In November, my in-laws will depart for their 18-month mission to serve in the Bern Switzerland Temple. They’ll be leaving all their stuff in storage and renting out their house while they’re away, so the main event of the family reunion we attended last week was going through their house and earmarking what each of the kids wanted for themselves and what could safely be sold, given, or thrown away. While my sisters-in-law and I were going through the jewelry boxes — mostly stuff inherited from BTH’s paternal grandmother — we came across this:
At first I thought it was a bolo tie slide, but it’s a necklace pendant, carved of wood with real eagle talons for the horns. The story goes that it was given to one of BTH’s aunts by a suitor that she didn’t end up marrying.
I, of course, immediately thought of the Tauren, and I promptly claimed it.
It goes quite well with the Navajo silver & jasper necklace my Dad gave me for Christmas several years ago and with the feather necklace and hair clips that I found recently at Payless Shoes.
(I picked the hair clips that made me think most strongly of Thunder Bluff, but the white feathered necklace is much more like Tyrande’s style).
Seeing the bull’s head hanging from a chain also brings to mind the Tauren head trophies that I’ve seen dangling in various places around Azeroth.
This particular location sticks the most strongly in my mind because it’s such a BZUH? moment to see a Tauren head trophy at Stillpine Hold.
I always wonder, from a meta perspective, just what the hex a relatively isolated Furbolg tribe on a small group of islands far from the mainland of Kalimdor is doing with a Tauren head trophy. How — and why — did they get that thing?
In-character, it is not a particularly strange sight for a Draenei who has been to many worlds and seen many species, but it still provokes a “what is that?” response because it’s not like any of the native species of the islands or like any of the species that escaped from the Exodar’s menagerie.