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Eitrigg

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HordeEitrigg
Image of Eitrigg
Gender Male
Race Orc (Humanoid)
Character class Warrior
Reaction Alliance Horde
Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) The Horde, Orgrimmar, Argent Crusade, Valarjar
Former affiliation(s) Blackrock clan, Old Horde
Occupation Champion of the Valarjar;
former advisor and honor guard to Warchief Thrall and advisor to Warchief Garrosh Hellscream,
former lieutenant of Orgrim Doomhammer and Blackhand,
former handler of Garona Halforcen
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Two unnamed sons (deceased), Ariok (son)
Companion(s) Tirion Fordring (honor brother)
The Blackrock orcs are my kin. My father was a Blackrock, as was his father before him. My mother was a Blackrock. And I am a Blackrock. But before anything else, I am an orc. And that means honor above all else
— Eitrigg to Tirion Fordring

Eitrigg is an aging Blackrock orc warrior and veteran of the First and Second Wars. After an encounter with Tirion Fordring, the two warriors came to respect each other and later became friends despite the animosity between their two races.

Currently, Eitrigg serves the Horde as an advisor to the Warchief. His wise counsel is considered valuable by Thrall, but disregarded by Garrosh Hellscream. He also joined Tirion in Northrend as commander of the Argent Crusade's Zul'Drak division.

Biography

The First and Second Wars

Born into the Blackrock clan on Draenor, Eitrigg is an aging but still powerful orc warrior who was in his late fifties by the time of the defeat of the Lich King.[1] Shortly after Blackhand was named Warchief of the Horde, 5 years before the opening of the Dark Portal, he named Eitrigg, Orgrim Doomhammer and Varok Saurfang as his lieutenants, and they helped oversee the Blackrock war machine as it prepared for the war with the draenei.[2]

After Blackhand was killed and replaced as Warchief by Orgrim, Eitrigg continued to act as one of the new Warchief's most trusted lieutenants. 4 years after the Dark Portal, Orgrim managed to capture the Shadow Council assassin Garona and tortured her until she revealed the whereabouts of the Shadow Council. Garona swore fealty to the Horde, prompting Orgrim to spare her life and charge Eitrigg to act as her handler.[3] Garona continued to live under Eitrigg's watchful eye throughout the Second War. She initially viewed the Blackrock warrior as just another mindless, fanatical follower of Blackhand, but over time she began to see a fading glimmer of pride and honor in him. Garona believed she could win Eitrigg's trust and told him everything she knew about Gul'dan and the Shadow Council, as well as her knowledge of demons and the Horde's true purpose. However, Eitrigg distrusted the assassin and treated her words as poisonous lies. Garona abandoned any hope of helping him see the truth and instead bided her time until an opportunity to escape presented itself. During the chaotic battles in the Hinterlands, she managed to slip into the forests and vanish. Eitrigg considered hunting her down, but waging war on the Alliance was more important than recovering a single prisoner, and some part of him sympathized with Garona's tortured past. As long as she did not turn her blades against the Horde, he would let her go, and perhaps she would be able to find a true home.[4]

After the Horde was defeated by the Alliance at the end of the war, many orcs scattered into the wilderness. One of the solitary survivors was Eitrigg, who dwelled on everything Garona had told him. He began to believe the half-orc's words, and his unquestioning loyalty to the Horde faded. With shame and anger in his heart, Eitrigg disavowed the Horde and struck out north in search of a place to spend the rest of his days and die in peace.[5]

Of Blood and Honor

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Tirion Fordring helps Eitrigg.

Eitrigg was discovered years later living in the ruins of an abandoned watch tower near Hearthglen[6] by the paladin Tirion Fordring. At first regarding each other as nothing but enemies, the two began to fight one another. Their fight caused the tower to collapse, and Eitrigg ended up saving the unconscious Tirion's life by pulling him out of the ruins. From that point forward, Tirion felt he owed a debt of honor to the orc.

However, this was not enough to prevent Eitrigg from being captured. It is certain that the orc would have been put to death in Stratholme, but thanks to the timely intervention of Tirion and Thrall's new Horde, he was saved. He regarded Tirion as his human brother after suffering such losses to save him.

