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Tear, also called Dres for being the home of the eponymous House, is a major port city on the southeastern coast of Morrowind. It was once the capital of the Dres District, controlled by House Dres, and was infamous for its slave-pens. Tear is surrounded by large saltrice plantations, bordering the swamps and marshes of Black Marsh, thus making its climate hot.
Cyrus the Redguard freed many Khajiiti slaves from a large slaver camp near the city circa 2E 850. During 4E 5 it is said that half the city was swallowed by the swamp, the ground shook and the water level rose while the walls cracked and collapsed. Tear was probably overrun by the Argonians in the opening years of the Fourth Era, during the Argonian invasion of Morrowind, following the Red Year.
Tear is also featured in several works of popular fiction and poetry. The story of Last Scabbard of Akrash is set in Tear, and the supposed second appearance of the Ruddy Man was near Tear, where he destroyed three villages before being put down by Lord Vivec himself.
- 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, Tear was known as the "Jewel of the East", and its gladiatorial team would have been called "the Immortals".[UOL 1]
- Drulene Falen's dialogue in Morrowind
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Morrowind — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Temple: Morrowind — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- The Origin of Cyrus! — Michael Kirkbride
- The Red Year, Vol. I — Melis Ravel
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 28 — Vivec
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.