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Water's Edge

Water's Edge is a settlement located in Blackwood, along Cyrodiil's Green Road. It sits on the northwestern shore of the Lower Niben, halfway between the cities of Bravil and Leyawiin.


Wayrest is a major city in the center of the Stormhaven region of High Rock, at the mouth of the Bjoulsae River. It serves as the capital of a kingdom that forms one of High Rock's provinces.

The city is split into seven districts. In the northern part of the city lies the Residential District. West of the river and south of the Residential District lie the Merchant District and Market Square. In the west are the Temple and Palace Districts, while in the east, the Banking District can be found. To the south, on the banks of Iliac Bay, sit Wayrest Docks.

West Gash

The western highlands of Vvardenfell are called the West Gash. The region is one of Vvardenfell's largest contiguous areas, stretching from just south of Balmora, the district seat of House Hlaalu, to as far north as Khuul and the shores of the Sea of Ghosts. The West Gash lies between two mountain ranges, west of the Ashlands and east of the Bitter Coast. The terrain of the West Gash is generally rocky scrubland in the south, marked by unique, natural rock bridges inland in the south and on the coast, with sparse forest in the northern area. Major settlements in the West Gash include the fishing villages Ald Velothi and Khuul, the trading village Gnisis, Balmora and Caldera. The Caldera Mining Company has been granted an Imperial monopoly to remove Raw Ebony from the rich deposits here. Caldera has the appearance and flavor of a Western Imperial town, but a Hlaalu Governor. The Imperial Legion garrisons of Fort Moonmoth and Fort Darius round out the Imperial presence.

West Weald

The West Weald is an open countryside of southern Cyrodiil, well known for its vineyards and tomato farms. The city of Skingrad is located here. The West Weald borders the provinces of Elsweyr and Valenwood.

Western Reach

The Western Reach is the easternmost region of High Rock. Its name is derived from its location on Skyrim's western border, next to the Reach. The Western Reach was one of the Skyrim Holds during the First Empire, although it was retaken by the Aldmeri during the Dissolution of Skyrim's Empire, at great cost of Nordic life. Eventually, the Aldmeri overseers were eliminated, but traces of their blood forever remained in the veins of the native Reachmen.

After the conclusion of the First Akaviri Invasion in 1E 2704, Emperor Reman Cyrodiil turned his attention towards the "madmen of the Reach". He divided the Reachmen territory between the provinces of Skyrim and High Rock in an attempt to limit their possibility of uniting against him. The natives resisted fiercely, and there was never a decade when the troops of Solitude or Evermore wouldn't be sent in an attempt to pacify them.

Geographically, the Western Reach consists of the northeastern part of Bangkorai and the eastern half of Wrothgar. In Mournoth, the northernmost region of Bangkorai, the Reachmen often warred with Bretons of the kingdom of Evermore. It was the first region to be taken by Durcorach the Black Drake during his invasion in 2E 541, although it was quickly freed when Durcorach was slain by Emeric of Cumberland the following year. A few decades later, in 2E 582, the region was attacked again by the Dark Witness Clan led by the Hagraven Uela, who intended to reclaim the territory that used to belong to the Reachmen. The Dark Witnesses turned their eyes towards Evermore, and briefly worked with the Daggerfall Covenant to nullify the threat of an Imperial coup from within the city. However, the clan were subsequently driven out of Mournoth following the death of Uela.

Another clan, Winterborn, dominated parts of Wrothgar during the time of the Longhouse Emperors. After Kurog gro-Bagrakh was granted the region of Wrothgar by the Daggerfall Covenant to build his new kingdom of Orsinium, the Orcish clans drove them back to the Reach. The Winterborn tried to reclaim their territory in 2E 582, but were ultimately defeated at a last stand within Frostbreak Fortress, where Kurog slew their last remaining leader, Urfon Ice-Heart.

During the early days of Tiber Septim's Empire, the region was still plagued by banditry and lawlessness, and travelers were advised to stay away from it. It was ruled by the Provisional Governor Titus Alorius.

Weynon Priory

Weynon Priory is an abbey in the Great Forest of Cyrodiil, just east of Chorrol.

