Stranglethorn Vale was a large, lush, tropical jungle at the southern tip of the Eastern Kingdoms.
The ruins of the Gurbashi Empire littered the area.
Behind the mighty walls of the temple-city Zul'Gurub, trolls attempted to summon the Blood God Hakkar.
Not all of the Empire held up as well. The Ruins of Zul'Kunda sprawled across the hills and valleys.
The once graceful architecture was tumbled and ruined.
The Ruins of Zul'Mamwe were even further decayed.
The coastal shore was even more harsh on Zuuldaia's remains.
The Ruins of Aboraz were occupied by the witch doctor Zanzil.
The Balia'mah ruins were nearly overcome by the jungle.
While the Ruins of Bal'lal were nearly consumed by the sand.
The mighty Gurubashi Arena weathered both time and invasion.
The Great Arena within was a legendary battlefield for gladiatorial combat.
Outcasts from the Empire, the Zandalar trolls of Yojamba Isle defied the priests of Hakkar, openly opposing his return to the flesh.
The Alliance-lead Rebel Camp fought against the traitors ...
... who rallied under Colonel Kurzen at his compound.
The fortified ruins and twisting tunnels were guarded by his lackeys.
Grom'Gol Base Camp was situated at the mouth of the Nazferiti River.
Nesingwary's Expedition recruited adventures to hunt big game.
Ogres hunted adventurers from their Mosh'Ogg Mound.
Naga guarded the Nek'mani Wellspring.
The wildlife of Mistvale Valley was nearly as fierce.
The Venture Co polluted Lake Nazferiti.
Mysteries remained behind massive gates along the coast.
Water elementals converged on a deserted island.
Stealthy panthers - and a legendary beast - guarded Jaguero Isle.
Bloodsail pirates infested The Wild Shore ...
... and the waters off the Shore as well.
Booty Bay was home to the Blackwater Raiders, sworn enemies of the Bloodsail Buccaneers.
The goblins of Booty Bay enjoyed the prosperity of trade, and their own slightly shady cross faction auction house.
They fortified their port city against any sea incursions ...
... while welcoming visitors and adventures from Janiro's Point.
So ends the first part of our journeys, on the shores of Stranglethorn, with the setting sun before us and memories behind. Follow me further still to the coasts of Kalimdor, to the snowy peaks and magical valleys that will soon be lost to us all.