High Chieftain of the Tauren, formerly leader of Bloodhoof Village
- "Our people have walked this land for many, many years, and in that time have learned much about the world. Our allies will need to look to us for wisdom and guidance. My father once made a promise to the Horde, to repay a debt we owed them for their service to our race. I, for one, intend to deliver on that promise."
High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof is the son of the late tauren leader, Cairne Bloodhoof whom he looked up to as a role model. While Baine has formidable skill on the battlefield, his true talents lie in the arena of diplomacy. He is a strong force for moderation, calm wisdom, and unity within the Horde, escecially in their dealings with the Aliance. In addition to embodying his father’s kindness and valor, Baine has developed into a warrior without equal.
Following Cairne’s death in a duel with Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, Baine fled his home in Bloodhoof Village when the tauren matriarch Magatha Grimtotem’s agents attacked the village and seized Thunder Bluff. Although still pained by the loss of his father, Baine staged a counterattack on Magatha and her forces, ultimately retaking the tauren capital and defeating the treacherous matriarch. Cairne’s honorable son spared Magatha's life, banishing the matriarch and her traitorous allies to the harsh Stonetalon Mountains. Since then Baine has assumed the role of high chieftain of Mulgore's courageous tauren.
While bitterness might still linger over Cairne’s demise, Baine had remained loyal to the Horde and its warchief for the good of the tauren race. More recently, he supported the Darkspear Rebellion in ousting the warchief, and eventually pledged his support to Garrosh's successor, Vol'jin.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Caught
- 1.2 World of Warcraft
- 1.3 Stormrage
- 1.4 Elemental Unrest
- 1.5 Ascension on the Eve of the Shattering
- 1.6 As Our Fathers Before Us
- 1.7 Cataclysm
- 1.8 Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
- 1.9 Mists of Pandaria
- 1.10 War Crimes
- 2 Locations
- 3 Tactics
- 4 Personality
- 5 RPG: Lands of Mystery
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Videos
- 10 Patch changes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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Baine fought alongside his father with pride and respect, and continued to defend his people when they established a home for themselves in Mulgore. However, in an attack by the centaur on their village, Baine was taken captive and taken back to their camp. He managed to stay alive, but he began to lose hope when all his fellow captives were killed one by one until he was the only one left.
The tauren Tagar told Rexxar to find him and bring him back. So, Baine was rescued by Rexxar, and they battled their way together through hordes of centaur until they finally made it back to Cairne, who was overjoyed to see his son alive. After he was brought back with the help of Bovan Windtotem, Cairne Bloodhoof decided to join Rexxar's party.
World of Warcraft
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At Bloodhoof Village, Baine Bloodhoof led an investigation into Venture Company operations to the east and a campaign against the Palemane gnolls to the west. With his father growing older, Baine took a greater role in the leadership of the tauren with each passing year.
Baine attempted to warn the dwarven miners of Bael'dun Digsite that their violent mining methods were hurting the spirits of the Earth and even attempted to scare them off by sending Adventurers to break their tools. However the dwarves did not listen and continued using explosives on the earth. In Cataclysm Baine was shown to be right as the enraged Spirits of the Earth rose from the ground and killed all the dwarves at the digsite.
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By the time of the defeat of the Lich King, Baine has become a major leader of the tauren. When the Emerald Nightmare began to slowly claim all of the denizens of Thunder Bluff, he helped guide his people in their resistance, if however futile. Hi had to drove a spear into a friend named Gam who had attacked him because he thought to be a centaur which they used to hunt.
Later, when Malfurion Stormrage calls for the warriors of Azeroth into battle against the Nightmare, he is one of the many to answer. Once within the Emerald Dream, Baine once against shows his aptitude for leadership. When the Horde express agitation about Malfurion giving leadership to Varian Wrynn for the battle, Baine is the first to stand by his side, alleviating all tension and showing that this conflict was above their petty differences. Although they fight a seemingly hopeless battle, the united Azeroth eventually claims victory, and Baine is able to return to his people to help repair the damage.
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Ascension on the Eve of the Shattering
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As the war in Northrend carried on, Baine led his people in Cairne's place whenever his father was absent, such as Cairne's journey to Warsong Hold. Baine is shown to be an effective and beloved leader, a worthy successor to his father.
Cairne is killed by Grimtotem treachery during a duel with the new Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream, in the arena in Orgrimmar. Upon his death, Magatha Grimtotem, Cairne's sworn rival, orders her tribe to take over Mulgore and kill everyone in it, and sends assassins to Bloodhoof Village to kill Baine, who remains unaware of what happened in Orgrimmar. However, Baine is tipped off by a Grimtotem defector, the shaman Stormsong who was supposed to lead the group attacking Bloodhoof Village, and manages to escape under the cover of a kodo stampede, sending messengers to other villages warning them of the Grimtotems' treachery. They then make their escape to Camp Taurajo, where they join Hamuul Runetotem who had also managed to escape an attempt on his life. Eager to avenge his father and reclaim Thunder Bluff, Baine asks his father's old friend and advisor on how to fight Magatha. Hamuul informs the young chieftain that their potential allies are few, with Garrosh's allegiances unclear, the Forsaken being unable to help (as orcs loyal to Garrosh patrol the Undercity thanks to past events), the blood elves being too far away, and the Darkspear trolls being too few. Realizing he could not call upon friends, Baine decides to ask aid from an honorable enemy: Jaina Proudmoore.