In the Second Era, the priory was dedicated to the Eight Divines and served as a retreat for the acolytes of Akatosh. It was also home to a small village at the time. The priory was known for sending missionaries to Morrowind to convert the Dunmer away from worship of the Tribunal, which was a perilous endeavor at the time. During the Alliance War of 2E 582, the priory remained neutral but vulnerable to the marching armies. It was located in the territory initially controlled by the Daggerfall Covenant. As the war raged on, the priory was targeted by bandits and vampires. The Black Dagger bandit gang went so far as to steal the Claw of Akatosh, although it was quickly returned. The acolytes attempted to combat the evils being committed by a necromantic cult called the Shadowed Path, and kept a close eye on the ruins of Lindai while it was occupied by the cult. The priory received substantial aid from passing soldiers.

Following the apotheosis of Tiber Septim, Weynon Priory was rededicated to the Nine Divines and became a chapter house of the Order of Talos. The order was responsible for spreading the teachings and worship of the divine Talos, and had close ties to the Blades. In the late Third Era, Jauffre, the Grandmaster of the Blades, took up residence as a monk in the priory. In 3E 433, right before his assassination, Emperor Uriel Septim VII sent an escaped prisoner (the future Champion of Cyrodiil) on a mission to deliver the Amulet of Kings to Jauffre. Jauffre hid the Amulet within the priory and sent the Champion to Kvatch to fetch Uriel's illegitimate son, Martin. However, Kvatch had been sacked by the Daedric forces of Mehrunes Dagon, thus starting the Oblivion Crisis. When the Champion returned to Weynon Priory with Martin, it was under attack from the Mythic Dawn cult, who successfully stole the Amulet before being driven off.

With the signing of the White-Gold Concordat in 4E 175, the Blades were formally disbanded and the worship of Talos was banned in the Empire. The priory's status following these events is unknown.

Whisper Grove

Whisper Grove (later known as the City of Ash) was a Bosmeri city in northern Greenshade. A graht-oak settlement located deep in the region's pristine jungles, many Bosmer who were unhappy with Valenwood joining the first Aldmeri Dominion retreated to Whisper Grove as a refuge. However, a cult of Dagonites led by Razor Master Erthas attacked Whisper Grove, opening a portal to the Deadlands and burning the settlement to the ground. With the help of the Undaunted, the Bosmer defenders were able to push the Daedra back. After the death of Erthas, Mehrunes Dagon himself agreed to seal the portal in return for the settlement's leader, Gilraen.

The cindering ruins of Whisper Grove became known as the City of Ash, and it was soon abandoned by the few Bosmer that remained. Nature quickly reclaimed the area, and dangerous wildlife moved into the ruins. Gilraen's husband, Fingaenion, hired the Undaunted to mount an invasion of the Deadlands in order to rescue his wife. The Oblivion Gate was reopened, but the invasion attempt failed and the mercenaries were captured by the Daedra. Faced with an unsealed portal to a region of the Deadlands known as the Knives of Discord, Fingaenion sought the help of another group of Undaunted and re-entered Oblivion. After rescuing the scattered mortals, this group defeated Valkyn Skoria and took the Gate's Sigil Stone, permanently severing the link.

White-Gold Tower

The White-Gold Tower (sometimes written without the hyphen), also called the Imperial Palace or simply White-Gold, is the enormous central spire of the Imperial City, located in the heart of the Palace District. It towers above everything else in the city.

The tower was built by the Aldmer in the middle Merethic Era and was the center of the region occupied by their kin, the Ayleids. The tower was originally called the Temple of the Ancestors, and was home to the Ten Ancestors, a set of Ayleid statues made from meteoric iron and glass. The distance between the Ayleids' lands and those of their theoretical overlords led to the establishment of White-Gold Tower as an independent city state in 1E 0; a state that lasted until Alessia overthrew Ayleid rule in 243. The Ten Ancestors were removed from the temple before its sacking and were dispersed among several Ayleid cities.

Currently it serves as the Imperial Palace and hosts the vaults and libraries of the Moth Priesthood. It can be seen from all over the Imperial City and the surrounding countryside, and is a defining symbol of the Empire.

