Lore:Darkwater River

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Darkwater River
Type Body of Water
Continent Tamriel
Province Skyrim
Appears in Skyrim, ESO
Lake Geir draining into Darkwater River circa 4E 201

Darkwater River, or simply the Darkwater, is a river in eastern Skyrim connecting Lake Geir to the White River. Lake Geir drains into it at the western end of the Rift. The river flows northeast into Eastmarch, cascading down the famous cliff which divides the two holds. After this series of pools and waterfalls, the river bends northwest, and merges with the White River a few miles downstream, south-southwest of Windhelm and west of the famous fetid swamps of Eastmarch. Forts, ruins, caves, and major roads line its banks. The fishing is said to be good. A large tributary flows separately from Lake Geir. It passes north through Ivarstead, then curves northeast and creates its own series of waterfalls down the cliff, then connects with Darkwater River in Eastmarch, which then merges shortly after with the White River and terminates.[1]

A corundum mine recently opened in Eastmarch near the base of the waterfalls of the main river, at the bottom of the cliff. A mining camp dubbed Darkwater Crossing formed on the eastern banks of the river, on the southwestern fringe of the Eastmarch bogs.[1] Many consider it a beautiful place,[2] and it has the makings of becoming a proper settlement, though it has many challenges to overcome, not the least of which being that, for most, the journey to reach it is quite hazardous.[1] It was just outside this encampment that, in 4E 201, General Tullius of the Imperial Legion staged a successful ambush wherein Ulfric Stormcloak was captured, a victory which would have ended the Stormcloak Rebellion had it not been for the surprise return of Alduin and Ulfric's resulting escape.[3]


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  1. ^ a b c Events of Skyrim
  2. ^ Sylgja's dialogue in Skyrim.
  3. ^ Ralof's dialogue in Skyrim.