Daggerfall:Places

Map of the Iliac Bay as seen in Daggerfall

OverviewEdit

The Iliac Bay is an ample region in western Tamriel, according to the game manual it's about the size of the United Kingdom. Of course there is a wide range of regions and other places of interest throughout the bay, from landscapes to cities and towns to famous structures. Because of the immense dimension of the region it would be impossible to list every single place, but the following list, which hopefully will grow in size in the future, contains many interesting and notable places within this bay.

Location TypesEdit

The Iliac Bay is a very large area, within which are a variety of locations to explore.

Dungeons
This generic category includes any location which is not immediately known to the character on his or her map. This does include all covens, the ancient and secretive sisterhoods who might summon the Daedric Princes - for a price. Some cemeteries are also included in this category since they are unknown to the character at the start of the game.
Settlements
These are the permanent dwellings of civilization. This broad category includes everything from cottages and roadhouses to the largest of cities. While the smallest of villages lack many of the services characters desire, the larger towns and cities are more generous. It is within these locations characters may buy a house or shop at the various markets. These larger settlements are typically walled, which may offer some difficulty to the character's entrance depending on the time of day. Some cemeteries might also included in this category since they are known to the character at the game's start.
Temples
Not all temples are located within a town or city. There are many wilderness temples to be found within each of the provinces. This category also includes the several shrines dedicated to the numerous Aedra, prophets, and heroes.

Places of InterestEdit

Region City Places of Interest
Hammerfell
Abibon-Gora Abibon-gora
Alik'r Alik'ra The Coven in the Marsh
Antiphyllos Antyphyllos The Coven of the Dust
Ayasofya Ayasofya City
Bergama Bergama City
Cybiades Ruins of Cosh Hall
Dak'fron The Kykos Coven
Dragontail Mountains Dragontail The Devilrock Coven
Coven of the Peaks
Scourg Barrow
Ephesus Ephesus City
Kairou Kairou City
Kozanset Kozanset City
Lainlyn Lainlyn City Lainlyn Cliffs
Mournoth Mournoth City
Myrkwasa Myrkwasa City The Coven of the Tide
Pothago Pothago City
Santaki Santaki City
Satakalaam Satakalaam City
Sentinel Sentinel City Palace Sentinel
Castle Faallem
The Fortress of Fhojum
Tigonus Tigonus City
Lastabia
Totambu Totambu City
High Rock
Alcaire Alcaire City The Alcaire Coven
Anticlere Anticlere City
Betony Cryngaine Field
Ravennian Forest
Yeorth Burrowland
Bhoriane Bhoriane City
Daenia Daenia City The Beldama Coven
Daggerfall Daggerfall City Castle Daggerfall
Castle Necromoghan
Copperton Tower
The Coven on The Bluff
Daggerfall Bluffs
Privateer's Hold
Dwynnen Dwynnen City
Gavaudon Gavaudon City
Glenpoint Glenpoint City Glenpoint Foothills
Glenumbra Moors Glenumbra
Ilessan Hills Ilessan Hills City The Glenmorial Coven
Kambria Kambria City
Koegria Koegria City
Menevia Menevia City Lysandus' Tomb
The Tamarilyn Coven
Tamarilyn Point
Northmoor Northmoor City
Orsinium Area Orsinium Stronghold of Orsinium
Phrygias Phrygias City The Skeffington Coven
Skeffington Wood
Shalgora Shalgora City The Daggerfall Coven
Tulune Tulune City
Urvaius Urvaius City
Wayrest Wayrest City Castle Wayrest
Grimdale Moor Woodborne Hall
Wrothgarian Mountains Wrothgaria The Wroth Coven
Shedungent
Ykalon Ykalon City Castle Llugwych
Iliac Bay
Hammerfell bay coast
Hammerfell sea coast
High Rock bay coast
High Rock sea coast Mantellan Crux
Your Ship
Islands in the Western Iliac Bay
Isle of Balfiera Direnni Tower
The Masoleum of Darkivaron

Dimensions of the Iliac BayEdit

Since the game's release, several have wondered how large the bay actually is. The following table gives an overview of the total number of locations found within the bay.

