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For the fel orc blademaster, see Maim (Warcraft III).
NeutralMaim Blackhand
Image of Maim Blackhand
Gender Male
Race Orc
Class Warrior
Affiliation(s) Blackrock clan, Dark Horde, Black Tooth Grin clan
Former affiliation(s) Old Horde
Occupation Chieftain[1] of the Black Tooth Grin clan
Status Deceased[2]
Relative(s) Blackhand (father), Urukal (mother), Dal'rend (brother), Griselda (sister)

Maim Blackhand was the son of the former Warchief Blackhand the Destroyer and the brother of Dal'rend and Griselda. Along with Dal'rend, Maim served as the co-leader of the Black Tooth Grin clan until his death in Blackrock Mountain.


Rise of the Horde[]

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6 years before the First War, the warlock Gul'dan sought to convince Chieftain Blackhand to take up the mantle of Warchief of the Horde. To help convince the chieftain, Gul'dan taught some of the Blackrock clan's shaman in the ways of fel magic and how to rapidly grow adolescent orcs to adulthood by imbuing them with fel power. Blackhand was astounded by the results and ordered the shaman to transform his young sons Dal'rend and Maim into "proper soldiers".[3] After coming of age Maim served as a member of the Horde, participating in the savage war against the draenei.

After the siege of Telmor, Durotan of the Frostwolf clan was offered the city as a reward for leading the raid on it. When Durotan turned it down, Blackhand and his family were more than happy to take Telmor as their own, even going so far as wearing the clothes and sleeping in the beds of the draenei they had killed.[4] This ended when the whole of the Orcish Horde was moved to Hellfire Citadel to better carry out the orders of Blackhand.[5] After this, Maim alongside Dal'rend accompanied Blackhand into Blade's Edge, where an alliance of ogres and orcs was made. Eventually, both sons drank the blood of Mannoroth.[6]

First War[]

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Dal'rend and Maim ultimately became leaders of the Black Tooth Grin clan, an offshoot of the Blackrock, and accompanied their father through the Dark Portal. After Warchief Blackhand was killed by Orgrim Doomhammer, Dal'rend and Maim continued ruling over the Black Tooth Grin.[1]

Tides of Darkness[]

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During the Second War, Maim served the new Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer. He and his brother Dal'rend often questioned Doomhammer's orders, as Orgrim killed Blackhand the Destroyer and took his place as Warchief, but they never disobeyed any of his orders. However, Orgrim allowed the insubordination both because he knew any explanations he gave would filter back to the rest of the Horde and because the two brothers were leaders of the powerful Black Tooth Grin clan.[7] Later Maim and his brother were amongst the army who attacked Quel'Thalas.

During the siege of the Capital City of Lordaeron, Dal'rend was ordered by Doomhammer to have his clan break off and chase after the traitorous Gul'dan, who had taken to the sea in search of the Eye of Sargeras.[8] Maim followed his brother as their army battled against Cho'gall's Twilight's Hammer, but once they learned that Gul'dan had perished within the Tomb of Sargeras they retrieved his skull from one of the warlock's followers before sailing back east and returning to Doomhammer.[9]

When dragon riders dispatched by Nekros Skullcrusher found the Black Tooth Grin's vessels and delivered word of the Horde's retreat to Blackrock Spire, Dal'rend and Maim ordered the Black Tooth Grin to alter course and sail to Stormwind. That region was still under Horde control, and from there they could reach Blackrock Spire by land. However, near the island of Crestfall, the Horde fleet was attacked by Admiral Proudmoore's Alliance navy, which was accompanied by Wildhammer gryphon riders. Dal'rend and Maim's ship and a few other vessels survived intact, but most of the Horde fleet was sunk by Proudmoore's superior forces and the dragon riders scattered in all directions.[10]

Maim and Dal'rend later personally fought Turalyon at the Dark Portal, only to flee when it became evident that the paladin had the upper hand.[11]

While most of the rest of the Horde was defeated by the Alliance at the end of the Second War, Dal'rend and Maim evaded capture and took control of Blackrock Mountain along with other Horde survivors, with Dal'rend declaring himself Warchief of the weakened Blackrock clan. Dal'rend and Maim despised Orgrim for having killed their father and blamed him for the Horde's defeat, and the brothers now planned to reforge the Horde as they saw fit. They gradually reached out to other large groups of survivors, trying to rally them under their new banner. While the Bleeding Hollow clan ignored them, the Dragonmaw clan pledged their support and offered to give some of their enslaved red dragons to Dal'rend and Maim's forces if they were ever needed.[12][13]

Beyond the Dark Portal[]

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About two years later, the Dark Portal reopened and emissaries from Ner'zhul, led by Teron Gorefiend, were immediately sent to Dal'rend and Maim asking them to rejoin the Horde of Draenor, and to ask to borrow the red dragons held captive by the allied Dragonmaw clan. Dal'rend only laughed and refused. Not only did he call Ner'zhul a coward for staying safe in Draenor while he fought the Alliance with Orgrim Doomhammer, but that Ner'zhul would fail in time. Unable to enter an agreement, Teron left the warchief to his bidding.[14][15]

Not long after, Nefarian, sent by Deathwing, came to Blackrock Spire. He quickly took command of the Blackhand brothers and the forces under their control.[16]

World of Warcraft[]

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According to Eitrigg, Dal'rend and Maim continued ruling over Blackrock Spire, in constant conflict with the Dark Iron dwarves. They eventually managed to displace the dwarves in the upper portion of the city, but only after the dragons came and only after the death of Maim.[12]

Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans[]

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In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, Maim and his brother Rend were the two who killed Thrall's father Durotan. They were traitors to their race, as they collaborated with the internment camps system for gold and favors. They paid a fortune for the gnomes to create the black ale which would keep the orcs pacified, and were about to make a blood pact in agreement to aid Lieutenant Blackmoore with the forces of their Black Tooth Grin clan. Thrall interrupted the meeting by setting the room ablaze, and Rend and Maim were trapped between the fires, confronted by the orc whose family they had murdered. Rend, reduced to begging, tried to claim he was forced to by his father, but Thrall failed to fall for Rend's lie, and used their blood mixed together to kill them with the Eternal Damnation spell, causing their flesh to melt and their souls being sent to hell for all eternity.

In the RPG[]

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After their father’s assassination, Maim and his brother Rend took what followers they could and splintered off from the Blackrock Clan, founding the Black Tooth Grin clan. They did this to retain some of the power which they believed was their birthright, without directly opposing Orgrim Doomhammer's accession to power,[17] so he would take no action against them. During the Second War, they were given control of the Dark Portal. Some rumors say that Maim retreated with Kilrogg Deadeye to Draenor, only to die there, either to human blades or as a victim of betrayal.[18] However, this was not the case.

Eventually, Dark Iron dwarves from Blackrock Depths tried to destroy the Dark Horde. The Dark Horde fought back, and Maim was killed in savage battle, however his sacrifice, plus Rend's "alliance" with the black dragonflight, allowed his brother to drive back the Dark Irons and maintain his hold on Blackrock Spire.[17]




Preceded by:
Chieftain of the Black Tooth Grin Clan (with Dal'rend Blackhand)
Succeeded by:
Dal'rend Blackhand