"A sacred flame rises above the fire, The ghosts of great men and women without names, Cities long dead rise and fall in the flame, The Dioscori Song of Revelation, Bursting walls and deathless rock, Fiery sand that heals and destroys, The desert grips our hearts and souls, Its flame within our eyes and ears, Dust cannot die, and we are dust, Windblown, ephemeral, eternal, all."
Weltan of Sentinel[src]

The Alik'r Desert, Alik'r, or Alik'ra is an endless sea of desert that stretches across the northern coast of the province of Hammerfell. The sands of the Alik'r stretch as far as the eye can see, encompassing the majority of the province, and housing several civilizations, from the Redguards, to even the Dwemer.


By game



Hollow Wastes

Leki's Blade is a trading outpost named after Leki, the Saint of the Spirit Sword.

The Hollow Wastes is a stretch of land situated in the center of the Alik'r, bridged between the cities of Bergama and Lainlyn, both of whom are the largest settlements in the region. Much of the Hollow Wastes is desolate, with very little between each city. The outpost of Leki's Blade is found in the wastes, and it is a school, being one of the very last places that teach the ways of Sword-Singing. Near the town of Lainlyn is the Aswala Stables, which is well-known for breeding the Yokudan Chargers, a breed of Horse that originates from Akos Kasaz in Yokuda. The Lainlyn Family has a large presence in the region, as they are the namesake for the Barony of Lainlyn.


Ancestor's Landing is where the spirit of Navid the Singer haunts after killing his friend.

Myrkwasa is the center of the Alik'r population, situated along the northwest coast of the province, where the capital city of Sentinel is located. The coast is more fertile than deeper towards Bergama, where the desert begins in Myrkwasa. Pomegranates and Figs are grown in vineyards around Sentinel. South of the city lies the Rain Catcher Fields, which is self-explanatory, it catches the seasonal rains that flow past through the region, and makes it safe to drink for the locals, and preparing for trading. The ruined city of Salas En was a major city in the Altmeri occupation of Hammerfell, until they were taken out by the Yokudans of Yath.


The Motalion Necropolis is one of the largest crypts in the Alik'r, found near Satakalaam.

The region of Tigonus is the eastern front of the Alik'r, found along the Dragontail Mountains that border towards the region of Bangkorai. The two main cities in the region are Kozanset, an open-aired trading town, and the holy city of Satakalaam, named after the Yokudan God, Satakal. Tigonus contains several notable landmarks, such as the city of Volenfell, the lost capital of the Rourken Dwemer. The Lost City of the Na-Totambu, the ancient city of the Na-Totambu that fell into obscurity, and the Motalion Necropolis, the largest cemetery in the Alik'r Desert, built just north of Satakalaam. Various Kings and nobles of the Alik'r Desert are buried here, throughout the years, such as King Haqmir of Yath.

Greater Alik'r

The Greater Alik'r consists of the desert of Hammerfell, from Hegathe to Ska'vyn.

The Greater Alik'r refers to the desert of Hammerfell, which shares its name with the general region of Northern Hammerfell. This area encompasses the western-half of Hammerfell, where much of the province's greatest history had occurred, such as the Arrival of the Ra Gada, and the Conquest of Hammerfell. The ancient capital of the Rourken Clan of Dwemer, the city of Volenfell is located here, with sources claiming its location around Satakalaam and Gilane, two settlements separated by the expansive Alik'r. Various nomads in Hammerfell traverse the Greater Alik'r, between the coastal cities. Nomadic groups like the Ash'abah are considered outcasts in Redguard society. On such tread across the Alik'r, the March of Thirst was noteworthy in the history of the Third Empire.[1][2]




Skeletons & Mummies

Camels & Horses

Desert Lamia

Miscellaneous Creatures





First Era

The Rourken Clan of Dwemer; Volendrung & Volenfell

Volendrung, the Hammer of Might, was flung from Vvardenfell by the Rourken Clan into Hammerfell.

"So the Rourken chieftain hurled Volendrung into the sky, declaring that their people would find a home wherever it landed. Volendrung thus served as a guiding light for Clan Rourken in exile as the Hammer roared, beastlike, across the sky. It shone like a second sun during the day, mirrored the moons at night, and led the Rourken to the other side of the continent. There, they supposedly founded the fabled city of Volenfell—which has yet to be discovered in the modern era, if it ever truly existed."

