This area was once a beautiful forested farmland to the east of the Capital City of Lordaeron. It was the lush eastern belt of the Tirisfal Glades stretching from Lordaeron in the west to the Darrowmere Forest to the east. The town of Hearthglen was the seat of the regional administration, while the town of Andorhal was the center of grain distribution in the Kingdom of Lordaeron's northern provinces.Knowing that the quickest way to spread the Plague of Undeath would be via the grain exported from Andorhal, the necromancer Kel'Thuzad and his Cult of the Damned infected the grain with the Plague, and set up four massive plague cauldrons in the fields of the area's four largest farmsteads. As Lordaeron collapsed, the farmlands and the forests began to die. The trees in the Plaguelands pulsate with tumor-like growths, and the needles of the pines are a sickly brown. With the Kingdom collapsed, the Scarlet Crusade attempted to salvage what little of their lands remained, taking possession of Mardenholde Keep in Hearthglen as a regional headquarters. The Argent Dawn also has a presence here, setting up a camp near the overcrowded cemetery at Sorrow Hill for the Alliance, and aiding the Forsaken in reinforcing their bulwark on the eastern border of Tirisfal, and sending soldiers of the Horde into battle against the Scourge.Despite being where the Plague took hold in Lordaeron, the Western Plaguelands are in surprisingly better condition (though still quite dead) than the Eastern Plaguelands. It is clear that the land is trying to resist the Plague with what little it has left.
The Forsaken's last bastion of defense against the main forces of the Scourge. It lies in southeastern Tirisfal Glades, and forms the border with the Western Plaguelands beyond. The Argent Dawn and Forsaken defenders on the Bulwark have teamed up to protect the land from the hordes of undead to the east, and send experienced adventurers of the Horde to battle the minions of the Lich King.
The ruin and keep on the Isle of Darrow, located on Darrowmere Lake in the Western Plaguelands.In the middle of Darrowmere Lake is a solitary island: the Isle of Darrow. "The keep of Caer Darrow, perhaps the oldest human monument in the world, stands upon this isle. The keep’s defenders abandoned it during the Third War." The ruin may hold many wonders, but unforturtunately it crawls with undead and their few remaining demonic allies, including at least three dreadlords.
The Alliance encampment in the Western Plaguelands. It is located in the south, at the entrance to the Plaguelands from Chillwind Point in the Alterac Mountains. The small camp, maintained by a small contingent of the Argent Dawn, is the last bastion of safety for Alliance travelers approaching the Western Plaguelands. Only recently established, the Dawn has begun their first assaults against the Scourge in the area. Only having a few troops and specialists, they rely mainly on mercenaries to carry out attacks and strategic guerrilla warfare against the scourge base of Andorhal
and the diabolical Plague Cauldrons.It also holds the Alliance Gryphon Master.
A large graveyard filled with victims from the plague and of the Scourge War, including the nearby tomb of Uther the Lightbringer. The dilapidated crypt on the eastern edge of Sorrow Hill is inhabited by skeletal magi and Scourge warders. Judging by its proximity to Andorhal, it is believed that this was the crypt that held the remains of the necromancer Kel'Thuzad after he was killed by Prince Arthas.
Located in the middle of the Western Plaguelands. Originally the area was a farm, but the place has been taken over by the Scourge. They have placed a large cauldron in the middle of the field which constantly spews disease-filled vapors into the air. The cauldron is guarded by Cauldron Lord Malvinious, Blighted Zombies, Rotting Cadavers, and Skeletal Terrors.
The largest lake in the Eastern Kingdoms or Kalimdor. It is located in the south-east part of the Western Plaguelands. At its center is the abandoned island town of Caer Darrow, where the House of Barov sits. Inside and deep below the House of Barov is the Scholomance, the home of the Cult of the Damned and countless undead minions.
Located at the eastern end of the Western Plaguelands. Originally the area was a farm, but the place has been taken over by the Scourge. They have placed a large cauldron in the middle of the field which constantly spews disease-filled vapors into the air. The cauldron is guarded by Cauldron Lord Soulwrath and other Scourge officers. Haunting Visions and many Wailing Deaths and Hungering Wraiths. Gahrron's Withering is a popular place for grinding Argent Dawn reputation, as the quest involving the Plague Cauldron located here provides the best reputation of the four Cauldron Quests.
Lies in northwestern part of the region. Originally the area was a life-sustaining farm, but it has since been overrun by the vile Scourge. In their quest to destroy the living, they have placed a large cauldron in the middle of the field which constantly spews disease-filled vapors into the air. The cauldron itself is protected by Cauldron Lord Bilemaw, Skeletal Sorcerers, Skeletal Flayers and Slavering Ghouls.
A town in the northern region of the former Kingdom of Lordaeron, located north of Andorhal in an area now known as the Western Plaguelands. The town (and formerly the region) was controlled from Mardenholde Keep. It's population is 3,000 now.It is now controlled by the Scarlet Crusade.Hearthglen was left relatively untouched by the Scourge in the Third War (despite being attacked by an armada of undead fairly early in the war), now appropriated by the Scarlet Crusade who have turned it into a major base of operation. Prior to the transformation of Arthas into a death knight of Ner'zhul, the Prince tracked a shipment of grain infected with the Plague of Undeath to the town of Hearthglen. He, along with soldiers of Lordaeron's army, were able to slay those infected by the shipment before they could spread the disease to the entire town. However, shortly thereafter a large force of Undead laid siege to the town, but Arthas was able to repel the invaders until Uther arrived with reinforcements. Ironically, it was the efforts of the future Lich King that saved Hearthglen and ultimately allowed it to survive to the present as a bastion of the Scarlet Crusade.
The fortress keep within the town of Hearthglen, currently held by the Scarlet Crusade. It is the location of Highlord Taelan Fordring, and is heavily guarded by soldiers of the Scarlet Crusade.
Northridge Lumber Camp
A lumbermill operated by the Scarlet Crusade in the northern part of the the Western Plaguelands, close to Hearthglen. Both agents of the Alliance and of the Horde realize the importance of this outpost, and send adventurers out to gather termites to wreak havoc on the Scarlet Crusade's precious lumber supply.
Ruins of Andorhal
A large city ruin in the central Western Plaguelands. The ruins's leader is Araj the Summoner, a level 61 elite, surrounded by Scourge agents. The inhabitants is for the most part ghouls, skeletons, banshees, and abominations.It was formerly one of the largest towns in northern Lorderaon . One of the first human settlements to contract the undead plague, Andorhal is in the Scourge’s grip.
A monument dedicated to Uther the Lightbringer, at Sorrow Hill in what is now Western Plaguelands - the only bastion of Light in a dying land.
The Weeping Cave
A cave filled with bog beasts and oozes, and also the location of a rare spawn elemental named The Husk. It's located in northeastern Western Plaguelands, just west of the Thondroril River.
An area located in the central part of the Western Plaguelands, just east of the Ruins of Andorhal. Originally the area was a life-sustaining farm, but it has since been overrun by the vile Scourge. In their quest to destroy the living, they have placed a large cauldron in the middle of the field which constantly spews disease-filled vapors into the air. The cauldron itself is protected by Cauldron Lord Razarch, Rotting Ghouls, Freezing Ghouls, and Fetid Zombies.