It is a safe bet to assume that most players well versed in World of Warcraft have experienced Quel'thalas, home to the Blood Elf starting zone in the game. Not a minute passes without mention of the Scourge attack on Quel'thalas and Silvermoon, and how the Elven people fell by the masses to Arthas' cursed sword; a kingdom and a people wiped out by an undead menace. In the world of Azeroth, that fateful event occurred two decades ago, but the elves and many throughout the Eastern Kingdoms are still reeling from the dark deed.
Those who have caught a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a Sin'dorei are familiar with the Dead Scar, a path of Blight that plagues the soil of Quel'thalas. This scar, this dead land that very much resembles an omen of death and decay, marks the exact path that Arthas took when he wove his way through the kingdom and through the Elfgates to destroy an empire in power. To this day, the Dead Scar remains as a reminder of the fateful fall of Silvermoon. Skeletons and ghouls of the scourge still rise from this poisoned patch of land, where their feeble attempts of attack must be quickly subdued by the ever-active Rangers. Elven mages and scientists have attempted time and time again to find a cure to the soil, in an effort to purge the land of the scourge once and for all, but to no avail. There is no known cure for the blighted land, and the elves still struggle to put back the pieces of their broken kingdom. It is a daily conflict, one that may never come to an end.
The Sin'dorei are surely a suffering people, bringing justification to their title as Blood Elves. The losses they faced in the eyes of one who was once their ally, coupled with the extreme betrayal and damnation by their own Prince, are nothing short of overwhelming. People like Sylvanas live (or un-live, in her case) in constant memory of the pain the Blood Elves have faced.
In-game, as well as in the general lore of Azeroth, the Blood Elves are still reeling from the scourge attack and must fight to reclaim their land and their power every day. They have made strides in rebuilding themselves and mustering an unwavering pride and loyalty in their identity, but still they have a long way to go to restore their kingdom back to its once pure and powerful glory – if that can even be done. With the Dead Scar still remaining, and the Scourge not completely wiped out, it is a question as to what the future holds for the perseverant Sin'dorei.
Anu belore dela'na!