In 1E 420, the First Council of Morrowind was formed between the Dwemer and the Chimer, bring peace throughout the region, but while most were in favor of this, there were sects that were against this decision, and one of them was the Rourken Clan. The Rourken Chieftain had thrown his Hammer of Might, Volendrung in the distant west, where it would land somewhere in the Alik'r Desert. The Rourken Clan trudged through Cyrodiil's forest and into Hammerfell, where they founded the city-state of Volenfell. The history regarding the Rourken is dispersed and not concise. At one point in time, the Arch-Mage, Shalidor waged war single-handedly with the Rourken Clan in the Battle of Rourken-Shalidor. King Rourken had utilized the Spell Breaker, which is a Dwemer Tower Shield that can deflect magic. When they had founded Volenfell, they discovered large veins of untapped minerals all throughout the Alik'r Desert, to which they traveled great lengths to obtain this power. And so, they built various mining settlements, such as Santaki or Rkulftzel. The Rourken's self-exile had inspired various other clans to migrate out of Vvardenfell, such as the Kragen Clan, who founded the cities of Arkngthamz-Phng, and pioneered the use of Aetherium. In the end, the Rourken Clan, along with the rest of the Dwemer, disappeared in 1E 700 in the aftermath of the Battle of Red Mountain. Their ruins remained abandoned ever since.[1][3][4][5]

The Destruction of Yokuda & the Ra Gada Wave

The Ra Gada sailed across the Sea of Pearls and landed onto Old Hegathe, going as far as Craglorn.

"The Yokudans left their continent following a cataclysm, arriving in Tamriel in an invading fleet called the Ra Gada. The disorganized Orcs fell to them quickly, as did all the infestations of monster and beast further inland. The Redguards, as the Ra Gada came to be called, made no concession to the Breton settlements along the coasts, slashing through the southern Iliac Bay, winning the entire area that is now the Province of Hammerfell in only a few major battles."
Imperial Geographic Society[src]

The distant west, far beyond the continent of Tamriel lies the continent of Yokuda, the home of the Yokudans and the Sinistral Elves. In 1E 808, after the destruction of Yokuda, the Yokudans had landed on the shores of modern-day Hammerfell, where they founded the ancient city of Hegathe. Various refugees took residence on the island of Herne, while the Warrior Wave, otherwise known as the Ra Gada continued for Hammerfell. And so began the Ra Gada's conquest over Hammerfell, with various waves moving across the land and displacing the denizens, from the Nedes, the Beastfolk, and the Orsimer. Years prior, Frandar Hunding had left Yokuda for the province of Hammerfell, where they defeated the Giant Goblins. The Ra Gada consisted of several waves, each of which spread across Hammerfell. The Tavan traveled along the southern coast, around cities such as Gilane and Taneth, while the Anka-Ra traveled to the far north, around modern-day Dragonstar and Elinhir. The Warrior Wave around the Alik'r Desert was administrated by Grandee Yaghoub of Akos Kasaz, who founded the cities of Sentinel and Tava's Blessing. Among his fleet, he carried the Yokudan Chargers, a breed of Horse that can tread across the Desert.[1][6][7][8][9][10]

Yaghoub the Seafarer & the Jewel of Alik'r

Sentinel is the capital of the Alik'r Desert. It is known as the Guardian of Starfall (Iliac) Bay & the Jewel of Alik'r.

"And as Yaghoub sailed toward the Steed at dawning of the seventeenth of Second Seed, his watchman cried out that he spied a desirable harborage. And Yaghoub, perceiving it, agreed, and said, "This harborage shall belong to us, for we shall take it to be ours. And I do name it Sentinel, after the one who first espied it.""
The Unveiled Azadiyeh, Songbird of Satakalaam[src]

