High Inquisitor Fairbanks

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BossHigh Inquisitor Fairbanks
Image of High Inquisitor Fairbanks
Title High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade
Gender Male
Race Human (Undead)
Level 40 Elite
Class Priest
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Scarlet Crusade, Lordaeron
Occupation Chief Advisor to Highlord Mograine
Former occupation(s) High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Monastery
Location Crusader's Chapel, Scarlet Monastery
Status Deceased[1]

High Inquisitor Fairbanks was the former High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade (though his death may actually pre-date their proper founding). He used to be found in-game as a level 40 elite undead hidden in a secret chamber in the Cathedral of the Scarlet Monastery. His corpse is still located in the same chamber in the revamped Scarlet Monastery.



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Fairbanks in the comic.

Fairbanks was Highlord Mograine's most trusted adviser, and was present during the meeting in Southshore that led to the creation of the Ashbringer.[2]

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.[3]

He managed to survive and returned to Hearthglen where he 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.

While dreaming, Darion spoke with Fairbanks who told him to go to Tirion Fordring.[4]

World of Warcraft

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The undead Fairbanks could be found in a secret chamber in the Scarlet Monastery and could be killed but no quest originally required that. It is accessible by using a torch on the wall in the right prayer room behind the altar in the Cathedral.

The following section was retconned by the comic and no longer refers to the current lore.

Entering the monastery with  [Corrupted Ashbringer] equipped will trigger an event, whereby High Inquisitor Fairbanks is redeemed by the Highlord's ghost, freeing his spirit. 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 can be seen during the in-game Old Hillsbrad Ashbringer event.


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

After the Cataclysm, the undead Fairbanks was killed by the adventurers sent by Dominic.[5]

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

High Inquisitor Fairbanks' undead body can be found in the secret room of Scarlet Monastery. He is lying on the ground lifeless. Perhaps, he may have found peace after the heroes collected his bounty from Dominic.


  • Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice.png  Curse of Blood — Increases the Physical damage taken by an enemy by 1 for 20 sec. 
  • Spell holy dispelmagic.png  Dispel Magic — Dispels magic on the target, removing 1 harmful spell from an ally or 1 beneficial spell from an enemy. 
  • Spell shadow possession.png  Fear — Strikes fear in an enemy, causing it to flee in terror for 6 sec. Only 1 target can be feared at a time. 
  • Spell holy heal.png  Heal — Calls upon Holy magic to heal an ally. 
  • Spell holy powerwordshield.png  Power Word: Shield — Wraps the caster in a shield that lasts up to 30 sec., absorbing a maximum of 801 Physical or magical damage. While the shield holds, spells will not be interrupted by Physical attacks. 
  • Spell nature sleep.png  Sleep — Puts nearby enemies to sleep for up to 6 sec. Any damage caused will awaken them. 


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Inv shoulder 27.png [Inquisitor's Shawl]


Main article: Corrupted Ashbringer/Scarlet Monastery Event#Dialogue with Fairbanks
Main article: Ashbringer/Old Hillsbrad Ashbringer event


  • Following the release of the Ashbringer comic, there's an inconsistency with him being a member of the Scarlet Crusade. In World of Warcraft, it was stated that Alexandros Mograine and Fairbanks were both founders and members of the Crusade.[6] The Ashbringer comic would depict the formation of the Crusade occurring after Alexandros and Fairbanks' deaths, in which case they would have never been members, and Fairbanks would never have held the title of High Inquisitor. No in-game explanation of the current situation was given either in the game or the comic.
    • It can be speculated that he was, in fact, exposed to the plague when hiding under the undead bodies, and when he was killed and left to rot in the Monastery chamber, his body transformed into an undead.
    • It can be speculated that the attire was put on him by the Crusaders when they killed him as a sign of mockery. Alternatively, he may have been forced to join the Crusade and was killed soon after.
  • Judging by the title, he was succeeded by High Inquisitor Whitemane.
  • During the now non-canon Corrupted Ashbringer/Scarlet Monastery Event, Fairbanks was turned from an undead into a human ghost seemingly free from the Lich King. Contrary to popular belief, he was not cured of undeath and does not become alive again.
  • 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.
  • He was apparently planned to appear in Legion at some point.


This section includes speculation on characters that might be related, usually because they may share a last name. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

He is possibly related to Gerald Fairbanks and Officer Fairbanks.


Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed as a boss. His corpse is still present in the revamped Scarlet Monastery.

See also


External links

Monastery Old Hillsbrad Legion Transform
Preceded by:
High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade
Succeeded by:
High Inquisitor Whitemane