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Old 08-30-2011, 03:00 PM
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Gamescale's a bitch, and while I was wandering around I realized just how small the world looks in-game; there are many zones where you can see from end to end without much effort.

So I thought it'd be fun to dig up some pictures from around the internet to explain how some of these regions probably look in the lore, instead of the small-scale version that we see in-game.

Dunno if it'll take off, but whatever. Hopefully it'll help people's immersion!

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Arathi Highlands



I know that they don't really look like "highlands" but in-game, the region has always looked more like a steppe to me, in that trees are few and far in between, and I felt that this picture suited because of the mountains in the background (which border the Hinterlands.)

The picture is a Mongolian Steppe, by the way.

The Barrens



The Barrens is easy. Obvious African Savannah, although good pictures of it are surprisingly hard to come by.

Twilight Highlands



This one was trickier than I thought it'd be, but Twilight Highlands has always looked more like Highlands to me than Arathi. I think that this picture in particular could be interpreted as what a Wildhammer town may resemble.

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Old 08-30-2011, 03:16 PM
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Interesting idea. But I really don't see Arathi in that first picture.

Of course, criticism is easier that doing... and I'm almost too lazy to criticise.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:21 PM
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Interesting idea. But I really don't see Arathi in that first picture.

Of course, criticism is easier that doing... and I'm almost too lazy to criticise.
Well, the sky is darker than it usually is, but when I actually go to Arathi it doesn't resemble highlands at all.
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These are the Scottish highlands aka moors(I get the impression Arathi was modeled after these). Can't you just imagine a Witherbark village down in those trees?



Here's another:



Durotar:



I've always thought of the Alterac mts. as analogous to the real-world Alps.




Loch Modan:



Desolace:



Grizzly Hills:


I like this. This is fun. Extra points for Outland zones.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:41 PM
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Loch Modan:
It's pretty good, but it doesn't look green enough. Loch Modan is portrayed as a very lush zone.

Speaking of lush zones, you know what I'm having a surprising amount of trouble with? Elwynn, Redridge and Westfall. They're simple zones on paper but it's surprisingly hard to find a real life equivilant.

I've got this for Elwynn:



But Elwynn

A) Has massive Oak trees

B) Has enough distance between said trees that their canopies only intermingle slightly

C) Looks pretty developed, with roads twisting in between the trees, and farms in the glades.

It's harder than it looks.

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The second one would probably be the view from Hillsbrad or Chillwind, right?
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It's pretty good, but it doesn't look green enough. Loch Modan is portrayed as a very lush zone.

Speaking of lush zones, you know what I'm having a surprising amount of trouble with? Elwynn, Redridge and Westfall. They're simple zones on paper but it's surprisingly hard to find a real life equivilant.
For Westfall you're going to have to reach back to dustbowl pictures, because that's the inspiration for the entire zone. The closest real life equivalent is a Mediterranean nation considering their soil structure.

Elwynn is your typical medieval forest, so I'd find a nice one in Germany or France. Britain was technically the inspiration (think Robin Hood type area), but they've deforested the nation so thoroughly it's difficult to get a good picture out of the area.

Redridge and Stonetalon are both Rocky Mountain areas.
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Westfall from my own country Alentejo region
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nice idea this thread. Kind of makes you imagine these places in wow being far larger then the game allows.
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I ignore everything about the trees except the type (evergreen, deciduous, etc.) There aren't forests like Elwynn in the real world. Gameplay is a large factor in the way trees (and other objects) are spaced. There are no dense forests in WoW for precisely this reason, but by all rights, Azeroth should have them.

Also, finding photos that look like Azeroth is slightly different than naming corresponding regions. You might find the perfect photo for Loch Modan in southern Argentina, for example. Just think about broad aspects of the region you're looking for. Deciduous forest? Hilly plains? Rocky desert?
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For Westfall you're going to have to reach back to dustbowl pictures, because that's the inspiration for the entire zone. The closest real life equivalent is a Mediterranean nation considering their soil structure.
My first instinct was to find some pictures of the Great Plains, but they're a bit too flat. In game, Westfall is peppered with trees and foothills that are big enough to support traditional mining.

