- This article is about the Wolf Cult in Gilneas and Duskwood. For the Wolfcult in Grizzly Hills, see Wolfcult.
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The Wolf Cult is a secret wolf cult in Gilneas that worshiped the worgen with the Purity of Essence as their code. It was created by Alpha Prime in order to search for the legendary Scythe of Elune, use it to free the worgen trapped in the Emerald Dream, and attack Darnassus to get revenge on Malfurion Stormrage. Knowing he could not find the scythe by himself, Alpha Prime began his cult by recruiting Archmage Arugal and used him to spread the worgen curse to the humans of Silverpine Forest. The cult also had a presence in Duskwood, searching for the Scythe of Elune there after the death of its previous wielder, Velinde Starsong. They were based out of the now abandoned Manor Mistmantle.
Soon, with Arugal's influence over the Silverpine worgen and using them to wreak havoc on his enemies, Alpha Prime later infiltrated Gilneas by using underground tunnels hidden underneath the Greymane Wall and started inducting humans into the cult; turning them into worgen after they performed gruesome murders on innocent people, which came to be later known as the Starlight Slasher murders. The cult and its leader then allied themselves with the Forsaken, an enemy of Gilneas and the Alliance, who also had an interest in obtaining the Scythe of Elune. With Gilneas distracted by political divisions, the cult had been secretly afflicting Gilneans with the worgen curse, bolstering the worgen population and using their numbers to build a feral worgen army that would be used to launch an attack on Gilneas City. An associate of Halford Ramsey, only known identification being the surname Cox, was also a member. The devastating attack weakened the nation's defenses and paved the way for the later Forsaken invasion.
Though the Forsaken discovered the whereabouts of the scythe, unbeknown to Alpha Prime, their machinations were foiled by worgen adventurers when the scythe was retaken and returned to priestess Belysra Starbreeze. Believing that the Gilneans and priestess Belysra's night elves no longer wielded the scythe, Alpha Prime led the Wolf Cult to attack Belysra's forces at Tal'doren. To his surprise, Belysra unveiled the Scythe of Elune and tried to use the scythe to banish Alpha Prime's worgen back to the Emerald Dream. Before Belysra could complete the spell, she was shot in the arm by a Forsaken dark ranger. With Belysra dropping the scythe, Alpha Prime then had his Forsaken allies surround Belysra and her Gilnean allies. Alpha Prime took the scythe and was about to finish Belysra with it, but he was ripped to shreds by a spirit wolf who turned out to be the ghost of Arvell. With the death of their leader, the Wolf Cult scattered; leaving the Forsaken without their lupine allies and open to attack from the night elves and Gilneans.
Following their leader's death, the remains of the Wolf Cult that survived were forced to disperse and went into hiding.
The Nightbane pack could members of the Wolf Cult given their presence in Duskwood, their shared search for the Scythe of Elune, and the fact that the Nightbane pack inhabits Roland's Doom. Althea Ebonlocke also mentioned that she suspected that the Wolf Cult was connected to the worgen that had been infesting Duskwood for some time.