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Draka

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Image of Draka
Title Warlord,[1]
Baroness
Formerly:
Warrior of the Frostwolf Clan[2]
Gender Female
Race Orc (Humanoid / Undead)
Level Normal / Elite
Class Warrior (in life),
Rogue (in death)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) House of the Chosen
Former affiliation(s) House of Eyes, Frostwolf clan, Old Horde
Occupation Baroness of the House of the Chosen, Spy
Former occupation(s) Warrior of the Frostwolf clan
Location Spirit resides in Maldraxxus
Status Deceased[3]
Relative(s) Rhakish (paternal grandfather)
Kelkar and Zuura[4] (parents)
Lokra (sister, fate unknown)
Garad and Geyah (parents-in-law)
Durotan (mate)
Ga'nar, Fenris Wolfbrother, Karg Bloodfury (brothers-in-law)
Thrall (son)
Aggra (daughter-in-law)
Durak & Rehze (grandchildren)
Mentor(s) Margrave Akarek
I am Draka, once of the Frostwolf clan, now Baroness of the House of the Chosen. And most of all, a protector of Maldraxxus.
— Draka[5]

Draka was a courageous warrior of the Frostwolf clan, the mate of Durotan, and the mother of Go'el. After her death, she was sent to Maldraxxus where she became a member of the House of Eyes. After the house's destruction, she joined and rose to the rank of Baroness of the House of the Chosen.

Biography

A Warrior Made

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When Draka was born, she was a weak and sickly orc. Not only her clan-mates discriminated against her, also other clans said she was a dishonor to the orcish race. Blackhand said that if she was born in his clan, she would have been drowned at a young age. Draka and her family were forced to move to the outskirts of the Frostwolf village by Garad.

As a teenager, Draka asked Mother Kashur if there was any way to strengthen her sickly body. Visited by a vision of the ancestors, Mother Kashur told Draka that there was a way, but it could mean death. Kashur sent Draka on a hunt to obtain a wing feather of windroc, horn of talbuk, and fur of clefthoof. From the three ingredients, Kashur claimed that she could make a potion to cure Draka's illness.

Young Draka started her adventure alone. She had never been allowed to join any orcish hunts, and now she had to learn from the world itself. As time passed, Draka's skill increased and, although still weak, she defeated and claimed her first kill of windroc.[6]

Draka was successful in defeating a talbuk and a clefthoof and obtained all the ingredients she needed. She returned back to Kashur, who revealed the true meaning of Draka's hunt, that the ingredients and potion were not truly needed. The hunt itself had been intended to make Draka a strong and determined Frostwolf orc. In the end, now proud and beautiful, Draka joined a celebration, where she was noticed by Durotan and Orgrim.[7]

Rise of the Horde

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Durotan met Draka at the celebration. He was surprised to see her and was not sure whether she was of the Frostwolves. But then he remembered that she and her parents were exiled from the Frostwolf village because she was very sick. But now it seemed that she had overcome her illness.

The next day, Durotan asked her to join him on a hunt, something which often meant that a male orc intended to choose a female mate. Draka responded that she was too young to be anyone's mate. Durotan then insisted that it would be simply a hunt and nothing more.

They set out on their first hunt, where Durotan was injured by a wolf. However, together the two orcs were able to kill the beast. Draka said that she reached her adulthood today. They kissed, marking the beginning of their relationship.

After this, Draka stood by Durotan and his decisions through the years, although she did not like the situation of the orcs. She stood by Durotan when orcs accepted the demonic curse and when the Dark Portal was created. Draka, Durotan, and their clan were exiled and found their homes in Alterac Valley.[8]

Before leaving Draenor, Draka and Durotan visited Durotan's mother Geyah. Draka told her she was pregnant and Durotan added that the child would be named Go'el.[9]

Death

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Draka fighting against the assassins.

In the year 1, Draka gave birth to Go'el, child of Durotan, shortly before joining her chieftain on his secret meeting in Loch Modan with their old comrade Orgrim Doomhammer.[10] There Durotan explained what he knew - about Gul'dan, the Shadow Council, the demonic bargain and Orgrim decided it was time to stop the evil warlock.[11] He urged Durotan and Draka to take shelter in the north until he sent word to them. Orgrim commanded his guards to accompany the Frostwolves on their journey home and keep them safe. That would be a mistake that Orgrim would regret to his dying day. His guards were not loyal to him, but to the Shadow Council.

The guards had heard every word between Orgrim and his visitors. They decided they didn't need Gul'dan's permission to eliminate the Frostwolves - clearly, he would want Durotan, Draka, and their child dead. After traveling north for several days, the guards fell upon Durotan and Draka. The Frostwolves fought bitterly against their attackers, killing one of them. But the remaining guards struck down Durotan and Draka, and Go'el was left to die in the frigid cold.[12][13]

Afterlife

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Baroness Draka in Maldraxxus.

