Pyrewood Council (formerly)
Southwestern Silverpine Forest
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Pyrewood Village was an Alliance-friendly Gilnean village within the Silverpine Forest. The village was a settlement inhabited by a group of humans who had survived the coming of the Scourge, though not without paying a large price. The village has a town hall, a blacksmith and a chapel.
The village, along with Ambermill, was originally a part of the Kingdom of Gilneas before the Greymane Wall was erected. Lord Darius Crowley, who was the landholder of both Pyrewood and Ambermill, was displeased by King Greymane's decision to cut off his holdings from the rest of Gilneas and disagreed with Greymane on the rationale of seceding Gilneas from the Alliance of Lordaeron. Unable to persuade Greymane to change his mind and upset by being cut off from his holdings and his people, Crowley instigated the Northgate rebellion, which eventually led to the Gilneas civil war. Cut off from any support from Gilneas, Pyrewood was left to its own means after the building of the Wall.
Aftermath of the Third War
Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider and his caravan, escorted by Tyrande Whisperwind, Maiev Shadowsong and their night elves, made it to Pyrewood Village as their last stop in the Warcraft III mission "Shards of the Alliance". The village was mostly intact, and was built right on the edge of the River Arevass. While holding the bridge that led out of the town and across the river against the undead, Tyrande fell into the river due to the bridge collapsing. It is unknown what happened to the village after that, but Tyrande may have successfully driven off the undead, as the village was still inhabited by humans in its later appearances.
The worgen curse
To the north, overlooking the village, there was a keep owned by Baron Silverlaine. Silverlaine and his servants were slain by Archmage Arugal's worgen, who then took residence in the keep renaming it Shadowfang Keep. From there, Arugal cursed the inhabitants of Pyrewood, so that they underwent a nightly transformation into the bestial Moonrage worgen (measured at 8:59PM–9:00PM server time), then returned to their human forms upon the arrival of dawn. It was during this time that they became hostile to all regardless of faction. Despite all its hardships, however, the village continued to service Alliance travelers by selling cloth, leather, and mail armor to customers.
During the efforts to eradicate the worgen from Silverpine Forest, the Forsaken eventually disposed of Pyrewood Village, who was under the control of Arugal. Deathstalker Faerleia enlisted Horde adventurers aid to bring down the ruling council of Pyrewood, hoping that without their guidance the others villagers would turn against Arugal.
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As stated in Pyrewood's Fall, the Forsaken managed to take control of the town (which was half-ruined) for a period of time. However, Pyrewood was attacked by Alliance forces supporting the Gilneas Liberation Front, who defeated most of the Forsaken stationed there. The Forsaken were able to retake the village one last time, but they also burned it to the ground, definitively destroying Pyrewood.
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According to the Ledger of the Sea Wolf, some of the citizens of Pyrewood did not stay during the fall of Lordaeron. After finding the Greymane Wall would not open for them, they departed on a ship called the Sea Wolf, headed for Stormwind. After a severe storm that blew them off course, they landed on the western shores of Val'sharah, where they founded Bradensbrook. Unlike the citizens of Pyrewood, the Bradensbrook villagers are neutral to both factions.
NPCs before Cataclysm
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At daytime, the inhabitants of Pyrewood were human, but by night fall, they would have transformed into worgen.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Updated with new Gilnean architecture.