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The Horde is made up of orcs, forsaken, tauren, trolls, blood elves, and most recently, goblins. Misunderstood and cast aside, these diverse and powerful races strive to overcome their differences and unite as one in order to win freedom for their people and prosper in a land that has come to hate them.
In the Horde, action and strength are valued above diplomacy, and its leaders earn respect by the blade, wasting no time with politics. The brutality of the Horde's champions is focused, giving a voice to those who fight for survival.[1]

The Horde (also called the New Horde, Thrall's Horde or Vol'jin's Horde) is one of the two major political factions of the mortal races in Azeroth, its counterpart being the Alliance. The Horde, a faction led by off-worlders and composed of outsiders has survived these obstacles by bonding together, fighting as family, comrades, or even uneasy allies.[2]

During Garrosh Hellscream's reign, the faction was plunged into a state of civil war, divided between Hellscream's pan-orc government he referred to as the "True Horde" and the Darkspear Rebellion, comprised of the remaining Horde races, as well as orcs that have decided to oppose Garrosh, under leadership of Vol'jin. After the Siege of Orgrimmar upon the defeat of Garrosh, Vol'jin was chosen as the new Warchief of the Horde with every leader supporting the choice, even Thrall himself. This also marks the first time, when the Warchief's position was held by a person that isn't an orc, signifying a sense of a unity between all the member races of the faction, in Vol'jin's own words - The Horde is a family. Following the disastrous Battle for Broken Shore at the start of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Sylvanas Windrunner was named the new Warchief by a dying Vol'jin, who with his last breath said she must step out of the shadows to lead.

History

See also: Old Horde, Dark Horde, Fel Horde, Iron Horde and True Horde
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In the past, the Horde referred to the orcs and their battle thralls from both Draenor and Azeroth, such as trolls and ogres. Following its utter defeat at the end of the Second War, the Horde's dark power was broken, allowing Thrall to awaken the dormant spirituality of his people and free them from the Burning Legion's control.

During the events of the Third War, Thrall has made lasting bonds with the tauren chief Cairne Bloodhoof and the troll shadow hunter Vol'jin of the Darkspear tribe. The ties between the three races are very close, as both share many similar cultural views. With the help of the tauren, both the orcs and the tribe of trolls have established a place for themselves in Kalimdor. Since then, certain ogre tribes, as well as the Forsaken and blood elves have chosen to affiliate themselves with the Horde.

The present Horde is mostly about surviving in a land that has come to hate them. The orcs are hated because, much like the Forsaken, they were manipulated by corrupt forces that channeled their aggression on unsuspecting foes, thus leaving behind a legacy of brutality and domination. In fact, many races of the Horde have a history of being unscrupulous. Though redeemed and trying to make amends or simply trying to survive, they are not forgiven nor trusted by many members of the Alliance who believe them to be their old selves still.[3][4][5] The trolls, tauren and their other allies are the ones who understood them, and so they are hated for that.

In the Third War, before the liberation of the Forsaken from the Scourge and the defection of the blood elves, the Horde allied themselves with the Alliance to rid Azeroth of the Burning Legion. Since then old animosity has risen again, resulting in open conflict on several battlefields, keeping relations between the Horde and Alliance in a state of Cold War. However, the two factions still officially kept a truce despite the rising conflicts until the Battle for the Undercity, when King Varian Wrynn officially declared war.

By the time the mists concealing Pandaria dissipated, cracks within the Horde started to emerge. The war had intensified with the surprise mana-bombing of Theramore Isle on Garrosh's orders, the actions of which Baine Bloodhoof and Vol'jin openly disapproved of.[6] In response, Garrosh ordered the Kor'kron to suppress any potential dissent, going as far as subjugating the Darkspear trolls on their own territory.[7][8] Horde leaders were weary of Garrosh's attempts to harness the sha for his own ends,[9] and the blood elves became increasingly discontented with Garrosh treating them as expendable in his attempts to do so.[10][11] The exposure of Sunreaver agents taking orders from Garrosh eventually led to the Sunreavers' expulsion from Dalaran, stoking further recriminations from the blood elf leadership towards Garrosh.[12]

After the Thunder King's death the Darkspear Rebellion began in earnest and Horde leader after Horde leader joined it. When at last even Gallywix and the Bilgewater Cartel joined the Rebellion due to Garrosh refusing to pay them for excavating the Heart of Y'Shaarj,[13] Garrosh re-organized his orc forces into the True Horde and, with the power of Y'Shaarj, began a genocidal campaign to conquer Azeroth and exterminate all non-orcish life. Garrosh and the True Horde were defeated in the ensuing conflict the revels and Alliance forces and Vol'jin was declared Warchief of the Horde.[14]

Under Vol'jin's command the Horde would engage against the forces of the Iron Horde and later the Burning Legion on Draenor. During the Battle for Broken Shore the Horde and Alliance worked together to prevent the Legion from securing the Broken Shore as a staging ground for their invasion.[15] Both armies would be pushed back, King Varian Wrynn slain, and Vol'jin mortally wounded. In Vol'jin's dying moments he named Sylvanas Windrunner the new Warchief of the Horde and faced with combating the armies of the Burning Legion and the hostility of the Alliance the Horde moved forward to combat the armies of the Burning Legion.

The forces of Azeroth ultimately succeed in defeating the Burning Legion during the third invasion of the Burning Legion and the Horde soon after gain the allegiance of the Highmountain tauren tribes of Highmountain and the Nightborne of Suramar.

