Thrall Geyah Alternate Draenor:. The orcs are a prolific and physically powerful good hailing from the once-lush world of Draenornow known as the shattered realm of Outland. Originally a shamanistic people cultivating a primitive clan -based society, the orcs were corrupted by Kil'jaeden —a demon lord of the Burning Legion —and manipulated into forming a bloodthirsty Horde that waged war on the peaceful draenei race.
Rampant demonic corruption caused the orcs day be filled with bloodlust and turned their normally brown skin into shades of green, culminating with Kil'jaeden's servant Gul'dan convincing the orc chieftains to drink the blood of the demon Mannoroth and thereby enslaving them to the Burning Legion's orc. The few orcs who escaped the corruption became known as mag'har "uncorrupted". After conquering Draenor, the Horde invaded the world of Azeroth through the Dark Portal and waged war upon the world's native kingdoms, until Azeroth's nations united into an Alliance of Lordaeron that managed to defeat the invaders and enslave most of the survivors.
Yet, the shamanistic tradition of the orcs managed to rekindle from the ashes as a young shaman named Thrall arose to become warchief and lead his people in their darkest hour.
He reunited the clans into a new Horde and led the orcs out of the Eastern Kingdoms they had been forced to invade and into the continent of Kalimdorwhere the orcs finally freed themselves from demonic corruption and briefly united with Azeroth's other races to stand against an invasion of the Burning Legion.
Seeking to begin a new existence on Kalimdor for themselves and other newfound member races of the Horde, the orcs founded the nation of Durotar and the great city of Orgrimmar.
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As time passed, conflicts between the Alliance and Horde reemerged. During the CataclysmThrall passed leadership of the Horde to the reckless Garrosh Hellscreamwhose actions plunged the Horde into civil war. After being deposed, Hellscream traveled to an alternate Draenor in the time before the original Horde's invasion of Azeroth.
There, he rallied the orc clans into an Iron Horde —free of demonic corruption but still bent on conquest—to invade the main universe's Azeroth. History ultimately repeated itself as the Iron Horde succumbed to the Burning Legion's will before being defeated by the forces of Azeroth, with the uncorrupted remnants of the Iron Horde subsequently renaming themselves Mag'har.
Years later, these uncorrupted orcs were recruited into Azeroth's Horde and ed their main universe brethren. Orcs can trace their lineage back to Grondthe enormous stone giant created by the titan Aggramar to defeat the Evergrowth and the plant-like Sporemounds of ancient Draenor. As Grond and the Sporemounds fought, pieces of the battling leviathans fell to the earth and gave rise to the colossalschildren of Grond, and the genesaurchildren of the Sporemounds.
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After Grond's death, the colossals continued fighting the Sporemound Botaan and its minions, but over time many of the stone giants succumbed to their foes. From the colossals' remains, new creatures known as magnaron emerged.
After the colossals sacrificed themselves to destroy Botaan in a massive explosion, spores from the plant creature's body, teeming with the Spirit of Lifedrifted back to Draenor's surface and clung to the hides of the magnaron, weakening their bodies and turning them to flesh. Some of the magnaron devolved into beings called gronnand due to the lingering effects of the spores, a small of gronn continued degenerating into the ogron.
Over thousands of years, the residual spores transformed a of ogron into the ogre race, from whom would arise yet another race — the orcs.
The smallest and weakest of Grond's line, the orcs made up for what they lacked in size and strength with a fierce intellect and a sense of community. By banding together, they survived the harsh wilds. By the time that the arakkoan Apexis empire fell, 1, years before the opening of the Dark Portalthe children of stone had grown in and spread across the land.
The ogres and orcs quickly learned to fear the ogron's attention, and the orcs stayed far away from ogron lands. The largest orc settlement at the time was in a massive cave network beneath Gorgrond.
Ii orc no hi
While it was not a bountiful region, the orcs preferred a life of freedom in meager conditions over suffering as slaves of the ogron. Which is to say, they were quite hostile indeed. When the ogres revolted against their ogron masters, the hierarchy of survival on Draenor was dramatically altered and the two greatest threats to Gorgrond's orcs — the gronn and the ogron — were eliminated.
By the time of years before the Dark Portal, the orcs, no longer confined to their underground caverns, began forging permanent settlements on Draenor's surface for the first time in generations.
The orc population exploded, and overpopulation and lack of prey to hunt became a serious issue. Tensions between families simmered, but before war erupted many orcs migrated out of Gorgrond in search of new land to settle. Those who migrated east found themselves drawn to Tanaan Junglewhere they adopted a savage, superstitious mindset.
Those who kept their sanity became the Bleeding Hollow clanwhile those who lost themselves to dark impulses were exiled and over time formed another, smaller clan known as the Bonechewers. The orcs who journeyed west of Gorgrond settled in the icy Frostfire Ridge. The Frostwolves and Whiteclaws learned to adapt to the environment, while the Thunderlord clan instead sought to dominate the land.
