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Hailfire Peaks

"Why is the fire castle in the forest with the ice mountain, anyway? That's just silly-bob."

A not-quite-original way of saving time or storage space, bringing some originality into the standard Videogame Settings: Take two stock settings and combine them into one. Bonus points if the two are diametric opposites. Triple word score if the two are actually Lethal Lava Land and Slippy-Slidey Ice World; the pervasiveness of this combination probably stems from the fact that these are the two level themes that can be definitely called "opposites" and the fact that Color Contrast between the two makes the level more visually interesting. (It's also one of the few cases where such a thing is remotely plausible; see the Real Life section of the examples.)

The simplest way is to divide the area in half. Half of it is one stage, the other is the second kind. This can also be done chronologically, where the stage is the first way in the first half of the game, but gets changed in the second. A really clever designer will combine them into a coherent whole (bonus points if the combination makes sense).

In some cases, a game's entire setting may be focused on one trope, which may combine with the others by necessity.

See also Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot. See Patchwork Map for when this occurs in the overworld. If done to a whole planet, you're likely dealing with a Tidally Locked Planet.

Examples:

Video Games

Anime and Manga
  • The first New World island the Straw Hats visit in One Piece, Punk Hazard, is half-fire, half-ice. On one side, you have a sea of boiling red water, dragons, and volcanoes. On the other half, a mountain of ice and snow storms, separated from the fire half only by a large lake. This formerly normal island was redecorated when Aokiji and Akainu fought there for ten days straight two years ago. Over the course of the arc, that lake in the center became poisonous.

Film

  • In Hook, the Lost Boys' home is in an enormous tree and its surroundings, which are separated into four distinct sections including all four seasons.

Literature
  • The high score is currently held by the Keep of the Four Worlds in Roger Zelazny's Amber series: Lava, an ocean, mountains, and a dusty plain with never-ending tornadoes, with the castle at the place where all four intersect.
  • That has nothing on Morgoth's abode in The Silmarillion. Angband combines the best of both hells. You've got arctic surroundings, barren desert plains, rivers of lava, giant slag volcanoes, vast underground dungeons, the works. Plus proximity to the Grinding Ice, the Land of the Shadow of Horror, the Gasping Dust, the Hill of the Slain, the Mountains of Horror, the Forest Under Night, and the Valley of Dreadful Death, all of which are also evil or horrible places.

Tabletop RPG
  • The Elemental Chaos of the Dungeons & Dragons is a place where the laws of physics can be a bit screwy (you can have oceans made out of lightning), so places like those described in the trope are not unheard of. Furthermore, there are actual creatures that embody this trope, being lava-ice creatures.

Webcomics

Real Life
  • Mount Erebus in Antarctica is a lava lake surrounded by snow and ice.
  • Iceland - most recently, the volcanic eruptions in Spring 2010 in a glacial area, providing some stunning pictures.
  • Yellowstone, particularly in the winter.
  • Desserts that are usually served hot (like Apple Pie or Chocolate Lava Cake) then topped with ice cream rely on this dynamic and are best eaten IMMEDIATELY to get the full effect.
  • In winter, most active volcanoes whose crater is above the snowline are like this.
  • Hawaii's Big Island is home to just about every clime in the book. From a desert made of miles and miles of black rock, to mountaintops with occasional snow, to a rainforest (where Kona Coffee's coffee plantation is found), to more temperate zones, and of course an active volcano. The Big Island has been described as having every climate in the book, except for arctic tundra.
  • Jupiter's moon Io. A highly volcanic world that is located far enough from Sun for the temperatures to drop to -150 degrees Celsius when it's not erupting.
  • The "snowball Earth" period early in our planet's history is thought to have ended because of the accumulating atmospheric greenhouse gases released through volcanism.
  • The exoplanet Corot-7B is tidally locked and extremely close to its parent star. Half of the planet is a literal Lethal Lava Land at 3300 to 4700 degrees Fahrenheit; the opposite side, which never sees the star, is hundreds of degrees below freezing.
    • Alpha Centauri Bb, the closest extrasolar planet to us, is very likely to be almost identical. Unless it shares Mercury's 3:2 resonance.


Cranky Kong: Back in my day, you'd be lucky to have any discernible level theme; usually, you'd just get a completely black background with some basic tile textures for you to move around on. Now you kids are so spoiled with all these diverse themes that you've resorted to combining them in crazy ways because you're bored with the old ones!

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