Organization

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Before the tauren and trolls joined the Horde, the Horde was also called the Orcish Horde.[16] Although the Horde is a coalition of diverse races with different cultures, agendas, and values, one thing remains constant with in the Horde: respect is earned by the blade. Orgrimmar is the obvious center for now, and the Warchief of the Horde stands as the undisputed leader. The warchief holds dominion over the entire Horde.[17] The warchief maintains the Horde, is able to declare war for the entire Horde, take any precaution to ensure the stability and security of the Horde's member states, and has the final say in the induction of new Horde members.

The Horde makes no compromises when it comes to excellence,[18] and the power and ferocity of their warriors is legendary.[19] Misunderstood by many as evil, the Horde possesses a strong code of honor and strict laws for disobedience.[20] All members of the Horde have to swear a blood oath to join the faction and are thus obligated to follow the warchief's commands and support the warchief in war if the warchief calls upon them for aid. The position of warchief can be attained by having the previous warchief chose a successor or challenging the current warchief to a Mak'gora: a prearranged duel with deadly weapons between two people following a formal procedure in the presence of witnesses and traditionally fought until one party yields or is killed, usually to settle a quarrel involving a point of honor. Above all else, the title warchief is granted to those who display strength and decisive action. Warchiefs must be able to gain respect via combat effectiveness and martial conquests but also have enough tact to keep the Horde united and stable.

The warchief may accept ambassadors and advisors from all the different tribes and members of the Horde to makes sure their voice is heard in the running of the fledgling hegemony but ultimately, only the warchief may have the final say in matters concerning the entire Horde.

Each race within the Horde may choose a single leader to govern their people and their people's kingdoms and also to represent their people in the high Horde echelon.

Grunts, Berserkers and Tauren warriors fighting together in the Third War

Equal in size, the Horde also has its complexities, much like the Alliance. The main six races of the blood elves, tauren, undead, trolls, goblins, and orcs have countless friends among the races of Azeroth: the Revantusk forest trolls of the Hinterlands, the Stonemaul Ogres and various individuals like the Mok'Nathal beastmaster Rexxar.

Despite their somewhat monstrous appearance, the majority of the Horde is not evil; much like the Alliance, it is comprised of diverse factions and individuals who possess a wide range of values and virtues. Even so, there is one expectation that must be met when joining the Horde: regardless of gender or station, all are expected to pull their own weight and give their talents for the betterment of the Horde.[21] When weakness is a liability to the future of the Horde, it is the duty of the strong to usurp control from the incompetent and redeem the Horde. Lok'tar ogar! Victory or death - it is these words that bind one to the Horde. For they are the most sacred and fundamental of truths to any warrior of the Horde.[22] For the Horde, failure is not an option.

Culturally, orcs and tauren believe in redemption more than most other races on Azeroth and are willing to give almost anyone a chance, regardless of reputation. The Revantusk seem to have even accepted, (if not at least tolerate) their ancient enemy the blood elves. Largely because of these beliefs, a number of mortal races and many diverse factions can be found in service to the Horde.

The unification

The Horde in Kalimdor, which acts as the bulk of the Horde's forces, serve under the Warchief's leadership. They include most of the orcs, the tauren, the Darkspear trolls, the goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel, the Huojin Pandaren, and a number of less prominent races within the Horde - such as the Stonemaul ogres. The Horde in the Eastern Kingdoms, comprising of the Forsaken and the blood elves, act with more independence from the Kalimdor Horde but ultimately answers to the warchief out of necessity for the Horde's support. Following the third invasion of the Burning Legion, new allies of the Broken Isles join to the Horde, the Nightborne of Suramar and the Highmountain Tribe. These races all see the Horde differently. Some see it as an instrument of vengeance, hellbent to carve out a future for its people. Others see it as a refuge for those who need shelter, a commonwealth of the downtrodden, built for mutual support. While some view it as an alliance of convenience, a confederacy of unlikely partners free to pursue their own agendas.[23] Whatever their motivations, they are united to claim Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms for themselves in order secure key provisions and supplies needed to support their people, and forcibly remove Alliance incursions from their own lands. This Horde is the result of the actions in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

Nation of Durotar

Orcish city of Orgrimmar

The orcs of Durotar follow High Overlord Varok Saurfang. Their culture is split mostly between the orcs' warrior spirit and their shamanistic roots, which has recently wrought on conflict between the younger and older generations. Dedicated to carving out an existence in a world that has come to largely revile them, the orcs have recently turned their attention to reinvigorated conquests. Ashenvale and Stonetalon are among their first targets, and ultimately Warchief Hellscream intends to unite the entirety of Azeroth under a single banner.[24]

The Forsaken

The Horde of the Eastern Kingdoms was initially next to non-existent, with only the Frostwolf orcs and other smaller forces in operation around the continent. In recent years, however, the Horde's presence has been bolstered by the inclusion of the Forsaken of Eastern Kingdoms and the blood elves of Quel'Thalas. While considered members of the Horde, their bonds with the western Horde are perhaps not on the same level as the orcs, trolls and tauren.

