For the person, see Vivec.
"Finally the bones of Horde Mountain landed and became the foundation stones for the City of Swords, which Vivec named after his own sigil, and the net fell across it all and between, or became as bridges between bones, and since its segments had been touched by his holy wisdom they became the most perfect of all city streets in the known worlds."

Vivec City, Vivec, Vivace,[1] or The City of Swords,[2] is one of the four major cities located in the Vvardenfell district of Morrowind and is the capital of both the Ascadian Isles and the Island of Vvardenfell. The city of Vivec is one of three settlements created in honor of the Tribunal, namely Vivec, the Warrior-Poet.



The city of Vivec is located on the southern side of the Inner Sea, a large body of water that separates the mainland of Morrowind from the Isle of Vvardenfell. Vivec is situated on the open bay of the Ascadian Isles, the inner grazelands of Vvardenfell that consist of several different islands and lakes such as Elmas Island and Lake Amaya. Vivec consists of several mer-made islands called Cantons, which were built by Dunmer of House Hlaalu during the Interregnum of the Second Era. The Cantons are made of several levels that are populated by local traders and artisans; they can be compared to towns, especially since the stronghold of Molag Mar is a canton in Molag Amur. Cantons serve different purposes and are occupied by some of the Great Houses of Morrowind. The Foreign Quarter of Vivec is where many foreign interests are located in the city, the Fighters Guild and Mages Guild have halls in the canton. Originally, foreigners were not able to enter the city and so, the Foreign Quarter was made for foreigners. Nowadays, anyone can arrive into Vivec and bask in its glory.

Three of the cantons are occupied by Houses Hlaalu, Redoran, and Telvanni from west to east respectively. The Hlaalu Canton was one of the first out of the three to be built during the Second Era, it leads into the Bitter Coast and the fortress city of Ebonheart. The Telvanni Canton in the east was the last one, by 2E 583, the Telvanni canton was merely a large square hole in the Ascadian Bay. The Redoran Canton is located inward from the city, much closer to the city center. Further downward, the St. Delyn and St. Olms cantons are closer to the Palace of Vivec and is where the nobility live in. The Temple Canton is more south and is where the Hall of Justice and the Library of Vivec, the Ordinators are headquartered here. The Palace of Vivec is located on the southernmost end of the city and is a large building resembling a Xanmeer from Black Marsh. This is where Vivec the Warrior-Poet lives and is where he governs the city.



First EraEdit

The city of Vivec was founded by Vivec himself, Vivec watched over Horde Mountain and witnessed its hulking figure and the clouds sprouting out the summit. Vivec planned to attack the large structure but before he could do anything, a trio of lower house Velothi trapped the monster with a net of doubtful doctrine. Vivec praised these brave souls and celebrated their victory. It was a display of love and triumph around the captured beast, Vivec was in the middle, with a headdress made of mating bones. It was there, Vivec named these three warriors the Buoyant Armigers. Vivec grabbed Muatra, a spear of mystical origins that represents Vivec's love, coincidentally, and stabs it into the massive monster, creating a big bag of bones in the process, this became the foundation of Vivec City. The net fell over the bones and became the city's bridge, segmenting the city and making the perfect streets in all of Tamriel. Almalexia and Sotha Sil came to the city and gave it their blessing. Vivec City was officially created.[2]

The city of Vivec thrived in the province of Resdaynia and is beautiful amidst the realms of Ascadia. On one fateful day, Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness was bored. Sheogorath would pull a meteor from the depths of the Void and fling it into Nirn; he had no place in mind, he simply threw it and wanted to know where it landed. This meteor was Baar Dau otherwise known as Lie Rock or the Ministry of Truth. Baar Dau traveled across the planet and was landing onto Vivec City. The Ashlanders prayed to Azura for safety while the denizens of Vvardenfell were wailing and shrieking, fearful for their lives. The Dunmer prayed to the Three, and Vivec heard their prayers, with his benevolent powers, Vivec was able to hold the meteor and left it suspended far in the air. The city was saved, for now. The Baar Dau meteor would be repurposed into the Ministry of Truth, the maximum prison of Vivec City. The large rock would become a reminder of the Tribunal's power and their importance because without Vivec, Vvardenfell would be destroyed.[3][4]

