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Humans, night elves, dwarves, gnomes, draenei, and the savage worgen make up the illustrious Alliance. Proud and noble, courageous and wise, these races work together to preserve order in Azeroth. The Alliance is driven by honor and tradition. Its rulers are champions of justice, hope, knowledge, and faith.
In a time when chaos and uncertainty reign, the Alliance remains steadfast in its determination to bring light to the darkest corners of the world.[1]

The Alliance (aka Grand Alliance)[2] is one of two major political factions of the mortal races in Azeroth, its counterpart being the Horde. The Alliance consists of powerful cultures and groups bound not by desperation or necessity, but by their deep commitments to abstract concepts like nobility and justice,[3] and, striving to represent these high ideals, its many different peoples all contribute their technical, arcane, and spiritual wisdom "toward the goal of a just and peaceful world."[4]

The memories of the allegiances and idealism of the Alliance of Lordaeron -centered in the homonimous continent- served as the ultimate inspiration for the new Alliance of the present day.[5] The modern organization has the bulk of its forces on Northern Kalimdor and the south-eastern continents of Khaz Modan and Azeroth. Some of the members of the previous Alliance are members of the Grand Alliance.

Membership

You are a proud member of the Alliance. Together with your brothers and sisters of the civilized races, you represent our world's only hope for survival. Stand fast, and fight with honor until your last breath gives out. You wear the golden lion of the Alliance, and these colors don't run.[6]

Major members

Alliance Human Nations

Know this, o' foe of the Alliance: be you a Horde of orcs, an army of the undead, or a mighty Dragon Aspect himself... if you bring war to realms of men, you will do naught but splinter your bones upon our shields and impale your hearts upon our swords! For we are the Alliance... and we know not how to fail![7]
The Human Icon of Courage

HumanHuman Human - The primary race of the Alliance that makes up the majority of their forces. Any human kingdoms that have not been eradicated remain to fight with the Alliance.

The following nations remain in the Alliance:

IconSmall Horse.gif Horse - For centuries the humans have been using horses as mounts.

Ironforge Kingdom of Ironforge

The Dwavern Icon of the Forge

DwarfDwarf Dwarf - The Kingdom of Ironforge consists mainly out of the Bronzbeard Clan of dwarves, which still reside in the ancient city of all dwarven clans. They pledged themselves to the Alliance following the Bleeding Hollow's invasion of Khaz Modan. After the War of the Three Hammers, the Bronzebeards gained dominance over all Ironforge. During the Cataclysm to prevent the mountain from collapsing. King Magni Bronzebeard performed a ritual in the heart of Old Ironforge which saved the mountain but the process petrified him into diamond statue. With its king impaired, Ironforge was left in political turmoil after Moira declared her son the rightful ruler of the kingdom. In order to prevent civil war, the leaders of each clan formed a council to govern the dwarf races and share the kingdom. Capital is Ironforge, located in northern Dun Morogh.

IconSmall Gryphon2.gif Gryphon - The Wildhammer train Gryphons to act as mounts and companions.
IconSmall Ram.gif Ram - The Dwarves, living in the high mountains of Khaz Modan, have tamed and befriended the native Barak Tor'ol rams, whom they use as mounts.
IconSmall Boar.gif Boar - When the Explorers' League moved to Stranglethorn they faced many dangers, from trolls to wild beast. To counteract the threats, they begun to tame and befriend the local boars. A strong and dangerous Hambone emerged from the care of the league.

Gnomeregan Gnomeregan

The Gnomish Icon of Technology

GnomeGnome Gnome - Cousins of the dwarves, joining with their long-time allies to provide technological wonders to aid the Alliance in its fight against its enemies. Their Long-time capital was Gnomeregan, located in western Dun Morogh, but it was invaded by a race of troggs. The gnomes had to flee and find refugee in their cousins' arms in Ironforge, where they built Tinker Town. After Operation Gnomeregan, the Gnomes established New Tinkertown.

Darnassus Darnassus

The Night Elven Icon of Wisdom

Night elfNight elf Night elf - The night elves have lived peacefully for centuries in the shadowy forests of northern Kalimdor until the events of the Third War when they allied with the survivors of Lordaeron and the Thrall's Horde at the behest of Medivh in order to defeat Archimonde at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. However the continuous deforesting actions of the orcs in the forests of Ashenvale have forced them to break away from the Horde and remain allied with the Alliance alone. Capital is Darnassus, located on the new World Tree of Teldrassil, which was completely healed recently, off the coast of northern Kalimdor.

