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Blademasters
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Large, sharp melee weapons

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Easily recognizable by the banners carried on their backs

To take up the weapon of a Blademaster is to invite your own demise.
Ancient Blademaster

Blademasters, also known as blade masters,[1] are legendary orc warriors of the Burning Blade clan, known for their mastery over swords, axes and polearms.

Background

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Origin

The blademasters are known to have existed long before the corruption of the orcs at the hand of the Burning Legion, when the Burning Blade clan was still dwelling in Hallvalor in Nagrand and using elemental fire magic. Judging by the Ancient Blademaster, the way of the blademaster was already an ancient one years before the forming of the Old Horde.

Third War

WCIII blademaster

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Main article: Blademaster (Warcraft III)

Though their numbers are few, the seasoned blademasters represent an elite fighting force within the Horde. These skilled swordsmen were once part of the ill-fated Burning Blade clan which consumed itself in the throes of demonic corruption. With their clan scattered and broken, the proud blademasters swore a grim oath to free themselves and their brethren from demonic control once and for all. Under Thrall's command, the blademasters once again joined the Horde and came to serve as the young Warchief's personal honor guard. Though blademasters are masters of stealth and guile, they value personal honor above all else.[2]

The Blackrock Scouts and Blackrock Warriors, sub-groups of the Blackrock clan loyal to the Burning Legion, were also led by blademasters.

Fel orcs

Fel blademasters were numerous in the forces of Magtheridon, and were the chieftains of each of his bloodthirsty sub-legions. Each of the four great fel orc fortifications on the Hellfire Peninsula, guarding the dark portals, was led by a blademaster. And in the Black Temple of Magtheridon himself, several blademasters led legions of fel orcs in defense. Illidan, Kael'thas, Lady Vashj and Akama had great battles against the fel orc blademasters both in and outside of the temple.[3][4]

Alliance-Horde War

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Garrosh Hellscream employed several blademasters during the campaign in Pandaria, with the Mag'har orc Ishi serving as his champion and with several blademasters stationed at Domination Point in Krasarang. He also recruited so-called Blind Blademasters into his True Horde during the Siege of Orgrimmar.

Iron Horde

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On the alternate Draenor where the orc clans rallied into the Iron Horde as a result of Garrosh's actions, the Burning Blade, led by a blademaster known as Azuka Bladefury, willingly joined. Following Gul'dan's takeover of the Iron Horde, a blademaster called Jubei'thos became a member of his Hellfire High Council.

Abilities and customs

The Masters' Cavern, where warriors of the Burning Blade train to become blademasters.
A blademaster without a blade is no blademaster at all.
Lantresor of the Blade[5]

The blade is not the only important item a blademaster carries. Once he had passed his final tests in the Masters' Caverns, the blademaster was given the honor of wearing the Burning Blade's banner.[6] The banners carried by blademasters are described as cumbersome, and it's hard to believe that they don't affect the blademasters' ability to fight.[7] In Warlords of Draenor, blademasters are shown to be capable of manipulating fire, with many of them using abilities such as "Blazing Coil".

Sticky, smelly, and highly flammable, blazegrease is liberally applied to the swords and axes of the Burning Blade clan before battle. Though some warriors choose to ignite their weapons before battle, most let the inevitable contact of blades and armor spark the blazegrease for unpredictable intimidation.[8]

Warcraft III abilities

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  • Bladestorm
    • By focusing their warrior energies, blademasters can become living cyclones of fighting rage. Spinning their great blades faster than the naked eye can see, they are capable of simultaneously damaging any enemy troops in their vicinity.[2]
  • Critical Strike
    • By channeling their potent powers in one focused strike, blademasters can cause even greater damage to their enemies.[2]
  • Mirror Image
    • One of the blademasters’ more mystical abilities is to create duplicate phantom images of themselves. Though the phantom images can move about freely of their own volition, they are not true entities unto themselves.[2]
  • Wind Walk
    • So adept and agile are the blademasters that they can move so quickly that they appear to be invisible to the naked eye.[2]

