Isle of Summerset

Map of the Isle of Summerset

The Isle of Summerset (also referred to as the Isle of Sumurset[1] or simply Summerset[2]) is the largest island in the Summerset archipelago, located west of Auridon and the continent, and includes the capital city of Alinor. The Summerset Isle is a green and pleasant land of fertile farmlands, woodland parks, and ancient towers and manors.[3]

Notable locationsEdit


Human traders were only allowed at its ports, and they described the city as "made from glass or insect wings." Less fantastic accounts come from the Imperial emissaries of the Reman Dynasty, which describe the city as straight and glimmering, "a hypnotic swirl of ramparts and impossibly high towers, designed to catch the light of the sun and break it to its component colors, which lies draped across its stones until you are thankful for nightfall."[4] The Temple of Auri-El is located in the city of Alinor.[5]

Internal conflicts between Alinor and Lillandril during the First and Second Eras often sparked into full war.[6]


Cloudrest, atop Eton Nir, the highest mountain in Summerset, is a decidedly odd mixture of architectural styles, with buildings like strangler vines, built on top of other, older structures. The oldest of all ruins there, and in a few isolated spots throughout the island, are made of coral, which must have been carried many, many miles away from the sea. The material and the style of the ruins strongly suggest that the Sload may have once counted Summerset as a part of their kingdom of Thras.[6]

The Crystal TowerEdit

Crystal Tower

The Crystal Tower in The Elder Scrolls: Arena

When the Aldmer came together as a people to create the Crystal Tower, it was not a monument to any king or god, but rather to the spirit of the elven people, living and dead. Within the glittering walls of the Tower are housed the graves of the early Aldmeri settlers, preserved forever as a lasting symbol of the power of the people for that brief moment in history, fully unified.[6]

It was said that the southern tip of the Dragon's Teeth, which stretches from the ice covered mounts of High Rock to the wooded forests of Valenwood, could be seen on the horizon from the top parapet of the Tower.[7]

The treasury of the Crystal Tower and the private collections in Summerset offer suggestions of creatures the early Aldmer may have met in their new home, portrayed in sculpture and the famed Ramoran Tapestries. These tapestries show how untouched and beautiful the mainland was considered to be by the Aldmer.[6] Translations of tapestries in the Crystal Tower tell the tale how the Maormer were likely separated from the ancient Aldmer not in Summerset, but in their original homeland of Aldmeris.[8] Among the treasures of the Crystal Tower are the crude but fascinating maps of Topal the Explorer, his legacy to all Tamriel.[9]

Inside the Tower, the first impression is of whiteness. The floors, walls, and ceilings are all white and radiate light. Footsteps make a soft crunching noise on the rough floor surface. The inside consists of winding halls, long rooms, long winding stairways, and long pools of water with fountains that sparkle in the light.[10] The Tower is also famous for it's animal pens.[11] The Great Library at the Tower has thousands of books,[10] including research on flowers, herbs and plants throughout Tamriel.[12] There are cleverly concealed passageways that lead well away from the Tower.[13]

The Crystal Tower was destroyed during the Oblivion Crisis as legions of daedra breached its walls.[13]


Sun Birds of AlinorEdit

The Sun Birds of Alinor were large birds made out of the Sun.[14] Their expeditions to Aetherius are among the most famous attempts in history, although they were eventually dissolved due to the untenable expenditures required to reach magic by magicka.[15]

Canah Feather

Feather from a Canah in The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard


The Canah is the exotic bird of Summerset Isle. They are bred for their beauty.[16]


For the Altmer, the high-soaring eagle represents their ancestors the Aedra, who came from the heavens and were trapped in physical form by the creation of Nirn.[17] A young eaglet was found atop the statue of Topal the Explorer on the night of Princess Ayrenn's disappearance.[2]


Gheateus (also known as Gheatus)[6] are a variant of Fey (Faerie) considered to be godlike beings.[18] According to legend, Gheateus appears as a man or a group of men who are formed by the earth,[6] and they are said to be surrounded by a host of minor Sylphim.[18]


Illyadi (also known as Ilyadi)[6] are a variant of Faerie.[18] According to legend, they were giants taller than trees, with eyes that cover their head.[6]


Legend says that the Welwa were strange, holy beasts of horns and savage teeth, depicted as ravagers and saviors of the land.[6]


As Aldmer society grew, social stratification increased and a hierarchy of classes began to form, which is still largely enforced in Summerset to this day. At the bottom of this hierarchy were the beasts, such as the enslaved goblins, who the Aldmer used to perform the jobs beneath the dignity of the very least of them.[6]

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Sload concept art


The material and the style of the ruins of Cloudrest strongly suggest that the Sload may have once counted Summerset as a part of their kingdom of Thras.[6]


Troll guards were kept at the Crystal Tower. They supposedly kept the rats down.[10]