Vivec City, otherwise known as Vivec, Vivace,[1] or The City of Swords,[2] was a major city on the isle of Vvardenfell and the entirety of Morrowind. The city was made in honor of Vivec, one of the Tribunal and the Guardian of Vvardenfell. It consisted of multiple cantons in the Inner Sea area of the Ascadian Isles, each serving varying purposes and groups, making Vivec a hub of diverse citizens. It was destroyed in the Red Year of 4E 5 after the meteor Baar Dau crashed into it, with its ruins becoming the waters of Scathing Bay.[3][4]



Vivec is a unique city in that it's made on floating mer-made islands resembling somewhat like Tenochtitlan in Ancient Mesoamerica. Buildings in Vivec resemble the nearby settlement known as Molag Mar except for a roof with cover instead of the open roof in Molag Mar.

There are 9 floating islands which act as different districts with bridges connecting to each. From north to south, the northernmost district is where foreigners coming to Vivec stay at, it's known as the Foreign Quarters. The top center districts is where House Hlaalu, House Redoran, the Arena, and House Telvanni are located. These are known as the Hlaalu Canton, the Vivec, Redoran Canton, the Arena Canton, and the Telvanni Canton. The bottom center districts worship St. Delyn and St. Olms, these districts are known as the St. Delyn Canton and the St. Olms Canton. The two bottom districts are not connected side by side like all the House Cantons or the Saint Cantons are. From north to south is, the Temple Canton where many worship the Tribunal and the Palace of Vivec, which is where Vivec resides.

When the Septim Empire arrived and colonized Vvardenfell. They've built a large settlement known as Ebonheart which is where the Duke of Vvardenfell resides.


Early YearsEdit

Vivec City was founded in the golden age of the Tribunal by Vivec, for whom it was named after. With his valued weapon known as Muatra, he pierced the monster Horde Mountain, making it into a big bag of bones. When the bones landed, they formed the foundation of Vivec City. A net then fell over the city, creating bridges and other connections to the bones.[2]

The Daedric Prince of Madness Sheogorath saw the city of Vivec as a mockery of the heavens and as punishment, Sheogorath tricked the Baar Dau moon into crashing into Vivec City. When Vivec learned about the situation, he froze the moon in the sky with a single gesture and the grace of his countenance. The moon then served Vivec as the citadel for Temple Ordinators.[5][6]

Second EraEdit

Main article: Vivec City (Online)

During the Alliance War, the construction of Vivec City was underway. Vivec, however, contracted a mysterious illness which jeopardized the city, as it caused the meteor Baar Dau to gradually descend down on the city. With the help of the Vestige, Vivec's power was fully returned around 2E 582 and he was able to once again place the meteor back into suspension.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10][11]

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.[11]


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