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- "There is but one city in the Imperial Province, but one city in Tamriel, but one city in the World; that, my brothers, is the city of the Cyrodiils." –Refayj 
The Imperial City, (also known as Cyrodiil City, the Imperial Capital, the Capital, just Cyrodiil and as the City of a Thousand Cults) is the capital city of Cyrodiil and the whole of the Empire. Culturally Nibenese, it is described as the heart of Tamriel.
The main city itself is located on the City Isle, surrounded by Lake Rumare, from the shore of the Rumare it is hard to tell what is city and what is Palace, for it all rises from the islands of the lake towards the sky in a stretch of gold. Whole neighborhoods rest on the jeweled bridges that connect the islands together. Across the lake the Imperial City continues, merging into the villages of the southern red river and ruins left from the Interregnum.
Layout & GeographyEdit
At the center of the City is the Green Emperor Way district, containing the Imperial Palace and the White-Gold Tower. The city has an extensive underground. The sewers connect up with a large variety of substructures, which in turn break into the many natural caverns on the island. The White-Gold Tower in particular has a vast basement system, which links into an Ayleid ruin known as the Hall of Epochs. This underground system is a haven for those who don't wish to be found. Bandits, goblins and vampires dwell in the sewers, and occasionally endanger the above-ground inhabitants. The basements beneath the Imperial Palace were used as a refuge for Jagar Tharn and his servants. Many secret passages, such as the Old Way, are used by the Blades to move around the city, but using them poses serious risks. Emperor Uriel Septim VII was assassinated by the Mythic Dawn in one of these passages, below the Prison District.
Through the Red Ring Road and the other colored-routes that span across the province, it is connected to a myriad of outer provincial settlements (i.e, Arenthia to the southwest in Valenwood, Gideon to the southeast in Black Marsh, Kragenmoor to the northeast in Morrowind, Riverhold to the south in Elsweyr, Riverwood to the north in Skyrim, and Stonedale to the northwest in Hammerfell).
Merethic Era And First EraEdit
Before the founding and construction of the city, when Beastfolk dominated the lands of Tamriel, the native Bird Men lived on the site of what would become the city which was referred to as the eight islands. In the middle Merethic era Topal the Pilot, in search of the lost elven homeland Aldmeris came upon the eight islands and its native Bird Men. Topal would live among them for some time, and in exchange for the secrets of literacy, would be gifted the eight islands for the Aldmer people. The history of the Imperial City itself begins when the White-Gold Tower was built by the earliest Aldmeri migrants to Cyrodiil in the middle Merethic Era and was the center of the region occupied by their descendants, the Ayleids. The tower was originally called the Temple of the Ancestors, and was home to the Ten Ancestors, a set of Ayleid statues made from meteoric iron and glass. What was once a tribute-land to the High King of Alinor, Cyrodiil's long lines of communication from the Summerset Isles' sovereignty effectively isolated Cyrodill from the High Kings at Crystal Tower and so the White-Gold Tower became an independent city-state in 1E 0.
In 1E 243, a year into the Alessian Slave Rebellion, towards the end of the war as rebel forces began moving closer to the White-Gold Tower, the Ayleids attempted to blockade the northern bridge known as Heldon Bridge to the City, driving back Alessia's Nordic reinforcements. This act enraged Pelinal and so he assaulted their lines and slaughtered all the Ayleids holding Heldon Bridge before the Nords could even ready their arms, covering his face and hair in the blood of the slaughtered Ayleids. This battle later became known as Pelinal's Midyear Massacre and is celebrated by Imperials as it was key to taking the City. The Ten Ancestors were removed from the temple during the siege of the City and were dispersed among several Ayleid cities. Once Pelinal had breached the White-Gold Tower, Umaril the Unfeathered challenged him to a duel. Outraged by other rebel leaders' hesitation to attack White-Gold Tower, he went in alone to confront Umaril, whilst wounded by the Ayleids, he still managed to kill Umaril but was then killed and cut into eight pieces by the other Ayleid kings. The next morning Morihaus smashed into the White-Gold Tower and caused it to shake, this same day the humans of the rebellion finally had claimed the City for Alessia. The official histories of the First Empire state that when Empress Alessia's forces captured White-Gold Tower, all the Ayleids' evil relics of arcane power were taken and destroyed. But Duke Quarl of Twil insisted until his dying day that an Elf King escaped with the chief artifacts.
