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Not to be confused with Sethekk.
Sethrak concept art.jpg
Concept art
Classification Medium Humanoid
Faction/Affiliation Faithless, Devoted
Racial capital Temple of Sethraliss
Racial leader(s) IconSmall Sethrak.gif Emperor Korthek †
IconSmall Sethrak.gif Vorrik
Racial mount IconSmall Krolusk.gif Krolusk
IconSmall Pterrordax2.gif Pterrordax
Homeworld Azeroth
Environment Deserts
Area(s) Vol'dun
Sources: Battle for Azeroth

The sethrak are a race of serpent people living in Vol'dun on Zandalar. [1] They are split into two factions - the loa-worshipping Devoted, and the war-faring Faithless. The Faithless Empire has existed in Vol'dun for millennia, but remained mostly underground until recent times.[2] Wherever the sethrak go, sand begins to spread as they magically change the environment into what they are comfortable with.[3]


The sethrak once lived united as one, just as their loa Sethraliss would have wanted.[4] Thousands of years ago, they and Zandalari trolls lived in harmony in Vol'dun and worshiped Sethraliss together.[5][6][7]

During the war between the trolls and the aqir[6] roughly 16,000 years ago,[8] the C'Thraxxi warbringer Mythrax the Unraveler descended upon Vol'dun. He slaughtered trolls and sethrak alike. Sethraliss sacrificed herself to save them, but though she struck Mythrax down, Mythrax was still able to destroy the disc at the heart of Atul'Aman. After witnessing the destruction firsthand, the sethrak knew that something had to be done to prevent anyone from raising Mythrax again. The great sage[9] Sulthis - known for being immensely powerful - therefore became the first Keeper[10] with Vorrik and Korthek soon chosen to join him. The three worked together to seal Mythrax within the great pyramid[11] using three keystones[12]. Only with all three keys, one held by each Keeper, could the great beast ever be released again.

Despite the defeat and imprisonment of Mythrax, with Sethraliss' death the jungles of Vol'dun transformed into a vast desert, causing most of the trolls to abandon the region. The sethrak, however, remained, and continued to survive and thrive in Vol'dun. They considered the dunes the holiest of holy grounds.[6] The sethrak appear to have inhabited the abandoned troll city of Zul'Ahjin during this time, as the three Keepers are immortalized as equals there. [13]

As the sands continued to spread, Korthek grew power-hungry and sought to free Mythrax, intending to use it as a weapon to conquer all of Zuldazar. He gathered like-minded sethrak, who became known as the Faithless, and declared himself emperor. The sethrak who follow Vorrik and still worship Sethraliss, known as the Devoted, have been fighting the Faithless ever since.[11]

There is a sethrak incursion into the neighboring Nazmir, looking for shadow magic to power their  [Skycaller Gem].[14] They have also destroyed the village of Dol'watha in Zuldazar.


The Devoted sethrak worship the loa Sethraliss and wield lightning magic. There is an ancient sethrak belief that loa can be reborn.[15]

Sethrak are a very long-lived race. Vorrik and Korthek were alive 16,000 years ago to witness Sethraliss' demise. Emeni, a sethrak princess in life, may be even older, as it is said she lived in a 'time of peace'[16], and at a point in history when the title of 'princess' was still applicable to sethrak culture - suggesting she lived in the time before the Empire's rise at a minimum, and prior even to the Aqir war at maximum. While Emeni is dead, it is revealed in the quest N [60] Ember Court: Maldraxxus Army that her childhood rival still lives in the present day.

The sethrak skycallers, gifted with the power to command the storm, use their magic to summon great spires that turn the earth into sand.[17] Lightning strikes that hit sethrak spires are used to send messages across large distances in a manner similar to smoke signals.[18] The spires are also used to transport sethrak, who emerge from underground via them.[19]

Korthek's empire has slave markets comprised mostly of vulpera,[20] but keep tortollan[21][22] slaves as well. They even sell children.[23]

Sethrak weapons are crafted from skyglass and other materials that can only be found in Vol'dun.[24]

Sethrak keep krolusks as mounts, packbeasts, and warsteeds.

Some sethrak practiced the ways of blood inscription since before the Faithless and Devoted split.[25]


Name Role Status Location
Neutral  Sulthis First of the Keepers Deceased Unknown
Neutral  Vorrik Keeper, leader of the Devoted Alive Vol'dun
Mob  Emperor Korthek Former Keeper, emperor of the Faithless Killable Vol'dun
Neutral  Serrik Follower of the Devoted Deceased Vol'dun
Neutral  Emeni Former Sethrak Princess Active Maldraxxus

Notes and trivia

  • Due to the many similarities between sethrak and trolls, some players previously speculated that the sethrak used to be trolls at some point. However, Alex Afrasiabi confirmed in a BlizzCon 2018 interview that this is not the case.[6]
  • The sethrak are partly inspired by Bedouins.[26]
  • The sethrak make for the third humanoid snake model in Warcraft, after the naga and the slith.
  • Sethrak may reproduce very slowly, as the quest N [60] Ember Court: Maldraxxus Army reveals Emeni's neighbor's descendant, Fangcaller Srillik the Twelfth is only twelfth in a bloodline that is likely multiple-thousands of years old.
  • The same quest suggests the Faithless still have a hold over the Temple of Sethraliss even in the present day, and maintain impressive numbers despite their Emperor's death.
  • They look similar to the titan-forged refti.


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  1. ^ 2017-11-03, WOW: BATTLE FOR AZEROTH NEW CONTINENTS, ZONES, BLIZZCON 2017. Blizzpro, retrieved on 2017-04-11
  2. ^ H [30-60] Into the Dunes
  3. ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft Demo | Nazmir Zone
  4. ^ H [30-60] Unlikely Allies
  5. ^  [Blowgun of the Sethra]
  6. ^ a b c d The Lost Codex 2018-11-03. Blizzcon 2018 Interview: Alex Afrasiabi & Patrick Dawson - Story and Systems | The Lost Codex. YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-11-03.
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2018-08-06. Battle for Azeroth: Vol’dun Visitor’s Guide - WoW. Retrieved on 2018-08-21.
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 70
  9. ^ A [35-60] The Keepers' Keys
  10. ^ Keeper Sulthis
  11. ^ a b H [30-60] The Keepers' Keys
  12. ^ Vorrik's Keystone
  13. ^ H [30-60] Magic Decoder Device
  14. ^ H [20-60] No Mercy for Sithis
  15. ^  [Rebirth Creed]
  16. ^ The Legend of Emeni, the Kinslayer
  17. ^ H [30-60] Skycaller Slaughter
  18. ^ H [10-60] I Spy a Spire
  19. ^ H [20-60] Return to Dust
  20. ^ H [30-60] Armed and Ready
  21. ^ Tortollan Slave
  22. ^ Faithless Dealer
  23. ^ H [30-60] The Little Ones
  24. ^  [Sethrak Weapon]
  25. ^ N Inscription [50D] Temple of Sethraliss: Booking on a Favor
  26. ^ Jimmy Lo. Sethrak Environment Concept. ArtStation. Retrieved on 2018-10-20. - "Here's a concept of the Sethrak Caves. We gave these guys a bedouin like feel along with the idea that they made their home in the caves to escape harsh environment of Vol'dun and to harness power hidden deep within."

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