Dragonflayer clan

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NeutralDragonflayer clan
Thorvald's Banner.jpg
Main leader Unknown
  Formerly IconSmall Ymiron.gif King Ymiron
Secondary leaders Unknown
  Formerly IconSmall Vrykul Female.gif Queen Angerboda †
Race(s) IconSmall Vrykul Male.gifIconSmall Vrykul Female.gif Vrykul
Base of operations Utgarde Keep, Wyrmskull Village, Nifflevar, Voldrune, Halgrind
Theater of operations Howling Fjord

The Dragonflayer clan[1] is a vrykul clan under the control of the slumbering King Ymiron. They have taken up residence in Utgarde Keep, on the shores of Lake Cauldros, within the Howling Fjord of Northrend. Ingvar the Plunderer commands the clan's dragon-riders in their attacks against the town of Valgarde.


Ancient past

The Dragonflayers were one of the mightiest vrykul clans to arise after the Winterskorn War.[2] They were originally iron vrykul, and were ruled by King Ymiron.[3] Like other vrykul, the Dragonflayers gradually lost their iron skin due to the curse of flesh. To balance out this newfound weakness, they began enslaving proto-dragons. Unlike the Winterskorn clan, who viewed proto-dragons as mere beasts of war, the Dragonflayers used the drakes as mounts and hunting companions. In time, the proto-dragons became an inseparable part of Dragonflayer culture, and the clan used them to gain the upper hand against their mortal enemies, the bear-like jalgar, and push them south into central Kalimdor.[2]

Shortly after, circa 15,000 BDP,[4] the curse of flesh took another turn and caused Dragonflayer women to begin giving birth to small and malformed children. Ymiron blamed the keepers, whom the vrykul worshipped, for the curse and convinced his people to renounce their former gods. He promised to unite all vrykul clans under his banner and, as his first decree, ordered the infant "aberrations" to be killed in order to preserve the clan's purity. The parents who refused were taken to Gjalerbron for execution.[2][4] While many of the Dragonflayers obeyed, some instead hid their children away in the Tirisfal Glades, where legends told that other vrykul had fled with Tyr long ago. There, the afflicted children would eventually degenerate into the human race.[2]

Although the Dragonflayers tried many different ways to purge themselves of the curse of flesh, they remained afflicted. They eventually decided to place themselves in hibernation in facilities such as Gjalerbron in the hopes of staving off the curse.[2]

Wrath of the Lich King

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Shortly before the beginning of the war against the Lich King, the slumbering vrykul awakened. Many of them would come to believe that the Lich King was a god of death, such as the Dragonflayer clan, and pledged themselves to the Scourge.

During the war, they began attacking Valgarde, the primary Alliance fortresses in eastern Northrend.[5] They captured a number of Alliance soldiers and either left them impaled [6] or imprisoned in Wyrmskull Village.[7] They were also making plans to attack Westguard Keep; the details of the plans were in the hands of Yanis the Mystic. However, he was killed and the  [Dragonflayer Battle Plans] were retrieved.[1]

Some Dragonflayer pitted their prisoners against powerful vrykul gladiators, then threw out their corpses for a necromancer to raise as ghouls when they lost.[8]An Alliance force entered the Utgarde Catacombs where this was taking place, freeing the prisoners and defying the vrykul champions in A [10-30] The Ring of Judgment. They also took the  [Ancient Cipher].[9]

Yet another faction of the clan led by Skeld Drakeson traveled to the Ember clutch to breed Proto-Whelps and Red Proto-Drakes. The Ember Clutch Ancient charged an adventurer with driving them out.[10]

Queen Angerboda was found by the Forsaken to be awakening her husband King Ymiron. She was killed before she could finish the task and the Lich King spirited the still-dormant king away to Utgarde Pinnacle, promising that if her killers were foolish enough to follow him there, he would have the chance to avenge his wife.[11]

The Royal Apothecary Society designed a new Forsaken Blight, capable of killing all life in Halgrind. Thorvald, the chieftain of the town, fled when the Forsaken took the city. The remaining vrykul, while not dropping dead from exposure, found themselves trapped and slowly killed. He was killed later for his blood.[12]

The Dragonflayers in Voldrune in the Grizzly Hills imbued talismans with flame to control proto-drakes. As the vrykul prepared for war, they were killed by adventurers who took command of Flamebringer to kill Thane Torvald Eriksson.

Adventurers ventured into the halls of Utgarde Keep and its pinnacle to permanently remove the threat posed by the Dragonflayer. Despite fighting alongside a few members of the Ymirjar, the elite army of vrykul loyal to the Lich King, they were almost entirely wiped out. In the end, even their king, Ymiron, would fall at the invaders' hands.

Exploring Azeroth

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According to reports from Westguard Keep after the war against the Jailer, the vrykul of Howling Fjord were keeping to themselves.[13]



Name Role Status Location
IconSmall Ymiron.gif King Ymiron Champion of the Valarjar, Former King of the vrykul and leader of the Dragonflayer. Killable (Wow) Alive (lore) Ymiron's Seat, Utgarde Keep
Skyhold (lore)
IconSmall Vrykul Female.gif Queen Angerboda Queen of the Vrykul and wife of Ymiron. Killable (Wow) Deceased (lore) Gjalerbron
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gifIconSmall Vargul.gif Ingvar the Plunderer Commander of the assaults on Valgarde. Killed and transformed into a vargul for his failure, then killed again. Killable (Wow) Deceased (lore) Tyr's Terrace, Utgarde Keep
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Yanis the Mystic Hand of Ingvar Killable Wyrmskull Village
IconSmall Vrykul Female.gifIconSmall Val'kyr.gif Svala Sorrowgrave Formerly Ingvar's lieutenant. Was transformed into a Valkyr by the Lich King as a reward for her service. Killable (Wow) Deceased (lore) Observance Hall, Utgarde Keep
IconSmall FrostVrykul Male.gif Skadi the Ruthless Powerful vrykul warrior. Earned his title by slaughtering any vrykul parents who did not kill their malformed offspring as their king demanded. Uses Grauf as a proto-drake mount and commands a small army of vargul. Killable (Wow) Deceased (lore) Eagle's Eye, Utgarde Keep
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Thorvald Former chieftain of Halgrind Killable Thorvald's Camp, Howling Fjord
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Firjus the Soul Crusher Gladiator at the Ring of Judgement Killable Utgarde Catacombs, Utgarde Keep
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Yorus the Flesh Harvester Gladiator at the Ring of Judgement Killable Utgarde Catacombs, Utgarde Keep
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Jlarborn the Strategist Gladiator at the Ring of Judgement Killable Utgarde Catacombs, Utgarde Keep
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Oluf the Violent Gladiator at the Ring of Judgement Killable Utgarde Catacombs, Utgarde Keep
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Skeld Drakeson Leader of Vrykul in Ember Clutch Killable Ember Clutch, Howling Fjord
IconSmall Vrykul Male.gif Skarvald the Constructor Minion of Dalronn the Controller Killable Utgarde Keep
IconSmall Vrykul Female.gif Vigdis the War Maiden (presumed) Wandering warrior riding on a Black Proto-Drake. Killable Howling Fjord


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