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Imperator Hok'lon was an Imperator of the Gorian Empire. Hok'lon is most famously known for his war against the Draenei upon learning of their construction of Shattrath City. Hok'lon led a brief, grandiose, and entirely unsuccessful campaign to reclaim the area for the Gorian Empire and died in the attempt.


Hok'lon lived during Highmaul during the century following the Draenei's crash-landing on Draenor. Following the demise of Goria three centuries earlier, the official capital of the Gorian Empire had been moved to Highmaul in Nagrand. Though the Empire had been felt a grievous blow by the loss of Goria and all of their most prominent arcanists, it yet endured, struggling to hold on to what power it could. Upon learning of the Draenei's eventual decision to construct Shattrath upon the presently unsettled land which had once been home to the greatest civilization Draenor had ever seen, Hok'lon used this offense to the ogres to claim the title of Imperator upon a wave of popular support.

Hok'lon incited his people to wage war by publicly sneering at the draenei, which he called "usurpers". It was seen as a unforgivable insult for these small, weak newcomers to build a city on the bones of the Gorian Empire's great capital, but Shattrath's sleek construction and otherworldly defenses gave the ogres pause. Nothing like their technology had ever been seen on Draenor before, and even some their weakest apprentices had more refined and effective magical techniques than even advanced ogre sorcerers. Hok'lon, himself a gifted arcanist, declared that he would conquer Shattrath. He believed that the draenei had stolen their power using hidden knowledge left beneath the old capital. Hok'lon promised that Highmaul would become the center of a new, enlightened Gorian Empire once the draenei had been slaughtered. The draenei had even already rebuilt their city for them. Highmaul's aristocracy, eager to claim the new city for themselves, threw their support behind Hok'lon.