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"We bid you welcome to the City-State which greets the sun as it begins its journey, Dawnstar..."
―Description in Arena[src]

Dawnstar is a large port city on the northern coast of Skyrim in the Sea of Ghosts.


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.


Second Era

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[1].

During the Alliance War, Dawnstar was apart of the Eastern Kingdom of Skyrim along with Riften, Windhelm, and Winterhold. Because of this, Dawnstar was apart of the Ebonheart Pact.[OOG 1]

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.

Third Era

Main article: Dawnstar (Arena)

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.

In the end of the third era, the Queen of Dawnstar, Macalla, married Thian of Solitude in order to expand Solitude's power in Northern Skyrim.[2]

Fourth Era

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.[3]



  • When Arena was going to be a Tournament based game, Dawnstar's team was known as the Avengers.[OOG 2]

By Game



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 Phrastus of Elinhir
  2. Go Blades

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