Know your lore: Grommash (Grom) Hellscream

Published March 20, 2016 by Apate

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PART ONE:

Main Universe:

 

Grommash Hellscream (Henceforward will be called Grom).  Chieften of the Warsong clan, taking control at a relatively young age though older than Durotan and Orgrim Doomhammer.   His ascent to the role of chieftain of the Warsong clan was not without controversy but no other orc rose up to challenge his leadership.  As part of his ascension  to chieftain of the Warsong Clan, Grom had his chin tattooed a uniform shade of black.

 

As Chieftain Grom lead raids of the Warsong clan deep into Ogre lands, after a  few brief successes the Ogres retaliated. Attacking with such brutality that it nearly destroyed the entire Warsong clan.  Among those wounded was Gokka, his mate, as she lay there she pleaded with him to finish her off. Grom was appalled  at her weakness in begging for death instead of striving to live, he called her “a wolf with no teeth” and walked away, leaving her to suffer. He held similar views  towards the perceived  weakness of his other warriors who had “bent like weeds.” In truth, however, he simply lacked the strength to take the life of the one he loved, and this weakness gnawed at his heart for years to come.

Taking what forces he had Grom attacked the Ogre raiders.  But this was a trap set up by the Ogres and Grom ended up captured.  The ogre leader daily attempted to break Grom’s spirit by strapping him to a tree and taunting him repeatedly. While his body withered and became emaciated, Grom’s will never wavered. Declaring that “this wolf still has teeth,” he finally bit and killed the ogre warlord when he came too close. Grom returned to lead the Warsong clan as “the Warlord with the Iron Will.”

Like the other chieftains Grom was present at the Kosh’harg  Celebration in Nagrand.  When Ner’zhul warned the orcs of the Draenei, Grom was one of the more eager to fight, the first to drink the blood of Mannoroth and lead the charge into Shattrath City.  Those that saw him saw an fiery-eyed massive orc, tattooed and wielding a large axe. (Gorehowl) With raven-hued hair, and his lower jaw had been colored as black as pitch.

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Grom after Drinking the Demon Blood. Credit Blizzard

 

While some of the orcs went through the Dark Portal to invade Azeroth, Grom and his Warsong clan were kept back.  Gul’dan keeping them behind as he did not trust Grom to be a pawn under his strings and worried Grom would have his own ambitions.  This kept the Warsong clan out of the losses inflicted on the Horde from the first two wars.

After the second war he was sent by Ner’zhul to Azeroth to claim the skull of Gul’dan. When the Dark Portal was reopened he and Rexxar lead the attack on Nethergarde keep. Distracting the Alliance so a team of orcs that were about to steal certain artifacts from Azeroth.    Staying on Azeroth even after the Alliance sent their expedition to Draenor, going into hiding within the wilds of Lordaeron once Draenor was destroyed. Realising the difference between the shamanism of his youth and the warlock magic of the Orcish Horde.  Knowing how badly it had affected the horde and the orcs.  All the while he was learning to deal with the demonic curse that had left him weakened and listless. Where other orcs gave into this malaise, Grom’s iron will once again came to the forefront in the face of adversity.

Years later, on hearing of a young orc breaking out members of his race from internment he had the young orc seek him out.  Once they met Grom was inspired by by the young orc named Thrall.   Seeing Thrall’s courage, strength and mercy, he accepted the young outcast and taught Thrall more of the ways of the orc nations. When the humans searching for Thrall got too close, Thrall left his side. He was given Grom’s necklace as a symbol of the trust placed in Thrall by Grom.  Grom took this time to meet up with Orgrim and the Frostwolf Clan.  Liberating more internment camps as they continued their path.

Not long afterwards the orcs embarked on a long voyage to the western continent of Kalimdor. Grom found himself in trouble for attacking a human outpost in Stonetalon, directly against the orders of Thrall.  He was then sent on a mission to collect lumber in the nearby forest.  The mission was originally believed to be an easy one but he  and his clan were soon attacked by what he would call “Savage women.”  and “Perfect Warriors.”.  Kaldorei (Night Elf) sentinels who were defending their lands against the invading orcs.

After few battles the orcs had gained the the attention of the demigod Cenarius. Who sensing the blood of Mannoroth within the orcs considered the invaders with demonic taint.  Grom tried to plead that the orcs were free but Cenarius was unwilling to listen and being unable to be killed through conventional means the orcs knew they needed a new means to win or die to the Demigod.

Lead by a troll witch doctor Grom’s forces found a font of power, though seemingly with demonic taint his desperation compelled him to drink, turning into blood red fel orcs.  They were able to find Cenarius once more and in his fel demonic rage, Grom was able to kill the Demigod.

 

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Fel Orc Grom.  Warcraft 3 image.

 

But once the battle was over the truth of the font came apparent.  From within the shadows emerged Mannoroth.  Gloating over how he had enslaved the orcs once again.  Grom terrified by the revelation could do nothing.  He and his band were now slaves to the pit lord and were now used to attack the legions enemies.  Orcs and Humans alike.

Thrall though was not going to give up on his old friend.  He (along with Cairne) managed to capture Grom who told the young orc the full truth of the demonic corruption that came over the orcs, doomed by their own choices instead of cursed.  After being brought back to Jaina, she and other mages were able to perform a ritual to cleanse him of the blood curse.

Then the fateful battle occurred.  Grom and Thrall managed to confront Mannoroth.  Thrall striking the pitlord with Doomhammer but was shrugged off.  Mannoroth turned and taunted to Grom, saying they were the same.  This enraged the orc who charged at the pitlord and slammed Gorehowl deep into Mannoroth’s chest.  Mannoroth exploded in an inferno of flame and the full blast struck Grom straight on.  Mannoroth was no more.  (Well he was in the Nether but shh)

Thrall recovering made his way over to Grom, who was on the ground. The crimson glow faded from his eyes; the blood curse which had damned his race for decades was finally over. With his best friend and Warchief at his side, the still-undefeated chieftain died at the site of his greatest triumph, both over the corruption of the Burning Legion and over the whispers of his own soul. With Mannoroth gone, the Legion’s hold on the orcish race was forever shattered. Even those who had drank the blood of Mannoroth (willingly or otherwise) found that the curse had lifted, and that their souls were free from the shackles of demonic corruption. With that knowledge, Grom Hellscream left the mortal plane a redeemed spirit.

 

Next time AU Grom

~Apate

(All images belong to Blizzard Entertainment a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, inc)

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