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'''<font size=3>Join the Horde?</font>'''
 
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<font color=#009900>+ Rumors speak of one or two tribes, that have given up their evil natures in hopes of joining the Horde.{{Cite|HPG|25}}</font>
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<font color=#40FF20>+ Rumors speak of one or two tribes, that have given up their evil natures in hopes of joining the Horde.{{Cite|HPG|25}}</font>
   
 
<font color=#009900>+ Because Magram side with the dead, this makes the Gelkis tribe a potential ally for the Horde.{{Cite|LoM|31}}</font>
 
<font color=#009900>+ Because Magram side with the dead, this makes the Gelkis tribe a potential ally for the Horde.{{Cite|LoM|31}}</font>
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'''<font size=3>Join the Horde?</font>'''
 
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<font color=#009900>+ Goblins fought with the Horde in the Second War, but broke off when they realized that it's more profitable to work both sides. However, many goblins remember the fun of the Horde and are willing to lower mercenary prices to Thrall and his people. Goblins offer almost exclusive transport services for the Horde, whether in their steamboats or zeppelins. It is more likely that a team of goblin sappers, who take great pleasure in the chaos the Horde creates, will be found meshed into Horde forces, rather than those of the Alliance.{{Cite|HPG|190}}</font>
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<font color=#40FF20>++ Goblins fought with the Horde in the Second War, but broke off when they realized that it's more profitable to work both sides. However, many goblins remember the fun of the Horde and are willing to lower mercenary prices to Thrall and his people. Goblins offer almost exclusive transport services for the Horde, whether in their steamboats or zeppelins. It is more likely that a team of goblin sappers, who take great pleasure in the chaos the Horde creates, will be found meshed into Horde forces, rather than those of the Alliance.{{Cite|HPG|190}}</font>
   
 
<font color=#009900>+ A small race would be a balance addition to the horde.</font>
 
<font color=#009900>+ A small race would be a balance addition to the horde.</font>
   
<font color=#009900>+ Previously allied with the Horde. Many goblins still are, and can be seen in [[Orgrimmar]], [[Ashenvale]] and [[Camp Mojache]].</font>
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<font color=#40FF20>+Previously allied with the Horde. Many goblins still are, and can be seen in [[Orgrimmar]], [[Ashenvale]] and [[Camp Mojache]].</font>
   
 
<font color=#009900>+ [[Gazlowe]] was an ally of [[Thrall]] and in Frozen Throne gave a quest to [[Rexxar]].</font>
 
<font color=#009900>+ [[Gazlowe]] was an ally of [[Thrall]] and in Frozen Throne gave a quest to [[Rexxar]].</font>
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<font color=#FF2222>- They are one of the most evil races in Burning Legion and its doubtful that a race which should be probably defeated in end of Warcraft would make it like a playable race.</font>
 
<font color=#FF2222>- They are one of the most evil races in Burning Legion and its doubtful that a race which should be probably defeated in end of Warcraft would make it like a playable race.</font>
   
<font color=#FF2222>- Unlike the Eredar, who were turned into demons by Sargeras, the Nathrezim have seemingly always been demons, and were responsible for corrupting Sargeras himself.</font>
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<font color=#FF2222>- Unlike the Eredar, who were turned into demons by Sargeras, the Nathrezim have seemingly always been demons, and may have been responsible for corrupting Sargeras himself.</font>
 
: <font color=#AAAAAA>''However this never stopped them from seizing control. Mal'Ganis and Tichondrius managed to dupe the Prince of Lordaeron into turning to the Scourge. Forcing an alliance won't be difficult, especially when you have the power to cripple your 'allies' from the inside...''</font>
 
: <font color=#AAAAAA>''However this never stopped them from seizing control. Mal'Ganis and Tichondrius managed to dupe the Prince of Lordaeron into turning to the Scourge. Forcing an alliance won't be difficult, especially when you have the power to cripple your 'allies' from the inside...''</font>
   
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<font color=#40FF20>+ Were traditional allies of the orcs for many years until the end of the Second War, when the Horde fell apart. Most Ogre tribes have since gone about their own paths, but some clans, like the [[Stonemaul]], are slowly rejoining the Horde.</font>
 
<font color=#40FF20>+ Were traditional allies of the orcs for many years until the end of the Second War, when the Horde fell apart. Most Ogre tribes have since gone about their own paths, but some clans, like the [[Stonemaul]], are slowly rejoining the Horde.</font>
   
<font color=#009900>+ People like [[Lizzarik]] and [[Jorb]] supply weapons to the [[Horde]] on a daily basis.</font>
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<font color=#40FF20>+People like [[Lizzarik]] and [[Jorb]] supply weapons to the [[Horde]] on a daily basis.</font>
   
 
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<font color=#009900>+ Samwise, the creator of pandaren, mentioned on [[Sons of the Storm]] that he prefers Horde over Alliance (though he does love dwarves).</font>
 
<font color=#009900>+ Samwise, the creator of pandaren, mentioned on [[Sons of the Storm]] that he prefers Horde over Alliance (though he does love dwarves).</font>
   
<font color=white>? [[Chen Stormstout]] an independent pandaren brewmaster is friends with the troll [[Rokhan]] and he also knows [[Drek'Thar]] and [[Nazgrel]] who is Thrall's advisor. He's also friends with Jaina Proudmoore who he fought alongside alongside with against the Kul'tiras navy. The Horde quest 'chens empty keg shows he is still remembered by a fellow brewmaster, although it appears chen has went home, and hasn't been heard from in a long time. However, its unclear if Chen will ever visit again. Leaving a big question mark.</font>
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<font color=#009900>+ [[Chen Stormstout]] an independent pandaren brewmaster is friends with the troll [[Rokhan]] and he also knows [[Drek'Thar]] and [[Nazgrel]] who is Thrall's advisor. He's also friends with Jaina Proudmoore who he fought alongside alongside with against the Kul'tiras navy. The Horde quest 'chens empty keg shows he is still remembered by a fellow brewmaster, although it appears chen has went home, and hasn't been heard from in a long time. However, its unclear if Chen will ever visit again. Leaving a big question mark.</font>
   
