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Lore:Fort Variela

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Fort Variela
Type Ruin
Continent Tamriel
Province Cyrodiil
Region Heartlands
Appears in Oblivion, ESO
Fort Variela circa 3E 433
Variela's Watchtower circa 2E 582

Fort Variela (also known as Variela's Watchtower or simply Variela) is an ancient ruined military fort located inland from the western banks of the Niben River, in the Heartlands of Cyrodiil far to the north of Bravil. It is connected by road to the nearby Lunar Fang Docks.[1] The fort possesses an underground complex with staff quarters.[2]


The ruins were the site of an ancient battle during the period of Ayleid rule over Cyrodiil. Very little is known of this battle, other than that it involved both Ayleids and Orcs. The bodies of the fallen were buried in a graveyard south of the watchtower.[3]

By 2E 582, Variela's Watchtower was already in ruins, plagued by undead skeletons led by a skeletal watch captain. A researcher came to the ruins to study the ancient battle, but was thrown from his horse and perished at the hands of the undead. The watch captain was later defeated by soldiers from the ongoing Alliance War.[1][3]

By the time of the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, the ruins of Fort Variela had been taken over by a group of necromancers.[2]