The Forsaken were once part of the Scourge, forced into mindless servitude under the Lich King. After the Lich King's grip began to weaken, the banshee queen Sylvanas Windrunner broke free from his will, and went on to both free and rally other undead beings to join her own empire of undeath, dubbed the "Forsaken." Under Lady Sylvanas' leadership, the Forsaken used any means necessary to conquer the fallen kingdom and remove both the dreadlords and other foes threatening their dominion. After expelling the Scourge from capital city and massacring the last remaining holdouts of the Alliance, they took over the catacombs of the former capital, renaming the city "Undercity."

With the backing of the tauren, Thrall warily accepted the Forsaken into the Horde, though this alliance of convenience has been tested - great betrayal at the hands of Grand Apothecary Putress has put the Forsaken on a tight leash, made tighter by the new Warchief's less lenient stance on their modus operandi.

Tauren tribes

Tauren city of Thunder Bluff

The noble tauren of Kalimdor are a race that had hunted the lands of central Kalimdor for generations, however when Thrall and his orcs had arrived onto the lands of Kalimdor they had already been driven near extinction by the marauding centaur that rampaged through their lands. Under the leadership of their high chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof and the young warchief Thrall, the tauren managed to drive back most of the centaur. Since then, Cairne has pledged his people to the Horde. After Cairne's death, the young Baine Bloodhoof has arisen to take his father's place and lead the tauren into a brighter future. With the recent Alliance incursion into the Barrens, the tauren have created a mighty gate to protect their homeland of Mulgore. Even if their Horde allies turn down dark paths during this war, the tauren have resolved to be the light that guides them through it.[citation needed] 

Darkspear tribe

Troll city of Darkspear Isle

The Darkspear of the Broken Isles have a very savage and dark history studying voodoo arts and worshiping the loa, however after Thrall had saved their tribe from extinction, Vol'jin son of Sen'jin pledged his tribe to the Horde. Some trolls have now began to study shamanism and more recently druidism, some of these trolls even mix shamanism with voodoo arts, most of the members of the tribe have or are attempting to give up the ways of cannibalism and the other traits of their race's darker history. After retaking much of their territory from the treacherous Zalazane, the Darkspear have been invited to join a revitalized troll empire under the Zandalari's leadership - though Vol'jin has declined this offer.

Kingdom of Quel'Thalas

Elven city of Silvermoon

The blood elves of Quel'Thalas preside over the other major kingdom of the Eastern Horde. After the Scourge onslaught essentially culled the high elven race, with over 90% of their people killed, the remaining 10% vowed to avenge the destruction of their once-great nation and dubbed themselves the "blood elves" in honor of their fallen brethren. After retaking their homeland with the volatile new powers the magisters advocated, the kingdom of Quel'Thalas was offered aid from an unlikely source - the Forsaken, whose queen, Lady Sylvanas, had lost her life in her attempt to protect Quel'Thalas from the Scourge. With their assistance, the blood elves were able to fend off the lingering Scourge in the kingdom, and were able to enter the Horde as an equal nation of its own.

Quel'Thalas suffered another dark hour in recent years, when its twisted scion Kael'thas Sunstrider attacked his homeland in a mad bid to usher the Burning Legion's master into Azeroth. He was put to death for this on Quel'Danas, and Lor'themar Theron has thus become the sole leader of the blood elven people.

Bilgewater Cartel

Goblin city of Bilgewater Harbor

The cunning Bilgewater Cartel goblins from Kezan, one of the most (if not the most) powerful goblin cartels that dominates trade in the south seas, have recently joined the Horde. After Deathwing assaulted Kezan and the goblins were forced to flee, their first escape ships were attacked by an Alliance fleet. With a common enemy, the goblins assisted the captive former Warchief Thrall in breaking his bonds and obliterating the Alliance on the Lost Isles. Their future was tested when their leader, the angered Trade Prince Gallywix, attempted to defeat Thrall and take over Azshara for himself, though this ultimately ended in failure. Thrall mercifully allowed him to retain his position as Trade Prince, and thus the Bilgewater goblins were accepted into the Horde.

Huojin Pandaren

Huojin Camp at the Valley of Honor

These pandaren follow the path of the Huojin, a philosophy among the pandaren that inaction is the greatest injustice, and that there is no shame in defending one's homes and loved ones regardless of cost. Those pandaren who follow the path of Huojin are allies of the Horde, and are represented and led by the intrepid Ji Firepaw, a staunch adherent of this philosophy.[25]

The Huojin are quick to act and quicker to fight for what they believe in. Impulsive and practical, they feel that the ends can justify the means.[25]


Kingdom of Suramar

Ancient nightborne city of Suramar

The nightborne are a powerful and mystical race of night elves who live in Suramar. Since the city was first separated from the rest of the world over 10,000 years ago, they have evolved by the Nightwell into an arcane-enhanced version of their former selves.

After the death of Grand Magistrix Elisande and the end of the Third invasion of the Burning Legion, the shal'dorei wished to rejoin the world. After a harsh exchange between Thalyssra and Tyrande Whisperwind, and an offer of mutual friendship from Lady Liadrin, the shal'dorei leader decided that it would be best ally with the Horde, who share ideals similar to those of the nightborne.[26]

Highmountain Tauren tribes

Highmountain Tauren city of Thunder Totem

The highmountain tauren are found in the region of Highmountain on the Broken Isles. Divided into four tribes (Highmountain, Rivermane, Skyhorn and Bloodtotem), they are the direct descendants of the tauren led by Huln Highmountain who assisted the Kaldorei Resistance during the War of the Ancients.[27] During the war, Huln received a blessing from Cenarius, so that his people would forever have the demigod's favor, granting them the Horns of Eche'ro: moose-like antlers.[28]

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the drogbar, who had previously lived in peace with the Highmountain, rose up and stole the sacred hammer, shattering the unity of the four tribes.

