Shattered Hand clan
|Theater of operations|
- "The Shattered Hand's influence dominates these lands. We are the veil which covers Kalimdor: The protectorates, the police, the judges, the jury, and ultimately, the executioners. We see all, we know all."
The Shattered Hand clan (or simply the Hand) was originally an orcish clan that dwelled in the Spires of Arak. Formed from outcasts and liberated Highmaul gladiator slaves, the clan was named after its gruesome self-mutilation practices. The clan was left behind on Draenor during the First and Second Wars, but later rallied under 's banner. Following Draenor's transformation into Outland, many Shattered Hand transformed into fel orcs, with their founder and chieftain, , becoming the Warchief of the Fel Horde in service to the Illidari.
The ogres of the Gorian Empire had a long history of enslaving orcs and forcing them to fight each other in brutal arenas for entertainment. Around 11 years before the First War, a slave named Kargath tore off his own hand to escape his chains and rallied his fellow slaves to do the same. Those who did accompanied him as he rampaged through Highmaul, spilling the blood of his masters. Kargath and the former slaves established a new clan, known as the Shattered Hand, and settled in the Spires of Arak.
Rise of the Horde
The Shattered Hand were present at Oshu'gun when announced the draenei as the enemies of the orcs. Shortly after was named Warchief of the Horde, he assigned specific roles to the various clans. The Shattered Hand were among the clans assigned to act as scouts, raiders and auxiliary forces that could quickly move from one region of Draenor to another. Later, the clan was present during the drinking of the Blood of Mannoroth atop the Throne of Kil'jaeden.
One year later, Kargath Bladefist was charged with eliminating the high arakkoa of Skyreach and formed a lightly armored but highly mobile invasion force from the Shattered Hand, Burning Blade and Dragonmaw clans. After dozens of orcs were incinerated by the arakkoa's immense cannon, Kargath convinced the Outcast arakkoa to sneak into Skyreach and sabotage the weapon. The Outcasts were successful, but Kargath and his forces then proceeded to slaughter the Outcasts alongside the high arakkoa, throwing some of the latter into Sethekk Hollow. The Horde assault led to the destruction of high arakkoan civilization and the near-extinction of the Outcasts.
After the Horde had conquered much of Draenor, the threat of starvation caused many orcs to grow more agitated and turn on each other, clashing in short-lived battles that left hundreds dead. Several clans, among them the Shattered Hand, completely lost themselves to the depths of madness. To protect the rest of the Horde, Blackhand banished the violent clans from Hellfire Citadel to the remote areas of Hellfire Peninsula in order to preserve some of the Horde's dwindling strength.
When the Horde prepared to invade Azeroth, Blackhand ordered the troublesome clans to remain on Draenor, since he believed that they would become liabilities if allowed to participate in the invasion. He knew that the clans would grow restless on Draenor, but a few months of waiting while hearing only stories of the lush new world and seeing only scraps of the war spoils would force them to be on their best behavior. If the clans were still uncontrollable, they could stay on Draenor and rot, for all Blackhand cared. After the fall of Stormwind City, the new Warchief sent messengers to Draenor to call up the remaining clans in order to replenish the Horde's numbers, but the messengers later returned to inform the Warchief that the clans on Draenor had descended deeper into bloodlust and had begun fighting with one another, allowing only a few orcs and ogres to bolster the Horde.
Beyond the Dark Portal
Life on Draenor was stark for Draenor's orcs, as the world continued to die and the orcs continued being consumed by bloodlust and violence. The Warsong and Shattered Hand clans, in particular, had insatiable needs for violence. Following the Horde's defeat on Azeroth at the end of the Second War, Ner'zhul rallied the clans still left on Draenor, the Shattered Hand among them, under his new banner with the intent of opening portals to new worlds for the Horde to conquer. The gathered chieftains easily agreed to Ner'zhul's plans; having sat out the entirety of the First and Second Wars, they thirsted for battle, and any chance to escape their dying homeworld was worth taking. Almost immediately after Ner'zhul reopened the Dark Portal, the Warsong chieftain led the Warsong, Shattered Hand, Thunderlord and Laughing Skull in an invasion of the Blasted Lands. led a group of orcs and death knights away from the Blasted Lands in search of the artifacts that would allow Ner'zhul to open portals to new worlds.
