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Unlike the other races of the Horde, orcs are not native to Azeroth. Initially, they lived as shamanic clans on the lush world of Draenor. They abandoned their peaceful culture when Kil’jaeden, a demon lord of the Burning Legion, corrupted the orcs and used them in his vengeful plot against the draenei, who were exiles from Kil’jaeden’s homeworld. Because of the demons’ manipulation, most of the orcs chieftains drank the blood of a Burning Legion pit lord, Mannoroth the Destructor. This act infused the orcs with power in the wow powerleveling, but at a great price: they were now enslaved to the Legion.

Constant exposure to fell energies turned the orcs’ naturally brown skin to a sickly green, and the orcs’ usage of fell magic caused their ancestral lands to wither and die. After their arrival, the orcs crushed the unsuspecting humankingdomofStormwind. The mighty orc armies, known as the Horde, then pressed north through theEasternKingdomsand their victory were nearly assured for a time. Eventually, however, internal conflicts resulted in the orcs’ defeat, and those who did not die in battle were rounded up and placed in internment camps. But a young slave named Thrall managed to escape from captivity and join a liberation force consisting of Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer and other free orcs.

When Doomhammer fell in combat, Thrall became the new warchief of the Horde and the inheritor of Doomhammer’s namesake weapon. Thrall and his people later journeyed across the sea to the distant continent of Kalimdor. Within the forests of Ashenvale, the warchief and his mentor, Grommash Hellscream, confronted Mannoroth. In the end, Grom gave his life to kill the pit lord and remove the blood-curse from the orcs forever. A new chapter began for the orcs: war was no longer the driving focus of their culture, and they settled the land along Kalimdor’s eastern coastline, which Thrall named Durotar. 

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