 
<font color=white>? Pandaren are eccentric and '''some''' feel more at home around the Horde (although most are found with the Alliance).{{Cite|A&HC|22}}. Nevertheless, most pandaren outside of Pandaren Empire or the Barren's settlement are found in the company of the Alliance, usually in Bael Modan or Theramore.{{Cite|A&HC|22,75}}</font>
 
<font color=white>? Pandaren are eccentric and '''some''' feel more at home around the Horde (although most are found with the Alliance).{{Cite|A&HC|22}}. Nevertheless, most pandaren outside of Pandaren Empire or the Barren's settlement are found in the company of the Alliance, usually in Bael Modan or Theramore.{{Cite|A&HC|22,75}}</font>
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<font color=#FFA000>- While they have much in common when it comes to spirituality, they believe the Horde is formed of races in the midst of healing, the Horde needs to find themselves before Pandaren would be willing to allow anyone else to join their fold...{{Cite|AH&C|75}} The fact that pandaren wouldn't join others, but rather allow others to join their independent faction could cause issues.</font>
 
<font color=#FFA000>- While they have much in common when it comes to spirituality, they believe the Horde is formed of races in the midst of healing, the Horde needs to find themselves before Pandaren would be willing to allow anyone else to join their fold...{{Cite|AH&C|75}} The fact that pandaren wouldn't join others, but rather allow others to join their independent faction could cause issues.</font>
   
<font color=white>? The Blood Elves and Forsaken have too much reliance on arcane magic, even some orcs and trolls. However, most orcs and tauren shun this type of power, as do the Pandaren.</font>
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<font color=white>? The Blood Elves and Forsaken have too much reliance on arcane magic, even some orcs and trolls. However, most orcs,trolls and tauren shun this type of power, as do the Pandaren.</font>
   
<font color=#FF2222>- Pandarens already had battles with the Horde, sometimes alongside the Alliance.{{Cite|A&HC|8, 62}} The horde is likely to not forget these events or those Pandaren.</font>
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<font color = white>?-Indpendant Pandarens already had battles with the Horde, sometimes alongside the Alliance.{{Cite|A&HC|8, 62}} The horde is known to be very forgiving.</font>
   
<font color = white>? They have only had experience with a few friendly pandaren including the independent Chen Stormstout who helped fight the Kul'tiras navy.</font>
 
   
 
<font color=#FF2222>- Pandaren do not care much for the blood elves or Forsaken. They find trolls puzzling, as they practice divine magic, but for evil purposes, which doesn't coincide with the pandaren philosphy.{{Cite|AH&C|75}}</font>
 
<font color=#FF2222>- Pandaren do not care much for the blood elves or Forsaken. They find trolls puzzling, as they practice divine magic, but for evil purposes, which doesn't coincide with the pandaren philosphy.{{Cite|AH&C|75}}</font>
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<font color=#FF2222> - Most pandaren are friends of the dwarves of Bael Modan, rather than the Horde. These pandaren helped them dig up the land to find Titan artifacts near that location.{{Cite|AH&C|75}} It is likely that the tauren who were forced from their ancestral lands near the city would therefore distrust - even hate - the pandaren as they do the dwarves and gnomes. Pandaren likely were witness to the tauren's attacks and sabotage on dwarven dig sites, and hassling the dwarves, their friends. Pandaren probably didn't like the tauren's initial attacks, nor the fact dwarves reciprocated (then again this could have been what lead Alliance friendly pandaren fighting the Horde). Friendship is one of the things they value above all else. Once one gains the companionship and trust of a pandaren, they have a friend and protector for life. The pandaren love to honor their friends and hosts by joining in battle with them.{{Cite|AH&C|8, 62, 64, 74,75}}{{Cite|LoC|28}} </font>
 
<font color=#FF2222> - Most pandaren are friends of the dwarves of Bael Modan, rather than the Horde. These pandaren helped them dig up the land to find Titan artifacts near that location.{{Cite|AH&C|75}} It is likely that the tauren who were forced from their ancestral lands near the city would therefore distrust - even hate - the pandaren as they do the dwarves and gnomes. Pandaren likely were witness to the tauren's attacks and sabotage on dwarven dig sites, and hassling the dwarves, their friends. Pandaren probably didn't like the tauren's initial attacks, nor the fact dwarves reciprocated (then again this could have been what lead Alliance friendly pandaren fighting the Horde). Friendship is one of the things they value above all else. Once one gains the companionship and trust of a pandaren, they have a friend and protector for life. The pandaren love to honor their friends and hosts by joining in battle with them.{{Cite|AH&C|8, 62, 64, 74,75}}{{Cite|LoC|28}} </font>
   
<font color = white>? Its also possible the some pandaren would side with the tauren once they found out about Bael Modan's retaliation on a tauren villiage for initial tauren attacks, or instead choose to not get involved as both sides are at fault. Some pandarens are ancestral worshippers and shamanistic themselves, they might take great offense at the acts of the dwarves and disrespect to the tauren's ancestors.</font>
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<font color = white>? Its also possible the some pandaren would side with the tauren once they found out about Bael Modan's retaliation on a tauren villiage for initial tauren protesting5, or instead choose to not get involved as both sides are at fault. Some pandarens are ancestral worshippers and shamanistic themselves, they might take great offense at the acts of the dwarves and disrespect to the tauren's ancestors.</font>
 
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<font color=#009900>+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.''</font>
 
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Future race ideas/Intro

Arakkoa

Karokka

"The Norwegian Blue prefers keepin' on it's back! Remarkable bird, id'nit, squire? Lovely plumage!"

