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Inner Sea
Type Body of Water
Continent Tamriel
Province Morrowind
Appears in Morrowind, ESO
The Inner Sea
Imperial Prison Ship in Seyda Neen

The Inner Sea (also called the Inland Sea[1], the Narrow Sea,[2] and the Vvardenfell Rift[3]) is a body of water that separates the mainland of the Imperial province of Morrowind from the large island of Vvardenfell. It stretches from the Bitter Coast and Ascadian Isles regions in western Vvardenfell all the way to Azura's Coast in the east. It meets the Sea of Ghosts twice: the two meld together near Azura's Coast, and again near the large and icy island of Solstheim northwest of Vvardenfell. There are coral reefs submerged in the waters of the Inner Sea.[4]

There are conflicting reports on the origins of the Inner Sea. Some sources accredit an eruption of Red Mountain to its creation,[3] whereas Vivec's Sermons point to the usage of the Numidium circa 1E 700.[5][6] However, some sources attest that the Inner Sea was present before both the first major eruption of Red Mountain and the activation of the Numidium.[7][8] Furthermore, Topal the Pilot left behind maps of the Inner Sea dating to the Middle Merethic Era, far before the first Dwemer colonies.[9][10]

The main port of the Inner Sea on Vvardenfell is Ebonheart, with minor ports being Hla Oad, Gnaar Mok, Molag Mar, Tel Branora and the Imperial outpost of Seyda Neen with its lighthouse Grand Pharos guiding mariners. The Imperial Legion once held a strategic outpost called Fort Firemoth on an offshore island of the same name, but it was overrun by an undead army and never reclaimed. The Inner Sea is home to a species of bioluminescent and sentient Land Coral that grows exclusively on the land around it. The fields of Vivec's Antlers is the most notable example of a site containing this species of Land Coral. Vivec's Antlers was also a battlefield in the Second Akaviri Invasion of 2E 572, for the final battle involving the Snow Demons of Kamal and their invasion of the province of Tamriel.[11]

The coast of Vvardenfell is rugged and treacherous, with shipwrecks scattered among the menhirs that protrude from the water. It has been a major center of smuggling operations by the Camonna Tong and other groups.