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Maim Blackhand was the son of former warchief Blackhand the Destroyer, brother of Rend Blackhand and Griselda.

After their father’s assassination, Maim and his brother Rend took what followers they could and splintered off from the Blackrock Clan, founding the Black Tooth Grin clan. They did this to retain some of the power which they believed was their birthright, without directly opposing Orgrim Doomhammer's accession to power,[1] (DF 136) so he would take no action against them. During the Second War, they were given control of the Dark Portal. Some rumors say that Maim retreated with Kilrogg Deadeye to Draenor, only to die there, either to human blades or as a victim of betrayal.[2] (HPG 168) However, this was not the case.

Sometime after the Second War, Rend and Maim set up a base in Blackrock Spire, serving as dual chieftains over the Black Tooth Grin clan and the weakened Blackrock clan forming the Dark Horde. About two years later, the portal reopened and emissaries from Ner'zhul were immediately sent to Rend and Maim asking them to rejoin the Horde--and asking to borrow the red dragons held captive by the allied Dragonmaw clan. Rend refused.[3] (BtDP 111-116) Not long after Nefarian came to Blackrock Spire and took control of the Blackhand brothers and the forces under their control.[3] (BtDP 121-122)

Eventually, Dark Iron dwarves from Blackrock Depths tried to destroy the Dark Horde. The Dark Horde fought back, and Maim was killed in savage battle, however his sacrifice, plus Rend's "alliance" with the black dragonflight, allowed his brother to drive back the Dark Irons and maintain his hold on Blackrock Spire.[1] (DF 136)

History as told by Eitrigg

At the end of the Second War, Rend and his brother, Maim, fled to find sanctuary within the mountainous stronghold of Blackrock Spire. It was there that Rend declared himself Warchief of the weakened Blackrock clan.
Rend and his brother Maim ruled the Spire, in constant conflict with the Dark Iron Dwarves. They managed to displace the dwarves in the upper portion of the city, but only after the dragons came and only after the death of Maim.

Removed from game?

Maim Blackhand by Assey Westfall

Similar to Garona being removed from the game, Maim had his own npc that is still located in the game as creature 17028: Maim Blackhand. His model appears to be that of a Fel Orc, or a chaos orc as he does not seem to have spikes or any serious mutations, just red skinned. Whether this was a place holder or Maim somehow became a fel orc is unknown.


Maim in the Lord of Outland mission in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Preceded by:
Chieftain of the Black Tooth Grin Clan (with Rend Blackhand)
Succeeded by:
Rend Blackhand

  1. ^ a b DF, 136
  2. ^ HPG, 168
  3. ^ a b BtDP, 111-116