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8-02-2010 @ 6:22PM
Excellent pieces of art that people can make...but one question bugs me...I see Kalimdor and Northrend on that globe. I assume Eastern Kingdoms is on the opposite side of Kalimdor...but look a little above Northrend and you'll see something that looks very much like it would be the Azeroth version of the North Pole. Also, what dangers lurk on the dark side of Azeroth?..../shudder
8-02-2010 @ 6:50PM
It's based on the Azeroth globe in Ulduar and the one briefly visible in Black Temple. The problem with this is that whoever was responsible for them needs to be smacked in the head with a geography textbook; they put Stranglethorn and Silithus/Un'Goro/Tanaris/Uldum by the south pole, when they're clearly equatorial, and probably north of the equator at that.The swirly white bit above Northrend, on the other hand, is easier to explain as permanent pack ice, similar to the North Pole ice sheet on Earth.The other explanation to Blizzard's globefail is that if they put all the other continents of Azeroth on it, we'd know where they were, and they'd be nixed for future expansions.
8-02-2010 @ 7:12PM
@Fletcher: What's your definition of "equatorial", and what makes STV or Tanaris "clearly" equatorial? I generally think of "equatorial" as meaning the region of the globe between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. I don't think we see anything in Tanaris that wouldn't seem out of place in the middle easy, ala Iran/Iraq, neither of which are equatorial. Indeed, you mention Uldum, which is getting an Egyptian look, and again when you talk about all the famous, iconic parts of Egypt everyone thinks of, none of that is equatorial. I suspect you might also be suffering from the impression that latitude is the most important factor in climate and local temperatures, when in fact although it plays a role, it's far from most significant. Believe me, you'd rather spend the winter in Venice, Italy than Minneapolis, Minnesota, despite the fact that Venice is a bit further north. Ultimately, things like ocean currents and prevailing winds make a much, much larger contribution to the local climate than latitude. Thus, to the best of my knowledge, there's nothing in the game that suggests these regions are equatorial. Their climates and flora/fauna are entirely consistent with lands well south of the Azerothian Tropic of Capricorn.
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