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11-06-2011 @ 9:41PM
You were right when you said at the meetup that my mind would be blown.My mind. It is blown.One interesting question though: The Sha have only been manifesting on Pandaria. What are your thoughts on this? Is the prison of the Old Gods similar to the ozone layer of Earth and at its weakest on the South Pole or something? There's obviously something going on for it not to be a frozen wasteland like Northrend was. Could the weather be a result of the mists as well? Preserving Pandaria in a psuedo-time-capsule as the continents drift apart?You know, this would also explain why the elements actually get their own planes on Azeroth but not on other planets and also why we have Aspects but not on other planets either. And Watchers. Etc., etc. The titans really went overboard to give structure, fail-safes, etc., to this planet. Holy crap. My mind just blew again.
11-06-2011 @ 9:46PM
I think that the Pandaren create the Sha on purpose. They know the correct way to handle negative energy and chaos, and they've been practicing it for 12,000 years. When we bust onto their island, there are far too many of us generating Sha, and it throws the whole continent off-kilter as the Pandaren try to clean up our mess, and teach us exactly what it is we are doing.
11-06-2011 @ 10:22PM
Personally I believe that the axis of Azeroth is quite a bit different from Earth's. Such that if you look at the maps of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. A somewhat cooler seasonal conditions are at the northern ends of the continents, and it appears to get warmer the farther south you go. Either to the deserts of on Kalimdor or the jungles of Stranglethorn.
11-07-2011 @ 4:42AM
Perhaps the Sha are a fragmented, weaker and more containable form of elder god. Our presence in Pandaria is going to cause those fragments to coalesce.
11-08-2011 @ 3:08AM
Carune:The temperature variation makes sense if you imagine that "the known world" so far is only, say, the top half of one hemisphere (at most) - with Northrend near the north pole and Stranglethorn and Tanaris near the equator. There might be other unknown continents far to the south.Up until now, it's been assumed and/or presented as if Kalimdor, the EK, the Maelstrom and NR take up the whole globe, but that's clearly not true, if only for the revelation of Pandaria's existence. Time to redraw all of those maps...(As an aside, the ancient Greeks made a pretty good estimate of the true circumference of the Earth by precisely measuring the distance between two wells, and when the Sun shone straight down them (ie, noon). They ended up rejecting the answer they got because it implied (correctly!) that everything they knew about was TINY compared to the total calculated area, and THAT couldn't be right...)
11-08-2011 @ 11:43AM
But much of the "known world" is drawn on a globe created by the titans who approached this planet from the outside.Then again, it was drawn before the Sundering, so maybe what we see is how it was before the Sundering and there is plenty of room not discovered.Or if it continually reflects the actual planet, given that this planet was manufactured magically could cause some inconsistencies with the weather if that magic is left. In other words, the magic that created the mists may very well have been created magically in a way that required warmer climate and therefore produced them.And I just thought about this, but it really makes me now question why Azeroth has a moon, if not 2, and if maybe one of those turned out to be a watcher and thus disappeared at some event unbeknownst to us because it wasn't really a moon. The next question to that would be where it went and what will come back with it when it does return.
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