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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Hammerfell
Region Sunforge
Appears in Arena
Skaven circa 3E 389.

Skaven, also known as Ska'vyn,[1] is one of the eight-major kingdoms in the province of Hammerfell,[2] being situated near the Dragontail Mountains.

Layout & Geography[edit]

Skaven is found in northern Hammerfell, near the Dragontail Mountains,[3] in what is generally considered territory of the Crowns.[4] On the northern outskirts of Ska'vyn lies the Caverns of Wry, which contains herds of Skav Bats, who are bred to produce dairy, specifically, Bat Cheese, which is supposedly paired well with Pomegranate wine.[5] In the Skaven countryside lies the local Hall of Virtues of War, which were training halls for the Sword-singers of Hammerfell.[6] Skaven is neighbored by several settlements, including Cliff Keep in the east, Heldorn Mount in the northeast, and Verkarth City in the southwest.[2]


At some point in 2E 582, the Dragonstar Caravan Company had moved their headquarters from Craglorn, and into Ska'vyn.[1] During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, the city-state of Skaven was an active settlement, being ruled by Queen Mijurti. It had a rivalry with Dragonstar.[7] During the Great War, the Imperial Legion, under General Decianus had a bloody skirmish with the Third Aldmeri Dominion outside of Skaven's wall, which led to the city's capture by the Aldmeri Dominion. However, at this point, Arannelya's forces were unable to advance in their campaign. In 4E 174, General Decianus was forced to return to the Imperial City, but being unwilling to abandon Hammerfell, Decianus had sent a group of warriors who were able to retake Skaven from the Dominion.[8]



  • Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Skaven's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Guards".[UOL 1]


  1. ^ a b Proctor Finemo's dialogue and other sources in ESO
  2. ^ a b Map of Hammerfell — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  3. ^ Map of West Tamriel — The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard
  4. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Ra Gada: HammerfellImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  5. ^ Lady Honnorah Af-Lahreq Answera Your Questions
  6. ^ Notes For Redguard HistoryDestri Melarg
  7. ^ Events of Arena
  8. ^ The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at the Imperial Library
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