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Who would believe fel magic could hide behind such a face? - Dizdemona

Fel magic (also known as black magic[1]) is a destructive form of magic often used by members of the Burning Legion. The fallen titan Sargeras created this vast demonic army to scour all creation.[2] Imbued with the raw power of creation itself, the titans roam the cosmos like walking worlds[2] and were uniquely susceptible to fel magic.[3] Its use frequently results in corruption that manifests in a physical transformation, such as a change to an individual's eyes or skin color. All of the Burning Legion carry the taint of fel magic within their blood, allowing them to spread greater evil.[4]

A fel magic is a corruption that can shroud a place in darkness. Fel magic works a bit like radiation in this sense; it permeates the area and seeps into anything in the vicinity. Anything near a source of fel magic shows signs of slight corruption.[5]

Intro to Fel Magic

"Everything has a cost. Everything."
- Plague Fleshbane
Willingly or otherwise, any creatures who use the power of fel magic slowly take on the appearance of demons. Demons were formed as a result of the Light and Void energies that had bled together at the borders of the Twisting Nether, an astral dimension that unstable energies coalesced into. The demons embraced their furious passions and reveled in pushing the boundaries of their power, heedless of the consequences. Many of these aberrations indulged in the highly volatile energy that pervaded the Nether. Some learned wield the all-consuming powers of fel magic. Before long, these demons clawed their way into the physical universe, terrorizing mortal civilizations and bringing ruin to world after world.[6]

Entropy (Order and Disorder)

"ALL falls to chaos, ALL will be destroyed. (Chaos, chaos!)"
Entropy represents the unavailability of a system's energy for conversion into work, often interpreted as the degree of. Order, in reality, is most commonly perceived as arcane magic. This type of energy is innately volatile, and wielding it requires intense precision and concentration. Conversely, Disorder is manifested as highly destructive fel magic. This brutal and extremely addictive energy is fueled by drawing life from living beings.[7]

A Manifestation of the Void?

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Disorder is manifested as fel magic, which is why fel magic seems to represent (or be a manifestation of) the Void (or a void). And it is important to ask this question: If the Void isn't devoid of order (or disorder, which is manifested as fel magic), in what sense is the Void a true void? In regards to World of Warcraft, the Void would be chaotic since energies, naturally, want to spread out an become messy. Matt Burns, a writer/developer for Blizzard, has stated that he thinks there are some exceptions to that rule when it comes to Warcraft powers.[8] However, Matt Burns' thought cannot change the fact that the Void is devoid of order, or disorder, which is manifested as fel magic.

Death and Life

Death, in the form of necromantic magic, acts as a counterbalance to life. It is an unavoidable force that breeds despair in mortal hearts and pushes everything toward a state of entropic decay and eventual oblivion. It is said that the only way to save one, is to sacrifice another life.[9] Sacrificial magic is considered the greatest violation of life[10] and the energies of life, most commonly known as nature magic, are stated to promote growth and renewal in all things.[11]

Entropic Horrors

Chaotic magic always has the potential for unexpected results.
Energies can be so chaotic that they manifest as entropic horrors, pure fel magic given form to lash out at all life, the essence they drop is entropic and poisonous.[12] Chaotic energies are the energies of the Twisting Nether and because the drawing of life is required to fuel the demonic fel magic, the magic of the Nether, life clearly must have something integral to (or a part of) fel magic. If life doesn't have something integral to (or a part of) fel magic, it would not need to be drawn from living beings because it doesn't have something fel magic needs. Additionally, it seems like fel magic itself comes from life: But an insignificant sacrifice--a living fish or two, a few strands of seaweed--is required to fuel fel magic[13] and as stated before, sacrificial magic was considered the greatest violation of life.. As such, fel magic seems to be a chaotic and destructive nature magic.Aaron Rosenberg—author of the Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal novel—agrees that if fel magic uses life-energy as a power source, but is dark and destructive, it is at least some form of death magic.[14] Additionally, he stated that it was Blizzard's intention for fel magic to be death magic.[15] However, Micky Neilson, a veteran of Blizzard, claims that fel is not the same as death, even though it drains life[16].

