Pyrewood Council (formerly)
Southwestern Silverpine Forest
Pyrewood Village (or simply Pyrewood) 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 a civil war. Cut off from any support from Gilneas, Pyrewood was left to its own means after the building of the Wall.
Third War and aftermath
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.
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 on their travel before River Arevass. The village was mostly intact, and was built right on the edge of the river. Numerous Scourge forces however started converging toward Pyrewood in a massive ambush against the living. 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's Starfall 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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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.
Battle for Azeroth
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Following the destruction of the Undercity, the 7th Legion surrounds Shadowfang Keep, taking control of the areas immediately around it. Given that Pyrewood is the most immediate area that surrounds the keep, it likely refers to this location.
At daytime, the inhabitants of Pyrewood were human, but by night fall, they would have transformed into worgen.
Love is in the Air
In the RPG
Pyrewood, at Shadowfang Keep's threshold, is afflicted with the Worgen Curse. Its inhabitants transform into lycanthropic worgen when the moon rises, and the worgen stalk through the forests and slay anything they encounter. One excellent lesson Brann Bronzebeard learned is never go outside at night in Silverpine Forest. The place is dangerous enough during the day.
- Once the quest is completed, this area will be empty of Alliance troops.
- Another Gilnean community is named similarly, Havenswood.
- Unlike the citizens of Pyrewood, the Bradensbrook villagers are neutral to both factions.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Updated with new Gilnean architecture. Worgen removed.
- Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): No longer an elite area.