Lore of Vol'jin
Vol'jin was a former Warchief of the Horde, chieftain of the Darkspear Troll Tribe, as well as the rightful ruler of Durotar and the Echo Isles. Vol'jin was important through all the story of Warcraft III and World of Warcraft, and his influence continues long after his death at the beginning of the Legion Expansion.
Before Warcraft III
Vol'jin was born to the legendary witch doctor Sen'jin, former leader of the Darkspear Troll tribe. Living his early years at the distant Darkspear Islands, located far into the South Seas, Vol'jin grew alongside his best friend, Zalazane.
At one point in Vol'jin's young years, his father Sen'jin had a vision that Vol'jin would become an expert shadow hunter. With this vision, Sen'jin sends both Vol'jin and Zalazane to the First Home, a dense jungle where trolls would be tested by the loa to become shadow hunters. At the beginning of the tests, Vol'jin thought his friendship with Zalazane would be enough to triumph over the tests of the First Home. Both trolls received many visions from the loa during those trials, the most striking vision being that they would eventually fight each other to the death. While they thought they were there for just a week, they actually spent three months in First Home, and returned to a much-changed Darkspear Village.
While Vol'jin and Zalazane were out in the First Home, the Darkspear Tribe was under constant attack from murloc and naga alike, and almost entirely wiped out by an Alliance attack. The Darkspear Tribe managed to survive thanks to the timely intervention of Thrall, who managed to free many of the imprisoned trolls and orcs. During this struggle, Sen'jin sacrificed himself to save his people, making Vol'jin the chief shadow hunter of the Darkspear tribe. In order to thank Thrall for helping save the Darkspear Tribe, Vol'jin pledged the loyalty of his people to the Horde.
When a large group of Darkspear Trolls sailed for Kalimdor, Vol'jin stayed behind to mitigate the wrath of the Zarjira, a Naga Sea Witch that would constantly terrorize the Darkspear. Vol'jin stayed in Darkspear Islands even after the active volcano erupted in the islands, coming to Kalimdor and the newly founded land of Durotar a year after the events.
From the Troll Compendium, an article by Blizzard that did not survive the WoW official site overhaul:
Before the Third War broke out, the courageous orc Thrall escaped his enslavement and began assembling a new Horde. This Horde would make no pacts with demons, nor would Thrall and his orcs seek further conflict with humans. Instead, at the urging of a prophet, Thrall led the revitalized Horde over the sea to Kalimdor.
The voyage grew perilous when a violent storm appeared and inflicted heavy damage on the orc fleet. Fearing that the ships would not reach Kalimdor intact, Thrall ordered the Horde to seek shelter in the cove of a nearby island. The elderly leader of the Darkspear trolls, Sen'jin, greeted the orc newcomers and warned them that a group of humans had established an outpost on the island.
Unfortunately the humans were not the only threat on the island. A group of murlocs captured Sen'jin, Thrall, and several other orcs and trolls. Thrall fought his way out of his prison cell and freed a number of other captives, but by the time he reached Sen'jin's cell, the wise old troll was missing. The murlocs had taken him away in order to sacrifice him to a mysterious sea witch.
Despite Thrall's best efforts, a murloc sorcerer succeeded in carrying out the sacrifice. Mortally wounded, Sen'jin revealed that he had seen a vision in which Thrall would lead the Darkspears from the island.
The sea witch was furious at the slaughter of her minions and the defilement of her sanctuary. She summoned powerful waves to batter the island. Regardless, Thrall and his forces managed to defeat further murloc attackers, repair the damaged fleet, and retrieve a number of troll survivors.
In Sen’jin's honor, Thrall offered the Darkspears a place in the Horde and sanctuary in the kingdom he planned to establish in Kalimdor. Vol’jin, the son of Sen’jin, took control of the Darkspear tribe and accepted Thrall's offer. After the orcs departed, a large group of Darkspears also sailed for Kalimdor. Vol'jin and the rest of the tribe weathered the sea witch's anger, gathered all the supplies they could take with them, and joined their brethren roughly a year later in the new orc nation, Durotar. They made a home for themselves on the Echo Isles, just off the southeastern coast.
Kalimdor and the founding of Sen'jin Village
After Vol'jin finally sailed to Kalimdor, the Darkspear trolls settled into the Echo Isles, just off the coast of Durotar in Kalimdor. Shortly after Durotar was founded, however, a new threat arose, in the form of Daelin Proudmoore's fleet. Vol'jin offered to help Rokhan, Chen Stormstout and Rexxar in defeating the Proudmoore fleet by using his magics to turn them into wyverns, allowing them to attack the fleet from the air, as well as supplying the Horde forces with troll bat riders. Through Vol'jin's continued counsel, Rexxar recruited the tauren and the ogres to aid in the fight against Proudmoore.
When the human invasion was successfully defeated, Vol'jin led the Darkspear back to the Echo Isles. However, this would not last, as Zalazane, Vol'jin's old friend, would use dark magic to enslave most of the Darkspear trolls in the Echo Isles. Vol'jin retreated from the Echo Isles and founded Sen'jin Village along the southern coast of Durotar, as a close base, while plotting to take the Echo Isles back for the Darkspear. This would have to wait, though, as Vol'jin would continuously be summoned by Thrall to aid with menaces such as Kul Tiran raids at the coast of Durotar.
World of Warcraft
At the time of classic World of Warcraft, Vol'jin would reside at Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar, serving as an advisor to Thrall. His advice would lead to Thrall expanding his influence over Kalimdor, while helping secure the wellbeing of the Darkspear Tribe.
Vol'jin would start slowly gaining more notoriety in World of Warcraft at the pre-Cataclysm event.
After many adventurers failed to reclaim the Echo Isles Vol'jin came up with a plan to relinquish control of them from the witch doctor Zalazane, his old friend. Vol'jin was joined by several adventurers and members of the Horde after sounding the alarms in his call to arms to regain control of the Echo Isles.
One of the most skilled witch doctors in the Darkspear Tribe,
, counseled Vol'jin into contacting and making amends with
Bwonsamdi, the Loa of Death
. Since the Echo Isles were lost, the Darkspear Tribe would not revere Bwonsamdi as they did.
Bwonsamdi yells: WHO BE STIRRIN' UP MY BONES? Dem's Bwonsamdi's charges, and not ta be touched!
Vol'jin yells: I be Vol'jin, Son of Sen'jin, here ta ask your aid, o great Bwonsamdi.
Bwonsamdi yells: I know who ya are, shadow hunter. An' I know what ya WANT. But what makes you tink I'm gonna help YOU? Ain't a wise ting, callin' me from de Other Side...
Vol'jin yells: I ain't askin' for me alone, Great Spirit, but on behalf of da Darkspear Tribe... on behalf of me PEOPLE.
Bwonsamdi yells: Darkspear... it been a long time since I heard de drums... since I drank de ritual offerings. I be watchin' over your dead, Vol'jin, and for NOTHIN'. Why have de Darkspear forsaken Bwonsamdi, eh?
Vol'jin yells: We were driven away, Great Spirit. Hexmaster Zalazane took de Isles from us... drove us mad, made us fight one another. De only trolls left in de Echo Isles are his mindless voodoo slaves.
Bwonsamdi yells: Zalazane...
Vol'jin yells: Aid us, Bwonsamdi! Help us regain our home! Return de Darkspear to de Isles, and hear your drums again! Drink your ritual offerings once more! Dis, as de Son of Sen'jin, I swear.
Bwonsamdi yells: Hrmmm. Time ta see how bad ya want dis, shadow hunter. Time ta see if you be WORTHY.
