Kurdran Wildhammer — Gryphon Rider of Northeron — was the Chief Thane of the Wildhammer Clan, and the Hinterlands ( During the )Second War, the Orcish Horde led by Orgrim Doomhammer invaded the Wildhammer homeland. Kurdran was one of the first dwarves to spot the invaders and initiate battle against them. Soon he was aided by the forces of the Alliance of Lordaeron, and together they fought the bloodthirsty horde. Kurdran pledged his and his kingdom's aid to Anduin Lothar after the human Alliance aided them in forcing the invading orcs and forest trolls out of their homeland. Kurdran and his loyal steed, the gryphon Sky'ree, became legendary during the war, battling over land and sea as well as the air; lending aid to Lordaeron and Quel'thalas. He left the Second War with nine slain dragons to his credit. After the war ended, Kurdran remained with the Alliance as a scout, his service proving invaluable to the Alliance war effort.
Upon hearing that Deathwing had breached the Dark Portal into Draenor, Kurdran was only too eager to serve as scout and warrior for the Alliance Expedition to Draenor, and thus commanded the Gryphon Rider Division. Though Kurdran was captured during the raid on Auchindoun, he was rescued by the Alliance and met his vengeance upon those who imprisoned him.
When Ner'zhul opened his unholy portals on Draenor, Kurdran elected to remain with his comrades and ensure that the Dark Portal was sealed to prevent it from harming Azeroth. For twenty years, he was believed dead, and immortalized in stone with his friends in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind. When the connection between Azeroth was at last been reestablished, he lead the Alliance forces in Shadowmoon Valley. Since then he has been re-located to Twilight Highlands to lead the Alliance forces in the area.
Kurdran is well liked by his friends for his jolly personality and love for battle. He is a fierce warrior and does not like to be seen as a weakling, insisting to fight on despite being heavily wounded. Danath Trollbane was likely one of his closest friends and was whipped into frenzy hearing Kurdran's apparent death. Unlike many Wildhammers, he is not hostile towards wizards and spell-casters.
Kurdran in World of Warcraft
Kurdran and Sky'ree survived the destruction of Draenor and, after joining forces with the Naaru, have taken up residence in Outland. Kurdran is the Thane of Wildhammer Stronghold, the Alliance outpost in Shadowmoon Valley, west of the Black Temple. Though he does not start any quests, Kurdran ends  . Interestingly, though he is not the target of any PvP objective, he has a tremendous amount of HP, at 5588K, more than any faction leader.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
In the Cataclysm, Kurdran coordinates the Alliance war efforts in Twilight Highlands, attempting to recruit the entire Wildhammer clan into the Alliance. Players first encounter him within the keep at Highbank[78.8, 76.9]
, and he can be found at other locations within the zone. At the wedding of and , he presents Keegan with the egg of his now-deceased gryphon, Sky'ree, in an attempt to show just how serious he is about the unification of the Wildhammer clan and its induction into the Alliance.
- Kirthaven, Twilight Highlands
- Victor's Point, Twilight Highlands
Valley of Heroes Monument
Renowned Dragon Fighter. Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak. Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division attached to the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
We will hear Sky-Ree's calls upon the winds. We will hear your hammer thunder across the mountaintops. Ride hard into the hereafter, brother. The halls of our ancestors await you.
- High Thane Falstad Wildhammer
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added to Twilight Highlands.
Earliest known: Khardros Wildhammer
Chief Thane of Hinterlands & Wildhammer Clan