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{{this|the main timeline organization before {{Warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor|lore on the [[alternate timeline]] version|Shadow Council (alternate)}}
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{{infobox faction
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| faction = hostile
 
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| name = The Shadow Council
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| name = Shadow Council
| mlead = [[Gul'dan]] (Deceased), [[Grandmaster Vorpil]] (Outland),
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| leader = [[Gul'dan]] (deceased in prime timeline),<br/>[[Gul'dan]] {{Warlords-inline}},<br/>[[Grandmaster Vorpil]] {{Bc-inline}},<br/>[[Fel'dan]] (Azeroth)
| leaders = [[Cho'gall]] (Apprentice of Gul'dan), [[Blackhand]] (Gul'dan's puppet), [[Fel'dan]] (Azeroth), [[Lord Banehollow]] (Inner Circle), [[Athrikus Narassin]] (Cult of the Dark Strand), [[Nagaz]] (Argus Wake), [[Neeru Fireblade]] (Burning Blade), [[Jergosh the Invoker]] (Searing Blade)
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| leaders = [[Cho'gall]] (Apprentice of Gul'dan), [[Blackhand]] (Gul'dan's puppet), [[Lord Banehollow]] (Inner Circle), [[Athrikus Narassin]] (Cult of the Dark Strand), [[Nagaz]] (Argus Wake, closest known member to a secondary leader), [[Neeru Fireblade]] (Burning Blade), [[Jergosh the Invoker]] (Searing Blade), [[Taragaman the Hungerer]] (Searing Blade), [[Bazzalan]] (Searing Blade)
| hq = [[Black Temple]] (Lost), [[Shadow Labyrinth]] (Outland)
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| capital = [[Black Temple]] (lost), [[Shadow Labyrinth]] (Outland)
| capitals = [[Jaedenar]] (Azeroth)
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| capitals = [[Jaedenar]] (Azeroth), [[Shadow Hold]](Azeroth)
 
| language = [[Orcish]]
 
| language = [[Orcish]]
| slang = [[Eredun]] (Presumed)
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| slang = [[Eredun]] (presumed)
| races = [[Orc]]s (Majority), [[Broken draenei|Broken]], [[Ogre Mage]]s, various [[Legion]] races and those who serve them
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| races = [[Orc]]s (majority), [[Broken draenei|Broken]], [[Ogre mage]]s, various [[Legion]] races and those who serve them
| theater = No one knows for sure}}
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| theater = N/A
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| affiliation = [[Burning Legion]]
The '''Shadow Council''' is a group of mortal [[warlock (lore)|warlock]]s that serve the [[demon]]s of the [[Burning Legion]].
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==Formation==
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The '''Shadow Council''' is a group of mortal [[warlock (lore)|warlocks]] that serve the [[demon]]s of the [[Burning Legion]].
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 (pre-Thrall)|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]]. 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.
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== History ==
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=== Formation ===
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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 (pre-Thrall)|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 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.
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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 shape of the Shadow Council is unclear. Gul'dan is described as a "warlock of the Inner Circle" (Also an "initiate of the Seventh Circle"{{Cite|W2Man|61}}) and Cho'Gall as an "initiate of the Fifth." This means that there are at least five circles of the Shadow Council, the Inner Circle being either the First or the Seventh (the number usually associated with such things).
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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.
   
== The First War ==
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=== The First War ===
 
The Shadow Council operated a number of the Horde's workings during the war effort against the [[Kingdom of Azeroth]]. But their time was near.
 
The Shadow Council operated a number of the Horde's workings during the war effort against the [[Kingdom of Azeroth]]. But their time was near.
   
King [[Llane Wrynn]] was assassinated by one of the Shadow Council's finest killers: the half-orc, [[Garona]]. 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. He captured and tortured Garona to learn of the existence of the Shadow Council, and sensing it threatened his position, launched an attack on Gul'dan's citadel near the ruins of Azeroth, annihilating the warlocks of the Council. Their spirits were subsequently imbued into the [[death knight (Second War)|death knight]]s.
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King [[Llane Wrynn]] was assassinated by one of the Shadow Council's finest killers: the [[half-orc]], [[Garona]]. 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. He captured and tortured Garona to learn of the existence of the Shadow Council, and sensing it threatened his position, launched an attack on Gul'dan's citadel near the ruins of Azeroth, annihilating most of the warlocks of the Council. Their spirits were subsequently imbued into the [[death knight (Second War)|death knights]].
   
