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"I thought the Gray Quarter would be a haven for my kind. I was wrong."
―Malthyr Elenil[src]

The Gray Quarter, formerly the Snow Quarter,[1] is a district of the city Windhelm. It is home to all the city's Dark Elves.[2]


When the Red Mountain erupted in 4E 5 the Dunmer population of Morrowind scattered across Tamriel. Because it was hard to breathe in Morrowind due to the ash, some of these refugees came west, to the cities of Riften and Windhelm in Skyrim.[3][4] These Dunmer would later settle in an area known as the "Snow Quarter," but the name Snow Quarter shifted to Gray Quarter in reference to Dunmer skin color.[1] The area is impoverished and bleak, making the Gray Quarter look like a ghetto. The Nords of Windhelm avoid the area, arguably because they distrust Mer and other foreigners.[1] Some Stormcloak sympathizers in Windhelm dislike the Dunmer population, as they suspect them of being Imperial spies or feeding off the Nord community.[5][6] Others such as Elda Early-Dawn also dislike the Dunmer, but their reasoning for doing so is unknown.[7][8][9]

"The Dark Elves were all forced to live in the slum called the Gray Quarter."

When Windhelm rebelled against the Empire during the Skyrim Civil War, many Windhelm locals believed that they had been too lenient.[5] The Nord populace consider providing shelter within the city and allowance of the immigrants' own individual liberties as charitable. Some claim the Dunmer contribute to the city's high crime rate,[4] a claim which holds some merit, as a portion of the Reavers on Solstheim used to live in the Gray Quarter, pickpocketing the citizens of the city.[10] Due to their neutrality in the Skyrim Civil War[5], some think that the Dunmer are more of a burden to Nord society than a benefit and that Ulfric should start imposing heavier taxes on them as compensation.[7]

The Dunmer believe that their plight is ignored by the Jarl of Windhelm, Ulfric Stormcloak.[11][3] As a result, they turn to Brunwulf Free-Winter, whom they believe can help the Dunmer with their problems. If the Dragonborn takes the side of the Imperials during the Civil War questline and Brunwulf Free-Winter becomes Jarl, he will talk with the Dragonborn about his plans to renovate the Gray Quarter. The Dunmer in Windhelm view their future as optimistic with Brunwulf Free-Winter as the new Jarl.[12][3][13][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dunmer of Skyrim
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dialogue with Malthyr Elenil
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dialogue with Ambarys Rendar
  4. 4.0 4.1 Scourge of the Gray Quarter
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Dialogue with Rolff Stone-Fist
  6. Dialogue with Angrenor Once-Honored
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dialogue with Viola Giordano
  8. Dialogue with Susanna the Wicked
  9. Dialogue with Elda Early-Dawn
  10. Overheard quotes of Reavers
  11. Conversation between Brunwulf Free-Winter and Malthyr Elenil
  12. Dialogue with Aval Atheron
  13. Dialogue with Revyn Sadri