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5-25-2010 @ 9:11AM
I would think in a war torn land there is less chance for farmers to bring in crops successfully. I mean look at all those farms that have been taken over or blighted. No wonder there are no veggies. Plenty of animals though.
5-25-2010 @ 10:05AM
As we've seen in Arathi Basin, farms can change hands very quickly.
5-25-2010 @ 11:01AM
In a war-torn land it's pretty hard to raise livestock though. They're big, tasty targets to armies, brigands, and starving neighbors. Pastures are often in poor condition, it's hard to grow enough feed to supplement their diet or get them through winter and other times of poor grazing, and stress can put a real damper on animal health and breeding success.So, given that all forms of agriculture can break down under these conditions, good old hunter-gatherer strategies can help a lot. The "gatherer" part here is important. In-game we have a method of hunting (though the distribution of animal species is often...questionable to say the least, both in geography and percentage of local biomass), but no way of gathering the sorts of plant and fungal matter that get people through lean times. Well, okay, there's the fungal bits you can pick off of undead characters sometimes, but that's...kinda' gross. Edible plants and fungi are all around us! Dandelion greens are extremely rich in a number of vitamins and nutrients and can easily be eaten raw; their roots are also a source of energy if cooked. Morels are still harvested in the American south even today, 'cause they's tasty, valuable things. Many nuts are edible, though they may require proper cooking methods to remove their less savory chemical components. Tubers abound, clover grows wild and provides good nutrition. So on, so forth.
5-25-2010 @ 10:48AM
Not to mention that of all food types meat and grains keep the longest ( without modern preparation that is ). Dry 'em out and you're good to go. Jerky is ftw. Granted you can dehydrate any food, not just meat, but it was much more common practice to dry out your meat than it was to dry out your veggies. It's easier for one and less likely to attract insects because you do it over a firepit so bugs will not try to eat it. Plus you can also just toss your meat in a barrel full of salt and roll it around a bit then come back a year later when you get hungry ( Viking/Vrykul style ). The salt removes moisture from the meat and wards off/kills bugs like the smoke from a fire would.
5-25-2010 @ 11:18AM
Awesome point. The lore behind Westfall and the fact that the whole zone lies fallow supports this. There are very few farms in Azeroth at all and the only cattle I remember are wandering blithely around Elwynn Forest. Hell, none of the eggs I've ever seen came from any chickens including my Westfall and Ancona; they're farmed from buzzards and draghawk hatchlings.As far as Outland goes, the native orcs were nomadic tribes in Nagrand. IIRC, nomads have little time for cultivating soil, planting crops, and harvesting.
5-25-2010 @ 1:02PM
These are some great points, though I admit that I figured that the lack of farm goods was more of a professions choice than anything to do with the state of the world at the time. Though considering this is the world of warcraft, that probably is a big part of it.I play Lord of the Rings Online and they have a really robust cooking profession, with a WIDE variety of food you can make. But they also have a completely seperate profession to support it; farming. In fact, it's the meat you have to buy and all the veggies can be supplied by farming. But farming is a rather boring profession (you stand in a field for long periods of time, sowing and harvesting your crops) and it has to fit the world. Middle Earth is a much more civilized and less war-torn land than Azeroth so the idea of someone farming for a living, instead of adventuring or keeping orcs off their lands, seems more likely.If Azeroth was going to introduce more veggies, they'd most likely have to introduce some sort of profession for it (so that cooking remains self-sufficient) or have the produce sold at vendors. Though the vendor thing isn't a bad idea; it's a good gold sink.Of course, with Cataclysm, I can't imagine there'd be much crops being grown at all.
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