My people have suffered so long... if only I could shoulder more of their burden
- Genn Greymane

Lord Genn Greymane (sometimes spelled as "Graymane"[5][6][7][8]) is the king of the nation and kingdom of Gilneas.[1][9]

He is a large bearish man, with thick features, and a heavy beard, a blue doll and black and gray armor.[5] He is a brawny warrior who must be in his seventies, and has ruled Gilneas for decades.[10]

Time and again, King Genn Greymane has been forced to make difficult decisions to sustain Gilneas’s well-being and autonomy. Following the Second War, he ordered the construction of the seemingly impenetrable Greymane Wall to protect his people from outside threats, effectively closing off the nation from the world and its petty conflicts. For years the wall did as intended, but when the worgen curse spread into Gilneas, the enormous barrier began to resemble the gateway to a prison rather than a sanctuary. Now, with Forsaken in nearby Silverpine Forest and the worgen curse poised to destroy everything that Genn and his forebears had labored to build, Gilneas’s proud king must do everything in his power to save his kingdom. Due to his anger over the dire situation, however, Genn’s most arduous trial ahead might be subduing his own fury before it consumes him entirely.[11]

Biography Edit

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Genn Greymane was one of the human leaders who met at the council to form the Alliance of Lordaeron. He was hesitant about joining, and was difficult about it, and less sincere when he agreed to it.[1][12][13] However, he pulled Gilneas from the Alliance after the Second War. He was also deeply influenced by the House of Prestor, which was actually led (at the time) by Deathwing in human form.

When Alterac's rulership was removed, he had his eye on that land there, even though he had no right to it. He supported Aiden Perenolde's nephew's claim to the throne.[14] Lord Genn Greymane never supported the Lordaeron Alliance in the Second War. Thus, after the war, he constructed the Greymane Wall: a massive barrier spanning the entire northern border on the edge of Gilneas and Silverpine Forest.[15] He joined the Alliance in the Second War, but offered only token support.[16] Thus Gilneas had essentially remained separate from the Alliance of Lordaeron.

As ruler of one of the strongest Human nations, Genn Greymane was convinced that his own armies could deal with any threat, and therefore remained unmoved by Lord Lothar’s pleas for unity. Despite his apparent disdain for the Alliance, the denizens of Gilneas harbored no fondness for the Orcs or their allies and were prepared to meet them blade for blade.[17]

Safe behind his wall, Greymane and his people did not participate in the Third War. The only one among them who offered any help to the Alliance was Darius Crowley, who sent the Gilneas Brigade to assist Jaina Proudmoore.[18] For this, and for starting the Gilneas civil war, Greymane threw Crowley into prison.

In Wolfheart, more of the story of how the Worgen of Gilneas were introduced into the Alliance is revealed.[19] Because of Genn's boastful behavior during the Second War, King Varian Wrynn resisted accepting them, but Malfurion Stormrage and Tyrande Whisperwind both supported their bid. Genn and the cursed of Gilneas do not fully join the Alliance until an attack in Ashenvale by Garrosh Hellscream where they prove their worth.[citation needed]

In recent years, the grizzled ruler of Gilneas has suffered many hardships: his son and his nation fell to the Banshee Queen Sylvanas and her Forsaken, and he nearly lost his humanity to the worgen curse. Yet from these tragedies, Genn has found new strength and courage. He is determined to fight tooth and claw against any enemy that threatens the safety of the Alliance.

In Cataclysm Edit

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Younger Genn

Genn Greymane made his debut in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. He is one of the first people Worgen players meet during the spread of the Worgen Curse in Gilneas. After the player turns, Greymane saves the player from an executioner's blade by injecting them with a serum that gives them control of themselves. Genn, himself, has also been affected by the curse,[20] yet he prefers to remain in his human form most of the time.

For a short time after the fall of Gilneas (at the climax of the worgen starting experience), Greymane is present at the Howling Oak in the night elf capital of Darnassus, where the surviving Gilneans have resettled; he then journeys to Stormwind City, where he remains at the side of King Varian Wrynn in the throne room of Stormwind Keep. Gwen Armstead takes his place in Darnassus.

Genn's personality in-game seems drastically different from that shown in the novels, appearing as a kinder, understanding ruler instead of the gruff, impatient king.