Notable

Named

Moogul the Sly, a blademaster in the RPG.
Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Horde  Akinos Master of Arms Orgrimmar Alive Sunreaver Pavilion, Icecrown
Horde  Blademaster Ronakada Warrior trainer Orgrimmar Alive Orgrimmar
Horde  Gorn Leader of Kargath and New Kargath Orgrimmar Alive New Kargath, Badlands
Horde  Hyku Steeledge Sent by Rehgar to teach his gladiators a lesson Crimson Ring Deceased Last seen in the Crimson Ring
Horde  Mankrik Orgrimmar Alive Grol'dom Farm, Northern Barrens; Southern Barrens
Horde  Samuro Destroyer of Kul Tiras base Horde Alive Last seen in Durotar
Horde  Mazuru Hero of the Horde Horde Killable Sparkrocket Outpost, Krasarang Wilds
Horde  Brolic Blade of the Warchief Horde Alive Domination Point, Krasarang Wilds
Horde  Tonak Innkeeper Horde Alive Domination Point, Krasarang Wilds
Horde  Ishi Champion of Warchief Garrosh Horde Deceased Last seen in Kun-Lai Summit
Neutral  Lantresor of the Blade Leader of the Boulderfist clan of ogres Boulderfist clan Alive Burning Blade Ruins, Nagrand
Neutral  Blademaster of the Blackrock Clan Blademaster in charge of communication with demons Blackrock clan, Burning Legion Deceased Last seen near Strahnbrad
Neutral  Khanzo Leader of Blackrock Scouts Blackrock clan, Burning Legion Deceased Last seen in Alterac Mountains
Neutral  Genjuros Leader of Blackrock Warriors Blackrock clan, Burning Legion Deceased Last seen in Alterac Mountains
Neutral  Haomarush Member of Blackrock Scouts Blackrock clan, Burning Legion Deceased Last seen in Alterac Mountains
Neutral  Bloodgrin Magtheridon's guard Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Black Temple
Neutral  Bonethirst Magtheridon's guard Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Black Temple
Neutral  Gorgosh Protector of dimensional gateway Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Outland
Neutral  Jubei'Thos Leader of Blackrock Warlocks and former leader of the Blackrock clan Blackrock clan, Burning Legion Deceased Last seen in Alterac Mountains
Neutral  Maim Commander of the Horde of Agony Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Black Temple
Combat  Mekthorg the Wild Fel Horde Killable Hellfire Peninsula
Neutral  Mizgill Protector of dimensional gateway Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Outland
Neutral  Nera'thor Commander of the Legion of Torment Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Black Temple
Neutral  Rend Commander of the Horde of Pain Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Black Temple
Neutral  Sagra'nel Commander of the Legion of Anguish Magtheridon's Forces Deceased Last seen in Black Temple
Neutral  Rahjak Hired by Zhahara Darksquall to find the Pearl of Pandaria Zhahara Darksquall Deceased Unknown
Neutral  Azuka Bladefury Warlord of the Burning Blade Iron Horde Killable Various Locations
Combat  Warlord Dharl of the Thrice-Bloodied Blade Former Warlord of the Burning Blade Iron Horde Killable Masters' Cavern, Nagrand
Neutral  Lantresor of the Blade (alternate universe) Outcast of the Burning Blade clan Adventurers Alive Hallvalor, Nagrand
Boss  Blademaster Jubei'thos Member of the Hellfire High Council Iron Horde Killable Court of Blood, Hellfire Citadel
Combat  Blademaster Bralok Burning Blade commander Iron Horde Killable Archenon Siegeyard, Talador
Combat  Instructor Luhk Burning Blade instructor Iron Horde Killable Masters' Cavern, Nagrand
Combat  Gorn (alternate universe) Son of Luhk Iron Horde Killable Masters' Cavern, Nagrand
Combat  Sesk Son of Luhk Iron Horde Killable Masters' Cavern, Nagrand
Combat  Katsuo Champion of Azuka Iron Horde Killable Ring of Blood, Nagrand
Combat  Akatha Blazeburn Azuka's Guard Iron Horde Killable Lunarfall, Frostwall
Combat  Drek the Firecaller Azuka's Guard Iron Horde Killable Lunarfall, Frostwall
Combat  Rag'sla Thunkblade Azuka's Guard Iron Horde Killable Lunarfall, Frostwall
Combat  Blademaster Ro'gor Iron Horde Killable The Pit, Gorgrond
Combat  Ancient Blademaster Blademaster ghost Killable Hallvalor, Nagrand

Warcraft III

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  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Arashicage
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Daisho
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Jubei
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Kajind
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Kigami
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Mikasa
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Nikoro
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Redjaw
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Tojara
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Yozshura
  • Horde  Grommash Hellscream, who, despite being classified as a blademaster in Warcraft III, probably wasn't one lorewise.[9]

RPG

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Note: Many of these are random hero names in Warcraft III.

Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Horde  Akinos Steelclaw Diplomat to the Alliance Horde Alive Unknown
Horde  Moogul the Sly Sage Horde Alive Unknown

Unnamed

Other blademasters

In the RPG

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Among the Horde, orcs with the gladiator class are known as blademasters.[10][11]

Blademasters lead their people into melee combat, unhesitatingly seeking the most vulnerable enemy champions — magi, druids and the like. Blademasters willingly go toe-to-toe with other melee experts as well, drawing from ages of tradition to fuel their combat prowess. Their sashimono banners allow their troops to identify them on the battlefield and move to where the action is thickest. Many act as bodyguards for other Horde champions.[11] Banner of the Black Wolf is in the same style as those worn by orcish blademasters.[12]

Chieftain of the Warsong clan and an orc legend, Grom Hellscream is a blademaster of the old traditions.[13] Thrall is also a blademaster.[14]

Notes and trivia

  • Players can don the banner and weaponry of masters of the blade by using  [Burning Blade].
  • Before blademasters were even a concept, Samwise Didier drew a katana wielding orc character in Dungeons & Dragons which would later inspire Samuro.[15]
  • Maki Waterblade is a saurok samurai, wearing items similar as a blademaster.
  • The orc Na'Shra was originally intended to be a blademaster.
  • Blademasters draw clear inspiration from Japanese culture, particularly the samurai. Many blademasters have very Japanese-sounding names, some wield katana-like swords, and their distinctive banners are seemingly inspired by sashimono, small banners carried on the backs of soldiers in feudal Japan (the banners are even outright called "sashimono" in the non-canon RPG). Japanese influence can also be seen in the fact that blademasters, and the Burning Blade clan in general, are said to value honor above all else.

Speculation

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  • From their positions in Magtheridon's army, it seems that fel orcs are led by blademasters. As the fel orcs live only for carnage and slaughter, it is plausible that they would follow those who are most capable of carrying it out.
  • Takata Steelblade may be a blademaster.

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