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For the World of Warcraft realm named "Darkspear", see Server:Darkspear. For trolls in general, see troll.

The Darkspear Tribe is a tribe of jungle trolls that are one of the primary races of the Horde.

History

As tribal rivalries erupted throughout the former Gurubashi Empire, the Darkspear Tribe found themselves driven from their homeland in Stranglethorn Vale. Having settled in what are believed today to be the Broken Isles, the tribe soon found themselves entangled in a conflict with a band of murlocs. Their fate seemed sealed until the orcish Warchief Thrall and his band of newly freed orcs took shelter on their island home. Controlled by a Sea Witch, a group of rampaging murlocs captured the Darkspears' leader Sen'jin, along with Thrall and several other orcs and trolls. Thrall managed to free himself and others, but was ultimately unable to save the trolls' leader. Although Sen'jin was sacrificed to the Sea Witch, he was able to reveal a vision he had in which Thrall would lead the Darkspear from the island.

After returning to the island, Thrall and his followers managed to fend off further attacks by the Sea Witch and her murloc minions, and set sail for Kalimdor once again. Under the new leadership of Vol'jin, the Darkspear swore allegiance to Thrall's Horde and followed him to Kalimdor. Now considered enemies by all other trolls except the Revantusk and the Zandalari, the Darkspear are held in contempt to this day. Yet, the Darkspear have not forgotten being driven from their ancestral homes and this animosity is eagerly returned, especially towards the other jungle trolls. Having reached the orc's new homeland, Durotar, the trolls carved out another home for themselves - this time among the Echo Isles on the eastern shores of the new orc kingdom.

However, with the coming of Kul Tiras and its navy, the Darkspear were forced to retreat inland under the onslaught of the misguided commander Daelin Proudmoore. The trolls, fighting alongside their Horde brethren, defeated the enemy and reclaimed their new homeland. Shortly thereafter, a witch doctor by the name of Zalazane began using dark magic to take the minds of his fellow Darkspear. As his army of mindless followers grew, Vol'jin ordered the free trolls to evacuate, and Zalazane took control of the Echo Isles. The Darkspear have since settled on the nearby shore, naming their new village after their old leader, Sen'jin. From Sen'jin Village they, along with their allies, send forces to battle Zalazane and his enslaved army.[1]

Notable Darkspears

Appearance

Trolls are monstrous in appearance. Skin color varies greatly based on subspecies, and jungle troll hides tend to be light blue to dark gray. Trolls have pointed, almost elf-like ears, long noses, and elongated, sharp faces. Troll teeth are myriad and pointed. They are lean and wiry, averaging 7 feet tall and 200 pounds. A troll’s body has no excess fat. They are remarkably acrobatic, able to perform back flips from a standstill.[2] (WoWRPG 49)

Playable faction

Island trolls was the name given to the Darkspear Tribe faction in the Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Demo [3]. The missions involving them were not included in the retail release; however, they reappeared in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne as Custom Mission.

They are a group of trolls, sub-type of the jungle trolls. They were forced out of Stranglethorn Vale by conflict with other tribes in the area, and settled on a "lone island" of Darkspear islands near the Maelstrom.

Thrall helped save the tribe from the murloc invasion during which Sen'jin was killed. Sen'jin was granted a vision that Thrall will lead his people off the island and escape certain death.

Darkspear trolls

One tribe of Jungle trolls was forced to overcome its prejudices when it encountered the orc Warchief Thrall, and his mighty Horde. The trolls of the Darkspear tribe, long since exiled from their ancestral lands in Stranglethorn Vale, were nearly destroyed by a band of aquatic Murlocs, but Thrall and the Horde managed to save them. In return the grateful trolls swore an oath of eternal allegiance to the Horde.

Led by the cunning Shadow Hunter, Vol'jin, the Darkspear trolls now make their home in Durotar along with their orcish allies. Their village, named after their fallen tribal elder, Sen'jin, lies along the eastern coast of the harsh, rocky land. The Darkspear tribe also occupies tracks within the nearby jungles of the Echo Isles.

As part of the Horde, the trolls have extended their loyalty to the mighty Tauren, but they have little trust for the manipulative undead, whom they believe will visit only misery and strife upon their allies.

Darkspear troll cities and outposts

Starting Attributes

Base Hunter Mage Priest Rogue Shaman Warrior
Strength 21 21 21 21 22 22 24
Agility 22 25 22 22 25 22 22
Stamina 21 22 21 21 22 22 23
Intellect 16 16 19 18 16 17 16
Spirit 21 22 23 24 21 23 21

Racial Traits

Berserking 
Activate to increase attack and casting speed for 10 seconds. Speed is raised by 10% at full health, increasing as health is lost to a maximum bonus of 30%. 3 minute cooldown.
Costs 10 Energy, 5 Rage, or 7% of base mana.
Regeneration 
Increase health regeneration bonus by 10%. Also allows 10% of normal health regenerate during combat.
Beast Slaying 
5% damage bonus to Beasts.
Throwing Weapon Specialization 
Increase Throwing Weapon crit chance by 1%.
Bow Specialization 
Increase Bow crit chance by 1%.

Classes

Troll characters can play as Priest, Rogue, Warrior, Mage, Hunter and Shaman

Troll lore classes

Trivia

  • Darkspear trolls are often found in the company of reptiles. Their mount is a raptor, they sell snakes as pets and their shadow hunters summon cobras. This is likely due to where they normally reside, in jungles.
  • According to WarcraftRealms, trolls are the least played race in WoW.[4]
  • Not all trolls have tusks[1].
  • When approached or attacked by members of the Alliance, both orc and troll NPCs say: "[Orcish]: Grunts! Attack!"; causing additional guards for that town or city to summon in aid of that NPC. Trolls and orc NPCs are the only two races that share a common language when making such calls-to-arms, reflecting their close loyalty and friendship.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/troll/jungletribes.html#darkspear
  2. ^ WoWRPG, 49
  3. ^ http://www.blizzard.com/war3/demo/
  4. ^ http://www.warcraftrealms.com/census.php
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