After Vol'jin proves his worth to Bwonsamdi, the Darkspear forces engage in battle against Zalazane, only to fall into a trap conjured by the rogue witch doctor - A trap that no living being could escape from. The day was saved and Zalazane was finally defeated thanks to Bwonsamdi, who showed up and raised all dead warriors in the conflict into zombies, and chewed through Zalazane's dark magics.
The Echo Isles were conquered once and for all, and since Cataclysm, are now the starting zone area for the Troll race.
Vol'jin says: Give up, Zalazane. It be over, now.
Zalazane yells: You fool! I ain't runnin' away. I lured ya here, ta kill ya wit' your own precious tribe!
Zalazane yells: No matter! I can't be touched. No living ting can make its way trough dis barrier! Da Echo Isles be Zalazane's ta rule, shadow hunter! Now, and FOREVER!
Bwonsamdi yells: BWAH HAH HAH HAH HAH!
Zalazane yells: Who... who dat be?
Bwonsamdi yells: ZALAZANE. What you tinkin', takin' dat which be mine? De Darkspear dead are MY domain, sorcerer... and now you gonna be one of dem!
Zalazane yells: No! No... NOOO!
Vol'jin says: A fittin' end for so foul a troll. Bwonsamdi; you have my tanks, and dat of all de Darkspear. We will continue to honor you, as is proper.
Bwonsamdi says: It'll be good to hear de Darkspear drums once more. You take care now, Son of Sen'jin. Bwonsamdi will be waitin' for ya... on de Other Side...
Players who participated in the liberation of the Echo Isles received the Feat of Strength
and the toy
The Darkspear Exodus
After Garrosh Hellscream took the mantle of Warchief, Vol'jin came into conflict with him, being against the Orc's lust for war and extreme tactics against the Alliance. This led Vol'jin to leave Orgrimmar with the Darkspear Tribe, settling in Darkspear Isle, the biggest of the three Echo Isles (
The conflict between Garrosh and Vol'jin would be constant until Garrosh's death.
Vol'jin says: I have sometin' to show ya. It be easier to understand if ya see it yourself.
Vision of Garrosh Hellscream says: Don't talk back to me, troll. You know who was left in charge here. Haven't you stopped to ask yourself why Thrall chose me instead of you?
Vision of Vol'jin says: Dere be no question why, Garrosh. He gave ya tha title because ya be Grom's Son and because tha people be wantin' a war hero.
Vision of Vol'jin says: To which I tink ya be even more like ya father den he thought, even without ya havin' da demon blood.
Vision of Garrosh Hellscream says: You are lucky I don't gut you right here, whelp. You are foolish to think that you can speak to your Warchief in such ways.
Vision of Vol'jin says: Ya be no Warchief of mine. Ya've not earned my respect and I'll not be seein' tha Horde destroyed by ya foolish thirst for war.
Vision of Garrosh Hellscream says: And what exactly do you think that you'll do about it? Your threats are hollow. Go slink away with the rest of your kind in the slums. I will endure your filth in my throne room no longer.
Vision of Vol'jin says: I know exactly what I'll be doin' about it, son of Hellscream. I'll be watchin' as ya people slowly become aware of ya ineptitude. I'll laugh as dey grow ta despise ya as I do.
Vision of Vol'jin says: And when tha time comes dat ya failure is complete and ya "power" is meaningless, I will be dere to end ya rule, swiftly and silently.
Vision of Vol'jin says: Ya will spend ya reign glancin' over ya shoulda and fearin' tha shadows, for when tha time comes and ya blood be slowly drainin' out, ya will know exactly who fired da arrow dat pierced ya heart.
Vision of Garrosh Hellscream says: You have sealed your fate, troll.
Vision of Garrosh Hellscream spits at Vol'jin's feet.
Vision of Vol'jin says: And you yours, "Warchief".
Vol'jin says: The Darkspear are 'ere because I led dem here. Orgrimmar be no home as long as it be under Hellscream's hand.
Vol'jin says: Still, I fear I was lettin' my temper drive me ta bein' rash. Thrall devoted himself to makin' the Horde what it is, so I've no eagerness to be leavin' it on a whim. Dis will be needin' much more thought.
Vol'jin says: But dese be worries for older minds. Ya still have much to learn. GO help tha people of tha Darkspear. I am sure we'll be speakin' again real soon.
After Vol'jin settles in the Echo Isles,
, the Naga Sea Witch that took Sen'jin's life long ago, returned to the Echo Isles to finish the job and the Darkspear Tribe (
). This time, instead of fleeing, Vol'jin and the Darkspear Tribe decided to stay and kill Zar'jira once and for all, finally stopping the Spitescale Naga assaults on the trolls once and for all.
Vol'jin then used the powers that sprang forward after Zar'jira's death to contact Thrall, now a Shaman of the Earthen Ring, and asked for advice on whether the Darkspear Trolls should continue following Garrosh's Horde.
Vol'jin says: Tha Sea Witch is dead, our home is reclaimed, but our future still be uncertain.
Vol'jin says: I've no love for Garrosh, dat much is sure, but leavin' tha Horde is not a decision I be takin' lightly.
Vol'jin says: Dere's only one with tha answers I seek. Ya can stay and watch if ya like.
Vision of Thrall says: Vol'jin. It is good to see you, brother.
Vol'jin says: Thrall! I am glad ya be well. Dere were rumors otherwise.
Vision of Thrall says: Indeed. Someone did try to kill me, but that is not my greatest concern at the moment. The world itself calls for my aid.
Vol'jin says: I must beg ya council my friend. I can't be standin' by Garrosh while he be turnin' our people against each other for the sake of war. My respect for ya does not extend to dis new Horde... I am tinkin' of leadin' my people away.
Vision of Thrall says: Vol'jin, I chose Garrosh because he has the strength to lead our people through these trying times.
Vision of Thrall says: For all my supposed wisdom, there have been moments that I've barely been able to hold the Horde together. The Wrath Gate and Undercity displayed that clearly.
Vision of Thrall says: The Horde cries for a hero of old. An orc of true blood that will bow to no human and bear no betrayal. A warrior that will make our people proud again. Garrosh can be that hero.
Vision of Thrall says: I did not make this decision lightly. Vol'jin. I know our alliances will suffer for it. I know the Horde will be irreversibly changed. But I made this choice with confidence that Garrosh is exacty what the Horde needs.
Vision of Thrall says: I'm trusting you and the other leaders to not let this divide our people. You are stronger than that.
Vol'jin says: I understand, brotha. I will tink on this and be troublin' ya no furtha. You have a world to be savin'.
Vision of Thrall says: Throm'ka old friend.
Vol'jin says: Ya be proud and strong, youngblood. Tha Darkspear will be honored ta have you fight beside de'm.
Vol'jin says: Dese will not be easy times, but i be suspectin' we will be stayin' with tha Horde for the good of all.
Vol'jin says: Thrall's words are true, as dey always be. The Horde is much more den a few old, stubborn leaders and a handfull of heroes from Northrend. The people be cryin' Garrosh's name... at least for now.
Vol'jin says: Still, I be hopin' Thrall will return to us one day. Tha future right now be lookin' very grim...and very bloody.
Vol'jin says: Go now. Make tha Darkspear proud. Dere are many wars ahead of us, an' I'm sure ya be hivin' a part to play in all of dem.
Rise of the Zandalari
When Zul called for a meeting of all the Troll tribes, Vol'jin attended the meeting as the Darkspear representative. After being informed that
was nothing more than a barren wasteland with very few Sand trolls left, and the empire of
fell to the Scourge thanks to the betrayer Drakuru, Zul decided it was time for the Troll tribes to unite once more and be restored to their former glory.
