Dawnstar is built in between small mountains. The city goes downward from the entrance atop the hill to the ports on the northern shore. The residential homes are located downward along the shore. The inn and the Jarl's Longhouse are on the top hill. Dawnstar is unique in that it owns two mines: Iron-Breaker Mine and the Quicksilver Mine. Dawnstar is one of three ports on the sea, including Solitude and Windhelm.
During the reign of the Akaviri Potentate, a fortress in Dawnstar went under siege and as a result of the declared martial law which also resulted into one of the most brutal and bloodiest periods in Tamrielic History.
- Main article: Dawnstar (Dawnstar)
Dawnstar was the site of an attack by the Ice Tribes. The Four Champions of Dawnstar, Chung, Delacroix, Beatrice, and Alhavara, tried everything from negotiating with the tribes, raiding their homes, and even going to the Emperor for aid. However, nothing came out of it and after another attack, Governor Cyril Vinticae banished the four champions thinking that one of them was in league with the tribes. A disgraced warrior was tasked by the governor to seek out the traitor so their name can be restored. With the help of Eustacia, the hero tracked down the four champions and found the traitor. At the final assault, the hero armed with the Starfrost defeated the Ice Tribes and the thriceborn Gehenoth.
- Main article: Dawnstar (Arena)
- Main article: Dawnstar (Skyrim)
During Skyrim's Civil War, Dawnstar became allied with the neighboring nation of Windhelm. The Jarl of Dawnstar at the time was Skald the Elder. Around 4E 201, Dawnstar's citizens were suffering from a series of nightmares by the Skull of Corruption. The Last Dragonborn and a former priest of Vaermina, a dunmer named Erandur, went to the Nightcaller Temple and ended the city's suffering.
- When Arena was going to be a Tournament based game, Dawnstar's team was known as the Avengers.[OOG 2]
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls Travels: Dawnstar
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends (Mentioned only)