- For the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans campaign missions at the same location, see Grand Hamlet (WC1 Human) and Grand Hamlet (WC1 Orc).
- Not to be confused with Darkshore.
Darkshire (formerly known as Grand Hamlet) is a once-quaint little woodland village located in Duskwood, but it has fallen on literally dark times. The surrounding forests have been filled with an evil malaise that cloaks the land in constant darkness. The walking dead choke the graveyards, and foul creatures known as worgen have overrun many of the outlying farmsteads. Even worse, Stormwind has all but abandoned the village and the surrounding area, as most of the Stormwind army is currently off fighting on the Horde/Alliance front. This has left the stubborn people of Duskwood little choice but to defend themselves. Besides its town hall, the village also has a blacksmith.
The small town now numbers a scant 3,500 people a great deal of them refugees from Raven Hill. Lord Ello Ebonlocke is the elected mayor of this town. His daughter, Commander Althea Ebonlocke, is the commander of the Night Watch, a local militia that works to keep the roads free and the creeping darkness back for as long as possible. They strike against the undead and worgen that plague the land. The people of Duskwood are a jumpy and suspicious lot, but they are desperate for any aid they can get against the evil that now surrounds their homes.
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Around the beginning of the First War, Grand Hamlet lost several of its nobles at a party in Karazhan when Medivh drained the life of all humans nearby in order to battle Aegwynn. A few years later, when Medivh died, fel energy unleashed by his death corrupted the area around Grand Hamlet, turning it into Duskwood. Grand Hamlet was renamed Darkshire.
Sometime after King Varian Wrynn's disappearance, the Kingdom of Stormwind pulled all of their troops out of Darkshire. Left to fend for themselves, the Night Watch was established to defend against the various threats that plagued the town. The Night Watch was formed and trained entirely by the people of the forest; and they've had to contend with marauding wolves and various undead. Some Darkshire citizens have also set out to deal with the bands of wild worgen. The Night Watch was also involved in the battle against the necromancer Abercrombie and his abomination Stitches; as well as the manhunt for the murderer Stalvan Mistmantle.
During the Burning Legion's third invasion, the town was caught in chaos. The ruling Council and some Night Watchers joined the fanatical Veiled Hand cult and had the town under strict surveillance; even murdering several inhabitants. The situation was discovered by the rogues of the Uncrowned who tried to confront the Commander. While Althea escaped to Stormwind City and was killed there, the councilmen seemingly escaped. If the town was liberated from the hands of the Night Watchers is unclear.
Player vs. player
Due to Darkshire's focal location on the roads of Duskwood, Horde players are forced to travel through and around the town in order to reach the Swamp of Sorrows to the east for their next questing zone after Stranglethorn Vale. On PvP servers, level 18-30 Alliance players questing in the area often avoid running through Duskwood all together by traveling to Sentinel Hill in Westfall and then flying back and forth to Darkshire since it's not only shorter, but because there are also level 35+ Horde players that traffic Duskwood's roads. Questing in Duskwood can be an inconvenience to Alliance players who are constantly under assault by the Horde at the Ravenhill Cemetery; however, Horde must go through Alliance's city, Darkshire, which now spawns level 65 Darkshire Guards, in order to reach their own respective questing zones.
Although Duskwood is classified as Contested Territory, it contains no Horde flight point and only one source of Horde quests, the tower of Beggar's Haunt, northeast of Darkshire along the road to Deadwind Pass.
- Rebel Camp, Northern Stranglethorn (0:48)
- Goldshire, Elwynn Forest (0:55)
- Lakeshire, Redridge Mountains (1:00)
- Raven Hill, Duskwood (1:03)
- Sentinel Hill, Westfall (1:27)
- Stormwind City, Elwynn Forest (1:28)
- Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands (1:37)
- Booty Bay, Cape of Stranglethorn (2:52)
- Watcher Backus <The Night Watch>
- Herble Baubbletump <Engineering & Mining Supplies>
- Ambassador Berrybuck <Council of Darkshire>
- Steven Black
- Watcher Brownell <The Night Watch>
- Watcher Bukouris <The Night Watch>
- Benjamin Carevin
- Elaine Carevin
- Jonathan Carevin
- Scott Carevin <Mushroom Seller>
- Frank Carlson <Blacksmithing Supplies>
- Watcher Corwin <The Night Watch>
- Clerk Daltry
- Farrin Daris
- Anchorite Delan
- Role Dreuger <Deputy Mayor of Darkshire>
- Commander Althea Ebonlocke <Leader of The Night Watch>
- Lord Ello Ebonlocke <Mayor of Darkshire>
- Alyssa Eva <Reagents>
- Lohgan Eva <Tailoring Supplies>
- Madame Eva
- Avette Fellwood <Bowyer>
- Hogan Ference
- Watcher Fraizer <The Night Watch>
- Finbus Geargrind <Engineering Trainer>
- Cog Glitzspinner
- Clarise Gnarltree <Blacksmithing Trainer>
- Gavin Gnarltree <Weaponsmith>
- Morg Gnarltree <Armorer>
- Chef Grual
- Barkeep Hann
- Watcher Hartin <The Night Watch>
- Watcher Jan <The Night Watch>
- Matt Johnson <Mining Trainer>
- Watcher Jordan <The Night Watch>
- Watcher Keefer <The Night Watch>
- Watcher Keller <The Night Watch>
- Watcher Ladimore <The Night Watch>
- Felicia Maline <Gryphon Master>
- Malissa <Poison Supplier>
- Councilman Millstipe <Council of Darkshire>
- Tobias Mistmantle
- Watcher Mocarski <The Night Watch>
- Antonio Perelli <Traveling Salesman>
- Watcher Petras <The Night Watch>
- Viktori Prism'Antras
- Watcher Royce <The Night Watch>
- Watcher Sarys <The Night Watch>
- Tavernkeep Smitts
- Mabel Solaj <General Goods Vendor>
- Watchmaster Sorigal
- Gunder Thornbush <Tradesman>
- Innkeeper Trelayne <Innkeeper>
- Sirra Von'Indi <Historian of Darkshire>
- Whit Wantmal
- Watcher Wollpert <The Night Watch>
- Danielle Zipstitch <Tailoring Supplies>
- Sheri Zipstitch <Tailoring Supplies>
- Night Watch Guard
- Town Crier
Set to the south of Elwynn Forest, Grand Hamlet is the hometown of Queen Taria Wrynn and her brother Anduin Lothar, a place as quiet and quaint as Goldshire. Prior to the arrival of the Horde, it had a garrison of thirty men, loyal to Stormwind.
After falling mysteriously silent, soldiers in Elwynn Forest spotted Grand Hamlet burning in the distance, heralding the Horde's arrival in Elwynn.
- Strangely enough, there are three tailor suppliers in the town but no trainers.
- The following lore characters hailed from Grand Hamlet/Darkshire: Dougan and his family Adena, Lieren, Loania, as well as Bellthazor.
Grand Hamlet on the Azeroth map of the First War.
- ^ a b c Warcraft: Legends Volume 2, Warrior: Divided
- ^ a b
- ^ Grand Hamlet (WC1 Orc)
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 118
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 134
- ^ Worgen in the Woods quest chain
- ^ The Legend of Stalvan quest chain
- ^ The Art of Cataclysm, pg. 16
- ^ a b Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, pg. 64 - 65
- ^ Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, pg. 67