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The White-Gold Tower.

For other uses, see Towers.
Not to be confused with The Tower.
"They are magical and physical echoes of the Ur-Tower, Ada-mantia. Ada-mantia was the first spike of unassailable reality in the Dawn, otherwise called the Zero Stone. The powers at Ada-mantia were able to determine through this Stone the spread of creation."
Nu-Mantia Intercept, Letter 5[src]

The Towers are a series of natural and artificial structures on Mundus built by both the Aedra and mer that hold power over the world, although the precise extent of that power is unclear.[1] Their origin is the Adamantine Tower in High Rock, with the other Towers attempting to imitate its metaphysical properties.[UL 1] It is believed by some that that their existence ensures Mundus remains stabilized and prevents it from dissolving back into Oblivion.[1][2] Each Tower bears a "stone" that serves as its heart and allows it to channel creatia from Oblivion, which in turn may allow the Tower to shape creation around itself.[3][UL 2]

The concept of the Towers was introduced in series of unlicensed texts known as the Nu-Mantia Intercepts, written by Michael Kirkbride, former writer and designer for Bethesda Softworks, and has since been expanded upon in texts from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[4] and The Elder Scrolls Online.[3]

Creation of the Towers

Auri-El as depicted by the Snow Elves during the Merethic Era.

The origins of the first tower, the Adamantine Tower are uncertain, but according to Elven religion, it was created when the Aedra gathered to decide Lorkhan's punishment for his involvement in the creation of Mundus.[5] Akatosh's vessel planted itself into Nirn and became the Adamantine Tower, and it was on this first tower that the Convention took place.[6][UL 3]

Immediately following Lorkhan's Heart being torn from his body, it was flung across the sea, creating Red Mountain where it landed.[5] Immediately afterwards, creation stabilized,[5] possibly due to the landing of the Heart, which created the Red Tower.[UL 1]

The remaining Towers were created by various mer throughout the Merethic Era, either in imitation of the Adamantine Tower,[UL 1] or as an expression of the mer's own desires for creation and self-definition.[7]

Towers and Stones

Each Tower bears a focusing Stone that provides it with stability and power, which is used to harvest raw energy from Aetherius to help the Tower reshape the landscape around it. To change the nature of this Stone will change the nature of the Tower, and the land around it.[7] Control of a Tower itself may also allow this type of control over the land as well.[3]

It has been suggested that when a Tower's Stone is destroyed or altered, that Tower ceases to function,[8] although there is little direct evidence of this.

Known Towers

Loremaster Celarus of the Psijic Order states that there are eight towers in Nirn.[9] Ada-Mantia and the Red Tower are the only two that were created by the et'Ada, most of the others were made by the various races of Mer.


Ada-Mantia as seen in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

The Adamantine Tower, also known as the Direnni Tower, was the first Tower.[5][UL 1] It was created on the island of Balfiera in the Illiac Bay and is believed to be the oldest known structure in Tamriel.[5] It is considered an active tower and its stone is known as the Zero Stone, which is the Convention.

Red Tower

Red Mountain was the second Tower that was created when Auri-El and Trinimac killed Lorkhan and shot his heart into Vvardenfell.[5] Red Mountain grew around its stone, the Heart of Lorkhan, and it granted a special kind of divinity to Mundus. With two Towers in place Mundus was stable, so Auri-El and several other Aedra left the mortal plane. The Aldmer, seeking to follow Auri-El and achieve divinity, began to construct their own Towers.

The Red Tower was deactivated at the conclusion of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind when the Nerevarine infiltrated Dagoth Ur's citadel and destroyed the various power tapping enchantments placed around the Heart of Lorkhan. Once the enchantments were destroyed, the Heart disappeared. The mountain later erupted in 4E 05.[10]


The Crystal Tower is located in Alinor in the Summerset Isle.[5] It was built by the Altmer in ancient times and served as the pinnacle of arcane research, predating the Arcane University and College of Winterhold.[11][12] During the Oblivion Crisis, it was turned over to the Thalmor,[13] however it was attacked and destroyed by legions of Daedra.[14] Its Stone is Transparent Law.[15]

White Gold

The White Gold Tower circa 2E 582

The White-Gold Tower is the ancient structure which dominates the Imperial City in Cyrodiil. It was built by the Ayleids, and has been referred to as "one of the axes of creation." and "an echo of the ur-Tower" in its imitation of the Adamantine Tower.[16]

Although the tower was built with a central spire the structure itself resembles the Wheel, with eight lesser towers forming a ring around it. This formation is described as a unique "Wheel within the Wheel" and gives the White-Gold Tower a power over creatia unlike any of the other Towers. While other Towers bind magic and bleed it, the White-Gold Tower harnessed the power of creation.[UL 4] Its stone was the Chim-el Adabal, the central gemstone within in the Amulet of Kings.[UL 2]

Phrastus of Elinhir claims that the stone of the White-Gold Tower is actually the Tel Var Stones built with it.[17] According to the Prophecy of the Dragonborn recorded on Alduin's Wall, the fall of the White Tower occurred during the Oblivion Crisis or the Great War"When the Dragonborn Ruler loses his throne, and the White Tower falls."[4][13]


