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Old 04-04-2014, 09:26 AM
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Default Warlords of Draenor artwork analysis

I was feeling like taking a closer look at the artwork, but the draenor thread is currently caught up on class changes. So, closer look at the pictures. First, the first eleven.



Type: Zone Concept Art
Zone: Spires of Arak

There's two notable things here. First, we can see the original arakkoa architecture, located on the sides of the spires. But what I find more interesting is those flying creatures, who look suspiciously dragon-like. Dragonmaw Clan native to this area? Zaela took back the black drakes she enslaved?



Type: Architecture Concept Art
Race: Uncorrupted Arakkoa
Zone: Spires of Arak

Man, those arakkoa are into skulls. I'm wondering about the flag hanging at the side there. Is it a flag for the arakkoa nation? For this particular veil? (do uncorrupted arakkoa even have veils?) Or is it just fancy?
If you look closely, there's humanoid figures tied to the large spikes. The one on the right has a sharp, pointy thing through his chest. An uncorrupted arakkoa?



Type: Zone Concept Art
Zone: Spires of Arak (or possibly Terrokar, with Arak in the distance)

You'll again see large flying creatures, though these look a bit more bird-like.



Type: Zone Concept Art
Zone: Nagrand

Oooh, pretty. Weren't snow-capped mountains like this mentioned in Rise of the horde?



Type: Zone Concept Art
Zone: Unknown.

Not really much to say here, except that one of the zones will have glowy bits. It could be terrokar, zangar sea, shadowmoon or even tanaan.



Type: Zone Concept Art
Zone: Nagrand

It kinda reminds me of the Halaa basin, though Halaa itself is obviously not present. You'll see a small Iron Horde outpost on the right, likely warsong. I think there's a raider going accross the bridge, but it's hard to see in this art style.



Type: Zone Concept Art
Zone: Probably Tanaan

By process of elimination, it's likely that this zone is Tanaan, the savage jungle. You can see two flying creatures, which appear to be Pterrordaxes. Could that mean that Tanaan is a titan seeding area, like Un'goro, Scholazar or the vale?



Type: Zone Concept Art
Zone: Unknown

At first, the scale here might fool you into thinking we're very zoomed in. But look at the left side of the wooden log. It's a humanoid with a spear. Not sure what species though. It has a hunch, so it might be orc, but it's got two pointy things on its head.



Type: Architecture Concept Art
Race: Draenei
Building: Maybe Shadowmoon observatory

The runes on the central stone make it apparent that this place is tied to Shadowmoon. One of the draenei visitors is using a crystalline staff similar to Velen's



Type: Architecture Concept Art
Race: Draenei
Building: Auchindoun

With WoD, you'll notice that the draenei are increasingly tied to the water, which fits with their membership in the alliance. I'll quote myself:

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Type: Architecture Concept Art
Race: Draenei
Zone: Spires of Arak

See what I mean about being tied to water? No idea why it's glowing though. Run-off from Auchindoun?
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:52 AM
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I think in picture 1 that's a chimera, looks like two headed.
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I think in picture 1 that's a chimera, looks like two headed.
Considered that, but look at the second closest one. The second head/wing is much thinner and longer than the head.
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Picture 5, 7 and 8 are of Tanaan jungle, last pic is of Talador, but it is taken from Tanaan, you can see thorns and such from Tanaan, (also Tanaan has a link to hellfire, which is mainly the thorns. I suppose with no water, the place dried up, as did the other parts of the world.
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Considered that, but look at the second closest one. The second head/wing is much thinner and longer than the head.
Clearly it's Sabellian, gone back in time to recreate a Black Dragonflight in the relative safety of Old Draenor.
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