Kurdran Wildhammer — Gryphon Rider of Northeron — was the Chief Thane of the Wildhammer Clan, and the Hinterlands. During the Second War, the Orcish Horde led by Doomhammer invaded the Wildhammer homeland. Kurdran was one of the first dwarves to spot the invaders and initiate battle. Soon he was aided by the forces of the Lordaeron Alliance, and together they fought the bloodthirsty horde. Kurdran pledged his and his kingdom's aid to Lord Anduin Lothar after the human Alliance aided them in forcing the invading orcs and forest trolls out of their homeland. Kurdran and his loyal steed, the gryphon Sky'ree, became legendary during the war, battling over land and sea as well as the air; lending aid to Lordaeron and Quel Thalas. He left the Second War with nine slain dragons to his credit. After the war ended, Kurdran remained with the Alliance as a scout, his service proving invaluable to the Alliance war effort.