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This article is about the city. For the kingdom, see Wayrest (kingdom).

Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province High Rock
Region Stormhaven
Kingdom of Wayrest
Demonym(s) Wayrester,[1] Wayrestian[UOL 1]
Appears in Arena, Daggerfall, Redguard, ESO, Legends
Wayrest circa 2E 582
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

Wayrest is a major city in the center of the Stormhaven region of High Rock, at the mouth of the Bjoulsae River. It serves as the capital of a kingdom that forms one of High Rock's provinces.

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.

Notable LocalesEdit


  • Banking District[3]
  • Dreughside[3]
  • Market Square[3]
  • Merchant District[3]
  • The Residential District[3]
  • Temple District[3]
  • Palace District[3]
  • Wayrest Docks[3]


First EraEdit

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 in 1E 800.[UOL 2] Wayrest prospered greatly after the Fall of Orsinium in 1E 980 when the commerce of all of Tamriel began to pass through its gates. Wayrest was granted the right to call itself a kingdom in 1E 1100[UOL 2] 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.[1]

Second EraEdit

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.[6] 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.[7]

Third EraEdit

Wayrest circa 3E 405

Emperor Cassynder and his step brother Uriel Septim IV had been kings of Wayrest before they took the throne of Empire.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11]

During the Warp in the West, it was ruled by King Eadwyre.[12] 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. [13]

Fourth EraEdit

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.[14][15]

Known RulersEdit

The location of Wayrest



  • 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 3]
  • ^  Etien Lenac is said to have taken the throne in 1E 1270, though that would've been in the Middle Dawn.
  • ^  Magnus Septim left the throne of Wayrest after Cephorus Septim died, three years after the Siege of Solitude, which was in 3E 137.
  • ^  Later sources say that Magnus Septim married the Queen of Lilmoth, not Wayrest.

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