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Thornspeakers: Kul Tiran Druidism

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I. Foreword by the Editor

The Thornspeakers were originally founded by the Drust druids, many of whom did not agree with Gorak Tul's decision to wage a war of genocide against the human settlers on Kul Tiras. In protest to Gorak Tul's barbarism, the Thornspeakers left Drust society, believing that Gorak Tul had disgraced the Drust people.

The leader of these defectors was Ulfar, now recognized as the High Thornspeaker and the last of the Drust druids. He teaches Kul Tirans about Druidism in his den near Arom's Stand in Drustvar.


Table of Contents

I. Foreword by the Editor
II. Description and Practices
III. History
IV. Return of Gorak Tul
V. Prominent Thornspeakers
VI. Wild Gods
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II. Description and Practices

The sect of druids known as the Thornspeakers are the keepers of the balance within the natural cycle of Life and Death on Kul Tiras. Much like the druids in other parts of Azeroth, they seek to conserve and preserve balance in the natural world, though many of the practices and rituals performed by the Thornspeakers feature the elements of death and decay much more prominently than what may be observed from druids in other cultures - such as the Night Elves. Because of this, there are macabre elements to some of their rituals which can be off-putting to mainlanders and many Kul Tirans. Nevertheless, the Kul Tiran druids are most concerned with balance in the cycle.

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Thornspeaker forms incorporate many elements of nature covering aspects of both life - and death.


Like Druids from other Druidic Orders, the Thornspeakers use natural materials as foci for the construction of charms, sigils and other artifacts which allow them to better channel the power of Nature. The mixed use of items representative of both life and death can be seen in the various forms which the Thornspeakers are able to transform into, often appearing to be constructed from tree branches, leaves, roots, bone, and the skulls of dead animals.
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III. History

About 2,700 years ago, groups of Gilnean settlers began to arrive on the island that would eventually come to be known as Kul Tiras. The island was already inhabited by the Drust, a race of warlike Vrykul barbarians who immediately began to launch raids against the humans' first settlements without provocation. The humans attempted to engage in peaceful negotiations and discussions but the Drust were not interested and instead went to war immediately - glorifying the slaughter of unarmed civilians.

Not all the Drust agreed that going to war was the answer - and they saw the slaughter of innocents as a disgrace to the Drust people as a whole. Many of those were among the druidic order of the Thornspeakers - who left the Drust to join Kul Tiran society. Druidism was the way of Drust society until Gorak Tul became the leader of the Drust and launched his war against the Human settlers - forsaking the teachings of the Thornspeakers in lieu of the Death Magic now seen practiced by the Heartsbane Coven.

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High Thornspeaker Ulfar led a group of Drust defectors who did not agree with Gorak Tul's war against the Humans.

After the defeat of Gorak Tul by the forces under Arom Waycrest and the Order of Embers during the early days of Kul Tiras, High Thornspeaker Ulfar has continued to teach new generations of Thornspeakers within Drustvar. They often venture out into other parts of Kul Tiras, being called upon to investigate and correct disruptions to the natural balance.

Some Kul Tirans are wary of the Thornspeakers, but they are often welcomed by farmers and those who make their living among the natural world - seeing the selfless dedicatation of the Thornspeakers to preserving the balance of nature.
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IV. Return of Gorak Tul

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Gorak Tul corrupted Lady Waycrest, sparking the creation of the Heartsbane Coven


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V. Prominent Thornspeakers

Ulfar

Lyssa Treewarden

Adalyn Forestwatcher

Theodor Forestwatcher

Morwin Gladeheart

Amalie Oakseeker

Thornspeaker Birchgrove

Arthur Tradewind
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VI. Wild Gods

In other Druidic Orders such as the Cenarion Circle, there is a reverence for certain "Wild Gods" who are manifestations of the power of Nature - often appearing in the form of giant animals such as wolves, deer or birds. Members of these other Druidic Orders receive the blessing of these Wild Gods to channel the powers of Nature, and as such entities such as Ursol, Aessina, Ursoc, Tortolla, Malorne, Ashmane, Goldrinn, Aviana and Agamaggan empower those Druids. If killed, the essence of these entities returns to the Emerald Dream, but can be ushered back into the physical world.

There are also Wild Gods on Kul Tiras - which are allied with the Thornspeakers: Athair, Athainne and Greenstalker. Athair and Athainne are reminiscent of a common theme among the various druidic orders - that of the power of the Light and Dark side of the Moon - while Greenstalker is perhaps most reminiscent of guardian spirits such as Ursoc and Goldrinn.


Athair, the Heart of the Forest
Manifesting as a giant white stag who makes his home to the southwest of the town of Fallhaven, Athair is often seen accompanied by a female deer Wild God Athainne. It is Athair who blessed the ancient Drust druids. During the war against the Drust in the early days of Kul Tiras' settlement by humans from the mainland, Athair befriended Lord Arom Waycrest after Arom treated injuries sustained by Athair during a Drust attack. The Wild God would repay Lord Waycrest the same kindness that had been shown to him, and would continue to protect the people of Drustvar if they needed it. According to High Thornspeaker Ulfar, the magic of the forests of Drustvar manifests itself as these wonderous beings - and they are to be respected just as nature is to be respected.

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Athair, the Heart of the Forest


Athainne, Secret Keeper of the Forest
Manifesting as a dark-colored female deer with glowing eyes and a lunar aura overhead, Athainne is often seen accompanying Athair southwest of Fallhaven and also granted her blessing to the ancient Drust Druids. She can also often be seen accompanying High Thornspeaker Ulfar in Ulfar's Den near Arom's Stand.

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Athainne, the Secret Keeper of the Forest


Greenstalker
Greenstalker is another often seen Wild God on Kul Tiras. He often appears in the Snowmelt Foothills in Drustvar and was long considered the protector of Drustvar's ancient forests, but during the conflict against the Heartsbane Coven he became corrupted and ultimately had to be put down. The Thornspeakers constructed a charm to weaken Greenstalker enough to allow his physical body to be destroyed - which freed the Wild God's spirit from the corruption which had consumed it's physical form. The spirit of Greenstalker ran off into the wilds after it's body was destroyed.

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Greenstalker, Protector of the Forest - after corrupted with Death Magic from the Heartsbane Coven
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