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It is a fetid mire, often fought over by the Imperial Legion and Dunmer slavers. The cities of Stormhold and Alten Corimont are located here. It is also home to the Shadowscales, those Argonians born under the sign of the Shadow, and thus destined for a life in the Dark Brotherhood. The Argonians of Shadowfen are traditionally born beneath the great Hist tree at the Hatching Pools, tended to by the Keepers of the Shell.
Shadowfen was the source of the devastating (to non-Argonians) Knahaten Flu. Local creatures include giant snakes, fleshflies and wamasu, and diseases such as blood rot, the droops, and swamp fever are quite common. Hist trees and ruined temples can also be found along the winding channels and dank foliage.