While there, Baine unexpectedly meets Prince Anduin Wrynn, heir to the throne of Stormwind; after an initial uneasiness, Baine warms to the young man, so unlike his warrior father, King Varian. His sadness and churning emotions at all that has transpired cause great empathy in Anduin; in an act of friendship, he gives Baine the great hammer Fearbreaker, an ancient Bronzebeard heirloom given to him by King Magni Bronzebeard. The weapon "likes" Baine and steadies him with the Light that it wields, and he promises to treasure it always. Jaina is moved by this gesture, and agrees to provide Baine monetary support in his efforts to bring down Magatha and the Grimtotems.
Being born a Grimtotem, Stormsong's black pelt makes him the perfect (and really, the only one available) undercover agent, and so travels to Ratchet to purchase the aid of its leader, Gazlowe, with untraceable Theramore gold. The goblin engineer - who had always liked "the old bull", as he has called Cairne - agrees to assist Baine in his quest, providing zeppelins, explosives and other supplies. While those tauren that are available join Baine's forces and volunteers from throughout the Horde are eager to help, the Theramore gold also hires the technical and martial skill of mercenaries. With the materials and manpower he needs, Baine leads a surprise attack on Thunder Bluff, under the cover of a false storm provided by Stormsong's shamanic powers. Baine succeeds in defeating Magatha, sparing her life when she agrees to yield (although he would of been quite happy to end her had she not). Allowing those Grimtotems who would follow him to remain, Baine exiles Magatha and her loyalists.
Baine confronts Garrosh in Thousand Needles, bluntly accusing him of willfully participating in Magatha's treachery. Garrosh insists that he was unaware of the trickery until it was too late, and expects that Baine will also challenge him. Baine refuses, believing that Cairne's challenge was intended to unite the Horde and another challenge would divide it further, and begrudgingly considers the matter settled. Though he is still angry at Garrosh for his part in his father's death (after all, Garrosh had upped the ante by making the Mak'gora a duel to the death), Baine acknowledges him as his Warchief, to which Garrosh, admiring the new High Chieftain, pledges the loyalty of the Horde to the new leader of the tauren.
He attended the funeral of Cairne in Mulgore and was one of the last that spoke with Thrall and Aggra before leaving for Ratchet and Maelstrom. Baine promised him to have Doomhammer's Plate delivered to Orgrimmar.
As Our Fathers Before Us
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In the wake of Baine's ascension to high chieftain of the tauren, his formerly icy relationship with Warchief Garrosh Hellscream has become even more strained. Baine had willingly chosen not to pursue vengeance against Garrosh for the death of Cairne Bloodhoof in favor of a united Horde leadership. Baine knew that the Horde needed a strong guiding figure if it was to survive, and Garrosh could give his people inspiration. Baine meets with Garrosh and Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem in Thunder Bluff, and the young chieftain is frustrated to learn of Garrosh's increasingly numerous demands from the mighty tauren people.
One such demand is access to Mulgore's pristine and pure water supplies, since the Horde's new goblin allies had tainted much of the water adjacent to Orgrimmar with their industrious projects in Azshara. Baine is apprehensive to grant Garrosh this request, and Hamuul even more so, though after a heated exchange he agrees to the demand - if a tauren representative is sent to watch over the goblins' operations from this point forward. Garrosh accepts the compromise, and angrily leaves the meeting after reiterating his duties to keep the Horde's people safe to the onlooking tauren. In a discussion with Hamuul, Baine expresses optimism that Garrosh will either learn to overcome his recklessness in time, or that it will certainly be the death of him. Hamuul is not entirely convinced, and even puts forward the notion that the tauren had existed long before the Horde - and that if servitude to Garrosh continued in this manner, they could always go back to those independent roots. Baine denies this answer, and states his loyalty and hope in the Horde that his father helped to shape.
Regardless, the shipments of water are satisfactory, and soon enough the citizens of Durotar had ample supplies of water in their homes. However, brutal raids on several of the caravans in Mulgore draw Baine's concern, and the high chieftain leaves to observe the damage. He is disheartened to witness the slaughter wrought on by the culprits, though comes to the conclusion that it was the work of the quilboar - better armed than ever before. Baine believes that negotiation may be possible with their new leadership at this late juncture, though Garrosh learns of this and insists the murderers be dealt with in force. Baine's advisors have similar opinions, and urge the high chieftain to sanction a deposition of their new leadership in retaliation of their violent raids and harassment of tauren land. However, Baine declines this plan, citing that such coarse action is Garrosh's way - not his. Baine instead resolves to continue working towards diplomatic measures, and find another compromise; though his advisors remind him of the quilboar's consistently brutal nature.
