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 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 aided the armies of Stormwind in their fight against the Orcish Horde.
Shortly after 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 's Twilight's Hammer clan, allied to . 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
- — Military leader in Northshire Valley
- Sergeant Willem — Stormwind Army
- — General Goods Vendor
- — Manages Food and Wine stores
- — Library Caretaker
- — Paladin Trainer
- — Priest Trainer
- — Manages Northshire Vineyards
- — Wolf Hunter
- — Cloth and Leather Armor Merchant
- — Armor and Shieldcrafter
- — Weaponsmith
- — Rogue Trainer
- — Mage Trainer
- — Warrior Trainer
- — 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 . They are forcing the local workers, including , 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.