Shotoa is a tauren shaman. Shotoa lived sometime after the era of the War of the Three Hammers. When Sorcerer-thane Thaurissan released Ragnaros and shattered the Redridge Mountains of the Eastern Kingdoms, the effects of the natural upheaval were felt as far as Kalimdor. Like the Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor was also suffering from natural disasters ranging from earthquakes to the land shattering apart. The Earthen Ring convened to discuss the effects of the natural upheaval and how to deal with the threat to their people. With the world being so chaotic, at times the elements had refused to answer the calls of the shaman, making the shamans’ role in defending their people from the natural disasters difficult. While Shotoa advocated that they take a more commanding role with the elements and force the elements to do as they demand, Oreg Earthfury advocated for the Earthen Ring to follow their traditions of old and continue bargaining for and borrowing the powers of the elements.
A tauren village was later beginning to collapse from earthquakes. The Earthen Ring shaman pooled their strength to protect the civilians from the natural disaster but Shotoa's apprentice fell into a crevice and was about to fall. Oreg tried to stop Shotoa from pursuing as they were unable to stop the land from tearing itself apart but Shotoa disregards his warnings and commands air elementals to carry him over to rescue his apprentic, Kiche. The land tears itself apart and both are engulfed by the crevice and fall to their deaths.
Two hundred and fifty years later, Shotoa reappears saving Bloodhoof Village from a fire and a centaur attack. He claims that the life force of Azeroth had saved his life and has been preserving him. He convinces many of the Earthern Ring shaman to abandon their traditional methods of asking elementals for their power and advocated a new method in which shaman domineer the elementals to do as they command. It's later revealed that Shotoa has been serving as a vessel for Ragnaros' primordial energy and that he and the Grimtotem tauren were planning on weakening the Earthern Ring by killing some of their influential members. Shotoa is later defeated by Muln Earthfury and the Earthen Ring.