performing a seance with the aid of some of Vol'jin's friends from life, Gadrin and Rokhan. They succeeded in contacting him deep within the Shadowlands, and he tasked them with slaying G'huun as justice for the sons and daughters of the loa and the heart of Zandalar. However, he did not answer what it was that had stolen his spirit.
Tides of Vengeance
Following the deaths of the Horde's Champion of the Light and Jadefire Masters during the Battle of Dazar'alor, King Rastakhan urged Bwonsamdi to aid his forces. Bwonsamdi created a blood moon and raised the dead to fend off the Alliance. Bwonsamdi also raised Grong into a Revenant and turned him against the Alliance after Horde adventurers slew the giant gorilla. When the Alliance reached King Rastakhan, Bwonsamdi fought at his side and empowered the Zandalari king, but Rastakhan was still ultimately killed. As Talanji held her dying father, Rastakhan's pact with Bwonsamdi was transferred to his daughter as he took his final breath. Bwonsamdi himself then appeared before Talanji, who demanded to know what he had done to her, unaware of the pact her father made that bound his bloodline to the loa of graves. In response, Bwonsamdi merely revealed that her father never told her about their bargain. When asked by her allies about what to do about the fleeing Alliance, she turned towards Bwonsamdi, who with his gesture encouraged Talanji to order the Horde to go after the Alliance.
Vol'jin's spirit, Talanji, and Baine Bloodhoof returned to the Necropolis to reveal that Vol'jin had been calling for him, and Bwonsamdi had not heard him for some reason. They confronted Bwonsamdi to ask him if he was the one who had told the shadow hunter to make Sylvanas the Warchief of the Horde on Vol'jin's deathbed, which Bwonsamdi denied. Even as much as Bwonsamdi was all for war and death, Sylvanas took things too far, and besides that Sylvanas kept the souls of what she killed as undead instead of releasing them for Bwonsamdi to claim. Troubled by their words, Bwonsamdi agreed to help them find out who had really told Vol'jin to put Sylvanas in charge.
Bwonsamdi opened a Death Gate to one of his rivals in the ownership of souls: the Lich King. Like Bwonsamdi, the Lich King told Vol'jin that he was not responsible and that Sylvanas was upsetting the balance of life and death. Realizing that Vol'jin's spirit was getting help from some other power, Bwonsamdi also sent them to speak to the Val'kyr Eyir, warning them not to mention him by name to her. Indeed, because of some past history with Bwonsamdi Eyir did not allow Talanji to enter her hall as she was a priestess of the death loa. Eyir informed the group that Vol'jin had been "touched by the hand of valor", and whoever that was was not the same person who had told Vol'jin to make Sylvanas Warchief. Back at the Necropolis, Bwonsamdi mused that while Eyir and the Lich King were not his only rivals they were the ones he thought most likely to be behind it. He urged Vol'jin to search not the living world but the Shadowlands for his answers.
In accordance of the ritual of queens and kings, Talanji sought the judgment of the loa. After passing the trials of Krag'wa, Gonk, and Pa'ku, all that remained was Bwonsamdi. The loa of graves offered Talanji a chance to be freed of the pact by giving him the head of Sylvanas Windrunner. Surprised and stunned by this offer, Talanji, moved by her personal sense of honor, rejected betraying the Horde in such a manner and decided to remain beholden to her father's bargain with Bwonsamdi. The death loa merely remarked that it was a shame as he had been desiring a Warchief's soul for some time. Nonetheless, he gave her his blessing. Having passed the trials, Talanji was declared the Queen of Zandalari.
When the machinery of the Shadowlands broke and began sending all souls to the Maw, Bwonsamdi focused his powers on preventing the troll race from suffering the same fate by holding onto as many troll souls as he could and keeping them safe in the Other Side. This brought him into conflict with Sylvanas Windrunner, who wanted to expand the power of the Maw and sent Nathanos Blightcaller and Sira Moonwarden to kill the loa. To that end, Nathanos, Sira, and the rest of Sylvanas' loyalists allied with the Widow's Bite, a faction of Zandalari rebels opposing Queen Talanji.
