- For orcs in general, see Orc.
Fel orcs (or blood orcs) are corrupted orcs created by the continual consumption of pit lord blood, which has caused them to be completely consumed by madness and bloodlust. Most could be found in Outland as members of the Fel Horde, loyal to the Illidari. After the alternate Gul'dan took control of the Iron Horde and bound it to the Burning Legion, many orcs of the alternate Draenor became fel orcs as well.
The fel orcs were originally created by the former ruler of Outland, Magtheridon. When Illidan Stormrage overthrew him, he took control of his Fel Horde and imprisoned the pit lord, using his blood to produce more fel orcs. They are easily distinguishable from regular orcs by their red skin, glowing red eyes, longer tusks and the spiky growths all over their body. The alternate Draenor fel orcs are the result of orcs drinking the blood of Mannoroth and have similar features to the Outland ones, albeit with black and grey skin and glowing green eyes instead of red.
The only instance in which fel orcs were active on Azeroth was during the Third War. Arthas Menethil fought against the Slave Master at Strahnbrad and against Jubei'Thos at the Blackrock encampment early in the Third War.
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When the pit lord Magtheridon took control of Outland, he created fel orcs by corrupting them with his blood. Fel orcs made up the backbone of Magtheridon's armies. After Magtheridon was defeated by Illidan and imprisoned, the fel orcs stayed in Hellfire Citadel, keeping guard over the captured pit lord as servants of Illidan. Illidan has continued using the blood of Magtheridon to create more fel orcs to follow him. A letter recovered from one of the orcs has revealed that Illidan is not pleased with the orcs' progress with the defense of the Blood Furnace. They are capturing many orcs, and Mag'har, then experimenting on them to create fel orcs.
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A group of Dragonmaw fel orcs, led by the former Illidari lieutenant Mor'ghor, traveled from Outland to the Twilight Highlands to enslave the Dragonmaws who had remained on Azeroth. However, Mor'ghor and his fel orcs were defeated by the forces of Garrosh Hellscream, Warchief of the Horde, and Warlord Zaela of the Dragonmaw.
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On the alternate Draenor, Gul'dan and his followers were described as fel orcs, but had green skin rather than red skin and mutations. Sean Copeland clarified that these orcs are fel-corrupted but not true "fel orcs."
After the Iron Horde suffered devastating losses, Gul'dan took control of the faction by capturing Warchief Grommash and convincing Kilrogg Deadeye, Warlord of the Bleeding Hollow clan, to drink the blood of Mannoroth (who had much earlier been slain by Grommash) and transform into a fel orc. Thousands of Iron Horde orcs then accepted the blood of Mannoroth, transforming them into fel orcs as well, but none grew as powerful as three champions: Dia Darkwhisper, Gurtogg Bloodboil and Blademaster Jubei'thos. Tainted with fel sickness, the three began serving Gul'dan as both Highguard and Council of War, becoming known as the Hellfire High Council.
Fel orc forces can be found serving the Legion throughout Tanaan Jungle — mainly at the Iron Front, the Fel Forge and atop the Throne of Kil'jaeden — and in the halls of Hellfire Citadel. The Hand of the Prophet draenei forces stationed in the jungle argued that if their leader, Prophet Velen, were there to guide them, he would not simply give up on the entire race, and while the draenei's eredar brothers are seemingly lost forever, the orcs of Azeroth did manage to break free from the Burning Legion. Thus, Alliance heroes were sent out to gather vials of fel orc blood for draenei scholars to study in the hopes of finding a way to reverse the corruption process. Similarly, Lady Liadrin and her Blood Knights believed there to be a way back for the fel orcs and also asked for blood samples from freshly turned orcs. However, not every member of the Horde forces in Tanaan had as bright of an outlook on the fel orcs' chance at redemption.
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Gul'dan turns into a truer fel orc during his boss fight, with red skin and larger spikes growing from his back.
Appearance and characteristics
The consumption of pit lord blood results in a blood haze, uncontrollable bloodlust, and physical changes as well. Even those who were transformed unwillingly end up exhibiting these traits, and end up forced to obey the supplier of the blood. The Illidari fel orcs are produced using an elixir. The procedure is extremely painful, and tends to drive subjects mad.
