- This article is about the character biography of Dranosh Saurfang. For information on how to defeat him in Icecrown Citadel, see .
|Race||Mag'har orc (Humanoid)|
|Character class||Death knight, Warrior (formerly)|
|Former affiliation(s)||Horde, Kor'kron, Mag'har, Blackrock clan|
|Occupation||Death knight of the Scourge; formerly Commander of the Kor'kron Vanguard|
|Location||Buried in Ancestral Grounds, Nagrand (lore); Various Locations|
|Status||Killable as (in-game); Deceased (Lore)|
|Relative(s)||(father), deceased mother, (uncle), unnamed uncle, (cousin)|
- "The son is the father... May the spirits have mercy on those that stand in his way."
Dranosh Saurfang, often called Saurfang the Younger, was the son of and nephew of . His mother's identity is not known. Dranosh was very much like his father and uncle, a fierce warrior to the end. He was a strong believer in the ideals of honor espoused by his father.
After he fell to Frostmourne at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, he was raised in undeath by the as , also known as the Turned Champion. He was then brought to Icecrown Citadel, where he barred the path of any champions seeking to lay siege to his new master's fortress. He was killed for good in the ensuing battle, his father taking his corpse. His body was buried in Nagrand.
Dranosh means "Heart of Draenor" in orcish. Before his mother died, his father promised her that their son would remain safe and untainted. Before Varok crossed the Dark Portal, he had the elders of Garadar hide Dranosh away so the orcish warlocks would not find him.
The Burning Crusade
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Following a murkblood raid, a group of adolescent orcs from Garadar formed a war party and set out to seek vengeance. They reached Sunspring Post, but most of them were killed by the broken. Dranosh was one of the few survivors of that party - he sustained severe injuries and narrowly escaped.
After he recovers, Dranosh decides not to return to Garadar, as he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Upon hearing this, says, "The son is the father... May the spirits have mercy on those that stand in his way".
Wrath of the Lich King
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His father, High Overlord Varok Saurfang, has placed him in command of the Kor'kron Vanguard, a fortress at the base of Angrathar the Wrathgate. He was also given his father's armor and axe. He also seemed to be on relatively good terms with , keeping peace with the Alliance base nearby.
Fall of the Lich King
- Main article: Deathbringer Saurfang
One of the visions in the encounter shows the Lich King alongside an and a , which were believed to be visions of and Dranosh Saurfang respectively. This would ultimately be confirmed as in Icecrown Citadel is in fact Dranosh Saurfang raised from the dead in the service of the Scourge. He is described as the Lich King's most powerful death knight.
After being defeated by adventurers, Dranosh's grieving father arrives and claims his body. He promises to give him a proper burial in Nagrand, next to the pyres of his mother and his ancestors.
Shortly before the Shattering, prepared to leave for Nagrand in order to learn more about the elemental unrest. As such, he was unable to retain his position of Warchief, and began to consider a temporary successor. Among the possible candidates were and , though Thrall expresses the belief that the younger Dranosh would have been the ideal Warchief, having inherited his father's might and wisdom.
Thrall would ultimately name the acting Warchief, who would go on to honor Dranosh by creating the Dranosh'ar Blockade.
When King allowed his father to take Dranosh's body, Varian commented that many Alliance soldiers had been impressed by Dranosh's heroism.
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- They died. All of them...
- As the Murkbloods cut through us, something took hold of me that I cannot understand. Tell me, have you ever felt a rage so great that whole of your being burns? A heat that wilts the living? A heat that incinerates the blood in you veins? That is what I felt.
- <Saurfang's eyes glow red for a brief moment.>
- I was the last one left alive. 30 of them surrounded me... Murkbloods... I remember nothing beyond that vision. I blacked out and awoke some time later.
Wrath of the Lich King
- I believe that my destiny lies elsewhere - that I will serve a greater purpose someday.
- has gifted me with his battle armor and axe. Soon I put it to good use.
- Main article: Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate#Transcript
- Main article: Deathbringer Saurfang#Quotes
- As a Horde commander, he used an . As a death knight, his weapon was , which can be looted on his body.
- Dranosh draws a number of parallels with . Both are considered Orcish prodigies, and both are the sons of renowned Orcish heroes - Varok Saurfang and Grom Hellscream, respectively. While Dranosh inherited much of his father's might and wisdom, along with his warrior spirit and strong sense of honor, Garrosh inherited similar traits that Grom had possessed, including his own sense of honor. Garrosh seems to have gleamed some of Grom's less flattering traits, however, such as his recklessness, something picked up on by a number of his critics.
- Dranosh is the only character to have two infoboxes in the Ultimate Visual Guide book, one for his living state and the second for his undead state.
- Dranosh Saurfang is voiced by Chris Metzen.
Dranosh's appearance prior to Warlords of Draenor.
- ^ TCG Wrath Gate/146
- ^ http://blue.mmo-champion.com/13/21035174537-icecrown-citadel-testing--november-1014.html
- ^ http://imgur.com/ajbX4jK Flavor text's screenshot.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector's Edition. Blizzard Entertainment. WotLK Behind-the-Scenes DVD