Kurdran Wildhammer

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For Kurdran Wildhammer's Warcraft II statistics, see Kurdran (Warcraft II).
AllianceKurdran Wildhammer
Image of Kurdran Wildhammer
Title Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division attached to the Sons of Lothar,
Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak,
Chief Thane of the Wildhammer clan
Gender Male
Race Wildhammer dwarf (Humanoid)
Character class Gryphon rider, Scout, Warrior[1]
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Wildhammer clan, Alliance Expedition, Sons of Lothar
Former affiliation(s) Council of Three Hammers, Alliance of Lordaeron
Occupation Ruler of Highbank, Thane of Wildhammer Stronghold, Former Chief Thane of the Wildhammer clan, Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak
Location Various Locations
Status Alive
Companion(s) Sky'ree
"We will hear Sky-Ree's calls upon the winds. We will hear your hammer thunder across the mountaintops. Ride hard into the hereafter, brother. The halls of our ancestors await you."
—Falstad Wildhammer, on Kurdran's memorial in the Valley of Heroes

Kurdran Wildhammer is a famed gryphon rider who was Chief Thane of the Wildhammer clan during the Second War and one of the heroes of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor.

He is a level 70 quest ender in Shadowmoon Valley and a level 85 quest giver in the Twilight Highlands.

Biography

Tides of Darkness

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Kurdran in the Warcraft II manual.

Kurdran Wildhammer - gryphon rider of Northeron[2] - was the Chief Thane of the Wildhammer clan, and the Hinterlands.[3] During the Second War, the Orcish Horde led by Orgrim Doomhammer invaded the Wildhammer homeland. Kurdran was one of the first dwarves to spot the invaders and initiate battle. Soon he was aided by the forces of the Alliance of Lordaeron, and together they fought the bloodthirsty horde. Kurdran pledged his and his kingdom's aid to Anduin Lothar after the human Alliance aided them in forcing the invading orcs and forest trolls out of their homeland. Kurdran and his loyal steed, the gryphon Sky'ree, became legendary during the war,[1] battling over land and sea as well as the air; lending aid to Lordaeron and Quel'Thalas as well as the final battles of the war by scouting the orcs in Blackrock Spire. He left the Second War with nine slain dragons to his credit.[1] After the war ended, Kurdran remained with the Alliance as a scout,[1] his service proving invaluable to the Alliance war effort.

Beyond the Dark Portal

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Upon hearing that Deathwing had breached the Dark Portal into Draenor, Kurdran was only too eager to serve as scout and warrior for the Alliance Expedition to Draenor, and thus commanded the Gryphon Rider Division. Though Kurdran was captured during the raid on Auchindoun, he was rescued by the Alliance and met his vengeance upon those who imprisoned him.[4]

When Ner'zhul opened his unholy portals on Draenor, Kurdran elected to remain with his comrades and ensure that the Dark Portal was sealed to prevent it from harming Azeroth. For twenty years, he was believed dead, and immortalized in stone with his friends in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind. Today, contact between Azeroth has at last been reestablished, and he now leads Alliance forces in Shadowmoon Valley.

Burning Crusade

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Kurdran and Sky'ree survived the destruction of Draenor and, after joining forces with the Naaru, have taken up residence in Outland. Kurdran is the Thane of Wildhammer Stronghold, the Alliance outpost in Shadowmoon Valley, west of the Black Temple. Though he does not start any quests, Kurdran ends A [70] News of Victory. Interestingly, though he is not the target of any PvP objective, he has a tremendous amount of HP, at 5,588,800, more than any faction leader.

Fire and Iron

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After returning from Outland to Azeroth around the time of the Shattering, Kurdran returned to Aerie Peak and learned about the situation in Ironforge. Kurdran had been feeling an overwhelming urge to make up for the years away and so he told Falstad, who succeeded him as high thane and therefore had been chosen by King Wrynn, that he would represent the Wildhammer clan in the Council of Three Hammers "as the only dwarf fit for the job." Falstad did not say anything, but not only did this undermine his authority, the look anger and hurt on his face clearly noted the great disrespect Kurdran had shown him, as if his leadership for the past twenty years had been meaningless. This was one of Kurdran's overzealous attempts to prove he was the leader he'd always been, and though he knew the truth of how he treated his close friend, he preferred not to think about it out of guilt.

