Laughing Skull clan
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The Laughing Skull clan is a very deceptive and treacherous clan of orcs that is distrusted by most of the other clans for their kinship of thievery and assassination. Although their loyalty is questionable, their skill and audacity are unequalled. Their treacherous leader, Mogor the ogre, and most of his clan remained in Draenor during both of the crossings.
|Mogor||Chieftain||Deceased||Laughing Skull Ruins, Nagrand|
Rise of the Horde
Beyond the Dark Portal
The clan battled against the Thunderlord clan at the beginning of Ner'zhul's plans. Eventually, they joined rest of the Horde of Draenor. However, Obris, right after Ner'zhul betrayed the Horde and left Draenor, told Khadgar that the clan was forced to join.
Warcraft 2: Beyond the Dark Portal
Most of the events described in the section were changed or ignored by the novel.
When the elder shaman Ner'zhul first began developing his plan to open more dimensional gateways, he required the knowledge of a specific order of death knights who knew how to rebuild the original Dark Portal. Mogor, the renegade ogre mage of the Laughing Skull clan, had taken control of this group of death knights and was using them for some dark purpose of his own. Ner'zhul ordered a small force of orcs, ogres, and a death knight from the Shadowmoon clan to attack the Laughing Skulls and subjugate Mogor's death knights. Ner'zhul forces rescued Grommash Hellscream and some of his Warsong soldiers, who had been held prisoner by the Laughing Skull clan, and with their help the attack was carried out successfully and Ner'zhul gained the knowledge required to open to portal back to Azeroth.
After the reopening of the Dark Portal a group of Laughing Skull warriors crossed it, they established near the citadel of Nethergarde Keep, there they fought against Danath Trollbane and his army, in this battle all the Laughing Skull warriors on Azeroth were killed by the Alliance of Lordaeron.
When the human armies invaded Draenor, the Alliance Expedition invaded the shipyards of Zeth'kur, with this the clans were driven to new heights of fury, one of the nearby island of Zeth'kur had a Laughing Skull encampment and was destroyed by the Alliance.
After defeating Deathwing, the Alliance attacked the Skeletal Coast, one of the islands near the coast had another Laughing Skull encampment, the clan's warriors were defeated, however they delayed the Alliance and before they could attack the Fortress Shadowmoon, the Laughing Skull stole the Book of Medivh from Ner'zhul.
When the Alliance Expedition went in search of the Book of Medivh, they sided with Mogor and his clan. In exchange for the dominance over the northern clans of Draenor and securing the passes across the Blade's Edge Mountains, he promised to deliver to the humans the Book of Medivh.
Khadgar, Alleria, Turalyon, and their strongest warriors reinforced Mogor and the Laughing Skull clan and stopped the Bonechewer clan, then attacked a stronghold of the Thunderlord clan (possibly Thunderlord Village) and destroyed it, gaining the control of the region.
Mogor was uncharacteristically true to his word, and managed to escape the wrath of the shaman Ner'zhul, when the world of Draenor tore appart, Mogor and his clan went with it.
This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
Following the destruction of Draenor, a brutal pit lord named Magtheridon rallied the surviving orcs under his rule. After Illidan captured Black Temple and imprisoned Magtheridon, the forces of Outland were once again united under one banner, this time Illidan's.
Laughing Skull forces can be found throughout the Blood Furnace of Hellfire Citadel, striking from the shadows before adventurers knew they were there. Two Laughing Skull Ambushers and Krun Spinebreaker (possibly a Bonechewer surname) were responsible for the death of Vindicator Sedai.
- Laughing Skull Ambusher
- Laughing Skull Enforcer
- Laughing Skull Legionnaire
- Laughing Skull Rogue
- Laughing Skull Warden
- In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness the color yellow was unused and labeled "Horde Traitors" and "Alliance Traitors," respectively. The "Horde Traitors" label itself may have inspired the role of the Laughing Skull clan in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal.
- In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, the Laughing Skull clan was said to be present on Azeroth and to not have joined Grommash Hellscream's resistance against the humans yet. Wether this means that they escaped imprisonment or were yet to mobilize from inside the internment camps is unknown.'
- The Laughing Skull was previously stated to have lived in Farahlon, but Warlords of Draenor and Chronicle Volume 2 put them in Gorgrond.
Mogor led the Laughing Skull clan during the Second War, but is not shown to be connected to them in Warlords of Draenor. As the earliest reference to Mogor in the main timeline was in the Second War, it's possible he only took command of the clan around then.
In Beyond the Dark Portal
The morose Laughing Skull is perhaps the most treacherous of all the clans. Feeling a kinship to thievery and assassination, the warriors of the Laughing Skull are distrusted by many of their fellow Orcs. Although the loyalty of those in the Laughing Skull are questionable, the skill and audacity of their minions are unequaled.
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Clans of Draenor, Laughing Skull Clan
- ^ Rise of the Horde page 248
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal
- ^ a b Excerpts from the Journal of Archmage Vargoth
- ^ Slayer of the Shadowmoon (WC2 Orc)
- ^ The Battle for Nethergarde (WC2 Human)
- ^ Upon the Shadowed Seas (WC2 Human)
- ^ Coast of Bones (WC2 Human)
- ^ a b Dance of the Laughing Skull (WC2 Human)
- ^ File:Chronicle2 Draenor Orc Clans Map.jpg