Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan
Frostwolf clan, Independent
Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan
Buried in Alterac Valley
Rise of the Horde (Childhood)
Young Durotan saw Draka after she was born and his mother Geyah told him to bless Draka. He did so but noticed that she was ill.
From the three brothers, Ga'nar and Fenris, Durotan was the one who embraced family and tradition most. Durotan became the heir of the Frostwolf clan, when Fenris vanished and Garad chose Durotan instead of hot-headed Ga'nar, in the years prior to the rise of the Horde.
During a Kosh'harg festival in Nagrand, he met a Blackrock orc named Orgrim, son of Telkar Doomhammer, and the two became fast friends despite belonging to different clans. Durotan was also brought to the "sacred mountain" of Oshu'gun by request of the ancestors, seeking to test whether he could become a shaman as well as chieftain of his clan; alas, he did not see the ancestors, though he knew they were there somehow.
While racing each other through Terokkar Forest, Durotan and Orgrim were attacked by a rampaging ogre, and would have been killed if not for the timely arrival of a draenei hunting party from Telmor, led by Restalaan. Sending word to their clans, Restalaan took the two orcs to Telmor, and informed them that the draenei leader, Prophet Velen, was in the town and invited the two to dinner. They discussed their people's histories, Durotan even commenting that he and Orgrim had learned more about the draenei in that period than their entire race had in over a century.
Upon returning to his clan, Durotan met Draka once more after she had overcome her illness. Durotan was smitten at first sight, not believing that she could be a member of his clan. Though rebuffed (at first) when asking her to join him on a courtship hunt, the two eventually mated.
Lords of War
Long before the opening of the Dark Portal, the Frostwolf clan would hunt clefthoof and move their location. One time, his mother was bitten by a drift lurker which caused her to enter a coma. While his brother Ga'nar wanted to leave her die a natural death and move the clan out of area, Durotan couldn't do that. After Ga'nar left, he and Geyah's companion, Stormfang remained with her and tended to her. At some point a lone garn attacked them but the two killed the beast. Durotan knew that a whole pack will attack soon so he prepared for the battle. When they attacked he lost control over his anger and fell to bloodlust. While he killed everything that moved, Geyah awoke. After hearing her, he focused once more and found out that he killed Stormfang too. It is said that since that day, he wore Stormfang's fur to the end of his days as a reminder of a loyalty and of a threat of savagery.
Durotan as seen in the Lords of War mini-series.
Rise of the Horde (Adulthood)
Some time later, Durotan's father Garad was killed in battle against a group of ogres and a gronn, and Durotan became the chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan by hereditary right. It was not long after this that Ner'zhul, the spiritual leader of the orcs and chieftain of the Shadowmoon Clan, called the clan chieftains and shaman to Oshu'gun. Ner'zhul told them what he believed the ancestors revealed to him - that the draenei were enemies of the orcish people. This was part of an elaborate scheme concocted by the eredar lord Kil'jaeden, one of the lieutenants of the Dark Titan Sargeras. Kil'jaeden had led the Burning Legion in a hunt for the draenei—renegade eredar who fled when Sargeras came - over the eons, but in the past had found only remnants of where they had been.
Durotan was dispatched by Ner'zhul to meet with a party led by Velen himself near Oshu'gun, where the Prophet revealed that what guided the spirits of the ancestors there was in fact a dying naaru named K'ure, who had aided the draenei escape from Argus 25,000 years earlier. This was met by suspicion and outright hostility by the orcs—particularly Drek'Thar, the Frostwolf clan shaman, who called Velen a blasphemer. Despite orders to bring the Prophet and his party to Ner'zhul, Durotan decided to release them, reasoning that there was no honor in taking a willing prisoner.
During a battle in which they were defeated by Restalaan's forces, the Frostwolf shaman realized they had been cut off from the spirits. Durotan and Draka took this as a sign that something was seriously wrong, even though Ner'zhul had told them the ancestors had told them that this was a just war. It was at this time that the orcs - under the guidance of the ambitious Gul'dan, Ner'zhul's apprentice - began to take the path of warlock magic. Durotan, not seeking to bring attention to himself by opposing the official stance, allowed Drek'Thar and his shaman to receive the warlock training.
Through Gul'dan's manipulation - empowered by Kil'jaeden - the clans were united into the First Horde, and several clan chieftains, including Durotan, ran for the position of Warchief. However, the clear favorite (and thus the one who received that title) was the battle-hungry Blackhand, chieftain of the Blackrock Clan. No one knew, of course, that Blackhand was in fact Gul'dan's puppet.
With information given to him by Orgrim (now known as Doomhammer, his father dying around the same time as Durotan's), Blackhand ordered Durotan to assault the city of Telmor, which was close to the Frostwolf clan grounds. While in Restalaan's care as a boy, Durotan had seen the guard captain pull a green crystal from a hidden place in the forest floor - Leafshadow, one of the shards of the ata'mal crystal, which projected an illusion that hid the city from ogres, gronn and other external threats. Orgrim had told Blackhand that Durotan possessed a keen ability of recall (which he did), and could remember the incantation to dispel the illusion. Durotan reluctantly did so, and thus the Horde sacked Telmor and killed everyone they could find, including Restalaan, who was defeated by Durotan himself.
