Bleeding Hollow clan

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HordeBleeding Hollow clan
Bleeding hollow Crest.png
Main leader

Bleeding Hollow Ruins (Mag'har), Fortress Auchindoun (Second War), Zeth'Gor (Fel Horde)

Other major cities

Orgrimmar (presumed), Garadar (refugees)

Main language


The Bleeding Hollow clan is one of the most legendary orcish clans. The clan is named after the hidden chamber in which the chieftains sacrifice an eye to receive a vision of their death.[1] Knowing how they will die, the chieftains of the Bleeding Hollow are able to lead their clan without fear against foes that one would otherwise be concerned to face.[2]

Fanatical and crude, the Bleeding Hollow slathered their weapons with hallucinogenic venom and stalked their victims from the trees, before engaging opponents in a berserker fury. The Bleeding Hollow shamans also used powerful blood magic, which they could use offensively, defensively, or to transform their warriors into dire orcs.[3]


Warcraft II crest.

The Bleeding Hollow clan have had at least thirty-one chieftains over the course of their existence, not including their present chieftain, Jorin Deadeye. Among them included Braknoth, Durmak and Vargrak.[4] There was also an unnamed mad chief, who was apparently known for his speed and possible fel-corruption, hinted at by his skull's powers and unusual green glow of his eye.[5]

Once, back when Kilrogg Deadeye was not yet the chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow, the clan was terrorized by the arakkoa who were invading their home in the Tanaan Jungle. The orcs were forced to hide in their villages from the bird men, and the chieftain at the time - Kilrogg's father - forbade them to wander beyond the walls. This era came to an end when Kilrogg killed his own father and assumed leadership of the clan, leading them to attack the arakkoa and reclaim ownership of the jungles.[2]

First War

Right after the opening of the Dark Portal, the scouts of the Bleeding Hollow and Black Tooth Grin clans were the first to enter Azeroth, sent by Warchief Blackhand.[6]

While most Horde forces waged war against the humans of Stormwind, Kilrogg led his Bleeding Hollow into Stranglethorn Vale, which reminded the orcs of their ancestral home of Tanaan. Thus the Bleeding Hollow were determined to claim Stranglethorn for themselves, however the Gurubashi tribe refused to share their lands with outsiders and the two forces would clash in battle. Due to their knowledge of the land the Gurubashi launched a guerrilla campaign to drive the invading Bleeding Hollow out of the region. Kilrogg and his Bleeding Hollow would eventually be ordered to retreat by Warchief Blackhand after he learned of the conflict and concluded that too many orcs were dying for no apparent gain.[7]

The clan led by Kilrogg Deadeye, participated in the first attack on Stormwind Keep, along with the Twilight's Hammer clan, led by Cho'gall.[8] This first attack was an unmitigated disaster for the orcs, and Deadeye and Cho'gall blamed the failure on each other. A rift soon grew that threatened to rip the Horde apart before it had even begun its conquest of Azeroth. Gul'dan quickly stepped in to quell the problem, reinstalling Blackhand as Warchief of the Horde.

Second War

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During the Second War, the Bleeding Hollow clan was stationed throughout Khaz Modan, where it controlled the Horde's vital mining and oil refining operations, especially at Grim Batol.[9] The clan also conducted the Siege of Ironforge, though they were unable to take the city. After the Horde's defeat, they were able to evade capture by Alliance forces, despite being tracked by the elite rangers of Alleria Windrunner.[10]

With Ner'zhul's help the Dark Portal was reopened, and the clan was able to make it back to the relative safety of Draenor, bringing forest trolls and other Azerothian allies with them. To the old clans, the warriors of the Bleeding Hollow were considered mighty heroes as they had been in human lands for many years.[11] Under Ner'zhul's uneasy rule they faced an invasion of Draenor made by human expeditionary forces, notably defending the clan's stronghold of Fortress Auchindoun.[12]

When the world started to collapse, due to the numerous portals opened by Ner'zhul, Bleeding Hollow along with the Warsong and the Shattered Hand clan attempted to save themselves by breaking through the human fortifications near the Dark Portal and getting back to Azeroth before Draenor collapsed. These clans entered it just in time before Archmage Khadgar closed it completely. However, the Bleeding Hollow clan was captured by the Alliance and placed into the internment camps. Part of the Bleeding Hollow clan remained on Draenor and survived.

World of Warcraft

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Bleeding Hollow clan banner in color

When Thrall liberated the orcs of the internment camps, the imprisoned Bleeding Hollow members were recruited. The clan now flies the banner of the New Horde,[citation needed] but no doubt has an individual presence, like the Frostwolf clan.

The remnants of the Bleeding Hollow on Draenor appear to be split. One portion became part of the Fel Horde and inhabit Zeth'Gor in Hellfire Peninsula, as well as parts of Hellfire Citadel. Another part, residing at the ancestral grounds of the Bleeding Hollow on the edge of Terokkar Forest, remained uncorrupted. Led by Kilrogg's son Jorin, they were forced out of their lands by a clan of ogres, and fled to the safety of the Mag'har stronghold of Garadar in Nagrand.

Notable leaders

History Shamanism Rise of the Horde First War Second War Interbellum Third War World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Wrath of the Lich King Cataclysm Mists of Pandaria Warlords of Draenor
Ruler Draenor / Horde Neutral
Kilrogg Deadeye
Kilrogg Deadeye
Jorin Deadeye
Jorin Deadeye
Fel Horde / Illidan's forces Combat
Grillok Darkeye & Morkh

Known members

Name Role Status Location
IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Combat Grillok "Darkeye" Deceased Zeth'Gor, Hellfire Peninsula
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Horde Jorin Deadeye Warchief Alive Garadar, Nagrand
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Horde Kilrath Alive Bleeding Hollow Ruins, Terokkar Forest, later Wintergrasp
IconSmall Kilrogg.gif Horde Kilrogg Deadeye Chieftain Deceased Shadow Labyrinth, Auchindoun
IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Combat Morkh Warlord Deceased Zeth'Gor, Hellfire Peninsula
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Horde Pargath Throatsplitter Unknown


Fel Horde



In Warcraft II

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Chieftain: Kilrogg Deadeye

Clan Colors: Green

Background: The Bleeding Hollow clan was one of the largest in the Horde before passing into Azeroth. Led by the aged Kilrogg, the Bleeding Hollow embodies the unrelenting savagery required for many long years of successful Orcish warfare. In accordance with their unequaled performance in battle, they have been given the honor of safeguarding the refinement operations in the occupied lands of Khaz Modan. Allegiant to the Blackrock clan, these veteran warriors place the needs of the Horde above all else.[16]

Domain: Ironforge, Khaz Modan

In Beyond the Dark Portal

Leader: Kilroggg Deadeye[sic]

Color: Orange

This clan has achieved legendary status for battling the forces of Azeroth throughout both the First and Second Wars. Kilroggg[sic] was able to avoid capture by the Alliance after the defeat of the Horde in the Second War, and with the help of Ner'zhul was able to lead his clan back to the safety of Draenor. The Bleeding Hollow now serves Ner'zhul and will stop at nothing to bring his dark plans to fruition.[17]