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The extradimensional realm of '''Outlands''',{{cite|A&HC|19}} sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Outlandss" or "the Outlandss", is the name given to the shattered floating remnants of the red [[world]] [[Draenor]], the homeworld of the [[orc]]s and refuge of the [[draenei]]. Specifically, it is a large known remaining fragment of the former planet.<ref name="OutlandsFragOfDraenor">{{ref web|work=Official Gameplay &gt; General forum (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/5058396073#5|title=#5 - Outlands - planet Or an asteroid...|author={{blizz}} [[Takralus]]|date=1-Aug-2012 08:44 UTC|bluequote=Outlands is a large fragment of the planet Draenor, which was torn apart when the Shaman Ner'zhul opened inter-dimensional portals in the hunt for new worlds to invade.}}</ref> It is also the current domain of [[Illidan Stormrage]] and his followers. Draenor was once a massive planet, and a large amount of the action in ''[[World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade]]'' takes place on the largest of the planet's fragments, or continent. Outlands is accessed from [[Azeroth (world)|Azeroth]] through the [[Dark Portal]] in the [[Blasted Lands]] and portals in several major cities.
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The extradimensional realm of '''Outland''',{{cite|A&HC|19}} sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Outlands" or "the Outlands", is the name given to the shattered floating remnants of the red [[world]] [[Draenor]], the homeworld of the [[orc]]s and refuge of the [[draenei]]. Specifically, it is a large known remaining fragment of the former planet.<ref name="outlandFragOfDraenor">{{ref web|work=Official Gameplay &gt; General forum (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/5058396073#5|title=#5 - outland - planet Or an asteroid...|author={{blizz}} [[Takralus]]|date=1-Aug-2012 08:44 UTC|bluequote=Outland is a large fragment of the planet Draenor, which was torn apart when the Shaman Ner'zhul opened inter-dimensional portals in the hunt for new worlds to invade.}}</ref> It is also the current domain of [[Illidan Stormrage]] and his followers. Draenor was once a massive planet, and a large amount of the action in ''[[World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade]]'' takes place on the largest of the planet's fragments, or continent. Outland is accessed from [[Azeroth (world)|Azeroth]] through the [[Dark Portal]] in the [[Blasted Lands]] and portals in several major cities.
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
[[File:Outlands.jpg|right|thumb|Nagrand overseen by a Mag'har.]]
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[[File:outland.jpg|right|thumb|Nagrand overseen by a Mag'har.]]
   
Outlands was created when [[Draenor]] became the focus of an attack, via the [[Dark Portal]], of an [[Alliance]] expedition aiming to end the orcish threat to Azeroth once and for all. In the midst of the ensuing battle the Elder Shaman [[Ner'zhul]] attempted to allow the remaining orcs on Draenor to escape to other worlds by opening other dimensional portals; however the presence of so many portals tore the planet apart, leaving only torn fragments of the former world floating in the [[Nether]], and the barely-habitable remnants were renamed Outlands. Most life on Draenor was wiped out in the explosion, although a number of orcs, [[ogres]] and some of the few remaining [[draenei]] survived. After the explosion, a [[Pit Lord]] named [[Magtheridon]] rallied the surviving orcs and took control of Outlands. Using the remaining Dimensional Gates, he drew demons from the [[Twisting Nether]] to aid him.
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Outland was created when [[Draenor]] became the focus of an attack, via the [[Dark Portal]], of an [[Alliance]] expedition aiming to end the orcish threat to Azeroth once and for all. In the midst of the ensuing battle the Elder Shaman [[Ner'zhul]] attempted to allow the remaining orcs on Draenor to escape to other worlds by opening other dimensional portals; however the presence of so many portals tore the planet apart, leaving only torn fragments of the former world floating in the [[Nether]], and the barely-habitable remnants were renamed Outland. Most life on Draenor was wiped out in the explosion, although a number of orcs, [[ogres]] and some of the few remaining [[draenei]] survived. After the explosion, a [[Pit Lord]] named [[Magtheridon]] rallied the surviving orcs and took control of Outland. Using the remaining Dimensional Gates, he drew demons from the [[Twisting Nether]] to aid him.
   
