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7-18-2010 @ 9:33AM
Great article. :D The impression I always got was that the relationship between the trolls and their gods is symbiotic to a certain extent, and very practical--the trolls worship and serve the loa, and in return the loa grant the members of the tribe certain powers and protections. This is really visible in Zul'Drak, where the various gods are nearly helpless once their champions and worshipers turn on them; my guess was always that they, like Hakkar, may be enormously powerful in the spirit world, but require magic worked by troll intermediaries to affect the physical world to any great extent...and only really care much about doing that when said intermediaries give them a reason to (either by being in grave, unavoidable danger, or through what amounts to spiritual bribery, or asking really nicely, or really whatever takes a particular loa's fancy).One thing I saw in screencaps of the Echo Isles event that I found interesting was that Bwonsamdi scolds Vol'jin at one point for allowing the Darkspear to lapse in their worship of the loa. Whether that's due to the tribe's central points of worship for those loa being on the Echo Isles (and therefore unreachable due to Zalazane), or because Thrall's Horde seems to disapprove of many troll religious traditions and it fell out of favor/went underground, I'd love to know.
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