Stormwind is the capital city of the Kingdom of Stormwind and the largest human city of Azeroth. It is located in the northwestern part of Elwynn Forest. The child king, Anduin Wrynn, resides in Stormwind Keep, surrounded by his body guards and advisors, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon (the regent), and Lady Katrana Prestor. The city is named for the occasional sudden squalls created by a ley line pattern in the mountains around the glorious city.
During the First War, the Kingdom of Azeroth, including its capital, Stormwind Keep, was utterly destroyed by the Horde and its survivors fled to Lordaeron. After the orcs were defeated at the Dark Portal at the end of the Second War, it was decided that the city would be rebuilt, even surpassing its former grandeur. The nobles of Stormwind assembled a team of the most skilled and ingenious stonemasons and architects they could find. Under their direction, Stormwind was rebuilt in an amazingly short period of time. Now, at the end of the Third War, in the newly named Kingdom of Stormwind, it stands as one of the last bastions of human power left in the world.
With the fall of the northern human nations, Stormwind is by far the most populated city in the world. Boasting a population of two-hundred thousand people (predominantly human), it serves in many ways as the cultural and trade center of the Alliance, even with remote access to the sea. The humans living in the city are generally carefree and artistic, favoring light and colorful clothes, cuisine and art.
However, the people of Stormwind find it difficult to accept Theramore's role as the home of the new Alliance, convinced not only that Stormwind should be the legitimate heir of Lordaeron's role in the past, but also that Theramore is doing little against the worsening situation within the Eastern Kingdoms.
Excerpt from the World of Warcraft Game Manual:
"The city of Stormwind stands as the last bastion of human power in Azeroth. Rebuilt after the Second War, Stormwind is a marvel of human design and engineering. Stormwind's guards keep the peace within the city's walls, and its young king, Anduin Wrynn, rules from his mighty keep. The Trade District bustles with trade from across the continent and beyond, while adventurers of every sort can be found wandering the streets of old Town. Unaffected by the ravages of the Scourge in the north, Stormwind still faces its own threats, both from without and within."
The city is made up of roughly rectangular districts separated by canals.
- The Valley of Heroes (area beyond and including the city gate)
- The Trade District (northwest underneath the inner gates from the Valley of Heroes)
- Cathedral Square (northwest across the Canals from the Trade District)
- Cathedral of Light (Paladin/Priest guild)
- Old Town (northeast across the Canals from the Trade District)
- The Mage Quarter (southwest across the Canals from the Trade District)
- The Park (southwest across the Canals from Cathedral Square)
- The Dwarven District (northeast across the Canals from Cathedral Square)
- Deeprun Tram (accessible from the Dwarven District)
- Stormwind Keep (through the castle gates between Old town and the Dwarven District)
- The Canals (accessible from all districts of Stormwind)
From his throne in Stormwind Keep, the boy king Anduin Wrynn IV rules with the support of Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and Lady Katrana Prestor. Grand Admiral Jes-Tereth is the officer in charge of the kingdom's fleet. In the Cathedral of Light, Archbishop Benedictus presides over the clergy of Light, and in the Valley of Heroes, General Marcus Jonathan stands sentinel on his horse, flanked by his topmost commanding officers, Major Mattingly and Field Marshal Afrasiabi. Other guild masters include High Sorcerer Andromath and Master Mathias Shaw, in charge of Stormwind wizards and thieves guilds, respectively.
For a complete list of characters, see List of Stormwind NPCs.
Points of Interest
- The Bank in the southwestern part of the Trade District.
- The Gryphon master on the walls of the city, from the southeastern part of the Trade District.
- The City Hall in the northeastern edge of Cathedral Square.
- The Royal Library is in Stormwind Keep, down the first left hall and to the right of the atrium park.
- The Wizard's Sanctum in the Mage Quarter has magical Dimensional Gateway. Also known as the Academy of Arcane Arts and Sciences, with the fall of Dalaran, it is the primary center of arcane studies in the world.
- The Auction House is located in the center of the Trade District.
- There are several mailboxes in Stormwind. The most popular of them is located between the bank and the inn. Another is placed outside various taverns; one in Old Town, one outside the Blue Recluse in the Mage Quarter, and one outside a nameless tavern in the Park.
- Interesting fact, each section of the town has at least one tavern, if not more. Unfortunately many of the taverns are devoid of NPCs.
- Sentinel Hill, Westfall
- Lakeshire, Redridge Mountains
- Darkshire, Duskwood
- Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale
- Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
- Morgan's Vigil, Burning Steppes
Notes & Tips
- Stormwind is the only Alliance capital city that has an instance inside the city area. Very convenient for repairing and selling afterwards.
- Stormwind contains the officer barracks for the alliance, and thus access to all the special PVP gear.
- Stormwind is a hangout for high-level Players, however it is not as popular as Ironforge (although since 1.10 and the re-introduction of linked auction houses, this is changing).
- Clavicus Knavingham has the Stormwind repeatable Runecloth quest used by non-human Alliance players to obtain the right to ride horses.
- Somewhat bizarrely, the barred instance portal said to be the entrance to the yet-to-be-implemented player housing appears to be on the opposite side of the wall from the moat.
- Stormwind used to be a big target for Horde players to kite the end-game boss Lord Kazzak and then set him loose in the city. Kazzak has been chained to the Blasted Lands since then however.
- Look into List of Stormwind NPCs for a list of questgivers in the area.
See also: Aletto's Guide to Stormwind City
*A portion or version of this article was copied from a WoWWiki archived page ( December-1-2006 ) . See list of authors.