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Skyrim:The Pale

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The Pale
(lore page)
Capital Dawnstar (map)
Jarl's Residence The White Hall
Military Fort Fort Dunstad
Initial Affiliation Stormcloaks
Imperial Government
Jarl Brina Merilis
Housecarl Horik Halfhand
Stormcloaks Government
Jarl Skald
Housecarl Jod
The snow-covered pine forests of the Pale on a rare sunny day

The Pale is a hold in northern Skyrim, with its capital in Dawnstar. It is initially affiliated with the Stormcloaks, but can be captured by the Imperial Legion after completing A False Front and The Battle for Fort Dunstad. It can also change sides as part of negotiations during Season Unending.

The Pale is sparsely populated, with safe places for travelers few and far between. The snowy terrain that makes up most of the hold is unsuitable for farming; however, the far southern edge, where not mountainous, is more hospitable.

One of three entrances to Blackreach is in the depths of Raldbthar, a Dwarven ruin south of Lake Yorgrim, the largest lake in the Pale. River Yorgrim flows from this lake.

Map of the Pale
Dawnstar, the hold capital

Flora and FaunaEdit

Snowberries thrive in the harsh, snow-covered environment, but the sturdy blue and purple variants of the mountain flower can also be found. Along the coast, Nordic barnacles, clams, and spiky grass dominate.

Giants are common here, as are the usual denizens of the snow: sabre cats, wolves, ice wraiths, trolls, and frostbite spiders.


All locations in the Pale with individual map markers are listed. There are a few places without map markers listed for their significance.

Hold CapitalEdit

Farms, Towns, and Settlements including Orc Strongholds and InnsEdit

Camps, including Giant Camps and Military CampsEdit


Dragon LairsEdit

Ruins including Dwarven and NordicEdit

Standing Stones and Daedric ShrinesEdit

Towers and FortsEdit

Landmarks, including Bodies of Water, Clearings, Ships and ShipwrecksEdit

Unmarked PlacesEdit

The Pale QuestsEdit

Quests that are started in or related to the Pale (except for radiant quests begun in other holds) are listed here:

Main QuestEdit

Imperial Legion Civil War QuestsEdit

Stormcloaks Civil War QuestsEdit

Daedric QuestsEdit

Dark BrotherhoodEdit

Thieves GuildEdit

College of WinterholdEdit


Side QuestsEdit

Creation Club QuestsEdit


In addition, many miscellaneous quests are located in the Pale. They are listed here.