For the faction in Online, see Ebonheart Pact.
"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, also known as the Black City[1] or the One True Ebonheart[2], is a large city on the mainland of Morrowind. It is located on the coast of the Inner Sea in the Stonefalls region.



Ebonheart has only one entrance, which is located at the southern end of the city. Outside of the city holds the smithy, stables and camps. The inside of Ebonheart contains the Tribunal Temple, as well as Merchants, Guilds, Inns, and a Town Hall. The back of the town hall is also were the docks and Argonian housings are.

Supposedly, the city of Sotha Sil was built underneath the smoky catacombs of Ebonheart.[3]




Early YearsEdit

Ebonheart and Mournhold were once one large city until it was split by Queen Lian twin sons. It was split into modern-day Ebonheart and Mournhold.[5]

First EraEdit

Ebonheart lost political power when Mournhold was rebuilt from the destruction by Mehrunes Dagon in 1E 2920.[6]

Second EraEdit

Main article: Ebonheart (Online)

The region of Stonefalls has fought a war with the Snow Demons of Kamal lead by Ada'Soom Dir-Kamal. After defeating the army at Vivec's Antlers, the Ebonheart Pact was created in 2E 572.[7]

During the Alliance War, the Vestige visited the city. The city's citizens were divided and would not defend each other. However, the Vestige brought the people back together as a united city. The city eventually discovered a traitor in their midst and eliminated him.

Ebonheart and Mournhold had rivalry between each other. The city was jealous when Mournhold was given authority over the Staff of Chaos.[5]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Ebonheart (Arena)

A diplomat from Ebonheart called Pelagius Septim III, "a hale and hearty soul with a heart so big, it widens his waists." Pelagius had married Katariah Ra'athim. Magnus Septim of Lilmoth tried to establish a relationship with Ebonheart, home of House Ra'athim. Mournhold had been an ally of the Empire for many years. Queen Barenziah's consorts had won many battles at the War of the Red Diamond. During the war, Ebonheart allied with Uriel Septim III of Solitude.[8]

During the Imperial Simulacrum, the city of Ebonheart was ruled by King Casik during its war with Firewatch.[9] The Eternal Champion had visited the city in a quest for a piece of the Staff of Chaos in Morrowind. King Casik made an offer with the champion that, if they can retrieve the Hammer of Gharen at the Black Gate, he would give the location of the piece in return. After retrieving the Hammer, Casik points the way to Dagoth Ur in Red Mountain, where the final piece of the Staff of Chaos was located. Afterwards, the Eternal Champion had fully crafted the staff and went on to the Imperial City to face Jagar Tharn.

The name "Ebonheart" was later used for Castle Ebonheart in Vvardenfell, which was built in 3E 414.

Fourth EraEdit

Because of how close the city of Ebonheart is to Vivec City, it can be assumed that, when the Ministry of Truth fell, it affected the city. The natural disasters and the Argonian invasions may damaged the city as well.[10]



  • When Arena was going to be a Tournament based game, Ebonheart's team was known as the Reavers.[OOG 1]

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. Go Blades