Vol'jin walked away from the meeting, and when asked by Zul whether he would betray his people, he responded that the Horde were his people, and the Darkspear would rise against the Zandalari if they brought war to Azeroth once more.
After this meeting, Vol'jin sent Darkspear emissaries to both Stormwind and Orgrimmar, mentioning that the Horde alone would not be able to stop the troll tribes should they unite once more and brought war to Azeroth. Vol'jin personally dealt with the rising Amani tribe in
, while the Siame-Quashi, the Darkspear Tribe's elite shadow hunter military group, dealt with the rising Gurubashi tribe in
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
Vol'jin was one of the summoned Horde leaders to Garrosh's war council. When he learned of Garrosh's plan to weaken the Alliance's hold to southern Kalimdor by attacking Theramore, Vol'jin retorted that the Night Elves were in Kalimdor for much longer before the Horde, and attempting to stride them would give the Alliance the excuse they have been looking for to engage in full-scale war against the Horde.
After this meeting, Vol'jin and Baine Bloodhoof talked about Garrosh's new bodyguard,
, who was a former Blackrock clan orc and a servant of Rend Blackhand. When Baine showed resent over a Blackrock orc being brought into the Horde, Vol'jin pointed out his hypocrisy for letting the Grimtotem tauren clan, sworn enemies, back into the Horde. Baine retorted that he thought better of the Tauren over Garrosh's orcs, and Vol'jin was forced to agree with him.
Vol'jin then personally led the Darkspear along with Baine and the Tauren to the siege of Northwatch Hold, with the Alliance keep eventually falling to the might of the Horde. However, when hearing of the victory, Garrosh decided it would be best to stay and reinforce Northwatch, instead of pressing the battle on into Dustwallow Marsh. Vol'jin and Baine had a secret meeting to discuss what was exactly Garrosh's plan, but they were tipped off to the warchief by a traitor within the ranks.
Later on, Vol'jin and Baine had a meeting with Garrosh, and noticed Malkorok was also attending the meeting. After some polite conversation, Baine asked why did it seem like Garrosh would only listen to the Blackrock orc, instead of the other leaders of the Horde. After Garrosh told Malkorok to stand down, he mentioned he had specific orders to Vol'jin and Baine's forces. However, those orders were for both forces to withdraw, leaving both Vol'jin and Baine confused. As they were leaving the meeting, they both heard Garrosh laughing with Malkorok, and Baine wondered if there would be a Horde left after this.
When the attack on Theramore began, Vol'jin was personally chosen by Garrosh to be part of his personal attack force. While in the attack, Vol'jin noticed the blue dragon Kalecgos was helping with Theramore's defenses, and trapping any Horde within Theramore to prevent any possibility of retreating. When the Battle of Theramore was seemingly lost, Vol'jin gazed into Garrosh, arriving from Dustwallow Bay. It was then that it was revealed that the attack was never meant to destroy Theramore itself, but as a way to gather all the leaders of the Alliance in one place to kill them all with a massive mana bomb. Vol'jin reacted to the mana bomb's destruction with disgust.
As Garrosh's forces celebrated Theramore's destruction in Orgrimmar, Vol'jin, Baine and other dissenters gathered in the inn at Razor Hill to talk about their disagreements with Garrosh. During the meeting, Malkorok and members of the Kor'kron blew up the Razor Hill inn, killing several people in the process. Malkorok dubbed it an accident, but this "accident" was enough for Vol'jin to decide to return to the Echo Isles. In his way back to the Isles, he is informed by a Darkspear emissary that the Alliance fleet was approaching Orgrimmar from Bladefist Bay.
After the Alliance fleet was pushed back, Vol'jin was informed that Northwatch Hold was retaken by the Alliance, and their fleet were in route to destroy the Horde blockade. Garrosh ordered the Horde blockade to retreat, which initially pleased Baine, but then Garrosh announced he planned on going on an all-out war against the Alliance, with total genocide being a real possibility. Baine declared that Garrosh would lose the Taurens if another Theramore happened, while Vol'jin just shook his head. After this meeting, Vol'jin returned to the Echo Isles to plan for the upcoming world war.
Mists of Pandaria
Vol'jin's confrontations with Garrosh came to its climax during Mists of Pandaria.
A couple months after the initial landfall into Pandaria, Garrosh's forces arrived into the shores of Krasarang Wilds. Garrosh and Vol'jin come into confrontation once more at the newly constructed Domination Point, again about Garrosh's extreme warmongering. Garrosh then sent Vol'jin on a special mission with the Kor'kron, disguise as an attempt on Vol'jin's life (
). Vol'jin survives the assassination attempt, but decides to tell the adventurers to report his death to Garrosh, as he went back to the shadows, bidding his time to save the Horde.
Vol'jin is discovered sometime later by Chen Stormstout, who is worried by Vol'jin's state (
). After Chen and the Horde adventurer helps Vol'jin recover his strength (
), he sends them to find Thrall, giving the adventurer his own Hearthstone in the process (
). Thrall reveals that the Hearthstone Vol'jin sent you with was part of a conversation between both of them a long time ago, and to be used when Vol'jin felt the Darkspear Tribe was in danger (
). At this point, Orgrimmar is under martial law, with the Kor'kron guard heavily guarding the city.
Vol'jin is brought to the Shado-Pan Monastery to recover, and there he discovers that Garrosh is capturing Mogu forces and plans on using the Sha against the Alliance and any who stand against it. He then sends a letter to Horde adventurers in secret, advising them to stay by Garrosh's good graces while he works from the shadows.
Letter title: "Darkspear Never Die"
Garrosh tried to off me with a dagger to the throat. But I got me something more powerful than assassin's poison. I got friends. Chen Stormstout, Thrall... We been through worse.
I need to lie low for a while, get me head together. Chen is taking me to the Shado-Pan Monastery to heal.
Meantimes, I need you to stay close to Garrosh. Keep your eyes open. Find out what he got going on. Dangerous. But I know you can handle yourself. I seen it with me own eyes.
Later on, Vol'jin discovers that both the Horde and the Alliance are after the Divine Bell, an artifact of Mogu origin that could sow chaos into the land. After the Sunreavers are purged from Dalaran, he mentions that Garrosh has changed the Jaina he once knew, and he would have a talk with Lor'themar Theron when recovered.
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
Writer's note: The events of the book Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde happened after his assassination attempt at the Dagger in the Dark scenario, but before Vol'jin attempts to find Thrall to start his rebellion.
At the brink of death from the attempt on his life, Vol'jin managed to fight his way out of the Saurok cavern, only to notice his wounds were not healing. The poison used on him worked specifically to stop his regeneration powers. After getting out of the saurok cavern, Vol'jin succumbed to his wounds, being met by Bwonsamdi and Sen'jin, his father, both eager to see whether Vol'jin would pass or not.
At this impromptu meeting, Bwonsamdi assessed that Vol'jin's will to live or die for the Darkspear was a flaw, and he would benefit from embracing his savage troll nature. Vol'jin was tempted by this power, but ultimately refused to do so after witnessing the saurok's flesh-shaping abilities while fighting his way out of the cavern. Bwonsamdi was both amused by Vol'jin's reaction and pleased that the troll would not give in to death so easily, and returns Vol'jin to the realm of the living. While Vol'jin is unconscious, Bwonsamdi grants him a vision of the glorious troll empire's past, with the Zandalari Empire at its strongest.
