Continent

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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.

Azeroth's geography

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. The Great 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. Currently on Azeroth, there are four large continents in the game: the Eastern Kingdoms (formed of three subcontinents) in the east, Kalimdor (formed of three subcontinents) in the west, Northrend in the north, and Pandaria in the south. These continents are bordered by the Great Sea which seems to occupy the whole of the planet.

Azeroth's continents

Main continents

Main landmasses on the seas

Azeroth's "subcontinents"

  • Quel'Thalas - It is part of Lordaeron.
  • Teldrassil - Is described as an island, a mid-sized island, an island continent or a giant tree; Teldrassil's size varies with the source.

The Undermine

The Undermine was already in the early World of Warcraft Betas, not as a city on a island, but instead as a continent southeast of Kalimdor (where Pandaria is locate now). The Undermine might be added as a new continent later on, but the concept seems to have been re-imagined into a city on the isle of Kezan.

Outland's continents

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 had at least two continents before it was shattered, Draenor (the continent) and the imperial ogre homeland.

The Elemental Plane's continents

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

The Emerald Dream's continents

The Emerald Dream and Azeroth "are quasi-duplicates of each other".[2]

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