|Leaders|| Thrall (Warchief of the Horde) (Garrosh Hellscream if you play on Cataclysm Sylvanas Windrunner (Queen of the Forsaken, Leader of the Horde in the Eastern Kingdoms) |
Baine Bloodhoof (High Chiefain of the Tauren)
|Secondary Leaders|| Drek'Thar (Leader of the Frostwolf and Eastern Kingdoms Horde Orcs) |
Varok Saurfang (High Overlord of the Kor'Kron Guard and Co-leader of the Warsong Offensive)
|Other major cities|| Thunder Bluff, Undercity, Silvermoon City, Bilgewater Harbor (Cataclysm only)
|Theater of operations||Lordaeron Central and southern Kalimdor, Quel'Thalas, Outland, Northrend|
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 led by off-worlders and composed of outsiders has survived these obstacles by making allies with few of the native races of Azeroth or even uneasy allies. Although its ideals, policies, and beliefs have been revised and membership has changed over time, it is the same Horde inherited by Thrall 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 Lady Sylvanas Windrunner ignoring the warchiefs commands and using her plague on her enemies.
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.