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- “It's always darkest before the dawn. The dawn will come... The sun will rise. The balance will shift back to where it should be.”
They were founded by Aponi Brightmane after a series of theological discussions with Tahu Sagewind about the importance of balancing out the night elven focus on moon-worship through reverence of light as part of their worship of the Earth Mother. As such, the Sunwalkers are warriors who wield the power of An'she, the sun in tauren mythology, as they did in the past. They are the most militant branch of the tauren armies within the Horde. These paladins exist alongside the Seers, tauren priests led by Tahu who also wields the power of An'she.
The emergence of the Sunwalkers is a sign of both troubling times and the unending duty the tauren race has to the Earth Mother, in which hope is their greatest weapon.
This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
Concurrently with the war against the Lich King, Brightmane and Sagewind discussed whether the tauren have overlooked a key aspect of balance, noting the night elves' near exclusive worship of the moon, known to the tauren as Mu'sha. Yet both Mu'sha and An'she, the sun, are the eyes of the Earth Mother. The pair concluded that the night elves, through their ties to tauren druids, passed on their cultural prejudice against the sun to their tauren students. To properly revere the Earth Mother they hold sacred, the two decided to strive for balance and further explore the powers of the sun, An'she. Brightmane, a warrior who fought on the Icecrown Glacier, remained hopeful that An'she would shine across the sky, and victory would be won by the mortal races, no matter what perils remained.
As Our Fathers Before Us
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
The Sunwalkers were formed under Aponi Brightmane. Tauren paladins were added as a playable class/race combination.
Mists of Pandaria
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This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
- Tauren paladin trainers: "The light of the Sun illuminates the path to wisdom."
- Tauren paladin trainers: "The light of the Sun illuminates the path to wisdom. Where shall we walk today, friend?"
- Tauren paladin trainers: "May the Sun's light protect you, <class>."
- "Even in the darkest of times, the sun will always rise to begin a new day."
- "The sun provides warmth to all of the Earthmother's children."
- "Like An'she, the sun, we bring light to the darkness."
- "We protect our tribe just as the sun protects us from the harsh winter."
|Aponi Brightmane||Founder and leader, paladin trainer||Alive||Hunter Rise, Thunder Bluff|
|Sunwalker Atohmo||Paladin trainer||Alive||Valley of Wisdom, Orgrimmar|
|Sunwalker Chagon||Kor'kron Commander||Killable||Lion's Landing|
|Sunwalker Dezco||Chieftain of the Dawnchaser tribe||Alive||Various Locations|
|Sunwalker Helaku||Paladin trainer||Alive||Camp Narache, Mulgore|
|Sunwalker Iopi||Paladin trainer||Alive||Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore|
|Sunwalker Jo'hsu||Unknown||Alive||Hunter Rise, Thunder Bluff|
|Sunwalker Lonaki||Paladin trainer||Alive||Crossroads, Northern Barrens|
|Sunwalker Reha||Paladin trainer||Alive||Hunter Rise, Thunder Bluff|
|Sunwalker Saern||Paladin trainer||Alive||Hunter Rise, Thunder Bluff|
- Injured Sunwalker Brave
- Sunwalker Brave
- Sunwalker Dawnchaser
- Sunwalker Keeper
- Sunwalker Scout
- Thunder Cleft Sunwalker
- Great Sunwalker Kodo
- Sunwalker Kodo
Source of power
It appears that the two developed new techniques to wield the power of An'she, and the Sunwalkers were founded as a result of this avenue of power, and a new path to revere balance and the Earth Mother. Alternatively, this path was already known (most likely to traditional tauren healers, the Seers), and has simply been rediscovered.
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ Aponi Brightmane says: There's a phrase... "It's always darkest before the dawn." The dawn will come, though, Tahu. The sun will rise. The balance will shift back to where it should be.
Aponi Brightmane smiles and gestures to the north.
Aponi Brightmane says: Even on the glacier itself, the sun manages to peek through the gloom. I have hope, Tahu. I think we'll make it through this, no matter how dire it looks.
- ^ As Our Fathers Before Us
- ^ TCG Twilight of the Dragons/11
- ^ TCG Throne of the Tides/140
- ^ TCG War of the Ancients/137
- ^ TCG War of the Ancients/151