Solstheim is an island located north-east of Skyrim and north-west of Vvardenfell. It is the setting for the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim add-on Dragonborn, and the The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind add-on Bloodmoon. Solstheim was politically a part of Skyrim until 4E 16, when the High King of Skyrim gave Solstheim to the province of Morrowind, due to the eruption of Red Mountain.
- Main article: Merethic Era
According to Skaal legend, Solstheim history began with the dragon priest Vahlok sometime in the Merethic Era. He discovered that a dragon priest named Miraak was secretly plotting against his dragon overlords and confronted him. The two fought against each other for days in the northern regions of Skyrim, and it was said to be so destructive that a piece of land was torn apart from the mainland of Skyrim. Thus, Solstheim was created.
Battle of the MoesringEdit
Towards the end of the Merethic Era, the Snow Elves had been hunted down to near extinction by the invading armies of Ysgramor. Mereth had already been purged of Snow Elves, so the ancient Nords turned their attention to Solstheim where a great number of skirmishes were said to have taken place. The Battle of the Moesring is considered to be the final stand between the Nord and Snow Elf armies. Initially, the ancient Nords cut great swaths through the enemy ranks with their superior weapons, and it was said that the slopes of the Moesring "ran red with Elf blood". The Snow Elf armies were led by the Snow Prince, a powerful warrior, and as he killed a Nord woman by the name Jofrior, her twelve-year old daughter Finna watched. In rage, Finna threw her mother's sword at the Prince, which struck him in the chest and killed him.
His death shattered the spirit of the remaining Snow Elf warriors. Many fled, and those that remained on the battlefield were killed. News of his death spread across the land, reaching even the isolated and scattered tribes of Snow Elves across Skyrim.
- Main article: Third Era
In 3E 427, the town of Raven Rock was founded by the East Empire Company, due to the rich source of ebony found on the southern part of Solstheim. It took several months to build up the town, and the mine eventually started to provide plentiful sources of ore. There was almost no Imperial presence except for Fort Frostmoth, Raven Rock and the mine, which over the years had become an important source of Ebony for the Empire.
- Main article: Fourth Era
In the events of The Infernal City in 4E 49, it is stated some of the Dunmer population of Morrowind were forced to flee to Solstheim after the Argonian political faction known as the An-Xileel invaded their homeland, sometime in 3E 433 during the Oblivion Crisis.[OOG 1]
In 4E 5, the Red Mountain erupted, which caused massive casualties and destruction, with most of the land obliterated. The effects of the eruption were severe; a great number of people lost their lives and many cities were leveled. The event took place from 4E 5 to 4E 6. In 4E 16, after this devastating cataclysm nearly destroyed the Dunmer culture, the High King of Skyrim generously gave the island to the Dunmer as a home for refugees.[OOG 2]
On the 30th of Rain's Hand in 4E 10, some miners who were digging in Raven Rock Mine broke through a wall which lead to some Nordic ruins, which were later revealed to be Bloodskal Barrow. The East Empire Trading Company assigned a professional explorer, Gratian Caerellius, and his aid, Millius, to explore the ruins. The two men went into the tomb, but their adventure eventually came to a close when they discovered a mysterious puzzle and a blade, known as the Bloodskal Blade. As the two men attempted to figure out the puzzle, they were set upon by Draugr and Millius was killed. Caerellius continued on, but eventually collapsed due to his serious injuries. Just before he died he wrote these last words in his journal: "Last entry-I've lost track of time and my strength is fading. I can't even stand anymore. My wounds refuse to heal. I'm afraid this tomb will become my resting place. If anyone finds this journal, please send these notes to my superiors at the East Empire Company and tell my wife that I love her. May Arkay guide me to my final rest." When the East Empire Company discovered Caerellius' death it was announced that a cave-in had caused the "accident." The company then closed off that section of the mine to avoid any further expenses or inquiry.
In 4E 170, the Ebony deposits in Raven Rock Mine dried up and the East Empire Company ceased its operations on solstheim. This disrupted the economy and caused a mass exodus of the non-Dunmer inhabitants. The population was cut in half and transformed Raven Rock into a primarily Dunmer settlement.
The geography of the island in the Fourth Era bears similar traits to both Vvardenfell and Skyrim. The north is dominated by the arctic climate similar to that found in Winterhold Hold, while the south features the jagged landscape reminiscent of the Dunmer homeland.
There is a huge variety of wildlife on Solstheim, being both docile and hostile. Netches can be commonly found on the shores in the southern regions of the island, along with ash hoppers, burnt spriggans and ash spawns which can be found on the jagged landscape until it reaches the northern climate in the center of the island. A silt strider can also be found near Tel Mithryn, tamed by the Dunmer Revus Sarvani. There is also the Felsaad tern which is a bird native to Solstheim and can be found especially in the Felsaad Coast.
Pearl oysters can be found abundantly along the sandy shores all over Solstheim.
The riekling is a common hostile creature in the northern regions of the island, and the rieklings is known for taming the bristlebacks which can be found throughout the island. The arctic climate is home to creatures like werebears, deer, bears, snow foxes and spriggans.
The High King of Skyrim gave Solstheim to the Dunmer refugees in 4E 16. Since then, they have ruled over Solstheim along with the Skaal who inhabited the island before them.
Solstheim was under control from different political entities within different time periods. Originally, Skyrim controlled Solstheim, until they turned it over to the Dunmer of Morrowind in 4E 16. From then on, Solstheim was under the jurisdiction of House Redoran of the Great Houses of Morrowind.
The official military in Solstheim is the Redoran Guard. The guards duty is to protect House Redoran and the people of Raven Rock from any dangers that threatens their society.
The Daedric Prince Hircine is known to have significant influence over the island and its people. Hircine is able to physically manifest for a hunt on Solstheim with his Werewolf minions, at the ending of every era, similar to the Greymarch. The Skaal call this destructive event "The Bloodmoon Prophecy", for as Hircine arrives, the moons turns red as blood. This indicates that the Bloodmoon Prophecy will occur in the end of the Fourth Era. His werebear minions are also on Solstheim, and is the only known place that they can be found.
The Daedric Prince Hermaeus Mora is also known to have some influence on the island. The Dragonborn might encounter a Madman who is heavily influenced by Hermaous Mora, and can also see some architecture on both the Temple of Miraak and the All-Maker Stones which resembles the architecture found in the realm of Apocrypha. There are also several Black Books which can be found throughout the island in various locations.
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Mentioned only)
- ↑ The Guardian and the Traitor
- ↑ Fall of the Snow Prince
- ↑ Journal of Mirtil Angoth
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 History of Raven Rock, Vol. I
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Events of The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- ↑ Decree of Monument
- ↑ Lymdrenn Tenvanni's Journal
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Loading Screens (Dragonborn)
- ↑ Gratian's Journal
- ↑ Dialogue with Crescius Caerellius
- ↑ Adril's Survey Results