This article is about the recent history and current state of the Horde.
The Horde is made up of orcs, Forsaken, tauren, trolls, blood elves, goblins, and most recently, pandaren (Huojin).
Misunderstood and cast aside, these diverse and powerful races strive to overcome their differences and unite as one in order to win freedom for their people and prosper in a land that has come to hate them.
In the Horde, action and strength are valued above diplomacy, and its leaders earn respect by the blade, wasting no time with politics. The brutality of the Horde's champions is focused, giving a voice to those who fight for survival.
The Horde is one of the two major political factions of the mortal races in Azeroth, its counterpart being the Alliance. The Horde, a faction founded by orcish immigrants from Draenor, has survived in the hostile world of Azeroth by forging alliances (some trusting, some less so) with local races such as the tauren people, the trolls, and the undead of the Forsaken.
Although its ideals, policies, and beliefs have been revised and membership has changed over time, it is the same Horde inherited by Thrall of the Frostwolf Clan (son of Chieftain Durotan) through Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer.
However, since the mantle of Warchief was passed on to Garrosh Hellscream, the Horde's alliance with other races has began to suffer heavily due to Garrosh's warmongering. A direct example of this are the trolls under Vol'jin leaving Orgrimmar because of Garrosh's hunger for war and Sylvanas Windrunner ignoring the warchief's commands and using her plague on her enemies.
Eventually, the Horde was fractured in two and a civil war erupted, between Garrosh's followers and the Darkspear Rebellion led by Vol'Jin. With the help of the Alliance, the rebels ultimately overthrew Garrosh Hellscream. He was then arrested to stand trial in Pandaria. Thrall appointed Vol'Jin of the Darkspear trolls then as the new Warchief of the Horde, and King Varian Wrynn agreed to put an end to the war.
During the first (failed) assault on the Broken Shore, Vol'jin was mortally wounded in the battle. He later passed away whilst sitting on the throne. Before dying, he passed the Warchief mantle to Sylvanas Windrunner.
The orcs of Durotar.
The surviving orcs of Azeroth's First, Second and Third Wars, who were released by Thrall from the internment camps and led by him to form their new destiny in Kalimdor while attempting to embrace their once honorable, shamanistic ways and fight the corruption of demonic magic.
Led by Thrall, under Warchief Vol'jin
Lesser leaders include: Varok Saurfang and Drek'Thar.
Capital is Orgrimmar in Durotar.
They also have camps in the Barrens, Ashenvale, Stranglethorn Vale, Arathi Highlands, Badlands, Swamp of Sorrows and Azshara. Since the reopening of the Dark Portal, the orcs have expanded into their former homeworld of Draenor (now Outland), with encampments in Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar Forest, Nagrand, the Blade's Edge Mountains and Shadowmoon Valley. Recently expanded into Northrend, with massive fortresses and outposts in the Borean Tundra, the Dragonblight, and the Grizzly Hills.
Surviving orc clans that have joined Thrall:
Frostwolf clan - Thrall's own clan, led by Farseer Drek'Thar since the death of its last affirmed chieftain, Durotan. The Frostwolf clan is the largest concentration of orcs in the Eastern Kingdoms, residing in Alterac Valley since their exile by Gul'dan decades earlier.
Warsong clan - Led by Garrosh Hellscream, these orcs have largely settled in Ashenvale Forest. In the clan defected to the True Horde, but two Warsong factions remain with the Horde.
Warsong Outriders - Led by Gargok.
Warsong Offensive - Led by Varok Saurfang.
Shattered Hand clan - The Azerothian part of the clan has joined Thrall and serves as the Horde's guild of assassins.
The Mag'har are orcs that escaped corruption and remained in Outland through all three Wars. They are led by Greatmother Geyah, Thrall's grandmother. Other notable members are Dranosh Saurfang, Garrosh Hellscream, and Jorin Deadeye.
Bleeding Hollow clan - The clan returned to Draenor after the Second War, but when it was torn apart some of the members crossed to the safety of Azeroth at the same time that Grom Hellscream and his Warsong clan passed. They were captured and later rescued from the interment camps, and now they serve the New Horde. Additionally they have a notable presence in the Mag'har, including their chieftain, Jorin Deadeye.
Burning Blade clan - The blademasters were once part of the Burning Blade clan. Although the clan consumed itself in the throes of demonic corruption, these few swordsmen are still part of the Horde.
