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Althea's defectors of the Veiled Hand
The Night Watch is a policing militia created to defend Darkshire from the dangers plaguing Duskwood. The most prominent dangers are the undead of Raven Hill Cemetery and Tranquil Gardens Cemetery, and the worgen of Brightwood Grove and Roland's Doom. The Night Watch does what it can to keep the region safe, often relying on the recruitment of citizens and passersby to aid in their defense.
They have their own office in Darkshire.
The Night Watch was established when Stormwind pulled all of their troops out of the troubled region during the time when the kingdom was under the influence of Katrana Prestor. It was formed and trained entirely by the people of the forest.
Even with King Varian Wrynn's return, Stormwind's forces were so taxed by greater evils that they couldn't spare a single footman to protect the region. It was up to the Night Watch and the heroes of the Alliance to keep the area safe.
During the Burning Legion's third invasion, Althea Ebonlocke and some of the Night Watchers in Darkshire betrayed the Alliance and joined the Veiled Hand. They had the town under strict watch. Watcher Sarah Ladimore was the only known member to oppose the cult within the town, and she thought there was dark magic involved.
Watchers outside of Darkshire seemingly did not join the cult, as a Vigilant Guard was found dead within Raven Hill, showing that not all elements of the Watch managed to get corrupted. Watcher Danuser could also be found as a member of the Unseen Path, still calling himself a Night Watchman as well as using the group's title and speaking about his active duty as a watcher.
Terror by Torchlight
After the defeat of Ebonlocke and the Veiled Hand, Sarah Ladimore became the new commander of the watch.
Shortly after the Fourth War, a human necromancer stole the Torch of Holy Flame—an artifact used to keep Duskwood's undead in check—from Forlorn Rowe and attempted to overwhelm the region with an undead army. Her minions attacked Commander Ladimore as well as Raven Hill, killing and raising several of the watchers there and forcing the rest to escape to Darkshire. Watcher Cutford watched over the ailing commander when Flynn Fairwind and Mathias Shaw, who had come to Duskwood for a treasure hunt, set out to stop the necromancer and steal back the torch. Together they managed to purify the artifact and kill the sorceress before returning the torch to Forlorn Rowe, thereby preventing Duskwood from falling to the undead. Afterward, Shaw told Ladimore that he recommended doubling patrols and keeping a close eye on the artifact. He also promised to send extra guards from Stormwind to help, as the necromancer had implied that more threats were on the horizon.
Before he and Flynn left Duskwood, Shaw gave the Night Watch Flynn's treasure map, and the watchers returned with the treasure—a hand mirror—as a gift to the two rogues.
The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3 but is present in Classic.
The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 3.0.2 but is present in Classic.
The subject of this section did not make it out of the beta stages.
In the RPG
The Night Watch Militia (or just the Night Watch) is a militia created by the people of Darkshire. The townsfolk are so desperate to rid themselves of their many woes that crime has relatively ceased. While they may fear theft or murder from those passing through, the community has banded together behind the mayor Lord Ello Ebonlocke, and the Night Watch. The mayor's daughter, Commander Althea Ebonlocke, runs the militia. This small police force constitutes the town's only defense against the monsters that frequently attack it.
Night Watch units move deftly and swiftly through Duskwood. The crafty warriors stalk their undead prey, avoiding direct confrontation with supernatural and mundane opponents. The carefully placed tracks of a member of the Night Watch militia typically lead pursuers into a deadly ambush where eager warriors wait with bows ready. Multiple units often work together under the direction of Commander Althea. She has yet to earn the respect of many of the militia. Well known for her keen and decisive orders in the field, however, she is will on the road to gaining the Night Watch's trust.
- The Night Watch may be a reference to the Night's Watch group in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Both the Night's Watch and the Night Watch fight to protect the realm from an undead threat, but both have been all but forgotten by their respective kings.
- The name could also be a reference to Rembrandt's famous painting called The Night Watch.
- Most of the names of the members of the Night Watch are taken from the names of killers from various detective novels, such as Blomberg, Backus, Keefer, Callahan, Keller, and Paige.