A Sandfury troll
|Character classes||Acolyte, Axe Thrower, Witch Doctor, Shadow hunter, Hydromancer|
|Theater of operations||Tanaris|
|Secondary languages||Common, Low Common|
|Affiliation||Twilight's Hammer clan (Old Gods' forces), Zandalari|
Several thousands years prior to the War of the Ancients, the Sandfury tribe was originally part of the Gurubashi empire. The Great Sundering split the jungle trolls' territory, which left the Sandfury tribe in the middle of the desert of Tanaris. The relentless desert sun of Tanaris beat down on the trolls, who gradually adapted to their harsh new environment. The capital of the Sandfury is the troll city of Zul'Farrak; they have few other remaining settlements - Tanaris has long since reclaimed them, leaving it dotted with buried ruins. The sand trolls have never formed an empire. The trolls have been forced to give up the majority of Tanaris to outsiders, and are thus fierce to defend what remains theirs.
Long ago the Sandfury waged a brutal war against the qiraji. The martyr Theka was slain and thus Zul'Farrak still stands because of his brave sacrifice. Even in death he maintains a vigil over his beloved city, and it is said that the dozens of insectoid warriors who killed him were cursed to live as mindless scarabs, scuttling at the martyr's side.
World of Warcraft
Much of their homeland lies in ruins, its cities squatted in by invading ogres and Wastewander bandits. They are hostile to both the Horde and the Alliance, as well as the silithid, who are descendants of the Aqir, and the goblins ruled by the Steamwheedle Trade Princes, who founded the nearby city of Gadgetzan. Those sentient beings are in part attracted to Zul'Farrak due to , which is rumored to reside in Zul'Farrak. Chief Ukorz Sandscalp was obsessed with restoring his tribe to its former glory. He was raised on stories of a time when trolls lorded over their ancient lands without interference from foreign interlopers. Nevertheless, new battles broke out daily between the sand trolls and a wide assortment of interlopers.
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Shortly before the Shattering of the world the Sandfury trolls were working with Cho'Gall and the Twilight's Hammer. Led by Hydromancer Kulratha, they attempted to have the great hydra Kai'ju Gahz'rilla attack Stormwind and Thunder Bluff. Adventurers led by Varian Wrynn and Cairne Bloodhoof defeated Gahz'rilla and killed Kulratha.
After the Shattering the Sandfury did not seem to have a particularly active connection to the Twilight's Hammer, having none of the ambassadors present in other cities such as Shadowforge. Neither Alliance nor Horde have made any moves to crush the trolls of Tanaris, although the Bilgewater Cartel goblins attempted to ally with the Dunemaul ogres that occupy several former troll settlements.
With the Rise of the Zandalari, it is stated that Zul'Farrak is now a wasteland. In their desperation they joined the Zandalari together with the Amani, Gurubashi and Drakkari in their attempt to reclaim their former glory.
Mists of Pandaria
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A expedition comprising of all troll tribes united under the Zandalari banner arrived upon the northern shores of the mist-shrouded continent of Pandaria and quickly dispatched their representatives to reforge their old alliance with the mogu. Here, they are known as "Farraki" rather than Sandfury.
The Great Sundering split the jungle trolls' territory, which left the Sandfury tribe in the middle of the desert of Tanaris. Eventually the trolls adapted to their harsh new environment, and today they bear only a rough resemblance to the jungle trolls from whom they are descended. The sand trolls' skin is coarse and cracked, and its color tends to be brown or gold. Sand trolls also have thinner manes of hair than their brethren. Also, unlike most other trolls, their tusks are black instead of ivory-colored.
Sand trolls mostly keep to themselves and attack all outsiders. To survive the harsh desert lands the Sandfury trolls had to learn all the secrets of blood magic, drinking the blood allowed them to access the darkest voodoo powers. They also practice necromancy upon their own dead, allowing their ancestors to help the tribe survive in their harsh desert environment. The powerful loa Bwonsamdi watches over the spirits of the Darkspear trolls, but many of the Sandfury tribe's fallen members are offered no such protection after death. These tortured spirits obey Zum'rah, a cruel witch doctor who uses his dark magic to force the city's dead into unending service. The Sandfury trolls have worshiped a monstrous hydra called Gahz'rilla for thousands of years. Ever wary of the beast's icy wrath, the trolls will only rouse Gahz'rilla when they have plentiful sacrifices to sate the ravenous creature's appetite.
Sandfury trolls seem to have one of the most diverse number of social units in their society, ranging from Axe Throwers, Hideskinners, Blood Drinkers, Guardians and Executioners who act as the warriors and hunters of Zul'Farrak, to the Shadow Hunters, Soul Eaters, Firecallers and Witch Doctors who are potent Voodoo casters. It is rumored that slaves are also employed by the Sandfury tribe as warriors, and extra labour. A number of priest-type trolls such as Zealots and Acolytes seem to be at the core of the sand troll civilization, acting as religious leaders. Drudges and Cretins seem to perform the menial labour, similar to the role of peons.
|Former Leader of the tribe||Deceased-Killable (WoW)||Zul'Farrak|
|Current leader of the Farraki||Killable||Lightning Promenade, Throne of Thunder|
|Hydromancer of the tribe and sister of Kulratha||Deceased-Killable (WoW)||Zul'Farrak|
|Heroes of the tribe, keeping his city in the death.||Undead-Killable||Zul'Farrak|
|The Keeper of Sul, owner of||Deceased-Killable (WoW)||Zul'Farrak|
|Deceased||Tanaris and Zul'Farrak|
|Member of the Twilight Hammer and sister of Velratha||Deceased||Zul'Farrak|
- The Sandfury trolls, along with the jungle trolls, are among the few tribes not to retrieve an updated model resembling the Amani forest trolls in Patch 3.0.2.
- Sand Trolls also have striking blue eyes, which might be a reference to the Fremen, a race of desert people in the science fiction novel Dune, who also had blue eyes.