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Awatu Stonespire

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Full Name: Awatu Stonespire. Stonespire is his Tribe, though he does not prefer this name.

Nicknames: Named after a mountain in the southern portion of the Barrens. The word literally translates into Orcish as “stone words”. Despite a relatively young age, recent events have named him an Elder in his tribe.

Date of Birth: Sometime in the late Spring season.

Age: Approximately 54.

Race: Shu'halo.

Gender: Male

Hair: His fur is a dusty gray. Two long mane braids frame his face while a long braided beard falls from his chin.

Skin: Probably pale-pink under the fur.

Eyes: A vibrant brown.

Height: Just over eight feet.

Weight: Approximately 1200 pounds. With full plate armor, he approaches a ton.

Place of residence: Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore. An infrequent home as he typically lives out in the field.

Place of Birth: The area currently called Bael Modan in the Southern Barrens.

Known Relatives: None specifically, but a few distant relations from other tribes do exist.

Religion/Philosophy: Awatu venerates the Earth Mother and seeks to heal Her wounds inflicted by the dwarves and gain Her blessings. As a Sunwalker, he offers balance to those who venerate Mu’sha and spreads An’she’s Light around the broken world. He also speaks to the spirits of his ancestors for guidance.

The kodo is his totem animal, his lifelong spirit companion and guide.

Occupation: Sunwalker. Jewelcrafter.

Group/Guild affiliation: The Grim.

Guild Rank: The Commander.

Enemies: Generally, the Alliance. Specifically, the Dwarves and Gnomes. Any who threaten the Earth Mother with their destructive practices, though Dwarves, Gnomes, and Goblins stand high above the rest. He likens them to parasites upon the Earth Mother’s back. He begrudgingly works with Goblins. Natural enemies of the Horde (Old Gods, Burning Legion, Draenei, etc).

Likes: The outdoors, quiet places, sunlight, clear skies, traveling.

Favorite Foods: Stews and soups, especially hearty ones with meat.

Favorite Drinks: Smooth drinks, such as teas and fruit juices.

Favorite Colors: Dull earthy colors, such as browns, reds, and oranges.

Weapons of Choice: Prefers axes, combining the heaviness of hammers with the sharp edge of a sword. Polearms are also favored.

Dislikes: Heavy rains, oceans, "synthetic" or non-natural items.

Hobbies: In his sparse free time, he enjoys cooking and crafting simple items.

Physical Features: Awatu stands as a fit Tauren in the prime of his years. He has a large golden nose ring etched with some vague designs and a necklace of kodo teeth. His fur is the typical light colors of his Tribe. He is average in size for a Tauren, not particularly short or tall. He is quite sturdy and stocky, with thick arms and stout legs.

Special Abilities: None that would be uncommon for a Sunwalker. His ancestors offer him guidance for some problems that may arise, though this does tend to take some time. He prefers patience over impulse and bides his time in matters of strategy, taking his time to carefully weave a situation to his advantage.

Positive Personality Traits: Strong-willed, he will set himself to a task and persist until it is complete. He is not wasteful and uses every ounce of supplies or every minute of a situation to its fullest. He is patient, thoughtful, and slow to anger, but he does not lounge about.

Negative Personality Traits:It may take a long time for him to reach a final decision, and tends to be headstrong and stubborn once he has begun to act. He may develop tunnel vision and become heedless of perils along the sides of the paths he chooses.

Misc. Quirks: He pauses briefly when speaking, thinking of the proper word in any language other than Taur'ahe.

Played by What Famous Person: N/A

Theme Songs:

. Per Cobrak's suggestion.

History:The Stonespire tribe roamed the hills and mountains that form the barrier between Dustwallow and the Southern Barrens. Awatu lived a simple and rather uneventful life in his early years. He grew up a strong fighter, aiding his kin in fending off quilboar and centaur attacks. Even after the Orcs and Darkspear arrived and invited the Shu’halo into the Horde, he remained with his tribe. It was not until recent years that he began to take a greater interest in the Horde and what it offered.

A group of Dwarves constructed an excavation site on some Stonespire holy lands and began gouging their way into the earth. The Stonespire pleaded with the League of Explorers, as they were called, but were ultimately driven off. The Dwarves sent out a fighting force that eradicated most of the tribe. Awatu hated the Dwarves for this, letting a deep thirst for vengeance build in his heart.

He joined Gann Stonespire in slaughtering the inhabitants of Bael’dun Keep and several of the Bael Modan dig sites, resulting in the final destruction of the keep. With the Dwarves dead and his people avenged, he offered a prayer to the Earth Mother to wash away the “worms” with Her tears. He then joined the Horde military for a time, lending his aid to numerous battle fronts and other war efforts against the Alliance.

After learning of Cairne’s death by the hand of Magatha Grimtotem and the young Hellscream, he quickly resigned from the Horde’s ranks and returned to his home. The Dwarves had returned to the area and resumed their excavations. Additionally, they had sent some of their Wildhammer riders to firebomb camp Taurajo. With the rage and hatred burning within, he joined Gann once more and, alongside other Horde soldiers, razed the keep and cut down the Dwarves.

He wandered across Horde territories and eventually met an Orc Warlock who pointed him in the direction of The Grim. The Mandate appealed to his desire to wipe out the filthy Dwarves just as they had wiped out his tribe, and so he sought an invitation to their ranks.

Nearing the end of the campaign against Deathwing, he was approached by the current High Inquisitor of The Grim. Ashenfury appointed him one of his Inquisitors and he aided in weeding out the unworthy from the ranks. When Ashenfury fell into a spiritual slumber, Awatu stepped up into the position of High Inquisitor and remodeled the program just as The Grim were beginning the exploration of Pandaria. Shortly afterwards, Greebo, The Arbiter, sought to step down and required a suitable replacement. Thus, Awatu arose as The Commander of The Grim, and has overseen their campaigns against the Mogu, Hellscream, the Sha, the Warlords of Draenor, and the constant battle against the Alliance.

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