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.
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.
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.
- Tainted orcs are created from the template "tainted" from the Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game game series found in Manual of Monsters.
- As chaos orcs and fel orcs are not described in the book, tainted orcs may have been intended to represent them, but it's also possible that they were meant to describe the state Grommash Hellscream and the other orcs were in when they were still under influence of the blood-curse.