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3-27-2012 @ 11:14AM
Curious….It can be seen that Zandalar Isle is extremely close to Pandaria, just to the northwest, as seen here: http://media.mmo-champion.com/images/news/2012/march/pandariaminimap.jpgIt is also stated via blue posts that the Zandalari and Pandaren had NO contact for 10,000 years, ever since the mists formed (http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3523213648?page=3#43). This is baffling to me, given how very close they are. I realize we’re in a world with extreme magics, but one would assume you could simply sail in precisely in the same direction you had seen the continent last and probably hit land, no? It’s not THAT far away from them, and it’s directly south/southeast. If the mists only cover the small area between the continent and the small island, it shouldn’t be that difficultly navigated, right? The trolls may not have had compasses, but they had to at least know directions well, given their continued trips to Stranglethorn. What’s the deal with this mist?! I was under the (possibly misconceived) impression that the mists would cover a large area surrounding Pandaria, which further led to explorers getting lost and such. By those standards, the whole of the Zandalar island would be covered by the mists, causing its own set of problems for the inhabitants. Being that they have obviously traveled to far off lands (i.e. Stranglethorn Vale), they were obviously not plagued by an island-encompassing mist.Perhaps I’m just confusing close proximity with ease of travel….Thoughts?
3-27-2012 @ 11:23AM
My thought are... Maybe the mist blocked travel like a magical brick wall, or maybe trolls have not lived on that island for 10k years and there are just ancient troll ruins there, or maybe the trolls just recently re-inhabited the island after the mist lifted. I suppose we will find out soon.
Perhaps the mist not only concealed the island but teleported boats entering its boundary to the other side of the boundary
3-27-2012 @ 11:24AM
That's an island occupied by Zandalari, not Zuldazar. Presumably just where their forces are amassing after sailing into Pandaria to help out their old mogu allies.
3-27-2012 @ 11:29AM
According to what I've read, the mists didn't just hide Pandaria, they were also magic enough to confuse compasses and spit a ship back out more or less where it entered.
3-27-2012 @ 12:05PM
Pandaria is basically the island from "Lost." In fact, I would love it if there were a quest where we had to drop down a well and turn a giant wheel in order to make it blink to somewhere else in the world.
3-27-2012 @ 12:15PM
Jestin, I think you just found Blizzard's work-around for going "back in time" to Outland and Northrend :P
3-27-2012 @ 12:21PM
It's like the island from LOST. You just can't come and go as you please, even if you know the direction. (except if you're on bearing 3-0-5, apparently.) I forget who said it, but I read in one of the recent interviews with the Blizzard folk, they said that ships that sailed into the mist would get all turned around and sail back out, ending up back right where they started.
3-27-2012 @ 12:34PM
Curses! In the time it took me type my response someone beat me to the Lost reference. (I had to go to Lostpedia to look up what the bearing was and ended up getting caught up reading some articles. Then I chased a butterfly.)
3-27-2012 @ 1:13PM
In 2nd ed AD&D, the Elven island Evermeet was protected by something similar that teleported ships to the exact opposite side of the isle and surrounding waters. In that way most never realized that they had skipped some 100 miles or so as they still made it to their destination.
3-27-2012 @ 5:09PM
Clearly, it's the same invisible wall that keeps you from flying over Stratholme or the Black Temple.
3-27-2012 @ 9:02PM
This is just a huge guess, based purely on what I've read about how big a zone The Jade Forest is from devs and those who went to the press event. If my measuring is right (which, y'know, it totally isn't), the distance between Pandaria and Zandalar Isle seems to be equal to the distance of the Wetlands Zone, from south to north.Also, I'm pretty sure Imnick has it right, there - I'm sure it's been mentioned that the mists stop ANYTHING from actually getting through.
3-28-2012 @ 1:30AM
That's a good question. Let's ask Chris Metzen. Chris?Metzen: "A (Pandarian) Wizard Did It!"
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