White-Gold Tower is speculated to wield the power necessary to keep Mundus from dissolving back into Oblivion.

White River

The White River is the longest river in Skyrim, stretching from the south of the province to the northeast corner. Its source is Lake Ilinalta, north of Falkreath. It flows northeast to join the Sea of Ghosts past Windhelm. Along the way, it passes through Riverwood and near Whiterun. Darkwater River and River Yorgrim are the two main tributaries of the White River.

White Rose River

The White Rose River is an odd, roughly H-shaped river in central Cyrodiil. There are two separate sources, both rising in the West Weald, just south of the Great Forest. Both flow due north and are joined halfway along their lengths by a large stream before separating again and passing under the Red Ring Road, emptying into Lake Rumare. This odd formation means a large island is formed between the river's lower reaches and its "cross-piece".

In 2E 582, the river was completely dry, although water had returned by 3E 433. Fort Roebeck can be found near the western source of the river, while Pell's Gate and Fort Homestead lie near the eastern bank. The Ayleid ruins of Vindasel are located near the western mouth.


Whiterun is a city in central Skyrim, and the capital of the Whiterun Hold. It is divided into three districts: the Plains District, used as a marketplace where all the merchants, stalls and inns are located; the Wind District, used as a residential area; and the Cloud District, where the palace of Dragonsreach is located. The Gildergreen tree, grown from a sapling from the legendary Eldergleam, is an ancient tree located in the city, worshipped by followers of Kynareth.

Whiterun Hold

A Região de Passo Branco é uma região em Skyrim, localizada quase inteiramente no centro da província.

Faz fronteira com seis das outras oito regiões de Skyrim, com as exceções de Invernalia e Haafingar. Gigantes são comumento avistados pastoreando mamutes em direção a áreas de pasto ou aos seus campos. Cercando a capital, Passo Branco, estão campos de agricultura que fornecem a comida de grande parte de Skyrim. Outros assentamentos notáveis da região são Rorikburgo e Rideira.


Windhelm is a city in northeastern Skyrim, close to the border with Morrowind, and is the only substantial city in the Hold of Eastmarch. It is not only the oldest city in Skyrim, but is the oldest continuously inhabited human settlement in Tamriel. Windhelm was once the capital of the First Empire of the Nords and the old palace of the Ysgramor dynasty, the Palace of the Kings, still stands in the center of the city. Morvunskar is located on the strategic high ground southwest of Windhelm, overlooking the main roads leading to the city. Like most Nord cities, Windhelm has a Hall of the Dead where bodies are interred, overseen by a Priest of Arkay who ensures that corpses are properly consecrated and cared for. The city's arena is known as the Hall of Trials.

Winterhold (city)

Winterhold (sometimes called Winter Hold) is the capital of the namesake hold and a coastal fortress on the inhospitable northeastern tip of Skyrim. One of the Old Holds, Winterhold has been historically isolated from its neighbors, yet still wealthy and prosperous; it even maintained a rivalry with the powerful city of Solitude. Winterhold was once the capital of Skyrim. It is home to the College of Winterhold, an institution dedicated to the study of magic, though it is now shunned and feared. Traditionally, Winterhold warriors are thought to favor large axes in battle. The ruins of Saarthal are close by.

Legend tells that Winterhold was initially built by Shalidor the Archmage with a whispered spell. In 1E 369, King Borgas of Winterhold, the High King of Skyrim, was murdered, and the failure to appoint Jarl Hanse as his successor is generally thought by Imperial scholars to have ignited the War of Succession. In 1E 2804, the "Winterhold Rebellion" broke out in protest of conscription quotas imposed by the Empire. The city was sacked the following year. Before the Oblivion Crisis, there were large populations of Dunmer who came to visit the College of Winterhold, but many were eventually driven out by Nords. It generally prospered as the capital of its namesake hold for thousands of years until, in 4E 122, Winterhold suffered the Great Collapse: vast swaths of the city fell into sea below for unknown reasons. It has never really recovered.

