Brotherhood of the Horse

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The Brotherhood of the Horse (aka Knights of Azeroth or Knights of Stormwind) was the official name of the kingdom of Stormwind's knights before the First War.[1][2] Most of the knights were killed fighting in the last battles of the war, but took many orcs with them. They were the most feared warriors in the Stormwindian army. Many of the knights who fell to the orcs were transformed into death knights by Gul'dan.[3]

The most notable, and only known, member of the Brotherhood was Anduin Lothar, who became a knight and rose to the position of Armsman. After the First War, in recognition of his services to his people, Sir Lothar was given the title of Regent Lord of Azeroth.[4]

The tower of Karazhan, home of the sorcerer Medivh, contains horse head animal motifs in various ornamentation as a reference to Lothar and the Brotherhood of the Horse.[5]

Garona describes how the first orcish forces to come through the Dark Portal easily slaughtered the human peasants they encountered. They met their first real opposition in the knights of Stormwind, who are described as "... fiends [who] rode atop beasts of muscle and sinew that crashed through our ranks..." Garona goes on to describe how these knights rallied the remaining soldiers to temporarily push the orcs back to the Black Morass, where the orcs escaped by hiding in the Swamp of Sorrows prior to the events of the game.[6]


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Considering its name,  [Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood] may be referring to the Brotherhood of the Horse.

Gavinrad was a Stormwindian knight before to become a paladin and as such he was probably member of the Brotherhood.