Tainted orc

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Tainted orcs are orcs corrupted by demonic energies.


Orcs once cultivated a shamanistic society upon the dying world of Draenor. Then the dark magics of the Burning Legion corrupted them. Lured to the world of Azeroth through a dimensional gateway, they were manipulated into waging war against human nations. Recently, most orcs threw off the shackles of demonic influence and now strive to recover their lost heritage. Some orcs remain under the thrall of the Burning Legion, however, to the point where they are twisted into mockeries of their former selves.[1]


Orcs appear to other races as a barbaric and brutal people, but they are proud and noble in their way. Those subject to demonic taint give vent to their brutish ways, however. A tainted orc can channel his warrior fury to become truly fearsome in combat.[2]

This creature looks much like an orc but of massive size, standing perhaps 8 feet tall. Its green skin is mottled with gray and its dark hair hangs in thick tangles. Its eyes shine with a crazed, savage light.[3]



  1. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 128
  2. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 127-128
  3. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 127