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|Occupation||Leader of the Mok'Nathal clan|
|Location||Mok'Nathal Village, Blade's Edge Mountains|
|Relative(s)||Rexxar (son), unknown orc wife|
- "So, you come from the world beyond the Portal? And you know of Rexxar."
- "Oh yes, I am quite familiar with him. You see, he is my son."
Leoroxx is the leader of the mok'nathal, a clan of ogre-orc hybrids dwelling in Blade's Edge Mountains, and the father of Rexxar, Champion of the Horde. The mok'nathal are very pacifistic, but Rexxar — against the wishes of his father — joined the Horde believing that there was nothing left for him among his people. For his actions, Leoroxx disowned him, and for thirty years his mind has remained stubbornly set against his son, even after Rexxar returned to Draenor — now Outland — to search for what remained of his people. Leoroxx has a companion lynx named Tethik.
After battles with the Warsong clan and the rebellion of the Shattered Hand clan, the Gorian Empire was losing power on Draenor and their hold on Nagrand was broken forever. Imperator Kelgrok of the Bladespire clan was greatly troubled by these events and determined to keep his hold on Frostfire Ridge. He did not only mean to keep defenses up, but to expand. To make up for the ogres' low numbers, Bladespire sorcerers had conducted cruel experiments to create new creatures that could be used as labor, and the greatest result came from selective breeding between ogres and enslaved orcs. The children of these forced unions were called mok'nathal, possessing the strength of ogres and intelligence of orcs. The Bladespire kept the mok'nathal in chains and bred them together to create even more. To ensure their loyalty, the ogres threatened to kill entire families if even one of the members rebelled.
Imperator Kelgrok unshackled many of these mok'nathal and ordered them to make war on the orcs of Frostfire Ridge. The mok'nathal formed the bulk of the Bladespire army that rampaged across Frostfire, seizing many tracts of resource-rich land. Chieftain Garad of the Frostwolf clan called upon the Whiteclaw and Thunderlord clans that lived nearby to unite, but the Thunderlords - led by Garad's estranged son Fenris Wolfbrother - rejected the offer. Thunderlord orcs raided Bladespire settlements alone in the dead of night, slaughtering young and old alike. In the meantime, the united Frostwolf and Whiteclaw army fought the Bladespire and managed to capture a number of mok'nathal, including their elder Leoroxx.
Garad was surprised to learn that Leoroxx and the other mok'nathal were not willing servants but slaves. Garad and Leoroxx came to an agreement to help each other destroy the Bladespire clan forever. Leoroxx returned to Bladespire Hold and incited open rebellion among the mok'nathal. They rose up against their oppressors and set fire to the stronghold as the Frostwolves and Whiteclaws crashed into Bladespire's outer defenses. The Battle of Bladespire dragged on for a full bloody day before the orcs and mok'nathal drove the ogres out. In the heart of the fortress, Leoroxx strangled Imperator Kelgrok with the chains he had worn for so much of his life.
The orcs and mok'nathal had won, but at the cost of many lives including Garad's son Ga'nar, who had sacrificed himself to let many young mok'nathal escape. Afterward, Garad offered Leoroxx and his people land in Frostfire, but Leoroxx declined because he knew the half-breeds would never truly be accepted by the orcs. The mok'nathal settled in a remote corner of Gorgrond. Resources were scarce, but they were able to live in peace. They swore off fighting, only taking up arms to defend their meager lands from threats.
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Though he rejected the Old Horde, Leoroxx was willing to work with the New Horde. He first tasked Horde adventurers with proving their worth by slaying Vekh, Gnosh Brognat, and Dreadwing. Leoroxx congratulated them and remarked that slaying the chiefs of the three greatest threats the mok'nathal faced was something to be proud of.
Later, Leoroxx learned that Nexus-Prince Razaan was running an operation in the Blade's Edge Mountains consisting in the collection of souls. Upon learning that mok'nathal spirits were involved as well, a furious Leoroxx asked adventurers to slay the Nexus-Prince and deliver the stolen souls to Spiritcaller Dohgar in order to properly lay them to rest.
Our enemies surround us. I would have a better life for the Mok'Nathal, but the forces we are at battle with have chosen otherwise for us.
If you would prove yourself worthy to the Mok'Nathal, aid us in their elimination.
Notes and trivia
- His mate was an orc.
- Leoroxx is quoted on the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game card "Mok'Nathal Wildercloak".
- Leoroxx appears as a legendary hunter minion in the Ashes of Outland expansion of Hearthstone. His flavor text is "Father of Rexxar, Champion of the Horde, and Flexxar, Champion of the Gym."
- Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added.
Leader of the Mok'Nathal clan