Hello everyone and welcome to day 4 of my 30 Day World of Warcraft Challenge that is counting down the days to the release of Shadowlands! Every day in November I will be posting about World of Warcraft based on the prompt list below. Today’s prompt is location and I’m doing to take you on a tour of my top three World of Warcraft Cities to explore
I’d love for you to join me in my countdown to Shadowlands and you can do so in any way you wish. I wanted this challenge to be open to all players whether they be raiders, casual, new to the game or veterans. It’s also completely open to interpretation as to how you respond to the challenge; write it, draw it, vlog it, post it on social media, whatever works for you.
Day 4 – Location
Today’s prompt ‘location’ is another theme I’ve talked about before. While I could probably ramble on about another set of incredible zones that I love or do another theme like my recent Halloween one, I decided to do something I haven’t done before. I’ve never actually sat down and thought about the cities of the game. WoWpedia lists 16 Capital cities and then 90 additional cities, although a quick glance quickly confirms that number is incorrect (Goldshire and Teldrassil are listed when they’re in fact a town and village, respectively). Regardless of the exact number, the point is that there are quite a few for me to choose from! So let’s crack on with it and narrow it down to my top three World of Warcraft Cities to explore.
Anyone who’s seen my Screenshot gallery will not be surprised at this one at all. I have over 170 screenshots of the Nighthold raid, aka Suramar City, alone. I not only could happily spend hours exploring this place; I actually did.
What makes me love this city so much is a mixture of aesthetics and lore. It just speaks to me aesthetically; it’s gorgeous! Purple mixed with turquoise is my go-to colour scheme. Everything from the architecture to the plants and the furniture is designed to be elegant and beautiful. From a lore perspective, this is a glimpse at a long lost culture, a place that was cut off from the rest of the world for thousands of years – and the rest of it sank to the bottom of the ocean.
There’s so many little nooks and crannies to explore, and if you get a chance to wander around after a clear I really recommend it. Alternatively, take the visual tour through my gallery 🙂
Mechagon is visually stunning in a whole different way to Suramar. Its design is incredibly inventive because everything is made out of engineering. Everything including the flowers in the gardens is made of metal, and designing them must have both been a wonderful challenge and a trial for the art team. Like Suramar it’s a part of the world that has been hidden from players until now, however, it has a very dark side. Everywhere you look it’s been turned into a tribute to King Mechagon, reminding the Mechagnomes who’s in charge, who holds their life in their hands. This puts a whole different spin on the ingenuity we see, tainting it almost, and it’s wonderful to see the city again in the Mechagnome allied race quest and as a Mechagnome when it’s free. It feels so much more alive.
We don’t get to see much of Gilneas before it’s lost to us forever, but what I did see was enough to make me fall in love with gorgeous gothic architecture. The city feels as brooding as it’s King and if you take the time to explore it before the quests begin you get to enjoy the little animations that give the city its atmosphere. There are papers blowing about, windows opening and shutting, and Worgen standing watch on the high buildings. It feels like a ghost town and with people running around in a panic, it immerses you into the scenario you’ve just stepped into.
I really wish we got to do and see more of this city as it’s one that looks as though it could have so many more hidey holes and places to explore. Maybe one day they’ll introduce a time walking dungeon set here and give us that chance.
Over to You
Thanks for reading! You might be surprised that there are no Capital Cities on here. The reason for that is I feel that I’ve explored them so thoroughly over the years. running here and there for quests and events that they just don’t seem that interesting any more. While they’re certainly pretty to look at and have some interesting points of interest, they’re just not places I can get lost in exploring. There is nothing left there for me to explore!
How about you; what is your favourite World of Warcraft city?
Next up tomorrow is instances where I will be sharing the instances that stood the test of time and remain my favourites.
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