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Nethergarde Keep

Khadgar and Leyan Steelson on one of the towers at Nethergarde.

Population: 300
Government: Feudal Monarchy

Nethergarde Keep, a Stormwind fortress of dour mages and paladins, keeps watch over the Dark Portal, and the demons and ogres that would abuse its power.Template:Cite Nethergarde Keep is a heavily defended Alliance town in the Blasted Lands. The stronghold is home to about 300 members of the Alliance. Though technically it's just a castle like Northwatch Hold in the Barrens, none of the Guards are PvP-enabled except the Gryphon Master and a few questgivers.

Leaders: Archmage Thas’ranan (status unknown), Commander of Nethergarde’s mages; General Lordenson (status unknown), Commander of Nethergarde’s warriors.


Nethergarde Keep was built after the Second War — following the destruction of the first Dark Portal — at the behest of the Archmage Khadgar to ensure that there would be no further invasions from Draenor. It stands on a high bluff along the only road into the Blasted Lands, a road often travelled by both the Horde and the Alliance as they prepare to do battle with the demonic forces in the region.

Construction of Nethergarde was funded by the various kingdoms of the Alliance of Lordaeron (though some more willingly than others), and constructed by the Stonemasons under the supervison of Edwin VanCleef. The archmages of the Kiron Tor, along with the help of King Terenas and the young king of Stormwind Varian Wrynn, convinced the members of the Alliance that the high costs involved with constructing the fortress was well worth it considering the dangers involved with a possible second invasion.

Khadgar was master of Nethergarde until the reconstruction of the Dark Portal by Ner'zhul and his clans on Draenor. When the orcs began attacking Azeroth once more, Khadgar and his friends Turalyon, Danath Trollbane, Alleria Windrunner, and Kurdran Wildhammer rallied troops and led the Alliance Expedition through the Dark Portal in order to destroy the Horde and seal off the Portal once and for all. When Ner'zhul opened his portals, which began to tear Draenor apart, the five leaders remained behind to seal it from Draenor, so that the backlash would not affect their beloved Azeroth.

For twenty years thereafter, the Dark Portal was silent.

After the Portal was sealed, the mages of Dalaran kept Nethergarde in operation both for the Kirin Tor and the Alliance. They focused their efforts on studying the effects that the Portal's energy had on what had become known as the Blasted Lands - the mutations to the wildlife and the tainting of the soil. When Dalaran was destroyed by Archimonde during the invasion of the Burning Legion, Nethergarde's continued survival depended on support from the nearby Kingdom of Stormwind, and by warriors of the Alliance who travelled into the Blasted Lands. Then Lord Kazzak, the demon commander in Azeroth, found an artifact to reopen the Dark Portal, and join the Legion's ranks in Outland. Now, with the way to Outland open again, Nethergarde is now the major hub of activity between Stormwind and the Dark Portal.

Travel Connections


Alliance Stormwind City
Alliance Darkshire
Alliance Morgan's Vigil



Name Location
IconSmall Human Male.gif Bernie Heisten <Food & Drink Merchant> Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Strumner Flintheel <Armor Crafter> Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Human Female.gif Nina Lightbrew <Alchemy Supplies> Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alexandra Constantine <Gryphon Master> Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands

Quest givers & enders

Name Location
IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Enohar Thunderbrew Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Human Male.gif Watcher Mahar Ba Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Thadius Grimshade Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall BloodElf2 Male.gif Ambassador Ardalan Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands


Name Location
IconSmall Human Male.gif Nethergarde Cleric Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Gnome Female.gif Nethergarde Analyst Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Nethergarde Riftwatcher Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Human Male.gif Nethergarde Elite Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Nethergarde Officer Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
IconSmall Human Male.gif IconSmall Human Female.gif Nethergarde Soldier Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
Subzones of Blasted Lands

Map of Blasted Lands

Altar of Storms · The Dark Portal · Dreadmaul Hold · Dreadmaul Post · Garrison Armory · Nethergarde Keep · Rise of the Defiler · Serpent's Coil · The Tainted Scar
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