The city-state of Sentinel, like many other modern-day Redguard cities, was founded during the Ra Gada wave, with this one, specifically, found in Yaghoub's wave across the Iliac Bay. Grandee Yaghoub was a leader from the Yokudan region of Akos Kasaz, the largest island of the continent. Yaghoub's fleets traveled from Old Hegathe, through Cape Shira and eventually the Iliac Bay, to which he described it as laudable, applauding its excellence. At this point in time, the High Elves that hailed from the Summerset Isles, along with several Breton groups, took refuge along the coast of the Alik'r. The site of the eventual Sentinel was a harbor-town of Elves and Manmer. As Yaghoub sailed toward the Steed, on the eve of the 17th of Second Seed, his watchmen, or his Sentinel spotted the harborage, to which Yaghoub declared as their own. The fertile shores of Sentinel had fields of pomegranates, figs, and olives, to which Yaghoub's warriors feasted on. The Ra Gada had enslaved the Elves, and commissioned the construction of Samuruik, commonly known as Castle Sentinel. As time went on, modern-day Sentinel was fully built, with the Forebears building up this glorious city. The Crowns soon followed into Sentinel. The gates of Sentinel was built in a way where the Moon would be perched over it. This inspired Sentinel's current banner, which is a Crescent Moon. The 17th of Second Seed had become Koomu Alezer'i, which celebrates Sentinel's founding. Grandee Yaghoub continued as the King of Sentinel, and his wave moved across into the rest of the Alik'r.[10]

The Corelanya Clan & Origins of the Ash'abah

Salas En was once the capital of the Corelanya Clan of Altmer until the Ancient Ash'abah had defeated them.

"The Elves the Yath Redguards displaced were, according to tradition, relatively recent Altmeri colonists of the Corelanya Clan, who were said to be Daedra-worshipers. (This would account for their emigration from Summerset to the austere shores of Hammerfell.) They seem to have arrived sometime in the sixth century 1E, inhabiting and expanding on structures originally built by the Ayleids."
Lady Clarisse Laurent[src]

The Corelanya Clan of High Elves were relatively recent arrivals to the Deathland, and were well-known for being Daedra-worshippers, arriving sometime around the Sixth century of the First Era, which is long before the Yokudans left for Hammerfell, and before the reign of Mansel Sesnit on Yokuda. The Corelanya Clan were situated in the city-state of Salas En, found on the western point of modern-day Myrkwasa, expanding on a site that was originally occupied by the Ayleids. Amidst the first era, the Yokudan Ra Gada from Yath had landed on the shores of the Ash'abah Pass, where they waged war with the Corelanya Clan. King Xakhwan led his invasion from the Pass, where his son, Prince Sameer was able to defeat the leader of the Corelanya, Kinlady Iniel. The High Elves of Hammerfell were known to practice Necromancy, which proved to be a key issue in the modern-day province today, and even the entire continent. At the battle, Xakhwan was killed by Wraithmaster Venerien, who turned him into a Zombie. Xakhwan's sons, Sameer and Haqmir were put into a serious situation, where one of them must kill their father's resurrected corpse, but breaking their sacred tradition. It is unknown who killed the Venerien and Xakhwan, but in the end, both were killed, and the perpetrator was banished. Those who followed the Denounced Prince would become the Ash'abah, Alik'r Nomads that would kill the undead, despite the tradition. Regardless, the other brother was made into a King, and was later buried at the Motalion Necropolis. Salas En would become occupied by the Yath Redguards until the 23rd Century, around when the Thrassian Plague moved through the Iliac.[11][12]

Gaiden Shinji & the Siege of Orsinium

Gaiden Shinji fought in the Siege of First Orsinium in 1E 980.

"High in the mountains, far from their enemies, the Orc chieftain Torug gro-Igron brought his people together. A few huts grew into more permanent structures as word spread to the far-flung Orcs of Tamriel that there was a civilization on the rise that would welcome them from their wanderings. If the Myth of Mauloch is to be believed, the Orcs or Orsimer had been pariah of the land for two hundred years, and if it is not true, their destitution was even longer. The dream of Orsinium was too beautiful not to be sought."
Imperial Geographic Society[src]

Second Era

Main article: Alik'r Desert (Online)

King Fahara'jad & Suturah the Withered

Hammerfell & the Daggerfall Covenant

The Assault on Sentinel Docks & the Ansei Wards

Uwafa the Defiler; Trouble at Tu'whacca's Throne

Alasan the Revenant; Plot at Tava's Blessing

Battle of Satakalaam & the Seventh Legion

Shiri the Deciever & Suturah the Returned

The Hammerfell Civil War & Volag's Purge

The Third Empire & the Treaty of Stros M'Kai

Third Era

Main article: Alik'r (Daggerfall)

The Alik'r and its cities during the Simulacrum

Conflict across the Iliac; the War of Betony

The Alik'r during the Warp in the West

A Coup d'etat at Lainlyn; Lord Kain of the True Horn

The Rise of King Lhotun; the Waning Third Era

Fourth Era

Arannelya's Campaign & the Great War

Hammerfell Stands Alone & the White-Gold Concordat










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