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The Highmountain Tauren were first introduced in Legion, in the Highmountain zone. You are able to customize their Tribal Painting on their fur and face, carved tribal markings on their horns as well as the horns themselves are customizable, variations of their moose like horns. For more information, check out our Guide to Allied Races.
Descended from Huln, brave hero of the War of the Ancients, the Highmountain tauren honor the spirits of earth, river, and sky. Though the Legion invaded their lands and sowed seeds of distrust between them, the tribes of Highmountain stand united once more. At long last they are ready to venture beyond their sacred mountain and stand beside their kin from Kalimdor, lending their nobility and strength to the mighty Horde.
To unlock the Highmountain Tauren option at the Embassy, some prerequisites need to be met. We don’t know what this prerequisite is yet, but it’s likely to include having exalted reputation with the Highmountain Tauren as an achievement was added in this build to reach Exalted with the Highmountain Tauren.
Horde Embassy Dialogue
The quest chain starts off at the Horde Embassy in Orgrimmar, where Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner is meeting with the other faction leaders to discuss possible new recruits to the Horde. Sylvanas leaves the choice between Highmountain Tauren and the Sin’dorei to the player.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Leaders of the Horde, I summoned you here–along with one of our greatest champions–because our enemies are gathering their strength.
Sylvanas Windrunner: War is coming. We need fresh blood added to the ranks of the Horde. What say you?
Baine Bloodhoof: Warchief, the tauren of Highmountain fought boldly alongside us in our campaign against the Burning Legion, just as our ancestors did long ago.
Baine Bloodhoof: I have invited their leaders to a great feast in Mulgore. This could be a chance to bring them to our side.
Sylvanas Windrunner: A simple people, but strong. They would be a boon on the battlefield.
Lady Liadrin: I too have a suggestion, Warchief. The sin’dorei have maintained diplomatic ties with the nightborne since we helped liberate Suramar from the Legion.
Lady Liadrin: The regent lord and I agree that our kingdoms have much in common. We believe the nightborne would make valuable allies.
Lady Liadrin: Even without the Nightwell, Suramar holds vast arcane resources. A most useful arrow added to my quiver.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Each option would have its uses. I believe $n knows both these peoples. Which potential ally do you suggest we pursue first?
Highmountain Tauren Questchain
After choosing the Highmountain Tauren option, the player is tasked with going to Thunder Bluff to join in the feast.
Picking the Highmountain Tauren
Sylvanas Windrunner: Chieftain Bloodhoof, have our champion join you for your feast in Thunder Bluff. By the time dessert is served, I want their oath of loyalty to the Horde.
Baine Bloodhoof: It shall be so, Warchief.
Feast in Mulgore
Upon arriving, Baine and Mayla appear to have a short conversation before Spiritwalker Ebonhorn starts feeling unwell due to a dark force. Mayla Highmountain is originally seen in the Highmountain zone and players help her unite the Highmountain Tauren tribes and return the Hammer of Khaz’goroth to her.
Baine Bloodhoof: Thank you for coming, Mayla. It is my honor to welcome you to Mulgore.
Mayla Highmountain: Your invitation was most kind, Baine. It is time for our two peoples to renew our bonds of kinship.
Baine Bloodhoof: It is of kinship that I wish to speak. I hope that–
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: I should never… have left… the mountain…
Mayla Highmountain: Ebonhorn! What dark force grips you?
Mayla Highmountain: I must get Ebonhorn back to Highmountain at once!
Baine Bloodhoof: I know this power all too well. Champion! We need your help!
The Defense of Thunder Bluff
It appears that some a battle takes place to defend Thunder Bluff from void creatures. Baine Bloodhoof has many emotes that relate to the battle. There is also a quote from Uulgyneth, an influence of the Old Gods, which we learn the story of later.
Baine Bloodhoof: Hahahaha! It feels good to swing my mace again!
Baine Bloodhoof: Thunder Bluff will be free of you!
Baine Bloodhoof: Go back to the void that spawned you!
Baine Bloodhoof: Very well. We will drive this Old God filth from Thunder Bluff.
Uulgyneth: Destroy them! They must not hinder my return!
Baine Bloodhoof: Your masters will not take my city, monster!
Baine Bloodhoof: I must be certain the Old Gods’ minions are driven from Mulgore.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Mayla… the pools…
Mayla Highmountain: I understand, my friend. Baine, I must get Ebonhorn back to Highmountain.
Baine Bloodhoof: Go to Highmountain and aid Mayla, champion. I will join you soon.
Upon heading to Highmountain, Mayla appears to have put Spirithorn Ebonhorn in the pools and tasks you to talk with Spiritwalker Graysky. Spiritwalker Graysky is currently located in the bottom of Thunder Totem, Highmountain and is used during the Champions of Highmountain world quest.
Mayla Highmountain: The waters have soothed Ebonhorn, but I fear he is slipping away.
