Lore:Northpoint

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Northpoint
Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province High Rock
Region Rivenspire
Subregions Boralis
Appears in Arena, ESO
Northpoint ca. 2E 582
Map of High Rock

Northpoint (also spelled North Point)[1] is one of the eight-major kingdoms in the province of High Rock,[2][3] being found on the northern tip of the region of Rivenspire. Northpoint is an important harbor-town on the Sea of Ghosts that bridges the gap between the city-states of Daggerfall and Solitude. The city-state is known as the ancestral home of House Dorell, one of the political families of Rivenspire. The Dorell are known for their maritime and merchantile expertise.[4]

Layout & Geography[edit]

Northpoint is found in the smaller region of Boralis, which serves as the northern coast of Rivenspire. Northpoint is built atop of the hill, Dore Elard, which overlooks the Sea of Ghost. Despite being a notable port, Northpoint city does not have a harbor, instead, the city harbor is found down the road on Northsalt Village. Dore Elard is in fact, the namesake of House Dorell. What makes Northpoint unique is that shore. The shore has deep waters that can accommodate large ships. As mentioned before, Northpoint bridges the gap between westernmost High Rock, to the province of Skyrim, which can be attributed to the Kingdom's growing power.[4] There is a myth in Northpoint that a creature known as the Ithguleoir that haunts the seas around the city.[5][6] Underneath Dore Elard is a large cove, commonly used by pirates. The southern outskirts of Northpoint contain farmlands owned by House Dorell. Along the coast are various ruins, Ayleid ruins and Shipwrecks alike. The mysterious caves of Breagha-Fin can be found, looking onward towards the city, on the base of the mountains. Northpoint is neighbored by several settlements, one of them being Normar Heights to the southwest.[2]

Northpoint is a walled-off settlement. With the only viable entrance is through the gates on the southwest side of the city. This is because the city is built atop a large hill, that is inaccessible through any other way. However, the Northpoint Lighthouse has an entrance from the smuggler's tunnel. The seat of power, the Dorell Manor can be found in the center of town, in the town square where the city expands outward. Just south of the Dorell Manor lies the local graveyard. The local inn, the Sloshing Tankard is found in the northwest, while local guild chapters can be found in the northeast. Several craftsmen and artisans are located in the southwest.

History[edit]

The city-state of Northpoint was founded sometime around the 9th century of the First Era, by the Breton trader, Yric Flowdys. Because of the deep waters, Yric established a harbor at the northern point, and thus the harborage was called Northpoint. Following the construction of the port, Flowdys built his keep and warehouse atop of Dore Elard. And as time went on, the town became a bustling stop and he took the name of the mountain as his family name, the Dorell. House Dorell invested in maritime exploits and lease land to farmers south of Northpoint. Throughout the First Era, the royal family and merchant lords of Northpoint brought about prosperity across High Rock. In 1E 1029, House Dorell, and by extension, Northpoint, were granted a Barony by Empress Hestra of the First Empire. Northpoint has shaped the trading industry in the northwest coast route ever since.[4]

During the Interregnum in 2E 582, the city of Northpoint was ruled by Lord Ellic Dorell, son of Baron Alard Dorell, the patriarch of House Dorell. While the Baron lived in Shornhelm, working alongside the Council of the North, his son governed the city of Northpoint. At this time, House Montclair invaded all of Rivenspire, seeking to claim the throne for their own. Baron Wylon Montclair had sent his daughter, Lleraya Montclair to possess Ellic Dorell and take control of Northpoint. After doing so with successful, the town was overrun by Bloodfiends, forcing the Lion Guard to step in and liberate Northpoint. An Agent of the Daggerfall Covenant was sent to infiltrate Northpoint via the secret tunnel under the lighthouse,[7] and establish a base in Northpoint. And with help from the city guard, the Agent was able to infiltrate Dorell Manor and confront Lleraya Montclair. Following Lleraya's death, the spell was broken and Ellic Dorell was arrested, for treason and death of his fellow kinsmen. Northpoint was restored sometime later.[8]

During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, the city-state of North Point was an active settlement, being ruled by Queen Elona. It had a rivalry with Evermore and Shornhelm.[1]

In the waning years of the Third Era, the Kingdom of Northpoint had engaged in minor conflict with its neighbors, Camlorn and Evermore. Following times of intense violence, the Kingdoms came together to look for a diplomatic solution. But even then, conflicts arise throughout their borders, albeit local skirmishes than full-out warfare. During the Warp in the West in 3E 417, both Northpoint and Evermore absorbed smaller nations into their kingdom border, far enough to avoid the nearby War of the Bend'r-mahk in the east, and to avoid the powerful nations of Daggerfall and Wayrest in the south. As of 3E 432, both Northpoint and Evermore remained quiet, leaving many wondering what their next move would be.[9]

Gallery[edit]

See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Arena and Online articles.

Books[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, North Point's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Slayers".[UOL 1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b North Point location and rumors in Arena
  2. ^ a b Map of High Rock — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  3. ^ Etiquette With RulersErystera Ligen
  4. ^ a b c Northpoint: An AssessmentChancellor Regina Troivois
  5. ^ Ithguleoir
  6. ^ The description of Fine Ceramic Leviathan Pitcher in ESO
  7. ^ Northpoint in Peril quest in ESO
  8. ^ The Liberation of Northpoint quest in ESO
  9. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Sons and Daughter of the Direnni West: High RockImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at the Imperial Library