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For the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans campaign missions at the same location, see Grand Hamlet (WC1 Human) and Grand Hamlet (WC1 Orc).
Not to be confused with Darkshore.
Type Town
Leader(s)  Commander Sarah Ladimore

 Lord Ello Ebonlocke

Race(s) HumanHuman Human
GnomeGnome Gnome
WorgenWorgen Worgen
DraeneiDraenei Draenei
Language(s) Common, Gnomish, Draenei
Faith(s) Holy Light
Affiliation(s) Kingdom of Stormwind
  Formerly Veiled Hand (Burning Legion)
Organizations Night Watch
Location Eastern Duskwood[74, 45]
Status Active

Done Inn          Done Mailbox

Done Stables

Done Anvil & Forge

Undone.gif Bank       Undone.gif Auctions
Trainers Undone.gif Class
Done Profession
Travel Done Flight Master(s)
Undone.gif Mass-transit
Undone.gif Portal(s)

Darkshire (formerly known as Grand Hamlet)[1] is a once-quaint little woodland village located in Duskwood, but it has fallen on literally dark times. The surrounding forests have been corrupted after the death of Medivh, cloaking the land in constant darkness for decades. The walking dead choke the graveyards, and foul creatures known as worgen have overrun many of the outlying farmsteads. Even worse, the political instability orchestrated by Lady Katrana Prestor in Stormwind City caused the abandonment of the town and its surrounding areas by the authorities and the Stormwind Army. This has left the stubborn people of Duskwood little choice but to defend themselves. Besides its town hall, the village also has a blacksmith and an inn.

Prior to the third invasion of the Burning Legion and their adherence to the Veiled Hand cult, Lord Ello Ebonlocke and the Council of Darkshire ruled the town while Althea Ebonlocke led the Night Watch, a local militia that works to keep the roads free and the creeping darkness that plagues the land back for as long as possible. Following the Fourth War, Sarah Ladimore succeeded the late Althea as the commander of the organization. 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.

Before their treason, the Council of Darkshire was responsible for enforcing justice in the town, notably by ordering death sentences for those who sold the bodies from cemeteries in Duskwood.[2] In the town hall, Clerk Daltry keeps records on the people that live and pass through the town, although some of his records are a little outdated.[3] According to Tobias Mistmantle, he had to hide his "true self" from the people of Darkshire as they react poorly to worgen.[4]


Centuries ago, throughout the Eastern Kingdoms, the disparate human nations flourished, among them the smallest and most isolated of the kingdoms was Stormwind that found prosperity through the farmsteads which dotted the surrounding fertile region of Azeroth. Over the years, as its population grew, small towns sprang up in the nearby regions, notably Grand Hamlet in Brightwood.[5]

The Ebonlocke family already used to live in the town before the First War.[6]

First War and aftermath

Around the beginning of the First War, Grand Hamlet lost several of its nobles at a party in Karazhan when Medivh, driven insane by the demon within,[7] drained the life of all humans nearby in order to battle his mother Aegwynn.[8] A few years later, when Medivh was killed by Khadgar and Anduin Lothar, fel energy unleashed by his death corrupted Brightwood, slowly turning the land into a dangerous, thorny blight.[9]

At some point during the war, Grand Hamlet was the target of orc raiding parties, as they were amassing a large army to march against the town. While the armies of Stormwind managed to repel them for a time,[10] the town was ultimately destroyed by the Old Horde.[11] Following the victory of the Alliance of Lordaeron in the Second War, the town was rebuilt[12] with the help of the Supreme Commander Turalyon who oversaw the efforts to repatriate the kingdom's citizens[13]


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Darkshire as seen in Legends.

In the aftermath of the Second War, the paladin Dougan and his wife Adena settled near Grand Hamlet with their twin baby girls, Loania and Lieren. However, as the corruption continued to spread over time in Duskwood, Grand Hamlet was renamed Darkshire, and several townsfolk decided to investigate Karazhan, the presumed source of the curse. When they disappeared, Dougan summoned his friends Kardan and Voldana for a rescue mission. However, the paladin was killed in the tower and his comrades had no choice but to adopt his children, as his wife lost her mind due to the grief and couldn't protect them anymore from the dangers of Duskwood.

