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For the Warlords of Draenor character, see Blackhand (Warlords of Draenor).
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Title

The Destroyer,[1] Warchief, Killer of Kings,[citation needed] Blackrock Chieftain

Gender

Male

Race(s)

Orc

Character class
Affiliation
Occupation

Warchief of the Horde, Chieftain of the Blackrock clan

Location

Unknown

Status

Deceased

Relative(s)

Urukal (mate), Rend and Maim (sons), Griselda (daughter)

Blackhand was the Warchief of the Horde during the First War between Stormwind and the Old Horde.

Contents

Biography

Legends: A Warrior Made

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Blackhand once visited the Frostwolf Village only to witness a large fire. Blackhand saw Draka hardly able to lift a bucket of water, and he took it as a sign of weakness on the part of the Frostwolf Clan. He told that if such a frail child had been born in Blackrock Clan they would have killed her. Because of this, Garad exiled Kelkar, Zuura, and Draka to the outskirts of the village.[2]

Rise of the Horde

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As all the warchiefs, Blackhand was present during a Kosh'harg festival. Later on he went to a meeting to Oshu'gun, where Ner'zhul told them that draenei are their enemies. After this, Blackhand then started to attack draenei hunters.

A Raider of the Sythegore Arm, and one of the most respected warriors in the Horde, Blackhand became the renowned chieftain of the powerful Blackrock clan on Draenor. Known as a tactical genius and a ruthless dictator who demanded respect from his warriors, his ego and lust for power made him very easy to manipulate — a fact which Gul'dan discovered very quickly. Through political manipulation and by stoking the embers of Blackhand's ego, Gul'dan was able to convince the Blackrock chieftain that he was a respected equal in the warlock's dark scheme, both the public leader of the Horde and a member of the secret Shadow Council; he was in fact merely a means to an end for the evil warlock.

Blackhand eagerly offered all of his shamans, cut off by the spirits for waging their demon-incited war against the draenei, to become the first Horde warlocks. In order to increase the number of warriors the Horde would be able to field against the draenei, Blackhand even had his own children's ages accelerated, making them battle-ready. With popular support — no doubt manipulated by Gul'dan — Blackhand was elected Warchief of the newly-formed Horde, but kept in line with Gul'dan's objectives through subtle bribery and outright blackmail. Commanding from the Hellfire Citadel, Blackhand directed the later campaigns against the draenei, including the invasion of Shattrath City.

The Last Guardian

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Leading the Horde through the Dark Portal after defeating the draenei, Blackhand conducted the entire war effort against the Kingdom of Stormwind in what became known as the First War. Though Stormwind eventually fell, Blackhand was left vulnerable when Gul'dan fell into a coma after attempting to steal information pertaining to the Tomb of Sargeras from the mind of Medivh. Seizing the opportunity provided by the powerful warlock's incapacitation, Blackhand's second-in-command, Orgrim Doomhammer — later known as the Backstabber for the deed he was about to commit — decided to seize power from the puppet Warchief, hoping he could lead his wayward people from the path they had taken. Leading loyalist troops in a surprise attack, Doomhammer defeated Blackhand and cut his head from his shoulders, becoming both Warchief and Chieftain of the Blackrock.

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Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
Chieftain of the Blackrock Clan
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer
Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
Ruler of the Blackrock Spire
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer
Preceded by:
None
Position:
Warchief of the Horde
(conjointly with Gul'dan)
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer