|Region: West Gash|
Gnisis is about as close to a big town as can be found in the northwestern area of Vvardenfell. It offers many of the comforts of home for city-dwellers on their first trip into the wilds. The town is built on a small plane on a hillside, below a large eggmine. There is a Tribunal Temple, home of the Ash Mask of Vivec, and one of the stops on the Pilgrimages of the Seven Graces. Oddly enough, there is a tiny Imperial fort as well, the northernmost in all of Vvardenfell. Little more than a wall built into a steep hillside, Fort Darius houses an Imperial Cult altar, Legion smith and troop barracks, but most of the actual fort functions take place either in the town tavern, or in a neighboring Redoran building rented by the Imperial Legion. Both Imperial Cult and Legion in this place are largely staffed by Orcs, although Commander Darius is an Imperial and the town population is mainly Dunmer.
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Situated above the Ouada Samsi, the square is surrounded by the cave dwellings and Redoran-style houses of miners and commoners. Hetman Abelmawia, the village elder, is located in his hut. He sells a Gnisis Eggmine Pass as well as Scrolls of Daerir's Blessing, which cures Blight on target (Kwama Queens come to mind). On the riverbank is the Silt Strider with routes that go as far south as Seyda Neen.
The Imperial Legion has rented the Barracks from House Redoran. Optio Bologra is a drillmaster there. A trap door in the cellar leads to Gnisis' secret Talos Cult base. The Madach Tradehouse offers sundries; General Darius can also be found here.
The real attraction is the Shrine of the Mask (a.k.a. Shrine of Justice), wherein is stored Vivec's Ashmask, accessed via a hidden panel (which opens if you bring the right offering: a Potion of Cure Common Disease) in the shrine. Touching the real mask performs on you a combined Cure Blight and Common Disease. It also grants you the free spell Vivec's Touch, which will cure the same range of diseases, on touch, for only 10 Magicka (the cost of such a spell would normally be 115 Magicka). This spell is primarily of use in the Gnisis Eggmine quest, though having it permits you to create a Cure Blight Disease on Self immediately with the help of Spellmaker Mehra Drora in the same facility. A replica of the Mask is seen on the altar behind the pillar, but it doesn't do anything. Neither mask can be picked up, so do not fear the Guards.
On a shelf in the room with the pillar are copies of the 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 21, Sermon 22, and Sermon 23, skill books for Light Armor, Medium Armor, and Long Blade, respectively. This temple is one of the locations where an Almsivi Intervention spell may take you.
Baladas in Arvs-Drelen
The Velothi Tower Arvs-Drelen at the outskirts of Gnisis is the home to a Telvanni noble. Baladas Demnevanni has opted out of the rat-race for power within that house and values his privacy. Several crates hold interesting, leveled loot. There are guest quarters close to the entrance, if you don't mind the rats (one storage room holds two skeletons). The Berandas Propylon Index is on the top shelf next to Baladas.
The Egg Mine
The city's economy depends largely on the trade from the Gnisis Eggmine, and its Kwama Queen has caught The Blight. Relations between the polyglot Imperial, Orcish and Dunmer staff are strained following the recent murder of a Dunmer miner. Recently, the excavations of the Kwama miners have uncovered an entrance into the lost Dwemer ruin of Bethamez.
Little more than a wall built into a steep hillside, most of the actual fort function takes place in the town tavern. The Deathshead Legion garrisoned here is made up completely of Orc Legionnaires. The fort itself is tiny with some bunk beds and trainers. Downstairs, an Imperial Cult and a Tribunal Temple shrine provide healing and solace. A smith and two healers round out the services.
Baladas Demnevanni is located at the top of his tower. General Darius, the only person that can let you join the Imperial Legion, can be found in the Madach Tradehouse. Hetman Abelmawia is the village steward for Hlaren Ramoran, Redoran councilor and lord of Gnisis.
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Getting There and Around
- Unfortunately, the Ouada Samsi isn't deep enough to allow boat transport. The only fast-travel is by Silt Strider to and from Ald'ruhn, Khuul, Maar Gan or Seyda Neen, or by using the Propylon network in nearby Berandas.
- Difficult roads lead north over gorges to Ald Velothi and Khuul. The coastal road to Gnaar Mok isn't much better. Ald'ruhn is a long way away through the West Gash and the Foyada in the Ashlands.
Places of Interest Around Gnisis
- Southeast lies the Stronghold of Berandas with its Propylon Chamber and Underground with an easy accessible Daedric Dagger and Spear.
- Falas Ancestral Tomb with the useful Denstagmer's Ring is right across the river to the southeast.
- Koal Cave is beyond the river, under a natural arch.
- The Amulet of Shadows can be acquired from a questionable lady and her companion on the road to Ald Velothi.
- The text on the town's banner reads "The Thrice Sealed House Withstands the Storm."