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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.

Argent Crusade

Led by Tirion Fordring, the Argent Crusade combines the reformed Order of the Silver Hand with the Argent Dawn in one final push against the forces of the Lich King.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Highlord Tirion Fordring
  • Quartermaster: Veteran Crusader Aliocha Segard
  • Location: Icecrown

Kirin Tor

The mages and archmages running the city of Dalaran. Faced with the rising threats of the Blue Dragonflight and the Scourge, they've transported their city to the heart of Northrend.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Rhonin
  • Quartermaster: Archmage Alvareaux
  • Location: Dalaran City

Knights of the Ebon Blade

Freed from the grasp of the Lich King, his former Death Knights have regrouped against him under the banner of Highlord Darion Mograine.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Highlord Darion Mograine
  • Quartermaster: Duchess Mynx
  • Location: Icecrown

The Ashen Verdict

Under a pact by Tirion Fordring and Darion Mograine, the Argent Crusade and the Knights of the Ebon Blade have set aside their differences during the attack on Icecrown Citadel until the Lich King is slain.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Highlord Tirion Fordring
  • Quartermaster: Alchemist Finklestein
  • Location: Icecrown

The Kalu'ak

The tuskarr are a tough but peaceful people who derive their livelihood from fishing and whaling. Their settlements have recently come under fierce attack and welcome any allies who would come to their aid.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Quartermaster: Sairuk
  • Location: Dragonblight

The Sons of Hodir

The frost giants of the Storm Peaks are a war-like race that makes their home in Dun Niffelem.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: King Jokkum
  • Quartermaster: Lillehoff
  • Location: The Storm Peaks

The Wyrmrest Accord

With the Blue Dragonflight's violent upheaval against all mortal users of magic, the remaining dragonflights have banded under the leadership of the Red Dragonflight to combat their wayward kin.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
  • Quartermaster: Cielstrasza
  • Location: Dragonblight

Alliance Vanguard Alliance

The combined forces of the Alliance in Northrend, lead by the Valiance Expedition, but also including civilian groups such as the Explorer's League. Faction: Alliance Leader: King Varian Wrynn Quartermaster: Logistics Officer Brighton

Explorers' League Alliance

This organization seeks to find the origin of the dwarven race by collecting Titan artifacts. Their most recent research has led them to various archeological sites in Northrend. Faction: Alliance Leader: Brann Bronzebeard Location: Ironforge

The Frostborn Alliance

This mysterious race of frost dwarves makes their home in the Storm Peaks. They've recently befriended members of the Explorers' League and welcome Alliance members within their settlements. Faction: Alliance Leader: Yorg Stormheart Location: The Storm Peaks

The Silver Covenant Alliance

A militant core of high elves that rejects the admission of blood elves into the Kirin Tor. They've united under the banner of Vereesa Windrunner and joined the Alliance forces in Northrend. Faction: Alliance Leader: Vereesa Windrunner Quartermaster: Hiren Loresong Location: Dalaran City

Valiance Expedition Alliance

The main armies of the Alliance in Northrend, moving against the Scourge and unified under King Varian Wrynn's command. Faction: Alliance Leader: King Varian Wrynn Location: Borean Tundra

Horde Expedition Horde

The combined forces of the Horde in Northrend, spearheaded by the Warsong Offensive.

  • Faction: Horde
  • Leader: Garrosh Hellscream
  • Quartermaster: Gara Skullcrush

The Hand of Vengeance Horde

The Forsaken tasked by Sylvanas Windrunner with enacting Undercity's vengeance against Arthas by delivering the latest strain of their deadly Plague.

  • Faction: Horde
  • Leader: Lady Sylvanas Windrunner

The Sunreavers Horde

Traditionally barred from Dalaran, the Horde has been accepted into the city through the efforts of Archmage Aethas Sunreaver. His followers have taken up his name and watch over the ward known as Sunreaver's Sanctuary.

  • Faction: Horde
  • Leader: Archmage Aethas Sunreaver
  • Quartermaster: Vasarin Redmorn
  • Location: Dalaran City

The Taunka Horde

These hardy people are cousins of the Tauren and have become valuable scouts for the armies of the Horde as they march northward.

  • Faction: Horde
  • Leader: Roanauk Icemist
  • Location: Dragonblight

Warsong Offensive Horde

Garrosh Hellscream commands the Horde's main expeditionary forces as they make their way into Northrend to face Arthas and the armies of the Scourge.

  • Faction: Horde
  • Leader: Garrosh Hellscream

Sholazar Basin

Frenzyheart Tribe

Driven from their lands by the Scourge, this fierce tribe of wolvar stumbled upon Sholazar Basin, where they intend to make their new home. Their aggressive nature has put them at odds with the various gorloc tribes known collectively as the Oracles.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: High-Shaman Rakjak
  • Quartermaster: Tanak
  • Location: Sholazar Basin

The Oracles

The gorlocs of Sholazar Basin are a race of reptilian creatures who see themselves as guardians of the titan technology that remains in the zone (though they understand little of it). They find themselves in an escalating territorial war with the wolvar.

  • Faction: Neutral
  • Leader: High-Oracle Soo-say
  • Quartermaster: Geen
  • Location: Sholazar Basin

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