- For the pre-Cataclysm town and associated lore, see Southshore. For other usages, see Southshore (disambiguation).
|Formerly||The Forsaken (currently hold in-game)|
|Location||Southern Hillsbrad Foothills|
Southshore was a well known supply port and a possible staging ground for the Alliance military in the new war, a hindrance to the Forsaken's territorial expansion. As such, Southshore was attacked and destroyed by a potent strain of the Forsaken's New Plague, despite the orders of the Horde leadership to use only diluted versions after the Wrathgate incident. The potency of the blight used is dubious, as even the Forsaken responsible for it express mild surprise at how effective it was. The town leadership led those who could escape to Fenris Keep in Silverpine Forest, but some other inhabitants weren't so lucky as the residents were no match for the Forsaken's chemical weapons.
Southshore was rendered uninhabitable after this, as highly toxic blight remnants were left spread throughout the ruins. The Forsaken took partial control of the ruins but due to the toxicity of the blight, the land would be inhospitable for a hundred years or so. Dark rangers patrolled the roads nearby with domesticated spiders and were occasionally found battling Bloodfang Forsaken Hunters.
Battle for Azeroth
Raleigh the Devout survived the destruction of Southshore and, years later, returned to clear it of the blight with a cadre of paladins. The Horde tried to enrage the blight creatures to disrupt their efforts. The Alliance troops blew up the Horde apothecary experiments about weaponizing the blight infecting the ruins and encountered Master Apothecary Faranell.
It appears the Horde's efforts were unsuccessful, as Mathias Shaw notes when traversing Azeroth in search of artifacts that the ruins were claimed by the Alliance and are undergoing rebuilding by the end of the Fourth War.
- Although not talked about recently, the nearby naga on the Eastern Strand are planning to overtake the town, since the humans were pushed out. Killing one will drop to start a the .
- This quest is often bypassed since there's no reason to even go near the Eastern Strand.