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The Tortollans - A Hearthstone Tribe made it into the World of Warcraft!
17/03/2019 à 09:43
The Beginnings - Wowhead Datamining
Almost exactly one year ago,
one particular news post by Wowhead
caught the attention of both Hearthstone and WoW players: A battle pet called Tottle, which could clearly be identified as a Tortollan, was discovered in the files from the Public Test Realm for WoW’s upcoming expansion.
Later on, Tottle turned out to be a part of Battle for Azeroth’s Collector’s Edition. At first this wasn’t big news, because we have seen other Hearthstone-related additions to WoW such as the
Autographed Hearthstone Card
, but these are clearly “flavor” items about the game of Hearthstone itself.
And while it may have been just another cute addition to the pet collection, the sheer existence of
showed one thing: Hearthstone lore finally found its way into the World of Warcraft, and therefore proved that the development between the two games seemed to become somewhat bilateral.
This marked the beginning of Tortollan history in World of Warcraft, and many more additions related to the Hearthstone tribe were bound to happen.
Tortollans in Hearthstone - Who are They?
Before we dive into the Tortollan faction in WoW, we should take a look back to where they came from in the first place!
With the release of Journey to Un’Goro in April 2017, Blizzard and Team 5 decided to rewrite the storyline of one of the most iconic zones of the Warcraft universe, Un’Goro Crater. As some of us may remember, the Expedition Journal of Eddie Malone, brave assistant of Professor George Herbert Doyle IV, depicted the adventures that set the stage of Hearthstone’s fifth expansion.
After wandering around in the jungles of Un’Goro, Professor Doyle and his assistant get rescued by a weird turtle tribe who call themselves “Tortollans“, led by Spiritsinger Umbra.
Questioning their initial intentions, Doyle decided to trust the advices of the ancient Tortollans in regards to their adventurous plans. Together with the local murlocs, Umbra and the Tortollans even helped Doyle and Eddie to return back to Starseeker’s Camp so that they could report back to Elise the Trailblazer about their scientific observations.
Interestingly enough, Team 5 very well knew that the Tortollans have not been inhabitants of Un’Goro in the original Warcraft lore, which could have been an initial indicator about them appearing in World of Warcraft later. Another hint was that they have also been the first tribe in Hearthstone that wasn’t featured in WoW by the time of release.
Looking at their name, the Tortollans seem to descend from a turtle demigod called Tortolla. Plenty of lore is related to this big old turtle that belongs to the Ancient Guardians. These creatures, who are also called Wild Gods or “Loa” by the trolls, are not new to Hearthstone Creatures like Aviana or Malorne and his son Cenarius have found their way into Blizzard’s card game already.
The Tortollan Seekers and Zandalar
However, In Battle for Azeroth, the Tortollans, or as their faction is called, “
”, revere a demigod called Torga, and that points toward another theory behind the creation of the Tortollans. Nobody less than
himself speculates that the turtle tribe descends from an ancient tortollan, known as “a reptilian warrior with a shell reminiscent of a turtle’s”, who fought in the War of the Ancients.
No matter their true origin, the Tortollans play a starring role in Battle for Azeroth. In the everlasting conflict between Horde and Alliance, they portray a neutral and wise race that wants to allude to the real conflict within Azeroth and the Zandalari Troll culture. which they are deeply entwined with.
This close relation reached new heights with the introduction of WoW’s last raid instance, Battle of Dazar’alor. After the Alliance slayed King Rastakhan,
Princess Talanji was bound to become the new Queen of the Zandalari
. As stated per law, every emperor of the oldest troll tribe needs a guiding hand in the form of the Zanchuli Council. Thanks to the BfA storyline we know that a majority of that particular council betrayed King Rastakhan - most noticeably Zul, the Dark Prophet.
Long story short: Talanji needs new members for her council, and surprisingly enough she decided to introduce
, an ancient tortollan from Nazmir, to the Zanchuli Council. Looking at Zandalari history, this decision has been nothing but revolutionary. Back in the old days, the Zanchuli Council served not only as advisors for the king, but represented the strict societal correlations, or better known as castes, which are ingrained in the culture of Zandalar.
The fact that a tortollan has been introduced to the highest ranks of Zandalari leadership shows Talanji’s strong sense of progression and inclusion which only affirms the general direction of the Zandalari race in the World of Warcraft.
The Future - A Close Relation between Franchises
Earlier in BfA, the Tortollan were mostly famous for one and one thing only - the
Beachhead world quest
which should need no further introduction by now. In fact, Team 5 decided to extend that particular “storyline” by turning it completely around! In 8.1.5,
the Cycle of Life world quest will be introduced where you will play one of the evil Armored Claws that tries to stop baby turtles reach the water
But all memes and funny songs about the cycle of life aside, the future looks nothing less than golden for the bilateral relation between Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. Both games are at a stage where they can develop content that fits into the general Warcraft universe which Hearthstone is an integral part of. The Tortollans stand for an alternative route in the Warcraft universe which led back to their beginnings, enriching both Blizzard titles.
The current storyline
presented in the game almost feels like a BfA alternative universe,
and Team 5's future plans for the game definitely plan to keep it that way
Expansions like Journey to Un’Goro but also
Hearthstone's upcoming expansion Rise of Shadows
showed only the beginnings of this symbiotic relationship. Looking at content like the Kobolds of Legion, it could very well be that both WoW and Hearthstone designers wrote and will write content storylines to fit into both games.
And this would not only benefit Team 2 and Team 5! Players always welcome cross-game inclusions; Heroes of the Storm is a great example for that. And if it even goes deeper in terms of lore and general story-writing, fans of different franchises can come together to celebrate what they love despite of what game they are currently playing!
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