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Solitude (also known as Haafingar) is a major port city on the northern coast of the province of Skyrim. It is famous for being the northernmost town in Tamriel and infamous as the seat of the so-called Wolf Queen, Potema. Solitude was also ruled by King Mantiarco mostly before his marriage to Potema. One of the stranger periods in Solitude's history was under Thoriz Pelagius Septim, who, among other things, was known for stripping nude during speeches.
After the downfall of the Second Empire and the assassination of King Logrolf, Jarl Svartr of Solitude challenged the legitimacy of Logrolf's heir, Freydis, leading to the division of Skyrim into two kingdoms. Solitude then became the capital of Western Skyrim.
Over time, Solitude became one of the wealthiest cities and counties in Skyrim, and by the end of the Third Era it controlled most of the northern coastline of Skyrim after King Thian married Queen Macalla of Dawnstar. Seeking to expand its influence even farther, Solitude annexed several Imperial fiefs, including the island of Roscrea (all of the fiefs had been ruled by the Empire since Uriel Septim V conquered them in 3E 271). It later began to fund exploration into (and perhaps beyond) the Sea of Ghosts.
- Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Solitude's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Ravagers".[oog 1]
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Brief History of the Empire v 2 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The Wolf Queen, v2 — Waughin Jarth
- The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- The Crown of Freydis — Taleon Mythmaker
Note: the following references are not found in-game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.