This article is about the city. For the kingdom, see Wayrest (kingdom).
Kingdom of Wayrest
|Appears in||Arena, Daggerfall, Redguard, ESO, Legends|
- One feels that one is in a modern city when one visits Wayrest, but there is a magic in the air that could only come from centuries of civilization. — Sathryr Longleat, Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay
The city is split into seven districts. The Residential District lies in the northern part of the city. The Merchant District and Market Square lie west of the river and south of the Residential District. The Temple and Palace Districts are off to the west, while the Banking District can be found in the east. To the south, on the banks of Iliac Bay, sit Wayrest Docks.
Wayrest has always been seen as a rival to Daggerfall, which was already well established when it first was founded as a sleepy fishing village at the mouth of the Bjoulsae River. Wayrest prospered greatly after the Fall of Orsinium in 1E 980 when the commerce of all of Tamriel began to pass through its gates. Today the city can boast the largest and richest population in High Rock. During its early years, the kingdom was ruled by the Gardner Dynasty.
In 2E 541, the city was besieged by a horde of Reachmen, led by Durcorach the Black Drake, for fifty-seven days. After the Reachmen were defeated, Wayrest, along with Daggerfall, Shornhelm, Evermore and Camlorn, signed the first Daggerfall Covenant. During the Ranser's War in 2E 566 - 2E 567, Wayrest was besieged again, this time by the forces of King Ranser of Shornhelm. His army stood firm, but after the other kingdoms of the Covenant and the Redguard sailors from Hammerfell came to Wayrest's aid, Ranser and his troops were forced to retreat back to Shornhelm.
During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, the city-state of Wayrest was an active settlement, being ruled by King Tristore. It had a rivalry with Shornhelm. It was neighbored by several settlements, including Kings Guard to the far northwest, Vermeir Wastes to the northeast, and Hammerfell to the south, towards Thorstad Place.
During the Warp in the West, it was ruled by King Eadwyre. After Eadwyre died, his daughter Elysana and stepson Helseth briefly fought over the throne, but eventually Elysana won and banished Helseth and his mother, Barenziah. 
In 4E 188 the city of Wayrest was sieged by corsairs. A spy who was infiltrating the Dark Brotherhood was given the task of assassinating King Barynia. Fearing for his life and knowing about the conspiracy against him, he made a deal with the pirates and would betray his own kingdom by leaving the city gates open for them, so they could come in and destroy the conspirators who plotted to assassinate him. The Forgotten Hero would aid the city defenders in driving off the corsairs from the city gates. It's unknown if the Forgotten Hero spared the life of King Barynia and allowed him to sail away with the pirates, or if the hero went through with the contract and ended the king's life.
- Gardner Dynasty
- Cumberland Dynasty
- Horley Dynasty
- Septim Dynasty
- Unknown Dynasty
- 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, Wayrest's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Highlanders".[UOL 1]
- Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay by Sathyr Longleat — A history of the city Wayrest
- Wayrest Sewers: A Short History by Hilaire Beanique — The first volume of a history of the sewers of Wayrest
- Triumphs of a Monarch by His Majesty King Emeric — An autobiographical account of the life of King Emeric of Wayrest
- The Fury of King Ranser by Wafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper) — How Ranser's War led to the formation of the Daggerfall Covenant
- Biography of Queen Barenziah by Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe — The life history of Queen Barenziah
- Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay — Sathyr Longleat
- Travails and Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
- The Fury of King Ranser — Wafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper)
- Brief History of the Empire — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Wayrest location and rumors in Arena
- Map of High Rock — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- Map of Hammerfell — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- Events of Daggerfall
- A Game at Dinner — An Anonymous Spy
- Events of City Gates (quest) in Legends
- Events of Castle Wayrest, Throne Room in Legends
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: High Rock — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- Blaise Pamarc's dialogue in ESO
- Kingmaker's Trove antiquity from ESO
- Atlas of Dragons — Brother Mathnan
- Events of ESO
- The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- The Third Era Timeline — Jaspus Ignateous
- Events of Arena
- Events of Legends: The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood
- Cicero's Journal — Cicero
Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.