Posted: 30th April 2013 by admin in World of Wracraft
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The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You’re playing the game, you’re fighting the bosses, you know the how — but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.
“Why?” a voice asked. Vol’jin felt the voice in his bones; it rumbled inside him. “Why you lead our people to subjugation? Surely it be better to fight alone an’ proud, to die alone an’ proud.” “No,” Vol’jin said, thinking it through. “De Darkspears should always be free an’ proud. But we got to be alive to be free. If we dead, we lost. Better to bide our time, to endure. We be an ancient race, mon, and we endure.”
Vol’jin may have been abruptly thrown into the role of leader for the Darkspear tribe, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t prepared for it. The leader of the Darkspear is far more clever than one would think. And although he readily agreed to think over what Thrall had said regarding Garrosh Hellscream, it seems in Mists of Pandaria that the conclusion he’s come to is that while Thrall’s intentions may have been good, the placement of Garrosh as Warchief of the Horde was an error … one that needs to be corrected.
All around Azeroth, the Horde is crumbling to pieces, and the blame lies on the actions of Garrosh Hellscream. Yet how can Vol’jin justify turning his back on the Horde, leading the Darkspear into the unknown? How can Vol’jin justify his actions in Cataclysm, Mists, and the upcoming release of patch 5.3?
Please note: Today’s Know Your Lore contains some brief spoilers for patch 5.3 content. If you’re trying to avoid spoilers, you may want to turn away.
Loyalty, Honor and the Horde
The Darkspear were at one point one of the smallest troll tribes left on Azeroth. Cast out of Stranglethorn by the other tribes, the Darkspear relocated to a remote set of islands off the coast. But the years have changed, and with them, the balance of the troll populations. The Darkspear are likely no longer one of the smallest tribes on Azeroth, simply because both Alliance and Horde have been murdering various other tribes for so long that they are dying out. This is what the Zandalari have been sensing, this is partially why the Zandalari sought to unite all the troll tribes way back in patch 4.2.
And the Darkspear tribe would have been extinct at this point in history, were it not for Thrall. His fortuitous arrival on the Darkspear islands was something that Sen’jin saw in advance. So too, did Sen’jin see his death — and he sent his son, Vol’jin, on a vision quest before Thrall’s arrival. Sen’jin knew his days were numbered, and he knew his son would have to take over, and in order to do that, his son had to be prepared for the years to come. But that vision quest wasn’t just to learn how to be a shadow hunter, how to speak with the loa. It was a test that Vol’jin passed with flying colors.
When he returned from his quest, Vol’jin not only knew immediately that his father had passed, but he knew what it meant to be a leader. He knew, through a series of visions growing dimmer in his mind by the second, that Thrall was someone who could be trusted. The Darkspear needed to endure, to survive, and the only real way to accomplish that goal was to trust Thrall and join the Horde. Yes, there was some part of it that lay in gratitude, but the larger part of it was this: Vol’jin wanted to do what was best for his people, and the loa had guided him to that path.
This is the Horde that Vol’jin allied himself and his tribe with. A ragtag, motley group of orcs on the path to their destiny … a future that was destined to be entwined with the Darkspear, according to the loa. For good or ill, the two races were bound together by fate. 

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