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Dictating every aspect of Zandalari society down to the very last detail are the Scholars and the Priesthood. Masters of magic and communing with the spirits, these respected bastions of knowledge stand upon fifteen millennia worth of accumulated knowledge. The highest of these have a seat on the Zanchuli Council, which both advises the King and ensures his every command is executed upon. The council is consulted before every battle or major decision. Empowered by the Zandalari gods themselves to act as his voice, King Rastakhan has ruled for over two hundred years.
One of the most respected of these is Zul. Even as a child his dark and terrible visions had come true down to the last horrifying detail. He commanded fear and respect as one of the dark prophets: seers capable of witnessing great tragedies before they come to pass. He advised the council and the king 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. 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. Deathwing'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.
Long ago it was decided that the dire trolls should always have a seat on the Zanchuli Council, to ensure that those specials needs of the elite warriors were met by the government, and to provide the wisdom of war to those councilors who may seldom see a battlefront. General Jakra'zet, who had proven himself in Zul's campaign in Pandaria, was the first non-Zandalari troll to be on the council.
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All members but Wardruid Loti and Hexlord Raal betray Rastakhan and side with Zul, seeking to recreate the ancient troll empire with a revived Dazar at its head instead of Rastakhan.
- Loti - High Priestess of the raptor loa Gonk. She earned her place on the council through the demands of the next generation of warriors and hunters.
- Raal - Hexlord of the pterrordax loa Pa'ku. He has taken it upon himself to represent many of the people within Zandalar's borders.
- Zul - Former leader of the council and chief advisor to King Rastakhan. Zul earned his name and title through his many years fortelling accurate futures, providing the kingdom's military and agriculture with a tremendous advantage. He eventually betrayed Rastakhan and his people allying with G'huun.
- Yazma - Formerly the High Priestess of the spider loa Shadra, Yazma came from a long line of priestesses who served the King as the keeper of secrets and spies. She sided with Zul in betraying Rastakhan.
- Vol'kaal - He was chosen for his strength, his power and a strongly worded recommendation from Yazma. He sided with Yazma and Zul betraying the King.
- Jakra'zet - A decorated Sandfury soldier. He became the first of the Sandfury tribe to hold the rank of General of the Zandalari army. He plotted against Rastakhan alongside Zul and some of the other members of the council.
- Zanchuli Acolyte
- Zanchuli Backstabber
- Zanchuli Beserker
- Zanchuli Betrayer
- Zanchuli Bladeguard
- Zanchuli Oathbreaker
- Zanchuli Sentinel
- Zanchuli Witch-Doctor
- Council Deathguard
- NPCs for two more members of the council, Hex Priest Razlaka and Hooded Leader, were added to the files during the alpha but neither character ever appeared in the game.
Zulathra, who lived over 12,000 years ago and was described as both a high priest and "one of" the Zandalari's leaders, may have been on the Zanchuli Council in his era.