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The trolls draw power for their voodoo magics by performing rituals and invoking the Primal Gods, Old Gods,[1] forest spirits, and ancestral spirits: their Loa spirits and gods. They may appear as a glowing sphere emanating ancient wisdom and sadness the movement and play of shining tentacles within its surface that grant visions of possible futures.[2]

Loa spirits are more powerful than the elementals, but not as powerful as gods.[3] Supposedly, these spirits are mighty entities that grant the faithful extraordinary powers. By calling upon these voodoo spirits, the shadow hunter gains special blessings with which he can combat darkness and help those in need. The abilities granted vary according to the Loa the shadow hunter calls upon.[4] Almost any being who has died and transcended death can be worshiped as a loa, including Forsaken shadow ascendants.

The shadow hunters' faith and communion with the Loa gods grants them shadow and healing magic, and other abilities. Shadow Hunters learn magic that hinders enemies and aids allies, gaining a unique mix of spells that delve into the more occult aspects of the Loa.

The five high priests in Zul'Gurub each have a corresponding Primal God. High Priestess Mar'li worships Shadra, High Priest Thekal worships Shirvallah, High Priestess Arlokk worships Bethekk, High Priestess Jeklik worships Hir'eek and High Priest Venoxis worships Hethiss.

The three high prophets in Gundrak each have a corresponding Primal God. Gal'darah worships Akali, Moorabi worships Mam'toth and Slad'ran worships Sseratus.

The troll pantheon (Loa gods)

All trolls worship a pantheon of primal forces; a sacred animal represents each aspect of the pantheon.[5]

Amani Loa

The trolls of Zul'Aman worship primal beings they call the Forest Gods.[6]

Darkspear Loa

Originally part of the Gurubashi Empire, the Darkspear also continue to worship many of the Gurubashi loa.[7]

Drakkari Loa

Drakkari Gods

Gurubashi Loa

Sandfury Loa

  • IconSmall Tiger Kimbul, God of Tigers, Lord of beasts, King of Cats, the Prey's Doom.
  • Inv misc questionmark Mueh'zala, God of Death, Father of Sleep, Son of Time, the Night's Friend.

Shadowhunter Loa

  • Inv misc questionmark Legba, Loa of Speed. The RPG Icon 16x36
  • Inv misc questionmark Lukou, Loa of Healing and Respite. The RPG Icon 16x36
  • Inv misc questionmark Ogoun, Loa of War. The RPG Icon 16x36
  • Inv misc questionmark Dambala, Loa of serpents and treachery. The RPG Icon 16x36
  • Inv misc questionmark Samedi, Loa of the cemeteries and the restful sleep of the dead. The RPG Icon 16x36
  • Inv misc questionmark Shango, Controller of the Realm of Storms. The RPG Icon 16x36

Zandalari Loa

Worshipped as Loa

Servitors of the Loa

High priests

High prophets

Inspiration

The names of the Loa gods are inspired by Loa (also Lwa or L'wha) - intermediary spirits of Haitian Vodou and other Vodoun syncretic religions of similar origin. The character attributes of some of the trollkind pantheon Loa gods are in line with with attributes of their Vodoun namesakes, but others are of pure creative license.

The Loa gods and the troll pantheon, alone, do not seem to be the only root of inspiration from Caribbean cultures for the trollkind race. The trolls' native tongue, Zandali, for example, bears a strong resemblance to the syllabic characteristics of both the Indigenous and Creole languages from the Caribbean and their respective dialects. The trolls' Low Common dialect also resembles the Caribbean dialect of the English language.

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