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Topal Bay
Type Body of Water
Continent Tamriel
Appears in Oblivion, ESO
Looking across Topal Bay towards Elsweyr

Topal Bay (also known as Topal Sea) is a large, placid body of water south of Tamriel.[1] It is enclosed by the provinces of Elsweyr, Black Marsh, and Cyrodiil. In Cyrodiil, the city of Leyawiin and the Blackwood region lie on Topal Bay, at the delta of the Niben River.[2] The bay's western shores are defined by Elsweyr's Quin'rawl Peninsula, where a great deal of smuggling occurs.[3] Topal Bay empties into the Southern Sea.

The bay is named after Topal the Pilot, the Aldmer explorer who discovered the Niben River and charted Tamriel's sea lanes.[4] The bay's coastline to the east with Black Marsh has long been notorious for rampant piracy.[5] The bay is also fed by the Onkobra River, which supposedly flows from the heart of Black Marsh.[6]

The Khajiit believe that moon sugar is "crystallized moonlight" caught by the waters of the bay and brought to the sugarcane groves of the Tenmar Forest by the tidal forces of Masser and Secunda.[3] Khajiit Moon-Priests tend to the sacred waters of the Bay that flow into Moonlit Cove, natural caverns where this moons-blessed water is sheltered from the sun's rays.[7]

Access to the Imperial City and many other settlements make the Topal Bay a place of vital strategic importance, and the Aldmeri Dominion has been known to threaten the bay with their navy many times throughout history.[8][9]

By the Second Era, a species of durzog had spread to the shores of Topal Bay. Known as Topal Durzogs, these aquatic hunters were thought to have been originally bred by the Coral-Splitter Tribe of goblins.[10]

Circa 2E 582, the Topal Bay region and Blackwood were governed as independent entities.[11]



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