Lore:Ilessan Hills

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Ilessan Hills
Type Barony
Continent Tamriel
Province High Rock
Region Iliac Bay
Appears in Arena, Daggerfall
Ilessan Hills ca. 3E 405
Ilessen Hills (Arena)

The Ilessan Hills is a political entity found in the province of High Rock, in the region of the Iliac Bay. It is a landlocked region that is known for its ancient forests[1] and pine country.[2] It mostly consists of a vast mountain range that spills into neighboring countries and wetlands in the northeast section of the barony.[3] The region is the home of the local Glenmoril Wyrd, an ancient coven of witches that venerate the natural world and worship the less-feral aspects of Hircine, the Lord of the Hunt.[4]


Rumors of the Glenmoril Wyrd living in the wilderness of the Ilessan Hills have existed since before written records,[1] which would date their existence and the region's discovery before the reign of Harald of Skyrim (1E 113 and 1E 221), who ascended to the throne at the beginning of recorded history.[5] Their coven is located in the Gloomy Cave, an isolated cavern[1] in the east-central part of the region, near a place called Old Chrystausa's Place.[6] Sometime in the Second Era, the adventurous Princess Ayrenn traveled all over the world and eventually made her way to the Ilessan Hills, where she reportedly danced with nereids.[7]

By 3E 405, the Barony of Ilessan Hills was ruled by an unknown Baron. It was neighbored by many other nations, such as Daenia to the east, Daggerfall to the south, Glenpoint to the west, Northmoor to the northwest, Shalgora to the southeast, and Ykalon to the northeast.[3] When the province was incorporated into the Third Empire, the barony was given a patron deity in the form of Arkay, who is represented through the Order of Arkay.[8] When the Warp in the West occurred in 3E 417, the forests of Ilessan Hills and nearby Daenia were engulfed in chaotic flames that had spread north into Ykalon and Phrygias, eventually to the foothills of the Wrothgarian Mountains. The nations of the Western Iliac Bay (including the Ilessan Hills) were absorbed into the Kingdom of Daggerfall, at the time ruled by King Gothryd and Queen Aubk-i.[9]

City of Ilessan HillsEdit

The Ilessan Hills (also called Ilessen Hills)[10] is the capital of the eponymous barony, in the midst of the mountain range near the border toward Glenpoint.[11]

During the late-Third Era, the town of Ilessen Hills was an active settlement. It was ruled by Baron Andywyr and it had a rivalry with Kings Guard. Ilessen Hills is neighbored by several settlements, including Ebon Wastes to the north and Glenpoint to the south.[12]



  • The Haarvenu vampire clan is active in the region.
  • There is a ruined tower called the Ilessan Tower located outside of Daggerfall that may have been used in the city's defense. It is unknown how it is connected to the region, if it is at all.[13]

See AlsoEdit

  • For game-specific information on the region, see the Daggerfall article.
  • For game-specific information on the settlement, see the Arena and Daggerfall articles.