Wasten Coridale (also called Wasten Coraldale) is an island in the Sea of Pearls, off the coast of the Summerset Isles. It contains a complex system of underground caves and fertile grottos that resembles a wild honeycomb. Sea creatures from the Reef Viper to the Salamander live and thrive in these caves, and because of this, there are many fishermen from nearby Summerset Isle that come for an abundance of harvest.
The city is split into seven districts. The Residential District lies in the northern part of the city. The Merchant District and Market Square lie west of the river and south of the Residential District. The Temple and Palace Districts are off to the west, while the Banking District can be found in the east. To the south, on the banks of Iliac Bay, sit Wayrest Docks.
The Weir Gate was a semi-permanent portal between Tamriel and the Slipstream Realm in which the Battlespire Academy was later established. It was known to have existed since at least 2E 582. It was connected to the Pillar of Light on Tamriel; once the Pillar was entered, the user would arrive at the Weir Gate in the Battlespire.
Welke is an Ayleid ruin located along the southern banks of the Panther River, in the northern part of Blackwood of Cyrodiil. Its subsections of Ceyede and Edesel translate to "Shadow-End" and "End-Halls" respectively in Ayleidoon.
During the Alessian Slave Rebellion, Welke became home to one of the Ten Ancestors, Ayleid statues originally held in the White-Gold Tower which were dispersed to cities across Cyrodiil for safekeeping. Welke subsequently fell into ruin after the Ayleids' downfall.
In 3E 433, the Hero of Kvatch entered the ruins and retrieved the ancient Ayleid statue, which was found in the deepest and smallest chamber of Welke Edesel along with a Varla stone. The entire compound was overrun by undead at the time. The statue was later sold to Umbacano.
Wellspring Cave is a natural cave found on the shores of Lake Rumare, in the Heartlands of Cyrodiil. The cave is connected to an island containing the Wellspring Grove, in the eastern waters of Lake Rumare.
Like various other natural caves in Tamriel, Wellspring Cave is theorized to have served as a capillary for the living body of Nirn, and once pulsed with the divine essence of the Aedra who created it.
Wellspring Cave is used by the Mages Guild at the Arcane University. When an associate is promoted to Apprentice, they are tasked with acquiring a staff from the Wellspring Grove. The wood found at the grove is used to craft Mage's Staves, and so several guild mages tend to the cave and grove.
Circa 3E 433, the Order of the Black Worm had begun to make their appearance in Cyrodiil, targeting the Mages Guild in various ways. A group of cult members attacked Wellspring Cave, killing the mages that resided there. An Apprentice of the Mages Guild arrived at Wellspring Cave in time to witness the aftermath and deal with the last of the necromancers in order to retrieve wood for a staff. Afterward, the Council of Mages began to investigate the situation.
During the Alessian Slave Rebellion, Wendir became home to one of the Ten Ancestors, Ayleid statues originally held in the White-Gold Tower which were dispersed to cities across Cyrodiil for safekeeping. Wendir subsequently fell into ruin after the Ayleids' downfall.
In 3E 433, the Hero of Kvatch entered the ruins and retrieved the ancient Ayleid statue, which was found in the deepest chamber of Wendir Nagasel, at a time when the entire compound was overrun by undead. The statue was later sold to Umbacano.
The West Gash is one of Vvardenfell's largest contiguous areas, stretching from the city of Balmora and the Odai River, to the northwest coastline around historically Redoran-owned settlements (i.e., Gnisis, Ald Velothi and Khuul) The region is mostly rocky shrubland throughout the interior, marked by natural rocky bridges and arches, as well as the sparse highland along the north coast. The land between the Salothran Ancestral Tomb to the north, to Caldera and later Balmora to the south is a long stretch of land that separates the Bitter Coast from the Ashlands like a gash in the earth.
The West Weald is an open countryside of southern Cyrodiil, well known for its vineyards and tomato farms. The city of Skingrad is located here. Within its province, the West Weald shares it western and northern borders with the Colovian Highlands and its western border with the Gold Coast. A portion of the Great Forest region called the "North Weald" reaches the northern border of the West Weald. To the south of the Strid River it borders the Northern Woods region, sometimes called the "South Weald", within the provinces of Elsweyr and Valenwood.
