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Type Ruin
Continent Tamriel
Province Cyrodiil
Region Jerall Mountains
Appears in Oblivion, ESO
Ninendava circa 3E 433

Ninendava is an Ayleid ruin located in the Twilight Woods, close to the ancient city of Sancre Tor in the Jerall Mountains of Cyrodiil. It is known for the "goat-faced altar of Ninendava", which is somehow related to Daedric rituals.[1][2] It was among the only modern Ayleid sites that still bore their ancient names by the time of the Third Era.[3]


Ninendava circa 2E 582

In the late Merethic Era, the Ayleids of Ninendava were among those clans who turned to Daedra worship,[2] known as the Daedraphiles.[4] During the Alessian Slave Rebellion, Ninendava became home to one of the Ten Ancestors, Ayleid statues originally held in the White-Gold Tower which were dispersed to cities across Cyrodiil for safekeeping.[3] However, Pelinal Whitestrake came to Ninendava and smashed the head of Gordhaur the Shaper upon the goat-faced altar, casting a plague spell to prevent him from reforming.[1] Ninendava subsequently fell into ruin. The ruins continued to be inhabited by white goats even after the departure of the Ayleids. Known as Ninendava Sacred Goats, these animals have been used since ancient times in certain forbidden Daedric rituals, and have even been known to lead mortals through those arcane rites.[2]

During the Alliance War of 2E 582, a squad of Daggerfall Covenant soldiers based in Fort Glademist were ordered to clear the nearby Ayleid ruins, including Ninendava, in search of enemy troops.[5] At that time, an Altmer vampire named Cirandur journeyed to the ruins on an unknown quest to hide something,[6] but he lost his mind in the process and became a feral bloodfiend, eventually being killed.[7]

Circa 3E 433, the ruins were inhabited by vampires and zombies. The Hero of Kvatch entered the ruins and retrieved the ancient Ayleid statue, which was later sold to Umbacano.[8]


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