In 1E 478, a plague swept Cyrodiil and was particularly concentrated in the independent Colovian West, it did not touch the Imperial City though and so when King Mhorus Larich of Skingrad died from the plague the throne of Skingrad passed to his eldest surviving son, Dorald, an Alessian priest who lived in the Imperial City, wherein he immediately ceded the kingdom to the Empire.
In an unknown year during the First Era, according to the Remanada, Reman was conceived and born where he was supposedly found at Sancre Tor by a shepherdess with the Amulet of Kings embedded in his forehead. She carried the infant directly to the White-Gold Tower and placed him on the throne without contest.
Imperial painters resumed painting the Imperial City in its entirety late into the thirtieth century of the First Era, which they had previously not done due to the Alessians placing severe restrictions on artists which grew into cultural taboos.
Throughout 1E 2920 a number of events occurred in the Imperial City involving Reman III and Potentate Versidue-Shaie. On the 19th Mid Year the Potentate arrived in the Imperial City amid great fanfare, the streets lined with men and women cheering him as the symbol of the taking of Ald Marak. During Sun's Dusk, preparations were being carried out for the arrival of Vivec in the Imperial Palace with prominent nobles such as King Dro'Zel of Senchal being in attendance, the audience chamber of the Palace had silver ribbons dangling from the rafters, burning cauldrons of sweet herbs simmering in every corner, and Pyandonean swallowtails sweeping through the air, singing their songs. On the 6th of Evening Star Emperor Reman III was assassinated by the Morag Tong on behalf of Versidue-Shaie on his own throne. On the 22nd of Evening Star Versidue-Shaie announced from the Speaker's Balcony of the Imperial Palace that the Cyrodiil line was dead and that he would assume the role of Emperor but keep the title of Potentate, with his first act being the declaration of the beginning of the Second Era.
Sometime before 2E 541 the Reachman warlord Durcorach the Black Drake conquered the Imperial City, and was proclaimed Emperor of Cyrodiil shortly after. Durcorach married Veraxia Tharn in hopes of somehow legitimizing his rule. The so-called Longhouse Emperors would go on to rule over the Imperial City and Cyrodiil longer than most previous conquerors. His son, Emperor Moricar the Middling, preferred to stay in the Imperial City rather than accompanying his armies. Once Prince Leovic returned from a campaign against border raiders, he was received in the Great Hall of White-Gold, where he chose Clivia Tharn as his wife.
Varen's Rebellion ended in 2E 577 in the Imperial City. Varen Aquilarios's forces stormed the Imperial City and confronted Leovic's last legion in a bloody battle that razed the city's Market District. Varen personally dispatched Leovic at the foot of the Ruby Throne before proclaiming himself emperor.
During the Planemeld, the Imperial City was invaded by the Daedric forces of Molag Bal, who were helped by the Worm Cult and the traitorous Legion Zero. Dark Anchors opened up above the city, where Daedra flooded out, killing and enslaving the citizens of the City, a giant Dark Anchor was then opened above the White-Gold Tower. The Daggerfall Covenant, Ebonheart Pact, and Aldmeri Dominion invaded the City and extensively fought amongst themselves and against the legions of Daedra and Worm Cultists during the Three Banners War, in an effort to claim the Imperial City for themselves.
In 2E 857, the Moth Rebellion occurred which was an uprising in the Imperial City by the Cult of the Ancestor Moth. The Third Legion, mostly made out of newly-recruited Colovian peasant boys, was sent from nearby Anvil to quell it. There the Legion earned its sobriquet "The Faithful" while besieged in the Hesod Barracks by the Cultists. After the rebellion ended, Tiber Septim triumphantly reentered the capital.
