Elemental plane of air
|Vortex Pinnacle (5)|
|Throne of the Four Winds (10/25)|
- "That place was built to cage the northern wind, to keep the tempest in chains. A fleshling like you would be torn apart just standing at the threshold."
- — Prince Thunderaan
When the titans defeated the Old Gods, their servants, the elementals, were banished to the Elemental Plane, a prison where they were contained to protect the new world from their chaotic nature. Imprisoned for all the eternity, the different Elemental Lords fought each other, until each of them claimed a portion of the plane for themselves. The domain of the air elementals is Skywall, a realm of lightning and wind, ruled by Al'Akir the Windlord, elemental lord of air.
But, no matter each lord got to rule over his own realm, the different elementals kept fighting for supremacy and expansion, one of the worst of those battles becoming known as the Elemental Sundering, where Thunderaan the Wind Seeker, an elemental prince of air, was betrayed by Garr and Geddon, the lieutenants of Ragnaros the Firelord, elemental lord of fire, who consumed most of Thunderaan's essence, and stored what little remained of it within a talisman of elemental binding, which was shattered in two flawless pieces, assigned to his lieutenants.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
However, it wasn't until recently, when Deathwing blasted from the Elemental Plane into the world, causing the Shattering, that the elementals were able to roam freely across Azeroth once again. Allied with Deathwing, their air elementals assault the recently discovered desert of Uldum, threatening to overrun the world once again.
Skywall became - to some degree - accessible to players in Cataclysm. While it does not exist as a separate zone, the two dungeons The Vortex Pinnacle, a level 82-84 5-man dungeon (including a HC version for level 85) and Throne of the Four Winds, a 10/25 raid (also including HC versions) with Al'Akir as the final boss, are set in it. Both can be entered from towers floating high above Uldum around and respectively.
|The Vortex Pinnacle — Cyclone Summit · Nimbus Rise · Temple of Asaad|
|Throne of the Four Winds|
|Name||Level range||Group size||Location|
|The Vortex Pinnacle||82-84||5-man||Uldum|
|Throne of the Four Winds||85||10/25-man||Uldum|
In the RPG
The plane prison remained undisturbed by the outer world until some millenniums ago, when the high elves and later the humans discovered how to command the elementals, and started to summon them back to Azeroth.
The air above the middle tier of the Elemental Plane looks much like Azeroth's sky at first glance. A yellow sun, immobile and persistent, hovers in the air, surrounded by drifting clouds and other, more violent storms. Birds and much stranger creatures flit about. Above the sun, invisible from the ground, lies the fortress of the air elementals. Thick stone walls, fashioned of rock stolen from the earth below, hang suspended by permanent cyclones in the shape of pillars. Lightning and strong winds constantly swirl about the Skywall, making natural flight in the vicinity all but impossible. Inside the fortress, Al’Akir the Windlord holds court, ruling over his elemental kin. He enjoys watching over the rest of the plane, traveling in the guise of a thundercloud.