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Northpoint (also spelled North Point) is one of the eight-major kingdoms in the province of High Rock, being found on the northern tip of the region of Rivenspire. Northpoint is an important harbor-town on the Sea of Ghosts that bridges the gap between the city-states of Daggerfall and Solitude. The city-state is known as the ancestral home of House Dorell, one of the political families of Rivenspire. The Dorell are known for their maritime and mercantile expertise.
Layout & Geography
Northpoint is found in the smaller region of Boralis, which serves as the northern coast of Rivenspire. Northpoint is built atop of the hill, Dore Elard, which overlooks the Sea of Ghost. Despite being a notable port, Northpoint city does not have a harbor, instead, the city harbor is found down the road in Northsalt Village. Dore Elard is in fact, the namesake of House Dorell. What makes Northpoint unique is that shore. The shore has deep waters that can accommodate large ships. As mentioned before, Northpoint bridges the gap between westernmost High Rock, to the province of Skyrim, which can be attributed to the Kingdom's growing power. There is a myth in Northpoint that a creature known as the Ithguleoir haunts the seas around the city. Underneath Dore Elard is a large cove, commonly used by pirates. The southern outskirts of Northpoint contain farmlands owned by House Dorell. Ayleid ruins and shipwrecks dot the coast. The mysterious caves of Breagha-Fin can be found at the base of the mountains, looking onward towards the city. Northpoint is neighbored by several settlements, including Normar Heights to the southwest.
Northpoint is walled-off, and the only viable entrance lies through the southwestern gates because the city was built atop a large hill. However, the lighthouse can be accessed through a smuggling tunnel. Dorell Manor is located at the square in the center of town. The local graveyard lies just south of Dorell Manor.
The city-state of Northpoint was founded sometime around the 9th century of the First Era, by the Breton trader, Yric Flowdys. Because of the deep waters, Yric established a harbor at the northern point, and thus the harborage was called Northpoint. Following the construction of the port, Flowdys built his keep and warehouse atop of Dore Elard. And as time went on, the town became a bustling stop and he took the name of the mountain as his family name, the Dorell. House Dorell invested in maritime exploits and leasing of land to farmers south of Northpoint. Throughout the First Era, the royal family and merchant lords of Northpoint brought about prosperity across High Rock. In 1E 1029, House Dorell, and by extension, Northpoint, were granted a Barony by Empress Hestra of the First Empire. Northpoint has shaped the trading industry in the northwest coast route ever since.
During the Interregnum in 2E 582, the city of Northpoint was ruled by Lord Ellic Dorell, son of Baron Alard Dorell, the patriarch of House Dorell. While the Baron lived in Shornhelm, working alongside the Council of the North, his son governed the city of Northpoint. At this time, House Montclair invaded all of Rivenspire, seeking to claim the throne for their own. Baron Wylon Montclair had sent his daughter, Lleraya Montclair to possess Ellic Dorell and take control of Northpoint. After doing so with success, the town was overrun by Bloodfiends, forcing the Lion Guard to step in and liberate Northpoint. An Agent of the Daggerfall Covenant was sent to infiltrate Northpoint via the secret tunnel under the lighthouse, and establish a base in Northpoint. And with help from the city guard, the Agent was able to infiltrate Dorell Manor and confront Lleraya Montclair. Following Lleraya's death, the spell was broken and Ellic Dorell was arrested, for treason and death of his fellow kinsmen. Northpoint was restored sometime later.
In the waning years of the Third Era, the Kingdom of Northpoint had engaged in minor conflict with its neighbors, Camlorn and Evermore. Following times of intense violence, the Kingdoms came together to look for a diplomatic solution. But even then, conflicts arise throughout their borders, albeit local skirmishes than full-out warfare. During the Warp in the West in 3E 417, both Northpoint and Evermore absorbed smaller nations into their kingdom border, far enough to avoid the nearby War of the Bend'r-mahk in the east, and to avoid the powerful nations of Daggerfall and Wayrest in the south. As of 3E 432, both Northpoint and Evermore remained quiet, leaving many wondering what their next move would be.
Northpoint Lieutenant in Legends
- 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, North Point's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Slayers".[UOL 1]
- North Point location and rumors in Arena
- Map of High Rock — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- Etiquette With Rulers — Erystera Ligen
- Northpoint: An Assessment — Chancellor Regina Troivois
- The description of Fine Ceramic Leviathan Pitcher in ESO
- Northpoint's appearance and geography in ESO
- Northpoint in Peril quest in ESO
- The Liberation of Northpoint quest in ESO
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Sons and Daughter of the Direnni West: High Rock — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
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.