After Gorefiend brought the artifacts back to Draenor, Ner'zhul and the bulk of the Horde journeyed from Hellfire Citadel to the Black Temple to begin performing the ritual, but he left Kargath and the Shattered Hand behind to hold the invading Alliance forces at bay. The Alliance mistakenly believed that Ner'zhul was still in Hellfire Citadel and launched an all-out offensive on the stronghold. The Shattered Hand had dug in at the citadel for a siege and had hoped to hold the Alliance at bay for a week, but their defenses fell before the end of the first day. Even with the aid of black dragons, Kargath had no means to repel simultaneous attack from dwarf gryphon riders and soldiers on the ground. Once and the magi joined the fray, Kargath was forced to abandon his position and flee into the wastes.
Kargath and his clain sailed to Garadar in an attempt to recruit the Mag'har quarantined there, but as refused their request they soon left again. Realizing that he had too few soldiers to make a difference, Bladefist instead decided to abandon the struggle and reclaim Hellfire Citadel one day in the future, when he was stronger and more prepared.
A force of Shattered Hand orcs defended the Azerothian side of the Dark Portal during the last days of the Invasion of Draenor. They were left stranded after the Portal was destroyed by the Alliance.
The New Horde
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On Azeroth, the Shattered Hand have become an integral part of 's New Horde and now accept various other races into their ranks, including jungle trolls, goblins and even ogres. Based out of the Shadowswift Brotherhood in Orgrimmar's Cleft of Shadow, they are responsible for watching the Horde's enemies and for training aspiring rogues from various races in the ways of stealth, deception, and the brewing of deadly poisons. Thrall acknowledged that the Hand was necessary to ensure orc and troll safety. "The great " appeared to be considered a high-ranking member of the organization. The Forsaken Deathstalkers have allies within the Shattered Hand.
Many members of the Hand do not survive their training. The only way for a member of the organization to truly identify another member of the Hand is through a gesture known as the Shattered Salute.
- The Shattered Hand asked to look out for aspiring rogues in the Valley of Trials, as well as training and keeping the rogues informed of anything the organization might need.
- later sent aspiring rogues wishing to join the Shattered Hand to in Orgrimmar to prove themselves. Therzok asked them to kill the troll and retrieve his satchel, but as the satchel was locked the rogue was forced to pickpocket the key from Tazan's drunken assistant, . Once this task was completed, Therzok officially initiated the rogue into the Shattered Hand.
- The Hand operative claimed to have foreseen the day of Thrall's death, specifically "the dagger in his back, poison seeping through to his every vein", before hastily adding that he had said too much. However, considers Zando'zan to be crazy.
- asked adventurers to bring him white claws from the ravasaurs of Un'Goro Crater, claiming that the Hand had "clients" that would like weapons crafted from the claws.
- was planted by the Hand as an undercover agent among the ranks of the Venture Company, specifically at the Venture Co. tower north of the Sludge Fen in what is now the Northern Barrens. Fizzule tasked Horde rogues with killing Venture Co. forces, stealing a key from , taking the head of and retrieving a cache of Zanzil's mixture from Gallywix's lockbox, but the rogue was afflicted by the Touch of Zanzil in the process. The key, head and cache were then brought back to Shenthul in Orgrimmar, who sent the rogue on to in Tarren Mill so that he could cure them and teach them how to make use of the poison.
- The Shattered Hand was able to place spies throughout the upper citadel of Blackrock Mountain. Though the information gathering process was slow, they managed to discover that the influence of the black dragonflight had extended beyond the Burning Steppes and into the kingdom of Stormwind itself after infiltrated the Stormwind court.
The Burning Crusade
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At some point, the Shattered Hand on Draenor, now Outland, transformed into fel orcs and joined the Fel Horde in service to the Illidari. Kargath himself made good on his promise of reclaiming Hellfire Citadel and became the Warchief of the Fel Horde, ruling from the Shattered Halls.
Many Shattered Hand 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. The legionnaires, champions and centurions of the Shattered Hand make up the elite of the Fel Horde. They are feared by the regular troops and serve as an officer corps. , a subordinate of the , is charged with training Shattered Hand captains at the base of Hellfire Citadel, honing them to a bloody razor's edge. Kargath was ultimately slain by adventurers, who retrieved his namesake fist.
