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War against the Drust

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War against the Drust
War against the Drust
Conflict:
Place: Drustvar
Outcome:
Gorak Tul's forces defeat
Belligerents
  • Tribal Drust


Commanders and leaders
Strength
Casualties and losses
  • ~ Heavy
  • ~ Decimated

The war against the Drust was a conflict that took place on Kul Tiras between the native Drust and the human settlers.

Background

Long ago, when the humans settled Kul Tiras, they encountered the native vrykul known as the Drust. Drustvar was their ancestral home, and though the humans tried peace when they landed there, the Drust immediately went to war. Only a few tolerated new neighbors. The rest launched endless raids into the humans' fledgeling hamlets and settlements, and attacked even the farmers and civilians.[3][4] Not all of the Drust agreed with the war however, such as the Thornspeakers who left the Drust to join Kul Tiran society.[5]

The Drust assaults carried on for many years, until the ancestors of House Waycrest decided something had to be done and began a war against the Drust. But though the Waycrests were hearty folk, the Drust death magic was strong and the humans began to lose the war.[3] House Waycrest researched their magic and created the Order of Embers to fight them.[6] To counter the Drust magic, the Order of Embers used weapons of silver.[7]

In time the Drust would be forced to withdraw as they lost numbers to the human settlers. When their great leader Gorak Tul ran out of living warriors, he conducted a ritual to create stone constructs to fight for him as part of his desperation to win. Colonel Arom Waycrest (who would later become a Lord) led the humans' final assault on the Drust and stabbed Gorak Tul himself. As he was stabbed Gorak Tul's power was broken and with it his connection to his stone constructs, which shattered. But though wounded and broken, Gorak Tul did not die.[4]

In modern times, the story has been warped. The modern Kul Tirans believe that the stone constructs were used for a longer period than just near the end of the war, that Arom had killed Gorak Tul, and that Gorak Tul's living army fell soon after his death instead of earlier on.[4]

Main article: Drust incursion

The Drust would live on as spirits, trying to return to the physical world.[8] The Waycrests had wiped out the Drust, but could not destroy Gorak Tul. For countless years he waited to enact his vengeance, until Lady Waycrest provided the means.[9] In the present day, Gorak Tul taught the Drust's ancient death magic to Lady Waycrest, who in turn formed the Heartsbane Coven. The coven's magic awakened the remaining stone constructs.[3] However, Lady Waycrest was merely a vessel for his power and her death opened the Rupture, the doorway for the Drust to enter Azeroth.[9] At the Rupture, Gorak Tul was able to raise his people from the dead, but he was slain nonetheless. With his death, the Heartsbane Coven was broken and Drustvar was released from Gorak Tul's power.

Other battles

On one mission, Arom Waycrest found an injured stag that had been battling the Drust. Rather than killing it, he decided to heal it in hopes for it to continue its assault against his enemies. On that very night at their campsite, the Drust would take the Drustvar Militia by surprise and their defeat was assured. It was at that moment that the stag reappeared and helped them repel the aggressors. Grateful for its help, Arom thanked the stag and in returned the stag thanked him for his kindness.[10]

Notes

  • The Smoky Chargers are among the oldest horse breeds in Kul Tiras, and led many a charge during the struggle with the Drust.

References

  1. ^ Besieged Villagers telling a story to the Besieged Village Child.
  2. ^ A [120] Hatred's Focus
  3. ^ a b c A [110 - 120] The Ruins of Gol Var
  4. ^ a b c A [110 - 120] Pieces of History
  5. ^ Ulfar#Quotes
  6. ^ A [110 - 120] The Order of Embers
  7. ^ A [110 - 120] A Lesson in Witch Hunting
  8. ^ 2017-05-11, BlizzCon 2017 Jeremy Feasel Interview – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-11-05
  9. ^ a b Waycrest Manor: Gorak Tul's speech after Lady Waycrest's death
  10. ^ Besieged Villagers telling a story to the Besieged Village Child.