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King of Ogres


Founder of the Gorian Empire


Gorian Empire



Gorgog, born Gog, was the founder and first Imperator of the Gorian Empire. Born as a slave beneath Ogron rule, Gog would go on to become the first Ogre Mage, overthrow the Ogron and unite his people behind his banner. By casting down the Gronn and breaking open their bones to eat their marrow, Gorgog would break the rule of Gronn over ogres and forever change the balance of power for mortals on Draenor.


Gog was born over one thousand years before the opening of the Dark Portal, as a member of an enslaved clan of ogres beneath the overlordship of the barbaric Ogron tribes. During this time, it was common practice for ogron to sacrifice ogres to the Gronn to appease their hunger, and though the ogres were more intelligent than the ogron, they were far less strong, and afraid to resist. Opportunity came for Gog when the leader of a small group of remnants from the Apexis arakkoa that had been destroyed two hundred years before, learned of a critical cache of Apexis artifacts buried beneath the ruins of an Apexis settlement on the northwest coast of Talador that the ogron and their ogre slaves now inhabited. The ogron were too violent to barter and bargain with and too powerful to drive off, but the ogres were more intelligent than the ogron, and more importantly, angered by their enslavement.

The arakkoa approached the ogres in secret and began to teach them the ways of the arcane. Due to the ogres heritage as descendants of Grond, who was in turn a creation of the titan Aggramar, they were naturally attuned to the arcane. The arakkoa had never seen new spellcasting techniques developed so effortlessly and were delighted. One of the first ogres to master the power was Gog, who the arakkoa believed to be the perfect leader to incite rebellion. When his training was complete, Gog did rebel, but not against the ogron. Instead, he targeted the gronn, whom the ogron and ogres revered and feared as gods. Though stunned by his ambition, the arakkoa could not argue with his results. Gog did not only kill one gronn with his magic, but several. By his fifth, stories of his heroics were known to all captive ogres on Draenor, erasing their fear of both gronn and ogron. Under Gog, a massive ogre uprising rose up against their ogron warlords and Gog was renamed Gorgog: "King Gog". The apexis ruins and former slave camp was renamed as Goria, "Throne of the King".

After the rebellion, the arakkoa quickly moved into Goria to search for Apexis Crystals and artifacts in the ruins Goria was built on. Gorgog put a quick end to that. Gorgog was no fool, and knew that the arakkoa had only taught Gog and his apprentices magic to use them for their own gain. As a sorcerer himself, he had no interest in giving away any potential source of power. Gorgog banished the arakkoa from what had become the new Gorian lands. Seething with anger, the arakkoa left, but not for long. Yonzi and his arakkoa were infuriated and they decided to take the land by force. They launched a surprise attack on Goria in the dead of night, but Gorgog and his apprentice arcanists, as well as the countless newly freed ogres, fought back. The arakkoa were defeated and Yonzi was captured. His death was slow and gruesome. Despite the promise of undiscovered Apexis crystals, further arakkoa incursions into Gorian lands were few and far between afterward. In the slowly expanding Gorian Empire Apexis crystals became highly prized and eagerly sought out by ogre sorcerers.


Gorgog eventually died of old age. He was entombed at the center of Goria, the great city of stone and marble which had sprung up around him during his reign. Gorgog left Draenor forever changed. With his people's defeat of the ogron and gronn, mortal civilization was able to flourish as it never had before on Draenor, allowing the Orcish race to finally emerge from hiding and spread across the land. The Gorian Empire he founded would continue to expand and endure for more than a thousand years following his death. Gorgog remains to his people a symbol of might, wisdom and fortitude, and is widely remembered as the greatest of Ogre heroes.

Imperator of the Gorian Empire
Preceded by
Gorgog the Gronnslayer Succeeded by
Imperator Kor'lok

(Earliest known)