Schemes of the Lich King
The Dire Wood certainly lives up to its name. The once lush and vibrant forest is now a battleground of unusual and mutated creatures, the result of some of the experiments of the mages in Horizon. This has caused some great strife between forces of the High Druid and forces of the Archmage as the forest now resembles a battle lab.
Of course, it is no surprise that there have been reports of Hellholes cropping up in the Dire Wood, further spoiling the reputation of the forest.