Vivec City, also known as Vivec, is a city in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
Description[edit | edit source]
The large city is the capital of the island of Vvardenfell, it is the seat of Dunmer religion on Vvardenfell. It is named after one of the Tribunal gods, Vivec. The city is made of nine cantons. It lies on the southern coast of Vvardenfell, by the Inner Sea. The whole city is guarded by Ordinators. The nine cantons that form the city are Vivec, Foreign Quarter, Redoran Canton, Arena Canton, Hlaalu Canton, Temple Canton, Telvanni Canton, St. Delyn Canton, St. Olms Canton and the Palace of Vivec. The separate cantons are joined by walkways. Each canton is a single sprawling structure, containing many inhabitants, traders, temples, Inns and much more. There are Gondoliers offering, for a small fee, a ride to and from the different cantons.
A moonlet can be seen suspended above the Temple; it is called the Ministry of Truth.
History[edit | edit source]
Following the fall of the Tribunal, Vivec was not considered a god by his people anymore. The Ministry of Truth, a floating meteor that was kept suspended in the air by Vivec himself, completed its fall and destroyed Vivec City, creating a large, flooded crater. Saldus Llervu, who witnessed the event on the mainland, said to have seen the cantons fall apart before being knocked off his feet by the impact's power.
During the Argonian Invasion, the An-Xileel performed a strange ritual on the crater itself, turning it into what they called the "Scathing Bay." The waters in the newly formed crater are constantly boiling. When Umbriel flew over it in 4E 40, legions of dead were said to have rose out of the boiling waters.
Locations[edit | edit source]
The city itself is an artificial archipelago made of a large palace and eight large, multileveled buildings called cantons. Most cantons are divided into four levels. From the bottom up: the Underworks, the Canalworks, the Waistworks, and Plaza. In the foreign quarter, the Waistworks is divided into Upper and Lower sections. There is also the moonlet of Bar Dau, known as the Ministry of Truth.
Sublocations[edit | edit source]
- Vivec, Foreign Quarter
- Vivec, Hlaalu Canton
- Vivec, Redoran Canton
- Vivec, Arena Canton
- Vivec, Telvanni Canton
- Vivec, St. Delyn Canton
- Vivec, St. Olms Canton
- Vivec, Temple Canton
- Palace of Vivec
- Puzzle Canal
- Ministry of Truth
The Cantons[edit | edit source]
The Underworks are the lowest level of each canton, and provide a sewer system.
The Canalworks are used for storage, and there are religious areas, traders, shrines, temples, and tombs.
The Waistworks houses residential quarters, pubs, clubs, traders, along with many denizens populating the Waistworks. Stalls can be found, as well as corridors going through the area, often ending or branching in shops or pubs. St. Olms and St. Delyn have living quarters accessible from outside.
The top level of the canton is called the plaza. The plaza contains houses, temples, treasuries, Estates, as well as shops and cornerclubs.
St. Olms and St. Delyn cantons are home to the guilds, the potters and the glassworkers reside in St. Delyn. In St. Olms, the brewers and fishmongers guilds can be found.
The Arena[edit | edit source]
The Arena Canton is best known for containing an arena and the headquarters of the Morag Tong. The main section of the building is an arena with its fighting pit and hundreds of seats for spectators, it is used for various fighting matches, honorable duels. Feuds, and matters of succession are settled here. The Nerevarine has to fight in a duel in the arena during the main quest. The Waistworks houses the fighter living and training areas, and shop stalls.
The Temple[edit | edit source]
The Temple of Vivec serves as the seat of the Dunmer religion on the island of Vvardenfell.
The Hall of Wisdom is home to the Temple Library, one of the largest libraries in Vvardenfell. Many rare books are stored here.
Next to the Hall of Wisdom lies the Hall of Justice, which serves as headquarters and barracks to the Ordinators.
South of the Temple canton, lies the Palace of Vivec, connected to the Temple by bridge. Isolated in deep water, the Palace of Vivec is a stepped pyramid featuring cascading waterfalls and spires. It is home to the god Lord Vivec, one of the pillars of the Tribunal.
The Ministry of Truth[edit | edit source]
Above the Temple, one of the most striking features of Vivec City can be seen, The Ministry of Truth, also known as Baar Dau, it is a large floating satellite hanging above the Temple, suspended only by the power of the god Vivec, and later the Ingenium. The Ministry of Truth is used as an inescapable prison where prisoners that are dangerous to the Tribunal Temple are kept.
Quests[edit | edit source]
- Mysterious Killings in Vivec
- An Apothecary Slandered
- Roland's Tear
- Sleepers Awake
- Free the Slaves
- An Invisible Son
- The Dwemer's Bone
- A Rash of Insults
- The Bad Actor
- The Enchanter's Rats
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- An Elder Scrolls Novel: The Infernal City (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Online (mentioned only)