Destri Melarg, famed Redguard historian and translator began his study and writings in the Imperial City in 3E 39, where he took the last name of Melarg due to the Breton, Nordic, and Dark Elf cultures he encountered in the City.
In 3E 391, Queen Barenziah accompanied her daughter and son on a journey to the Imperial City. Barenziah was there to plead with the emperor for aid, and hoped the presence of the children would soften his heart. However the false emperor remained unmoved, and that evening word came that Symmachus was killed in a revolt, the surviving royals were then forced into exile.
In 3E 399 the Eternal Champion entered the Imperial City and descended into the depths of the Imperial Palace to face the imposter Jagar Tharn. Tharn was killed by the Champion which freed Uriel Septim VII and General Warhaft, putting an end to the Imperial Simulacrum. Following the Restoration period, a grand state memorial service was held for Symmachus at the Imperial City, befitting the man who had served the Septim Dynasty for so long and so well.
The Oblivion Crisis began and ended in the Imperial City during 3E 433, with the assassination of Uriel Septim VII by the Mythic Dawn, before Uriel died he gave the Amulet of Kings to a prisoner who had accompanied him and his Blades. The prisoner then fled through the Imperial Prison's sewer system to Weynon Priory. After the Defense of Bruma and the death of Mankar Camoran, the Hero of Kvatch and Martin Septim rushed to the Imperial City to meet with High Chancellor Ocato. Just as Ocato accepted Martin's claim to the throne an Imperial Legion messenger ran into the Council room to alert them that Oblivion gates had begun to open all over the City. High Chancellor Ocato, Martin Septim, his Blades and Imperial Legionary escorts fought their way through an Oblivion besieged Imperial City. During this battle, dozens of Oblivion Gates opened up around the City and the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon himself appeared in the besieged city, marking the fall of the barriers between Oblivion and Nirn. The battle ended when Martin Septim, in a desperate last-ditch effort, shattered the Amulet of Kings and became the Avatar of Akatosh. The Avatar banished Dagon back into Oblivion, ending the Oblivion Crisis. The Avatar turned to stone, killing Martin, but also leaving a permanent reminder of Martin's sacrifice.
During 4E 172, the Aldmeri armies advanced deeper into Cyrodiil. By the end of the year, Lord Naarifin had advanced to the very walls of the Imperial City. There were fierce naval clashes in Lake Rumare and along the Niben as the Imperial forces attempted to hold the eastern bank.
In 4E 173, fresh legions from Skyrim bolstered the Emperor's main army in the Imperial City, but the Aldmeri forced the crossing of the Niben and began advancing in force up the eastern bank. By the end of the year, the Imperial City was surrounded on three sides with only the northern supply route to Bruma remaining open.
During the spring of 4E 174 Aldmeri reinforcements gathered in southern Cyrodiil and on 12th of Second Seed they launched a massive assault on the Imperial City itself. One army of the Dominion drove north to completely surround the city, while Lord Naarifin's main force attacked the walls from the south, east, and west. The Eighth Legion fought a desperate rearguard action on the walls of the city, Titus II broke out of the city to the north with his main army, smashing through the surrounding Aldmeri forces and linking up with reinforcements marching south from Skyrim under General Jonna. Meanwhile, however, the capital fell to the invaders and the infamous Sack of the Imperial City began. The Imperial Palace was burned, the White-Gold Tower itself looted, and all manner of atrocities carried out by the vengeful elves on the innocent populace.
On the 30th of Rain's Hand in 4E 175, the Battle of the Red Ring occurred, named after the road that encircles the Imperial City, where Titus II split his remaining forces into three hosts that surrounded the occupied Imperial City. Titus himself was injured by assassins and unable to fight; however, unknown to his troops, his place was taken by the mysterious Forgotten Hero, who donned his armor and led the Legion to victory. An attempt by the Aldmeri to break out of the city to the south was blocked by the unbreakable shieldwall of General Jonna's battered legions.
After a long, bloody battle, the Dominion army in Cyrodiil was utterly destroyed and the Imperial City recaptured. Lord Naarifin was hung from the top of White-Gold Tower and kept alive for thirty-three days.
