Sethrak

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Not to be confused with Sethekk.
Sethrak
Sethrak concept art.jpg
Concept art
Classification

Medium Humanoid

Faction/Affiliation
Racial leader(s)
Racial mount
Homeworld
Environment

Deserts

Area(s)
Sources: Battle for Azeroth

The sethrak are a race of serpent people living in Vol'dun on Zandalar.[1] The sethrak are an empire on the rise and throwing a wrench in everyone's plans. Wherever the sethrak go sand begins to spread as they magically change the environment into what they are comfortable with.[2]

Background

The sethrak once lived together as one as their loa Sethraliss would have wanted.[3] Thousands of years ago, they and Zandalari trolls lived in harmony in Vol'dun and worshiped Sethraliss together.[4][5]

During the war between the trolls and the aqir[4] roughly 16,000 years ago,[6] the C'Thrax Mythrax the Unraveler descended upon Vol'dun. He slaughtered troll and sethrak alike. Sethraliss sacrificed herself to save them, but though she struck Mythrax down Mythrax was still able to destroy the disc at the heart of Atul'Aman. After witnessing the destruction firsthand, the sethrak knew that something had to be done to prevent anyone from raising Mythrax again. Sulthis, Vorrik, and Korthek worked together to seal Mythrax within the great pyramid.[7] Following Sethraliss' death, the jungles of Vol'dun transformed into a vast desert, causing most of the trolls to abandon the region. This left only the sethrak, who continued to survive and thrive in Vol'dun, which they considered the holiest of holy grounds.[4]

Millennia later, Korthek grew power hungry and sought to free Mythrax to conquer Zuldazar. He gathered like-minded sethrak that became known as the Faithless and declared himself emperor. The sethrak who follow Vorrik and still worship Sethraliss, known as the Devoted, have been fighting the Faithless ever since.[7]

There is a sethrak incursion into the neighboring Nazmir, looking for shadow magic to power their Skycaller Gem.[8] They have also destroyed the village of Dol'watha in Zuldazar.

Culture

The sethrak worship the loa Sethraliss and wield lightning magic. There is an ancient sethrak belief that loa can be reborn.[9]

The sethrak skycallers, gifted with the power to command the storm, use their magic to summon great spires that turn the earth into sand.[10] Lightning strikes that hit sethrak spires are used to send messages across large distances in a manner similar to smoke signals.[11]

Korthek's empire has slave markets comprised mostly of Vulpera.[12] They even sell children.[13]

Sethrak weapons are crafted from glass and other materials that can only be found in Vol'dun.[14]

Notable

Name Role Status Location
Neutral  Sulthis First of the Keepers Deceased Unknown
Neutral  Vorrik Keeper, leader of the Devoted Alive Vol'dun
Combat  Emperor Korthek Former Keeper, emperor of the Faithless Killable Vol'dun
Neutral  Serrik Follower of the Devoted Deceased Vol'dun

Notes and trivia

  • Due to the many similarities between sethrak and trolls, some players previously speculated that the sethrak used to be trolls at some point. However, Alex Afrasiabi confirmed in a BlizzCon 2018 interview that this is not the case.[4]
  • The sethrak are partly inspired by the Bedouins of North Africa and the Middle East.[15]
  • The sethrak make for the third humanoid snake model in Warcraft, after the naga and the slith.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ 2017-11-03, WOW: BATTLE FOR AZEROTH NEW CONTINENTS, ZONES, BLIZZCON 2017. Blizzpro, retrieved on 2017-04-11
  2. ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft Demo | Nazmir Zone
  3. ^ H [110 - 120] Unlikely Allies
  4. ^ a b c d The Lost Codex 2018-11-03. Blizzcon 2018 Interview: Alex Afrasiabi & Patrick Dawson - Story and Systems | The Lost Codex. YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-11-03.
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2018-08-06. Battle for Azeroth: Vol’dun Visitor’s Guide - WoW. Retrieved on 2018-08-21.
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 70
  7. ^ a b H [110 - 120] The Keepers' Keys
  8. ^ No Mercy for Sithis
  9. ^  [Rebirth Creed]
  10. ^ H [110 - 120] Skycaller Slaughter
  11. ^ A Shocking Message
  12. ^ H [110 - 120] Armed and Ready
  13. ^ H [110 - 120] The Little Ones
  14. ^  [Sethrak Weapon]
  15. ^ Jimmy Lo. Sethrak Environment Concept. ArtStation. Retrieved on 2018-10-20.