The [[night elf]] [[demon]] [[Illidan Stormrage]] and many of the [[Naga]] and [[Blood elf|blood elves]] fled to Outlands and succeeded in defeating Magtheridon and conquering the wasteland. After their defeat in [[Northrend]] at the hands of [[Prince Arthas]], they returned and established permanent settlements there.
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The [[night elf]] [[demon]] [[Illidan Stormrage]] and many of the [[Naga]] and [[Blood elf|blood elves]] fled to Outland and succeeded in defeating Magtheridon and conquering the wasteland. After their defeat in [[Northrend]] at the hands of [[Prince Arthas]], they returned and established permanent settlements there.
   
Most draenei that remained in Outlands have become horribly mutated, and bear only a passing resemblance to their former selves.
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Most draenei that remained in Outland have become horribly mutated, and bear only a passing resemblance to their former selves.
   
Since then, both the forces of the Light and the Shadow have realized Outlands's usefulness. It can serve as a launching pad for the invasions of the Burning Legion, or as the staging ground to the forces who fight against the Legion. In response, both the [[naaru]] and the Legion have sent their agents to secure the world for their own purposes.
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Since then, both the forces of the Light and the Shadow have realized Outland's usefulness. It can serve as a launching pad for the invasions of the Burning Legion, or as the staging ground to the forces who fight against the Legion. In response, both the [[naaru]] and the Legion have sent their agents to secure the world for their own purposes.
   
 
Now, the Alliance and the Horde must battle the forces of the maddened Illidan and the murderous followers of the Legion to safeguard Azeroth from Kil'jaeden's Burning Crusade.
 
Now, the Alliance and the Horde must battle the forces of the maddened Illidan and the murderous followers of the Legion to safeguard Azeroth from Kil'jaeden's Burning Crusade.
   
Druids have magically replanted some locations on the central landmass of Outlands that were formerly desolate, describing the areas as "[[Green Havens]]", such as [[Sylvanaar]] in [[Blade's Edge Mountains]] and [[Cenarion Thicket]] in [[Terokkar Forest]]. The main base of the [[Cenarion Circle]]'s [[Cenarion Expedition|expedition]] is from [[Cenarion Refuge]] in [[Zangarmarsh]].
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Druids have magically replanted some locations on the central landmass of Outland that were formerly desolate, describing the areas as "[[Green Havens]]", such as [[Sylvanaar]] in [[Blade's Edge Mountains]] and [[Cenarion Thicket]] in [[Terokkar Forest]]. The main base of the [[Cenarion Circle]]'s [[Cenarion Expedition|expedition]] is from [[Cenarion Refuge]] in [[Zangarmarsh]].
   
 
== Native sapient Draenor species ==
 
== Native sapient Draenor species ==
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== Geography ==
 
== Geography ==
[[File:Composite Map of Outlands.jpg|thumb|Composite Map of Outlands (slightly incomplete)]]
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[[File:Composite Map of Outland.jpg|thumb|Composite Map of Outland (slightly incomplete)]]
   
 
Before Draenor was torn apart by the portal rifts, it was a vast planet of continents and seas, much like Azeroth. When the world was destroyed it was tossed into the Twisting Nether. It no longer had its sun, but its moon, the Pale Lady, still hovered looking far larger than it ever did before. Other spheres now existed as well, including a rosy one, and a smaller light blue one.{{cite|BtDP|418}}
 
Before Draenor was torn apart by the portal rifts, it was a vast planet of continents and seas, much like Azeroth. When the world was destroyed it was tossed into the Twisting Nether. It no longer had its sun, but its moon, the Pale Lady, still hovered looking far larger than it ever did before. Other spheres now existed as well, including a rosy one, and a smaller light blue one.{{cite|BtDP|418}}
   
Outlands consists of one large, central land mass with smaller chunks and debris floating all around it. Black chains connect some of these islands; adventures can walk across these chains (they must be careful to avoid an unpleasant tumble into the Twisting Nether), fly, or in some cases jump to other islands. Outlands is mostly bare and lifeless, like Draenor before its demise. The orcs built huge black fortresses across their world, and some of them still stand. Burning Legion encampments and wretched draenei communities are scattered across the isles.{{Cite|S&L|150}}
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Outland consists of one large, central land mass with smaller chunks and debris floating all around it. Black chains connect some of these islands; adventures can walk across these chains (they must be careful to avoid an unpleasant tumble into the Twisting Nether), fly, or in some cases jump to other islands. Outland is mostly bare and lifeless, like Draenor before its demise. The orcs built huge black fortresses across their world, and some of them still stand. Burning Legion encampments and wretched draenei communities are scattered across the isles.{{Cite|S&L|150}}
   
