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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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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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