Settlements are areas were people gather to live, going from small villages of a couple of dozens of people to bustling cities of thousands of souls.
- See the Cities category
Cities are large settlements were people live that are usually much bigger than towns. Normally surrounded by tall walls, cities are protected by their own armies, especially if it is the capital of a nation. It has multiples services, though not always included in all cities, such as banks, flight paths, inns, auction houses and much more. As of patch 1.9.0, all faction capitals should have an auction house.
- See the Temple cities category
- See the Villages category
Villages or towns are not large enough to be cities but they have a good amount of buildings and citizens. The distinction between a town and a small settlement can be fuzzy though towns usually have some vendors and flight paths but no banks or auction houses. Inns are often found in them, but it is not a guarantee. Settlements can be found along the roads toward raids, cities and other regions. Other names include hamlets etc. In human lands, its denizens are known as villagers.
- In the RPG
The term village is sometimes used interchangeable with "town" or even "city". Villages can vary greatly in terms of population; some have as little as 80 residents, while others have 2000 inhabitants. The city Dolanaar is also referred as a village and has 5,000 inhabitants. Farming villages are used to produce great quantities of goods.
- See the Camps category
Camps are small settlements that lack any significant building, though they normally have a flight path. Sometimes, if they are big enough, camps can have forges and other profession buildings. Lots of different races have camps scattered all around Azeroth. Other names include posts, or forward camps. Tents may be used to set up a camp.
- In the RPG
A camp is a type of settlement that includes several types such as: Abandoned camp, Camp, Druidic encampment, Encampment, Military camp, Military encampment, Mining camp, and Ruins/Military camp.
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 377, 394
- ^ a b Lands of Mystery, pg. 21: "Dolanaar (city): Located in the center of Teldrassil, Dolanaar is a night elf village..."
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 394
- ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 21
- ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 34
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 47
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 49, 88
- ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 8, 14-16, 32, 40, 93