==Beyond the Second Invasion==
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=== Beyond the Second Invasion ===
Even in the aftermath of the second invasion of the [[Burning Legion]], the Shadow Council still remains. The order now includes members of all races, provided they possess the ideology of acceptance of the tenets of the Burning Legion. The hold of the Shadow Council is extensive; they control cell-based organizations throughout [[Kalimdor]] including the [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]] and [[Searing Blade Clan|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]].
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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. It is known that some of its members, including [[Vorpil]] and [[Blackheart]], survived by hiding in [[Auchindoun]]. The current Shadow Council now includes members of all races, provided they possess the ideology of acceptance of the tenets of the Burning Legion.
   
===Cults and groups currently directed by the Shadow Council===
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Sometime after the battle at Mount Hyjal, [[Maiev Shadowsong]] discovered ten shattered pieces of the Council's mythical [[Shadow Orb]] in the [[Tomb of Sargeras]] while on the hunt for [[Illidan Stormrage]]. She continually employed the artifact's powers in her fight against him at Lordaeron, aided by [[Malfurion]] and [[Tyrande]].
   
*[[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]] - Primarily orcs. Concerned with undermining Thrall's [[Horde]]. Based in [[Durotar]], [[Orgrimmar]], [[Desolace]], the [[Barrens]] and elsewhere. Led by [[Neeru Fireblade]].
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=== In the Burning Crusade ===
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It appears a group of Shadow Council operatives has been operating in the relative open areas of [[Grangol'var Village]], [[Terokkar Forest]] and [[Deathforge]], [[Shadowmoon Valley]]. They have been discovered by both Alliance and Horde forces who have sent adventurers to help clear them out.<ref>{{questlong|Both|65|Kill the Shadow Council!}}</ref><ref>{{questlong|Both|69|Minions of the Shadow Council}}</ref>
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=== In Warlords of Draenor===
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{{main|Shadow Council (alternate)}}
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The Shadow Council plays a significant role in the events of ''[[World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor]]''. Players encounter members of this faction throughout [[Shadowmoon Valley (Draenor)|Shadowmoon Valley]], [[Talador]], various [[dungeons]] and the main quest storyline of the expansion. Several notable members of the council make appearances, such as [[Gul'dan (alternate)|Gul'dan]], [[Cho'gall (alternate)|Cho'gall]] and [[Garona (alternate)|Garona]].
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== Structure and operations ==
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The shape of the original Shadow Council is unclear. Gul'dan is described as a "warlock of the Inner Circle" (also an "initiate of the Seventh Circle"<ref name="Warcraft">[[Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness]] manual pg. 61</ref>) and Cho'Gall as an "initiate of the Fifth." This means that there are at least five circles of the Shadow Council, the Inner Circle being the Seventh.
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The hold of the current Shadow Council is extensive; they control cell-based organizations throughout [[Kalimdor]] including the [[Burning Blade clan|Burning Blade]] and [[Searing Blade clan|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]].
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=== Cults and groups currently directed by the Shadow Council ===
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:"''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.''"
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:—[[Thrall]]
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*[[Burning Blade clan|Burning Blade]] - Primarily orcs. Concerned with undermining Thrall's [[Horde]]. Based in [[Durotar]], [[Orgrimmar]], [[Desolace]], the [[Barrens]] and elsewhere. Led by [[Neeru Fireblade]].
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*The [[Cabal]], a faction in Outland consisting of Shadow Council remnants from the time before the [[First War]].
 
*[[Searing Blade]] - Primarily orcs. Concerned with undermining Thrall's Horde. Based in [[Ragefire Chasm]], beneath the city of [[Orgrimmar]]. Led by [[Bazzalan]] and [[Jergosh the Invoker]].
 
*[[Searing Blade]] - Primarily orcs. Concerned with undermining Thrall's Horde. Based in [[Ragefire Chasm]], beneath the city of [[Orgrimmar]]. Led by [[Bazzalan]] and [[Jergosh the Invoker]].
 
*[[Argus Wake]] - Primarily humans. Concerned with sowing chaos among the areas of Lordaeron controlled by the [[Alliance]] and [[Horde]]. Allied with the [[Syndicate]] of the [[Alterac Mountains]]. The Wake's leader is unknown, but its members in Alterac are led by the orc [[Nagaz]].
 
