Matty over at Sugar and Blood asked in a post today, " when you're feeling stressed out, can't sleep, or need to pull it together, where do you go in Azeroth in your mind's eye?" Well, I often go to Azeroth in my mind. The environments in WoW have therapeutic qualities when I am raging and need to calm down, when I am sad and need a pick me up, when I am frustrated and need to work something out. Today, I ventured into Azeroth without the music, to find those places that soothe me, make me smile, and help me think.
|Great fishing spot!|
Ashenvale next to water, in green areas, has the soothing lapping of water, the piping, tittering, and cawing of birds, wind chime tinkling, and frog sounds. All these are great for soothing my brain when I am so mad I could just scream! If I need it, I'll hang out here and fish, just for the extra sound of the cast and catch. Bonus sound if it is raining. It just adds to the soothing effect.
Mount Hyjal, in the fiery area near Sulfuron Spire, is great for a outdoor camping kind of feel. The pop crackle of the fire, night bird sounds, and the sound of the more than a breeze but less than the wind blowing through the burnt skeletal trees is wonderful. To get this effect, sit on the hillside just above the lava pools. Too close and the sound is no longer wonderful and more of a dull roar.
|Beryl Egress in Winterspring.|
|One of the Oasis Pools in the Barrens.|
|Because the rest of Dustwallow just isn't photogenic.|
You can probably guess by now that every area makes me happy in some way. I like hanging out in Tanaris with Winkey for the beach sounds of waves lapping on the sand and sea gulls. But not for long. She's a little needy, and creepy.
|No, I will not rub lotion on your exposed areas, and stop calling me Cutie!|
|Vir'naal Oasis in Uldum, in between rapids.|
Tropical bird song with rushing water is lovely. Don't stand too close to the falls, or it will be the only thing you hear. The rest of Uldum is windy, with crawling bug noises. I'll hang out here after I'm done digging, thanks.
I love a good storm. To get the full effect of this one, stand close to Malfurion in Darkshore, right in the middle of the tornado. Thunder and wind and more thunder and more wind! This is feel good stuff for me, because a storm in the desert wasteland where I live is a rarity.
Exploring this continent was not my intention, but I seem to have stumbled upon something. It's always about the escape for me, so I think you can expect another post about ambient sounds in the many areas of the different continents of Azeroth. Thanks, Matty, for giving me some blog fodder!