Kurdran then traveled to Ironforge. Tensions were running high between the Wildhammer clan and the other two clans in Ironforge as they were resentful of the Wildhammer's nonconformist tendencies as well as fearful of the false rumors circulating that said the Wildhammers were using barbaric brutal tactics on their enemies as well as their allies who didn't comply with their demands. Eventually the tensions led to a fight between a Wildhammer and a Bronzebeard that ended in somebody's death. The Bronzebeard clan and the Dark Iron clan had proposed to reforge the Hammer of the High King as an act of unity between the three clans and to ease the rising tensions in Ironforge but in order to do so, they required the scepter that belonged in Kurdran's possession. Though Kurdran was reluctant to part with the scepter for sentimental reasons and saw the reforging of the hammer as a waste of time, he nonetheless handed over the scepter so that the Wildhammer would be better received in Ironforge. Still, Kurdran had trouble adjusting to Ironforge as he missed the open skies of the Hinterlands and was not fond of the politicking required of his position. His troubles were compounded when tensions again rose as a fight broke out between Kurdran and his Wildhammer dwarves and some Dark Iron dwarves, which consequently led to a fire that killed his gryphon Sky'ree.

The hammer would later be reforged as an act of unity between the three dwarven clans, under decree of the Council of Three Hammers. It was decided that a dark iron smith should reforge the hammer. A few days before the reforging, the council discovered that the pieces of the hammer might've been fakes. Yet the majority of the council agreed to continue with the reforging without the public knowing about it being a fake. Kurdran however, disagreed with the lie. Later that night, Kurdran would come to where the pieces were stored, and removed the Wildhammer scepter that was to be used as the hammer's handle. During a conversation with Moira Thaurissan, it was implied that she planned on the Wildhammers alienating the other two clans so that tensions between the Dark Irons and the Bronzebeards would lessen. Moira informed Kurdran that his brute strength was useless, and only winning hearts and minds mattered in Ironforge. The night before the reforging, Muradin Bronzebeard advised Kurdran to compromise his principles a little as his beliefs were not only holding himself back, but his clan and the entire city as well.

On the day of the reforging, it was discovered that the handle was missing, and Kurdran admitted he had stolen it. But instead of letting it be reforged, he smashed the handle with his stormhammer, and it shattered to pieces. Kurdran declared that the union of the dwarven clans shouldn't start with reforging a hammer that could be fractured again. Instead, Kurdran proposed that the dwarven clans move forward from the past and unite with a fresh start. Gladly, Muradin joined him in fracturing the other fragments while Moira did so reluctanly, her plan quietly foiled at such a public event.

Realizing that Falstad was the better dwarf to represent the Wildhammer clan in the Council of Three Hammers, Kurdran decided to step down from his position as Wildhammer representative and traveled to Stormwind to aid King Varian's army. Meeting with Falstad in Stonefire Tavern, he also planned, out of curiosity, to take a look at his statue in the Valley of Heroes; Falstad joked that it was difficult to think of something good to say for the placard.

For the first time since returning to Azeroth, Kurdran felt free.[5]

Wolfheart

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Kurdran, along with Thargas Anvilmar and Drukan and their clan retinues representing the Council of Three Hammers, sailed together to attend the summit in Darnassus to vote Gilneas into the Alliance. When a disagreement arose among the three clans of which contingent would enter the Darnassus portal first, Kurdran displayed some of the diplomatic acumen he picked up in Ironforge and used a rigged game of bones to ensure that the Bronzebeards would be first and the Dark Irons, so they wouldn't be first and yet not feel slighted, second.[6]

Cataclysm

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Kurdran Wildhammer is present in the Twilight Highlands. He is the ruler of Highbank and can also be found in Kirthaven. He aids Alliance adventurers in uniting the various Wildhammer clans of the Twilight Highlands and bringing them under the Alliance banner. He also serves as the high commander in the Alliance army that is fighting against the Twilight's Hammer Cult.

Tides of War

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Kurdran was present during a meeting with Varian and other Alliance leaders and ambassadors in Stormwind to decide on the best way to destroy the Horde's blockade around Kalimdor.[7]

Legion

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When an Alliance player reaches Prestige Rank 2, Kurdran can be found in Stormwind Keep alongside other notable leaders of the Alliance. During A [100] A Royal Audience, he is present at the ceremony hosted by King Anduin Wrynn that congratulates the character for their battles against the Horde, following their receiving of the  [Grand Marshal's Medal of Valor] from the King, as well as an artifact appearance.

