"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[src]

Tear otherwise known as Dres or the Jewel of the East[OOG 2] is a major port city located on the southeastern peninsula of Morrowind. Tear is also known as the capital of the Great House Dres. Sload merchants buy slaves from the city of Tear to practice Necromancy.[1]

By gameEdit



Tear is infamous for holding multiple slaves from the Beastfolk provinces of Black Marsh and Elsweyr. Tear holds many slave pens throughout its sprawling fields. Tear is surrounded by Saltrice plantations bordering Black Marsh.[2]


Early YearsEdit

The Ruddy Man reappeared at the city of Tear, ten years after being defeated by Vivec at Koal Cave, Vvardenfell. The shell of the Ruddy Man was worn by a shaman of the House of Troubles. The Dreughs gave the shell mythic inflexibility. It eventually molted after skill-draping the shaman and stretching his bones to fit the armor. The Ruddy Man sacked three different villages until Vivec arrived and defeated the Ruddy Man again by way of the Symbolic Collage.[3]

Second EraEdit

In 2E 862, a powerful Khajiit Crime Boss named S'rathra orchestrated a raid on Tear using his mercenaries including Cyrus the Restless and Tobias. After freeing multiple slaves and being caught by the Dres Slavers, a riot ensued. In the end, the mercenaries defeated the Dres Slavers and destroyed the plantation.[4]

Queen Barenziah visited the city of Tear for a delegation in need of delicate handling.[5]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Tear (Arena)

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.

In 3E 407, Tear experienced a series of murders throughout the city. Major slave traders were killed by someone named the Lopper. The murders ended with Dres Mineguar who was suspected to be the Lopper himself. Regardless, the Tear murders were over.[6]

Fourth EraEdit

When Red Mountain erupted on Vvardenfell, the city of Tear was devastated. Tear's southern walls crumbled resulting in guards falling into the marshlands. Many ran away from the destruction while poorer citizens were helping the wealth amidst the rubble.[7] The city was overrun by Argonians in the beginning of the Fourth Era during the Argonian Invasion after the Red Year.[8]



  • When Arena was going to be a tournament-based game, Tear's team was known as the Immortals.[OOG 2]



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. Skeleton Man's Interview with Denizens of Tamriel
  2. 2.0 2.1 Go Blades