What Happens to Thrall in Cataclysm?




“What happens to Thrall?”, it’s the one question I’ve been asked most about the new expansion.  Normally with a question like this, I refer the person  to wowwiki.com, but in this case… let’s speculate.

First though, bear with me… I have a rant, but I promise you it’ll tie back to Thrall.

We all know what Blizzard is doing these days; they’re dumping core WarCraft lore into the supplement material (comics, books, etc.).  As I stated in a previous post, I personally despise this since Blizzard is effectively holding their own story hostage, “Oh, want to actually know what’s going on in our game?  Well that’ll cost you $20 extra for a book in our store.”


I hate the term “sell-out”, but the fact of the matter is Blizzard is harming their beloved story in order to bring in a few extra dollar.  (Frankly I can’t imagine those books are making nearly the same amount of money as the game itself.)

Anyway, let’s be fair; Blizzard has every right to do this, and some of my readers even like it.

My ultimate problem?  They’re sloppy about it.  Blizzard forces us to read a book in order to know what’s going on, but then they can’t even be bothered to make sure it all connects properly.  In the novel “Malfurion”, which takes place before the Cataclysm, the Nightmare has been defeated and Teldrassil has been cured.  In the expansion, not so much.  Blizzard’s Creative Development department literally has “historians” on their payroll who are in charge of keeping track of all this stuff.  Heck, their lead historian is an MIT grad, so they’re more than qualified.  It’s obvious that someone is now instructing the CDev department to not worry about it.


Anyway, so Thrall.  The reason most of us don’t know what’s going on with him is because it all took place in the comic book.

Here’s what you missed:

Remember the Council of Tristfal?  They were the mages who gave “The Guardian” his or her power.  The last Guardian was Medivh, and before that, his mother Aegwyn.  In the comic, the Council reforms, but this time utilizes every form of magic along with the Arcane.  So they have representatives of natural magic (Druids), elemental magic (Shaman), holy magic (Paladins, you get the idea), all on the council alongside the mages.

So what does this all have to do with Thrall?  Simple.  One of the two major rumors is that at the beginning of Cataclysm, Thall’s on his way to meet up with the council.  Up until now, Rehgar Earthfury has been representing elemental magic in Thrall’s stead.  With the Cataclysm in full swing, it looks like Thrall is on his way to take over the role himself (play as a Goblin for some added insight) as it is likely that the Council of Tristfal may be the only force strong enough to stop whatever is sustaining the Cataclysm.

But, as they say, “Wait there’s more!”

In the comics, the new Guardian of Trisfal is Med’an.  There is rumor, however, that Thrall will take up this mantle.  It makes sense since the Cataclysm is elemental based, and Thrall is arguably the most powerful Shaman on Azeroth (sorry Nobundo).

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Thrall was rarely seen throughout Cataclysm only to show up at the end and help with our fight against Deathwing.

The other rumor is that Thrall is simply hanging out indefinitely at the Maelstrom, assisting the Earthen Ring with fixing the weakened barrier between Azeroth and the Elemental Plane.  That’s a lot more boring… but may also more likely be true.

As one final note, in a couple of weeks a new book is coming out, which may give us more insight.  If it does, I’ll be sure to update this post.

So, to answer you question, “What happens to Thrall in Cataclysm?”  He’s either still at the Maelstrom, helping fix Azeroth, or he’s off doing  this, getting ready for his fight with Deathwing.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 honorshammer October - 2010 at 5:10 am

I’m sure one of the beta testers can tell you exactly where Thrall is, and what he is doing. What upsets me more is what became of Cairne, and how they explain the Tauren still wanting to be a part of the Horde.

2 Cocles October - 2010 at 5:26 am

It never pays when I try to avoid posting spoilers. 😉 I’ll make a slight tweak to clear it up. But, suffice to say, yes, if you’re in Beta then you’ve seen where Thrall has been (at least two locations). The question is, does he stay at that second location, or does he move on? (Unless of course there’s something I missed.)

As for Cairne, I’m waiting for a few more details to come to light. The Tauren though blatantly recognize their own internal betrayal.

3 Izzie October - 2010 at 5:38 am

Whaaaattt?
I’m really surprised that Med’An hasn’t been mentioned at all in Cata. I was 98% sure he was gonna finally make his way into the game. I mean, if he’s the Gaurdian and all, shouldn’t he be there figthing Deathwing?

