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While a mighty warrior in their own right, Arktash obtained their position as leader of the Il-Khan tribe through guile, not strength. Arktash was an intelligent and shrewd leader.
Less than a year into Arktash's reign, the orc chieftain was slain by rivals. These usurpers felt Arktash had shown disrespect by not claiming power through force.