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For other uses, see Dawnstar.

Dawnstar is one of the major cities in Skyrim. Governed by Jarl Skald the Elder, Dawnstar is the capital of The Pale, and is known for its rich mines and harbor.[1] It also serves as a garrison town along the northern coast of Skyrim. Dawnstar is one of the colder settlements in Skyrim; along with Winterhold and Windhelm, as it resides in perpetual snow and ice. Fort Dunstad is located to the southeast, near the Hall of the Vigilant and the border with Winterhold.

Alongside Winterhold, Dawnstar has very high dragon spawn rates, putting many of the residents at risk of being killed by the dragons if not killed quickly by the player and Hold Guards that patrol the town.


It was after the destruction of a fortress in Dawnstar during 2E 283 that Potentate Versidue Shaie declared martial law, leading to one of the most brutal and bloody periods in the history of Tamriel.[2][3] This also led to the creation of the Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, and Thieves Guild during the Guilds Act.[4][5]

The village was rebuilt at least before the end of the Third Era.[6] However, it is noted in the Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Skyrim that Macalla was the Queen of Dawnstar, and had married King Thian of Solitude.

Around 4E 201, Dawnstar's citizens were suffering from a series of nightmares by the Skull of Corruption, Daedric artifact of the Daedric Prince Vaermina. The Last Dragonborn and a former priest of Vaermina, a dunmer named Erandur, went to Nightcaller Temple and ended the city's suffering.

Points of interest

Dawnstar Seal

The symbol of Dawnstar.




Jarl's residence



Nearby points of interest



TESV Banner Dawnstar

The banner of Dawnstar.