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The mok'nathal (also spelled Mok'Nathal or Mok'Nathal Clan) are half-ogre, half-orc hybrids. Most mok'nathal are part of a clan found in Outland, though it is nearly defunct. Rexxar, the disowned son of chieftain Leoroxx, was the only remaining one left on Azeroth. Their last remaining settlement is Mok'Nathal Village in the eastern area of the Blade's Edge Mountains. They have hunted down a few draenei.
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.
Rise of the Horde
After the fall of Shattrath City and the draenei, Blackhand considered annihilating the mok'nathal but stayed his hand. Rexxar, son of Leoroxx, had joined the Horde and convinced Blackhand to spare his people. Rexxar had not agreed with his father's isolationist policies and longed for battle, as well as believing the Horde could help the mok'nathal find sources of water and food. However, in time Rexxar would learn the Horde's purpose was not noble.
In the novel Cycle of Hatred, Rexxar is described as "the last of the Mok'Nathal Clan", and it further says that he was "Born of orc and ogre blood both, as most of his now-defunct clan." With the revelation that they still exist in Outland, it's likely Rexxar simply believed he was the last one.
Other named half-ogres who may or may not be mok'nathal include Mag Bearmaul, Tagar Bearclaw, Gorsh Talonfang, Maxx Rocmane, Gaz Boartusk, Mok Rocksnout, and Gish Eagle Eye. They are beastmasters that can be hired from Mercenary Camps in The Frozen Throne.
- Leoroxx, Rexxar's father, states that "being born a half-breed does not make you Mok'Nathal", implying that being Mok'Nathal is not a racial designation, but rather a philosophy. This was retconned by World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2. It may also be related to the fact that not all mok'nathal are half-ogres.
- The name mok'nathal has been used to refer to as a race, and Mok'Nathal as well.
In Warlords of Draenor
In the RPG
It had been thought that the mok'nathal half-ogres had been extinct on Azeroth, but after Rexxar's exploits on Azeroth, the mok'nathal are showing up again. They can be wilderness stalkers and bone crushers.
Notes and trivia
- Drek'Thar fought alongside the mok'nathal elders in Draenor, probably in the Battle of Bladespire or any other battle after that.
- It's unknown who will take leadership of the clan after Leoroxx's death since his only son, Rexxar, has been disowned.
- Orhan Ogreblade, Lucretia, and Uda the Beast are speculated by some players to be mok'nathal instead of Mag'har orcs due to their greater height.
- ^ Cycle of Hatred
- ^ a b
- ^ Founding of Durotar, "Thrall: Mok'Nathal, I've heard tales of your people. They had both orc and ogre blood in their veins."
- ^ The Dragons of Outland
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 66 - 67
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 83
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 97
- ^ a b DeCandido, Keith R.A.. Cycle of Hatred, 97. ISBN 978-0-7434-7136-7.
- ^ The Characters of Warcraft/Rexxar
- ^ Leoroxx (Servants of the Betrayer)
- ^ a b c Bennie, Scott; Richard Farrese, Bob Fitch. Horde Player's Guide, 156. ISBN 9781588467720.
- ^ To Tame a Land (WC3 Orc)