The Dawning Isles used to be an idyllic set of low keys that rose from the crystalline surface of Lordamere Lake, but had been affected by the Plague of Undeath. The trees grew sickly, and dangerous murlocs and bog beasts roamed the islets. The bog beasts have since vanished and the Vile Fin murlocs are grown to a very large population taking control of the isles.
The Dawning Isles along with the larger Fenris Isle used to form the rim of an ancient volcano, long since eroded away by the elements. Deep fissures can still be seen riddling the lakebed below the surface.