The people of the Alliance remember the king of Gilneas as a proud, strong-willed, cunning, and arrogant man. He and his armies stood by the Alliance during the Second War, but in the aftermath it became clear to Genn Greymane that the Alliance needed Gilneas more than Gilneas needed the Alliance. He ordered that the Greymane Wall be closed to all outsiders, effectively sealing off his kingdom from the outside world and its conflicts.

But fate, it seems, was intent on teaching the king a lesson in humility: although the wall succeeded in isolating Gilneas from the rest of the world, it also served to damn the kingdom's people forever. As the worgen curse swept the nation and early attempts at containment failed, Greymane found himself fighting a battle for his people's very humanity.[21]

Quests Edit

Gilneas City (starting experience)
Greymane Manor
Tempest's Reach
Greymane Court[31.8, 57.2], Gilneas City

In Mists of Pandaria Edit

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King Genn Greymane makes a brief appearance with the other leaders of the Alliance at the Shrine of Seven Stars while adventurers help Anduin Wrynn on a quest to deliver intelligence about the sha.[22]

In Legion Edit

Genn in human form on a gunship

Genn Greymane - In Game

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During the assault on the Broken Isles, Genn was forced to work together with the Horde, among them his nemesis Sylvanas Windrunner. During a climactic confrontation with Gul'dan, Sylvanas called for a Horde retreat, leaving the Alliance to face the Legion onslaught alone. Angered and disgusted by the Horde's betrayal, Genn called for a retreat as well. During the retreat, Varian Wrynn gave his life in order to ensure the Alliance forces could flee to safety. Before he died, he entrusted Genn with a letter for his son.

Upon returning to Stormwind, Genn found himself unable to face Anduin or attend Varian's funeral. He instead charged an adventurer with delivering the note, while he channeled his rage into preparing the Alliance forces for the coming battles with the Legion.

As part of the continuing conflict in the Broken Isles, Genn battled Sylvanas,[23] now Warchief of the Horde,[24] on the deck of the Skyfire off the coast of Stormheim near the Maw of Nashal.[25] Genn also confronts Sylvanas in the Vault of Eyir.[26]

Quotes Edit

  • "Damn the orcs, damn the Alliance, and damn you! The last thing Gilneas needs is sponges from other nations drawing from our resources, Dalaran wizards meddling with our affairs, and someone else's enemies killing our soldiers! Gilneas is its own nation and it always will be. This is the last time I'll ever talk to you, Terenas, so I hope you were listening."[15] (Greymane's last known speech, as recorded by Mystrum Runedance, presumably at one of the Alliance councils)
  • "Pah, the fountains in Gilneas could grant ten times as many wishes as Dalaran's!" (Genn's Copper Coin)
  • "I need you to pull through, <name>. This dosage is strong enough to kill a horse. But I know you. I know what you're made of. You will be fine. Trust me. I know what you're going through. Now drink up and close your eyes."
  • "Lord Darius Crowley has been called many things. Rebel. Traitor. Terrorist. Before the civil war I called him... friend. I never blamed him for leading an insurrection against me. His land and people were separated from Gilneas by a stone wall... but we had no choice."
  • "As much as I want to exact swift and brutal revenge... I must honor my son's memory first. He cared for his people first and foremost.
  • "It is decided, then. We will unite all Gilneans, and drive the Forsaken from our lands."

Duskhaven Edit

WoW Insider provided a blogged transcript of a conversation between King Greymane, Royal Chemist Krennan Aranas, and Lord Godfrey, officially confirming Greymane's presence in the upcoming expansion:[27]

Krennan Aranas says: I'm not giving up on you, <player>. I don't have a cure for the Curse yet... but there are treatments. You'll have control again.
Lord Godfrey says: Give it up, Krennan. It's time to put this one down. It's protocol.
King Genn Greymane says: Tell me, Godfrey. Those that stayed in Gilneas City so that we could live. Were they following protocol?
King Genn Greymane says: I didn't think so. Now hand me that potion, Krennan... and double the dosage.

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Preceded by:
Archibald Greymane
Ruler of Gilneas
Succeeded by:
Incumbent, Tess Greymane (heir)

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