After the defeat of the Burning Legion, the Chieftain Mayla Highmountain and her people visited Kalimdor when Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof invited them to Mulgore for a feast.[29]

Membership

"I'll tell ya what de Horde is. De Horde that me an' Thrall built. It be a family. When de whole world try ta put us down, da family come an' pick us back up."
Warchief Vol'jin[30]

Major members

Orgrimmar Orcs of Orgrimmar

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OrcOrc Orcs - The surviving orcs of Azeroth's First, Second and Third Wars, who were released by Thrall from the Internment camps of Lordaeron and led by him to form their new destiny in Kalimdor while attempting to re-embrace their once honorable, shamanistic ways and fight the corruption of demonic magic. Capital is Orgrimmar in Durotar.

  • Led by IconSmall Varok.gif High Overlord Varok Saurfang.
  • They have a large presence in Central Kalimdor. After the Dark Portal opened, the orcs made bases in Outland to investigate their past. They also have bases in Northrend where they fought against the Scourge. Following the Cataclysm, the orcs began to act more militaristic under the rule of Garrosh Hellscream and expanded their territory, encroaching on night elven lands once more. With the rule of Vol'jin and later Saurfang, the orcs are once again more like Thrall envisioned during their exodus.

The orcs in the Horde are from the following clans:

  • Blackrock clan - Many Blackrock orcs joined with Thrall under Orgrim and when he freed them from the internment camps. Notable individuals are Eitrigg and Varok Saurfang. Furthermore, the former Warchief Garrosh Hellscream granted the Blackrock clan of the Dark Horde led by Rend amnesty and recruited a formidable amount of them into the ranks of the Horde.
  • Bleeding Hollow clan - The clan returned to Draenor after the Second War, but as it was torn apart, some members crossed safely into Azeroth at the same time as the Warsong clan. They were captured and later rescued from the internment camps, and now they serve the new Horde. Additionally they have a notable presence in the Mag'har.
  • Burning Blade clan - The blademasters were once part of the Burning Blade, although the clan consumed itself in the throes of demonic corruption, these few swordsmen are still part of the Horde.
  • Rageroar clan - A newly created clan that was assaulting Northwatch hold. It was almost destroyed at the end of the Alliance questline.[32] Later joined the Horde army in the Razing of Northwatch.[33]
  • Shattered Hand - The Azerothian part of the clan have joined Thrall and serve as the Horde's guild of assassins admitting other races like trolls into the organization.
  • IconSmall Worg.gif Wolves - Even during their time on Draenor the orcs used wolf mounts. They are treated as equals and hunting partners among the Horde.
  • IconSmall Wyvern2.gif Wyvern - The Horde has befriended many of these intelligent beasts of Kalimdor, whom they use as riding and flying mounts.

Undercity The Forsaken

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ForsakenForsaken Forsaken - Known as the Forsaken, this group of undead was released from the control of the Lich King and have entered into an alliance of convenience with the other members of the Horde. The group also consists of other undead creatures, such as the Val'kyr, who chose to join the Forsaken after the Lich King's death. The capital is the Undercity, beneath the ruined City of Lordaeron in Tirisfal Glades.

  • Cult of the Forgotten Shadow - The official Forsaken religion. There is no official leader but some minor characters have a major influence over it.
  • IconSmall SkeletalHorse.gif Skeletal Horse - The Forsaken used these noble animals as mounts in life so they found it fitting to raise them into death as their mounts.
  • IconSmall SpiderBone.gif Spider - The forsaken and specifically their dark rangers have began to breed and tame spiders.

The Forsaken employ various different types of undead.

Thunder Bluff Tauren tribes

TaurenTauren Tauren - A race of noble creatures, native to Kalimdor, who befriended the orcs and offered them spiritual guidance and aid. Their capital is Thunder Bluff in Mulgore.

The Tauren of the Horde come from various tribes:

  • Cloudsong tribe – They picked up the role of spiritual leaders of the tauren shamans after the Skychaser tribe was nearly wiped out.
  • Mistrunner tribe – The Mistrunners are dedicated to the druidic path and seeks to heal the earth and ease the suffering of the Earthmother.
  • Wildmane tribe – This tribe has largely joined the Runetotem in seeking the ways of the druid.
  • Winterhoof tribe – The Winterhoof tribe represents some of the greatest herbalists and alchemists the tauren have to offer.
  • IconSmall Kodo.gif Kodo - The tauren hold them in high esteem, and breed them as mounts.

Darkspear Darkspear trolls

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TrollTroll Jungle trolls - Originally from a small chain of islands in the Great Sea. Eventually joined Thrall's journey to Kalimdor and moved to the Echo Isles, but were then rooted out by Kul Tirans marines. They are forever indebted to the orcs for saving their tribe and giving them a home. Their capital is Darkspear Isle, the largest of the Echo Isles, off the coast of Durotar.

  • Ravasaur Trainers - They were a faction of trolls in Un'goro Crater, part of an elite group of raptor riders that provided their mounts to members of the Horde who prove themselves able to survive the creature's poison.
  • IconSmall Raptor.gif Raptors - Darkspear are commonly around reptiles, admiring their strength. They brought these beasts from Stranglethorn and have used them as mounts ever since.
  • IconSmall Bat2.gif Bats - Bats are the traditional flying mounts to Jungle Trolls. Many trolls use bats for suicide runs and burning buildings. The Forsaken also use bats as mounts.

