Author: Masha Lepire
Desolace was originally a grey and rocky wasteland littered with bones and cursed with perpetual lightning storms and gusty winds. Post-Shattering, fresh water has flowed into the center of Desolace and the Cenarion Circle has begun to heal and revitalize these once scarred lands, which has lead to the slow regrowth in the center of Desolace. This region is also the home of the fiendish centaur tribes. It was among the twisting cliffs of the western canyons that their race was born filled with rage and savagery from the foul womb of the Maraudon valley. To the north lie mountainous barriers of the Stonetalon Mountains and Feralas to the south and southeast, which isolate Desolace from much of the rest of Kalimdor. The grasslands and mesas of Mulgore stand directly east, and the land runs rugged and open to the storm-tossed coast to the west.
The original Desolace may not have been particularly fascinating for players, but it shared some of the original game's most iconic cues with other vast, desolate areas such as the Barrens. During the night, you can hear the faint sound of a repetitive guitar arepeggio and the echoing crackles of an accented wood block. A sustained string and horn section fades into the background while a solo oboe begins to play a short minor motif. While traversing the barren landscape, you hear a fast drum beat emphasized with syncopated stick clicks. The low horns begin to shape an open chord note by note while the strings slowly sustain their droning pitch. The occasional deep grunt can be heard to remind you of the nearby aggressive centaur encampments.
When you enter the Cenarion Wildlands in the interior of Desolace, you are welcomed with an ethereal oboe solo accompanied by a gentle harp strums and a deep choir. The magical music fades away into a quiet chime motif. As you continue through the druid grove, the strings and oboe return with a sombre slow melodic line to emphasize the Cenarion Circle’s hope to rejuvenate a land scorned by the destructive Burning Legion.