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Lore:Fort Sungard

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Fort Sungard
Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Skyrim
Hold The Reach
Appears in Arena, Skyrim
Fort Sungard circa 4E 201

Fort Sungard (or simply called Sungard or Sunguard)[1] is a fortified settlement located in the Tundra Plain on the edge of the Tundra Plateau of the region known as the Reach,[2] situated in the province of Skyrim. Fort Sungard is a historical bulwark at the tripoint of the Reach, Whiterun Hold, and Falkreath Hold that is a key-strategic point in southern Skyrim, for the likes of Markarth in the northwest, and the rest of southern Skyrim. It is famed for its incredible vista, which overlooks the Karth River Canyon from the plateau.[2][UOL 1] Also, Sunguard was at times the name of a town in southeastern Skyrim on the road between Riften and Whiterun.[3]


The settlement of Sunguard ca. 3E 389

The fort was constructed by the Empire long ago, though it is unclear if this refers to the First Nordic Empire or a Cyrodilic Empire.[UOL 1] In the early First Era, the Battle of Sungard served to be a key point in Skyrim's conflict against the Alessian Empire, at the time under the command of Gorieus. The conflict at Sungard had led to the death of the High King of Skyrim, Kjoric the White. Because of this defeat, Emperor Gorieus' forces were able to take control of southern Skyrim, the one that it had originally lost. Following his death, the Moot was convened, naming Kjoric's son, Hoag Merkiller the next High King of Skyrim. Hoag's forces joined Ryain Direnni in his conflict against the Alessians at the Battle of Glenumbria Moors.[1][4]

In the late Second Era, the young Barenziah had moved into Sunguard, on her way towards Riften where she would meet Symmachus and eventually become the Queen of Mournhold.[5]

During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, the town of Sunguard [nb 1] was still active, being ruled by Prince Mojarik. It had a rivalry with Vernim Wood.[3] It was neighbored by several settlements, including Greenwall in the southeast, Nimalten City in the northwest, and Reich Corigate in the northeast.[6]

By the Skyrim Civil War in 4E 201, Fort Sungard was still around, playing a role in the Reach's involvement in the Civil War. It was used by the Imperial Legion as their bulwark against the Stormcloaks in the Reach, should the latter gain control over Fort Sungard, they would have control over the Reach.[7]


  • ^  In The Elder Scrolls: Arena, the town of Sunguard was found on the road from Riften through Greenwall toward Whiterun. But when Sunguard was retconned into Fort Sungard, it was moved to the other side of the province. Instead, the Sunguard location was renamed or replaced by Fort Amol.


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.