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Note: this is a subjective post designed to get a reaction. I'm new to Druids and therefore merely a journeyman on the way to true enlightenment. What we know so far..... In the beginning there was Cenarius the Forest Lord. Cenarius is the Patron God of all Druids, regardless of race. Allegedly he is the offspring of Mu'Sha (the moon) and the White Stag Apa'Ro. This is part of the Tauren legend The White Stag and the Moon which can be found as a banner hanging in the Archdruid's tent (Hamuul Runetotem) in Thuder Bluff. The legend states.... Into the brave hearts of her pure children, the Earthmother placed the love of the hunt. For the creatures of the first dawn were saveage and fierce. They hid from the Earthmother, finding solace in the shadows and the wild places of the land. The Shu'halo hunted these beasts wherever they could be found and tamed them with the Earthmother's blessing. Page 1 One great spirit eluded them, however. Apa'ro was a proud stag of snow white fur. His antlers scraped the roof of the heavens and his mighty hooves stamped out the deep places of the world. The Shu'halo hunted Apa'ro to the corners of the dawning world - and closed in to snare the proud stag. Page 2 Seeking to escape, the great stag leapt into the sky. Yet, as his escape seemed assured, his mighty antlers tangled in the stars which held him fast. Though he kicked and struggled, Apa'ro could not loose himself from the heavens. It was then that Mu'sha found him as she chased her brother, An'she, towards the dawn. Mu'sha saw the mighty stag as he struggled and fell in love with him immediately. The clever moon made a bargain with the great stag - she would set him free from the snare of the stars if he would love her and end her loneliness. Page 3 Mu'sha loved Apa'ro and conceived a child by him. The child, a demigod some would claim, was born into the shadowed forests of the night. He would be called Cenarius, and walk the starry path between the waking world and the kingdom of the heavens. Page 4 According to this post So anyhow, Cenarius walks the lands and gets involved with all elements of producing as many offspring as he could (as per standard Faerie modus operandi) including dryads, keepers and centaurs. Moving things along.... Also hanging up at Hamuul Runetotem's tent is another Tauren legend that goes by the way of Forestlord and the First Druids which gives us the following: Forestlord and the First Druids In time, the child, Cenarius, grew to the stature of his proud father. A brother to both the trees and the stars, the great hunter roamed the far places of the world, singing the harmonious songs of the dawning. All creatures bowed before his grace and beauty - there were none so cunning as the son of the moon and the white stag. Eventually, Cenarius befriended the Shu'halo and spoke to them of the turning world. The children of the earth knew him as brother and swore to help him care for the fields of life and the favored creatures of their great Earthmother. Cenarius taught the children of the earth to speak to the trees and plants. The Shu'halo became druids and worked great deeds of magic to nurse the land to health. For many generation the Shu'halo hunted with Cenarius and kept the world safe from the shadows that stirred beneath it. It's pretty clear from this lore that The Tauren were the first Druids, particularly when you take into account that both of these banners were in vanilla WoW from the very start. It's also clear that Tauren are at least as old as Night Elves unless you want to go back in time to their troll ancestry..... The Night Elf perspective.... So while all of this occurs before the Night Elf empire it certainly predates the existence of Malfurion Stormrage. Now Malfurion Stormrage is cited over and over again as being the first mortal Druid and the most loyal of Cenarius' disciples. It is also cited that he taught the Tauren the arts of Druidism including Hamuul Runetotem. Night Elves are incredibly touchy on this subject insisting that they, and they alone are the first Druids. The explanations given in relation to the Tauren banners in Thunder Bluff are that they are just myth and nothing more than that. It's postulated that the Tauren were taught by Cenarius art resembling or identical to Druidism, but that this lore was forgotten and only 'remembered' thanks to the teachings of Malfurion. Enter Xarantaur the Witness.... Xarantaur is a Tauren NPC found in The Storm Peaks here. His claim to fame is that in the dialogue with the NPC he explains his origins as follows: So there you have it, Xarantaur was one of the first Tauren Druids, of the 'Last Generation' taught by Cenarius (indicating there were previous generations). That over time, Cenarius came no more and the Tauren forgot these skills until Malfurion re-taught them and brought them into the Cenarion Circle. The fact that the lore of both legendary banners in Thunderbluff are reinforced by an existing NPC gives clear credence to this philosophy. So QQ Kaldorei fanboys, we, the Shu'Halo are first.