No, this isn’t about Chinese gold farmers. It’s about the subtle Asian influence that Blizzard choose to use for the Night Elves and by association, Druids. Whether because Night Elves have several anime qualities like long ears and angular faces, or because Blizzard simply wanted an Asian theme applied to one of the races, it’s undeniable. From the Night Elf pagoda roofs in Darnassus (as pointed out by Keredria) to the open air architecture of the Night Elf buildings to Moonglade’s hosting of the Lunar Festival mirroring the Chinese New Year in real life, it’s clear that there’s a connection. I’m a big fan of Asian culture myself and it was probably this connection that has always drawn me to the Night Elves.
But why do I mention this today? Because I wanted to highlight Runy’s haiku contest over at Unbearably Hot! Celebrate your Cenarion heritage by writing up a quick haiku about being a Druid. I’m very excited about the contest and just wrote this for one of my three entries I’ll be making:
A rustle of leaves
Life to the fallen warrior
By Elune’s grace born
So, head over to Unbearably Hot to submit your entries. Do not post them here! The contest, featuring a prize, ends on June 15th, so make your entries before the deadline!
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