Probably the most popular starting area in WoW is an abbey with a vineyard under siege from bandits. Most of the starting areas are pretty simple, other than the draenei (waking up in the ruins of their interdimensional ship), worgen (a city under siege) and goblins (late stage capitalism interrupted by a volcanic eruption triggered by a dragon).That doesn't track for me. It's not like the starter areas in WoW or even BG3 are mundane.
Honestly, though, everyone here trying to argue each other out of their opinions are doing the equivalent of arguing whether blue or red are the better color. It's a matter of taste. Some folks want a simple beginning to start from (JRRT was one of them, most notably), and some folks want to start things off more dramatically.
Bickering over what one should have in a starting town seems like it should be in its own thread.