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Thornspeakers Part 1: History from Fenrus Briarheart's blog

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I wanted to put together a definitive, and informative 'guide' for those who would like to role-play a Thornspeaker, but are unsure of where, or how to start. After many hours of procrastination, here it is: Thornspeakers, and why Thornspeakers aren't just Human Druids. This is the first entry of several in a series on all things Thornspeaker. Comments and Critique welcome!


First and foremost, we have to identify exactly what a Thornspeaker is. Unfortunately for us, we don't have a lot of lore for this druidic sect, as they were only recently added to the game. What we do know, however, is more than enough for a truly unique and interesting character. Thornspeaker's are Kul Turan Druids, primarily from Drustvar, that have heeded the call of the wilds and adopted the lifestyle, magic, dress, and ritual of the ancient Drust. - But who, or what are the Drust? The Drust were an ancient, tribal society of humanoids that inhabited Kul Tiras (Primarily Drustvar) 2700 years ago, and long before Gilnean settlers arrived on the island.


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The Drust were a xenophobic people, immediately launching a war of indiscriminate extermination on the humans - but not all of the Drust agreed with this genocidal cause. Some, instead, joined forces with the huamans, using their witchcraft for good, and eventually aiding House Waycrest in driving the Drust back - to extinction. In the later stages of this war, some of the settlers grew close to the allied Drust, beseeching the natives to learn their magic, and their very ways. Their wish was granted, and the first Thornspeakers were born. But, didn't the Gilneans already have a druidic cult, the Harvest Witches? Indeed, this is true, but the Harvest Witches perform much like the Kaldorei, and Tauren druids did, focusing heavily on the life of nature, and how nature's life can be wielded to aid society in times of peace, and in times of war. Thornspeakers, however, did not hold this one-sided view of nature, nature is a coin of two sides, life, and death. All that lives must die, and all that dies must have lived. Thornspeakers partake in the ancient, macabre rituals of the Drust, sacrificing animals in visceral occult displays, chanting and dancing, to harness the powers of both life and death. These Druids do not take the forms of vibrant, living creatures, instead they shapeshift into twisted beats, seeming both alive and dead at the same time.


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But why? Why embrace death when all other sects of Druids have thrived without doing so for thousands of years? Because there is power in death magic, just as potent and full of potential as the very life magic of the Kaldorei, Tauren, Trolls, or Worgen. Nature's magic is typically life-affirming, used to assist those to stay alive, and enhance ones self. Nature's darker side, Death, can be used similarly, and this is done by the Thornspeakers. It is more potent, and thus requires ritual and sacrifice that is generally frowned upon by the rest of Kul Tiran society. Souls can be infused into wicker-beasts, but the soul must come from the deceased. Bones can be etched with runes to create powerful fetishes, but bones must come from the deceased. Sacrifices are made to the wilds to gain nature's blessing, but only the living can be sacrificed. This long-standing tradition of life through death has ostracized the Thornspeakers from their families, leaving them isolated in their mountain holds throughout Drustvar. What difference is there between a Thornspeaker and the wicked witches of the Crimson Forest? Or the Drust they became Thornspeakers to defeat in the first place?


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Thornspeakers partake in all manner of occult depravity for you, their relatives, neighbors, and kinsmen. Without the Thornspeakers, the settlers of Kul Tiras would have been driven off the island, back to Gilneas, exterminated, or enslaved. Without the Thornspeakers, Gorak Tul would have permanently kept the legendary Jaina Proudmoore in Thros (We will discuss the Blighted Lands another time), leaving the Alliance without it's most powerful champion in the bitter Fourth War. Without the Thornspeakers, the Crimson Forest Coven would have taken over all of Kul Tiras with their powerful witches and wickerman legions. Similar to Demon Hunters, Thornspeakers forswear the civilized lives they once new in bustling cities, working the fields of a village, or sailing the beloved seas. All of this, in the name of protecting the innocent, their loved ones, Kul Tiras, and now, Azeroth as a whole. With the isolation of Kul Tiras gone with the war, now is the time for Thornspeakers to leave the mountains and use their unique set of skills to aid all who are in need.


If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Interested in role-playing a Thornspeaker? Let's chat! If you play on Wyrmrest Accord, and would like an in-character mentor for a new Thornspeaker, Let's chat! Part 2: Roleplaying a Thornspeaker, will be coming soon!


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