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The Shatterspear tribe is a tribe of jungle trolls that is located in Darkshore. They lived in prosperity until the tribe's decimation by the Alliance as a result of their recent allegiance with the Horde, though later returned during the attack on Teldrassil.
The Shatterspear tribe split off from the Gurubashi Empire after the defeat of Hakkar the Soulflayer. The various tribes claimed territories in the vast jungles of Stranglethorn Vale but quickly began fighting one another.
The Shatterspear tribe eventually settled at the northeast edge of Darkshore. Highly reclusive and apparently uninterested in claiming further territory, the Shatterspear trolls established a small village in Shatterspear Vale, which is almost entirely surrounded by jagged hills. The trolls' purpose in living in the vale is unknown at this point in time. It is a strange location for any troll to choose to live: surrounded by mountains and, beyond that, night elves (the trolls' ancient enemies).
The night elves knew that the Shatterspear lived in their territory, but as long as the trolls were not hostile, they were apparently quite content to leave them and Shatterspear Vale in peace.
Visiting the secluded village used to be a difficult endeavor, and a number of adventurers fell to their deaths in attempts to scale the steep hills around the Shatterspears' home. After the Cataclysm, the Shatterspear village became accessible through a tunnel, Shatterspear Pass, from the Ruins of Mathystra.
Garrosh Hellscream recruited the Shatterspear tribe into the Horde. The Horde planned for the Shatterspear tribe to attack the night elves from the north, while the armies of Orgrimmar would push from Ashenvale. The Shatterspear tribe established the Shatterspear War Camp near the Ruins of Mathystra, invaded the ruins with laborers, and destroyed the Tower of Althalaxx in order to gain a foothold in the attack against the night elves.
The tribe came into conflict with the night elven forces, with the fight eventually coming to Shatterspear Vale itself. The night elves were intent in destroying all the Shatterspear trolls before they could become a bigger problem.
The death of their chieftain was the final chapter in Shatterspear tribal history. As their former leader fell to the might of the Alliance heroes, the remaining trolls disbanded the tribe and its remnants who escaped retribution went their separate ways, abandoning Darkshore. Some of these refugees found shelter within the Horde, while others joined various organizations.
Battle for Azeroth
Survivors of the Shatterspear who joined the Horde were used during the War of the Thorns, notably in the invasion of Lor'danel, because of their knowledge of the land. The Shatterspear War Camp was also used as forward outposts for the Horde.
By the time of the Battle for Darkshore, the Shatterspear have reclaimed some of their territories. They have a strong presence in both the Shatterspear Pass and the Shatterspear War Camp, though no longer in the Ruins of Mathystra. They are, once again, being attacked from the air by the Alliance in the vale. In the end, the Alliance wins the Battle for Darkshore, and it is unknown what happened to the Shatterspear tribe and their lands after that.
The named denizens of Shatterspear Vale, pre-Cataclysm.
- The majority of the Shatterspear tribe uses skin tones unavailable to players, such as light-green skin tones used by forest trolls and a darker skin tone, later used by Speaker Ik'nal.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
- ^ Troll Compendium
- ^ Lieutenant Morra Starbreeze
- ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-04-18)
- ^ A Good War
- ^ Ask CDev#Ask CDev Answers - Round 4
- ^ Robert Brooks on Twitter "Yeah, the tribe didn't do great in the Cata era, but I think the quests then established that a decent number of the survivors joined the Horde. The idea here was that they would be extra useful for this battle because they know that land so well."
- ^ BlizzCon 2019: Q&A panel