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Darkshire, previously called Grand Hamlet[citation needed], 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.

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, runs 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. They are also more keen to welcome any Scarlet Crusaders that come their way, seeing them as heroes more than corrupted zealots.


Grand Hamlet.

Darkshire did not always have that name.[1] The town was formerly known as Grand Hamlet,[2] which was destroyed in the First War by invading orcs,[3] but later rebuilt.[1]

It is possible that the dark times began with a slaughter of the Nobles of Darkshire at the party in Medivh's tower Karazhan, not far from Darkshire. Several notable names can be met as enslaved ghosts within the tower, including possible brother or father of current mayor, Ebonlocke, and relatives of all councilmen in current Town Hall.

Whatever the cause of Karazhan's darkening, it corrupted the town of Grand Hamlet and the surrounding area, eventually changing southern Elwynn into Duskwood, and Grand Hamlet into Darkshire.[4] (WL2 48)

Darkshire and PvP

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.

Flight paths

Darkshire as seen from above.

Alliance Stormwind City, Elwynn Forest
Alliance Goldshire, Elwynn Forest
Alliance Sentinel Hill, Westfall
Alliance Lakeshire, Redridge Mountains
Alliance Rebel Camp, Northern Stranglethorn
Alliance Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands
Alliance Booty Bay, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance Raven Hill, Duskwood

Darkshire NPCs

  • Vendors
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alliance Alyssa Eva <Reagent Vendor>
IconSmall Human Male.gif Alliance Antonio Perelli <Traveling Salesman>
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alliance Avette Fellwood <Bowyer>
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alliance Danielle Zipstitch <Tailoring Supplies>
IconSmall Human Male.gif Alliance Gavin Gnarltree <Weaponsmith>
IconSmall Gnome Male.gif Alliance Herble Baubbletump <Engineering & Mining Supplies>
IconSmall Human Male.gif Alliance Lohgan Eva <Tailoring Supplies>
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alliance Mabel Solaj <General Goods Vendor>
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alliance Malissa <Poison Supplier>
IconSmall Human Male.gif Alliance Morg Gnarltree <Armorer>
IconSmall Human Male.gif Alliance Scott Carevin <Mushroom Seller>
IconSmall Human Female.gif Alliance Sheri Zipstitch <Tailoring Supplies>
  • Trainers