The ruins of Stromgarde
Southwestern Arathi Highlands
Stromgarde Keep is the ruined capital city of Stromgarde, located on the southwest corner of the Arathi Highlands. It has been divided into three sections — one under the rule of the Syndicate, another largely under the control of the Boulderfist ogres with aid from Witherbark trolls, while the last section remains under the control of the Stromgarde military and once served as the headquarters of Prince Galen Trollbane, until his death.
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The sword Trol'kalar, legendary bane of trolls and heirloom of the Trollbane family, was sealed away in the Trollbane Family Crypt and protected by Galen until adventurers of the Horde killed him, unsealed the tomb, and took the sword to Zengu. Zengu tasked the adventurers to retrieve the sword so that it could be used against the trolls of Zul'Gurub. When he got the sword he quickly took off alone, but was killed by the humans of Stromgarde. They returned the sword to its proper place, resealed the tomb, and once again split the sigils among their people, under Galen's successor's orders.
Galen was raised by the Forsaken and aided them in reclaiming Trol'kalar, this time for their own use. Some time before Legion however, Galen was finally able to reclaim Stromgarde for himself before or after he broke off from the Forsaken. When Knights of the Ebon Blade came to resurrect his father, he tries to double cross and makes a last stand in the keep, where he dies a second and probably the final time.
One of the highest-ranking leaders of the Syndicate, Lord Falconcrest, commands Syndicate efforts in the Arathi Highlands from the ruined city. The Stromgardian army have placed a bounty on his head and sought the help of the Alliance heroes. It is likely that his death disrupted Syndicate efforts in the region as Galen was able to reclaim most of the kingdom by the time of Legion.
- Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Many of the Syndicate mobs have had their elite tag removed.