Trade Prince Gallywix is the leader of the Bilgewater Cartel, one of the most powerful goblin trade guilds on Kezan. Despite betraying his own people in a petty act of vengeance, he retains his position as Trade Prince of the Bilgewater Cartel in its service to the Horde.
Immediately prior to the Cataclysm, Gallywix was on the verge of losing his Trade Prince status due to the player character trying to take over. The player was appointed by gallywix as second in command many years prior to the events of Cataclysm. Gallywix sensed his main goblin a threat to his position. As luck would have it, he was the only one that owned a ship at Bilgewater Port at the time triggered Mount Kajaro's eruption, and he seized upon the opportunity to take advantage of the populace. Charging an exorbitant amount of money, he happily took his people's life savings, offering them a ride to safety. His plan was to actually sell those that conspired against him into servitude. En route, the ship passed by where the Alliance were attacking the Horde just off the coast of the Lost Isles. Rather than risk witnesses or additional attackers, the Alliance sank their vessel.
Gallywix survived the destruction of his ship, utilizing one of his few escape pods. He was the first to be rescued, and offers a small thanks. He continues with his grand scheme of regaining power via various means, such as; enslavement, forcing his fellow goblins and members of the Bilgewater Cartel to mine for kaja'mite in the Gallywix Labor Mine. His plans are foiled when the goblins escape and team up with , whom they rescued from the Alliance. Gallywix, recognizing Thrall possesses much more power than he, decides to surrender and pledge his allegiance, and the Bilgewater Cartel, to the Horde. Gallywix promises the Warchief he will run the Cartel differently, and Thrall promises him the land in Azshara for the goblins to make their new home.
When the goblins use their engineering skills to carve out a district in Orgrimmar and reform the Azsharan landscape, Gallywix is strangely nowhere to be found. He also appears in the ending cinematic of Mists of Pandaria for the Horde version. When Vol'jin is proclaimed Warchief by Thrall, Gallywix and the other Horde leaders bow before him.
Quotes from the short story "The Blank Scroll":
☀This Gallywix wore no riches and wasn't smiling at all. "Maybe you don't know him like I do," Druz had said…Druz straightened beside her.
"This is it, boss," he said thickly, and he tossed the scroll onto the workbench. Gallywix didn't touch it.
"The Lorewalker?" he said.
Guilt washed over Ziya. She had seen the bullet fly. Shuchun was gone. She had to be.
"Dead," Druz said, but he sounded unsure.
"Too bad," Gallywix said, and he nodded at the scroll. "What is it?"
"Apparently it's a kind of portal that makes stories real," Druz said. "Things got out of control before the Lorewalker could explain more."
The trade prince considered the scroll. Ziya braced herself for whatever terrible thing—
"Sounds like bad news," Gallywix said. "I'll put it in the lower vault when we get back to Azshara."
Ziya's jaw dropped.
"Boss," Druz said, almost pleading. "If you don't use it, someone else will."
"You know what I'm gonna say," Gallywix said, glancing at him.
"Yeah," Druz said, sighing.
"Good. The last thing we need is another big gun floating around," Gallywix said. "Get it outta here."
"And that's it?" The words were in the air before Ziya realized she had spoken them.
Gallywix regarded her. She could see the gears turning in his head.
"What did you expect, Sergeant?" he said.
"I expected you to use it!" Ziya growled. "It's what you do. You use things. You're a monster!"
To her surprise, Gallywix nodded.
"Yeah, I am," he said. "But not that kind."
"You're exactly that kind!"
"No," Gallywix said. "We ain't ever met face to face, Sergeant, so let me explain. I don't mind selling you if you get careless. I'll send you to die if it'll help the cartel's bottom line. But I won't get you killed by stupidity or a big dumb weapon for nothing. That ain't me."
He glanced at the ring hanging around her neck. Her hands closed protectively around it. An unreadable expression crossed his face.
"For what it's worth," he said, "I'm sorry about what happened to your husband in Hyjal. But I ain't sorry about anything I've done. So, yeah, I'm a monster. But I watch out for what's mine. When I can.
"And right now, that means hiding this big gun before anyone finds out about it."
- Trade Prince Gallywix yells: You think you're such a bigshot, saving everyone and making friends with these orc savages?!
- Trade Prince Gallywix yells: I'm going to crush you! I'm the Trade Prince! Me! I've got a plan that's going to get me off this island and make me the king of Azshara!
- Trade Prince Gallywix yells: Mark my words! I'm going to get you, <name>! I'll get you all! Out of my way!
- Trade Prince Gallywix yells: Uncle! Uncle! I give! You guys are too much for me!
- Trade Prince Gallywix yells: I'm beaten. You've shown me the error of my ways. From here on out, I promise to reform the way that the cartel is run!
- Trade Prince Gallywix yells: I'm your goblin, Thrall. What would you have of me?
