Long ago the Darkspear’s were driven from Stranglethorn Vale’s mainland by the more powerful trolls of the Gurubashi empire and then settled on a remote island. The Darkspears later sought refuge with the Horde when their isle was destroyed by a mysterious sea witch, and Thrall granted the trolls new lands on the Echo Isles off the coast of Durotar. Aside from a brief exodus when Daelin Proudmoore’s fleet arrived to hunt down orcs, the Darkspears enjoyed relative stability until one of their own, Zalazane, drove his brethren from their latest home.
The witch doctor Zalazane had been one of the tribe’s leading mystical instructors when he was inexplicably driven to insanity by the powers under his control. Utilizing dark magic, he enslaved many of his fellow tribespeople and amassed an army of mindless Darkspear trolls. Fearing that all of his tribe would come under Zalazane’s sway, Vol’jin ordered the remaining free Darkspears to abandon the Echo Isles.
Vol’jin’s Darkspears settled in nearby Sen’jin Village, which they have since used as a staging point to attack Zalazane. Over the years, members of the Horde looking to test their worth have braved the Echo Isles to confront Zalazane, and many of them even returned seemingly victorious with his severed head. These victories, however, proved to be nothing more than illusions created by the twisted witch doctor’s dark magic. Days after these trophies were taken to Sen’jin Village, they reverted to their true forms: painted rocks and coconuts adorned with wooden tusks, or even the heads of Zalazane’s enslaved trolls.
Despite these setbacks and his preoccupation with advising Thrall on Horde-related matters, Vol’jin has spent considerable time formulating a strategy to recapture the Echo Isles. Now he believes that the time to strike at Zalazane has come. As the Darkspear leader and his close allies Vanira and Champion Uru’zin await approval of their plan from the ancestral spirits, they have begun rounding up new troll recruits and staging reconnaissance missions to learn about Zalazane’s minions.
Yet Vol’jin’s trolls are short on forces, and the enslaved Darkspears on the Echo Isles outnumber them. The Darkspears are well-known for being among Azeroth’s bravest combatants, however, and fortunately many non-trolls have expressed interest in assisting Vol’jin, perhaps hoping that restoring the Echo Isles will eventually bolster the Horde’s strength.
Vol’jin is also aware of the strategic importance that a Darkspear homeland offers his allies, but he is motivated by more personal reasons. Zalazane’s betrayal was an affront against Vol’jin’s dream of a better life for his tribe, a destiny that his late father, Sen’jin, envisioned years ago. Only by retaking the Echo Isles will Vol’jin be able to honor his father and at long last secure a permanent homeland for the long-exiled Darkspear tribe.
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Liberation of Echo Isles