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For the alternate timeline organization now occasionally called the Fel Horde, see Iron Horde.
For other uses, see Horde (disambiguation).
NeutralFel Horde
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Main leader IconSmall KargathFel.gif Warchief Kargath Bladefist[1] †
Secondary leaders

IconSmall Zuluhed.gif Zuluhed the Whacked †

IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Grillok "Darkeye" †
IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Tagar Spinebreaker †

IconSmall Mo'arg.gif The Maker †
Membership Tens of thousands[2]
Race(s) Fel orcFel orc Fel orc
OgreOgre Ogre
DemonDemonDemonDemon Demon
Capital Hellfire Citadel
Base of operations Hellfire Citadel
Theater of operations Hellfire Peninsula
Language(s) Orcish
Sub-group(s) Shattered Hand clan, Dragonmaw clan, Shadowmoon clan, Bleeding Hollow clan, Bonechewer clan, Laughing Skull clan; formerly: Horde of Pain, Horde of Agony, Legion of Torment, Legion of Anguish
Affiliation Illidari
  Formerly Magtheridon's Forces
Status Unknown

The Fel Horde[3][4][5] is the army of fel orcs who first served the pit lord Magtheridon and then the Illidari. They are headquartered in Hellfire Citadel and the Black Temple.

The prime constituents (and only example available thus far) of the Fel Horde are fel orcs and the demons that control them.

It is revealed by Caza'rez that the Horde is researching a method to restore the fel orcs to their original state.[6]

History

The Fel Horde was created after the Burning Legion sent Magtheridon to the remnants of Draenor, now called Outland, where the pit lord enslaved and corrupted the orcs with his blood, shattering their wills and ensuring that their minds could do little else but obey the Burning Legion. The Fel Horde was quick to establish its home in Hellfire Citadel and at Magtheridon's command struck out to claim other locations with important confluence of power. Foremost among them being the Black Temple, which Magtheridon personally took over as the staging ground for his campaign of conquest against the remnants of Outland.

Meanwhile the survivors of the Sons of Lothar, realizing that they couldn't defeat the pit lord and his armies, vowed to slow them down. Whenever the Fel Horde ventured deep into Outland, the Alliance was there to carve up their flanks and pick off any stragglers. The Fel Horde and Sons of Lothar would skirmish intermittently for years.[3]

The Frozen Throne

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In the aftermath of the Third War, Illidan Stormrage, Kael'thas Sunstrider, Lady Vashj arrived to the shattered realm and sought to seize Outland as their own. Illidan's first action against Magtheridon's Forces was to seal the Dimensional Gateways, his forces covered him in the process. The blood elves and naga aided by a group of draenei led by Akama, who pledged his allegiance to Illidan if he helped him to defeat the pit lord,[7] maintained the battle against the Fel Horde while Illidan closed the portal.[8]

With the Dimensional Gateways closed, the Fel Horde and their demonic masters were cut off from reinforcements, as Illidan's forces laid siege to the Black Temple and claimed it as their own. The Fel Horde was subsequently absorbed into Illidan's army.[9]

The Burning Crusade

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Sometime following Illidan's conquest of Outland, he had Magtheridon imprisoned within Hellfire Citadel, where he used the pit lord and The Maker to forcibly corrupt more orcs to boost his growing army, many of whom are unwilling.

The Fel Horde went to war against the Alliance and the Horde during the Invasion of Outland. Eventually, adventurers killed Warchief Kargath Bladefist and brought his fist to their faction's leadership in order to usher in the end of the Fel Horde's reign of terror.[10][11] Ultimately, the adventurers delved deeper into Magtheridon's Lair. There they slew the Hellfire Channelers that were holding the pit lord captive, and ultimately slew Magtheridon himself. Without Magtheridon's demon blood to taint Outland's orcish population, Illidan could no longer create new fel orcs, but others still operated within the ranks of the Illidari, namely the Dragonmaw clan.

The Dragonmaw, Bonechewer, Shadowmoon were among the Fel Horde clans within the Black Temple, when it came under attack by the Horde, Alliance, and Sha'tar as they invaded the citadel and slew Illidan Stormrage.[12][13]

While the exact status of the Fel Horde after the Invasion of Outland is unknown, the revelation that the Dragonmaw clan independently left Outland for Azeroth, does suggest that that the Fel Horde may have disbanded.

Leadership

Clans of the Fel Horde

The fel orcs

The membership of the Fel Horde is largely the remnants of the Horde of Draenor, which was ruled by the shaman Ner'zhul during the time of the battles of the Invasion of Draenor. It should be noted that many (perhaps all) of the clans listed below are in fact divided, and do not universally support the Fel Horde. (For example, members of the Shattered Hand clan also reside in Orgrimmar as its rogue's guild and dutifully serve Thrall.) The Shattered Hand orcs that live in Orgrimmar, however, left Draenor twenty years ago and are not fel orcs (they still have green skins and the such).

For our purposes, however, large groups of orcs from the following clans have been captured, brought to Hellfire Citadel and become fel orcs, and now collectively obey Warchief Kargath Bladefist. While the former leaders of these old Horde clans did not all survive, some clans such as the Bonechewer clan and the Bleeding Hollow clan still operate under the dominance of their own clan-specific Chieftain as well as Kargath.

Main clans

Minor clans

Members

Name Location
Neutral IconSmall KargathFel.gif Kargath Bladefist Shattered Halls Hellfire Citadel Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Captain Skyshatter Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Chief Overseer Mudlump Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Corlok the Vet Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Drake Dealer Hurlunk Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Grillok "Darkeye" Zeth'Gor Hellfire Peninsula Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Gug Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Horus Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Ja'y Nosliw Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Keli'dan the Breaker Blood Furnace Hellfire Citadel Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Murg "Oldie" Muckjaw Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Overlord Mor'ghor Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Ronag the Slave Driver Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Rumpus Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Tagar Spinebreaker Path of Glory Hellfire Peninsula Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall FelOrc Male.gif Taskmaster Varkule Dragonbreath Dragonmaw Base Camp Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon.gif
Neutral IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Warlord Morkh Zeth'Gor Hellfire Peninsula Bc icon.gif

Notes

  • After being taken over by Gul'dan, the Iron Horde becomes a parallel version of the Fel Horde, even being referred to as such by some of its members.

Speculation

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Although the term Fel Horde has been used to refer to the orcs in Hellfire Peninsula and Hellfire Citadel, mainly the Shattered Hand clan, it is believed that the Fel Horde is a new term for all orcs affected by the demonic corruption that was being siphoned out of the pit lord Magtheridon and were loyal to Illidan Stormrage and his Illidari. It may be somewhat confirmed by the appearance of the Bonechewer and Shadowmoon orcs in the Hellfire Citadel. Illidan Stormrage had gathered tens of thousand fel orcs, apparently of various clans (and not just the Shattered Hand) that would eventually be the Fel Horde.

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