HighborneHighborne Highborne - The Shen'dralar have returned to the night elven society, now in Darnassus, after their long exile to make amends and begin to train new generations of night elven mages after the shattering.

The Night elves have many allies from nature:

  • IconSmall Nymph.gifIconSmall FrostNymph.gifCenarius's childrenCenarius's children Children of Cenarius - Work closely with the night elves throughout Kalimdor.
  • IconSmall AncientofArcane.gifIconSmall AncientofLore.gifIconSmall AncientofWar.gifIconSmall AncientProtector.gifIconSmall Treant.gif Ancient - Who work in the Alliance also assist the Night Elves.
  • IconSmall Wisp.gif Wisp[10] - Believed to be spirits of fallen night elves, they continue to lend their help assistance as builders in death.
  • IconSmall FaerieDragon.gif Faerie dragon[11] - These magical beasts act as companions to the elves.
  • IconSmall Saber.gifIconSmall Wintersaber.gif Saber - The Nightsabers are the traditional mounts of the Sentinels.
  • IconSmall Hippogryph.gif Hippogryphs[12] - Intelligent creatures the elves use as mounts.
  • IconSmall MountainGiant.gif Mountain giant[13] - Though most became neutral following the Third War, they still aid their Night Elf allies. One mountain giant did choose to join the Alliance.
  • IconSmall BogBeast.gif Bog beast - Although a rarity, one does serve the Alliance.

TBC Exodar Azuremyst Draenei

The Draenei Icon of Argus

DraeneiDraenei Draenei - Refugees of the eredar race fleeing their corrupted brethren, seeking allies to fight against the Burning Legion. They lived on Draenor until the orcish onslaught, and fled from the Legion and the forces of Illidan Stormrage by stealing the Exodar, one of the satellites of Tempest Keep. Current capital is the Exodar, located in the western portion of Azuremyst Isle, off the coast of northern Kalimdor.

Broken Broken - A sect of the Broken have also joined their unmutated brethren, under the leadership of IconSmall Nobundo.gif Farseer Nobundo. Some Broken in the Alliance serve as shaman, like Nobundo, and some work as laborers within the Exodar itself.
IconSmall Elekk.gif Elekk - The draenei have brought with them their huge elekk beasts from Outland, whom they use as mounts.

Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Gilneas Kingdom of Gilneas

The Worgen Icon of Gilneas

WorgenWorgen Worgen - Formerly one of the strongest of the human nations, Gilneas was one of the founding members of the Alliance of Lordaeron, sealing itself off from the world after the Second War to avoid being brought into "other people's conflicts". Eventually the Worgen managed to breach the land and started spreading their curse among much of the populace. They officially rejoined the Alliance when the Night Elves managed to save them from invading Forsaken. Long-time capital was Gilneas City in central Gilneas. Following the Cataclysm and the invasion of Gilneas, the survivors have settled in the night elf capital of Darnassus, at the Howling Oak.
HumanHuman Human - Not all members of Gilneas became worgen, some remain as pure humans.

MoP Tushui Tushui Pandaren

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PandarenPandaren Pandaren - Tushui are a pandaren faction of the Wandering Isle, that has decided to join the Alliance ranks, considering the coalition's code of conduct very similiar to their own. Tushui are living a venerable life through meditation, rigorous training, and moral conviction. They don't have their own capital city, but most of them made their home in the human city of Stormwind, along with their leader who can teach aspiring monks of the Alliance their famed combat techniques.

Alliance Forces

Alliance Logo. "Proud, noble, majestic: a perfect symbol for the Alliance."
Azeroth Forces

The uneasy truce between the Alliance and the Horde in the aftermath of the Third War was soon broken when several battlegrounds between various forces of the factions have erupted:

The Seal of Lordaeron was used prominently in Alliance culture.
Outland
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Pandaria
Draenei Male by Glenn Rane
Draenor

Other members and allies

Mage Kingdom of Dalaran - A city state founded by magocrats who were charged with cataloging and researching every spell, artifact, and magic item known to mankind. It was a staunch supporter of the Alliance of Lordaeron until its destruction by the Scourge and the Burning Legion during the Third War. In the aftermath, the mages worked tirelessly to rebuild their magical city under the protection of a magical dome. When completed, they lifted their city to the skies of Northrend to fight the Scourge and the Blue dragonflight. The Kirin Tor declared neutrality during the War against the Lich King but later pledged itself to the Alliance after it was discovered that the Sunreavers were abusing their resources to aid the Horde. Jaina Proudmoore left the Kirin Tor due to a vote being decided to let the Horde back into the city during the war against the Legion.

