goblins are modeled after american trash show Jersey Shore
Goblin- London(not england London but London the country)
Human- Middle Ages European
Dwarf- Scottish/ middle ages russia
Night Elf- Japanese(Shinto)
Draenei- Russian/East Europe accents indian culture
Worgen- 19th Century English
Orc- Strong african tribes like the Zulu
Tauren- Native American
Troll- Jamaican/west african culture/aztec arcitecture
Blood Elf- French/Spanish(white)
Night Elves best represent the early Druidic cultures of western Europe. Highly reclusive, worshippers of nature, but with some very bloody, human sacrifice oriented dark secrets (i.e. the Highborne, albeit not so much human sacrifice). They were also very fond of standing stones. (i.e. Stonehenge). So while Nelf buildings have a lot of oriental stylization, that's probably because nobody actually has any idea what the architecture of the early western-European Druids looked like. It was so long ago that at no point throughout recorded history did any of their houses still stand. By then the primary culture of Druidism had largely been disassembled by the Celts and what would go on to become the Anglo-Saxons (the Angles and the Saxons). Druidism had essentially been reduced to spoken tradition, and some fringe religious practices.
Druidic culture was also a highly sexualized culture in which the female reproductive system was considered very sacred, as reflected by the fact that Nelf culture is a matriarchy.
Meeting the Night Elves in Warcraft canon was essentially like going to Stone Henge, and then wandering off in a nearby forest and actually meeting the people who built it. Because if somebody were to land on the eastern coast of Kalimdor they would first find themselves greeted by a lot of old Highborne ruins. They are ancient pieces of architecture, and yet hint of a level of architectural sophistication that is beyond any known ancient people. And then you press further into Kalimdor you eventually find yourself in Kaldorei territory. They are now scattered, hiding amongst the shadows and those old stone buildings on the east coast are a monument to the very dark and sinister past they have moved away from.
EDIT: The Night Elves were essentially a lost culture. Just like the early druids of Western Europe. We know next to nothing about them. Just as both Horde and Alliance knew nothing about Night Elves when they set sail and landed in Kalimdor initially.
Last edited by Gheld; 2013-10-22 at 06:21 AM.
Orcs were originally Mongolian themed:
They were an invading savage horde from another world, remember. Plus of course, they're Orcs a la Tolkien, particularly influenced by Warhammer et al.
I don't get how Dwarves are Russian, or anything apart from Scottish really.
The blood elves are more like the Byzantines, an old nation with a strong culture, riche and clever but arrogant and corrupted. The thalassian architecture look like the byzantine architecture (hagia sophia and hagia irene for exemple). The byzantines was totally sure about their fortification for preserve their empire like thalassian about the sunwell shield. And face to great ennemies, they searched allies: byzantine the knights of the western europe against turkish armies and thalassian the humans against troll armies.
Human - Medieval European
Dwarf - Scottish
Night Elves - Japanese/Korean hybrid
Worgen - Victorian English
Orc - Zulu
Tauren - Native American
Forsaken - North Korea~
Blood Elf - Persian/Arabic
Pandaren - China ofcourse
From a cultural PoV:
Orc -> Middle Age Huns, Turks
Dwarf -> Scottish?
Human -> Middle Age Central-European?
Belves -> ???
Draenei -> ???
Worgen -> English
Nelves -> ???
Tauren -> Native Americans?
Undead -> ???
Troll -> African
Goblin -> Jews
Panda - > Asian
Draenei have a bunch of different stuff. Some of their names and language sounds Greek. There accents are vaguely slavic, in an exaggerated sense, I know plenty of Russians/Ukrainians and they don't really sound like draenei. Their culture has influences from several different cultures including Turkish, Greek, and Indian. So, they don't really fit into a single RL group.
Goblin- street culture
Human- Middle Ages West Germanic
Dwarf- Scottish(wtf why everyone say that they are russian?!)
Night Elf- ancient Greek(togas, ancient culture, kaldorei ruins looks like greek ruins, Nagas are medusas, satyrs, keeper of the grove/nymph are from greek mitology but all those tree hugging ideology is a little bit native american)
Draenei- middle east-UFO
Worgen- 19th Century English(victorian era)
Tauren- Native American
Troll- Central America
Blood Elf- Late Baroque in elven culture :P
Last edited by bach0r; 2013-10-22 at 09:38 AM.
It makes a fair amount of sense, that way.
I don't get why Orcs are considered to be African-inspired. Sure, they were enslaved, but it was the orcs who started the war, not humans.
To me, orcs have always seemed to be vaguely Eurasian, Mongolian/Turkic (nomads turned conquerors turned civilised) with a smidge of Russian (many Orc names, from Grom to Draka to Durak, are taken from Slavic languages) as well as Japanese culture.
On the other hand, however, the orcs also seem very similar to the British Empire's colonists if you think about it, especially Americans - considering their two vaguely Native American allies/subservient races, the trolls and the tauren, their culture which has an emphasis on freedom while also being extremely militant, and their growth from a band of refugees to one of the most powerful empires of the world. You could also compare them to Australians: descendants of former criminals living in a harsh, unhospitable land that are also quite badass.