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While it may be a simple case of model reuse, the [[Founding of Durotar]] campaign shows some [[Stormreaver clan|Stormreaver]] warlocks on the [[Echo Isles]] and [[Durotar]]. It is, therefore, possible that some Stormreaver survivors traveled to [[Kalimdor]] and founded the local branch of the Shadow Council.
 
While it may be a simple case of model reuse, the [[Founding of Durotar]] campaign shows some [[Stormreaver clan|Stormreaver]] warlocks on the [[Echo Isles]] and [[Durotar]]. It is, therefore, possible that some Stormreaver survivors traveled to [[Kalimdor]] and founded the local branch of the Shadow Council.
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==See also==
 
==See also==

Latest revision as of 23:15, 18 June 2021

For the organization from an alternate universe, see Shadow Council (alternate universe).
NeutralShadow Council
SCbanner.gif
Main leader Unknown
  Formerly  Gul'dan[1] †
IconSmall CultistOrc Male.gif Grandmaster Vorpil †
IconSmall OgreMage2.gif Blackheart the Inciter †
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Lord Banehollow
IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Fel'dan †
IconSmall Gul'dan.gif Gul'dan †
Secondary leaders Unknown
  Formerly IconSmall Orc Male.gif Jergosh the Invoker †
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Nagaz †
IconSmall Nightborne Male.gif Allaris Narassin †
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Neeru Fireblade †
IconSmall Satyr.gif Bazzalan †
IconSmall Man'ari Male.gif Warbringer Razuun
IconSmall Satyr.gif Prince Xavalis †
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Shadowmaster Grieve †
IconSmall Shivarra.gif Giselda the Crone †
Race(s) IconSmall CultistOrc Male.gifIconSmall CultistOrc Female.gif Orc
Fel orcFel orc Fel orc
OgreOgre Ogre
IconSmall OgreMage.gifIconSmall OgreMage2.gif Ogre mage
Satyr Satyr
Broken Broken
DemonDemonDemonDemon Demon
GoblinGoblin Goblin
IconSmall Cultist Male.gifIconSmall Cultist Female.gif Human
UndeadUndead Undead
Night elfNight elf Night elf
HighborneHighborne Highborne
Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
NightborneNightborne Nightborne
Capital Shadow Labyrinth (Outland)
Shadow Hold (Azeroth)
Other major settlements Jaedenar, Thunder Axe Fortress, Grangol'var Village, Kil'sorrow Fortress, Tomb of Sargeras
Theater of operations Azeroth and Outland
Language(s) Orcish, Eredun
Affiliation Burning Legion
  Formerly Old Horde
Horde of Draenor
Status Active

The Shadow Council lording over Ner'zhul.

The Shadow Council is a group of mortal warlocks that serve the demons of the Burning Legion.

History

Formation

When Gul'dan supplanted Ner'zhul as Kil'jaeden's favorite pawn, he began to reorganize the clans into a single engine of destruction. To this end, he promoted a public figurehead, Blackhand of the Blackrock clan to the new position of Warchief. Though Blackhand was cunning, he lacked the loyalty to Kil'jaeden and deviousness needed to drive the Horde. Thus, Gul'dan secretly brought together a collection of warlocks, necrolytes, chieftains, and even the occasional ogre into a clandestine council — the Shadow Council.

The original purpose of the Council was to ensure the stability of the Horde in their quest to destroy the draenei, manipulate the clans and spread the use of warlock magics. When the time came, the Shadow Council fed the blood of Mannoroth to the clans, apart from the Frostwolf clan (whose chieftain, Durotan, forbade them from partaking) and a few other individuals.

The Council made their headquarters at the Black Temple and oversaw the destruction of the draenei until Kil'jaeden mysteriously vanished. As the Horde began to fragment, the Shadow Council was contacted by Medivh, who offered a new world to plunder.

To test the potential of the daggers Anguish and Sorrow, Gul'dan gave them to his assassin Garona Halforcen and ordered her to use them against an unfortunate Shadow Council acolyte. The acolyte had no chance to defend himself before she tore open his throat with one slash. When the orc took his last breath, the wound that killed him became irregular. Nobody would be able to tell whether he had died to a knife, an axe, or a spear. Gul'dan saw the possibilities immediately. A mysterious death could be used to sow confusion and redirect suspicion wherever he pleased.[2]

The First War

The Shadow Council operated a number of the Horde's workings during the war effort against the Kingdom of Stormwind. But their time was near.