Plus, as it's portrayed in game it's fallen on hard times and much of the land is parched and brown. I figure that in its prime, the region is probably green.

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Elwynn is your typical medieval forest, so I'd find a nice one in Germany or France. Britain was technically the inspiration (think Robin Hood type area), but they've deforested the nation so thoroughly it's difficult to get a good picture out of the area.
The Elwynn picture I posted is from Ireland, but it's still difficult to think of the one that fits the criteria of Elwynn. The picture I posted looks too untamed, while Elwynn's been the jewel of Stormwind for generations and as such is developed.

I'm starting to think that Elwynn is geographically impossible, on account of how huge yet short the trees are, and the distance between them. I think that a picture of one of the glades would better represent it.

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Redridge and Stonetalon are both Rocky Mountain areas.
I'm not so sure. The higher regions of Redridge definitely have a rocky mountain feel, but the majority of the zone resembles European countryside moreso than part of the Rocky Mountains.

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Westfall from my own country Alentejo region
Broken picture.
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Sometimes it shows the picture and sometimes it doesn't. Try just posting the link, because that works.
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The Barrens isn't -really- a savanah. It's a desert. Not a grassy plain, it's a desert. Sand. Stone. Rock. No grass. Red. Not yellow and especially not green. There are a few patches of grass, yes, but it's not particularly big. It doesn't qualify to be a savannah.
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The Barrens isn't -really- a savanah. It's a desert. Not a grassy plain, it's a desert. Sand. Stone. Rock. No grass. Red. Not yellow and especially not green. There are a few patches of grass, yes, but it's not particularly big. It doesn't qualify to be a savannah.
Gonna have to disagree, I really feel it is like a savanah.

I remember my first time going there and feeling like I was on stage for the Lion King sequel.
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The barrens is the African Savannah (note the wildlife), Durotar is a desert (think American Southwest).
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The barrens is the African Savannah (note the wildlife), Durotar is a desert (think American Southwest).
Much more accurate, though I feel Durotar reminds me of prehistoric times. I almost wish it was filled with nothing but dinosaurs.
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Excuse me, but how does THE european countryside look like?
Europe is quite big and diverse...
I know for certain that the countryside here in Sweden looks nothing like Redridge AT ALL. It's a lot more green.

This is a fun thread and I willl give it a try:

DUN MOROGH, I think it is pretty much spot on. Apparently it is somewhere in Alaska.



I don't know where this is, but it looks a lot like the Blasted Lands.



DUSKWOOD! I guess pretty much every autumn forest in the evening could qualify though.


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Wetlands:




Dustwallow:





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I know for certain that the countryside here in Sweden looks nothing like Redridge AT ALL. It's a lot more green.
I'm referring more to the Redridge Highway, the more southern parts of the zone.

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I think you accidentally put your Blasted Lands picture there (agreed though, that has "Blasted Lands" written all over it.)

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Oh, that's a good one! It'd be even better if we could get it at night!

I did an image search for haunted forest, and I found this.

I think it's too bright to be Dustkwood, but I remember reading in Stormrage that the Scourge used fog to shroud its attack on Stormwind, so I feel like this is what Elwynn Forest looked like during the Scourge invasion.

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Looks kinda like Vanilla-era Tirisfal to me.
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I'm referring more to the Redridge Highway, the more southern parts of the zone.



I think you accidentally put your Blasted Lands picture there (agreed though, that has "Blasted Lands" written all over it.)



Oh, that's a good one! It'd be even better if we could get it at night!

I did an image search for haunted forest, and I found this.

I think it's too bright to be Dustkwood, but I remember reading in Stormrage that the Scourge used fog to shroud its attack on Stormwind, so I feel like this is what Elwynn Forest looked like during the Scourge invasion.

Hmm.. kinda of makes me think Tirisfal glades or western plaguelands
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