The Gray Quarter is a district of the city Windhelm.


Previously named the Snow Quarter, the Dunmer population of the city was pushed here when refugees from Morrowind came to the area following the eruption of Red Mountain sometime in the Fourth Era. The name Snow Quarter shifted to Grey Quarter in reference to Dunmer skin color. The area is impoverished and bleak, thus making the Gray Quarter look like a ghetto. The Nords of Windhelm avoid the area, distrusting Mer and other foreigners, due to the increased presence of the Aldmeri Dominion in Tamriel.

The Dunmer believe that their plight is ignored by the Jarl of Windhelm, Ulfric Stormcloak. As a result, the Dunmer turn to Brunwulf Free-Winter, who they believe can help them with their problems. If the player 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 Grey 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.

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  • Oddly enough, although Dunmer only live in the Gray Quarter, the protagonist can live out of the Grey Quarter, in Hjerim, even if they are a Dunmer themselves. Despite the claim that Ulfric Stormcloak has a negative view of the Dunmer, he never voices any issue with an elven protagonist; only his second in command, Galmar Stone-Fist, will explicitly address the fact that the protagonist is elven.
    • However, this is more likely because of game mechanics than the lore surrounding Ulfric.


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  • Can't find gray quarter

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    • It's in Windhelm, impossible to miss. The Nords there will proudly point the way to you. And Sofie also sleeps in a small corner to ...
    • Okay, I'll walk you through it as well as I possibly can. Make SURE that you are INSIDE windhelm, not at the actul docks but just by the d...
  • The Gray Quarter - really as bad as is said?

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    • The hardships that the Dunmer have suffered, the eruption of Red Mountain...Man, it really does make you have pity for their race and feel so...
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