Second EraEdit

Main article: Vivec City (Online)

During the Interregnum in 2E 583, the city of Vivec was halfway through completion, with only the Hlaalu and Redoran cantons halfway done, the Telvanni Canton's formation was not complete, only a large hole in the middle of the bay was there. The foreign Canton was not created, it was likely in planning at this time. The city of Vivec, along with the other Tribunal cities and Western Vvardenfell, Vivec was a part of the Ebonheart Pact, although they did not have headquarters there. Vivec ruled the city along with Archcanon Tarvus and Canon Llevule. Vivec soon became ill, and his powers were draining from him. Vivec sent an Outlander called the Vestige to find the source of this disturbance before he loses his powers and the Baar Dau continues to fall.[5][6]

The source was from an Ashlander from Ald'ruhn named Conoon Chodala who came into possession of a powerful staff called the Sunna'rah. Chodala was the Ashkhan of the Urshilaku Tribe and believed he was, in fact, the Nerevarine. Chodala would be defeated in the ruins of Kaushtarari by both the Vestige and his sister, Seryn. The Vestige took Sunna'rah and traveled back to Vivec City, to reverse the effect by giving Vivec his powers. The Tarvus' experiment backfired, resulting in Vivec losing his power quickly, to the point where his spirit had left his body. It was revealed the Archcanon Tarvus was actually Barbas, the Daedric Hound of Clavicus Vile and was planning on using Vivec's power to open the gates of the Clockwork City. The Baar Dau started to fall again from the air, causing pandemonium in Vivec City, people began to lose faith in Vivec. Barilzar, Sotha Sil's former apprentice traveled to the Clockwork City along with the Vestige, and defeated Barbas within Seht's Vault. Vivec's powers were restored but this would not be the last we see of the Daedric Princes as a Great War would come.[7][8][9][10]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Vivec City (Morrowind)

During Tiber Septim's conquest on Morrowind, Vivec announced that he'll negotiate plans about making Morrowind an Imperial Province allied with the Septim Empire.[11]

In 3E 427, the Nerevarine Prophecy had come to fruition. The Nerevarine arrived at the city to find informants under the orders of Caius Cosades of the Blades. Sometime later, the Nerevarine was tasked in freeing Mehra Milo, who was one of the informants. After completing the Fourth and Fifth Trails of the Prophecy, the Nerevarine ventured to Vivec one last time to meet with Archcanon Tholer Saryoni. Saryoni pointed the Nerevarine to Vivec himself to arrange a meeting. Vivec gifts the Nerevarine the Wraithguard and a Plan to Defeat Dagoth Ur. From there, the Nerevarine ventured to Red Mountain and defeated Dagoth Ur at his citadel.

In 3E 433, a rogue Telvanni wizard named Frathen Drothan lead the Drothmeri Army in search for the Daedric Artifact known as Mehrunes' Razor. The army appeared at Vivec City on the 6th of First Seed where he learns the location of the Dagger in Cyrodiil.[12]

Fourth EraEdit

After the defeat of Dagoth Ur, the Tribunal began to fade away. Almalexia went mad, killed fellow Tribunal Sotha Sil at his Clockwork City, and blamed it on the Nerevarine at her city of Mournhold. Later, the Nerevarine killed Almalexia at her palace in Deshaan. At some point Vivec disappeared, it is unknown whether he was killed or not. Regardless, his influence on Vivec City diminished and the Baar Dau started to move again.

The greatest minds of Morrowind came together and built a device known as the Ingenium, which is a machine that uses souls to keep the Baar Dau from falling on Vivec. Sometime later, a Dunmer man named Ezhmaar Sul tried to rescue his lover, Ilzheven from being taken by the Ingenium. Unfortunately, the Ingenium exploded causing the Baar Dau to crashing into Vivec City in 4E 5.[13][14]

After the impact, the area once known as Vivec City is now known as the Scathing Bay. The ruins of Vivec resemble ash islands and shattered stones, surrounded by boiling water.[14]



  • Vivec City's layout is very reminiscent of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan in that the city is built on artificial islands with river canals going through them. Both the Aztecs and the Dunmer of Vivec use the canals to transport goods and other items across the city.

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