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Not to be confused with Karthwasten or Markwasten Moor.

Karnwasten, Karnwasten Moor, or Karnstern Moor[1] is a seaside cove located along the northern coast of the Isle of Summerset, amidst the Summerset Isles. Karnwasten is the home of Summerset's criminal underground, where many pirates and smugglers travel to bring in goods from beyond the main island, ideally drugs and outlawed items.

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Karnwasten is hidden among the northern coast of the Isle of Summerset, underneath the mountains of Eton Nir, overlooking the Abecean Sea in the north. The entrance to Karnwasten is very well-hidden, which is the point, considering Karnwasten's purpose. The western entrance of the cave is on the outskirts of the ruined city-state of Corgrad Wastes, and near the gateway to the Crystal Tower. The eastern entrance is completely isolated, in a path from Gryphon Run. Karnwasten is a maze of sea caves, with coral all throughout the halls. Various creatures, more notably the Salamander and the Yaghra live in the area. The central area is a shanty port, with small warehouses and docks for the ships.


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  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the New Life Festival on the 1st of Morning Star. It is a day of celebration where the drinks are free and people party in the streets all day. It truly is, a day of merriment.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the South Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Morning Star. It is a day to pray to the Gods for a bountiful harvest, and it is for citizens who cannot afford to heal from the local temple to get healed from an ailment.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate Heart's Day on the 16th of Sun's Dawn. It is in honor of a legend passed down from generation to generation about a couple named Polydor and Eloisa. Every Inn in Tamriel become free for visitors arriving into town.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the First Planting on the 7th of First Seed. It is the day that begins the harvest, where neighbors reconcile their difference, bad habits are dropped, and the clerics heal people for free.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the Second Planting on the 7th of Second Seed. The holiday is ideally the same holiday as First Planting, to improve one’s soul, and to improve relationships with others.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the Mid Year Celebration on the 16th of Mid Year. A day to distract everyone from the increased taxes. It is a day celebrating the halfway mark in the year, where many warriors feel blessed and venture to dungeons they normally cannot defeat.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the Merchant's Festival on the 10th of Sun's Height. It is a day that benefits the consumer in the market. Traders and Gypsies drop the prices on their stock. The only place that does not celebrate it is the Mages Guild. This is the same day as the Summoning of Boethiah.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate Sun's Rest on the 20th of Sun's Height. It is a day when the workers of Tamriel take a day to relax, businesses across town are closed in observance of this day. Some people have to have to leave the province to actually buy something.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate Harvest's End on the 27th of Last Seed. It is the final day of the harvest, and it is where the people eat the crops they have grown since the First Planting. Travelers are given the option to join a farmer’s family for a feast.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate Tales and Tallows on the 3rd of Hearthfire. It is the day of superstition where the elderly do not speak for an entire day, in fear of evil spirits entering their body. The Mages of Tamriel favor this day since it is a day to study the oldest forms of magic.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day when Lord Hollowjack of Detritus spreads his influence across Tamriel. Monsters and Ghouls swarm across Tamriel, terrorizing the innocent. Many people do not dare to leave their home, in fear of being nabbed by these creatures.[2][3]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the Warriors Festival on the 20th of Sun's Dusk. It is a day where many warriors gather to practice their fighting prowess. Travelers buy weapons in stores since their price's drop by half. Young children foolishly buy weapons, only to stab themselves by mistake.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the North Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Evening Star. It serves as a thanksgiving to the Gods for the year's harvest. It is a day when the local temples heal and bless anyone for a lower price.[2]
  • The High Elves of Karnwasten Moor celebrate the Old Life Festival on the 31st of Evening Star. It is a day of rest, where many leave the events of the passing year behind and to reflect their past. They rest for the New Life Festival.[2]
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  • The High Elves of the Summerset Isles celebrate the Day of Divine Reverence, which honors the Goddess, Mara. Every year, people gather the Rose-of-Archon and celebrate for roughly fifty-six days with a ceremony dedicated to Mara. The Sapiarchs organize the event like the ceremony.[4]
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Second Era

Main article: Karnwasten (Online)

During the Interregnum in 2E 583, the area of Karnwasten was under the control of the Night Runners, a group of outlaws that are prominent all throughout Summerset. At around the same time, a group of Sea Sload known as the Abyssal Cabal had appeared throughout the region, attempting to sink the island into the Sea of Pearls. Battlereeve Tanerline of Alinor had sent a group of adventurers to Karnwasten, to investigate the Cabal's threat over Summerset further. The Sea Sload, K'Garza had taken refuge in Karnwasten, raising the dead of the sea to her bidding. When the group had gone silent, Tanerline had sent a Nebarra to Karnwasten, to rendezvous with the group. With the group secured, K'Garza was dispatched, and the Cabal's plot had weakened. All the while, the Night Runners were originally led by Renzir, a Khajiiti that smuggles illegal goods via Karnwasten. Unfortunately for him, Renzir's crew had suffered a mutiny led by Madja, his former first mate. Eventually, Madja was killed although the fate of Renzir's goods is unknown. Renzir had left Karnwasten with his wife, Nubani.[5][6]

Third Era

Main article: Karnwasten Moor (Arena)

During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, Emperor Uriel Septim VII was imprisoned along with Talin Warhaft in the Deadlands by Jagar Tharn. Tharn planned for months to capture the throne, and he was able to achieve so in the span of ten years. Tharn had a powerful weapon called the Staff of Chaos, and he split it into nine pieces and scattered them across Tamriel, the staff was the only thing keeping Uriel Septim and Warhaft in Oblivion. A warrior escaped his clutches and traveled all corners of Tamriel to retrieve the missing pieces. The hero was known as the Eternal Champion, and he assembled the staff and defeated Jagar Tharn at the Imperial Palace. The Eternal Champion had at one point visited the town of Karnwasten Moor in their quest to recover the pieces.[7]




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