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Shadow Council

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For the organization from an alternate universe, see Shadow Council (alternate universe).
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The Shadow Council is a group of mortal warlocks that serve the demons of the Burning Legion.

History

Formation

When Gul'dan supplanted Ner'zhul as Kil'jaeden's favorite pawn, he began to reorganize the clans into a single engine of destruction. To this end, he promoted a public figurehead, Blackhand of the Blackrock clan to the new position of Warchief. Though Blackhand was cunning, he lacked the loyalty to Kil'jaeden and deviousness needed to drive the Horde. Thus, Gul'dan secretly brought together a collection of warlocks, necrolytes, chieftains, and even the occasional ogre into a clandestine council — the Shadow Council.

The original purpose of the Council was to ensure the stability of the Horde in their quest to destroy the draenei, manipulate the clans and spread the use of warlock magics. When the time came, the Shadow Council fed the blood of Mannoroth to the clans, apart from the Frostwolf clan (whose chieftain, Durotan, forbade them from partaking) and a few other individuals.

The Council made their headquarters at the Black Temple and oversaw the destruction of the draenei until Kil'jaeden mysteriously vanished. As the Horde began to fragment, the Shadow Council was contacted by Medivh, who offered a new world to plunder.

The First War

The Shadow Council operated a number of the Horde's workings during the war effort against the Kingdom of Azeroth. But their time was near.

Following the death of Medivh, Gul'dan was incapacitated for several weeks. During this time, Orgrim Doomhammer killed Blackhand the Destroyer and seized the mantle of Warchief. King Llane Wrynn was assassinated by one of the Shadow Council's finest killers: the half-orc, Garona. Orgrim captured and tortured Garona to learn of the location of the Shadow Council, and sensing it threatened his position, launched an attack on Gul'dan's citadel near the ruins of Azeroth, annihilating most of the warlocks of the Council. Their spirits were subsequently imbued into the death knights,[2] while the magical energies of other long dead warlocks were infused into the bodies of the ogre magi.[3][4]

Beyond the Second Invasion

Even in the aftermath of the second invasion of the Burning Legion, the Shadow Council still remains. It is not clear how the Council was reformed after the death of most of their members, including Gul'dan. It is known that some of its members, including Vorpil and Blackheart, survived by hiding in Auchindoun. The current Shadow Council now includes members of all races, provided they possess the ideology of acceptance of the tenets of the Burning Legion.

Legion

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An alternate Gul'dan rallies the members of the Shadow Council who have been in hiding to help him retrieve the Book of Medivh and Eye of Dalaran. Jergosh the Invoker leads a team to obtain the book from the Cult of the Damned at Caer Darrow, while Allaris Narassin and Nagaz go to Tol Barad for the eye. All three are killed by a warlock adventurer.

Lord Malgath and several Shadow Council assassins assisted the demons in breaching the Violet Hold. Later, several of their warlocks were seen aboard Kil'jaeden's command ship.

Structure and operations

The shape of the original Shadow Council is unclear. Gul'dan is described as a "warlock of the Inner Circle"[5] (also an "initiate of the Seventh Circle"[6]) and Cho'Gall as an "initiate of the Fifth."[7] This means that there are at least seven circles of the Shadow Council, the Inner Circle being the Seventh.

The hold of the current Shadow Council is extensive; they control cell-based organizations throughout Kalimdor including the Burning Blade and Searing Blade cults, which utilize the powers of the  [Demon Seed]. Agents of the Council have even infiltrated areas of the Orcish capital city of Orgrimmar. It is also revealed from a questline in Darkshore that the Cult of the Dark Strand is another branch of the Shadow Council, and certain clues, like Argus Wake members they employ, Marez Cowl, and Darbel Montrose, lead some to believe that the Syndicate may be affiliated, if maybe loosely, with the Council. The Shadow Council is also present at Jaedenar in Felwood, Grangol'var Village in Terokkar Forest, and Kil'sorrow Fortress in Nagrand. Its headquarters are in the Shadow Labyrinth of Auchindoun.

Cults and groups

"Many cults exist within the Council, but only to hide its actions against the foolish. Groups like the Burning Blade, the Argus Wake, and the Searing Blade are tools of the Council. Consider them one and the same."
Thrall

Note that most Shadow Council members are orcs; although they worship demons, most of them are not fel orcs.

Recent activities

WoW Icon 16x16.png World of Warcraft

The Shadow Council has set up its main base in Shadow Hold, Felwood. There they reign with massive force and numbers. The Burning Blade is active in Desolace, The Barrens and Durotar, and even have a spy in Orgrimmar, while the Searing Blade dwells beneath the orcish capital in the Ragefire Chasm. The Cult of the Dark Strand operates in Darkshore and Ashenvale and the mysterious Argus Wake manipulates the Syndicate in Alterac and the Arathi Highlands.

