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Type Ayleid Ruin
Continent Tamriel
Province Cyrodiil
Region West Weald
Appears in Oblivion, Oblivion Mobile, ESO
Miscarcand circa 3E 433

Miscarcand is an Ayleid ruin found amidst the West Weald, in the province of Cyrodiil. The largely-intact exterior of the ruin is one the biggest in Cyrodiil. It has two deeper subsections named Sel Vanua and Morimath which translate to "Hall of (?)" and "Darkened Home" respectively.

Miscarcand was once the seat of power for a powerful Ayleid kingdom, but it has since fallen into disrepair following the Alessian Slave Rebellion. It is said to be haunted by their last king, Morimath,[1] a vengeful spirit who also guarded one of the few remaining Great Welkynd Stones that continued to shine in its halls for many years. Many would die in vain attempting to claim the Great Stone of Miscarcand.[2]


At its height, Miscarcand was one of the most powerful city-states in the western Ayleid Empire. Miscarcand recognised Alessia as Empress following the Alessian Slave Rebellion, and it was powerful enough to defend itself from the Alessian Order following her death. However, the Ayleids of Miscarcand began to depart Cyrodiil in small bands, fleeing across the Strid River to nearby Valenwood. In time, King Morimath was the last Ayleid left at Miscarcand.[3]

Miscarcand's location was rediscovered circa 2E 582. Nantharion of Silvenar had led a group of Bosmer to the newly-grown Dawnwood, where he founded the city of Vashabar and proclaimed himself king. However, King Nantharion was secretly the leader of the Recollection, a cult dedicated to the Daedric Prince Ithelia. In truth, the Recollection were responsible for the growth of the Dawnwood, and Nantharion had founded Vashabar atop the forgotten ruins of Miscarcand. When he was exposed, Nantharion brought Ithelia to Vashabar, allowing her to open an entrance to Miscarcand and reclaim her divine power.[4]

During the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, the ruins of Miscarcand were occupied by the Bitterfish Tribe of Goblins.[5] There was a great attack planned for the city of Bruma, by the Daedric Hordes of Mehrunes Dagon, and in order to dispel the Great Gate of Oblivion, Martin Septim had required various artifacts. One such artifact was the Great Welkynd Stone, which was essentially one of a kind at this time. Martin had sent the Hero of Kvatch to Miscarcand to acquire the stone, as the ruins were their only choice. Successfully, the Hero of Kvatch was able to obtain the Great Welkynd Stone, and avert destruction towards Bruma.[6]




  1. ^ Beragon's dialogue in ESO
  2. ^ Martin Septim's dialogue in Oblivion
  3. ^ Beragon's dialogue in ESO
  4. ^ King Nantharion's Gambit quest in ESO
  5. ^ Miscarcand location in Oblivion
  6. ^ Miscarcand quest in Oblivion