Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Stormspire!
The Stormspire is a neutral town located in Netherstorm on the Outland continent and was introduced during the Burning Crusade expansion. The town is controlled by the Consortium, a band of ethereal smugglers led by Nexus-Prince Haramad. The town is surrounded by lush vegetation and protected from the constant magical storms by two Eco-Dome Generators called Sutheron and Skyperch. This gives it a unique appearance that stands in stark contrast to the rest of Netherstorm which has been stripped bare by the magical energies. The town was built on top of a high plateau and is only accessible by flight or by elevator. This height, combined with the vegetation and the eco-domes gives it a secluded feel and could be why the Consortium settled here. Several dialogues and quests in the area tell stories about the Consortium’s enemies, including the Ethereum, a rogue faction of ethereals seeking to “become void,” as well as Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider and his followers, who were former customers of the Consortium. Also present is Advisor Rahim, a member of the Protectorate, a faction of ethereals working to stamp out the Ethereum and those who seek to harm the other ethereals. Their presence here suggests the Consortium is a sanctioned ethereal faction and not a rogue black market operation as their name and activities suggest, at least in the eyes of the other ethereals.