*[[Argus Wake]] - Primarily humans. Concerned with sowing chaos among the areas of Lordaeron controlled by the [[Alliance]] and [[Horde]]. Allied with the [[Syndicate]] of the [[Alterac Mountains]]. The Wake's leader is unknown, but its members in Alterac are led by the orc [[Nagaz]].
 
*[[Cult of the Dark Strand]] - Various mortal races. Concerned with cultivating an alliance between themselves and the foul [[satyr]]s. Based in [[Darkshore]] and [[Ashenvale]]. Led by [[Athrikus Narassin]].
 
*[[Cult of the Dark Strand]] - Various mortal races. Concerned with cultivating an alliance between themselves and the foul [[satyr]]s. Based in [[Darkshore]] and [[Ashenvale]]. Led by [[Athrikus Narassin]].
   
==Known members==
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Note that most Shadow Council members are orcs; although they worship demons, they are not fel orcs.
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== Known members ==
 
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{| class="darktable"
 
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! Name !! colspan=2 | Location
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! Name
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! colspan="2" | Location
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! colspan="2" | Sub-Cult
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Gul'dan]] (deceased)
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| {{RaceIconExt|Gul'dan}} [[Gul'dan]] (deceased)<br />(alive in {{Warlords-inline}})
| Spirit in [[Altar of Damnation]] || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
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| Spirit in [[Altar of Damnation]]<br />Various locations throughout|| [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}<br />[[Draenor]] {{Warlords-inline}}
 
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| [[Image:Teron Gorefiend.gif|19px]] [[Teron Gorefiend]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Teron}} [[Teron Gorefiend]]
 
| [[Black Temple]] || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
 
| [[Black Temple]] || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
 
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| {{RaceIcon|FelOrc|Male|Small}} [[Kargath Bladefist]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Kargath}} [[Kargath Bladefist]]
 
| [[Shattered Halls]] || [[Hellfire Citadel]], [[Hellfire Peninsula]] {{bc-inline}}
 
| [[Shattered Halls]] || [[Hellfire Citadel]], [[Hellfire Peninsula]] {{bc-inline}}
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Ogre|Male|Small}} [[Cho'gall]]
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| {{RaceIconExt|Cho'gall|Small}} [[Cho'gall]]
| Deceased
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| {{RaceIcon|Human|Female|Small}} [[Darbel Montrose]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Human|Female}} [[Darbel Montrose]]
| [[Stromgarde Keep]] || [[Arathi Highlands]]
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| [[Stromgarde Keep]] || [[Arathi Highlands]]
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| [[Argus Wake]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Female}} [[Marez Cowl]]
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| [[Stromgarde Keep]] || [[Arathi Highlands]]
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| [[Argus Wake]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|NightElf|Male|Small}} [[Tyranis Malem]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|NightElf|Male}} [[Tyranis Malem]]
 
| [[Thunder Axe Fortress]] || [[Desolace]]
 
| [[Thunder Axe Fortress]] || [[Desolace]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Female|Small}} [[Garona Halforcen]]
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| {{RaceIconExt|Garona|Small}} [[Garona Halforcen]]
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Grandmaster Vorpil]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Grandmaster Vorpil]]
 
| [[Shadow Labyrinth]] || [[Auchindoun]], [[Terokkar Forest]] {{bc-inline}}
 
| [[Shadow Labyrinth]] || [[Auchindoun]], [[Terokkar Forest]] {{bc-inline}}
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| [[Cabal]]
 
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| {{RaceIconExt|Dreadlord|Small}} [[Lord Banehollow]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Ogre Mage}} [[Blackheart the Inciter]]
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| [[Shadow Labyrinth]] || [[Auchindoun]], [[Terokkar Forest]] {{bc-inline}}
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| [[Cabal]]
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| {{Neutral}} {{RaceIconExt|Dreadlord}} [[Lord Banehollow]]
 
| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
 
| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
 
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| {{RaceIconExt|Satyr|Small}} [[Bazzalan]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Satyr}} [[Prince Xavalis]]
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| [[Shadow Hold]] || [[Felwood]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Satyr}} [[Bazzalan]]
 