Several of the tauren begin to express dissatisfaction with Baine's compromising attitude with Garrosh. Viewing his willingness to bow down to every demand made of him as an affront to their peoples' interests, they consider walking away from the Horde. Meanwhile, Baine continues relentlessly to find the answers to the quilboar issue. He looks to Hamuul for guidance, and the archdruid instructs him to commune with the shamans in addition to the druids to find the answer.
Baine later finds himself dealing with yet another troublesome issue - several tauren preparing to leave both Mulgore and the Horde, led by Greyhoof Farwanderer; disheartened that Mulgore has become simply an extension of Garrosh's will. Despite Baine's encouragement to remain loyal to the Horde, referencing it as being far more than its leaders; an enduring and unifying concept that Thrall and Cairne helped shape. Baine reasons that given the chance, these problems will be overcome and the Horde will be saved from both its external enemies and internal strife; though the wanderers prepare for their journey either way.
In the face of these disheartening events, Baine finally receives some good news from Hamuul in regards to the quilboar. They conclude that the source of their renewed unrest is also that of water; the recent cataclysm having cut off the quilboar's own sources. Baine and Hamuul personally inform Garrosh of this, though the warchief grows highly irritated after learning of yet another attack on tauren land that had gone unpunished. After an insulting exchange over the nature of the Earth Mother and Baine's continued passivty in regards to the savage quilboar assaulting Horde territory, Garrosh assures him that something realistic will be done about this problem, and quickly. As Baine arms himself and his Sunwalkers to assist Garrosh's attack, he finds himself doubting his leadership capabilities in the face of this constant turmoil. He receives the unlikely support of Hamuul, who reassures him that his decisions for the good of their people are just and noble. In Mulgore below, Garrosh and a regiment of Kor'kron prepare for an assault on the quilboar.
Gorehowl in hand, Garrosh and the expert Kor'kron make quick and ruthless work of the quilboar via their tunnels. However, an ambush launched by hundreds of the beasts has the Kor'kron regiment literally swarmed over; Garrosh himself disarmed and backed into a corner. As he prepares to fight to the death, Baine, Hamuul and the Sunwalkers arrive to relieve the battle. Baine succeeds in repelling the ambush with his equally skilled use of Fearbreaker, and helps the warchief reclaim Gorehowl. The Horde forces retreat, and Hamuul demonstrates the power of the Earth Mother to Garrosh as he calls upon a river. Baine stands over the defeated quilboar, and instructs them that this river will provide them with all the water they need - providing no more attacks are made on the tauren people. The quilboar anxiously return to their tunnels.
Baine informs a silent Garrosh that if the tauren need further assistance in Mulgore, they will let him know; and the warchief travels back to Orgrimmar via zepplin.
Baine is approached by Greyhoof Farwanderer and the tauren that had prepared to leave Mulgore prior, and having witnessed Baine's victory over the quilboar, apologize for doubting the high chieftain's ability to lead; requesting a pardon for this rash action. Baine grants it, and urges them to remain strong and steadfast in these trying times for the good of their people.
Looking upon his land as night falls, Baine turns to his guests, and reaffirms his belief in the Horde - that his father had promised to repay a great debt to it, and that he will deliver it.
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As the leader of the tauren, he faces the troubles of Mulgore. With the help of young tauren, he kills Orno Grimtotem. He also gives the following quests:
During Children's Week Baine can be seen alongside Hamuul and Kador honoring Cairne near Thunder Bluff.
When the Camp Taurajo fell, Baine had a gate separating the Barrens and Mulgore constructed. His tauren agreed with him but some wanted to attack the Alliance. Baine had these tauren expelled from Thunder Bluff.
When the Warchief issued a call for the other leaders of the Horde to gather for a meeting in Orgrimmar, Baine answered the summons despite not feeling right within the "new Orgrimmar." Upon arriving he exchanged a nod with Lor'themar Theron, engaged small talk with Trade Prince Jastor Gallywix, and was greeted by Eitrigg who informed Baine that he did not like the topic of the meeting. When Hellscream arrived, after keeping the others waiting, he revealed his plan to scour Theramore from the continent and stunt the Alliance's military presence. Furthermore, with the threat of reinforcements from the south removed, Garrosh intends for the Horde to gain control of territory belonging to the night elves. When Sylvanas Windrunner objected to the plan, proclaiming that though the Alliance would be unable to attack the Horde on Kalimdor, they would then turn their attention north: towards the forsaken and the blood elves. When Lor'themar remained silent, Baine found himself feeling for Sylvanas, as she was hoping for support from someone who would be reasonable and was receiving none.
When Eitrigg asked to voice his opinion on the matter, Garrosh mentioned he already heard his opinion. However, Baine pointed out that they had not and in response Garrosh grudgingly allowed for the adviser to speak. While sharing his opinion, Eitrigg found himself being cut off by Gallywix who proclaimed that there would be no costs and that he was only hearing talk of profit. In anger of the goblin's quip about the blood of foes and allies being spilled for profit, Baine found he could no longer be silent. Baine angrily told Garrosh that Jaina Proudmoore did not deserve such treatment and how she had helped him when others of the Horde had not. In response, Garrosh told Baine to be silent unless he wished to share the same fate as his father. In response, Baine asked if that meant dying betrayed. When Garrosh roared in fury Hamuul Runetotem stepped forward to protect Baine as did Eitrigg, though at the same time Malkorok, a Blackrock orc and Garrosh's new bodyguard did the same for Garrosh.
