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A continent (or landmass) is the largest geographical subdivision of a planet or world. Continents, which can actually be parts of larger continents, are broken down into regions or zones, but some break them down into groups of regions or zones called subcontinents.

Azeroth's geography Edit

The earliest information about landmasses is brief. A huge war between the Titans and the Old Gods "ripped Azeroth into new shapes".[1]

At the time of the War of the Ancients, 10,000 years ago, Azeroth had one singular continent called Kalimdor.[2] The Sundering broke apart this landmass into various continents and islands. Currently, the ancient landmass known as Kalimdor would be called a supercontinent since all the land was once a part of it.

The number of continents has grown and shrunk as time has gone by. This is due to the discovery of new lands, the importance of those lands, and maybe politics. As of Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, currently on Azeroth, there are three large continents in the game: the Eastern Kingdoms (formed of three subcontinents) in the east, Kalimdor (formed of three subcontinents) in the west, and Northrend in the north. These continents are bordered by the Great Sea which seem to occupy the whole of the planet. As of the Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria expansion, the continent of Pandaria was revealed as part of Azeroth presumably to the south of the Maelstrom.

Azeroth's continents Edit

Azeroth's "subcontinents" Edit

  • Quel'Thalas (part of Lordaeron)
  • Teldrassil (described as an island, a mid-sized island, an island continent or a giant tree[4])

Other important landmasses Edit

The Undermine Edit

The Undermine was already in the early World of Warcraft Betas,[citation needed] but not as a city on a island, but as a continent south of Kalimdor, but there was only water there and nothing else.

The Undermine might be added as a new continent later on. According to lore, the Undermine is under the island of Kezan.

Miscellaneous landmasses Edit

Outland's continents Edit

Outland does not have continents in the traditional sense. Outland is itself a single continent that represents the remnants of what was once Draenor. Draenor may have had more than one continent before it was shattered, but these land masses have names lost to the mists of history.

The Elemental Plane's continents Edit

The Elemental Plane has one continent: Deepholm.[1]

The Firelands might be considered a subcontinent.

Vashj'ir has been associated with the Abyssal Maw.

The Emerald Dream's continents Edit

The Emerald Dream and Azeroth "are quasi-duplicates of each other".[5]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 22
  2. ^ The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth
  3. ^ "World of Warcraft: Intro to Mists of Pandaria" panel at BlizzCon 2011
  4. ^ Teldrassil's size varies with the source
  5. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 23


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