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Shadowmoon Valley 70 5,588,800
Twilight Highlands 85 426,195
B [85] Skullcrusher the Mountain 85 1,549,800

Quests

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Personality

Kurdran is well liked by his friends for his jolly personality and love for battle. He is a fierce warrior and does not like to be seen as a weakling, insisting to fight on despite being heavily wounded. Danath Trollbane was likely one of his closest friends and was whipped into frenzy hearing Kurdran's apparent death. Unlike many Wildhammers, he is not hostile towards wizards and spell-casters.[citation needed]

He was described as proud and belligerent.[1]

Valley of Heroes Monument

The statue of Kurdran Wildhammer in Stormwind.

Kurdran Wildhammer

Renowned Dragon Fighter. Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak. Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division attached to the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.

We will hear Sky-Ree's calls upon the winds. We will hear your hammer thunder across the mountaintops. Ride hard into the hereafter, brother. The halls of our ancestors await you.

- High Thane Falstad Wildhammer

Quotes

Greetings
  • "I am Kurdran, High Thane of the Wildhammer Clan!"
  • "We must unite the Wildhammer clans!"
  • "Together, we will storm the highlands!"

Highbank

I've been placed in command of Alliance joint operations in the Twilight Highlands.

The independent Wildhammer clans still dot this countryside. If we can unite them under the Alliance banner, nothing can stop us! But enemies close in from all sides. I hope you're ready for a fight, <class>.

Kirthaven

Since the fall of Grim Batol, we Wildhammers have never truly been united. Out here in the Highlands, forgotten by the rest of teh[sic] world, the different clans have all gone their separate ways.

To join them all back together isn't going to be easy.

Fire and Iron

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  • "The new Ironforge begins here. Ask yerselves, do ye want tae start it by puttin' this hammer back together so that one day it can be broken again? The Wildhammers have chosen tae take a step forward, not back. Who among ye is wi' us?"[8]

Notes

  • Kurdran was mentioned on Durnholde Keep's bulletin board in the canceled game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans.
  • Kurdran is voiced by Michael Sorich.
  • As of Legion, Kurdran is one of the four surviving Alliance rulers from the Second War, the others being King Magni Bronzebeard (Who was petrified during a ritual in the events of "The Shattering", but has returned as a crystalline herald for Azeroth.), Gelbin Mekkatorque and Genn Greymane; King Terenas of Lordaeron, King Thoras Trollbane of Stromgarde, Admiral Proudmoore of Kul Tiras, Lord Perenolde of Alterac, Antonidas of Dalaran, King Anasterian Sunstrider of Quel'Thalas and King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind have all died (all murdered with the exception of Perenolde, died in prison.) in the interim.
  • Previously, Kurdran briefly replaced Falstad as the Wildhammer representative of the Council of Three Hammers (an error on the part of the creative team) until he was replaced once again by Falstad in a later build due to Red Shirt Guy. Interestingly, the Council of Three Hammers faction leader story, Fire and Iron, is written from the perspective of Kurdran and gave lore-based reasons behind the switch.[9]
  • Prior to Patch 4.1, when interacting with Kurdran in the Twilight Highlands, Kurdran retained the on-click voice files he had as a member of the Council of Three Hammers ("The Council of Three Hammers requires me presence..."). His replacement, Falstad, also shared the same voice set. In patch 4.1, Kurdran got unique on-click quotes.
  • Until the assault on the Dark Portal, Kurdran was one of the only major heroes of the Alliance Expedition to have returned to Azeroth.

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Preceded by:
Khardros Wildhammer
Position:
Chief Thane of Hinterlands & Wildhammer clan
Succeeded by:
Falstad Wildhammer
Preceded by:
Moira Thaurissan
Position:
Lord of Ironforge
(as the Wildhammer clan representative of the Council of Three Hammers and Regent to Dagran Thaurissan II)
Succeeded by:
Incumbent
Preceded by:
None
Position:
Wildhammer clan representative of the Council of Three Hammers
Succeeded by:
Falstad Wildhammer