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Galen Trollbane is the Forsaken former prince of Stromgarde. Whereas in the past he guarded, Trol'kalar, the sword of his forefather, Lord Ignaeus of Strom, he now helps the Horde attempt to reclaim it.
Background EditThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG, and thus unlikely to be canon.
Prince Galen Trollbane is the rightful heir to Stromgarde's throne, as son of Lord Thoras Trollbane. He is also the leader of the city's embattled defenders. Stromgarde's ruins include the Trollbane Family Crypt, which safeguards several artifacts. Prince Galen Trollbane protects the crypt along with the rest of his city. Galen is a friendly, determined but desperate lad. However, Prince Galen Trollbane is hard-pressed to hold his city against his enemies.
The young man has a dark, brooding look about him. His eyes are sunken as if from a prolonged lack of sleep, and his skin is pale. He is dressed in expensive clothes with a silken cloak flowing behind him. He appears to be of noble blood and carries himself with sullen arrogance. A curved knife is sheathed at his belt. Prince Galen Trollbane still reels from the emotional shock of his father's assassination and has run himself ragged trying quickly to form patchwork alliances with other nobles.
Not thinking clearly, Galen responds to any perceived insults recklessly, issuing immediate challenges to duel. If he becomes cornered in melee, Galen fights defensively until his bodyguards can come to his aid. Whenever Galen appears about to lose, he attempts to stop fighting, grudgingly issues an apology and offers some gold as compensation.
He was the ruler of the human kingdom of Stromgarde. Galen took leadership of Stromgarde following his father's assassination shortly after the Third War. Not long after his father's death, Stromgarde came under siege by forces of the Syndicate and Boulderfist ogres.
The Syndicate and Boulderfist won several victories against the weakened kingdom, and managed to occupy much of its terrain, including most of the capital city. Galen took the command of the forces of Stromgarde and has since been desperately trying to retake the ancient, now ruined lands of his people. Recognizing the vastly changed circumstances since his father's time and also acknowledging the incredible odds he faced, Galen agreed to rejoin the Alliance.
Prince or King Edit
It appears that despite being the kingdom's de-facto ruler, Galen has not been crowned king because of the unstable situation in the country, and still holds the title of "prince" — not unlike his grandfather, Liam Trollbane, who was apparently never crowned king either.
In World of Warcraft EditThis section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft. The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft as of .
A quest chain involving Galen could be obtained by the Horde players:
A Horde aligned troll named Zengu was seeking the sword Trol'kalar, legendary bane of trolls and heirloom of the Trollbane family, so that it can be used against the trolls of Zul'Gurub. The sword had been sealed in Thoras Trollbane's tomb since his death, and opening the tomb required several sigils that were guarded by Stromgarde's fiercest warriors, the last one being guarded by Galen himself.
After stealing the other sigils from their guardians, agents of the Horde stormed Galen's headquarters in the ruins of Stromgarde Keep, and eventually strike Galen down in order to steal his sigil (leaving the line of Ignaeus Trollbane broken). Not only would the Trol'kalar be stolen, but Galen's death would leave the future of the Kingdom of Stromgarde uncertain.
In Dark Factions EditThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG, and thus unlikely to be canon.
Just before Burning Crusade, the line of Igneas Trollbane is still alive and unbroken. It still seeks to reclaim Stromgarde from Syndicate control.
In Cataclysm EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
In Cataclysm, Galen Trollbane is resurrected by the Forsaken by the order of Sylvanas Windrunner. Questgivers at the aptly-named Galen's Fall, a Forsaken encampment near Thoradin's Wall, indicate that Zengu - who had obtained Trol'kalar after agents of the Horde had taken the sigils of Stromgarde and killed Galen and his men - was assassinated when he attempted to leave Arathi, and the sigils and sword retaken.
In Legion EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
Quests in Catclysm EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
- Interestingly, Galen is a name derived from the Ancient Greek word γαλήνη (galénē) which means "calm" or "tranquil", while it is also a Swedish word that means "mad" or "crazy".
- Claudius Galenus (anglicized as Galen) was a prominent Greek physician and surgeon in the Roman Empire. He was able to study all kinds of wounds through his position with gladiators. His study on pigs and apes (which included both dissection and vivisection), however, gave him more detailed information about the organs and provided the basis for his medical tracts.
Patch changes Edit
- Patch 7.0.3 (19-Jul-2016): Level 102-110 version added for Death knight Order Hall quest line.
- Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Human version removed and Forsaken version added.
- (28-Jun-2006): Added as human.
| Human pre-|
| Preceded by:|
Former Ruler of Stromgarde
| Succeeded by:|
Unknown, Danath Trollbane (presumed upon return)