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HordeBlackrock clan
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Unknown (Lore)

  Formerly
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IconSmall OrcGray Male.gifIconSmall OrcGray Female.gif Orc

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Main language
Affiliation
  Formerly
Status

Active

The Warcraft II Blackrock banner.

The Blackrock clan was an orc clan best known for leading the charge during the First War and Second War. During that time period, it was one of the largest and most feared of the orc clans however their defeat in the second war along with political dissention led to its decline. A faction led by Rend and Maim in the second war formed the Black Tooth Grin Clan to secure power after Blackhand was deposed. During the time of the Internment camps, many Blackrock orcs joined with Thrall's new Horde. During the Third War another faction of the clan tried to summon demons, while another group is still fighting both the Alliance and the Horde and is known as the Dark Horde.

By the time of Mists of Pandaria, the former Warchief Garrosh Hellscream has granted Rend's faction of the clan amnesty and recruited a formidable amount of them into the ranks of the Horde.[1]

History

Blackhand, wielding the Doomhammer, leading the Blackrock clan in battle.

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For years, the clan had many victories under the guidance of their powerful leader. While many of them thought it was just luck, the reality was different. Their leader was a brilliant tactician who had always found the weak point of the enemy.

At that time, Orgrim was haunted by the prophecy that said that the last of the Doomhammer line would use the weapon to doom his people, and brought the hammer back to the place where it was forged, hoping to avert the prophecy while keeping the weapon's power. However, the furies saw the fear and pride that came over Orgrim, and took the hammer away from him. No one else was allowed to claim it - those who did were burned to death.

Without the hammer in the hands of Orgrim, the clan lost to the ogres for the first time.

Soon, the Blackrock clan was surrounded at the Foundry. They were outnumbered, and even if they had attacked the ogres before dawn, while they were vulnerable, they would still not have been able to break the siege. The only choice was whether to starve to death within the foundry's walls, or to die quickly in battle. As death seemed certain, Orgrim returned to the place where he left the Doomhammer, contemplating it. He recalled his pride, being ready to give his life for the clan on orders from his chief whether on the battlefield or in the lava lake to retrieve the legendary hammer. But the chieftain refused, it was he who would take the hammer. He ordered Orgrim to lead the assault before dawn. He said that the hammer was their last hope, and that the survival of the clan's leader did not matter. As he plunged his hand into the lava and tried to grab the hammer, the lava covered the body of the chief - but instead of burning him to death, the furies spoke to him, even though he was not a shaman. It said that though the chieftain was not worthy to carry the hammer, he was allowed to use it to forge new weapons for the clan.

Amazement read in the eyes of Orgrim when the chieftain came back with the hammer. The furies had sent him the knowledge to use the legacy of the Doomhammer family to forge new weapons throughout the night. Then, in the morning, freshly armed orcs charged behind their leader at the ogre army. Victory was theirs. The chieftain then had to pass the hammer back to Orgrim, as it still belonged to him, and told his second-in-command that the day the prophecy will be fulfilled is yet to come. Since then, the Blackrock leader took on the name of Blackhand, as his hand was transformed by the lake that held the Doomhammer into one of flame and black stone. [2]

They had strong ties to the Thunderlord clan.[3]

Pre Corruption and First War

Blackhand the Destroyer continued to lead the clan for many years. During the war against the Draenei, the clan was chosen to perform the first orcish attack (against a Draenei hunting party), due to the clan being based reasonably near Telmor, one of the smaller and more isolated Draenei cities.[4] Soon afterwards, Blackhand fell to the manipulations of Gul'dan, becoming a mere figurehead for the warlock. Near the end of the First War, Blackhand was challenged and killed by his lieutenant, Orgrim Doomhammer. Doomhammer seized control of the clan and slaughtered the members of the Shadow Council, the biggest threat to his throne.

Second War

Blackhand's sons, Rend and Maim formed a faction of Blackrock orcs loyal to them into the Black Tooth Grin clan.[5]

The clan's forces achieved a number of victories during the Second War, though the betrayal of Gul'dan forced Doomhammer to divide his forces and send a part of the clan to hunt him down and slaughter his followers. The event weakened the Blackrocks, who were eventually defeated and nearly destroyed during the assault on Blackrock Spire, and Orgrim Doomhammer was himself captured and sent to Lordaeron in chains. Many Blackrocks were also put into internment camps by the Alliance.[6]

The Blackrock clan did not disappear; though; the few remaining orcs who had not been captured or killed at the battle returned to Blackrock Spire and began to rebuild. During this time, the Black Tooth Grin Clan formed back into the Blackrock Clan under Rend's leadership. Unlike the other orcs, they remained steadfast to the ideals of the old Horde, including demon worship and depraved bloodlust. They became a beacon for orcs who longed for the old days, and soon enough their ranks began to swell again.