After ordering Malkorok to back down Hellscream leaned into Baine's face and asked him if his loyalties were with the Alliance who had killed his people, or him and the Horde. In response Baine calmly stated that if he were ever to leave the Horde he would have done so before this moment, a reference to Cairne's death and Garrosh's decision to not get involved during the battle between Magatha and Baine for control of Thunder Bluff. For a second Baine noticed that an expression of shame crossed the Warchief's face before it swiftly vanished. Soon afterwards the meeting ended with Garrosh declaring that the Horde will move on to Northwatch Hold, then Theramore, and any Alliance response would be dealt with swiftly.
After the meeting Baine and Chieftain Vol'jin of the Darkspear tribe had a short conversation. Baine learned that Malkorok and other Blackrock orcs were allowed to join the Horde. When Baine showed his displeasure of Garrosh letting a Blackrock Clan orc and a former servant of Rend Blackhand into the Horde, Vol'jin pointed out that he let members of the Grimtotem clan into the Horde. When Baine responded that he supposed that he thought better of tauren over orcs these days, Vol'jin comments that in these days he did too.
When it was time to begin the invasion, Baine lead his Tauren forces from the Great Gate and then joined up with Vol'jin and his Darkspear forces. Baine then co-led the combined Tauren and Darkspear army as it marched from the Gate to Northwatch, killing any Alliance that got in their way. As the Horde armies engaged the forces of Northwatch, Garrosh ordered his dark shaman to summon molten giants. Not understanding exactly what Garrosh's shaman had summoned, Baine asked Kador Cloudsong and was informed by the outraged shaman that Garrosh had called forth and enslaved molten giants, an act that was declared forbidden by the Earthen Ring. After witnessing the elementals smashing against whoever got in their way, Baine called for his forces to retreat, unwilling to let any of them come to harm from the fearsome fire elementals.
After Northwatch fell to the might of the Horde and witnessing the molten giants being banished, Baine confronted Garrosh. As the argument between them got heated, Malkorok got in Baine's face and challenged him to a mak'gora. In response Baine ignored Malkorok; only mentioning that he had lost too many braves and had no desire to see more Horde lives lost. Turning to Garrosh, Baine mentioned he was only concerned about what may come and was subsequently told that his concern was noted but unwarranted by Garrosh. Baine was further told that Garrosh had plans and when they reached their conclusion he would gladly accept Baine's apology but until then, Garrosh did not wish to hear anymore of Baine's concerns.
While returning to his base camp nearby, Baine ordered his forces to attend to the body of the fallen. He further ordered that that his people not desecrate any of the fallen alliance soldiers, reflecting that the Earth Mother loved all her children. Alone within his tent, Baine found himself reflecting upon Garrosh's thoughtless, heedless, and selfish manipulation of the elements for personal glory. His conclusion made him decide on one course of action. Taking care not to be noticed by any eyes and ears open to Hellscream, he ordered Perith Stormhoof to come before him. Baine ordered Stormhoof to warn Jaina Proudmoore of the Horde attack on Theramore and requested that Fearbreaker be given back to its former owner, remarking that he felt that he no longer deserved to wield the weapon due to his part in Northwatch's fall.
In the days that followed their victory, members of the Horde(most notably Baine, Vol'jin, Kelantir Bloodblade, Frandis Farley grew frustrated and confused with Garrosh's decision to remain at Northwatch instead of pressing the attack; as Theramore was having enough time to gather reinforcements that would make the conquest of Theramore even harder. With Garrosh refusing to see anyone, Baine and the others had a secret meeting to discuss exactly what the Warchief was thinking. However, treachery from within tipped Garrosh of the meeting. It wasn't until Vol'jin voiced the concern that the enslaved elements could lead to the elements themselves taking arms against the Horde, that it was discovered they were being watched.
When Garrosh showed his disbelief at the knowledge that the meeting was true, Baine pointed out no one had chanted "Death to Garrosh". All they did was question. However Malkorok told them that questioning the Warchief was questioning the Horde. Baine retorted that logic only worked if one believes that two plus two equaled five and further mentioned that the meeting only happened because Garrosh refused to see anyone but Malkorok. In turn, Garrosh said he did not need to answer to anyone and they will wait until he commands them to march. When told by Hamuul that Thrall would have seen them, Garrosh, while pointing at his own brown skin, asked if this looked like the green skin of Thrall. Baine noticed that Garrosh appeared modified upon Hamuul's declaration that no one would ever mistake Garrosh for Thrall and Malkorok narrowed his eyes. While being eyed by Garrosh, the orc stated that he understood that both Baine and Vol'jin were loyal to Horde in their own way and then ordered everyone to return to their encampments.
