Stormwind Keep

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For Stormwind Keep's Warcraft: Orcs & Humans statistics, see Stormwind (WC1 Human). For the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Orc campaign mission of the same name, see Stormwind Keep (WC1 Orc).
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Stormwind Keep

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Keep

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Stormwind Keep entrance
Stormwind Keep entrance

The mighty Stormwind Keep[1][2] (also called Stonewind Keep,[3] Castle Stormwind,[2] stronghold of Stormwind,[4] Stormwind Castle,[5][6] and after its reconstruction sometimes referred as Castle of New Stormwind[7][8]) is the seat of power of the human kingdom of Stormwind. The residence of kings of Stormwind, currently King Anduin Wrynn, the keep also houses the extensive Royal Library where nobles and scholars from across the known world research various topics.

History

First War

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Stormwind Keep was destroyed by the Old Horde during the final days of the First War.[2]

Second War

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Once the kingdom was retaken after the Second War, a new castle was raised upon the foundations of the old one.[9]

World of Warcraft

In its throne room, Katrana Prestor was revealed as Onyxia.

The statues of the Royal Gallery were damaged by the Cataclysm.

During the Burning Legion's third invasion, the keep was infiltrated several times. First, demons disguised themselves as soldiers in the funeral ceremony for Varian Wrynn when the Alliance leaders gathered. They were exposed by their new allies, the Illidari.[10] A nathrezim, disguised as a soldier, tried to assassinate Anduin Wrynn.[11] Later, the city was under martial law, with the keep being extra guarded. It was, however, infiltrated by the Veiled Hand, as well as the Uncrowned who ultimately stopped the demon cult. The center of the throne room had a big demonic rune painted on the floor, and the garden had a demonic portal summoned by the traitor Melris Malagan.[12]

In the RPG

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Stormwind castle[13] sits watch over Stormwind atop the cliffs north of the city. It houses the king himself and many of the city's nobles. It was designed with the thought of another invasion in mind: if the city fell to an army vaster than it could handle, the keep itself would become a means of escape, with several secret tunnels entombed deep within the rock.[14]

View from the Keep's entrance

Areas in Stormwind Keep

  • Petitioner's Chamber - First right as you enter the keep.
  • Garden - First left as you go down main hall of the keep.
  • Throne room - At the end of the main hall.
    • War Room - First door, straight ahead through the throne room from the main hall.
    • Royal Guard Room? - Left door (somewhat behind you) from the throne room as you enter.
    • Royal Chapel? - Right door (somewhat behind you) from the throne room as you enter.

Notes and trivia

  • The map for Warcraft: Orcs & Humans shows Stormwind Keep as Stonewind Keep. Within the game it is called Stormwind Keep or Castle Stormwind.
  • The music played in Stormwind Keep is also played in the High Seat in Ironforge.
  • The blog Movoto has done evaluations of Stormwind Keep to try and determine how big it is, what's its real world equivalent location is and how much it would cost to purchase, based on the previous two factors. The answers, in brief, to those three questions are: 47,219 square feet, Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales, and US $10,293,472 ($218 per square foot), respectively.[15]
  • In Cataclysm, Stormwind Keep was entirely remodeled, inside, as well as outside. The path leading to the throne room is now open air and redesigned, complete with a grand walkway and a fountain. The throne room was redesigned too and the garden area before the Library now has a view overlooking the Stormwind Lake. Genn Greymane was also added to Stormwind Keep after the fall of Gilneas.
  • Valeera Sanguinar knows how to infiltrate it.[16]
  • At one point, Velen calls it a palace.[17]

Film universe

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Stormwind Keep is depicted close to its World of Warcraft incarnation but its interior is different. It notably contains the throne room.

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