High Inquisitor Fairbanks is the former High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade. He may be found in-game as a level 40 elite undead hidden in a secret chamber in the Cathedral of the Scarlet Monastery.
Fairbanks was tricked and led along with the Highlord by Mograine's son Renault to Stratholme where legions of the Scourge awaited them. Fairbanks was the first to fall, but did not die - he was trapped and hidden under the corpses of the undead. He bore silent witness to Renault's betrayal of his father, hearing Mograine's anguished cries as Ashbringer was plunged through his heart and fouling the blade. Kel'Thuzad later resurrected Mograine as a Death Knight.
Making his way back to the Scarlet Monastery, Fairbanks told the tale of betrayal to anyone who would listen. Those who believed him broke away from the Crusade to found the Argent Dawn. Fairbanks was subsequently murdered by the remaining crusaders for his blasphemy as well as possibly showing symptoms of the plague. His body was discarded in a secret chamber in the Scarlet Cathedral.
Judging by his title, he was succeeded by High Inquisitor Whitemane.
In the World of Warcraft
This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
Fairbanks can be found in a secret chamber in the Scarlet Monastery. It is accessible by using a torch on the wall in the right prayer room behind the altar in the Cathedral.
Entering the monastery with equipped will trigger an event, whereby High Inquisitor Fairbanks is redeemed by the Highlord's ghost. Talking to him initiates an extensive dialogue with the player, which describes the history of the Ashbringer, and how to find the Highlord's other son in Outland, who can forge the blade anew. Despite popular belief, Fairbanks does not actually give a quest to create a new Ashbringer, or cleanse the Corrupted Ashbringer, or any quests for that matter.
- Fairbanks is turned from a zombie into a ghost seemingly free from the Lich King. Contrary to popular belief, he is not cured of undeath and does not become alive again. This only occurs during the Corrupted Ashbringer/Scarlet Monastery Event at Scarlet Monastery, in its Cathedral when a player enters with .
- Despite most dungeon loot being upped to rare quality in patch 1.10, Fairbanks remained one of the few encounters that dropped entirely uncommon quality loot until patch 3.3.0.
The Grand Inquisitor
Fairbanks in the Caverns of Time
High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade
High Inquisitor Whitemane