After meeting Warchief Thrall, Eitrigg found that his people had rediscovered their shamanistic roots, and returned to life among his own kind. Before he left with his people, Eitrigg proclaimed that Tirion and he were brothers, bound by blood and honor.[7]

World of Warcraft

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Eitrigg served the Horde as an advisor and supporter to Thrall,[8] and can be found in Thrall's throne room in Orgrimmar. He also served as Warchief's Honor Guard.[9] Thrall also tasked him to oversee new recruits of the Horde.[10]

The Burning Crusade

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He announced a human spy that told Thrall about the draenei landing on Azeroth and joining the Alliance.[11] Later, he was present when Thrall learned about the uncorrupted orcs, the Mag'har. Thrall commanded him to send ambassadors to Hellscream.[12]

Eitrigg at the Argent Stand.

Wrath of the Lich King

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In a letter to Warchief Thrall (carried by a Horde death knight who completed N Death Knight [55] The Battle For The Ebon Hold), Tirion Fordring - now the Highlord of the Argent Crusade - made a postscript sending his regards to Eitrigg and requesting that Thrall send him to Northrend, saying he needed a good orc at his side.

Thrall appears to have approved this request as Eitrigg can be found at the Argent Stand, the Argent Crusade outpost in Zul'Drak. He ends the quest N [76] Pure Evil. He has made friends with many of the members: Avenger Metz, the surly human paladin, even called him brother.

The Shattering

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Eitrigg returned from Northrend and was present at a celebration for Garrosh Hellscream and his warriors' return from Northrend. After an attack on night elves, Eitrigg accompanied Thrall to Dustwallow Marsh, where Thrall had a secret meeting with Jaina Proudmoore. When the meeting was over, Eitrigg discussed with Thrall about the current situation of elements, and Thrall decided to leave Azeroth and venture to Nagrand, where he would speak with the Furies. Before leaving, Thrall appointed Garrosh as a leader of the Horde and tasked Eitrigg and Cairne Bloodhoof to be Garrosh's advisers. Garrosh had Orgrimmar rebuilt with an architecture similar to that of the old ways of the Horde, which Eitrigg disliked.

After another attack in Ashenvale occurred, Cairne challenged Garrosh into a ritual mak'gora, but to the death. Magatha Grimtotem poisoned Garrosh's weapon, Gorehowl, in order to have Cairne killed easily. Eitrigg and Vol'jin noticed how Cairne felt and Eitrigg realized that Gorehowl had not been blessed, which he later revealed to Garrosh.[13]

Cataclysm

Eitrigg at Flame Crest.

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During Garrosh Hellscream's ascension to the position of Warchief, Thrall told Garrosh to use Eitrigg as well as Cairne Bloodhoof and Vol'jin to advise him in leading the Horde while Thrall himself traveveled to Nagrand to speak with the furies about the strange symptoms experienced by Azeroth.[14] Although cautious of the new Warchief Hellscream's motives and actions, Eitrigg tried to advise the warchief and guide him away from repeating the mistakes of the past.[8]

Eitrigg later learned about the Alliance's plans to invade Durotar, and wanted to ask the Warchief about sending reinforcements.[15]

Eitrigg was later seen in the Burning Steppes with his son Ariok and worked with adventurers to stop his former clan, the Blackrock orcs, from invading the Redridge Mountains. While the Blackrock High Warlock Xi'lun was successful in summoning a pit lord, Eitrigg's efforts caused the demon to run amok and wipe out most of the Blackrock forces.

Tides of War

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Eitrigg was present during the meeting of the Horde leaders, where Garrosh's plan was explained. Eitrigg was against the plan and even Baine Bloodhoof supported him. After Theramore was destroyed, Eitrigg wrote a letter explaining all that had happened and sent an orc courier to the Maelstrom to Thrall.[16]

Escalation

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Eitrigg injured during the Siege of Orgrimmar.

During the events of Vol'jin's revolution, Thrall told Vol'jin that he was going to Orgrimmar to find several orcs, Eitrigg included, who opposed Garrosh.[17]

Siege of Orgrimmar

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Eitrigg, after discovering Garrosh's new base below Orgrimmar and his corruption by Y'Shaarj, sides with the rebel and Alliance forces to end Garrosh's reign. Discovered in a badly wounded state inside Grommash Hold after the defeat of the Kor'kron Dark Shaman, he reveals to the attackers the true scale of Garrosh's lust for power. Despite his wounds, Eitrigg survives the siege, as shown by his presence in War Crimes.

