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This article is about the colossals of Draenor. For the titanic creatures sometimes called earth giants, see vanir.
Grom'gar, built in the corpse of the last earth giant.

The earth giants, also known as colossals[1][2] or colossi[3] and presumably grom in Orcish, were an immense species of giant that once lived on Draenor before being driven extinct. They were enormously large, could possess either one or two eyes and were the ones who first shaped Draenor.[1] The earth giants were the ancestors of the magnaron,[1] gronn,[4] and by extension the ogron, ogres[1] and ettins.[4]

Whatever they were, the only signs of their passing are the Temples of the Damned built during the Second War, which were all destroyed.[4] Several massive earth giant skeletons can be found across the alternate Draenor, but it seems these remains were destroyed along with the rest of Draenor in the main universe.

Temples of the Damned

Main article: Temple of the Damned

The Temples of the Damned, also known as "grombolar", or "bowels of the giant" in Orcish, were said to be "formed from petrified carcasses of the race of giants that inhabited the Orcish homeworld."[5] These structures would later be used by the Scourge[6] and the Forsaken in the Undercity.[7]

Alternate Draenor

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The massive skeletons of several earth giants can be found in various locations throughout the alternate Draenor.

The giants were hunted by the Thunderlord clan generations ago. The skeleton of a particularly large one, rumored to be the last of its kind, served as their home in Frostfire Ridge.[3] The largest of these creatures that has ever walked Draenor was rumored to be Gorgrond itself before it died and subsequently turned into the landmass that is there today.[8]

The remains of three other giants, Colossal's Fall, Agurak's Fall, and the Boneslag, can also be found in Frostfire Ridge. The skull of another looms over Deadgrin. Another skull can be found far to the east off the coast of Gorgrond, submerged near two small islands that are not marked on the map. It has fungi growing out of its eye and mouth. A seventh can be found directly west of Oshu'gun, overlooking the Ancestral Grounds.

In the RPG

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The Horde Player's Guide says that "ogres were one of the last races of Draenor's giants."[9] This is implying that there has been more than one race of giants that have lived on Draenor, which was later confirmed.

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Speculation

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  • They are likely referred to as "grom" in Orcish, which sounds similar to "gronn". This comes from the shared root word of both "grombolar", or "bowels of the giant",[5] and "Grommash", or "giant's heart".[10]
  • Despite the further usage of the Temples of the Damned by the Scourge and the Forsaken, the actual bones likely were not continued to be used. The fifth issue of the Warcraft magazine states that all of the Temples of the Damned were destroyed,[4] making the comment that the Scourge "reclaimed this powerful edifice"[6] either not literal, or with much more repairs done than implied.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Beasts of the Savage Lands — Frostfire Ridge
  2. ^ Characters of Warcraft: Fenris Wolfbrother. Retrieved on 2016-04-28. “Fenris and the rest of the Thunderlords claim the icy expanse of Frostfire Ridge as their territory, constructing their hunting halls from the gigantic bones of long-dead colossals.
  3. ^ a b H [91] The Strength of Our Bonds
  4. ^ a b c d World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1, Earth giant lineage chart
  5. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Manual, 84. 
  6. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Manual, 106. 
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft manual, 189. 
  8. ^ Draka gossip text in Gorgrond
  9. ^ Bennie, Scott; Richard Farrese, Bob Fitch. Horde Player's Guide, 154-156. ISBN 9781588467720. 
  10. ^ Monument to Grom Hellscream