The Western Reach is the western part of the historic territory of the Reachmen, which was split into two parts - the Western Reach and the Skyrim's hold of the Reach by Emperor Reman Cyrodiil in the late First Era along the line of the Druadach Mountains. It is primarily considered to be the easternmost region of High Rock, but the region can also include the areas of northern Hammerfell which also border Skyrim. It is divided from the rest of High Rock by the Wrothgarian Mountains.
Westmark Moor is the least poulated part of Rivenspire, as the cities are located in the neighboring areas of the Eyebright Feld in the west and Boralis in the north. The region contains primarily farmland, as well as an area where the desolate moors of the west meet the rolling hills of the north. The largest settlement is the town of Hoarfrost Downs, situated on the road between Shornhelm and Northpoint. It is a trading town that more or less, governs the land. There are several sights in the region, more so south towards the legendary mausoleum, the Crypt of Hearts, nestled on the southern edge of Westmark Moor, within the Wrothgarian Mountains. The burial grounds known as the Sanguine Barrows is located in the heart of the moors and it is where the nobility of Rivenspire are buried once they have died.
Weye is a settlement located in the Heartlands of Cyrodiil, on the Western Shore of Lake Rumare. It can be found at the end of the main bridge connecting City Isle (and therefore the Imperial City) to the mainland.
Whalefall is a small, uninhabited island on the central strait of the Systres Archipelago, an island region in the westernmost part of the Abecean Sea. It acquired its name for all of the whale bones that litter it but for a long period of time, it was primarily used by the jailors of nearby Amenos Station, either as a training ground for their personnel or as a hunting ground to kill prisoners for sport.
Whisper Grove (later known as the City of Ash) was a Bosmeri city in northern Greenshade. A graht-oak settlement located deep in the region's pristine jungles, many Bosmer who were unhappy with Valenwood joining the first Aldmeri Dominion retreated to Whisper Grove as a refuge. The leader of the community, Erthas, voiced the dangers they saw in allying with the Altmeri and the Khajiit. They built the city at his behest and attracted some of the brightest Bosmer to live their in harmony for many years. However, he was secretly leading a cult of Dagonites as their Razor Master, and attacked Whisper Grove, opening a portal to the Deadlands and burning the settlement to the ground. With the help of the Undaunted, the Bosmer defenders were able to push the Daedra back. After the death of Erthas, Mehrunes Dagon himself agreed to seal the portal in return for the settlement's leader, Gilraen.
The cindering ruins of Whisper Grove became known as the City of Ash, and it was soon abandoned by the few Bosmer that remained. Nature quickly reclaimed the area, and dangerous wildlife moved into the ruins. Gilraen's husband, Fingaenion, hired the Undaunted to mount an invasion of the Deadlands in order to rescue his wife. The Oblivion Gate was reopened, but the invasion attempt failed and the mercenaries were captured by the Daedra. Faced with an unsealed portal to a region of the Deadlands known as the Knives of Discord, Fingaenion sought the help of another group of Undaunted and re-entered Oblivion. After rescuing the scattered mortals, this group defeated Valkyn Skoria and took the Gate's Sigil Stone, permanently severing the link.
The White-Gold Tower (sometimes White Gold Tower), also called the Imperial Palace, White-Stone Tower or simply White-Gold, is the enormous central spire of the Imperial City, located in the heart of the Palace District. Some speculate that the White-Gold Tower wields the power necessary to keep Mundus from dissolving back into Oblivion.
The White River is the longest river in Skyrim, stretching from the south of the province to the northeast corner. Its source is Lake Ilinalta, north of Falkreath. It flows northeast to join the Sea of Ghosts past Windhelm, the mouth of the river is called Slaughterfish Bay and is part of Winterhold's borders. Along the way, it passes through Riverwood and near Whiterun. Darkwater River and River Yorgrim are the two main tributaries of the White River.