The Burning Crusade Silvermoon Kingdom of Quel'Thalas

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Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf - Dealt a devastating blow during the Scourge invasion of Quel'Thalas, the high elves cast off their name and dubbed themselves the "blood elves", in honor of their fallen. Tirelessly working to reclaim their homeland from the lingering Scourge and the ever-vengeful Amani tribe, the sin'dorei sought to join the reformed Horde with the strong backing of their former ranger general, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner. With the Sunwell restored and the monumental betrayal of their prince behind them, a bright future now lies ahead for the blood elves of Quel'Thalas.[36] Their capital is Silvermoon City in Eversong Woods, in northern Quel'Thalas.

  • Farstriders - The ancient order of Thalassian rangers. Now blood elves, they are dedicated to safeguarding their homeland from any and all threats, near and far while maintaining the old, nature-revering ways of their people.
  • The Sunfury - A ruthless blood elven military force once under the command of Prince Kael'thas. Many have since returned home to Quel'Thalas, following the betrayal of their prince for the Burning Legion.[37]
  • IconSmall Hawkstrider.gif Hawkstrider - Because of their beauty and grace the blood elves have decided to make the Hawkstriders their war mount of choice.
  • IconSmall Dragonhawk.gif Dragonhawk - The elves of Silvermoon have used the majestic dragonhawks of Quel'Danas as mounts for centuries.

Cataclysm Bilgewater Cartel Bilgewater Cartel

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GoblinGoblin Goblins - With the Cataclysm consuming their home island of Kezan, the goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel are shipped across the sea, intended for slave labor in Azshara, when they are caught in a naval crossfire between an Alliance fleet and a single Horde vessel off the Lost Isles. While there, they are attacked by the Alliance and ally with the orcs to defeat both their mutual foe, the hostile natives of the Lost Isles, and dissent from within their own ranks. Current home is Bilgewater Harbor in the heavily-reshaped Azshara. The goblins also have a district led by IconSmall Goblin Female.gif Boss Mida within the orcish capital of Orgrimmar.

  • Gob Squad - The Gob Squad is an elite goblin squadron working for the Bilgewater Cartel.
  • IconSmall Hobgoblin.gif Hobgoblins - Huge chemically altered goblins have come with the goblins. In-game goblins can summon them to access the bank.

Mists of Pandaria Huojin Huojin Pandaren

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PandarenPandaren Pandaren - The pandaren followers of Huojin hail from the Wandering Isle, and have now decided to join the Horde ranks, giving the similiarities in the moral code of its races. Huojin philosophy states that inaction is the greatest injustice, and that there is no shame in defending one's homes and loved ones regardless of cost.

  • Led by IconSmall Ji.gif Ji Firepaw, these followers now are integrated in the Horde community and have a small base of operations in Orgrimmar's Valley of Honor.
  • IconSmall DragonTurtle.gif Dragon turtle - The pandaren have long sought mounts that embody their values: patience and strength. With a naturally armored hide, even gait (no matter how heavy the passenger), and the relaxed attitude that welcomes long journeys, the Dragon Turtle is perfect for the pandaren adventurer.

Allied members

Battle for Azeroth Suramar Kingdom of Suramar

The nightborne crest

NightborneNightborne Nightborne - Isolated behind a protective barrier for ten-thousand years, the elves of Suramar grew increasingly dependent upon the arcane magic of the Nightwell. To protect this font of power, the leaders of the nightborne struck a bargain with the Burning Legion that plunged their kingdom into civil war. After fighting for freedom from their demonic masters, the nightborne seek allies to help them reclaim their place in the world. Their capital is Suramar City in Suramar.

  • IconSmall ManaSaber.gif Manasaber - The Nightborne have always had an affinity for the great cats that prowl their lands.

Battle for Azeroth Highmountain Tribe Highmountain tauren tribes

The Highmountain tauren crest

Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain tauren - Descended from Huln, brave hero of the War of the Ancients, the Highmountain tauren honor the spirits of earth, river, and sky. Though the Legion invaded their lands and sowed seeds of distrust between them, the tribes of Highmountain stand united once more. At long last they are ready to venture beyond their sacred mountain and stand beside their kin from Kalimdor, lending their nobility and strength to the mighty Horde. Their capital is Thunder Totem in Highmountain.

  • Rivermane tribe - They are a highly peaceful and diplomatic tribe, focused on fishing, agriculture and shamanism. In exchange for protection and equipment, they provide the other tribes with food and healing.[38]
  • Skyhorn tribe - A proud people, the Skyhorn sports some of the greatest pathfinders and hunters Azeroth has ever known.
  • IconSmall Moose.gif Moose - The Highmountain tauren train these sure-footed highland moose to safely traverse the paths and peaks of Highmountain.
  • IconSmall Eagle.gif Eagle - The Skyhorn are masters of the skies, they ride on enormous eagles, which allows them to reach areas that no other tauren can reach.

