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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Summerset Isles
Region Auridon
Subregions Calambar
Appears in ESO
Mathiisen circa 2E 582

Mathiisen is a town in central Auridon, just over the western cliffs of southern Calambar. It is located southwest of Skywatch and north of Phaer. Buraniim Isle is just off the coast.

Layout & Geography[edit]

The natural beauty of the cliffs and isles around Mathiisen is well known. The area around the settlement is dotted by magnificent ruins of Aldmeri fortresses and ancient seaports,[1] and vast deciduous forests of laurel, maple, and larch trees lie to the west of the town.[2] The unwalled port is carved on the western cliffs of Auridon, open to a bay and protected from the sea between Buraniim Isle and Skywatch.[3] Mathiisen has many underground tunnels which lead to the sea.[4]

Elegant walled estates on the outskirts of the town and by the sea were thought to be the apogee of Aldmeri architecture.[5]


The coastal settlement was most likely founded some time during the First Era as a steel-forging town.[4][6]

Prior to the Second Era, Kinlady Entila of Clan Auralus had a vivid dream that beneath the coastal cliffs between Skywatch and Mathiisen was a fabulous fist-sized gem, the Egg of the World. Based on the directions in her vision, she hired a score of miners to dig until they found it, but the funds of Clan Auralus ran out and the excavation was thereafter named Entila's Folly.[7]

During the First Aldmeri Dominion, a large and economically important population of Bosmer and Khajiit lived in Mathiisen. They were labor migrants from the mainland who worked the steel forges for lower wages than the local Altmer workers.[6]

Calambar Dolmen

During the Planemeld, a Dark Anchor was summoned just outside the town by the Worm Cult. However, this Calambar Dolmen was destroyed by the Auridon Chapter of the Fighters Guild.

The Forgemaster and Canonreeve in 2E 582 were supporters of the Veiled Heritance, while they were supervised by Sergeant-at-Arms Ondenil, a high-ranking member of the organization. They used the ancient tunnels beneath Mathiisen to smuggle weapons crafted in the town's forges to the soldiers of the supremacist movement lead by High Kinlady Estre, the Veiled Queen.[8] Reports of spies linked to the intelligence of Queen Ayrenn led the Eyes of the Queen to the town, where they discovered the plot.[9] When confronted by the Eyes of the Queen, Canonreeve Malanie and Forgemaster Condalin did not surrender to the Crown and were killed.[10]

Even after the Veiled Heritance conspiracy in the town was suppressed and the former Canonreeve and Forgemaster were executed and replaced, the steel industry's productivity was unaffected.[6][10] However, High Kinlord Rilis XIII was not happy about the town's implication in the conspiracy against the crown. He decided to try to supply their First Auridon Marines with some product from Greenwater Cove, but the town was razed by the Sea Vipers of the Maormer that same year.[11][12]


A Canonreeve is tasked with ruling the settlement.[13] Furthermore, a Forgemaster is intended to keep the town's steel industry running. In Mathiisen, Forgemaster is a position almost as powerful and respected by the townsfolk as Canonreeve.[6]


The underground tunnels beneath Mathiisen have been used by smugglers, criminal organizations, and insurgent movements for a variety of purposes.[4][10]

During the Second Era, Mathiisen was a popular hideout for Auridon's nobles and wealthy, who built elegant estates just outside of the town.[5]

The settlement has been always known as the origin of the best steel in all the Summerset Isles. Weapons, tools and jewelry were crafted in the forges of Mathiisen.[14][15][8] By the time of the First Aldmeri Dominion, the town was the supplier of weapons to both the royal armies of Summerset and Valenwood.[6]

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