Zul'

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For the prophet, see Zul.

Zul' is a Zandali prefix often found in names of trolls, troll cities, or troll ruins.

Use

Prefix and infix

Characters
Locations
Other
  •  [Keris of Zul'Serak]
  •  [Eye of Zul] and variants cut from it
  • Zulian, an adjective form of Zul'Gurub, as opposed to the tribe within it, or perhaps an adjective form of the Gurubashi tribe within the city. It has also been used to identify the trolls themselves, the Zandalari followers of Prophet Zul.

In the RPG

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The prefix "Zul'" when applied to a person's name or title is a term meaning "voodoo master" in jungle troll culture. Zul'jin's name is a title and means a great tribal witch doctor.[1]

The meaning of "zul" in other contexts and syntax, such as place names or by itself, is unknown. It occasionally appears as a prefix or infix, however its unclear how that form changes the definition or context of the word.

Speculation

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It is speculated that there are other meanings for the word.

  • Zul may mean "Great", hence "Zul'jin" would mean "Great Chief" and "Zul'Gurub" would mean "Great Gurub" or "Great City of the Gurubashi".
  • Zul may also be a troll god, hinted by Altar of Zul in the Hinterlands, though it could also mean "Altar of The Great" following the above statement.

In fact, these two explanations may not be in conflict. Historically the Urgatic term "Ba'al" and the modern English term "Lord" have also been applied both as substitutes for the names of deities, and titles given to important people.

Each of these ideas essentially apply the English linguistics system onto troll language. We do not actually know how the troll linguistic system works, however. In the troll language, Zul could have more than one meaning based on context and syntax.

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