#260 – “Industrial Olfactory”

The Dwarven district of Stormwind has always had this gray haze to it, and from a visual standpoing I think that’s a pretty interesting way of depicting it as essentially the industrial district of Stormwind. That said.. I can’t imagine it exactly smells all that pleasant unless you’re used to it!

Starting this page, I found – much to my chagrin – that my total number of exterior backdrops for the Dwarven District count as high as.. uh.. four.. which isn’t an all that fantastic a number. With the place now overrun by players due to the second auction house and bank too, nevermind potential changes, I can’t get that many more that easily, so I doubt we’ll linger there long. We have places to go!


23 Responses to “#260 – “Industrial Olfactory””

  1. 1 Telaani
    April 14, 2011 at 21:37

    Rei actually sounds enthusiastic in the second-to-last panel. Once you taste gunpowder you never go back!

  2. 2 Slywyn
    April 14, 2011 at 21:38

    The look on Hani’s face in the last panel really amuses me for some reason.

  3. 4 Fenrisu
    April 15, 2011 at 09:17

    It is not blacksmithing itself that is smelling… The smith however.
    I dont wanna imagine a lot of sweaty, half-drunken dwarves smells like :(

    • 5 Fenrisu
      April 15, 2011 at 09:19

      Im also gonna stay away from that quarter in Stormwind from now on, in RP on wow, cause of that thought.

    • 6 Nhani
      April 15, 2011 at 10:30

      Seeing the thickness of the haze, I’d imagine you could expect a continuous smell of smoke and fire, burnt gunpowder, sweating smiths and heavy drinking, possibly some actual smoking thrown in there for good measure.

      I’d definitely think it’s something you’d get used to, much like you get used to the smell of exhaust if you move from middle-of-nowhere countryside to a big city or the smell of saltwater if you move from mainland to the seaside. It’s probably not quite nearly as thick a smell as Te’len seems to suggest it is, but being more the foresty type.. I could definitely imagine she’d find her first encounter quite offensive.

    • 7 CN
      April 15, 2011 at 11:19

      Don’t forget the royalty of medieval industry – tanneries. The process of making all that nice leather stuff smells.. horribly..

      • 8 Nhani
        April 15, 2011 at 11:48

        Yes, most of the leatherworking places in Stormwind are also in that district, aren’t they?

        • 9 The Giant
          April 16, 2011 at 16:40

          The main Leatherworker’s Shop in Stormwind is in the Old Town. Cross the bridge from the Trade District, head into the inner area, and go right. It’ll be the first shop on your right hand side.

          • 10 Nhani
            April 16, 2011 at 16:48

            Huh, for some reason I seem to recall them being in the Dwarven district in the past. I admit I might just be getting memories mixed up, but I’m sure they used to hide in there somewhere.

            Admittedly, I tend to prefer to avoid lingering too much in Stormwind, so I generally go to other places for trainers and whatnot.

            • April 17, 2011 at 23:28

              dwarf dist was where the hunter and pet trainers were, for some reason i always get those confused with the LW and Skinning trainers. So maybe thats why

    • 12 Foggy
      April 18, 2011 at 08:11

      Oh. Blacksmithing has it’s own smell. Next to the sound of the bagpipes it is the scent of the carcoals and the heated iron that pushes me in another time when i enter a mediaeval market. And two of my friends are blacksmiths and i always love to hang around at their place and watch them working. Scents are very good to carry you in a different world. Too sad WoW can’t work with that.

  4. 13 TgrHwke
    April 15, 2011 at 09:38

    It would be hard to get relative screenshots now because they removed the smoke haze effect when they remodeled he city.

    I actually prefer the dwarven section over the Trade District because it doesn’t feel as cramped and congested there to me.

    • 14 Nhani
      April 15, 2011 at 10:32

      Yeah, most of my fellows who hang around Stormwind vastly prefer the dwarven district to avoid most of the crowd.

  5. 15 Moltrazahn
    April 15, 2011 at 12:21

    Nowonder there is a nice park right next to it, i can imagine Te’len running there asap when/if she spots it, diving right into that water to get the sod of… then getting yelled at for bathing in a puplic lake or something. Poor Te’len T.T

  6. 16 saila AKS Wester
    April 15, 2011 at 14:59

    in the fift page I just saw Tiny in normal sice drunk whit an gun in an bar agreeing to test an new engineer trinket some one just made and… … …. do I need to tell you all what happen?

    Any way never seen Tiny been so lay back.

  7. 17 Saduharta
    April 15, 2011 at 19:44

    Actually the tanneries / leather-working industry is all in the Old Town district, off of CN’s query.

    Perfect solution though to a lack of backdrops; extreme close-ups! In your face Dwarves, intense Hani expressions up close… um, in your face purple cleavage shots of Te’len? All just ideas to solve a problem of course.

  8. 18 Yinello
    April 15, 2011 at 22:00

    Yay! Here’s hoping to see some good scenes with my favorite race. :D

  9. 19 GRYFFYN
    April 16, 2011 at 15:54

    That’s not gunpowder…that is the smell of dwarven cologne.

  10. 20 woodshed
    April 17, 2011 at 03:18

    So I’ve read for a long time, never commenting but enjoying the comic. Really, great job. It’s a fantastic read.
    But a thought just came to me; why not just hop on a private-servers realmlist for a second to take your backdrops? They’re bound to be less populated. Just a wonder/suggestion, not at all critique or a complaint.
    Again, outstanding work, thank you so much for bringing us the story, absolutely lovin’ it so far. Keep up the good work!

  11. 21 Árcfélonas
    April 18, 2011 at 20:57

    Yeah well Tel’en might think it smells bad but you imagine being a Worgen in your worgen form walking into that district with the way it smells. Yes they have got rid of the smoke but the smell is still appalling my Warlock Worgen he hates being in there because of the lovely smell that hot sweaty beer drinking dwarves seem to omit even when they are working and supposedly sober.

  12. 22 Kynrind
    April 26, 2011 at 16:54

    I don’t think the dwarves would be drunk while smithing. They’d likely have a few drinks (in mideval times, water was very rarely drunk. Beer or ale were the prefered drinks. You were much less likely to get sick or catch a disease from beer/ale) to keep from getting dehydrated. But drunk? Hardly. After all, if you’re drunk, you will not be a good blacksmith and make shoddy goods.

    Now after work, yes. Drinks galore. Also remember that dwarves are very likely to have a very high alcohol tolerance.

    For me, I prefer the Dwarven district for banking and AH use since it is much quieter, a lot less crowded and close to the Cata portals and harbor.

  13. October 6, 2011 at 01:21

    Probably just the angle but it seems Te’len is missing a tooth/teeth in panel #4.

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