For the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans campaign missions of the same name, see Northshire Abbey (WC1 Human) and Northshire Abbey (WC1 Orc).

The rebuilt abbey.

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, monks, 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 stables one can find the rogue trainer and the hunter trainer can be found beside the horse pickets.


Prior to the First War, the abbey served as the home of the Holy Order of Northshire Clerics. It was the location where Medivh was cared for during the years he was in a coma.

First War

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During the course of the First War, the Clerics of Northshire, led by the Abbot of Northshire Abbey aided the armies of Stormwind in their fight against the Orcish Horde.

Shortly after Garona Halforcen 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.[1]

Second War

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During the Second War, the site of the abbey was the headquarters of Cho'gall's Twilight's Hammer clan, allied to Gul'dan.[2]

After the Alliance of Lordaeron reclaimed Elwynn Forest, Northshire Abbey was rebuilt.

World of Warcraft

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In contemporary times, Northshire Abbey is being used as a recruitment and training center for any adventurer brave enough to help keep the kingdom's peace.[3] The area, however, has been suffering a kobold infestation, increasing numbers of wolves, and the growing presence of bandits known as the Defias Brotherhood.

The  [Powers of the Void] tome was held in a protected wing of the library. One of the novices studying at the abbey stole it, and later joined the Defias Brotherhood.[4]


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Northshire Valley was invaded by Blackrock orcs and Goblin Assassins during the Cataclysm and adventurers had to fight to repel them.

Occupants of Northshire Abbey


There are a number of beginner quests available in here:

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Also see the Elwynn Forest questing guide.

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Primary security threats

Defias Brotherhood

The Defias Brotherhood have set up a base of operations within the Northshire Vineyards to the east of Northshire Abbey, led by Garrick Padfoot. They are forcing the local workers, including Milly Osworth, 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 RPG

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Northshire Abbey sits in the Elwynn Forest's northeastern corner, in the middle of the woods. Beyond their holy duties, the priests hunt the dangerous animals in the forest and will lead any lost traveler back to the monastery for a hot meal, a bed, flawless directions out of the woods and healing, if necessary. These holy folk maintain an outpost of the grand Cathedral of Light in Stormwind.[5]

Film universe

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Northshire Abbey is only depicted on several maps and doesn't appear otherwise.




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