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Characters: Warcraft The Horde
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"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."
Hailing from the world of Draenor, the orcish Horde was formed through Kil'jaeden the Deceiver's trickery and manipulation, who turned the savage if peaceful orcs of Draenor into a massive war machine. The Horde, after decimating almost the entire draenei population, spilled into Azeroth from the Dark Portal, where it laid waste to the mighty kingdom of Stormwind in what is known as the First War. During the Second War the Horde expanded to include ogres, forest trolls and goblins and fought the newly-formed Alliance of Lordaeron, composed of the humans' seven kingdoms along with their dwarven, elven and gnomish allies. The Second War ultimately ended with the Horde's destruction, whereupon the forest trolls and goblins left, and the orcs were rounded into internment camps.
Years later, the orcs were broken out of the internment camps by the new Warchief of the Horde, Thrall, who tried to bring the orcs back to their shamanistic and peaceful ways. Sailing west to Kalimdor, the orcs of Thrall's new Horde gained allies in the form of trolls of the Darkspear tribe and the tauren of Kalimdor. After helping to save the world at the Battle of Hyjal Summit, the Horde settled formally in Durotar, with Orgrimmar as its capital city. As of World of Warcraft
, the Horde has expanded to include the undead Forsaken of Lordaeron. In The Burning Crusade
the Blood Elves of Quel'Thalas have turned to the Horde, and in Cataclysm
the Goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel have joined as well. In Mists of Pandaria
the Horde has been joined by the Pandaren who follow the philosophy of Huojin.
Due to length, this page has been split into the following subpages:
- The Old Horde/Iron Horde : The first Horde formed under the influence of the Burning Legion on Draenor. The "Iron Horde" is a time-altered version of that first Horde under the leadership of Garrosh Hellscream.
- Garrosh's Horde (The "True Horde"): What the Horde of Kalimdor became under the leadership of Garrosh, particularly after the events of Cataclysm and the beginning of the war in Pandaria.
The Horde of Kalimdor:
The Horde which was first reunited under the leadership of Thrall on the continent of Kalimdor and later expanded to other races of Azeroth. It opposes the Alliance and forms the playable Horde races in World of Warcraft
, and also forms the Darkspear Rebellion when Garrosh forms the "True Horde".
The Horde crest, incorporating themes from the original four races.