Grommash Hellscream (alternate universe)

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Title Former Warchief of the Iron Horde,
Warlord with the Iron Will,
Chieftain of the Warsong
Gender Male
Race Orc
Character class Warrior
Affiliation(s) Warsong clan (Iron Horde)
Occupation Former prisoner of the Legion,
Former Warchief of the Iron Horde,
Former prisoner of the Gorian Empire,
Former Chieftain of the Warsong clan
Location Various Locations
Status Alive
Relative(s) Golmash (father)
Golka (mate)
"We will never be slaves... but we WILL be conquerors!"

Grommash "Grom" Hellscream is the former Warchief of the Iron Horde. A living legend, Grommash is a warrior of great strength and fury. Following the advice of Garrosh Hellscream, his disguised son from the prime timeline, Grommash refused to accept the Blood Pact and serve the Burning Legion. With Garrosh's knowledge of war machines and his clan's own power, he rallied the orcs of Draenor to create the Iron Horde, setting his sights on invading and conquering Azeroth. Following a series of crushing defeats, however, Gul'dan claimed control of the Iron Horde, corrupting it in service of the Legion and capturing Grommash. After being freed by commanders of the Alliance and the Horde, the former Warchief aided in the battle against the demon lord Archimonde.

Grommash was the main antagonist of the first half of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

Biography

Early history

Grom was young for a chieftain, only a few years older than Durotan and Orgrim. There had been mutterings about the mysterious circumstances under which the former chieftain had died, but the Warsong clan did not challenge Grom's leadership.[1]

Grommash led aggressive raids deep into ogre lands. When the ogres retaliated, they nearly destroyed the Warsong clan. Golka, Grom's mate, was critically injured during the battle and pleaded with him to finish her off. Disgusted at her weakness, Grom called her "a wolf with no teeth" and walked away, leaving her to suffer. He was similarly disgusted by the weakness of his other warriors who had "bent like weeds."

Grom quickly called upon his forces to hunt down the ogre raiders. However, it was a trap set by the ogre warlord and Grom was captured. The ogre warlord tried to break Grom's spirit by strapping him to a tree and and taunting him over the course of many days. While his body withered and became emaciated, Grom's will never wavered. Declaring that "this wolf still has teeth," he finally bit and killed the ogre warlord when he came too close. Grom returned to lead the Warsong clan as "the Warlord with the Iron Will."[2]

Grommash later had the tree transported to Grommashar to serve as his throne, hanging the head of his ogre tormentor from it.[3]

Hellscream

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Grom instated the custom of Mak'Rogahn to cull the shame from that day the ogre raid nearly wiped out the clan. He was haunted and regretful over his weakness that led to Golka's death. His thoughts often turned towards pleading for a warrior's death and constantly struggled to keep his weakness from overtaking him. While sleeping, a Warsong orc woke him and insisted to have a mak'rogahn with a clan-mate. Grommash agreed and oversaw the duel. After it was over, a strange but familiar orc stepped in and began speaking about redemption for the orcish race. Grommash realized that the guards who were supposed to guard entrances had been watching the previous duel and so he sent them and the stranger into the pit. As Grommash watched the shackled stranger fight, he noticed similarities in his fighting style. When the battle ended, Grommash cut with Gorehowl, destroying the shackles. The chieftain then took the stranger into his camp and started speaking about the past, as well as about the future.

The stranger told him about a prosperous future with new weapons and world, and without slavery and Gul'dan. The stranger showed the chieftain a shard of an artifact that was to prove his words. Both of them went to the Stones of Prophecy but the shaman Zhanak was uncertain about this. Grommash activated the object and was shown visions about the rise and fall of the Horde in the main universe. He also saw a figure of an orc raised and named as Thrall by humans. At that moment, the stranger interrupted the visions, telling him that the visions killed Zhanak. The stranger took Gorehowl and kicked the shards out of Grommash's hands, ending the visions. Once he calmed himself, Grommash wanted more answers. The stranger responded that this is the price for Gul'dan's power which now needs to be stopped. He added that the alliance of the orcish clans can exist without the corruption and darkness. Grommash vowed to have Golka's strength in averting the fate the stranger revealed to him. He was willing to do what he was just told. Their next move was to warn the other clans and overthrow Gul'dan's masters.[4]

Overthrowing the Legion

When Garrosh Hellscream arrived on the alternate Draenor, he was able to persuade Grommash not to drink Mannoroth's blood, but instead to prepare a technologically empowered army in order to ambush the pit lord Mannoroth, and overthrow the Burning Legion's efforts to enslave the orcs. When Gul'dan revealed his intention to empower the orcs, Grommash sent Garrosh to learn more.[5]

Garrosh went with Grommash to the gathering of the orc clans, in response to Gul'dan's summons to imbibe the demon's blood. Grommash accepted the drinking horn from the warlock, but at the last moment refused to drink from it, pouring the glowing blood onto the floor and incurring the wrath of Mannoroth. With the pit lord revealed, at Garrosh's signal the hidden Iron Horde burst forth, firing ballistae and chains at Mannoroth. The orcs prepared to launch an iron star to destroy Mannoroth, but the mighty demon quickly overcame their attempts to trap him and began to lay waste to the orc army.