The standard Outland fel orc has red skin, and a ridge of long sharp spines coming out of its back. Bony horns grow from its arms and hands. Its eyes are bloodshot and glow red, and six long and thin fangs grow out of its mouth. Its ears are stubbier than orc ears, coming to a blunt point. These features siginify a fel orc as much as its maddened lust for destruction. Fel orc blood is described as bubbling, as if full of rage. Most fel orcs have lived for years in Outland with the corruption, and this has led to greater mutations. These fel orcs are formidable foes, with even the weakest among their number being just as powerful as any normal green-skinned orc.
The fel orcs of alternate Draenor instead feature gray skin with black, horn-like growths, glowing green eyes, and glowing green "cracks" on the skin and aforementioned growths. The reason for this difference in appearance is unknown, as Gul'dan himself, who had previously drunk the blood of Mannoroth, only gained green skin and red eyes, without the gray skin and mutations. According to Vindicator Krethos, Gul'dan's poison turned the already ferocious orcs into "hateful, vicious creatures with no soul" while Shadow Hunter Denjai describes the fel orcs as "monsters", "fel beasts" and "soulless savages". The blood of Draenic fel orcs remains warm to the touch long after the orc is killed.
|Bloodgrin||Guard of Magtheridon||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Bonethirst||Guard of Magtheridon||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Gorgosh||Defender of a dimensional gateway||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Jubei'Thos||Leader of the Blackrock forces in Lordaeron||Blackrock clan, Blackrock Warlocks||Deceased||Unknown|
|Maim||Commander of the Horde of Agony||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Mizgill||Defender of a dimensional gateway||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Nera'thor||Commander of the Legion of Torment||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Rend||Commander of the Horde of Pain||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Sagra'nel||Commander of the Legion of Anguish||Magtheridon's Forces, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Slave Master||Collector of Blackrock sacrifices||Blackrock clan, Burning Legion||Deceased||Unknown|
|Kilrogg Deadeye||Warlord of the Bleeding Hollow||Iron Horde, Bleeding Hollow clan, Burning Legion||Deceased-Killable||Various Locations|
|Blademaster Jubei'thos||Member of the Hellfire High Council||Iron Horde, Burning Blade clan, Burning Legion||Killable||Court of Blood, Hellfire Citadel|
|Dia Darkwhisper||Member of the Hellfire High Council||Iron Horde, Burning Legion||Killable||Court of Blood, Hellfire Citadel|
|Grand Warlock Nethekurse||Overseer of the fel conversion pits at the Fel Forge||Iron Horde, Burning Legion||Killable||Fel Forge, Tanaan Jungle|
|Gurtogg Bloodboil||Member of the Hellfire High Council||Iron Horde, Bleeding Hollow clan, Burning Legion||Killable||Court of Blood, Hellfire Citadel|
|Magril the Seer||Shadow Council warlock||Shadow Council, Burning Legion||Killable||Dark Portal, Tanaan Jungle|
|Siegemaster Mar'tak||Commander of the Hellfire Assault||Iron Horde||Killable||The Iron Bulwark, Hellfire Citadel|
Here follows a list of known clans that, at least parts of which, have allied with the Fel Horde:
- Bleeding Hollow clan — Serve as archers, warriors, and casters. Uncorrupted Bleeding Hollow orcs have instead joined the Mag'har in Garadar.
- Bonechewer clan — Serve primarily as warriors and casters.
- Dragonmaw clan — Enslave nether drakes for the Illidari.
- Laughing Skull clan — Serve primarily as rogues and enforcers.
- Shattered Hand clan — Serve as warriors and enforcers, though a small number of casters have been seen around Hellfire Citadel.
- Shadowmoon clan — Serve primarily warlocks and channelers of the blood of Magtheridon.
- Among the fel orcs in Outland, only males are seen. An unfinished female fel orc model exists in the game files. Both males and females are found amongst the Iron Horde fel orcs.
- Many Outland fel orcs actually just use the model of a normal male orc with red skin (see chaos orc). It seems to be related to the apparent fact that the fel orc model cannot display most helmets.
- Rokgah Bloodgrip and Gor'drek incorrectly describe the fel orcs as the orcs transformed by Mannoroth's blood.
A possible explanation for the difference in appearance between the alternate Draenor's Gul'dan and the fel orcs, who both drank Mannoroth's blood but gained vastly different appearances, may be the "freshness" of the blood; Mannoroth had been dead for some time before the fel orcs of alternate Draenor drank his blood, unlike Gul'dan.