First seen in the Burning Crusade expansion


General

+ Arakkoa are highly intelligent and have their own unique language and architectural style.

+ Despite being avian, they do not possess the ability to fly. They are bipedal and otherwise completely humanoid, which provides few technical issues.

? Most arakkoa are hostile and xenophobic. They are, however, shown to be redeemable and trustworthy on an individual basis, which could presumably also go for a separate group.

- Arakkoa appear to be strongly tied to Outland, which has already been featured in WoW's first expansion. Their lore is limited, however, and other unknown populations of them may yet exist.

- Arakkoa appear to have little inclination or preference towards either Alliance or Horde, as far as is known.


Join the Alliance?

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

+ Probably friendly with the draenei at one time or another. The arakkoa and draenei shared the Old Horde as a common enemy.


Join the Horde?

+ May have been friendly with the pre-Horde Orcs, and seeing their redemption might persuade the arakkoa to resume friendly relations.

Centaur

File:Male and female centaur.jpg

First seen in Warcraft 3


General

+ Maraudon quest lines indicate race may be poised to undergo a reformation.

? A night elf legend states that some centaur (it is unclear as to whether it means all centaur) were decendants of 'The Centaur', one of three children of Cenarius (the other two being 'the Keeper of the Grove' and 'the Dryad'). As they were not born of Theradras or even the Cenarions, who can say what these 'centaur' look like? Could it be that they barely resemble their Kalimdoran cousins, and even be bipedal (unlikely, but possible)?

- Hostile and xenophobic. They eat sapient races, although so did trolls.

- Magram have recently started using necromancy and creating undead, but the source of their knowledge is unknown. There is no Scourge presence in the area, so it is believed to be related to the Burning Blade Clan presence in the area. It may be for the purpose of creating a "new" Scourge. This makes the Magram a potential danger to both the Alliance and Horde.LoM 31

- Four legs (technical difficulty).


Join the Alliance?

+ "Diplomacy" line of quests in Desolace shows Alliance as interested in friendship with Centaurs

+ Brann believes Magram and Gelkis are the most open to discussions with outsiders, and he believes that it may be possible to get one or both tribes to side with the Alliance, the only problem they blame each other for their troubles.LoM 31

+ Brann believes the Gelkis are a better option for an alliance, due to fact that they don't side with the dead like the Magram.LoM 31

 ? Closely related to the Children of Cenarius, the elf-allied forest spirits of Ashenvale. However, the five main tribes are also related to Earth Elementals and were responsible for their Cenarion forefather's death.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

+ Rumors speak of one or two tribes, that have given up their evil natures in hopes of joining the Horde.HPG 25

+ Because Magram side with the dead, this makes the Gelkis tribe a potential ally for the Horde.LoM 31

+ The Gelkis tribe is shamanistic, but bloodthirsty, perhaps comparible to most troll species, Brann suspects it is possible that the Horde may convince them to give up their bloody sacrifices and join them, like the jungle trolls did, but he admits its pure speculation.LoM 31

+ They are one of the races of the Horde Player's Guide, they are an independent race not allies to the Horde. But have qualities that are more common with the Horde.

? Mortal enemies of the tauren. Still, tauren can do quests to gain reputation with one of two tribes living in Desolace.

Children of Cenarius

Keeper

"I've been taking children for rides for 10,000 years, and all I got was this odd bit of cloth."

First seen in Warcraft 3.

Children of Cenarius, or Cenarians are: Keepers of the Grove (male), Dryad (female).

Probable expansion: Emerald Dream


General

+ Connection to the Emerald Dream (which may be added in an expansion).

- 'Forest spirits' rather than a true race: they have none of their own architecture, culture or even established society, essentially acting as an extention of the night elf race.

- Four legs (technical difficulty).


Join the Alliance?

+ Strong Alliance connection.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

- Would never side against their night elf brethren, especially since the orcs were responsible for Cenarius' death.

+ Those belonging to the Cenarion Circle have proven that it is possible for keepers to work well with the tauren.

Drakonid

Drakonid

"Yeah! I bet the official World Of Warcraft players dont have armor like this!"

First seen in World of Warcraft


General

See also Drakonids Rumor.

- All Drakonids currently in-game are rather huge.


Join the Alliance?

+ Early Warcraft lore states that Alexstrasza gave an oath of non-aggression to all of the current races of the Alliance (excluding Gnomes) as long as she was in power over the Red Dragonflight, and she has a deep hatred for Orcs. This suggests a reason for the Red Dragonflight to join the Alliance.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

? The Horde has previously had strong connections with dragons, but these have been because of dark deals or use of force. It unlikely that any of Alexstrasza's red dragon brood (with the exception of Korialstrasz, who was a good friend of Broxigar) will ever forgive the Orcs for their enslavement in the Second Great War, but members of the other broods have no grudges against the Horde.

Dragonspawn

Dragonspawn

It ain't easy being green...

First seen in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne


General

- Four legs (technical difficulty).


Join the Alliance?

+ Early Warcraft lore states that Alexstrasza gave an oath of non-aggression to all of the current races of the Alliance (excluding Gnomes) as long as she was in power over the Red Dragonflight, and she has a deep hatred for Orcs. This suggests a reason for the Red Dragonflight to join the Alliance.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

? The Horde has previously had strong connections with dragons, but these have been because of dark deals or use of force. It unlikely that any of Alexstrasza's red dragon brood (with the exception of Korialstrasz, who was a good friend of Broxigar) will ever forgive the Orcs for their enslavement in the Second Great War, but members of the other broods have no grudges against the Horde.

