This article is a copy of "Factions", a collection of official articles from the 2010 BattleNet World of Warcraft Site. These articles overviewed the Factions in World of Warcraft prior to Warlords of Draenor. The original articles are no longer available, but they can still be viewed through online archives (see below).


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Azeroth is a fractious and war-stricken world, and standing alone can be deadly. To survive and prosper, members of all races gather together along cultural and ideological lines. Each of these factions holds to a unique philosophy, and they often disagree with one another – violently. Yet, despite the danger, allegiance to a faction never goes unnoticed; those heroes who are willing to risk taking sides can expect handsome rewards.

Ashtongue Deathsworn

The elite of the Broken tribe known as the Ashtongue, officially aligned with Illidan. The Deathsworn are Akama's most trusted lieutenants and are privy to their leader's mysterious motivations.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Akama
  • Quartermaster: Okuno
  • Location: Amani Catacombs

Cenarion Expedition

An exploratory force sent to Outland by the Cenarion Circle to study surviving life forms. The Cenarion Expedition has quickly gained in size and autonomy since the opening of the Dark Portal.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Ysiel Windsinger
  • Quartermaster: Fedryen Swiftspear
  • Location: Zangarmarsh

Honor Hold Alliance

Vestiges of the Sons of Lothar, veterans of the Alliance that first came into Draenor, have steadfastly held on to this Hellfire outpost. They are now joined by the armies from Stormwind and Ironforge.

  • Faction: Alliance
  • Leader: Force Commander Danath Trollbane
  • Quartermaster: Logistics Officer Ulrike
  • Location: Hellfire Peninsula

Keepers of Time

The Keepers of Time are bronze dragons hand-picked by Nozdormu to watch over the Caverns of Time.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Andormu
  • Quartermaster: Alurmi
  • Location: Caverns of Time

Kurenai Alliance

Draenei for "redeemed." These Broken have escaped the grasp of their various slavers in Outland and have made their home in Nagrand. It is there that they seek to rediscover their destiny.

  • Faction: Alliance
  • Leader: Arechron
  • Quartermaster: Trader Narasu
  • Location: Nagrand


This unusual brood of dragons was spawned from the eggs of Deathwing's black dragonflight, and infused with raw nether-energies. Now, they seek to find their identity beyond the shadows of their father's destructive heritage.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Neltharaku
  • Location: Shadowmoon Valley


The enlightened denizens of Ogri'la have made their dwelling in the western Blade's Edge Mountains, where proximity to apexis crystals has caused them to transcend their brutish ogre nature.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Quartermaster: Jho'nass
  • Location: Blade's Edge Mountains


The sporelings are a mostly peaceful race of mushroom-men native to Outland. Their home is located in the southern bogs of Zangarmarsh.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Msshi'fn
  • Quartermaster: Mycah
  • Location: Zangarmarsh

The Consortium

Led by Nexus-Prince Haramad, the Consortium is a loosely affiliated cartel of ethereal smugglers, traders and thieves that has come to Outland to benefit from its riches.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Nexus-Prince Haramad
  • Quartermaster: Karaaz
  • Location: Nagrand

The Mag'har Horde

This reclusive group of brown-skinned orcs has escaped any form of demonic corruption. They have retained their traditional way of life in the face of great changes in Outland.

  • Faction: Horde
  • Leader: Greatmother Geyah
  • Quartermaster: Provisioner Nasela
  • Location: Nagrand

The Scale of the Sands

A secretive subgroup of the Bronze Dragonflight, led by Soridormi, prime mate of Nozdormu.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Soridormi
  • Quartermaster: Indormi
  • Location: Caverns of Time

The Violet Eye

A secret sect of the Kirin Tor founded to spy on Medivh and his activities.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Archmage Cedric
  • Quartermaster: Apprentice Darius
  • Location: Karazhan

Thrallmar Horde

The expedition sent through the Dark Portal by Thrall has built a stronghold in Hellfire Peninsula. Thrallmar serves as a base of operations for much of the Horde's activities in Outland.

  • Faction: Horde
  • Leader: Nazgrel
  • Quartermaster: Quartermaster Urgronn
  • Location: Hellfire Peninsula

Tranquillien Horde

Once a high elf town, Tranquillien became abandoned after the Scourge invaded Quel'Thalas. It has now been reclaimed by the Forsaken and the blood elves who seek to rid the Ghostlands of the Scourge. Faction: Horde

  • Leader: High Executor Mavren
  • Quartermaster: Provisioner Vredigar
  • Location: Ghostlands

Shattrath City

Lower City

The refugees of Shattrath come from diverse backgrounds and races. Word of helpful deeds spreads quickly among the Denizens of Lower City.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Quartermaster: Nakodu
  • Location: Shattrath City

Sha'tari Skyguard

An airborne military force created by Shattrath City to deal with the threats that loom in the highest reaches of Outland.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Quartermaster: Grella
  • Location: Terokkar Forest

Shattered Sun Offensive

Shattrath City's final push against Prince Kael'thas' operations in the Sunwell.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Quartermaster: Eldara Dawnrunner
  • Location: Isle of Quel'Danas

The Aldor

An ancient order of draenei priests once run by Velen, the Aldor are currently led by High Priestess Ishanah. They are servants of the naaru in Shattrath City known as the Sha'tar. Rivals of the Scryers.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Ishanah
  • Quartermaster: Quartermaster Endarin
  • Location: Shattrath City

The Scryers

Voren'thal the Seer leads the dissident blood elves who've rejected Kael'thas' path to power. They've joined forces with the naaru of Shattrath City, much to the dismay of the Aldor.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Voren'thal the Seer
  • Quartermaster: Quartermaster Enuril
  • Location: Shattrath City

The Sha'tar

The Sha'tar are a group of powerful naaru who rule over a rebuilt Shattrath City. With the help of the Aldor and the Scryers, they lead the battle against Illidan and the Burning Legion.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: A'dal
  • Quartermaster: Almaador
  • Location: Shattrath City