When Baine realized that word did not reach Garrosh or Malkorok of Perith Stormhoof's mission he breathed a sight of relief. Immediately afterwards, Baine realized that while he needed Garrosh's goodwill, Garrosh in turn needed Baine's. Due to Baine being a known moderate, a large number of Horde would go his way. After taking a moment to contemplate the revelation, Baine journeyed back to his tent. As he was heading towards his encampment he remarked that he badly needed to purify himself with the clean scent of sage smoke, for his always felt sullied every time he acquiesced to Garrosh's commands.
Later on Vol'jin and Baine were granted a meeting with Garrosh and both noticed that Malkorok was also present. The three leaders of the Horde had a polite conversation before Baine began to address his concerns and questioned Garrosh why it seemed he only listened to the Blackrock orc. After witnessing Malkorok being told to stand down, Garrosh mentions he had orders for the fleet while turning to Baine and Vol'jin. Feeling hopeful that Garrosh was either beginning the attack on Theramore or letting them in on his plan, both the troll and tauren were stunned when Garrosh's order was for the fleet to withdraw. As they left to carry out his order, Baine told Garrosh he hoped a Horde would be left after this debacle. As they were leaving the Darkspear and Tauren leaders heard loud laughter from both their Warchief and his bodyguard.
When Garrosh finally began the attack on Theramore, Baine not only led his tauren in battle but was chosen along with Vol'jin to be a part of Garrosh's personal attack force on Theramore's North Gate. During the siege, Baine became locked in battle with Theramore's spymaster and Jaina's bodyguard: the night elf Pained. Proving to be a fearsome opponent, Pained kept Baine on his toes and his eyes upon ear. When Vol'jin made his way over to him, and Garrosh who was nearby, to inform them that a dragon, Kalecgos, was not only aiding in the defense of Theramore but was also trying to trap the Horde forces in order to prevent any possible retreat. After receiving this information, Garrosh ordered a retreat and Baine stayed behind to ensure that more Horde soldiers would be able to follow the retreat. Though when Garrosh told Baine to retreat as he did not wish to mount a rescue mission for himself, Baine growled and swung his mace, knocking Pained to the ground and quickly retreated from the battlefield.
With the battle for Theramore seemingly lost, Baine angrily marched to Garrosh as he gazed at Theramore from the bridge of Dustwallow Bay, and threw a cloth with blood on it at his face. In response to Garrosh's growl, Baine noted that the blood of the slain tauren was a more fitting decoration that his tattoos. To Baine's confusion, Garrosh merely laughed, calling him a stupid beast, and then pointed upward. It was then that the truth about the attack on Theramore was revealed. The attack was never meant to destroy the stronghold; it was meant to weaken and gather high ranking leaders of the Alliance, such as Shandris Feathermoon and General Marcus Jonathan, together for one reason: so a mana bomb could not only destroy the city but kill all those who came to it's defense. A move that Garrosh claimed would weaken the Alliance. Shortly afterwords the gathered Horde forces bore witness to the mana bomb destroying Theramore, to the cheers of many and the disgust and outrage of others, with Baine being among the later.
As he witnessed the the destruction of Theramore, Baine asked to himself of where was the orc who had executed Overlord Krom'gar for murdering countless innocent druids, and once stating that honor should not be abandoned no matter how dire a battle, had gone. While Garrosh and many of the Horde celebrated in Orgrimmar, Baine, Vol'jin, Kelantir Bloodblade, Frandis Farley and some Horde members consisting of tauren, blood elves and Forsaken gathered in an inn at Razor Hill and discussed Garrosh's actions. Malkorok and his Kor'kron blew up the Inn, killing those inside like Bloodblade and Farley who had questioned and badmouthing the Warchief, and dubbed it an "accident". While Baine's thought of the "accident" are unknown, it is presumed that he, not unlike Vol'jin, does not believe it.
Following the Alliance counter attack on Orgrimmar, where the Alliance fleet was pushed back and the Horde controlled Kraken slain, Baine along Vol'jin, Garrosh, and Malkorok learned that Northwatch was retaken. They further learned from one of Baine's Longwalkers that the Alliance fleet was en route to destroy the Horde blockade which was created in the wake of Theramore's destruction. Baine then bore witness to Garrosh ordering the coastal blockade of Kalimdor to fall back. The young Bloodhoof finds himself pleased with this decision, viewing it as Garrosh giving up on his conquest of Kalimdor. However when he goes to commend Hellscream, he learns that Garrosh has changed his plans: instead of expelling the Alliance from Kalimdor, Garrosh now aims to wage a war of total genocide.
In response, Baine calmly tells him that he and his tauren are now returning to Thunder Bluff and that should Garrosh want the continued support of Baine Bloodhoof, another Theramore must never happen. Garrosh merely gives Baine a slight smirk he can't interpret and tells him that the declaration is "dully noted." As Baine leaves his eyes connect with Vol'jin who gives him a sad glance and a nearly imperceptible shake of his head. In turn, Baine nods his head showing Vol'jin that he understands Vol'jin's desire to protect his people. As Baine and his tauren returned to Mulgore, Baine couldn't help but wonder if Garrosh was mad with power or just simply mad.
