Northshire Abbey is the home of the human religious order of clerics known as the Brotherhood of Northshire. It is located in Northshire Valley in the foothills of Elwynn Forest of the Kingdom of Stormwind. The closest town to Northshire Abbey is Goldshire to the southwest.
Northshire Abbey is comprised of three sections: the Main Hall, Hall of Arms, and Library Wing. It holds trainers for mages, priests, warriors, and paladins, as well as a couple of quest givers. The trainers for young human warlocks haunt the small graveyard to the east of the main doors. In the shadows of the stable one can find the rogue trainer.
Prior to the First War, the abbey served as the home of the Holy Order of Northshire Clerics. It was the location where Medivh was cared for during the years he was in a coma. During the course of the First War, the Clerics of Northshire, led by the Abbot of Northshire Abbey aided the armies of Stormwind in their fight against the Orcish Horde.
Shortly after Garona Halforcen was captured and brought to Northshire to be held prisoner, the abbey was destroyed in an orcish onslaught. In the Human campaign of Warcraft I, it is a band of human warriors, convinced by enemy agents to fight against the crown, who are the ones to initially attack Northshire Abbey. The abbey is shown as having some underground side tunnels. These were used as prisons for some orcs (some orcs were held in nicer looking rooms) and a few ogres. The ogres would attack the orcs if seen, yet somehow were not hostile to the humans. Also in the tunnels were spiders, scorpions, slimes, and skeletons. None of them were hostile to the humans. Archers and brigands defended the abbey against the orcs. Also, Garona was in a room with a fire elemental who, after a certain amount of time, went crazy and broke out of Garona's prison to attack the orcs. It is not known who brought forth this elemental.
Before the refugees of Stormwind left their country toward Lordaeron, they rescued sacred tomes from the debris of Northshire Abbey which would later be used by the mages of Dalaran to learn the Invisibility spell.
During the Second War, the site of the abbey was the headquarters of Cho'gall's Twilight's Hammer clan, allied to Gul'dan. After the Alliance of Lordaeron reclaimed Elwynn Forest, Northshire Abbey was rebuilt, though the area has been suffering a kobold infestation, increasing numbers of wolves, and the growing presence of bandits known as the Defias.
Occupants of Northshire Abbey
- Marshal McBride — Military leader in Northshire Valley
- Sergeant Willem — Stormwind Army
- Brother Danil — General Goods Vendor
- Brother Neals — Manages Food and Wine stores
- Brother Paxton — Library Caretaker
- Brother Sammuel — Paladin Trainer
- Priestess Anetta — Priest Trainer
- Milly Osworth — Manages Northshire Vineyards
- Eagan Peltskinner — Wolf Hunter
- Dermot Johns — Cloth and Leather Armor Merchant
- Godric Rothgar — Armor and Shieldcrafter
- Janos Hammerknuckle — Weaponsmith
- Jorik Kerridan — Rogue Trainer
- Khelden Bremen — Mage Trainer
- Llane Beshere — Warrior Trainer
- Drusilla La Salle — Warlock Trainer
- — Monk Trainer
There are a number of beginner quests available in here:
Also see the Northshire questing guide.
Primary security threats
The Defias Brotherhood have set up a base of operations within the Northshire Vineyards to the east of Northshire Abbey, led by Garrick Padfoot. They are forcing the local workers, including Milly Osworth, out of the vineyard. The brotherhood uses the base as a staging ground for raiding the local farmers and merchants.
A clan of kobolds has infested Echo Ridge Mine to the northwest of Northshire Abbey, forcing the workers out of the mine. Although the kobolds don't pose a significant threat to Northshire Abbey, their foothold in Northshire will only grow stronger if they are ignored.
A large number of wolves have appeared in the valley, presumably searching for new prey after being driven from Duskwood out of fear and despair. Although they rarely hunt humans, there have been incidents with farmers and missing livestock.
While deep within Alliance territory and strongly fortified, the occupants of Northshire Abbey are always concerned with the potential threat of another Horde attack.
- In the maps for Lands of Conflict and the World of Warcraft manual, Northshire Abbey is misspelled as "Northsire Abbey."
Northshire Abbey on the Azeroth map of the First War.
What could be Northshire Abbey, in the north-east part, during the Invasion of Draenor.
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Northshire Abbey is only depicted on several maps.