| [[Ragefire Chasm]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
 
| [[Ragefire Chasm]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
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| [[Searing Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Goblin|Male|Small}} [[Fizzle Darkstorm]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Goblin|Male}} [[Fizzle Darkstorm]]
 
| [[Thunder Ridge]] || [[Durotar]]
 
| [[Thunder Ridge]] || [[Durotar]]
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| [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIconExt|Satyr|Small}} [[Delmanis the Hated]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Satyr}} [[Delmanis the Hated]]
 
| [[Tower of Althalaxx]] || [[Darkshore]]
 
| [[Tower of Althalaxx]] || [[Darkshore]]
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| [[Cult of the Dark Strand]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Fel'dan]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Fel'dan]]
 
| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
 
| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Jugkar Grim'Rod]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Succubus}} [[Moora]]
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| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Succubus}} [[Salia]]
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| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Succubus}} [[Rakaiah]]
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| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Ulathek]]
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| [[Jaedenar]] || [[Felwood]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Jugkar Grim'Rod]]
 
| [[Mannoroc Coven]] || [[Desolace]]
 
| [[Mannoroc Coven]] || [[Desolace]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Neeru Fireblade]]
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| {{horde}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Neeru Fireblade]]
 
| [[Cleft of Shadow]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
 
| [[Cleft of Shadow]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
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| [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|BloodElf|Female|Small}} [[Braelyn Firehand]]
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| {{horde}} {{RaceIcon|BloodElf|Female}} [[Braelyn Firehand]]
 
| [[Sun Rock Retreat]] || [[Stonetalon Mountains]]
 
| [[Sun Rock Retreat]] || [[Stonetalon Mountains]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Gazz'uz]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Gazz'uz]]
 
| [[Skull Rock]] || [[Durotar]]
 
| [[Skull Rock]] || [[Durotar]]
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| [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Jergosh the Invoker]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Jergosh the Invoker]]
 
| [[Ragefire Chasm]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
 
| [[Ragefire Chasm]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
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| [[Searing Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Ilkrud Magthrull]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Ilkrud Magthrull]]
 
| [[Fire Scar Shrine]] || [[Ashenvale]]
 
| [[Fire Scar Shrine]] || [[Ashenvale]]
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| [[Cult of the Dark Strand]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Human|Female|Small}} [[Darbel Montrose]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Nagaz]]
| [[Stromgarde Keep]] || [[Arathi Highlands]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Nagaz]]
 
 
| [[Dandred's Fold]] || [[Alterac Mountains]]
 
| [[Dandred's Fold]] || [[Alterac Mountains]]
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| [[Argus Wake]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Highborne|Male|Small}} [[Athrikus Narassin]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Highborne|Male}} [[Athrikus Narassin]]
 
| [[Tower of Althalaxx]] || [[Darkshore]]
 
| [[Tower of Althalaxx]] || [[Darkshore]]
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| [[Cult of the Dark Strand]]
 
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| {{RaceIconExt|Felguard|Small}} [[Rathorian]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Felguard}} [[Rathorian]]
 
| [[Dreadmist Den]] || [[Dreadmist Peak]], [[The Barrens]]
 
| [[Dreadmist Den]] || [[Dreadmist Peak]], [[The Barrens]]
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| [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIconExt|Felguard|Small}} [[Taragaman the Hungerer]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Felguard}} [[Taragaman the Hungerer]]
 
| [[Ragefire Chasm]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
 
| [[Ragefire Chasm]] || [[Orgrimmar]]
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| [[Searing Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Eredar|Male|Small}} [[Warbringer Razuun]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Undead|Male}} [[Sarilus Foulborne]]
| [[Deathforge]] || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
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|[[Dreadmist Peak]], || [[The Barrens]]
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| [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Undead|Male|Small}} [[Doctor Maleficus]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Draenei|Female}} [[Soulbinder Nyami]]
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|Various locations || [[Shadowmoon Valley (Draenor)|Shadowmoon Valley]], [[Auchindoun (Draenor)|Auchindoun]] {{Warlords-inline}}
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| [[Sargerei]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Man'ari|Male}} [[Warbringer Razuun]]<br />(named "Razuun" in {{Warlords-inline}})
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| [[Deathforge]]<br />[[The Shadow Rise]] || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}<br />[[Talador]] {{Warlords-inline}}
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Undead|Male}} [[Doctor Maleficus]]
 
| || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
 
| || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Yarrog Baneshadow]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Yarrog Baneshadow]]
 
| [[Valley of Trials]] || [[Durotar]]
 
| [[Valley of Trials]] || [[Durotar]]
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| [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]]
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Undead|Male|Small}} [[Doctor Gutrick]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Undead|Male}} [[Doctor Gutrick]]
 
| || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
 
| || [[Shadowmoon Valley]] {{bc-inline}}
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male|Small}} [[Shadowmaster Grieve]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Shadowmaster Grieve]]
 
| || [[Terokkar Forest]] {{bc-inline}}
 
| || [[Terokkar Forest]] {{bc-inline}}
 
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| {{RaceIcon|Orc|Female|Small}} [[Giselda the Crone]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIcon|Orc|Male}} [[Jugkar Grim'rod]]
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| [[Mannoroc Coven]] || [[Desolace]]
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| [[Burning Blade Clan|Burning Blade]]
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| {{Combat Icon Small}} {{RaceIconExt|Shivarra}} [[Giselda the Crone]]
 
| [[Kil'sorrow Fortress]] || [[Nagrand]] {{bc-inline}}
 
| [[Kil'sorrow Fortress]] || [[Nagrand]] {{bc-inline}}
 
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==See also==
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== Races ==
*[[Rise of the Horde (History of Warcraft)|Rise of the Horde]], part of the [[History of Warcraft]]
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*{{Race|Orc}}
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*{{Race|Forsaken}}
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*{{Race|Goblin}}
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*{{Race|Night elf}}
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*{{Race|Highborne }}
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*{{Race|Ogre }}
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*{{Race|Blood elf}}
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*{{Race|Man'ari eredar }}
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*{{Race|Demon}}
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*{{Race|Fel orc}}
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*{{Race|Human}}
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*{{Race|Satyr }}
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*{{RaceIconExt|Succubus}} [[Succubus]]
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== Connection to the Council of the Black Harvest ==
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After the [[Cataclysm (event)|Cataclysm]], evidence and rumors of a new powerful warlock directed group have arisen from the ashes of [[Deathwing]]'s defeat. This organization, known as the [[Council of the Black Harvest]], currently has no known direct connections to the Shadow Council, but they have been known to have visited the [[Black Temple]] for some reason. Since the Black Temple was once the main headquarters of the Shadow Council in Outland, the connection is disturbing.
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Latest revision as of 00:54, December 25, 2017

This article is about the main timeline organization before Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor. For lore on the alternate timeline version, see Shadow Council (alternate).


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

History Edit

Formation Edit

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.

The First War Edit

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

King Llane Wrynn was assassinated by one of the Shadow Council's finest killers: the half-orc, Garona. 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. He captured and tortured Garona to learn of the existence of the Shadow Council, and sensing it threatened his position, launched an attack on Gul'dan's citadel near the ruins of Azeroth, annihilating most of the warlocks of the Council. Their spirits were subsequently imbued into the death knights.

Beyond the Second Invasion Edit

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. It is known that some of its members, including Vorpil and Blackheart, survived by hiding in Auchindoun. The current Shadow Council now includes members of all races, provided they possess the ideology of acceptance of the tenets of the Burning Legion.

Sometime after the battle at Mount Hyjal, Maiev Shadowsong discovered ten shattered pieces of the Council's mythical Shadow Orb in the Tomb of Sargeras while on the hunt for Illidan Stormrage. She continually employed the artifact's powers in her fight against him at Lordaeron, aided by Malfurion and Tyrande.

In the Burning Crusade Edit

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It appears a group of Shadow Council operatives has been operating in the relative open areas of Grangol'var Village, Terokkar Forest and Deathforge, Shadowmoon Valley. They have been discovered by both Alliance and Horde forces who have sent adventurers to help clear them out.[1][2]

In Warlords of DraenorEdit

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Main article: Shadow Council (alternate)

The Shadow Council plays a significant role in the events of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Players encounter members of this faction throughout Shadowmoon Valley, Talador, various dungeons and the main quest storyline of the expansion. Several notable members of the council make appearances, such as Gul'dan, Cho'gall and Garona.

Structure and operations Edit

The shape of the original Shadow Council is unclear. Gul'dan is described as a "warlock of the Inner Circle" (also an "initiate of the Seventh Circle"[3]) and Cho'Gall as an "initiate of the Fifth." This means that there are at least five 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 currently directed by the Shadow Council Edit

"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, they are not fel orcs.