Mists of Pandaria
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Baine has journeyed to Pandaria and is keeping a close eye on Hellscream. When Garrosh's orcs were unable to the master the Sha energies Hellscream imbued them with, Baine ordered General Nazgrim to send for loyal champions of the Horde who are capable of combat and discretion to knock the sha infused orcs back to their senses. Baine sends a message to Vol'jin and informs him of what has occurred. After hearing the rumblings of dissent and worry from his fellow tauren, Baine decides to remain on Pandaria in order to ensure that things don't get out of hand. While Baine is confident that he can stay close to Hellscream, Vol'jin remains worried about his safety and secretly tells champions of the Horde to watch out for Baine.
Baine later travels with Garrosh to the Kun-Lai Summit and sets up the outpost Garrosh'ar Advance just east of One Keg. With the Mogu warlord, Shan Kien, refusing to tell Hellscream where the is, Ishi is ordered to draw his blade. Seeing this, Baine steps in and offers another solution; one without bloodshed. By using an ancient pandaren tincture that recalls memories which he learned in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Baine has Horde heroes look into Shan Kien's past. Upon retrieving knowledge of where the Divine Bell is hidden, adventurers return to report the location the Baine. Baine remarks the Horde will look for the cave and when it is found they will be called upon again.
The Thunder King
When Baine learned about the Garrosh attack on Anduin, he was distressed.
Having heard of the Darkspear Rebellion taking place, Baine travelled to Razor Hill, arriving there just after a battle between the Darkspear forces and the Kor'kron. Here, he found that Vol'jin had survived the assassination attempt by Garrosh's men in Pandaria. He assured his cooperation to the troll chief, but since many tauren were still inside Orgrimmar, he needed to plan it out very carefully, to prevent them from being harmed. He also mentioned that Garrosh had turned the city into a fortress, and that it would be wise to seek other allies "beyond the Horde". He sent Abrogar Dusthoof to Shrine of Two Moons in order to keep an eye on the events of the Vale.
Siege of Orgrimmar
Baine and Vol'jin have moved inside Razor Hill, where their forces (Thunder Bluff Warriors and Darkspear Headhunters) were also arriving. The two leaders discussed the current situation of their army approaching by the sea and about Garrosh.
During the Siege of Orgrimmar, Vol'jin's Rebellion secured the lion's share of Durotar with it's forces now at the gates of Orgrimmar. Baine and Vol'jin faced off with General Nazgrim, who unleashed the Iron Juggernaut against them. After its defeat, Tyrande Whisperwind secured the entrance to Orgrimmar, and told Vol'jin and Baine to go ahead while she held the line.
Baine with a team of Horde members is then seen in the Underhold battling against the Kor'kron orcs.
Baine is present along with the rest of the Horde's leadership (barring Ji Firepaw, who was injured earlier in the siege) at the defeat and arrest of Garrosh. When Thrall names Vol'jin the new Warchief, Baine kneels in respect.
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Following the Siege of Orgrimmar, the leaders of the Horde travel to the Temple of the White Tiger to witness the fate of Garrosh Hellscream. However, the August Celestials decided not to mete out judgement unto Hellscream among themselves and instead chose to hold a trial involving the Alliance and the Horde.
Warchief Vol'jin, with the approval of other Horde leaders save Sylvanas Windrunner, chose Baine to play the role of defender during the trial of Garrosh Hellscream. After meeting with the spirit of his father, Baine agreed to defend Garrosh to the best of his abilities.
Baine played his role as defender opposite Tyrande Whisperwind and performed his role well. Notably, he refused to pull punches on fellow leaders of the Horde. He pointed out that Vol'jin may have caused Hellscream to see the trolls as traitors with his words and actions on the Echo Isles and got Go'el to admit that, despite almost killing the Warchief at the Siege of Orgrimmar, he would spare his life given the chance again.
At one point, Baine's ability to defend Hellscream was brought into question as Whisperwind revealed his past dealings with Jaina Proudmoore and Anduin Wrynn. Despite this, Hellscream, who previously described Baine as making his last days "entertaining", elected to keep the High Chieftain as his defender to the surprise of the entire court.
Ultimately, Baine explained his reasons for defending Hellscream so fiercely in his closing statement. He concluded that, while alive, decisions can still be made and people may yet change, Garrosh Hellscream included. Hellscream undermined this statement by proclaiming that, after everything he had done and all the lives he'd ruined, with full knowledge of the people he'd harmed in his bloodthirsty path of warfare, he regretted nothing.
During Hellscream's escape, Baine battled a version of himself from an alternate timeway. The alternate Baine slew Hellscream after Cairne's death, taking the mantle of Warchief for himself.