Bwonsamdi saved Talanji from a Widow's Bite assassination attempt in Orgrimmar by giving the young Darkspear Zekhan an invisible shove, causing him to knock a poisoned cup out of the assassin's hand. Frustrated with the Horde, Talanji subsequently returned to Dazar'alor and asked Bwonsamdi to let her see her father's spirit so she could ask his counsel. The loa refused, reminding her that he was not her servant.
The Horde Council later sent Zekhan to Dazar'alor to act as the Horde's ambassador, watch over Talanji, and convince her to accept a place on the council. While the queen was showing him around the royal palace, the two were attacked by more Widow's Bite members. Bwonsamdi intervened again by distracting one of the assassins, allowing Zekhan to kill him. After the attack, Bwonsamdi appeared to a startled Zekhan to thank him for protecting his "investment" and offer him a bargain: Bwonsamdi would grant him a vision of death, and in return, Zekhan had to convince Talanji and the Zandalari to remain with the Horde, as this would be best for Zandalar and—more importantly—best for Bwonsamdi. Zekhan agreed, and the loa showed him a vision of his late mentor Varok Saurfang reunited with his family in a blissful afterlife. Unbeknownst to Zekhan, this vision was a lie.
As time passed, the Widow's Bite began burning Bwonsamdi's shrines and killing his priests throughout Zuldazar and Nazmir, causing him to grow weaker and weaker. Because of their bond, this caused Talanji's strength to diminish as well. Bwonsamdi told the queen that something had to be done soon and pointed out that she could seek help from the Horde. However, because the Horde was still working with Jaina Proudmoore—the woman Talanji blamed for Rastakhan's death—the queen demanded something in return: if she kept Bwonsamdi safe and restored him to his full strength, he would break the pact between them. The loa reluctantly accepted the deal but warned Talanji that she might not like what it meant to be all alone.
After learning from the Horde that the Widow's Bite were working with Sylvanas' dark rangers, Talanji immediately sent her soldiers to protect Bwonsamdi's remaining shrines, but the effort was thwarted by the dark rangers. During the confrontation, Zekhan was nearly killed and began entering the Maw, but Bwonsamdi managed to reach his soul and return it to his body. At this point, the loa of graves was so weak he appeared almost translucent, and he was using all of his remaining power to keep trolls away from the Maw. The loa explained the state of the Shadowlands to Zekhan and Talanji and informed them that if they did not stop Blightcaller and the rebels, nothing would stop all souls from entering the Maw forever. Back in Dazar'alor, Talanji again asked Bwonsamdi to summon Rastakhan's spirit, but he told her that she needed to find her own way and that there was still hope of stopping the rebels at the loa's last remaining place of power: the Necropolis.
Meanwhile, the Widow's Bite and the dark rangers captured the Zo'bal Ruins near the Necropolis. That night, Bwonsamdi appeared to Nathanos in the form of his dead cousin Stephon to taunt him, telling him that Sylvanas had made some powerful enemies in the Shadowlands. The following day, the rangers and rebels rounded up Bwonsamdi's worshippers at the temple and threatened them into summoning their god. The death loa appeared in person and raised an army of troll spirits from the graves around the Necropolis to attack the intruders. At the same time, Horde forces—led by Thrall, Baine Bloodhoof, and First Arcanist Thalyssra—finally arrived in Dazar'alor and joined Talanji's army as they rushed to defend the loa. Together they managed to defeat most of the rangers and rebels, but Nathanos stubbornly continued fighting Bwonsamdi. Though her strength was nearly spent, Talanji offered a prayer to the loa to empower him, and Nathanos was forced to flee after the Horde leaders surrounded him.
In the aftermath of the battle, Bwonsamdi's shrines were quickly rebuilt, and tales of his heroic stand in the Necropolis brought him more popularity and worshippers. Following a victory celebration, Bwonsamdi went to honor his pact with Talanji. While the queen stated that he had to relinquish some of his say in matters and let other loa advise her, she revealed that she had decided to let him remain the loa of kings; she knew that she would face more threats in the future and wanted Bwonsamdi's power on her side, only this time on her own terms. As a show of gratitude, Bwonsamdi summoned Rastakhan's spirit to allow father and daughter to reunite for a brief time before returning the king to his care and departing.
Sylvanas was displeased by Nathanos' failure and noted that Bwonsamdi's survival would complicate her plans considerably. However, she felt that it was a blow she could overcome. She dismissed Nathanos and told him to return with means to prevent the loa's meddling.
