Thoras Trollbane was warrior-king of the human Kingdom of Stromgarde.[1] (APG 161) [2] (ToD 45) [3] (W2Man 29)

Biography Edit

Thoras Trollbane was a natural-born warrior. His people's lands were in the heart of troll-populated areas, and so being ready for battle was simply a way of life. Due to this, he was easily the largest and physically the strongest human king in the Alliance of his time. Thoras was a man of few words, only speaking those needed. However, his gruff exterior hid a very sharp mind.[4] (BtDP 97) This often gave him an advantage when dealing with arrogant men.

Trollbane was an old friend of King Terenas of Lordaeron, likely having known each other since youth, and was his closest ally. Though their relationship soured after the war, they still respected each other greatly. Trollbane was also a rival and an enemy of King Perenolde of Alterac. He wielded a mighty axe, which could be the Trollbane, into battle during the siege of Lordaeron but he was also known to wield the dreaded sword Trol'kalar.

The Second War Edit

He was one of the human leaders who met at the councils to form the Alliance of Lordaeron.[2] (ToD 45) Stromgarde was quick to join the Alliance, following the start of the Second War,[2] (ToD 71) sending half of its standing army to the main Alliance forces,[2] (ToD 260) for Trollbane felt that battle was to be had with the orcs to stop their threat, he was one of the first in accept to form the Alliance of Lordaeron.[2] (ToD 71)

Genn Greymane didn't want to form a combined army but Thoras and his friend Admiral Proudmoore accused him of cowardice so Greymane accepted to form the Alliance.[2] (ToD 72) Stromgarde had little chance to show its offensive capabilities, as the half of the army (the one that didn't go with Lothar) was defending the Northlands from the Horde's invasion through the dwarven realm of Khaz Modan, which the Horde led by the Blacktooth Grin had already expanded into.[5][3] (W2Man 43)

Stromgarde came under heavy assault and losses, they lost their island citadel of Tol Barad but continued to battle through, they tried to ambush Cho'gall and kill him but they failed.[6] The Horde manage to destroy a good deal of Trollbane's kingdom, and continued its march towards the elven kingdom of Quel'Thalas.[7]

During the Siege of Lordaeron, Trollbane personally led his surviving troops to cut the Horde reinforcements through the Alterac Mountains, preventing the entire Horde from overwhelming Lordaeron's Capital City.[2] (ToD 266, 267)

As the Alliance forces made their push to the South, he sent a Stromgarde force under his nephew Danath Trollbane to retake Khaz Modan.

Following the destruction of Alterac after its deal with the Horde became known, Thoras Trollbane petitioned King Terenas to annex the eastern portion of Alterac's territory to Stromgarde in recognition of the latter's sacrifices and valor during the Second War.

After the defeat of the orcs in the Second War, much of the Horde was wiped out, and most surviving orcs were placed in internment camps. Trollbane, however, fervently disagreed with this policy, believing that the orcs were simply too dangerous to be kept alive. He argued with Terenas which was bitter for both as it was an argument between very close friends. When Lordaeron refused to mass execute the orcs, Trollbane sadly withdrew his support from the Alliance.[8] (W2BnetMan 85)

Death and legacy Edit

Thoras Trollbane met his end when he was assassinated under mysterious circumstances following the Third War. This was merely the beginning of Stromgarde's darkest hour, as the kingdom soon came under siege by forces of the Syndicate and Boulderfist ogres. Without the leadership of their feared warrior king, the armies of Stromgarde could not stop the Syndicate and Boulderfist and they now managed to occupy much of its terrain, including most of the capital city. Thoras was succeeded as Stromgarde's ruler by his son, Prince Galen Trollbane.

Thoras' nephew, Danath, was the tactical adviser to the Alliance Expedition to Draenor during the Second War, and was believed to have died after Draenor was destroyed and the Dark Portal sealed off; however, Danath has recently been discovered alive at Honor Hold, in the region now known as Outland.

In Dark Factions Edit

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As of the period of Dark Factions (just before Bc icon The Burning Crusade), the line of Igneas Trollbane is still alive and unbroken. It still seeks to reclaim Stromgarde from Syndicate control.[9] (DF 158)

In Legion Edit

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As of Legion-Logo-Small Legion, death knights resurrect Thoras as a death knight and one of the new Four Horsemen. He serves as a champion and plays little part until the quest to resurrect High Inquisitor Whitemane, where he brutally kills several Scarlet Crusaders. He still gets a unique mount and is still a very major lore character.

Quotes Edit

  • "We honor your memory, nephew, and your sacrifice. Since the founding of our glorious empire, the path to valor has always been drenched with the blood of heroes." - dedication to his nephew, Danath, in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind
  • "That fool! What did he do, let them through?" - upon learning of the Horde's passing through Alterac
  • "King! Bah. The word sits ill in my mouth. It's an outrage! He betrays us all, damn near destroys us, and this is all he gets? I say prison, if not outright execution!" - referring to Perenolde's house arrest after the Second War

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Preceded by:
Liam Trollbane
Ruler of Stromgarde
Succeeded by:
Galen Trollbane

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