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Whiteclaw clan

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NeutralWhiteclaw clan
Main leader

 Zagrel † (last known)

Race(s)

OrcOrc Orc

Theater of operations
Status

Destroyed

The Whiteclaw clan was an orc clan that dwelled in eastern Frostfire Ridge.[1] It was considered to be one of the oldest and proudest of the orcish clans.[2] Much like the neighboring Frostwolf clan, the Whiteclaws had learned to hunt alongside Frostfire Ridge's native wolves, even befriending and training them as companions,[1] and the Whiteclaws felt an affinity toward the Frostwolves due to their many shared customs and traditions.[3]

History

Roughly 11 years before the First War, the Whiteclaws joined forces with the Frostwolf clan against the Bladespire ogres in the Battle of Bladespire.[3]

Before the First War, the Whiteclaws protested the changes to the orcish way of life by Gul'dan and the Horde,[4] their chieftain Zagrel being one of the Horde's most outspoken critics. At the great clan meeting at Oshu'gun, Zagrel had stubbornly opposed Ner'zhul's proposal of uniting the clans into a single force to make war on the draenei. The Whiteclaw chieftain believed that slaughtering the draenei would not make life better and might instead anger the elements even more.[5] A few years later, Zagrel had called on the clans to end their pointless war with the draenei and focus their attention on shamanic rituals, believing that only through dedicated worship and adherence to old traditions could the orcs regain their relationship with the elements. Gul'dan feared that Zagrel could eventually win the support of orcs who questioned the Horde, such as Durotan and his Frostwolves, and sent his assassin Garona to strike the Whiteclaw chieftain down. Garona silently slipped into the Whiteclaws' encampment and stabbed Zagrel through the heart. None of his clan would ever know she'd been there. After their leader's untimely death, inner turmoil gripped the clan as Zagrel's brothers and sons fought for the title of chieftain. The Whiteclaws would endure, but would never be as strong as they had once been.[6]

Later, Warchief Blackhand tasked the Frostwolf, Whiteclaw and Thunderlord clans with wiping out Draenor's gronn, ogron and magnaron, as well as the ogres that had refused to join the Horde. The Frostwolves and Whiteclaws saw no honor in hunting the giants down and held most of their warriors back, but the Thunderlords did not shy away from the task and reveled in the slaughter of their ancient enemies.[7]

After the Horde conquered much of Draenor, the threat of starvation caused many orcs to turn on each other, clashing in short-lived battles that left hundreds dead. The Whiteclaws were one of the clans who suffered greatly in these conflicts.[8]

As a result of their sympathies to the Frostwolf clan, the Whiteclaws were easy targets for the bolder and more violent clans, and were consequently attacked. The Whiteclaws were destroyed, and any surviving members were scattered. The clan was believed to be no more, becoming little more than clanless savages.[2]

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