God of Fel and Flame

"There is only one god ... and his name is Sargeras."
Sargeras, dark god of chaotic magic,[17] is the God of Fel and Flame.[4] Once a noble warrior for order and peace, Sargeras came to believe there was a fundamental flaw in the universe, a flaw that made his primary purpose an impossible goal. He decided the other titans were deeply misguided in trying to establish order throughout creation. Under the circumstances, the struggle was futile. The universe had to be destroyed utterly and remade without the underlying defect. Only then could true order be achieved. Thus, Sargeras conceived of a sweeping campaign to bring about the end of all things: the Burning Crusade. To carry out his plan, he created the Legion, whose ranks he bolstered by creating demons: immortal creatures whose hunger, power, and malice made them perfect killing machines.

Professions of the Cosmos

Demon Hunters

Demon hunters, disciples of Illidan Stormrage, uphold a dark legacy, one that frightens allies and enemies alike. The Illidari embrace fel and chaotic magics — energies that have long threatened the world of Azeroth — believing them necessary to challenge the Burning Legion. Wielding the powers of demons they've slain, they develop demonic features that incite revulsion and dread in fellow elves.[18]


"Earth, fire, air, water - what hope do dey have when dey stand against da demonic fel magic?"
- Uzak'zim
In the face of demonic power (or warlock magics), most heroes see death. Warlocks see only opportunity. Dominance is their aim and they have found a path to it in the dark arts, the arts of necromancy.[19] At first, they command only the service of imps, but as a warlock’s knowledge grows, seductive succubi, loyal voidwalkers, and horrific felhunters join the dark sorcerer’s ranks to wreak havoc on anyone who stands in their master’s way.[20] According to Justin Parker, warlocks possess necromantic abilities, but aren't necromancers. Warlocks are magical practitioners who seek to understand darker, fel-based magics, including destructive spells.[21]The official teachings in the Violet Citadel by the Kirin Tor warn that demonology is to be eschewed, avoided, and abjured. Any attempt to summon demons are to be found out and stopped at once, and those involved are to be expelled or worse.[22] By their very nature, demons are leeches on the living universe — but the demonologist has mastered harnessing the power of these malefic beings on the field of battle. Warlocks harvest the souls of their defeated enemies; those specialized in the ways of demonology use this life essence to tap into the Void, pulling all manner of abominations from the chaos of the Twisting Nether. While such a practice is often considered by outsiders to be wicked and reckless, the demonologist maintains absolute control over the summoned creatures. These malignant entities are fully beholden to — and empowered by — the will of the warlock until banished to the realm from whence they came.[23]Because demons are from the Twisting Nether, an astral dimension separate from the physical universe, demons would be non-physical entities - disembodied spirits (which are undead). Matt Burns stated that he thinks there is "physical stuff" in the Twisting Nether when asked if demons are non-physical beings that warlocks can give physical shells to[24]. However, the physical is separate from the nonphysical and so physical beings cannot exist in the non-physical. As such, demons would be non-physical entities.
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Since demons would be disembodied spirits if they're from the Twisting Nether, demonic power (or warlock magics) would be a spiritual (or necromantic) power that exists in - and is derived from - the Twisting Nether. When asked if perhaps warlocks were harnessing their power from the Twisting Nether, Sean Copeland (Blizzard's Lead Historian) claimed “No, that’d be magi, IIRC. They gain power by the destruction of another source (recall the undead warlock in original cinematic)"[25] Additionally, he claims that demons contain fel magic, but aren't the source. Fel magic is demonic and if demons aren't the source of what makes fel magic demonic, demons would be constructs, which were never alive according to Jeremy Feasel. Yet Feasel claims that the wow team made warlocks about living demons,[26][27] which is simply not true.

Races of the Cosmos

Blood elves

Blood elves are high elves who had turned to absorbing demonic magic after the loss of their vaunted power source, the Sunwell, and subsequently become addicted to the fel energies.[28] They took the ways of demons to fight demons — indeed, actually draining the magic from demons like leeches.[29]

Felblood elf, aka Fel elf: blood elves loyal to Kael'thas Sunstrider who have been granted demonic power.




