No need to develop druidism while they teach others to become monks however it has to be a Gonk situation.
Nature will guide ya when all else fails.
Zen’tabra, are you one of the druids from the rumors? Were there druids on the Echo Isles long ago?
We spread dose rumors, mon. Keep’n Zalazane and others off our tails. Don’t be believin’ everytin ya hear.
No, we be new ta de craft, only learnin’ a few years ago. But in some ways, we spend our lives preparin’ ta answer de call…
What were you before you were druids, then?
Some o’ us be loa priests, witch doctors before. Like Zalazane…
<Zen’tabra’s face grows hard as her gaze drifts south.>
We thought de spirits be angry wit us; we did not suspect it be Zalazane slowly cuttin’ us off from dem. We knew he be strong, but not dat strong… and by de time his voodoo had reached de other isles, we was powerless ta stop 'im.
How did you escape Zalazane?
<Zen’tabra closes her eyes and shakes her head.>
When Vol’jin called for everyone ta flee, we… couldn’t face de tribe after failing dem so badly. So, we fled south, ta de untamed jungle islands.
De wilds claimed a few o’ us dat first night. We found safety in a deep cave in de center o’ de isle, but me dreams dere were not peaceful: I be havin’ a vision!
What was the vision?
<Zen’tabra’s head snaps back to you, her eyes bright and her smile wide around her tusks.>
'Twas a jungle bigger and wilder dan I ever seen! And before me, de ancient raptor loa only talked about in Zandalari tales-Gonk, de Great Hunter!
De raptor spirit spoke ta me, told me he had brought me spirit to a place called de Emerald Dreem. De spirit had been trapped, like de other loa on de Echo Isles, by Zalazane’s magic. But Gonk, bein’ an ancient spirit, was able ta reach across and bring me spirit ta him, even through Zalazane’s voodoo.
What did the spirit want?
Zalazane’s mindless servants were killin’ all de beasts o’ de isles, burnin’ up de trees and plants too. Gonk needed us ta save de life on de isles. But since we not be able ta draw upon de power o’ de loa wit Zalazane in power, Gonk be showin’ us a new way ta connect wit ALL de spirits o’ nature, ta work WIT de spirits, not just be servin’ a single loa at a time.
It be difficult at first, ya, mon, but Gonk be showin’ us how ta also reach inta de Emerald Dream wit de spirits and learn from dem directly!
How did the other loa react to this?
De other loa, ‘specially Shirvallah, did not much care for dis plan. Dey still be wantin’ us ta work just for one o’ dem at a time, not wit all de spirits at once. But Gonk had forced dere hands, and de knew it was de only way ta save de isles while Zalazane still rules.
I be tinkin’ dat Gonk did not care for de other loa much either. He be teasin’ de other loa all de time while we be learnin’ from dem.
So what happened then?
We been workin’ wit de spirits for many moons now, mon, but many o’ us already knew de forms o’ de loa we served before. It not be easy, but de Emerald Dream be a powerful teacher by itself-havin’ de spirits demselves also teachin’ ya… it hurries tings along.
Dat don’t mean ‘twas easy keepin’ safe from Zalazane. Even wit our new tricks combined wit de loa givin’ what help dey could, we lost a few bruddas and sistas over de years ta his voodoo and mindless servants. But we kept de life o’ de isles alive, and when Vo’jin and de Darkspears returned, we knew just how ta take Zalazane down.
So are the loa still holding to their side of the deal?
Ya, mon, for now. Dey not be too keen on teachin’ many more o’ our kind, but dey be helpin’ us ‘long as we be keepin’ de life o’ de isles flourishin’. When Gonk left after de fall o’ Zalazane, he be tellin’ us how ta contact him if de other loa don’t keep dey end o’ de bargain.
I be hopin’ it never come ta dat… but just in case, we be openin’ up channels wit dat Cenarion Circle group.
<Zen’tabra cackles madly.>
Oh, ya shoulda seen de look on dat night elf’s face…