The Shadowmoon Clan was the most powerful clan on Draenor prior to the world’s destruction. Named for the massive Shadowmoon Valley in which it was based, the clan was very heavily influenced by shamanistic traditions, making them the most spiritual of orcish clans. They had a rich history of astrology, and their shamanism was powered by the “language of the stars” in addition to that of the earth. Their knowledge of the heavens led them to discovering the powers of the Void, yet such dark practices were forbidden hundreds of years ago.
The Horde was born of Shadowmoon leadership, beginning with the Elder Shaman Ner’zhul who was eventually usurped by Gul’dan, the very first warlock. A clan once revered and respected, the majority of the Shadowmoon fell to demonic influence and corruption. A great many Shadowmoon comprised Gul’dan’s terrible Shadow Council, notably his chiefest lieutenant, Teron’gor (who would in time become the first death knight, Teron Gorefiend).
The clan has since been whittled down to a whisper of what it once was, slain through multiple wars and twisted beyond recognition by demonic forces. Inhabitants of Shadowmoon Village in Outland, now members of the reformed Horde, are likely the last uncorrupted members of the Shadowmoon clan in existence.
Here is some of my favorite photos from Blizzcon of my Arakkoa. Credit should be on each photo. I was really excited by how this one was recieved and it was a great ‘ending’ to my cosplay years. That is until the fateful day that my little one should turn to me and utter the words I wish to hear so much.