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The Loa of Kings, Rezan, confronting Bwonsamdi, the Loa of Death

Loa is the name given by trolls to the beings they worship, such as the Wild Gods,[1][2] beings such as Kith'ix or G'huun, or spirits like wisps.[3] Countless loa exist, most weak, but some very powerful. Most are shapeless, whereas others have animal or creature forms.[4] Powerful, enlightened Zandalari can become loa upon their death - or so it is believed.[4]

Background

Early troll tribes, though varying wildly in customs and traditions, all shared a common religion: the worship and reverence for the Wild Gods. The mountain range of Zandalar in southern Kalimdor was home to many loa, and was thus treated as being sacred.[1] Troll priests are devoted to only one loa per troll, while troll druids use the powers of several loa at once. This is something the loa do not like, as they prefer to be worshiped one at a time.[5] Shadow hunters commune with multiple loa as well, and the loa can even channel themselves through the shadow hunters when they use their ceremonial rush'kah masks.[6]

The loa can grant wondrous boons or inflict terrible punishments to trolls. Tales abound in troll culture, of those blessed by the loa with extraordinary regenerative abilities, strengthening their already powerful, natural regeneration.[7] The tale of Vula'jin the Void speaks of how he regrew almost his entire body after standing in a pool of shadowflame. But just as the loa can bless, they can also curse; troll children are taught legends of those cursed by the loa, such as Gri'lek, unable to heal even flesh wounds, to instill the proper respect for their patron spirits.[3]

Zandalari (as well as Darkspear)[8] families often worship their own family loa, cities usually have their own civic deities, and the greatest loa are worshiped by the nation as a whole. Powerful, enlightened Zandalari can become loa upon their death - or so it is believed.[4] An example of such a case is Zanza the Restless.[citation needed]  Different troll tribes may call upon different sets of loa.[9]

Troll druids visiting the Moonglade have been overheard calling the wisps who reside there loa, just as they refer to Goldrinn, Aviana, and the other returned Ancients as loa. Night elves and tauren have tried to counsel these trolls on "correct" druidic nomenclature, but the trolls thus far have been stuck in their ways.[3] The loa were later confirmed to be the same type of being as the Ancient Guardians.[1]

After Vol'jin was mortally wounded during the battle at the Broken Shore, the loa spirits spoke to him, claiming that the death will come soon. They also whispered the name Sylvanas Windrunner. Vol'jin thus named her Warchief of the Horde with his last breath.[10]

Some jungle trolls of the Darkspear tribe consider bird spirits to be weak, capricious, undeserving of their worship, and best left to the Amani.[11]

Loa gain in strength and power the more worshipers, offerings, idols and sacrifices they receive.[12] Bwonsamdi also grows in power with every soul under his care.[13]

Known loa

Name Title Worshipers Status
IconSmall Rhino.gif Akali Ice trollIce troll Drakkari Active
IconSmall Eagle.gif Akil'zon Forest trollForest troll Amani
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[14]
Active
IconSmall ThunderLizard.gif Akunda Loa of storms and new beginnings Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Active
IconSmall Panther.gif Bethekk TrollTroll Gurubashi
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[15]
Active
IconSmall Bwonsamdi.gif Bwonsamdi Guardian of the Dead
Loa of Graves
TrollTroll Darkspear
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[16]
Active
IconSmall Serpent.gif Dambala TrollTroll Darkspear
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Active
IconSmall SpiderGiant.gif Elortha no Shadra God of Spiders,
The Venom Queen,
Mother of Venom,
Silk Dancer,
Death's Love,[17]
Mistress of Spies[18]
TrollTroll Darkspear[19]


Forest trollForest troll Vilebranch
Forest trollForest troll Witherbark
TrollTroll Gurubashi
Sand trollSand troll Farraki[17]
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari

