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The Forgeguard are an elite unit of Dark Iron dwarf soldiers loyal to Moira Thaurissan, Queen-Regent of the Dark Iron clan and the city of Ironforge. They appear to be some of the most skilled troops in the Dark Iron forces, and have been known to accompany their monarch into battle as a personal escort.
Members of the group appear to prefer wielding large hammers into battle (perhaps in keeping with their name) and are equipped with traditional Ironforge dwarven armor.
Blood in the Snow
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When the Frostmane trolls were rallied against the dwarves of Ironforge by the Zandalari shortly before the beginning of the Siege of Orgrimmar, King Varian Wrynn petitioned the Council of Three Hammers to meet the threat. Only Moira Thaurissan agreed to answer the king's plea, and she would subsequently lead the Forgeguard to the base of Shimmer Ridge in central Dun Morogh to confront the trolls. Upon arriving, the troops were prevented from advancing on the ridge proper by a storm conjured by the Zandalari.
Eventually, agents of King Varian would successfully manage to break the spell channeling the blizzard, and Queen Moira wasted no time in personally leading her Forgeguard retinue in advancing to the top of the ridge. There they engaged with the troll leader, the Zandalari priest Hekima the Wise, and his defenders. In the ensuing battle Moira, the Forgeguard, and King Wrynn's allies were able to slay all the Zandalari, thus decisively ending the troll threat to Ironforge.
After the struggle, King Varian himself would commend Moira and the Forgeguard for the combat prowess and nobility they displayed in ending the Frostmane threat.
The Forgeguard muster at the base of Shimmer Ridge.