Horde forces

The Horde crest garrison monument

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:

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The Burning Crusade Burning Crusade

Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King (Horde Expedition)

  • Horde Warsong Offensive - The main forces of the horde's expedition to northrend, led by IconSmall Varok.gif Varok Saurfang.
    • Kor'kron Guard - the elite fighting forces of the Horde, serving the Horde Expedition in Northrend.
  • TaunkaTaunka Taunka - Ancient relatives of the tauren, were thought to be lost until re-discovered by Garrosh Hellscream and his orc forces upon their arrival to Northrend. They are welcomed into the Horde soon after IconSmall Taunka Male.gif their leader is rescued.
  • ForsakenForsaken Hand of Vengeance - A group of Forsaken forces that have been sent to Northrend by Sylvanas Windrunner to bring Undercity's vengeance upon the Lich King. Their method is the delivery of the latest strain of their deadly Plague.
  • Blood elfBlood elf Sunreavers - Former blood elven members of the Kirin Tor, named for their leader, IconSmall Aethas.gif Aethas Sunreaver. The Horde, traditionally barred from Dalaran, was allowed entry into the city due to the Sunreaver's efforts. However, they were, later, expelled from the city. Now they fight as a part of the Sunreaver Onslaught to strengthen the might of Quel'Thalas.

Cataclysm Cataclysm

Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria

  • Horde Dominance Offensive - The major Horde force for the Pandaria campaign.
  • IconSmall Hozen.gif Forest Hozen - A faction of hozen that has made their home in Jade Forest and was in constant war against the Jinyu. They find themselves allied with the Horde after the Horde gains their favor by rescuing some of their members, sating their appetite for fish, and killing some of their most fearsome enemies. Armed and equipped by the Horde, this tribe of hozen are recruited to fight the Horde's war against the Alliance.
  • Horde Sunreaver Onslaught - Outcast from Dalaran, the Sunreaver Onslaught fight to obtain powerful mogu artifacts from among the ruins of Thunder Isle, and to secure their future if the Horde falls to anarchy.

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Other members and allies

Ogre mageOgreOgre Stonemaul - This faction joined the Horde after Rexxar bested Kor'gall in a duel for the leadership of the clan. After, Rexxar disappeared into the Barren wilderness and made the ogre Mok'Morokk the leader of the clan. Although Mok'Morokk fell prey to temptations of power after Rexxar's departure and so the Stonemaul Village, actual former capital of the clan, was raided by Onyxia's brood. Mok’Morokk led the clan to Brackenwall Village, current capital, where he ruled unquestioned until an unknown challenger drove him out.

  • Currently many support IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Tharg as a new leader.

Ogre mageOgreOgre Dunemaul - Shortly after the shattering the Dunemaul band joined the Horde due to the efforts of Megs Dreadshredder and the Dunemaul "Emissary" who are stationed at the Dunemaul Recruitment Camp.

Forest trollForest troll Revantusk - Situated in the Hinterlands, the Revantusk have also been known to have Dire Trolls such as Ongo'longo among them. At Elder Torntusk's return, the Revantusk have joined the Horde as full members.

Wrathion and the leaders of the Horde.

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

  • Half-ogreHalf-ogre Mok'nathal - This clan of hunters and beastmasters were discovered by Rexxar during his activities in Outland. After being impressed by Horde adventurers, they agree to aid the Horde.
  • PandarenPandaren Honeydew Village - Though not officially aligned with the Horde. The villagers of Honeydew Village appear affiliated with the Horde and grant Horde members sanctuary in their village.
Subjugated

These factions listed are not full members of the Horde but subjugated servants.
Kobold Boulderslide - They became servants of the Horde thanks to the efforts of Subjugator Devo.[40][41]

IconSmall Ettin.gif Ettin -The Forsaken have managed to subjugate and utilize some of the Ettin to haul their wagons throughout the forest.
IconSmall DragonBlack.gifIconSmall WhelpBlack.gif Black Dragons - The Dragonmaw have enslaved members of the Black Dragonflight to serve them as mounts.

Magnataur Magnataur - Garrosh domesticated many by holding their young hostage.

Bases of operations

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Kalimdor

Base of operations Location Status
Bilgewater Harbor Central Azshara Active
Splintertree Post Eastern Ashenvale Active
Zoram'gar Outpost Northwest Ashenvale Active
Bloodvenom Post Central Western Felwood Destroyed
Orgrimmar Northern Durotar Active
Razor Hill Central Durotar Active
Darkspear Isle Echo Isles Active
Sen'jin Village Southern Durotar Active
Crossroads Northern Barrens Active
Desolation Hold Southern Barrens Active
Camp Taurajo Central Southern Barrens Destroyed
Thunder Bluff Northern Mulgore Active
Bloodhoof Village Central Mulgore Active
Krom'gar Fortress Stonetalon Mountains Active
Sun Rock Retreat Central Stonetalon Mountains Active
Brackenwall Village Northwestern Dustwallow Marsh Active
Shadowprey Village Southern Desolace Active
Westreach Summit Northwestern Thousand Needles Active
Camp Mojache Eastern Feralas Active
Stonemaul Hold Western Feralas Active
Southwind Village Eastern Silithus Active

