- This article is about the ogre imperator. For the Wildhammer dwarf, see Molok. For the ogre mob in Arathi Highlands, see Molok the Crusher.
|Occupation||Sorcerer king of the Gorian Empire|
Imperator Molok was the sorcerer king of the Gorian Empire roughly 400 years before the opening of the Dark Portal. His tampering with the elementals and the Throne of the Elements led to a war between the orcs and the ogres that ended with the complete destruction of the ogre capital, Goria.
Around 403 years before the First War, orc clans lived on the outskirts of the Gorian Empire. The ogres had little interest in (or fear of) the orcs and saw their practice of shamanism as little more than quaint trickery to make the wind blow a little harder or a fire to burn a little hotter. It wasn't until ogres witnessed an elder shaman turning away a flash flood that would otherwise have destroyed an orcish village that they began to realize the power of the elements. Rather than learning this power with the same humility as the orcs had, the ogres decided to take it by force. Imperator Molok, the ruler of the Gorian Empire, sent an army to drive away the orcs and claim the Throne of the Elements for the empire. The ogres eagerly and carelessly dissected the Throne with their arcane spellwork, ignorant to the mix of raw titan and elemental power that lingered in the remains of the ancient giant Grond. One day, the dissonance between the ogres' magic and Grond's residual energies ignited an explosion that blew apart the temple the orcs had carved from the giant's skull and killed every Gorian sorcerer inside the structure, leaving behind only a few standing stones. This disaster threw the elements out of balance all across Draenor, causing huge storms all across the world and causing Draenor's native spirits to descend into turmoil. However, Molok was not deterred in the slightest and simply sent more sorcerers to replace the ones that had been killed, for he now had proof of the elements' true power and was determined to claim it for himself.
The next year's orcish Kosh'harg festival was marked by mourning for the incident at the Throne. The Shadowmoon elder shaman, Nelgarm, pleaded for action, lest all of the clans suffer disastrous famines as a result of the elements' imbalance. The clans agreed to join together, and Nelgarm called upon the elements to bless them with their protection. The united orc army first fell upon the Throne of the Elements. Surprised by the attack, the Gorian sorcerers retreated with little bloodshed, but Imperator Molok was quick to retaliate. The Gorian armies moved en masse, and total war engulfed Draenor, and now every orcish male, female and child had to be prepared to fight. The ogres imagined that this merciless tactic would strike terror into the hearts of the orcs, but the clans rose to the challenge and small, mobile groups of raiders slowly dismantled the Gorian Empire's network of fortresses and outposts, pushing the ogre armies back to their capital: Goria.
The orcs kept their distance on the hills surrounding the city, content to starve their enemy out. As the siege progressed and the ogres found maintaining their empire to be increasingly unsustainable, Molok and his sorcerers revisited their Apexis crystals, searching for a way to break the siege. In time, they discovered the arakkoan legend about the Curse of Sethe, and began experimenting with ways to create a similar affliction among the orcs. They succeeded, and soon the so-called red pox spread like wildfire through the orcs' encampments, culling vast amounts of the orcish combatants.
Nelgarm and his fellow shaman, realizing that the pox was an unseen attack from the ogres and that the siege was now doomed to fail, beseeched the elements to destroy Goria. The orcs and the elemental spirits both understood that Molok would resume meddling with the Throne of the Elements if the orcs failed, and so the spirits unleashed their fury upon Goria. Over hours, lightning, fire and earthquakes ravaged the ogre capital until nothing but ash and rubble remained, before the earth itself wrenched open like a giant maw to swallow Molok and the remains of his great city whole.
Gorgog the Gronnslayer (latest known)
Imperator of the Gorian Empire
Hok'lon (earliest known)