Several years later, the twin sisters returned to their childhood home with their adoptive parents. There, they were attacked by ghouls until Watcher Dodds and the Night Watch came to help and brought them to Darkshire, where Althea Ebonlocke announced their mother's death. At Raven Hill Cemetery, the twin found an army of undead heading for Darkshire, and among them the reanimated corpse of their mother. The group and the watchers later managed to save the town by eliminating all the undead.[1]

World of Warcraft

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The gates of Darkshire in World of Warcraft.

Before he retired from active duty, Marshal Haggard and the Stormwind Guard used to get drinks at the Scarlet Raven Tavern in Darkshire.[14]

After the Third War, Morgan Ladimore returned to Duskwood but only to find his house ruined and his family missing. He traveled to Darkshire and met a priest who advised him to check for their gravestones at Raven Hill Cemetery. However, he refuted everything and rode from Darkshire to nearby Lakeshire, thinking that perhaps his family had fled. He ended his life when he discovered the truth, and later returned as the undead Mor'Ladim, killing many innocents and watchmen of Darkshire until he was put down by adventurers.[12][15][16]

Following King Varian Wrynn's disappearance, the political manipulations of Lady Katrana Prestor led the kingdom to pull all their troops out of Duskwood. Left to fend for themselves, the Night Watch was established to defend against the various threats that plagued the town.[17] Formed and trained entirely by the people of the forest;[18] they had to contend with marauding wolves[19] and various undead.[17][20][21] They were involved in the battle against the necromancer Abercrombie and his abomination Stitches;[22] as well as the manhunt for the murderer Stalvan Mistmantle.[23]

When Magistrate Solomon required the assistance of the Night Watch to save Lakeshire from the Blackrock orcs,[24] Lord Ello Ebonlocke had to refuse because the town would have been overrun by evil before the guards could even reach the edge of the forest.[25]

Some citizens have also set out to deal with the evils of the region, such as the Carevin family, which has dedicated itself to battle against the demons, undead, wild worgen, and their allies.[26]

At some point, Jitters traveled to Darkshire and rented a room at the Scarlet Raven Tavern. He spent his nights at the bar, writing, until he left the town in a hurry as he was hunted by the Dark Riders.[27]

The Burning Crusade

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When the draenei learned that Duskwood was a place filled with evil and undeath, Anchorite Delan came to Darkshire in order to help its inhabitants in pushing back the darkness.[28]

Wrath of the Lich King

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During the war against the Lich King, Unit Darkshire was sent to the Dragonblight to help the Alliance forces in Northrend.[29]

Dark Riders

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Darkshire as seen in Dark Riders.

Prior to the Cataclysm, Archmage Karlain traveled to Darkshire in search of his son Mardigan. The watchers he questioned revealed that the young man had recently been in the town, questioning everyone he could about the Wolf Cult, until he disappeared once more while investigating his leads. After he retrieved the Scythe of Elune from the worgen in Roland's Doom, the priest Revil Kost returned to Darkshire and spent the night at the Scarlet Raven Tavern, where he met Brink of the SI:7 and later left for Karazhan.[30]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Around the time of the Cataclysm, a number of townsfolk were complaining about someone nailing disturbing letters to their doors in the middle of the nights. While the culprit could not be identified, the Council of Darkshire discovered that the Twilight's Hammer cult were trying to recruit the citizens with their apocalyptic notes. As such, the mayor was notified of the situation and the Night Watch was placed on high alert by Role Dreuger.[31]

During the Elemental Unrest, the town was invaded by furious elementals through the Elemental Rifts appearing across Azeroth. They were driven back by the adventurers.

Following the Cataclysm, Stormwind's forces were so taxed by greater evils that they couldn't spare a single footman to protect Darkshire.[32] However, many adventurers were later ordered by King Varian Wrynn to report to Commander Althea Ebonlocke, as the Night Watch forces were stretched thin defending against marauding wolves and bands of wild worgen. Althea also sent a letter to Bailiff Conacher in Lakeshire for more reinforcements.[33]

At some point, feral worgen managed to break into the town hall and tore the place to shreds, destroying half the archives in the process.[34]

After years of fight, Jonathan Carevin and his family still continued their expulsion of all evil and heresy in Duskwood, asking the help of adventurers in their quest to defeat the Nightbane pack.[35][36][37]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

