The Innkeepers Daughter

The Inn Keepers daughter is a Trinket that Hearths you back your home inn, ( or hearth place) , and  it’s an archaeology drop.

The story in Wow is that basically it  is  a wayward innkeepers daughter of ill repute that embarrassed her father so he made a deal with warlock to turn her into a hearthstone so she would always come home.

But why does she appear as a a ghost?

I will tell you the real story… ( or at least a better version)

The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes

Once upon a time a Highwayman loved the Innkeepers daughter

“He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair. “

The redcoats used her as bait to capture her lover the Highway man

” They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
They had bound a musket beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast! “

for they knew he would come to her

“Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way”

and he kept his word

Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
The highwayman came riding,
Riding, riding!

and to save her love  she warned him.

Her musket shattered the moonlight,
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.

When he heard of her sacrifice,

How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,

But he died too

When they shot him down on the highway,
Down like a dog on the highway,

So I would like to think that the Inn Keepers daughter, is a hearth stone because she will always be waiting for her lover by the moonlight in the Inn. ( except in the poem she is Darkhaired instead of a red headed giggling ghost.

I Love this poem, and when a guildy first spoke of “The innkeepers daughter” I started sprouting poetry in guild chat, and I was disappointed that my impressions of what could have been a romantic backstory of an innkeepers daughters sacrifice in a wow piece,  was actually a father killing his daughter because she shamed him.   ( She appears as a ghost randomly when you use the hearthstone so what happened to her if not death?)

But because I have this poem now on my mind,  on my tongue, on my heart   and in my ears – Loreena Mckennitt does an amazing version of the poem in song  ( of course I sang along)

Flavourtextlore  discovered  that “Your justice point Gear is named after Famous Poetry” as pointed out in a Article by Joystiq

In keeping with the theme of  using poetry for Gear ( and that I love The highway man )  I have almost completed a outfit.


torrent of darkness


French cocked-hat


Breeches of Brown Doe Skin


Coat of Claret Velvet

A Neck

Bunch of lace

A belt

Gypsy’s Ribbon

Maybe a Off-hand

Dark Red Love Knot

Matching Rings with a set bonus

black cascade

black waves


cascade of perfume

stroke of midnight


I  am Just missing Boots cloak and bracers

5 Responses to “The Innkeepers Daughter”

  1. 1 Nina February 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I love that poem too, my old poetry book falls open to that page. It creeps my daughter out, but I’ll still read it to her when I’m feeling witchy.

    My ideas;

    Ribbon of moonlight – cape

    Foot of the narrow bed – boots

    The knot held good – bracers

  2. 2 Erinys February 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    My Grandmama used to read this poem to us when I was a little girl. I’ve never heard the Loreena McKennitt version before so thanks for the link, it’s beautiful.

    I think I’d go for “Jeweled sky” as an off-hand and have the bracers as either “Dark Red Love Knot” or Nina’s suggestion of “The knot held good”.

    Might have to work on Dwarven archaeology for the trinket now.

  3. 3 AliPally February 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I don’t seem to get the ghost any more. Is that the same for everyone else?

  4. 4 Bristal March 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Great post. Same for me, no more ghost.

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