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魔兽世界世界观中,术语艾泽拉斯(Azeroth [ˈæzəɹɔθ]被用来指代以下一些概念:

  • 东部王国(Eastern Kingdoms) - 在某些资料来源中,“艾泽拉斯”与东部王国可交换使用。
  • 泰坦艾泽拉斯 - 7.0提出的艾泽拉斯星魂的概念,既艾泽拉斯是未成年泰坦。

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans魔兽争霸

人类与兽人

In Warcraft: Orcs & Humans the term Azeroth refers to the kingdom in most cases, and it can be implied that it is a world in only one quote. It can be assumed that, when the game was released, the kingdom and land of Azeroth were one and the same. At the time, the kingdom of Azeroth was the only part of the world known to the player, thus it is possible that the reference to the world and other undefined uses of the term were actually referring to the same thing but were given different uses in the later games.
魔兽争霸:人类与兽人中,多数情况下艾泽拉斯指艾泽拉斯王国,在被单独引用时也指一个世界。有种假设认为,在魔兽争霸发行时艾泽拉斯王国与艾泽拉斯大陆是同一个概念。那时的艾泽拉斯王国是这个世界唯一被玩家所知的部分。可能当时对艾泽拉斯作为世界或是其他尚未定义之用法的引用实际上指的是同一个事物,但在之后的游戏中被赋予了不同的含义。

魔兽争霸2

黑暗之潮

魔兽争霸2:黑暗之潮中,多数情况下指代一个王国,但也指一块大陆或一个世界。

黑暗之门

魔兽争霸2:黑暗之门中,既指一个王国,也指一个世界。

魔兽争霸3

混乱之治

魔兽争霸3:混乱之治中,指代一个王国,一块陆地(大陆)与一个世界。It is revealed that the world was called Azeroth by it's inhabitants.
这儿的原住民称这个世界为艾泽拉斯。

The Frozen Throne冰封王座

In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is referred as a world.
魔兽争霸3:冰封王座中,指艾泽拉斯世界。

Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game

The term Azeroth is used to refer the world, the kingdom and the continent. It is also used as an alternate name of the Eastern Kingdoms.
艾泽拉斯一词指艾泽拉斯世界、王国和大陆。也代指东部王国。

World of Warcraft

In World of Warcraft's manual the term Azeroth is used to refer the world, but also used to refer one of the three continents that comprise the Eastern Kingdoms:

Throughout this manual and in the game itself, you will find the name Azeroth used in two different contexts. Azeroth is both the name of the world of Warcraft, and the name of one of the three continents that comprise the Eastern Kingdoms, the landmass opposite of Kalimdor on the world map. The other two continents of the Eastern Kingdoms are Loch Modan in the center and Lordaeron in the north. Sometimes you will see reference to Azeroth the world, and other times you will see reference to Azeroth the continent.

Although it's stated that there are two terms, there appears to be another use of the term Azeroth: an alternate name of the Eastern Kingdoms. This use is also used in Lands of Conflict and in an in-game quest.[1]

Because the original World of Warcraft took place on the world of Azeroth, but only on the continents of Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, some players colloquially refer to that combined area (the original World of Warcraft content), as "Azeroth" or "Classic Azeroth"[2] as distinct from "Northrend" which refers to Wrath-specific geography and content. This use of the word is incorrect however, and isn't supported by any lore source of Blizzard; it is used only in the FAQ of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

A related incorrect usage by Blizzard is for the meta-achievement  Tricks and Treats of Azeroth, which requires completing the related achievement for Outland (which is not part of Azeroth).

World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game

It is used to refer the world, a continent and a country/kingdom. It appears that Azeroth is also used interchangeable with the Eastern Kingdoms.

Origins of the name

  • The name of a world in the science fiction book Fires of Azeroth by C.J. Cherryh. Interestingly, some of the themes in this book and the trilogy it ends (namely of world-crossing "Gates") sound similar to those in Warcraft, and this book first was published in 1979, well before the first Warcraft game.
    Word from the Publisher
    There was a star Gate in Azeroth marked by alien fires that Morgaine must seal. But Morgaine and Vanye have brought devastation to the peaceful land. For the hordes of Shiuan were on their heels, determined to conquer a new land for themselves and to avenge their lost planet.
  • In the Bible, there are several places with names that sound similar to Azeroth, most notably Hazeroth.

References

  1. Dark Council: "The Argus Wake might run deep through the continent of Azeroth."
  2. Boubouille 2009-08-15. World of Warcraft - Cataclysm. MMO Champion. Retrieved on 2009-08-15. “Classic Azeroth Revamp”
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