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Leadership of the Illidari.

The Illidari are the servants of Illidan Stormrage[2] and originally represented a specific, elite faction of his army made of demon hunters,[3] but this has changed under the Slayer's leadership to also include Broken, naga, and shivarra forces. The Illidari are also known as Illidan's forces[4][5][6] or Illidan's army.[7][8][9] It consists of various factions that have banded together under Illidan's rule. They were one of the prime enemies of the Alliance and Horde in Outland, the other being the Burning Legion. Illidan commanded vast armies throughout Outland, and even a few select groups on Azeroth.

After Illidan's death at the Black Temple, many of the demon hunter survivors were imprisoned by Maiev Shadowsong in the Vault of the Wardens, along with the corpse of their master. Later, the freed Illidari regathered with the forces left behind on Mardum, seized control of the Fel Hammer, which became their order hall, and they now fight the Burning Legion alongside the other class orders during the demons' third invasion.

Composition

Illidan's forces before attacking Magtheridon.

Illidari

The main group of Illidari that are explicitly labeled as such seem to serve as an eilte group within the overall faction. This group is composed mostly by demons of many species, particularly Nathrezim, Sayaad, Fiends, Felguards and Satyr, former minions of the Burning Legion who switched their allegiance after the defeat of Magtheridon.

They dwell primarily in Shadowmoon Valley and the Black Temple though a few Illidari Taskmasters can be found in Hellfire Peninsula.

The Illidari Taskmasters who dwell in the Ruins of Sha'naar in Hellfire Peninsula lord over the Dreghood Broken as they search for one of the seven Ata'mal crystals. In Shadowmoon Valley, Illidari appear to serve as front-line foot soldiers against the Sha'tar as they bring the war against Illidan to the steps of the Black Temple.

Notable members

Illidan's Servitors

Satyr Satyr - A group of satyrs under Illidan, apparently brought by Illidan to Outland when he left Azeroth. The bulk of them were killed by Maiev Shadowsong on Kalimdor. Notable members are Zandras and Ambassador Jerrikar.

Fel Horde

Fel orcFel orc Fel Orcs - When Illidan invaded Outland, Magtheridon's primary non-demonic forces were fel orcs, corrupted by his own blood. Led by Kargath Bladefist, the fel orcs are now in the Betrayer's service and primarily man the battlements of Hellfire Citadel. In addition, members of the Shadowmoon clan can be found on the Ata'mal Terrace of Illidan's Black Temple, and the survivors of the Dragonmaw clan - under their aged chieftain, Zuluhed the Whacked — capture and take control of nether drakes for service in Illidan's armies.

Illidari demons

IconSmall Daemon.gifDemonDemonDemonDemon Demons - Magtheridon, as a servitor of the Burning Legion, took control of Outland and brought legions of demonic forces with him. When Illidan toppled Magtheridon, many of these demons swore allegiance to the new lord of Outland. Illidan's demons are free of their natural magic addiction, and the usual fel taint seen alongside the Burning Legion is not present with them.[10] The types of demons that are seen in the Illidari are:

Kael'thas' forces

Blood elfBlood elf Kael'thas's Blood elves - Illidan was briefly captured by his long-time jailor and nemesis, Maiev Shadowsong, shortly after arriving in Outland. It was primarily due to the intervention of Kael'thas Sunstrider and his blood elves that allowed the naga under Lady Vashj to free him. The blood elves under Kael's command, having been scorned by the Alliance, swore allegiance to Illidan and aided him in toppling Magtheridon. The Betrayer's most trusted legion of blood elf warriors is known as the Crimson Sigil; they are the highest commanders of the Illidari outside of the Black Temple itself.

  • Crimson Hand - The closest cadre of blood elves to Kael'thas Sunstrider and among his elite guards in the Eye of Tempest Keep.
  • Bloodwarder - Elite fighting force of blood elves loyal to Prince Kael'thas (with one major exception). Their greatest numbers are within Kael's seat of power within Tempest Keep.
  • Firewing - Firewing blood elves work for Kael'thas and Illidan, they are using the broken draenei of Tuurem, the Wrekt, as smuggling go-betweens for the creation of the mana bombs.
  • Sunfury - High-ranking blood elves once loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider. The bulk of their army had been established both in Netherstorm and Shadowmoon Valley, while several of their members left the main contingent to follow other pursuits; mainly, the Scryers and the blood elven forces loyal to Illidan Stormrage.
  • Sunhawk - A group of Blood Elves loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider. A small group of them are led by Sironas in Bloodmyst Isle.
  • Sunseeker - A group of blood elves fiercely loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider. They are established in Tempest Keep

Illidari blood elves

Though Kael betrayed Illidan and now serves Kil'jaeden, some blood elves are still loyal to the Betrayer, such as the demon hunter initiates under Varedis, the elite demon hunters under Kayn Sunfury, and the Eclipsion - Blood elves under Grand Commander Ruusk.

