For one thing, I'd like to say, sorry, but my editor is very, very busy. I'm still waiting on him working on the latest chapter as well as the short story.
So, no update on the story just yet. But it doesn't mean I'm not writing it. I am. I just can't post anything, unless I'll do it unedited.
As in how I did things before.
Which means I could update like once every week or two weeks.
But until then, let's talk about something that has me thinking about Climate Change and how Neltharion actually does affect the climate on his own world.
And well, it started with this image.
Neltharion spouting volcanic ash, nasty gases, and a shower of 1200 degree, molten, volcanic glassy rock.
One thing as I develop this guy beyond than what Blizzard had planned, so I've tried to put a lot of reality into it. What would someone with his power do with it, how much is he connected to it, how can he change his world, or even just how powerful he is.
And we never really got that idea with the game. We never really saw his power on full display, as in, how it could work with the planet to make it habitable.
We just saw the destructive side of it.
But being an ameture Earth scientist, I know that volcanoes are both harmful and helpful. Too much volcanic activity, and the planet becomes more like Venus. Too little, and it's like Mars.
The same can be said about Azeroth. And it's a real shame we never really saw Neltharion doing his job as the Earth-Warder, minding the continents, fighting against natural plate tectonics so that he can keep the Kalimdor Supercontinent whole.
The Kalimdor SupercontinentBefore I even start, I feel like because a few of you who have no idea what I'm talking about when I start discussions like this and apparently require me to explain it...
Because some of you don't know how to use Google. Or are too lazy.
I'm just going to put this link up.
And for now on, if I am talking about certain characters, places, subjects some of you don't know anything about. I'll be posting up links along with the names of those places.
And though to really understand this subject, as it pertains to the series of Tectonic Divergence...
We need to look at a very important giant landmass in Azeroth. That is the Kalimdor Supercontinent.
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Go there for how I talk about said Supercontinent.
And granted, when you have one huge supercontinent, you're warming up the planet BIG TIME. Think of creating a greenhouse effect, only instead of the atmosphere trapping the heat, it's the crust itself, and the weight of the continent.
No doubt some form of global warming was going on during the time of Old Kalimdor.
And considering that because all the landmasses are one, which means a lot of exposed volcanoes, and that also means, lots of greenhouse gasses which would warm the planet up. And it could have created something similar to the Great Dying on our planet where again, due to one continent, one large ocean, all the heat being caused by volcanic activity, and various other nasty things that would shut down the current of the ocean and release the most potent of greenhouse gases, methane, well...Azeroth should have pretty much been cooked.
But it wasn't.
Because again, the Aspects...like Neltharion.
Hell, I could think that Alexstrasza was hardening life just in case such an event were to happen, but Neltharion was in control of the weather, so it didn't.
Neltharion changed the climate.
It's a good idea that at this time, there wasn't a glaciation period. There were snows in the poles or on high mountains, but they only snowed in the winter and were able to melt in the summer, feeding rivers. Rivers that Neltharion had forged, cutting riverbeds through the rock so that the snow could melt and properly irrigate the land.
Azeroth itself was built for the purpose of life. Different than our planet, where life was created because of well...winning the existence lottery of the universe. Happy accidents, basically. Hell, our lives, the living creatures that exist here was made possible by various cataclysmic disasters, whereas on Azeroth, it's more of the opposite.
Cataclysms are good for Earth, not good for Azeroth.
Neltharion was designed to not really allow the natural forces of the planet to shape itself, but quite the opposite, to fight against them. So, whereas naturally, due to the activity of exposed volcanoes on one massive continent, you'd get the Great Dying, Neltharion had to keep something like that from happening.
He had to change the climate of the planet.
And that is where things like what happened to Theramore comes in.
The Horde and many of the Alliance certainly look at the Theramore Supervolcano as a big catastrophe. But subconsciously, Neltharion looks at it differently. When the volcano erupted, it didn't spew out gases that would heat up the planet, it blasted forth volcanic ash that would cool the planet.
Which it did, causing a good portion of Kalimdor from having cooler summers, and harsher winters...and no growing seasons at all. Very much like what happened in 1816 and Krakatoa. Hell, one of the reasons why Global Warming is just hitting now, and not the 90s was because of Mt St. Helens' eruption in 1980.
Neltharion knew which volcanoes to cause eruptions from in order to keep the planet cool, focusing on stratovolcanoes that create gray eruptions and spew out a lot of ash and pyroclastic surges.
Volcanoes are the big thermostats of the planet. They can either cool it off, or warm it up. And it is up to Neltharion to create an equilibrium between that.
However, I would like to think the climate started to change from everywhere being a warm and pleasant spring and summer, with rather mild winters...to the current ice age that Azeroth is in right now. And what I mean by ice age, I mean, a period where glaciers can form. We are still at the end of the last ice age, we're still in one because there are still glaciers.
But there were possibly none in Kalimdor until close to the time of the Sundering.
And it started when Neltharion rose up Kun-Lai. These mountains are the highest on the planet, the tallest being nearly 32000 feet above sea level. And the glacial period began because these mountains were so high, when the snow began to accumulate, it would not melt. Glaciers do take centuries to thousands of years to form and pile up, and that changed the climate around Pandaria, especially around Kun-Lai Mountain Range.
Probably turned a grassland into a tundra as the climate became a bit dryer and colder around that area.
Then, kick off the Sundering and the massive swinging global temperatures and glaciers started forming more and more at the poles, however, Northrend became a little bit more like Antarctica, since it has more glaciers, barring that basin with the tropical plants being supported artificially), and Pandaria is more like Canada, only with greener areas, and a milder climate due to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and its Sacred Waters.
And for 10 thousand years, much like our own planet, there was a period of warming, which Neltharion broke recently by making a supervolcano erupt.
But unlike Yellowstone's past eruptions, the Theramore Supervolcano didn't have a big enough eruption to plunge the whole planet into a global ice age, or even a slush ball, mostly due to possibly areas like the Burning Steppes, which happens to be an ever erupting flood basalt pumping out carbon dioxide that keeps the global temperatures from swinging too far one way or the other.
And well, I don't know exactly how long the Burning Steppes have been going, but if they've been doing that for a while, then Neltharion cooling the place down with Theramore is probably, in a long term outlook, better for the planet. Because well, we don't want the Great Dying to happen.
Though most people are furious with Neltharion for creating that eruption along with a small flood basalt in the Barrens, until they are able to create a proper climate model, they aren't going to see the actual benefits of his actions.
But yeah, Neltharion can change the climate.
As well as affect the weather. If he wanted a hurricane, he could create one. If he wanted a snow, he could create one.
The guy has full control over the ecology of the planet. Sooner or later people are going to realize, it's not a good idea to mess with the dragon who could decide not to let it rain on the farmlands for a few years, or bury Stormwind in ice thousands of feet high, or turn Durotar into a shallow sea.
But one thing I really want to start thinking about is possibly cataclysms in the past brought upon by extraterrestrial threats.
So, here's something to think on...Was Azeroth ever smacked by K-T Extinction asteroid, or possibly a Gamma ray burst?
How did the Aspects protect the planet when that happened, if it did?
Something to think on.