|Relative(s)||Vincent (brother), Lynn (wife), Jimmy (son)|
James Hyal (aka Smiling Jim) is a human who ran the Shady Rest Inn before it was burned to the ground by Grimtotem tauren. His wife and child were killed in the fire and James is reportedly "not the same" since the incident.
With the coming of patch 2.3, the story of Shady Rest Inn finally got an ending.
James only has one quote, which reflects his mental state.
- He'll bring you mead
- He'll bring you beer
- A grinning face from ear to ear
- He's served us all from year to year
- We call him Smiling Jim.
He will also speak this every five minutes:
- Smiling Jim says: He'll bring you mead, he'll bring you beer...
- Smiling Jim says: A grinning face from ear to ear...
- Smiling Jim says: He's served us all from year to year...
- Smiling Jim says: We call him Smiling Jim...
In the RPG
Smiling Jim and the quote he uses were first introduced one year prior to the release of World of Warcraft in Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game. The quote is actually a chorus of a ballad immortalized by minstrels.