Author: Chris Wickham
The Twilight Highlands are a series of rolling hills, bordered by sweeping mountain ranges on the coast of eastern Khaz Modan. Once known as Northeron and home to the mighty dwarven fortress of Grim Batol, its new alias comes courtesy of the Twilight's Hammer clan and their allegiance with Deathwing, who have chosen the region as their base of operations. While their exact intentions are unknown, their obsession with the Old Gods and their and apocalyptic tendencies have made them a force to be reckoned with. While the untainted geography of the region bears resemblance to the verdant Loch Modan, the cultists' experiments have permanently shifted the landscape causing vast arcane breaches, petrifying the local foliage, reducing vast forests to cinders and introducing various destructive elementals. The Alliance and Horde maintain a tenuous presence in the region on the east coast at Highbank and Dragonmaw Port respectively.
Adventurers can expect to be encounter numerous soundtracks whilst travelling through the Twilight Highlands, given the region's rich dwarven history and the recent sordid activity of the Twilight's Hammer Clan. Between points of interest, several variations of the melancholy soundtrack from Arathi Highlands are heard. Its blend of patriotic brass and lamenting choral arrangements and sweeping strings act as memorial for the thousands that have fallen to defend the land over its illustrious history. Visitors to Victor's Point will be treated to the rallying low staccato string variation of the Stormwind theme, while warriors of the Horde while be treated to the relentless dramatic brass and percussion interplay from Orgrimmar. Both of these act as potent reminder that while the highlands may be in a state of jeopardy, the Alliance and Horde will continue to fight to protect it.
Probably the most infamous soundtrack of the tainted highlands is a truly extraordinary set of pieces which can be heard elsewhere in Azeroth where the Twilight's Hammer Clan operate. These can be heard from 6:00 onwards. On the surface, the foreboding low brass and nervous string motif is no different than the soundtrack for other perilous areas, but its accompanying demonic whispers and the alteration of several diatonic notes give these variations an entirely different feel. As the variations continue, almost demonic vocal phrasing and polarising woodwind arrangements become more prominent, giving each rendition a slightly different malicious flavour. Several variations ends with a lingering, anxious motif on woodwind or strings, leaving players on edge as the explore deeper in the Twilight Hammer's activities.
Depending on how far players progress through the quest chain, they are privy to a number of inherently malevolent and mystical soundtracks, some of which can be heard from 11:50. They boast almost earth-shattering metallic percussion, frantic high strings, mystical arrangements of more mid-range strings and choirs, quizzical woodwind and the very lowest depths of the brass family's range. These arrangements are so apt and perfectly reflect not only the enigmatic nature of the Twilight's Hammer operations, but the more thunderous arrangements capture the shaping of the world itself.