IconSmall Furbolg.gif The furbolgs of Stillpine Hold.

IconSmall HighElf Male.gifIconSmall HighElf Female.gif - A few high elves have chosen to join the Alliance in recent years (to the chagrin of the Alliance's new elven allies), though their compliance in the secession from the Alliance of Lordaeron following the Second War has resulted in bitter memories.[15] They can be found scattered in Stormwind, Dalaran, and formerly in Theramore before its destruction, and various minor settlements.

HumanHuman The Scarlet renegades, based in the Scarlet Monastery.

  • Rebels that want to take control of the Scarlet Crusade with the support of the Alliance.
  • According to their crazed leader, their goal is the transformation of the Undercity into a "Scarlet paradise".
  • Led by IconSmall Human Male.gif Joseph.
A Worgen.

WorgenWorgen The feral worgen of the Bloodfang pack.

IconSmall Wintersaber.gifIconSmall NightElf Male.gifIconSmall NightElf Female.gif The Wintersaber Trainers in Winterspring are group of night elven elite saber riders that provide their mounts to members of the Alliance who prove themselves worthy.

Although not officially part of the Alliance, the following groups have allied themselves with the Alliance:

  • PandarenPandaren Westwind Rest - After being aided in retaking their town, the Pandaren of Westwind Rest have joined the Alliance.
  • PandarenPandaren Paw'don Village - Though not officially aligned with the Alliance, the villagers of Paw'don Village grant Alliance members sanctuary in their village.

Former members and allies

  • Kul Tiras - An old human kingdom of merchants and sailors. Sustained a heavy attack by Horde forces during the Second War, but largely avoided and survived the Third War. Many of its citizens joined the expedition forces of Jaina Proudmoore to Kalimdor where they founded the nation of Theramore (which has the same sigil as Kul Tiras. Seeing as Jaina Proudmoore is the only known heir of Daelin Proudmoore, it may indicate that Kul Tiras is under Theramore's jurisdiction).
  • HumanHuman Kingdom of Alterac - Alterac was one of the founding kingdoms of the Alliance, however it turned out Alterac had betrayed the Alliance and had been assisting the Horde since the beginning of the Second War. Alterac would later continue to oppose the Alliance; first by lending aid to the Horde of Draenor, later by forming the Syndicate and attacking Stromgarde.
  • Blood elfBlood elf Kingdom of Quel'Thalas - Dealt a devastating blow during the Scourge invasion of Quel'Thalas, the bulk of the surviving high elves took up the name "blood elves," the most powerful of which (led by Kael'thas Sunstrider) joined their former human and dwarven allies for a brief tenure in service of what was dubbed the "New Alliance." After strained relations wrought on by racial mistrust, the blood elves were slated for death, and subsequently fled to Outland. Regardless, the regency of Quel'Thalas engaged in diplomatic relations with the modern Alliance, though ultimately opted to join the reformed Horde instead.[16]
  • IconSmall Grimtotem Male.gifIconSmall Grimtotem Female.gif The fierce and cruel Grimtotem tribe Tauren of the Grimtotem Post in Stonetalon Mountains was briefly supported by the Alliance against the Horde. This cooperation has disappeared, for the Alliance had plans to end Darkcloud's life.[17]
  • Ogre mageOgreOgreOrcOrc Laughing Skull clan - Temporarily allied themselves with the Alliance Expedition on Draenor. In exchange for helping the Laughing Skull clan defeat the opposing clans and dominate the northern reaches of Draenor, Mogor would lend the Expedition his soldiers and give them the Book of Medivh. Surprisingly, Mogor was true to his word though he was ultimately left behind when Draenor was torn apart. The Orc Members of the Laughing Skull ended up turned into Fel Orcs and Mogor (or a similarly named ogre) ended up killed in the Ring of Blood Arena.