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|Heart of the Empire||??||15,527,700|
- Spirits Be With You
- The Shadow Hunter
Wrath of the Lich King
- Main article: Zalazane's Fall#Scripted event
Battle for Azeroth
- So... what brings you to visit lonely, old Bwonsamdi?
- Huh, what ya be asking of ol' death?
- Hello, hello! <laugh> You come ta make a deal, eh?
- I see dead people. Yes, kinda my ting, you know.
- Ya lookin' a little toasty. You wanna drink? How about, uh... ZOMBIE! (laughs)
- Sooner or later, everyone comes to me.
- Shoo! Remove ya.
- See ya soon! <chuckle> Real soon...
- What ya be askin' of Ol' Bwonsamdi?
- Ah, ya come ta spend some time with Bwonsamdi?
- Haha! Now that[sic] dat be an amusing death!
- Well look at you! Da mighty hero... ha!
- No, no, no, ya no good to me dead. I be able to return ya to life... for a price.
- Tsk, tsk. I did not expect ta be seein' you here so soon.
- What you be doin' here, mon? It not your time to pass on... yet.
- Let me guess... ya got in over ya head? (Bursts out in cackling laughter)
- Oh, poor little thing, ya be needin' some help from old Bwonsamdi?
- Ah, a death knight. Ya should come see MY death gate! (to death knights)
- Someting about ya seem off... Ah, da stench of a demon hunter. (to demon hunters)
- Ya not be dreaming now, mon. (to druids)
- Ya be tryin' ta feign death, mon? Shame... (to hunters)
- Dat blink didn't get ya very far, did it? (to mages)
- Hah! Ya didn't roll out of dat one. (to monks)
- I tink ya followed da wrong light, mon. (to paladins)
- Oho... a priest! If ya ever consider a change of faith, be sure you let old Bwonsamdi know, you hear? (to priests)
- Ya can't be hidin' from Bwonsamdi, little ting. (to rogues)
- Oh, da spirits be with ya now, mon. (to shaman)
- Awww, did ya lose your little shiny soulstone, eh? (to warlocks)
- Haha, all dat armor didn't help ya much, did it? (to warriors)
- At instances
- Rise, fallen ones!
- Don't ya be lazy now, ape mon! Get up! Show them invaders dat dey shouldn't be messin' wit ol' Bwonsamdi.
- Hah! Another one for me!
- Ohhhhhhh, what we got here now? Dis big fella look like him could be useful, eh?
- Oooooo, me got some shiny new souls for me collection!
- Zandalari recruitment questline
How goes de soul collection, hm?
I hope you are keeping count, loa know ol' Bwonsamdi isn't.
In all seriousness, I hope you have not forgotten our bargain.
Tales of the Loa
Bwonsamdi guards our spirits well,
He makes death most inviting.
Ya think he be a trickster,
His humor often biting.
Behind his smile and pointed humor,
Dere lies a darkness, a hint of rumor.
He knows things dat make de brave men shriek,
The truth from him, ya must not seek.
De realm of death be his alone.
Ya life and spirit to him be known.
And when dat life do end,
Make sure Bwonsamdi be ya friend.
Den Bwonsamdi will surely guide,
"Come on through to de other side."
- Witch Doctor Oinga (herald)
- Loa Speaker Shan'kan (speaker and devout)
- Vessel of Bwonsamdi
- Servants of Bwonsamdi
- Injured Bwonsamdi Worshipper
- Bwonsamdi Worshipper
In the Hearthstone expansion Rastakhan's Rumble, Bwonsamdi serves as the patron of Bwonsamdi's Zombies, an unsettling, death-obsessed team of troll priests, and personally appears as a legendary priest card. His flavor text reads: "Everyone's dying to meet him."
Notes and trivia
- The Dazar'ai call upon the power of Bwonsamdi.
- Despite being the caretaker of deceased trolls, he is willing to put other races into his care. When Vol'jin tried to negotiate to him to spare Tyrathan Khort, he told him it is not Vol'jin's authority to decide who he will take and who he does not. It is likely that he took some deceased pandaren and mogu to his care during the Shado-Pan Monastery battle.
- Bwonsamdi regards Vol'jin as one of his favorites.