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Like Cairne before him, Baine is a powerful tauren chieftain and his in-game abilities are a testament to it. Now without the risk of Horde shamans and druids hurling entire Alliance raids from Thunder Bluff's lift-balconies, an air-born raid can attack Baine directly from his tent. It is recommended to tank him inside of it, as his knockback ability has a wide range, and can result in unsuspecting victims gaining aggro on more of Thunder Bluff's guards and elite patrols than necessary. Downing him as fast as possible before the Horde can mount a defense raid is the best strategy to employ.
It is worth bearing in mind that Baine's elite guards, the Honor Guards, share the knockdown that the Bluffwatchers possess - without diminishing returns. As such, a large amount of guards in addition to constant stunning can allow Baine to simply crush an unprepared tank while its healers are unable to react.
Regardless, Thunder Bluff is not the most populated capital city of the Horde, and a prepared and subtle raid should be able to defeat Baine without huge interference.
- Cleave — Inflicts 110% of weapon damage to an enemy and its nearest allies, affecting up to 3 targets.
- Mortal Strike — Inflicts 100% weapon damage and leaves the target wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 25% for 5 sec.
- Uppercut — Inflicts normal damage plus 50 to an enemy, knocking it back.
- War Stomp — Inflicts Physical damage to nearby enemies, knocking them back and stunning them for 6 sec.
Baine is everything Garrosh Hellscream is not: he is patient, calm, wise beyond his years, and looks to spill as little blood as he possibly can by looking at every possible alternative that could avoid a battle. His ability to speak calmly to Garrosh despite his rapid demands and insults to his people's ways only show Baine's inner control and patience in dealing with someone he feels will either end up killing himself, or growing up the hard way. He greatly dislikes anything that disrupts the peace and gets to the heart of the matter in order to quickly resolve a problem. Baine believes deeply in his people, but often feels doubt that he is not the great leader his Father was, and tries to calmly lead his people in dark times with his confidence in not Garrosh, but in the Horde's integrity and ideals. While Baine is not afraid to take charge and tell people calmly what he thinks, he is almost always trying to avoid unnecessary conflict, especially in a world already filled with much strife and suffering. Diplomacy is his strong suit, but he is a force to be reckoned with, as he fights to end a conflict as soon as possible. Despite any of his personal losses or direct affronts to his leadership, Baine is incredibly forgiving of people, and able to lay aside grudges for the sake of his people, and his own inner peace. As he tries to emulate his Father, he also walks his own path, as someone who is incredibly perceptive and deals with problems logically, as well as seeking to help deliver peace to a world that sorely needs it.
RPG: Lands of Mystery
It would seem that after Brann Bronzebeard had a chance to speak to the tauren chieftain at Thunder Bluff about the dwarves of Bael'dun Digsite, that Baine Bloodhoof asked a group of young tauren to act as emissaries to the dwarven excavation of Bael’dun to convince the dwarves to cease their careless digging. Given enough effort, the tauren apparently convinced the dwarves to allow a shaman to oversee their site to make sure that the land is properly cared for during the excavation, and that the dwarves return to the land as much as they take. Baine then asked them to deal with the Venture Company as well – a more difficult proposition, however, it seems a few good axe swings were likely more effective than conventional diplomacy.
- Greetings young one, and welcome to Thunder Bluff. You'll find safe refuge from the burdens of the world here. All denizes of the Horde are welcome here.
- The spirits of the present and past come alive here this sacred place, my friend. Honor them, and in doing so honor yourself.
- "I am Baine, son of Cairne, now Chief of the Bloodhoof Tauren."
- "Never despair, friend. The eyes of the Earthmother are upon us."
- "Honor the Earthmother, always. This is the way of the Tauren."
- By my father's spirit, I shall not be defeated!
- You are unwise to challenge me!
- Killing a player
- Rest in peace!
- You die with honor!
- "The world is torn, and our Horde allies have turned down dark paths. We must guide them. Even in the darkest hour, we will bravely hold our heads high, and honor the Earth Mother in all we do."
This is the full transcript of the dialogue between the elders of Thunder Bluff:
Orcish Orphan says: So this is how a chieftain is honored!
Baine Bloodhoof says: Elders of Thunder Bluff, I have called you together in the sight of the ancestors to honor my father, Cairne Bloodhoof.
Baine Bloodhoof says: Father, you were a man who led wisely, who battled skillfully, and who always sought the best for your people.
<Hamuul, Kador and Baine step forward after each other to light the pyre>
Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem says: When my druids and I were ambushed by renegade orcs, you challenged Warchief Garrosh to trial by combat to answer for their deaths, chieftain.
Kador Cloudsong says: You fought bravely, chieftain, but Grimtotem treachery poisoned Garrosh's weapon and denied you fair combat.
Kador Cloudsong says: May your spirit know peace. Magatha and her kin were driven from the city and your worthy son carries on your legacy.
Baine Bloodhoof says: May your spirit continue to guide us, father, as you did in life.
<several Elder spirits appear, while Spirit of Cairne rises from the pyre>
Elder Runetotem says: We know you, Cairne Bloodhoof, and your people have told us of your deeds. You are welcome at the hearth of the ancestors.
<the spirits walk away>
The War Dance
Orno Grimtotem says: I've had enough of this!