Eastern Kingdoms

Base of operations Location Status
Sunwell Central Isle of Quel'Danas Active
Silvermoon City Northern Eversong Woods Active
Falconwing Square Ruins of Silvermoon Active
Tranquillien Ghostlands Active
Undercity Southern Tirisfal Glades Active
Brill Central Tirisfal Glades Active
Sepulcher Central Silverpine Forest Active
Andorhal Western Plaguelands Active
Tarren Mill Northern Hillsbrad Foothills Active
Revantusk Village Southeastern Hinterlands Active
Hammerfall Northeastern Arathi Highlands Active
New Kargath Northwestern Badlands Active
Dragonmaw Port Twilight Highlands Active
The Krazzworks Twilight Highlands Active
Okril'lon Hold Northwestern Blasted Lands Captured
Grom'Gol Northern Stranglethorn Active
Hardwrench Hideaway Cape of Stranglethorn Active

Outland

Base of operations Location Status
Thrallmar Hellfire Peninsula Active
Falcon Watch Western Hellfire Peninsula Active
Zabra'jin Western Zangarmarsh Active
Thunderlord Stronghold Blade's Edge Mountains Active
Mok'Nathal Village Eastern Blade's Edge Mountains Active
Garadar Northern Nagrand Active
Stonebreaker Hold Central Terokkar Forest Active
Shadowmoon Village Shadowmoon Valley Active

Northrend

Base of operations Location Status
Warsong Hold Borean Tundra Active
Taunka'le Village Borean Tundra Active
Agmar's Hammer Western Dragonblight Active
Venomspite Eastern Dragonblight Active
Conquest Hold Western Grizzly Hills Active
Vengeance Landing Eastern Howling Fjord Active
New Agamand Southern Howling Fjord Active
Camp Tunka'lo Eastern Storm Peaks Active

Pandaria

Base of operations Location Status
Grookin Hill Western Jade Forest Active
Thunder Cleft Eastern Krasarang Wilds Active
Domination Point Southwestern Krasarang Wilds Active
Eastwind Rest Southeast Kun-Lai Summit Active
Shrine of Two Moons Northeastern Vale of Eternal Blossoms Active

Draenor

Base of operations Location Status
Warspear Northern Ashran Active
Frostwall Frostfire Ridge Active
Beastwatch Southern Gorgrond Active
Vol'jin's Pride Northeastern Talador Active
Sunsworn Camp Southeastern Talador Active
Axefall Spires of Arak Active
Wor'var Eastern Nagrand Active
Riverside Post Western Nagrand Active
Vol'mar Eastern Tanaan Jungle Active

Broken Isles

Base of operations Location Status
Dreadwake's Landing Stormheim Active
Thunder Totem Central Highmountain Active
Suramar City Southern Suramar Active
Nighthold Suramar Bay Active

Former members and allies

See also: Old Horde#Members and allies

OgreOgre Dreadmaul - After losing Dreadmaul Hold a portion of the Dreadmaul tribe have become slaves to the conquering Horde forces while another portion of the clan fight to reclaim their former home.[42] Some still remain and continue to fight the Horde for their home. They have managed to break free by allying themselves with the Iron Horde.

TrollTroll Shatterspear - Personally recruited by Garrosh Hellscream to fight against the night elves.[43] Mostly situated the Shatterspear Village. The village was all but wiped out by night elf forces, and while there were some survivors that joined the Horde and various other organizations, the tribe itself effectively no longer exists.[44]

IconSmall OgreMage.gifOgreOgre The Dustbelcher band - These ogres were hired to assist the Horde, but betrayed them.[45]

Forest trollForest troll Witherbark tribe - Joined the Horde sometime after the Third War, but betrayed Thrall, bringing on the wrath of the Darkspear tribe.[46]

  • Led by: Unknown

CentaurCentaur Magram clan - They allied with the Horde during Year 25 to suppress the other centaur clans and kill Theradras.[47]

Leadership

See also: Old Horde#Leadership
Vol'jin shortly after becoming the new leader of the Horde.
Horde

IconSmall Thrall.gif Warchief Thrall WC3RoC logo 16x32.png - Wrath of the Lich King
IconSmall Garrosh.gif Warchief Garrosh Hellscream Cataclysm - Mists of Pandaria
IconSmall Vol'jin.gif Warchief Vol'jin Mists of Pandaria - Legion
IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner Legion

Orc clans

IconSmall Thrall.gif Warchief Thrall WC3RoC logo 16x32.png - Wrath of the Lich King
IconSmall Garrosh.gif Warchief Garrosh Hellscream Wrath of the Lich King - Mists of Pandaria
IconSmall Varok.gif High Overlord Varok Saurfang Legion

The Forsaken

IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Queen Sylvanas Windrunner WoW Icon update.png - Legion
UndeadUndead Desolate Council / IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Queen Sylvanas Windrunner Legion

Tauren tribes

IconSmall Cairne.gif High Chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof WC3RoC logo 16x32.png - Wrath of the Lich King
IconSmall Baine.gif High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof Cataclysm

Darkspear tribe

IconSmall Vol'jin.gif Chieftain Vol'jin WC3FT logo 16x28.png - Legion

Kingdom of Quel'Thalas

IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider / IconSmall Lor'themar.gif Regent Lord Lor'themar Theron WC3FT logo 16x28.png - The Burning Crusade
IconSmall Lor'themar.gif Regent Lord Lor'themar Theron The Burning Crusade

