Lore:Alinor (city)

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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Summerset Isles
Appears in Arena, ESO
Alinor circa 2E 583

Alinor is the capital of the Summerset Isles, and was the capital of the second and third Aldmeri Dominions.[1]

It was a forbidden city for almost 50 years in the late Second Era, humans only being allowed in the ports at that time. These traders described the city as made from glass or insect wings,[1] which gives the city a beauty that, by any account, would easily rival that of any found on the mainland. Imperial emissaries of the Reman Dynasty described the city as straight and glimmering, a hypnotic swirl of ramparts and impossibly high towers, designed to catch the light of the sun and break it to its component colors, which lies draped across its stones until you are thankful for nightfall.[1]

Throughout the long history of Alinor, it has often been at odds with the nearby city-state of Lillandril.[2] Because of this internal strife, the Summerset Isles were quite isolated from the rest of Tamriel until Tiber Septim conquered the Isles in 2E 896, which was his final conquest on Tamriel.[1] The golem Numidium, recently acquired as tribute from the Tribunal of Morrowind, attacked the city and captured it in mere minutes.[1]

When the Aldmeri Dominion was reformed in the early Fourth Era, the city of Alinor lent its name to the entirety of the Summerset Isle.[3]


  • Elante, an archaeologist with a scholarly interest in Daedra, was from this city, as was the author Camilonwe.
  • 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, Alinor's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Protectors".[UOL 1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  2. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Blessed Isle: Alinor and the SummersetsImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  3. ^ The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at the Imperial Library