This article is about the kingdom. For the city, see Wayrest.
|Appears in||Arena, Daggerfall, ESO|
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.
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. 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.
Shortly before Warp in the West, Wayrest was bordered by the regions of Menevia, Orsinium Area, Gavaudon, Wrothgarian Mountains, and Mournoth. During that time, it was ruled by King Eadwyre. After the Warp in the West, Wayrest became greatly enlarged, stretching from the former Anticlere to half of Gavaudon.. 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. 
In 4E 188 the kingdom 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.
Notable city-states and regions that are part of the Kingdom of Wayrest are:
- Gardner Dynasty
- Cumberland Dynasty
- Horley Dynasty
- Septim Dynasty
- Unknown Dynasty
- For game-specific information, see the Daggerfall article, as well as the ESO article on the city of Wayrest.
- Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay by Sathyr Longleat — A history of the city Wayrest
- Triumphs of a Monarch by His Majesty King Emeric — An autobiographical account of the life of King Emeric of Wayrest
- The Fury of King Ranser by Wafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper) — How Ranser's War led to the formation of the Daggerfall Covenant
- Biography of Queen Barenziah by Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe — The life history of Queen Barenziah
- A Game at Dinner by An Anonymous Spy — A spy's observations upon poison making and a dinner party
- Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay — Sathyr Longleat
- Travails and Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
- The Fury of King Ranser — Wafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper)
- Brief History of the Empire — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Events of Daggerfall
- The Warp in the West — Ulvius Tero
- A Game at Dinner — An Anonymous Spy
- Events of City Gates (quest) in Legends
- Events of Castle Wayrest, Throne Room in Legends
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: High Rock — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- Blaise Pamarc's dialogue in ESO
- Kingmaker's Trove antiquity from ESO
- Atlas of Dragons — Brother Mathnan
- Events of ESO
- The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- The Third Era Timeline — Jaspus Ignateous
- Events of Arena
- Events of Legends: The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood
- Cicero's Journal — Cicero