Non-factional races and hybrids

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Notable Leaders

Humans' symbol in Warcraft I.
History Second War Interbellum Third War World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Wrath of the Lich King Cataclysm Mists of Pandaria Warlords of Draenor Legion
Alliance Army Anduin Lothar Turalyon No known leader Varian Wrynn Anduin Wrynn
Stormwind Anduin Lothar
Varian Wrynn
Varian Wrynn Bolvar Fordragon
Anduin Wrynn
Katrana Prestor / Onyxia
Varian Wrynn Anduin Wrynn
Lordaeron Terenas Menethil II Othmar Garithos
Stromgarde Thoras Trollbane Galen Trollbane Unknown
Kul Tiras Daelin Proudmoore
Dalaran Antonidas Jaina Proudmoore Khadgar
Alterac Aiden Perenolde
Gilneas Genn Greymane Genn Greymane
Church of the Holy Light Archbishop Alonsus Faol Archbishop Benedictus Unknown
Knights of the Silver Hand Uther the Lightbringer Alexandros Mograine Tirion Fordring Highlord of the Silver Hand
Ironforge Dwarves Magni Bronzebeard Muradin Bronzebeard
Wildhammer Dwarves Kurdran Wildhammer Falstad Wildhammer
Dark Iron Dwarves Moira Thaurissan
Gnomeregan Gelbin Mekkatorque Gelbin Mekkatorque
High Elves Anasterian Sunstrider Kael'thas Sunstrider (Blood Elves) Vereesa Windrunner (The Silver Covenant)
Theramore Jaina Proudmoore
Darnassus Tyrande Whisperwind Tyrande Whisperwind
Malfurion Stormrage
Exodar Prophet Velen
Tushui Pandaren Aysa Cloudsinger

History

Alliance of Lordaeron

The Symbol of Lordaeron
Main article: Alliance of Lordaeron

The Alliance of Lordaeron was the union of the seven human kingdoms, along with the dwarves of Khaz Modan (which also included the gnomes of Gnomeregan) and Aerie Peak, the high elves of Quel'Thalas, and others with major political influence including the Church of the Holy Light.

Aftermath of the Second Invasion

General Turalyon leading the Alliance army.

Events of the Second Invasion led to an alliance with both the night elves, Alliance refugees, and the Horde. This alliance of Azeroth's defenders defeated the Burning Legion at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. While the night elves and Kalimdor Alliance, led by Theramore, became permanent, tensions began to erupt with the Horde. At the crux of the Third War, the corrupted scion of Lordaeron Prince Arthas Menethil laid the Alliance of Lordaeron to waste - beginning with the murder of his father and the annihilation of Lordaeron itself. He attacked Quel'Thalas shortly after, ransacking the elven homeland and nearly scouring the high elves from Azeroth. The survivors of this massacre proclaimed themselves blood elves in honor of their peoples' fall, and joined the Alliance remnants in Lordaeron prior to abandoning it due to racism on behalf of its commander. The Alliance remnants also fell apart after falling to treachery from Sylvanas and her Forsaken.

With Lordaeron's fall and the devastation of the northern kingdoms, the rebuilt city of Stormwind became the new base of the Alliance, with the Ironforge dwarves becoming their staunchest and closest geographical allies. The gnomes of Gnomeregan had been unable to help in the Third War as they were dealing with their own issues closer to home — namely a trogg invasion of their city. Because an invasion of troggs paled in comparison to the might of the Scourge, the gnomes decided they would fight their war alone. In the end they were forced to flee Gnomeregan and with their king, Gelbin Mekkatorque, settled in Ironforge with the dwarves as refugees. Indebted to their allies for their hospitality in their time of need, the gnomes again offered their services to the Alliance. The night elves, dealing with the loss of their immortality and having been exposed to the world outside their forests once more, decided they would have to make alliances with the wider world. Because of the animosity with the orcs for their continuing lumbering of Warsong Gulch, the night elves in the end joined the Alliance.

Alliance Hunters.

In the absence of his liege Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider, the regent of Quel'Thalas, Lor'themar Theron, looked into a number of potential alliances, though after failed renegotiations with the Alliance, opted not to rejoin it a third time—instead allying with the reformed Horde. A small number of high elves who did not become sin'dorei have chosen to rejoin the Alliance in recent times.[15] However, the night elves in particular took it upon themselves to warn their new Alliance allies of the high elves; the Highborne's part in bringing about the War of the Ancients figured heavily in the night elves' retelling of high elf history.[15]

A few years later, the draenei joined the Alliance. Stranded a world away from home, they are trying to establish a new base on Azeroth from the wreckage of the Exodar as well as gain the trust and cooperation of the Alliance.

During the events of the Cataclysm, another race joined the ranks of the Alliance: the worgen of Gilneas, and upon the parting of the Mists of Pandaria and concurrent to full-scale global escalation of the Alliance-Horde War, the Tushui Pandaren also joined.