Vol'jin's body was discovered drifting from a river by some pandaren cubs, who told Chen Stormstout that they saw a monster. Chen immediately recognizes his old friend and is appaled at his state, and rushes him to Binan Village in Kun-Lai Summit, and after, to the Shado-Pan Monastery. Vol'jin finally woke up in the care of the Shado-Pan, but he was not alone in recovery - a Human Hunter named Tyrathan Khort was also found by Chen sometime before. The Shado-Pan leader, Taran Zhu, decided he wanted both Vol'jin and Tyrathan to heal together, to better understand the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. Under Taran Zhu's guidance, both human and troll engaged in menial and essential tasks that would force them to work together, and they both understood that the only way to get healed would be working together, whether they wanted it or not.
During his recovery process, Vol'jin was constantly mocked by Bwonsamdi, who would poke the troll with questions about himself and whether he belonged in Azeroth or not. Vol'jin would train with Taran Zhu and the Pandaren monks, with tasks like slicing stones devoid of all doubt. During his stay there, Vol'jin gained the nickname Vol'jian, which was easier for the Pandaren to pronounce.
Sometime during Vol'jin's recovery, a massive snowstorm hit Kun-Lai Summit while Tyrathan was hunting in the mountains. Vol'jin wanted to go after him, but Taran Zhu didn't let him, as he thought the troll would be walking to his death in his current state. Zhu instead gave Vol'jin more tasks, and asked him to think whether he wanted to rescue Tyrathan because he genuinely cared for the human, or because he wanted to improve his standing within the Shado-Pan. Tyrathan was found by the Pandaren monks, near death and ran over by the blizzard.
At this point, Vol'jin has his first contact with the Sha, who were the truly responsible beings for him not being able to fully recover. He saw shas of doubt gripping over Tyrathan's soul, and Vol'jin decided to drink a Memory Wine and go through the ritual to help free Tyrathan from the Sha. Looking into Tyrathan's memories, Vol'jin witnessed the hunter and his comrades on a mission toward the Serpent's Heart in the Jade Forest. In there, Tyrathan and his hunters were overrun by the Sha, including a woman who Vol'jin suspected Tyrathan was very close to. The guilt Tyrathan felt over the woman's death gave Vol'jin the opening he needed to assault the Sha haunting Tyrathan's memories, freeing the hunter from his doubt and saving his life.
After Tyrathan woke up, Vol'jin talked to him about the memory he saw, and Tyrathan started answering questions he would avoid before. Tyrathan revealed he felt like he died at Serpent's Heart, as he was no longer the man he once was, just as Vol'jin was no longer the same troll after surviving the saurok cavern. However, they were both stuck when thinking about who were them now.
Bwomsandi was noticeably absent after Vol'jin entered Tyrathan's mind. Vol'jin suspected it was something to do with his out of mind experience, but he knew he still revered the Loa of Death, although not as fervorously as some of his other followers. Eventually, Bwonsamdi started granting visions to Vol'jin once more, showing visions from the bat loa Hir'eek, and the spider loa Shadra. It eventually turned out that Vol'jin was not the only one wanting to appease the Loa in Pandaria, with the Zandalari also attempting to appease him.
Vol'jin and Tyrathan came to an understanding about each other over time. They found out this was not the first time they were close to, as Tyrathan was part of Daelin Proudmoore's forces against Thrall's Horde in the past. Tyrathan attempted to personally assassinate Vol'jin during these times. This prompted them to discuss what meant leaving their past selves behind. In one of their conversations, Bwonsamdi granted Vol'jin another vision - This time, of an Island off the coast of Kun-Lai, and a Zandalari boat docking into said island, and preparing to go toward Zouchin Village to the south. Vol'jin strategized with Tyrathan, Taran Zhu and Chen their move to take back Zouchin Village. Dressed in badly fitting Pandaren armor, Vol'jin left Shado-Pan with his companions.
Together with Tyrathan, Vol'jin led the defense of Zouchin Village, taking the village back from the Zandalari with minimal casualties. Most of the Zandalari were taken back by the fact that a troll was fighting against them. This shock was used to Vol'jin's advantage, but he got eventually cornered by a Zandalari warrior, who severely wounded him. Tyrathan saved his life by impaling the warrior from behind. After the Zandalari retreated, Vol'jin and Tyrathan reconvened and strategized on where the Zandalari would strike next.
While sitting down with Taran Zhu, Vol'jin once more began wondering who he truly was - a lowly troll, the leader of the Darkspear Tribe, a leader of the Horde. That same night, Bwomsandi approached Vol'jin once more, and explained that all the visions he was getting were to explain what it meant to be a troll. He also explained that his Shadra vision, usually a Zandalari loa, served to engage Vol'jin against the Zandalari better. Bwonsamdi then thanked Vol'jin for sending so many Zandalari to him, and restored Vol'jin's regeneration abilities. Vol'jin, before parting, promised to send Bwonsamdi many more Zandalari before long. Although Vol'jin eventually fully recovered, he decided to leave a slight portion of his throat slit, slightly changing his voice. This was meant to him as a reminder of the fact that he was no longer the same troll - The same who fell for Garrosh's plans.
Meanwhile, rumours of Vol'jin's demise began spreading through Kalimdor and Azeroth. Although most of the Horde believed he had fallen against enemies heroically, others believed he was targetted and assassinated by Garrosh. In honor of Vol'jin's memory, several Horde members tattooed dark spears into their bodies.
In recognition for the defense of Zouchin Village, Taran Zhu granted Vol'jin and Tyrathan stone engravings into one of Pandaria's mountains, an honor usually only granted to revered monks of the Shado-Pan. Although the defense was considered a suicide mission, since it was a few men against a Zandalari fleet, Vol'jin and Tyrathan considered themselves dead men anyway, so they took it without hesitation. The troll and the human reflected on this journey, on how they managed to bound with each other and become so close despite the years of conflicts between their races. Tyrathan believed that no one would believe they ever became friends, and they would be tried for treason were their friendship to be discovered by any of their peers.
Some time after, Vol'jin was granted a vision, this time from Shadra, the Spider Queen. This vision, more ancient than any he had received before, showed the ancient alliance between the Zandalari and the Mogu. This vision made Vol'jin realize that both empires fell due to their arrogance - The Zandalari fell because of the constant infighting between the different troll tribes, and the Mogu fell because they were eventually slain by the servants they learned to rely upon. He woke up with a spider web nestled on his face,
Later on, Vol'jin and Tyrathan spotted a Zandalari camp, and Alliance soldiers being tortured by them. Tyrathan insisted to remain behind and help from the shadows while Vol'jin attacked the Zandalari and freed the Alliance group from captivity. After being freed, the Alliance leader demanded the location of Tyrathan Khort, since they recognized his fighting style. To protect Tyrathan's identity, Vol'jin proclaimed that Tyrathan was personally killed by him, Vol'jin of the Darkspear Tribe. The Alliance group is amazed to realize that, unlike the rumors said, Vol'jin was still alive. Vol'jin allowed the scouts to flee to safety.
Vol'jin and Tyrathan were then ambushed by another Zandalari group, led by Khal'ak. Khal'ak captured and subdued Tyrathan, offering him back to Vol'jin in exchange for his compliance, which he agreed reluctantly. To Vol'jin's surprise, the host actually meant no ill will. The two went to a hidden place near Mogu'shan Palace, where Vol'jin was revered as a distinguished shadow hunter of the Darkspear. Khal'ak then start discussing Vol'jin's predicament over food and wine.
Khal'ak commented that he recognized Vol'jin from King Rastakhan's troll gathering during the Cataclysm, and witnessed Vol'jin's decline of the troll alliance. Khal'ak did not blame Vol'jin for the refusal, after all, the Darkspear thrived with Vol'jin's leadership, and did not suffer the same fates as the Amani and Gurubashi tribes. Khal'ak offered fine clothing to Vol'jin, with the promise that the Darkspear would be propelled to be the first tribe of the Zandalari, above all others. Vol'jin commented he first declined the offer because of his standing within the Horde, but with Garrosh's treachery afoot, he was considering the offer.
