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"Balmora is the district seat of House Hlaalu, and the largest settlement on Vvardenfell after Vivec City."

Balmora otherwise known as Stoneforest[OOG 1] or Stonewood[1] in Dunmeris is large city located on the Odai River in West Gash region of Vvardenfell. The city is also known as the Vvardenfell capital of the Great House Hlaalu.



Balmora is situated on the Odai River located on the southwestern end of Vvardenfell. The city is in between two rock formations to the east and west. There are two entrances to the city, both on the western side of the river and the city. The city is divided into two because of the river in the middle. To the east is the residential district, to the west are the guilds, merchants, and inn. Outside of the city in the north, is the Balmora Temple. The Silt Strider is located on the southern wall.



First EraEdit

During the Four Score War, the Tribunal stayed in Balmora. The Tribunal would go their separate ways and meet back here.[2]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Stoneforest

During the Imperial Simulacrum, the Eternal Champion had at one point visited the city in their quest for a piece of the Staff of Chaos.

Main article: Balmora (Morrowind)

In 3E 414, with the combined forces of House Hlaalu and Imperial Colonists, Balmora and the settlements of the Ascadian Isles have grown steadily. The settlements of Pelagiad and Caldera were built along the West Gash.[3]

In 3E 426, there was a minor tax revolt in the city of Balmora because of the high tax rates and threatening effects of the high tariffs in trade.[4] It was put down after serious property damage and the endangerment of lives.[5]

During the events of the Nerevarine Prophecy, the Nerevarine visited the city of Balmora after arriving to Vvardenfell from Seyda Neen in order to deliver a package to Caius Cosades. From there, the Nerevarine would complete tasks for Cosades. Through Cosades, the Nerevar incarnate would travel to the cities of Vvardenfell, learn about the Nerevarine Prophecy, and control the Blight. To complete the Nerevarine Prophecy, the Nerevarine must become the House Hlaalu Hortator in Balmora. Eventually, the Nerevarine became the Hlaalu Hortator.

Fourth EraEdit

After the Oblivion Crisis, Balmora enjoyed a period of economic resurgence and stability until it was swallowed up by the Odai River due to the destruction of Vivec City and the fall of the Ministry of Truth.[6]

During the Red Year, the city of Balmora was destroyed in the eruption of Red Mountain along with Sadrith Mora, Ald'ruhn, and Vivec City. Balmora along with the other major settlements in Vvardenfell were rebuilt after the Red Year. A relief effort ordered by the House Redoran councilman was made and people were sent to reestablish Vvardenfell.[7]


By GameEdit



Notice: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. Interview With Three Booksellers