When the Shadow Council moved into Blackrock Mountain, they were confronted by the fire elemental and Dark Iron dwarf minions of Ragnaros. Cho'gall used his fledgling connection to the Old Gods to convince the dwarves and Ragnaros's lieutenants, who also served the Old Gods, to let the Shadow Council stay in the upper reaches of the mountain, Blackrock Spire. If the warlocks remained there, they would not be disturbed by Ragnaros or his followers. Gul'dan was angered that he could not have the whole mountain, but was pleased by Cho'gall's effective diplomacy. However, he was unaware of the true reason it had worked.[3]

Following the death of Medivh, Gul'dan was incapacitated for several weeks. During this time, Orgrim Doomhammer killed Blackhand the Destroyer and seized the mantle of Warchief. King Llane Wrynn was assassinated by one of the Shadow Council's finest killers, Garona. Orgrim captured and had Garona tortured to learn of the location of the Shadow Council's secret refuge. Sensing it threatened his position and that it was the root of the Horde's corruption, Orgrim launched an attack on Blackrock Spire, annihilating most of the warlocks of the Council.[4] Their spirits were subsequently imbued into the death knights,[5] while the magical energies of other long-dead warlocks were infused into the bodies of the ogre magi.[6][7]

World of Warcraft

WoW Icon update.png This section concerns content related to the original World of Warcraft.

Even in the aftermath of the second invasion of the Burning Legion, the Shadow Council still remains. It is not clear how the Council was reformed after the death of most of their members, including Gul'dan. The current Shadow Council now includes members of all races, provided they possess the ideology of acceptance of the tenets of the Burning Legion.

The Shadow Council has set up its main base in Shadow Hold in Felwood. There they reign with massive force and numbers. The Burning Blade is active in Desolace, the Barrens, and Durotar, and even have a spy in Orgrimmar, while the Searing Blade dwells beneath the orcish capital in the Ragefire Chasm. The Cult of the Dark Strand operates in Darkshore and Ashenvale and the mysterious Argus Wake manipulates the Syndicate in Alterac and the Arathi Highlands.

The Burning Crusade

Bc icon.gif This section concerns content related to The Burning Crusade.

It is known that some of its members, including Vorpil and Blackheart, survived by hiding in Auchindoun. The Cabal acts from within Auchindoun, but members of the Shadow Council are widespread all over Outland.

During the Opening of the Dark Portal in the Caverns of Time, members of the original Council can be seen.

Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

While some members are missing after the Cataclysm and the Cult of the Dark Strand was wiped out by the Horde, the rest of the Council in Felwood appears to be undamaged and active.

Legion

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

An alternate Gul'dan rallies the members of the Shadow Council who have been in hiding to help him retrieve the Book of Medivh and Eye of Dalaran. Jergosh the Invoker leads a team to obtain the book from the Cult of the Damned at Caer Darrow, while Allaris Narassin and Nagaz go to Tol Barad for the eye. All three are killed by a warlock adventurer.

Lord Malgath and several Shadow Council assassins and warlocks assisted the demons in breaching the Violet Hold. Later, several of their warlocks were seen aboard Kil'jaeden's command ship.

Structure and operations

The shape of the original Shadow Council is unclear. Gul'dan is described as a "warlock of the Inner Circle"[8] (also an "initiate of the Seventh Circle"[9]) and Cho'gall as an "initiate of the Fifth."[10][11] This means that there are at least seven circles of the Shadow Council, the Inner Circle being the Seventh.

The hold of the current Shadow Council is extensive; they control cell-based organizations throughout Kalimdor including the Burning Blade and Searing Blade cults, which utilize the powers of the  [Demon Seed]. Agents of the Council have even infiltrated areas of the Orcish capital city of Orgrimmar. It is also revealed from a questline in Darkshore that the Cult of the Dark Strand is another branch of the Shadow Council, and certain clues, like Argus Wake members they employ, Marez Cowl, and Darbel Montrose, lead some to believe that the Syndicate may be affiliated, if maybe loosely, with the Council. The Shadow Council is also present at Jaedenar in Felwood, Grangol'var Village in Terokkar Forest, and Kil'sorrow Fortress in Nagrand. Its headquarters are in the Shadow Labyrinth of Auchindoun.

Cults and groups

“Many cults exist within the Council, but only to hide its actions against the foolish. Groups like the Burning Blade, the Argus Wake, and the Searing Blade are tools of the Council. Consider them one and the same.”

Thrall

Note that most Shadow Council members are orcs; although they worship demons, most of them are not fel orcs.