 
The damage to the world had sundered reality; gravity, space, and even time may not even function properly.{{cite|BtDP|418}}
 
The damage to the world had sundered reality; gravity, space, and even time may not even function properly.{{cite|BtDP|418}}
   
Although Outlands lies within and is part of the Twisting Nether, in many sources its properties are different than the Nether itself. Outlands is described as having normal gravity, normal time, and finite shape and size. Although it is still alterably morphic, and many of its rocks defy gravity.{{cite|WoWRPG|24}} {{cite|S&L|149}} People from Azeroth who enter Outlands also appear to have become taller over time, sometimes even twice as tall as before. This is due to a trait of the strange gravity of Outlands.
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Although Outland lies within and is part of the Twisting Nether, in many sources its properties are different than the Nether itself. Outland is described as having normal gravity, normal time, and finite shape and size. Although it is still alterably morphic, and many of its rocks defy gravity.{{cite|WoWRPG|24}} {{cite|S&L|149}} People from Azeroth who enter Outland also appear to have become taller over time, sometimes even twice as tall as before. This is due to a trait of the strange gravity of Outland.
   
 
=== Maps ===
 
=== Maps ===
* GamePressure: [http://wow.gamepressure.com/map_of_Outlands.asp Map of Outlands]
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* GamePressure: [http://wow.gamepressure.com/map_of_outland.asp Map of Outland]
* MapWoW: [http://mapwow.com/Outlands/ Detailed Map of Outlands]
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* MapWoW: [http://mapwow.com/outland/ Detailed Map of Outland]
   
 
=== Zones ===
 
=== Zones ===
Outlands currently consists of seven large zones that connect to each other but differ sharply in environment.
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Outland currently consists of seven large zones that connect to each other but differ sharply in environment.
 
*[[Hellfire Peninsula]] (58-63, <small>{{MLink|Hellfire Peninsula|text=Map}}</small>)
 
*[[Hellfire Peninsula]] (58-63, <small>{{MLink|Hellfire Peninsula|text=Map}}</small>)
 
*[[Zangarmarsh]] (60-64, <small>{{MLink|Zangarmarsh|text=Map}}</small>)
 
*[[Zangarmarsh]] (60-64, <small>{{MLink|Zangarmarsh|text=Map}}</small>)
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* [[Deadlands]] (WC3)
 
* [[Deadlands]] (WC3)
 
* [[Haven of the Damned]] (WC3)
 
* [[Haven of the Damned]] (WC3)
* [[Outlands Arena]] (TFT)
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* [[Outland Arena]] (TFT)
   
 
== Official site info ==
 
== Official site info ==
 
{{bc-section}}
 
{{bc-section}}
From Outlands of the old [[Burning Crusade]] section of the old Official site:
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From Outland of the old [[Burning Crusade]] section of the old Official site:
 
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|Map of Outland
 
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''The scattered wastes of Outlands are all that remain of Draenor, the once beautiful homeworld of the orcs. Following the Second War, the Alliance invaded Draenor by crossing through the Dark Portal. To their horror, they discovered that Ner'zhul - the dark warlord of Horde - had constructed a series of new gateways that could lead the beaten Horde to newer, unspoiled worlds. As the Alliance forces closed in around him, Ner'zhul opened his gateways as a means of escape. However, the gateways' clashing energies resulted in a catastrophic explosion that ultimately ripped the world of Draenor apart.''
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''The scattered wastes of Outland are all that remain of Draenor, the once beautiful homeworld of the orcs. Following the Second War, the Alliance invaded Draenor by crossing through the Dark Portal. To their horror, they discovered that Ner'zhul - the dark warlord of Horde - had constructed a series of new gateways that could lead the beaten Horde to newer, unspoiled worlds. As the Alliance forces closed in around him, Ner'zhul opened his gateways as a means of escape. However, the gateways' clashing energies resulted in a catastrophic explosion that ultimately ripped the world of Draenor apart.''
   