Mayla Highmountain: Ebonhorn is not well. We must find a way to bring him back from the brink. Speak with Spiritwalker Graysky. I believe he can help.
Mayla Highmountain: I will remain here while Graysky aids you. Pray that restoring the wards will mend Ebonhorn’s mind.
Return to Thunder Bluff
We’re not sure what task Graysky asks you to complete, but afterwards it stops the whispers and Ebornhorn asks you to return to Thunder Totem.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: The whispers… they have stopped. Thank you, champion, Graysky.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: My mind is my own again. Return to Thunder Totem, champion. Let us gather strength for what is to come.
Baine Bloodhoof: Champion! Graysky told me of your courage.
The Story of Uulgyneth
We need to learn what threat we’re facing, so Spiritwalker Ebonhorn gives some history of Highmountain. Determined to face the threat, Baine decides to return to Highmountain with us and face the darkness together.
Mayla Highmountain: But our work is not done yet. Ebonhorn, we must know what this Darkness wants.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Follow me, champion.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Long ago, the Old Gods sought to lay claim to Highmountain. Their campaign was led by a terrible general… Uul’gyneth the Darkness.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Huln gathered heroes from among the tribes to stand together. They fought against Uul’gyneth’s servants, the Necrodark… but the forces of shadow were too great to overcome.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: So Huln devised another plan. Wards were placed to lock away the Old Gods’ influence. Though the general survived, Uul’gyneth’s essence was trapped.
Mayla Highmountain: So the Necrodark have been lurking in the shadows, waiting to call forth their master.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Indeed. And when I left the mountain to visit Mulgore, the wards weakened just enough to let the Darkness take hold.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: The last ward was placed at Highmountain Summit. That is where we must go. Just as Huln stood with his allies, so we must band together.
Uulgyneth: Yes… come! Your strength will become ours, child of darkness!
Baine Bloodhoof: Child of… What does he mean?
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: I… cannot say. Mayla, you and I must go on ahead. Baine, you and our champion gather the others and meet us at the summit.
Baine Bloodhoof: Until we discover what’s behind this attack, Mulgore will never be safe. I will come with you, Mayla. Let us face this darkness together.
We face off against Uulgyneth somehow and during the fight, Uulgyneth calls upon the drogbar to attack.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: These heroes do not stand alone.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Together, we will banish your darkness!
Uulgyneth: You will serve us, dragon, just as Neltharion did! Your kind always bends to the whispers.
Mayla Highmountain: I cannot let the Darkness possess my father’s body!
Baine Bloodhoof: Mayla! We must stand together!
b]Uulgyneth: Serve your true masters, drogbar! Your defiance means death!
Uulgyneth: The Skyhorn shall serve my masters! You will become the shadow that darkens the skies!
Uulgyneth: The Legion was nothing compared to our power! Surrender!
Uulgyneth: You have failed! The Darkness rises… and Highmountain shall fall!
Uulgyneth: The wards have weakened! He will be ours!
The Threat Neutralized
Uulgyneth called Ebonhorn a dragon during the battle, so Baine now knows his secret and for helping, Mayla decides to join the Horde.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Only Mayla and our champion knew my secret before. Now I entrust it to you as well, chieftain.
Baine Bloodhoof:I see no reason for anyone else to know, spiritwalker. Let it be a matter kept… between friends.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: I am free from the Old Gods’ grip. Thank you, my friends.
Mayla Highmountain: Today was very nearly a dark day for Azeroth.
Mayla Highmountain: Had Uul’gyneth’s plan succeeded, we all would have been made into servants of the Old Gods… including Ebonhorn.
Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: I shudder at the thought, Mayla. Without the swift action of Baine and this champion, all would have been lost.
Mayla Highmountain: Baine Bloodhoof, you have demonstrated courage, honor, and loyalty. I believe it is time for your people and mine to renew our bonds of kinship.
Mayla Highmountain: If you will have us, the tauren of Highmountain would be proud to join your Horde.
Baine Bloodhoof: The Horde will be honored to welcome you! Let us travel to Orgrimmar and share the good news with our Warchief.
Pledge to the Horde
Likely back in the Horde Emissary, Baine introduces Mayla Highmountain to the Warchief and completes the pledge to the Horde.
Baine Bloodhoof: Sylvanas Windrunner, I present Chieftain Mayla Highmountain.
Sylvanas Windrunner: What have you to say, chieftain?
Mayla Highmountain: Warchief, the strength and courage of the Horde has been demonstrated by Baine Bloodhoof, as well as your champion.
Sylvanas Windrunner: I accept your oath of loyalty. The Horde offers its protection… and expects your obedience.
Mayla Highmountain: From this day forth, Highmountain vows to stand with you against all foes.
Mayla Highmountain: For the Horde!
Sylvanas Windrunner: For the Horde!
Baine Bloodhoof: For the Horde!