How old is he anyway… I’m really rusty on that whole story-line. I’ve read most of the books but not many of the comics.

They are really effing with the Horde. I feel like they’ve switched Roles with the alliance as far as falling apart. Bah.

4 Dangablad October - 2010 at 6:01 am

I’m interested to see the turn Thrall takes (though I’m sad that they are removing the “continuing storyline” aspect of the game. It’s lead to a straight born rush to me trying to finish Wrathgate before the world asplodes, and I’m wondering how the Thrall storylines in BC will change as well.)

@ Izzie: The Alliance are still dealing with their brand of falling apart. Look up Ironforge after the Cataclysm. Not to mention that Gilneas practically left the Alliance high and dry when the Scourge showed up in Lordaeron. I’m interested to see where Stormwind takes that.

@ Cocles: I’m really interested to get your take on where the Forsaken are headed now, what with the plague aspect having run its course at the Wrathgate and the new Val’kyr in place.

As to the books, etc. I really liked Malfurion, and am sad that the events of that book aren’t carrying over in game. I’m not against Blizzard using other media to progress the plot, however, as I still feel that there are certain elements of the lore that our characters should not be privy to.

5 Cocles October - 2010 at 6:31 am

I really need to post more in the comments section of my own blog. I’ve actually resisted it for years thinking I’d be “barging in” on the conversation, but hey, why not?

Speaking of which, Happy Birthday Loregy. The site is 3 years old today. I remember when it was the only lore blog around. And Dangablad can back me up on that. 😉 Anyway, perhaps it’s time I changed my motus operandi. Being more active in the comments would be a good way to do that.

@Izzie, King Wynn will not be making any friends within his own faction come Cataclysm. His own son is beginning to view him as a warmonger, let alone what the dwarves will be thinking of him. As for Med’an, he comes across as a teenager, but assuming he was conceived around the time the dark portal opened, that’d make him 27 in the comic, which takes place parallel to the WotLK.

@Danga, Good call regarding the Forsaken

6 Izzie October - 2010 at 8:29 am

@Danga
Ah, I see. I really need to catch up on all the Alliance stuff. I’ve been pretty pre-occupied with the Horde crap going on. I’m a huge Troll fan and pissed about the way Garrosh basically kicked everybody out of Org. Likewise, the forsaken plight is a huge interest to me. I have a strong suspicion Sylvanas is going to get the axe at some point.

@Cocles
How would you be barging in, it’s your article! Haha.
But yeah, after I caught up on your articles I did a little digging around Wiki to write an update on one of my old ones, and read the summary for The Shattering. I heart Anduin a ton and the fact that he might rebel against Varian is pretty awesome. I think Varian would be absolutely heartbroken at it, though, Anduin is pretty much the most important thing to him…perhaps second to his vendetta against orcs, though.

And thanks for the info on Me’dan. Also read that he’s not gonna be in Cata, super lame and dumb on Blizz’s part.

7 Anthony Wright May - 2011 at 11:16 am

honestly im just waiting to see how thrall will react when he find’s out what happened to cairne

8 Cocles May - 2011 at 1:46 pm

At the end of the Shattering, Thrall visits Cairne’s grave and “speaks” to his old friend. Thrall, of course, is unhappy with what has been happening, but his shaman-related duties must take precedent to save Azeroth.

*SPOILER*

Also keep in mind that at the end of the Goblin opening campaign, Thrall learns that Garrosh arranged for Thrall to be captured by the Alliance… and Garrosh knows Thrall is onto him.

I still say Garrosh could easily end up being a raid boss.

9 Lich king February - 2013 at 12:16 pm

As i sayed it better be an new expansion where Thrall return take lead back but the Alliance want war and two supernatural forces Thrall and Waryan are ficthing and another expansion where the Lich king Bolvar return and resurect Deathwings and make a deadly aliance to resurect the dark titan Sargeras in another expansion to say “War of the Old Gods” they will fight united horde and alliance against deadly aliance and Sargeras later in deadly aliance enter Kil”jaden and resurected Ilidan i let Blizzard to thing at details.

10 nanao September - 2014 at 2:36 pm

Just when you called Mediv “him” i stop reading. Nooblets…

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