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AllianceMuradin Bronzebeard
Image of Muradin Bronzebeard
Title Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Bronzebeard Representative, Thane of the Bronzebeard
WotLK King of the Frostborn
Gender Male
Race Mountain dwarf
Character class Mountain king[1]
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation Frostborn, Alliance, Alliance of Lordaeron, Ironforge, Explorers' Guild, Bronzebeard clan
Occupation High Thane of the Bronzebeard clan and Council of Three Hammers, King of the Frostborn (as Yorg Stormheart) (formerly) , Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lordaeron (formerly)
Location The High Seat, Ironforge [39.2, 56.1]
Status Alive
Relative(s) Elder Bronzebeard, Madoran Bronzebeard (ancestors), Magni, Brann (brothers), Moira (niece), Dagran Thaurissan II (great-nephew)
Student(s) Arthas Menethil
"You lied to your men and betrayed the mercenaries who fought for you! What's happenin' to you, Arthas? Is vengeance all that is important to you?"

Muradin Bronzebeard, Thane of the Bronzebeard clan, is a hero of the Alliance, the younger brother of the dwarven King Magni Bronzebeard and the older brother of the renowned explorer Brann Bronzebeard. Muradin was believed to have perished in Northrend when the young prince Arthas Menethil claimed the runeblade Frostmourne. However, events in Wrath of the Lich King revealed that Muradin survived this brush with death, and wandered the wastes of Northrend with no memory of the incident, found by frost dwarves and made leader of their clan. Rediscovered by his brothers years later, Muradin rejoined the Alliance and commanded its forces during the siege of Icecrown Citadel. Following the petrification of his elder brother Magni during the Shattering, Muradin returned to Ironforge to lead his clan in the Council of Three Hammers.

Contents

Biography

Tides of Darkness

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During the Second War, Muradin served as official liaison between Lordaeron and Khaz Modan, and accompanied the Alliance armies shortly before the battles at Blackrock Spire and the Dark Portal. During that time period he grew close to the Royal Family, and befriended the young Prince Arthas.

Beyond the Dark Portal

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During the time that Muradin trained Arthas, he was also the ambassador for Lordaeron. The city was so big that he got lost every time, it was this confusion that Muradin discovered Arthas hitting an ancient piece of armour. In Lordaeron he discussed what was to happen of Alterac and Aiden Perenolde with Terenas Menethil and Thoras Trollbane and called Lord Daval Prestor a friend. He also became good friends with the cooks and didn't take too kindly when Krix Wiklish was going to stay at the table after the king asked him to leave, for he did not want to share his pastries. Muradin not liking the idea reminded him of the kings order and the goblin left.

Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

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As Arthas grew up, Muradin took it upon himself to teach the lad all he knew about fighting with blades and the two became close companions on many adventures.

Muradin was also one of the founding members of the dwarven Explorers' League, which was dedicated to exploration and archaeology across the world. In his travels, Muradin visited Northrend and became fascinated with the desolate continent. He returned to it often, observing its ferocious natives and sketching its ruined architecture. It was during one expedition to Northrend in search of the runeblade Frostmourne that Muradin met Arthas for the final time. In his obsession to destroy the dreadlord Mal'Ganis, Arthas had Muradin lead him to Frostmourne, betraying his own men in the process.

The older and wiser Muradin was distressed by the change he saw in the young prince, but Arthas refused to listen to his counsel. Muradin gave a final desperate warning about the cursed blade, and was thought to be its first victim when the ice imprisoning it shattered and a jagged shard impaled him. Some accounts claimed Arthas caused Muradin's "death" when claiming the sword[2][3] (which is true from a certain point of view, as Arthas caused the explosion), though Arthas did make a final attempt to heal Muradin with the Light before he took up Frostmourne.[4]

Wrath of the Lich King

Muradin in a flashback.

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In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, in a quest in the Frostmourne Cavern in the Dragonblight, players can see a flashback of the interaction between Arthas and Muradin prior to Arthas claiming Frostmourne. It reveals that Muradin was not slain when the ice encasing Frostmourne shattered, but was merely wounded and knocked unconscious. A short time after Arthas left, Muradin awoke. Confused, hurt, and with total amnesia, he wandered out into the snow.

Muradin was eventually tracked down by a group of Frostborn dwarves, who followed his trail of blood-soaked snow during an extremely harsh blizzard. These Frostborn just happened to be on their way home to Frosthold from a trek across the Dragonblight. Not about to let their new-found cousin freeze to death, they took him along with them, and a short time later they came under attack by a jormungar. After slaying the worm single-handedly and saving the dwarves, they took him in and gave him the name Yorg Stormheart, after a legendary Frostborn warrior. Eventually, Muradin/Yorg became King of the Frostborn and brought his people into the Alliance, which had begun journeying into Northrend to do battle with the Lich King, the blue dragonflight, and the iron dwarves. Despite his people befriending the Alliance and the Explorers' Guild, he expressed concern over involving his people in wars that would result in their deaths.

Muradin, Magni and Brann reunited.