Known members Edit

Name Location Sub-Cult
IconSmall Gul&#039;dan Gul'dan (deceased)
(alive in Warlords-Logo-Small)
Spirit in Altar of Damnation
Various locations throughout
Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon
Draenor Warlords-Logo-Small
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Teron Teron Gorefiend Black Temple Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Kargath Kargath Bladefist Shattered Halls Hellfire Citadel, Hellfire Peninsula Bc icon
IconSmall Cho&#039;gall Cho'gall
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Human Female Darbel Montrose Stromgarde Keep Arathi Highlands Argus Wake
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Female Marez Cowl Stromgarde Keep Arathi Highlands Argus Wake
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall NightElf Male Tyranis Malem Thunder Axe Fortress Desolace
IconSmall Garona Garona Halforcen
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Grandmaster Vorpil Shadow Labyrinth Auchindoun, Terokkar Forest Bc icon Cabal
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Ogre Mage Blackheart the Inciter Shadow Labyrinth Auchindoun, Terokkar Forest Bc icon Cabal
Neutral 15 IconSmall Dreadlord Lord Banehollow Jaedenar Felwood
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Satyr Prince Xavalis Shadow Hold Felwood
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Satyr Bazzalan Ragefire Chasm Orgrimmar Searing Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Goblin Male Fizzle Darkstorm Thunder Ridge Durotar Burning Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Satyr Delmanis the Hated Tower of Althalaxx Darkshore Cult of the Dark Strand
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Fel'dan Jaedenar Felwood
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Succubus Moora Jaedenar Felwood
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Succubus Salia Jaedenar Felwood
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Succubus Rakaiah Jaedenar Felwood
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Ulathek Jaedenar Felwood
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Jugkar Grim'Rod Mannoroc Coven Desolace
Horde 15 IconSmall Orc Male Neeru Fireblade Cleft of Shadow Orgrimmar Burning Blade
Horde 15 IconSmall BloodElf2 Female Braelyn Firehand Sun Rock Retreat Stonetalon Mountains
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Gazz'uz Skull Rock Durotar Burning Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Jergosh the Invoker Ragefire Chasm Orgrimmar Searing Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Ilkrud Magthrull Fire Scar Shrine Ashenvale Cult of the Dark Strand
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Nagaz Dandred's Fold Alterac Mountains Argus Wake
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Highborne Male Athrikus Narassin Tower of Althalaxx Darkshore Cult of the Dark Strand
Combat Icon 16x16 Spell shadow summonfelguard Rathorian Dreadmist Den Dreadmist Peak, The Barrens Burning Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 Spell shadow summonfelguard Taragaman the Hungerer Ragefire Chasm Orgrimmar Searing Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Undead Male Sarilus Foulborne Dreadmist Peak, The Barrens Burning Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Draenei Female Soulbinder Nyami Various locations Shadowmoon Valley, Auchindoun Warlords-Logo-Small Sargerei
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Man&#039;ari Male Warbringer Razuun
(named "Razuun" in Warlords-Logo-Small)
Deathforge
The Shadow Rise
Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon
Talador Warlords-Logo-Small
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Undead Male Doctor Maleficus Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Yarrog Baneshadow Valley of Trials Durotar Burning Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Undead Male Doctor Gutrick Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Shadowmaster Grieve Terokkar Forest Bc icon
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Orc Male Jugkar Grim'rod Mannoroc Coven Desolace Burning Blade
Combat Icon 16x16 IconSmall Shivarra Giselda the Crone Kil'sorrow Fortress Nagrand Bc icon

Races Edit

Connection to the Council of the Black Harvest Edit

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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.

After the Cataclysm, evidence and rumors of a new powerful warlock directed group have arisen from the ashes of Deathwing's defeat. This organization, known as the Council of the Black Harvest, currently has no known direct connections to the Shadow Council, but they have been known to have visited the Black Temple for some reason. Since the Black Temple was once the main headquarters of the Shadow Council in Outland, the connection is disturbing.

Media Edit

Video Edit

WoW Pro Lore Episode 15 Rise of the Horde

WoW Pro Lore Episode 15 Rise of the Horde

Gul'Dan, leader of the Shadow Council

See also Edit

References Edit

External links Edit

Lore


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