|Occupation||Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan|
, Ga'nar, Fenris Wolfbrother (sons)
(grandson), Durak (great-grandson)
Legends: A Warrior Made 1
Kelkar and Zuura showed the clan their newly born daugher, Draka. As a chieftain of the clan, he blessed her. Years later, there was a large fire in the Frostwolf village when Blackhand once visited it. Blackhand saw Draka hardly able to lift a bucket of water, and took it as sign of weakness in the Frostwolf Clan. Blackhand added that If she had been born to Blackrock Clan they would have killed her. To save face Garad exiled Kelkar, Zuura and Draka to the outskirts of the village. Years later, months before the Kosh'harg festival, Garad forbade them to attend the festival.
Chronicle Volume 2
Garad pressed ideals of family and tradition on his three sons - Fenris, Ga'nar, and Durotan. Fenris, however, defied his father's wishes and hunted with the neighboring Thunderlord clan. Fenris was victorious and continued to hunt with the Thunderlords as well as with the Frostwolves. During a Kosh'harg festival, Garad declared in front of everyone that his son's pursuit of fame was hollow and without honor. Fenris then challenged Garad to a mak'gora and was defeated but not killed. Humiliated, Fenris left his native Frostwolf clan and joined the Thunderlords.
Fenris earned the renown he craved, and would eventually become the Thunderlord clan's chieftain. When Fenris vanished, Garad chose Durotan as the heir of the Frostwolf clan instead of the hot-headed Ga'nar.
When the ogres of the Bladespire clan and their mok'nathal armies began seizing resource-rich land from the orcish clans, Garad called on the other clans of Frostfire, the Thunderlords and the Whiteclaws, unite with his clan to end the threat. Due to Fenris' influence, the Thunderlords refused, making their own war upon the ogres. The Whiteclaws, having similar customs and traditions as the Frostwolves, agreed to rally to Garad's banner. Naming his sons Ga'nar and Durotan as his lieutenants, Garad struck at the Bladespire, capturing a number of mok'nathal, including their elder, Leoroxx. To Garad's surprise, Leoroxx revealed that the mok'nathal fought for the ogres not out of loyalty, but out of fear; the ogres threatened to kill their families if they refused.
Garad made an agreement with Leoroxx to liberate the mok'nathal. Leoroxx returned to Bladespire Hold and incited his people into open rebellion, setting fire to the stronghold, while Garad and his army attacked from the outside. The Battle of Bladespire lasted a full day and cost the lives of hundreds of orcs, including Ga'nar, who had been killed helping young mok'nathal escape the fortress. Garad was broken-hearted, and would never fully recover from his second son's death.
Garad later contracted the red pox that regularly plagued his people for centuries. Reluctantly, Garad was convinced to remain behind in Nagrand, at a village of the sick, in order to avoid risking bringing the sickness to his clan. He died several weeks later, and the other pox victims would name their village Garadar in his honor. Their isolation from the rest of their people allowed them to avoid becoming corrupted by the Blood Curse, remaining Mag'har - uncorrupted. He was succeeded as chieftain by his only surviving loyal son, Durotan, who would be among the few voices of dissent against the corruption of the orcish people.
- In the alternate Draenor, Frostwolf warriors say that Garad and Ga'nar fought against the Laughing Skull clan in the past. This probably happened in the main universe Draenor as well.
- Garad is also mentioned in Durotan's TCG card: "The son of Garad was betrayed, cut down before his infant son Go'el could know him."
- In Rise of the Horde, Garad was said to have been killed in battle against a group of ogres and a gronn shortly before Kil'jaeden convinced the orcs to make war against the draenei. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 retcons this into contracting the red pox, and remaining behind in Nagrand.
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 117
- ^ Legends Volume 4, A Warrior Made--Part 1, 131
- ^ The Characters of Warcraft/Fenris
- ^ Blood and Thunder
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 66
- ^ The Characters of Warcraft/Durotan
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 67
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 69
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, 240
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, 240
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 91
- ^ Frostwolf Greyfur quote
- ^ Betrayal of the Guardian/5
- ^ Rise of the Horde, 100-101
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter
Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan