The trolls draw power for their voodoo magics by performing rituals and invoking the Primal Gods, Old Gods, 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.
Loa spirits are more powerful than the elementals, but not as powerful as gods. 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. 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 troll pantheon (Loa gods)Edit
All trolls worship a pantheon of primal forces; a sacred animal represents each aspect of the pantheon.
Amani Loa Edit
The trolls of Zul'Aman worship primal beings they call the Forest Gods.
- Pilt:IconSmall Serpent.gif Ula-tek, Goddess of Serpents. Pilt:The RPG Icon 16x36.png
- Pilt:IconSmall Nalorakk.gif Nalorakk, the Bear. TBC
- Pilt:IconSmall Akil'zon.gif Akil'zon, the Eagle. TBC
- Pilt:IconSmall Jan'alai.gif Jan'alai, the Dragonhawk. TBC
- Pilt:IconSmall Halazzi.gif Halazzi, the Lynx. TBC
Darkspear Loa Edit
Originally part of the Gurubashi Empire, the Darkspear also continue to worship many of the Gurubashi loa.
Drakkari Loa Edit
- Pilt:IconSmall Serpent.gif Sseratus, the Serpent. WotLK
- Pilt:IconSmall SpiritBeast.gif Har'koa, the Snow leopard. WotLK
- Pilt:IconSmall Bear.gif Rhunok, the Arctic Bear. WotLK
- Pilt:IconSmall Hakkar.gif Quetz'lun, the Wind serpent. WotLK
- Pilt:IconSmall Mammoth.gif Mam'toth, the Mammoth. WotLK
- Pilt:IconSmall Rhino.gif Akali, the Rhino. WotLK
Drakkari Gods Edit
- 18px Dubra'Jin WotLK
- 18px Zim'Abwa WotLK
- 18px Zim'Rhuk, the Wise One. WotLK
- 18px Zim'Torga, the Mother of Prosperity. WotLK
Gurubashi Loa Edit
- Pilt:IconSmall Hakkar.gif Hakkar, Blood God, and his avatar.
- Pilt:IconSmall Spider.gif Shadra, the Spider.
- Pilt:IconSmall Tiger.gif Shirvallah, the Tiger.
- Pilt:IconSmall Panther.gif Bethekk, the Panther.
- Pilt:IconSmall Bat.gif Hir'eek, the Bat.
- Pilt:IconSmall Snake.gif Hethiss, the Snake.
Sandfury Loa Edit
- Pilt:IconSmall Tiger.gif Kimbul, God of Tigers, Lord of beasts, King of Cats, the Prey's Doom.
- 18px Mueh'zala, God of Death, Father of Sleep, Son of Time, the Night's Friend.
Shadowhunter Loa Edit
- 18px Legba, Loa of Speed. Pilt:The RPG Icon 16x36.png
- 18px Lukou, Loa of Healing and Respite. Pilt:The RPG Icon 16x36.png
- 18px Ogoun, Loa of War. Pilt:The RPG Icon 16x36.png
- 18px Dambala, Loa of serpents and treachery. Pilt:The RPG Icon 16x36.png
- 18px Samedi, Loa of the cemeteries and the restful sleep of the dead. Pilt:The RPG Icon 16x36.png
- 18px Shango, Controller of the Realm of Storms. Pilt:The RPG Icon 16x36.png
Zandalari Loa Edit
- UndeadTroll male Zanza, worshiped by the Zandalar Tribe.
- Pilt:IconSmall Raptor.gif Gonk the Great Hunter, is an ancient spirit Zandalarian tales. Cataclysm
Worshipped as Loa Edit
Servitors of the Loa Edit
High priests Edit
- Troll femalePilt:IconSmall Panther.gif Arlokk, high priestess of Bethekk.
- Pilt:IconSmall DireTroll.gif Hawinni, high priest of Quetz'lun. WotLK
- Troll femalePilt:IconSmall Gargoyle.gif Jeklik, high priestess of Hir'eek.
- Troll femalePilt:IconSmall CryptFiend.gif Mar'li, high priestess of Shadra.
- IceTroll male Mu'funu, high priest of Quetz'lun. WotLK
- Troll malePilt:IconSmall Tiger.gif Thekal, high priest of Shirvallah.
- IceTroll female Tua-Tua, high priestess of Quetz'lun. WotLK
- Troll malePilt:IconSmall Serpent.gif Venoxis, high priest of Hethiss.
High prophets Edit
- IceTroll malePilt:IconSmall Rhino.gif Gal'darah, high prophet of Akali. WotLK
- IceTroll malePilt:IconSmall Mammoth.gif Moorabi, high prophet of Mam'toth. WotLK
- IceTroll malePilt:IconSmall Serpent.gif Slad'ran, high prophet of Sseratus. WotLK
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.