That Darn Furbolg
Some 10,000 years ago
, revered mage of the
and a member of The Six who oversee
, negotiated an alliance between earthen, tauren, night elves, and a mysterious bear-man race who supposedly originated in
. The alliance proved successful against the Burning Legion for the time being. Over the years these bear-men, given the term furbolg, befriended the night elves and tauren. The night elves found nurturing allies in the furbolg as they were invaluable for their knowledge of the moonlit forests. However, the Burning Legion would not let this truce go unhindered for long.
Our blog entry today deals with the furbolg. I bet a lot of you have seen them in-game, whether you recognized them or not. Through time, I have learned to appreciate some of the finer points of lore and I think these creatures are simply fascinating. Some of you may be curious about what a furbolg is and why exactly I am obsessed with them. Well, who cares!
THEY HAVE FUR AND CLAWS!
So obviously they are bear-like, have fur and claws, and were at one time friendly with night elves. So what happened? Why have we encountered so many red-tagged furbolg in the game? Well, if you played a night elf and did the questing in Teldrassil then you may have a small clue. For others, if you have done questing in
then perhaps you have another theory as well. Let's start where we left off above.
Me Furbolg, Me Angry!
Before the start of the Third War, archmage Medivh (previous owner of
), came to warn the orc chief
about the plague soon to grip the
. At this time, the Lich King (not yet Arthas) conquered Northrend and sent his faithful necromancer
to Lordaeron, turning the beautiful landscape into the
. Medivh also warned King Terenas of Lordaeron to flee east, like Thrall, but he refused to give up his homeland. Instead he sent his heir, Arthas Menethil, north with Uther the Lightbringer and Jaina Proudmoore. The events which took place after this may be witnessed through
The Culling of Stratholme
So what does this have to do with the furbolg? The Burning Legion decided to corrupt the forests and lands. Demon figureheads such as
corrupted entire tribes with the sole intent on driving them insane. One demon,
, created potions such as
to enhance tribal aggression in these vulnerable times. Entire tribes were driven insane and, even today, tend to remain hostile to former allies and friends.
Part of the Tribe
Furbolg typically stick to their own tribe and in the past have warred against each other, but with the recent disappearances and the corruption which has spread across the land, the remaining tribes have become extremely reclusive. Outsiders wishing to gain favor with any sane furbolg tribe will have an arduous road ahead.
There are currently three tribes known to be uncorrupted. The first are the Stillpine furbolg which may be found primarily in the Draenei starting zone Azuremyst. The Stillpine are a recently discovered uncorrupted tribe who are at a constant war with the local moonkin.
The second uncorrupted furbolg tribe are the Timbermaw. They reside primarily at
, though they have scouts in several other zones. They also inhabit the tunnels from
to Felwood and Winterspring. This tribe is also raging a constant battle against outsiders and corrupt furbolg in both Felwood and Winterspring. They trust no one as many races kill furbolg on sight, unaware of the few uncorrupted ones who remain. Despite this, it is possible to gain some amount of trust with this tribe. Their tribe is self-sufficient and as such have their own special rewards and riches for those willing to go out of their way for the cause. For more information on Timbermaw reputation, click
Last, but not least are the Barkskin furbolg. Though they exist, there have been no sightings on Azeroth in what may seem like ages. The Barkskin fought alongside the Shadowtooth trolls in the battle of Mt. Hyjal, but mysteriously disappeared after the Third War. Some say a furbolg shaman who was saved by
may have been a part of this tribe, but perhaps Tyrande herself may be the only one to know for sure. The event took place in the Barrow Dens, but little else is known other than she required a special vial of water, blessed by nature, to cure the grave illness bestowed upon said shaman.
Yearning for More
If you are interested in the furbolg and their lore, then I suggest you check out some of the many great quest lines, zones, or factions mentioned throughout this document. They are a beautiful piece of history which have often been overlooked in the midst of Jarod Shadowsong,
, and Tyrande Whisperwind (among others). Without contribution from the "lesser" races, perhaps the world environment in which we now play would be quite different. Interested in the quest lines? Check out the quests series throughout Azuremyst, Teldrassil, Ashenvale, Azshara, Felwood, Winterspring, and even the Grizzly Hills in Northrend.
Obviously I have a passion for furbolg—but also for discussion.
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As opposed to my weak cameo here :-)
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