Furbolg

File:Pandaren Furbolg2.jpg

First seen in Warcraft 3

Probable expansions: Emerald Dream, Northrend


General

See also Furbolg Rumor.

+ "Ursa totemics are perhaps more likely than other furbolgs to move beyond their forests' borders and take on a life of adventure... Others make friends with night elf adventurers (or adventurers of other races) and find a common cause."APG 65

+ The Barkskin tribe of furbolgs commanded by the night elves under Malfurion Stormrage aided the Alliance and the Horde in the Battle of Mount Hyjal.

+ Connection to the Emerald Dream, Northrend (their continent of origin).

+ The furbolgs are an ancient race that existed before the Titans even set foot on Azeroth (raising some questions as to their origin). This may work in their favour in any Caverns of Time or Old Gods based expansion.

+ The furbolgs are closely tied to Mount Hyjal, which currently is an unused zone. This could be a good starting place for the furbolgs. Thanks to the seperation of expansion areas from original content, there are few size constraints so dividing the mountain into two ample zones would certainly not be difficult.


Join the Alliance?

+ A small band of cave-dwelling Furbolgs in the Barrow Deeps pledged their allegiance to Tyrande Whisperwind after she saved their shaman from corruption.

See this reference. This group's fate - unlike the ones she had previously saved from destruction in Ashenvale but fell to corruption in Felwood anyway - is unknown.

+ The Barkskin tribe, a tribe living on Mount Hyjal, joined the night elves to help defeat Archimonde in his final attack on the World Tree.

+ The Stillpine Tribe has formed an alliance with the draenei.

+ Strong night elf connection.

+ Furbolgs are one of the main races in the Alliance Player's Guide. They have strong connections to the Alliance although they are not yet members.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

? Dwarven strip mining in the Barrens may go against furbolg values.


Join the Horde?

- The Horde's logging camp in Ashenvale goes strongly against furbolg values.

Gnolls

Gnollwest

Beware of the HOGGER!

First seen in Warcraft 3


General

+ Sayge, a Gnoll working for the Darkmoon Faire, shows some spirituality and even amiability to player characters, like Miblon Snarltooth.

+ It should be noted that in some parts of World of Warcraft, primarily the Cauldron of Searing Gorge, where various races are enslaved and placed alongside one another, Gnolls are found among the different races such as humans, dwarves, and the sort, and in this way are treated as a player race.

- Little evidence of civilization.

- Mostly known as ruthless, cutthroat mercenaries.


Join the Alliance?

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

- The Defias Brotherhood are currently at war with the Alliance. They have employed the Riverpaw gnoll tribe to fight for them.


Join the Horde?

+ "More often than not...they join the Horde".MG 82


Goblin

File:Goblins.jpg

First seen in Warcraft 2

Probable expansion: Great Sea


General

+ Would fit well into an ocean-related expansion and are currently a very popular race.

+ Neutral cities could remain neutral if its a group of goblins separate from the Steamwheedle Cartel.

+ Greed-based culture could easily support the introduction of a new mercenary faction.

+ Goblin character models are already rigged to allow armor to be fitted (excluding helmets).

- Goblins, like the ethereals of the Twisting Nether, are totally indifferent towards the conflicts of other mortals, and do not wish to ever see an end to the Alliance/Horde feud, as that would bring an end to their profitable war-time sales. For this reason, the goblins favor neither side and no race. They will do their best to make sure war continues for generations.

? Game model is placed under Characters and is treated like a player character, it can be dressed/undressed.


Join the Alliance? Although many in the Alliance consider goblins to be mercenaries and war profiteers, they are not above using them. If they have no tinkers, or their tinkers have died in previous battles, they sometimes have to go to goblins for repairs or supplies. And the goblins are always ready to help a customer, for the right price.APG 181

? Intense rivalry with the gnomes, though they have been seen working together on occasions. Also, the goblin mindset fits well with the Alliance, which is known over the Horde for its greed and riches.


Join the Horde?

++ Goblins fought with the Horde in the Second War, but broke off when they realized that it's more profitable to work both sides. However, many goblins remember the fun of the Horde and are willing to lower mercenary prices to Thrall and his people. Goblins offer almost exclusive transport services for the Horde, whether in their steamboats or zeppelins. It is more likely that a team of goblin sappers, who take great pleasure in the chaos the Horde creates, will be found meshed into Horde forces, rather than those of the Alliance.HPG 190

+ A small race would be a balance addition to the horde.

+Previously allied with the Horde. Many goblins still are, and can be seen in Orgrimmar, Ashenvale and Camp Mojache.

+ Gazlowe was an ally of Thrall and in Frozen Throne gave a quest to Rexxar.

Half-ogre

Rexxar1

Will Rexxar's extended family come for a visit?

First seen in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne


General

See also Mok'Nathal rumor.

? Half-ogres are a race of orc and ogre ancestry, though due to Warcraft races' curious genetics any child of a half-ogre is also entirely a half-ogre. The race is called "mok'nathal" in Orcish, and many belong to the Mok'Nathal ClanCoH 97 (which also includes non half-ogres) or work independently; though numerous other half-ogres are associated with the evil ogrillonHPG 6.

? They look very similar to orcs (though not to the extent of half-elves and humans). Then again, at one point blood elves used a modified night elf model.

- Fit poorly lore-wise with any expansion not related to Outland, which has already been done. It is doubtful the half-ogres will have another chance at becoming an expansion race.

- Rexxar states that he is the 'last son of the Mok'Nathal' implying that they are a dying clan. Although there is the Mok'Nathal village in Outland, their numbers are likely too small for them to become a significant force.