Third War

In the intervening years between the Second War and Third War, the Blackrock clan became a major problem for the Alliance. A faction in Lordaeron under the leadership of Jubei'thos re-embraced their demon-worshipping heritage,[7] staged raids on a number of defenseless Alliance towns,[8] and sacrificed their villagers to the Legion. They did this because their warlocks told them that demons would rain from the skies and the world would burn (referring to the coming of the Burning Legion in the following months).[7] During the Third War, most of the Blackrock forces in Lordaeron were killed by Arthas and Kel'Thuzad's Scourge. Jubei'thos and his lieutenants had in their possession a demon gate which Kel'Thuzad needed to communicate with Archimonde.[9]

However, many other members of the clan, who were captured and being held prisoner in the internment camps, joined the modern Horde under Thrall when he freed them or were part of the portion still loyal to Orgrim Doomhammer. He was a mentor to Thrall, and the orc capital of Orgrimmar was named after him. Regardless, the Blackrock orcs in the New Horde don't seem to have maintained a strong clan identity unlike their cousins within the Dark Horde. They appear to see themselves firstly as Horde orcs and only secondly as Blackrock orcs.

Aftermath of the Third War

Blackrock clan banner.

Currently, the Blackrock clan still mainly resides in and around Blackrock Spire under the leadership of Rend Blackhand, where they war with the Dark Iron dwarves for control of the area. Their holdings also include territory in the Burning Steppes and the Redridge Mountains. They have formed the Dark Horde and have become a dire threat to nearby towns like Lakeshire, whose defenses are severely strained against their raids. It has also been rumored that they have allied with a group of black dragons led by Nefarian, Deathwing's son. They are but one of the pawns Nefarian is using to undermine the human kingdom of Stormwind.

Cataclysm

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Blackrock orcs play a major role in the invasion of Northshire Valley. They are a major threat in the Redridge Mountains as well. In the Burning Steppes, they are preparing for a massive assault on Redridge Mountains. Alliance heroes repelled the Blackrock orcs from the Kingdom of Stormwind and the Dark Horde army was crippled in an offensive in the Burning Steppes. Due to Nefarian and his father's return they have allied themselves with Deathwing and have become allies with the Twilight's Hammer clan.

Tides of War

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The Blackrock clan was granted amnesty by the Warchief of the Horde, Garrosh Hellscream, who has recruited a formidable number of them into the ranks of the Horde. His own bodyguard, Malkorok, is of Blackrock descent, and an increasing amount of the elite Kor'kron are now ruthless Blackrock warriors.

They serve as something akin to a secret police force, ensuring the loyalty of other Horde races (and, in some cases, orcs), while abducting, brutalizing, and in some cases even murdering those they deem treasonous or troublesome.

Siege of Orgrimmar

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Since many Blackrock orcs recruited by Garrosh joined the Kor'kron, they suffered heavy casualties during the siege, including the death of their leader,[citation needed] Malkorok. After the siege, the clan started to rebuild the Horde and recover from the civil war along with the other Horde members.

Culture

Disciplined, organized and militaristic, the Blackrock boasted expert smiths and metalworkers who toiled in the depths of the northern mountains of Gorgrond to mine and smelt the Blackrock Ore,[10] for which they got their name. This incredibly hard ore from the large caverns of Draenor, is said to have come from the blood of earth giants.[citation needed]

The Blackrock clan originally used the naturally occurring elemental-fueled infernos of Draenor itself to shape and harden their namesake ore. A shaman could use elemental bellows to channel the power of a fire spirit directly to a blast furnace, allowing the Blackrock to set up forges anywhere.[11]

The first of the orc clans to master the art of shaping their namesake metal, the Blackrock prefer to wield blunt weaponry in battle to honor their ancestors.[12]

The Blackrocks of the Dark Horde in the Blackrock Mountain celebrated the Midsummer Fire Festival.[13]

Customs

After the fall of Telmor on Draenor, Gul'dan offered the former draenei city to the Frostwolf Clan, but Durotan refused and decided to stay in Frostfire Ridge. The Blackrock clan, however, began living in the town, and many of the orcs began using draenic cloths and robes as everyday clothing, melding the unique style into their own culture.[14]

Appearance

A Blackrock orc in Burning Steppes with green skin

Rend's faction Blackrock orcs have a dark gray skin because they had spent years without seeing the light of day, dwelling deep inside Blackrock Mountain.[15] However, in Warlords of Draenor the Blackrock NPCs appear to have gray skin, which would make it a natural identification of their clan. It is possible that this has been retconned. It is also possible the grey skin from the Blackrocks came from mining in Gorgrond. Blackhand comic also depicts Blackhand and Orgrim with gray skintone. However, some NPCs have brown skin.

