- For the alternate timeline organization now occasionally called the Fel Horde, see Iron Horde.
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The Fel Horde is a new term used by the Alliance and the Horde in Hellfire Peninsula, particularly in Hellfire Citadel, to describe the fel orcs living there (the fel orcs call themselves the "Horde"). It is believed that this is simply a new term for the orcs of the Horde's clans affected by the demonic corruption that is being siphoned out of the pit lord Magtheridon. Magtheridon is now held captive by Illidan Stormrage, the new Lord of Outland — who uses the pit lord, and The Maker to forcibly corrupt more orcs to boost his growing army, many of whom are unwilling.
The prime constituents (and only example available thus far) of the Fel Horde are fel orcs and the demons that control them.
It is revealed by Caza'rez that the Horde is researching a method to restore the Fel orcs to their original state.
- Illidan - Leader of the Fel Horde.
- Kargath Bladefist - Warchief of the Fel Horde.
- The Maker - In charge of capturing, and converting orcs and Mag'har into Fel Orcs.
Clans of the Fel Horde
The membership of the Fel Horde is largely the remnants of the old Horde of Draenor, which was ruled by the shaman Ner'zhul during the time of the battles Beyond the Dark Portal. It should be noted that many (perhaps all) of the clans listed below are in fact divided, and do not universally support the Fel Horde. (For example, members of the Shattered Hand clan also reside in Orgrimmar as its rogue's guild and dutifully serve Thrall.) The Shattered Hand orcs that live in Orgrimmar, however, left Draenor twenty years ago and are not fel orcs (they still have green skins and the such).
For our purposes, however, large groups of orcs from the following clans have been captured, brought to Hellfire Citadel and become fel orcs, and now collectively obey Warchief Kargath Bladefist. While the former leaders of these old Horde clans did not all survive, some clans such as the Bonechewer clan and the Bleeding Hollow clan still operate under the dominance of their own clan-specific Chieftain as well as Kargath.
- After being taken over by Gul'dan, the Iron Horde becomes a parallel version of the Fel Horde, even being referred to as such by some of its members.
The Fel Horde was first introduced in the second expansion and little to no backstory was given. It is unclear whether the group as a whole existed as part of Magtheridon's Forces and later joined the Illidari or if they were created as a group after Magtheridon's fall from the remnants of the orc groups that the pit lord commanded (such as Horde of Pain, Horde of Agony, Legion of Torment and Legion of Anguish).