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The Northgate Rebellion was a civil uprising in the kingdom of Gilneas sometime after the construction of the Greymane Wall. It was presumably named for the Northgate Woods or Northgate River, regions of Gilneas near the wall.

The rebellion was led by Lord Darius Crowley, a powerful Gilnean nobleman who had opposed King Genn Greymane's decision to wall off and abandon his land and people. The rebellion resulted in civil war erupting in Gilneas, and as such Crowley and his men were labelled as terrorists and traitors. The fighting was particularly bitter because Crowley and Greymane had been good friends; despite Crowley's insurrection, Greymane laid no blame on Crowley for his actions, as his lands (referring to Pyrewood Village and Ambermill) were separated from the rest of Gilneas.[1]

Lord Crowley had smuggled cannons into Gilneas City, into the cellar of the house of Josiah Avery, for use in the rebellion. Before he could put them to use, Crowley was arrested and incarcerated in Stoneward Prison. At some point after this, the worgen invaded Gilneas, laying waste to a land already heavily affected by a bitter war. With the situation grim, King Greymane orders Crowley and his lieutenants released, and the Northgate rebels rejoin their brethren to stand united against the tide, and the old friends mend their differences.

Lord Crowley and the Northgate rebels made a last stand at Light's Dawn Cathedral to buy time for Greymane to lead the citizens of Gilneas City to safety. As a result, Crowley and those of his men who were not killed were afflicted by the worgen curse, Gilneas City fell, and the civil war was over.

Known rebels


  1. ^ A [5] Old Divisions