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For the faction in Online, see Ebonheart Pact.
For the city on Vvardenfell, see Ebonheart (Morrowind).
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"You enter Ebonheart, also known as the Black City. To the north you can see the red-orange glow of Dagoth Ur, the firecone on the Black Isle."
―Description in Arena[src]

Ebonheart, the Black City, or the One True Ebonheart[1] is one of the eight major cities in Morrowind and is the capital of both the Stonefalls region and the Zabamat region of Stonefalls. In its prime, the city of Ebonheart was once the capital of Morrowind, until it was split into the modern-day city-states of Ebonheart and Mournhold.

DescriptionEdit

GeographyEdit

The city of Ebonheart sits on an island along the southern shores of the Inner Sea, a large body of water that separates the island of Vvardenfell from the rest of Morrowind. Based on Ebonheart's geography and the layout of the Ascadian Isles on Vvardenfell, it can be assumed that the island that Ebonheart is in, was once where the city of Vivec is located. The city of Ebonheart is small, to say the least, the town is built like a fortress, and the center of the city is where most Ebonheart's commerce occurs. The Inner City has the Town Hall in the north, overlooking the Argonian District and the Inner Sea, it has clear sight of Vvardenfell. The eastern end has several homes and the local Ebony Flask Inn. The Fighters Guild tends to sent up camp near the Inn.

The western end of town is where many of the residents live as well as several House nobles. The local temple resides in the west wing as well, for the longest time, the temple was built to worship the False Tribunal, a group of ancient gods that had significant influence over Morrowind for years, since the later years of its inception. The current gods that are worshipped are the House of Reclamations, which consists of Azura, Boethiah, and Mephala. North of the temple is the dockyards, where the city's fishers go to get their daily catch. North of the Inner City is the Argonian District, the home of several Argonian slaves or former slaves that decided to remain in Ebonheart. Argonians during the Interregnum planted a Hist Sapling in the center of town. The Ebonheart Outskirts in the south is where the local militia gathers, as well as refugees of war, or foreigners.

The location of the Clockwork City is unknown; sources say that is somewhere within the Deshaan Plains near the city of Tear. Sources have stated that the location of the compound is somewhere underneath the town of Ebonheart.[2]

TraditionsEdit

  • The Dark Elves of Ebonheart and Davon's Watch celebrate the New Life Festival with the Lava Foot Stomp. Travelers from all over Morrowind go to the local inns and eventually the Ebonheart Town Hall to dance to their heart's content.[3]
  • Many travelers go to Ebonheart to celebrate Jester's Day with the Jester's Festival. The festivities vary through the years. In 2E 583, partygoers would run throughout Ebonheart with a Pig and try to keep it alive across town.[4]

HistoryEdit

First EraEdit

The cities of Ebonheart and Mournhold shared a rivalry that spans the Eras of Tamriel. Originally, there was one city-state, Ebonheart. The region was held in fief by House Ra'athim, an ancient house that was once a part of House Mora, but became a part of House Hlaalu in later years. Ebonheart was once ruled by Queen Lian, a descendant of King Moraelyn. The city of Ebonheart would eventually split into two separate city-states, each led by Lian's twin sons, the modern-day kingdoms of Ebonheart and Mournhold would be the result of this. Ebonheart would become jealous of Mournhold's achievements as time goes on.[5]

Second EraEdit

Main article: Ebonheart (Online)

In 2E 572, the Snow Demons of Kamal invaded the continent of Tamriel and ravaged the northern provinces from as far as the Telvanni Peninsula to Eastmarch. At one point, the Snow Demons besieged the city of Windhelm and moved southwards near the town of Ebonheart, near the site known as Vivec's Antlers. Snow Demons were surrounded from all sides. To the west was the Nordic Army led by Jorunn the Skald-King and the shade of Wulfharth Ash-King. To the east was the Dunmeri Army led by Tanval Indoril and Almalexia of the Tribunal, and to the south was the Argonian Army led by Vicecanon Heita-Meen. These combined forces managed to defeat the Snow Demons and send them back to Akavir. The battle that ended the Second Akaviri Invasion was known as the Battle of Stonefalls. Following the events of the battle, the leaders of the defensive force created the First Ebonheart Pact, an alliance consisting of the Nords of Eastern Skyrim, the Dunmer of Morrowind, and the Argonians of Black Marsh. The name of the alliance came from the city it was founded in, Ebonheart.[6][7][8]

During the Interregnum in 2E 582, the region of Stonefalls was at war with the Daggerfall Covenant and as a result, many settlements were attacked during the conflict. Places such as Davon's Watch and Fort Zeren were assaulted in by the Covenant. The war had not reached the city of Ebonheart, but events in the town would have lead to the fall of the Ebonheart Pact. The city was ruled by Drathus Othral, back when the settlement was under the control of House Dres. Parts of the Covenant Armada landed on the shores of Vivec's Antlers, which is not far from Ebonheart, and yet, the people of Ebonheart have squabbles with each other and would not cooperate to defeat the invading force. Othral tasked an Outlander called the Vestige to bring the people together in their time of need.[9]

With the help of the Vestige, the denizens of Ebonheart came together to join the Ebonheart Pact in their battle against the Daggerfall Covenant. A Dunmer man named Rhavil Urano was conducting the disagreements with the townsfolk, and he was acting suspiciously throughout the city. Othral tasked the Vestige to investigate his recent activities to see a connection between him and the Covenant Armada. Urano went to a shack on the Ebonheart Dockyards and left several minutes later. The Vestige uncovered a magical book and an apparition of a Covenant Officer. Urano was working with the Covenant and brought them to Ebonheart through messages. The information leaked and the Urano was killed by the Vestige.[9]

In 2E 583, Lord Vivec of the Tribunal, traveled to the city of Ebonheart and was enthralled by the city's atmosphere. He studied the city's architecture and wandered the streets in awe. He took notes in his notebook, notes about every detail he witnessed in the city. His time there left him behind schedule and left his entourage in distress. After several hours of studying, Vivec wanted to build another Ebonheart on Vvardenfell. He felt that the island located southwest of Vivec City was fitting for the location. It was one that day; construction began in the city of Ebonheart in Vvardenfell.[10]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Ebonheart (Arena)

During his reign as the Emperor of Tamriel, Pelagius Septim III married Katariah Ra'athim of House Ra'athim, to establish relations with the Third Empire and the city of Ebonheart. Since Ebonheart was nearby the city of Mournhold, it was necessary since Ebonheart was also against the Empire during the War of the Red Diamond. It was around this time, Pelagius III was known as the Pelagius the Mad, so he had quite the reputation, ever since his reign of the Kingdom of Solitude. Katariah was one of the few people to hide Pelagius' madness from the rest of the Empire. While Pelagius III was playing his toes like the madman he was, Katariah and the Elder Council would control the Empire. Pelagius was eventually taken to an asylum at the city of Torval, and Katariah ruled the Empire from the Imperial City. Pelagius would later pass away on the Isle of Betony at the Temple of Kynareth.[11]

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 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 city of Ebonheart in their quest to recover the pieces. The city of Ebonheart was under the rule of King Casik.[12]

The Eternal Champion reached the city of Ebonheart on their quest to find the final piece of the Staff. Residents told the Champion to visit King Casik, to see if he knew of the location. The Champion arrived into Casik's domain, and the King gave him a proposition. The King asked that the Champion retrieves the Hammer of Gharen, and he would give the location of the piece. The warrior traveled to Black Gate and took the Hammer of Gharen. They gave the King the Hammer, and in return, the King pointed the way to Red Mountain. The Champion was able to take the final piece, and they ventured to the Imperial City to confront Jagar Tharn.[13][14]

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • When Arena was going to be a Tournament based game, where each city had their own gladiatorial team. Ebonheart's team was known as the Reavers.[OOG 1]

By gameEdit

AppearancesEdit

References

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. Go Blades!