Burning Blade clan
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|Burning Blade clan|
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The Burning Blade clan (or simply the Blade) is an orcish clan originally from Nagrand. They are best known for their deadly blademasters, and were long-time allies of the Warsong clan. In the era of the New Horde, the Burning Blade is a very fractured clan; with some of them having continued to serve the Burning Legion, while others have joined the rest of the orcs in breaking away from the Legion and becoming honorable warriors who fight for Azeroth.
- 1 History
- 2 Known members
- 3 "Galtak Ered'nash"
- 4 In Warcraft II
- 5 In the RPG
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Burning Blade clan's ancestral home was Hallvalor, situated in the far east of Nagrand. Masters of melee combat, their famous blademasters trained endlessly to hone their skills and techniques, and many trained simply to gain the title of blademaster. However they just as equally wielded the powers of flame, through a combination of fire fury infusions and flammable grease, the swords and axes of most blademasters were usually covered with dancing flames. The most adept blademasters could channel the power of fire into their every attack, making them even more deadly. They were, however, a clan bound by honor and even enemies were treated with respect if they had conducted themselves with honor.
Rise of the Horde
Though little is mentioned of the Burning Blade during the birth of the Orcish Horde, it can be presumed from other information that they were led by Dharl of the Thrice-Bloodied Blade at the time and that he pledged his clan's loyalty to Blackhand (and through him Gul'dan). As a clan chieftain, he would likely have imbibed the Blood of Mannoroth, thereby bringing his entire clan under the dominion of the Burning Legion. As shamanism was abandoned by the Orcish Horde, the Burning Blade likely began to have their warlocks infuse their blades with fel fire instead of elemental fire.
Apparently the Burning Blade surrendered to the demonic fury of the blood curse even more than most other orcs, as by the time they were deployed on Azeroth they were no longer considered a clan as much as an elemental force of nature. Chaotic and unpredictable, the Burning Blade was little more than a brotherhood of demented orcs whose only objective was to raze and plunder with no regard for their own safety. This leaderless swarm was held in check by the ogres - to be unleashed by the clans in times of urgent duress. The Burning Blade helds loyalty to no one and would attack any that they perceived to be a threat - even their fellow orcs.
Many years later, the scattered remnants of the old Orcish Horde were freed by Thrall and a reformed Orgrim Doomhammer, the latter of whom fell in battle during this campaign. Thrall, the Warchief of what would soon become the New Horde continued his predecessor's work in freeing and reuniting the scattered orcs. Among those who joined his banner were the blademasters. Once part of the ill-fated Burning Blade clan that consumed itself in the throes of demonic corruption, these proud remnants of the once mighty clan swore a grim oath to free themselves and their brethren from demonic control once and for all.
Cycle of Hatred
However, other remnants of the Burning Blade remained wholly devoted to the Burning Legion. This group of orcs became known as the Burning Blade cult. Some time after the Third War one of their number, , began recruiting both humans and orcs who were prejudiced against one another into this new incarnation of the Burning Blade. Each side had the promise to destroy their enemies. No one who followed him was aware that he also recruited their enemies. Among the followers, there were: Kristoff, Jaina's chamberlain, and , one of 's chief warriors. There was also Margoz who had to recruit the humans in Theramore and sow distrust the city. The goal was to create tensions between Theramore and Orgrimmar in order to collect souls during the battles. Zmoldor's plan was put in check by Jaina and and the bloodbath was avoided.
World of Warcraft
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Recently, the warlock , a servant of the Shadow Council at Jaedenar, was given the task to recruit orcs to infiltrate Durotar from within. Neruu is working with the Searing Blade, within Ragefire Chasm. He used to send unaware adventurers into Ragefire Chasm to test the strength of the Searing Blade cultists, to see if they're truly worthy of being on his side.