The Warrior of Rivercrest was known to have traveled to the Imperial City at some point before the Great War where they became a Blade and lived there until they were forced to flee due to the Thalmor.
City Districts And Notable LocationsEdit
The Arboretum District is the southeast district of the Imperial City, it consists of botanical gardens and statues to each of the Divines, with a statue of Talos being in the center. The Arboretum is known to have an archival institution known as the Imperial Academy of Records and Histories in the east section that had millennia of scrupulous record-keeping as of the Second Era, mostly regarding lineage, writs of stewardship, and letters patent. Its proximity to the institution makes it a popular haunt for the city's scholars.
Circa 2E 582, the Arboretum was being used to burn these archives by the invading Daedra, soldiers of the three Alliances stopped these Daedra and recovered these records for the archival institution. The Vestige also assisted the Chief Archivist, Sergianus, with protecting the book, The Sublime Brazier, from being used by the Daedra to snuff out the Dragonfires permanently.
- "The best techniques are passed on by the survivors." —Motto of the Imperial Arena
The Arena District is home to the Imperial Arena, also known as the Bloody Jewel of the Imperial City. It is located in the northeast of the Imperial City, the district contains little of note other than the Imperial Arena which serves as a proving ground for warriors and as a popular attraction and gambling opportunity for citizens and tourists alike. Some citizens believe that the fighting is faked, saying the blood is "berry syrup" and the fighting is merely "ham-acting". Others think the Elder Council runs the Arena to amuse the masses.
The sewers that run beneath the district are known for being gory, such as the section of the sewers known as Beneath the Bloodworks which have previously served as a vampire lair. The Harena Hypogeum section was held by the Ebonheart Pact during the Three Banners War.
Two statues are present in the district, the statue of Queen Alessia in the south part of the district and the statue of Morihaus in the north. Queen Alessia was the first ruler of Cyrodiil Empire and the founder of the Eight Divines; while Morihaus is depicted as a pit fighter who led Alessia's armies in the taking of White-Gold Tower to end the Ayleid Hegemonies.
In 1E 2920, a fight between Reman II's son Prince Juilek and the Potentate Versidue-Shaie's son Savirien-Chorak occurred here to see which fighting style would be better, Akaviri or Cyrodiilic.
By 2E 582, Molag Bal's forces had taken over the Imperial City and used the Arena for entertainment by forcing captured Imperial citizens to fight against Daedric creatures such as Clannfear and Ogrim. The Vestige participated in the Arena against such creatures and against the Xivkyn, Dredaza the Ringmaster, who acted as the Arena's announcer. When Dredaza was defeated, a Reachman known as 'The Rat', who was a former advisor to Emperor Leovic, gave the Vestige information regarding the Dragonfires and how Molag Bal intended to snuff them out forever. During this period, members of all three alliances helped an Imperial Legionary, named Valga Atrius, in rescuing Imperial citizens from the Arena District that were enslaved by the Daedra there.
In 3E 433, Owyn was the blademaster of the Imperial Arena, and Agronak gro-Malog, widely known as the "Gray Prince" was the Grand Champion of the Arena. Sometime during this period the Champion of Cyrodill participated in the Arena and eventually reached the title of Champion, the Champion of Cyrodiil found evidence that Agronak was half-vampire which made Agronak lose his will to fight, allowing the Champion to kill him in the Arena with no resistance from him. This victory made the Champion of Cyrodiil the new Grand Champion of the Arena.
The Dragonfire Cathedral is one of the greatest kept secrets in the Imperial City, it is a monumental subterranean vault and temple found in the ancient underground of the City. The Cathedral's architecture is Ayleid but was re-purposed in the early days of the Alessian Empire. It houses the Sublime Brazier which is an essential relic related to the lighting of the Dragonfires.