In return to Vol'jin's cooperation, Khal'ak assured the safety of his allies. After witnessing the resurrection of the mogu Warlord Kao, the trolls travelled to the Isle of Thunder. There, Vol'jin met with the troll Vinak'dor, Khal'ak's superior, and Khal'ak convinced her superior of Vol'jin's use to the Zandalari cause. Khal'ak later admitted to Vol'jin that they would need to kill Vinak'dor to ensure Vol'jin's transition into a position of leadership within the Zandalari.
Vol'jin's experience with Khal'ak propelled him to make the opposite decision to her deal: he was the leader of the Darkspear, a Horde leader, and a shadow hunter. Garrosh committed treason to further his own goals, and not the Horde's. Vol'jin reflected on the fact that the Horde is a family, and that it is his duty to protect his family from Garrosh's sinister goals. While he had initially considered her offer, the Darkspear did thrive not by clinging on the hope of recreating an empire whose true reaches they never truly known, but by working with the world around them and carving their own place in it.
Vol'jin returned to their companions and freed them. At the dark of the night, they took a fishing boat and returned to the mainland in Pandaria. After returning to the Shado-Pan Monastery, Vol'jin told Taran Zhu what transpired, and that the Monastery was the Zandalari's next target. Vol'jin implored for the Shado-Pan to evacuate, but Taran Zhu would rather fight the Zandalari in his own turf. Vol'jin, Tyrathan and Chen swore themselves to the task, and the thirty-three defenders of Shado-Pan Monastery prepared for battle. Vol'jin prepared multiple traps across the monastery to halt the Zandalari offense. Tyrathan and Vol'jin spoke once more, and although they were sure they would die this time, they decided to not say goodbyes - Instead, Tyrathan promised the fletch the arrow that would kill Garrosh, and Vol'jin would hold him to it. Before the battle, the Shado-Pan monks gave Vol'jin a new glaive, to replace the one he had lost in the saurok cavern.
Although Vol'jin's traps, together with a snowstorm raging close to the monastery helped halt the Zandalari assault, they still had enough numbers to close in on the monastery. Vol'jin rode to meet them, and offered a challenge by combat against anyone who dared to pass him. His opponent was a mogu named Deng-Tai, wielding a ferocious longspear. Vol'jin held his own against the towering mogu, but mid-battle, the Zandalari commander ordered the army to press forward and overwhelm Vol'jin. Chen helped Vol'jin, but they were still forced to flee toward the monastery. Regrouping in the temple, Vol'jin didn't find Tyrathan, and the defenders, now down to fourteen, were set upon the Zandalari invaders again.
Vol'jin and Chen Stormsout fight against the Zandalari assault at the Shado-Pan monastery.
Vol'jin killed Khal'ak's captain within the chaos, but was immediately attacked by another mogu, ready to impale Vol'jin with another longspear. Tyrathan appeared and took the blow meant for Vol'jin. Taran Zhu killed the mogu, and Vol'jin prepared to battle with a vengeful Khal'ak. Kha'lak was very agile and vicious, and believed she knew Vol'jin's usual shadow hunter fighting style. To throw her off, Vol'jin forgone his usual fighting style and decided to use his monk training with the Shado-Pan against her. Khal'ak was swiftly caught off-guard and killed with a blow to the neck.
Leaderless and confused by the massive resistance from so few defenders, the Zandalari began fleeing. Vol'jin vowed to save Tyrathan despite his mortal wounds, and invoked healing powers to heal the human up. Vol'jin contacted Bwonsamdi and bargained for Tyrathan's soul; Bwonsamdi took a bit but was eventually convinced. Tyrathan then set to a road of recovery not too unlikely the one Vol'jin went through. Vol'jin watched Tyrathan during his healing process, and the two spoke again once they felt the time was right. Vol'jin reminded Tyrathan of their earlier promises, and the human agreed once more to fletch the arrow that would kill Garrosh. The two parted as close friends - With them both vowing to protect each other's lives, Tyrathan went back to reconcile with his family, while Vol'jin did the same with the Horde.
After the events of Landfall, Vol'jin contacted the leader of the Blood Elves, Lor'themar Theron, and earned the blood elves' support in his effort to overthrow Garrosh. After learning that the Darkspear tribe is under martial law by order of Orgrimmar, and with Lor'themar finishing his efforts in the Isle of Thunder, Vol'jin is forced to declare open rebellion against Garrosh, setting his base of operations in Sen'jin Village (
Talking to Vol'jin through the rebellion shows that most non-Orc Horde forces are standing with him in the rebellion, but without the entire might of the Horde in Kalimdor, he sends adventurers to gather supplies from Garrosh's Kor'kron forces standing in the Northern Barrens (
). After supplies are gathered, Vol'jin returns to Sen'jin Village being attacked by the Kor'kron, and a battle ensues for the control of the village, ultimately won by the rebellion (
With Sen'jin Village secured, Vol'jin decided to move his efforts to attack Razor Hill, before it gets fortified by the Kor'kron guard (
). On his way to Razor Hill, Vol'jin is stopped by Thrall, who wants to go to Orgrimmar and attempt to reason with Garrosh. Vol'jin promises to take care of Aggra and his son if Thrall is killed in his mission.
Vol'jin yells: Regroup! We press da advantage. Before da Warchief fortifies Razor Hill, we take it for da revolution, an' close off da road to da Barrens.
Vol'jin yells: Anyone who can still fight, come wit' me!
Thrall says: Wait Vol'jin. Horde is spilling Horde blood. It is tearing me apart.
Vol'jin says: We need ya, mon.
Thrall says: I know. I trust you to lead the siege. I am needed elsewhere.
Thrall says: I refuse to believe that all of my brethren support Garrosh.
Vol'jin says: Ya set one foot in Orgrimmar, Hellscream gonna bury a knife in ya neck!
Thrall says: I am going to Orgrimmar, alone. Eitrigg, Saurfang, surely they are standing against Garrosh. I must find others.
Thrall says: Its a risk I have to take. But if I am killed, please watch over Aggra and my boy.
Vol'jin says: I won't hear ya say such tings.
Thrall says: It has to be said Vol'jin. If we do not make it through this - I want you to know. You have always been my friend. My brother.
Vol'jin says: For da Horde.
Thrall says: For the Horde.
After Thrall leaves, Vol'jin marches for Razor Hill and defeats the Kor'kron presence there. The people of Razor Hill willingly join the Darkspear Rebellion, and Vol'jin meets with Baine Bloodhoof, who is stunned that Vol'jin is still alive, after taking over the town. Baine believes that the Horde alone won't be enough to stop Garrosh, and Vol'jin would need to seek allies outside of the faction.
Vol'jin says: It be done! Razor Hill is ours! Da Warchief probably see da fires all the way from Grommash Hold...
Baine Bloodhoof says: Vol'jin - you're alive! It is true then - an open rebellion against the Warchief.
Vol'jin says: Baine. We be needin' ya support. Razor Hill be but an outpost - da walls of Orgrimmar be fortified since da Cataclysm.
Baine Bloodhoof says: I must tread carefully. Many of my people are still within Orgrimmar.
Vol'jin says: Lor'themar be ready to strike once he be finished wit da Isle of Thunder, and da Banshee Queen need no excuse, but they both across da sea. Without ya strength, we can't breech da city. I need tauren arms.
Baine Bloodhoof says: We are preparing. I just need time to ensure the safety of my people. But Vol'jin...
