Black Rook Hold was, during the War of the Ancients, a defensive gathering place for the night elves to strategize and plan the stand against the Burning Legion. Lord Ravencrest was the head of this monumental structure. The hold itself was carved from the great mountain of black stone. Over the centuries, the Ravencrest bloodline continued to carve out corridors and other areas of the keep. In Lord Ravencrest's generation, the hold was complete. It's shape and color resembles the shape of the rook chess-piece and the famous, but ancient, crest of a black raven soars over the hold itself. Both signs finally gave it it's name, Black Rook Hold. The structure stood in terms of magnificence second only to the palace of Zin-Azshari. The hold was thought to have been destroyed after the well exploded during the Great Sundering, but nothing is for sure. The hold is said to have the strength to withstand an attack from the Burning Legion for days, giving time for it's inhabitants to make a stand — or flee to safer ground.