Author: Chris Wickham
The Redridge Mountains are a picturesque region with grand elm trees, rolling valleys and red-hued rocks, located to the east of Elwynn Forest. While the region is generally Alliance-controlled, orc forces have pushed deeper in the area in the wake of the cataclysm, securing Blackrock Pass and Alther's Mill. Despite this, the Redridge Mountain range is considered one of the more peaceful regions of the Eastern Kingdoms, with thriving industries in timber, farming and fishing. However, while idyllic sights such as Lake Everstill and the bustling Lakeshire may appear quaint, danger lurks round every corner from stealthy orcs, Shadow Hide gnolls and murlocs.
Warcraft lore does not divulge much about any historical significance to the Redridge Mountains, though its proximity to the kingdom of Stormwind makes it of tactical importance to the Horde. This is potential why this dusty region has never had its own definitive music. In the original release, Redridge Mountains was given Jason Hayes' Forest compositions, which are commonly associated with Elwynn Forest. Similar to its autumnal neighbour, Forest's warming yet foreboding woodwind and string arrangements provide the Redridge Mountains with a balance of serenity and potential danger.
After the cataclysm, Redridge Mountains received additional musical cues which it shares with other fairly stable but threatened Alliance regions, such as Western Plaguelands. One of these cues can be heard from 3:03. While these two regions may not be an well-known part of Warcraft lore, they have shared a troubled history of besiegement. The use of soaring male choirs and regal string and brass harmonies reflect the nobility of the humans that reside in Redridge, risking their lives to maintain the stability of the region. The use of military-influenced snare rolls and tolls from a tubular bell further add to this idea, with the music almost acting as a 'call to arms'.
The nearby city of Stormwind relies heavily on Lakeshire for the import of timber, fish and crops. While not hugely significant from a historical perspective, the region's protection is essential to sustaining the kingdom of Stormwind. This important partnership is reflected in Redridge's tendency to borrow musical variations from the Stormwind City melody itself, which can be heard from around 3:50. These include the slower, woodwind-led variations with a sweeping sting accompaniment, and the more threatening string/male choir/percussion trio. These cues work together to emphasise both Redridge's quaint geography and persistent danger.