"If you need a rest from your travels, Shimmerene is a pleasant sea-side town, filled with pleasant people. It's an ideal place for a quiet night's respite before embarking on a voyage to Auridon, or the long road west. Pay a visit to the Monastery of Serene Harmony while you are there and ask to participate in the rituals of equilibrium. You will never have a better night's sleep."
Runilstir the Surveyor[src]

Shimmerene or Shimerene[1] is one of the eight major cities in the province of the Summerset Isles, situated on the Isle of Summerset, along the eastern coast. Shimmerene is colloquially known as the City of Lights, because it is a beacon of light and beauty amidst the plains of Summerset.

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Shimmerene is situated along the eastern bay of the Summerset Isle, taking a large portion of the area and sharing it with the Direnni Acropolis in the northern hills. Shimmerene is built atop of cliffs overlooking the Auridon Strait, which connects Shimmerene to the island region of Auridon. The outskirts of Shimmerene is an open field, with ruins and the plantation of Russafeld in the area. The ruins of Eldbur Sanctuary can be found just off the southern road towards the southern mountains. There is a riverway west of the town, that eventually leads to the Shimmerene Bay, this river originates from the southern mountains, somewhat serving as a border for the southeast area. The Shimmerene Dockworks are not built around the city-state, but rather to the north, on the other side of the river estuary, near the Acropolis. The gates of Shimmerene overlook the area and it leads to the western town square. The town square has two paths that lead to the rest of the city, one path going to the northern docks and the Ruins Bazaar. Another path leads to the Monastery of Serene Harmony, the local kinhouse, and the nobles district. The North Path is where local Guilds and the Anchors Aweigh Inn are located, so most people can be found here. In between these distinct districts are homes, with paths connecting the main streets. Underneath Shimmerene is the local Waterworks, which pours sewage and freshwater into the sea.


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  • The High Elves of Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 of the year, where many warriors feel blessed and venture to dungeons they normally cannot defeat.[2]
  • The High Elves of Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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 Shimmerene 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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Second EraEdit

Main article: Shimmerene (Online)

Third EraEdit

Main article: Shimmerene (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 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 city in their quest to recover the pieces. The city of Evermore was under the rule of Queen Shasara.[5]

During the waning years of the third era, the youth of the Summerset Isles banned together to disrupt the years of xenophobia and superiority that the Altmer have displayed throughout the eras. This began when the Isles were incorporated into the Third Empire and Morgiah, of Dunmeri descent married King Reman Karoodil of Firsthold. Members of this nascent revolution have given a critical and rigid view of the hierarchy and xenophobia shown by their people. As time went on, the movement had taken a darker turn, where a group known as the Beautiful had begun to appear, unleashing terrorist attacks. The first target was the Crystal Tower, which proved to fail in their favor, so they decided to kill living nobility, such as the Princess of Shimmerene, whose murder was both gruesome and horrifying to the public. It was very likely that the Third Aldmeri Dominion had brought down groups such as the Beautiful, dissidents of the Thalmor.[6]



  • In an earlier stage of development, Arena was going to be a tournament-based game, where each city had their own gladiatorial team. Shimmerene's team was known as the Titans.[UL 1]



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