Brotherhood of the Horse

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NeutralBrotherhood of the Horse
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Main leader  Llane Wrynn I †
Secondary leaders  Anduin Lothar
Race(s) HumanHuman Human
Capital Stormwind City
Theater of operations Azeroth
Language(s) Common
Affiliation Kingdom of Stormwind
Status Destroyed

The Brotherhood of the Horse (aka Knights of Azeroth[1] or Knights of Stormwind[2]) was the official name of the kingdom of Stormwind's knights before the First War.[3]


First War

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The most notable member of the Brotherhood was Anduin Lothar, who became a knight and rose to the position of Armsman.[3] They were well respected throughout the realm, and the tales of their fighting prowess were known far and wide.[4]

Prior to the beginning of the First War, the orcish forces who came through the Dark Portal easily slaughtered the human peasants they encountered. They met their first real opposition in the knights of Stormwind, who defeated the unprepared troops of the Twilight's Hammer clan and the Bleeding Hollow clan during the first siege of Stormwind Keep.[5] The knights then rallied the remaining soldiers to temporarily push the orcs back to the Black Morass, where the orcs escaped by hiding in the Swamp of Sorrows.[6]

At the beginning of the First War, between the human Kingdom of Stormwind and the orcish Horde, Sir Anduin Lothar decided to use the orcs' mobility against them and placed large numbers of human troops under the command of his fellow loyal knight, Gavinrad the Dire. In some cases, small units of human knights were able to bring down entire orc raiding parties without any casualties.[7]

Toward the end of the conflict, Orgrim Doomhammer specifically targeted an encampment near the center of the human lands where knights and other soldiers were sent to train.[8] Most of the knights were killed fighting in the last battles of the war but took many orcs with them.

With the war coming to an end, Lothar led a war party to Karazhan to confront Medivh. He charged Gavinrad with commanding Stormwind City's defenses in his absence.[9] Shortly thereafter, the Horde began laying siege to Stormwind, and King Llane Wrynn I was assassinated by Garona Halforcen. When Lothar returned, he ordered a mass evacuation of the city. He, Gavinrad, Khadgar and the remaining soldiers gathered Prince Varian, Queen Taria and any other citizens they could find and led them toward the harbor to escape on the remaining ships. They fought street by street, losing many along the way, including Taria.[10]

A human knight deprived the orc Nekros Skullcrusher of half a leg during the conflict.[11]

Second War

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A knight corpse transformed into a death knight with the soul of Teron'gor, as seen in Book of Heroes.

The dark fate of the Brotherhood was a grim news to the knights of Lordaeron, who during the Second War sworn to both avenge their fallen brethren and free their homelands from the grip of the Orcish Hordes.[1]

The bodies of many of the knights of Stormwind who fell to the orcs during the First War were transformed into death knights by Gul'dan.[12]

In the RPG

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Stormwind proved an overwhelming shock to the Horde. The footmen guarding the city's entrance put up the first fight the orcs had seen, but they still managed to push their way through the gates. By the time they realized that this minimal resistance was a trap, it was far too late. Armored warriors riding beasts of pure muscle and sinew — creatures we know as horses — flanked the Horde's disorganized group, crushing warriors under the hooves of their mounts and striking down even the mightiest of orcs with their lances and blades. The orcs learned to call these mounted warriors knights and cursed the world that had cost them victory for the first time. Shamed, the orcs retreated, hounded by the leaders of the Brotherhood of the Horse every step of the way. Gul'dan concealed the final steps of the orc retreat with a wall of impenetrable fog; this simple spell may have saved the Horde from complete destruction.[13]