Author: Chris Wickham
Feralas is a lush forest situated on the west coast of Kalimdor. Unlike its barren neighbours, this coastal region boasts towering ancient trees and abundant fauna and flora, including one of the Great Trees that allow access to the enigmatic Emerald Dream. Once part of the original night elf expansion before The Sundering, this dense rainforest is now contested between the Alliance, the Horde, and the various ferocious natives that call this thicket land home. Ruins from the aforementioned night elf ancient empire are strewn across the landscape, including the great city of Dire Maul which has succumbed not only to the native wildlife, but also a monstrous ogre infestation.
Feralas was lucky enough to gain a wealth of new musical material following the Cataclysm, and the resulting arrangement is a beautiful harmony of tragedy and danger. An enigmatic harp opens the piece and is shortly joined low strings which suggest a latent sense of danger. As the piece develops slowly, there is an essence of tragedy amongst the danger, possibly a reflection of the ruins that remind the night elves of a more prosperous era before the Sundering. A solo ‘cello takes the lead from around 1.40, and continues weep gracefully through the variations while the rest of the ensemble laments quietly in the background. While the arrangement is tinged with tragedy, the ethereal combination of harp and strings conjures up peaceful images of the Emerald Dream.
Following a brief harp arpeggio sequence, players a treated to a rendition of the opening cue with the addition of a variety of hand percussion, including shakers and tambourines. In final sombre flourish, the entire ensemble performs one last lament, in a fitting tribute to once great empire which has now all but succumbed to the elements.