Vol'jin says: Hmm?
Baine Bloodhoof says: Garrosh has turned Orgrimmar into a fortress. You may need to seek out allies... beyond the Horde.
After Razor Hill is conquered, Alliance adventurers seek Vol'jin, and they settle with a tentative partnership to overthrow Garrosh by eventually launching a two-pronged attack - Vol'jin's forces will strike Orgrimmar by land, while the Alliance will approach the fortress by sea (
After completing the Alliance version of
Vol'jin says: Very well. Ya earned me trust. I will put me faith in tha Alliance to do tha right ting.
Vol'jin says: The Darkspear and her allies will attack Orgrimmar by land, so that you can attack her by sea. It be the only way.
Additionally, King Varian Wrynn sends you a letter:
Title: Supporting the Insurrection
Your name has come up in my most recent SI:7 briefing. Thank you for taking command of the dangerous situation in Durotar.
I don't trust this Vol'jin character at all, but I agree with your decision on the field. The more trolls and orcs we get killing each other, the more Alliance lives we save in the long run.
The Alliance fleet is assembled. If the Darkspear cause havoc as far as Bladefist Bay, that's all we need for a landing - we'll take care of the rest. Thank you.
Siege of Orgrimmar
At the beginning of the
, the Darkspear Rebellion had conquered most of Durotar, having forces approaching as far as Orgrimmar's front gates. Vol'jin personally assaulted Orgrimmar via the front gates, helping defeat the
war machine sent by
, and later dealing with the Orc general himself. The Alliance approached the siege from Bladefist Bay, dispatching Warlord Zaela's proto-drake,
. The Alliance forces, led by Tyrande Whisperwind, were told to use their machinery to hold the front gates of Orgrimmar, while Vol'jin and Baine ventured deep into Orgrimmar's Underhold.
Vol'jin, Warchief of the Horde
is defeated, the leadership of both Horde and Alliance gather in Garrosh's throne room. After Thrall and King Varian Wrynn briefly disputed who had the right to judge Garrosh for his atrocities, Taran Zhu pledged to have him judged before the August Celestials of Pandaria.
Vol'jin pleads to Thrall that the Horde needed its true Warchief back, but Thrall pointed out that in the Horde's time of need, it was Vol'jin that held it together with its honor preserved. Thrall then knelt before Vol'jin, pledging to follow his leadership, shortly followed by the other leaders of the Horde. Although Vol'jin felt like he was not worthy of the title of Warchief, he would give his all to preserve the Horde's honor.
Varian then approached Vol'jin, shocked at the sudden election. The Alliance High King acknowledged that he ultimately wanted peace between the Horde and the Alliance, but if the Horde failed to uphold its honor as Garrosh did, they would be ended by the Alliance once and for all.
One of Vol'jin's first acts as Warchief was to call for the head of Warlord Zaela, the leader of the Dragonmaw clan that supported Garrosh during the Siege of Orgrimmar. Vol'jin sent a group of agents to her base of operations to Dragonmaw Port in Twilight Highlands, but they were unsuccessful in killing her. Vol'jin was then invited to the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit, to hear the decision about Garrosh's final punishment, and traveled there together with the Horde's leadership.
Vol'jin knew this day would eventually come, agreeing to it with Varian Wrynn when Garrosh was defeated. Vol'jin did believe that no other Orc would follow in Garrosh's footsteps, though. At the Temple of the White Tiger, Taran Zhu revealed that Garrosh would go through a full-fledged trial, and with that, the Horde discussed about who would defend Garrosh in the trial. Sylvanas Windrunner initially offered to serve as defender, but Vol'jin declined her offer, thinking that she would be better suited as an accuser. With neutrality in mind, Vol'jin assigned Baine Bloodhoof, who relucantly accepted the role. The Alliance had initially assigned Varian Wrynn to be the accuser, but Vol'jin veto'd this decision, making the Alliance declare Tyrande Whisperwind as the official accuser.
Baine was supported by Vol'jin after Anduin's testimony. Sylvanas approached them, attempting to quarrel with Baine, but Vol'jin told her to be patient.
On the second day of the trial, Vol'jin was called to be one of Tyrande's witnesses. Inquired by the priestess, Vol'jin recalled about the Darkspear Tribe's situation during Garrosh's reign as Warchief, as well as the Pandaria Campaign, where it was revealed in a vision that Garrosh ordered Vol'jin's assassination if he didn't comply to Garrosh's rule. When Baine asked Vol'jin questions, he would remember the many threats he received from Garrosh.
Near the end of the trial, Vol'jin sent a letter to Lady Jaina Proudmoore, mentioning that he understood her reasoning for her recent actions after Garrosh destroyed Theramore, and she would have no blame from him.
"Lady Jaina?' It was Jia Ji, one of the court couriers. He bowed low. "Forgive my intrusion on your solitude. I have a message for you."
He extended a scroll. Frowning, Jaina took it, and paled when she saw the seal. In the red was the unmistakable mark of the Horde.
A thousand thoughts tumbled through her head, all horrible, as she broke the wax with shaking fingers, unrolled the scroll, and read:
It took some time for me to learn what happened in Dalaran. You used to be a woman of peace; you be that no more. Garrosh scorches earth, and the dead ain't the only victims. You got no blame or hate from me, no matter what you feel toward Garrosh - or the Horde.
We all got our ghosts.
She reread it several times, and then slowly smiled. "Do you wish me to convey a response, Lady Jaina?" asked Jia.
"Yes," she said. "Please tell the warchief that I thank him for his understanding."
After Garrosh managed to escape the trial with the help of the bronze dragon Kairozdormu, Vol'jin vowed together with Thrall to find Garrosh no matter where he would go.
Warlords of Draenor
Vol'jin lasted as a Warchief through all of Warlords of Draenor.
The Ironmarch Vanguard
When the Iron Horde began its preliminary invasion of Azeroth, in the pre-expansion event for Warlords of Draenor, Vol'jin sent Horde adventurers to the Blasted Lands to help fend off the attack.
The Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands has turned blood red. Hundreds of strange-looking orcs are violently pouring into Azeroth, killing everything that stands in their path. Nethergarde and Okril’lon have already fallen, and while the Horde and the Alliance moved as quickly as they could to get reinforcements to their people, they are too late. The Iron Horde invasion has begun.
In this desperate hour, King Wrynn and Warchief Vol’jin have called upon their greatest champions to join the front lines in the Blasted Lands and do whatever they can to stop the Iron Horde . . . before the rest of Azeroth falls before them.
Word of this surprise attack sends players rushing to the Blasted Lands to reckon with the barbarous infiltration. After the fall of a high ranking Iron Horde general named Gar’mak Bladetwist, you’ll report what you’ve witnessed in the Blasted Lands to King Wrynn or Warchief Vol’jin. It’s apparent to both the Horde and the Alliance that this is only the first salvo in a much larger conflict, and the only way to win is to take the fight directly to the Iron Horde . . . by journeying through the Dark Portal into Draenor.
Settling in Draenor
After the Horde adventurer escaped Tanaan Jungle and landed in Frostfire Ridge, they settled in the lands of Frostwall, where they established a Garrison (
). Vol'jin would send Warmaster Zog, as well as many of his shadow hunters, to assist the Horde forces across Draenor. After the Garrison is upgraded to its third and final level, Vol'jin himself names the adventurer General of the Horde forces in Draenor.