Baine Bloodhoof says: So have I, Grimtotem.
Orno Grimtotem says: Baine! You've shown yourself! GET HIM!
<Grimtotem Ambushers spawn>
Orno Grimtotem says: -laugh- You will die in shame like your pathetic father.
Baine Bloodhoof says: It took a coward's poison and the fury of Hellscream to bring my father down.
Baine Bloodhoof says: WHAT CHANCE HAVE YOU?
<Baine warstomps, killing any remaining Grimtotem Ambushers and charges into Orno, knocking him back, depleting his health>
Orno Grimtotem says: This isn't over, Baine...
Baine Bloodhoof says: It is for you.
<Baine takes one final swing at Orno, finishing him off.>
Baine Bloodhoof says: We're done here. Mulgore will no longer suffer the hatred of the Grimtotem.
Baine Bloodhoof says: I will meet you again in Thunder Bluff.
- Vol'jin says: It be done! Razor Hill is ours! Da Warchief probably see da fires all the way from Grommash Hold...
- Baine says: Vol'jin - you're alive! It is true then - an open rebellion against the Warchief.
- Vol'jin says: Baine. We be needin' ya support. Razor Hill be but an outpost - da walls of Orgrimmar be fortified since da Cataclysm.
- Baine says: I must tread carefully. Many of my people are still within Orgrimmar.
- Vol'jin says: Lor'themar be ready to strike once he be finished wit da Isle of Thunder, and da Banshee Queen need no excuse, but they both across da sea. Without ya strength, we can't breech da city. I need tauren arms.
- Baine says: We are preparing. I just need time to ensure the safety of my people. But Vol'jin...
- Vol'jin says: Hmm?
- Baine says: Garrosh has turned Orgrimmar into a fortress. You may need to seek out allies... beyond the Horde.
- Razor Hill
- Vol'jin says: Almost all of da troops be here now.
- Baine Bloodhoof says: I am uneasy, old friend.
- Vol'jin says: An me as well. We dun know what Garrosh been plannin this whole time. What he's got in store for us.
- Baine Bloodhoof says: I fear for the safety of our people.
- Vol'jin says: Not everyone gonna come out of this alive.
- Baine Bloodhoof says: And for what? What did the Horde gain from such action? Garrosh is a fool, and a betrayer. I should have killed him long ago, when he betrayed my father.
- Vol'jin says: You gonna get your chance mon. But first we gotta take da city.
- Baine Bloodhoof says: Have you been communicating with the humans?
- Vol'jin says: Both da alliance and da horde got ships sailin for da harbor. We gonna split der forces an assault da front gate.
- Baine Bloodhoof says: A bold plan. Let us hope we do not run into any surprises.
- Vol'jin says: I don't think we got a choice, mon.
- Siege of Orgrimmar
- Vol'jin yells: Garrosh be concealin' a whole hidden base. Where did his lust of power take him?
- Baine Bloodhoof yells: We will soon find out. He is cornered like a rat down in one of these corridors.
- Baine Bloodhoof yells: What should we do next?
- Vol'jin yells: Baine, you and your warriors hold this junction. These heroes should forge ahead an' flush the Warchief out of hidin.
- Baine Bloodhoof yells: What about you?
- Vol'jin yells: People be dyin' up above. Da city is in chaos. I'm gonna finish it - stop da bloodshed. I'll come back for ya.
- Baine Bloodhoof yells: ...very well.
- Vol'jin yells: It's gonna be fine, Baine. We gonna find Thrall, gonna kill de Warchief, gonna avenge your father.
- Baine Bloodhoof yells: Earthmother protect you, Vol'jin.
- Vol'jin yells: Hah. Darkspear never die.
- It seems the friendship between Baine and Anduin has replaced the Jaina and Thrall's friendship that helped keep peace between the two factions, now that Thrall is no longer the Warchief.
- Baine's eye color is brown. After the models were updated, his eyes were turned to blue color.
- It seems that Baine had visited Northrend.
- While Baine is commonly depicted as a younger tauren, art in TGC shows him appearing older, like his father.
- Baine is presented as a Echo in the possible future.
- A lot of Baine's personality was developed by Christie Golden as per his inclusion in The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm. While his backstory had been established by this point, his personality was only conceived as him being "cool" as per his relationship to Cairne.
- Baine is voiced by Jamieson Price.
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Updated for level 100.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Updated for level 90.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Replaced his father after his death.
- Patch 1.2.0 (2004-12-18): Added.
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ As Our Fathers Before Us
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/race/tauren
- ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/leader-story/baine-bloodhoof/1
- ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
- ^ Sunwalker Dezco's quotes
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 41.
- ^ Tides of War, chapter 2
- ^ Tides of War: ...Baine thought incongruously of a phenomenon known as the northern light he had seen in Northrend...
- ^ 2014-05-16, Blizzplanet Interview – World of Warcraft: War Crimes by Christie Golden. Blizzplanet, retrieved on 2014-07-19
High Chieftain of the united tribes of the Tauren
Chieftain of the Bloodhoof tribe