Unknown[20]
IconSmall Kimbul.gif Eraka no Kimbul God of Tigers,
Lord of Beasts,
King of Cats,
the Prey's Doom[17]
Sand trollSand troll Farraki
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Tortollan Tortollans[21]
Active
IconSmall G'huun.gifG'huun The Blood God Blood trollBlood troll Blood trolls Active
IconSmall Gonk.gif Gonk The Great Hunter,
Lord of the Pack,
Loa of the Hunt
TrollTroll Darkspear[22]
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Active
IconSmall Shark.gif Gral Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Active
IconSmall Unknown.gif Grimath Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Active
IconSmall Lynx.gif Halazzi Forest trollForest troll Amani
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[14]
Active
IconSmall Hakkar.gif Hakkar The Soulflayer,
The Blood God,
The Faceless One,
The Loa of Blood
TrollTroll Gurubashi
Forest trollForest troll Vilebranch
Active
IconSmall SpiritLeopard.gif Har'koa Ice trollIce troll Drakkari
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Active
IconSmall Serpent.gif Hethiss TrollTroll Gurubashi
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Active
IconSmall Hir'eek.gif Hir'eek Lord of the Midnight Sky Blood trollBlood troll Blood trolls
TrollTroll Darkspear[19]
TrollTroll Gurubashi
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Unknown[20]
IconSmall Saurid.gif Jani Patron of Scavengers,
the Lord of Thieves,
the God of Garbage,
Master of Minions,
the Keeper of Secrets[23]
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Active
IconSmall Dragonhawk.gif Jan'alai Forest trollForest troll Amani
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[14]
Active
IconSmall FacelessGeneral.gif Kith'ix TrollTroll Zan'do's followers Deceased
IconSmall Krag'wa.gif Krag'wa The Huge,
The Terrible
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
TrollTroll Darkspear[24]
Active
IconSmall Unknown.gif Lukou TrollTroll Darkspear
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Active
IconSmall Mammoth.gif Mam'toth Ice trollIce troll Drakkari Deceased
IconSmall BlackBear.gif Nalorakk Forest trollForest troll Amani
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[14]
Active
IconSmall Pa'ku.gif Pa'ku Loa of the Winds Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Active
IconSmall Hakkar.gif Quetz'lun Ice trollIce troll Drakkari Active
IconSmall Rezan.gif Rezan Loa of Kings,[25]
King of Kings,[26]
God of the Hunt[27]
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Unknown[20]
IconSmall PolarBear.gif Rhunok Bear of the North Ice trollIce troll Drakkari Active
IconSmall Unknown.gif Samedi Loa of the Grave TrollTroll Darkspear Active
IconSmall Sethraliss.gif Sethraliss Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Sethrak Sethrak
IconSmall Unknown.gif Shango Loa of Storms TrollTroll Darkspear Active
IconSmall Tiger.gif Shirvallah TrollTroll Darkspear[22]
TrollTroll Gurubashi
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[28]
Active
IconSmall Serpent.gif Sseratus God of Snakes Ice trollIce troll Drakkari Active
IconSmall SkeletalWindSerpent.gif Tharon'ja Ice trollIce troll Drakkari
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[29]
Active
IconSmall Direhorn.gif Torcali The Moving Mountain,
The Wandering Bulwark
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Active
IconSmall SeaTurtle.gifIconSmall BabyTurtle.gif Torga Wise and Benevolent Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari
Tortollan Tortollans
Alive
IconSmall Unknown.gif Ueetay no Mueh'zala God of Death,
Father of Sleep,
Son of Time,
the Night's Friend[17]
Sand trollSand troll Farraki Active
IconSmall UndeadTroll Male.gif Zanza The Restless,
Loa of Zandalar
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari[30] Active

Other loa

Servitors of the loa

High priests

High prophets

Drakkari prophets

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

All trolls worship a pantheon of primal forces; a sacred animal represents each aspect of the pantheon.[32]

The trolls draw power for their voodoo magics by performing rituals and invoking the Primal Gods, Old Gods,[33] forest spirits, and ancestral spirits: their Loa spirits and gods.

