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"Of all the city-states in Morrowind, Tear is most open to trade and commerce. Perhaps this is why few have complained about the strange happenings when night falls..."
Description in Arena

Tear is a major port city known as the "Jewel of the East"[OOG 1] located on the southeastern peninsula of Morrowind. Tear is also known as the capital of the Great House Dres.


Tear is surrounded by Saltrice plantations bordering Black Marsh.[1]


Early YearsEdit

Supposedly, the Ruddy Man appeared near Tear after the fight at Koal Cave. He destroyed three villages until Vivec defeated him again.[2]

Second EraEdit

In 2E 862, a Redguard named Cyrus freed multiple Khajiit slaves and started an uprising near the city of Tear.[3]

Third EraEdit

During the Imperial Simulacrum, the Eternal Champion had at one point visited the city in their quest for a piece of the Staff of Chaos. At this point, Tear was ruled by King Nisath.

Fourth EraEdit

Tear was overrun by Argonians in the beginning of the Fourth Era during the Argonian Invasion after the Red Year.[4]



  • The story of the Last Scabbard of Akrash is set in Tear.[5]
  • Because it's the capital of House Dres, Tear is also called Dres. The Morrowind Concept Map says so.
  • When Arena was going to be a Tournament based game, Tear's team was known as the Immortals.[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. 1.0 1.1 Go Blades

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