Durotan (alternate universe)

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For the character from the main universe, see Durotan.
HordeDurotan
Image of Durotan
Title Warchief of the Frostwolf clan,
Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan,
Son of Garad,[1]
Frostwolf Chieftain[2]
Gender Male
Race Orc
Character class Warrior, Hunter
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Frostwolf Orcs
Occupation Leader of the Frostwolf clan, Leader of Wor'gol, Bladespire Citadel
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Garad and Geyah (parents)
Ga'nar, Fenris Wolfbrother (brothers)
Draka (mate)
Hatock, Grotan, Skal (nephews)
Lokra, Ger'hel (sisters-in-law)
Karg Bloodfury (brother-in-law)
Companion(s) Orgrim Doomhammer (best friend), Nightstalker
"A family is like a pack of wolves. When all play their part, the pack succeeds. When they do not, the pack fails."

Durotan is the Warchief of the Frostwolf Orcs and the ruler of Frostfire Ridge. He stands as a rare voice of reason in a world where war and brutality reign.[1] Durotan sees his clan, friends and allies as he would a pack of wolves, each looking out for each other and pulling their own weight. As one of the few orc chieftains who refused to join the Iron Horde, he allied himself and his clan with Vol'jin's Horde.

Biography

For Durotan's early life, including his friendship with Orgrim Doomhammer, see Durotan.

Durotan was a son of Garad, the chieftain of the Frostwolf clan. He had two brothers. Of the three—Fenris, the oldest; Ga'nar, the firebrand; and Durotan, the youngest—Durotan was the one who embraced family and tradition most.[1]

Early life

Long before the formation of the Iron Horde, the Frostwolf clan would hunt clefthoof and move their location. One day, his mother is bitten by a drift lurker which causes her to enter a coma. While his brother Ga'nar wants to leave her behind to die a natural death and move the clan out of area, Durotan refuses. After Ga'nar left, he and Geyah's companion, Stormfang remain with her. At nightfall a lone Garn attacks them, but the two kill the beast. Durotan knew that as Garn hunt in packs, more would attack at sundown so he prepares for the onslaught. When they attack he gradually loses control over his anger and falls into a bloodlust. While he kills everything that moved, Geyah awakens. After hearing her, he focuses once more and finds that he has killed Stormfang too. It is said that he wears Stormfang's fur until the end of his days to remind himself of the old wolf's loyalty and courage, but also as a reminder that even the noblest of Orcs may fall prey to the savagery within.[3]

When his ambitious brother Fenris vanished, Chieftain Garad chose Durotan as his new heir apparent, over the hotheaded Ga'nar. Yet the troubles for the Frostwolves didn't end there. The other clans banded together to forge an Iron Horde, an army bent on conquering Draenor. Garad refused to join the murderous campaign and isolated the Frostwolf clan in its home in Frostfire Ridge. The other orc warlords mobilized to bring the Frostwolves to heel. At this critical moment, Chieftain Garad and his son Ga'nar disappeared in the frozen wastes. Now, Durotan struggles to preserve what remains of the clan. Young, idealistic, and outnumbered, Durotan must decide the fate of the Frostwolves. If he fails, the last bastion of hope for orcs on Draenor will be lost.[1]

Loyal to his allies and terrifying to his enemies, Durotan has led the Frostwolf clan to a life in one of the most hostile lands imaginable. Durotan’s people rejected the Iron Horde’s call for orcish unity to focus on their own survival. They now subsist in the biting cold of Frostfire Ridge by cloaking themselves in furs and taming the massive frostwolves that accompany them, snarling and howling, in battle after battle.[4]

Warlords of Draenor

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Frostfire Ridge

Durotan seen in World of Warcraft.

Durotan is first encountered after the Horde forces arrive on the shores of Frostfire Ridge. Though wary of the newcomers (due in part to Thrall's green skin), Durotan accepts Farseer Drek'Thar's vouching and welcomes them as friends to the harsh, icy home of the Frostwolf clan. Out of gratitude for saving his people in Tanaan, he assists Horde champions in building an outpost, and soon leaves for Bladespire Citadel to deal with the ogre empire's local bid for dominance. Durotan marshals a Frostwolf raid to besiege the fortress, fighting his way to its heart and claiming it for the Frostwolves. He and Ga'nar clash in the battle's aftermath, the elder brother seeking to push the advantage and drive out the Thunderlords, the neighbouring clan who had gladly joined the Iron Horde's call; more pressingly, the Thunderlords had begun attacking Frostwolf outposts across Frostfire. Durotan remains behind in Bladespire, hoping to conserve the clan's strength and strike when appropriate. He sends the Horde champion to fight with Draka, hoping to reunite with his mate soon, when the Thunderlords attacked Wor'gol but soon anticipates in the fight. Afterwards he sent the adventurer to help Ga'nar in the north and Lokra in Stonefang Outpost.