Curiously in WoW, a few Blackrock orcs who never joined with Rend's faction such as Eitrigg are also depicted with grey skin. Some pieces of artwork for WoW also depicts the Blackrock orcs under Rend with green skin.

Factions of the Blackrock Clan

As one of the largest orc clans and the polarizing issue of leadership between Orgrim and Blackhand as well as their respective heirs, there are multiple factions of the Blackrock clan with different allegiances.

The Faction loyal to Orgrim remained with him fighting against the Internment camps or were in the internment camps themselves. As Thrall was chosen as Orgrim's heir, this Blackrock faction would join the New Horde.

The Blackrock orcs loyal to Blackhand or interested in Demon Worship would combine with the Black Tooth Grin Clan under Rend, eventually teaming up with Nefarian of the Black Dragonflight.

A third group of Blackrock orcs was introduced when Garrosh recruited former members of the Blackrock clan who served under Rend and Nefarian.

Blackrock clan divisions

Lordaeron divisions

Azeroth divisions

Azeroth classes

Known members

The Blackrock banner as seen in Warcraft III menu.
Name Location
Combat  Goraluk Anvilcrack Hall of Blackhand Blackrock Spire
Combat  Ghok Bashguud Lower Blackrock Spire Blackrock Spire
Combat  Gath'Ilzogg Stonewatch Keep and Lakeshire Redridge Mountains
Combat  Bannok Grimaxe Lower Blackrock Spire Blackrock Spire
Combat  Rend Blackhand Hall of Blackhand Blackrock Spire
Combat  Jed Runewatcher Hall of Blackhand Blackrock Spire
Combat  High Warlock Xi'lun Dreadmaul Rock Burning Steppes
Combat  Dragon-Lord Neeralak The Skull Warren Burning Steppes
Combat  General Thorg'izog Blackrock Stronghold / Firegut Furnace Burning Steppes
Combat  Tharil'zun Stonewatch Redridge Mountains
Combat  Targorr the Dread Stormwind Stockade Stormwind
Combat  Quartermaster Zigris The Storehouse Blackrock Spire
 Blackhand the Destroyer Deceased
 Griselda Blackhand Deceased
 Kur'kul Deceased
 Jubei'Thos Deceased
 Tharbek Deceased
 Maim Blackhand Deceased
 Orgrim Doomhammer Deceased
 Telkar Doomhammer Deceased
 Haomarush Deceased
 Throk'Feroth Deceased
 Mazrigos Deceased
 Khanzo Deceased
 Genjuros Deceased
 The Slave Master Deceased
Horde IconSmall OrcGray Male.gif Eitrigg[16] Argent Stand Zul'Drak
Horde IconSmall OrcGray Male.gif Ariok Various Burning Steppes
Horde IconSmall Orc Male.gif Broxigar Saurfang[17] Deceased
Horde IconSmall Varok.gif Varok Saurfang[17] Warsong Hold Borean Tundra
Horde IconSmall Dranosh.gif Dranosh Saurfang[17] Deceased
Horde IconSmall Orc Female.gif Thura[17] Unknown
Horde IconSmall Orc Male.gif Bloodeye Redfist Deceased
Horde IconSmall OrcGray Male.gif Malkorok Orgrimmar

Notable Leaders

History Shamanism Rise of the Horde First War Second War Interbellum Third War World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Wrath of the Lich King Cataclysm Mists of Pandaria Warlords of Draenor
Ruler Draenor / Horde Neutral
Blackhand
Horde
Blackhand
Horde
Orgrim Doomhammer
Unknown Horde / Combat
Malkorok
Horde
Unknown
Dark Horde Combat
Rend Blackhand and Maim Blackhand
Combat
Rend Blackhand
Unknown None

In Warcraft II

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Chieftain: Orgrim Doomhammer

Clan Colors: Red

Background: Although years of war have reduced their numbers, the Blackrock clan remains the strongest within the Horde. Ruled for many years by Blackhand the Destroyer, the Blackrock clan rose quickly in power and was responsible for numberless victories against the Humans in the First War. Orgrim Doomhammer - known also as the Backstabber - assassinated the ruthless, but careless Blackhand, and named himself clan chieftain and War Chief of the Horde. The Blackrock clan continues to dictate the course of the war intimidating the lesser clans within the Horde into following Orgrim's lead. The forces of the Blackrock clan are fanatically loyal to the Doomhammer and will serve him with their lives.[18]

Domain: Blackrock Spire, Azeroth

Notes

  • There are several orcs in the Horde, like General Krakork, Mokasa, Overlord Or'barokh or Mok who use the Blackrock skintone, implying that they are members of the clan, although it's not outright stated.
  • They were the main faction of orcs in Warcraft I and II, and thus where in the most missions.
  • Despite their name, the Blackrock Clan's color has always been red in the RTS games.

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