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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Valenwood
Region Grahtwood
Subregions Long Coast
Appears in Arena, ESO
Haven circa 2E 582
The province of Valenwood
Haven during the Imperial Simulacrum

Haven is a major city on the southern coast of Valenwood, in the Grahtwood region, near the Elsweyr border.[1]


The city was probably founded during the late Merethic Era. Before the Alessian Slave Rebellion, during the Golden Age of Ayleid rule of Cyrodiil, the Bosmer cities of Haven and Silvenar flourished as a result of increased trade after the establishment of the great White-Gold Tower in what is now the heart of Cyrodiil.[2]

The town was incorpored to a unified Valenwood after King Eplear, a Bosmer warlord, united the tribes of under his rule, an event traditionally regarded as the beginning of Year Zero of the First Era. By this time, Haven was a small, but the most prosperous trading post in the Long Coast.

In 1E 2714, the small town, along with the rest of Valenwood was conquered by the Second Empire, after centuries of unrelenting warfare along the border with Cyrodiil and a plague from Thras.[3] Although the province became occupied by the Imperial Legion, they continued to experienced resistance from some natives for several years.[4]

During the Second Empire rule of Valenwood, each of the treethanes of Falinesti, Silvenar, Haven, Cormount, Elden Root, and Woodhearth were given a minor kingdom, rising from local to regional powers. This way, Valenwood was divided into six independent kingdoms ruled by local Bosmer nobility, but under the Second Empire banner and protection. During this time, in which Haven treethanes ruled the Long Coast, the once tiny town grew from a trading post into a major city and port.[3] However, its role as a trading town was eclipsed with the foundation of the Colovian colony of Southpoint.[5] It was also during this time that Haven Imperial-style sewers, walls, houses and harbor were constructed over the older Bosmer ones.[6]

During the Akaviri Potentate, in the early Second Era, the Maormer from Pyandonea launched an incursion in southern Valenwood, landing and sacking Haven and Woodhearth and marching inland towards Elden Root, where they plundered the settlement and the very Elden Tree before returning to the sea.[2]

In 2E 580, Haven was incorporated to the First Aldmeri Dominion along with the rest of Camoran-controlled Valenwood after Blacksap Rebellion was put down by Ayrenn and Aeradan Camoran joined forces.[7][8] Shortly after, the old Imperial-style buildings of the city were replaced by new Altmer-style ones by the numerous Altmer colonists who arrived at the city, one of the most important harbors in the mainland for the Dominion.[6] General Endare, the leader of the Jade Dragoons was given the commanding officer of the city, becoming the de facto ruler as there was no treethane at the time. In 2E 582, Haven was captured by a group called the Jackdaw Pirates after General Endare left the settlement for unknown reasons. Their leader, Gjarma Raven-Hair, planned to raise the bodies of those who died during their attack and then crumble Haven upon itself. Her plans were halted when the Vestige, as well as an Aldmeri Dominion contingent led by Lord Gharesh-ri, the Speaker of the Mane Akkhuz-ri, landed on the beach nearby and reclaimed the city by force. Haven remained in Aldmeri hands until the eventual dissolution of the Dominion.[9]

Again in 2E 830, the city was annexed by the Second Aldmeri Dominion after the intervention of Summerset in another Camoran civil war.[10] However, the catastrophic use of the Numidium by Tiber Septim resulted in the conquest of both the entirely of Valenwood and the Summerset Isles in 2E 896, ending the Second Aldmeri Dominion control of the settlement, which was incorporated to the Third Empire.[11]

Since the beginning of the Third Era, Haven became part of the Province of Valenwood. The city remained in Imperial hands except for the Camoran Usurper Rebellion between 3E 249 and 3E 267.[12][13] During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, the city-state of Haven was an active settlement. It was ruled by King Silrim, and it had a rivalry with Southpoint.[14] Haven was neighbored by several settlements, including Cormeir Spring and Heimdar City to the northwest and Elsweyr to the east, towards Torval.[15][16] The Oblivion Crisis that ended the Third Era and weakened the Empire provided the opportunity for the Thalmor to seized the Summerset Isles. In 4E 29, a Thalmor-backed coup overthrew Valenwood's government, routing Imperial forces and their Bosmer supporters. Alinor and Valenwood then proclaimed a union, and a new Aldmeri Dominion was formed. The city fell into Aldmeri hands for the third time in history.[17]


Rare fossilized shells, well-priced in Tamriel markets, were commonly found on Haven's beaches.[18] Chitin and bone carving, as well silversmith Bosmer-style works made by Haven artisans were well-known by the mid-Second Era. Local mudcrabs and thunderbugs were hunted down for its chitin.[19][20][21][22]


  • 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, Haven's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Red Spears".[UOL 1]


  1. ^ Map of Valenwood
  2. ^ a b Ayleid Cities of Valenwood — the Esteemed Historian Homfrey at the University of Gwylim, 2E 455
  3. ^ a b Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: ValenwoodImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  4. ^ The Fall and Rise of Reman's BluffPraetor Aemilianus Lector
  5. ^ The Founding of Southpointthe Provincial Office of Governor Zantonius
  6. ^ a b The description of The Aquifer in ESO
  7. ^ Welcome to New Aldmeri IrregularsAicantar of Shimmerene, Sapiarch of Indoctrination
  8. ^ The Rise of Cormount
  9. ^ Events of ESO
  10. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri DominionImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  11. ^ Brief History of the Empire v 1Stronach k'Thojj III
  12. ^ The RefugeesGeros Albreigh
  13. ^ The Fall of the UsurperPalaux Illthre
  14. ^ Haven location and rumors in Arena
  15. ^ Map of Valenwood — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  16. ^ Map of Elsweyr — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  17. ^ The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
  18. ^ The description of Rare Fossil in ESO
  19. ^ The description of Cloisonne Thunderbug-Head Spittoon in ESO
  20. ^ The description of Mudcrab-Chitin Rotmeth Pitcher in ESO
  21. ^ The description of Dancing Spriggan Thumb Puppet in ESO
  22. ^ The description of Silver "Perchance Acorn" Puzzle Game in ESO

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