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This article is about the city. For the kingdom, see Wayrest (kingdom).

Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province High Rock
Region Stormhaven
Kingdom of Wayrest
Appears in Arena, Daggerfall, Redguard, ESO, Legends
Wayrest circa 2E 582
The location of Wayrest
One feels that one is in a modern city when one visits Wayrest, but there is a magic in the air that could only come from centuries of civilization. — Sathryr Longleat, Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay

Wayrest is a major city in the center of the Stormhaven region of High Rock, at the mouth of the Bjoulsae River. It serves as the capital of a kingdom that forms one of High Rock's provinces.

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.


First Era[edit]

Wayrest has always been seen as a rival to Daggerfall, which was already well established when it first was founded as a sleepy fishing village at the mouth of the Bjoulsae River. Wayrest prospered greatly after the Fall of Orsinium in 1E 980 when the commerce of all of Tamriel began to pass through its gates. Today the city can boast the largest and richest population in High Rock. During its early years, the kingdom was ruled by the Gardner Dynasty.[1]

Second Era[edit]

In 2E 541, the city was besieged by a horde of Reachmen, led by Durcorach the Black Drake, for fifty-seven days. After the Reachmen were defeated, Wayrest, along with Daggerfall, Shornhelm, Evermore and Camlorn, signed the first Daggerfall Covenant.[2] During the Ranser's War in 2E 566 - 2E 567, Wayrest was besieged again, this time by the forces of King Ranser of Shornhelm. His army stood firm, but after the other kingdoms of the Covenant and the Redguard sailors from Hammerfell came to Wayrest's aid, Ranser and his troops were forced to retreat back to Shornhelm.[3]

Third Era[edit]

Emperor Cassynder and his step brother Uriel Septim IV had been kings of Wayrest before they took the throne of Empire.[4]

During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, the city-state of Wayrest was an active settlement, being ruled by King Tristore. It had a rivalry with Shornhelm.[5] It was neighbored by several settlements, including Kings Guard to the far northwest, Vermeir Wastes to the northeast, and Hammerfell to the south, towards Thorstad Place.[6][7]

During the Warp in the West, it was ruled by King Eadwyre.[8] After Eadwyre died, his daughter Elysana and stepson Helseth briefly fought over the throne, but eventually Elysana won and banished Helseth and his mother, Barenziah. [9]

Fourth Era[edit]

In 4E 188 the city of Wayrest was sieged by corsairs. A spy who was infiltrating the Dark Brotherhood was given the task of assassinating King Barynia. Fearing for his life and knowing about the conspiracy against him, he made a deal with the pirates and would betray his own kingdom by leaving the city gates open for them, so they could come in and destroy the conspirators who plotted to assassinate him. The Forgotten Hero would aid the city defenders in driving off the corsairs from the city gates. It's unknown if the Forgotten Hero spared the life of King Barynia and allowed him to sail away with the pirates, or if the hero went through with the contract and ended the king's life.[10][11]

Known Rulers[edit]


  • 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, Wayrest's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Highlanders".[UOL 1]
  • ^  Etien Lenac is said to have taken the throne in 1E 1270, though that would've been in the Middle Dawn.
  • ^  Magnus Septim left the throne of Wayrest after Cephorus Septim died, three years after the Siege of Solitude, which was in 3E 137.
  • ^  Later sources say that Magnus Septim married the Queen of Lilmoth, not Wayrest.


See Also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Wayrest, Jewel of the BaySathyr Longleat
  2. ^ a b c Travails and Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
  3. ^ The Fury of King RanserWafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper)
  4. ^ a b c Brief History of the EmpireStronach k'Thojj III
  5. ^ Wayrest location and rumors in Arena
  6. ^ Map of High Rock — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  7. ^ Map of Hammerfell — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  8. ^ a b Events of Daggerfall
  9. ^ a b c A Game at Dinner — An Anonymous Spy
  10. ^ Events of City Gates (quest) in Legends
  11. ^ Events of Castle Wayrest, Throne Room in Legends
  12. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: High RockFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  13. ^ Blaise Pamarc's dialogue in ESO
  14. ^ Kingmaker's Trove antiquity from ESO
  15. ^ Atlas of DragonsBrother Mathnan
  16. ^ Events of ESO
  17. ^ The Madness of PelagiusTsathenes
  18. ^ a b The Third Era TimelineJaspus Ignateous
  19. ^ Events of Arena
  20. ^ a b Events of Legends: The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood
  21. ^ a b Cicero's JournalCicero

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

  1. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at the Imperial Library