Reunited

After a long Alliance quest chain, Muradin is reunited with both Brann and Magni, and recalls his lost memories. He then leaves the frost dwarves to hunt down Arthas. The game then phases, causing Muradin to be replaced by Velog Icebellow.

Icecrown Citadel

Muradin in Icecrown Citedal

Muradin commands the gunship Skybreaker during the Gunship Battle in Icecrown Citadel.[5] Alliance players can also find him standing near Tirion Fordring inside Icecrown Citadel at Light's Hammer.

Muradin Bronzebeard says: Could it be, Lord Fording? If Bolvar lives, mayhap there is hop fer peace between the Alliance and the Horde. We must reach the top o' this cursed place and free the paladin!
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: By the light, it must be so!
Muradin Bronzebeard yells: Prepare the Skybreaker for an aerial assault on the citadel!
Muradin Bronzebeard yells: Heroes! You must fight your way to a clear extraction point within Icecrown. We'll try a rendezvous on the ramparts!

After the Gunship Battle, he leads the Alliance to Deathbringer's Rise where they encounter Deathbringer Saurfang. After defeating the Deathbringer, Varok Saurfang will arrive in a small zeppelin to claim his son but will be halted by Muradin, who has no choice but to refuse to let him pass. King Varian intervenes on Saurfang's behalf, remarking that the survivors of the Wrathgate had spoken of how the young orc had died with honor, and allows the father to claim his son's body. Jaina Proudmoore breaks down into tears, expressing pride in her king for this act.

Before the Plagueworks wing of the citadel was opened, Muradin made the following remark if Alliance players spoke to him after killing Deathbringer Saurfang:

"I've brought in the best gnomes we've got to get those doors open. They're estimatin' that it's gonna take another 28 days before that door comes down!" [6]

When a raid member brings  [Arthas' Training Sword] to Muradin (who appears in Light's Hammer, regardless of faction, when someone has the appropriate quest), Muradin speaks fondly of Arthas and wishes he was able to stop him from claiming Frostmourne.

Muradin Bronzebeard says: Oh lad...
Muradin Bronzebeard says: How I missed those endless days in Lordaeron, sharpening your skill with this dull blade.
Muradin Bronzebeard says: Forging you into a weapon meant to withstand the demands of a great destiny.
Muradin Bronzebeard says: Heh... You sure put them skills to use, didn't you lad?
Muradin Bronzebeard says: If only I'd been able to stop you that day, how different things migha' been.
Muradin Bronzebeard says: If only I'da never discovered that accursed blade.
Muradin Bronzebeard says: Farewell, Arthas, my brother.

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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Although Muradin expected to see his brothers once again after the death of Arthas, sadly his reunion with them at Frosthold would be the last time he would see his older brother alive.

After performing a ritual in Old Ironforge in an attempt to calm the elements, King Magni was petrified. His daughter Moira sought to rule Ironforge, but the intervention of King Varian forced her to rule as part of a council instead which Muradin was invited to be a part of. Yet Muradin was nowhere to be found at the time as gryphons were sent after him but without success.[7]

Elemental Unrest

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During the Elemental Invasion, Muradin fought to protect the Mystic Ward of Ironforge from the rampaging elementals.

Fire and Iron

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Moira became the Dark Iron representative, Muradin spoke for Clan Bronzebeard, and Kurdran Wildhammer returned from Outland to represent the Wildhammer Clan. Muradin gave Kurdran a jovial welcome, and the two warriors shared many tales over pints of ale and even showed Magni in Old Ironforge. However, their relationship soured due to a disagreement over whether the Hammer of the High King should be reforged as an act of unity. Even after Kurdran learned that the pieces of the hammer were fakes, Muradin felt the symbolism was what mattered and urged Kurdran to go through with it for the good of his clan. When Kurdran opted to publicly destroy the pieces instead (stating that the dwarves should be looking to the future rather than the past), Muradin gladly moved to support him (which forced Moira to do the same). Kurdran then stepped down from the council and gave his seat to Falstad.[8]

Cataclysm

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Muradin, as he appears in Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria.

Muradin, Moira, and Falstad now act as the leaders of the united dwarven clans, ruling from the High Seat as the Council of Three Hammers. Muradin acts as Clan Bronzebeard's representative to the Council.

After the Twilight's Hammer loyal Dark Iron clan attack the Ironforge Airfield and was repelled, Commander Stonebreaker sends an adventurer to inform the Council of what had happened. Moira calls the report nonsense and accuses Stonebreaker of treason and conspiring against her son's birthright. Muradin opposes Moira's claim to the throne, and vouches for Stonebreaker's loyalty. He then talks down to Moira for failing to control her people, and Falstad suggests that she shouldn't have a place at the table.[9] Moira denies the claim, and she sends the adventurer to arrest the traitor Ambassador Slaghammer.[10]

Muradin tasked Forba Slabchisel with leading the expedition sent to survey the damage that the Stonewrought Dam's destruction caused on the Wetlands.[11]

Quest for Pandaria

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The three rulers were visited by Li Li Stormstout who was looking for Magni. The Council could not help her and Muradin told Li Li what happened to Magni.

