Thunderlord clan

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For the clan from an alternate universe, see Thunderlord clan (alternate universe).
Thunderlord clan
The Thunderlord clan banner.

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"Thunderlord" redirects here. For the realm, see Server:Thunderlord US.

The Thunderlord clan was an orc clan that existed for a very long time on Draenor. It remained behind during the first and second wars, however when Ner'Zhul wanted to open new portals, they eventually joined him.


In the time of the Thunderlord's formation, just as the orcs began winning their freedom from the ogres, the ancient shaman were said to be granted their powers from powerful shamanstones. These stones granted the orcs with the blessings of frost and fire, which aided the Thunderlords in their liberation.[1]

Around this time, an orc by the name of Brakor wielded the legendary Gronnsbane. He blessed this mighty weapon with the shamanstones of frost and fire, and dipped its blade in the blood of one of the mighty and ancient black rylaks of the Stonefury Cliffs. It grew in power after that, and the Thunderlords began their liberation. The stones were left behind when the orcs fled their cruel enslavers, and the Bloodmaul now use the same stones to enhance their own magics.[2]

The Thunderlord Clan made their home in Frostfire Ridge with their ancient rivals, the Frostwolf Clan. The two clans had differing views on beasts, the Frostwolf valued wolves as family, whilst the Thunderlord thought of beasts as nothing more than creatures to break and tame. Due to this, the Thunderlord and Frostwolf numerously clashed.

Rise of the Horde

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The clan was present when Ner'zhul announced the draeneis as the enemies of the orcs.[3] Later, the clan was present at Throne of Kil'jaeden when Gul'dan proposed to the orcs to drink the Blood of Mannoroth.[4]

At some point, the Thunderlord shaman Vorpil Ribcleaver became a warlock and joined the Shadow Council.

Invasion of Draenor

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After the First War, the Thunderlord clan was said to maintain the last of the wolf-riding Raiders (excepting those of the exiled Frostwolf Clan). The Thunderlords were led by an orc named Fenris the Hunter, presumably also a Raider. The Thunderlord clan represented some of the best mounted cavalry in any clan. They had strong connections to the Lightning's Blade clan and Blackrock clan; in fact, Orgrim Doomhammer initially rose to power as a member of this clan.[5][6] It is unclear how this is possible, however, as orc clans were very segregated and members avoided close contact or friendship with members of other clans before the formation of the first Horde.[7]

When Ner'zhul wanted to recreate the Horde, the clan refused, preferring to kill each other with the orc clans.[8] They joined finally the Horde later with Laughing Skull clan and the Bonechewer clan, leaving behind them the Redwalker clan.[9]

Some Thunderlord warriors was sent by Gaz Soulripper to escort Teron Gorefiend alongside Fenris and Tagar Spinebreaker into the Blackrock Mountain[10] and later to the Tomb of Sargeras. When the artifacts were secured, Fenris left Malgrim Stormhand at the Dark Portal and he with the rest of the clan returned to Draenor.

Garm Wolfbrother at some point succeeded Fenris but was eventually killed.

The Burning Crusade

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Most of the clan was apparently transformed into fel orcs[11] through the blood of Mannoroth and abandoned their village.[12] After that the Bladespire clan took the village.[11]

Thunderlord Stronghold from above.
Thunderlord Stronghold seen from the southwest.

Thunderlord Stronghold was taken from the Bladespire ogres by the Horde and now is a Horde-friendly town in the Blade's Edge Mountains. It is the remains of the Thunderlord clan's holdings, used as a base of operations by newcomer Horde forces. Although the guards are called Thunderlord Grunt they are not part of the Thunderlord clan.[citation needed]

Most of the clan appears to be wiped out, with quest lines focused on revenge on the ogres and with finding a way to heal the spirits of the dead. However, since the last chieftain of the clan, Garm Wolfbrother, was a Mag'har, it is quite likely that there are more survivors of the clan among them. Currently the quest lines end when you are able to communicate with the ghosts of the dead.

Rexxar, Champion of the Horde, now resides in the stronghold since the reopening of the Dark Portal. He protects the base from any beasts, and monstrosities that lurk within Blade's Edge. Rexxar eventually hopes to find more of his people, and perhaps make peace with his father Leoroxx, the chieftain of the Mok'Nathal clan.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
Horde  Fenris Wolfbrother Chieftain Unknown
Horde  Garm Wolfbrother Chieftain (last) Deceased Thunderlord Stronghold, Blade's Edge Mountains
Horde  Malgrim Stormhand Fenris' second Unknown
Combat  Vorpil[13] Grandmaster of the Shadow Council in Outland Killable (Wow) Shadow Labyrinth, Auchindoun


  • The Thunderlords are the greatest big game hunters in all of Draenor. For centuries they have used riding beasts and coordinated assaults to slay game and gronn alike. Their clan draws their name from an ancient chieftain who single-handedly slew a powerful gronn at the pinnacle of Thunder Peak.[14]

Game version of the Beyond of the Dark Portal

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The events described in the section were changed by the novel.

When the Bleeding Hollow clan returned, Fenris was immediately thrilled, believing that he would be able to return to Azeroth to finish the job that Doomhammer had been unable to. Ner'zhul, however, did not share that vision.[15] Unfortunately their clan leader decided to attempt to head into Azeroth and accomplish what the second war did not. Ner'zhul did not approve of this, and he slaughtered the entire Thunderlord clan.

When the Alliance attacked Draenor to retrieve the artifacts stolen by Ner'zhul, they found that the Laughing Skull clan had already stolen the Book of Medivh from Ner'zhul. In exchange for the book, the Alliance assisted the Laughing Skull clan in attacking the Thunderlord Clan.[16]