Author: Lucinda Batchelor
Duskwood is a gloomy woodland located south of Elywnn Forest and is the original home of Darkshire and Raven Hill before the region was conquered by shadow. A curse fell upon the land after the night elf, Velinde Starstrong, arrived with the Scythe of Elune. It is thought that Starstrong was killed and her scythe was left behind in a local mine now known as Ronald's Doom. The scythe was found by a man curiously wanting to seek the source of its darkness. After clutching it, the scythe's powers diffused across the land, filling the mine with worgen that hacked anyone in their way to death. The curse has left Duskwood in darkness, and the native population cluster in Darkshire, wrangling the undead and mindless worgen who linger in the nebulous woods.
The original music for Duskwood tells its story. The eery synthesiser pads encapsulate the fearful and mysterious surroundings, reflecting the lives of those who no longer know what lurks on the once beautiful land they originally knew. The harp joins in with notes that clash, accompanied by minor piano broken chordal ideas, creating a sense of immediacy which is unsettling. Now the region is inhabited by dangerous creatures such as skeletal warriors and ghouls, Duskwood is a place of serious threat. The timpani rhythms suggests this, that the fear comes from what is unknown. Maybe something huge is waiting under the blanket of darkness.