''Nearly thirteen years later - towards the end of the Third War - the fallen night elf, Illidan, discovered that huge chunks of Draenor still existed - floating upon the astral winds of the Twisting Nether. After his defeat at the hands of the evil Prince Arthas, Illidan fled to the remnants of Draenor and dubbed them Outlands. He quickly seized control of the chaotic region and sealed the last of Ner'zhul's cursed gateways.''
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''Nearly thirteen years later - towards the end of the Third War - the fallen night elf, Illidan, discovered that huge chunks of Draenor still existed - floating upon the astral winds of the Twisting Nether. After his defeat at the hands of the evil Prince Arthas, Illidan fled to the remnants of Draenor and dubbed them Outland. He quickly seized control of the chaotic region and sealed the last of Ner'zhul's cursed gateways.''
   
''Though he is the undisputed ruler of the ravaged land, Illidan lives in fear that he will be discovered by his powerful enemies - most notably Arthas, the new Lich King, and the remaining Lords of the Burning Legion. Currently, Outlands is home to a number of scattered draenei tribes, primitive orcs and the powerful, arcane creatures of the Nether itself. Agents of the Burning Legion have also targeted the region as a vital strategic location in their unending Burning Crusade to scour all life from the universe.''
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''Though he is the undisputed ruler of the ravaged land, Illidan lives in fear that he will be discovered by his powerful enemies - most notably Arthas, the new Lich King, and the remaining Lords of the Burning Legion. Currently, Outland is home to a number of scattered draenei tribes, primitive orcs and the powerful, arcane creatures of the Nether itself. Agents of the Burning Legion have also targeted the region as a vital strategic location in their unending Burning Crusade to scour all life from the universe.''
   
 
== In Cataclysm ==
 
== In Cataclysm ==
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Questions have been raised about the continuity of the Burning Crusade storyline following the [[Cataclysm]], and blue-poster [[Bornakk]] has addressed this issue:
 
Questions have been raised about the continuity of the Burning Crusade storyline following the [[Cataclysm]], and blue-poster [[Bornakk]] has addressed this issue:
   
<blockquote><span style="color:#00d0ff">You have to consider the changes with some form of leniency, while technically you could say that if the story progresses then we need to remove a bunch of the content from Outlands and Northrend as those are over - but for numerous reasons, you can probably see why that would be a bad idea. This is the same type of thing that happens by just having a persistent world, just because one quest was completed where something was killed doesn't mean it vanishes from your sight forever.
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<blockquote><span style="color:#00d0ff">You have to consider the changes with some form of leniency, while technically you could say that if the story progresses then we need to remove a bunch of the content from Outland and Northrend as those are over - but for numerous reasons, you can probably see why that would be a bad idea. This is the same type of thing that happens by just having a persistent world, just because one quest was completed where something was killed doesn't mean it vanishes from your sight forever.
   
While a level 80 doesn't need to return to the locations of Outlands and Northrend and can focus on the new stories - a new character hasn't helped defeat the villains in those areas so they still need to answer the call and fight them off (or in the terms people are tossing around, they need to level).</span><ref>[http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/3075/cataclysm-to-Outlands-to-cataclysm#post26 Cataclysm to Outlands to Cataclysm??] #26 by [[Bornakk]] - 2009/09/15 05:34:25 PM</ref></blockquote>
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While a level 80 doesn't need to return to the locations of Outland and Northrend and can focus on the new stories - a new character hasn't helped defeat the villains in those areas so they still need to answer the call and fight them off (or in the terms people are tossing around, they need to level).</span><ref>[http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/3075/cataclysm-to-outland-to-cataclysm#post26 Cataclysm to Outland to Cataclysm??] #26 by [[Bornakk]] - 2009/09/15 05:34:25 PM</ref></blockquote>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* '''Interactive map secret on official site''': If you clicked the following areas on the old Official Website Interactive Map, the Outlands words would begin to glow. A few moments later, the blood elf did a <tt>/dance</tt> move.
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* '''Interactive map secret on official site''': If you clicked the following areas on the old Official Website Interactive Map, the OUTLAND words would begin to glow. A few moments later, the blood elf did a <tt>/dance</tt> move.
 
** Click the areas in this order: Shadowmoon Valley, Blade's Edge Mountains, Nagrand, Netherstorm, Zangarmarsh, Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar Forest.
 