Blackrock clan - Eitrigg, and Varok Saurfang are known members of the new Horde, and Bloodeye Redfist went with Reghar Earthfury to Kalimdor with the new Horde. Besides these known members there were banners of this clan in some encampments during the Third War. After the Cataclysm, Garrosh Hellscream offered amnesty to the Blackrock orcs, which they accepted, and they served as the secret police of the Horde until Garrosh's civil war, where most sided with the Darkspear Rebellion.
Twilight's Hammer clan - At least one orc is still part of the Horde.
Dragonmaw Clan - In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm the Dragonmaw Clan rejoined the horde and reside in the Twilight Highlands. However, when Garrosh's civil war broke out some of the clan followed their leader Zaela with Garrosh, but most stood with the Darkspear Rebellion.
Lightning's Blade Clan? - Possible members? Last mentioned as members of the Horde of Draenor
Rageroar clan - Led by Karga Rageroar
Warlock clan? - The warlocks in service of the Horde are said to be a separate clan?
The orcs have a special bond with wolves. They serve as mounts for the orcs and are often seen as their symbol, especially the Frostwolves.
The Trolls of the Darkspear tribe.
Originally from a small chain of islands in the Great Sea. Eventually joined Thrall’s journey to Kalimdor and moved to the Echo Isles, but were then rooted out by the Kul Tiras marines. They are forever indebted to the orcs for saving their tribe and giving them a home.
Led by Shadowhunter Vol'jin.
Lesser leaders include: Vanira the shaman and Zen'tabra the druid
Capital is Darkspear Isle, the largest of the Echo Isles, off the coast of Durotar.
Prior to the reclamation of the Echo Isles, Sen'jin Village in mainland Durotar was the main Darkspear settlement. Other troll settlements are located in Ashenvale, Stonetalon Mountains, and Desolace. They also control both of the Horde outposts (Swamprat Post and Zabra'jin) in the Zangarmarsh in Outland.
Surviving jungle troll tribes within the Horde:
The trolls use raptors and bats as riding mounts.
They left Orgrimmar in Cataclysm, and do not support Garrosh.
The Tauren of Mulgore.
A race of noble creatures, native to Kalimdor, who befriended the orcs and offered them spiritual guidance and aid.
Led by High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof, following the death of his father Cairne.
Lesser leaders include: Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem
Capital is Thunder Bluff in Mulgore.
They also have camps in the Barrens, Thousand Needles, Stonetalon Mountains, Desolace, Feralas, and Felwood. They have also sent ambassadors to their cousins, the taunka, in Northrend.
Surviving tauren tribes that have joined together:
Bloodhoof tribe - Led by Baine Bloodhoof
Grimtotem tribe - Some of the Grimtotems have joined Baine. Led by Jevan Grimtotem
Highmountain tribe - Led by Sulamm
Ragetotem tribe - Led by Sark Ragetotem
Runetotem tribe - Led by Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem
Dawnchaser tribe - Led by Sunwalker Dezco
Farwanderer tribe? - May or may not be members of the Horde?
They lend their mighty kodo beasts to the Horde's efforts.
The Sunwalkers - A recently established order of Tauren paladins, who draw their power from the sun as opposed to the Light that traditional paladins utilize.
The Undead Forsaken of Lordaeron.
A group of undead released from the control of the Lich King, who have set up a truce and an alliance of convenience with the other members of the Horde.
The group also consists of other undead creatures, such as the val'kyr, that chose to join the Forsaken after the Lich King's death.
Led by the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner.
Lesser leaders include Master Apothecary Faranell and Prince Galen Trollbane of Stromgarde.
Capital is the Undercity in Tirisfal Glades.
They also have holdings in Silverpine Forest, the Hillsbrad Foothills, and the Western Plaguelands, as well as towns in the Howling Fjord and the Dragonblight in Northrend.
The Royal Apothecary Society - a faction of forsaken alchemists trying to create a new plague to wipe out the Scourge and other forms of life.
The Forsaken contribute vampire bats and skeletal horses to the Horde's forces and use them as mounts. These are regular beasts with no sentient mind.
The Forsaken Deathguard consists of a large portion of the Forsaken army that have said to reach into the hundred thousands since most risen undead serve in the Deathguard.
The Blood Elves of Quel'Thalas.
A group of former high elves shunned for their magic addiction and abandoned by members of the Alliance, turned to the Horde to help them reach Outland and achieve their destiny. These elves have a strong alliance with the Forsaken with whom they share a similar fate and former denizens (high elven banshees and dark rangers).
Led by Lor'themar Theron, Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas, following the death of the maddened Kael'thas Sunstrider.