The Tanaan Invasion
After the fall of Warchief Blackhand in the Blackrock Foundry, Gul'dan took over the Iron Horde and settled in Hellfire Citadel, in Tanaan Jungle. Vol'jin arrived to the adventurer's Garrison to aid with the invasion of Tanaan, suggesting them to build a shipyard to attack Gul'dan's forces by both land and sea (
). Vol'jin also sent an elite force of shadow hunters to aid with the conquest in Taana Jungle,
Legion was the last expansion to feature Vol'jin as a Warchief, as he fell early on after a battle.
The Battle of the Broken Shore
Gul'dan managed to escape the Hellfire Citadel back to the main universe timeline and commanded the third invasion of the Burning Legion in Azeroth (
). After preparations, the Horde forces, led by Vol'jin, went together with the Alliance to fend off the Legion invasion in the Broken Shore (
At the beginning of the invasion, Thrall, Vol'jin and the rest of the Horde forces help clear the Broken Shore shoreline and make their way to Sylvanas and Baine, who are fending off an army of Legion demons within sight of the Tomb of Sargeras. During the final part of the battle, the Horde takes the high ground on an upper ridge, while the Alliance directly confronts Gul'dan.
During the battle that ensued, Vol'jin was mortally wounded by a felguard's spear - Vol'jin managed to break the spear and kill the felguard, but collapses shortly after. Sylvanas ride to Vol'jin to save him and is told by Vol'jin that she was not to let the Horde die there. Sylvanas then realized the battle was lost and ordered her Val'kyr to retrieve the wounded, and for the Horde to retreat, leaving the Alliance to be overrun by Gul'dan's demon forces.
The Horde forces return to Orgrimmar, and Vol'jin is suffering from fel poisoning from the felguard's spear. He calls the Horde leadership together in Orgrimmar. After everyone arrives, Vol'jin announces that the loa have told him that death would claim the troll soon. He also admits that he never trusted Sylvanas, and never would have believed that she was the Horde's savior in its darkest hour. He claimed the spirits granted him clarity, and whispered her name to be Warchief.
Vol'jin passed away to the afterlife after declaring Sylvanas Windrunner as the new Warchief of the Horde. He understood that although the Horde would likely not understand his decision, Sylvanas was to step out of the shadows and rise into leadership.
Vol'jin's body is then taken to the gates of Orgrimmar and burned in a funeral pyre. At the assembly, Sylvanas steps into the role of Warchief and asks who among the Horde would help her avenge Vol'jin's death, and is met with a huge commotion from the members of the Horde.
Watching from a distance, Vol'jin's hunter friend from Pandaria, Tyrathan Khort, can be seen attending the funeral. When spoken to, he says he doesn't want to cause any trouble, but wants to keep his promise to avenge Vol'jin's death.
Please don't call the guards. I came to honor Vol'jin, not to cause trouble.
He was a friend. We fought side by side against great odds. I owe that troll my life.
We once swore to each other that, should one of us be killed, the other would avenge him. Always thought he'd outlive me...
Whatever it takes, I'm going to make good on my promise.
Battle for Azeroth
Although Vol'jin died early during Legion, his spirit did live on and comes back to the story in Battle for Azeroth.
Spirits Be With You
Sometime during the Horde campaign, Rokhan announces that the Echo Isles are under danger once more, as the wicked Zalazane returned from the dead as a lich to, once again, attempt to take control of the isles (
). Since Zalazane had managed to break free from Bwonsamdi's grasp, it was decided to use Vol'jin's glaive to harm him, since the weapon had previously hurt Zalazane and the link between the two of them was a deep one (
). After Zalazane is ultimately defeated using Vol'jin's glaive, he proclaims he could not have been able to do so without becoming much stronger (
Zalazane says: What? Vol'jin... you could not have grown so strong without becoming... a...
After the events of Echo Isles, Princess Talanji offered to bring Vol'jin's ashes to Atal'Dazar to honor him, an honor usually only granted to Zandalari kings. While on the procession to Atal'Dazar, Master Gadrin, the chief Witch Doctor of the Darkspear Tribe, would tell stories of Vol'jin, complete with visions, to the adventurer and Princess Talanji (
). However, upon arrival at Atal'Dazar, they were met with Bwomsandi, who urged them to bring Vol'jin's ashed to his temple at the Necropolis (
). However, upon arriving at the Necropolis, it is discovered that Vol'jin's spirit is no longer at the urn, sending Bwonsamdi into a state of disarray (
Bwonsamdi says: Ay, Vol'jin? Come on outta dat urn. Wait... wait, wait... no! Where be da spirit?! Where be Vol'jin?
Bwonsamdi says: No! No! Impossible. Da boss ain't gonna like dis. Ol' Bwonsamdi not been losin' a spirit in... oh, dis be bad.
Bwonsamdi, wanting to learn where did Vol'jin's spirit go, tasked the adventurer and Princess Talanji to perform a seance on Talanji's boat with the aid of Vol'jin's friends, Master Gadrin and Rokhan (
). During the seance, the adventurer and Talanji ventured deep into the Shadowlands and finally encountered Vol'jin with the help of his bond with Gadrin and Rokhan (
). Vol'jin then tasks the adventurer with killin the blood god G'huun and stab his glaive into his body, as justice for all the fallen sons and daughters of Zandalar (
Vol'jin's bloodied glaive was then paraded before the Zandalar by Princess Talanji, as Vol'jin compliments her by setting in motion the events that led to the blood god's death (
Tides of Vengeance
The search for answers as to whether the loa told Vol'jin to elect Sylvanas as Warchief, or where did his spirit go are still unsanswered as of Tides of Vengeance.
After the events of
, Baine wished to attempt to talk to Vol'jin once more, as he had many burning questions to his old friend, including who was the voice that told him to elect Sylvanas. So, Talanji performed another seance at his boat to summon Vol'jin's spirit once more (
). After invoking Vol'jin, he reveals that death is truly a dark place, and it had muddled his memories. Once Vol'jin mentioned that his memory was being clouded by the shadows, dark beings attacked Talanji's seance (
Princess Talanji says: Vol'jin, son of Sen'jin, once warchief of the Horde... Hear my voice and appear before us.
Vol'jin says: Talanji. Ya voice be a mighty one.
Baine Bloodhoof says: Vol'jin! Is it really you, my old friend?
Vol'jin says: Baine... ya heart beats strong and true... just like ya fadda. I be glad da demons didn't take ya.
Baine Bloodhoof says: Sylvanas led us to victory in the war against the Legion.
Baine Bloodhoof says: But since then... she has done much to strain the honor that binds the Horde together.
Baine Bloodhoof says: I must know... when the voice spoke to you, bidding you to name her warchief... what spirit was it?
Vol'jin says: Ah, my young friend. Death be... dark. Me memory... not be what it once was.
Baine: Was it Bwonsamdi? Did he crave the death she would bring?
Vol'jin says: Da memory, it be denied me by da shadows. Shadows... dat... dat be comin' for ya! Watch out!
Since Vol'jin is unable to remember who told him to elect Sylvanas, the adventurer, Vol'jin's spirit and Baine traveled to the Broken Shore, the place where Vol'jin was struck by the spear that would eventually poison and kill him. When arriving to the spot, he remembered noticing weird behavior during the Battle of the Broken Shore, no longer being able to regenerate and dodge as usual, as if he had lost the favor of the loa. Vol'jin eventually realized someone played into his death on that day (
Vol'jin says: Da Broken Shore be where I fell in battle. We were overrun, demons everywhere. Sylvanas was doing what she could, but Thrall was down and I had fallen. It was horror. And now I need ya to take me back dere. Take me glaive to da battlefield, call to me, and I will come. Perhaps if I be in da spot where me blood was spilled, we might shine some light on dis mystery.