Grommash, seeing his chance to defeat the pit lord, seized the now unmanned iron star and single-handedly launched it at the demon, but the projectile fell short, its explosion serving only to anger the pit lord. As Mannoroth prepared to strike afresh at the orcs, Grommash soared out of the fire and smoke, leaping through the explosion to drive Gorehowl directly into the pit lord's forehead.

As the pit lord released a devastating explosion in his death throes, a stunned Garrosh picked himself up off the ground and dived for Grom, pulling him out of harm's way. This reflects another departure from the prime universe, in which Grom slew Mannoroth only to be killed by the resulting explosion.

With the Legion's plot foiled, Gul'dan was imprisoned, and the united Iron Horde was revealed. Grommash proclaimed a glorious future for their people, and launched a campaign across the continent to conquer or destroy all opposition. Gul'dan's plans to invade Azeroth were also re-purposed to suit this new Horde.

Code of Rule

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Grommash and Mar'gok.

Grommash Hellscream sent an emissary to the ogres at Highmaul, who explained that they would have to prove their worth, or be made extinct. A few hours later the Iron Horde began to lay siege to Highmaul under Grom's command. Not long after Imperator Mar'gok, seeing that the Iron Horde could possibly seize Highmaul, sought peace with the Iron Horde and personally met with Grommash. During this meeting Imperator Mar'gok remarked that even with their strength the Iron Horde was weak due to lacking the magical prowess of the ogre-magi. The Imperator then remarked that even if the Iron Horde did claim Highmaul, they would lose an entire year in removing the bodies so they could successfully live within city. Grommash in response retorted that not only would they win, but that they had no desire to dwell within Highmaul; they simply wanted the ogres dead. However he did acknowledge the might of their sorcery and ordered the Imperator to teach them their arts, and in return the ogres would be spared. After a brief council Imperator Mar'gok tried to get Hellscream to call off the siege before beginning the training of orc mages, pointing out that each ogre death was one less person who could teach the orcs. However Hellscream was adamant that the ogres teach them the magic of the breakers immediately, and knowing he had no choice if he wished to save Highmaul Imperator Mar'gok conceded to his demands.

At Hellscream's command Imperator Mar'gok and his ogres fought orc warlocks who the Iron Horde had taken prisoner and after witnessing the ogres winning (despite the losses they suffered) Grommash called off the siege of Highmaul and declared the ogres of Highmaul to be henceforth servants of the Iron Horde. Approaching the Imperator, the Warchief of the Iron Horde ordered him to deliver all orc slaves in Highmaul to Kargath Bladefist and warned that any attempt at treachery or rebellion would see them returning to claim his blood.[6]

The Iron Horde

Grom at Path of Glory.

As the Warchief of the Iron Horde, Grommash exerts authority over most of the orc clans[7] (excepting those who rejected membership, such as the Frostwolf clan, the Laughing Skull, the Bonechewer and the Shadowmoon Exiles). He named Garrosh the new warlord of the Warsong clan and gave him his Gorehowl.

He set out to conquer the draenei strongholds of Shattrath in Talador, and their holy temple in Shadowmoon Valley, as well as the Frostwolf holdouts in Frostfire Ridge.

Among his orders were doubling of research and engineering efforts at the Iron Siegeworks in Frostfire Ridge, forcing rylaks of Shadowmoon Valley into submission, as well as subdue and subvert the magic of the arakkoa.[8]

Warlords of Draenor

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Grommash is first seen after the Dark Portal is destroyed in Tanaan Jungle, standing upon a rise with the other Warlords. He commands his forces to attack the Azerothians and the rescued Frostwolf and draenei prisoners, but they escape to the harbor and sail off to safety. However as they leave he threatens to find them and make them pay for disrupting his plans.

In Shadowmoon Valley, Rulkan showed the Alliance Commander a vision of how Grommash had "convinced" Ner'zhul to join the Iron Horde. Some time later, Ner'zhul showed the warchief the power of the Dark Star when he summonned Arkeddon. Grommash, impressed, ordered the invasion of Karabor to begin.

After one of the Azerothian commanders had been captured by Azuka Bladefury and imprisoned in Mok'gol Watchpost, they witnessed a council meeting between Hellscream, Bladefury and Blackhand. He berated Blackhand for allowing the Alliance and Horde forces to continue to assault the Foundry, and also inquires into the status of Bladefury's plan. After the meeting, he departs to Tanaan.