Lesser leaders include: Halduron Brightwing, Grand Magister Rommath, and Lady Liadrin.
Capital is Silvermoon City in Eversong Woods, in northern Quel'Thalas.
They also have holdings in the Ghostlands, Desolace, Blasted Lands, and alongside the Forsaken an encampment in Hellfire Peninsula in Outland, to support blood elven pilgrims traveling through the Dark Portal from Azeroth.
The Farstriders - a special blood elven faction of rangers and scouts.
The Blood Knight Order - a special blood elven faction of paladins.
The Reliquary is a blood elven organisation which works to recover lost treasures.
The blood elves have long been using hawkstriders and dragonhawk mounts.
The Goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel.
With the Cataclysm consuming their home island of Kezan, the goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel are shipped across the sea, intended for slave labor in Azshara, when they were caught in a naval crossfire (between a fleet of the Alliance and a single vessel of the Horde) off the Lost Isles. While there, they were attacked by the Alliance and ally with the orcs to defeat their mutual foe, the hostile natives of the Lost Isles, and dissent from within their own ranks.
Led by Trade-Prince Gallywix.
Capital is Bilgewater Harbor in the heavily-reshaped Azshara.
The goblins also have holdings in Cape of Stranglethorn and a district within the orcish capital of Orgrimmar.
The goblins use hot rods as mounts, which are like "cars".
The Huojin Pandaren of the Wandering Isle.
After encountering the Horde's and the Alliance's soldiers on the Wandering Isle, the Huojin Pandaren joined the Horde while the Tushui Pandaren (led by Aysa Cloudsinger) joined the Alliance.
Led by Ji Firepaw.
They have set up camp in the Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar.
They also have holdings in Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
They use dragon turtles as mounts.
In the past, the Horde referred to the orcs and their battle thralls from both Draenor and Azeroth, such as trolls and ogres. Following its utter defeat at the end of the Second War, the Horde's dark power was broken, allowing Thrall to awaken the dormant spirituality of his people and free them from the Burning Legion's control.
During the events of the Third War, Thrall has made lasting bonds with the tauren chief Cairne Bloodhoof and the troll shadowhunter Vol'jin of the Darkspear clan. The ties between the three races is very close, as both share many similar cultural views. With the help of the tauren, both the orcs and the tribe of trolls have established a place for themselves in Kalimdor. Since then, certain ogre tribes, as well as the Forsaken and blood elves have chosen to affiliate themselves with the Horde.
The present Horde is mostly about surviving in a land that has come to hate them. The orcs are hated because, much like the Forsaken, they were formerly mindless, controlled beings. Though redeemed, they are not forgiven by many members of the Alliance who believe them to be their old selves still. The trolls, tauren and their other allies are the ones who understood them, and so they are hated for that. An interesting fact is that every prominent Horde leader has been allied with certain members of the Alliance in times of war.
Although its name would imply otherwise, the Horde may actually be viewed as a more centralized body than the Alliance, as Orgrimmar is the obvious center, Thrall is the undisputed leader, and he stands as Warchief over the entire Horde, holding dominion over the Darkspear Trolls and tauren tribes alike (though he treats his fellow racial leaders as equals).
Although the name of this geopolitical entity suggests disunity and disorganization, the Horde is in truth a centralized nation with its own government, complete with the usual obstructionist bureaucracies and paper-pushing nonentities, backed by a well-equipped, properly trained and battle-hardened military. As of the time of the conflict on the Broken Shore, Sylvanas Windrunner is Warchief of the Horde. Her promotion following the death of the wise troll Vol'jin surprised many leaders of the Horde, as Windrunner is seen by most to be a bloodthirsty and ruthless leader, and her ascending to the throne at a time of tenuous relationships with the Alliance raises many questions for the future of Azeroth.
Prior to Vol'jin, the Horde endured the leadership of Garrosh Hellscream, a warmonger thrust to center stage by the sudden departure of Thrall following his choice to embrace shamanistic roots. Hellscream's ancestry was soaked in blood and reigned over by constant battle, however; he led Horde forces during the Northrend campaign and gained a reputation as a fierce, if headstrong, warrior. At the time that Hellscream rose to the title of Warchief, he was fresh from a series of controversial actions related to the aforementioned campaign against the dreaded Lich King, and his hand in the death of Cairne Bloodhoof following the Tauren's voiced opinions only worsened matters.
Contributing further still to the collapse in relations between the Alliance and Horde was the sudden re-appearance of Deathwing and the subsequent Sundering, an event that saw many areas of Azeroth warped by the malevolent flight of the twisted dragon. A series of battles erupted between forces of the two factions, most notably in the Stonetalon Mountains, where troops under the command of Overlord Krom'gar committed atrocities against Night elf druids and Tauren alike following the latter's disapproval at the bombing of a druid training camp. These war crimes were later pointed against Hellscream during his trial in Pandaria.
During his time as Warchief, Thrall accepted ambassadors from the numerous tribes and organizations around Azeroth and beyond, sometimes allowing into the fold of the Horde various factions that might benefit the greater good of the world or the faction in particular. Most notably, the goblins under Trade Prince Gallywix were allowed to join the Horde and establish their own sector in Orgrimmar shortly after the Sundering, as their technological expertise and pull with the various trade organizations around Azeroth would finally provide a counter to the gnomes and dwarves of the Alliance. Thrall also established a kinship with the human settlement of Theramore, led by the valiant Jaina Proudmoore, though these relations were severed by Hellscream-- indeed, Garrosh declared a state of war between Theramore and the Horde, resulting in a siege that culminated with the mana-bombing of the settlement and the deaths of scores of civilians.
The Horde is, as one may infer from the above information, quickly capable of moving to a war footing. The orcs, flagship race of the Horde, are known for their prowess in and enjoyment of mortal combat, especially with their primordial enemies, the Humans. Other client races, including the Tauren, are more inclined toward peace, while many leaders of the goblins simply prefer turning a profit to twisting a blade. In a more formal, diplomatic analysis of the Horde, one may find the disparate and rejected elements of Azeroth, so often thrust into the limelight of nightmares and horror stories by the members of the Alliance, coming together to establish their own nation, their own safe haven. Despite their somewhat monstrous appearance, the majority of the Horde is not evil; much like the Alliance, it is comprised of diverse factions and individuals who possess a wide range of values and virtues. The plague-loving undead, the trolls and their struggles with the voodoo as well as their imperial past, the corruption of the orcs by the blood of Mannoroth whose bones now decorate the throne of the Warchief-- these are just a few of the hindrances to a permanent peace within the Horde, not to mention the numerous vengeful vendettas held by leading elements of the faction, most notably Sylvanas and her loathing of the Lich King as well as her continued rivalry with the noble King Greymane of Gilneas.
The Horde's attempts to drive the Alliance from the key territories of Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley remain ongoing, as well as the Forsaken's ambitious campaigns in the Arathi Highlands and Hillsbrad Foothills. Following the Cataclysm, a state of war also existed between the Dragonmaw clan and the Wildhammer dwarves in the infamous Twin Peaks area of the Twilight Highlands. In addition to the sizable forces needed to maintain a running conflict in these locales and others, the Horde also guards vast tracts of land at home; thankfully for them, the troops there and abroad have been supplemented by a number of Pandaren recruits and additional conscripts from the orcish villages in both the original Outland and the Draenor of a parallel dimension, exploited by the exiled Hellscream.
Despite the above-mentioned disputes and outright wars with the Alliance, a number of key instances have found the two factions cooperating against a greater evil. Repeated attempts by the Burning Legion to burn Azeroth to cinders as a part of their demonic crusade have been repelled by these factions combining the powers of their greatest adventurers. Furthermore, the malevolent works of Illidan Stormrage and Arthas Menethil, two titans of lore whose corruption shook the foundations of the world, were stopped only by combinations of Horde and Alliance troops, though disaster and conflict often loomed over their vague cooperation.
There have also been two invasions of significant Horde capitals by elements of the Alliance and Horde. The first was the Battle for the Undercity, where the treacherous Varimathras turned against his master, Sylvanas Windrunner, before her elevation to the rank of Warchief. This betrayal was swiftly put down after it nearly destroyed the Horde-Alliance cooperative attempting to defeat the Lich King in Northrend following a vicious assault by Grand Apothecary Putress on the forces of both factions. Some years later, a force led by King Varian himself, alongside Thrall and the secondary leaders of both sides, embarked on an unprecedented expedition to remove Garrosh Hellscream from his seat of authority in Orgrimmar. Battling the "true Horde," the troops of both factions were also forced to duel with the looted evils of Pandaria, a continent devastated by Hellscream during his earlier campaign.
According to some intelligence reports from SI:7, it believed that new members have to swear a blood oath to the Horde. It is unknown if this remains true at present, though the Horde remains loyal to its cause and its Warchief nonetheless; there have been a number of incidents, including the treacherous massacre at the Wrathgate and the prolonged conflict in Pandaria, where members of the Horde have eagerly let their blood be spilled in the name of victory.