** Click the areas in this order: Shadowmoon Valley, Blade's Edge Mountains, Nagrand, Netherstorm, Zangarmarsh, Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar Forest.
* The background music in many areas of Outlands, is [http://www.muziboo.com/Darkfinder/music/chopins-nocturne-in-c-sharp-minor-op-27-no-1/ Chopin's Nocturne] in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1 orchestrated.<ref>[http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/16449/blizzard-using-chopin-for-soundtrack#post119 Blizzard using Chopin for Soundtrack???] #119 by [[Drysc]] - 2007/02/09 01:51:40 AM</ref>
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* The background music in many areas of Outland, is [http://www.muziboo.com/Darkfinder/music/chopins-nocturne-in-c-sharp-minor-op-27-no-1/ Chopin's Nocturne] in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1 orchestrated.<ref>[http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/16449/blizzard-using-chopin-for-soundtrack#post119 Blizzard using Chopin for Soundtrack???] #119 by [[Drysc]] - 2007/02/09 01:51:40 AM</ref>
   
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
 
<gallery columns="4">
 
<gallery columns="4">
File:Outlands's sun.jpg|Some kind of nebula-like object in the Twisting Nether.
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File:Outland's sun.jpg|Some kind of nebula-like object in the Twisting Nether.
File:Another sun.png|Another nebula like object in the Twisting Nether. Perhaps the small bright blue sphere that appeared after Outlands entered the Twisting Nether?{{cite|BtDP|418}}
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File:Another sun.png|Another nebula like object in the Twisting Nether. Perhaps the small bright blue sphere that appeared after Outland entered the Twisting Nether?{{cite|BtDP|418}}
File:Outlands's aurora borealis.jpg|Outlands exists in the Twisting Nether, an ethereal dimension of undulating green "nether" which connects worlds.
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File:Outland's aurora borealis.jpg|Outland exists in the Twisting Nether, an ethereal dimension of undulating green "nether" which connects worlds.
File:Moon Over Outlands Big yellow.jpg|One of the new spheres in the skies of Outlands.
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File:Moon Over Outland Big yellow.jpg|One of the new spheres in the skies of Outland.
File:More moons.jpg|The rosy sphere and the small bright blue sphere that appeared after Outlands entered the Twisting Nether?{{cite|BtDP|418}}
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File:More moons.jpg|The rosy sphere and the small bright blue sphere that appeared after Outland entered the Twisting Nether?{{cite|BtDP|418}}
File:Another moon.png|One of the spheres of the Twisting Nether around Outlands.
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File:Another moon.png|One of the spheres of the Twisting Nether around Outland.
File:Outlands Orc Base.jpg|Concept art — Outlands orc dwellings in Nagrand.
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File:Outland Orc Base.jpg|Concept art — Outland orc dwellings in Nagrand.
File:Outlands5.jpg|Outlands from ''[[Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne]]''.
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File:Outland5.jpg|Outland from ''[[Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne]]''.
File:Outlandstft.jpg|Outlands at the time of ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne''.
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File:Outlandtft.jpg|Outland at the time of ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne''.
File:The Burning Crusade Outlands loading screen.jpg|The pre-WotLK Outlands graphic
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File:The Burning Crusade Outland loading screen.jpg|The pre-WotLK Outland graphic
File:Wrath of the Lich King Outlands loading screen.jpg|3.0 loading screen
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File:Wrath of the Lich King Outland loading screen.jpg|3.0 loading screen
File:Cataclysm Outlands loading screen.jpg|Cataclysm loading screen
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File:Cataclysm Outland loading screen.jpg|Cataclysm loading screen
 
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Repeat violations may result in a BAN.
 
Repeat violations may result in a BAN.
 
Have a nice day. :) -->
 
Have a nice day. :) -->
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This article is about information on the shattered world known as Outland. For history, geography, and information about Outland before its destruction, see Draenor.
Imprisoned... for ten thousand years! Banished from my own homeland! And now you'd dare enter my realm... You are not prepared...
Neutral 32 Outland
Level 58-70
LoadScreenOutlandWide
Loading graphic as of patch 3.3.0
RacesIconSmall Arakkoa Arakkoa

