|Appears in||Arena, ESO|
Cloudrest is one of the eight major city-states in the province of the Summerset Isles, situated on the highest slopes of Eton Nir. Cloudrest is colloquially known as the "Aerie of the Altmer", because it overlooks the great plains of Summerset from the highest mountain in southwest Tamriel. It is the home of the Welkynars, who are a knightly order dedicated to protecting the Summerset Isle, and known for their Gryphon mounts.
Layout & Geography
The city-state of Cloudrest is situated on the southern slopes of Eton Nir, overlooking the vineyards of central Summerset Isle. The path to Cloudrest is off the main road between Ebon Stadmont and the northern tip of the Oleander Coast, near the township of Rellenthil. Cloudrest is built in a valley, with a river flowing along the lower main street, working like a canal. The grand gate of Cloudrest leads into the lower district, which elevates, diverting north, and eventually goes around towards the Upper Level, where the Cloudrest Aerie is located. The Aerie is the base of operations for the Welkynar, who are sworn protectors of Summerset. It is ostensibly a seat of power, but it works primarily as a fortress, with ballistae and catapults along the wall. Cloudrest has a particularly odd style of architecture, a mixture of strangler vine-esque buildings, atop of old ruins. Among these ruins are some made out of pure coral, which are speculated to be of Sload origin. This has led many to think that the Sload had inhabited the Summerset Isles, long before the Aldmer arrived from Aldmeris. There are several notable landmarks, such as the Baron's Maze, which consists of a confusing network of passages. A group called the Faculty of Chirurgeons operates out of Cloudrest, who are considered masters of face sculpting. Cloudrest is neighbored by several settlements, including Old Falls in the south, Karndar Watch in the east, and Kings Haven in the north.
Little is known about the founding of Cloudrest, but it was likely built atop of pre-existing settlements that were either abandoned before Cloudrest's foundation, or were destroyed during the Aldmer's purge against the creatures of Summerset, as it was issued by Torinaan the Foresailor when he founded Firsthold. Cloudrest later came to prosper as one of the eight kingdoms of the Summerset Isles. As time went on, a group known as the Welkynars was founded, with Cloudrest as their base of operation. One of their most well-known members was Mornyalemar the Battle-Hardy, who despite his inept skill at using Magic, still proved to be a valiant warrior. But despite Cloudrest's prestigious history, there have been problems and complications in the Aerie of the Altmer. The Case of the Disloyal Canonreeve revolves around the Canonreeve of Cloudrest, who hails from a well-respected background, of an unparalleled lineage. But things would make a turn for the worse when the Canonreeve altered manifests and records of archeologist that researched the ruins in the city. His intent was too ship ancient relics to foreign investors, leaving no trace of missing items. He was eventually arrested by the Divine Prosecution.
By 2E 580, the city-state of Cloudrest was brought into the Aldmeri Dominion, when Queen Ayrenn assumed the throne after the death of her father, Hidellith, having travelled the continent for several decades. Around 2E 582, the Welkynars, under the command of Relequen captured a Sea Sload named Z'Maja—a necromancer who was member of a group called the Abyssal Cabal, consisting of several Sea Sload that sought to sink all of Summerset. The Welkynar took Z'Maja to the Cloudrest Aerie, much to the dismay of the city's inhabitants. This proved to be their downfall when Z'Maja utilized dark magic to trap all of Cloudrest in a dense shroud of mist. The mist drained the life of the people, leaving the lower district completely intoxicated. The Divine Prosecution was forced to barricade the city until Z'Maja was dealt with, while Olorime of the Welkynar was able to keep a of people safe in the upper district. Olorime enlisted the help of the Undaunted to defeat Z'Maja. And so, each of the Welkynars that had been corrupted by Z'Maja's magic were defeated, and the Sea Sload was slain. Olorime was the only one left of the Welkynars, and so she sought new initiates to continue the Order of the Welkynars. As of the Third Era, during the Interregnum, the city-state of Cloudrest was ruled by King Kelkemmenar. At the time, it was warring with the city-state of Firsthold on Auridon.
- 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, Cloudrest's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Gladiators".[UOL 1]
- Map of Summurset Isle — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- Loading screen in ESO: Summerset
- The Welkynars of Eton Nir — Relequen, Leader of the Welkynars
- Events of ESO: Summerset
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Blessed Isle: Alinor and the Summersets — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Elam Drals' dialogue in ESO
- Galathil's dialogue in Skyrim
- Cases of the Divine Prosecution — High Magistrate Rinwaray, Bureaureeve of the Divine Prosecution
- Events of Woe of the Welkynars in ESO
- Events of Arena
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.