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Warlord Zaela

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HordeWarlord Zaela
Image of Warlord Zaela
Gender Female
Race Orc (Humanoid)
Character class Warrior
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation Dragonmaw Clan
Occupation Leader of the Dragonmaw Clan
Location Crushblow, Twilight Highlands; Dranosh'ar Blockade, Durotar
Status Alive
Companion(s) Galakras

Warlord Zaela is the chieftain of the Dragonmaw clan after its return to the Horde.



Twilight Highlands

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Zaela is first introduced alongside Gregor, chastising him for his reluctance to aid Garrosh Hellscream's fleet out of his fear of the current Dragonmaw Warchief, none other than Overlord Mor'ghor. Following the Horde's failed negotiations with the tyrannical Mor'ghor, Zaela finds and releases the player from their captivity, returning their confiscated gear.

Zaela is highly worried about the future of the Dragonmaw under the corrupted Mor'ghor, citing him as a traitor to his own blood, and that he and his fel orcs would bring about the destruction of the clan. She sends the player back to the Horde fleet, bargaining that if Mor'ghor is deposed, she and the true Dragonmaw would be the Horde's allies forevermore.

The Horde forces lay siege to Dragonmaw Port from the shore, and the Dragonmaw themselves take up arms against the fel orcs with supplies sent by the Horde fleet. The fight is taken directly to Mor'ghor, and with the help of the Horde, he is disposed of. Zaela announces that a new Dragonmaw dawns with his death. Meanwhile, the Horde and the Dragonmaw route out the remaining fel orcs, and Garrosh himself returns to meet Zaela.

In the wake of Mor'ghor's death, Zaela is named leader of the Dragonmaw, and welcomed into the Horde by Garrosh.

Despite the Dragonmaw taking up arms with the Horde, Narkrall Rakeclaw within Bloodgulch is less than pleased with his new allies. Taking the "Demon Chain", an item used to project will upon sentient beings (in particular, black dragons) and his own subdued black drake, Torth, Narkrall leaves to annihilate the Wildhammer outpost of Thundermar in an attempt to gain support from the clan- against Zaela. Narkrall is left for dead in the process, having not anticipated the Alliance backing the Wildhammer, and the chain is returned to Zaela. Torth, however, survived the encounter, and fled the scene free from the chain's influence.

Now free from his enthrallment, Torth sets his sights on revenge against the Dragonmaw. Zaela is able to subdue him outside The Gullet, and attempts to put him under the chain's influence once more. Unwilling to serve, Zaela concludes that he must die.

Zaela later relocates to Crushblow, joined by a Horde liason named Lady Cozwynn sent by Lady Sylvanas Windrunner. She has gained the title of Warlord, and assists Garona Halforcen alongside Cozwynn during the showdown with Skullcrusher the Mountain.

Zaela and Garrosh developed a strong bond during the conflict.


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Zaela was summoned by Garrosh to help put down the burgeoning Darkspear Rebellion; she is found at the Dranosh'ar Blockade projecting her will (possibly via the Demon Chain) onto an enslaved proto drake. SI:7 agents are sent to spy on her and overhear her converse with a nearby dark shaman; she expresses disdain for the trolls' rebellion, and maintains hope that Garrosh will move against them soon. She is surrounded by corpses of executed trolls.

Siege of Orgrimmar

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Main article: Galakras

Zaela oversees the defense of Durotar's shores during the Siege of Orgrimmar atop her fearsome drake, Galakras. She faces off against the naval forces led by Varian Wrynn and Lor'themar Theron. After Galakras is shot down from the sky, Zaela is launched from him. Upon hitting the ground, however, she throws down a smoke pellet and vanishes.

Warlords of Draenor

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Zaela survives the Siege of Orgrimmar. She travels into Draenor's past using the Dark Portal and is with Garrosh Hellscream.[1]


Notable appearances
Location Level Health
Dragonmaw Port 85 85,239
Crushblow 85 426,195
B [85] Skullcrusher the Mountain 85 1,549,800
Durotar 93 479,751
Siege of Orgrimmar 93 19,560,000


Zaela at the Crushblow.



  • "Speak plainly. My people don't mince words."
  • "We are Dragonmaw."
  • "I bear the mark of the Dragonmaw."
  • "I speak for the Dragonmaw."
  • "My people welcome yours."


  • "Step off!"
  • "Hah! You don't even know how to use that finger."

Dragonmaw induction

Garrosh Hellscream says: Ahh, there she is. The battle-maiden of the Dragonmaw. Let me see your face.
Zaela says: Hellscream, I am Zaela of the Dragonmaw. Your people have freed mine from tyranny. We are your instrument. The strength of the Dragonmaw is yours to command. For the Horde!
Garrosh Hellscream says: Blood and honor, hero. The Horde welcomes you. Your people will be put to the test as we obliterate Twilight's Hammer and lay claim to this distant shore. But first... some unfinished business.

Gossip text

"This stronghold is fortified, but our enemies close in from all sides. We would be wise to secure our position on the coast before advancing farther inland."

"I am new to the burdens of leadership. I should've seen Narkrall's insubordination coming. Instead I am cleaning up his mess.

I don't know how Garrosh Hellscream does it. He must possess great strength to hold together a force as diverse as the Horde... I should like to know him more."


  • When first introduced, Zaela lacks any form of title. Upon reaching Crushblow, she has been named a Warlord.
  • Many fans pair Garrosh with Zaela due to their loyalty to each other and mutual respect.
  • Zaela is voiced by Lani Minella.

Patch changes


  1. ^ BlizzCon 2013 Panel: "World of Warcraft: The Adventure Continues", Q&A portion

External links

Preceded by:
Overlord Mor'ghor
Chieftain of the Dragonmaw Clan (Azeroth)
Succeeded by: