- "Bonechewer" redirects here. For the polearm, see . For the vulture, see Bonechewer (carrion bird).
- Not to be confused with Bone Chewer.
The Bonechewer clan (or Bonechewers clan) was an orc clan that dwelled in northern Tanaan Jungle. Named after their willingness to resort to cannibalism in times of hardship, the Bonechewers were known for ornamenting themselves with the broken bones and ruined organs of their enemies. They were well respected by the rest of the Horde and inspired fear and terror in all who beheld them in battle.
It is unknown if there are any remaning members of the clan that haven't been turned into fel orcs.
Roughly 800 years before the First War, some of the orcs who migrated out of Gorgrond settled in the jungles of Tanaan, later known as Hellfire Peninsula. Though there was no shortage of wild game, Tanaan was tremendously perilous, filled with Primals, poisonous plants and venomous animals. Furthermore, there were dark caves and hollows that seemed to vibrate with sinister, shadowy power. Sometimes the orcs who tapped into this essence found glory, but other times they found madness. Tanaan's orcs adopted a savage, superstitious mindset. Those who kept their sanity called themselves the Bleeding Hollow clan, while those who truly lost themselves to the dark impulses of the wilds were exiled and, over time, formed another, smaller clan known as the Bonechewers. The two clans were never allies, but were also rarely at war. The jungle was a dangerous enough enemy for both.
Rise of the Horde
The Bonechewers were present at Oshu'gun when Ner'zhul announced the draenei as the enemies of the orcs. Shortly after Blackhand was named Warchief of the Horde, he assigned specific roles to the various clans. The Bonechewers 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.
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 Bonechewers, 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 Orgrim Doomhammer 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
By the time that Ner'zhul was preparing to create the Horde of Draenor, the Bonechewers were led by Hurkan Skullsplinter, who possessed the Skull of Gul'dan as a trophy. One day, Grommash Hellscream of the Warsong clan attacked the Bonechewers and slaughtered Hurkan in order to claim the Skull for the Horde before offering the rest of the clan a choice between joining the Horde or being destroyed. Tagar Spinebreaker stepped up and became the new leader of the clan in service to the Horde.
The Burning Crusade
This section concerns content related to The Burning Crusade.
A large number of Bonechewers were transformed into fel orcs by the Illidari, and to this day they can be found scavenging used equipment in Hellfire Peninsula, presumably to gather war machine parts for their masters in Hellfire Citadel. Although these scavengers are the lesser of the fel orc clans, their strength is the match of any green-skinned orc. Tagar Spinebreaker himself can be found wandering near the Path of Glory, and the Hellfire Ramparts in particular are filled with Bonechewers. Horde adventurers were tasked with killing Bonechewers and collecting their blood for Apothecary Zelana so that she could research the origin of the fel orc taint.
Despite the efforts of the Alliance and Horde to stop the Fel Horde in Hellfire, a number of Bonechewers escaped to the Bonechewer Ruins in Terokkar Forest. They wasted no time in constructing fortifications and repairing the buildings, day and night. These Bonechewers were allies of the Firewing blood elves and were tasked with keeping the Alliance and Horde forces occupied while the Firewing completed their mana bomb at Firewing Point. Lisaile Fireweaver was employed as a contact between the fel orcs and the Firewing, and she gave orders to the fel orc leader.
Shadowstalker Kaide and Theloria Shadecloak were dispatched by the Horde and Alliance, respectively, to end the threat. They could both have informed their superiors about the situation and received reinforcements, but Theloria thought that asking the Allerian Stronghold officers to dispatch members of their garrison in an attack on the orcs would leave the stronghold too vulnerable to attack, while Kaide didn't want the extra attention that would result from informing Thrallmar. Instead, adventurers were employed with thinning the Bonechewer ranks and hampering the fel orcs' part in the mana bomb project.
|Hurkan Skullsplinter||Former chieftain||Deceased||Unknown|
|Tagar Spinebreaker||Last known chieftain||Killable||Path of Glory, Hellfire Peninsula|
|Krun Spinebreaker (presumed)||Assassin||Deceased||South of Mag'har Post, Hellfire Peninsula|
- Bonechewer Behemoth
- Bonechewer Blade Fury
- Bonechewer Blood Prophet
- Bonechewer Brawler
- Bonechewer Combatant
- Bonechewer Shield Disciple
- Bonechewer Spectator
- Bonechewer Taskmaster
- Bonechewer Worker
- Bonechewer Evoker
- Bonechewer Mutant
- Bonechewer Raider
- Bonechewer Messenger
- Bonechewer Scavenger
- Bonechewer Beastmaster
- Bonechewer Destroyer
- Bonechewer Hungerer
- Bonechewer Ravener
- Bonechewer Ripper
In Warcraft II
Leader: Tagar Spinebreaker
The ravaging, cannibalistic warriors of the Bonechewer clan are well respected by the rest of the Horde. Ornamenting themselves with the broken bones and ruined organs of their enemies, the Bonechewers inspire fear and terror in all who behold them in battle.
The Bonechewers stayed in Draenor when the orcs first crossed the Dark Portal, and were spared the defeat that ended the Second War. When Ner'zhul was preparing the Horde of Draenor to reopen the Dark Portal, the Bonechewers were attacked by his clan, the Shadowmoon, because one of their captains possessed the Skull of Gul'dan as a trophy. Their camp was obliterated and the skull reclaimed. Shortly afterwards, Tagar Spinebreaker decided to attempt a foray into Azeroth alongside Fenris Wolfbrother, rising to the challenge and succeeding where their predecessors failed. Ner'zhul refused their suggestions and their clans were slaughtered. Despite the clan's destruction, orc forces with Bonechewer colors were seen assisting the Horde during the retrieval of the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras, as well as being part of the Horde of Draenor's forces in the human campaign.
Notes and trivia
- Bonechewer US, one of the realms in World of Warcraft, is named after the Bonechewer clan.
- A map of Draenor in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal places the Bonechewers in a swamp roughly corresponding to the location of modern-day Zangarmarsh, while the Bonechewer Ruins and certain items in the alternate universe's Gul'rok hint at a Bonechewer presence in Terokkar Forest. Chronicle Volume 2 instead places the clan in Tanaan Jungle.
- Gurtogg Bloodboil is surrounded by Bonechewers in the Black Temple, but his alternate counterpart is a member of the Bleeding Hollow clan. The two clans were later confirmed to be related in Chronicle.
- Twice in Beyond the Dark Portal were the Bonechewers depicted as having "human wave" attack strategies, sending many poorly-upgraded troops at the Alliance Expedition.
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, map of Draenor
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 39 - 41 (map)
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Clans of Draenor, Bonechewer Clan
- ^ Rise of the Horde, page 103
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 82
- ^ Rise of the Horde, page 248
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 100
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 123
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 138
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pages 41-44
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pages 135-145
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- ^ Pathaleon the Calculator's conversation with Sharth Voldoun
- ^ The Skull of Gul'dan (WC2 Orc)
- ^ Siege of Vanguard (WC2 Human) and The Bitter Taste of Victory (WC2 Human)