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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Black Marsh
Appears in Arena
Blackrose circa 3E 389

Blackrose is one of the eight-major cities in the province of Black Marsh,[1] situated near the legendary site of Murkwood, the dark forest that ever moves.[2] It was founded by the Lilmothiit, and is still composed of the ruins they left behind.[3][4] Indigenous human tribes known to be active in this region, such as the Kothringi and Yespest, were responsible for the stone monuments found around it.[5]

Layout & Geography[edit]

Blackrose is found near the center of Black Marsh, and it is only a day's march away north from the infamous Blackrose Prison, which is located in the region of Murkmire.[6] Blackrose, along with the rest of southern Black Marsh, was once the territory of the Lilmothiit, a race of vulpine Beastfolk. In fact, modern-day Blackrose was built from the remains of the ancient Lilmothiit settlement.[3][4] The riverways of Black Marsh are known to intertwine with each other, as seen when it is possible to take a river route from Soulrest, to the Blackrose region.[3] Blackrose show signs of Argonian occupation, who salvaged and claimed ownership over the city.[5] Near the city-state is the legendary forest of Murkwood. Blackrose is neighbored by several settlements, including Longmont in the southwest, and Rockspring in the northwest.[1]


The original Blackrose was founded by the Lilmothiit, a nomadic race of beastfolk that lived throughout the southern coast. In 1E 1033, the infamous Argonian brigadier, Red Bramman, was active at the time, and had a powerful bandit kingdom near what is now known as Blackrose. Empress Hestra of the First Empire had placed a significant bounty on Red Bramman, demanding his head. The Imperial Fleet had tracked Red Bramman across Black Marsh, and into his brigand kingdom, successfully killing Red Bramman and ending his reign. This was the first reliable source of the true Black Marsh culture for outsiders.[3] The Lilmothiit race had taken heavy losses from the Knahaten Flu,[7] having been wiped out in Lilmoth and withdrawing from coastal areas,[8] with most clans moving inland towards Blackrose by 2E 582.[7]

Blackrose was left untouched by the Blackwater War,[9] though the Reman Empire would claim ownership over it.[10] It had also garnered an infamous reputation. The ruins found near the old settlement would become the foundation of Blackrose Prison, an infamous prison that was created in a single day by Pelladil Direnni, by the orders of Versidue-Shaie, during the latter half of the Second Empire. It was built by summoning an army of Stone Atronachs, who built it out of nearby Lilmothiit rubble.[6][11] Eventually, the Lilmothiit society in Blackrose soon died out and the Argonians took control of Blackrose by the end of the Interregnum.[3] During the reign of Morihatha Septim in the Third Era, the city-state of Blackrose was a city of the Third Empire. There was a rebellion against the Empress in Blackrose, that was dealt with by her Imperial Battlemage, Welloc. Welloc had utilized a Vampiric Cloud. The circumstances is considered a prime example of the School of Destruction. Using the Vampiric Cloud, Welloc had transferred the rebellion's abilities into their opponents, quelling them in the process.[12] During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, Blackrose was an active settlement, being ruled by King Claudios. It had a rivalry with Lilmoth.[2]



  • 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, Blackrose's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Warriors".[UOL 1]

See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Arena article.


  1. ^ a b Map of Black Marsh — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  2. ^ a b Murkwood quest in Arena
  3. ^ a b c d e Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black MarshImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  4. ^ a b Lady Clarisse Laurent Answers Your QuestionsLady Clarisse Laurent
  5. ^ a b The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Black MarshFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  6. ^ a b A History of Blackrose PrisonTyrrya Len, The Wayrest Wanderer
  7. ^ a b Loremaster's Archive: Murkmire Q&A — Jee-Lar
  8. ^ A History of LilmothTyrrya Len, The Wayrest Wanderer
  9. ^ The Blackwater WarValenca Arvina, Historian-in-Residence at Gwylim University
  10. ^ Wet Wilds of Black MarshCirantille
  11. ^ OnceBeredalmo the Signifier
  12. ^ Response to Bero's SpeechMalviser, Battlemage

Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

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