- For information on how to defeat G'huun in Uldir, see G'huun (tactics).
|Affiliation(s)||Blood trolls, Old Gods' forces|
G'huun (pronounced GU-hoon) was an Old God inadvertently created by the Pantheon during their experiments on the other imprisoned Old Gods, as the titans tried to find a solution to the problem that they posed. Worshiped by the blood trolls of Nazmir as a loa, G'huun was known as the Blood God. Though it was quite less powerful than the other Old Gods, the threat it posed was still world-ending. G'huun's corruption was called "underrot". It sought to spread its rot, pestilence and decay across the world and beyond, and to consume Azeroth in the process.
G'huun was accidentally created by the titans when they experimented with means to solve the problem posed by the Old Gods. They used Uldir to "try to figure out what makes Old Gods tick," including performing experiments. This led to "some creepy and weird stuff there," and G'huun is the result of years of experiments where the titans couldn't figure out how to cure this Old God disease. When they experimented upon the Old Gods' unending, ravenous need to corrupt, they unexpectedly created a perfect avatar of that desire. G'huun is nothing but rot, pestilence, and decay—the ultimate parasite who cannot stop itself from consuming its host until it is gone. He was locked away in the facility of Uldir, sealed with three seals: Atul'nazman in Nazmir, Atul'Aman in Vol'dun, and the Great Seal of Dazar'alor in Zuldazar. The seal in Atul'Aman was destroyed by Mythrax the Unraveler long ago, while Atul'nazman was damaged by G'huun's minions.
G'huun had apparently been attempting to control the Zandalari trolls for centuries. The first confirmed major case was when Kel'vax Deathwalker subverted the worshipers of Bwonsamdi on the Terrace of Sorrows to worship G'huun instead. The old god promised Kel'vax eternal life and turned him into a troll lich, along with command over the dead.
During the final era of the Council of Tribes, an attempt to summon Hakkar the Soulflayer was made, which released a plague of corrupted blood, killing thousands of trolls. It was deemed that the bodies, too polluted for proper burial, would instead be burned and kept in special urns. As time progressed, this method became commonplace among the Zandalari in disposing of their dead. After the great plague, there were still those who clung to the magics of the blood god. They tested their magics and perfected them. One such relic was a totem, which when concentrated upon, would drain not just the life from their enemies, but also their blood, infusing the caster with it and altering them in unusual ways. This was the dawn of those the Zandalari call "blood trolls." Eventually the blood trolls would begin worshiping G'huun. Because G'huun has no need for technology, the blood trolls regressed into a more primitive state compared to other troll races. Grand Ma'da Ateena and the blood trolls considered themselves the children of G'huun.
Battle for Azeroth
With his prison weakened, G'huun's corruption begun spreading across the land, threatening to cover all of Azeroth. He also started wresting control over the souls of the dead from Bwonsamdi, the loa of death, leading to a conflict between them.
With the seal of Atul'Aman destroyed by Mythrax, and the seal of Atul'nazman destroyed by G'huun's forces, Zul and his allies, General Jakra'zet and Yazma, worked to free the Blood God by undoing the last remaining seal in Zuldazar. The plan was to have G'huun replace the loa, which Zul saw as weak, as the trolls' new god who would lead them to rule the world again. The seal was ultimately destroyed by a revived Mythrax during the invasion of Dazar'alor. A group of adventurers entered Uldir and slew G'huun before he could break free.
G'huun appears as a legendary priest card in the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion for Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "All of the other Old Gods used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor G'huun join in any Old God games."
Additionally, while this is clearly a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer reference, it may also be a reference to the parody "Freddy the Red-Brained Migo" from the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, where Migo are a fungoid-insect creature, much like G'huun.
Notes and trivia
- Although they are both Blood Gods and worshiped by the trolls, G'huun is unrelated to Hakkar the Soulflayer.
- He was also referred to by Jeremy Feasel as an "Old God type creature". Though it is a "true" Old God, it is an artificial one with a different origin than the others and a weaker level of power (though still beyond even some of the most powerful loa).
- The fungi or "rot" that G'huun spreads closely resembles the bleeding heart fungus in appearance, something that can be easily observed on the loading screen for the Underrot.
- There is a resemblance between G'huun and the gorm matriarchs. See Gorm#Speculation for more details.
Model by Kelvin Tan
- ^ Grand Ma'da Ateena says: Once Zuldazar lies in ruins, da empire of da Old Gods be risin' again!
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- ^ G'huun (tactics)#Adventure Guide
- ^ Cragmaw the Infested#Adventure Guide
- ^ Sporecaller Zancha#Adventure Guide
- ^ Unbound Abomination#Adventure Guide
- ^ G'huun (tactics)#Quotes
- ^ a b c Squishei 2018-04-05. Battle for Azeroth Muffinus Interview - Island Expeditions, Wrathion - Wowhead News. Retrieved on 2018-04-06.
- ^ G'huun (tactics)#Adventure Guide
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- ^ The Golden Serpent#Adventure Guide
- ^ Kings' Rest#Hall of the Honored Dead
- ^ a b BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft demo | Nazmir Zone