Garrosh Hellscream Pt.2
Many people wonder how Thrall could have left Garrosh in charge, and why he didn’t see the danger when Garrosh had given every indication in the past of being a warmonger, and unfit to lead. Part of this mistake can be traced back to the very first origin of The Horde.
As we have explained in the past, the orcs were originally a tribal people, split into many different clans that lived fairly far apart. The Horde was originally created in response to the overwhelming threat of the ogres, the orc’s natural enemy on Draenor. The shamans of the orcs, the only ones that traveled freely between all the clans, convinced the leaders that they must band together against their enemy, for alone they were too weak, and would fall. It worked, and the combined might of all the clans, together forming the first Horde, decimated the ogres and the threat was defeated.
After the battle was over however, the clans very quickly split up again and went back to their separate lives. The Horde was not a natural way for them to be.
Fast forward to Thrall. He meets Grom and Orgrim Doomhammer and listens to their stories of Draenor and the Horde and this is basically all he knows of his homeland and his people's culture, from two very aggressive warriors who found their purpose in the Horde mentality.
SO here’s the thing, to Thrall, Horde means family. Yeah. It means the different groups and races he saved, brought together, and unified for the same goal. The Trolls were being attacked by the naga and the murlocs and he saved them and they joined the horde. The Tauren were being decimated by the centaurs and he saved them and they joined the horde. The Blood elves, the goblins and the Forsaken all had nowhere to turn and no one to help them, he saved them and brought them into the horde.
So the Horde means veeeery different things to Thrall and Garrosh. To Garrosh, Horde means war. It means fighting against an enemy too strong to defeat alone, and the last time it was formed was to slaughter the Draenei.
To Thrall, Horde means people who need each other, who support each other, who come together despite differences, to help each other overcome things they cannot do alone. It’s the family he never had.
Thrall thought that Garrosh, being an orc from Draenor, untouched by the fel and uninvolved in the atrocities that followed afterwards, would be able to give his people pride, bring them back to the old ways of honor and respect and, he thought, peace. If he thought of Garrosh’s inexperience it’s possible he thought that having the seasoned heads of Vol’jin, Cairne and Eitrigg nearby would steer him on course.
But Garrosh was left with a Horde, and to him, Horde meant war. They were in a hostile country, surrounded on all sides by enemies and Garrosh knew exactly what that meant. He would use the Horde as it was meant to be used, to overcome a superior threat. And if these other races, that were somehow a part of the Horde now, were to stay, they would have to prove their usefulness.
In the Horde, insubordination was not met with discussion, or discipline, it was met with death. Vol’jin, pushed beyond the point of being able to hold back his temper around the young Warchief, told him to watch his back. He gave the warchief a death threat. Garrosh felt he was fully within his rights to kill him. The orcs were the only race he trusted, everyone else was going to have to prove themselves, their loyalty and their usefulness. Sylvanas was useful, her warriors could not die, but she was an abomination, and he did not trust her, so he sent his warriors to watch her every move and report back to him. The Blood elves he did not respect, their slim frames looked too weak to the eyes of the orcs and they did not respect their magic. But Garrosh would use them all.
When Garrosh recruits the Blackrock clan and the Dragonmaw clan to bolster the ranks of his orc forces, the rest of the members of the horde are put in a dangerous position, basically held hostage for their good behavior and too weak alone to challenge him. Both of these clans were rejected by Thrall from ever entering the Horde because of past atrocities including kidnapping Alexstrasza and forcing her to bear children for their war.
Malkorok, a former warrior of the Blackrock clan, becomes Garrosh’s bodyguard and carries out all his dirty work, silencing dissension and making people disappear.
The mana bomb and after Garrosh’s announcement of his plan to kill everyone on Kalimdor to in order to claim the whole continent for the Horde, is basically the last straw. Vol’jin, Baine and even Lor’themar Theron, (leader of the blood elves) start looking for allies to take him down.
At this time the land of Pandaria is discovered and becomes another bone of contention between the Alliance and the Horde. Garrosh decides to claim this new land and all its secrets for the Horde and the rest of the leaders try to minimize his damage. The Divine Bell, an artifact of great power, is discovered and Garrosh decides to use it on his own men to remove all their fear and make them stronger. None of them are able to handle it however and turn into Sha. Anduin Wrynn tries to stop Garrosh and the bell ios destroyed, falling on Anduin and crushing him. Thinking that the High King of the Alliance's only son is dead, Garrosh allows one alliance messenger to live to take the news back to the king, saying that this is the price he must pay if he dares to take on Garrosh.
Not giving up on using ancient Pandaren artifacts, Garrosh and the Goblins unearth the dormant heart of the Old God Y’shaarj. Garrosh submerges it in the holy pool of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and revives it, destroying the vale in the process, and takes the heart back to Orgrimmar.
When Garrosh accepts the new power of the Old God he leaves Gorehowl behind, discarded, in the temple.(Xal’atoh)
He is now joined by the Klaxxi, an insect race who protect the heart, and plans to launch his xenophobic war from the heart of Orgrimmar with this new power. He also uses some of the power to change Malkorok into a hulking monster and has many war machines combining the Goblin’s knowledge of engineering and the new continent’s technology.
Arrayed against all these gathered forces the player must enter Orgrimmar and fight to the bottom of the fortress where Thrall confronts Garrosh and pleads with him one last time to end this madness. After trying to call upon the powers of the shaman to fight Garrosh, Thrall is momentarily overcome by the angry spirits who have been tortured by Garrosh’s Dark Shaman and take their anger out on Thrall. When he overcomes them he attempts to challenge Garrosh to melee combat but is bested easily, leaving it up to the player to defeat Garrosh.
Even after becoming an avatar of Y’shaarj Garrosh is finally defeated and, lying on the ground wounded, he is approached by Thrall who tells him how disappointed he is in him before lifting Doomhammer to finish him off.
He is stopped by none other than Varian Wrynn who tells him that Garrosh's fate is not for the Horde alone to decide since his actions have affected far more than just their people. The Pandaren Leader (Taran Zhu and Lorewalker Cho) also says that his land and people have suffered more than any other at Garrosh’s hands and they want a trial.
Jaina wants the Horde defeated then and there, utterly wiped out when all the leaders are gathered together in a single place, but when Varian approaches to confront them he realizes that the new warchief is Vol’jin. Both of them have been working together to take down Garrosh so Varian turns away, leaving with the warning that if the Horde again forget what honor is, he will destroy them all.
Artist Credit: Glenn Rane (Raneman)