In 2E 582, Molag Bal sought to destroy the Sublime Brazier to prevent the Dragonfires from ever being relit, to achieve this one of his Xivkyn Generals known as Malivus spearheaded an attack on the temple, this attack was repelled using siege engines that were operated by the Vestige, the Drake of Blades and Captain Caudex. Whilst this attack was being repelled, Father Egnatius, a priest of Akatosh, performed a ritual on the Brazier. Once this ritual was complete the Drake of Blades became the Brazier and Dragonfire Cathedral's immortal guardian, blessed with the power of Akatosh himself. This meant that she could never leave the temple but she was content with this.
Green Emperor WayEdit
Green Emperor Way (also called Green Emperor Roador the Palace District)[UOL 1] is the inner section of the Imperial City, which surrounds the White-Gold Tower. It contains a large open-street patrolled by the Imperial Palace Guard and parks with visages of past Emperors' heads created by topiary-mages. They can speak freely via magic and whenever an Emperor requires counsel, birds are drawn into these topiaries and control their branches to have them express. Various people of importance to the Empire have been buried in the park's mausoleums and cemeteries, among these, include Prince Camarril and the Trentius family. The north gardens are the coolest acreage in the City during the heat of summertide. Austere, tiered flowerbeds of blue-gray and green tower all around these gardens.
When the Planemeld occurred in 2E 582, the Imperial City became tainted with the essence of Coldharbour and the former capital of the Empire became a wasteland of ruins and monsters. Green Emperor Way, in particular, was left a shadow of its former self. Great stone shards jutted out of the ground and large pools of Azure Plasm laded the streets, while catacombs were rooted from the ground and left sundered. Molag Kena claimed the White-Gold Tower and her minions swarmed the entire citadel. Her Xivkyn and their thralls patrolled Green Emperor Way, or at least what was left of it, and the powerful Flesh Colossus, The Iron-Swathed Glutton stood at the door for any who dared to enter. In an attempt to reclaim the White-Gold Tower, the Empress-Regent, Clivia Tharn acquired the assistance of the Undaunted and entered Green Emperor Way through a manhole from the Imperial City Sewers. The group of warriors fought their way to the tower doors and defeated the Iron-Swathed Glutton. In time, the Daedra were expelled from the Imperial City and Green Emperor Way was restored.
After Tiber Septim was named the Emperor in 2E 854, he tasked the topiary-mages to create the visage of his former mentor, Cuhlecain. So that he could be remembered and even provide insight to him like all of his other predecessors.
Sometime before the assassination of Uriel Septim VII in 3E 433, the Mythic Dawn had placed runes on the tomb of Prince Camarril, which showed the location of their shrine in Lake Arrius, but only during midday. The Blades agent, Baurus and the Hero of Kvatch used these runes to track the shrine and infiltrate the cult at their base. At around the same time, the merchant, Thoronir hired gravedigger to steal from the catacombs in Green Emperor Way, so that he could sell those items and have a large stock. But when he was caught for his misdeeds, he decided to help apprehend the gravedigger as he pilfered in the Trentius Family Mausoleum. After the situation was dealt with, Thoronir joined the Society of Concerned Merchants.
Elven Gardens DistrictEdit
The Elven Gardens District is a residential district in the northwest of the Imperial City.
In 2E 582, Captain Regilus of Legion Zero assisted the Drake of Blades and the Vestige in forging and replacing the key to the Dragonfire Cathedral here. Regilus was fighting the influence of the Blood of Coldharbour that he had to drink to maintain his cover. He then tricked and killed a Xivkyn named Zolgar the Brutal who watched over the real key, then proceeded to kill himself so that he wouldn't succumb to Molag Bal. At the same time, Quintia Rullus of the Fourth Legion was assisted by soldiers of the three alliances and they destroyed siege engines and sabotaged the Great Forge of Legion Zero in an effort to prevent the destruction of the Imperial City.
In 3E 433, Herminia Cinna came into possession of the Crown of Nenalata, a very valuable Ayleid artifact, as well as a key to the sealed royal burial chamber of Lindai. An Altmer collector of Ayleid antiquities called Umbacano attempted to purchase the crown from her, hoping to use it to declare himself King of Nenalata and lead a rebirth of Ayleid civilization in Cyrodiil. Fearing Umbacano's ulterior motives, she refused, and Umbacano sent the Champion of Cyrodiil to steal it from her house in the Elven Gardens District. Cinna instead offered the key, which would have allowed the Champion to retrieve the Crown of Lindai in order to trick Umbacano. It is unknown if the Champion went ahead with this plan or not.