The two Hordes
Although the Horde in the MMORPG is a single faction, it is actually divided in two or more distinct parts (partially including the Dark Horde in the Burning Steppes but not the Fel Horde in Outland). It is both a geographical division and an ideological one.
Two small orc factions use the same rationale to pursue completely opposite goals. Both factions display utter loyalty to the Horde. The Horde is their family, their home, and they take great pride in serving it. These orcs believe the Horde comes first in everything. One faction has come to terms with the Horde’s association with the Alliance. By joining arms with the Alliance, the Horde was able to assist in preventing the destruction of the world. These orcs consider their success a sign that Thrall and the Horde are on the right path to strength and glory. The other faction feels that Thrall betrayed the Horde by allying with humans. They consider the Horde corrupted, tainted and weak. These orcs fight for their lost glory using any tools at their disposal, including arcane magic. They dream of one day becoming powerful enough to destroy the mock Horde that exists today and replace it with the old and glorious empire the Horde once was. Faithful of the Horde can be of any class, but those who support the current Horde never become warlocks, and those who denounce the current Horde never become shamans. This situation causes a rift within the ranks of the proud orcs, and it grows increasingly difficult to tell friend from foe.
The Horde of Kalimdor
The Horde of Kalimdor follow mostly Thrall's leadership. They include most of the Orcs, the Tauren, the Darkspear trolls and some ogres. They are united by a shamanistic culture, honor, and their respect for Thrall, who they consider their hero and affirmed leader. This Horde is the result of the actions in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
The orcs are undergoing a cultural revolution as they feel the unnatural, arcane bloodlust leave their bodies, giving them calmer and more focused states of mind. They, for the most part, follow Thrall as he forges ahead to reform the Horde both inside, with his shamanism, and outside, with the founding of Durotar. Still, not all orcs are pleased with these movements, namely the evil orcs who still reside on Azeroth. These orcs, who include a good number of the surviving warlocks, actively raid Alliance and Independent caravans and towns, and renounce all that Thrall proclaims the Horde is. Like the two faces of the Alliance, the different Horde factions meet rarely; but there are some orc warlocks on Kalimdor who would very much like to retake control of the Horde forces, and they are gaining strength in the wilderness to do so.
While geographically separated, the Frostwolf Clan in the Alterac Mountains share their shamanistic culture; and the uncorrupted Mag'har in Outland would also fall in this group.
The eastern Horde
The Horde of the Eastern Kingdoms includes the Forsaken, the blood elves, and sometimes the evil orcs of the Dark Horde.
While Thrall freed most of the orcs held in Lordaeron and brought them to Kalimdor, other orc clans remained in the Eastern Kingdoms, mostly in the southern part of the former kingdom of Azeroth. Orc warlocks and other clans that refuse Thrall’s leadership are strongest in Azeroth around the Burning Steppes and the Blasted Lands. Many of them prefer to stay near the Dark Portal through which they first entered Azeroth, and some warlocks still try to tap into the magic holding the portal in place. Most of them are part of the Dark Horde, who follow Rend Blackhand as their warchief and are opposed to Thrall. The Forsaken of Lordaeron will, of course, happily aid the Horde in the area. They don’t care whether the orcs are evil or not; it’s actually easier for them if their allies are evil.
The Forsaken are nominally allied with the Horde but serve only themselves. They are much darker than their allies from Kalimdor, do not necessairly consider Thrall as their leader and certain members of their race do not care about honor, morality or even other races. Not all Forsaken are evil, but the many are, and other races definitely view them as such. A non-evil Forsaken must work hard to prove his neutral (or perhaps, good) intentions. Few good Forsaken exist, but many evil ones do, and their leadership is definitely up to nefarious ends.
Blood elves despise most other races, but they are coming to accept that the Forsaken are different, or at least share the same goals. Most blood elves are not insane or evil - they just choose to fight fire with fire. They were suffering for lack of the Sunwell; they all needed -- and still need -- to feed on arcane energies, even though most of them aren't spellcasters. The most powerful blood elf spellcasters are insane, as the magic they wield is corrupting. The western Horde recognizes the blood elves as dangerous, volatile and ultimately destructive.
Even if many Forsaken and some blood elves are evil, this "second Horde" cannot currently be considered as a danger to the world, as Thrall's Horde has kept them mostly in check. The Forsaken's Royal Apothecary Society surely have questionable plans, but so far they keep fighting the Scourge and left the rest of the world alone for the most part (except for a few deals with the Grimtotem tribe, and spreading diseases and enslavement of druids in Ashenvale forest, among other things).
