Author: Julia Seeholzer
Entering Uldum for the first time, you might think you've stepped into Egypt - sand dunes stretch for miles with nothing but strange, stone monuments breaking the smooth horizon line. If you're lucky, you might encounter an oasis or two. Bordering two other desert regions, Tanaris and Silithus, Uldum sits on the southern end of Kalimdor, and is home to the semi-cat people, the Tol’vir. Also known as the 'Land of the Titans', Uldum boasts a lengthy and mysterious timeline, perhaps hiding a massive titan city beneath its sands.
A heavy emphasis on winds, especially reeds, creates an eerie yet organic atmosphere for anyone venturing through Uldum’s dunes. Low reed ostinatos are punctuated by ominous trembling strings, which ebb and flow, perhaps alongside the desert’s winds. A bass clarinet has a recurring, prominent role that suits this desolate, foreign zone perfectly. One thing is certain - this is a new, unexplored part of Azeroth, but with its own established history.
Further into Uldum, distant flute calls sound and our ominous bass clarinet returns. A large, striking string section converses with an oboe, before they make way for an a cappella choral section. Perhaps the most striking part of Uldum’s music, the choir sings in a mysterious, ancient-sounding language. This language choice, along with hauntingly dissonant harmonies, completes Uldum’s unique musical atmosphere. Hearing this music, there is no doubt that any adventurer has found him or herself in uncharted territory.