- There only around a couple hundred on Azeroth, and likely less in Outland.HPG #?

Join the Alliance?

- Half-ogres would not side against their orc allies.

- Humans and draenei are the traditional enemies of orcs and ogres.


Join the Horde?

+ A race descended from two current Horde races: orcs and ogres. The Mok'Nathal Clan aside, who says that the breeding has stopped entirely? ;)

Harpy

Harpy WoW Front

"I ride on the break winds! I am silent… but deadly."

First seen in Warcraft 3

Probable expansion: Great Sea


General

+ Would fit well into a history of races or sky expansion.

- Hated Race.

- Only females have been witnessed, and its assumed that all harpies are female (although the possibility of males exists)MG 88.

- Natural flight ability (player-controlled flight in the current Azeroth is unavailable due to technical difficulties, plus it would unbalance the game if flying creatures were to be added as playable races).


Join the Alliance?

- Hunted by the night elves.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

- Hated by the tauren.


Makrura

Makrura

The discovery of the Makrura race caused a boom in the seafood industry.

First seen in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne

Probable expansion: Great Sea


General

+ They could fit will in an ocean-related expansion pack.

+ They are an intelligent race, creators of the Nerglish language and the builders of the city of Mak'aru.

- All makrura seem to be extremely agressive towards sapient races, as well as often being seen with the extremely violent murlocs.

- Numerous technical difficulties (thanks to them being barely humanoid).

- Most races think they are overgrown non-sapient lobsters (they find them tasty as well)MG #?.


Join the Alliance?

+Brann Bronzebeard believes he could get the makrura to fight for the Alliance. He knows they are the sworn enemy of the naga, and believes that if skilled Alliance diplomats could somehow make contact with makrura and explain that they have common goals, they might be able to create an alliance against the naga.APG 73

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

Magnataur

Magnataur

"I don't think I need a shave, do you?"

First seen in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne

Probable expansion: Northrend


General

+ They could fit well in a Northrend expansion.

- In Warcraft III the Magnataur were enormous in comparison to many other races. This is also true according to lore, sometimes even being referred to as giants - the type that would be considered unable to fit through doorways. This could of course be changed for World of Warcraft, but it is unlikely nevertheless.

- Four legs (technical difficulty).

- They only know Low Common and no other languages.

- They eat, kill or enslave other races (though not necessarily in that order).


Join the Alliance?

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

Mo'arg

Taragaman

Gigantic, muscular and spikey. And that's only the females.

First seen in Warcraft 3


General

+ Possible Forsaken-type lore - as the downtrodden cannon fodder of the Burning Legion, what if a few felguards or other mo'arg variants threw in their lot with the mortals? Also, new lore in the Burning Crusade expansion pack shows that some demons are already leaving the Legion to join Illidan, Mo'arg among them.

+Posible Draenei type lore a non-demonic progenetor race that split in two when offered a deal by the legion (Kil'Jaeden, not Sargeras, they would be too weak and 'gruntesque' for his eviler than thou attitude) with player faction being those who refused. This allso changes draenei annimosity into sympathy solving that red.

+ Felguard have been seen to be both intelligent and tactically sound, and often a good deal more sane than some other demonic types.

+ Out of all other demons they have the least technical difficulties, being perfectly humanoid.

- They are a "Demon"-type creature in game, not Humanoid (with Taragaman the Hungerer being the only exception). However, this can be changed in the same way as Forsaken are not Undead.

- The felguard are currently functioning as a Warlock pet. This is not neccessarily a barrier to becoming a new race however.

- They are demons, and thus almost every mortal on Azeroth hates them. Also, unlike the Forsaken, they joined the Legion of their own free will.

Or did they?


Join the Alliance?

- The draenei would be particularly tetchy about a group of demons joining the Alliance, 'friendly' or not. Note that they are still hostile to the orcs. The night elves would share a similar view, as they have suffered immensely in the past at the hands of demons.


Join the Horde?

+ As a race that has had a similar experience in the past, the orcs may consider accepting the mo'arg into the Horde. In any case, the blood elves and the Forsaken would not be as heavily opposed to this as many other mortal races would be.

Murloc

Murloc

Something smells fishy around here.

First seen in Warcraft 3

Probable expansion: Great Sea


General

+ They could fit well in an ocean-related expansion pack.

+ Rumors of verging on sapience.This article further reinforces the concept that they may not be as stupid as we think...

The bonus Orc campaign in The Frozen Throne provides precedent for murlocs being sapient; those who worshipped the Sea Witch were quite clearly intelligent and even had dialogue.

+ Are in great need of help, since the Mur'guls are running rampant through their habitat. They might just share some of their ancient secrets in exchange for help.

? Apothecary Renzithen in the Ghostlands states that "murlocs...like us...retained free will in undeath". This suggests that murlocs are indeed sapient since capacity for judgement is generally considered a prerequisite for free will.

- Underwater breathing could give murlocs an unfair advantage over other races unless Blizzard gave a water breathing race to both factions.

- They are evil, ganking bastards (though some players aren't much better). ;)

- Helmets; Their head is their torso (technical difficulty).

Join the Alliance?

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

+ A small race would be a balance addition to the Horde.

Naga

Naga female and male

They're very much into watersports, you know...

First seen in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne

Probable expansion: Great Sea


General

+ Popular, established race.

+ They could fit well into an ocean-related expansion and are a very popular race.

+ In a concept art of Booty Bay, numerous buildings were marked with the word "Naga Entrances".AoWoW 157

? Being able to breathe underwater for long periods of time would not necessarily be an unfair advantage, especially as the Forsaken already have a similar ability.

