HordeHorde Council
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Members of the Horde Council
Race(s) OrcOrc Orc
Jungle trollJungle troll Jungle troll
TaurenTauren Tauren
ForsakenForsaken Forsaken
Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
GoblinGoblin Goblin
PandarenPandaren Pandaren
NightborneNightborne Nightborne
Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain tauren
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orc
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari troll
VulperaVulpera Vulpera
Capital Orgrimmar
Base of operations Grommash Hold
Affiliation Horde
Status Active

The Horde Council[1] is the ruling body of the Horde. The council members each hold a position of power over the Horde; acting in the place of the Warchief position. Each is considered a representative of their people, if not the racial leader in some cases.



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In the aftermath of the end of the Fourth War and the defeat of N'Zoth, various leaders of the Horde gathered together at the Orgrimmar Embassy where they received the terms for an armistice from the Grand Alliance, putting the Fourth War on hold indefinitely, if not permanently. With that matter settled, Lor'themar Theron addressed the absence of a Warchief. Despite support for Thrall to take the mantle on again, he refused, citing that he had promised Varok Saurfang he would not take on the role once more. Instead, he brought up the notion of the Warchief being unnecessary, bringing in the belief that a change was needed for the Horde's leadership. With this, instead of a singular dictator, the Horde would be led by a conglomerate of leaders who would represent their people's interests.[2]

At the time of its creation, the council was composed of Thrall, Rokhan, Baine Bloodhoof, Lilian Voss, Lor'themar Theron, Gazlowe, Ji Firepaw, First Arcanist Thalyssra, and Overlord Geya'rah. At some point afterwards, Chieftain Mayla Highmountain and Voldunai vulpera caravan leader Kiro joined the council.[3][4]

Shadows Rising

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Sometime after the death of N'Zoth, the Horde Council convened with Queen Talanji of the Zandalari and a key ally. The Horde leaders sought to have Talanji take a place on the council with them, however, this meeting was derailed by a failed assassination attempt on the Queen's life. Forced into action by this, the Horde Council empowered the young troll shaman Zekhan, still grieving the loss of Varok, with a critical mission to aid Talanji and help uncover the rising threat against her.[5]

After the Earthen Ring shaman Yukha warned Thrall that something was terribly wrong in the spirit world, Thrall informed the council. Despite their misgivings and fears of an ambush, the council voted in favor of Thrall's decision to go to Nordrassil, in order to find a way to help the spirit world.[6] Thrall later informed the council of how his meeting with the kaldorei leadership went down.

Upon learning that the Alliance was aware of the unrest in Zandalar, their belief that Talanji was working with Sylvanas, and that they had requested to speak with the council, another meeting was held. The council unanimously voted in favor of Thrall and Ji Firepaw meeting with Jaina Proudmoore and Anduin Wrynn in the hopes that the meeting would aid in the hunt and capture of Sylvanas Windrunner.[7]

After the threat against her was ultimately removed by the combined Horde and Zandalari forces, Talanji joined the council.[8]

Exploring Azeroth

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The Horde Council was made aware of Mathias Shaw's and Flynn Fairwind's mission across the Eastern Kingdoms and allowed them to travel across Horde territories.[9] The council also ordered for Rexxar and Zekhan to look over the Horde holdings within Kalimdor, in order to assess the needs and statuses of the people, how the wounds from the Fourth War were healing, and where there were still aches within the Horde.[10]


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The council and guests atop Grommash Hold.

The council, along with Aggra, Calia Menethil, Nazgrim, and Valeera Sanguinar, convened atop of Grommash Hold where they informed Horde champions of the return of the Scourge and the abduction of Thrall and Baine. They also learned from Valeera Sanguinar that Jaina Proudmoore and Anduin Wrynn had also been abducted, and that an attempt was made on Tyrande Whisperwind, who neutralized her attackers.[11] These champions were subsequently sent to unite with the Knights of the Ebon Blade and the Argent Crusade in order to combat the returning enemy.[12] Following the death of Herald Dalora, they returned to Orgrimmar to inform the council about the events that occurred in Icecrown and the dark powers that Sylvanas had allied with.[13]

The council and Calia Menethil at the Frozen Throne.

The council, alongside leaders of the Alliance and Calia, convened with Bolvar Fordragon at the Frozen Throne within Icecrown Citadel. Though desiring to rescue their comrades the council knew that they couldn't risk the stability of the Horde and send their fellow leaders on what might well be a suicide mission. To that end, Lor'themar encouraged the Alliance to do the same by pointing out that even their captured friends would offer the same counsel. However, this earned the hostility of Tyrande, which caused the council to prepare themselves for battle before Bolvar convinced the Horde and Alliance leaders to stand down.[14]

The council, and the others, then witnessed the ritual to open the doorway to the Maw. Once the ritual was complete the council witnessed champions of Azeroth, the Knights of the Ebon Blade, and even Tyrande Whisperwind enter to rescue their comrades and seek out Sylvanas.[15] The council subsequently departed from Icecrown.

Calia, who had gone to Oribos within the Shadowlands, later sent word of Thrall's and Baine's recovery to Lor'themar Theron, who presumably informed his fellow council members.[16]


Name Role
 Thrall Chieftain[17] and representative of the orcs of Durotar
 Rokhan Chieftain and representative of the Darkspear jungle trolls
 Baine Bloodhoof High Chieftain and representative of the tauren tribes of Thunder Bluff
 Lilian Voss Interim-leader and representative of the undead Forsaken
 Lor'themar Theron Regent Lord and representative of the blood elves of Quel'Thalas
 Gazlowe Trade Prince and representative of the Bilgewater Cartel goblins
 Ji Firepaw Master and representative of the Huojin pandaren
 Thalyssra First Arcanist and representative of the nightborne of Suramar
 Mayla Highmountain High Chieftain and representative of the Highmountain tauren
 Geya'rah Overlord and representative of the orcish Mag'har Clans
 Talanji Queen and representative of the Zandalari Empire trollkind
 Kiro Caravan leader and representative of the Voldunai vulpera