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Stromgarde (or the Kingdom of Stromgarde) was a human nation located on the site of the original capital of Arathor, Strom, in the Arathi Highlands. Stromgarde is all that remains of the mighty human Empire of Arathor. During the Second War, , Lord of Stromgarde, joined his kingdom with the Alliance of Lordaeron. The kingdom declined rapidly following the Third War, losing control of much of its territory and capital city. At some point after the Cataclysm, it became a kingdom of the undead, but not part of the Forsaken.
The national color of Stromgarde is red, and its symbols are a closed fist, which is similar to the symbol of the Knights of the Silver Hand, and a bird with its wings spread.
The city of Stromgarde was founded by the Arathi tribe of humans in the Arathi Highlands during the Troll Wars. Originally named Strom, the city became the capital of the great empire of Arathor. Following the peak of that empire's power many of its citizens left to found other cities, including Dalaran, Lordaeron, Alterac and Stormwind. Many of these newer cities began to attract settlers at an astonishing rate, and it was only a matter of years before the once-powerful Arathi Empire was splintered into seven distinct human nations. Strom was no longer the center of the human lands, and it was during this time that the leaders of the remaining Imperial Guard changed its name to Stromgarde. After the departure of 's ruling descendants one thousand years or so after Strom's founding, the Trollbane family ascended to the throne by rebuilding Stromgarde's crumbling infrastructure.
In Warcraft II
Leader: Thoras Trollbane
Nation Color: Red
Background: The kingdom of Stromgarde retains a strict martial philosophy which makes it a highly regarded addition to the Alliance. Situated amongst the foothills of the Alterac Mountains, Stromgarde serves as a sentinel against any invasion across the Orc-controlled borders of Khaz Modan. Possessing a long history of warfare against the Trolls, the warriors of Stromgarde are well prepared to engage in open combat with all enemies of humanity.
Second and Third Wars
By the time of the Second War, Stromgarde was a harbor city that controlled the Arathi Highlands and the island-fortress of Tol Barad. Though not the largest, it was one of humanity's most powerful kingdoms. Led by , it was also a close and loyal ally of Lordaeron, and their mutual friendship would allow it to quickly join the Alliance of Lordaeron to stop the Horde. Following the start of the Second War, Stromgarde sent half of its standing army to join the main Alliance forces. The rest of its army was occupied defending the Northlands from an orcish invasion through the dwarven realm of Khaz Modan. The kingdom also sent several taskforces behind enemy lines, to siege Dun Modr and attempt to wrestle control of the Badlands from the orcs, until its garrison at Tol Barad and its capital both fell under heavy attacks by the Black Tooth Grin clan.
Thoras was the first to become suspicious of Alterac's true allegiance, and quickly dispatched a force to investigate what was happening in that kingdom. Thoras was able to discover that Lord Perenolde had allowed the orcs to pass through some unguarded mountain passes, giving them free passage into Lordaeron. Thoras and his troops quickly dispatched the orcs stationed there and prevented further orc reinforcements from passing through.
After the end of the Second War, Stromgarde built a military outpost along the borders of the Alterac Mountains. The outpost was raided by the Horde of Draenor in order to get the Book of Medivh back from the Alteraci. Thoras Trollbane petitioned King Terenas of Lordaeron to annex the eastern portion of Alterac's territory to Stromgarde in recognition of the latter's sacrifices and valor during the Second War. This created a great deal of political tension between the two powers, which was all the more tragic considering the friendship between Trollbane and Terenas. The Alterac debate was a contributing factor when Stromgarde left the Alliance. Additionally, Trollbane had grown displeased at King Terenas' decision to not execute the captured orcs as the expense at maintaining the internment camps grew. He finally pulled out of the Alliance around the same time as Gilneas and Quel'Thalas.
