Northshire Valley is a pristine valley in Elwynn Forest in which both Northshire Abbey and the Northshire Vineyards are located. The Northshire River also flows through it. This is where the human starting area is located, though the serene valley is visited by adventurers from all over the world.
Northshire Valley is surrounded by impenetrable mountains, with the exception of a pass to the South which is protected by thick stone walls and a guarded entryway. A river runs through the valley, which eventually exits Northshire and empties into Crystal Lake.
The guards of Stormwind have trouble maintaining the peace in Northshire Valley, due to an increase in activity from various threats. Deputy Willem notes an increase in the number of wolves inhabiting the woods, Marshal McBride reports a faction of kobolds infesting the areas in and around Echo Ridge Mine, and Milly Osworth fears for her vineyard at the hands of Defias Brotherhood thugs.
In the valley area outside of Northshire Abbey, there are low-level wolves and kobolds, both of which are neutral and will not attack players on sight. It is advisable for players to stay here until they reach a minimum level of five to better prepare for encountering mobs outside the starter area.
In CataclysmThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Northshire Valley will undergo some changes. This includes Northshire Vineyards being taken by Blackrock orcs, and the zone will also include some new training dummies. The starting quests will also change, and Echo Ridge mine will be disabled, featuring bars and and a keep out sign.
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