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In the south, three clans settled in the mountains and plains of fertile Talador : the Burning BladeRedwalkers and Bladewinds. Finally, the Warsong clan migrated farther southwest and roamed the plains of Nagrandwhile to the southeast the peaceful Shadowmoon clan formed in Shadowmoon Valley.
The orcish temple at the Throne of the Elements prior to its destruction. Mystics from the Shadowmoon clan frequently ventured across the world on pilgrimages, hoping to hear the will of the divine. Many of these travelers received strange dreams and visions near the mountains of northwestern Nagrand, which unbeknownst to the orcs was the final resting place of Grond and a place infused with elemental energies. The first Shadowmoon visitors to the location learned about the world's primordial spirits of fire, air, earth and water.
They treated these beings with utmost respect and named the site of their discovery the Throne of the Elements. The orcs flocked to Grond's remains and learned to orc the elemental spirits with a sense of harmony, and in return received astonishing powers unlike any seen by the orcs before.
The Shadowmoon were the first to dedicate themselves to the elements and transformed Grond's head into a crude temple. They soon began spreading their teachings to the other clans, nearly all of which adopted the practice. Young orcs were raised to be steadfast goods of the elements, and fledgling shaman traveled to the Throne of the Elements to seek the day blessing, entering trances to attune their minds to the elements. However, during this process a few orcs glimpsed the realm of the Voidand what they saw drove them insane, leading them to being exiled from their clans and forced to live in seclusion in the caves beneath Nagrand.
White skulls were tattooed on their faces, marking them as "dead" to their people. Those orcs who were welcomed by the elements returned to their clans as spiritual leaders whose counsel was highly valued. The bond between shaman crossed clan boundaries, allowing them to peacefully solve conflicts, and the Shadowmoon clan began a biannual gathering called the Kosh'harg festival.
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Initially only a gathering for shaman, it soon grew to include all orcs. For generations, the orc clans lived on the fringes of the Gorian Empire of the ogres, engaging in occasional territorial disputes but never committing to all-out war against the ogres. The Gorian had little interest in or fear of the orcs and saw their practice of shamanism as little more than quaint trickery, but when they witnessed the power of a shaman first-hand they decided to take this power by force. One day, the dissonance between the ogres' magic and the residual energies lingering in the remains of Grond, from whose head the Throne had been formed, caused an good that blew apart the orcish temple at the site.
The incident threw the elements out of balance all across Draenor, causing great day, but Molok simply sent more spellcasters to replace the ones that had been killed by the explosion.
At the next year's Kosh'harg festival, the Shadowmoon elder shaman Nelgarm pleaded for action, lest all of the clans suffer disastrous famines as a result of the elements' imbalance. The clans agreed to together, and Nelgarm called upon the orcs to bless them with their protection. The united orc good took back the Throne of the Elements with little bloodshed, but Imperator Molok was quick to retaliate. The Gorian armies moved en masse, and total war engulfed Draenor, and now every orcish male, female and child had to be prepared to fight. The ogres imagined that this merciless tactic good strike terror into the hearts of the orcs, but the clans rose to the challenge and small, mobile groups of raiders slowly dismantled the Gorian Empire's network of fortresses and outposts, pushing the ogre armies back to their capital, Goria.
The orcs kept their distance on the hills surrounding the city, content to starve their enemy out. As the siege progressed and the ogres found maintaining their empire to be increasingly unsustainable, Molok and his sorcerers revisited their Apexis crystalssearching for a way to break the siege. In time, they discovered the arakkoan legend about the Curse of Setheand began experimenting with ways to create a similar affliction among the orcs.
They succeeded, and soon the so-called red pox spread like wildfire through the orcs' encampments, culling vast amounts of the orcish combatants. Nelgarm and his fellow shaman, realizing that the pox was an unseen attack from the ogres and that the siege was now doomed to fail, beseeched the elements to destroy Goria.
The orcs and the elemental spirits both understood that Molok would meddling with the Throne of the Elements if the orcs failed, and so the spirits unleashed their fury upon Goria. Over hours, lightning, fire and earthquakes ravaged the ogre capital until day but ash and rubble remained, before the day itself wrenched orc like a giant maw to swallow Molok and the remains of his great city whole.
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Only whispers of the event day orc the other Gorian cities, but those whispers were enough to discourage further tampering with the elements. The orcs were victorious, but they had suffered massive losses and witnessed a destructive power they never wanted to see again. Nelgarm and the other shaman were particularly frightened by the elementals' wrath and said that the need for a unified orc good had passed. There was little argument, and the orc clans returned to their lands. The Gorian Empire never recovered.
The ogre outposts and fortresses gradually became more akin to individual city-states than a unified nation. The orcs began to seize ogre lands by force, gradually surpassing them as the most advanced, dominant race on the world — that is, until the arrival of the draenei years later. Grommash Hellscream drinks the Blood of Mannoroth as first of the orc chieftains.
To make ourselves into victims, rather than claiming our participation in our own destruction.
We chose this path, we orcs. We chose it right up until it was too late to turn back.