Bilgewater Cartel

IconSmall Gallywix.gif Trade Prince Jastor Gallywix Cataclysm

Huojin Pandaren

IconSmall Ji.gif Master Ji Firepaw Mists of Pandaria

Kingdom of Suramar

IconSmall Thalyssra.gif First Arcanist Thalyssra Battle for Azeroth

Highmountain Tribe

IconSmall Mayla.gif High Chieftain Mayla Highmountain Battle for Azeroth

History Interwar period Third War Invasion of Durotar World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Wrath of the Lich King The Shattering Cataclysm Mists of Pandaria Warlords of Draenor Legion Battle for Azeroth
Horde None Orgrim Doomhammer Thrall Garrosh Hellscream Vol'jin Sylvanas Windrunner
Orc clans None Orgrim Doomhammer Thrall Garrosh Hellscream None[48] Varok Saurfang
Forsaken Sylvanas Windrunner
Tauren tribes Cairne Bloodhoof Baine Bloodhoof
Darkspear trolls Vol'jin Unknown
Quel'Thalas Lor'themar Theron
Bilgewater Cartel Jastor Gallywix
Huojin Pandaren Ji Firepaw
Suramar Thalyssra
Highmountain Tribe Mayla Highmountain
Blackrock clan Malkorok (presumed) Unknown
Bleeding Hollow clan Jorin Deadeye
Burning Blade clan No known leaders Neeru Fireblade Unknown
Dragonmaw clan Warlord Zaela Unknown Gorfax Angerfang (presumed)
Frostwolf clan Drek'Thar Thrall Drek'Thar
Rageroar clan Karga Rageroar
Shattered Hand clan Unknown Gordul
Warsong clan Grommash Hellscream Unknown Garrosh Hellscream Unknown
Runetotem tribe Hamuul Runetotem
Grimtotem tribe Jevan Grimtotem
Dawnchaser tribe Dezco
Stonemaul Ogres Rexxar Mok'Morokk Unknown
Revantusk tribe Primal Torntusk (allied) Elder Torntusk
Primal Torntusk
Mag'har Geyah
Taunka Roanauk Icemist
Grookin tribe Kah Kah


Politics

As of the Cataclysm, with Thrall's departure from the Horde leadership, there were signs of internal strife among the Horde leaders. While Garrosh Hellscream was named acting Warchief[49] of the Horde, several leaders entered in conflict with him. Cairne Bloodhoof challenged Garrosh to an honorable duel, Vol'jin made a veiled death threat against him, while Sylvanas Windrunner came into conflict with him on both an ethical and a tactical level - the use of Val'kyr to raise new soldiers, and the Forsaken Blight as a weapon. Although some of these rifts improved over time (the coming to power of Baine Bloodhoof and Thrall's intervention with Vol'jin), there were still signs of lasting tension. The Alliance, on the other hand, was growing further under Varian Wrynn's leadership. Eventually, the strife of the Horde leadership lead the situation to a open rebellion against the warchief and his deposal after of the Siege of Orgrimmar. Following the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Horde actively seeks to expands its ranks again.

Notes & trivia

  • Until Thrall came to power and reformed it, females were not considered equals to males in the Horde.[50] Similarly, peons were badly treated by their peers.

Speculation

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References

  1. ^ Darkmoon Faire Cataclysm Promotion: Fortune card
  2. ^ "Beginnings and Ends"
  3. ^ "The Founding of Durotar: A Blaze of Glory Map: Theramore Isle", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment. Admiral Proudmoore: "Can your blood atone for genocide, orc? Your Horde killed countless innocents with its rampage across Stormwind and Lordaeron. Do you really think you can just sweep all that away and cast aside your guilt so easily? No, your kind will never change, and I will never stop fighting you.".
  4. ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 55. Quote: Although the brave and foolhardy Proudmoore and the men and women who followed him are gone, many of Theramore's citizens agreed with their actions.
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  7. ^ H [90] The Horde Is Family
  8. ^ H [90] De-Subjugation
  9. ^ H [90] A Gathering Storm
  10. ^ H [90] Get My Results!
  11. ^ H [90] What's in the Box?
  12. ^ H [90] One Last Grasp
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  14. ^ Siege of Orgrimmar
  15. ^ B [98] The Battle for Broken Shore
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  19. ^ World of Warcraft Horde Track Jacket
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  23. ^ H [90] The Measure of a Leader
  24. ^ B [81] Call of Duty
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  26. ^ H [110] Thalyssra's Estate
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  28. ^ N [100 - 110] Huln's War - Stormrage
  29. ^ H [110] A Feast for Our Kin
  30. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
  31. ^ H [84] Negotiations Terminated
  32. ^ A [31] Silencing Rageroar
  33. ^ Tides of War
  34. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pg. 247
  35. ^ H [19] Lessons in Fear "No humans were used. <Walden laughs.> Rightfully, they fear being reanimated as Forsaken."
  36. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/race/blood-elf
  37. ^ In the Shadow of the Sun
  38. ^ N [100 - 110] Ormgul the Pestilent
  39. ^ H [85] Kor'kron Drop
  40. ^ H [29] Reinforcements...
  41. ^ H [30] Kobold Fury!
  42. ^ H [55] Futile Pride
  43. ^ A [15] Disturbing Connections
  44. ^ Twitter: Loreology
  45. ^ H [43] Broken Alliances
  46. ^ H [42] Grim Message
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  50. ^ H [12] Crossroads Conscription
  51. ^ File:GM lore ticket.jpg This information was presented as coming from a Blizzard Game Master and it should be noted that it has not been made clear if Blizzard representatives hold the authority to create or even clarify lore, so this information may or may not be canon. It is also possible that the screenshot is not authentic and legit at all, so this information should probably be taken with a grain of salt until confirmation.