The famous Tauran race, in the World of Warcraft game, are huge creatures living in the grassy, open plains of Kalimdor. They are considered peaceful in nature. However, the center of their spiritual culture lies in the rites of the Great Hunt, where every member of the tribe, warrior or not, seeks his or her identity both as a hunter and also as a child of the Earth Mother. When they reach their age of maturity, they must test their abilities in the wild and prove themselves in the Great Hunt.
The Taurens are known to be very grandiose in their physical attributes – meaning, they’re huge! Their build grants them not only strength but also endurance, so they are quite resistant to any physical damage. They have a passive natural resistance to everything from poisons to acids to the weather. They have also developed a deep knowledge of the botanical life of Azeroth, using it in various shamanistic rituals, as well as for medical purposes, giving the their race the reputation of being natural herbalists. All Tauren are also born with the ability to communicate with the spirits in times of need. They have been given the nickname “War Stomp” because of their ability to ‘shake the earth’ and stun their enemies.
When it comes to mounts, ground-based mounts, Taurens have only three choices because of their huge size. They can use their own animal, known as the Kodo, or that of the orcs, the Dire Wolf, or the troll’s Raptor. They have no restrictions when it comes to flying mounts.
Their racial traits include:
1) the War Stomp mentioned above which stuns up to five enemies within eight yards for two seconds,
2) ‘Endurance’ which increases their base health by five percent,
3) ‘Cultivation’ which increases their Herbalism skill by 15, and
4) ‘Nature Resistance’ which reduces by two percent the chance that they will be hit by Nature spells.
History of the Tauren Race
This race has a long, complex tradition, handed down for many generations. There is no way to confirm if their history is accurate since there are no written records. They are believed, however, to be as old as the night elves since both these races are thought to have existed at the time of the world was created. Also, like the elves, they have a strong reverence for nature and the elemental spirits. They are devoted to maintaining balance in nature.
There are also myths revolving around this race, and, in fact, it is in these myths that the Tauren race was mentioned. These myths encompass the story of the creation of the world and the appearance of the first member of the group, their creation by the Earth Mother, their meeting with Cenarius, Lord of the Forest and the patron god of all druids, and the coming of the Centaur.
This noble race holds strength as their greatest virtue. They can be played as druids, hunters, shamans, warriors, death knights, paladins and priests. They are the only Horde race that can play as druids, and they are also the only Horde race which cannot have characters playing as rogues. Despite their huge sizes and brute strengths, it should always be remembered that Taurens hold their balance of nature and peace as their top priorities Although the Great Hunt is the center of their spiritual culture, they do not see it as something separate from nature. For them, to hunt is to honor the spirits of nature. Thus, they are a noble species in the incredibly popular World of Warcraft virtual reality.