- Many of the Sandfury tribe's fallen members were offered no protection after death from Bwonsamdi, as their tortured spirits obeyed Zum'rah, a cruel witch doctor who used his dark magic to force the city's dead into unending service.
- Bwonsamdi sees undead as abominations and cannot stand their "unbearable taint" in his temple. Despite this, he himself raised undead, in the form of Restless Zombies and Tiki Warriors, to test Vol'jin and fight Zalazane.
- When Bwonsamdi did not find the soul of Vol'jin in his funeral urn in Battle for Azeroth, the loa exclaimed "Da boss ain't gonna like dis". The identity of this boss was unknown at the time. In Shadowlands, the identity of his boss was revealed to be Mueh'zala, another loa of death, one worshiped by the sand trolls.
- Bwonsamdi serves as a Spirit Healer to players on Zandalar. He occasionally dances and performs cartwheels.
- Bwonsamdi was voiced by Dave Fennoy in Wrath of the Lich King, and is now voiced by Alex Desert starting with Battle for Azeroth.
- Blizzard always planned to include Bwonsamdi in Shadowlands but didn't originally have a big plan for him. His role in the expansion was expanded after the developers saw the positive fan reaction to the character in Battle for Azeroth.
- Bwonsamdi is inspired by the real Haitian loa Baron Samedi. The Warcraft RPG and mention another troll loa inspired by Baron Samedi known as Samedi.
- Bwonsamdi's appearance resembles the death god Ryuk from Death Note.
- The name of Bwonsamdi's domain, the Other Side, may be a reference to Dr. Facilier, the voodoo-using villain of the 2009 Disney movie The Princess and the Frog, who was partnered with spirits known only as the "Friends on the Other Side". Like Bwonsamdi, Facilier's appearance was inspired by Baron Samedi.
Because of the similarities between the troll loa Samedi and Bwonsamdi, with both being troll loa of death and being based on the same real-world loa, it is possible that the two are one and the same, just being addressed by slightly different names.
Bwonsamdi killing Pyreflies
Bwonsamdi shown at BlizzCon 2017.
The death loa during Queen of the Zandalari.
The loa during Gaze of the Loa: Bwonsamdi.
- Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Re-added with model updated.
- Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
- Patch 3.3.5 (2010-06-22): Added.
- Event activated September 7/8, 2010.
- Event activated September 7/8, 2010.
- Aspect of Bwonsamdi
- Image of Bwonsamdi
- Bwonsamdi's Gift
- Spirit of Bwonsamdi
- Fractured Tablet
- Seal of Bwonsamdi
- Bwonsamdi's Tears
- ^ Zalazane's Fall#Scripted event
- ^ a b c d e Shadows Rising, pg. 35 - 37
- ^ Shadows Rising, pg. 278
- ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft | What's New
- ^ a b
- ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 11
- ^ Shadows Rising, pg. 76 - 78
- ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 258
- ^ a b
- ^ a b Shadows Rising
- ^ Shadows Rising, pg. 215
- ^ Nobbel87 2020-07-15. Beyond Shadows Rising - Lore Interview With Madeleine Roux (32:30 - 32:45, 34:35 - 36:15). YouTube. Retrieved on 2020-08-06.
- ^ Its Always Sunny in Stormwind! Ep 17: The One with Madeleine Roux (1:19:15 - 1:19:50). Warcraft Radio (2020-07-21). Retrieved on 2020-08-06.
- ^ BlizzCon 2019 Interview: Steve Danuser & Frank Kowalkowski - Story and Systems | The Lost Codex
- ^ a b
- ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, chapter 34
- ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde pg. 145
- ^ Witch Doctor Zum'rah#Dungeon Journal
- ^ Andrea Toyias on Twitter - "....oh, don't even get me started on Bwonsamdi. That guy. THAT GUY!! Not only a RIDICULOUS voice actor, but one of the absolute coolest humans on the planet! His sessions were insane! He OWNED Bwonsamdi! And he owned us! The crazy rad, @Alex_Desert . Also lead singer of Hepcat! x"
- ^ BlizzCon 2018: Voices of War: Horde vs. Alliance (00:48:10) (2018-11-02). Retrieved on 2018-11-10.
- ^ ZoltanTV 2020-04-28. Interview Ion Hazzikostas SHADOWLANDS (12:50 - 15:03). YouTube. Retrieved on 2020-06-27.