? Like Goblins, naga models are located in the character slot and can be dressed/undressed like a normal character. It is also worth noting that shirt sleeves appear on both set arms while pants and shoes appear on the tail.

- Associated with the Old Gods.

- Numerous technical difficulties.

? Could possibly make a new faction of naga, against Azshara. Blizzard has done greater lore mixes in the past.


Join the Alliance?

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

- The naga and the night elves have loathed each other since the War of the Ancients. Thanks to Illidan's naga, the rest of the Alliance isn't too keen on them either.


Join the Horde?

? Kael's blood elves are currently allied to Vashj's naga. It would therefore not be too difficult to imagine the blood elves of Azeroth taking a similar course of action, though it may require an amount of retconning or new lore to fit.


Nathrezim

Varimathras

"Don't worry about the fine print. The soul consumption clause is never exercised."

First seen in Warcraft 3


General

+ Possible Forsaken-type lore - some have decided to make their own way after the fall of Archimonde and Tichondrius, loosening their binds to the Legion and now have their own agenda, as we can see from Balnazzar and the Scarlet Crusade, and his brother, Varimathras and his Forsaken allegiance.

+ Known to be powerful shapeshifters and manipulators, meaning that a joining to the Alliance or Horde will certainly not be out of their grasp if they wish it to be so.

? They are a "Demon"-type creature in game, not Humanoid. However, this can be changed in the same way as Forsaken are not Undead.

- Wings (technical difficulty).

- They are evil demonic soul vampires.

- Are forbidden from killing another of their race.

- Hated by most races on Azeroth.

- They are one of the most evil races in Burning Legion and its doubtful that a race which should be probably defeated in end of Warcraft would make it like a playable race.

- Unlike the Eredar, who were turned into demons by Sargeras, the Nathrezim have seemingly always been demons, and may have been responsible for corrupting Sargeras himself.

However this never stopped them from seizing control. Mal'Ganis and Tichondrius managed to dupe the Prince of Lordaeron into turning to the Scourge. Forcing an alliance won't be difficult, especially when you have the power to cripple your 'allies' from the inside...


Join the Alliance?

? Known to be present in human lands, and have often chosen to appear as humans when disguised.


Join the Horde?

+ A Nathrezim, Varimathras, is already part of the Horde.

Nerubian

Nerubian2

"What a tangled web we weave."

First seen in Warcraft 3

Probable expansion: Northrend


General

+ They could fit well into an Northrend expansion and are a very popular race.

+ Fanatic hatred of the Scourge.

? Biologically connected to the Silithid, which are hostile to all races.

- Six legs (technical difficulty).


Join the Alliance?

+ Brann Bronzebeard discovered a document that allows him neutrality with any nerubian city. He was able to use it to 'befriend' nerubians of the Sundered Monolith. He believes that the Alliance and nerubians could unite against their mutual enemy: the Scourge. That will only be possible through the use of Brann's document.LoM 141,142.

- Even though they had the opportunity to cooperate with Baelgun's dwarves and possibly defeat the weakened King Arthas (and thus the Scourge) when he entered the nerubian Old Kingdom, instead the nerubians decided to take on all the trespassers into their territory, earning the enmity of the dwarven expedition as well as contributing to Arthas' success. Granted Baelgun's dwarves did not have any document that would allow the Nerubians to trust them, as Brann does.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

+ Would fit in well with the Forsaken.

? It is unlikely that Nerubians would get along with the Forsaken due to their undead nature. However, they were both victims of the Scourge and both share a fanatical hatred of the Scourge

Ogre

Ogre

"Me smash! You die!"

First seen in Warcraft 1

Probable expansion: Rise of the Old Gods


General

See also Ogre Rumor.

+ Ogres received a model upgrade in an early WoW patch.

- Drokthul, Dec 2005: "This is not Everquest, this is World of Warcraft. Ogres are not a playable race so they have no need of fitting through doorways."


Join the Alliance?

- Historic feud with the Alliance.


Join the Horde?

+ Were traditional allies of the orcs for many years until the end of the Second War, when the Horde fell apart. Most Ogre tribes have since gone about their own paths, but some clans, like the Stonemaul, are slowly rejoining the Horde.

+People like Lizzarik and Jorb supply weapons to the Horde on a daily basis.

Pandaren

Twopandaren

Who knows? Blizzard really could come up with the right lore to choose just about anything...

First seen in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne


General

See also Pandaren ideas.

+ There are multiple references by Blizzard to the possibility of pandaren appearing in-game:

  • Katricia: "Do pandarens exist in World of Warcraft? Maybe they will be found in the beta or retail version of the game and maybe they will be granted a special place in an expansion."
  • Lead Game Designer Jeff Kaplan directly addressed the Pandaren in this xfire video interview. He says the Panadren were definately in consideration, are one of Blizzard's favorite races, but were not chosen for the Burning Crusade expansion because they didn't fit well with Outland.
  • It's probably also worth mentioning in passing that other journalists that when mentioning the ex-April-Fools-joke Pandaren Empire to Blizzard staff got a surprisingly cagey response... Eurogamer.net

+ They have a settlement in the Stonetalon Mountains, and there is a zone-sized unused area on the map at the west end of the Stonetalon range. Pandaria is said to be located on an island somewhere out at sea (though no specific location is given). (WoW RPG)

? Lore found in the RPG books (over which Chris Metzen holds final approval) states that the pandaren have good relations with the races of the Alliance(except the night night elves) and the Horde (with the notable exceptions of the blood elves, trolls, and the Forsaken undead whom they believe are evil).A&HC 75

- It is unlikely that the Pandaren will ever choose to involve themselves in the conflict on more than an individual scale. Pandaren who befriend either Horde or Alliance races will defend their companions against whatever threat, even members of the opposing side, but as a society they are totally neutral. Pandaren encountered outside the Barrens are wanderers and travelers, belonging to no affiliation. Their outlook meshes well with the Alliance, and most pandaren in Kalimdor are found in the company of Alliance races, particularly Ironforge dwarves. Pandaren are eccentric, however, and some feel more at home around the Horde. (WoW RPG)

- Their distrust of magic could be an issue, considering most races still practice arcane magic.

