Author: Clare Martin
Anybody who's been to the Ghostlands in Quel'Thalas will know what a dark and dreary place it is. Not even a glimmer of sun is seen, the Scourge monsters still dominate the Ghostlands section of the Dead Scar and, above all, it is overrun with other horrific creatures, such as starving lynxes, hostile murlocs and gnomes. According to history, Arthas Menethil tore through Ghostlands on his journey to Silvermoon, destroying anything and anyone that would stand in his way, and the traitor, Dar'Khan, is said to still dwindle in Deatholme. Some say Ghostlands, formally known as the Blackened Woods, was once a beautiful place, but the few surviving Blood Elves after the Scourge invasion care nothing for the past except for vengeance on the Scourge.
Throughout most of Ghostlands, various adaptations of the Eversong Woods music are played on a brooding low 'cello. One of these pieces is called 'Lament of the Highborne', also known as 'Song of Sylvanas'. The lament is naturally a sad song yet beautiful, sung by Sylvanas Windrunner who was, at the time, grieving the loss of her sister, Alleria, and her homeland. The track, without Sylvanas's main opera vocal, is heard throughout most of Quel'Thalas and in Ghostlands, consists of a lamenting flute melody doubled by glockenspiel and guitar, strings played in block chords, guitar and harp arpeggios, and a female choir singing the harmonies. In Ghostlands, it seems to hit home a tad more, given that Sylvanas originally lived within the very region. Windrunner Spire, where she and her family used to live in youth, is now overrun by banshees and Deatholme acolytes. One of these creatures drops 'The Lady's Necklace' when killed; Alleria's final gift to Sylvanas. When you hand it to her, she sings the lament, grieving her own death, the loss of her family through her treacherous fate and the loss of her homeland through Arthas's cruelty. Even now, the Blood Elves hesitate to show trust to Sylvanas, who is now the Banshee Queen. The lament, when heard in Ghostlands, brings out all this emotion and these feelings to the listener, if they know the history of Quel'Thalas.
The rest of Ghostlands' music consists of several dreary, sad tracks, often played by low strings in block chords. This, in itself, signifies the great losses of the land to the Scourge, the misfortunate High Elves who died, and the rage-filled Blood Elves who still work to protect what little is left of their land and to avenge their lost brothers and sisters. The block chords are effective in signifying the Elves' exhaustion; few of the tracks heard in Ghostlands are action filled, not particularly wanting to send one into battle like Orgrimmar or Stormwind. It gives one the feeling the Blood Elves care nothing for war or bloodshed and are tired of defending lands that may never be restored to their former glories. If one knows the history of this land, it may also trigger some emotions towards Dar'Khan, the traitor of the Ghostlands and the Blood Elves' despair through his betrayal. Overall, the music of Ghostlands -the dreary string arrangements, the less frequent pizzicato and the sad choir - given its history, gives off a very forlorn, emotional aura to the listener.