During the Third War, Stromgarde managed to prevent the undead Scourge from ravaging through its lands, and sent a detachment of troops, the Stromgarde Brigade to accompany and the Human Expedition across the sea to Kalimdor. Despite this, the darkest hour of Stromgarde was yet to come. Thoras was ultimately secretely murdered by his son, Galen, who sought the throne of Stromgarde for himself. Stromgarde also came under siege by both the Syndicate and the Boulderfist ogres, the two forces winning several victories against the now weakened kingdom, and managing to occupy much of its terrain, including most of the capital city, Stromgarde Keep.
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Though weaker than before, its population and territory greatly diminished, Stromgarde was still remembered as the starting point of humanity. Though much of the capital was lost, its armies maintained a base of strategic operations at the crevasse known as Refuge Pointe in the Highlands, as well as portions of the devastated capital city itself, then occupied by ogres and the criminals of the Syndicate. The forces of Stromgarde formed the League of Arathor, which fought to free the rest of the Arathi Highland, the Arathi Basin, and its many resources from the hands of the Forsaken Defilers as well as the Horde forces from Hammerfall. Prince ruled from his one remaining holdout in the city until his own demise at the hands of the Horde. Galen was later raised into undeath by the Forsaken, seemingly pledging allegiance to while her forces reclaimed Trol'kalar and raised his former citizens into undeath.
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By the time of the Burning Legion's third invasion, Galen had turned his back on the Forsaken and declared Stromgarde an independent undead kingdom. When the Deathlord of the Ebon Blade approached Galen to request access to his father's tomb, Galen agreed on the condition that they help secure the city against the Witherbark trolls encroaching upon it. Galen refused to hold up his end of the bargain however, and ordered the death knights killed. Instead, the death knights slew Galen and raised into undeath as a member of their new Four Horsemen. The newly-raised Thoras then gave up his kingdom for lost.
Though Stromgarde's fate remains uncertain, — Thoras Trollbane's nephew — once vowed that he would one day return to Stromgarde and restore it to its greatness.
The Stromgarde Defenders are the force protecting Stromgarde. The crimson-clad Defenders are known for the martial discipline in battle and has proven themselves in the Second War which they were able to hold off the entire Horde for quite a while on their own, allowing the rest of the Alliance to mobilize. In World of Warcraft, Stromgarde Cavalrymen, Stromgarde Defenders, Stromgarde Troll Hunters, and Stromgarde Soldiers can be seen as part of the Stromic army. Many of them wear a . Fallen Footmen can also be summoned at Tol Barad.
Their determination and courage are known throughout Azeroth as some of Humanity's greatest fighters. In battle, the footmen would march to face the enemy in tight ranks with broadswords and shields. The famed Knights of Stromgarde are used as shock troops to support these warriors especially against ogre and Syndicate forces. The Stromgarde Snipers Company, made up of Dwarven Rifleman, provide them with covering fire. Captain Dathanor Cromwell commands the infantry unit, while Captain Ariana Thesslocke leads the cavalry unit.
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- Main article: Stromguarde
Notes & trivia
- 's ancestors come from Stromgarde.
- Orman was a citizen of Stromgarde.
- The correct demonym for citizens of Stromgarde is "Stromic".
- looks like the banner of Stromgarde.
- Stromgarde is often misread as Stormgarde, presumably due to the existence of Stormwind as another human kingdom.
- Stromgarde is also the setting for the popular fan movie Return which won an award at BlizzCon.
- The area outside the walls of Stromgarde is also used in South Park's "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode.
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Stromgarde participated in the council that would eventually lead to the creation of the Alliance.
- ^ Metzen, Chris. Of Blood and Honor, 74. ISBN 978-0-7434-1897-3.
- ^ The Seven Kingdoms
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 142
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Nations of the Alliance, Stromgarde
- ^ a b The Fall of Stromgarde (WC2 Orc)
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 260. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2.
- ^ Tol Barad (WC2 Human)
- ^ Tol Barad (WC2 Orc)
- ^ The Badlands (WC2 Orc)
- ^ Tides of Darkness
- ^ Alterac (WC2 Orc)
- ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 6.
- ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, p.67
- ^ a b
- ^ Arathi_Basin#Official_overview
- ^ Danath Trollbane#Quotes
- ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 5.
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 75
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 90.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, chapter 12
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (dead link)