Lore: Places: W

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

Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province High Rock
Region Stormhaven
Appears in Arena, Daggerfall, Redguard, ESO, Legends
Wayrest circa 2E 582
The location of Wayrest
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.


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.[1]

In 2E 542, 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.[2][3] 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.[4] After Ranser's defeat, the Second Covenant was formed, with the city of Wayrest as its capital.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7][8]

In 4E 188, Wayrest was captured by corsairs, who also raided and destroyed the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary located there.[9]



  • 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]

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