War Crimes

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Eitrigg accompanied Go'el and Varok to the trial of Garrosh Hellscream. Baine suggested him to be Garrosh's defender but Eitrigg declined remarking that he would have his chance to speak should he desire so. Ultimately Baine was chosen to defend Garrosh, which Eitrigg supported.[18]

Legion

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Following H [98] The Battle for Broken Shore, Eitrigg appears on the pier at Bladefist Bay and directs adventurers to see Varok Saurfang at Grommash Hold. He is later present when Vol'jin names Sylvanas Windrunner as Warchief as well as at Vol'jin's funeral ceremony, the latter of which he then helps defend against the attacking Felblade Assassins.

Legionfall

Eitrigg eventually becomes a champion of the Valarjar.[19]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Orgrimmar 20 968
Zul'drak 75 106,350
Burning Steppes 85 211,860
Siege of Orgrimmar 20 968
Bladefist Bay 100 299,132
H Demon hunter [100] Demons Among Them 100 489,270

Quests

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Durotar
Burning Steppes

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Memorable quotes

Of Blood and Honor

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  • Do you think my people survived in your world this long using brute strength alone? Your kind has always underestimated mine. That is why you lost the first war, I think.
  • You have great honor, for a human. That much was clear from our fight. No honorable warrior deserves to die like a trapped animal. It would not have been right to simply leave you there. Besides, I have seen enough death in my time.
  • There is much you do not know about my people. Their honor and their pride left them long ago. I decided my duty to them was finished when my sons were killed.
  • All orcs are warriors, human. We know little else. Despite my sons' strength and prowess, they were betrayed by their own leaders. During the last war our clan chieftains fought amongst themselves over petty rivalries. As one particularly bloody battle concluded, my sons were ordered to pull back from the front lines. One of our chieftain's rivals, hoping to advance his clan's standing within the Horde, countermanded the order and sent my sons and their brethren back to be slaughtered. It was a dark day for our clan... A dark day for me. I realized then that there was no hope. Corruption and enmity had completely overshadowed my people's spirit. I felt that it was only a matter of time before the Horde devoured itself from within.
  • We are bound by blood and honor, brother. I will not forget you.

Burning Steppes

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The Blackrock orcs are my kin. My father was a Blackrock, as was his father before him. My mother was a Blackrock. And I am a Blackrock.
But before anything else, I am an orc. And that means honor above all else.
My Highlord has granted me leave to complete my task here in the Burning Steppes. And I will not leave until the Blackrock orcs here learn the error of their ways.

Siege of Orgrimmar

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The Warchief ignored my council. I discovered he was building a compound beneath the caverns of Ragefire.
Thrall and Saurfang have already gone down below.
Go with caution. Hellscream has been assembling an arsenal down there - goblin mercenaries, pandaren artifacts, and some sort of darkness I can feel in my very soul.

Trivia

Sons

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In Of Blood and Honor, Eitrigg mentions having had two children, both of whom were killed. Cataclysm introduced Ariok as Eitrigg's son, but it's unknown whether he is one of the two or a third child.

The death of Eitrigg's children seems to have several versions.

  1. According to Of Blood and Honor, during the Second War, orcish clan chieftains fought among themselves. As one bloody battle concluded, Eitrigg sons were ordered to pull back from the front lines. One of his chieftain's rivals, hoping to advance his clan's standing within the Horde, countermanded the order and sent Eitrigg's sons and their brethren back to be slaughtered.
  2. According to H [60] Eitrigg's Wisdom, Eitrigg and his two sons joined Dal'rend Blackhand in Blackrock Mountain, but the latter were both killed in battle against the Dark Iron dwarves.
  3. The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm mentions that his sons were betrayed by fellow orcs and killed in battle.

It is unknown which version is considered the canonical one, but it is likely the newest version from The Shattering. If so, it may also indicate that the description from Of Blood and Honor is correct as well, since the "fellow orcs" could refer to the rivaling chieftains.

The Ultimate Visual Guide lists Ariok as Eitrigg's only son and the two deceased ones are not mentioned at all.

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