Early in the Third War, the northern nation of Lordaeron — sovereignty of the Eastern Kingdoms — was ravaged by the Plague of Undeath, which turned a majority of its citizens into members of the undead and turned the lands into the dreaded Plaguelands (aka The Plaguelands). These undead, now agents of the Scourge, corrupted the land, driving away and killing the entire human presence. A small resistance, led by Prince Arthas and Uther Lightbringer of the Silver Hand, were able to destroy the infected granaries and halt the spread of the Plague.
After the end of the Third War, the Scourge defected from the Burning Legion, while the Forsaken split away from the Scourge, and proceeded to take control of the Tirisfal Glades separating it from the Scourge-controlled Plaguelands.
To this day, the Scourge continues to corrupt the Plaguelands, spreading their Plague of Undeath from strategically placed cauldrons that taint not only the land, but the air and the wildlife as well.
- Western Plaguelands
- Eastern Plaguelands
- Tirisfal Glades
- Northern Lordaeron, a closed zone.
- Ruins of the Scarlet Enclave, technically a part of Eastern Plaguelands.
- Silverpine Forest (Note: Silverpine Forest is usually considered part of the Plaguelands, but not always, because there are many places without Scourge soldiers, but their influence is evident. Also, World of Warcraft Master Guide: Edition 2 says that the Scourge have a "loose and rotting hand" over Silverpine.)