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The Loa are a collection of spirits worshipped by trolls on Azeroth. Loa spirits are more powerful than the elementals, but not as powerful as gods.[1] They are ancient to Azeroth, and have existed for as long as the trolls have, even predating the Titans. Trolls believe that everything has a spirit and that spirit is a loa. Examples of this is the spirit of raptors or the spirit of blood.

BackgroundEdit

The trolls draw power for their voodoo magics by performing rituals and invoking the Primal Gods, Old Gods,[2] 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.[3]

Supposedly, these spirits are mighty entities that grant the faithful extraordinary powers. In the Shadow Hunter he calls 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)Edit

All trolls worship a pantheon of primal forces; a sacred animal represents each aspect of the pantheon.[5] The trolls believe that all substance, living, sentient, or not, all have a it's own spirit and are all considered as Loa. This could range from the ground, to a single warrior. They also believe that when spirits die such as fallen warriors, their spirit lives on and should be honored through ceremonial practice. This includes Voodoo, a important magic used by trolls.

Amani Loa Edit

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

Darkspear Loa Edit

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

Drakkari Loa Edit

Drakkari Gods Edit

Gurubashi Loa Edit

Sandfury Loa Edit

  • 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 Edit

Zandalari Loa Edit

Worshipped as Loa Edit

Servitors of the Loa Edit

High priests Edit

High prophets Edit

InspirationEdit

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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