Blackrock clan (alternate universe)
- For the clan from the main universe, see Blackrock clan.
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The Blackrock clan is an orc clan led by Blackhand himself. The Blackrock are a disciplined, organized, and militaristic clan who boast expert smiths and metalworkers. Well armored, they utilize brute strength and weaponry to destroy their foes.
For years, the clan had many victories under the guidance of their powerful leader. While many of them thought it was just luck, the reality was different. Their leader was a brilliant tactician who had always found the weak point of the enemy.
At that time, Orgrim was haunted by the prophecy that said that the last of the Doomhammer line would use the weapon to doom his people, and brought the hammer back to the place where it was forged, hoping to avert the prophecy while keeping the weapon's power. However, the furies saw the fear and pride that came over Orgrim, and took the hammer away from him. No one else was allowed to claim it - those who did were burned to death.
Without the hammer in the hands of Orgrim, the clan lost to the ogres for the first time.
Soon, the Blackrock clan was surrounded at the Foundry. They were outnumbered, and even if they had attacked the ogres before dawn, while they were vulnerable, they would still not have been able to break the siege. The only choice was whether to starve to death within the foundry's walls, or to die quickly in battle. As death seemed certain, Orgrim returned to the place where he left the Doomhammer, contemplating it. He recalled his pride, being ready to give his life for the clan on orders from his chief whether on the battlefield or in the lava lake to retrieve the legendary hammer. But the chieftain refused, it was he who would take the hammer. He ordered Orgrim to lead the assault before dawn. He said that the hammer was their last hope, and that the survival of the clan's leader did not matter. As he plunged his hand into the lava and tried to grab the hammer, the lava covered the body of the chief - but instead of burning him to death, the furies spoke to him, even though he was not a shaman. It said that though the chieftain was not worthy to carry the hammer, he was allowed to use it to forge new weapons for the clan.
Amazement read in the eyes of Orgrim when the chieftain came back with the hammer. The furies had sent him the knowledge to use the legacy of the Doomhammer family to forge new weapons throughout the night. Then, in the morning, freshly armed orcs charged behind their leader at the ogre army. Victory was theirs. The chieftain then had to pass the hammer back to Orgrim, as it still belonged to him, and told his second-in-command that the day the prophecy will be fulfilled is yet to come. Since then, the Blackrock leader took on the name of Blackhand, as his hand was transformed by the lake that held the Doomhammer into one of flame and black stone.
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In the end, the Blackrock orcs lost their warlord during the siege of their Foundry.
After Archimonde's defeat, it's presumed they joined the rest of Draenor in rebuilding.
- The first of the Orc clans to master the art of shaping their namesake metal, the Blackrock prefer to wield blunt weaponry in battle to honor their ancestors. Blackrock Hammer-Sisters can be seen during the Battle of Thunder Pass, and more Blackrock females were meant to be members of this sisterhood during the Warlords of Draenor alpha.
- The Blackrock Clan originally used the naturally occurring elemental-fueled infernos of ancient Draenor to shape and harden their namesake ore. A shaman could use these bellows to channel the power of a fire spirit directly to a blast furnace, allowing the Blackrock to set up forges anywhere.
- Male orcs of the Blackrock Clan never cut their hair until they come of age, at which point their head is shaved and their role in this extremely regimented society is determined.
Interestingly, the orcs of the Blackrock clan have been shown to have gray skin, just like Rend's Blackrock faction. However, it was said that the gray skintone was a result of the Dark Horde Blackrock orcs dwelling in the inside of Blackrock Mountain for years and the other Blackrock orcs such as Saurfang and Doomhammer had green skin. The Warcraft RTS games, particularly the first two in which the Blackrock clan played a major role, depicted Blackrock orcs as having green skin. It's possible that the origin of the gray skin has been retconned (despite being explained only recently) and that it now always was a natural part of the Blackrock clan. This would mean Blackrock characters like Saurfang currently have an outdated model. Alternatively it could be that the Dark Horde regained their natural skin colour via their alliance with Nefarian.
Though, just like the ones in Blackrock Mountain, these orcs have been working in mountains (Blackrock Foundry) themselves building up siege weapons among other devices for the Iron Horde, which could result in the same skin tones.
Blackhand, wielding the Doomhammer, leading the Blackrocks in battle.
Members of the Blackrock clan as seen in the Warlords of Draenor announcement trailer.