Cover art for the Taverns of Azeroth
Lion's Pride Inn in Goldshire.
An inn or a tavern are usually buildings with an innkeeper NPC that serves as a binding point for a hearthstone. In smaller settlements, an inn is typically a separate building with some sort of sleeping arrangements (bed, hammock, alcove, etc.), but can also serve other purposes (trainer building, etc.). Inns often have their own atmospheric music and Blizzard published an album of these songs called "Taverns of Azeroth".
Inns also usually serve as rest areas. Most have a mailbox and a stable master outside.
Design and variation of inns
Inns come in a variety of styles and layout. Broadly speaking, each race has its own distinctive inn layout. For example, night elven inns tend to be large and spacious. In the original World of Warcraft, inns were comfortable, welcoming places while the inns in The Burning Crusade often seemed poorly equipped and bare in comparison, with some not even having a chair let alone a bed. This may be because many of the settlements are temporary or of refugee status. In Wrath of the Lich King, happily, there are some newly designed and large luxurious inns, a welcome return to the feel of the original game.
List of inns and taverns
- Main article: Tavern (Warcraft III)
In Warcraft III, a tavern was a place from which neutral heroes were hired and could be revived instantly for a price.
In the RPG
This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.
Poor accommodations at an inn amount to a place on the floor near the hearth, plus the use of a blanket. Common accommodations are a place on a raised, heated floor, the use of a blanket and a pillow, and the presence of a higher class of company. Good accommodations are a small, private room with one bed, some amenities and a covered chamber pot in the corner.
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