White Rose River
The White Rose River is an odd, roughly H-shaped river in central Cyrodiil. There are two separate sources, both rising in the West Weald, just south of the Great Forest. Both flow due north and are joined halfway along their lengths by a large stream before separating again and passing under the Red Ring Road, emptying into Lake Rumare. This odd formation means a large island is formed between the river's lower reaches and its "cross-piece".
In 2E 582, the river was completely dry, although water had returned by 3E 433. Fort Roebeck can be found near the western source of the river, while Pell's Gate and Fort Homestead lie near the eastern bank. The Ayleid ruins of Vindasel are located near the western mouth.
Whiterun is one of the nine major cities in the province of Skyrim, serving as the capital of Whiterun Hold and its vast open tundra. It is found in the heart of Skyrim, and because of this, it is the center of trade across the province. It has been described as the "Imperial City of Skyrim", and its large palace has been compared to Cyrodilic castles. It has a rich and important history that dates back to the Five Hundred Companions and is the site the mythical forge known as the Skyforge. In the Dragon Language, the city is known as Ahrolsedovah, which means Hill-of-Dragon. The Jarl traditionally rules from a crystalline throne in the castle of Dragonsreach, which overlooks the entire city.
Whiterun Hold is a hold in Skyrim, located roughly in the middle of the province. Roads are numerous and well maintained, and visibility across the tundra plains is excellent. The hold is relatively flat, surrounded the by mountains of the Reach to the west of the Tundra Plateau, the Skyborn Range of Hjaalmarch and the Yorgrim Forest of the Pale to the north, and the Brittleshin Hills of Falkreath to the south. However, Whiterun's southeastern comer is dominated by the gigantic and soaring Throat of the World—the highest mountain in all of Tamriel. The peak of Lone Mountain is found in the center of the hold.
Whiterun is certainly one of the most well-tracked holds, with main roads and excellent access west to the Reach, with a border road north through the town of Rorikstead and up toward Dragon Bridge. The plains have a number of odd barrows and giant camps to investigate, and the center is dominated by Fort Greymoor and the surrounding Greymoor Foothills. The road here allows travel to the north, up through the Skyborn mountains to reach the dreaded Labyrinthian in Hjaalmarch. Further east is Whiterun and the roaring White River and town of Riverwood on the southern border with Falkreath. Another road stretches north from here, into the wilds of the Pale. There's yet another road that skirts the northern foothills of the Throat of the World, following White River Valley into Eastmarch. Although the first of the 7,000 steps that pilgrims climb to reach the summit of Throat of the World begins in Ivarstead (in the Rift), the actual mountain lies within Whiterun's domain.
It borders six of the other eight holds in Skyrim, the exceptions being Winterhold and Haafingar. Giants are often seen traversing the landscape while herding mammoths to grazing areas or back to their camps. Surrounding the eponymous capital, Whiterun, are fertile plains dotted with farms that supply the food for much of Skyrim. The other notable settlements in the hold are Rorikstead and Riverwood.
The Wilderking Court (also called the Court of the Wilderking, or simply, The Court) is a smaller area in the region of Greenshade, which consists of southeastern Valenwood. The cities of Greenheart and Marbruk are anchored on each side of the region, with the latter found on the crossroad towards Grahtwood. The name earns its name through the presence of the Wilderking, a god worshipped by the tribal Wood Elves that live in the region, such as the ones that live in Bramblebreach and the Shrouded Vale. The Wilderking is worshipped across the land, and his will is enforced through the Hollow, stone constructs that live in the land, in ruins such as Shadows Crawl and the Labyrinth.
Wind Keep is a notable township situated in the eastern hills of Stormhaven, in the province of High Rock. Wind Keep is the largest settlement in the rolling hills of Gavaudon. It is home to High Rock's most skilled light armor tailors, including the illustrious House Manteau, who are considered the most revered in the art of tailoring. The town of Wind Keep is also the seat of power in the County of Wind Keep.
It is not only the oldest extant city in Skyrim (the oldest city being Saarthal), but it does hold the tile of being the oldest continuously inhabited human settlement in Tamriel. Windhelm was once the capital of the First Empire of the Nords and the old palace of the Ysgramor dynasty, the Palace of the Kings, still stands in the center of the city.
Morvunskar is located on the strategic high ground southwest of Windhelm, overlooking the main roads leading to the city. Like most Nord cities, Windhelm has a Hall of the Dead where bodies are interred, overseen by a Priest of Arkay who ensures that corpses are properly consecrated and cared for. The city's arena is known as the Hall of Trials.
Winterhold (also spelled out as Winter Hold) is one of the nine major cities in the province of Skyrim, and it serves as the capital city of the eponymous hold, Winterhold. For the longest time, Winterhold served as the capital of Skyrim, one with a rich and illustrious history, and even in its prime, it rivaled Solitude to the west. Most of the city was lost when an event known as the Great Collapse had cast most of it into the Sea of Ghosts in 4E 122. The most well-known landmark in the city is the College of Winterhold, Skyrim's premier institute in the arcane arts.
Winterhold is a historical region located on the northeast coast of Skyrim, known for its inhospitable terrain and snow-blown landscape. Centered around the city of the same name, it is one of the Old Holds of Skyrim, which are generally isolated by geography and choice. The Nords of Winterhold are simple fisherfolk and mostly work on the Sea of Ghosts since there is little pasture for grazing and the cold winds prove brutal for livestock. One of the region's most noteworthy landmarks is the College of Winterhold, the province's premier school of magic and center of both academia and arcana.
Wolfskull Cave is a natural cavern found in the alps of Mount Kilkreath in the Haafingar Hold, amidst the province of Skyrim. It acquired its name from the Wolf-Queen of Solitude, Potema Septim, who used the underground fortress in the cavern for necromantic rituals. Her reign of terror ended in 3E 137 when her kingdom was sacked by the Third Empire in the aftermath of the War of the Red Diamond. Ever since then, the locals have been convinced that it is haunted by a malevolent spirit.
Situated just south of Sadrith Mora, Wolverine Hall was an attempt on the part of the Imperials to project power in a region of Vvardenfell where they were relatively powerless. The Telvanni tolerated the presence of the fort mostly because nobody cared enough to knock it down. Wolverine Hall housed the services not permitted in the town itself, such as the Mages Guild, Fighters Guild and Imperial Cult shrine. These were concealed within the fort itself. Between the Hall and the town itself was Dirty Muriel's Cornerclub, a Nord-style building that was home to the local Thieves Guild.
Woodborne Hall was the ample castle of the minor noble and traitor Lord Woodborne of Wayrest. The Hall itself was built by Lord Woodborne to withstand invasions and so was designed with a multitude of levers that only allowed access when pulled in the correct order.
The Wretched Spire is a ruined settlement, hidden in the southern hills of the Sever, a region in the Deadlands. The settlement is a haven for denizens of the Deadlands, both mortal and daedra alike. It is because the Wretched Spire is the one place in Mehrunes Dagon's domain that cannot be influenced by them. And so because of this, daedra that are not bound to a summoner or faction, and even escaped mortal slaves can inhabit the town without interference. The southern section of the Wretched Spire is called the Fleapits District and it is where the uncivilized and dangerous residents live.
The Wrothgarian Mountains, also known as Wrothgar, or the Wrothgar Mountains, are a large region in High Rock, located at the northeast corner of the Iliac Bay. The region is inhabited mostly by Orcs, Bretons, Nords, Reachfolk, and the region was once inhabited by the Dwemer. Riekr, the ice goblins, make their home in the Wrothgar Mountains as well. A portal to Maelstrom can be found within the foothills of the Wrothgarian Mountains. The main vampire bloodline found here is the Lyrezi.
It is bordered to the west by Phrygias, Dwynnen, Kambria, Koegria, and Alcaire. The mountains are also bordered by Menevia, Orsinium Area, Wayrest, and Gavaudon to the south. The regional seat is the Orcish Kingdom of Orsinium in the Second Era, and in the Third Era, the Breton city of Wrothgaria became the regional seat of the Wrothgarian Mountains. After the Warp in the West, Wrothgaria became part of the kingdom of Orsinium.