Organization

The Alliance leadership (and Wrathion)
Alliance races

The Alliance have proven themselves to be fierce combatants, often giving their lives when called for.[18] The faction is not a uniform governmental body, but is a coalition of mutual military and economic aid. Diplomacy is key with in the Alliance and decisions are traditionally made by being voted on by the Alliance's most influential members. Stormwind is described as the most powerful force in the now multiracial Alliance.[19] With it becoming the de facto leader of the remaining human kingdoms and entering a powerful alliance with the strongest dwarven kingdom, Ironforge, Stormwind has thus been shown to be the most influential kingdom and therefore the de facto driving force of Alliance politics. Therefore, Stormwind is undisputedly looked to for maintaining the Alliance and its policies. During the Alliance Elemental Invasion Meeting, Stormwind was where the main super powers of the Alliance conferred to discuss world issues and mutual defense. The majority of Alliance citizens also recognizes Stormwind City as the heart of the Alliance.[20]

The High King coordinates the workings of the Alliance's armies in order to safeguard the Alliance's interests and defense. To help with organizing and leading the Alliance forces, the Alliance leader regularly confers with Grand Admiral Jes-Tereth (commander of the Alliance's fleets), Alliance battlemasters, and diplomats.

Even now, as always, humans are the glue that hold the Alliance together, being the most numerous and diplomatic of the member races. The armies of Stormwind are primarily stationed in the southern Eastern Kingdoms, securing regions such as Elwynn Forest, Duskwood, Westfall, and the Redridge mountains. As well as having outposts and bases stationed at key points in Lordaeron, Northrend, and Kalimdor. The armies of Ironforge are mainly stationed in Khaz Modan along with their gnome allies, and the night elven armies are mainly defending northern Kalimdor from the Horde's deforestation of the Ashenvale. The remaining draenei forces are still trying to secure their new home on Azuremyst Isle, and are also stationed in Outland. The recently brought in Gilnean armies are defending themselves from the endless onslaught of the Forsaken.

The Unification

The Alliance

Proud and noble, courageous and wise, the Alliance races work together to preserve order in Azeroth. The Alliance is driven by honor and tradition and are bound together by a sense of brotherhood and a deep commitment to uphold their common noble ideals. The races of the Alliance look out for one another. Every member is expected to provide aid to Alliance members in need, whether they be human, gnome, or otherwise. When united against a common foe, their loyalty to one another and their resolve becomes unquestionable.[21]

Varian Wrynn

The humans can be considered the main race of the Alliance. Ever since the Alliance was created, humans have made up its bulk. When the human nation of Lordaeron learned of the fall of Stormwind, the human kingdoms strategically united to form the Alliance of Lordaeron and finally end the threat of the vile orcish Horde. Even when the Scourge ravaged Lordaeron, the devastated human kingdoms sought refuge in the southern kingdoms, with many brought under the protection and security of the restored Kingdom of Stormwind. The humans eventually regrouped and made Stormwind City the heart of the new Alliance. Under the heroic leadership of King Varian Wrynn, humanity holds fast to the principles of honor and justice and seeks to maintain the honor and might of the human nations. The humans of the Alliance are determined to reclaim their lost lands and forge a new destiny for Azeroth. A destiny that many hope will usher in an age of lasting peace for the Alliance.

Council of Three Hammers

The Bronzebeard Dwarves could be thought of as humanity's most loyal allies. After the Horde invaded the lands of Khaz Modan in the Second War, the dwarves joined the Alliance of Lordaeron to repel them. Ever since then, they have remained stalwart allies to protect Khaz Modan and all of Azeroth itself. They live in the city of Ironforge, ready to lend a hand to the Alliance whenever called upon. They are also closely tied with the Wildhammer Dwarves, who assisted the Alliance of Lordaeron as well by providing them with the air support that they used to combat Red Dragons. The only clan that did not pledge themselves to the Alliance was the Dark Iron Clan: a group of dwarves that declared war on the other dwarven clans for reasons of the past. However after the Shattering, a faction of them have joined the Alliance under Queen-Regent Moira Thaurissan to provide their sorcery and their strength. Control of Ironforge has since been divided equally among the Bronzebeard, Wildhammer, and Dark Iron clans through the Council of Three Hammers.

