The Mandate states “Peace Through Annihilation” and while most take this to mean the eradication of the Alliance, and this is the primary goal, we also seek the total destruction of all that stand in the path of the Horde. Our forces are constantly at war, the battles are difficult and dangerous, and our forces are resilient and battle-hardened. The Iron Horde and its allies present the latest danger to our way, and we begin our journey on Draenor with a direct assault upon Highmaul.
Highmaul is the seat of power for the Gorian Empire, the ogre civilization that ruled Draenor for generations until the arrival of the Draenei. A massive city that belies the ogre reputation for brutish stupidity, Highmaul is full of bustling markets, wealthy nobles, and the roar of the Coliseum crowd echoing through the streets of the slums. Visible from everywhere within the city’s walls, Imperator Mar’gok’s citadel casts a long shadow, a reminder of his watchful eye and iron grip.
We have been tested in dungeons, citadels, and cities, and this one will fall before the might of the Grim as all others have before.
Our first assault was upon a district known as The Walled City, located at the base of Highmaul. As we entered the tunnels beneath the city, we were met by an ogre called Gharg, the Arena Master. For some reason, we did not dispatch him, and he did lead us into the gladiatorial arena above, through a lift, where it seems we would have to fight for the amusement of the Ogres and their subjects. After dispatching some trivial opponents, we were challenged by the Warlord of the Shattered Hand himself, Kargath Bladefist.
Warlord of the Shattered Hand, Kargath honed his combat skills as a slave in the ogres’ gladiatorial games. He slaughtered countless opponents for the promise of freedom, only to be ultimately rewarded by being locked away with the other retired “champions.” Fueled by rage, Kargath severed his own hand to escape and led a revolt that soaked Draenor in ogre blood. Now, he returns to the arena to teach you the true meaning of savagery.
Once a slave to the ogres who fought in this arena for sport, and then the slaughterer of his masters, he and the Iron Horde now work with the Imperator’s forces against the Horde.
Kargath is as much a killer as he is a showman, and once his dramatic entrance was complete, we squared off to battle the Warlord. The Grim were surprised by many tricks in the arena, from Fire Pillars andTiger Pits, to foreign objects being thrown into the ring from the stands, and even having forces thrown into the same stands where they had to battle the very spectators in order to rejoin their companions below (a bit of justice considering their dishonorable acts at disrupting the battle…). After an intense fight, The Grim bested the Shattered Hand Warlord, and the arena cleared quite quickly of other hostiles. Heroes once again, though this time, unexpectedly, for Kargath was whipped into quite a frenzy, contrary to our initial reports.
The doors to the remainder of The Walled City were forced open, and The Grim moved forward.