Its inhabitants mostly fall into the category of being either the cause or the result of the ongoing conflict between Hammerfell and Skyrim: some of them will attack you on sight while the others will beg you for help. The former can be dealt with in the usual manner; the latter can be helped. They will make one of several requests:
- Simply talking to the refugee will give you 100XP
- Food is short in the city and many refugees make a plaintive request for bread. If you are prepared to give them some, you receive 300XP
- Some refugees simply want money. You can refuse, or give them either 25 or 100 gold. 25 gold nets you 100XP and 100 gold will give you 425XP.
- Some of the refugees know somebody who has lost their sight. If you can give them a Cure Blindness Balm you gain 1,000XP
There are two Shadow Gates in this area. The one to the north blocks the entrance to Geldwyr Manor, in which lies the powerful Penumbric Throwing Knife. Behind the southern gate is a brazier with an unusual effect: once activate, a shadow enters the room and then merges with you, infusing you with extra strength.
- Collect Five Star Teeth: Find five Star Teeth to contain an ancient terror.
- East Gate Raider Spree: Eliminate the raider threat to gain access to Dragonstar East.
- Porliss Loth' Na: Eliminate the Skyrim forces of General Duvais in Loth' Na Caverns.
- Porliss Thieves' Guild: Make sure the head of the Thieves Guild is still alive.
- Tanyin Mages' Guild: Find the list of Mages Guild members for Tanyin Aldwyr.
- Volstok Violet Resurrection: Find a Shadowkey to resurrect a dead merchant.