Lore:White-Gold Tower

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White-Gold Tower
Type Tower
Continent Tamriel
Province Cyrodiil
Region Heartlands
(City Isle)
Settlement Imperial City
Appears in Arena, Oblivion, ESO
White-Gold Tower seen from its base circa 3E 433

The White-Gold Tower (sometimes written without the hyphen),[1] also called the Imperial Palace, White-Stone Tower or simply White-Gold,[2][3][4] is the enormous central spire of the Imperial City, located in the heart of the Palace District. It towers above everything else in the city.

The tower was built by the earliest Aldmeri migrants to Cyrodiil in the middle Merethic Era and was the center of the region occupied by their descendants, the Ayleids.[5][6] Tel Var Stones are believed to be pieces of the tower. The tower was originally called the Temple of the Ancestors (known the Nedes as the Citadel),[7] and was home to the Ten Ancestors, a set of Ayleid statues made from meteoric iron and glass.[8] The distance between the Ayleids' lands and those of their theoretical overlords led to the establishment of White-Gold Tower as an independent city state in 1E 0;[5] a state that lasted until Alessia overthrew Ayleid rule in 243.[9][10] The Ten Ancestors were removed from the temple before its sacking and were dispersed among several Ayleid cities.[8]

Currently it serves as the Imperial Palace and hosts the vaults and libraries of the Moth Priesthood. It can be seen from all over the Imperial City and the surrounding countryside, and is a defining symbol of the Empire.

White-Gold Tower is speculated to wield the power necessary to keep Mundus from dissolving back into Oblivion.[11][UOL 1]


See Also[edit]


  1. ^ Cherim's Heart of AnequinaLivillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University
  2. ^ Aurbic Enigma 4: The Elden TreeBeredalmo the Signifier
  3. ^ Guide to the Imperial CityAlessia Ottus
  4. ^ Red Eagle's SongVarana Tappo, Imperial Scribe serving the Longhouse Emperors
  5. ^ a b Before the Ages of ManAicantar of Shimerene
  6. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: CyrodiilImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  7. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  8. ^ a b Umbacano's research
  9. ^ The Last King of the AyleidsHerminia Cinna
  10. ^ Shezarr and the DivinesFaustillus Junius
  11. ^ The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes (p.123)

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

  1. ^ Nu-Mantia Intercept