During the Burning Legion's third invasion, the town was caught in chaos. The ruling Council, a few citizens, and some Night Watchers joined the fanatical Veiled Hand cult, which used the town as their base of operations. Led by Sister Ebonlocke, the cultists murdered several innocent inhabitants under the orders of The Herald, in order to organize a demonic ritual in Stormwind Keep. Among the loyal watchers, Sarah Ladimore could be seen protecting several citizens and mentioned that the defection of her comrades was certainly due to dark magic. The slaughter was later discovered by the Shadow of the Uncrowned who stole the ritual reagents to buy time and also attempted to kill Althea Ebonlocke.[38] However, the assassination attempt failed, and while Althea escaped to Stormwind City where she was killed by Garona Halforcen, the councilmen seemingly managed to escape.[39]

Terror by Torchlight

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In the aftermath of the Fourth War, the township was still active and free from the Veiled Hand, while Sarah Ladimore succeeded Althea Ebonlocke as the new Commander of the Night Watch. At some point, an unnamed necromancer attempted to overwhelm Duskwood and Darkshire with an army of undead by corrupting the Torch of Holy Flame. The advance of the undead was slowed down by the efforts of the watchers, until Mathias Shaw and Flynn Fairwind defeated the necromancer and recovered the purified holy torch. The Spymaster later told to Ladimore that he would send Stormwind guards as reinforcements after the necromancer hinted that the threat was not over.[40]


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

During Death Rising, the town came under attack from the Scourge. To fight against the undead, troops of the Argent Crusade under the orders of Lieutenant Vernon were mobilized to protect the inhabitants.[41] Some adventurers later helped to reduce the Scourge's numbers in the area, before transmitting a report from the Lieutenant to Commander Gregor in Stormwind City to brief them on the situation in the region.[42][43]

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Film universe

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Set to the south of Elwynn Forest, Grand Hamlet is the hometown of Queen Taria Wrynn and her brother Anduin Lothar, a place as quiet and quaint as Goldshire.[44] Prior to the arrival of the Horde, it had a garrison of thirty men, loyal to Stormwind.[44]

After falling mysteriously silent, soldiers in Elwynn Forest spotted Grand Hamlet burning in the distance, heralding the Horde's arrival in Elwynn.[45]

Notes and trivia




  1. ^ a b Warcraft: Legends Volume 2, Warrior: Divided
  2. ^ A [26D] Crime and Punishment
  3. ^ A [30] The Caravan Road
  4. ^ A [10-30] Part of the Pack
  5. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 159
  6. ^ Ebonlocke#Quotes
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms, pg. 27
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 118
  9. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 134
  10. ^ Grand Hamlet (WC1 Human)
  11. ^ Grand Hamlet (WC1 Orc)
  12. ^ a b c  [The Story of Morgan Ladimore]
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 177
  14. ^ A [28] The Legend of Stalvan
  15. ^ A [10-30] Morgan Ladimore
  16. ^ A [10-30G3] Mor'ladim
  17. ^ a b A [24] The Night Watch
  18. ^  [Ebonlocke's Response to Solomon]
  19. ^ A [21] Wolves at Our Heels
  20. ^ A [26] The Night Watch
  21. ^ A [30] The Night Watch
  22. ^ A [10-30] The Embalmer's Revenge
  23. ^ The Legend of Stalvan quest chain
  24. ^ A [18] Messenger to Darkshire
  25. ^ A [18] Messenger to Darkshire
  26. ^ Worgen in the Woods quest chain
  27. ^ A [25] Inquire at the Inn
  28. ^ A [20] Travel to Darkshire
  29. ^ A [10-30] A Deserter
  30. ^ Dark Riders
  31. ^ The Art of Cataclysm, pg. 16
  32. ^ A [10-30] The Night Watch
  33. ^ A [10-30] Hero's Call: Duskwood!
  34. ^ A [10-30] The Stolen Letters
  35. ^ A [10-30] Worgen in the Woods
  36. ^ A [10-30] The Rotting Orchard
  37. ^ A [10-30] Worgen in the Woods
  38. ^ N Rogue [10-45] Cloak and Dagger
  39. ^ B Rogue [10-45] The Unseen Blade
  40. ^ Terror by Torchlight
  41. ^ A [50] Field Reports
  42. ^ A [50] Damned Intruders
  43. ^ A [50] Return of the Scourge
  44. ^ a b Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, pg. 64 - 65
  45. ^ Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, pg. 67
  46. ^ Legends Volume 2, Miles to Go
  47. ^ A [30] Bride of the Embalmer
  48. ^ A [10-30] Wolves at Our Heels
  49. ^ A [10-30] The Legend of Stalvan

External links

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