Illidan's Naga

IconSmall Naga Male.gifIconSmall Naga Female.gif Naga - Calling in some old Highborne debts from ten millennia earlier, Illidan raised the naga from their undersea lairs in order to aid him in obtaining the Eye of Sargeras, as well as preventing Maiev from following him. Under the direction of Lady Vashj - The naga followed Illidan into Outland where they were instrumental in both obtaining the aid of the blood elves and laying siege to Magtheridon's fortress. They now control the watery areas of Outland, including much of Zangarmarsh.

MurlocMurloc Mur'gul - The naga enslaved many mur'gul to act as both warriors and slaves.

Draenei tribes

Broken

IconSmall Broken Male.gif Broken -The Betrayer obtained the aid of Akama and his Broken draenei sometime before the siege of the Black Temple. The Broken proved to be proficient assassins and scouts, and were able to allow Illidan and his army to reach Magtheridon. Though only the Broken of Akama's tribe serve Illidan willingly (though the same cannot be said of Akama himself), Illidan's forces in Hellfire Peninsula and Zangarmarsh have enslaved Broken for menial labor. Tribes working for Illidan:

Lost One

IconSmall LostOne.gif Lost Ones - A few corrupted tribes of Lost Ones can be found serving Illidan and his allies. Other tibes seem to have been enslaved.

  • Tuurem - This Lost One tribe have allied with Kael'thas' blood elves.
  • Umbrafen - This Lost One tribe is allied with Illidan's naga. They are led by Kataru.

Gronn

Demon hunters

Illidan leading his demon hunters in battle.

The most elite of Illidan's armies are his demon hunter servitors, night elves and blood elves trained to be the Betrayer's mightiest enforcers, the bane of demonkind. Zealously loyal to their master, the Illidari demon hunters have a strong identity and a close bond, although their heavy fel corruption and demonic techniques have inspired dread in their fellow elves. Prominent demon hunters took control of Illidan's depleted armies after their master's defeat at the Black Temple, and lead the remaining Illidari as they seek out their leader and battle the Burning Legion. By player choice, their foremost lieutenant is either Altruis the Sufferer or Kayn Sunfury. The Illidari's motive for seeking out their master will change depending on whom the player chooses as their right-hand-man: Altruis, no longer loyal to Illidan, desires new leadership for the Illidari; Kayn, loyal to Illidan's cause, wishes to rescue him from his predicament.

  • IconSmall NightElfDemonHunter Male.gifIconSmall NightElfDemonHunter Female.gif Night elf - Illidan brought some night elf demon hunters from Azeroth with him, and others sought him out at the Black Temple for training.
  • IconSmall BloodElfDemonHunter Male.gifIconSmall BloodElfDemonHunter Female.gif Blood elf - Some blood elves Kael'thas brought with him from Azeroth also train under Illidan.

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Illidan ruling from The Black Temple with Akama besides.

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Speculation

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  • It was believed by some that the Illidari is not the overall name for Illidan's forces. Illidan Stormrage's recent biography lists his faction as "The Illidari." It is unlikely that he would be listed under an elite subdivision of his own forces, so it is likely the overall name.
    • It has been recently confirmed that it is a specific faction of Illidan's army.[14]
  • Some believe Illidari may be an adjective form for Illidan's forces. Others believe that it is perhaps a title given to specific members of Illidan's forces. As a title, this appears to be used mostly with his demonic minions. Illidari does include the naga under the command of Lady Vashj, blood elves loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider, the Ashtongue tribe of Broken draenei under the leadership of Akama, and possibly numerous fel orcs and demons presumably from the armies of the previous Lord of Outland, Magtheridon. However, Illidan's Naga and the blood elves under Kael'thas use their own unique banners and tabards rather than those of the Illidari, which may suggest that they are not actually part of the Illidari itself. Most appear to be found in Shadowmoon Valley and the Black Temple. This suggests that the "Illidari" may be an inner circle of forces who are closest to Illidan and certain leaders, and perhaps form an elite guard.

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