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    Did the Scourge Plague affect the Night Elves during the Third War?

    Alexstrasza's blessing protected them from disease and Ysera's blessing gave them a connection to the Emerald Dream, so I'm wondering if it's been mentioned somewhere if they were affected by the plague like other races.

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    Not explicitly, no. But the original Plague of Undeath only affected humans with its primary effect (e.g. killing the host and converting it to undeath), to other forms of flora and fauna it acted like a disease and could sicken them, even kill them in some cases, but was more or less no worse than a severe yet typical disease. Night Elves benefitting from the blessing of Nordrassil prior to its destruction at the close of the Third War would likely be utterly immune to the Plague of Undeath's secondary effects by dint of their blessings, and immune to its primary effect by dint of not being human.

    Variants of the plague could be tuned to afflict other species, though; as was the case with the Mossflayer troll Hameya. A Scourge Lich was able to concoct a variation of the plague that could infect and convert his people to undeath, and Hameya brought this strain back to Zul'Mashar and it led to the mass death and zombification of the trolls there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aucald View Post
    Not explicitly, no. But the original Plague of Undeath only affected humans with its primary effect (e.g. killing the host and converting it to undeath), to other forms of flora and fauna it acted like a disease and could sicken them, even kill them in some cases, but was more or less no worse than a severe yet typical disease. Night Elves benefitting from the blessing of Nordrassil prior to its destruction at the close of the Third War would likely be utterly immune to the Plague of Undeath's secondary effects by dint of their blessings, and immune to its primary effect by dint of not being human.

    Variants of the plague could be tuned to afflict other species, though; as was the case with the Mossflayer troll Hameya. A Scourge Lich was able to concoct a variation of the plague that could infect and convert his people to undeath, and Hameya brought this strain back to Zul'Mashar and it led to the mass death and zombification of the trolls there.
    While it only turned humans into zombies, didn't the plague also affect nerubians?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkoms View Post
    While it only turned humans into zombies, didn't the plague also affect nerubians?
    Those were brought back through necromancy, not the plague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkoms View Post
    While it only turned humans into zombies, didn't the plague also affect nerubians?
    No they were immune to it, which is in part why the War of the Spider lasted so long, however they were still susceptible to be raised as undeads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrorthatflapsinthenight View Post
    No they were immune to it, which is in part why the War of the Spider lasted so long, however they were still susceptible to be raised as undeads.
    ''In War of the Spider the nerubians are immune to both plague and telepathic domination. In Chronicle, it appears that they are saved from the plague through the efforts of their leader, Anub'arak.''-WoWpedia

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    Those were brought back through necromancy, not the plague.
    What does this have to do with it? I didn't say the plague brought them back as zombies, I said they were generally affected by it.

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    Wasn't the plague of undeath specifically attuned to humans? I believe that's why the Cult of the Damned targeted Stratholme and Andorhal. One would think if it could effect everyone that they would of just infected Quel'Thalas as well, rather than needing Arthas to break the defenses.

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    The Scourge straight up goes to Kalimdor in WC3 and you fight them there, up until the battle of Mount Hyjal (which seems odd since, in WoW, you see no sign of the undead having been in Night Elf lands, only the Legion). I would guess that the plague did not affect them due to their nature magic, but they were probably raised by necromancy into ghouls and such. The Legion sent to Kalimdor was mostly commanded by demons, not intelligent undead, so I would guess that the night elves made short work of what remained of the leaderless, mindless Scourge after their masters were taken care of.

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    Not enough information given either in-game or in outside sources to discern any actual answer. Most you can do is speculate based on incomplete information, assume based on present circumstances, and argue with head-canon.

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