Durotan eventually returns to the garrison, where he meets with Draka and a victorious Ga'nar, the latter fresh from killing the Iron Wolf's three sons. Ga'nar challenges Durotan to a mak'gora for leadership of the Frostwolves. Durotan refuses, dropping his axe, and tells his brother to strike him down in cold blood if this is truly what he wants for the Frostwolves. Ga'nar relents, unwilling to kill his brother, and reaffirms his loyalty to Durotan as chieftain. With the clan united, Durotan prepares to settle matters with the Thunderlord clan and stages a raid with Ga'nar on their warlord's stronghold. The brothers are stunned to learn that the Iron Wolf is their own elder brother, thought dead, who reveals he had killed their father in his bid to join the Iron Horde. Durotan and Ga'nar grudgingly slay Fenris, putting an end to the Thunderlord threat but also closing an unhappy chapter in their family's history.

With the Thunderlords broken, a huge Iron Horde army marches on Frostfire from Thunder Pass. Durotan leads the Frostwolves in repelling the attack, Drek'Thar mustering the power to collapse the pass and keep the invaders out. Ga'nar makes a stand to buy the shaman time, but loses his life in the process. With his parting words, he encourages Durotan to defend their family.

Durotan remains unaware of Thrall's identity as his son, but the two develop a close bond throughout their battles together.

Gorgrond

With the halted invasion behind him, Durotan comes to understand that neutrality will not spare his clan from the Iron Horde's rampage. He and Draka leave for Gorgrond to take the fight to them, and enter into a bizarre alliance with the Laughing Skull clan, orcs of questionable sanity who were also hostile to the Iron Horde. With the help of Penny Clobberbottom the new alliance settles in a new outpost Beastwatch. While Durotan guards the outpost, Draka accompanies the commander and the Laughing Skull shaman Kaz the Shrieker in their travels through Gorgrond. He directed Bony Xuk and the adventurers to fight on the north against the units of the Breakers. When the orcish women and Bony Xuk managed to get the artifacts of the enemies - Heart of the Magnaron and Will of the Genesaur, he sent the Horde forces to the Iron Docks to fight against an army of the Iron Horde. The adventurer also killed powerful beasts during his journey throughout Gorgrond and he brought his trophies to Durotan.

Talador

When the Iron Horde's army approached Talador, Durotan, Draka, Gazlowe and the Horde adventurers moved to Talador to reduce the threat of the orcs. After spying, battling and destroying their machinery in the coast, Durotan learned and was disheartened upon learning his childhood friend Orgrim Doomhammer of the Blackrock clan had joined the Iron Horde, whose brutal conquest had led to the deaths of many draenei in Talador. Durotan maintains that his friend can see sense, and eventually confronts Orgrim; however, Orgrim refuses to waver from his path. Durotan joins forces with Khadgar and the draenei, headed by Vindicator Maraad and Yrel, and the group plans to relieve Shattrath City from the Blackrock war machine. During the Battle for Shattrath, Durotan's faith in Orgrim proves justified, when his old friend refuses to aid in the deaths of innocent draenei and turns against Blackhand. Durotan, Orgrim, Maraad, and Yrel begin battle with an angered Blackhand, but are overwhelmed after Blackhand kills Orgrim and an explosion detonates, killing Maraad. Durotan is disarmed and forced to the ground, where Blackhand looms over him and sears him with his great mace, reflecting that Durotan never belonged with the Iron Horde.

However, Yrel had also survived the explosion. She confronts Blackhand herself, goading him into battle, and uses the Light to heal Durotan's wounds. Fighting together (Durotan using Maraad's discarded hammer, Yrel wielding Durotan's discarded axe), the two beat Blackhand down until Khadgar teleports them to safety and blows up the Blackrock warlord's command ship.