IconSmall BloodElf2 MaleIconSmall BloodElf2 Female Blood elves
IconSmall Broken Male Broken draenei
IconSmall Colossus Colossi
IconSmall HighElf Male AltIconSmall HighElf Female High elf
IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf
IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human
IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei
IconSmall FelbloodElf MaleIconSmall FelbloodElf Female Felblood elves
IconSmall FelOrc MaleIconSmall FelOrc Female Fel orcs
IconSmall LostOne Lost Ones
IconSmall Mag'har MaleIconSmall Mag'har Female Mag'har
IconSmall Mok'Nathal MaleIconSmall Mok'Nathal Female Mok'Nathal
IconSmall Naaru Naaru
IconSmall Naga MaleIconSmall Naga Female Naga
IconSmall Netherray Nether rays
IconSmall DragonNetherIconSmall DrakeNetherIconSmall DrakonidNetherIconSmall WhelpNether Netherwing dragonflight
IconSmall Ogre MageIconSmall Ogre Mage2IconSmall Ogre MaleIconSmall Ogre Male2IconSmall Ogre Female Ogre
IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orcs
IconSmall Sporeling Sporelings
IconSmall Wildhammer MaleIconSmall Wildhammer Female Wildhammer dwarves

Other races...
RulerIllidan Stormrage (self-proclaimed)
LocationTwisting Nether

The extradimensional realm of Outland,A&HC 19 sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Outlands" or "the Outlands", is the name given to the shattered floating remnants of the red world Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs and refuge of the draenei. Specifically, it is a large known remaining fragment of the former planet.[1] It is also the current domain of Illidan Stormrage and his followers. Draenor was once a massive planet, and a large amount of the action in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade takes place on the largest of the planet's fragments, or continent. Outland is accessed from Azeroth through the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands and portals in several major cities.

History

Outland

Nagrand overseen by a Mag'har.

Outland was created when Draenor became the focus of an attack, via the Dark Portal, of an Alliance expedition aiming to end the orcish threat to Azeroth once and for all. In the midst of the ensuing battle the Elder Shaman Ner'zhul attempted to allow the remaining orcs on Draenor to escape to other worlds by opening other dimensional portals; however the presence of so many portals tore the planet apart, leaving only torn fragments of the former world floating in the Nether, and the barely-habitable remnants were renamed Outland. Most life on Draenor was wiped out in the explosion, although a number of orcs, ogres and some of the few remaining draenei survived. After the explosion, a Pit Lord named Magtheridon rallied the surviving orcs and took control of Outland. Using the remaining Dimensional Gates, he drew demons from the Twisting Nether to aid him.

The night elf demon Illidan Stormrage and many of the Naga and blood elves fled to Outland and succeeded in defeating Magtheridon and conquering the wasteland. After their defeat in Northrend at the hands of Prince Arthas, they returned and established permanent settlements there.

Most draenei that remained in Outland have become horribly mutated, and bear only a passing resemblance to their former selves.

Since then, both the forces of the Light and the Shadow have realized Outland's usefulness. It can serve as a launching pad for the invasions of the Burning Legion, or as the staging ground to the forces who fight against the Legion. In response, both the naaru and the Legion have sent their agents to secure the world for their own purposes.

Now, the Alliance and the Horde must battle the forces of the maddened Illidan and the murderous followers of the Legion to safeguard Azeroth from Kil'jaeden's Burning Crusade.

Druids have magically replanted some locations on the central landmass of Outland that were formerly desolate, describing the areas as "Green Havens", such as Sylvanaar in Blade's Edge Mountains and Cenarion Thicket in Terokkar Forest. The main base of the Cenarion Circle's expedition is from Cenarion Refuge in Zangarmarsh.

Native sapient Draenor species


Draenor creatures

Resident aliens

Geography

Composite Map of Outland

Composite Map of Outland (slightly incomplete)

Before Draenor was torn apart by the portal rifts, it was a vast planet of continents and seas, much like Azeroth. When the world was destroyed it was tossed into the Twisting Nether. It no longer had its sun, but its moon, the Pale Lady, still hovered looking far larger than it ever did before. Other spheres now existed as well, including a rosy one, and a smaller light blue one.BtDP 418

Outland consists of one large, central land mass with smaller chunks and debris floating all around it. Black chains connect some of these islands; adventures can walk across these chains (they must be careful to avoid an unpleasant tumble into the Twisting Nether), fly, or in some cases jump to other islands. Outland is mostly bare and lifeless, like Draenor before its demise. The orcs built huge black fortresses across their world, and some of them still stand. Burning Legion encampments and wretched draenei communities are scattered across the isles.S&L 150

The damage to the world had sundered reality; gravity, space, and even time may not even function properly.BtDP 418

Although Outland lies within and is part of the Twisting Nether, in many sources its properties are different than the Nether itself. Outland is described as having normal gravity, normal time, and finite shape and size. Although it is still alterably morphic, and many of its rocks defy gravity.WoWRPG 24 S&L 149 People from Azeroth who enter Outland also appear to have become taller over time, sometimes even twice as tall as before. This is due to a trait of the strange gravity of Outland.