Nearly twenty-five thousand years ago, the eredar arose on the world known as Argus. They were extremely intelligent and had a natural affinity for magic in all its myriad forms. Using their gifts, they developed a vast and wondrous society. Unfortunately, the eredar's accomplishments caught the attention of Sargeras, the Destroyer of Worlds. He had already begun his Burning Crusade to eradicate all life from the cosmos and he believed that the brilliant eredar would be pivotal in leading the vast demonic army he was gathering. Thus, he contacted the eredar's three most prominent leaders: Kil'jaeden, Archimonde, and Velen. In exchange for the loyalty of the eredar, Sargeras offered untold power and knowledge. Although tempted, Velen had a vision of the future that filled him with sick dread. Sargeras had spoken the truth: the eredar who joined the Dark Titan would indeed gain enormous power and knowledge. However, the eredar would themselves be transformed into demons. Velen saw the Legion in all its terrible might and witnessed the destruction it would wreak upon all of creation. He hastened to warn Kil'jaeden and Archimonde, but they dismissed his concerns, for they had been enticed by Sargeras' promises. They gave Sargeras their allegiance and were transformed into colossal beings of depthless evil.

The draenei who fought them and survived found they had been affected by the fel energies wielded so freely by the orc warlocks. These draenei mutated into lesser forms, resulting in a series of subspecies. The Broken and the Lost Ones are two such genetic offshoots. Their warped bodies bear only a rough resemblance to the proud draenei they once were, and quite a few lost their grip on sanity.[citation needed]



Fel orc

Gul'dan was the first orc warlock and is considered one of the most powerful warlocks to have ever existed. He taught other young orcs the arcane arts and strove to eradicate the orcs' shamanistic traditions. Kil'jaeden, seeking to tighten his hold over the orcs, helped Gul'dan found the Shadow Council, a secretive sect that manipulated the clans and spread the use of warlock magics throughout Draenor. As more orcs began to wield warlock magics, the gentle fields and streams of Draenor began to blacken and fade. From every account, the demonic energies, used so freely and with no heed given as to their cost, leeched all that was wholesome and life-giving from their world. Gul'dan's fel poison turned the already ferocious orcs into hateful, vicious creatures with no soul.[30]

Some of Gul'dan's disciples can summon minor demons. To do this, these lesser warlocks must use a soul shard. The foul crystal creates a connection to the Twisting Nether, pulling a demon through against its will.[31]

Fel orc: The derivative of the orc race that resulted from their blood pact with the Burning Legion and their consumption of the Blood of Mannoroth.


The satyrs have been able to corrupt anything they come in contact with, which includes the ancients that made Felwood their home. By the use of the fel, the spirit of the ancient has been bound and tortured, never completely released.

RPG Information

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The ultimate manifestation of the demonic arcane on Azeroth is fel (aka fel energy or fel magic). This energy, which most commonly manifests itself as ghastly, green-yellow flame, is arcane magic at its most corrupt, for it employs the blood of demons. Unlike arcane magic, the use of fel magic corrupts the user’s body and soul. By contrast, the chief danger of arcane magic is that using it inevitably leads to the desire to wield greater power: power that only fel magic can provide.[32] (DF 37)

Since the Burning Legion returned to Azeroth, the world's heroes have encountered fel weapons and fel magic at an increasing frequency. As demon cults continue to fester and grow in Desolace, Ashenavle, and other remote corners, gruesome sacrifices are held to entice demons into giving their blood in trade. The cultists use their blood to enchant the weapons they hope will bring about their masters' ultimate victory.[33] (M&M 24)

Fel Poison

Fel-poisoned creatures are another threat, appearing in places where the Burning Legion is strongest. Not even dragons are immune to the corruption of fel magic.[34] When a creature with a natural poison attack is imbued with fel energy, its venom becomes more difficult to resist.[33] (M&M 24)

Fel spells

Spells with the fel descriptor are very difficult to resist. Some arcanists can cast fel spells, perhaps after drinking demon blood. Casting a fel spell is described by many spellcasters as a euphoric experience. If arcane magic is an addiction, fel magic is the embodiment of the drug in its purest form.