It is so far unknown how much The Battle For The Undercity affected both the Society's manpower as well as its reputation among the Forsaken, or the Forsaken's standing among the other Horde races. Since then, Thrall has dispatched Kor'kron guards to the Undercity to keep watch on the Royal Apothecary Society, and a conversation between Overseer Kraggosh <one of the guards> and the Faranell <grand apothecarist> indicates the strain between the two groups.
Relations between the groups
The relations between the two groups are not cordial. The orcs, tauren and jungle trolls do not trust the undead. Many see the Forsaken as betrayers in their midst, standing as allies while secretly using their comrades to further their own goals. They are wise to the possibility of betrayal, and they keep a wary eye on their pale allies.
There is also racial animosity as blood elves reek of fel power, offending the spiritual senses of the tauren. The Horde orcs, darkspear trolls and tauren distrust the blood elves, as their addiction to magic makes the high elves look like amateurs. The blood elves are dangerous, and the Horde races can smell the rotten magic on them. In particular, the orcs revile the blood elves because they see them as descending down the same path toward damnation that so corrupted the orcish people — the orcs can smell the demon taint on the blood elves and know how badly it will twist them. The blood elves disdain the Horde as barbarians who refuse to grasp power in front of them. They especially dislike the orcs, who should have been strong enough to control the power the demons gave them instead of falling under their command.
Since the Horde is leery of the Forsaken, it keeps watchful eyes on them. For example Ambassador Galavosh was sent by Thrall to make sure the Forsaken are honest and dismiss their evil tendencies. Galavosh is suspicious of the Forsaken as well.
While the Forsaken were let into the Horde for various reasons, including the Earthen Ring to help create a cure for undeath; Sage Truthseeker, believes however, that while Earthen Ring had pure intentions towards their plagued brethren, who is to know the motivations of those whispering in the ears of the Elder Council? He believes that the Forsaken whom the Horde allied with had a history wrought with deceit. He believes the pact was too hasty, and that perhaps Cairne Bloodhoof <Cairne> would have been wise to heed the warnings from Orgrimmar. The Forsaken have absolutely no intention of throwing aside their dark ways. They joined the Horde because they saw them as the strongest — and most tractable — faction. While they maintain the illusion of allegiance, the Forsaken’s goals are not the same as their allies'.
Thrall and Cairne remain suspicious of the Forsaken. Thrall freely admits he isn't pleased about allowing the Forsaken joining the Horde, and expects them to betray him, but he simply felt that he needed allies — even if those allies were not completely trustworthy. He had only grudgingly, accepted the Forsaken into the Horde as he needed them as much as they needed the Horde. A number of Horde members in Durotar are disturbed by the growing presence of the Forsaken in their lands. Tauren rarely trust the Forsaken with more than a nod and a place to set their withered feet. They are less thrilled at the presence of the Forsaken at Thunder Bluff, who they grudgingly tolerate due to their alliance. The tauren place a strong emphasis on the value of life, and the unlife of the Forsaken stands as an affront to their beliefs. They consider the Forsaken abominations — much like all other undead. Trolls are suspicious of the Forsaken, but so is everyone else, they have little trust for the manipulative Forsaken, whom they believe will visit only misery and strife upon their allies.
Interestingly, a few Forsaken seem to genuinely like the Horde — they see the Horde as a group of outcasts, which is something the Forsaken can respect. These few legitimate Horde supporters also tend to focus on the sides of the Horde they like — like warlocks and the Grimtotem tribe. Others are fairly open in their contempt of the Horde. The Forsaken remain on good behavior when with Horde member races, but secretly distrust and mock their allies. They feel the Horde is made up of brutish and ignorant peoples, and are full of pride that they have manipulated the Horde into accepting their allegiance. They will not openly betray the Horde — not yet — but they are slowly eroding the sense of peace and unity the Horde was experiencing after the Third War.
Surprisingly there are even Forsaken that do not trust many if not most of their kind, for example Roberick Dartfall, Kegan Darkmar, Trevor, and Leonid Barthalomew the Revered. Apparently these Forsaken do not like to be judged for the actions of many of their kind, and want to be judged for their individual actions. Though at least some of these end up leaving the Forsaken altogether to join other forces like Argent's Dawn, such as Leonid, or those that aspire to leave such as Trevor.
According to Thrall, in Rise of the Horde, the Forsaken are merely "befriended".
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