If your first time discovering Grim Batol
was anything like mine, it ended in horrible, bloody, unexpected death. That experience sums up Grim Batol rather well. The fortress has stood roughly 250 years, give or take a couple decades, and has changed hands more than once during that time.
Before we get to Grim Batol itself, we need to take a look at a little piece of Dwarven history: The War of the Three Hammers
. You see, the Dwarves of Azeroth, just a few hundred years ago, all carried one banner. They were the Dwarves of Ironforge, plain and simple. Their society was a large one, and their wise and powerful king Modimus Anvilmar
was highly revered. Amongst the Dwarven society, though, there were three clans that stood above the rest. The Bronzebeard Clan
, the Dark Iron Clan
, and the Wildhammer Clan
Each of these clans played a very specific role in the Kingdom. The Bronzebeard, led by Thane Madoran Bronzebeard
, were the military arm of the mountain city. They were soldiers and defenders. They were the sword and the shield, and the clan closest to King Modimus Anvilmar. The Wildhammer, led by Thane Khadros Wildhammer
, lived in the outlying regions of the Kingdom, in the... well, the wilds. Scouts, hunters, things of that sort. They held little real
power within the city proper, and they didn't really like that. The Dark Irons, led by Thane Thaurissan
, were mages and sorcerers. They were also jerks.