Demons sometimes tempt spellcasters by offering small amounts of their blood in exchange for services. If the recipient drinks the demon's blood within 24 hours of the offering, the next arcane spell they cast will be a fel spell. Fel blood is highly addictive as well as corrupting. Anyone who drinks it has a chance of becoming dependent on fel blood, and unless the person continues to drink it daily, they will suffer withdrawal symptoms. They have a chance of breaking the addiction seven days after first drinking the fel blood.[33] (M&M 24)

Fel Weapons

When the demons brought death and damnation to Azeroth, they also carried their own brand of magic to the world. Their blood had magical properties; it addicted arcane magic users and could be used to create evil weapons. When a weapon is forged in demon blood, it becomes a fel weapon. It glows with a foul, yellow-green fire and deals extra damage to good-aligned opponents.[35] (WoWRPG 252)



The defeat of Kael'thas Sunstrider

  • Grand Warlock Nethekurse augmented his power with a pair of mystical braziers containing fel embers. The Fel Ember emitted faint purple sparks, but no heat.
  • Dissatisfied with the limits of arcane magic, prince Kael'thas began consuming fel energy to acquire even greater power. In order to become a demon, a creature must be infused with fel energy, and according to the Dungeon Journal description for Kael'thas' encounter in Magister's Terrace, his veins burned with limitless fel magic.[36] Kael'thas most likely became a demon that somehow retained the form of an elf. If this is the case, Kael'thas was sent to the Twisting Nether upon his defeat, the place where demonic souls are sent and the only place they truly die.[37]
  • In Hebrew, the word "אפל" (Afel) means "dark" or "tainted". The English adjective "fell" means "cruel" or "savage"[1]. The word "fel" can also mean "bile", and according to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition (2000), it is related to a number of words of Indo-European origin: yellow, gold, gall, cholera, and felon, to mention a few. The same source indicates that the Indo-European root from which it is derived, ghel, meant "to shine". It may also find it's origin in the Old-English word "fūl" which means "foul" and is the origin of the word "defile". Fel also is a Swedish word for "Wrong" or "Incorrect", it is however pronounced differently (the E is pronounced as the first E of "Error" which make the word sound like "fEl").



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  2. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 25 on iBooks
  3. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 98 on iBooks
  4. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg ?
  5. ^ Ask Creative Development/Round 3 - For the Horde
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 17 on iBooks
  8. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
  9. ^ Quest:In the Hands of the Perverse
  10. ^ Quest:Seeking the Soulstones
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 16-17 on iBooks
  12. ^ Quest:Collecting Corruption
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: Volume 4 - Whispers
  14. ^ Aaron Rosenberg on Twitter
  15. ^ Aaron Rosenberg on Twitter
  16. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter
  17. ^ The Last Guardian
  18. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Game Guide > Classes > Demon Hunter. World of Warcraft official game site (US). Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
       Blizzard Entertainment. Game Guide > Classes > Demon Hunter. World of Warcraft official game site (EU). Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  19. ^ Heroes and Villains - Kel'Thuzad: Kel’Thuzad was one of the greatest Archmagi of Dalaran. He was one of the members of the Kirin Tor and a dear friend of the Archmage Antonidas. However, his lust to delve into the dark arts of necromancy made him an outcast amongst his fellow wizards.
  20. ^ World of Warcraft > Game Guide > Classes > Warlock
  21. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide pg. 21
  22. ^ The Last Guardian, pg. 230
  23. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2015-11-10. Legion Class Preview Series: Warlock. World of Warcraft official game site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2015-11-10. Legion Class Preview Series: Warlock. World of Warcraft official game site (EU).
  24. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
  25. ^ Archived lore tweets from Loreology
  26. ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter
  27. ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter
  28. ^ Stormrage, pg. 292
  29. ^ Night of the Dragon, pg. 239
  30. ^ Breaking Their Fel Bonds
  31. ^ Soul Shards of Summoning
  32. ^ DF, 37
  33. ^ a b c M&M, 24
  34. ^ 0000TCG icon 16x36 Feldrake TCG card
  35. ^ WoWRPG, 252
  36. ^

  37. ^ Blizz Muffinus (Jeremy Feasel) 2015-06-06. Twisting Nether is the only place where demons can truly die, yes. The specifics are yet unknown..

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