Nethergarde Keep, a Stormwind fortress of dour mages and paladins, keeps watch over the 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.
Nethergarde Keep was built during the Second War - shortly after 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.
Khadgar, a mage of the Kirin Tor of Dalaran, was the 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, 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.
|Template:Race Icon Human Male Small Bernie Heisten <Food & Drink Merchant>||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Dwarf Male Small Strumner Flintheel <Armor Crafter>||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Human Female Small Nina Lightbrew <Alchemy Supplies>||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Human Female Small Alexandra Constantine <Gryphon Master>||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
Quest givers & enders
|Template:Race Icon Dwarf Female Small Enohar Thunderbrew||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Human Male Small Watcher Mahar Ba||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Dwarf Male Small Thadius Grimshade||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon BloodElf Male Small Ambassador Ardalan||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Human Male Small Nethergarde Cleric||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Gnome Female Small Nethergarde Analyst||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Dwarf Female Small Nethergarde Riftwatcher||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Human Male Small Nethergarde Elite||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Dwarf Male Small Nethergarde Officer||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Template:Race Icon Human Male Small Template:Race Icon Human Female Small Nethergarde Soldier||Nethergarde Keep,||Blasted Lands|
|Subzones 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|