Lore:Isle of Balfiera

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Isle of Balfiera
Type Island
Continent Tamriel
Province High Rock
Region Iliac Bay
Appears in Daggerfall, ESO
The isles of Balfiera
The Isle of Balfiera and the Direnni Tower seen from mainland High Rock circa 2E 582

The Isle of Balfiera (also called Balfiera Island)[1] is an island region within the northern portion of Iliac Bay. In the late Third Era, the largest settlement was the town of Upvale, the dominant vampire bloodline was Lyrezi, and the regional deity was Akatosh.[2]

Balfiera was known as a neutral meeting place for the kingdoms of High Rock, who used it to facilitate negotiations and treaties.[3] However, the isle is most renowned as the site of the Direnni Tower, formerly the Adamantine Tower, the oldest known structure in Tamriel.[1] Legends say it was constructed on the "little island" by the gods themselves so they could hold their own negotiations.[4] The title for the ruler of the isle is the Castellan of Balfiera, derived from the title originally used for the commander of the tower.[3] The isle was an independent, unconquered territory before the events of the Warp in the West, after which it fell under the dominion of one of the four surviving kingdoms of the Iliac Bay region.[5]


Archaeological study of the Adamantine Tower on the Isle of Balfiera has dated its construction to around ME 2500, the earliest known date in Aldmeri and Nordic history, making it the oldest known structure in Tamriel.

An unknown people later constructed catacombs around the Tower,[6] before the arrival of the Direnni on the Isle. Ryain Direnni bought it in 1E 461 and made it his seat of power.[7]

After the downfall of the Direnni Hegmony around 1E 500, the Direnni retreated to the isle.[3] In 1E 907, Peregrine Direnni repelled an attempted invasion and drove an entire Ra Gada flotilla back to Sentinel by using her sorcery to manipulate the waves of the Iliac Bay.[8][9] At some point between 1E 1100[10] and the end of the First Era, the island formed the League of Unrest when it allied with Daggerfall and Wayrest against the Cyrodiils.[11]

Queen Ayrenn studied at the Isle of Balfiera after having run away from home in 2E 573.[12][13]

Thalmor agents were harassing and possibly murdering refugees in Balfiera and Sentinel around 4E 48; the victims were all of mixed blood or had associations considered by the Aldmeri Dominion to be "unclean".[14]

Historic Figures[edit]

The island came into the hands of the Direnni Clan in the early First Era when Ryain Direnni bought the Isle of Balfiera.[7] The mother of Pelagius the Mad, Utheilla, was of the Direnni blood and brought Pelagius and his siblings here as she fled from the assault brought upon Wayrest by Uriel III and Queen Potema of Solitude.[15] Shortly before the Warp in the West, the island was ruled by Medora Direnni.[2]


See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Daggerfall and ESO articles on the Isle of Balfiera.


  1. ^ a b Before the Ages of ManAicantar of Shimerene
  2. ^ a b Events of Daggerfall
  3. ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: High RockImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  4. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our HistoryImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  5. ^ The Warp in the WestUlvius Tero
  6. ^ Tower of AdamantHrerm House-builder, Bards College, Solitude
  7. ^ a b Rislav The RighteousSinjin
  8. ^ The Bretons: Mongrels or Paragons?Phrastus of Elinhir
  9. ^ OnceBeredalmo the Signifier
  10. ^ Wayrest, Jewel of the BaySathyr Longleat
  11. ^ Maiko's dialogue in TESA: Redguard
  12. ^ The Rise of Queen AyrennNuulehtel of Skywatch
  13. ^ Ayrenn: The Unforeseen QueenHeadmaster Tanion of the College of Aldmeri Propriety
  14. ^ Lord of Souls — Gregory Keyes
  15. ^ The Madness of PelagiusTsathenes