Shattered Hand clan
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The Shattered Hand clan was named for the practice of self-mutilation that every grunt in the clan must perform. Led by Kargath Bladefist, the Shattered Hand remained on Draenor while the majority of the orcish clans, led by Blackhand, traveled through the Dark Portal into Azeroth. Upon the return of the Bleeding Hollow clan from Azeroth, Kargath volunteered his clan to make war against the humans. When Draenor was destroyed, a part of his clan was stranded along with the Bleeding Hollow and Warsong clans.
The members of the Shattered Hand that remained in Azeroth became an integral part of Thrall's New Horde. With the foundation of Durotar, and the Horde capital of Orgrimmar, the Shattered Hand has become the Horde's assassins, training new rogues in the service of their Warchief.
- 1 World of Warcraft
- 2 Known members
- 3 Ranks and Classes
- 4 Culture
- 5 In Beyond the Dark Portal
- 6 Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
World of Warcraft
These orcs, including Kargath, were raised as slaves by the ogres of the Gorian Empire. They were imprisoned and held beneath Highmaul for many years. Striving for his own freedom, Kargath became a gladiator fighting in the Highmaul arena. The price each gladiator had to pay for their own freedom was to take one hundred orcish lives while fighting in the arena. Like his compatriots, Kargath fought in the arena for his freedom as well. Having won every battle against his opponents, Kargath marched out of Highmaul, only to discover the promise of freedom to be a lie. Kargath was thrown into a dungeon beneath the arena, and in a desperate bid to escape he severed his hand, which had been bound by shackles, in frustration and rage. The other orc slaves, seeing his resolve, followed in his footsteps and did the same. They followed Kargath in his uprising against the ogres and helped him slay the emperor. Kargath showed the severed head of the emperor to his followers, and they raised their severed hands, armed with blades, cheering at him. This moment marked the birth of the Shattered Hand clan.
Before the Horde
The Shattered Hand were nomadic, but seemed familiar with the swampy forests of the Spires of Arak. A clan of sadists, they were masters of deadly and painful poisons, and of torture. They were just as willing to inflict pain on themselves as they were others, believing they drew strength from it. This macabre joy of pain earned them a reputation as relentless and dirty fighters.
Rise of the Horde
The clan was present when Ner'zhul announced the Draenei as the enemies of the orcs. Later, the clan was present at Throne of Kil'jaeden when Gul'dan proposed to the orcs to drink the Blood of Mannoroth.
During the First War, the Shattered Hand remained on Draenor.
Beyond the Dark Portal
When Ner'zhul called the clan's chiefs to join him, only Kargath and Grommash answered it. He stayed at the side of Ner'zhul along with Kilrogg in Hellfire Citadel. When Nerz'hul had Eye of Dalaran and Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras in his hand, he left the citadel, ordering to Shattered Hand to delay the alliance. If he survived, they could find him in the Black Temple. After a battle, the Alliance eventually took the citadel and Kargath left with his orcs. Later, Kargath and his clan sailed for Garadar in order to recruit them. However, they were weak and useless. Kargath left them in Nagrand. Time passed and Kargath could not see why he had to keep his allegiance to Ner'zhul. He had enough power to take again the citadel for himself.
The Shattered Hand in the New Horde
The members of the Shattered Hand that remained in Azeroth became an integral part of Thrall's New Horde. With the foundation of Durotar, and the Horde capital of Orgrimmar, the Shattered Hand has become the Horde's assassins, training new rogues in the service of their Warchief. They are based in the Drag's Shadowswift Brotherhood. The troll rogues has also joined the Hand. Other members recognize themselves by performing the Shattered Salute. They are allies with the Deathstalkers.
