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Map of Draenor, 60 years before the Dark Portal by Arakkoa Map of Draenor, 60 years before the Dark Portal by Arakkoa
One of the few artistic creations of mine that I can say I'm proud of. A map of Draenor as it appeared - according to my personal interpretation - about 60 years before the Orcish Horde opened the Dark Portal and crossed over into Azeroth, beginning the events of WarCraft I.

This is Draenor before Illidan. Before it was shattered into small pieces by Ner'zhul's incompetence. Before it was ravaged by the hordes of ravenous, bloodrage-driven orcs. This is the age when young Ner'zhul is still an apprentice, Shattrath stands tall as a draenei capital, and Verroak Krasha's father is still courting for the heart of his mother. This is the Golden Age of Draenor, albeit Talgath is not far behind.

Two things always come up when I present this piece. I had to take some artistic liberties.
1) Telmor is in the wrong place! I know. The place described for it in lore simply doesn't exist. There is no "ogre country" in Terokkar at all, let alone north of Auchindoun. So I placed this enigmatic ogre country, and Telmor, to the south, in Darksworn Weald.
2) Plains of Farahlon are not supposed to look like this. I know the official version is that it was shattered like that only years after the explosion. However, since in other zones edges of the map are often old banks and shores, I decided - for artistic sake - it would make sense to make it a set of islands, divided by countless rivers, straits and creeks.

This piece is as finished as it can probably be, unless someone finds other mistakes, artistic or factual, it's probably not going to receive any updates. I may one day undertake a similar project (Old Kalimdor?), but for now this is it.
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Ihsan997 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
Okay first of all: this is incredible. 

And second if all: this is incredible. 

And third of all: I've waited for so long to find somebody else interested in this stuff. So I have to ask...what lies beyond the Behemoth Jungle? Even the few, low quality official maps depict land there, but is there any mention at all of what it's like or who lives there? 
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Arakkoa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too bad Blizzard had to come up with Warlords of Draenor soon after I made this map and immediately decanonize it. Or rather, make it impossible to be canon, since it was never technically was and I was mostly filling the gaps in official lore. I have this kind of luck with Blizzard - I come up with something, and Blizzard immediately comes up with their version. I tell myself "great minds think alike" to make myself feel better.

I had no concrete plans for stuff beyond Behemoth Jungle. It was meant to be a "here there be dragons" place inhabitants of most of the continent never visited and had many weird stories about, like terrifying mythical creatures called "bears", still flying arakkoa (which were extinct for centuries in my version of Old Draenor) and orcs with no head and a face in their chest. Those stories would be mostly untrue. I left it there to give a sense that there is a world out there beyond the immediately relevant areas, much like official WoD map had the coastline of the ogre continent mapped out.
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Ihsan997 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
I can imagine that it would be quite disappointing - you clearly put a ton of work into this.

As an aside, how long did it take? Would you consider a project like this again?
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Arakkoa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep thinking about what else I could do, because this is the most popular thing I've ever done. My first thought was Old Kalimdor (which I stopped when I heard about the Chronicle and considered it would have maps of Old Kalimdor - and it did). After that, I thought about maps of the realms of the Nexus (from Heroes of the Storm) but then I heard devs have their internal maps for those realms and I'm once again reluctant to do something that will be soon contradicted.

So right now I have no idea what else I could do regarding maps of unseen places (that would actually matter for Warcraft fans). One other thing I can think of is K'aresh, which another guy around here has a lot of headcanon for, so I don't wanna get onto his turf, so that's about it.
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Ihsan997 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
Hmm...I'm trying to think, so if my comment comes off as pompous or presumptuous, then I truly apologize.

But if you're still interested in Warcraft, and have the time...have you considered searching for canon lore about Argus?
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Arakkoa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is very, very little on Argus. We have very short general descriptions of landscape, and the name of the capital. That's it. If we ever visit Argus in WoW and get some maps of present day, ruined Argus, I might attempt some maps of Triumvirate Era Argus... but it might be years before that happens so don't hold your breath.
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WowjediIan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student
This is amazing art work!! I just wish Blizzard would make a awesome map like this for Warlords of Draenor.
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Arakkoa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, thank you. I rarely get praise like this. Probably because I don't do that much art, but yeah, thank you.
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WowjediIan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student
Your very welcome. You should do a map about the old world azeroth.
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Arakkoa Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did have a pre-eliminary sketch for "Old Kalimdor" but it just didn't materialize into anything concrete. The fact of how little we know of it (which means, I'd have to make up A LOT from scratch) might have contributed to lack of progress there.
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WowjediIan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student
Nice i can't wait! :D
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Mintzen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow!!! :)
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AranyaVerSarn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting take! I've never seen anyone approach this idea before, and I like what you've done here! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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ValAndy7 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Awesomesauce.
I really wanted to go back to Draenor past and quest and explore the lands before it turned into Outland.
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catspats31 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
That will happen in the upcoming expansion, "Warlords of Draenor".
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Shadehallow Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this caught my eye, and i really had to look at it.
I must say, very very well done. 
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Arakkoa Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not nearly as well done as I would like, but it's far better than my character scribblings, so I'm fairly proud of how it turned out.
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Shadehallow Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tha'ts all that matters is that you are proud of it. but it really looks good.
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