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The Shattered Hand on Azeroth lay mostly quiet for several years, but continued to serve under the new Warchief, , as they had under Thrall. is now considered the leader of the rogues of the Shattered Hand in Orgrimmar. The Shattered Hand rogue and several other operatives were sent to the Deadmines to take the Defias Brotherhood's juggernaught and use it against the Alliance, which Kagtha considered to be a symbol of the Shattered Hand's "rebirth" after its long dormancy.
On Draenor, slavery had changed the Shattered Hand into a twisted and embittered people who knew only pain and torment, and they adopted bloody traditions of self-disfigurement and scarification. Made up of orcs who could call no other clan home, the Shattered Hand were sadistic warriors who maimed their bodies, perhaps in a show of solidarity, or perhaps because they simply enjoyed the pain, which they claimed strengthened them. The clan celebrated victory in battle with self-mutilation. Their most celebrated warriors were covered with scars and piercings, and it became 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 would ritualistically smash their own hand before cutting it off as a way to demonstrate their loyalty to the clan. The stump was cauterized and replaced with one of many varieties of weaponry. Heavily weighted blades resembling simple butcher's cleavers were used to make a single clean cut at the wrist.
- "I give you warm greetin's, <class>, as does the Shattered Hand. Do not look so surprised, <name>. There be shadows even on the highest perches of Orgrimmar--somethin' must hide there. The Shattered Hand take that role willingly. , even in his good heart, acknowledge that the Hand be necessary to ensure orc and troll safety." —
- "The Shattered Hand will see the Horde to their former glory, unhindered by the timidness of the Warchief." —
- "The Warchief is too subtle in his methods. He is cautious to unleash the might of the Horde. Once we were stronger, mighty conquerors all. That pride we must regain, and the Shattered Hand will do so. We build strength from the shadows and strike at the exposed, secretly laying our enemies low." — 
- "It is important that the Shattered Hand remains vigilant in the face of the changes Thrall wishes to bring about to the Horde. Our numbers alone will not be enough to overcome his rule - stealth and deception must be mastered." — 
- Orc clan
|Founder and chieftain, Warchief of the Fel Horde||Deceased-Killable||Hall of Blades, Shattered Halls|
|Defender of the Hellfire Ramparts||Killable||Hellfire Ramparts|
|Trainer of Shattered Hand captains||Killable||Hellfire Citadel, Hellfire Peninsula|
|Gorax's commander||Killable||Hellfire Citadel, Hellfire Peninsula|
|Executioner||Killable||Hall of Blades, Shattered Halls|
|Member of the Hidden||Alive||Unknown|
- Spy organization
|Leader of the Shattered Hand, senior rogue trainer||Alive||Cleft of Shadow, Orgrimmar|
|Undercover agent infiltrating the Venture Company||Killable||Sludge Fen, Northern Barrens|
|Rogue trainer||Alive||Cleft of Shadow, Orgrimmar|
|Operative, fence||Alive||The Drag, Orgrimmar; Hall of Shadows|
|Shattered Hand operative in the Deadmines||Alive||Deadmines|
|Rogue trainer||Alive||Razor Hill, Durotar; Hall of Shadows|
|Rogue trainer||Alive||Cleft of Shadow, Orgrimmar|
|Rogue trainer||Alive||The Den, Durotar|
|Rogue trainer, helped initiate new rogues into the Shattered Hand||Unknown||Formerly Cleft of Shadow, Orgrimmar|
|Helped initiate new rogues into the Shattered Hand||Unknown||Formerly Cleft of Shadow, Orgrimmar|
|Somewhat insane operative trainer||Unknown||Formerly Cleft of Shadow, Orgrimmar|
- Former members
|Defias Brotherhood engineer, working on a mast for the Defias juggernaught||Killable||Deadmines|
- mentions that she hasn't yet been initiated into the Shattered Hand.
- The ogre sacrificed his hand as proof of allegiance to the orcs of the Shattered Hand "years ago". However, it is not specified exactly when this occurred.
- As seen in Lords of War and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, many members of the Shattered Hand originally had pale gray skin, which seems to correspond to their clan color being white in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal.
- During the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha, an orc called with the title of <Leader of the Shattered Hand> appeared in the Hall of Shadows as a member of the Uncrowned. He used the model of an alternate universe Shattered Hand orc.
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 , with 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 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.
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- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 64
- ^ Lords of War Part One — Kargath
- ^ Rise of the Horde, page 103
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 82
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- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 98
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