Blood in the Snow

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One day, King Varian's scouts had discovered that Zandalari trolls threatened the dwarven capital by rallying the Frostmane trolls against them. Surely, the king thought, if he helped them with their troll problem, they would give him more troops for his campaign against the Horde. But what the King did not realize is that the dwarves did not trust one another. When Varian sought the help from the Council of Three Hammers, both Muradin and Falstad declined to offer aid in Ironforge’s defense for they feared that if they left to fight the Frostmane trolls, the Dark Irons would take advantage of their absence to defeat the remaining clan and take over Ironforge. Frustrated, Varian argued that if no one would help, then Ironforge will fall under siege. Only Moira Thaurissan offered aid, stating that the Dark Irons will prove their loyalty to the Council, Ironforge, and the Alliance in the defense of Ironforge. And so Moira and the High King set out in the snow to save the city, leaving the others to think about their actions.

The High King, his champions, and the Dark Iron dwarves worked together to save Ironforge. On their return, the other dwarven leaders were ashamed of their behavior and vowed never again to allow fear or distrust to cloud their judgment. Free to trust one another, all three dwarven leaders pledged their full strength to the Alliance cause.

War Crimes

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Muradin, alongside other Alliance leaders received a letter from Xuen inviting them to the trial of Garrosh Hellscream and was present in the Temple of the White Tiger.[12]

The Jade Hunters

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Muradin was in favour of combining Fenella Darkvire, Carrick Irongrin and Fendrig Redbeard as a team to help rebuild the Jade Serpent statue.

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level Health
Icecrown Citadel  ?? 4,183,500
Gunship Battle  ??
10 2,440,375
10H 4,880,750
25H 6,972,500
Ironforge  ?? 305,295,904

In the RPG

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Personality

Muradin is a kindhearted dwarf, fond of good ale and good company. He is a steadfast ally and a ferocious enemy. His years abroad have tempered his Ironforge accent, and he carries himself proudly — he represents both the Bronzebeards and all of Khaz Modan. He enjoys a challenge, whether in exploration, game or battle. Muradin relishes a good fight and willingly throws himself against his enemies. A dwarf of many interests, he appreciates foremost ancient architecture, new lands, strange creatures and the mysterious Titans. Muradin possesses high morals and ethics, is very friendly and is always helping those in need and smashing evil whenever he finds it.[13]

Combat

Muradin begins a battle by activating his stoneskin ability and grabbing his long rifle, blasting away at the most powerful opponent he can see. When the enemy closes to within range of his hammer, he attempts to stun opponents with his Storm Bolt feat before charging into melee, activating his stone flesh ability at the same time. Against a single opponent, or when fighting alongside powerful allies, he uses his Bash feat to keep foes out of the action.[13]

Memorable quotes

  • "Damn boy, I never imagined that you'd be the one to come to our rescue!"
  • "We came here to recover Frostmourne, but the closer we came to findin' the waygate, the more Undead we encountered..."
  • "You lied to your men and betrayed the mercenaries who fought for you! What's happenin' to you, Arthas? Is vengeance all that is important to you?"
  • "Leave it be, Arthas. Forget this business and lead your men home."
  • "Move yer jalopy or we'll blow it out of the sky, orc! The Horde's got no business here!" (As Horde adventurers engage the Gunship Battle)
  • "Not my battle? I don't know who ye think ye are, mister, but I've got a score to settle with Arthas and yer not getting in me way!" (When Alliance adventurers engage the Gunship Battle)
  • "What's this, then? Ye won't be takin' this son o' Ironforge's vessel without a fight!" (During the Gunship Battle)
  • "Don't say I didn't warn ya, scoundrels! Onward, brothers and sisters!" (After Alliance players win the Gunship Battle)

Cataclysm

Greetings:

  • Welcome to our home beneath the mountain.
  • What brings you to Ironforge, friend?
  • How can the Council of Three Hammers assist ye?
  • Muradin, of Clan Bronzebeard, at your service!

Aggro:

  • FOR KHAZ MODAN!!!
  • The wrath of the Bronzebeards is upon ya!!!!

Killing a player:

  • That'll learn ye!
  • Get back up! I DARE YE!

Death:

  • It'll take more than...that...ta...ugh...

Trivia

Gallery

Fan Art

Videos

Patches and hotfixes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added in Ironforge.
  • Hotfix (2009-12-16): "Muradin will no longer gain stacks of Battlefury from totems. Additionally, the duration of Battlefury has also been reduced."
  • WotLK Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Added in Icecrown Citadel.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Added.

References

External links

Dragonblight ICC: Light's Hammer ICC: Rampart of Skulls ICC: Deathbringer's Rise
Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
King of the Frostborn
(as Yorg Stormheart)
Succeeded by:
Velog Icebellow
(as Regent Lord)
Preceded by:
Moira Thaurissan
Position:
Lord of Ironforge
(as the Bronzebeard clan representative of the Council of Three Hammers and Regent to Dagran Thaurissan II)
Succeeded by:
Incumbent
Preceded by:
None
Position:
Bronzebeard clan representative of the Council of Three Hammers
Succeeded by:
Incumbent