Cataclysm: Screenshot of the Day # 3
The Screenshot of the Day shows the Tirisfal Glades town known as Brill will be no more the way we know it. The new Forsaken architecture seen here resembles that of Vengeance’s Landing in Howling Fjord. I took a screenshot of my character standing in the same spot as the forsaken lady. What you see in the background is the two Zeppelin towers located near Brill.
The spot I am standing at is five yards away from Ms. Winters (General Supplies) NPC. Two more things can be noticed in the Screenshot of the Day: I have a EVGA GeForce 285 GTX and all World of Warcraft video settings are set to max. My character is standing basically at the same spot, or very close to where the female Forsaken is standing. Basically, in the present Brill you can barely see any detail in the towers at that distance and the Zeppelins are a violet shade with no details; while in Cataclysm you can see rich colors and textures on the towers at that same distance.
It might be possible this is a follow up on the dismantling of the those Scourge cauldron quests in Western Plaguelands. With the Cauldrons gone, the plague fog is gone?
Second thing you may notice in the screenshot of the day is a High Elven statue in front of what is currently the Brill City Hall. That means the Blood Elves and the Forsaken have grown closer.
Doing the low level quests in Quel’Thalas, you are sent by Lor’Themar Theron (Regent Lord of Quel’Thalas) to meet Sylvanas Windrunner with the news that you have killed Dar’Khan Darthir. Sylvanas sends you to Thrall to deliver the news and thereafter the Blood Elves are officially welcomed as new member of the Horde. Before that, some fans who don’t follow up the lore outside of the game may have missed the WarCraft: The Sunwell Trilogy manga from TOKYOPOP and written by Richard A. Knaak.
The manga reveals how Sylvanas Windrunner befriended Lor’Themar Theron and Halduron Brightwing by saving Anveena (the living embodiment of the Sunwell). That friendship has grown since then — and that High Elven Ranger statue seen at Brill, in World of WarCraft: Cataclysm, reinstates that.