Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at the Westfall Lighthouse!
The Westfall Lighthouse is located off the south-western coast of Westfall on the Eastern Kingdoms continent. Very little is known about the Lighthouse itself, but it was likely built prior to the First War around the time the Deadmines went into production. Its purpose would have been to help guide ships into the back entrance of the mines to access the docks inside.
The Lighthouse has been present in World of Warcraft since its release, along with its ghost-pirate inhabitant, Captain Grayson. Captain Grayson lost his life when his ship crashed into the rocks around the Lighthouse on a night when it inexplicably wasn’t lit. Unsure of what to do in the afterlife, he wandered over to the Lighthouse to find its keepers under attack by Old Murk-Eye and his murlocs, which explains why the Lighthouse wasn’t lit. Unfortunately, in his ghostly form, he was unable to aid the unnamed-family in defending against the attack, and they were killed. After that, Captain Grayson took it upon himself to be the keeper of the Westfall Lighthouse to ensure it was always lit and that no other travelers suffered his fate. He now sends Alliance heroes out to kill nearby murlocs, both to aid in his task of keeping the Lighthouse lit and to avenge the family they killed. Prior to the Cataclysm expansion, Horde heroes were also able to complete Captain Grayson’s quests, but this was changed to provide a more coherent questing experience. Despite the change, Captain Grayson still appears as a friendly NPC to both factions in game
With a ghost watching over it, the Westfall Lighthouse is sure to remain in operation for years to come, and while the Deadmines are no longer in official operation, the Lighthouse continues to steer boats away from the rocks and shallow ocean floor that surround it.
Additional lore resources for the Westfall Lighthouse
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