The Orichalc Tower was believed to have been located on the continent of Yokuda. It was built by the Lefthanded Elves and is likely to have been constructed from Orichalcum.[18] The Tower was deactivated when a Redguard attempted to perform the swordstroke "Pankratosword" and Yokuda sank into the ocean.[UL 5] Its stone was said to be "a sword."[UL 6]


"When the Brass Tower walks and Time is reshaped..."
Prophecy of the Dragonborn

Walk Brass, also known as the Brass Tower,[4] is the Numidium—the brass god created by the Dwemer. Following the Dwemer's disappearance, it sat dormant until it was traded to Tiber Septim by the Tribunal for a degree of autonomy from Cyrodiil.[19] It was used to assault Summerset and unite Tamriel under one empire. It was later destroyed by Zurin Arctus, the Underking.[20]

During the events of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall it was rebuilt and used again, which resulted in the Warp in the West, after which it disappeared from existence.[21]

Its stone was originally the Heart of Lorkhan. The Mantella, a powerful soul gem that contained the oversoul of Talos, Zurin Arctus, and Ysmir, was used as its replacement after the disappearance of the Dwemer.[20]


The Orrery of Elden Root

Green-Sap has been stated to be made up of a large network of Graht-oak trees in which began with the Elden Tree of the secret Elden Grove, all in which are planted with a 'perchance acorn'. The stone of Green-Sap is said to be "a fruit",[UL 6] with a perchance acorn being the most likely of these.[8]

Following the Alessian Slave Rebellion, the Elden Tree was almost converted in a new White-Gold after an Ayleid known as Anumaril attempted to convert the region into a new home for the Ayleids. Anumaril stopped the Elden Tree from moving by turning its perchance acorn into a definite acorn, but his plan to convert the tree was unsuccessful.[8] When Queen Ayrenn stepped into The Orrery beneath the Elden Tree in 2E 582, she emerged as herself, proving to the Bosmer that she was a righteous and true queen.[22] Another major hub of the Green-Sap tower is the Graht-Oak of Falinesti. In the late Third Era the city stopped walking and rooted itself for the first time in recorded history.[23]

Snow Throat

Snow Throat as seen in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Snow Throat, also known as the Snow Tower,[4] is typically interpreted as the Throat of the World in Skyrim. According to Alduin's Wall, the Snow Tower lies "sundered, kingless, bleeding" in the Fourth Era

Its stone is said to be "The Cave."[UL 6] The peak is described as being only half there.[UL 4]


The Doomcrag in The Elder Scrolls Online

Doomcrag is speculated by Morachellis to be one of the Towers.[24] It was build by the Ayleids in the city of Erokii, once the greatest Ayleid city in northwest Tamriel. The Ayleids who colonized this land brought with them a powerful relic, Lattanaya, forged by their greatest sorcerers, that helped to tame the wilderness and allowed them to survive. It helped plants grow and cured illnesses, helping to bring life to the barren wilderness.[25]

Following the attack of the savages who lived in these lands before the Ayleids, blood and death tainted the relic, changing it into Abagandra. When the vampire touched it eons later, the corruption intensified. The Tower was deactivated when its stone, the Lightless Remnant, was moved to the Coldharbor due to the pact made between Count Verandis Ravenwatch and Molag Bal.[25]

Telenger the Artificer and Morachellis consider this Tower to be a failed imitation of a true Tower.[26][27]



  1. 1.0 1.1 An Elder Scrolls Novel: The Infernal CityGregory Keyes[citation needed]
  2. The Elder Scrolls Online – "City on the Brink" quest, dialogue with Phrastus of Elinhir
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Subtropical Cyrodiil: A SpeculationLady Cinnabar
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Book of the Dragonborn
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Before the Ages of ManAicantar of Shimerene
  6. Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: ErasImperial Geographic Society
  7. 7.0 7.1 Aurbic Enigma 4: The Elden TreeBeredalmo the Signifier
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Aurbic Enigma 4: The Elden Tree
  9. The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset – "The Shattered Staff" quest
  10. History of Raven Rock, Vol. I
  11. Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Summerset Isles
  12. The Sage
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Great War
  14. Rising Threat, Vol. I
  15. The Crystal of the TowerLarnatille of Lillandril
  16. An Elder Scrolls Novel: Lord of SoulsGreg Keyes[citation needed]
  17. The Elder Scrolls Online – Dialogue with Phrastus of Elinhir
  18. Varieties of Faith in the EmpireBrother Mikhael Karkuxor
  19. On MorrowindErramanwe of Sunhold
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Arcturian Heresy
  21. Events of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall[citation needed]
  22. Events of The Elder Scrolls Online[citation needed]
  23. Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Valenwood
  24. Loading screen of Doomcrag
  25. 25.0 25.1 The Elder Scrolls Online – Events of "The Lightless Remnant" quest
  26. Further Notes on the Sload
  27. The Elder Scrolls Online The Doomcrag Loading Screen
Notice: The following are unlicensed references. They are not copyrighted by a ZeniMax Media company, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.

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