For lore and background information about this location, see Borderlands.
The Borderlands
Location Borderlands
Result Orc victory (retail game)
Human victory (game demo)
Commanders and leaders

Orcish Horde


Kingdom of Azeroth

Casualties and losses

Orcish Horde

  • Light

Kingdom of Azeroth

  • Moderate
Previous Horde The Swamps of Sorrow
Concurrent Alliance Grand Hamlet
Next Horde Grand Hamlet
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This article contains lore or information taken from Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and/or its manual.

The Borderlands is the second mission of the Orc campaign in Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. In this battle, the orcs defend the Borderlands from the humans of Stormwind.

Mission briefing

Like the stinging of a wasp, the attacks from the humans grow more and more bothersome. You have been assigned to a small outpost on the Borderlands of the Swamps of Sorrow. You are to defend our lands from the incursions of these ravenous dogs by crushing any opposition that you encounter.

Game demo

Your outpost in the Borderlands is being attacked by the human armies. Blackhand wants you and the last soldiers in his cadre to defend the the death. Should the War Chief raise enough gold to recruit reinforcements, he will dispatch them as soon as possible...

Epilogue (game demo)

Blackhand demands your service to eradicate the human scum from this land. Resources are limited, however, so a contribution to summon forth more soldiers is required. You will then have command over the wolfriding Raiders, and be able to use the dark magiks of the Warlocks to control the powers of the underworld. There are mysterious dungeons to search, temples to desecrate, and the armies of King Llane to crush under your heel. Who will eventually control Azeroth is in your power to decide!

The battle

Game demo

The orc outpost was completely overrun by human forces, attacking from all directions. Blackhand sent the orc commander to defend the site to the death, telling him that he would send reinforcements as soon as possible. The outpost was completely destroyed by the humans.

Retail game

The orc commander was sent to defend the outpost in the Borderlands, he killed every human in there.


Orcish Horde
Kingdom of Azeroth

Notes and trivia

  • In the game demo, the orcs lose the battle, and in the retail game they win the battle. The game demo says that Blackhand will send reinforcements if possible, so it is possible that he managed to send reinforcements and that is why in the retail game the orcs win. It is also possible that it is a tongue-in-cheek reference to needing real players to buy the retail game so that the story can advance.
  • In the game demo, the previous mission is the Horde Grand Hamlet.