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The Farraki tribe or the Sandfury tribe (sometimes spelled Sand Fury), originally known as the Razorbranch tribe, is a tribe of sand trolls, located in the deserts of Southern Kalimdor.
Prior to the War of the Ancients, the Razorbranch tribe was originally part of the Gurubashi empire, living on the fringes of the empire. The Sundering shattered the jungle trolls' territory and isolated the Razorbranch, leaving them stranded in the middle of what swiftly became the desert of Tanaris. The relentless desert sun of Tanaris beat down on the trolls, who gradually adapted to their harsh new environment, becoming sand trolls, now known as the Sandfury tribe. Today they bear only a rough resemblance to the jungle trolls from whom they are descended.
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. Since the Sundering, the sand trolls have been forced to give up the majority of Tanaris to outsiders, and are thus fierce to defend what remains of their lands.
Long ago the Sandfury waged a brutal war against the qiraji. The martyr Theka was slain and thus Zul'Farrak still stands because of his brave sacrifice. Even in death he maintains a vigil over his beloved city, and it is said that the dozens of insectoid warriors who killed him were cursed to live as mindless scarabs, scuttling at the martyr's side.
By a few years after the Third War, much of the Sandfury homeland lay in ruins, its cities squatted in by invading ogres and Wastewander bandits. The tribe had developed hostility toward both the Horde and the Alliance, as well as the silithid descendants of the Aqir, and the goblins who founded the nearby city of Gadgetzan in service to the Steamwheedle Trade Princes. Adventurers from those factions were in part attracted to Zul'Farrak due to , which was rumored to reside in Zul'Farrak. Chief Ukorz Sandscalp was obsessed with restoring his tribe to its former glory, raised on stories of a time when trolls lorded over their ancient lands without interference from foreign interlopers. Nevertheless, new battles broke out daily between the sand trolls and a wide assortment of interlopers.
The Sandfury need every troll to pitch in just to scrape by, so they learned to raise the dead with voodoo so every troll could continue working even after death.
Shortly before the Shattering of the world the Sandfury trolls were working with Cho'gall and the Twilight's Hammer. Led by Hydromancer Kulratha, they attempted to have the great hydra Kai'ju Gahz'rilla attack Stormwind and Thunder Bluff. Adventurers led by Varian Wrynn and Cairne Bloodhoof defeated Gahz'rilla and killed Kulratha.
After the Shattering the Sandfury did not seem to have a particularly active connection to the Twilight's Hammer, having none of the ambassadors present in other cities such as Shadowforge. Neither Alliance nor Horde have made any moves to crush the trolls of Tanaris, although the Bilgewater Cartel goblins attempted to ally with the Dunemaul ogres that occupy several former troll settlements.
By the Cataclysm, Zul'Farrak had become a wasteland. In their desperation the Sandfury tribe joined the Zandalari together with the Amani, Gurubashi and Drakkari in their attempt to reclaim their former glory.
Mists of Pandaria
The Farraki were a part of the Zandalari Invaders, a group composed of the four main troll tribes united under the Zandalari banner. They arrived upon the northern shores of the mist-shrouded continent of Pandaria. They quickly dispatched their representatives to reforge their old alliance with the mogu. In that expedition, the sand trolls used the name "Farraki".
Jakra'zet was part of the sand troll forces in Pandaria. Despite the outcome of the Pandaria campaign, Jakra'zet's skill in strategy and tactics could not be denied. Prophet Zul advocated for Jakra'zet to be put on the Zanchuli Council, the high council of the Zandalari, and he was also made general of the Zandalari army.
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Battle for Azeroth
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Once again referred to as the Sandfury, they can be found at Tal'farrak in Zuldazar. They, alongside the Amani and Gurubashi, are harassing merchants by the dock. A Horde adventurer is sent to break these thugs up, before being sent into Tal'farrak to remind the Sandfury of their place.