Following her death, Draka's soul traveled to the realm of Maldraxxus in the Shadowlands, where she became a member of the House of Eyes. As a warrior, Draka initially found the house's ways of subterfuge and stealth to be a strange fit for her. However, under the training of Margrave Akarek, she eventually grew comfortable with her new role and gained the skills of a master spy in addition to those of a warrior.[5] Her training included spying on the Burning Legion on another world outside the Shadowlands.[14][15]

Following the mysterious destruction of the House of Plagues, Akarek suspected that Maldraxxus' purpose was in peril and sent Draka to deliver a vital message to Margrave Krexus of the House of the Chosen. However, shortly after Draka set out on her darkhound, the House of Eyes exploded behind her, taking Akarek with it. Draka found herself surrounded by traitorous Necrolords but managed to fight her way through them and reach the House of the Chosen, where she delivered her lord's final message to Margrave Krexus. The message stated "I offer the key to saving Maldraxxus". Draka was at first confused by this, telling Krexus that Akarek hadn't given her a key, but Krexus realized that Draka herself—being an unyielding warrior and master spy—was "a key to many things". That day, Draka joined the House of the Chosen as its Baroness to continue protecting Maldraxxus.[5]

Legacy

Family tree.

The Horde warship Draka's Fury was named in her honor by Thrall, as a tribute to the strong orcish women in his life.[16]

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Alternate timelines

When Thrall fled into a passage in the Caverns of Time to escape an armored assassin, he found himself in the time and place of his parents' murder of an alternate history.[17] Thrall pretended to be one of the bodyguards assigned to protect Durotan and Draka by Doomhammer as they returned home. Draka noticed that he had blue eyes and that he seemed very interested in the infant Thrall she was carrying. When the other bodyguard, Grukar summoned the assassins that attacked Draka and Durotan, Thrall could only watch, as saving them would alter the timeline.[18]

Another Draka appears in the alternate Draenor in the past during the war in Draenor.

Draka from a separate timeline[19] appears in the Warcraft film universe.

Notes and trivia

  • In life, Draka had brown eyes.[20]
  • The birth of Go'el and Draka and Durotan's meeting with Orgrim was originally stated to have happened in year 0,[21] but the date was retconned in Chronicle Volume 2.
  • An unused NPC ID for Draka exists in the game files for The Burning Crusade.
  • Go'el's mother first appeared in the intro cutscene of the canceled game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. However, she was not given a name until the novelization Lord of the Clans. The author Christie Golden doesn't recall giving her name any intended meaning other than wanting it to sound "Orcish & badass".[22]
    • Perhaps coincidentally, "Драка" (Draka) means 'fight' in Russian.
  • During the development of Shadowlands, the developers realized they had no shortage of famous deceased characters they could feature, but they wanted to avoid making the expansion feel like a simple checklist of deceased characters players would interact with. As such, they wanted to focus on characters that they felt best fit the themes of the expansion's zones, with a mix of some more obvious choices (like Uther in Bastion) and some more unexpected ones where players would have to think about how they fit their respective zones. Draka, an example of the latter category, was picked for Maldraxxus because the developers felt that her story of building herself up to be a warrior in A Warrior Made and dying while trying to protect her son from treachery was the perfect fit for the mentality of the Necrolords. In addition, Draka is a character that, while integral to the storyline of the orcs, had not received a lot of attention in previous material, making her in some ways a blank slate the developers could fill in through the Shadowlands storyline.[23][24][25]
  • Lead narrative designer Steve Danuser has suggested that while Draka is currently separated from Durotan in the Shadowlands, the two could potentially find an afterlife they could share together after Draka has completed her obligations in Maldraxxus.[23][25]

Speculation

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As Durotan is buried at the Rock of Durotan, Draka may also be buried there or at least near it.

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References

 
  1. ^ World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap
  2. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 120
  3. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 117
  4. ^ Warcraft: Legends Volume 4, pg. 147
  5. ^ a b c Afterlives: Maldraxxus
  6. ^ A Warrior Made--Part 1
  7. ^ A Warrior Made--Part 2
  8. ^ Rise of the Horde
  9. ^ H [68] Hero of the Mag'har
  10. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
  11. ^ Lord of the Clans
  12. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 129
  13. ^ Golden, Christie. Lord of the Clans. ISBN 978-0-7434-2690-9. 
  14. ^ Brian Horn on Twitter (2020-09-03). Retrieved on 2020-09-04.
  15. ^ Brian Horn on Twitter (2020-09-04). Retrieved on 2020-09-04.
  16. ^ Golden, Christie. The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm. ISBN 978-1-4165-5074-7. 
  17. ^ War Crimes
  18. ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
  19. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter
  20. ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 5
  21. ^ Loreology on Twitter (dead link)
  22. ^ Christie Golden on Twitter (2016-08-07). Retrieved on 2020-08-28. “I don't -recall- giving her name a meaning. It just sounded Orcish & badass when I was toying around with names.
  23. ^ a b perculia 2020-07-09. Shadowlands Lore Interview with Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser - Elune, Sylvanas, Calia. Wowhead. Archived from the original on 2020-07-09.
  24. ^ Heather Newman 2020-07-17. How Warcraft: Shadowlands’ Story Unfolds, And Why It’s Not All Guest Stars. Forbes. Archived from the original on 2020-07-18.
  25. ^ a b Ezgi Pajecki 2020-09-26. Maldraxxus, Shadowlands and Beyond - Interview with Steve Danuser. Lorekeeper. Archived from the original on 2020-09-27.