The Gray Quarter, formerly the Snow Quarter,[1] is a district of the city Windhelm. It is home to all the cities' Dark Elves.[2]


When the Red Mountain erupted in 4E 5 the Dunmer population of Morrowind scattered across Tamriel. Because it was hard to breath in Morrowind due to the ash, some of these refugees came west, to the cities of Riften and Windhelm in Skyrim.[3][4] These Dunmer would later settle in an area known as the "Snow Quarter", but the name Snow Quarter shifted to Gray Quarter in reference to Dunmer skin color.[1] The area is impoverished and bleak, making the Gray Quarter look like a ghetto. The Nords of Windhelm avoid the area, arguably because they distrust Mer and other foreigners.[1] Some Stormcloak sympathizers in Windhelm dislike the Dunmer population, as they suspect them of being Imperial spies or parasites feeding off the Nord community.[5][6] Others dislike the Dunmer, but their reasoning for doing so is unknown.[7] Such as Elda Early-Dawn.[8][9]

When Windhelm rebelled against the Empire during the Skyrim Civil War, many Windhelm locals believe that they have been too lenient. The Nord populace consider providing shelter within the city and allowance of the immigrants' own individual liberties as charitable. Some argue that the immigrants are allowed their own self-governing factions, and so should develop and police their own communities without relying on the Nords' resources. Coupled with the fact that the immigrants are permitted their own laws and customs[10], are said to contribute to the city's high crime rate,[4] and are allowed to remain neutral in the Skyrim Civil War[5], some think that the immigrants are more of a burden to Nord society than a benefit and that Ulfric should start imposing heavier taxes on them as compensation.[7]

The Dunmer believe that their plight is ignored by the Jarl of Windhelm, Ulfric Stormcloak.[11][3] As a result, the Dunmer turn to Brunwulf Free-Winter, who they believe can help them with their problems. If the Dragonborn takes the side of the Imperials during the Civil War questline and Brunwulf Free-Winter becomes Jarl, he will talk with the Dragonborn about his plans to renovate the Gray Quarter (although that never actually happens in-game). The Dunmer in Windhelm view their future as optimistic with Brunwulf Free-Winter as the new Jarl.[12][3][13][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dunmer of Skyrim
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dialogue with Malthyr Elenil
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dialogue with Ambarys Rendar
  4. 4.0 4.1 Scourge of the Gray Quarter
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dialogue with Rolff Stone-Fist
  6. Dialogue with Angrenor Once-Honored
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dialogue with Viola Giordano
  8. Dialogue with Susanna the Wicked
  9. Dialogue with Elda Early-Dawn
  10. Decree of Monument
  11. Conversation between Brunwulf Free-Winter and Malthyr Elenil
  12. Dialogue with Aval Atheron
  13. Dialogue with Revyn Sadri

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