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This article is about the main timeline organization before World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor 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

Formation

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

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

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

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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 Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

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

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

"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

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

Races

Connection to the Council of the Black Harvest

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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

Video

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WoW Pro Lore Episode 15 Rise of the Horde

Gul'Dan, leader of the Shadow Council

See also

References

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