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For the Warlords of Draenor faction, see Auchenai (alternate universe).
Ixamos the Corrupted.jpg
"The Auchenai accept that Draenor is a dying world."
Main leader Unknown
  Formerly IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Exarch Maladaar
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Anonymous Exarch
Race(s) DraeneiDraenei Draenei
Man'ari eredarMan'ari eredar Man'ari eredar
IconSmall Ghost.gif Ghost
IconSmall Skeleton.gif Skeleton
Character classes Death priest, Priest, Warlock, Mage, Monk, Necromancer, Paladin, Warrior, Hunter
Capital Auchenai Crypts
Base of operations Auchindoun, Bone Wastes
Language(s) Draenei
Status Active
Those who do not respect the dead may become entombed along with them. - Auchenai warning.[1]

The Auchenai [ˈɔːkənaɪ], pronounced "AW-ken-eye" were the original guardians of the draenei grave-city of Auchindoun in Terokkar Forest.[1] They were called "death priests".[2]


The Auchenai were a later addition to organizations under the Council of Exarchs, after Maladaar - at the time a member of the Sha'tari - discovered that D'ore's corpse was attracting the souls of draenei who died in the Genedar's crash and allowed the draenei to commune with them. Auchindoun was constructed and the Auchenai established to protect the dead.[3]

During the Orcish campaign against their kin, the Auchenai fled into the tunnels of Auchindoun. Other draenei joined them later, seeking refuge from the Horde's onslaught; many of them died in the explosion triggered by the Shadow Council freeing Murmur and others were lost later.[4]

Beyond the Dark Portal

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The Auchenai anchorite Nemuraan helped the Alliance Expedition to rescue Kurdran Wildhammer from the hands of the Horde. He revealed to Danath Trollbane that only a handful of Auchenai remained in the grave-city and that they would stay in Draenor as long as their dead lied there, for they would be tended.[4]

The Burning Crusade

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Sadly, the Void energies emanating from D'ore turned mad this priory: they came to accept that Draenor was a dying world and that those who seek to restore it were mere fools.[5] Thus, no longer believing that the dead should be left alone to rest, the Auchenai leader Exarch Maladaar started to experiment with necromancy.[6] Many unsavory experiments were then undertaken in the Auchenai Crypts in the pursuit of a greater understanding of the necromantic arts. Many spirits were tortured or destroyed therein.[7]

In the month before the fall of the Black Temple, a force of Shadowmoon clan fel orcs led by Grimbak Shadowrage accompanied Illidan Stormrage when he ventured to Auchindoun to gather souls for a portal to Argus. All of the fel orcs, including Grimbak, were slain during the subsequent battle by the Auchenai defending the area.[8]


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During the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, the Auchenai were still active in the ruined halls. They were attacked by the champions of the Conclave who entered the halls and fought against Idra the Crazed and Auchenai Zealot in order to get to the regenerating D'ore.[9]

Battle for Azeroth

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Auchenai Ballistae were present at the Battle for Lordaeron, indicating that part of the organization still exists as part of Azeroth's draenei society.


Even before their fall into madness, the "death priests" were able to see the dead after drinking a potion during a rite of initiation.[10]

They were able to summon their fallen kin using the Light,[4] but this was later replaced by enslaving the soul with necromancy. They seem to have abandoned the Light in favor of the Void.[citation needed] 


Their main base is the Auchenai Crypts in the ruins of Auchindoun, where their leader, Exarch Maladaar resides. Others can be found in the Bone Wastes outside of Auchindoun, where they fight fierce battles against the soldiers of the Sha'tar and the Lower City of Shattrath.

Known members

Name Location
Mob  Exarch Maladaar Auchenai Crypts Terokkar Forest
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Nemuraan Unknown Terokkar Forest
Mob  Levixus the Soul Caller Auchindoun Terokkar Forest
Icon-TCG.png IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Ixamos the Corrupted Unknown
Icon-TCG.png IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Obora the Mad Unknown


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Exarch Maladaar's Dungeon Journal entry implies that none of them are alive, despite not being marked as undead.