Region Total Locations Dungeons
Alik'r 344 152
Dragontail Mountains 912 310
Dwynnen 778 151
Isle of Balfiera 67 49
Dak'fron 197 129
Wrothgarian Mountains 1833 685
Daggerfall 1331 268
Glenpoint 445 141
Betony 25 8
Sentinel 549 111
Anticlere 719 173
Lainlyn 368 73
Wayrest 851 187
Orsinium Area 80 58
High Rock sea coast 3 1
Northmoor 380 79
Menevia 211 35
Alcaire 159 42
Koegria 128 23
Bhoriane 190 45
Kambria 310 99
Phrygias 191 41
Urvaius 279 64
Ykalon 560 137
Daenia 291 62
Shalgora 233 52
Abibon-Gora 232 65
Kairou 123 31
Pothago 53 9
Myrkwasa 144 36
Ayasofya 143 48
Tigonus 334 83
Kozanset 49 9
Satakalaam 156 40
Totambu 902 239
Mournoth 363 94
Ephesus 214 63
Santaki 36 15
Antiphyllos 49 8
Bergama 58 13
Gavaudon 51 11
Tulune 140 38
Glenumbra Moors 173 37
Ilessan Hills 596 217
Cybiades 1 1
Total 15251 4232

In addition, a mathematical formula can be used to estimate the area of the bay.

Technical IntroductionEdit

Daggerfall uses a clockwise three-dimensional coordinate system with the x-axis for the North-South direction, the y-axis for the East-West direction and the z-axis for the altitude. To the contrast of the usual procedure, the coordinate system's origin is not 0,0,0, for whatever reasons the developers had. In the usual game mode the actual coordinates of the player can not be checked. To enable this feature the line cheatmode 1 must be added to the Z.CFG file, which is located in the Daggerfall game directory. If this feature is enabled the player's location can be checked by pressing the F9-Key. This will display the player's location along with the currently active quests and quest flags. The location is displayed as follow:

PLAYER: y-Coordinate, z-Coordinate, x-Coordinate

Pressing the F9-Key once again will disable that additional information.

The point with the lowest coordinate-index is the lower left corner of the map with x = 40,961 and y = 51,200. The point with the highest coordinate-index is the upper right corner of the map with x = 16,332,801 and y = 32,389,120. The leveling in the game is also unusual, because it is not standardized to marine level. The altitude at marine level is -80 units and there is a maximum of 1228 units one can ascend over the ground by using a Levitation spell.

CalculationsEdit

According to the maximum coordinates of the map the overall dimension of the Iliac Bay is:

16,291,840 units x 32,337,920 units = 526,844,218,572,800 units2

The linear measure used by the game is very likely the imperial or survey inch, which is approximately 25.4 millimeters. Since the inch is a common linear measure in Anglo-Saxon regions and the player's character jumps exactly 10 units high, while standing, it is pretty reasonable to make this assumption.

unit = inch → units2 = inch2 with 1 inch2 = 6.4516 cm2 → 526,844,218,572,800 units2 ≈ 341,608 km2

35.7% of the overall bay are covered by water (ocean and inshore waters) that are about 121,954 km2 (or about 46,851 mi2), thus resulting in an overall dry area of 219,654 km2 (or 84,385 mi2). The area of England (not Great Britain) is 130,395 km2 (or 50,346 mi2), hence according to the overall calculations the land mass would be about 1.685 times the size of England.

MountainsEdit

Although Daggerfall possesses heightmap data, the game doesn't appear to render 3D mountains (excluding the 2D mountains which can sometimes be seen in the background skybox). This may be due to the noise bump filter added to the ground and the extremely short draw distance. However, it is possible to observe "mountains" at specific points in the game world, recognizable as sudden rises in the terrain elevation.

The first spot is on the Isle of Balfiera, as seen here:

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The second spot is east of the capital of Sentinel:

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Last modified on 29 January 2014, at 16:57