TBC Burning Crusade

The Cabal acts from within Auchindoun, but members of the Shadow Council are widespread all over Outland.
During the Opening of the Dark Portal in the Caverns of Time, members of the original Council can be seen.

Cataclysm Cataclysm

While some members are missing after the Cataclysm and the Cult of the Dark Strand was wiped out by the Horde, the rest of the Council appears to be undamaged and active.

Known members

Name Location Sub-Cult Status
IconSmall Gul'dan.gif Gul'dan TBC Spirit in Altar of Damnation Shadowmoon Valley Deceased
Combat IconSmall Cho'gall.gif Cho'gall Cataclysm Bastion of Twilight Twilight Highlands Now a leader of the Twilight's Hammer Killable
Horde IconSmall Garona.gif Garona Halforcen Cataclysm Bloodgulch Twilight Highlands Formerly mind-controlled Alive
Horde IconSmall Blackhand.gif Blackhand TBC likeness in Karazhan Deadwind Pass Deceased
Combat IconSmall Teron.gif Teron Gorefiend TBC Black Temple Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Combat IconSmall CultistOrc Male.gif Grandmaster Vorpil TBC Shadow Labyrinth Auchindoun, Terokkar Forest Cabal Killable
Combat IconSmall OgreMage2.gif Blackheart the Inciter TBC Shadow Labyrinth Auchindoun, Terokkar Forest Cabal Killable
Combat IconSmall Kargath.gif Kargath Bladefist TBC Shattered Halls Hellfire Citadel, Hellfire Peninsula Killable
Combat IconSmall Man'ari Male.gif Warbringer Razuun TBC Deathforge Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Combat IconSmall OrcGray Male.gif Summoner Skartax TBC Deathforge Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Combat IconSmall MadScientist.gif Doctor Maleficus TBC Invasion Point: Cataclysm Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Combat IconSmall MadScientist.gif Doctor Gutrick TBC Invasion Point: Cataclysm Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Shadowmaster Grieve TBC Grangol'var Village Terokkar Forest Killable
Combat IconSmall Shivarra.gif Giselda the Crone TBC Kil'sorrow Fortress Nagrand Killable
Combat IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Fel'dan Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Combat IconSmall Succubus.gif Moora Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Combat IconSmall Succubus.gif Salia Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Combat IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Lord Banehollow Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Ur'dan Caer Darrow Western Plaguelands Deceased
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Ulathek Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Combat IconSmall Succubus.gif Rakaiah Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Combat IconSmall Satyr.gif Prince Xavalis Shadow Hold Felwood Killable
Combat IconSmall NightElf Male.gif Tyranis Malem Thunder Axe Fortress Desolace Missing
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Jugkar Grim'rod Mannoroc Coven Desolace Burning Blade Killable
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Kohor Thunder Axe Fortress Desolace Burning Blade Killable
Combat IconSmall Felguard.gif Rathorian Dreadmist Den The Barrens Burning Blade Killable
Combat IconSmall Undead Male.gif Sarilus Foulborne Dreadmist Peak The Barrens Burning Blade Killable
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Yarrog Baneshadow Valley of Trials Durotar Burning Blade Killable
Combat IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Fizzle Darkstorm Thunder Ridge Durotar Burning Blade Deceased
Combat IconSmall OrcGray Male.gif Gazz'uz Skull Rock Durotar Burning Blade Killable
Horde IconSmall Orc Male.gif Neeru Fireblade Cleft of Shadow Orgrimmar Burning Blade Deceased
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Jergosh the Invoker Caer Darrow Western Plaguelands Searing Blade Deceased
Combat IconSmall Satyr.gif Bazzalan Ragefire Chasm Orgrimmar Searing Blade Missing
Combat IconSmall Felguard.gif Taragaman the Hungerer Ragefire Chasm Orgrimmar Searing Blade Missing
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Nagaz D-Block Tol Barad Argus Wake Deceased
Combat IconSmall Cultist Female.gif Darbel Montrose Stromgarde Keep Arathi Highlands Argus Wake Killable
Combat IconSmall Orc Female.gif Marez Cowl Stromgarde Keep Arathi Highlands Argus Wake Killable
Combat IconSmall Highborne Male.gif Athrikus Narassin Tower of Althalaxx Darkshore Cult of the Dark Strand Deceased
Combat IconSmall Nightborne Male.gif Allaris Narassin Tomb of Sargeras Broken Shore Deceased
Combat IconSmall Satyr.gif Delmanis the Hated Tower of Althalaxx Darkshore Cult of the Dark Strand Missing
Combat IconSmall Orc Male.gif Ilkrud Magthrull Fire Scar Shrine Ashenvale Cult of the Dark Strand Missing
Horde IconSmall BloodElf Female.gif Braelyn Firehand Caer Darrow Western Plaguelands Deceased
Combat IconSmall Undead Male.gif Staffron Lerent Alterac Mountains Missing

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