|Occupation||King of the Zandalari Empire|
King Rastakhan rests on a golden throne, lording over all of the Zandalari. Empowered by the Zandalari gods themselves to act as their voice, he has ruled over two hundred years. King Rastakhan is consulted before every battle or major decision by the Zanchuli Council, which both advises the King and ensures his every command is executed.
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When the word of 's presence in Zul'Gurub reached the Zandalar tribe in the South Seas King Rastakhan sent emissaries to Yojamba Isle. There the trolls recruited champions from Azeroth's many races to defeat Hakkar.
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Years ago warned King Rastakhan of a terrible Cataclysm. For Zul had seen a vision of a great armored dragon clenching the world in his ferocious jaws. Months later Zul returned, bearing more grim news from his visions. Still, King Rastakhan did nothing. Finally, mere months before the Cataclysm, Zul returned. He described the golden capital of Zandalar slowly sinking beneath the waves in the aftermath of the Cataclysm, its once-great people drowning as their mighty works slipped forever beneath the sea. Zul advised the council and King Rastakhan to unite with the other troll tribes and to abandon their doomed homeland. Despite Zul's infamy, the council refused to believe in the scope of the disaster to come. Many felt that Zul was grandstanding to increase his own status and power. King Rastakhan grew tired of Zul and his troubling nightmares. To be rid of the prophet, he granted Zul the use of his largest ships, so that he and his followers could seek a new land if his visions came to pass. They scoffed as he and his followers began assembling a war fleet and reaching out to the lesser troll races.
But Zul's vision were visions of the truth. 's Cataclysm rocked Zandalar to its foundation. The spine of the land broke in two, and soon, the city and all its riches began to slide into the hungry sea. The Zandalari people turned to their King for help, but there was only one Zandalari equipped to help them: the prophet Zul. Even now the mighty and enigmatic troll empire slides into the sea, and Zandalari peasants and warriors alike flock to Zul for guidance on what to do next. Led by Zul, the Zandalari have issued a call to Azeroth's embattled troll populations: unite into a single mighty empire and save their race from extinction. Meanwhile Rastakhan is still sitting on his throne in Zandalar as the island sinks around him.
Rastakhan's empire is sinking into the sea, and Zul has a way out - Rastakhan supports the Zandalari's efforts to make a new troll empire. Vol'jin has said that it was Rastakhan's plan to unite the troll tribes.
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Rastakhan appears on Zandalar as the Horde comes to ask for the Zandalari's naval forces in their renewed war with the Alliance. Zuldazar faces a civil war between his followers and Zul's followers.
Before his debut in Battle for Azeroth, Rastakhan had been mentioned as far back as the original World of Warcraft.
He is mentioned indirectly in the titles of a few Zandalari trolls:
- <Servitor of Rastakhan>
- <Emissary of Rastakhan>
- <Hand of Rastakhan>
- <Hand of Rastakhan>
- <Emissary of Rastakhan>
- <Herald of Rastakhan>
He is mentioned in the and , which drop off random Zandalari mobs on the Isle of Thunder. In particular, the Waterlogged Zandalari Journal implies that Rastakhan's fate following the Cataclysm remains uncertain. When you turn in the quest , tells you the story of Zul in which King Rastakhan makes an appearance.
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King Rastakhan is king of all trolls on Azeroth. He is an ancient and formidable witch doctor and keeper of troll lore. He is ancient and hoary, but his wire-hard muscles speak to his strength. A string of shrunken heads hangs from his neck, and a humanoid skull is impaled on his spear. He rules from Zuldazar on the island of Zandalar. While he technically is the king of all trolls throughout the world, it is not an entirely accurate description. This is because trolls often have trouble working with each other, despite conferences on Zandalar. King Rastakhan is strong, wise, insightful, cunning and visionary. He is a big part of the reason that Zandalar's influence is again felt in the world, as he is instrumental in organizing the 6-year troll conferences and in sending representatives to work against Hakkar. Most other trolls respect him as a powerful and wise leader. Numerous loyal priests and witch doctors assist Rastakhan, and he shows his wisdom in which advice he heeds and which he ignores. Rastakhan is a patient but decisive ruler.
Rastakhan, as king of all Azeroth's trolls, rarely enters combat when not accompanied by a host of barbarians, warriors, shamans, witch doctors and other support. He prefers to remain out of melee, decimating his foes from a distance with his spells. If he has time to prepare before battle, he doles out potions and alchemical concoctions to his elite: brews to increase their defenses and combat efficiency.
Notes & trivia
- His name is likely based on the words Rasta, referencing the Jamaican aspect of Warcraft troll culture, and khan, a Mongolian word for king.
- Interestingly, though most large troll states are not kingdoms but empires, Rastakhan still bears a royal, rather than imperial, title of God-King. There are numerous possible explanations for it:
- Rastakhan may have several titles, one of them being imperial, but prefer to use "God-King" as his main title. This is similar to how Emperor was widely known as the Thunder King, or how, in real life, Queen Victoria was called Queen despite also being Empress of India and leading the British Empire.
- The title of God-King may itself be imperial in character. In real life, many non-European empires had rulers whose titles did not have the same connotations as "emperor" had in Europe, but were so prestigious that they were considered equal with it. For example, monarchs of the Persian Empire used the titles of padishah, or "high king", and shahanshah, or king of kings, while the title of the Chinese emperor, huangdi, actually translates to something similar to "God-King". Perhaps Rastakhan's divine title is considered to be an entire level above ordinary kings, hence giving him equal status with Azeroth's emperors.
- Perhaps the term "empire" in reference to the Zandalari merely means that they rule (or rather, ruled, or want to rule) a vast territory populated by many races, rather than they are actually ruled by an emperor or a ruler of similar prestige. This is common both in real life (the Spanish and Portuguese Empires were actually kingdoms, while the French colonial empire was not even a monarchy) and in Warcraft (the Kaldorei Empire was ruled by , and the Black Empire by the Old Gods).
Rastakhan in Battle for Azeroth, from BlizzCon 2017.
- ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft | What's New
- ^ For Council and King
- ^ The Troll Compendium: Zandalar Tribe
- ^ a b
- ^ a b c The Dark Prophet Zul
- ^ Patch 4.1 Content Preview: Rise of the Zandalari
- ^ Interview mit Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak (English translation)
- ^ 2013 Developer Q&A
- ^ Outside Zul'Aman: Vol'jin says: King Rastakhan, he be plannin' to unite da troll tribes under his Zandalari.
- ^ a b c Lands of Mystery, pg. 80-82
- ^ a b Dark Factions, pg. 167