He is later briefly seen with Kargath in Highmaul, capital of ogres, with whom the Iron Horde had allied, and observes Kargath in the coliseum. When Kargath dies and Cho'gall enters, Grommash is already gone.

After Azuka Bladefury is killed, the allied forces at the Path of Glory confront Hellscream. Exarch Yrel/Durotan demands that he surrender, but he refuses. He then declares that if they dare challenge him, he will be waiting in Tanaan, which at this point, he and his forces retreat through the gates.

An Inside Job

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Gul'dan approaches Grommash at Bladefury's Command in Talador and mocks the Iron Horde's failures and losses, which include the death of the Warchief's son; a point that Gul'dan punctuates by throwing Gorehowl at Grom's feet. Gul'dan re-opens his invitation to drink the blood of Mannoroth. Grommash, saddened by his son's death and wishing to preserve his honor, does not agree to Gul'dan's offer and attempts to strike him down, only to be effortlessly incapacitated by the warlock's magic. Gul'dan opens the offer to all other orcs present, promising them power like his if they accept. Kilrogg steps up in order to drink the blood, with Grommash urging him in vain not to do so. After Kilrogg's transformation, Gul'dan appears to take control of the Iron Horde.

Hellfire Citadel

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"Still holding out hope, Hellscream? Your precious Horde will serve the Legion."
Fel Lord Zakuun

Grommash was held captive by Gul'dan and taken to a vantage point in Tanaan Jungle, overlooking his iron citadel. Gul'dan mocked Grom for his choices, and bathed the citadel in twisted fel-blood to better serve his needs. Grom's will is not yet broken, however; he ensured his usurper that the heroes who had challenged his Iron Horde would defy Gul'dan and the Legion also.

Grommash is later encountered in Hellfire Citadel under captivity of the demonic commander Fel Lord Zakuun. He gains his freedom after the demon's death, claiming his axe and leaving to confront Gul'dan.

Grom is present during the battle against Archimonde at the Black Gate. He fights alongside Khadgar, Yrel, and champions of Azeroth in overcoming the mighty demon lord, although Gul'dan escapes his wrath. After the battle, Grommash proclaims the victory and the freedom of Draenor to the gathered soldiers, and will work to rebuild his world alongside his former enemies.

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Shadowmoon Valley (alternate universe)  ?? 108,328
B [100] The Warlord's Council 100 20,500
The Coliseum  ?? 108,328
Highmaul  ?? 104,718,000
Hellfire Citadel 103 10,832,800

Memorable quotes

Lords of War

"When you hear our howls of war, when you feel the ground quake beneath you, then you will know what it means to be Warsong."

Warlords of Draenor announcement trailer

"War. It is the lifeblood of this world. We are its children. Soon, its masters. Ours is a legacy of conquest! A rising tide of blood and iron that will wash over this world, and ALL OTHERS! Our bond is iron. Our will unbreakable. Who... will stand against us?"

Fury of Hellfire trailer

"They will defy you. I have seen their forces in battle. They are fearless. It does not matter what vile creatures you summon to the battle, they will persevere. Their resolve is unbreaking. They will come, they will fight, and they will wash their blades of your blood in victory!"

Notes

  • During the final battle with Archimonde in Hellfire Citadel, Grommash uses all damaging area-of-effect Warrior talents ( [Shockwave], [Bladestorm], and [Dragon Roar]) with the exception of [Ravager].
  • Instead of his whole lower jaw being tattooed black, this Grom has only a small part of his lower jaw tattooed.
  • Being born in the year -26,[9] in the alternate timeline Grom refused Mannoroth's blood at the age of 22, in the year -4.
  • Grommash first appeared in the epilogue of War Crimes where Garrosh and Kairoz saw him raising Gorehowl.
  • Grom is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.[10]
  • A StarCraft II portrait of Grom is available for players who purchase either the digital deluxe[11] or collector's edition[12] of Warlords of Draenor.
  • During the planning stages of Warlords of Draenor, Grommash was intended to be the final boss of the expansion.[13] However, as the story progressed, the developers found this to be an unsatisfying direction that was further exacerbated by Blackrock Foundry being Iron Horde-centered; and having two such raids back-to-back would only further a growing weariness of orcs. So they decided to focus on the more evil and dangerous threat of Gul'dan and the Burning Legion.
  • A Grom Hellscream statue is available since August, 2015.[14]
  •  [Grommloc] was given out as a reward to BlizzCon 2014 attendees.

Speculation

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Despite being overthrown by Gul'dan, Grommash is credited to have sent several ships on missions.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21] This may reflect the ignorance of the Alliance and Horde intelligence which assumed that Grommash was still in charge of the Iron Horde and was not yet aware of Gul'dan taking it over.

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