Members

Named

Name Location Sub-Cult Status
IconSmall Gul'dan.gif Gul'dan Bc icon.gif Spirit in Altar of Damnation Shadowmoon Valley Deceased
Mob IconSmall Cho'gall.gif Cho'gall Cataclysm Bastion of Twilight Twilight Highlands Now a leader of the Twilight's Hammer Killable
Horde IconSmall Garona.gif Garona Halforcen Cataclysm Bloodgulch Twilight Highlands Formerly mind-controlled Alive
Horde IconSmall Blackhand.gif Blackhand Bc icon.gif likeness in Karazhan Deadwind Pass Deceased
Mob IconSmall Teron.gif Teron Gorefiend Bc icon.gif Black Temple Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Mob IconSmall CultistOrc Male.gif Grandmaster Vorpil Bc icon.gif Shadow Labyrinth Auchindoun, Terokkar Forest Cabal Killable
Mob IconSmall OgreMage2.gif Blackheart the Inciter Bc icon.gif Shadow Labyrinth Auchindoun, Terokkar Forest Cabal Killable
Mob IconSmall KargathFel.gif Kargath Bladefist Bc icon.gif Shattered Halls Hellfire Citadel, Hellfire Peninsula Killable
Mob IconSmall Man'ari Male.gif Warbringer Razuun Bc icon.gif Deathforge Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Mob IconSmall OrcGray Male.gif Summoner Skartax Bc icon.gif Deathforge Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Mob IconSmall MadScientist.gif Doctor Maleficus Bc icon.gif Invasion Point: Cataclysm Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Mob IconSmall MadScientist.gif Doctor Gutrick Bc icon.gif Invasion Point: Cataclysm Shadowmoon Valley Killable
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Shadowmaster Grieve Bc icon.gif Grangol'var Village Terokkar Forest Killable
Mob IconSmall Shivarra.gif Giselda the Crone Bc icon.gif Kil'sorrow Fortress Nagrand Killable
Mob IconSmall ChaosOrc Male.gif Fel'dan Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Mob IconSmall Succubus.gif Moora Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Mob IconSmall Succubus.gif Salia Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Mob IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Lord Banehollow Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Ur'dan Caer Darrow Western Plaguelands Deceased
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Ulathek Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Mob IconSmall Succubus.gif Rakaiah Jaedenar Felwood Killable
Mob IconSmall Satyr.gif Prince Xavalis Shadow Hold Felwood Killable
Mob IconSmall NightElf Male.gif Tyranis Malem Thunder Axe Fortress Desolace Missing
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Jugkar Grim'rod Mannoroc Coven Desolace Burning Blade Killable
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Kohor Thunder Axe Fortress Desolace Burning Blade Killable
Mob IconSmall Felguard.gif Rathorian Dreadmist Den The Barrens Burning Blade Killable
Mob IconSmall Undead Male.gif Sarilus Foulborne Dreadmist Peak The Barrens Burning Blade Killable
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Yarrog Baneshadow Valley of Trials Durotar Burning Blade Killable
Mob IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Fizzle Darkstorm Thunder Ridge Durotar Burning Blade Deceased
Mob IconSmall OrcGray Male.gif Gazz'uz Skull Rock Durotar Burning Blade Killable
Horde IconSmall Orc Male.gif Neeru Fireblade Cleft of Shadow Orgrimmar Burning Blade Deceased
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Jergosh the Invoker Caer Darrow Western Plaguelands Searing Blade Deceased
Mob IconSmall Satyr.gif Bazzalan Ragefire Chasm Orgrimmar Searing Blade Missing
Mob IconSmall Felguard.gif Taragaman the Hungerer Ragefire Chasm Orgrimmar Searing Blade Missing
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Nagaz D-Block Tol Barad Argus Wake Deceased
Mob IconSmall Cultist Female.gif Darbel Montrose Stromgarde Keep Arathi Highlands Argus Wake Killable
Mob IconSmall Orc Female.gif Marez Cowl Stromgarde Keep Arathi Highlands Argus Wake Killable
Mob IconSmall Highborne Male.gif Athrikus Narassin Tower of Althalaxx Darkshore Cult of the Dark Strand Deceased
Mob IconSmall Nightborne Male.gif Allaris Narassin Tomb of Sargeras Broken Shore Deceased
Mob IconSmall Satyr.gif Delmanis the Hated Tower of Althalaxx Darkshore Cult of the Dark Strand Missing
Mob IconSmall Orc Male.gif Ilkrud Magthrull Fire Scar Shrine Ashenvale Cult of the Dark Strand Missing
Horde IconSmall BloodElf Female.png Braelyn Firehand Caer Darrow Western Plaguelands Deceased
Mob IconSmall Undead Male.gif Staffron Lerent Alterac Mountains Missing

Unnamed

Notes

Speculation

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This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

While it may be a simple case of model reuse, the Founding of Durotar campaign shows some Stormreaver warlocks on the Echo Isles and Durotar. It is, therefore, possible that some Stormreaver survivors traveled to Kalimdor and founded the local branch of the Shadow Council.

Gallery

See also

References