The Best & Worst: Cities/Towns

Yet another Blog Azeroth Shared Topic, this time suggested by the most delightful and lovely Windsoar.

First off, I need to make it very clear: I’m not a fan of the Alliance cities. They’re boring to me. Stormwind? Every Human city in a fantasy land looks like this, cobblestones and cathedrals, seen it all before, not for me. Exodar? I know I’m supposed to be a Space Goat and all that but.. it’s sickeningly pink. Yeah, I’m a girl, but that much pink and purple is enough to put you off. Not to mention I always get lost in there, or stuck behind something. Darnassus? At the beginning of my WoW playing, I had quite a soft spot for this city, however, as time has moved on I’ve learnt that again, it’s nothing really special to me. Trees, trees, elves, trees, wisps, trees, and where the heck is the auction house again? Ironforge? Yeah, okay, this is the city that I can stand the most out of all of the Alliance cities, but still, lava, grates, not to mention it’s FULL of Dwarves and Gnomes. When you spend maybe 3 years with green people and cows, a girl gets used to a bit of mess.

I’ll start with Thunder Bluff, because in the past I always hated the place. However, after a while, you get sort of used to the wooden maze that is Thunder Bluff, and quite enjoy the company of big fluffy cow people. It feels kind of cozy. Silvermoon, while it isn’t my favourite city, is lovely. I’ve played endless amounts of Blood Elves for so long that I can’t not like the place, I’ve spent so much time there in early levels, and some of the bars and shops are really cool looking. Undercity is another place I used to hate. It’s so dank and dreary, full of slime, and in the past abominations (which by the way, used to REALLY freak me out. GUTS!), not to mention, again, I used to get so lost here. I’ve come to realise that Undercity is basically like a compass, divided into 4 sections and if you do happen to go to the wrong one it’s easily remedied. That and the scenery looks pretty Tim Burtonesque. That leaves me with Orgrimmar, to longtime Alliance players I can imagine Orgrimmar being one of the blandest cities, but not to me. It’s so big and majestic! Yep, I called the city of the Orcs majestic. The shape of the city itself is interesting, I reckon it’s difficult to get lost there as long as you ask a guard, the stealthed Trolls on the auction house roof, the zeppelin high above your heads, the drag, I love it. Really do.

So am I a Hordie at heart? Of course I am, I was always Horde in the past of course I’ll have a soft spot for the large bunch of misfits. It won’t stop me liking the Alliance mounts and races.

7 thoughts on “The Best & Worst: Cities/Towns”

  1. Alliance: Ironforge. I love the layout, easiest city to navigate by far. And even though the AH-bank area is busy, there are plenty of quiet spots.

    Horde: Undercity. Blizzard channeled Tim Burton and I loves me some Tim Burton.

    Maybe I love IF and UC cause I like living underground. Basements rock :D
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  2. Since I’m such a Hordie I really love all the Horde cities. But my favorites right now are Org and Undercity.

    I can remember the first time heading into Org… I didn’t know it existed until that delivery quest from X-Roads. So when I flew in and heard the music… BLOWN AWAY! I also fell deeply in love with Undercity… there’s just something about a city created from the remains of a former Human stronghold that makes it epic to me.

    Personally I can’t wait till the Trolls get back the Echo Isles since I’m really a Troll in mind and spirit :D Hopefully their new city will be full of epicness.

    As for Alliance cities I wasn’t too impressed with Exo or Stormwind. Darn. and Iron. those two cities I find awesome. I love the beauty you see in Darn. and I love the power exhibited in Iron. So although I prefer the Horde cities… I still like how much detail went into those two Alliance strongholds.
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  3. Hmm I don’t know if I have a favourite city. I find Stormwind dull as well. Ironforge feels quicker to move around, but I don’t particularly love it. Darnassus is nice and calm, but a bit dull too. Exodar is.. meh.

    I actually always liked Undercity – but then when I was horde I was always undead so I kinda “grew up” in those sewers and know my way around. Thunder Bluff has a cool layout – once you learn where to find stuff. Silvermoon I find confusing – possibly because I was never a blood elf (since I re-rolled before TBC). Orgrimmar is a little confusing but in general I like it.

  4. I have to agree with you on the Undercity point about getting lost all the time. Even if I haven’t played a horde character up passed level 20 (what I get lonely?) About the S.W point . . . it gets some changes in Cataclysm. I won’t say anymore because I know where you stand on spoilers. ^+^

    -Anslym

  5. The Exodar basically gives me a migraine. I can’t bear it *sad face* I always had a soft spot for Stormwind though, especially the Cathedral area. The first few times I saw Darnassus I was blown away, but then it gets a bit ‘meh’. Don’t get me started on Horde cities…
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  6. I totally agree with you about Orgrimmar. It completely conveys the feeling of the Orcs in WoW, in that it feels like a frontier settlement that is still developing. of course several years into Warcraft it does need to progress somewhat, so Cat will help. I also really like the way it is built into a cavern structure, its got a mixture of aesthetics and military tactics, very Orcish!

    I also really like Thunder Bluff and the Undercity, but you can only like them once you’ve learnt your way around. Once they become familiar they’re great. The UC brilliantly conveys the brooding yet enigmatic nature of the Forsaken, and Thunder Bluff is just peaceful and spiritual, like the Tauren.

    Alliance cites? Meh. Stormwind as you say, is dull and predictable. Ironforge is cool but its seriously overcrowded. Exodar is just silly, and Darnassus is nice in its asian feel but a little bland.

    Nice post! :)
    .-= Wulfy´s last blog ..Spoilers! =-.

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