However, as with all rogues, the extent of their loyalty is unknown; one member, Zando'zan, states that , but whether this is just a premonition he had of the Warchief's demise or that he or the Shattered Hand in Orgrimmar plans to kill Thrall remains a mystery. However Wrenix the Wretched, Zando'zan's contact, does point out that he's and that his words perhaps should not be taken seriously.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Garrosh used Shattered Hand Assassins to attack the Deadmines, led by Kagtha. The goal was to take the Juggernaught for the Horde in order to aid in the ongoing war against the Alliance. They also spied on the Dark Iron dwarves in the Searing Gorge.
Fel Orcs of the Shattered Hand
Unbeknown to any until now, Kargath Bladefist at some point became a fel orc, presumably by drinking the blood of the Pit Lord Magtheridon, the former Lord of Outland. Now in the service of the current Lord of Outland, Illidan Stormrage (Magtheridon had been deposed sometime after his return), Kargath is the self-declared Warchief of the Fel Horde, ruling from the Shattered Halls in Hellfire Citadel.
Much of his clan, now fel orcs as well, are camped along the Path of Glory leading up to Hellfire Citadel from the Dark Portal, as well as in the breaches in the northern and southern ramparts. They also make up the majority of the forces inside the Shattered Halls, including archers, gladiators, and assassins.
|Cleft of Shadow||Orgrimmar||Leader of the Shattered Hand.|
|Cleft of Shadow||Orgrimmar|
|||Deadmines||Rogue sending in Deadmines to take the Juggernaught for the Horde.|
|Shattered Halls||Hellfire Citadel||Former Leader of the Shattered Hand|
|Cleft of Shadow||Orgrimmar|
|Cleft of Shadow||Orgrimmar|
|The Barrens||Secret agent sent by the clan to spy on the Venture Company.|
|Hellfire Ramparts||Hellfire Citadel||Watcher of the Hellfire Ramparts|
|Cleft of Shadow||Orgrimmar|
|||Mast Room||Deadmines||Engineer for the Defias Brotherhood|
Ranks and Classes
- Orcs who can call no other clan home are welcomed by the Shattered Hand, and are quickly turned into sadistic warriors through the clan's rituals.
- The Shattered Hand celebrate victory in battle with self-mutilation. Their most celebrated warriors are covered with scars and piercings, and it becomes increasingly difficult with age to tell which were inflicted by enemies or by the triumphant orc.
- Taking their namesake literally, warriors of the Shattered Hand clan will ritualistically smash their own hand before cutting it off. This blade, which resembles a simple butcher's cleaver, is heavily weighted to assist in making a single clean cut at the wrist. The stump is cauterized and replaced with one of many varieties of weaponry. Kargath Bladefist and Watchkeeper Gargolmar seem to have both hands replaced by the time of The Burning Crusade, so this may be a sign of high rank.
In Beyond the Dark Portal
As those of the Black Tooth Grin clan, the members of the Shattered Hand practice the rituals of self mutilation to demonstrate their loyalty to the clan. Orcs who rise to the status of warrior within the clan offer their left hands to be broken or completely removed. Their ruined stumps are often replaced by some sort of crude weapon or tool.
Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans
In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, the Shattered Hand clan had several appearances, notably at the orcish reservation. They were depicted as still being led by Kargath Bladefist, with Clawhand being another named member of the clan.
The clan's culture was developed during the game: it was said that when a young warrior of the clan came of age, he crippled his own left hand with the hammer of the chieftain, and then the hand was replaced with a weapon fitting the orc's character. Many members of the clan had sold their blade hands to Zul'jin for black ale, the forest troll being fond of collecting them, and when Thrall was given an hacksaw-hand that was considered unworthy of the collection he noted that the tool must have belonged to a peon of the clan.
- True to the clan's color being white, their members were often pale-skinned prior to the Blood Curse.
- During the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha, an orc called The Hood and with the title <Leader of the Shattered Hand> was part of The Uncrowned.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 321
- ^ Lords of War
- ^ Rise of the Horde page 103
- ^ Rise of the Horde page 248
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal
- ^ The Dark Portal (WC2 Orc)
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, chapter 16
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Clans of Draenor, Shattered Hand Clan