|Title||Emperor of Blackrock|
|Race||Dark iron dwarf|
|Affiliation||Dark Iron clan, Ragnaros the Firelord|
|Occupation||Emperor of Blackrock, Master of the Dark Iron clan|
|Location||The Imperial Seat|
|Status||Deceased (lore); Killable (WoW)|
|Relative(s)||Thaurissan, Modgud (ancestors), Moira Bronzebeard (wife), Dagran Thaurissan II (son)|
Emperor Dagran Thaurissan, a descendant of Emperor Thaurissan and Modgud, ruled the Dark Iron clan with a combination of charisma, sorcery and iron will. Even as the leader of his clan, he is, like all Dark Iron dwarves, a servant of Ragnaros. The Emperor rules his people not from the city founded by (and named for) his ancestor, but rather from the depths of Blackrock Mountain near the entrance to Ragnaros's domain, the Molten Core. The Emperor's Dark Irons swarm the depths of Blackrock Mountain, and have also been seen in the Searing Gorge to the north and the Burning Steppes to the south. He has also sent his emissaries and agents to the gnomish capital of Gnomeregan, apparently in an effort to back the self-proclaimed ruler of Gnomeregan, Sicco Thermaplugg.
The Emperor kidnapped King Magni Bronzebeard's daughter, Princess Moira Bronzebeard, and treated her with the respect due her position, and even kindness and affection. Moira soon fell in love with him, marrying him. She is now pregnant with his child, who is half Bronzebeard dwarf and half Dark Iron dwarf, and the heir to both thrones of Shadowforge and Ironforge.
It is revealed in The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm that King Magni Bronzebeard sent a team to kill Emperor Thaurissan, and retrieve the previously thought to be ensorcelled Moira back to Ironforge. Yet Moira refused to come home and announced that she was pregnant, and that the death of her husband has left a terrible, fiery rage within her heart.
Dagran currently wields the legendary hammer , but not by legitimate means. The hammer's hereditary owner, Reginald Windsor was captured and imprisoned by the Dark Irons, his weapon claimed by Dagran.
Emperor Dagran Thaurissan rules alongside Princess Moira of the rival Bronzebeard clan. Debate rages over whether the emperor ensorcelled his bride or she willingly joined him. Whatever the truth, Thaurissan's continued presence bodes ill for the future of his clan. So long as he lives, the Dark Irons will remain pawns of Ragnaros, and a dire threat to kingdoms throughout Azeroth.
In World of Warcraft
This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
Emperor Dagran Thaurissan
- Avatar of Flame — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan becomes an Avatar of Flame for 10 sec. The Avatar of Flame is immune to all magic and inflicts Fire damage whenever he strikes a player in melee combat.
- Ironfoe — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan carries the mighty hammer, Ironfoe. Emperor Dagran Thaurissan's melee attacks have a chance to trigger 3 extra attacks and increase his critical strike chance by 10% for 5 sec.
- Hand of Thaurissan — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan inflicts Fire damage to a player and stuns them for 5 sec.
- Heal — Princess Moira Bronzebeard calls upon Holy magic to heal an ally.
- Renew — Princess Moira Bronzebeard renews an ally, healing them every 3 sec. for 15 sec.
- Mind Blast — Princess Moira Bronzebeard blasts a player's mind, inflicting Shadow damage.
Prior to the Cataclysm all of the mobs in the seat of the room were aggroed with the Emperor. At low levels it was recommend that you cleared the room before engaging the boss, though high levels could easily take care of them.
In the Cataclysm
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
For unknown reason, even though all dungeons were revised after the Cataclysm came, and so was the Blackrock Depths, Emperor Dagran Thaurissan is still alive, and along with his wife are still the final boss of the instance. Why they were omitted during the update, even though that he died in Lore and Moira is in Ironforge as a member of Council of Three Hammers remains a mystery. The dungeon itself was tuned for lower level players, and so was the Emperor.
(during the Feast of Winter Veil)
- After killing the Shadowforge Senate
- Thank you for clearing out those foolish senators. Now prepare to meet your doom at the hands of Ragnaros' most powerful servant.
- They were just getting in the way anyways.
- Come to aid the Throne!
- Killing a player
- Hail to the king, baby!
- His killing quote is a reference to the game "Duke Nukem" and/or the movie "Army of Darkness".
- Patch 4.0.6a (2011-02-11): Nearby mobs are no longer aggroed when Dagran is attacked.
Emperor of the Dark Iron Dwarves
(as Queen-Regent to Dagran Thaurissan II)