Maps

Zones

Outland currently consists of seven large zones that connect to each other but differ sharply in environment.

Interactive Map

 

Dungeons

Main article: Instances by continent

Other regions

Official site info

Bc icon This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

From Outland of the old Burning Crusade section of the old Official site:

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Map of Outland

The scattered wastes of Outland are all that remain of Draenor, the once beautiful homeworld of the orcs. Following the Second War, the Alliance invaded Draenor by crossing through the Dark Portal. To their horror, they discovered that Ner'zhul - the dark warlord of Horde - had constructed a series of new gateways that could lead the beaten Horde to newer, unspoiled worlds. As the Alliance forces closed in around him, Ner'zhul opened his gateways as a means of escape. However, the gateways' clashing energies resulted in a catastrophic explosion that ultimately ripped the world of Draenor apart.

Nearly thirteen years later - towards the end of the Third War - the fallen night elf, Illidan, discovered that huge chunks of Draenor still existed - floating upon the astral winds of the Twisting Nether. After his defeat at the hands of the evil Prince Arthas, Illidan fled to the remnants of Draenor and dubbed them Outland. He quickly seized control of the chaotic region and sealed the last of Ner'zhul's cursed gateways.

Though he is the undisputed ruler of the ravaged land, Illidan lives in fear that he will be discovered by his powerful enemies - most notably Arthas, the new Lich King, and the remaining Lords of the Burning Legion. Currently, Outland is home to a number of scattered draenei tribes, primitive orcs and the powerful, arcane creatures of the Nether itself. Agents of the Burning Legion have also targeted the region as a vital strategic location in their unending Burning Crusade to scour all life from the universe.

In Cataclysm

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Questions have been raised about the continuity of the Burning Crusade storyline following the Cataclysm, and blue-poster Bornakk has addressed this issue:

You have to consider the changes with some form of leniency, while technically you could say that if the story progresses then we need to remove a bunch of the content from Outland and Northrend as those are over - but for numerous reasons, you can probably see why that would be a bad idea. This is the same type of thing that happens by just having a persistent world, just because one quest was completed where something was killed doesn't mean it vanishes from your sight forever.

While a level 80 doesn't need to return to the locations of Outland and Northrend and can focus on the new stories - a new character hasn't helped defeat the villains in those areas so they still need to answer the call and fight them off (or in the terms people are tossing around, they need to level).[2]

Trivia

  • Interactive map secret on official site: If you clicked the following areas on the old Official Website Interactive Map, the OUTLAND words would begin to glow. A few moments later, the blood elf did a /dance move.
    • Click the areas in this order: Shadowmoon Valley, Blade's Edge Mountains, Nagrand, Netherstorm, Zangarmarsh, Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar Forest.
  • The background music in many areas of Outland, is Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1 orchestrated.[3]

Media

Video

WoW Pro Lore Episode 21 The Invasion of Draenor-302:38

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Ner'Zhul's portals tear Draenor apart

Gallery

Speculation

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This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
"Dreenor" appears in Man of Two Worlds — An old book by Brian and Frank Herbert (of the "Dune" series of books). Maybe Draenor was inspired by this name.

References

  1. ^ Blizz Takralus 2012-08-01. #5 - outland - planet Or an asteroid.... Official Gameplay > General forum (EU)Outland is a large fragment of the planet Draenor, which was torn apart when the Shaman Ner'zhul opened inter-dimensional portals in the hunt for new worlds to invade.
  2. ^ Cataclysm to Outland to Cataclysm?? #26 by Bornakk - 2009/09/15 05:34:25 PM
  3. ^ Blizzard using Chopin for Soundtrack??? #119 by Drysc - 2007/02/09 01:51:40 AM

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