They maintain several holdings throughout Durotar, where they constantly scheme to bring about the destruction of the Horde. United by their allegiance to the precepts of the demonic Burning Legion, the members of the Burning Blade have established footholds in places such as a cave in Valley of Trials, Skull Rock near Orgrimmar and in the dreaded Ragefire Chasm beneath the city itself. These installations, however, were located and subsequently destroyed by Orcish forces after Warchief learned of the cult and ordered its annihilation.
A cell-based organization, the Burning Blade is largely independent of outside control, but does officially report to agents of the continent-spanning Shadow Council. The Searing Blade clan, named in honor of another orcish clan, and the Argus Wake are the Burning Blade's sister groups.
This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
When adventurers visited the remains of Draenor, now called Outland, they eventually met an elderly blademaster named , who'd taken up residence in the ruins of Hallvallor, now appropriately called the Burning Blade Ruins. Here he leads the Boulderfist ogres who now occupy the ruins.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
After the fall of the Burning Blade clan, the blademasters swore to free themselves and their people from demonic control. Thanks to Grommash Hellscream, this goal has been achieved. However the honor of some like Ronakada remains unsatisfied. He has sworn to continue to fight for the Horde - and train other warriors to do so - until he dies gloriously in battle.
In Dreadmist Peak, the cult had acquired The Demon Seed, protected by . They were planning to use this powerful artifact to launch a full scale attack on the Horde. Fortunately, the artifact was taken and given to .
The Horde and Alliance have also met with success with uniting the centaur clan in order to fight the Burning Blade clan.
Mists of Pandaria
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Some time after averting the Hour of Twilight, secretly ordered Ragefire Chasm be purged of any remaining Burning Blade cultists. In their place he invited remnants of the Twilight's Hammer to begin teaching 'dark shamanism' to his loyalists. When adventurers of the Alliance and New Horde later assaulted Orgrimmar, they found that Garrosh's 'True Horde' had purged the Cleft of Shadow as well, including executing Neeru. A number of blademasters, however, joined the True Horde and were killed during the siege.
Since the cult appears to be wiped out, the only members left of the Burning Blade are the members in the ranks of the Horde.
|Burning Blade Coven,||Durotar||Killable|
|Cleft of Shadow,||Orgrimmar||Deceased|
|Thunder Axe Fortress,||Desolace||Unknown|
|Thunder Axe Fortress,||Desolace||Unknown|
|Thunder Axe Fortress,||Desolace||Killable|
|Dreadmist Peak,||The Barrens||Killable|
|Dreadmist Peak,||The Barrens||Killable|
|Dreadmist Peak,||The Barrens||Killable|
In Warcraft II
Clan Colors: Orange
Background: The Burning Blade is not a clan as much as it is an elemental force of nature. Chaotic and unpredictable, the Burning Blade is a brotherhood of demented Orcs whose only objective is to raze and plunder with no regard for their own safety. This leaderless swarm is held in check by the Ogres - to be unleashed by the clans in times of urgent duress. The Burning Blade holds loyalty to no one and will attack any that they perceive to be a threat - even their fellow Orcs.
In the RPG
In the First and Second Wars, the Burning Blade was less a clan and more a group of (somewhat) organized orcs who had no banner of their own. They were something of a force of nature; these orcs were some of the first to drink the blood of demons, and simply wished to kill everything in sight with no regard for their own lives. The other clans used the ogres to keep the Burning Blade in check, lest this clan turn on the rest of the Horde in their permanent state of aggression. In more recent times, the Burning Blade has grown more organized, and they are definitively anti-Horde. The Burning Blade harbors many of those whom Thrall exiled or otherwise refused to incorporate in his new society, such as warlocks and the worst of murderers. The clan has a leader now; many whisper that he is none other than Neeru Fireblade, a warlock residing within the very halls of Orgrimmar. It is unknown if Thrall is aware of his existence, or if he intentionally keeps the Burning Blade's leader close to watch his actions. The Burning Blade Clan's color is orange.