Loa spirits are more powerful than the elementals, but not as powerful as gods.[34] Supposedly, these spirits are mighty entities that grant the faithful extraordinary powers. By calling upon these voodoo spirits, the shadow hunter gains special blessings with which he can combat darkness and help those in need. The abilities granted vary according to the Loa the shadow hunter calls upon.[35] Almost any being who has died and transcended death can be worshiped as a loa, including Forsaken shadow ascendants.

The shadow hunters' faith and communion with the Loa gods grants them shadow and healing magic, and other abilities. Shadow Hunters learn magic that hinders enemies and aids allies, gaining a unique mix of spells that delve into the more occult aspects of the Loa.

The trolls of Zul'Aman worship primal beings they call the Forest Gods.[36]

RPG loa

Notes and trivia

Death

There is contradicting information regarding the deaths of certain loa. Notably, the House of the Lost Loa seems to consider many loa as "lost", gone, or dead, despite some having been shown to return or maintain influence in some form after their death.

  • Hakkar the Soulflayer was originally slain by the Zandalari and the Gurubashi over 1,500 years ago.[41] Yet he recently returned to Zul'Gurub, where he was defeated once more.[42] After his defeat, his cursed heart was banished by the Zandalari which still did not stop him as three years later, during the events of Cataclysm, he was still active from within the spirit realm. He sought to have his avatar summoned into the physical world.[43] Jin'do the Godbreaker attempted to subdue his spirit, but the loa was freed by adventurers, whom he told that he would "deal with [them] another time" before returning them to the physical plane.[44]
  • When Mam'toth committed suicide, Har'koa said that there was nothing they could do to bring him back to life.[45]
  • Rhunok was sacrificed by his followers during the events in Zul'Drak, but his spirit lived on and appeared to an adventurer, asking them to return to Har'koa and tell her "No matter what, we [loa] are eternal." Har'koa stated that Rhunok would return as his spirit would live on forever.[46]
  • Quetz'lun was too sacrificed by her followers. She lived on, and created her own underworld domain where she tortured the followers and high priests that turned on her.[47]
  • Tharon'ja was also sacrificed during the events of Zul'Drak, but his eternal spirit was still called to the Isle of Thunder by the Zandalari years later.
  • There is an ancient sethrak belief that loa can be reborn.[48]
  • Sethraliss' physical manifestation died long ago after sacrificing herself to kill Mythrax. After the battle, her followers "awaited her rebirth". They could still feel her presence, and believed that one day she would be returned to them.[49] She also still possesses an avatar.[50]
  • Shadra was originally killed in Shadra'Alor.[51] Despite this, her spirit remained and was held against her will in Zul'Gurub.[52] In Cataclysm, she was summoned and killed once more.[53] Yet she was still active during the Pandaren Campaign, and communicated with Vol'jin.[54] She was also summoned by the sand trolls who offered her sacrifices.[55] Her high priestess, Yazma, consumed Shadra at her underground temple in the Garden of the Loa.[56]
  • Torga was slain by blood trolls who proceeded to use his remains to summon Jungo, Herald of G'huun.[57] Despite this, his spirit could still be called upon and interacted with. Torga then reincarnated as a baby turtle.[58]

It was, however, confirmed that the lost loa are not permanently gone and that they could return.[20]

Speculation

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  • From the conversation the player has with Zen'tabra in the troll starting zone, it can be assumed that Gonk either resides in or has access to the Emerald Dream.
  • The author of the  [Blood-Spattered Zandalari Journal] writes how they were tormented by loa, hungry for blood and hate, who talked to them and told them to give up. This likely means that they were not true loa, but sha.
  • The markings on the  [Crumbling Ceremonial Vestments] resemble both the sign of Elune and several venerated loa spirits.[59] This seems to imply that some trolls used to or still do revere Elune as a loa, and may be intended to represent a transition phase between the loa worship of the original dark trolls and the Elune worship of the night elves.

Possible loa

The following beings were never called "loa" but may share similarities with them and thus may or may not be loa.

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