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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Black Marsh
Region Murkmire
Appears in Arena, ESO
Lilmoth ca 2E 583

Lilmoth, known by some as the "Festering Jewel of Black Marsh", is a major port city on Oliis Bay.[1] It is located in the Murkmire region, and is the southeasternmost city in Tamriel.[2]

Black Marsh
The sunken Ixtaxh-thtithil-meht, or simply Ixtaxh xanmeer, ca 2E 583


As the town's name hints, it was founded by the now-extinct Lilmothiit.[3] Prior to the Imperial colonization of the original Argonian city of Lilmoth, it was ruled by Argonian priest-king/queens.

Around 2E 583 Lilmoth was a bustling merchant city without true leadership.[4] A council of influential merchants tended to the town's affairs and saw to the security of Lilmoth.[3] Travelers from around Tamriel could visit the town as it had trade routes to several of the biggest cities. Lilmoth's architecture at that time was a mix of Imperial and Argonian styles. The Old Imperial Lilmoth part of the town was however largely abandoned and the houses in ruins. The eastern side of Lilmoth housed the local branch of Dragonstar Caravan Company. Called the Dragonstar Stockade, this area was off-limits to outsiders.

Although Lilmoth - and the rest of Murkmire for that matter - was not participating in the Three Banners War, the recruiters from Lore:Ebonheart Pact were present in the town: an effort which they however recognized as a fool's errand.[5]

The earliest record of an Imperial sovereign in the city dating to 3E 109 when Magnus Septim wedded the Queen of Lilmoth, Hellena (with the preceding Argonian priest-king having been executed).[6] However, Lilmoth had previously been sympathetic to Cyrodilic interests even before its colonization during the Third Era, as far back as the Reman Empire and its war with Morrowind, with the Warlord of the city of the time, Ulaqth, leading troops into battle against the Duke of Mournhold.[7] The only other recorded Warlord of the city is a Warlady called Ioa.[8]

In the early years of the Fourth Era, Lilmoth fell victim to the floating city Umbriel. This event is known as 'The Slaughter at Lilmoth' and is one of the most gruesome massacres in Tamriellic history. This was also the place where both Annaïg Hoïnart and Mere-Glim, two friends who lived for a time on Umbriel, were born.[1]


The architecture of Lilmoth mostly consists of old, moldy and rotting Imperial villas and manses in disrepair, ill-suited for the environment and climate of Black Marsh.[1][9] Over time, the city has sunk into the mud, and it is not uncommon to see only the tops of once-great structures. The center of town is known as Pusbottom and was the first area to be built, with the rest of the city growing around it. By the start of the Fourth Era, the area had become a sink district, home only to the poor and lawless. The waterfront and dock area contains most of the markets.[1]


  • 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, Lilmoth's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Dark Tide".[UOL 1]

See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Arena and ESO articles.



  1. ^ a b c d The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  2. ^ Oblivion map of Black Marsh
  3. ^ a b A History of LilmothTyrrya Len, The Wayrest Wanderer
  4. ^ Hestra Verrucosus' dialogue in ESO
  5. ^ Sashee's dialogue in ESO
  6. ^ The Wolf Queen, v4Waughin Jarth
  7. ^ 2920, First SeedCarlovac Townway
  8. ^ The Wolf Queen, v1Waughin Jarth
  9. ^ The Alik'rEnric Milres

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