The Altar of Storms in the Burning Steppes

Altars of Storms are structures of great power used by both the Old Horde and Thrall's Horde during the Second and Third Wars, respectively.

Second War

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Main article: Altar of Storms (Warcraft II)

Carved from the runestone at Caer Darrow, the Altar of Storms channelled dark and arcane energies through the bronze figures that towered above it to pervert the innate elven magic of the runestone. These energies, lost when the orc warlocks were destroyed by the Doomhammer, were now used to create the powers of the ogre magi. It is here that the ogre magi were imbued with new spells and skills to aid them in their fight against the Alliance. The Altars were avoided by the rest of the Horde as the intense energies that emanated from their cold surfaces could be... unhealthy.[1]

The elves, knowing that their sacred artifact had been defiled, had sworn to destroy all of the unholy Altars across the Eastern Kingdoms.[2] Some Altars were also built on Draenor, notably at the mystic sanctum of Fortress Shadowmoon.[3]

Third War

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Main article: Altar of Storms (Warcraft III)

Once used to channel the demonic energies of the Burning Legion, these Altars have been retooled by troll masons. Using the rediscovered elemental abilities of the shamans, these Altars serve as a kind of "gate" to revive fallen warriors. When a hero dies, his spirit can be recalled at these Altars to continue service for the Horde.[4]

World of Warcraft

The Altar of Storms in Ar'gorok

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Only three of the original Altars remain to this day:

A new Altar of Storms was built in Ar'gorok during the Battle for Stromgarde to summon heroes, though it uses a different design.

Another Altar of Storms was built during the Battle for Darkshore by the goblins.[6] It was staffed by Mizzyk.

Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans

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In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, one scene had Thrall standing before Orgrim Doomhammer, Kargath Bladefist, and Kilrogg Deadeye on an Altar of Storms at Grim Batol in a meeting to reunite the Horde.

In the RPG

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An Altar of Storms stands in the Searing Gorge. Orc warlocks in the Second War invented a method to grant intelligence and magical powers to their ogre allies. This method involved arcane edifices such as this Altar of Storms, one of the few remaining from the Second War. They are now relics. The Alliance destroyed several such Altars in the Second War. The Searing Gorge altar is cracked and scarred, but its remaining energies draw elementals and ogre magi to the area. A dangerous place.[7]