General Jakra'zet in Vol'dun commands a large host of Sandfury that betrays Rastakhan. Though they are ultimately defeated, their actions lead to the freeing of Mythrax, and later, the destruction of the final seal of G'huun. Despite this, not all Sandfury followed Jakra'zet in his betrayal. After Rastakhan is slain in the Battle of Dazar'alor, Sandfury warriors make up the procession that mourns him. Here, they are neutral to the Horde, fighting back only if attacked first.
|Chief Ukorz Sandscalp||Leader of the tribe||Killable (WoW) Alive (Lore)||Zul'Farrak|
|Sul the Sandcrawler||Representative of the Farraki in the Zandalari Invaders||Killable||Lightning Promenade, Throne of Thunder|
|Hydromancer Velratha||Hydromancer of the tribe and sister of Kulratha||Deceased-Killable (WoW)||Zul'Farrak|
|Theka the Martyr||Hero of the tribe, watching over his city in death.||Undead-Killable||Zul'Farrak|
|Antu'sul||The Keeper of Sul, owner of||Deceased-Killable (WoW)||Zul'Farrak|
|Mazoga||Deceased||Tanaris and Zul'Farrak|
|Hydromancer Kulratha||Member of the Twilight Hammer and sister of Velratha||Deceased||Zul'Farrak|
|Zathra||Member of the Hidden||Alive|
|Ambassador Nikash||Ambassador to Zandalar||Alive|
- Sandfury Acolyte
- Sandfury Axe Thrower (Tanaris)
- Sandfury Axe Thrower (Dazar'alor)
- Sandfury Blood Drinker
- Sandfury Cretin
- Sandfury Drudge
- Sandfury Executioner
- Sandfury Firecaller
- Sandfury Guardian
- Sandfury Hideskinner
- Sandfury Sacrifice
- Sandfury Shadowcaster
- Sandfury Shadowhunter
- Sandfury Slave
- Sandfury Soul Eater
- Sandfury Speaker
- Sandfury Witch Doctor
- Sandfury Zealot
- Sandfury Zombie
- Slaughtered Sandfury Troll
- Farraki Assassin
- Farraki Dervish
- Farraki Nomad
- Farraki Sand Conjurer
- Farraki Sand-Stormer
- Farraki Skirmisher
- Farraki Wastewalker
- The name "Razorbranch tribe" was only mentioned in Chronicle Volume 1, where they appeared as a name on a map showing the troll empires' territories prior to the Great Sundering. At the time, the identity of the tribe was unclear, as the tribe had never been mentioned in any other source. Senior writer Matt Burns stated that the tribe's identity would be revealed in a future volume of Chronicle and that the Razorbranch eventually became something that players had seen in World of Warcraft. However, the tribe went unmentioned in the second and third volumes of Chronicle. Burns later confirmed that the Razorbranch and Sandfury tribes were one and the same.
- The Sandfury trolls make a tempering agents from sandstones.
- Bwonsamdi, a loa who takes the souls of dead trolls into his care, does not watch over the souls of the Farraki tribe. In spite of this, some Sandfury trolls on Zandalar invoke Bwonsamdi's name when killed.
- Unused IDs suggest that during the Legion Invasions, players were planned to be able to summon illusions of several Sandfury trolls.
- ^ Traveler: The Spiral Path, pg. 323
- ^ a b Patch 5.0.4
- ^ a b Patch 5.2.0
- ^ Horridon#Quotes
- ^ a b c d Troll Compendium: Sand Troll Tribes
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
- ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 76 (map)
- ^ a b Matt Burns on Twitter (2018-07-03). Retrieved on 2018-07-03. - "@Burnzerker Hi there ! The Razorbranch tribe of trolls mentioned in Chronicle eventually became "something that we have seen in World of Warcraft". Did they become the sand trolls / Sandfury ?" "Yes that was our intention."
- ^ a b The Troll Compendium: Sand Trolls
- ^ Adventure Guide: Theka the Martyr
- ^ Adventure Guide: Chief Ukorz Sandscalp
- ^ a b Rise of the Zandalari trailer
- ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2013-07-22). Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. - "@Loreology The Sandfury trolls are the Farraki tribe in MoP, is this a retcon or another name for them or did they change their name in lore" ".@TheRedShirtGuy Another name for them. IIRC, they became their own tribe after the Sundering. :)"
- ^ General Jakra'zet tablet in the Zanchul Council Chambers
- ^ Traveler: The Spiral Path
- ^ a b c Elemental Unrest
- ^ Mazoga's Spirit
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2016-03-16). Retrieved on 2018-07-02. “@GotobeTroll @MickyNeilson @RoBrooks13 @DaveKosak We'll reveal who they are in a future volume. They become something you've seen in game.”
- ^ Witch Doctor Zum'rah
- ^ Sandfury Assassin#Quotes
- ^ Sandfury Bandit#Quotes
- ^ Sandfury Mindthief#Quotes
- ^ Summon Sandfury Illusion - Wowhead