Gelbin Mekkatorque

The gnomes are very close friends to the dwarves; even sharing the lands of Khaz Modan with them. When the dwarves joined the Alliance, the gnomes also agreed to lend their technology to the Alliance of Lordaeron. Although they were represented by leaders of their dwarf friends and had no independent voice, they still played a vital part in the war by providing submarines and flying machines for the war effort. During the Third War, the Alliance of Lordaeron called on them for aid. Yet they were forced to decline because they were suffering from their own internal problems. Gnomeregan, the gnomes capital city, was invaded by the deformed troggs. A great betrayal by Sicco Thermaplugg instigated their exile from their homeland. After the Scourge purged Lordaeron, the gnomes who were driven from their homes sought refuge in Ironforge and offered their services to their allies once again. Without their capital city, the gnomes looked to Ironforge for shelter and a location to plan the retaking of their once great kingdom. After the Shattering, their High Tinker, Gelbin Mekkatorque, liberated the surface of Gnomeregan. Grateful to their allies for the hospitality given to them in their time of need, the gnomes have become more dedicated to the Alliance than ever before. They have even begun to adopt the teachings of the Holy Light, the primary religion of their allied neighbors.

The night elves are the first of the Alliance not to join during the Second War but instead they had assisted the Alliance (and Horde) in ending the Third War and defeating Archimonde. Although it is not known if they had just kept this Alliance and were declared official members or joined the Alliance at a later date. The night elves also make up the bulk of the Alliance forces in Kalimdor, their ancestral lands. Conflict over the rights to Ashenvale has strained the relationship between the Horde and the night elves; evaporating what ever tenuous pact remained between them during the Third War.

The draenei ("Exiled Ones" in their native tongue) are a peaceful race hailing from the planet Argus. The draenei (formerly known as "eredar") were approached by the lord of the Burning Legion, Sargeras and were promised power and wealth in exchange for servitude. Though the offer tempted many, the prophet Velen sensed a trick. He was later approached by one of the wise Naaru, who revealed to Velen the Burning Legion's destructive agenda and advised him to lead his people away and help assemble the fabled Army of Light: a force destined to combat the Burning Legion. Velen, with some doubt, led a faction of his eredar away from Argus and traveled through many worlds; trying to evade the Burning Legion's wrath and working to turn the Burning Legion's prophetical defeat into a reality. They eventually crash landed onto the planet of Draenor: the home of the orcish race. For a while, the orcs and draenei lived in peace. Yet that peace ended when the Burning Legion found where the draenei had been hiding. The Legion then sowed distrust into the orcs and used them to try to wipe out their draenei neighbors. The orcs were deceived into adopting many of the Burning Legion's demonic magics and fell into a war mongering state. The orcs formed the vile Horde, nearly annihilated the draenei and warred and conquered many of the species on Draenor. The surviving draenei escaped extinction by fleeing world to world again on their Exodar. Years later, a hijacking of their ship by blood elves forced them to crash land on Azeroth; more specifically the Azuremyst Isles. With them stranded in this new world, the draenei sought allies in the Alliance. When the Dark Portal reopened, the draenei offered their services in the Alliance's crusade against the Burning Legion in Outland. After the war, many kept their pledge of friendship to the Alliance, although some stayed in Outland to heal their former adopted home world and those they left behind.

The worgen are actually cursed humans from the nation of Gilneas. They had given the Alliance of Lordaeron support during the Second War but their stubborn king, Genn Greymane, retracted himself and all of Gilneas from the Alliance. The history of how they became worgen lies within an archmage named Arugal, who sought to summon werewolf like creatures to help battle the Scourge. The worgen could not be controlled however, and turned on their Gilnean masters. The Curse of the Worgen epidemically spread among many of the Gilnean denizens; making the majority of them worgen themselves. Around the time of the Shattering, Gilneas was attacked by the Horde (and more specifically the Forsaken). The night elves, who were aiding the Gilneans recover from their worgen epidemic, also assisted them in combating the Forsaken. Eventually, the Gilneans could not overcome the combined might of the Horde invaders and sailed across the sea to seek sanctuary in the night elf city of Darnassus. The Gilneans were welcomed back into the Alliance and with their allies' support, they seek to reclaim their stolen lands.

Notes

  • The majority of the main Alliance races have ancient ties to the Titans. All humans (which include the Gilneans) and all dwarves are descended from the Vrykul and Earthen respectively, both titanic creations, while gnomes are descended from the Mechagnomes, creations of the titanic watcher Mimiron. The first Well of Eternity, created by the titans, directly influenced the evolution of a tribe of dark trolls into night elves, the first elves, and by extension, paved the path for the eventual emergence of the high elves.[22]

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