The Market District or Memorial District is located in the northeast section of the Imperial City and is the main hub for trade in the City.
The streets of the Market District are often crowded with trinket vendors, soothsayers, and self-styled prophets of any Daedra or Divine imaginable. Beggars also choke the edges of the walkways. Attractive women and men of all races stand outside the alehouses of the District, flirting to attract business. The District is also full of food stalls, selling roasted oysters, fried cheese, bread, skewered meats, and sugarcane, amongst plenty of other foods and snacks. Other products sold in the District are spices, bolts of silk, fine jewelry, clothing, weaponry, shields, armor, books, spells, staves, potions, and other general goods. Baandari Pedlars also have a seasonal camp in the Market District.
There are plenty of bars in the district like the Crown's Hammer that cater to specific groups, such as the Colovians. There are also religious buildings in the District, for example, the Yokudan Chapel where Crowns worship the eight Yokudan Divines, the chapel has a system of louvered ventilation ducts in the clerestory, designed to catch the slightest breeze and funnel it down into the nave.
The most famous book shop in the District is First Edition, who are known to export books to places as distant as Solstheim. The Office of Imperial Commerce is present here where customers and merchants can make complaints about the District. The headquarters of the Black Horse Courier newspaper is also present in the Market District.
Crime bosses are known to collect a daily tithe from various merchants and artisans in and around the Market District, the Imperial Guard in this District arrest those caught collecting on behalf of the crime bosses with a prison sentence of one year and one day.
The Market District has also been called the Memorial District, this name changed occurred after Varen's Rebellion in 2E 577, due to Leovic's Legion making their last stand in this district, the battle lasted for over a week, the explosions from the battle demolished the District. After Varen tossed Leovic in the gutters, he commanded his men to deal with the bodies, this caused the entire Market District to become a mass grave for thousands of bodies from this battle, with there being no more room for the market, so Varen converted the entire District into a graveyard which became known as the Memorial District. The Memorial District was under the control of the Worm Cult circa 2E 582, where they were using the thousands of skeletons there to dig for the location of the Dragonfire Cathedral, the Vestige prevented this by using kindlepitch to blow up the main dig site. Soldiers from the three alliances also helped Legate Gallus of the Imperial Legion by using auricular geodes from the Arcane University to form a spy network against the Worm Cult.
Part of the Memorial District circa 2E 582 (ESO)
Talos Plaza DistrictEdit
The Talos Plaza District or Nobles District is the western district of the Imperial City, the wealthy primarily live in this exclusive district. The Tiber Septim hotel is located here and is considered the most expensive and luxurious hotel in the Imperial City.
In 2E 582, a group of Imperial loyalists known as the Immortal Eight held a garrison in the middle of the Nobles District against the forces of Molag Bal and the traitorous Legion Zero. The name of this group came from the fact that they could not permanently die as when they did die, they would just wake up again. Each of these eight were most likely physical manifestations of the Eight Divines due to their names and nature. The Vestige assisted them in holding off the forces of Molag Bal and discovered how they were immortal, their Captain, Anatolius Caudex, also assisted in protecting the Sublime Brazier and the Dragonfires.
At the same time a Redguard hunter named Brihana had made a trade of setting traps for Ogrim in the District, selling their parts to alchemists and Khajiiti traders, soldiers from all three alliances assisted her in killing Ogrim and Legion Zero soldiers. Brihana also traded with the Immortal Eight, giving them food for any Daedric body parts they had collected.
