I have a friend called Hjal who fancies herself a bit of an explorer. She recently sent me a selection of photographs of an interesting find she discovered on a journey round the south-west corner of Kalimdor: right on the very edge, as far away from civilisation as you can get, she found this gorgeous little farm, with all the lights on and machinery working but no signs of the inhabitants.

Not far away there's a large set of caverns, which she thoroughly explored, but they were as mysteriously vacant as the farm. In that part of the world you'd expect to find at least some animal life.

Hjal apologises for the quality of the photographs. She says she needs a new camera. Judging by the awkwardly posed time-delay shots, I'd say she needs acting lessons as well! (And I'm sure I will pay for that remark, if she ever comes to visit the UK...)

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The bleak South Kalimdor coast. Nothing moves except the occasional seabird.

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The farm is surprisingly modern for such a remote location.

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The empty farmhouse is brightly lit against the night sky.

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An overview of the farm. The paddock could not have held more than a few animals.

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Despite the size, the farm is expertly laid out, with this elegent tauren-design combined pigeon loft and barn.

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Near the farm lies the entrance to a labyrinthine cave system.

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The majestic caverns are completely empty apart from a few scattered bones.

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Hjal inspects a skeleton. Could these ancient remains be a clue as to what happened to the people here?

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Hjal sniffs the wind, checking for scents.

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Hjal muses over the empty farmhouse before moving on.