Author: Masha Lepire
Nagrand, orcish for "Land of Winds", is the last unscathed area of Outland that was not corrupted by demonic destruction. This grassy plane is the ancestral home of the Frost Wolf orcs and also the birthplace of orc shamanism. Nagrand is also where Durotan and the Frost Wolves temporarily took Prophet Velen and his Draenei priests prisoner so they couldn’t reach the naaru crystal mountain, Oshu'gun. The music of this ancient zone reflects the beauty and tragedy of the remaining Mag'har orcs and creation of the corrupted Horde orcs.
When you enter Nagrand’s green and yellow savanna, you hear a percussive shake resembling a rattlesnake's tail that is accompanied by a sporadic melodic line played by pan flutes. The loud entrance of a slow yet sonorous string and brass section reflect both the natural earthly beauty and harrowing magical events that have affected these plains. A solo trumpet plays a sustained chromatic melody over the tremolo strings that eventually blends into a short and sweet motif played by a harp reminding you of the ethereal Draenei that tried to stop the evil fel magic.
As you keep wandering the strings and harp die down and transform into a beautiful trumpet solo that begins to repeat a slow mournful melody. The horn begins to fade away as you walk toward the shining crystal mountain, Oshu'gun. You temporarily hear sounds of wind and rain that emphasize the solemnity and sadness the Mag'har orcs feel for their brethren that became corrupted by Gul'dan’s evil warlock deal.
The area of Oshu’gun also features a faint ascending melody performed by both a string and brass section accompanied by a brief chime melody that leads to a direct reference of the recitative part of the aria "O Zittre Nicht" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute.
Overall this timeworn zone reflects both the ancient elemental beauty of the Frostwolves but also the dark and evil events that lead for several of the orcish clans to become tainted by Mannoroth's blood and Guldan's fel magic.