Ald'ruhn or Old Run is one of the four major cities of the Vvardenfell district of the province of Morrowind. Ald'ruhn is a unique settlement in the Dark Elven province, built from the foundation of the carcass of Skar, the Emperor Crab of legend. The crab was defeated by the combined forces of House Hleran and the Ashlanders.
The city of Ald'ruhn is defended with a wall around it. The Ald'ruhn Fighters Guild, Ald'ruhn Mages Guild, and one of the inns are located in the southern end of the city. The city is property of House Redoran so the architecture is made of giant insect shells just like Raven Rock in Solstheim. The eastern side of the city is the residential district and the Ald'ruhn Temple. The northern side of the city is the Manor District located underneath the remains of a giant crab. South of the city is the Imperial fort: Buckmoth Legion Fort.
The sub-continent of Vvardenfell and overall Morrowind has housed all sorts of alien creatures, varying in sizes. The Silt Strider has remained throughout the eras but the Bugs that House Redoran have used no longer exists and so on. A large species of crab called the Emperor Crab had lived on Vvardenfell during the time of the Chimer, and the most dangerous one was Skar. Skar terrorized the residents of Vvardenfell, which was mainly the Ashlanders. It took the combined forces of all the Ashlanders and a champion of House Hleran, Dranoth Hleran, to take out the large beast. Dranoth had utilized a powerful spear called the Calderas, which became a legend afterward. The carcass of Skar was refurbished as a meeting place for the Ashlanders of Vvardenfell, should anything affect their home, they can convene in the newly-established settlement named Ald'ruhn.
During the Interregnum in 2E 583, the meeting grounds of Ald'ruhn was visited by Drelyth Hleran, a member of House Hleran whose ancestry has ties to the settlement. Drelyth attempted to commune with the Ashlanders inhabiting the camp but they would not talk to him, believing he is untrustworthy. The Dark Elf had asked another adventurer known as the Vestige to help him negotiate with the Ashlanders and to uncover the truth. The Vestige spoke with Farseer Kuamta, who gave the warrior a blessing and directed them to the four shrines of the Ashlander tribes. With the blessings, the Vestige talked with Wise Woman Asani and showed the way to the Hleran Ancestral Tomb, where they communed with the spirit of Dranoth Hleran. After proving their pure intent, Dranoth bestowed the Vestige with the legendary spear named Calderas. The traveler than gave Drelyth the spear and with the weapon, the Ashlanders trusted the Hleran Elf and other Dark Elves of Vvardenfell began to commune with the local Ashlanders. This event was the beginning of the Great City of Ald'ruhn.
Around the same time, Conoon Chodala was the Ashkhan of the Urshilaku Tribe in Vvardenfell. He claimed that he was in fact, the Nerevarine and in his hubris, he allied with the Red Exiles, an exiled group of Ashlanders to harass the tribes of Vvardenfell, so that they can except Chodala as the Nerevarine of Morrowind.
During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, Emperor Uriel Septim VII was imprisoned along with Talin Warhaft in the Deadlands by Jagar Tharn. Tharn planned for months to capture the throne, and he was able to achieve so in the span of ten years. Tharn had a powerful weapon called the Staff of Chaos, and he split it into nine pieces and scattered them across Tamriel, the staff was the only thing keeping Uriel Septim and Warhaft in Oblivion. A warrior escaped his clutches and traveled all corners of Tamriel to retrieve the missing pieces. The hero was known as the Eternal Champion, and he assembled the staff and defeated Jagar Tharn at the Imperial Palace. The Eternal Champion had at one point visited the town of Old Run in their quest to recover the pieces.
During the Oblivion Crisis, an Oblivion Gate opened in front of the city walls. The Daedra infested the city and in a last resort effort, the locals mages resurrected Skar the Emperor Crab that became the Ald'ruhn Manor District after it's death. The effort failed and Ald'ruhn was destroyed.
- Although it isn't proven, Old Run in Arena could've been a predecessor of what became Ald'ruhn. The word Ald means Old in the Aldmeri Language, Both locations are found in Vvardenfell, and the pronunciation of both names sound very similar.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Online