- The pandaren are independent. Pandaren encountered outside the Barrens are wanderers and travelers, belonging to no affiliation.A&HC 21,22 The pandaren nation has decided to remain neutral, and they appreciate some of the other independent races' reasons for standing safely in the middle.A&HC 75

- Pandarens as a whole do not join other forces (excepting few "individuals" usually brewmasters). If other races prove themselves to follow pandaren ways, pandaren may allow them into their empire.A&HC 75 Its unlikely that the Alliance or Horde would break apart to join an empire. Its also unlikely that individual races would leave their allies to join an empire.

- The only pandaren encountered by Horde and Alliance have been brewmasters (with the exception of a few feral Pandaren). The rest of the pandarens are isolated from the rest of the world in Pandaria, or Barrens settlement. Because pandaren brewmasters move outside of most pandaren's isolated culture, and interact with other races, they walk outside of their culture's normal ways. A race of only brewmasters would not be viable as a playable race, and the main empire has not had contact with either faction.A&HC 21MoM #?

- They are just visiting Kalimdor and have no intentions to stay.A&HC 21

Join the Alliance?

+ Their outlook meshes well with the Alliance, and most pandaren in Kalimdor are found in the company of Alliance races (enough to form a playable race?), they are particuraly fond of Ironforge dwarves in Bael Modan, and citizens of Theramore (especially half-elvesA&HC 75). Several helped the Alliance fight the blood elves on their way to Outland and Northrend. A&HC 22,75 Several were found with the Alliance in Eastern Kingdoms, trying to prevent Illidan's blood elves from escaping Dalaran.(TFT) Some have already fought the Horde while helping out the Alliance.A&HC 62

+ They were once friends & allies of the night elves, and only severed ties due to the Highborne ruling caste's mad obsession with magic. As that is no longer a factor with the current druidic night elves they could easily amend their friendship, and become allies again.MoM 76A&HC 54

+ The could also find kindred spirits with the Wildhammer dwarves of both Alliance, and the Alliance connected but independent Hinterlands, who also practice a form of shamanism.AH&C

+ They are friends with the half-elves of the Alliance they have encountered, as the half elves are beginning to follow the same life-accepting philosophies of the pandaren, and they find them to be ideal traveling partners.AH&C 75

? Pandaren have spent many months with the furbolg (a race with close ties to the Alliance), learning their simple lives in Ashenvale.AH&C 75

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

- They feel the Alliance gives too much weight to politics, treaties and arcane magic. The Alliance is unecessarily complicated for the pandaren.AH&C 75

- While the pandaren are old allies of the night elves, they refuse to commit to the Alliance despite ancient connections.A&HC 54


Join the Horde?

+ Samwise, the creator of pandaren, mentioned on Sons of the Storm that he prefers Horde over Alliance (though he does love dwarves).

+ Chen Stormstout an independent pandaren brewmaster is friends with the troll Rokhan and he also knows Drek'Thar and Nazgrel who is Thrall's advisor. He's also friends with Jaina Proudmoore who he fought alongside alongside with against the Kul'tiras navy. The Horde quest 'chens empty keg shows he is still remembered by a fellow brewmaster, although it appears chen has went home, and hasn't been heard from in a long time. However, its unclear if Chen will ever visit again. Leaving a big question mark.

? Pandaren are eccentric and some feel more at home around the Horde (although most are found with the Alliance).A&HC 22. Nevertheless, most pandaren outside of Pandaren Empire or the Barren's settlement are found in the company of the Alliance, usually in Bael Modan or Theramore.A&HC 22,75

- While they have much in common when it comes to spirituality, they believe the Horde is formed of races in the midst of healing, the Horde needs to find themselves before Pandaren would be willing to allow anyone else to join their fold...AH&C 75 The fact that pandaren wouldn't join others, but rather allow others to join their independent faction could cause issues.

? The Blood Elves and Forsaken have too much reliance on arcane magic, even some orcs and trolls. However, most orcs,trolls and tauren shun this type of power, as do the Pandaren.

?-Indpendant Pandarens already had battles with the Horde, sometimes alongside the Alliance.A&HC 8, 62 The horde is known to be very forgiving.


- Pandaren do not care much for the blood elves or Forsaken. They find trolls puzzling, as they practice divine magic, but for evil purposes, which doesn't coincide with the pandaren philosphy.AH&C 75

- Most pandaren are friends of the dwarves of Bael Modan, rather than the Horde. These pandaren helped them dig up the land to find Titan artifacts near that location.AH&C 75 It is likely that the tauren who were forced from their ancestral lands near the city would therefore distrust - even hate - the pandaren as they do the dwarves and gnomes. Pandaren likely were witness to the tauren's attacks and sabotage on dwarven dig sites, and hassling the dwarves, their friends. Pandaren probably didn't like the tauren's initial attacks, nor the fact dwarves reciprocated (then again this could have been what lead Alliance friendly pandaren fighting the Horde). Friendship is one of the things they value above all else. Once one gains the companionship and trust of a pandaren, they have a friend and protector for life. The pandaren love to honor their friends and hosts by joining in battle with them.AH&C 8, 62, 64, 74,75LoC 28

? Its also possible the some pandaren would side with the tauren once they found out about Bael Modan's retaliation on a tauren villiage for initial tauren protesting5, or instead choose to not get involved as both sides are at fault. Some pandarens are ancestral worshippers and shamanistic themselves, they might take great offense at the acts of the dwarves and disrespect to the tauren's ancestors.