The Burning Blade is a tightly run organization, with a fear of spies coloring their strict hierarchy. Leaders, one to every pocket of foul sorcerers, call themselves the First, likely harkening back to the First War when they pushed the Horde to demon-tainted victory over the Alliance. The Firsts have direct contact with the demons still on Kalimdor, and work to summon more of their infernal allies from the Twisting Nether. They also send out inferiors, to serve as spies among the Horde. Since some goblins have joined the Burning Blade's ranks, it is likely there are spies among the Alliance as well. Their inferiors are split into three other groups, called the Second, the Third, and Nothing. This refers to the Second War, which ended in defeat, and the Third War, in which the Horde did what the Burning Blade considers unthinkable — joined with the Alliance to defeat the demons. Nothing refers to the current state of truce with the Alliance, defeated demons, and a splintered Burning Blade.
The Seconds report directly to the Firsts, and know most of the secrets of the cult. Many powerful warlocks hold this rank, likely hoping their mentors kick it one day so that they can take the reins. The Thirds comprise most of the Burning Blade, ambitious and foul orcs who want power and will do anything to get it. Nothings are the initiates, sent on mundane tasks such as hunting, cleaning, cooking, and even serving as bait to snare those who trespass on the Burning Blade's territory.
Their stronghold lies in the Thunder Axe Fortress of Desolace, but their foul taint reaches as far as the heights of the mountains of the Barrens and even under Thrall's feet in Orgrimmar. The Burning Blade makes its beds wherever one can find demons. Their main area of influence is the Thunder Axe Fortress in Desolace, and it pulses with arcane energy. Others can be found an area in the hills of Desolace where they attempt to summon more demons. They also show up at the Dreadmist Peak in the Barrens, Skull Rock and Thunder Ridge in Durotar (a location where goblins serve the Burning Blade), and there is even a Burning Blade movement in Orgrimmar itself, in Ragefire Chasm, the cave complex underneath Thrall's city.
There are many orcs who are not happy with the current Horde. The current state of the Horde is a tenuous peace with the Alliance, and most orcs prefer a life of blood and thunder. However, many of these orcs attack Alliance caravans and travelers without ever leaving the Horde. The orcs who serve the Burning Blade feel that the divine magic encourages is weak, and they long for the rush of demonic power. The Burning Blade is comprised of orcs, mostly warlocks, who crave more and more power. The organization is aware of its tenuous existence, with both the Alliance troops from Theramore and their former brethren after them, and so they are watchful of Horde spies.
The first couple of tests in order to become members of the Burning Blade are mostly arcane spell casting and pledging oneself to the Burning Legion. The next test involves the drinking of foul demon blood. The final test is the cold-blooded murder of one of the initiates' own people. These initiations take place at the top of Dreadmist Peak. After passing the final test, they travel to Desolace for further training. Those that pass the test of consuming demonic blood are told some of the Burning Blade's plans. The Burning Blade is planning on summoning more demons to bolster an army. They have footholds in Desolace.
The leaders are all orcs from the old wars, those who actually remember the First War and their old homeland. These are orcs who have lived a very long time; the magic sustained them, but ravaged their bodies in the process. They are twisted to the core, they are; ancient and evil. They harbor a deep hatred for the Alliance, the Horde and the Scourge. The leaders do know, however, that they are not immortal, and that the weakened forces of the demons make them vulnerable. They are carefully grooming younger warlocks to take their positions; the initiations that entailed are unknown.
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Clans of the Horde, Burning Blade
- ^ Assault on Blackrock Spire (WC2 Human)
- ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, The Aftermath of the Second War
- ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual, page 22
- ^ Cycle of Hatred
- ^ Said by Thrall after in the gossip text
- ^ The Demon Seed
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 180
- ^ Cycle of Hatred, chapter 15
- ^ a b Lands of Mystery, 182
- ^ a b Horde Player's Guide, 183
- ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 35
- ^ Lands of Mystery, 182-183