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- When the new Mages Guild needed a headquarters, they took over an older Ayleid district adjacent to Imperial City and rebuilt its interior as the Arcane University. Though the Worm Cult had taken it over, it was still badly damaged by Molag Bal's attack during the Planemeld.
The Arcane University is a walled compound connected to the Imperial City that was formerly one of Tamriel's most prominent centers of magical learning, which now serves as a battleground
Following the Soulburst, the Mages Guild was stripped of its stewardship of the Arcane University and was instead awarded to Mannimarco's Order of the Black Worm under the name of the "Fellowship of Anchorites". Shortly after the Daedra invaded, they ransacked and destroyed it. Today it lies in ruins, a mere shell of its former glory.