The victory is a bitter one for Durotan, having lost Orgrim just as the two found themselves allies. He swears vengeance on Blackhand, promising to destroy him when the opportunity presents itself. Afterwards he returned to Vol'jin's Spear.

Nagrand

Durotan accompanies Thrall and the commander to the plains of Nagrand, home of the Warsong clan. While Thrall and Draka lead the attack from the north, Durotan leads his forces from the south against Lok-rath. When the adventurer visited Riverside to ensure Durotan's help for the upcoming battle, he asked to deal with the captured orcs at Lok-rath. Although the enemy orcs didn't surrender they were dealth with and Durotan eventually joins Thrall, Draka, Aggra and the Horde forces in assaulting Garrosh Hellscream's base of Grommashar. Durotan and the adventurer face Garrosh head on, with the son of Hellscream eventually gaining the upper hand after a brutal battle. Thrall intervenes and challenges Garrosh to one last Mak'gora. After Garrosh is finally killed, Durotan is eager to completely destroy the Iron Horde, their allies and Hellscream himself.

He is ultimately seen with the Horde at the Gates of Tanaan after the death of Warlord Azuka as Warchief Grommash challenged them to enter Tanaan.

Fury of Hellfire

After Gul'dan took over the Iron Horde, Durotan arrived to Frostwall and met with Warchief Vol'jin and Khadgar and began planning the Tanaan attack. He was surprised by the Warchief and he liked his fearlessness. Durotan accompanied the commander to the Iron Docks and released the captured Iron Horde orc Solog Roark who had been imprisoned by Gul'dan for speaking against him. He convinced the shipwright co built a shipyard for the Horde. He then returned to Frostwall as his mate attacked Tanaan from the sea. Durotan led the attack by land. Upon breaching the Tanaan Gate, the forces met with the resistance in the Iron Front. He was soon checked by the commander who in the meantime established Vol'mar. Durotan also sent Frogan to the Rangari Refuge in order to keep an eye on the Laughing Skull orcs and the draenei Rangari and refugee. He also commanded three orcs to scout the terrain of Tanaan and eventually sent the commander to check on them.

Durotan was later seen in the Throne of the Elements, watching as the commander and his ring received an elemental blessing. He then participated in the Hellfire Citadel attack and was seen after Archimonde was defeated standing with Yrel and Grommash.

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Frostfire Ridge 90 - 100 87,515 - 9,707,039
Gorgrond 94 94,839
Talador 97 - 100 16,510,500
Shattrath 97 5,503,500
Nagrand (alternate universe)  ?? 19,570,800
Tanaan Jungle 100 2,446,356 - 29,356,200
Hellfire Citadel  ?? 19,570,800

Quests

Frostfire Ridge
Gorgrond
Talador
Nagrand
In Pursuit of Gul'dan

Quotes

  • "A family is like a pack of wolves. When all play their part, the pack succeeds. When they do not, the pack fails."
  • "Like the great wolves that roam here, we survive in this land according to its rules."[5]
  • "I always looked forward to the Kosh'harg festivals in Nagrand, for it was a time of rare friendship."[6]
  • "A young hunter hears a great beating of wings above his head. By the time he recognizes it, he is already doomed."[7]

In World of Warcraft

Greeting
  • Welcome, friend of the Frostwolves.
  • We fight together, or die alone.
  • All I need is a wolf at my side, and a fellow warrior at my back.
  • In family, there is power.
  • Frostwolf blood runs thick.
Pissed
  • Stay frosty, friend.
Farewell
  • Aid one another and find strength.
  • Stay strong.
  • Run with the pack.
  • Never leave a wolf behind.
  • Make us proud.
At Bladespire Citadel
Do you hear the howling winds? It is a lonely sound. Make no mistake - if you are not careful, the land will claim you for its own.

Notes

  • Durotan is voiced by Scott McNeil.[8]
    • Scott McNeil is one of the few Warcraft voice actors known to also play the game. He plays a Horde pandaren monk.[9]
  • His in-game model has blue eyes instead of brown. It is hinted that it may be caused by being in alternate universe.[10] In Lords of War, Durotan is shown to have both brown (young) and blue (adult) eyes, as well as red when under the effects of bloodlust.
  • Durotan uses a large two-handed axe in battle. During combat, he appears to use Frost magic in conjunction with his physical attacks. His abilities are Arctic Smash and Iceblade Whirl.

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