- Thrall grunts and thinks a moment on what to do with the Trade prince.
- Thrall yells: For now, you will remain the Trade Prince of the Bilgewater Cartel.
- Thrall yells: I will send a representative from amongst your people to the new warchief, Garrosh Hellscream in Orgrimmar.
- Thrall yells: You will have a new home in Azshara and the Bilgewater Cartel will be part of the Horde!
- Trade Prince Gallywix yells: It will be as you say! Long live the Bilgewater Cartel! For the Horde!
- In an early Cataclysm demo, this character was called Trade Prince Maldy. By the start of Cataclysm's closed beta, Maldy had been renamed to Trade Prince Gallywix. There still is a reference to Gallywix's old name, with the item Maldy's Falcon saying that Maldy was the predecessor to Gallywix as Trade Prince of the Bilgewater Cartel.
- He may be related to Grand Foreman Puzik Gallywix of the Venture Company.
- Concept artwork for Gallywix shows him as a large and overweight goblin with a tophat. This may mean that his current model is a placeholder, or that his original model was cut due to time or development constraints.
- Occasionally, when you click on him, he will say, "Stay out of my Pool." Which is possibly a reference to Carl Brutananadilewski, a character from the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He often says the same sentence and has a similar voice.
- He may be loosely based on William M. Tweed better known as "Boss Tweed", a 19 century American official infamous for being extremely corrupt. Satire drawings of Tweed much resemble early artwork of Gallywix.
Many people find it strange that Thrall appointed Gallywix as leader. Even many of the Bilgewater goblins themselves are portrayed as hating Gallywix and thinking of him as a traitor, while in full truth, they were planning on offing Gallywix before the eruption of Kezan island anyways. All part of goblin culture. In a starting quest, one goblin even calls him a monster and expresses horror at the possibility of his survival. Gallywix's crimes, follies and other evidence of his incompatibility with being Trade Prince are that listed here
- Tried to sell some of his race and cartel into slavery after taking their life's savings.
- Hates the player, frequently berates and threatens him or her and swears vengeance against him or her. Though the feelings were shared by the player characters towards Gallywix.
- Hired Southsea Freebooters to kill the player's party guests. Who were trying to off Gallywix and take his position in the first place.
- Trapped and enslaved many of the Bilgewater Cartel in the Gallywix Labor Mine.
- Hired the Steamwheedle Sharks after enslaving his own Cartel to kill the player and the resisting members of the Bilgewater Cartel.
- Went to war with the surviving Horde and Bilgewater Cartel resistance on the Lost Isles using the Steamwheedle Sharks and Southsea Pirates as mercenaries, as well as brainwashed members of his own cartel for manual labor.
- Attempted to murder the player and former Warchief Thrall. Which we attacked while he was trying to get those loyal to him off the island.
- Despite having his own Palace in Azshara, he is not in it, nor is he anywhere in-game beyond the goblin starting zone despite having a voice set indicating he is supposed to be within the Palace.
Gallywix was even attempting to kill Thrall right before he was re-appointed leader by Thrall. It is possible that he is hoping that being stuck with a horrible leader for a while might make the Goblins more open to Horde leadership. On the other hand, Gallywix represents the pinnacle of traditional goblin values; he exhibits all the often negatively thought of attributes of goblin culture (greed, narcissism, etc.), but greatly amplified beyond that of an average goblin. He may have value to the Horde in that way.
Thrall's intentions, however, may be more far sighted than we realize. Thrall knows perfectly well that Garrosh is not fully up to leading yet and is counting on the other Horde leaders to keep him in check until he grows into his role. The goblins are a potential spanner in the works, though. If Thrall had a new leader appointed in Gallywix's place, the odds are high that new leader is someone who would feel grateful to the Horde for its aid...grateful enough, perhaps, to not question Garrosh or work against him if need be. Nor can Thrall tell his new member nation "Welcome to the Horde, don't turn your back on the guy in charge". With Gallywix, Thrall has someone who will do exactly that without Thrall having to do anything to ensure it. Gallywix can keep Garrosh vigilant in a way no other Horde leader could, but with the goblins as a whole being a lesser risk than other races of the Horde.
For a better understanding and another side to his character read the above forum. To the person that is going to inevitably edit all this me and my friends keep writing, just know, this is an Information sight, not personal opinions. If it is infact a personal opinion sight then you should have no problem with me and my friends adding things that paint Gallywix in a less crude manner. Many if not most of the "facts" about Gallywix are not only exaggerated but some of them were wrong. Read the Lore, Understand the quest chain. Please. This is a community site looking for truth not personal agendas. Before deleting all we have done, please read the forum. Sincerely, A fellow person and player of WoW.
- Trade Prince Gallywix is the only racial leader to not have an in-game model that is easily seen by most players.
Patch changes Edit
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.
- Official lore
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Leader of the Bilgewater Cartel
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