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This is about the dungeon hub. For the raid known in-game as "Tempest Keep", see Eye (Tempest Keep).

Tempest Keep
The Mechanar (5)

Gatewatcher Gyro-Kill
Gatewatcher Iron-Hand
Mechano-Lord Capacitus
Nethermancer Sepethrea
Pathaleon the Calculator

The Botanica (5)

Commander Sarannis
High Botanist Freywinn
Thorngrin the Tender
Warp Splinter

The Arcatraz (5)

Zereketh the Unbound
Wrath-Scryer Soccothrates
Dalliah the Doomsayer
Harbinger Skyriss

The Eye (25)

Void Reaver
High Astromancer Solarian
Kael'thas Sunstrider

Tempest Keep map

Tempest Keep Map
BlizzCon 2005 (Better resolution here)

Tempest Keep is a former naaru fortress in the Netherstorm in Outland. This crystalline fortress is now ruled by Kael'thas Sunstrider, the lord of the blood elves, and dominated by scores of his brethren. The structure is divided into three wings - satellites of the gigantic structure - with the fourth wing, the Exodar, now in the world of Azeroth as the Draenei capital.

The three remaining wings are differentiated by the different color themes:

Tip: One easy way to remember which is which is to look at their placement on the map. Starting at the top and working clockwise are B for Botanica, A for Arcatraz, and M for Mechanar, spelling the mnemonic "BAM".

Dungeon denizens



The mighty Tempest Keep was created by the enigmatic Naaru, sapient beings of pure energy and the sworn enemies of the Burning Legion. As a base of operations for the Naaru, the structure itself possesses the technology to teleport through alternate dimensions, traveling from one location to another in the blink of an eye.

With Outland serving as the strategic battlefront in the ongoing Burning Crusade, the Naaru used Tempest Keep to reach the shattered land. However, when the Naaru set out from their stronghold, Prince Kael'thas and his blood elves quickly raided the dimensional fortress and assumed control over its satellite structures. Guided by some unknown purpose, Kael’thas manipulates the keep’s otherworldly technologies, using them to harness the chaotic energies of the Netherstorm itself.

Though Kael’thas and his minions maintain a tight hold on the keep, a band of Draenei hijacked one of its satellite structures, the Exodar, and used it to escape Outland. In seeking out other worlds, the Draenei, led by the ancient prophet, Velen, hoped to find allies who would stand with them against the Legion and its nihilistic Crusade. The Exodar was damaged in the escape, and eventually crashlanded on Azeroth.


Tempest Keep can be accurately described as an enchanted fortress. It has the ability to Travel along the Twisting Nether - a realm of intense energy that links all the worlds of the Great Dark together. This is where the term "inter-dimensional" comes from. A "space ship" would simply traverse the distance of the great dark from point A to point B. Tempest keep uses the Twisting nether to travel almost instantaneously from place to place. In essence, it is a self-contained Dark Portal which operates on the same principle.

Evolution of the concept

Tempest Keep artwork

Tempest Keep was originally stated to be the "Dimensional Ship" which the Naaru provided for the draenei's flight from Argus.[1] When the orcs were corrupted by Kil'jaeden, it was believed that many draenei hid away in the Keep for many decades.

Metzen: The draenei nether-ship you've been hearing about is far more than it seems. It's part of a larger dimension-traveling fortress called Tempest Keep that essentially teleports through alternate realities. It doesn't bank and roll or shoot photon torpedoes (not yet, anyway). [2].


In Tempest Keep

  • Kael'thas says: Energy, power, my people are addicted to it! A dependence made manifest after the Sunwell was destroyed.
  • Kael'thas says: Welcome... to the future! A pity you are too late to stop it. No one can stop me now.
  • Kael'thas says: Sel'ama Ashal'anore.
  • Kael'thas says: Let us see how your nerves hold up against the darkener Thaladred.
  • Kael'thas says: You have persevered against some of my best advisors. But none can withstand the might of the blood hammer!
  • Kael'thas says: Behold... Lord Sanguinnar.
  • Kael'thas says: Carpernian will see to it that your stay here is a short one.
  • Kael'thas says: You have proven worthy to test your skills against my master engineer Telonicus.
  • Kael'thas says: As you see, I have many weapons in my arsenal.
  • Kael'thas says: Perhaps I underestimated you. It would be unfair to make you fight all four advisors at once, but fair treatment was never shown to my people. I'm just returning the favor.
  • Kael'thas says: Alas! Sometimes one must take matters into one's own hands.
  • Kael'thas says: Obey me!
  • Kael'thas says: Bow to my will!
  • Kael'thas says: By the power of the sun!
  • Kael'thas says: Balamore Shanal!
  • Kael'thas yells: I have not come this far to be stopped! The future I have planned will not be jeopardized!
  • Kael'thas yells: Now you will taste true power!
  • Kael'thas says: Let us see how you fare when your world is turned upside down.
  • Kael'thas says: Having trouble staying grounded?
  • Kael'thas: lies defeated.
  • Kael'thas says: For... Quel'Thalas!

Tempest Keep Artwork

In a direct contradiction to the previous information about Tempest Keep, it was revealed in Rise of the Horde that Oshu'gun, the gigantic crystal in Nagrand revered by the orcs as their "Mountain of Spirits," was in fact the vessel that provided Velen and the draenei their escape from Argus, not Tempest Keep. It was also revealed in the Blizzard short "Unbroken" that Velen and the survivors did not flock to Tempest Keep to hide, but rather hid somewhere in the Zangarmarsh (possibly the hidden Telredor, or the Orebor Harborage on the border with the Blade's Edge Mountains). The story regarding Tempest Keep was changed accordingly; in The Burning Crusade manual, Tempest Keep was described as a naaru dimensional fortress that did not arrive on Draenor until after its destruction/transformation into Outland. The portion referring to Velen and the draenei raid on the Exodar in order to escape Outland was only slightly modified to fit the changed situation.




WoW Pro Lore Episode 45 - The Exodar

The Exodar flees Tempest Keep