Baine Bloodhoof says: I remember the battle one these few stained shores. I lost many friends to the endless forces of the Burning Legion. Things were set in motion that day that would affect not only Azeroth, but every world the Legion touched.
Vol'jin says: Dis be da spot, mon. Dis be where da Legion led our forces into a trap and drove a blade into me belly. Sylvanas pulled me from da ruin of da battlefield. She saved da Horde dat day. Come, let us walk around dis place and see what we can learn from da echoes of da past.
Vol'jin says: Sometin' not be right dat day. Da demons, deir blades slipped past me guard.
Vol'jin says: As if da loa demselves had forsaken me.
Vol'jin says: Like dey be doin' now. Cannot hear dem, champion. Da voices of da loa be silent.
Vol'jin says: I been callin' ta Bwonsamdi for a long time. He not be hearin' me... or he been choosin' not ta answer.
Vol'jin says: Somethin' was definitely helping' our enemies dat day. But who or what could dat have been? Da loa were silent and their powers were gone, as if I'd lost their favor. With so much death, I be havin' one person in mind who might be behind it.
After this, the adventurer and Master Gadrin head to Vol'jin's funeral pyre in Orgrimmar to summon the former Warchief (
). In there, Vol'jin is once again summoned, and the adventurer delves with him to the Shadowlands in search of more answers. When Vol'jin died, he saw glimpses of the afterlife, but did not see any of the expected loa like Bwonsamdi, or Shadra, or Hir'eek. He suspects that a force possibly more powerful than the loa wanted Sylvanas to become Warchief (
Vol'jin says: Dis time, I need to bring ya to my side. We gonna walk da shadows between life and death, see if we can't uncover some clues. Be careful and be armed. Not everything on dis side wants us to find answers.
Vol'jin says: I remember dyin'. I remember glimpsin' da Other Side.
Vol'jin says: I was expectin' ta see ol' Bwonsamdi, or Shadra, or Hir'reek... any of da loa.
Vol'jin says: Dere was a presence. Somethin' movin' in da shadows. Somethin' powerful.
Vol'jin says: I remember it takin' me somewhere, but da memory of where be hidden from me. Ta keep me from sharin' da truth...
Vol'jin says: Da truth dat it might not be da loa who wanted Sylvanas to be warchief, but somethin' far more powerful.
Vol'jin believed this was not Bwonsamdi's style, but he still wanted to confer with the Loa of Death, so working together with Princess Talanji, we head to the Necropolis to talk with him (
). After invoking Bwonsamdi and confronting him at the Necropolis, Bwonsamdi reveals he was not receiving Vol'jin's calls after death at all. Additionally, when asked about Sylvanas, Bwonsamdi reveals that he did not like the Banshee Queen, as she disrupted the balance between life and death and would not give the souls she claimed to him (
We then embark on a journey to confront other beings that rivals Bwonsamdi's ownership of souls, the first one being none other than Bolvar Fordragon, the Lich King himself. The adventurer, Baine, Vol'jin and Bwonsamdi then traveled to Icecrown Citadel to speak with the Lich King, who echoed Bwonsamdi's concerns about Sylvanas and the disrupt of balance, as well as mentioned Vol'jin's journey is not over yet (
Bwonsamdi's second guess as to who the shadow force could be is Eyir, the leader of the Val'kyr, and whom Sylvanas attempted to subdue during the Legion campaign, and the bunch travels to Stormheim to confer with her (
). Talanji mentions that Vol'jin's spirit is growing in power, so a ritual is no longer needed to summon him to other places. The conversation is a bit aggressive, as Eyir dislikes Bwonsamdi and Sylvanas for different reasons. Eyir mentions that she was not responsible for Vol'jin's return, as he was "touched by the hand of valor", and he became something stronger than she could possibly forge (
Princess Talanji says: Vol'jin's spirit is growing in power. I should no longer have to maintain a ritual to keep him here. Dis is fortunate, since Bwonsamdi warned me dat Eyir will likely not be pleased with my presence. Apparently she and Bwonsamdi have a past de loa was unwilling to discuss. We can proceed when you are ready.
Chosen of Eyir says: You stink of Bwonsamdi and his twisted magics.
Eyir says: Minions of the Banshee Queen, leave this place or die.
Eyir says: Hold... you DARE bring a priestess of Bwonsamdi into MY halls?
Vol'jin says: Eyir, speak with me if da others not be to your liking.
Eyir says: Hmm. Very well. You and your champion may approach. But know that deception will be met with destruction.
Vol'jin says: Queen of da Val'kyr. My spirit was sent to da Other Side, den returned. Was dis your doing?
Eyir says: Shadow hunter, you are no longer a mere spirit. What you have become is something beyond my power to forge.
Vol'jin says: Who be havin' such power? Could it be da same one who bid me ta name Sylvanas warchief?
Eyir says: You have been touched by the hand of valor. Such a noble force does not scheme for mortal thrones.
Vol'jin says: So whoever whispered to me's not da same as who sent me back?
Eyir says: You have been granted all the knowledge I am willing to share. Leave now, and never return.
Bwonsamdi says: Ah...Eyir. Lots of anger and pride in dat one. She not be speakin' to me for centuries now. I thought for sure she be da one behind Vol'jin's return.
After the journey, we still have no answers as to whom told Vol'jin to appoint Sylvanas as Warchief, nor who brought him back, and the two that had the biggest change of being responsible for doing so are not in league with Sylvanas. Bwonsamdi recommended Vol'jin to cross the veil and search for answers in the Other Side, and Vol'jin gave Talanji a pep talk to help her ensure her partnership with the Horde is a just one (
Bwonsamdi says: Hmph. Well, da Lich King and dat bossy val'kyr not be me only rivals. But dey were da ones most likely ta be behind all dis. Someone be playin' with very ancient mojo. Tell Vol'jin's spirit dat da answers he be lookin' for not be found in da world of da living. He gonna need to go beyond da veil ta learn what needs knowin'. Dere be some places on dat side only he can go.
Vol'jin says: So, to da Other Side den. Where I be goin' da livin' not be followin'. If it be in me power, I gonna send word of what I find. Mind yaself in da days to come. If I be readin' Baine's words right, I tink da Horde gonna have a mighty need of a hero like you soon enough.
Vol'jin says: Da Lich King didn't bring me back. Eyir be claimin' she don't got da mojo. Bwonsamdi be as confused as da rest of us. And none of dem were eager ta see Sylvanas in charge.
Princess Talanji says: No matter de circumstances, she is leader of de Horde. I will do all I can to ensure dat her rule is a just one.
Vol'jin says: Zandalar still stands because of your courage, Talanji. Your father was mired in da old ways, dreamin' of a troll empire lost to time.
Vol'jin says: But you be da first to look to da future... to see what da trolls can become. Ya be young, but ya be righteous. Call on me spirit if ya ever need advice from an old chieftain.
Vol'jin says: For now, I gonna keep searchin' for answers. If dere be new enemies gatherin' in da shadows, den I best be huntin' dem... before dey hunt us.
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Wow, Great job. This was very complete and filled in a lot of the story I missed when I wasn't playing during Pandaria, and WoD. It also contained further information on Vol'jin's life. A definite must read.
De spirits be restless. Da Darkspear never gonna give up. -Vol'jin
After many adventurers failed to reclaim the Echo Isles Vol'jin came up with a plan to relinquish control of them from the witch doctor Zalazane, his old friend.
This sentence isn't making sense to me, and I can't find anything that supports the non standard usage of relinquish. Just an editing mistake or can you point the direction where this is valid since relinquishing is giving up and "giving up control from the witch doctor" wasn't his aim.
Vol'Jin's story continues in Shadowlands Ardenweald Covenant
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