- "Dragonmaw" redirects here. For the weapon, see Dragonmaw (mace). For other uses, see Dragonmaw (disambiguation).
The Dragonmaw clan is one of the orcish clans dating back to the time of the Rise of the Horde. Under the command of the shaman Zuluhed the Whacked, the Dragonmaws swore fealty to Blackhand the Destroyer with the other clans of the Horde upon Blackhand's ascension to Warchief. When Blackhand was assassinated by Orgrim Doomhammer, Zuluhed and the Dragonmaws maintained their fealty to Blackhand by pledging their loyalty to his sons, Rend and Maim, Chieftains of the Black Tooth Grin clan.
Activity on Azeroth
Manipulated by the Black Scourge, Deathwing the Destroyer, the Dragonmaws found an artifact of immense power known as the Demon Soul - created by Deathwing himself ten thousand years earlier, but forever forbidden from his grasp as the result of the spellwork of the other Aspects. Zuluhed entrusted the Demon Soul to a warrior/warlock named Nekros Skullcrusher, who used it to capture the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza - much to his surprise, and certainly to Alexstrasza's. The Dragonmaws used Alexstrasza's young to fight for the Horde - and fight they did, through much of the Second War. Operating out of the abandoned Wildhammer capital of Grim Batol, the Dragonmaws maintained their control over Alexstrasza and her flight after the Horde was defeated, using them to raid Alliance ports in the surrounding Wetlands.
The Kirin Tor high councillor Krasus - the humanoid form of the red dragon Korialstrasz, one of Alexstrasza's consorts - sent the mage Rhonin to free Alexstrasza from the Dragonmaws by somehow destroying the Demon Soul - which, using one of Deathwing's scales, he did. In their fury, Alexstrasza and her dragons tore Grim Batol apart and incinerated much of the Dragonmaw Clan, including Nekros, who was eaten. But some elements remain to this day in the Wetlands outside of Grim Batol. These forces are led by Nekros' son, Nek'rosh, who serves the self-styled Warchief of the Dark Horde, Rend Blackhand.
Yet the question remained: What became of Zuluhed and the remainder of the Dragonmaw? That question would not be answered until almost two decades later, with the reopening of the Dark Portal...
Activity in Outland
At some point during the Second War, Zuluhed and much of his clan returned to Draenor and survived the destruction that led to the creation of Outland. Now they are in the service of the Lord of Outland, Illidan Stormrage. Their attempts to subjugate dragons have continued — only this time, they are targeting a brood of nether drakes called the Netherwing. In what appears to be a repeat of their capture of Alexstrasza, the Dragonmaws have captured the matriarch of the Netherwing, the nether dragon Karynaku, and hold her prisoner in their fortress. Karynaku is held with a magical ball and chain, and only Zuluhed himself has the key.
In World of Warcraft
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The Burning Crusade
This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
Dragonmaw Fortress, where Zuluhed and much of the Dragonmaw clan resides, is located south of the Black Temple and east of the Netherwing Fields in Shadowmoon Valley. For some reason, certain members of the clan in this area can turn into Drakonids, this includes Zuluhed.
After the player has completed the entire questline associated with the Netherwing, their current situation is as follows: The leader of the Dragonmaw (Zuluhed) lies dead, along with masses of peons and other soldiers. Illidan is outraged because the Dragonmaw revered a person that was attempting to destroy the entire clan from within and failed to seize this betrayer despite the fact that he was at their very doorstep, chained in a powerful spell. Thus far we can only assume that Illidan has attempted to fully destroy the clan. As stated by the Netherwing "The Dragonmaw empire has come to an end."
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm the Dragonmaw clan rejoined the Horde after a brief civil conflict.
Upon the Horde's arrival, envoys were sent to the Dragonmaw clan but were never heard from again. The Horde sent a second envoy consisting of a negotiator and a veteran of the Northrend Expedition. The Warchief of Dragonmaw, a Fel Orc previously known as Overlord Mor'ghor, promptly rejected and then killed the negotiator. Mor'ghol held the veteran hostage as a bargaining chip.
A pure-blooded orc named Zaela finds and sets the veteran free, saying that not all Dragonmaw are like Mor'ghor. She claims that the pure blooded Orcs will side with the Horde against Mor'ghor and his fel orc followers, whom she believes is leading her people to ruin.
The Horde decides that Mor'ghor's time has come and begins preparations for inciting a rebellion between the pure blooded orcs and the fel orcs. After arming the citizenry of Dragonmaw, Zaela and the Horde corner Mor'ghor. Mor'ghor is slain and Zaela takes up the mantle of Warchief. She swears fealty to the Horde and is welcomed by Garrosh Hellscream.
Shortly thereafter, the small Dragonmaw village is turned into Dragonmaw Fortress, the main port and base of operations for the Horde in Twilight Highlands.
The Dragonmaw also actively engages in the retaking of Grim Batol from the Twilight's Hammer and in aiding the Red Dragonflight in their struggle against Deathwing and his brood of black dragons. While relations between the Red Dragons and the Dragonmaw are not fully restored, they work together throughout much of the Highlands.
Mists of Pandaria
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In Mists of Pandaria, Zaela led the Dragonmaw orcs to aid Garrosh Hellscream in exterminating Vol'jin and his tribe that have formed a rebellion to stand against the Warchief. However, not all of them were very supportive to Hellscream. Stationed at Dranosh'ar Blockade, the Dragonmaw orcs now use Proto-Dragons as their flying mounts in order to engage the rebels.
When both fleets of the Alliance and the Horde arrived to put an end to Garrosh's rule, Zaela led some of her soldiers to defend Bladefist Bay. During the siege on the capital city of Orgrimmar, Zaela leads her followers from the back of her proto-drake, Galakras, to engage both factions.
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Origin of the name
It is unknown exactly what prompted the orcs to name their clan "Dragonmaw". It is apparent from Rise of the Horde that their name had been such for many years — long before the orcs encountered anything resembling dragons, the dragons being native to Azeroth. It is possible the Dragonmaw changed their name after they took command of the Red Dragonflight, or after Deathwing flew into the Dark Portal and secreted a clutch of eggs in Outland which, subsequently, hatched. However, this would nullify Rise of the Horde, in which the name of the clan is Dragonmaw — years before the idea of the Dark Portal was even devised. This may mean that there are or were dragons native to Draenor, or at the very least they existed in the form of mythological creatures in orcish culture — which would indicate that the Titans came to Draenor as well, which in turn indicates that the "reborn" Azeroth, freed from the Old Gods, predates Draenor. It is also possible that something similar to a Protodrake existed on Draenor at some point.