A prominent character in Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft
universe, Thrall initially became a primary character in the Warcraft storyline through his role as warchief of the orcs in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
, a role which Blizzard continues to expand upon in World of Warcraft.
Born of an orc tribe that stoically believed in the ancient shamanistic roots of the orc people, the infant Thrall was found among the bodies of his recently murdered parents by the commander of the Human-run orc internment camps, Aedelas Blackmoore
. Intending to turn Thrall into a gladiator of unparalleled skill, Blackmoore saw to it that Thrall was trained, wet-nursed, and educated by humans. Despite this nurturing, Blackmoore treated Thrall with scorn and disdain, and constant beatings and mistreatment eventually led Thrall to escape his captivity and regain his original place among the exiled orc clan of the Frostwolves. Soon afterward, Thrall became the first new shaman of the orcs since their corruption by the warlock Gul'dan
. Thrall went on to lead an uprising of his people which resulted in the destruction of the internment camps, and he eventually became warchief of the combined clan armies.
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Sometime after the freedom of the orcs was assured, Thrall received a vision detailing great conflict in the near future, and followed the instructions of a mysterious prophet, leading his people across the Great Sea to the continent of Kalimdor. Throughout the campaign of Warcraft III, Thrall befriends the tauren and wyvern peoples, allies with human forces, frees his friend Grom Hellscream
's soul of demonic corruption, defeats the demonic pit lord Mannoroth, and aids in the destruction Archimonde
, commander of the Burning Legion
World of Warcraft
After the destruction of the Burning Legion, Thrall established the orcish nation of Durotar and its capital city of Orgrimmar
, which serves as the starting location for orc and troll players in World of Warcraft. Thrall is a quest-giving NPC for characters around levels 5 to 10, and in one particular quest sends players to Ragefire Chasm. Additionally, alliance characters can attack and kill Thrall in well-orchestrated, high-level raids.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
In The Burning Crusade expansion Thrall continues his role as warchief of the Horde. There is a long questchain which triggers an event in Nagrand where he arrives to visit his long lost orc relatives. In the instance Caverns of Time: Durnholde Keep, players can rescue a younger Thrall from Durnholde in Hillsbrad so he may fulfill his destiny as warchief.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
During the launch of Wrath Thrall and Garosh Hellscream were in an argument about foreign policy disputes and had a duel. During the fight the Lich King's forces attacked orgrimmar causing Thrall to agree to sending Horde forces to
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Players will find that Garosh has been named acting warcheif of the horde and has begun to rebuild Orgrimmar in a manner similar to Warsong hold in the Borean tundra. Thrall himself can be seen channeling a spell at the maelstrom holding it open allowing players to access deepholm .