It wasn’t always the case, but Hamuul Runetotem is hands down my favourite male character. Other than his involvement in the Cenarion Circle and obviously being the top Tauren Druid I couldn’t have told you anything about him. Then came Stormrage, The Shattering, and the Molten Front. Like other Druids, Hamuul had prominent time at the front of the story. In fact, the former Malfurion student nearly dies…twice, in that time period.
The first time is during the Druid meeting in Ashenvale when they’re confronted by a group of orcs and one puts an arrow in Runetotem’s back. The lot are all killed, though Hamuul survives. He sends an owl to Thunder Bluff to report what happened and then, in my personal favourite, nearly succumbs to Leyara, Druid of the Flame. I’m glad I had gotten to know the character more by that point because when he fell, I was genuinely saddened and angry. It made continuing on the quest chain all that much more important to me because Hamuul needed to be avenged. Imagine how I felt when he later shows up and jumps into bear form to help take her down!
Hamuul, which to be perfectly honest is just fun to say, epitomizes the Tauren way. He always thinks things through and looks at the bigger picture. He maintains reason and council to the High Chieftain, as well as his fellow Cenarion Circle druids. For the near future, I have no doubt Hamuul’s work is done for now as far as the players are concerned. He may be part of a Horde council when plans are set to send heroes back in time after Garrosh but we will not see him in the front line again. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be as vigilante, or diligent, as ever. I’ve said before the Druid is my favourite class and I connect far more with Hamuul than Malfurion.
A little bit of coincidence in all this comes from a little story. I played on Maelstrom (US) when I started the game, as that’s where the friends were that wanted me to play. When my wife officially signed up as well, I said to make her character whatever she wanted on whichever server and I would make a character there of the same race. The server she ended up picking? Runetotem. I should’ve known then.