Stormreaver clan

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  Formerly
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Defunct

Stormreaver clan banner in color

The Stormreaver clan was a small orc clan created after the Horde's arrival on Azeroth, specifically the start of the Second War.[1] The founder and leader of the Stormreavers was the warlock Gul'dan, who maintained an iron-fisted rule over the clan. The Stormreavers, led by Gul'dan to serve as his personal protection, were prepared to attack Orgrim Doomhammer. Gul'dan, along with the support of his clan, amassed a great navy,[2] intending to find the lost Tomb of Sargeras; legend had it that this Tomb contained power beyond imagining.[3]

The clan was assigned to defend the Horde's positions at Stormwind City and Balor,[3] and were also responsible for capturing and pacifying giant turtles through potent spells,[4] but betrayed Doomhammer and hastened to the Broken Isles to raise the Tomb of Sargeras from the ocean floor. Stormreaver's warriors were slaughtered by Doomhammer loyalists when he ordered his revenge and their spellcasters were torn apart by the guardians of the Tomb.[5] The orcs killed during the battle were eventually raised by the vile magics of the demons,[6] and kept reliving it in their undeath.[7]

The few Stormreaver warlocks and necrolytes who survived wander the world, their only company the ghosts of their fallen comrades (see: Drak'thul).

Known members

Name Role Status Location
NeutralIconSmall Orc Male.gif Drak'thul Alive Broken Isles
NeutralIconSmall Gul'dan.gif Gul'dan Chieftain Deceased Tomb of Sargeras, Broken Isles, echo at Altar of Damnation, Shadowmoon Valley
NeutralIconSmall Orc Male.gif Rakmar Sharpfang Unofficial leader of the necrolytes Deceased
NeutralIconSmall Orc Male.gif Urluk Cloud-killer Deceased Tomb of Sargeras, Broken Isles

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Trivia

  • Originally, Garona Halforcen was said to be a member of the clan. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, however, presented a different backstory for the half-breed so she could never be its member.
  • The Last Guardian indicated that the Stormreaver Clan as led by a warlock already exists during the early stages of the Horde's invasion of Azeroth, as Khadgar suspects Garona of reporting to them.[8] Since every other source--including Warcraft II, where the clan originated--states that the Stormreavers were created by Gul'dan after Doomhammer slaughtered the Shadow Council,[3] this statement may be an error. Alternatively, the fact that Blizzard planned them to include in Warlords of Draenor may indicate it is the other way around. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 also says that the clan was formed after Gul'dan awoke from his coma.
  • In The Frozen Throne bonus campaign, the cultists that killed Morg Wolfsong in Durotar used the model of the Stormreaver units.
  • Several things point to the Stormreaver clan having been maritime-based, or at least partially so: its banner being a storm over raging tides, the fact that the clan was the one who captured and pacified the giant turtle battle subs of the Old Horde, its assignation to the island of Balor and finally its ability to launch a great exodus to the Broken Isles.
    • During the Warlords of Draenor alpha, the description of the Archaelogy artifact  [Barbed Fishing Hook] read: "This arm-length fishing hook has less in common with a traditional fishing hook and more with a halberd. The Stormreaver clan are the master navigators and fishermen of Draenor, and judging by the size of this hook their prey is no less savage than those of the landlocked clans." This description matched with the maritime capacity displayed by the clan during the Second War. However...
  • In the same Warlords of Draenor alpha, the Stormreaver clan was also Gul'dan's main force,[9] contradicting the statement from the manual that Gul'dan made it after the orcs reached Azeroth. This error was corrected early in the beta testing and the Stormreavers were replaced with the Shadow Council with all references to the clan removed.
  • Despite the above, in the Gul'dan and the Stranger comic that was released before Warlords of Draenor Gul'dan was shown to be surrounded by guards wearing blue garments reminiscent of the Stormreaver clan.

In Warcraft II

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Chieftain: Gul'dan the Warlock

Clan Colors: Blue

Background: The Stormreavers are a small but powerful clan whose origins are fixed in the history of the Horde since its coming to Azeroth. As the last of his kind, the Warlock Gul'dan maintains absolute control over this clan. Gul'dan, who secretly ruled the Horde through his unwitting puppet Blackhand, has found that the shrewd Doomhammer harbors no trust or fondness for him. This forced Gul'dan to found the Stormreavers in order to protect himself from any action Orgrim might take against him. With the support of his clan, Gul'dan intends to find the lost Tomb of the Daemonlord Sargeras. It is legend that this Tomb contains unimaginable power - power which Gul'dan means to possess.[3]

Domain: Stormwind, Azeroth and Balor, Azeroth

Speculation

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  • The warlocks of the clan may have been the last survivors from the Shadow Council that survived Orgrim's raid and were not sacrificed to become the first death knights.
  • The Stormreavers at Balor may have been wiped out from the island or still there.

References

  1. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
  2. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, A Brief History of the Fall of Azeroth
  3. ^ a b c d Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Clans of the Horde, Stormreaver Clan
  4. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Naval Units of the Horde, Giant Turtle
  5. ^ The Tomb of Sargeras (WC2 Orc)
  6. ^ The Tomb of Sargeras (WC2x Orc)
  7. ^ The Broken Isles (Warcraft III)
  8. ^ "And smaller clans, like the Stormreavers, that were led by a warlock. Khadgar suspected that Garona was reporting to someone within the Stormreavers, if only because she had less to complain about with them than the others." --The Last Guardian, chapter 12
  9. ^ Stormreaver Warlock on Wowhead