Shortly before the attack on the draenei capital of Shattrath, Gul'dan called the clans to a mountain he named the Throne of Kil'jaeden in what is now Hellfire Peninsula, to partake of Kil'jaeden's "gift" - the blood of Mannoroth. Durotan—having been warned by the now-subservient Ner'zhul - refused to partake, as did his friend Orgrim...causing both to fall under the suspicion of Gul'dan.
After the fall of Shattrath and the disappearance of Kil'jaeden, the Horde turned on itself, with no enemies left to fight. It was at this time that Gul'dan was visited in his dreams by the human sorcerer Medivh, who was possessed by the Dark Titan. Medivh commanded Gul'dan to construct a gateway, and that together they would open a great Portal between Draenor and the world of Medivh. Durotan continued to voice opposition against the Horde leadership. When the Horde crossed over into Azeroth, Gul'dan exiled Durotan and his entire clan.
Lord of the Clans
Apparently accepting their fate, Durotan and the Frostwolf Clan settled deep in a hidden valley in the Alterac Mountains, far to the north of the Kingdom of Azeroth. While there, Drek'Thar had forsaken the path of the warlock and was able to regain the favor of the spirits, and return to shamanism. His aid would be invaluable in surviving in the harsh lands which the Frostwolves now called home; in addition to ensuring that the encampment was not flooded in the spring thaw, they also befriended the white wolves that made the valley their home. In the year 0, Draka, Durotan's mate and most stalwart supporter, gave birth to Durotan's son and heir, the orc who would become known as Thrall. Realizing that there was far more at stake now that his legacy would live on, Durotan decided to take action against the evil Gul'dan, and made a meeting with the only other orc who had stood by him: Orgrim Doomhammer.
Durotan explained what he knew - about Gul'dan, the Shadow Council, the demonic bargain. Doomhammer vowed that he would stand at Durotan's side as they confronted Gul'dan with his crimes, but - for the good of his warriors and Durotan as well - he had to send them away to what he thought was a safe place. It was found out later that several of Doomhammer's warriors had been Gul'dan's spies... and one of them had accompanied Durotan and Draka to their "safe haven".
The treacherous guard had summoned assassins to kill the Frostwolf chieftain and his mate. Though he managed to kill at least one of them, Durotan was too severely wounded to continue. His arms sliced off to prevent him from holding his child again, Durotan died slowly as the lifeblood drained out of him, the last thought in his mind being a sense of relief that he would not see his son torn apart by the creatures of the forest.
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
Thrall could relive the last moments of Durotan and Draka's life in an alternate history. Thrall and an orc named Grukar were tasked to escort them to the safety. However, Grukar was a traitor who summoned the assassins. The assassins killed everyone, except Thrall. To avoid changing history, Thrall let them escape. In the last seconds of life, Thrall told Durotan that Go'el will be great hero, and that orcs will become proud and powerful. With this knowledge, Durotan dies.
Rend and Maim, the sons of Blackhand, were intended to be Durotan and Draka's assassins, as played out in the game Warcraft Adventures. However, the game was cancelled, the story being told instead by the novel Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden, which depicted unnamed spies of Gul'dan as the assassins. On the Burning Crusade flash site it is told that Thrall's parents were assassinated by humans, which contradicts all sources. The events depicted in Lord of the Clans are generally accepted as what actually happened. Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects supports this; when Thrall travels through time and sees his parents' murder, it is an unnamed band of orcs that kills them.
- Durotan is buried in Alterac Valley, under a monument known as the Rock of Durotan. The inscription on the memorial plaque reads:
- Here lies Durotan - first Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, and father of our honored Warchief, Thrall. He was the bravest of our kind - betrayed by those who would see our people enslaved. Durotan gave his life that our freedom might be gained. We honor him—and the legacy he passed onto us through his son.
- -Drek'Thar, Far Seer of the Frostwolves
- Durotan is described to have dark brown eyes in Rise of the Horde. In Lords of War, Durotan is shown to have both brown (child) and blue (adult) eyes, as well as red when under the effects of bloodlust.
- Thrall survived after Durotan's death, found by the human officer Aedelas Blackmoore and raised as a slave and gladiator. He would eventually escape, be trained as a shaman by Drek'Thar, and lead in the liberation of his people, thus freeing them from the taint of demonic corruption that had plagued them for so long, vowing at the same time that no orc would be cast into slavery - by humans or demons alike - ever again. Thrall would go on to become Warchief of the Horde after Doomhammer fell in battle. Then, after leading the exodus to Kalimdor and fighting in the Battle of Mount Hyjal, Thrall and his people settled in the eastern Barrens, at last taking a land of their own for the first time since the corruption of Draenor. He named the new kingdom Durotar, in honor of his slain father.
- can be dropped by Captain Skarloc.
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, page 117
- ^ Warcraft: Legends Volume 4, page 147
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ Lords of War
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (2014-09-13)
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (2014-09-13)
- ^ Legends: A Warrior Made--Part 1
- ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/game/lore/characters/durotan Durotan Son of Garad, Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan
- ^ Lords of War
- ^ Geyah's conversation with Thrall
- ^ https://twitter.com/Loreology/status/464466690936688640 Loreology on Twitter
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans#Rend Blackhand and Maim Blackhand
- ^ Lord of the Clans, 15-17
- ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 10
Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan