- For other uses, see Draka (disambiguation).
Warrior of the Frostwolf Clan
|Race(s)||Maldraxxi, formerly orc|
|Level||52-54 Normal / Elite|
Warrior (in life),|
Rogue (in death)
|Affiliation(s)||House of the Chosen, Undying Army|
|Former affiliation(s)||House of Eyes, Frostwolf clan, Old Horde|
|Occupation||Baroness of the House of the Chosen, Spy|
|Former occupation(s)||Warrior of the Frostwolf clan|
Rhakish (paternal grandfather)|
Kelkar and Zuura (parents)
Lokra (sister, fate unknown)
Garad and Geyah (parents-in-law)
Ga'nar, Fenris Wolfbrother, Karg Bloodfury (brothers-in-law)
Durak & Rehze (grandchildren)
|Mentor(s)||Margrave Akarek, Margrave Krexus|
unnamed flayedwings (mounts)
- “I am Draka, once of the Frostwolf clan, now Baroness of the House of the Chosen. And most of all, a protector of Maldraxxus.”
- — Draka
Draka was a courageous warrior of the Frostwolf clan, the mate of Durotan, and the mother of Go'el. After her death, she was sent to Maldraxxus where she became a baroness of the House of Eyes. She later joined the House of the Chosen following the Eyes' destruction, and she now acts as a leader of the Necrolord Covenant in their battles against the traitorous Maldraxxi houses.
A Warrior Made
When Draka was born, she was a weak and sickly orc. Not only did her Frostwolf clan-mates discriminate against her, orcs from other clans claimed she was a dishonor to the orcish race. Blackhand said that if she was born in his clan, she would have been drowned at a young age. Draka and her family were forced to move to the outskirts of the Frostwolf village by Garad.
As a teenager, Draka asked Mother Kashur if there was any way to strengthen her sickly body. Visited by a vision of the ancestors, Mother Kashur told Draka that there was a way, but it could mean death. Kashur sent Draka on a hunt to obtain a wing feather of windroc, horn of talbuk, and fur of clefthoof. From the three ingredients, Kashur claimed that she could make a potion to cure Draka's illness.
Young Draka started her adventure alone. She had never been allowed to join any orcish hunts, and now she had to learn from the world itself. As time passed, Draka's skill increased and, although still weak, she defeated and claimed her first kill of windroc.
Draka was successful in defeating a talbuk and a clefthoof and obtained all the ingredients she needed. She returned back to Kashur, who revealed the true meaning of Draka's hunt, that the ingredients and potion were not truly needed. The hunt itself had been intended to make Draka a strong and determined Frostwolf orc. In the end, now proud and beautiful, Draka joined a celebration, where she was noticed by Durotan and Orgrim.
Rise of the Horde
Durotan met Draka at the celebration. He was surprised to see her and was not sure whether she was of the Frostwolves. But then he remembered that she and her parents were exiled from the Frostwolf village because she was very sick. But now it seemed that she had overcome her illness.
The next day, Durotan asked her to join him on a hunt, something which often meant that a male orc intended to choose a female mate. Draka responded that she was too young to be anyone's mate. Durotan then insisted that it would be simply a hunt and nothing more.
They set out on their first hunt, where Durotan was injured by a wolf. However, together the two orcs were able to kill the beast. Draka said that she reached her adulthood today. They kissed, marking the beginning of their relationship.
After this, Draka stood by Durotan and his decisions through the years, although she did not like the situation of the orcs. She stood by Durotan when orcs accepted the demonic curse and when the Dark Portal was created. Draka, Durotan, and their clan were exiled and found their homes in Alterac Valley.
In the year 1, Draka gave birth to Go'el, child of Durotan, shortly before joining her chieftain on his secret meeting in Loch Modan with their old comrade Orgrim Doomhammer. There Durotan explained what he knew - about Gul'dan, the Shadow Council, the demonic bargain and Orgrim decided it was time to stop the evil warlock. He urged Durotan and Draka to take shelter in the north until he sent word to them. Orgrim commanded his guards to accompany the Frostwolves on their journey home and keep them safe. That would be a mistake that Orgrim would regret to his dying day. His guards were not loyal to him, but to the Shadow Council.
The guards had heard every word between Orgrim and his visitors. They decided they didn't need Gul'dan's permission to eliminate the Frostwolves - clearly, he would want Durotan, Draka, and their child dead. After traveling north for several days, the guards fell upon Durotan and Draka. The Frostwolves fought bitterly against their attackers, killing one of them. But the remaining guards struck down Durotan and Draka, and Go'el was left to die in the frigid cold.
Following her death, Draka's soul traveled to the realm of Maldraxxus in the Shadowlands, where she became a member of the House of Eyes. As a warrior, Draka initially found the house's ways of subterfuge and stealth to be a strange fit for her. However, under the training of Margrave Akarek, she eventually grew comfortable with her new role and gained the skills of a master spy in addition to those of a warrior. Her training included spying on the Burning Legion on another world outside the Shadowlands. Draka eventually became one of the house's two baronesses. The other baroness was Vashj, but she and Draka did not get along.
Following the mysterious destruction of the House of Plagues, Akarek suspected that Maldraxxus' purpose was in peril and sent Draka to deliver a vital message to Margrave Krexus of the House of the Chosen. However, shortly after Draka set out on her darkhound, the House of Eyes exploded behind her, taking Akarek with it. Draka found herself surrounded by traitorous Necrolords but managed to fight her way through them and reach the House of the Chosen, where she delivered her lord's final message to Margrave Krexus. The message stated "I offer the key to saving Maldraxxus". Draka was at first confused by this, telling Krexus that Akarek hadn't given her a key, but Krexus realized that Draka herself—being an unyielding warrior and master spy—was "a key to many things". That day, Draka joined the House of the Chosen as its Baroness to continue protecting Maldraxxus. She took the place of Alexandros Mograine, who had been lost to the Maw.
When the Maw Walker arrived in Maldraxxus' Theater of Pain, they found themselves in the middle of a confrontation between Krexus and the margraves Gharmal and Sin'dane—the leaders of the House of Constructs and House of Rituals, who had betrayed the purpose of Maldraxxus by sending their forces to invade Bastion. Draka rescued the Maw Walker from the battle and began transporting them to safety on her flayedwing mount, but the group was shot of the sky and crashed in the Iron Trench. After taking the opportunity to recruit nearby scavengers to the Chosen and dispatch local threats in the form of deathwalkers, Draka and the Maw Walker arrived to the House of the Chosen and met up with Margrave Krexus. While Draka and the margrave discussed strategy in Vortrexxis, the Maw Walker was sent to report to Draka's fellow baron Vyraz. Krexus sensed great potential in the Maw Walker and soon commanded them to take on the trial of reaching the standing stone at the center of the Chosen's citadel, which resulted in the hero uncovering an unfinished blade and a message from Maldraxxus' missing ruler, the Primus. Realizing that this had a deeper meaning, Draka sent the Maw Walker to Bonesmith Heirmir, who helped them forge the object into a finished runeblade. Krexus subsequently concluded that the runes covering the blade were the same as the runes on the Seat of the Primus and sent Draka, Vyraz, and the Maw Walker to investigate. The blade proved to be a key to the Seat, but Vyraz insisted that unlocking the fortress would do the Chosen no good if they lost the war against the other two houses.
Draka admitted that her fellow baron was right and sent the Maw Walker to recruit the aid of her old rival Vashj, search for survivors at the destroyed House of Plagues, and help Vyraz defend the Chosen forces at the Spearhead from the House of Constructs. These efforts resulted in three more runes being awakened on the Primus' sword, meaning there was only one left before the Chosen could enter the Seat. Draka and the Maw Walker returned to the House of the Chosen to inform Krexus of their progress, but when they arrived, they found that the citadel had been attacked by constructs and that Krexus had been killed. Draka insisted that the Chosen now had to open the Seat of the Primus if they were to have any hope of victory, but Vyraz claimed that the Seat was a fool's errand and that the Chosen instead had to gather their mightiest forces, including the missing baron Alexandros Mograine. The Maw Walker traveled into the Maw and managed to rescue Alexandros, but upon meeting with Draka in Oribos, Mograine revealed that Vyraz was a traitor and that it must have been he who slew Margrave Krexus. Draka sent Alexandros and the Maw Walker to confront Vyraz at the House of the Chosen while she returned to the Seat of the Primus to warn their allies, but the Seat soon came under siege from Vyraz's forces and Draka turned back to bring Alexandros and the Maw Walker with her to defend the fortress. The Maw Walker subsequently used the Blade of the Primus to open the way into the Seat, unleashing the Primus' power and forcing Vyraz's forces to retreat. Inside, the hero and their allies discovered a dire warning from the Primus. Draka asked the Maw Walker to return to Oribos and deliver the Primus' warning to the other Eternal Ones. Before parting ways, she told the hero that it would be an honor to fight with them again.
Draka and her forces remained entrenched at the Seat of the Primus even as the combined forces of the Constructs, Chosen, and Rituals moved against them. The baroness welcomed Maw Walkers who had chosen to side with the Necrolords into the Seat and guided them into receiving the power of the Primus before tasking them with driving back the forces besieging the Seat with help from Ragewing, Bonesmith Heirmir, and Plague Deviser Marileth. This was no long-term solution, since Draka's forces could not hope to continue keeping their enemies at bay using only air strikes, but Vashj devised a plan to more permanently bolster the Seat's defenses: stealing a necropolis. Draka asked the Maw Walkers to assist Vashj with her plan, since the other baroness was more agreeable toward the outsiders than she was toward Draka. With assistance from surviving members of the House of Eyes and defectors from the other houses, Vashj's plan resulted in the necropolis Zerekriss being captured and brought to the side of the Seat of the Primus. Aboard the necropolis, the Maw Walkers discovered the Bindings of Fleshcrafting—one of the armor pieces that once belonged to the Primus—and brought them to Draka. She declared that they should be returned to their rightful place—the statue of the Primus—and that if any more pieces were found, the Necrolords would claim them for their covenant.
- Maldraxxus storyline
- Necrolords Campaign
- Shadowlands beta
- Maldraxxus storyline
- Main article: Land of Opportunity#Notes
- Main article: Arms for the Poor#Notes
- Main article: The House of the Chosen#Notes
- Main article: The First Act of War#Notes
- Main article: Through the Fire and Flames#Notes
- Main article: Forging a Champion#Notes
- Main article: The Path to Glory#Notes
- Main article: Meet the Margrave#Notes
- Main article: The Seat of the Primus#Notes
- Main article: A Common Peril#Notes
- Main article: Among the Chosen#Notes
- Main article: Maw Walker (quest)#Notes
- Main article: A Soul Saved#Notes
- Main article: In Death We Are Truly Tested#Notes
- Main article: The Door to the Unknown#Notes
- Main article: Words of the Primus#Notes
- Necrolords Campaign
- Main article: Taking The Seat#Notes
- Main article: Welcome To Our House#Notes
- Main article: Enemy at the Door#Notes
- Main article: Eyes on the Problem#Notes
- Main article: Bindings of Fleshcrafting (quest)#Notes
- Always ready for battle.
- Blood and thunder!
- For the honor of the bladesworn.
- How goes the fight?
- Lok-tar ogar. It means "victory or death". In Maldraxxus, it's victory AND death.
- In the House of Eyes, I learned the secrets OF SUBTLETY!
- I am the blade in the dark. I am also the blade in your face!
- Strength comes from loyalty, honor, and-- WILL YOU STOP POKING ME?!
- Even here, I protect the weak.
- Every defeat is a lesson.
- For Krexus! For Akarek!
- In the name of the Primus.
- Only the strong survive.
- Strength and honor.
- Strength comes from the heart.
- Iron Trench
- We must act swiftly. The other houses are sure to strike against the Chosen soon.
- Maldraxxus will stand united again.
- Bleak Redoubt
- Victory will be ours.
- Seat of the Primus (Covenant Sanctum version)
- Maldraxxus will stand united again.
- <Stay awhile and listen.>
- Alexandros Mograine says: Baroness, your original night elf form was restored in the afterlife, was it not? Why abandon it for one akin to the naga?
- Baroness Vashj says: When I was kaldorei, I was but a handmaiden to my queen. Prized for my beauty, and little else. As a naga, I was recognized and rewarded for my cunning and resolve.
- Baroness Vashj says: But I could ask the same question of you. Why adopt the form of a feeble human, when so many stronger ones exist?
- Alexandros Mograine says: This is the form I had when purging countless undead on Azeroth. But I suppose your point stands.
- Baroness Draka says: Have you children, Alexandros?
- Alexandros Mograine says: I do. Two sons. One betrayed me to the Scourge. The other sacrificed himself to free me.
- Alexandros Mograine says: I saw him again, just recently, in the Maw. He too has risen as a death knight. He too fights to defend our world.
- Baroness Draka says: You must be proud. My son was a mere babe when traitors struck me down. I fought to my last breath to save him. But I... do not know if he survived.
- Alexandros Mograine says: If he is of your blood, Draka, then I have no doubt that he did.
- Baroness Draka says: I did not abandon Margrave Akarek. I was sent on a mission before our house fell, just as you were.
- Baroness Vashj says: Is that why you cowered behind the Chosen's banner while your fellow Eyes were being slaughtered?
- Baroness Draka says: The margrave entrusted me with a new purpose, Vashj. Letting go of the past is the only way we can survive.
- Baroness Vashj says: Survival is for the weak and timid. Either you prevail... or you perish.
- Baroness Vashj says: I once beheld your world for myself, Draka. Or rather, the shattered ruin it has become.
- Baroness Draka says: You seem to know much of broken worlds, Vashj. And of consorting with demonic filth.
- Baroness Vashj says: Queen Azshara's machinations brought us untold power. The Sundering was a small price to pay for our ascension.
- Baroness Draka says: I have heard tales of your vain, heartless queen. It seems you have a great deal in common with her... in form as well as substance.
- Baroness Draka says: Krexus spoke highly of you, Ashbringer. He did not offer praise lightly.
- Alexandros Mograine says: He forged my strength into victories I thought impossible. I will rip out Vyraz's blackened heart for betraying him.
- Alexandros Mograine says: It pleases me to know you served Krexus well. He admired your spirit even when you answered to Akarek.
- Baroness Draka says: We both learned much from him. And together, we shall see him avenged.
- Baroness Vashj says: Mograine. Given your personal history with the undead, you must find Maldraxxus... distasteful.
- Alexandros Mograine says: Slaying the undead was my life's purpose. To be surrounded by them in death... I found myself in the midst of a nightmare.
- Alexandros Mograine says: It was Margrave Krexus who showed me that our army is one of honor and acclaim. But the actions of our enemies echo those of the Scourge.
- Baroness Vashj says: Then perhaps your life's purpose shall continue.
When Thrall fled into a passage in the Caverns of Time to escape an armored assassin, he found himself in the time and place of his parents' murder of an alternate history. Thrall pretended to be one of the bodyguards assigned to protect Durotan and Draka by Doomhammer as they returned home. Draka noticed that he had blue eyes and that he seemed very interested in the infant Thrall she was carrying. When the other bodyguard, Grukar summoned the assassins that attacked Draka and Durotan, Thrall could only watch, as saving them would alter the timeline.
Notes and trivia
- In life, Draka had brown eyes.
- The birth of Go'el and Draka and Durotan's meeting with Orgrim was originally stated to have happened in year 0, but the date was retconned in Chronicle Volume 2.
- An unused NPC ID for Draka exists in the game files for The Burning Crusade.
- Go'el's mother first appeared in the intro cutscene of the canceled game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. However, she was not given a name until the novelization Lord of the Clans. The author Christie Golden doesn't recall giving her name any intended meaning other than wanting it to sound "Orcish & badass".
- Perhaps coincidentally, "Драка" (Draka) means 'fight' in Russian.
- The World of Warcraft Bestiary, the Trading Card Game, and Afterlives all consistently depict Draka as having dual-wielded a pair of axes similar to a in life. In Maldraxxus, she is variously seen using either an or two copies of Haromm's Frozen Crescent.
- During the development of Shadowlands, the developers realized they had no shortage of famous deceased characters they could feature, but they wanted to avoid making the expansion feel like a simple checklist of deceased characters players would interact with. As such, they wanted to focus on characters that they felt best fit the themes of the expansion's zones, with a mix of some more obvious choices (like Uther in Bastion) and some more unexpected ones where players would have to think about how they fit their respective zones. Draka, an example of the latter category, was picked for Maldraxxus because the developers felt that her story of building herself up to be a warrior in A Warrior Made and dying while trying to protect her son from treachery was the perfect fit for the mentality of the Necrolords. In addition, Draka is a character that, while integral to the storyline of the orcs, had not received a lot of attention in previous material, making her in some ways a blank slate the developers could fill in through the Shadowlands storyline.
- Lead narrative designer Steve Danuser has suggested that while Draka is currently separated from Durotan in the Shadowlands, the two could potentially find an afterlife they could share together after Draka has completed her obligations in Maldraxxus.
- While accompanying players in the Iron Trench, Draka's generic name is a skeleton named Chosen Scrapper.
- Draka is voiced by Debra Wilson in Shadowlands.
As Durotan is buried at the Rock of Durotan, Draka may also be buried there or at least near it.
Draka from the World of Warcraft Bestiary.
Durotan and Draka's murder in Legends Volume 2.
Draka's final moments with her son in Afterlives.
Draka at a head of a group of the House of Eyes in Afterlives.
- Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Added.
|Baroness Draka||Generic name||Unused|
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2019-11-01. World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap. “The Necrolords welcome all who are mighty and driven, such as the indomitable Warlord Draka, who players will meet in Maldraxxus.”
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 120
- ^ You're Dead To Me#Notes
- ^ Warcraft: Legends Volume 4, pg. 147
- ^ a b c Afterlives: Maldraxxus
- ^ A Warrior Made--Part 1
- ^ A Warrior Made--Part 2
- ^ Rise of the Horde
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
- ^ Lord of the Clans
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 129
- ^ Golden, Christie. Lord of the Clans. ISBN 978-0-7434-2690-9.
- ^ Brian Horn on Twitter (2020-09-03). Retrieved on 2020-09-04.
- ^ Brian Horn on Twitter (2020-09-04). Retrieved on 2020-09-04.
- ^ a b
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2020-07-10. Necrolord Covenant: A Closer Look Inside the Might of Maldraxxus. Retrieved on 2021-01-06.
- ^ Golden, Christie. The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm. ISBN 978-1-4165-5074-7.
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter
- ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 5
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (dead link)
- ^ Christie Golden on Twitter (2016-08-07). Retrieved on 2020-08-28. “I don't -recall- giving her name a meaning. It just sounded Orcish & badass when I was toying around with names.”
- ^ a b perculia 2020-07-09. Shadowlands Lore Interview with Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser - Elune, Sylvanas, Calia. Wowhead. Archived from the original on 2020-07-09.
- ^ Heather Newman 2020-07-17. How Warcraft: Shadowlands’ Story Unfolds, And Why It’s Not All Guest Stars. Forbes. Archived from the original on 2020-07-18.
- ^ a b Ezgi Pajecki 2020-09-26. Maldraxxus, Shadowlands and Beyond - Interview with Steve Danuser. Lorekeeper. Archived from the original on 2020-09-27.
- ^ World of Warcraft 2021-02-20. BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft: Voices of the Afterlife (01:53). YouTube. Retrieved on 2021-02-20.