Quilboar

Quillboar

It won't be easy to make this one into sausages.

First seen in Warcraft 3


General

+ The quilboar are willing to aid other races if given an incentive, one such example being Mangletooth.

+ The god of the quilboar, Agamaggan, battled the Burning Legion in ancient times.

+ The quilboar would fit well into a time related expansion, as they could reach the time of their god, Agamaggan.


Join the Alliance?

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.


Join the Horde?

+ Mangletooth was able to work with the Horde to get revenge on the ones that betrayed him and is also flagged as a Horde pvp NPC.

+ A small race would be a balance addition to the horde.

- Distinct hatred of the Horde, especially the tauren and the orcs whom they believe to be trespassing on their ancestral lands.

Satyr

Satyr

"Horns, hooves, claws... say, is this Diablo?"

First seen in Warcraft 3

Probable expansion: War of the Ancients Probable expansion: The Great Sea

General

? The satyr Zenn Foulhoof lives in Teldrassil, and is friendly towards Alliance players. Although he is up to no good, the night elves only employ a minor punishment when he causes trouble. This shows that whilst the elves may find him distasteful, they are willing to tolerate his presence. However, this is an isolated incident, and all other satyrs are hostile.

? When you complete Zenn Foulhoof's quest, he says "Who would have ever guessed that I, Zenn Foulhoof, would have a night elf to do my bidding? Certainly not me! But so it goes... this beloved world of ours is full of surprises." An ironic hint by Blizzard?

? Many satyrs are not in the employ of the Burning Legion, instead making their own way in the world. Due to their lack of backup and resources, they would certainly need help were they to ever intend to make any impact on the world, or to carry out an important quest - for example, visiting Xavius at the bottom of the Great Sea in an attempt to find a way to reverse their condition...

? Many Satyrs at one point allied with Illidan, they are currently found in Outland's Black Temple instance

- They are "Demon"-type creature in game, not Humanoid. But this can be changed the same way as Forsaken are not "Undead".

- They appear to be pure evil, demonic creatures.

Of course, Satyr as a playable race might not be the Satyrs we know now, who turned into demons willingly, but instead night elves corrupted by force, magic, persuasion or trickery. Either that, or redeemed...


Join the Alliance?

- Hated by night elves. (But, as with the Forsaken, they might be accepted by other Alliance races that had little to do with them so far).


Join the Horde?

+ They are a suitably 'Hordish' race in terms of looks and attitude, and aren't neccessarily ugly - indeed, there is very little preventing them from being a 'pretty' race; albeit hairy and fanged.

? As a race they have no conflict with the Horde, indeed their history may even lead some members of the Horde to sypathise with the more penitent satyr. Nevertheless, 'penitent' satyr are a rarity if they even exist at all...


Tuskarr

Tuskarr

It's Wally the Walrus!

First seen in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne

Probable expansion: Northrend


General

+ They could fit well in a Northrend expansion.

+ They are a civilised and intelligent race (with little lore background to impede them!).

+ Hatred of the Scourge could motivate them to unite with the other races.

- They are are a race of fishermen without an organised society or community figureheads, simply operating out of small villages (the largest being Kaskala).


Join the Alliance?

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

Join the Horde?

+They are a shamanistic culture like the Horde. Note the Alliance isn't very fond of Shamanism.

Worgen

Worgen

"When was the last time I had a manicure?"

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First seen in World of Warcraft

Probable expansion: Emerald Dream


General

See also Worgen Rumor.

? There are seemingly two kinds of worgen: the extradimensional ones summoned by Arugal and the Scythe of Elune from a distant planet, and those cursed by Arugal's magical shackles (though it is possible that there are more Worgen cursed in other ways). The former seems unlikely as a playable race seeing as they are feral, bloodthirsty monsters whilst the latter, like Forsaken undead, retain a measure of humanity.

- The likelihood of a race that changes form based on the time of day (the human type) is low.

- Inherently chaotic and murderous (extraterrestrial type).

- Ur writes: "For wherever the Worgen tread, they bring terror and bloodshed with them."


Join the Alliance?

+ The Kirin Tor Archmage, Alphus Wordwill, suggests a method of using "good-hearted" worgen to fight the Scourge and other evils for the Alliance:

"This begs the question as to what can be done with them. Are we morally correct in eliminating them, as they are a danger to all mortals? I do not believe so; rather, I believe we should find a cure. If possible, this cure would not prevent the transformation, it would do more — it would preserve the afflicted individual’s mindset after the transformation. Such an effect would allow good-hearted worgen to take on fearsome physical abilities and use these against the Forsaken, the Scourge and other evil powers. Given proper funding and support, I believe that I could create such a cure." (Excerpt from Warcraft: Lands of Conflict)

+ During Velinde Starsong's vision, she saw the Worgen battling the Burning Legion on the wolfmen's home planet, and when Velinde summoned them using the Scythe of Elune, they agreed to assist her in battling their common foe in Felwood. This not only suggests moral values, but also creates a night elf connection.

+ "Animal"-type race, a good balance addition for Alliance.

? The fate of the human domain of Gilneas is unknown, but it is speculated that the inhabitants became werewolves in a similar way to the inhabitants of Pyrewood Village. Either way, Gilneas has a weak connection to the Alliance despite being a human kingdom.

- The Alliance would probably hate them and try to wipe them out like they did with the Forsaken..


Join the Horde?

+ Apothecary Berard, an undead, was affected by the worgen curse.





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