The Temple District is located in the southwest of the Imperial City and is home to The Temple of the One, the largest religious structure in Cyrodiil. This great structure, a staple of ceremony and official worship since the days of Reman I and the institution of the Dragonfires ritual, is dedicated to the ineffable deity of the Alessian Order. They called this spirit 'the One', identifying it as Akatosh, the 'Supreme Spirit'. Although the Remans were not known to follow Alessian teachings, they regularly used the temple to worship, and Tiber Septim restored the building and its associated cult when he took the Dragon Throne. The District is also home to temples to the Divines, for example, the Benevolence of Mara cathedral. There are 1000s of cults operating in the Temple District, such as the priests of St. Alessia, the Cult of Heroes, the Cult of Emperor Zero, the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, and the cult of Shezarr just to name a few.
Upon her death, it is said that Empress Alessia was buried on the site of the Temple of the One, however, this is not true and the true location of her body is unknown.
The Soulburst occurred here in 2E 578, when Mannimarco purposefully corrupted the coronation ritual of Varen Aquilarios. In 2E 582, the Vestige saved members of the Imperial City's clergy in the temple from a Xivkyn known as Xotos Vel, amongst those saved was Father Egnatius who played a crucial part in saving the Dragonfires. Soldiers of all three alliances also helped a Khajiit priestess known as Sister J'Reeza to protect the temple's sacred artifacts by placing wards on them which would cause Daedra who touched it a great deal of pain.
The Temple was the scene of the fiery resolution of the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433 where Martin Septim's sacrifice of the Amulet of Kings caused the banishment of Dagon from Mundus and the creation of the statue of Akatosh that is now famous.
The Waterfront District is found in the southwest of the Imperial City, it serves as the main harbor for the City and as a residential area for the poorer residents. Ships from throughout Tamriel come here for trading, transporting goods, and other economical businesses.
The harbor part of the District is full of traders, privateers, sailors, the destitute and is home to the Thieves Guild. The Imperial Trading Company has its warehouses here alongside an office. The Waterfront lighthouse is connected to the harbor and lights the way for ships at night, it is controlled by the Imperial Legion.
The residential parts of the District are home to hundreds of shacks, shanties, and lean-tos that crowd between the wall and the water, and many are built raised up from the water on stilts. The District is home to many different neighborhoods of different races, for example, a Bosmer neighborhood existed here in the Second Era with a tavern named the Tipsy Torchbug serving them. While Argonians are rarely found residing within the walls of the Imperial City, large numbers are known to dwell in the Waterfront District. 'The Xanmeer', a large building found in the district is clear evidence of their impact there. Gondolas and river-ships sail along the watery avenues of its flooded lower dwellings.
During the Planemeld in 2E 582, Molag Kena (under the guise of Empress Clivia Tharn) ordered troops to be sent to defend the Waterfront District. General Velarius told her that as the District held no strategic value those men would be sent to die for nothing, refusing her orders and accusing her of stepping out of line for "playing general" where she lacked the expertise. "Tharn" told him that Elder Council would hear about the extra postings and his "questionable command decisions", to which Velarius was unfazed as the Legion was still loyal to him.
Since 3E 380 the poor here had not been taxed even though Imperial law degrees that all citizens of the City must pay taxes, but in 3E 433 Hieronymus Lex reinstated taxes on the poor here as punishment for them being complicit in assisting the Gray Fox. This money was taken back by the Thieves Guild to send the Imperial Guard a message that it was unacceptable.
Emer Dareloth, the first Gray Fox, originally lived on the Waterfront. However, a curse was placed upon him and his successors by Nocturnal, stripping them of their identity so that they would only be known as the Gray Fox. This caused the Thieves Guild to fall on hard times, and Dareloth's house fell into dereliction after his death. When Nocturnal's curse was broken by Corvus Umbranox using the power of an Elder Scroll circa 3E 433, time was retroactively changed, undoing the years of hardship suffered by the guild. As a result, the ruins of Dareloth had instead become a fully fledged guildhall for the Thieves Guild.
