Rylak

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Rylaks are a type of two-headed, flying predators and scavengers native to Draenor. Though seemingly extinct in the main universe, they are still common on the alternate Draenor and are frequently captured and ridden by the Thunderlord orcs and other members of the Iron Horde.

Background

Rylak concept art.

The versatile, flying rylak have adapted to climates across Draenor, but their greatest density is in Frostfire Ridge. Here, warm volcanic stone ledges make for excellent nesting sites, while snowy featureless expanses serve as prime hunting grounds for these ferocious predators to seek flesh with their dual sets of eyes and nostrils. Their thick hides protect them from the elements, as well as from the arrows of frustrated hunters. Adventurers seeking to display a two-headed rylak trophy should remain wary of both sets of fangs... and those seeking to tame a new mount should consider the Iron Horde's tendency to armor the largest rylaks and lead them into combat.[1] Mulverick is one of few Frostwolf orcs to have mastered the art of rylak riding.[2][3]

The Blackfuse Company, allies of the Iron Horde, are enslaving the rylaks dwelling at Darktide Roost, off the southern coast of Shadowmoon Valley.

A skull found in Gorgrond.

In the main universe, the rylaks of Gorgrond were tamed and ridden by an orcish clan referred to as the Nelghor-shomash ("Cry of the Beasts"), later known as the Dragonmaw clan. The Dragomaw fondly referred to their rylak mounts as nelghor, or "loyal beasts". When the clan later ventured to Azeroth and encountered dragons, it would apply the term nelghor to them as well, and all orcs would eventually refer to dragons as nelghor. The name of the Dragonmaw clan never changed, but its meaning surely did.[4] After the Old Horde had conquered much of Draenor, the threat of starvation caused the orcs to hunt most of Draenor's native creatures to extinction. The Dragonmaw turned on their trained rylaks and used them as a source of food.[5]

One of the most ancient and powerful types of rylaks are the black variants, living in the highest reaches of the Stonefury Cliffs.[6]

Alternate, unused rylak model.

A brilliant ogre once had a thought that riding a rylak would make travel much faster than using pack animals or walking. Roughly crafted from thick leather and utilizing an excessive number of knots, a special seat could comfortably accomodate an ogre. However, it could only be saddled on a rylak the size of a small mountain which seems to explain why no one has ever seen ogres fly.[7]

Interestingly, the rylak known as Roardan the Sky Terror apparently has feathers and is called a "bird" by both Durotan and Maraad.[8] Rylaks lay eggs[9] and collect an immense amount of fur when building their nests.[10]

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As a mount

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As a hunter pet

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Cunning - Exotic
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Ability druid ferociousbite.png Ability hunter pet wasp.png Spell magic featherfall.png

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Notes

  • The Tier 17 hunter set, Rylakstalker's Battlegear, is themed around the rylak.
  • Since the rylaks were referred to as nelghor by the Dragonmaw, the etymology of "rylak" is unknown, given that orcs were the ones to interact with rylaks the most out of Draenor's races.
  • As seen above, an alternate model for rylaks exists in the files but never made it to the final version of Warlords of Draenor and remains unused. However, their skulls can be found in various locations across Draenor.

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Speculation

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  • The rylaks resemble the chimaera of Azeroth and may have transformed into Outland's mutated chimaeras.
  • It is possible that nelghor as a name for these creatures was only in use by the Nelghor-shomash, and that the name "rylak" originated from other clans who didn't use the beasts as mounts.
  • Since only the skulls and bones can be found of the alternate rylak model, they might presumably have been ancestors of the modern rylak.

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