Winterhold (region)

Winterhold is the northernmost hold in Skyrim, and has weather to match. The Sea of Ghosts is off its northern coast, Eastmarch is to the southeast and Dawnstar is to the south and west. The College of Winterhold is the most notable feature of the hold, which was spared even though the Great Collapse tore down most of the city around it. What remains is a meager village, technically the hold's capital city, near the entrance to the College.

Winterhold consists of snowy coasts, as well as an even snowier mountain range which marks the border between Winterhold and the Pale, and some of the northern border to Eastmarch. Between the mountains and the sea to the east lies an ice plain, where the elements are at their harshest, and life at its most scarce. Rock and ice shelves form the barrier between Winterhold and the sea to the north and east, dotted occasionally with shingle beaches.

Wolverine Hall

Situated just south of Sadrith Mora, Wolverine Hall was an attempt on the part of the Imperials to project power in a region of Vvardenfell where they were relatively powerless. The Telvanni tolerated the presence of the fort mostly because nobody cared enough to knock it down. Wolverine Hall housed the services not permitted in the town itself, such as the Mages Guild, Fighters Guild and Imperial Cult shrine. These were concealed within the fort itself. Between the Hall and the town itself was Dirty Muriel's Cornerclub, a Nord-style building that was home to the local Thieves Guild.


Woodhearth is a coastal city in southwestern Valenwood and the capital of the Greenshade region. The city was first constructed by the Empire to act as an Imperial outpost with the aim of facilitating trade with the native Bosmer, and it was both a busy port and a mighty bastion. The Bosmer had mixed reactions to its presence. After several violent attacks against the settlement, a peace was eventually struck with the Green Pact Bosmer. A Bosmer settlement was created adjacent to it, and in time, natural Bosmeri architecture replaced the Imperial buildings, which were gradually replaced or fell into disrepair, though the city in general thrived. As the Bosmer secured their place within the Empire, control was gradually ceded back to autonomous Bosmeri rule. The treethanes who rule over the cosmopolitan population have a reputation for determined leadership and fair judgment.

Woodhearth is considered one of the safer places in Valenwood for foreigners. Ironically, during the construction of Marbruk in the Second Era, it was reportedly the relatively "civilized" Bosmer living in cites like Woodhearth who voiced the greatest opposition to the destruction of Valenwood foliage. The Green Pact Bosmer, meanwhile, showed more fascination than anything else. Many Bosmer in the region venerate the Wilderking.

Wrothgarian Mountains

Wrothgar is a mountainous region in northeastern High Rock, often referred to as the Wrothgarian Mountains. It borders Rivenspire to the northwest, Stormhaven to the south, Bangkorai to the southeast, and the Skyrim holds of the Reach and Haafingar to the east, across the Druadach Mountains. The region is inhabited mostly by Orcs and Bretons.

Wrothgar is best known for being home to the Orcish capital of Orsinium. It was razed by Daggerfall, Sentinel and the Order of Diagna in 1E 980, and at the time of the Akaviri Potentate, it briefly became an Imperial territory. At some point, Wrothgar got under the control of the first Daggerfall Covenant. When King Ranser of Shornhelm attacked Wayrest in 2E 566, King Emeric of Wayrest sent emissaries into Wrothgar and promised to return Orsinium to the Orcs in exchange for helping him defeat Ranser. The clan of Kurog gro-Bagrakh answered his call and helped annihilate Ranser's forces at Markwasten Moor. After these events, Kurog was given control over Wrothgar, and his new Orsinium joined the second Daggerfall Covenant.

Sometime after 2E 582, the Bretons settled in some parts of Wrothgar, founding the kingdoms of Jehanna and Farrun on its northern shores.

In the late Third Era, before the Warp in the West, the name "Wrothgarian Mountains" was used specifically to refer to the unconquered territory centered around the city of Wrothgaria. This region was bordered by Phrygias, Dwynnen, Kambria, Koegria, Alcaire, Menevia, Orsinium Area, Wayrest, and Gavaudon to the south. The dominant vampire bloodline in the region was Lyrezi, and the regional deity was Kynareth.

After the Warp in the West, King Gortwog gro-Nagorm of Orsinium gained control over a significant part of the Wrothgarian Mountains.