Upon speaking with Clavicus Vile in 4E 40 and being teleported out of his realm, Attrebus Mede ended up at Vile's shrine in Cyrodiil with Sul who was knocked unconscious in the fall, leading to Attrebus dragging him to a boat at the shores of Lake Rumare and rowing for the Waterfront District. When he finally arrived at the Waterfront, dead creatures pinned him down, and a man who recognized Attrebus intervened, telling him that he and his companions were going to bring Attrebus to the palace. Attrebus wakes up in Hierem's office, and Hierem informs Attrebus that he will kill him after he learns how exactly Attrebus is involved with Umbriel. Hierem claims he has a lot to do and leaves Attrebus as his prisoner.
Colin met with Intendant Marall on top of the walls of the Imperial City where the Intendant told him that Umbriel would be arriving in two days, and that Attrebus was reportedly spotted being abducted in the Waterfront district a couple days before.
The Imperial City during the Imperial Simulacrum (Arena)
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Sjoring Hard-Heart's dialogue in Morrowind
- Map of Cyrodiil — Pocket Guide to the Empire (1st Edition)
- The Drake of Blades Answers Your Questions — The Drake of Blades
- Father of the Niben — Florin Jaliil
- Decentius Opsius' dialogue in Oblivion
- Umbacano's dialogue
- The Song of Pelinal, v 4
- Predicant Maera's dialogue in ESO
- The Song of Pelinal, v 7
- Reliquary of Stars loading screen in ESO
- Rislav The Righteous — Sinjin
- The Heartland codex entries in ESO
- Chronicles of the Five Companions 4 — Abnur Tharn
- The Wolf of Solitude — Pjetr the Skald, of the Bards College
- Meet the Character - Clivia Tharn — Magus-General Septima Tharn
- Gold Coast Guide, Part One — Astinia Isauricus
- The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
- Attrebus' biography on Redguard's old site
- Notes For Redguard History — Destri Melarg
- Brief History of the Empire v 1 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- Biography of Barenziah, v 3 — Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
- The Imperial Palace quest in Arena
- Theodor Gorlash's dialogue in Blades
- Guide to the Imperial City — Alessia Ottus
- Historical Accuracy quest in ESO
- Loncano's dialogue in ESO
- Knowledge is Power quest in ESO
- Generic dialogue in Oblivion
- Renee Geonette's dialogue in Oblivion
- 2920, Morning Star — Carlovac Townway
- Imperial Arena loading screen in Blades
- Beneath the Bloodworks in Oblivion
- Harena Hypogeum in ESO
- Loading screens in Oblivion
- Owyn's dialogue in Oblivion
- The Watcher in the Walls quest in ESO
- The Lifeblood of an Empire quest in ESO
- Arena questline in Oblivion
- Dragonfire Cathedral loading screen in ESO
- The Sublime Brazier quest in ESO
- Planemeld Obverse quest in ESO: Imperial City
- The Path of Dawn quest in Oblivion
- Unfriendly Competition quest in Oblivion
- Minutes of the Elder Council
- The Lock and the Legion quest in ESO
- Dousing the Fires of Industry quest in ESO
- Events of Oblivion
- Crafting Motifs 7: The Khajiit — Doctor Alfidia Lupus
- Crafting Motifs 6: The Redguards — Doctor Alfidia Lupus
- First Edition quest in Skyrim
- The Primate: Before the Light — Midara Salviticus, Historian, University of Gwylim
- Groundskeeper's Letter
- Of Brands and Bones quest in ESO
- Speaking For The Dead quest in ESO
- The Imperial Standard quest in ESO
- Watch Your Step quest in ESO
- Shezarr and the Divines — Faustillus Junius
- The Legendary Sancre Tor — Matera Chapel
- Chronicles of the Five Companions
- Sister J'Reeza's dialogue in ESO
- Light the Dragonfires quest in Oblivion
- Crafting Motifs 3: The Wood Elves — Doctor Alfidia Lupus
- Crafting Motifs 9: The Argonians — Doctor Alfidia Lupus
- Dialogue between General Velarius and Empress Regent Clivia Tharn in speaking stones
- Poor Burdened by Taxes!
- Untaxing the Poor quest in Oblivion
- The Ultimate Heist quest in Oblivion
- Lord of Souls — Gregory Keyes
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.